The 2015 Holly Jolly Tree is Ready!


This year we are serving 46 Oak Grove families.

Please review these instructions for how to donate a gift.

  • Choose at least one tag from the tree.
  • Shop for item requested on the tag.  Please ask for a gift receipt if possible for the item.  
  • Return the unwrapped gift to the front lobby of the school before Dec.10 during morning arrival (8:45-9:15am).  Tape the tag and the gift receipt when you bring it back to Oak Grove.
  • We are also accepting donations of wrapping paper rolls (unopened) and large black trash bags.  You may donate these in the cardboard box near the tree in the school main lobby.
  • Sign up to help sort the donated gifts if you have time. Sorting times are available Wednesday, Dec. 9- Monday, Dec. 14.  Volunteer sign up- click here   or

Thanks for giving!

2016 Science Fair Information

Science Fair

2016 Science Fair

All students are invited to participate in Oak Grove’s annual SCIENCE FAIR! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate science; take advantage of your child’s scientific curiosity about the world around them and encourage them to participate in the science fair this year!

Science fair information packets and entry forms have already been sent home with students. Entry forms are due by December 11th. If you have misplaced or lost your forms, they will be available on the PTA website.

The science fair will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (inclement weather date January 19). Judging will take place during the school day and the Fair will be held in the evening from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room.

Click here to see a video demo!

Please direct any questions to Kim Schneider,

Click on the link below for an entry form.

2016 Science Fair Entry Form

Together in Education- LINK THIS WEEK!

This year we have been selected by Harris Teeter to participate as a bonus school in their Together in Education Program.  Harris Teeter is going to match every $100 we earn up to $2000.  This is a great opportunity for Oak Grove!  We need everyone to link (or relink) their Harris Teeter VIC cards to Oak Grove Elementary School.  Even if you have children in another school you can link your VIC card number with up to 5 schools.  Our goal this year is to get a minimum of 250 linked cards for Oak Grove Elementary. You can ask neighbors, friends, and family to link their cards; you do not have to be a student to help contribute to our school.
To link your card use the link below, use code 2674 at the store at the customer service desk. You can also cut off the top portion of your receipt that has the VIC number on it and bring it to school and we can enroll your number with our school for you.
This week we are holding a drive to see if we can get 200 new enrolled cards! Your class will earn a point for every new linked VIC card to Harris Teeter.  To submit a receipt please send in your receipt with your child or drop the receipt in the jar in the office at the school.  Cut the top of the receipt off with just the VIC number and your last name and teacher’s name written at the top or on the back.  The classroom with the most points will receive a treat at the end of the drive.  To make it even easier we will walk the carpool line on Friday November 20th and take your receipt from you if you will just have it ready in your car!


3rd Grade CogAT Parent Meeting

3rd Grade Parents 

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) parent informational session(s) dates listed below:

Monday, November 02, 2015 @4:30pm in Room 106

Monday, November 16, 2015 @ 8:30am in Room 106


Presentation: 15-20 minutes

Questions/Answers:  10-15 minutes


CogAT Parent Presentation

2015-2016 Otter Splash Newsletter from the Principal


Dates to Remember:

Nov. 11               Veterans’ Day holiday, no school

Nov. 18               Fun Run during recess for Tr. 1 and 3

Nov. 25, 26, 27  Thanksgiving holidays, no school


PTA NewsOak Grove’s “beautification day” on Saturday, Nov. 7, will be rescheduled.  Thank you to Andy Taylor for organizing.

Volunteer Registration:  Effective immediately, the volunteer registration process will remain open every school day.  You may visit the Media Center Monday through Friday to complete the online volunteer registration.  Once you have received your clearance, you will receive your new 2015-2016 badge.  If you have a badge from last school year, you still need to register again for this school year.  Thank you for volunteering at Oak Grove!

We hope that you and your family enjoy the Veterans’ Day holiday activities.  We are grateful for the opportunity to honor our veterans.

We are glad that you and your child are a part of our Oak Grove community. We are making a difference for every child, every day!

To read more editions of our Otter Splash and to view the latest news from the Principal’s desk click here!

Oak Grove Prospective Student Tours

Please click on the link below to sign up for a school tour. All current tours will be at 10:15 AM.


December 1

December 15

State Recognizes Wake County Schools for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

The NC Department of Public Instruction recently honored select Wake County schools for implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS strives to build favorable school climate and increase academic learning time. PBIS is a nationally recognized research-based best practice designated by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the “Ideas that Work”. A responsibility of school-based PBIS Teams is to empower adults within a school with the skills needed to improve overall classroom and school climate to achieve higher academic performance for all students. Implementation is supported by Intervention Services/Student Support Services.

The state honored 24 WCPSS schools with the top honor of Exemplar School. These schools presented documentation supporting multi-tiered systems of support in place:

Briarcliff ES Fuquay Varina ES Holly Ridge ES Reedy Creek ES
Brier Creek ES Green Hope ES Lake Myra ES Swift Creek ES
Dillard Drive ES Herbert Akins ES Lead Mine ES Sycamore Creek ES
Farmington Woods ES Heritage MS Leesville Road ES Timber Drive ES
Forest Pines ES Holly Grove ES North Forest Pines ES Wakelon ES
Forestville ES Holly Grove MS Oak Grove ES York ES



Oak Grove Elementary’s Spotlight Student

AnnaOak Grove recognizes Anna Shakinovsky as our Spotlight Student this year!

3rd Grade Parent CogAT Info. Session

3rd Grade Parents 

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) parent informational session(s) dates listed below:

Monday, November 02, 2015 @4:30pm in Room 120

Monday, November 16, 2015 @ 8:30am in Room 120


Presentation: 15-20 minutes

Questions/Answers:  10-15 minutes

Local Tutor Lists 2015-16

HSES Tutor List 2015-2016

Alston Ridge Tutors 2015-2016 (1)

BES Staff Tutors 2015-16 (1)

Davis Drive Tutoring List 2015-2016

Holly Grove Elementary Tutors Salem Tutors 15-16

Tutor List 2015-2016

Vance Elementary 2015-2016 Tutor List

West Lake Elementary Tutors 2015-2016 (1)

OGES- Walk to School Day

Thursday, October 22ND
Please meet us at one of the following locations at the designated times so that our leaders can walk all the participants to school together. PARENT INVOLVEMENT IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.Hemlock Bluffs Shopping Center: 8:30am2968 Kildaire Farm Rd. Cary, NC 27518 (0.5 miles)

Glenridge Neighborhood Pool: 8:20am

101 Autumngate Dr. Cary, NC 27518 (0.9 miles)

Dutchmen Downs Pool: 8:25am

8204 Belgium Dr. Raleigh, NC 27606 (0.7 miles)



Curriculum Night- Tonight @5:30 PM

Come and learn more about what your student is learning and creating here at Oak Grove! Come anytime between 5:30-6:45 to your child’s classroom to explore!


At 6:45, there will be a general PTA meeting followed by SPORTS NIGHT from 7-8:30 PM.

Oak Grove Teachers Celebrate Autism

On Saturday, October 10th, two of our AU teachers participated in the 2015 Triangle Walk/ Run for Autism. Ms. Engeman and Ms. Vernet shared this experience with their family and school family.The OGES Autism Team raised $800!!!
Click here for more information or to donate to this worthy cause!
We are very proud of our students and families! AU walk

Early Release this Friday!


Dismissal this Friday begins at 1:15 PM.

Free and Reduced Meals Application Deadline

The annual enrollment deadline of October 7th is quickly approaching for free and reduced priced meals. Prior year qualified families must complete an application every year to remain enrolled.

School Lunch Reminder flyer2015-2016

School Lunch Reminder flyerSPAN2015-16

Greg Fishel Visits Oak Grove

Annual Project Enlightenment Book Drive Starts Soon!


Project Enlightenment is partnering with  Oak Grove Elementary School, September 28, 2015 through October 9, 2015 to collect books for boys and girls that may not have books in their home.

How you can help? Bring donations to your school and look for the collection boxes in the lobby!

NEEDED books:






See our FLYER for more information!

Oak Grove Elementary Announces Participation in the National Geographic Bee


Love to learn about the world we live in? Please read the information below about the National Geography Bee coming to Oak Grove.

What is a Geography Bee?

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. National Geographic Bee will be conducted similar to Spelling Bee, where a winner from the school may have an opportunity to qualify for the state championship. One state champion will represent the state at the National level

Next Steps

Once we have 6 students signed up, we will send communications on the details and timeline for school competition dates. Please email  BY OCTOBER 10th to register for this opportunity!

Click NationalGeographicBee2015-2016 to learn more.