In "Otter" News - Week #3 (A Week)

For the Week of 9/13 - 9/17

Message from the Principal

Greetings Oakville Otter Families,


Our successful transition into the school year continued this week! Our otters have been doing a fantastic job demonstrating P.A.W.S. expectations! I am so proud of how smoothly they are getting back into school routines. This week's success is also in large to you! Thank you for teaming with our teachers and staff to kick off the year on a positive note.


I am looking forward to an exceptional week of learning!


Otterly Yours,

Ms. Dietz

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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

Masks at School

SMCPS protocols for masking are linked below. We are currently in HIGH transmission and masks are REQUIRED of all students and adults who enter an SMCPS building.


Students who are riding a bus will already be wearing a mask as they enter the building. Students who will be dropped off at school by a parent/guardian should put their masks on as they exit the car in preparation for entry into the building.

SMCPS 2021-2022 Protocols for Masking

Click the button for full masking protocols.

Student Schedule for the Week Ahead

A Week


Monday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm


Tuesday : 9:00 am - 3:45 pm


Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm


  • Ledo Pizza Spirit Night


Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm


Friday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm


  • Grandparent's Day Luncheon

Ledo Pizza Spirit Night (Leonardtown Location ONLY)

September 15th

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Grandparent's Day Luncheon

September 17th


Please see the flyer directly below for information about our Grandparent's Day Luncheon.

Lunch Menu September 2021

Take Home Meals Order Form - 9/13 - 9/17

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

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Next Level Info - Upcoming Events

Save the Dates!

1st and 4th Grade Environmental Education Field Trips

September 22nd

1st and 4th grade teachers will be directly in touch with families about the field trip.

Two Hour Early Dismissal (Grades K-5); No School for Pre-K Students

Professional Responsibilities for Teachers

September 23rd

Professional Day - No School for Students - Staff Development

September 24th

Meet the Principal and New PTA Board Spirit Event at Bruster's

September 27th

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Fall School Yearbook Pictures


October 5th

Retakes will be scheduled for November 19th


More information will be provided as the dates draw closer.

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Harvest Festival/Trunk or Treat

October 23rd

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

More Information to Come!

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

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Update from the Front Office

Field Trips and Volunteers

School field trips have resumed! Your child's teacher will keep you informed of planned experiences. If you are interested in the possibility of chaperoning a field trip, you must be an approved volunteer. Click the button below for directions. It can take up to several weeks to become fully approved. so don't delay!
Volunteer Information

Click the button to learn how to become an approved volunteer with SMCPS.

Here Comes the Bus App

  • View the real-time location of your child's bus
  • Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Receive push notifications or email alerts


Click the button below for more information.

Here Comes the Bus App Information

Click for more information

Important! - Information about School Meals

Please find below information regarding student meals for the 2021-2022 school year. While meals are free for all students, many programs use your students' free or reduced status, so please fill out your applications! See below for necessary information. A hard copy of the application and instructions will also be sent home with all students during the first week of school.


A link to the Food and Nutrition Services website is below. It has information regarding school meals, including a link to school meal menus.

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New Opportunity - Student Accident Insurance

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School Photos

Our P.A.W.S. bulletin board at the front entrance to the school is ready to be filled with the pictures of our Otters who are demonstrating expectations in a "PAWSitively" fantastic way! More to come about this in the coming weeks!

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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


FAQ for the start of the year:


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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Employment Opportunities with SMCPS - Apply Today - www.smcps.org

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