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2014-2015 Otter Splash Newsletter from the Principal

January 28

Dates to Remember!

February 9 –  Bus Driver Appreciation Week

February 12 – Cultures of Kindness Night, 6-8 p.m.

February 13 – ERD #5, dismissal at 1:15


WellnessThank you for following healthy habits during the cold and flu season.  If your child has a fever of 100 or higher, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, he/she should stay home. Students must be fever free for 24 hours and free of symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea for 12 hours, without medication, before returning to school.  Thank you helping to keep our students and staff well!


“How do you stay healthy?” Submit a digital photo to the PTA Health and Wellness Commit showing us how YOU like to stay active and/or eat healthy for a chance to win one of three great prizes. Please email all entries to oakgrovewellness@yahoo.com by Friday, February 6th so that the photos can be displayed on the school’s front bulletin board. Be creative and show your teachers and friends what you do to keep yourself healthy!

Bus Driver Appreciation Week:  Parents of bus riders: Please join us in celebrating your child’s bus driver during the week of February 9th – 13th. Our bus drivers work hard to keep students safe while transporting them to and from school each day. Please, take a moment to show your child’s bus driver how much you appreciate her hard work and diligence.

Oak Grove Spelling BeeCongratulations to our Spelling Bee winner, Sylvia Nganga, a 5th grade student on Tr. 1.  Sylvia was our top speller on Friday 1/16, along with our runner up, Rohith Madhuker.  Congratulations to all participants – you are great spellers!

Boys’ Run ClubThe Oak Grove Boys’ Run Club will be up and running very soon!  The club for 2nd through 5th graders will meet on Fridays from 4 to 4:30pm from Friday February 20th through Friday April 10th. ( Runners will meet from 1:30 to 2pm on the early release days on Friday March 6th and Friday March 27th.)   The club will have a goal of running the Cary Road Race 5K on April 11th.   Look for an information sheet to be sent home with students soon.  For questions please contact Beth O’Leary at b2oleary@bellsouth.net.


Cultures of Kindness NightTravel the world and join us for an evening of CULTURE and FUN on Thursday, February 12th from 6-8!  The evening will feature food, art, games, and performances from cultures around the world.   Every child will perform during this event.  Bring your family and fill up your personal passport!


Project Enlightenment Book DriveCongratulations to Oak Grove students, staff, and families for  collecting 557 books for the “On the Road to Reading” book drive with Project Enlightenment.  Thank you for your generous support!


We are glad that you and your child are a part of our Oak Grove community.  We are here 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!

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Saturday Event @ Meredith College

PAGE(Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education) of Wake County which serves grades K-8 as a collaborative networking and advocacy group is hosting their bi-annual Super Saturday Event on February 7th at Meredith College. Please visit the following link for details: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/page-of-wake-county-winter-2015-super-saturday-event-registration-14148170559?aff=eac2

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Famous Author to Visit Oak Grove

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Stephanie Greene
Author of
the Princess Posey and Owen Foote and Sophie Hartley series
is coming to Oak Grove Elementary!
January 27 – 28, 2015
Some books will be available the day of her visit, but pre-ordering is highly recommended.
(Books provided by Quail Ridge Books & Music)

Click on the link Stephanie Greene Purchase Flyer to view and print the order form. ALL ORDERS MUST BE TURNED IN BY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14TH to Ms. Clossey.

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AIG Spring Nomination Window

Spring 2015 Nomination Window


2nd SemesterThe window is open for ALL TRACKS


Nomination Window Closed:

Tracks 1, 2, and 3:  Tuesday, January 13th

Tracks 4: Friday, February 6th


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.

Contact: kjordan-jarrett@wcpss.net



Nominations received after closed dates will be considered the following semester.

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Kindergarten Registration Information 2015-2016

Oak Grove Base Siblings Only



 Monday, January 12, 2015

8:45 am – 3:30 pm

Your child must be five  years of age by August 31, 2015 to register.

Please bring the following items:

Your child’s Certified birth certificate

  • Immunization records for the child
  • Proof of residence (your utility bill, housing contract, rental agreement)

****A Kindergarten Health Assessment needs to be completed by

August 5, 2015 for tracks 1, 2, and 3 and August 25, 2015 for track 4.  You will receive this form when you register your child at school.


Registro de Kinder


Lunes – el January 12, 2015

 8:45 am – 3:30 pm

 Su niño/a debe tener  5 años por 31 de agosto de 2015 para poder de registrarse en la escuela.

 Favor  de traer los siguientes artículos:

Acta de Nacimiento de su niño/a

  • Certificado de Vacuñas
  • Comprobante de Residencia (cuenta de luz o teléfono recién del mes actual, contrato de compra de casa o contrato de renta de casa con la direción)

Una evaluación medica para niños/as de Kinder debe ser completado el por el 5 de agosto de 2015 para las vías 1, 2 and 3 y por el 25 de agosto de 2015 para la vía 4. Recibirás este formulario cuando te registras su hijo/a en la escuela.


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Happy Thanksgiving!


Oak Grove wishes you and your family a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We are thankful you are a part of our school family!

School is closed on November 27th and 28th.


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2015 Science Fair

Science fair information packets and entry forms have been sent home with students.Entry form are due by December 12th, so start thinking about and researching a topic! If you have misplaced or lost your forms, they will be available on the PTA website.

Classes participated in an experiment on “Yeast, Sugar, and Bread” over the past two weeks to instruct them on how to use scientific method and to put together a science fair display.  They learned that yeast are living organisms responsible for making bread rise and even got to view yeast cells through a microscope!  Please take advantage of your child’s scientific curiosity about the world around them and encourage them to participate in the science fair this year!
The science fair will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.  Judging will take place during the school day and the Fair will be held in the evening from 5:30-6:30.  
Please direct any questions to Kim Schneider, OGScienceFair@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed for the Science Fair

If you have a background in science and are interested in being a judge for the 2015 Science Fair, please contact Kim Schneider at the above email address. Time commitment is on Tuesday, January 13th from 9:00am to around 1:00pm or potentially later depending on the number of entries in the grade level you would be judging.  

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Scholastic Book Fair

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 Dec 1 to Dec 12, Media Center, 9:00-3:30. Shop Late Night, Dec 5, 4:00-6:00.
 If you cannot make it during our daytime hours, we have an online version of our book fair running from Nov 20 through Dec 10
(Track 1 parents, be warned that books are delivered to the school!! Make sure you order before DEC 2 if you want to be able to get them before Track Out — otherwise, you can pick them up from the school before the end of the book fair.)Use this link to get directly to our fair: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/oakgrove2013

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New Server Installation at Oak Grove

We are very excited about installing a new server at Oak Grove on Monday, November 24th. This means that we will be UNPLUGGED/offline/not digitally accessible on November 24th and 25th. All emails and digital documents will be not be seen on these two dates. Please keep this in mind by sending in handwritten notes or making phone calls instead. Thank you!

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Chess Club Wins Third Place Trophies in Tournament!

Congratulations to the Chess Club members below that competed in a local K-12 Chess Tournament at Davis Drive Elementary on Sunday, November 16th. Both Oak Grove teams brought home 3rd place trophies and individual medals!

Ishaan Kamra (2nd grade)
Leighton Catton (2nd grade)
Rohith Madhuker (3rd grade)
Spundun Shevade (1st grade)
Ryan Moore (4th grade)
Finley Hooker (3rd grade)
Drew Shaughnessy (4th grade)
Connor Chiaramonte (4th grade)

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OGES Holly Jolly Tree 2014

 The Oak Grove school community is sponsoring the Holly Jolly Tree.  This giving tree helps families within the school by providing gifts and clothes.  The tree in the front lobby will be decorated with tags listing toys and clothing needs for Oak Grove students. The tree will be “open”  on Wednesday, Nov 19. 
Parent volunteer are needed for several tasks: 
1.  Donate clothes and gifts.  Take a tag from the tree to fulfill a child’s request.  We encourage you to shop at local stores and obtain a gift receipt if possible.  Return the unwrapped gifts to school by Dec. 12.  
2.  Donate unopened rolls of holiday themed wrapping paper and / or boxes of black trash bags.  Students may turn in the rolls of paper and bags to the front office. 
3.  Sort and package the donated gifts in preparation for the recipient families.  Sign up on the page here: Holly Jolly Tree Parent Volunteers
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2014 Oak Grove Elementary Spelling Bee (2nd-5th Grade)

Our goal for the 2014 Spelling Bee is to have fun while becoming better spellers!

The dates listed below are the guidelines for this year. 

  • November/December- Conduct Classroom Spelling Bees
  • December 20th- Classroom winners’ names turned in to Mrs. Johnson
  • January 16th- Oak Grove’s Spelling Bee (*One winner will be named champion from our school.)
  • February 28th-PAGE of Wake County Spelling Bee

Location: McKimmon Conference Center, NCSU, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606 Bee will have morning preliminary rounds and a championship round in the afternoon.The morning rounds include written spelling and vocabulary exams as well as an initial oral round. Afternoon rounds are all oral.

PARENTS: Download and print the grade level spelling list on the left column for your child. This will be the study list for the CLASSROOM Spelling Bee. 
Click on the link to print the 1st-8th Grade Spelling Study List to prepare for the School Bee on January 24th.Spelling bee2015 Combined NSB Lists.pdf

In addition, below is another resource for this school year!

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Oak Grove Recognized for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

49 Wake County Schools Recognized for PBIS

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has officially recognized 49 Wake County schools for implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) during the 2013-14 school year. PBIS is an internationally recognized framework that schools use to establish school-wide expectations and multi-tiered systems of support for students. This promotes a positive school climate and increases the time that students spend academically engaged in learning. PBIS implementation is supported by Intervention Services/Student Support Services. You can learn more about PBIS at: Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports US Dept. of Education

Congratulations to the staff, students, and parents at the following schools

Exemplar Schools:

Apex MS Dillard Drive ES Herbert Akins ES Lake Myra ES Sycamore Creek ES
Briarcliff ES East Garner ES Heritage MS Millbrook ES Underwood ES
Brier Creek ES Farmington Woods ES Holly Ridge ES North Forest Pines ES Wildwood Forest ES
Carroll MS Forest Pines ES Laurel Park ES Oak Grove ES
Cary ES Green Hope ES Lead Mine ES Swift Creek ES

Model Schools:

Apex ES Holly Grove ES Vance ES
Baileywick ES Knightdale ES Wakelon ES
Forestville ES Leesville ES West Cary MS
Fox Road ES Northwoods ES York ES
Holly Springs HS Rolesville MS Zebulon MS

Green Ribbon Schools:

Ballentine ES North Garner MS
East Garner MS Poe ES
River Oaks MS Salem MS
Hunter ES Wake Young’s Men Leadership Academy
Leesville MS Willow Springs ES
Middle Creek ES