The Grove

September 2, 2022

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

Note From Principal Graham

This week we focused on the power skill of communication during our morning meeting time, to effectively give and receive feedback. I want to thank all of our families that have reached out to us to give us feedback on things that are going well and also on areas in which we can grow. We appreciate your words and suggestions and take them all to heart. It takes all of us to make OGE great!


It has been wonderful having visitors during lunch this week. We are so happy to have our Oak Grove families in the school. Take a look at our upcoming events and see other opportunities to join us in school activities.

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Important Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER:

Thursday, Sept. 1 - 16 - Fall Benchmark Assessments (Details Below)

Monday, Sept. 5 - No School (Labor Day)

Wednesday, Sept. 7 - Pastries With Patriots (Last Names A-G) 7:00-7:30 AM

Thursday, Sept. 8 - Pastries With Patriots (Last Names H-O) 7:00-7:30 AM

Friday, Sept. 9 - Pastries With Patriots (Last Names P-Z) 7:00-7:30 AM

Thursday, Sept. 15 - Virtual PTA Meeting 6 PM. Link Found Below

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. Lunch Served.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Book Fair Begins (Stay Posted)

Thursday, Sept. 29 - PTA Literacy Night / Sundaes and Storytime / Book Fair Late Night

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

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Titan Is Up and Running

The new online meal payment system, Titan, is officially up and running. Moving forward, you can add money to your student’s meal account by visiting https://family.titank12.com/.


The Family Portal allows you to see your student’s current meal balance and purchase history. You may also set spending limits and transfer money between student accounts, if you have more than one child.


K12paymentcenter.com has been turned off and will no longer be used for online payments. All payments made prior have been transferred to Titan.


If you recently received an emailed letter regarding low balance information, please disregard this notification. We apologize for the confusion.


All low balance meal account emails will begin on Tuesday, September 6, to allow time for balances from the K12paymentcenter to transfer.


Online menus through the Titan Family Portal are coming soon.


We appreciate your patience. 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.

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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!

Attention Parents of Walkers


Your child's safety is our top concern. We have placards for parents to bring to the walker pick-up area to reunite you with your child at dismissal. If you forgot/lost your placard on any day, please see Mr. Casey at the mobile walker station next to the double doors to verify your license or ID. You can also get a new placard there.

Collaborative Planning Form

The following form about this year's Collaborative Planning days was sent home this week. Thank you for filling it out and returning it to your child's teacher by Wednesday, September 14. It is important that we get these back to assure we know what you would like your child's transportation home to be on these days. Thank you.
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PTA Fundraiser Goes Through September 20

Thank you to everyone who has had a great start helping with this Fall's fundraiser. Attached to this message, you’ll find a flyer with detailed instructions about how you can register online and support our goals. We appreciate all of your support and encourage you to spread the word to your friends & family, near and far! The more people who shop, the more money we can raise!

Check out the cool prizes too!


Thank you for your help!
– Oak Grove Elementary PTA

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Fall 22 Daily Prizes and Incentives- 8478
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RBH Athletes (Former OGE Students) Come To Visit

We love it when former students come by to say hello and we can see how well they are doing and all they have achieved. Today we had a few River Bluff Hight School Athletes come by to visit. They started the morning welcoming students students in the car lines and then participating in our Drop Everything and Read. We loved having them and their parents this morning. We miss them but so excited to see them doing great!

Benchmark Assessments

Dear Parent or Guardian:


The teachers and administrators at our school are committed to helping your student become a successful learner. Our school will be using a benchmark assessment tool called i-Ready Reading and Math. We will also continue to utilize the Fountas & Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment System to determine your student’s text reading level.


i-Ready Reading and Math assessments help us examine how your student is developing critical reading and mathematics skills. We use this assessment to screen all of our students in grades 5K-5 in order to identify students who may need extra support in the areas of reading or math. We will screen students three times per year. This assessment will be administered within your student’s classroom over two to three days, and should take approximately 45 minutes in total. By breaking the assessment up across two to three days, we can better ensure that students are able to focus and engage in the assessment. The dates for the assessment windows are:


  • Full Diagnostic Fall Benchmark window - August 30 - September 16

  • Full Diagnostic Winter Benchmark window - January 3 - January 20

  • Full Diagnostic Spring Benchmark window - Grades 3 - 5 - April 10 - April 21

Grades K-2 - May 8 - May 27


Since the testing windows above are lengthy, you will be notified by your student’s teacher of the exact days that your student will complete the i-Ready assessments so that you can ensure they are aware and ready to do their very best on the assessments.


Additionally, classroom teachers will be using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System to screen students in reading. Teachers will complete this assessment with students in grades 5K-5 following the schedule below:


  • Grades K: Quarters 2, 3, 4

  • Grades 1-2: Quarters 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Grades 3-5: Quarters 1 & 4

Teachers will use these assessments, along with other information they collect as they are teaching, to help plan their instruction to best meet the needs of each individual student. This information will also help individualize instruction for those students who need extra support with certain skills. We are excited about our ability to know where all of our students are on their path to being successful learners.

SIC Nominations

We welcome all nominations for parents/guardians that would like to be a part of this year's School Improvement Council. SIC is a broad-based advisory body consisting of parents, staff, and community members. SICs work with the principal and other educators in meeting the identified needs of their schools and continuously work toward excellence.


If you are interested, we ask that you please fill out the following information link:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9naow4uu0-FyoMQclXLoEtSQTDrTdvgWJ0TAGnccDtROH8g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Morning Drop-Off / Afternoon Pick-up

MORNING DROP OFF:

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.


AFTER SCHOOL PICK-UP:

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.

PLEASE REMAIN IN VEHICLE:

For safety reasons and to keep traffic flowing, we need all parents to remain in their vehicle. Staff will assist in 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. Thank you for your assistance and understanding.

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Class Lunch Times

Parents are welcome to come have lunch with their children during their class's scheduled lunch time. Please refer to the listing below for lunch times. Parents and their child will be able to sit at family assigned tables.
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Flag Patrol

Thank you so much to our fine students for taking care of the great honor of raising and taking down the flags each day in front of the school.

Learning About Sharing

Ms. Shuman's 3K classes worked this week on their fine motor skills while making Rainbow Fish. They had a wonderful time reading Rainbow Fish and talking about sharing. Great job!
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Flashlight Friday

Ms. Howell's 1st grade students learned that their are many ways to make reading fun and one of the ways is to do it with flashlight. Sorry mom and dads, if your flashlight seems misplaced, check with your child who may be using it to read with. #funtimereading

Drop Everything and Read

Today the school participated in the Drop Everything and Read Initiative, earning their first step in their red reading logs. Ms. Howell's 1st grade class had their books ready and looked forward to earning their steps. Check out the video below seeing all students participating in this great event.
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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.

What Is The Latest I Can Dismiss My Child?

Early Dismissal 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.

Have You Purchased Your Spiritwear?

You can now join the PTA online and purchase spirit gear at the following link!

https://oge-pta.square.site/

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Log On Link

September 15 - PTA Meeting Online 6:00 PM

meet.google.com/gyu-pmop-vyo


Dial-in: (US) +1 515-884-8185

PIN: 642 668 256#

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.

Snack Pack Program

As with years prior, our school will be partnering with local churches, Zion Lutheran Church and St. David’s Lutheran Church, to offer a confidential program entitled “Snack Pack” for students at the Oak Grove Elementary School. This program is designed to provide healthy food items over the weekend for children whose families are experiencing financial hardships.


Snack Pack forms were placed in your child's backpack for you to sign and return to school. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Daughtrey at 803-821-0174 or Holly Warren at 803-821-0016.

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

Girls Medium Pants (Elastic Waist Band)

Boys Small Pants (Elastic Waist Band)

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

Terrace Metrics Assessment

Dear Lexington District One Parents/Guardians:


Lexington District One is committed to supporting our students academically, physically and emotionally.


Additionally, in 2018, Governor Henry McMaster signed into law Act 213, which directed school districts to implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). MTSS addresses the needs of the whole child – academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally – and requires districts to conduct certain screenings with parental consent.


To support this effort, the district will offer an optional behavioral health assessment, with active parental consent, through our partner Terrace Metrics, to students in grades 3–12.


We realize you may have questions about this assessment, including the types of questions your student may be asked, how the information is used and the support we provide students if needed.


To help answer your questions, Lexington District One will host two question and answer sessions for parents, with the CEO of Terrace Metrics Dr. Rich Gilman. The first session will be held Sept. 1 at the Central Services auditorium, located at 100 Tarrar Springs Road in Lexington, at 9:30 a.m. The second session will be held at the North Lake Community Learning Center auditorium (formally Lexington Middle School) at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.


For additional information on this behavioral health assessment, contact your student's school counselor, Ms. Daughtrey (gr. 1, 3, 5) at (803) 821-0174 or Ms. Warren (gr. K, 2, 4) at (803) 821-0116.


Kathryn McPhail
Chief Communications Officer

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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.

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

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Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

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NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

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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