The Grove

August 19, 2022

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

Note From Principal Graham

It has been a fantastic first week of school! It is amazing how quickly the students returned back to the routine of school. We are so happy to have them back!

Starting Monday, if you would like to walk your child to class you will need to sign in at the front office. Please make sure you bring your driver's license for identification.

Thank you for your patience with our dismissal process. We want to make sure everyone gets home safely. Our school buses have been learning their routes. We have more car riders compared to previous years. Each day we are moving a little bit faster.

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Our motto is Be Kind, Work Hard and Be Brave. A few years ago, a program was started to acknowledge 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!
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Goal Achieved - Ringing The Bell

We have heard our first bell ringer this week and the cheering that followed was the perfect sound congratulating our young student for a job well done. Students set goals and when they work hard and reach their goal, they get to ring the bell! We look forward to a lot of bell ringing this year!

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


Which students are considered walkers? A great question! Walkers are identified as students that walk home. Parents are welcome to walk to the school and pick up their child with an walker tag and walk home together! Parents can not park along Oak Drive and pick up their children as walkers. Parents who drive to the school will need to go through the car line. Areas will be monitored to assure that the dismissal process goes smoothly and that walkers have a great walk home.

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.

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.

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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Important Upcoming Events


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

Thursday, Aug. 25 - PTA Spirit Night at New York Pizza and Pasta Factory 4-8 PM

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)

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 Ice Cream Social / Book Fair Night

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

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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

Still Need a Car Tag or 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 tags are available in the front office Monday-Friday 7-4 pm. Also, please throw away all tags from last school year.

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.

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.

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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.

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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Lunch Costs

Students are required to pay for lunches 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.

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

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

Dear Lexington District One Families:

Some of you may have questions and concerns regarding your student's meal account balances.

As you may recall from my email a few weeks ago, Lexington District One is moving to a new vendor called Titan. We had hoped Titan would be up and running by the first day of school, but it’s taking a little longer than expected.

We want you to know that your recent meal account deposits have been received in and were successfully transferred to Titan this afternoon.

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.

Kathryn McPhail
Chief Communications Officer

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

Class Lunch Times

Parents are welcome to come have lunch with their children beginning Monday, August 29 during their class's scheduled lunch time. Please refer to listing below for lunch times. Parents and their child will be able to sit at 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!

We have so many amazing things planned for our students this year!

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Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

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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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