Otter Splash News & Reminders

Posted by Stephanie Bias on 4/1/2022

Principal’s Otter Splash 4/1/2022 Versión en español aquí

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

We had such an exciting week at Oak Grove last week! On Monday, March 28, we welcomed back Track 1. On Friday, April 1, Quarter 3 report cards were sent home with Track 1, 2, and 3 students. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions.

 

This week we celebrate two important educators in the Oak Grove family. First, on Monday, we honor Ms. Caflisch, our Media Specialist, on Media Coordinator Day. Then, the week (April 4-8) is also dedicated to celebrating our Assistant Principal, Ms. Tysor. If you have a moment, please take the time to reach out to these two amazing people. Our school is a better place because of Ms. Caflisch and Ms. Tysor!

 

Voluntary MAKO COVID testing begins April 8:

Voluntary MAKO COVID testing will begin April 8 at Oak Grove. Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com

If you are interested in having your child participate in the pool testing, please find the registration link below. The weekly testing day for Oak Grove is Fridays at 2:45. Results from the pooled testing return 24-48 hours. If your child’s pool is positive, you will be contacted and scheduled to take an individual test.

Registration for students: Oak Grove Elem COVID-19 Testing Registration

 

The PTA DEI Committee Wants YOU!

This year (2021-2022) the Oak Grove PTA created a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that began meeting in the fall. Comprised of parents, PTA leaders, and teachers, the committee began its work by adopting the following statement:

At Oak Grove, we will advocate for our school family by creating systems that promote an inclusive community, embrace diversity, and prioritize equitable access to opportunity. We will intentionally work to counteract racial and socioeconomic inequities, and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of all.


In the fall, the committee hosted a parent workshop on the topic of talking to kids about race, presented by Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Stephanie Mitchell, Wake PTA DEI Co-Chair. We also talked about ways we can be more mindful of inclusion when planning programming and engaging in communications. 

 

As we launch into Spring, we are excited to reconvene and continue our work! And we would love for more parents to get involved! 

Meetings are held virtually at varying times, to help make attendance easy. We hope you will join us in our effort to make our school a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. To get involved, you can contact the committee chair, Sarah Stoeckel, at sarah.e.stoeckel@gmail.com.

 

Oak Grove PTA Spring Fundraiser Coming Soon:

Oak Grove's Spring Fundraiser is about a month away! We wanted to give the families a heads up on this event because it will look different than it has in previous years. It has two components:

 

The Otter Raffle: This will be an in-person, cash only raffle to have lunch with your teacher. Every student will receive one ticket to be put in their current teacher's raffle. Students can buy additional raffle tickets to increase their odds or try for another teacher (specialist, administrator, former teacher). The raffle will be held outside under the breezeway during arrival time on May 5 & 6 for Tracks 1 & 2 and May 12 & 13 for Tracks 3 & 4. 

 

The Otter Auction: In conjunction with the raffle, we will be holding an online auction, where we will raffle off class-made baskets, donations from local businesses, and other teacher experiences. The auction will be held exclusively online 5/3-5/13.

 

We will share more information on this event as it gets closer! Thank you for your support of the PTA!

 

Outdoor Lunch Update:

Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

 

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: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

 

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 https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

 

Previous Splash Announcements

 

SSA Nomination Information:

Dear Otter Families:

The nomination window for Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) testing listed on Ms. Jarrett's webpage: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/15896  

 

Otter Families must submit the electronic or paper nomination form to Mrs. Karen Jarrett (kjordan-jarrett@wcpss.net) 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.

 

Thoughtfully,

Karen Jordan-Jarrett, M.Ed., NBCT

AIG Teacher, Oak Grove

 

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

 

Reminders:

  • April 4-8: Assistant Principal Appreciation Week (We love Ms. Tysor!)
  • April 4: Media Coordinator Day (We love Ms. Caflisch!)
  • April 7: Spring Picture Day (Track 1 & 2)
  • April 8: Mako Testing begins
  • April 14: Track-out Day, Track 3
  • April 15: No School, Holiday
  • April 18: Track-in Day, Track 4