In "Otter" News - Week #13 & #14

For the Week of 11/22 - 11/27 and 11/29 - 12/3


Message From the Principal

Good Evening Oakville Otter Families and Happy Friday!

It is almost Thanksgiving! A 70 degree weather day this week made that hard to believe for me! This week's SMORE will actually be for the next two weeks as we will all be enjoying the holiday break with our families.

I'd like to welcome our new Safety and Security Assistant, Ms. Llano, to the OES team. When you see her at the front of the building, be sure to say "Hello"!

Of special note this week is in regards to a communication sent directly to you from SMCPS Communications regarding Federal Impact Aids Forms.

Our schools are heavily impacted with federally-connected students – those parents/guardians who work on federal property in Maryland, live on federal property in Maryland, and/or are active duty military personnel. Because of this impact, we receive federal grant funds to operate and maintain our schools and enrich school programs. To receive these funds, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) requires us to survey each student to determine eligibility.

SMCPS is encouraging all parents/guardians to please take the time to access and complete the Impact Aid Survey Form online, located in the Home Access Center (HAC). Once logged in, directions to access the online form can be found HERE. A video with instructions is available HERE. The form can now be accessed in Spanish by clicking on the Globe in the top right-hand corner once the form has been started. The deadline for the online submission of Impact Aid Program Survey forms is December 15, 2021.

Ms. Rapozo will be monitoring our completion of the forms. As we approach the deadline, she may be reaching out to see if you need assistance completing the forms.

The first grade level to reach 100% completion of the Impact Aid Survey will receive a sweet treat from Ms. Dietz!

I hope you find time to relax and enjoy some downtime and eat lots of great food with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday!

"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 Next Two Weeks (11/22 - 12/3)

A Week

Monday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Wednesday - Thanksgiving Break - No School for Students and 10-11 Month Employees

  • The school building will be closed.

Thursday - Holiday - Thanksgiving - All Schools and Office Closed

Friday - Holiday - Thanksgiving - All Schools and Office Closed

B Week

Monday (11/29): 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Tuesday (11/30): 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Wednesday (12/1): 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • STEM-4-All Experience (4th Grade Students)

Thursday (12/2): 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Friday (12/3): 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • PTA Winter Dance and Holiday Shoppe Preview 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (More information below) (Outside Event)
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Lunch Menu November and December 2021

Lunch menu choices are subject to change based on the availability of expected supplies.
Take Home Meals Order Form - 11/22 - 12/3

You must sign up each week to continue to receive meals for the week ahead. When you sign up this week, you will be signing up for the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break and the week after Thanksgiving Break.


Next Level Info - Upcoming Events

Save the Dates!

Annual Holiday Shop - 12/6/2021 - 12/10/2021

Our Annual Holiday Shop is returning this year! Students will be given the opportunity during their lunch and recess periods to shop for gifts for every person on their list. (Preview day will take place on 12/3 and the Holiday Shop will occur from 12/6 to 12/10.) That being said .. we are in search of volunteers to help us ensure that the Holiday Shop is a success. (If you are interested in helping out, please sign up to volunteer below, please note, a volunteer number is needed.)
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Volunteer - Holiday Shop Sign Up Genius

Click this button to sign up to volunteer to assist with the Holiday Shop.

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

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Update from the Front Office

Calendar Survey School Year 2022-2023

The SMCPS Calendar Committee is seeking input in the development of the 2022-2023 school year calendar. Please respond to this Calendar Survey to provide your input.

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:

School Photos

Our 4th and 5th grade students, under the direction of Ms. Drake, gave an amazing Veterans Day performance! Thank you to those families who came out in support of their work!

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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.

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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