In "Otter" News - Week #12 (B Week)

For the Week of 11/15 - 11/19


Message From the Principal

Good Evening Oakville Otter Families and Happy Friday!

As we go into the weekend, there are three things I would like to put on your radar.

  1. Orders and money for the PTA's Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser are due this week on Thursday, November 18th. The PTA will host an outdoor movie night on Friday, November 19th at 6:00 pm.
  2. Our 4th and 5th grade students will present a Veteran's Day music program on Thursday, November 18th. Ms. Drake is requesting picutres of veterans from our school's community. Please click HERE for more information about how to submit pictures. See below for more information about the scheduled times for the performance.
  3. The SMCHD will be hosting a school-based COVID-19 vaccination clinic for OES students ages 5-11. ONLY STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS HAVE REGISTERED THEM AND PROVIDED CONSENT WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE. Please see below for more detailed information. If you have questions, please contact Nurse Frangenberg.

"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

  • PTA Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • PTA Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • PTA Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser
  • COVID 19 Vaccination Clinic at OES (Only students whose parents have registered and provided consent will be able to receive the vaccine. A link to the letter provided by SMCHD can be found below.)

Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • All money and orders for the PTA Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser are due
  • Veterans Day Program at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm (See below for more information)

Friday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • School Store Open
  • Picture Retake Day (See below for more information)
  • PTA Movie Night 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (outdoor event)

Veteran's Day Performance - 11/18/2021

Our 4th and 5th grade students will share a Veteran's Day themed music performance on Thursday, November 18th to show our appreciation to our veteran community. Parents and school community members are welcome to attend this in person performance event.

Performance #1: 10:00 am -10:45 am

  • AM PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Students will attend with their class
  • Parents and community members are welcome to attend, too.

Performance #2: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

  • PM PreK, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade students will attend with their class
  • Parents and community members are welcome to attend, too.

Masks are required when entering and remaining in the building. All parents and community members who attend will have to check in through our Raptor safety system. A valid photo ID is required with this process.

Honey Baked Ham Fundraising

Back by popular demand, the OES PTA will continue with their Honey Baked Ham Fundraisers (just in time for Thanksgiving). ALL Money and Ham Orders are due by no later than November 18th! Pick Up for the Hams will be on November 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30.

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Picture Retake Day - 11/19/2021

Students who were absent from school or who registered at school after the original picture date of October 5th will need to have their pictures taken for the yearbook.

If a parent has expressed interest in having their child’s picture retaken, this can also be done on retake day. The student should bring the original photo package, including the original envelope and all picture products, to turn in to the photographer when they come to sit for a new picture. They do not need to fill out a new order form.

Outdoor Movie Night - 11/19/2021

OES PTA will be presenting their first-ever Outdoor Movie Night showing "Free Birds" on November 19th at 6pm. Bring an outdoor chair or blanket to sit on. We will be having concessions for sale. (Don't worry .. if it rains, we will treat it like a drive in movie!)

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Lunch Menu November 2021

Lunch menu choices are subject to change based on the availability of expected supplies.
Take Home Meals Order Form - 11/15 - 11/19

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


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.

School-Based Vaccination Clinics for Students Ages 5-11

Please click on the PDF linked directly below to access a letter from Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary's County Health Officer, regarding school-based vaccination clinics.

This letter was sent directly to SMCPS families on November 8, 2021.

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

Some of our 5th-grade chorus students represented OES at the ES All-County Honor Chorus Concert held at Leonardtown High School this past week. They did an "otterly" awesome job! It was the first in-person concert held inside the newly renovated LHS auditorium! Thank you to Ms. Drake for helping our singers prepare and making the event successful!

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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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