Otter Splash News & Reminders

Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/22/2021

Principal’s Otter Splash 10/22/2021 Versión en español aquí

Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend!


Track 3 tracked out on Friday, October 22. We welcome back Track 4 on Monday, October 25. We have missed you!!


Apex Leadership Fundraiser (Tracks 1 & 4):

We’re raising funds for . . .  Reconnecting the Oak Grove Elementary Community, Technology Enhancements, Cultural Arts Programs, Teacher Appreciation, Continued Advocacy to OGE Families and so much more!

Our Apex FUN RUN fundraiser and leadership program begins this week for Tracks 1 & 4 (Monday, October 25th!) Read more here:

Oak Grove As One Flyer

We love the amazing leadership and character-building portion of the Apex program as it focuses on developing student self-control and interpersonal skills that are vital for school and life success. With this year’s #ApexAsOne theme, students will embark on an incredible two-week quest in search of the key to becoming great leaders, learning to dream big, and making a positive impact on the world. These quick, engaging lessons tie in with our school’s vision and mission, encourages students to create a positive environment, and inspires them to lead by example.

The Apex FUN RUN will be held on Friday, November 4th for Tracks 1 & 4. More info on how to make a pledge to support our school will go home this week! #ApexLeadershipCo #ApexAsOne #BuildingLeaders


So far, we have raised $17,000 for our school.


Outdoor Seating Update (Volunteer Lunch Monitors):

The Outdoor Seating Committee is still looking for Volunteer Lunch Monitors. We still need more parents to sign up for next week (October 25). Unfortunately, we may have to cancel outdoor seating if we don’t have enough volunteers. Please check your schedule and join us. We may also have to cancel this week due to inclement weather. We will send that information out as soon as we make a decision in the morning of the predicted weather event.

In order to sign up, all volunteers must register on a school computer for security clearance. Please email Ms. Dahlhoff if you need to register as a volunteer. We will have computers set up outside all day on Tuesdays from 7:15-5:00, but Ms. Dahlhoff can work with you if you need a different time/date.


Here is the sign-up link:



Picture Day is Coming (Tracks 2 & 4):

Picture Day for Tracks 2 & 4 is November 3. This includes our Virtual Academy Students. VA’s picture schedule time is 11:50-12:15 on November 3. You can go to and enter code FM375089 if you are interested in ordering pictures.


PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track-out camps this fall and winter, with both half-day and full-day available.  They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of September to the OGES PTA!  Go to to learn about the camps and book a spot.


The PTA has an exciting opportunity for you to remember your child’s time at Oak Grove. The local artist, Lew Wilson, has created a print of our beautiful school. You can even order an ornament! You can find the information here:


COVID cases at school:

Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms. Also, please encourage your Otter to appropriately wear a face covering as much as possible while indoors. The exception of exposure statement from the COVID team reads: Exceptions:  If face coverings were worn appropriately (over nose, mouth, and under chin) and consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person.

If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.


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


All my best,


Stephanie Bias, Principal



  • October 25: Track-in Day (Track 4)
  • October 25-29: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 3
  • October 25-November 5: Apex Leadership Fun Run (Track 1&4)
  • October 26-28: CogAT testing for Track 4
  • October 29: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home (Track 4)
  • November 2: No School, Teacher Workday (Track 1, 2, & 4)
  • November 3: Fall Picture Day (Track 2 & 4)
  • November 10: Track-out Day (Track 2)
  • November 11: No School: Veterans Day Holiday
  • November 12: No School: Board Approved Non-Instructional Day (Tracks 1, 2, & 4)
  • November 15: No School: Board Approved Non-Instructional Day (Track 3)
  • November 16: Track-in Day (Track 3)