The Grove

September 23, 2022

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

Note From Principal Graham

Thank you so much to our families for your support of the PTA fundraiser and our Spirit Night at Chipotle. We appreciate all that you do for the school!

We are excited to announce that our Book Fair begins next Wednesday. On Thursday, we are keeping the Book Fair open late until 5:45 PM and PTA is sponsoring an ice cream and storytime event with Porkchop Productions. Come visit us in the cafeteria at 5:30 for ice cream and the Porkchop Production begins at 6:00. Hope to see you there!

Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up soon. Please be on the lookout for information about setting up a conference from your teacher.

PTA Spirit Night

Thank you to our families and staff for dropping by this week's PTA Spirit Night at Chipotles in Lexington. Had a great turnout and wonderful food!
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Important Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Sept. 28 - October 6 - Book Fair

Thursday, Sept. 29 - PTA Literacy Night 5:30 PM

Friday, Sept. 30 - PTA Chick-Fil-A Biscuit Sales in Morning Carpool Line 7:00-7:40 AM


Thursday, Oct. 6 - Parent / Teacher Conferences 2:45-5:45 PM

Friday, Oct. 7 - Parent / Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00 PM

Monday, Oct. 10 - No School

Tuesday, Oct. 11- 13 - COGAT Testing (Gr. 2 &4)

Tuesday, Oct. 18-19 - IOWA Testing (Gr. 2)

Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Collaborative Planning Day 11:20 AM Dismissal (Lunch Served)

Thursday, Oct. 20 - End of 1st Nine Weeks

Friday, Oct. 21 - Fall Fest / Trunk or Treat

Monday, Oct. 24 - Red Ribbon Week Begins

Thursday, Oct. 27 - PTA Spirit Night at Menchies

Friday, Oct. 28 - PTA Chick-Fil-A Biscuit Sales (AM Car Line)

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Would You Like To Volunteer?

Volunteers are needed for the book fair next week! If you have been approved and can volunteer a few hours, please contact Marie Lewis at Please make sure you have completed the online volunteer application form at This site is now up and running.
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Chick-Fil-A Chicken Biscuit Sale - Next Friday Sept. 30

Next Friday, Chick-Fil-A biscuits will be available for purchase in the morning drop off car line. Cost is $4 and paid with cash or check only. Checks are to be made payable to OGE PTA.

Save time and enjoy grabbing a Chick-Fil-A biscuit next Friday here at OGE. 7-7:40 AM or until sold out. For those that pre-ordered, they will be waiting for you.

And The Winner Is......

During the recent fundraiser, students had an opportunity to win an huge adorable googly eyed plush animal. The names were placed in a bowl and Principal Graham drew a name live on air on the OGE News Show this morning. Congratulations to Barret Sims in Ms. Bartolotti's 1st grade class. He gets to take home this wonderful prize.

Can you find our SRO, Deputy Mack?

Students in Ms. Shuman's PreK class invited Deputy Mack to join them on the "bus ride" to the zoo. Can you find Deputy Mack?
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Doing a Great Job!

Mr. Lawson's students were focused and ready to get their work done. We are so proud of them and their determination while giving their all.
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Check Out What A Cup Phone Teaches

In science Ms. Swift's 4th grade students are learning about sound. They explored sound waves and vibrations with cup phones and discovered the vibrations in the string when talking in to a cup on one end of the line. The students were amazed by this and loved going home telling their parents about it. #learningisfun

Author Visits Students

Mr. Ryals' 5th grade students had a wonderful guest speaker this week. Author, Lauren Faith Ryals, joined the class to assist students in their Personal Narratives. She read an excerpt from one of her books and individually worked with students to help them improve their pieces. A great learning experience for these students from an experienced author.

Lunch Balance

Does your child need lunch money put on their account?

  • You can add money to your student’s lunch account by visiting
  • The cost for lunch is $3.30.
  • The Family Portal allows you to see your student’s current balance and purchase history.
  • You may also transfer money between student accounts, if you have more than one child.

Please contact 803-821-1231 or 803-821-1373 if you have any questions.

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

Click Here To Add Money To Your Child's Lunch Account

Need to add money to your child's lunch account? It is so easy, just click here!

Fall Fest Will Be Friday, October 21. Mark Your Calendars Now For This Great Event!

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hola! Every year from September 15-October 15, people in the United States celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The observance first began in 1968. At OGES, our celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanics during this period is uniquely enhanced in our Spanish program. Thank you Ms. Rodriquez for all you do!
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Library - Genre Cafe

The 3rd grade classes came to the Genre Cafe in the library this week for a book tasting. Students had a chance to taste, or try out, books from seven different genres during their visit. Ask your student which is their favorite type of book - mystery, science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction, folktales, poetry, or nonfiction.

Did You Know That.....

  • 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

Family Resource Center

Did you know that we have a Family Resource Center at Oak Grove? The resource center will be open for families on Fridays from 8 am to 9 am.

The center is a great place to come for resources that you might need to help reinforce skills that are being taught in the classroom. Materials may be signed out and kept at your home for a week. Please check out some of the great resources that we have! If the Friday hours are not convenient for you, just call Marie Lewis at 803-821-0150 to arrange another time to stop by!


For safety reasons and to keep traffic flowing, we need all parents to remain in their vehicle when dropping off or picking up their student in the car line.

  • Staff will assist in helping your child out or 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.
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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.

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.

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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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