Back To School This Tuesday Aug. 16

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

Note From Principal Graham

Welcome back to another wonderful year! Thank you to all of our parents that attended our Meet and Greet Night. It was wonderful seeing the smiling faces. We all missed you and are thrilled that school is starting Tuesday.


I am thrilled to let you know we will be offering free breakfast this school year. Lunch will be provided for a cost. If you want to put money on your child's account, you may upload it to this website www.k12paymentcenter.com/ or send in money with your child.


It is going to be an amazing school year! We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday! Our doors open at 7:00 AM.

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We Welcome New Teachers and Staff To The Oak Grove Family. They are Excited and Ready! It Will Be A Great Year!

New Students Recently Took a Tour of OGE. We Are Thrilled To Have Them Become A Patriot!

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ONLINE REGISTRATION TO BE COMPLETED IN FULL AND FEES PAID BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS AUGUST 16.

Have You Completed Your Child's Online Registration?

Thank you for completing your child's online registration and taking care of fee payments. If your child's online registration has not been completed, please do so before school starts this Tuesday, August 16. If you need any assistance, please feel free to call the office at (803) 821-0100. We are happy to assist in helping you with completion and with fee payments over the phone. If your child was approved for free or reduced lunch, please provide a copy of your approval letter from Food Services to Ms. Shealy at tlshealy@lexington1.net to waive your child's school fees.
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Important Upcoming Events

AUGUST:

Tuesday, Aug. 16 - First Day of School

Tuesday, Aug. 23 - 2nd Grade Orientation 5-5:45 PM

Tuesday, Aug. 23 - Eagles Orientation 5:30-6:00 PM

Tuesday, Aug. 23 - 3rd Grade Orientation 6-6:45 PM

Friday, Aug. 26 - D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read)

Monday, Aug. 29 - Parents can begin visiting for lunch

Tuesday, Aug. 30 - PTA Fall Fundraiser Begins (More Information To Come)

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Morning Drop-Off / Afternoon Pick-up

MORNING DROP OFF:

Doors open at 7:00 am and students will be dropped off in front of the school at the breezeway. Once busses have dropped off, students can also be dropped off in the bus loop starting at 7:15 am.


The tardy bell rings at 7:40 AM. If arrival is after 7:40, parents will need to park and walk their student(s) in to sign them in with the front office.


AFTER SCHOOL PICK-UP:

Pick-up will occur only in the front loop closest to the building. Cars will enter and exit in the same area (closest to the tennis complex) and be double stacked for dismissal. Signs are posted indicating where traffic will merge into one lane. Please see the diagram below for the traffic flow.

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Car Rider and Walker Tags

If your child will be a car rider or walker on any given day this year, you will need a car/walker tag for each student. Car/Walker tags are by grade and issued every year. Please get as many as you will need for family members that will be picking them up. Also, please throw away all tags from last school year.


Car tags are available in the front office Monday-Friday 7-4 pm.


If a vehicle does not have a car tag and is in the car line to pick up a student, they will be asked to park and come into the front office with identification to get a car tag. This is for the safety of the student.

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Important Bus Rider Information

If you would like your student(s) to ride the bus this year, you must complete the transportation registration form found in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.


If you have already created a Parent Portal account, skip to Step 2 ( https://lexington1.powerschool.com/public). If you do not already have a Parent Portal account, contact Shelley Lauth at (803) 821-0104 for assistance.


You must complete a form for each child if you have more than one student. It takes up to 3 days in order to process bus transportation requests.


Parents will be able to see their child's bus number in your PowerSchool Parent Portal.


If your transportation needs changing, or if you move, please log into Parent Portal and make this change. Also, please call the school at (803) 821-0100 to make them aware of transportation changes.

PK and Kindergarten Bus Transportation

Parents, please make sure that you completed the Kindergarten Bus Transportation tab in PowerSchool Parent Portal. It is the second tab. It requires you to list the name of the adults that will be meeting your child at the bus stop. They will need to have ID verification. Without this information, the 4K/5K child can not be let off the bus and will return to school. Thank you for your help with this!
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Walking Students To Class

Parents are always welcome at OGE. For the first week of school, parents are welcome to walk their child(ren) to class. Our doors open at 7 am and class instruction begins at 7:40 am. Starting Monday, August 22nd, parents must sign in the front office if they want to walk their child to class. Staff will be throughout the school assisting students to their morning locations.

Early Dismissals - Prior to 2:00 pm

Early Dismissals of a student will need to be before 2:00 pm and in person. We can not take any dismissal requests over the phone. A driver's license will be needed as well as be on the approved contact list in order to dismiss a student.

Drivers License / Photo ID Required

If needing to dismiss a student, a driver's license or photo ID is required for identification purposes. To dismiss a student, that individual will need to be on the child's approved contact list provided by the parent/guardian. Thank you for your understanding.

Visiting for Lunch Starts 8/29

We are looking forward to having our families join us for school lunch. We are going to take the first two weeks of school to get the students acclimated to their school environment and learn the lunch room procedures. Starting, Monday, August 29th, families are allowed to come to visit their child for lunch.
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Lunch Costs

Students will be required to begin paying for meals again unless they qualify for the Free and Reduced Meals Program. If you believe that you might qualify for free or reduced meals, you MUST complete this online application.For families who do not qualify for free or reduced meals, meal prices for next school year (2022–23) are listed below:


Breakfast is FREE for all students this year. Lunch costs are below.


Lunch
Elementary: $3.30
Employees and Visitors: $4.50
Milk: $0.60

Adding Money for Lunch

Want to load money on your student’s lunch account? Here is how!

Lexington District One is moving soon to a new vendor called Titan, which will handle your student’s meal account. But for the next few weeks, you may continue to visit www.k12paymentcenter.com/ to upload money to your student’s meal account. Your meal account balance will transfer to the new system before the first day of school. We appreciate your patience as we work to change vendors


Checks can also be written to Oak Grove Elementary School and can be deposited into their lunch account.

Click Here To Apply For Meal Benefits

This link is for families needing financial assistance with lunch costs. Once you have received approval letter/email from Lexington One Food Services, please provide that letter to the front office to waive/reduce school fees.

Did You Receive An Email or Letter From Food Services?

If you applied for free/reduced lunch and were approved, you will receive an email or letter from the office of Food Service and Nutrition. Please provide a copy of that to the front office to waive/reduce school fees. Without a copy of the letter, fees will need to be paid.

Class Lunch Times

Parents are welcome to come have lunch with their children during their class's scheduled lunch time. Please refer to listing below for lunch times. Parents and their child will be able to sit and family assigned tables.
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Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents - Spare Change of Clothing

The beginning of the school year can be a nervous time for young students and often are afraid to ask to use the bathroom. We are asking parents of Kindergarten and 1st grade students to please place a change of clothes in their backpack to have in case of an accident. We may not have a change of clothes available and this helps us to not need to call parents during the school day while providing clothes to change into right away. Thank you for your understanding and assistance.


Clothing Donations

The health room is in need of donations of certain clothing items and would appreciate anything that can be given that perhaps your child may not wear anymore or outgrown. Thank you for your generosity.


Girls Medium Tops

Boys Small Pants (Elastic Waist Band)

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PTA Spirit Wear & Membership

We are so excited to kick off a new school year!


Check out this year's spirit wear logo - it is awesome! You will see the teachers and staff wearing them this year.


You can now join the PTA online and purchase spirit gear at the following link!

https://oge-pta.square.site/


We have so many amazing things planned for our students this year! We can't wait to see you!

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Office Hours:

Office Hours

7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Monday - Friday


Office Phone: (803) 821-0100

Fax: (803) 821-0103

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Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

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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.

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