The Grove

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

Note From Principal Graham

It has been another great week at The Grove. On Thursday, we celebrated our 100th day of school! Wow, this school year seems to be flying by so fast! Please check out some of the wonderful photos below of our teachers and students as they celebrated 100 days of school.


Just a reminder that our tardy bell rings at 7:50 AM. At the end of the 7:50 bell, we start the morning announcements and then Morning Meeting begins in the classroom. This is such a crucial time to build classroom community and teaching our power skills to develop the whole child. If all students could be dropped off by 7:45, this would ensure that students have gotten breakfast and are in the classroom ready to begin their day at 7:50. Thank you so much for your help with this!

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Upcoming Important Dates

February 8 - Valentines Deadline (No Food)

February 8 - Yearbooks Go On Sale (Purchase Online)

February 15 - No School for Students and Staff

February 16 - Lexington District One School Board Meeting 7:30 PM

February 17 - Lexington One Family Day (Virtual - More Information to Come)

February 24 - Spring Pictures (Order Online)

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Valentines Day Cards- At School Monday, January 8th

As Valentine's Day approaches, please remember the safety guidelines in regards to food/candy. For safety reasons, food is not permitted to be brought into the building. Parents and students are welcome to do Valentine cards for all classmates but candy and food are not allowed. Please bring these into school by Mon. 2/8 and it will be quarantined for 72 hours in an airtight container. Students will hand sanitize before and after handing out the valentines into individual bags provided by the school. For any class Valentines that are brought after 2/8, they will be given out the following week on Tuesday after being quarantined. Thank you for your understanding and assistance in every child's health and safety.

Yearbooks For Sale

Yearbooks go on sale on Monday, Feb. 8.


$15

Sold Online Only


Click link below to purchase:

https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/clients/oak-grove-elementary-school-5/yearbook-87/access

No School - February 15

There will be no school on February 15 for students and staff in observance of President's Day. Interesting fact: This is George Washington's birthday, our nation's first president.

Spring Picture Day - February 24

Mark your calendar for Spring Picture Day on February 24. Students that pre-order will have their picture taken. LOOLA students will also have an opportunity to order and have their child's picture taken on that afternoon. Keep an eye on the newsletter each week for further information on how to place your order online.

School Counselor Appreciation Week

Our school counselors, Ms. Daughtrey and Ms. Degnan do so much for Oak Grove and this week was School Counselor Appreciation week. We greatly appreciate all their hard work, devotion, and care they provide to the children, staff, parents and the community of Oak Grove Elementary.

Please Keep the School Nurse Updated ....... (803) 821-0120 / wrea@lexington1.net

it is important that we continue to monitor and contact trace for COVID.


Here is what we need to know:

1) If your student tests positive for COVID

2) If your student is identified as a close or household contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID


Please contact Wendy Rea, the school nurse, at 803-821-0120 or by email at wrea@lexington1.net to discuss the next steps.


Thank you for helping keep our school safe and healthy.

100th Day of School

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1st grade teachers are ready for the 100th day of school. Energy level 110% , dressed up and excited to teach your children!

No Outside Food

In order to keep our staff and students safe, food items are not allowed to be brought to school. Students can not bring breakfast from restaurants and we are not allowing parents/guardians to deliver lunch or other items during the day. If a student forgets their lunch, the parent may drop off the lunch box in the front office or the student can receive a school lunch for free. We can not accept outside food. This includes cupcakes, food from restaurants/drive-thrus, and other items for birthdays or celebrations. Thank you for helping keep students safe.

Students Need to Bring a Mask to School

Thank you parents for assuring that your child has their mask with them before they leave the house each morning. Every student is to wear a mask for their safety as well as the safety of others while at school. This is mandatory per district safety regulations.


Please place an extra mask in their bookbag. This is great for if your child forgets, then they will have a spare with them to use.

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4K Program Application Process Now Open

The 4K application process is now open. The application will be available online at http://www.lexdistrict1.com/academics/4-year-old-kindergarten or by dropping by the front office for a paper copy.


What will I need to apply?


  • Child’s official birth certificate with parents’ names listed (not a wallet or short-form certificate)
  • Completed S.C. Certificate of Immunization
  • Current electric bill/statement showing parent’s name and home address within the district for proof of residency
  • Parent’s driver’s license or other state or federal photo identification


Questions?: Feel free to call Ms. Whittle at (803) 821-0104 as she is happy to help you.

5K Registration - Late Spring

Registration for five-year-old kindergarten for the 2021–2022 school year will open in late spring. The registration process will be online this year for your convenience and the safety of our students, their families and our staff.


Once open, the registration process will be posted at https://www.lexdistrict1.com/academics/5-year-old-kindergarten.


If you would like to be contacted when a registration date and time is set, please complete this form.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Just a reminder that we continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to our students. This will continue for the remainder of the school year. Students who bring a lunch box from home and can also choose to get a free pick 3 option (milk/juice, veggie, and fruit). We look forward to having your child join us for breakfast and/or lunch!

Free Take-Home Meals and Meal Pick-up

  • Face-to-Face students may sign up for hybrid take-home meals to be picked up on Thursdays before they leave for the day. They must complete the form by 9 a.m. on Thursdays and can find their hybrid take-home meal sign up form here. They need to look for their school's name under "Hybrid Take Home Meal Order Forms".
  • LOOLA students may sign up for their meals to be picked up on Fridays, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at one of the school locations listed below. They must complete this form by 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The form will reopen at 1 p.m. each Friday for the following week's meal service. (Please note that the form is now closed for this Friday's meal service. It will re-open on Friday at 1 p.m.)
    • Carolina Springs Middle School
    • Forts Pond Elementary School
    • Gilbert Elementary School
    • Oak Grove Elementary School
    • White Knoll Elementary School
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Helpful OGE Website Links

Hello OGES Families! While this is not new information, I just wanted to remind everyone of a few helpful sites that will help you stay informed with important information or give you information that may help you with your student.


School Website: http://oges.lexington1.net/

OGE Hub: https://sites.google.com/lexington1.net/oges-family-hub/home

School Counselor"s Site: https://sites.google.com/lexington1.net/ogescounseling

Facebook: Oak Grove Patriots

Twitter: OGElementary


As always, please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance! I can always be reached at mlewis@lexington1.net and at 803-821-0150.

Attendance Guidelines for Parents

Please review the attendance guidelines by selecting this link.

Thursdays are OGE Spirit Days

We love our school and we want to celebrate our Oak Grove spirit. On Thursdays, we will have Oak Grove Spirit Day. Students and staff can wear their Oak Grove school t-shirts or our school colors of red, white, and blue. You can wear just one of the colors or all three. Let's come together on Thursdays to show our school spirit!


Thursdays = OGE Spirit Day

Using Amazon Smile Donates to OGE PTA

Please consider donating to the PTA at no cost to you by using the following Amazon Smile link. Each purchase donates 0.5% of the price to the PTA.


https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0676261

Safety Procedures


New procedures are in place to maintain the safety of our students, staff, and parents.


  • Parents may walk their child/children to the entrance of the school but we ask that you do not enter the building past the front office.

  • All students are required to wear a mask. If they do not have one, we will provide one for you before you enter the building.

  • Children will have time throughout the day to clean their hands and also provide mask breaks as we know wearing a mask during the school day will be a new learning experience.

  • In order to keep our staff and students safe, we are not allowing parents/guardians to deliver lunch or other items during the day.

  • We will be practicing social distancing in the classroom.

  • The students will be in one classroom during the day observing the family model. Social distancing will take place as movement occurs in the hallway.

  • Since we are in the family-style model, we will be eating lunch in our classrooms. We will be unable to accommodate having guests come to school to each lunch with their child or visit the classroom.

  • All rooms are equipped with hand sanitizer installed on the walls and individual pumps. We ask that everyone use our school provided hand sanitizer.

  • Plexiglass has been installed for all student desk areas.

Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement


Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin or any other applicable status protected by local, state or federal law.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out whom to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.