The Grove

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

A Note from Principal Graham

It has been a fantastic week as we welcomed back four days a week our PK through second grade students. We appreciate your patience as we know our bus and car rider dismissal may have taken a little bit longer with more students here. In the mornings starting at 7:15, the bus loop is available for drop-off if you wish to use this area.


Just a reminder that starting, Monday, October 19th, our Cohort A and B Grades 3-5 students will be back face to face learning Monday through Thursday.


We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

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Don't Forget Your Mask

Please remember that all students need to wear a mask each day. Thank you for assuring your child has a mask before leaving for school each morning.

Please Keep the School Nurse Updated

As we are in these unforeseen times of Covid and entering flu season, we are needing all parents to keep us informed of any signs of sickness in your household.


STUDENT OUT SICK?

If your child is absent from school due to illness, please call or email the school nurse letting us know what is wrong with your child. Please be specific with symptoms such as fever, cough/congestion, sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhea, etc. This will allow us to better keep track of the types of illnesses currently in the school.


ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD SHOWING COVID SYMPTOMS?

Please remember that if your child has a fever or any COVID-like symptoms, he or she will be required to go to the doctor for evaluation. In order to return to school, we will need a doctor’s note stating the student had a COVID test that was negative, the student has an alternative diagnosis and is being treated for that, or remain home in isolation for 10 days.


Also, please let us know if anyone in your household is being tested for COVID or has a positive diagnosis.


Contact the school nurse, Wendy Rea, at (803) 821-0120 or wrea@lexington1.net with any information, questions, or concerns. Thank you for your understanding.

Don't Forget

Each child will need to bring a water bottle filled with water each day. Our water fountains will not be used as a safety precaution.
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Fee Payments by Phone

This school year is well underway and we are needing to finalize the registration process. Part of that process is fee payments. Letters were mailed out on September 18 to any parent whose child has an outstanding registration fee. If you received this letter as well as a letter from Food Services, please email a copy to tlshealy@lexington1.net. To help assist you in taking care of your child's fees, we are also able to take payment over the phone. Please call Ms. Shealy at 803-821-0102 and she will be glad to assist you. Thank you for taking a moment to take care of this important matter.

Counselors Corner

Hello OGE Families!

Please read the form below, if interested click this link (https://forms.gle/b2yZ9qAfsSYVGCj57) to sign all of your students up for the Snack Pack Program. If your family needs any help, please feel free to reach out to your child's school counselor or visit the school counseling website at https://sites.google.com/lexington1.net/ogescounseling/classroom-lessons.


Brittany Degnan, bdegnan@lexington1.net (803) 821-0116

Nancy Daughtrey, ndaughtrey@lexington1.net (803) 821-0179

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Attendance Guidelines for Parents

Please review the attendance guidelines for hybrid and virtual learning by selecting this link.

Ms. Brannon's 5K LOOLA Class

Ms. Brannon's Kindergarten students have been studying the letter L and celebrated by making "L"adybug headbands. They did an awesome job and we love their creativity!

Library Lessons - Learning About Sharks

Ms. Howell's first grade class has been learning all about sharks this week in library lessons during Related Arts. They learned how to use nonfiction library books to find new, exciting information and filled out their own shark fact sheet. All first grade classes will be doing shark research with Ms. Brazell during their library time over the next few weeks.

National Custodian Workers Appreciation Day

Last week, October 2 was National Custodian Workers Appreciation Day. We greatly appreciate our Head Custodian, Mr. Darien; Assistant Custodian Mr. Barry, and our Housekeepers, Ms. Ann, Ms. Ethel, and Ms. Christina. They work extremely hard to keep the school building clean and sanitized for all staff as well as your children. They do a great job and OGE is so fortunate to have them a part of the family!

PTA Fundraiser Kicks Off October 19

The PTA fundraiser starts on October 19th and will run for two weeks. We will be working with Charleston Wrap and provide contactless delivery. Here are a few links for a sneak peek! Thanks in advance for your support of Oak Grove students, faculty, and staff.


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PTA Drawing

Make sure you join the PTA by Monday, November 2nd in order to be eligible for the prize drawings. It's only $5 to join. Here is one item that is up for grabs! It is a JBL Flip4 Bluetooth portable speaker. The link to join is https://oge-pta.square.site/.


If you have any questions please contact info@ogepta.com.Thank you for supporting the students, faculty, and staff of Oak Grove Elementary School.

Free Take Home Meals for E-Learning Days

PreK - 2 and 3-5 AA/BB students

-Students who want to take home meals for their e-learning days must complete a form at the following link: https://www.lexdistrict1.com/departments/food-service-and-nutrition/index.htm


NOTE CHANGE:

Parents of ALL GRADES must complete by 9 a.m. each Thursday. PK-2 students will now choose the option marked, PK-2.


Online Learning Academy students

- Can also receive free meals. Parents of Online Learning Academy students must complete their form by 6 p.m. each Tuesday. The link reopens each Friday at 1 p.m for the following week’s meals. You can find that form here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd12KelNaIae9brhxAZsD-3CC2lk6Z2iPgQU9dJN8k6z7TmxQ/closedform


LOOLA Friday's Meal Pick Up

Parents can pick up from 11-1 at any one of the district’s five designated drive-through locations (Carolina Springs Middle, Forts Pond Elementary, Gilbert Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, White Knoll Elementary). Online Learning Academy parents must show their student’s school identification card to pick up meals.


Parents with questions should email Ashley Summers at asummers@lexington1.net.

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 student desk areas in grades PK-2. Grades 3-5 will be installed by October 19.

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.