*Traditional Schools to Open and May Affect Bus Times
With traditional calendar schools opening this week, our buses may experience some delays. School start times are staggered and buses run three routes. Oak Grove is on the third tier which means we have the latest morning start time and dismissal time. Buses will run two routes prior to running our routes. Therefore, just as we took time at the beginning of the school to ensure that our students were on the correct routes, traditional schools will need to do the same. This could impact morning pick-up times but may especially impact our afternoon routes. This process is usually ironed out in less than two weeks but we wanted to make you aware of this and ask for your patience and understanding.
Safety is of utmost importance at Oak Grove. Our students and staff practiced a lockdown drill today and were well prepared. We appreciate the support of the Cary Police Department with our drill.
To read more and to view the latest news from the Principal’s desk click here!
With the start of the WCPSS traditional calendar school year on August 25, State Superintendent June Atkinson called on motorists across N.C. to keep bus riders safe.
“Student safety is a top priority for school bus drivers and school transportation staff,” Atkinson said at a news briefing held at Combs Magnet Elementary. “We want our students to arrive at school safely and to be delivered home safely. That is why every N.C. motorist should always remember to stop completely for the school bus’s flashing red lights and extended stop arm, and to watch for students around bus stops.”
Statistics show that not every motorist obeys the law where stopped school buses are concerned. For the past four years during the state’s one day stop arm count, N.C. school bus drivers reported that more than 3,000 vehicles illegally passed their stopped buses on a single day.
…click here to read more from State Superintendent June Atkinson
When traditional calendar schools open on Monday August 25th, our buses may experience some delays. School start times are staggered and buses run three routes. Oak Grove is on the third tier which means we have the latest morning start time and dismissal time. Buses will run two routes prior to running our routes. Therefore, just as we took time at the beginning of the school to ensure that our students were on the correct routes, traditional schools will need to do the same. This could impact morning pick-up times but may especially impact our afternoon routes. This process is usually ironed out in less than two weeks but we wanted to make you aware of this and ask for your patience and understanding.
I’ve created a website called “Oak Grove Art Class” to share news and pictures with friends and family of students at Oak Grove. It is a private site so you request to join. I receive a notification of your request and then accept it.
Come check it out at https://oakgroveartclass.shutterfly.com/.
Site URL: https://oakgroveartclass.shutterfly.com/
The window is open for ALL TRACKS
Nomination Window Closed:
Track 1: August 22nd
Tracks 2, 3, and 4: September 12th
Teachers or Parents may nominate:
- High achieving 4th or 5th grade students who are not already identified
- High achieving 4th or 5th grade students who wish to add a second area of identification
- High achieving 4th or 5th grade students who are new to Wake County Public Schools.
Nominations received after closed dates will be considered the following semester.
Parents please send nominations to
Karen Jordan-Jarrett – AIG Resource Teacher
Carpool Safety Focus Points:
- Have a Positive Attitude (Positive Attitude)- Be patient, kind and friendly to other drivers and OGES carpool helpers
- Be a Distraction Free Driver (Appropriate choices)- Put away your cell phone or digital device, secure your pet and no children driving in your lap
- Honor the Procedures (Work Hard)- Post your number, mind the cones and release children out of passenger side of car
- Model Safety with Your Children (Stay Safe)- Keep children buckled up and go slow!
If there is lightning today or any day, we will delay dismissal by ten minutes after each event. Please be patient as safety is our biggest concern.
We will be dismissing a few minutes behind schedule due to thunder and lightning in the immediate area. Thanks for your patience.
Parents can enroll their child effective July 1, 2014 in Voluntary Student Accident Insurance coverage. If interested, complete the application below and mail the application and check to Bollinger for processing coverage.
Oak Grove has an amazing line up of specials being led by phenomenal teachers! Though our specialist page is under construction, listed below is a sneak peek at our fab six!
Physical Education- Gigi Sammons
Spanish Education- Jenna Cherry
Art Education- Andrea Huovinen
Music Education- Kenya Snider
Media Education- Lauren Upchurch
Math Intervention and Enrichment (NEW!)- Pam Daniels
Parent Night (formerly Open House/Meet the Teacher) for 1st -5th grades will be on
THURSDAY, July 17thfrom 5:30-7:00 PM for Tracks 1-3
TUESDAY, August 5th from 5:30-7:00 PM for Track 4
- Teacher Names, tracks and supply lists ARE POSTED under TEACHERS TAB and PARENTS TAB
- New Bus routes ARE POSTED
- New Teacher videos have been POSTED (except for 2 that will be posted by Tuesday
Click on the link below for information and approximate stop times!
New bus routes available for year round schools on June 27
New bus routes for the 2014-15 school year will be available online June 27 for WCPSS year-round schools. The bus routes will be shared at http://www.wcpss.net/parents/transportation/routes-and-stops.html the week before the new school year begins.
Families should check the bus routes to find the stop closest to their address. Each year, bus stops change based on the students who ride the route. Students should be ready and waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive.
This school year for the first time, WCPSS Transportation has a team of routing specialists who will work to provide eligible riders safe and timely bus service.
They will base routes on families who used bus service last year or families who signed up to ride the bus for 2014-15. In the past, transportation plans assumed all students would ride the bus. Of the 153,000 students last year, 76,000 were bus riders.
Beginning the planning process with accurate ridership will help Transportation planners provide superior bus routing. This should provide families better bus service from the start of the school year. Routes for known riders will be set for the first day of school. Bus drivers will practice set routes to be ready for the first day of school. With superior routing, buses will travel less distance saving money on fuel and maintenance.
Students eligible for bus service are assigned a stop this school year based on their home address of record. If families need an alternate stop for before- or after-school care, they may request that online starting on June 27.
Transportation will evaluate these requests to determine if the alternate stop fits on an existing bus route and that space is available on the bus to accommodate the student. WCPSS does not add bus stops during the first 30 days of school.
Students who were approved as voluntary transfers for 2013-14 and received transportation for the year may apply beginning June 27 to seek bus service for 2014-15. The request will be reviewed to determine if it falls on the existing route of a bus with available space and does not significantly affect other students’ ride time.
Special needs students
Families of children who are homeless, have Individual Education Plans (IEPs), or have plans under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) may need to request special transportation, as they move into the community or change address. These families will need to enroll their child in the new school or notify their current school of the address change and inform school staff of their child’s IEP, 504 plan or homeless status. Students will be assigned to transportation.
After the first 30 days of school, bus drivers will monitor ridership. Transportation will drop the bus stop for students who do not use the bus for 10 consecutive school days. Families only need to apply for students to receive service again.
The goal of this practice is to improve the service for those that consistently ride the bus.
RALEIGH, N.C.—April 25, 2014— Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) today announced 2014 Brains and Bodies Award recipients and Wellness Star recipients – individual Wake County schools going above and beyond, to support healthy behaviors at school for both students and staff. Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) School Board Chair Christine Kushner was invited to present the awards.
Ten schools earned the Brains and Bodies Award, and six earned the Wellness Star, with three schools winning both awards. Underwood Elementary in Raleigh won the AHA Brains and Bodies Award for overall wellness at the Gold level designation for the fourth year in a row. Brier Creek Elementary, Davis Drive Elementary, Highcroft Elementary, Hunter Elementary and Joyner Elementary earned awards at the Silver level. Bronze award winners include Brentwood Elementary, Lead Mine Elementary, Martin Middle School and Oak Grove Elementary. The AHA Brains and Bodies Award is the only school award for school health in Wake County.
Since today was the first delay of inclement weather season, we thought this would be a great day to post some reminders for all parents!
When inclement weather causes OGES to run on alternate times, please remember to:
- Make sure your child’s teacher has a note (emailed or written) from you regarding how your child will get home if it is different than their normal way home. As with all transportation changes, we only send children home a different way than normal if we have a note (see our parent handbook for more details). If there is an emergency change, please call the front office (919)387-4490 before 3:00 pm and let them know of the new arrangements.
- Make sure you are aware of how after/before school care vans and services (Little Pros, All About Kids, YMCA, etc.) handle inclement weather procedures.
- Provide your child breakfast at home if they normally eat breakfast at school when there is a 2 hour delay. OGES does not serve breakfast with a delay as when the children get here at 11:15, we start serving lunch!
- Check this website often to get the latest information!
Congratulations to the Oak Grove Otter Singers in making the cut for the 2014 Pieces of Gold Program! Schools all over Wake County vie for a few spots in the prestigious program.
Oak Grove Elementary has great teachers! Please read below the updates to help you prepare for 2014-2015 Student Assignment/Registration!
- We will be sending out 2013-2014 assignment strips with current students the first of December. This will tell parents where their students are slated to attend for the next school year.
- Rising Kindergartners without siblings already at OGES can be registered for the 2013-2014 school year starting on January 13th. We are asking Track 1 and 3 parents that will be registering an additional child to OGES for Kindergarten to come on Wednesday, December 4th. Track 2 and 4 parents can come register on Wednesday, December 11th. This helps stagger the amount of students to register per day.
- When enrolling a Kindergartner, the parent needs to bring a certified birth certificate (no mother’s copies), proof of residence (current electric, water, or gas bill in parent’s name), photo ID of parent, and an immunization record. Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31st to register for Kindergarten for the following school year.
PLEASE PRINT AND COMPLETE THE (10 total ) FORMS BELOW AND BRING THEM WITH YOU TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD!
Please see our 2013-2014 Testing Calendar by clicking here!
Learn more about our Spanish program and about what your child is learning!