• Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/7/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 8/7/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyI can’t believe we are starting the 2020-21 school year in just about one week!  I truly hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and have enjoyed time with family and friends.  I recognize that the transition back to school can be especially challenging this year, both for families in Transition Plan B and the Virtual Academy.  While we don’t have all the answers and our world is ever-changing, extending grace is crucial in keeping a positive community. Armed with a supportive parent community, a dedicated staff, and an incredible group of students, I know we will have a great year!  We are in this together and can’t wait to make many memories this year! 

     

    New Year, New Calendar!

    The 20-21 school calendar for Multi-Track Year Round schools has been amended to follow the Track 4 calendar (found here).  All tracks will follow this calendar for the 20-21 school year.  If changes are made to the calendar, it will be communicated by WCPSS and would not happen until the beginning of second semester. To the extent possible, we will honor your assigned track from 20-21 for the 21-22 school year (we are hopeful that we will be able to go back to multi-track year round for 21-22).

     

    Virtual Academy and Plan B Updates:

     Oak Grove ended the enrollment period with over 60% of students registered for Virtual Academy. This is consistent with WCPSS averages for elementary schools.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you via email concerning your child’s class assignments on Monday, August 10th by 5:00 PM.  Great care and a considerable amount of time has gone into establishing class lists that provide the best learning environment for students. This painstaking, collaborative approach would be disrupted if changes were allowed to be made after these lists were finalized. Therefore, no changes will be made at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

    ***There is always the possibility that new classroom assignments for some students may be necessary after the beginning of the school year, due to unforeseen changes.  

    In the email from teachers, you will receive information about class supply lists.  The supply lists will also be posted to our website by 5:00 on Monday, as well.  Later in the week, your child’s teacher will also send information about Meet the Teacher, Drive Through Distribution of Supplies, and a daily instructional schedule.

     

    Technology:

    If you completed the technology survey from WCPSS, you will be contacted by WCPSS for a date during the week of August 17 to pick up your device(s).  Device distribution will be a centralized location across the county, and it will not happen at Oak Grove.

     

    Daily Schedule at Oak Grove:

    By Friday, August 14, you will receive a grade-level specific daily schedule.  In general, we will be following our normal bell schedule (9:15-4:00).  All students will have 11:30-1:00 device-free lunch and “get up & move” time. Synchronous learning will be comprised about 2-3 hours of the day.  Students will have about 2-3 hours of time that will be asynchronous instruction. Students will have daily specials that will be about 20 minutes.

     

    First Two Weeks (beginning August 17):

    During the week of August 17, we have planned activities to work with families to provide time to build relationships and establish a strong classroom community.  Teachers will also be working with their class to teach expectations for synchronous and asynchronous learning and provide strategies for implementing digital tools. On Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18, we are planning “Meet the Teacher” activities.  We will also have opportunities for students to begin navigating their Google Classroom. On Wednesday and Thursday, August 19 and 20, we will have Drive Through Distribution here at Oak Grove for children to meet their teacher in person (from a distance) and receive some needed supplies provided by WCPSS. We will share the specifics of the schedule for the first week soon.

    During the week of August 24, teachers will begin some instruction with their students based on developmentally appropriate levels and proficiency with digital tools. We will continue building our classroom communities and setting expectations.

    On August 31, you can expect full implementation of our daily schedule.

     

    Supply Lists:

    School supplies will be posted on our website by 5:00 on Monday, August 10.

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    How can you help?

    I’ve had many conversations with families over the past month.  You have been abundantly kind and supportive.  One question that has consistently been asked is: how can I help?  For right now, I ask you to stay informed. Please read everything that WCPSS sends out to you.  The second thing I ask is that you continue to be supportive of the community and staff of Oak Grove.  We are an amazing family.  Your support and kindness during and through all of this is more help than you know.   Once I have more specific ways to help, I’ll let you know.  I know that I can count on you to meet whatever need we might have.  You simply are the best community and school family!

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions:

     

    • Who is our Virtual Academy Contact?
    • What will the daily schedule look like?
      • Our school leadership team is still fine tuning our daily schedule for both Plan B students and online instruction. To give you an idea of what online learning could look like, here is a district example:
    •  schedule schedule 2

    **It is of note that the sample schedule is the same for Plan B (Transition and Blended) and Virtual Academy. All students who engage in remote learning, either through Virtual Academy or Plan B, will receive 2.5 hours of “live” remote instruction a day.

     

    • What does “live instruction” (synchronous) look like?
      •  In general, instruction is considered “live” if it (1) allows for the teacher and students to interact with each other in real time, and (2) is focused on furthering a learning goal.

                           Examples of “Live” Instruction

    • Scheduled  Collaborative Activities using digital tools
    • Peer feedback and collaboration activities where the teacher is also involved and providing feedback (example: using the comment feature in Google Docs to provide feedback).
    • Discussion Questions / Forums moderated by the teacher
    • Brief mini lessons through Google Meet to introduce a module of learning.
    • Google Meet Chats (Whole Class or Small Group)
    • How will Virtual Academy students be integrated with the school? 
      • Ensuring that we are all still connected as one school family was one of many reasons, our school leadership team selected the teaching and learning model that maintains class lists with both VA and Plan B students. Students will all have virtual opportunities to all connect, regardless of Plan B or VA. Teachers will clearly communicate with parents weekly, much like we have done in the past.  Parents should expect that all teachers on a grade level will work together to plan and implement instruction both online and face to face.  Of course, this will be new territory for us and we will need to be flexible and creative in determining what this will look like over time. 
    • Will kids have specials?
      • Students will continue to have specials classes.
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 7/24/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 7/24/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  It has been 6 weeks since the end of year Otter Splash! We miss our Otter Family, and we hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!

     

    New Year, New Calendar!

    The 20-21 school calendar for Multi-Track Year Round schools has been amended to follow the Track 4 calendar (found here).  All tracks will follow this calendar for the 20-21 school year.  If changes are made to the calendar, it will be communicated by WCPSS and would not happen until the beginning of second semester. To the extent possible, we will honor your assigned track from 20-21 for the 21-22 school year (we are hopeful that we will be able to go back to multi-track year round for 21-22).

     

    Virtual Academy Updates:

     Oak Grove currently has a little over 50% of students registered for Virtual Academy. This is consistent with WCPSS averages for elementary schools.  If you have registered for VA and you need to change your registration, please email Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal, (lrhodes@wcpss.net) or Ms. Dahlhoff, our Data Manager (adahlhoff@wcpss.net) to indicate the change.  Someone from the school will call you. 

    If you have not registered for Virtual Academy, but you would like to register, you still have time.  The new registration window opens on Monday, July 27.  The application will close on July 29 at 5 PM. You can find the application here: https://www.wcpss.net/virtual-academy

    If you need more information about Virtual Academy, you can visit the VA website here: https://www.wcpss.net/domain/17137

     

    Technology Survey:

    We need all families with a student in K-12 to complete this survey for each student, regardless of your school, whether you have applied to the Virtual Academy, whether you have a device or whether you need a device. (Pre-K students’ technology will be addressed separately by the Office of Early Learning.) This short survey will help us better understand the needs of our students and make sure that we are able to meet those needs. The survey will not be available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday due to network maintenance. 

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Beginning of the Year Preparations:

    Monday, August 3, will be the first teacher workday for our amazing staff for the 20-21 school year.  Our staff will have 10 days to prepare for the start of the year. We will be having conversations about Meet the Teacher, school supply lists (including Virtual Academy supplies), and many other beginning-of-year conversations.  The best part about having 10 days is our teacher can meet extensively as PLTs to ensure an amazing experience for your students.

    How can you help?

    I’ve had many conversations with families over the past month.  You have been abundantly kind and supportive.  One question that has consistently been asked is: how can I help?  For right now, I ask you to stay informed. Please read everything that WCPSS sends out to you.  The second thing I ask is that you continue to be supportive of the community and staff of Oak Grove.  We are an amazing family.  Your support and kindness during and through all of this is more help that you know.   Once I have more specific ways to help, I’ll let you know.  I know that I can count on you to meet whatever need we might have.  You simply are the best community and school family!

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 6/12/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 6/12/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  We hope everyone is enjoying Track Out and the beautiful Summertime! This will be the last Splash of the 19-20 school year.

     

    The last day of the 19-20 school year was Thursday, June 11. You can see the 2020-2021 school calendar here: https://bit.ly/3eQTypY. On Friday, Wake County leadership announced that they are working on the reopening plans. They hope to have those plans to staff and families by the beginning of July. After we receive that guidance, we will be finalizing the schedule for our Open of School activities. You can find some tentative dates in the letter here: https://bit.ly/2YN4mPF.

    School Closing:

    We held three full days last week to pick up items left behind at school.  At this time, we are not planning any additional dates.  Items still left at school will be carefully stored and available when we re-open in August.

    NEW 20/21 PTA Board Announced

     

    The 20/21 OGES PTA board was elected yesterday with your help! Thank you to all who virtually attended to make this happen! Presenting our new otter PTA board:

    President: Vinita Chaudhary
    Vice President: Desiree Iwanicki
    Secretary: Rae Jobe
    Treasurer: OPEN, please contact us for this opportunity

    There are many other committee opportunities as well, if you are interested in helping the PTA next year, please email us: ogesptapresident@gmail.com

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 6/5/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 6/5/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  We hope Track 1 is enjoying their track-out.  Track 2, 3, & 4 can’t wait to join you on Friday, June 12.

     

    On Thursday, June 4, Track 1 families celebrated their last day of school. On that same day (June 4), Track 2, 3, & 4 families received their final grade reports. The last day of the 19-20 school year is Thursday, June 11. You can see the 2020-2021 school calendar here: https://bit.ly/3eQTypY. We received the staff calendars on Friday, and Wake County leadership announced that they are working on the reopening plans. They hope to have those plans to staff and families by the end of this month. After we receive that guidance, we will be working on scheduling our Open of School activities. Most likely, in some form, Meet the Teacher for grades 1-5 will happen at the end of July. We will not schedule a meeting with next year’s teacher before we receive complete guidance from WCPSS.

     

    School Closing:

    We held three full days last week to pick up items left behind at school.  At this time, we are not planning any additional dates.  Items still left at school will be carefully stored and available when we re-open in August.

    5th Grade Moving Up!

     Our “Socially Distanced” Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony for Tracks 2, 3, & 4 will be this Wednesday, June 10. We will hold the car parade (with all the excitement, cheering, and applause we can muster) in our carpool loop. For Track 2, 3, and 4, your ceremony will be on Wednesday, June 10. Track 4 will be 9:30, Track 3 at 10:30 and Track 2 at 1:00. Families will remain in their vehicles the entire time, and our staff will be safely separated.

    Final PTA meeting (click to link to PTA website)

     

    Final PTA meeting will be virtual and a VOTING meeting! Google meeting scheduled for Monday, June 8th at 3:45pm. Link to meet will be listed the day before the meeting. Please join us to VOTE in our 2020/21 PTA board!  

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  Mr. Mason and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/29/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/29/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  We miss seeing your faces, and hope you are well!

     

    On Thursday, May 28, Track 1 families should have received final grade reports from your child’s teacher.  Track 1 will have their last day of school this Thursday, June 4.  On that same day (June 4), Track 2, 3, & 4 families will receive their final grade reports. The last day of the 19-20 school year is Thursday, June 11. Although this year is not ending as we anticipated, please know that our Otter community is strong, and our love for our school, our students, our staff, and our families is unending despite our current circumstances.

     

    Please know that our families and our staff will be tracked out for most of the month of June.  As soon as we know more about what the 20-21 school year will look like, we will share more information. The Wake County School Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 2, to vote on the proposed calendar for the 20-21 school year.  Once that becomes official, we will have a better idea about beginning of year dates such as “Meet the Teacher”. We hope to have resources to share with families about available summer learning activities (Dreambox, Letterland, etc.) Finally, once the plan of how to reopen schools in a safe manner becomes finalized, we will share that with you all.

    School Closing Plan:

    Please mark your calendar for June 1&2 as the dates to retrieve items left at school. Information about the specifics of the plan can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Zyffqi

    5th Grade Moving Up!

    Details were shared on May 22nd  with 5th grade families about our Moving Up plans. We have been able to establish dates and times for our “Socially Distanced” Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony.  We will hold the car parade (with all the excitement, cheering, and applause we can muster) in our carpool loop on Wednesday, June 3, for Track 1 at 10:00 AM. For Track 2, 3, and 4, your ceremony will be on Wednesday, June 10. Track 4 will be 9:30, Track 3 at 10:30 and Track 2 at 1:00. Families will remain in their vehicles the entire time, and our staff will be safely separated.

    Message from Mr. Mason:

    Dear Oak Grove Families and Students,

    It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you I will no longer be your assistant principal as of June 30th, 2020. My wife and I have made the very difficult decision to move closer to family, back to my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. We have two beautiful daughters and want nothing more than to watch them grow up with all the love and experiences of being near family. I will forever cherish the past eleven years I have spent working in Wake County. Even more, I will forever cherish the four years I have spent as your assistant principal here at Oak Grove. This is a very special place and it is because of you – the families and students – that make it so exceptional. The memories I have made here helping our amazing teachers and staff educate all of your bright and gifted “otters” will never be forgotten.

    Please, be safe and take care of one another. I will miss you all!

    Mr. Mason

    Mr. Mason is irreplaceable, and we will miss him so much!  We are working right now on finding a new Assistant Principal that will quickly become part of our school family.  We would like to hear from you about what you would like to see in our next Assistant Principal.  Please go to this link: https://forms.gle/sFQ5yni7g9cuKeeC7 to complete a Google form about our next AP.

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  Mr. Mason and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

    Please see this updated WCPSS Remote Learning School Calendar . The calendar shows the last day for Track 1 is June 4.  Track 2, 3, and 4 will be June 11.

     

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/22/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/22/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  We miss seeing your faces, and hope you are well!

     

    We learned this week that the proposal now is for Wake County students on multi-track year-round calendar to begin the school year with Tracks 1, 2, and 3 on August 3. Track 4, under the proposal will begin on August 17. The Wake County School Board will meet on June 2 to decide if this plan will become official. At the same time, groups in Wake County Public Schools are working on the plan of how school will look in light of guidelines from the CDC and North Carolina heath officials.  As soon as more information is available, we will share it with families.

     

    Message from Mr. Mason:

    Dear Oak Grove Families and Students,

    It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you I will no longer be your assistant principal as of June 30th, 2020. My wife and I have made the very difficult decision to move closer to family, back to my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. We have two beautiful daughters and want nothing more than to watch them grow up with all the love and experiences of being near family. I will forever cherish the past eleven years I have spent working in Wake County. Even more, I will forever cherish the four years I have spent as your assistant principal here at Oak Grove. This is a very special place and it is because of you – the families and students – that make it so exceptional. The memories I have made here helping our amazing teachers and staff educate all of your bright and gifted “otters” will never be forgotten.

    Please, be safe and take care of one another. I will miss you all!

    Mr. Mason

    Mr. Mason is irreplaceable, and we will miss him so much!  We are working right now on finding a new Assistant Principal that will quickly become part of our school family.  We would like to hear from you about what you would like to see in our next Assistant Principal.  Please go to this link: https://forms.gle/sFQ5yni7g9cuKeeC7 to complete a Google form about our next AP.

     

    School Closing Plan:

    Please mark your calendar for June 1&2 as the dates to retrieve items left at school. Information about the specifics of the plan can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Zyffqi

     

    5th Grade Moving Up!

    Details were shared on Friday with 5th grade families about our Moving Up plans. We have been able to establish dates and times for our “Socially Distanced” Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony.  We will hold the car parade (with all the excitement, cheering, and applause we can muster) in our carpool loop on Wednesday, June 3, for Track 1 at 10:00 AM. For Track 2, 3, and 4, your ceremony will be on Wednesday, June 10. Track 4 will be 9:30, Track 3 at 10:30 and Track 2 at 1:00. Families will remain in their vehicles the entire time, and our staff will be safely separated.

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  Mr. Mason and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

    Please see this updated WCPSS Remote Learning School Calendar . The calendar shows the last day for Track 1 is June 4.  Track 2, 3, and 4 will be June 11.

     

     

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  • Special Announcement OGES Family Closing Guidelines

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/20/2020

    Please see this document: OGES Family Closing Guidelines

    for information about closing the 19-20 school year.

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/15/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/15/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  We miss seeing your faces, and hope you are well!

     

    As I shared last week, Governor Cooper recently signed into law the COVID-19 relief bill.  That bill changed some requirements for school days in the 20-21 school year. The bill moved the start day for traditional calendar schools to August 17. For Wake County students on multi-track year-round calendar, we are making preparations in anticipation of beginning in July.  However, the Wake County School Board and Superintendent Moore will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss options for 20-21 calendars for year-round schools. As soon as we know more, we will share with families.

     

    School Closing Plan:

    We will be communicating the specifics of the plan soon. Please mark your calendar for June 1&2 as the dates to retrieve items left at school. You will be given a date/time based on Track and last name. Items will be collected by teachers and placed in paper bags for pick-up. More information coming soon!

     

    5th Grade Moving Up!

    We have been able to establish dates and times for our “Socially Distanced” Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony.  We will hold the car parade (with all the excitement, cheering, and applause we can muster) in our carpool loop on Wednesday, June 3, for Track 1 at 10:00 AM. For Track 2, 3, and 4, your ceremony will be on Wednesday, June 10. Track 4 will be 9:30, Track 3 at 10:30 and Track 2 at 1:00. Families will remain in their vehicles the entire time, and our staff will be safely separated.  We are excited about the celebration, and we will be sending more details soon to our 5th graders.  We also have plans for a special legacy project.  Those details are coming soon, as well!

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  Mr. Mason and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

    Please see this updated WCPSS Remote Learning School Calendar . The calendar shows the last day for Track 1 is June 4.  Track 2, 3, and 4 will be June 11.

     

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/8/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/8/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.  As you know, Sunday is Mother’s Day. We want to send out a “thank you” to all the Otter moms out there! We love all you do every single day!

     

    We want to thank all of you who participated in Teacher Appreciation Week last week.  You went above-and-beyond to show your appreciation for our Oak Grove Staff.  Consistently you are sending the message of appreciation day after day and week after week.  You already knew how hard our teachers work, and you have seen the extra mile they go to during this remote learning time.  You do not hesitate to send encouragement, and that means all the world to each of us!

     

    This week you may have seen that Governor Cooper signed into law the COVID-19 relief bill.  Several parts of that bill related directly to school.  For example, the days we engaged in remote learning satisfy the requirement for the number of required days for the 19-20 school year (no make-up will be needed).  Also, EOG tests for the 19-20 school year will not be given.

    Of additional note, that bill changed some requirements for school days in the 20-21 school year. The bill moved the start day for traditional calendar schools to August 17. For Wake County students on multi-track year-round calendar, we don’t know what school will look like yet.  We are making preparations in anticipation of beginning in July.  As teachers, we want nothing more to be back in our building doing the job we are passionate about with the students we love. It must be done with safety of everyone as a top priority. We know that we will have to be flexible with our plans as additional information will be shared with us. As has been the case since March, this continues to be a fluid situation. It requires us to patiently wait. We appreciate your grace and understanding. As soon as we know more, it will be shared with our families.

     

    5th Grade Moving Up!

    We have been able to establish dates and times for our “Socially Distanced” Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony.  We will hold the car parade (with all the excitement, cheering, and applause we can muster)in our carpool loop on Wednesday, June 3, for Track 1 at 10:00 AM. For Track 2, 3, and 4, your ceremony will be on Wednesday, June 10. Track 4 will be 9:30, Track 3 at 10:30 and Track 2 at 1:00. Families will remain in their vehicles the entire time, and our staff will be safely separated.  We are excited about the celebration, and we will be sending more details soon to our 5th graders.  We also have plans for a special legacy project.  Those details are coming soon, as well!

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have. 

     

    We plan to have information about next year’s tracks sometime by this Friday, May 15.

     

    I am hoping to receive more information about families having access to the building to retrieve items left behind from the 19-20 school year.  I anticipate that as soon as this week I will receive further direction from WCPSS.  I already have a plan; I am just waiting on when we are allowed to put our plan into action.  We must continue to keep everyone safe.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  Mr. Mason and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Please see this updated WCPSS Remote Learning School Calendar . The calendar shows the last day for Track 1 is June 4.  Track 2, 3, and 4 will be June 11.

     

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/1/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/1/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.  If your family was like mine, you were able to enjoy some time outside enjoying the beautiful weather.

     

    We want to thank all of you who participated in our OG Virtual Spirit Week last week.  We had so much fun seeing your students showing Otter Spirit.  We will have one more additional day: Monday is May the 4th, so we will celebrate by wearing Star Wars gear.  Please continue to Tweet out your photos and use the hashtag: #youotterhavespirit and @oakgrovees and @otterbias to connect with Oak Grove.

     

    Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4th-8th

    Our amazing PTA has some terrific virtual events planned for Teacher Appreciation Week.  If you haven’t seen their flyer, please find it linked here: PTA Teacher Appreciation Flyer. Also, as part of teacher appreciation week, we would like to collect and share your words of appreciation. Please fill out this short formTeacher and Staff Shout Outs! We will share shout outs during teacher appreciation week and continue to collect and share them through June 11th!

    Virtual Field Day:

    OPENPhysed Virtual Field Day Events start Sunday May 3rd with a torch run.  The torch run will start at Noon on the 3rd and can be seen all week at www.openphysed.org/followthetorch.  The torch will make it through all 50 states ending in Texas with the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, May 7th at 7:30.  The Opening Ceremonies can be seen at www.openphysed.org/fielddayopening.  Opening Ceremonies will include Kevin Atlas (Varsity Brands Ambassador), Olympic Champion Chante Lowe, and Legendary Hip Hop Artist Doug E. Fresh.

    Remember to share you activities with Mrs. Sammons and/or Mrs. Bias.  You can email or add to twitter if you give permission.  @GigiSammons and @OtterBias.

    Have Fun and Stay Safe!

     

    Please see this updated WCPSS Remote Learning School Calendar . The calendar shows the last day for Track 1 is June 4.  Track 2, 3, and 4 will be June 11. We will continue remote learning through those dates.  We have received some guidance from WCPSS on several end-of-year activities such as 5th grade moving up.  We can share plans soon, so be on the lookout for 5th grade promotion announcements. We are not yet sure about coming back into the building to collect your personal items from the 19-20 school year or receiving final report cards.  As soon as we can share any of that information, we will let you know.

     

    We are beginning to look at planning for the 20-21 school year, even while we are uncertain about the end of the 19-20 school year.  Kindergarten registration is open, and Ms. Dahlhoff is available to help with any questions or registration concerns.  Also, we are working on track assignments, but they will be a bit later than usual.  Our hope is to have information about next year’s tracks sometime by May 15.

     

    Finally, as a reminder, to order the Oak Grove Elementary School 2019-2020 Yearbook online, here is the direct link:

    http://vando.imagequix.com/g1000777099

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.  Mr. Mason and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

     

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