In "Otter" News - July Update

It's a Great Time to be an Otter!

Message from the Principal

Dear Oakville Otter Families,

I am excited to start my tenure as the Principal of the Oakville Elementary School Otters! I am all moved in and ready to get to work. The Summer School staff and I have already even welcomed students to our Summer School program! Over the course of the next several months, I am looking forward to learning the "Otter" way and working with the entire school community to begin to build strong relationships and develop a high level of trust. Most importantly, I cannot wait to meet and start learning with my new students, or as I will always refer to them, "my kids"!

I am a long-time resident of St. Mary's County. I am a graduate of Leonardtown High School and St. Mary's College of Maryland. I joined SMCPS in 2000 and earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Towson University in 2010. Before transitioning to become a school system administrator in 2012, I taught at Leonardtown High School, Hollywood Elementary School, Great Mills High School, Banneker Elementary School, and worked as part of the inaugural staff that opened Evergreen Elementary School in 2009. I left the classroom to become the Supervisor of Instruction for Fine Arts in 2012 where I oversaw the school system's programs in music, visual arts, and theatre for grades K-12. I have spent the past five years as the Assistant Principal and IEP Chairperson at Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School.

Through my experiences, I have learned the most important factor in ensuring student success in learning is developing a positive and nurturing environment for students, staff, and families. I am committed to creating a welcoming, safe, and caring environment for all who enter our doors. I am ALWAYS here to listen and work WITH you as a partner in your child's education. I believe in strong lines of communication and will use this SMORE format to communicate with you monthly during the summer and then weekly as the regular school year begins.

We are facing a unique school year where we will work to establish a sense of normalcy after a year and a half of constant change. My top priority will be to make sure students feel safe and cared for as they return to school five days a week so they are ready to learn and grow!

I welcome the opportunity to meet and talk with you over the next several months. I hope you and your children can join me on July 22nd at 5:00 pm on the school playground for a "Popsicles with the Principal" meet and greet opportunity. I also hope you take the opportunity to stop in and introduce yourself when you are in the building. Finally, I am always only a phone call or Google Meet/Zoom away. Enjoy your summer and find some time to relax and recharge!

Otterly Yours,

Ms. Dietz


Top Level Info - Need-To-See for the Month Ahead

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July 6th - July 9th

Tuesday - Friday

General Office Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration Walk-In Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

July 12th - July 29th

Monday - Thursday

(All SMCPS Schools and Offices are closed on Fridays)

General Office Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration Walk-In Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

If you need to register a student and are unavailable between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, please call the school to make an appointment.

The OES Main Office will be closed on Monday, July 12th. Summer School will continue, but the main office will be closed for registrations.

JULY 22nd!

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Come out and meet Ms. Dietz and enjoy a sweet treat!

Thursday, July 22nd from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Oakville Elementary School Playground

Summer Reading Program at the Public Library

Get Ready for Summer Reading 2021!

Extended Learning Opportunities Summer 2021


Next Level Info - Upcoming Events

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Mark your calendars! Open House will be held on Thursday, August 26th.

Kindergarten: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Grades 1-5: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Student & School Photos

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Mrs. Davies and Nurse Frangenberg are working hard this summer to keep us all organized, safe, and healthy! Thank you!

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Our Summer School staff, headed by Mrs. Wenk, welcomed students to their classrooms on July 6th! We are so lucky to have a staff dedicated to keeping learning alive for some of our Otters this summer!


Update from the Front Office

2021-2022 School Supply List

Grab and Go Meals and Weekly Activity Bags

See the attached Press Release for more information regarding the availability of Grab and Go Meals and Weekly Activity Bags.

Registration Documentation

Please check the SMCPS website for information about applying online.

Click the buttons below for a list of needed documentation and downloadable forms that can be completed at home prior to coming to the school to complete the registration process.


Update from the PTA

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Here is what you need to do:

1. Go to the website

2, Select the Log In button or the Registration Button

3. Select "Create Account" and fill in the name, email and password information

4. Select "Verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process.
The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.

5. Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registraion process.

If you have questions - Please don't hesitate to contact us at


Update from the Nurse

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