In "Otter" News - Week #4 (B Week)

For the Week of 9/20 - 9/24

Message from the Principal

Happy Friday Otter Families!

We have closed out another successful week of learning here at Oakville. I have been able to travel around to classrooms and see students engaged in learning as well as demonstrating expected classroom routines. Our hallways and classrooms have a positive buzz about them. It is wonderful to see and hear students and teachers getting into the swing of the year!

Please see below for information important for the upcoming week. We will have an early dismissal day on Thursday, and no school for students on Friday. Teachers will spend the Professional Development Day on Friday reviewing and analyzing student data to help better inform our instruction moving forward.

Be sure to enjoy the St. Mary's County Fair next weekend and visit the Education Building to see our student otters' artwork. I would like to thank Mrs. Milcetich for taking the time to curate and build our display at the fair!

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

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • 1st and 4th Grade Environmental Field Trip

Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:45pm

  • Two Hour Early Dismissal - No School for Head Start and PreKindergarten Students
  • 4th Grade MCAP Testing - More information about MCAP testing is below


  • Professional Day - No School for Students

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
    • Math- Sept. 23 and 27
    • ELA- Oct. 5 and 6
  • Ms. Massengill
    • Math- Sept. 30 and Oct. 4
    • ELA- Oct. 7 and 8
  • Ms. Boomer
    • Math- Oct. 4 and 5
    • ELA- Sept. 27 and 28
  • Ms. Reining
    • Math- Oct. 6 and 7
    • ELA- Sept. 29 and 30

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 September 2021

Take Home Meals Order Form - 9/20 - 9/24

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


Next Level Info - Upcoming Events

Save the Dates!

Meet the Principal and New PTA Board Spirit Event at Bruster's

September 27th

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Fall School Yearbook Pictures

October 5th

Retakes will be scheduled for November 19th

More information will be provided as the dates draw closer.

PTA Meeting

October 6th

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Harvest Festival/Trunk or Treat

October 23rd

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

More Information to Come!

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


Update from the Front Office

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.

Here Comes the Bus App

  • View the real-time location of your child's bus
  • Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Receive push notifications or email alerts

Click the button below for more information.

Here Comes the Bus App Information

Click for more information

School Photos

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

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Update from the PTA

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

First PTA Fundraiser of the School Year

Please be on the lookout for the Charleston Wrap booklets to come home this week with more information about the fundraiser.

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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Employment Opportunities with SMCPS - Apply Today -

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