Otter Splash News & Reminders

Posted by Stephanie Bias on 3/18/2022

Principal’s Otter Splash 3/18/2022 Versión en español aquí

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

We have some exciting events at Oak Grove this week! Beginning on Monday, the Scholastic Book Fair kicks off. Please see the linked flyer for more information.

On Thursday, March 24, our Otter Singers will perform during the school day for the school during two assemblies. That evening, at 6:30 PM, we will have a family performance in the gym. Also, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open that afternoon from 5:00-6:30 for families to explore the books together. We’re so excited to have an opportunity to open our doors to our Otter Community!


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to Oak Grove!

If you are interested in volunteering at the book fair, please sign up here.  If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Tandy Kauffman at  We are accepting donations for our All for Books campaign.  We strive to provide a book to any child at Oak Grove that may not be able to afford one otherwise.  No donation is too small, and every penny will go towards providing books to children at our school.  If you are interesting in donating, please contact Julie Steet at


Read to Achieve Parent Meeting for 3rd Grade:

There will be a brief Read to Achieve Program informational meeting for all Track 2, 3, and 4 third grade parents on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Topics for discussion include the legislation behind the Read to Achieve program, Good Cause Exemptions, and next steps for students. Please use the google meet link to join at 11:30 am or 4:15 pm.


PTA Announces Spring Spirit Wear Sale:

Our Spring Spirit store is open for business! We have new shirts and hats for sale through Friday, April 1st. This is your last opportunity to grab some Otter Gear this year!


Eating Out with The Otters to Support our PTA:

Oak Grove Elementary PTA is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque Cary on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Order online or head on over to show your support and enjoy some BBQ—we’ll get 20% of sales from everyone who shares this post or uses our fundraiser code when they order at  or in the City BBQ app!

Our fundraiser code is FundA (enter in the prom code box)


Return of Outdoor Lunch:

Spring is in the air! We really want to provide outdoor eating for our Otters, but we need your help! In order to provide proper supervision, we will need parent volunteers to help monitor students both indoors and outdoors during lunch each day.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.  We will be providing some guidelines for volunteer participation and cancelation, as well as some criteria for inclement weather days.


SSA Nomination Information:

Dear Otter Families:

The nomination window for Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) testing listed on Ms. Jarrett's webpage:  


Otter Families must submit the electronic or paper nomination form to Mrs. Karen Jarrett ( no later than 5 p.m. on the last day of the nomination window. 

I will be facilitating a Google Meet SSA Information Session Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6pm and  Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8 a.m.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.



Karen Jordan-Jarrett, M.Ed., NBCT

AIG Teacher, Oak Grove


Updates to the When to Return Page:

WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here:


PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!


Track Change Requests:

Please click here to read more about track change requests for the 2022-2023 school year. You do not need to do anything if you would like your child/children to stay on the same track for next year.


Previous Splash Announcements

WCPSS Message to all Families (March 3):

Effective March 7, face coverings are recommended but not required in all settings and all school-related activities. These changes are being made following new guidance from state and local health officials. Current health protocols can be found online. Students and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated if they have not already done so.


Message from Ms. Ormond:

Our amazing ESL teacher, Ms. Ormond, recently had her last day at Oak Grove. She wanted to send the following message to the families and students that she served:

It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to my Oak Grove family. My parents’ health has declined recently and for the time being, I will be caring for them full-time. I will miss you all so much! Thank you for the privilege of working with your amazing children. I have learned a great deal about kindness and service in my eight years at Oak Grove. 



Robyn Ormond - ESL Teacher


We will miss her so much at Oak Grove! Ms. Tysor and I have been able to recommend a candidate to fill the ESL position. As soon as we have approval from Human Resources, we will share more information.


Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.



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



  • March 21-31: Scholastic Book Fair
  • March 24: Evening at the Scholastic Book Fair, 5:00-6:30
  • March 24: Otter Singers Performance, 6:30 PM
  • March 25: Track Out Day (Track 4)
  • March 25: Quarter 3 ends for Tracks 2, 3 &4
  • March 28: Track In Day (Track 1)
  • April 1: Report Cards go home (Tracks 1, 2 & 3)
  • April 15: No School, Holiday