The Grove

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

Note From Principal Graham

This coming Wednesday, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. At Oak Grove, showing kindness is embedded in what we do every day.


"No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many." -Keven Heath


Take a moment and give the gift of kindness, not only will your actions impact someone's life but it will make you feel happy as well. Be the change, kindness is free to give but priceless to receive.

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Super Readers

Mrs. Mullen’s Kindergarten class received Super Reader certificates and decorated their own super reading mask, to celebrate the end of their Reading Unit. Be sure to ask them about their Super Reading powers!
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Upcoming Important Dates

Everyday - Bring a mask and water bottle

February 8 - Yearbooks Now For Sale - Sold Online Only. Information below.

February 15 - No School for Students and Staff

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

February 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 17 - Lexington One Families Day (Virtual Event 9-11am)

February 19 - Virtual Career Fair Entries Due (if interested)

February 24 - Spring Pictures (Flyers going home next week)

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.
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Spring Picture Day - February 24


Look for flyers with ordering information to come home

next week with your child.


Pictures will be pre-pay!

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. LOOLA students, look for an email next week containing information and how to sign up to have your child's picture taken.

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Virtual Career Fair Entrees

Good Afternoon Oak Grove Families!


Your Oak Grove School Counselors, Ms. Degnan and Ms. Daughtrey need your help. We are hoping to create a virtual career fair for our students and we would like to include parents, families, and community members in our video. If you are interested, please send a video to Ms. Degnan or Mrs. Daughtrey (emails listed below). In the video, if you are able, show us what you do within the workplace as well as explain your job and responsibilities. The video should be between 2-3 minutes.


We appreciate all of those who are able to send in videos and participate! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to one of us. If you plan to participate, please turn the video in by Friday, February 19th.


Brittany Degnan

bdegnan@lexington1.net

(803) 821-0116


Nancy Daughtrey

ndaughtrey@lexington1.net

(803) 921-0174"

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.

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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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.
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Readers are Leaders

Keep on reading and filling out those reading logs! Readers Are Leaders! More and more leaves are added to the trees outside of the Library of names of wonderful readers each week. Is your name on there?

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

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.

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.