Otter Splash News & Reminders

Posted by Stephanie Bias on 2/5/2021

Principal’s Otter Splash 2/5/2021

Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. We are excited that we will soon have our Otters back in the building. This week will be full of preparations to be ready for the February 15 return.


On Monday, February 15, all PreK-3rd grade students that are NOT enrolled in Virtual Academy will return to in-person instruction. Additionally, Cohort 2/B 4th and 5th graders will begin. Cohort 3/C 4th and 5th graders will come the week of February 22. Cohort 1/A 4th and 5th graders will come the week of March 1.


If you are coming to school for the first time, we are so excited to see you. Please make sure you familiarize your family with our safety protocols. As always, masks are required for everyone on campus.  We also need everyone to make sure you are symptom-free when coming back to school. Finally, we are making sure to wash or sanitize our hands frequently.


In-Person Families ACTION REQUESTED for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

  • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
  • Please remember to “snake” through the parking lot to keep cars off Penny Road. If the carpool drive is full, please turn right to go around through the parking lot.
  • Please have your carpool number displayed both during arrival and dismissal
  • If it’s a cold morning, please turn down the heat and remove hats and hoods.  Too much warmth in your car could lead to an inaccurate temperature check at screening.
  • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly after health screening questions have been answered
  • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
  • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
  • Say goodbye or hello quickly


OGES Return to Campus Guide:

We have created a helpful guide to assist you with all the information you may need for returning to campus.  You can find the Return to Campus Guide here: Please take some time to read through all the updates.


Cohort Assignments

Cohort Assignments were communicated to 4th and 5th grade families on Friday, February 5, from the homeroom teacher.  If you did not receive your cohort assignment, please contact Ms. Dahlhoff (


Fifth Grade Families: Upcoming Virtual 6th Grade Open House

We are beginning to receive information from our partner middle schools about upcoming open virtual open houses. Ms. Michot is compiling a list to share with 5th grade teachers, but here is the list so far:

Apex Middle School – February 25 at 6:00

Apex Friendship Middle School – March 4 at 6:00

Dillard Drive Middle School – March 1 at 6:00


Daily Communication from WCPSS

With the return to campus coming the week of February 15, WCPSS will be sending daily communication to prepare everyone. Here are the topics you can anticipate for this week:

Monday – Updated Eating and Drinking Guidelines

Tuesday – Changes to Programs and Services

Wednesday – Screening and Health Information

Thursday – Checklist for Returning to Campus

Friday – Social-Emotional Information



Change to Powerschool communication:

There will be an upgrade to our School Messenger system on February 1. If you do not receive my Otter Splash School Messenger on Sunday, February 7, 2021, please contact Alisa Dahlhoff (


As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Rhodes or me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.


All my best,


Stephanie Bias, Principal



  • Join the PTA:
  • ​​​​​​​February 10: NO Asynchronous Day (regular live instruction)
  • February 15: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 2/B for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
  • February 10: NO Asynchronous Day (regular live instruction)
  • February 17: PTA Meeting (held virtually) at 6:00 PM
  • February 19: Quarter 3 Interim Reports sent home today
  • February 22: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 3/C for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
  • February 24: Asynchronous / Remote Learning Day
  • March 1: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 1/A for 4th & 5th Grade begins today