Walk to School Day- Friday, October 17th!

Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 15 Friday, October 17, 2014. We would love for you to join your fellow Oak Grove students walk or bike to school that day. You can walk from home or drive to one of our designated meeting places and walk with a group led by one of our parent volunteers. Parents and teachers are encouraged to walk as well. Please be sure to check the meet up times and places below:

Hemlock Plaza Shopping Center (we will have the police help escort all participants across Kildaire farm road at this location): 2968 Kildaire Farm Rd. Cary, NC 27518 (0.5 miles) Meeting time 8:30am

Glenridge Neighborhood Pool: 101 Autumngate Dr. Cary, NC 27518 (0.9 miles)Meeting time 8:20am

Dutchmen Downs Pool: 8204 Belgium Dr. Raleigh, NC 27606 (0.7 miles) Meeting time 8:25am

Don’t forget to make a sign to carry with you showing us why Walking to School is cool. One sign will be chosen as our winner and the student will receive a $25 gift certificate to Omega Sports. We will see you walking!

This post directly from the PTA website!

Curriculum Night and Ottercise TONIGHT!

Please come learn and have fun tonight, October 14th from 5:30-7:30 PM.

5:30-6:30 Students will be sharing how we use technology in the classroom! Students will be leading us on a technological journey. Come learn more about how we use the technology that the PTA helps us purchase!

6:30-7:30 The PTA will have tons of sports such as soccer, football, martial arts, yoga and more for all to enjoy! There will be healthy snacks to enjoy too!  The class with the highest participation will win a huge, new recess bucket filled with over 7 balls and toys! Wear your favorite team shirt and come out to Ottercise!



Oak Grove Walk to School Day- Postponed

Due to severe weather warnings for tomorrow, Oak Grove’s Walk to School Day has been rescheduled for Friday, October 17. We would like to encourage everyone to walk to school from home or drive to one of the designated meeting locations at Glenridge pool, Dutchman Downs pool, or the Hemlock Plaza Shopping Center parking lot (old Food Lion lot). Each location will have a parent volunteer to lead each group to the school. Teachers and parents are encouraged to join in on the walk. Don’t forget to make a sign to carry with you showing why walking to school is cool as we will choose one winner to
take home a $25 Omega-Sports gift certificate. Please check the Oak Grove Website for
more information regarding the designated locations and start times. We hope to see you
walking this Friday!

NEW Chess Club at Oak Grove


We are so excited to offer a chess club at Oak Grove Elementary starting in October. No experience is necessary!  If your child is interested in the game, then this is the place to learn the basics and have fun playing chess with friends. If your child already has chess experience, this is a way to review the rules, learn new moves and practice, practice, practice.


There are many reasons to enroll in this new after school club, but mostly this is an opportunity for children to learn the rules of chess and enjoy an internationally played game. According to Susan Polger, four-time Chess World Champion,


“Countless researchers and studies have shown over the years that chess does indeed strengthen a child’s mental clarity, fortitude, stability, and overall health. Many schools are now finding chess as an inexpensive but essential way of helping kids grow mentally. In this technologically driven world, chess helps aid in the synthesis and growth of certain areas in the brain and mind where many children can benefit as they grow older from the game.”*


The Oak Grove Chess Club will have a 15-minute lesson each week followed by 45 minutes of free play.  Children will have an opportunity to enter local and regional tournaments with the Oak Grove team and also individually.


This is a volunteer-run club!  We are looking for parents and grandparents who have some time on Thursday to help out. Chess knowledge is helpful but not necessary! All you need is an interest in the game, an ability to work with children and volunteer clearance through Wake County. We will need at least 1 volunteer per 8 children to make this fun for everyone!


The Chess Club meets Thursday afternoon beginning October 9, 2014 in the Media Center from 3:45pm – 4:45pm.  If your child is tracked out, you must drop him/her off through the carpool loop or park and walk him/her in. Parents must park in the BUScircle for pick up and sign out their child by 4:45pm in the Media Center.


To attend class, your child will need to bring a specific type of chess board approved for tournament play. We recommend you purchase a club chess set for approximately $10 at Wholesalechess.com. It comes with a roll-up vinyl board and tournament-sized plastic pieces with a carry bag.  (We do not recommend “weighted” pieces.) Please try to have the set purchased by our first class. http://www.wholesalechess.com/shop/chess_sets/club_chess_sets

We will be running three sessions from 3:45-4:45pm. Each session will have one lesson and will include free play. Our schedule is as follows:


Autumn 8-week Session:  October 9,16,23,30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4.  THIS SESSION IS FULL if you have not already turned in forms.


Winter 9-week Session:  January 8,15,22,29, February 5,12,19,26 and March 5. Waitlist available for tr.1,2,3


Spring 9-week Session:  April 2,9,26,23,30, May 7,14,21, and 28. Waitlist available for tr.1,2,3


Click Chess Club Flyer – Final 2 to see the Chess Club form. Please fill it out and send it to your classroom teacher or email it to  hmjohnson@wcpss.net


Original post Sept.26, 2014

2014 Otter Splash Newsletter from the Principal

October 8

*Bullying Prevention:  October is Bullying Prevention month.  Students wore blue on Monday 10/06 to support the World Day of Bullying Prevention.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, students signed the school wide poster pledge promising that they will stand up to bullying.  Today through next Tuesday students will view 2 bullying prevention videos.  We encourage you to check out a short video posted on our website, “The Power of the Upstander.”  Please visit our website for more information (oakgrovees.wcpss.net).

*Apple Crunch Event:  Whole Foods will once again be donating organic apples for all of the Oak Grove kindergarteners and first graders for an Apple Crunch event in honor of Food Day on Friday 10/10. Members of the PTA Health and Wellness Committee will be set up in the red hallway and will hand out the apples as the students enter the classroom before the start of school.

*Cultural Arts Assemblies, “From Bach to Doo-Wop”The Cultural Arts Committee of the PTA will present 2 performances for our students on Friday 10/10.  “From Bach to Doo-Wop” is an entertaining and educational presentation of music history.  We look forward to enjoying the performances and appreciate the support of our PTA in providing the programs.

*Curriculum Night and PTA Family Sports Night/OttercisePlease plan to join us on Tuesday 10/14 beginning at 5:30 in your child’s classroom for Curriculum Night.  Your child and his/her teachers will be set up to share with you how technology is integrated across the curriculum.  We are grateful to the PTA for supporting our technology needs through the purchase of desktops, laptops, iPads, and Smart Boards.  At 6:30 you and your family are invited to the gym and cafeteria for Ottercise, a part of the PTA Family Sports Night.  This is a great opportunity to learn new sports skills, healthy snack ideas, and fun tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle!  Check our Oak Grove PTA Facebook, Twitter, and website pages during the next 2 weeks for more exciting details, including prizes!


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


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

OGES Bullying Prevention Student Activities for This Week

Monday: Wear Blue to Stand Up to Bullying!

Tuesday-Wednesday: Sign the school wide poster pledge promising that you will Stand up to Bullying!

Thursday- Next Tuesday: Students will view 2 bullying prevention videos in class

Next week: The Power of the Upstander 

Check this video out that your child will be watching- it is one of our favorites!


Disability History and Awareness Month

Oak Grove is an amazing place for all students to learn and grow! Did you know that OGES has a Regional Visually Impaired Program, a K-2 Autistic Classroom, a 3-5 Autistic Classroom and will be opening a Pre-K Classroom for young learners with Disabilities? We also have students within all regular classrooms with disabilities. For each child at OGES, we look at abilities- not disabilities! We will give more details all month long-stay tuned!

In 2007, the N.C. General Assembly designated October as Disability History and Awareness Month. This month is an opportunity for students and citizens to learn about the many gifts and strengths possessed by individuals who have disabilities.

In support of this legislation, the Wake County Board of Education issued a resolution to enhance instruction on disability history and awareness.

Check out the WCPSS webpage by clicking here to learn more about Disability History and Awareness month.

OGES Bullying Prevention Activities


We invite students to participate in the 2 school wide events below. More activities will be posted soon!


  • Monday, October 6, 2014 is World Day of Bullying Prevention

o   Please wear your “blue” shirt in support of this event. 

For more information you may visit the following websites:




  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014  is Unity Day for Bullying Prevention

o   Please wear your “orange” shirt in support of this event. 

Please visit the website below for more information.


For more information on bullying you may visit:



Bullying Prevention Tip Sheet… www.StopBullying.gov

October is Bullying Prevention Month!

Stop Bullying


Oak Grove continues to work hard on teaching students more about how to be kind and treat others. As part of the National Anti-Bullying campaign; we will engage, educate and empower students to STAND UP to Bullying at Oak Grove. Our first step is getting students to take the Oak Grove Anti-Bullying pledge that states:

1.) I will not bully others
2.) I will try to help students who are bullied
3.) I will try to include students who are left out
4.) If I know someone who is being bullied, I will
tell an adult at school and at home


Stay tuned for more!

Upcoming WCPSS Parent Academy Sessions

Dear Parents,

We wanted to share some exciting sessions being offered for parents during the WCPSS Parent Academies sponsored by our AIG Program.

    • Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children

While individual differences (and exceptions to the rule) abound, there are strong tendencies among gifted kids regarding their social and emotional development that can inform parents and teachers, helping them understand the response they receive from their children and students.  Awareness of these characteristics can turn the “rough seas” of interactions in school and in the home into “smooth sailing” for everyone involved.

      • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Athens Drive HS
      • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm at Reedy Creek HS
      • Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Millbrook HS


Specialists Interim Grades in Report Cards

Just a reminder:  All specialists’ grades are interim reports the first and third quarters. Please keep in mind that students will have a number of opportunities to demonstrate improvement/mastery. All staff members encourage Oak Grove students to consistently put forth their best effort.

In addition, please see Ms. Sammons’ webpage by clicking here for more information regarding 1st quarter PE interim grades.

School Lunch Reminder

We want to make sure all qualified families are enrolled for free and reduced priced meals. The application must be completed annually. If your family qualifies, we ask that you complete an application now.

For families who qualified for the 2013-14 school year, we have continued to provide school lunches for students this school year. On October 9th any student without an approved application will be expected to pay full price for breakfast and lunch.  Students without money will be served fruits and vegetables in the serving line.

You can get applications at all school sites. You can find more information on the Meal Benefits Program online at http://www.wcpss.net/parents/school-meals/free-and-reduced.html or talk with your school. You can reapply anytime throughout the school year.



Scheduling Changes Effective September 29th

Prior to the beginning of our 2014-2015 school year, the Oak Grove staff worked to determine a vision and School Improvement Plan (SIP) for our future. In the process, we identified words that capture our new vision and identified scheduling changes that we needed to make in order to attain our goal. We continue to work towards making the best schedule for our students and have decided that we need to make a few more scheduling changes effective September 29th. Lunches and specials will be adjusted to ensure bigger blocks of instructional time, less transition time and better times for different age groups.  We are all excited about these changes and know that this is what is best to improve teaching and learning. Our new time windows for specials and lunch for each grade level are listed below along with our vision artwork for Oak Grove over the next five years. Your child’s classroom teacher will give specific times for just your class.


Grade Specials Time Lunch Window -staggered start times
5 10:05-10:50 12:06-12:22
4 10:55-11:40 12:26-12:46
3 11:45-12:30 12:50-1:10
K 1:00-1:45 11:42-12:02
1 1:50-2:35 11:18-11:38
2 2:40-3:25 10:54-11:14

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Motorists asked to keep bus riders safe

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

Traditional Schools to Open Monday and May Affect Bus Times

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.



1st Semester

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



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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!



Did you hear?


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

NEWS for 2014-2015

back to school

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


Transportation Updates 6/10/14

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.

New practices

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.

Alternate stops

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.


2014 Bronze Winner

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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.

What to do when there is a WCPSS delay of school start time or an early dismissal for Oak Grove ES

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!

Thank you!


2014-2015 Student Assignment/Registration

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.


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