In "Otter" News - Week #6 (B Week)

For the Week of 10/4 - 10/8

Message from the Principal

Our otters have been busy this week! Be sure to check out some of the activities they have been involved in this week in the pictures below.

As we increase our use of laptops this school year, a couple of reminders that we are giving students here at school that would also be helpful for them to hear at home. These actions show Safety First of our P.A.W.S. expectations.

  1. Be sure to hold your laptop correctly with two hands when moving around the classroom or through the building.
  2. Be careful to place your backpack down gently when your laptop is in it.
  3. Carry your water bottle in your hands when your laptop is in your backpack or keep your water bottle in a different place in your backpack to prevent water damage.

Don't forget that Picture Day is Tuesday, October 5th! More information is available below.

Finally, I want to give a shout out to our building service crew of Mr. Brooks (Manager), Mr. Somerville (Assistant Manager), and Mrs. Lee. Thank you for being an important part of the care of all our otters every day! Mrs. Butner's PreK class took time out of their day this week to say thank you and show how much they appreciate Mr. Brooks showing Act Responsibly and Work Hard each day!

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Have a fantastic weekend!

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

Student Schedule for the Week Ahead

B Week

Monday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Early Fall MCAP testing in 4th and 5th Grades

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Early Fall MCAP testing in 4th and 5th Grades
  • Picture Day - See below for ordering information

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Early Fall MCAP testing in 5th Grade
  • PTA General Membership Meeting (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm) See the PTA section of the SMORE for more information.

Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Early Fall MCAP testing in 4th and 5th Grades

Friday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • Early Fall MCAP testing in 4th and 5th Grades
  • PTA School Store will be open

Fall School Yearbook Pictures

October 5th

Retakes will be scheduled for November 19th

Items that appear hyperlinked in the picture are included as clickable buttons directly below the picture.

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Online Preorder Picture Form - Skip the Paper Form

Click the button to access the preorder form from Classic's website.

Classic Photography COVID Picture Day Process

Click the button to access Classic Photography's COVID Picture Day Process

MCAP Information

Oakville students in fourth and fifth grades will work on Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) tests in September and October. The MCAP assessments were postponed from the Spring to the Fall due to COVID-19. The tests, shortened from the normal Spring assessments, will be administered in Math and ELA. Oakville instructional staff will use the results of these assessments to help us better address student needs caused by learning disruptions in the last two school years. Our OES students will take their assessments by homeroom, on the following dates:

  • Mr. Zeier
    • ELA- Oct. 5 and 6
  • Ms. Massengill
    • Math- Oct. 4
    • ELA- Oct. 7 and 8
  • Ms. Boomer
    • Math- Oct. 4 and 5
  • Ms. Reining
    • Math- Oct. 6 and 7

Thank you for helping your Oakville Otter to do their best by making sure they attend school on their assessment dates, get a good night's sleep, and a good breakfast prior to their assessments.

More information can be found in the PDF linked directly below. Any questions regarding MCAP should be directed to our School Site Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Reineke. She can be reached by calling the school at (301) 373-4365 or emailing her at

Lunch Menu October 2021

Take Home Meals Order Form - 10/4 - 10/8

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


Next Level Info - Upcoming Events

Save the Dates!

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Fall Festival - Chick Fil A Fundraiser

We will be doing a Chick Fil A Fundraiser to coincide with our Fall Festival. Due to limited availability .. ALL purchases must be pre-ordered by 10/15 and paid at the event. We will be selling Chicken Sandwich Box Meals and Chick - Fil - A Nugget Box Meals (please note all box meals come with a cookie and chips). Beverages will be available to purchase at the OES PTA concession stand at the event.

Fall Festival Volunteers

Calling all volunteers! We need you to help us with making our Fall Festival Great. Please consider donating your time on 10/23 from 11 to 1 to help our otters enjoy the fall season and all that it offers.

Sweet Frog Spirit Night

How do you Sweet Frog? We will be having another spirit night at Sweet Frog in California, MD on 10/11 from 4 to 9pm. Come out and show your Otter Pride. Share this flyer or mention Oakville ES and 20% of your proceeds will go back to OES!

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

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Update from the Front Office

Employment Opportunities within SMCPS

SMCPS has multiple positions available to support our students and staff, including full-time and part-time positions in various areas. Employment opportunities can be found on the SMCPS website:

The Abacus Corporation provides part-time/temporary positions to support SMCPS as well. Various positions are also available through the Abacus Corporation and can be found on their website:

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.

St. Mary's County Government Request for Community Input

St. Mary's County Government has asked that we share this link to their press release asking for community input into the revisions of the St. Mary’s County Comprehensive Plan. According to the county, “results from the survey will provide ways to document shared goals and objectives and maintain and enhance the quality of life in St. Mary’s County for years to come.”

School Photos

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

STEM_4_All Experience

Our 4th Grade students participated in their first of four STEM_4_All experiences this week. They had a blast! Thank you to Mr. Zeier and Mrs. Massengill for prepping everybody for the big day!

In this experience, students used science and engineering practices to understand the changes in energy when objects collide. They built, presented, and tested their space landers to apply their learning. The following science and engineering practices were used.

  • Developing and Using Models
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  • Constructing Explanations (Science) and Designing Solutions (Engineering)
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

PreK Field Trip to the Pumpkin Farm

Based on these pictures, I'd say our PreK trip to the pumpkin farm went well and was exhausting!


Update from the PTA

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The 2021-2022 PTA Membership Application can be found by clicking the link directly below.

PTA Meeting

October 6th

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First PTA Fundraiser of the School Year

Dear Oakville Elementary PTA,

Now more than ever, YOU can make a difference! We are kicking off our fundraiser and we are counting on your support!

Our Fundraising Goal:

Visit to watch our kick-off video!

Helping us reach our goal is QUICK, EASY, and only takes about 5 minutes. We have partnered with Charleston Wrap® to make it happen! With over 2,500 gift ideas, including UltraHeavy™ gift wrap, gourmet kitchen essentials, personalized gifts & more, friends and family can help us reach our goal by checking off their holiday shopping list! But first, you'll need to invite them to support our fundraiser! Complete the three (3) steps below and we'll be on our way to reaching our goals!

Here’s how to help:

1) Please visit to register today! Use our ORGANIZATION ID 22848 to register! One registration per family.

2) Send 10 unique and valid shopping email invites to your friends & family using our invite tool at registration.

3) Shop! With over 2,500 gift ideas, you can check off your holiday gift list and support our important cause, too.

PRO TIP: The more email invites you to send, the more supporters we'll get! So, break out your email contact list, share on social media, and help spread the word!

Will you take a few minutes and register now?

Thank you so much for your support!

Oakville Elementary PTA

Questions about registration? Call CW Customer Support at 1-866-395-2926

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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


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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