Cultures of Kindness 2016

What an amazing event! We are so thankful to celebrate each and every Culture that makes us a beautiful and diverse Country. Thank you for being a part of our special night!


Wake Up and Read!

WAKE Up and Read Annual Book Drive




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will be collecting new and gently-used books
to benefit the children of Wake County.


The month of February




 Book donations should be appropriate for children birth-12 years of age.

 Used book donations should be gently-used (covers and pages intact, clean, and readable).

We cannot accept coloring books, activity books or magazines.  Book donations that are not acceptable for young children may be exchanged with other literacy organizations for more appropriate titles.

About WAKE Up and Read

WAKE Up and Read is a collaborative effort to engage and educate Wake County about the importance of childhood literacy and to increase access to literacy resources and opportunities for all children. This unique community collaboration includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, working together to help every child develop the skills for success in school and beyond. Sadly, many Wake County children have no books at home and arrive for kindergarten without the knowledge and experiences they need to excel. Our shared goal is to ensure that every child in Wake County is inspired, equipped, and empowered to read.  To learn more, visit 

2015-2016 Otter Splash Newsletter from the Principal



Dates to remember:

Thurs. 2/11           Cultures of Kindness, 5-8 p.m.

Fri. 2/12               ERD #6, dismissal at 1:15; Tr. 2 tracks out – woo hoo!

The 2016 WAKE Up and Read Book Drive is coming!  During the month of February, WAKE Up and Read will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12.  Our goal is to collect 110,000 books in one month – enough to share at ten schools, as well as community centers and child care facilities across Wake County.  We know that helping children develop a love for reading early in life can pave the way for later school success, and we want to ensure that every child in our community has the opportunity to grow and thrive.   You may drop off your new and gently-used books in the collection bins in the Oak Grove lobby.  Thank you so much!


We are so excited about our upcoming evening of Cultural Celebrations! Please come and enjoy the sights, sounds and foods of cultures around the globe! Our doors will open at 5:00 PM with Opening Ceremonies starting at 5:15 PM. Ms. Tucker’s class will be our Master of Ceremonies Class this year!  Chick-Fil-A and Hibachi Express will have food for purchase so dinner can be enjoyed by all! Please join us for a big night to remember on February 11th!

The PTA is in need of volunteers for our Ollie Fest coming up on Saturday April 16th. This is a fun “carnival” for our Oak Grove families. However, we need volunteers at this time to make this happen. The PTA board is hoping to find several people to coordinate several parts–lots of help, less work.  If you would like to volunteer, please check out the PTA website.

The PTA also needs new board members. The members of this year’s board will resign at the end of the year. We need new officers by April. We MUST have a president and treasurer in order for the PTA to continue. Please consider taking on these important roles.  Please consider helping.

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!

Cultures of Kindness Event- February 11th from 5-8 PM

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Travel the world and join us for an evening of CULTURE and FUN on Thursday, February 11th from 5-8 PM! The evening will feature food, art, games, and performances of cultures from around the world. Every child will be performing during this amazing event. Experience a British Tea party and dramatization, make a Chinese Lantern, Visit an Australian Zoo, Zumba in Columbia, make art in Honduras, experience a step team performance, taste the world and more! Bring your family and fill up your personal passport!

Order our Cultures of Kindness Baseball T Shirt Here

Science Fair 2015-2016

AIG Program- Spring Nomination Window



Second Semester


Nomination Window Closed:

Tracks 1, 2, & 3:      January 20th

Track 4:                January 29th


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

2016-2017 Registration Information


Oak Grove Prospective Student Tours

Please click on the link below to sign up for a school tour. Tours are at 10:15 AM and afterschool.


Tour Dates are scheduled for FEBRUARY. Please click on the SignupGenius above for all details.

Cultures of Kindness Parent Survey

Cultures of Kindness 2016- GET READY!

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

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.