In "Otter" News - Week #15

For the Week of 12/6 - 12/10


Message From the Principal

Good Evening Oakville Otter Families and Happy Friday!

Our schools are heavily impacted with federally-connected students – those parents/guardians who work on federal property in Maryland, live on federal property in Maryland, and/or are active duty military personnel. Because of this impact, we receive federal grant funds to operate and maintain our schools and enrich school programs. To receive these funds, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) requires us to survey each student to determine eligibility.

SMCPS is encouraging all parents/guardians to please take the time to access and complete the Impact Aid Survey Form online, located in the Home Access Center (HAC). Once logged in, directions to access the online form can be found HERE. A video with instructions is available HERE. The form can now be accessed in Spanish by clicking on the Globe in the top right-hand corner once the form has been started. The deadline for the online submission of Impact Aid Program Survey forms is December 15, 2021.

Ms. Rapozo will be monitoring our completion of the forms. As we approach the deadline, she may be reaching out to see if you need assistance completing the forms.

The first grade level to reach 100% completion of the Impact Aid Survey will receive a sweet treat from Ms. Dietz!

Also, please be sure to check out the information below about Family Coding Night on December 7th. This is an opportunity to participate nationally with other schools across the country. Mrs. Cummins has been working hard with students to prepare during Media class!

Finally, we will have a Two-Hour Early Dismissal on Friday, December 10th. I hope your holiday season is off to a fantastic start!

"Otterly" Yours!

Ms. Dietz

OES 10 Spirit Days Countdown to Winter Break

Let's have some fun and show our spirit of the season! Click the button directly below the picture to see the complete file. A place to post pictures of your family counting down to Winter Break with us is included in the link below.

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Click Here - 10 Spirit Days Countdown File

You must click on this link to get the place to post your pictures!

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Office hours during the regular school year will be Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

P.A.W.S. Matrix

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Top Level Info - Need-To-See for the Week Ahead

Student Schedule for Next Week (12/6 - 12/10)

A Week

Monday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Holiday Shop open during lunch and recess
  • Impact Aid Forms due December 15th

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Holiday Shop open during lunch and recess
  • Impact Aid Forms due December 15th
  • Family Code Night @ 7:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Holiday Shop open during lunch and recess
  • Impact Aid Forms due December 15th

Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Holiday Shop open during lunch and recess
  • Impact Aid Forms due December 15th

Friday: 9:00 am - 1:45 pm - Two Hour Early Dismissal - No School for PreK Students

  • Holiday Shop open during lunch and recess
  • Holiday Shop open for families to shop until 3:30 pm - Students must be accompanied by an adult
  • Impact Aid Forms due December 15th

FAMILY CODING NIGHT - December 7th at 7 pm

We have exciting news on the coding front!!! We have scheduled a “Family Code Night” at-home learning event for all K-5 families on December 7, 2021 at 7:00pm. We encourage you to attend with your children -- it’s great fun and important learning.

What is Family Coding Night? Watch this short video ( , which describes what you’ll be doing.

How to participate? Join the Livestream at

Is coding experience needed? No! All you need is a shared computer, table or Chromebook for each two family members, connected to the internet.

We hope you and your children will join in for this family fun and shared learning. We’ll see you online!!

Lunch Menu December 2021

Lunch menu choices are subject to change based on the availability of expected supplies.
Take Home Meals Order Form - 12/6 - 12/10

You must sign up each week to continue to receive meals for the week ahead.


Next Level Info - Upcoming Events

Save the Dates!

Band, Strings, and Chorus Concert - December 14th

Our winter concert will take place on Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 pm in the school cafetorium. Come out and support our young musicians who have been working hard to prepare for their concert!

Winter Music Program - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students - December 15th

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students will put on their Winter Program on December 15th. There are two opportunities for families to attend during the school day. Masks are required while in the school building. We hope to have you with us to celebrate the season the most adorable way we know how!

  • Performance 1: 10:00 am
  • Performance 2: 2:30 pm

Click below for the SMCPS Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Update from the Front Office

Employment Opportunities within SMCPS

SMCPS has multiple positions available to support our students and staff, including full-time and part-time positions in various areas. Employment opportunities can be found on the SMCPS website:

The Abacus Corporation provides part-time/temporary positions to support SMCPS as well. Various positions are also available through the Abacus Corporation and can be found on their website:


Update from the PTA

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The 2021-2022 PTA Membership Application can be found by clicking the link directly below.

Small Actions Add Up to Big Benefits for Our School Community

Please consider using the following methods to help the PTA support our school community. These little actions could add up to big benefits!

Link Your Harris Teeter VIP Card to the OES PTA

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Use the OES PTA AmazonSmile Account When Shopping on Amazon

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Turn in Your Coca-Cola Product Bottle Caps

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Check Out the New Way to Redeem Your Boxtops for OES

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Update from the Nurse

The number one way to stay healthy is still handwashing! Please remember to reach out to me with any questions!

Nurse Frangenberg


When should I keep my child home from school?

  • Fever >100.0, vomiting, diarrhea, or pink and crusty eyes
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 like illness OR symptoms or an illness that do not resolve after home interventions
  • Your child has been directed to quarantine by the local health department

What are COVID-19 like illness symptoms?

  • New-onset of cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell,
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Chills or shaking chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose


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