The Grove

August 26, 2022

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

Note From Principal Graham

Thank you to all of our families who have attended our grade level orientations. If you were not able to attend, please reach out to your child's teacher and they can make you aware of the information that was shared.

You may have noticed a few police vehicles here on Friday morning. We appreciate the Lexington County Sheriff's Department helping us with the lockdown drill we practiced. Our students and staff did an amazing job of following protocols.

On Monday, we welcome our families to join us for lunch. The lunch schedule is listed below in the newsletter for your reference. Thank you for your patience as we learned our lunchroom procedures over the last two weeks.

Pictures From Family Spirit Night at NYC Pizza & Pasta Factory

Thank you to everyone that came by to enjoy a meal at the restaurant and to those that ordered and took home to eat in the comfort of your own home. Thank you for your support of the OGE PTA!

Visiting for Lunch Starts Monday

We are looking forward to having our families join us for school lunch. We have taken time to get the students acclimated to their school environment and learn the lunch room procedures. Starting this Monday, August 29, families are allowed to come to visit their child for lunch. You will need your driver's license to sign in. Please refer to the lunch times listed below to help when planning your lunch visit. Tables are set aside for you to sit at with your child. Welcome and enjoy.

Class Lunch Times

Parents are welcome to come have lunch with their children during their class's scheduled lunch time. Please refer to the listing below for lunch times. Parents and their child will be able to sit at family assigned tables.
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Important Upcoming Events


Monday, Aug. 29 - Parents Can Begin Visiting For Lunch

Tuesday, Aug. 30 - PTA Fall Fundraiser Begins. Runs thought Sept. 20 (More Information To Come)


Friday, Sept. 2 - D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read)

Monday, Sept. 5 - No School (Labor Day)

Wednesday, Sept. 7 - Doughnuts With Grown Ups (Grades TBD)

Thursday, Sept. 8 - Doughnuts With Grown Ups (Grades TBD)

Friday, Sept. 9 - Doughnuts With Grown Ups (Grades TBD)

Thursday, Sept. 15 - Virtual PTA Meeting 6 PM. Look for Link in Upcoming Newsletters

Tuesday, Sept. 20 - PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle 4-8 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 20 - PTA Fall Fundraiser Ends

Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Collaborative Planning Day 11:20 AM Dismissal

Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Book Fair Begins (More Information to Come in September)

Thursday, Sept. 29 - PTA Literacy Night / Sundaes and Storytime / Book Fair Late Night

Friday, Sept. 30 - PTA Chick-Fil-A Biscuit Sales in Morning Carpool Line 7-7:40 AM

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Fundraiser Begins Tuesday

This Tuesday, August 30, we will be officially kicking off our fundraiser with Charleston Wrap® – and we need YOUR help!

To reach our goals and make this fundraiser a success, we need everyone to do their part. Luckily, it’s super easy! Attached to this message, you’ll find a flyer with detailed instructions about how you can register online and support our goals. We appreciate all of your support and encourage you to spread the word to your friends & family, near and far! The more people who shop, the more money we can raise for our organization! Together, we can ensure our organization reaches its goal – and even surpasses it!

Thank you for your help!
– Oak Grove Elementary PTA

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SIC Nominations

We welcome all nominations for parents/guardians that would like to be a part of this year's School Improvement Council. SIC is a broad-based advisory body consisting of parents, staff, and community members. SICs work with the principal and other educators in meeting the identified needs of their schools and continuously work toward excellence.

If you are interested, we ask that you please fill out the following information link:

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Our motto is Be Kind, Work Hard and Be Brave. Our Got Caught program acknowledges students exemplifying these great qualities. As staff members observe students being kind to others, working hard in their classroom / studies or being brave, their Got Caught card is turned in for a chance to have their name drawn every week. Principal Graham announces the students that were drawn each Friday on the news show, they get their picture taken for the newsletter and they get a prize. We are so proud of all of our students!

Fun in Kindergarten

Students in Ms. Crouch's Kindergarten class have had so much fun this week learning new things. We love seeing those smiles!

First Graders Rock!

Ms. Bartolotti's students are excited to begin the new school year in 1st grade by working together to connect to book characters! First graders rock!

When Do I Need My Driver's License?

If needing to dismiss a student or joining them for lunch, 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.

What Is The Latest I Can Dismiss My Child?

Early Dismissal 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.

Student Devices: Back To School Care Guide

Dear Lexington District One Families:

We want to share information on how to prepare your student’s Mobile Computing Device for school. Below are links to our device care guide which includes frequently asked questions and explains how to access technology support.

Back to School Device Care Guide (English)

Back to School Device Care Guide (Spanish)

All returning students should bring their device to school everyday. Students who are new to the district will receive a device as soon as the school’s computer technician has one ready.

Thank you and hope you have had a great start to the school year!

Dr. Thomas Rivers
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

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Terrace Metrics Assessment

Dear Lexington District One Parents/Guardians:

Lexington District One is committed to supporting our students academically, physically and emotionally.

Additionally, in 2018, Governor Henry McMaster signed into law Act 213, which directed school districts to implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). MTSS addresses the needs of the whole child – academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally – and requires districts to conduct certain screenings with parental consent.

To support this effort, the district will offer an optional behavioral health assessment, with active parental consent, through our partner Terrace Metrics, to students in grades 3–12.

We realize you may have questions about this assessment, including the types of questions your student may be asked, how the information is used and the support we provide students if needed.

To help answer your questions, Lexington District One will host two question and answer sessions for parents, with the CEO of Terrace Metrics Dr. Rich Gilman. The first session will be held Sept. 1 at the Central Services auditorium, located at 100 Tarrar Springs Road in Lexington, at 9:30 a.m. The second session will be held at the North Lake Community Learning Center auditorium (formally Lexington Middle School) at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.

For additional information on this behavioral health assessment, contact your student's school counselor, Ms. Daughtrey (gr. 1, 3, 5) at (803) 821-0174 or Ms. Warren (gr. K, 2, 4) at (803) 821-0116.

Kathryn McPhail
Chief Communications Officer

Morning Drop-Off / Afternoon Pick-up


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.


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.


For safety reasons and to keep traffic flowing, we need all parents to remain in their vehicle. Staff will assist in putting your child in the car. Staff will help your child in the vehicle on the passenger side avoiding the traffic lane on the driver's side. Thank you for your assistance and understanding.

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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.

A form for each child will have to be done. It takes up to 3 days 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.

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Water And Books DON'T MIX!

Snack Pack Program

As with years prior, our school will be partnering with local churches, Zion Lutheran Church and St. David’s Lutheran Church, to offer a confidential program entitled “Snack Pack” for students at the Oak Grove Elementary School. This program is designed to provide healthy food items over the weekend for children whose families are experiencing financial hardships.

Snack Pack forms were placed in your child's backpack for you to sign and return to school. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Daughtrey at 803-821-0174 or Holly Warren at 803-821-0016.

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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.

Lunch Account Update

Food Service and Nutrition is working diligently with the new vendor to have Titan’s online payment portal available soon. For now, please continue to deposit money to your student's meal account using Your meal account balance will transfer to the new system.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact 803-821-1231 if you have any questions.

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

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5K / 1st Grade Parents

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

Girls Medium Pants (Elastic Waist Band)

Boys Small Pants (Elastic Waist Band)

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Have You Purchased Your Spiritwear?

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!

Reporting COVID

Dear Lexington District One Families:

Lexington District One students and staff continue to learn, work and live with COVID-19 with minimal disruptions. Our schools are operating normally, and DHEC no longer requires close contacts to quarantine.

Please remember that students who are sick with COVID-19 or test positive must continue to isolate, meaning they must stay at home from school.

We recently updated the way to report your student’s COVID-19 positive test results for the 2022–23 school year.

All student reports of a positive COVID-19 test result will be completed through the COVID-19 report form found in PowerSchool Parent Portal. The previous Google form link is no longer accepting responses.

After logging on to Parent Portal, select ‘Forms’ in the navigation bar, then fill out and submit the “COVID-19 Reporting Form.” We will then email you further information on when your student may return to school and school-sponsored events.

We look forward to a safe and healthy school year.

Amy Wood, BSN, RN
Nursing and Health Services Director

Good To Know

  • Doors Open: 7:00 AM
  • Student Instruction Begins 7:40 AM
  • If Arrival is After 7:40 AM, an Adult Will Need to Sign in Their Student With the Front Office and Get a Tardy Pass.
  • Early Sign Outs By 2:00 PM
  • Dismissal: 2:20 PM

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

References to trademarks and brand ownership have been removed for ease of reading but, in all cases, should be taken as read and respected.


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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