• Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 11/8/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 11/8/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  As you know, Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day.  We will not have school on MondayVeteran’s Day is very special to me and my family.  My father served in the US Army, and my brother-in-law is currently serving in the US Army, as well. My sister has been a military wife for the entire 25 years of her marriage, and her service is an important contribution to our country.

    I have a few words to share in honor of Veterans Day:

    Service before self: three words that define each person who has worn the uniform of our great nation.  Every Veteran has sacrificed, and we would like to thank you for that solemn commitment. To the families of those who have served, we recognize your sacrifice is great and your contribution to the service is unmatched.  We thank you, as well, for the families of all those who serve.

     

    Coming up this week:

    Monday, November 11, we will not have school in honor of Veterans Day.

    Tuesday, November 12, is track-in day for Track 3.  Welcome Back!! We missed you!

    On Wednesday, November 13, we will be celebrating World Kindness Day.  Please wear blue or yellow to celebrate kindness.  We will also be having a Conscious Discipline Pep Rally that morning.  The times are: K-1 (9:30), 2-3 (10:00), and 4-5 (10:30).

    Also, on Wednesday, our own Ms. Lara Hathaway will be featured on WRAL as the Teacher of the Week.  The segment is scheduled to air around 8:30 that morning.   We are so proud of Ms. Hathaway!

    On Friday, November 15, our Track 3&4 Kindergarteners will have an in-house field trip with Science is Fun.  Also, our Track 1&4 4th Graders will make-up their field trip to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh that was supposed to happen in September.

    On Saturday, November 16, we will be making up school for Tracks 1, 3, & 4 from September 5, when Hurricane Dorian caused school cancellation.  The school day on Saturday is 9:15-12:45, with arrival starting at 8:45.  We will serve breakfast that morning, but lunch will not be served.  I think most teachers are encouraging students to bring a healthy snack. The make-up day for September 6 will be Saturday, December 7, so please mark your calendar.

     

     

    Finally, for our 5th grade families: you should have received a notice about Otter Wishes.  Please remember the deadline for these entries is December 6.  That is a solid deadline; no late entries will be taken.

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 11/1/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 11/1/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Hopefully everyone remembered that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 3.  The Splash comes out at 5:30 PM, so check your clocks now!

    This week we completed the Fun Run from Apex Leadership and the PTA. We should hear soon what the total amount raised was.  Thank you to everyone who supports fundraising efforts from the PTA. 

    Also, thank you to all those who attended the PTA meeting on Tuesday, October 29.  The PTA will resume monthly meetings on January 28, at 4:15.

    Coming up this week:

    Monday, November 4, through Wednesday, November 6, our Track 1, 2, & 4 fourth graders will be having a Writer in Residence.  This cultural arts experience is provided by the PTA.

    Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day.  However, there will be no voting at Oak Grove that day.

    On Wednesday, November 6, 2nd Grade (Track 2&4) will be visiting Historic Yates Mill Park.  Also, on Wednesday, we will be conducting school tours at 10 and 4.  If you have friends and neighbors interesting in Oak Grove for next school year, please encourage them to contact the school to sign-up.

    Thursday, November 7 is Picture Make-up Day for Track 4.  Also, we will have Track 1&2 Club Pictures taken that day for the Yearbook.

    On Friday, November 8, our Track 1 2nd Graders will be going to Historic Yates Mill Park. Friday is also Track-out Day for Track 2.  We hope you enjoy your Track-out!

     

    Monday, November 11, is a school holiday in honor of Veterans Day.  PTA was planning an Otter Family Fun event at the Art Museum.  Unfortunately, it has been canceled due to the museum being closed that day.  Otter Family Fun will resume in the Spring.

    As a staff, we have tried to collaborate on some consistent dates for Quarter 1 conferences/family engagement opportunities.  Although some teachers may go outside these windows, please look for your teacher to connect with you during the following dates:

    • Track 3: October 7-November 15
    • Track 4: November 4-15

     

    Finally, for our 5th grade families: you should have received a notice about Otter Wishes.  Please remember the deadline for these entries is December 6.  That is a solid deadline; no late entries will be taken.

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/25/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/25/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  It’s hard to believe that we are ending October this week!  Please remember that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 3.  Don’t forget to “Fall Back” next Saturday night!

    Here’s a special note from Apex Leadership and the PTA:

    We have the Apex team at school teaching the students leadership lessons like be a go-getter, appreciate, move forward, explore, put others first, and ask now what? Ask your child what leadership lesson they learned today! The Apex team is putting on a huge Fun Run event on Thursday, October 31 to celebrate everything they’ve learned in becoming a Game Changing Leader while helping their school!

    Students are aiming to get pledges from 10 sponsors to help raise money for the school, and they are earning awards for their pledges. On average students complete between 26 – 36 laps with 36 laps being the most they can get credit for. So, if a pledge is made for $1 per laps, the donation should be around 30 dollars. To donate, please check out your student’s “Apex lanyard” that was sent home earlier this week. All instructions are inside. Just go to www.myapexevent.com and use your student’s special “access code” printed on their lanyard to log in and enter your pledges. If you cannot find your code, just email info@apexleadershipco.com. This helps the school and helps us keep track of pledges. Remember to Login your student’s shirt size online because every student will receive a free shirt on Fun Run day just for choosing their size online!

    With Tracks 1 & 3 already making a strong impact on a successful fundraiser, we are so close to meeting our goal!

     

    Coming up this week:

    Monday, October 28, through Wednesday, October 30, our Track 1&4 fifth graders will be going on a Field Trip to Betsy-Jeff Penn Center.

    On Tuesday, October 29, PTA will be holding their monthly meeting at 4:15 in the Media Center.

    Thursday, October 31, is Fun Run Day for Tracks 2&4. I will be sending a reminder text on Wednesday evening.

    On Friday, November 1, our Track 2&4 4th graders will be going to Old Salem.  Also, on Friday, we will have in-house field trips for Kindergarten (Tracks 1&2) and First Grade (Tracks 1&2).

    By Friday, November 1, students on Tracks 1&2 should have received Quarter 2 interim reports.

    As a staff, we have tried to collaborate on some consistent dates for Quarter 1 conferences/family engagement opportunities.  Although some teachers may go outside these windows, please look for your teacher to connect with you during the following dates:

    • Track 1: October 7-25
    • Track 2: October 7-25
    • Track 3: October 7-November 15
    • Track 4: November 4-15

     

    Finally, for our 5th grade families: you should have received a notice about Otter Wishes on Friday.  Please remember the deadline for these entries is December 6.  That is a solid deadline; no late entries will be taken.

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/18/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/18/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I guess Autumn has really arrived.  Now that your little Otter is probably wearing a coat to school, please make sure you have labeled their belongings. Coats that come to school in the morning can get left behind, and it’s always helpful is they have a name inside.

     

    On Thursday, October 17, we joined with Cary Police and WCPSS security to practice a lockdown drill.  The drill only lasted less than 10 minutes, because our students and staff were so well prepared.  The Cary Police were very complimentary of how well our drill went. We appreciate Cary Police and their help with keeping our school safe.

     

    Coming up this week:

    Monday, October 21, is a Teacher Workday.  This is a county-wide Teacher Workday, so all year-round schools will be closed for students on Monday.

    Also on Monday, the PTA is sponsoring another Otter Family Fun event.  This one will be from 4-5 at Hemlock Bluffs park.

    On Tuesday, October 22, we welcome back Track 4!  We will also be kicking off the Fun Run for Tracks 2&4 organized by Apex Leadership.  Please click here: Fun Run for more information.  Haga clic aquí para más información.

    Wednesday, October 23, is World Unity Day.  It is a day to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  We are going to wear orange on Wednesday to show our support for others and unite as one Otter Family. #otterpeoplematter

    Wednesday also brings the Cary Fire Department with their fire truck for our Kindergarten students on Tracks 2&4.

    On Friday, October 25, our ECS classes will enjoy a cultural arts program provided by the PTA.  The program is called Learning in Motion, and it is specially designed for our ECS classes.

     

    As a staff, we have tried to collaborate on some consistent dates for Quarter 1 conferences/family engagement opportunities.  Although some teachers may go outside these windows, please look for your teacher to connect with you during the following dates:

    • Track 1: October 7-25
    • Track 2: October 7-25
    • Track 3: October 7-November 15
    • Track 4: November 4-15

     

    Finally, for our 5th grade families: you should have received a notice about Otter Wishes on Friday.  Please remember the deadline for these entries is December 6.  That is a solid deadline; no late entries will be taken.

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/11/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/11/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  On a personal note, my son turned ten years old today.  I know all you important adults can agree that the days can go slowly, but the years go by so fast!

     

    We concluded with Apex Leadership Fun Run Fundraising this week for Tracks 1 & 3.  It looks like Tracks 1&3 were able to raise over $17,000 for Oak Grove.  I appreciate your support more than you know. We have all enjoyed having the Apex Leadership team with us for the past two weeks. We can’t wait to have them back beginning on October 22 for Tracks 2&4.

    As a staff, we have tried to collaborate on some consistent dates for Quarter 1 conferences/family engagement opportunities.  Although some teachers may go outside these windows, please look for your teacher to connect with you during the following dates:

    • Track 1: October 7-25
    • Track 2: October 7-25
    • Track 3: October 7-November 15
    • Track 4: November 4-15

    Coming up this week:

    October 14-18 is National School Lunch Week.  Click here for more information.

    October 14-18 is also Digital Citizenship Week.  The staff has planned some fun events around both important celebrations.  Be on the lookout for more information.

    October 14-17 our Track 2&3 5th Graders will be going to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4H Center for a once in a lifetime field trip. 

    October 15 will be a field trip to Yates Mill Historic Park for Track 3.

    October 17 is a make-up picture day. 

    October 18 is the Yearbook Celebration Breakfast from 8:30-9:00 in the Art Room.  We will celebrate everyone that entered into the Yearbook cover contest, and we will announce the winning cover.

    Coming Soon:

    Monday, October 21, is another Teacher Workday.  Our Oak Grove Staff will be involved in professional development throughout the day.  Students will not be at school that day.

    Apex Leadership Fun Run information for Tracks 2&4 will be coming home on Tuesday, October 22. 

     

    Finally, for our 5th grade families: you should have received a notice about Otter Wishes on Friday.  Please remember the deadline for these entries is December 6.  That is a solid deadline; no late entries will be taken.

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/4/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/4/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  This week we welcomed back Track 1 from Track-out!  It’s great to have you back!

     

    On Sunday, October 6, the PTA organized a Beautification Sunday.  We appreciate all the people who came out to help.  Celeste Smith also received a donation of azalea plants from the WRAL gardens to help add to our grounds.  Thank you for all you do!

     

    We are continuing with Apex Leadership Fun Run Fundraising this week for Tracks 1 & 3.  For more details on the Fun Run, please click here.

    As a staff, we have tried to collaborate on some consistent dates for Quarter 1 conferences/family engagement opportunitites.  Although some teachers may go outside these windows, please look for your teacher to connect with you during the following dates:

    • Track 1: October 7-25
    • Track 2: October 7-25
    • Track 3: October 7-November 15
    • Track 4: November 4-15

    Coming up this week:

    Tuesday, October 8, is a Municipal Election Day.  Oak Grove serves as a polling place.  Therefore, there will be voting on campus that day. 

    Tuesday is also Wacky Tacky Tuesday for all Oak Grove Students if we make our weekend Apex Leadership Fun Run goal of $4000.  I think we are going to make it, and all tracked in students get to participate in the fun on Tuesday. 

    Tuesday also brings two field trips. Kindergarten students on Tracks 1&3 will have a visit from the Fire Truck.  Third Graders on Tracks 1&2 will be going to Historic Oak View.  

    On Thursday, October 10, we will be having our Fun Run with Apex Leadership for Tracks 1&3.  PTA and your child’s teacher sent out information about volunteering and times for the run.  In case you missed it: Fun Run (9:30/K&5, 11:00/3&4, 12:30/1&2)

    Finally, on Friday, October 11, our 4th Graders on Tracks 1&3 will be going to Old Salem on a field trip.

    Coming Soon:

    Monday, October 21, is another Teacher Workday.  Our Oak Grove Staff will be involved in professional development throughout the day.  Students will not be at school that day.

    Apex Leadership Fun Run information for Tracks 2&4 will be coming home on Tuesday, October 22. 

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/27/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/27/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We said “Goodbye” to Track 4 on Friday.  We hope you enjoy your Track-out!

     

    Coming up this week:

    Monday, September 30, is a Teacher Workday.  This is a county-wide Teacher Workday, so all schools will be closed for students on Monday.

    On Tuesday, October 1, we welcome back Track 1!  We will also be kicking off the Fun Run for Tracks 1&3 organized by Apex Leadership.  Please click here: Fun Run (or en espanol: Fun Run) for more information. 

    We are also celebrating Walk to School week.  On Wednesday, October 2, we will walk to school from Montague Park.  Even if you don’t normally walk to school, we would love for you to join us. After Walk to School, we have a special Book Fair Event: Please see the bottom of this page for more information.

    Friday, September 27 was the end of Quarter 1 for Tracks 2, 3, and 4.  On Friday, October 4, Tracks 1, 2, and 3 will send home Quarter 1 report cards. 

     

    Coming Soon:

    Tuesday, October 8, is a Municipal Election Day.  Oak Grove serves as a polling place.  Therefore, there will be voting on campus that day. 

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, PrincipalDonuts for Grownups

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/20/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/20/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I know everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this week as much as I did!

     

    Coming up this week:

    Our Annual Book Fair will kick-off on September 23.  It will run through October 4, so all tracks will be able to participate. 

    We will have a PTA Meeting on Tuesday, September 24, at 6:00 PM.  Please note the time change!  Then, the Book Fair will be open until 7:00 PM.  Please make plans to come out to support our PTA and the Book Fair.

    Also, Oak Grove will host the Board Advisory Council for district 8 (BAC 8) on Monday, September 23, at 6:30.

    On Friday, September 27, we have 3 field trips planned.  Kindergarten students on Tracks 3&4, along with our ECS classes, will visit Naylor Family Farms.  Third grade students on Tracks 3&4 will be going to Historic Oak View.  And 4th graders on Tracks 2&3 will go to the NC Museum of History and Museum of Science.  It will be a fun day!

    Friday, September 27, is also a PTA event.  The PTA will have another Otter Caretaker Coffee at Waverly Place. 

    Friday, September 27 is the end of Quarter 1 for Tracks 2, 3, and 4.  Track 4 students will be tracking out that day.  On Friday, October 4, Tracks 1, 2, and 3 will send home Quarter 1 report cards.  Track 4 Quarter 1 report cards will come home on Friday, October 25.

     

    Last week, Wake County Public Schools had a school safety assessment conducted on our campus. The School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC) conducted the security assessments. The preliminary report was very positive.  When I have more information to share about updates to safety procedures, I’ll let you know.

    We are thankful that WCPSS is carefully looking at safety procedures at all schools.  Please remember all our safety procedures (using the doorbell for entry, signing in at the office, having car tags displayed – just to name a few) when you visit our campus. 

     

    Coming Soon:

    Monday, September 30, is a Teacher Workday.  There is no school for students on Monday.  On Tuesday, October 1, we will welcome back Track 1 from track-out. October 1 will mark the beginning of our Apex Leadership Fun Run for Tracks 1&3.  More information will be coming soon about this fund raiser.

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

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  • Special Otter Splash 4th & 5th EOG Math Score Reports

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/18/2019

     

     September 15, 2019

    Dear Parent/Guardian,

     

    In August of 2019, the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) adopted new Academic Achievement Levels and Descriptors for end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) mathematics tests.

     

    An Individual Student Report (ISR) of your student’s 2018–19 EOG mathematics test score was sent home with your child today (Track 2, 3, 4). As you review your student’s score report, remember the score on this test is only one indicator of how well your student is achieving, and should always be considered along with all other available information provided about your student.

     

    In previous school years, the test has been reported using five Academic Achievement Levels; however, effective in August 2019, Achievement Levels are reported as shown below.

     

    Achievement Levels

    On-Grade-Level Standard

    On Track for Career- and College-Readiness

    Level 5 denotes comprehensive understanding of grade level content standards, are on track for career and college, and are prepared for advanced content at the grade/course.

    Yes

    Yes

    Level 4 denotes a thorough understanding of grade level content standards and are on track for career and college.

    Yes

    Yes

    Level 3 denotes sufficient understanding of grade level content standards though some support may be needed to engage with content at the next grade/course.

    Yes

    No

    Not Proficient denotes inconsistent understanding of grade level content standards and will need support.

    No

    No

     

    If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s ISR, please contact Jo Tysor, Instructional Facilitator at 919-387-4490.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Stephanie Bias

    Principal

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/13/2019

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/13/19 

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  It was great to have Track 2 back starting on Monday, September 9. 

     

    If you had a 3rd-5th grader last year, you should have received, by mail, score reports for the ELA EOG.  At the end of August, we received the number score, but not the complete score report.  Rather than just send home a number, we opted to wait on the complete report. We received those score reports on Friday afternoon around 4:30. So, please be on the lookout for the score report this week.

     

    Coming up this week:

    On Monday, September 16, we will celebrate our Instructional Assistants on Tracks 2, 3, 4.  Hooray for our Awesome Instructional Assistants!!

    Also on Monday, the PTA will sponsor another Otter Family Fun.  This month’s event will be from 4:00-5:00 at Jack Smith Park.

     

    Also this week, Wake County Public Schools will be having a school safety assessment conducted on our campus. The School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC) will conduct security assessments the week of September 16th-20th, 2019.  The assessments will include, but are not limited to: 

    • physical security infrastructure
    • employee interviews
    • observing school arrival and dismissal procedures
    • security and life safety policies and procedures

    We are thankful that WCPSS is carefully looking at safety procedures at all schools.  Please remember all our safety procedures (using the doorbell for entry, signing in at the office, having car tags displayed – just to name a few) when you visit our campus. 

     

    Coming Soon:

    Our Annual Book Fair will kick-off on September 23.  It will run through October 4, so all tracks will be able to participate.  Please be on the lookout for information coming soon.

    We will have a PTA Meeting on Tuesday, September 24, from 4:15-5:00.  Then, the Book Fair will be open until 7:00 PM.  Please make plans to come out to support our PTA and the Book Fair.

    Also, Oak Grove will host the Board Advisory Council for district 8 (BAC 8) on Monday, September 23, at 6:30.  I want to say Thank you! to Sarah Stoeckel for agreeing to be our BAC representative.  

     

    Don’t forget: my Twitter is @OtterBias.  You can also follow our hash-tags: #otterpeoplematter #otterthisworld #itsbetterintheGrove Please check it out!

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

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