The Grove

Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave

Note From Principal Graham

Thank you to everyone for showing your appreciation to our teachers and cafeteria workers this week. The students wrote such wonderful notes sharing so much kindness. It was great seeing all the participants for our themed days. Thank you to our PTA for providing lunch to our staff this week to show their appreciation. The love and support were definitely felt by all.

State Testing Continues

Below is the schedule for state testing for grades 3-5. It is important that parents have students here at school before the 7:40 tardy bell to assure that students are in their classroom and ready to do their best on the test. Thank you for assuring they get a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast either at home or breakfast will be available for them here at school. Thank you for planning ahead to assure that students are not absent on these important dates.


LOOLA students are required to test face to face. Transporation will be provided if necessary. Look for more information from your child's LOOLA teacher with specifics.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Kindergarten Enrollment Now Open

May 12 - 3rd Grade Math Test

May 13 - 4th Grade Writing Test

May 14 - 4th Grade Reading Test

May 17 - 4th Grade Math Test

May 18 - 4th Grade Science Test

May 19 - 5th Grade Writing Test

May 20 - 5th Grade Reading Test

May 21 - 5th Grade Math Test

May 24 - June 4 - Book Fair

May 31 - No School

Happy Mother's Day

To all of our Mothers and Mother figures, we hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday!

Phasing Out Plexiglass

We are beginning the process of phasing out our plexiglass in the classrooms. We are starting with our 3-5 grade classrooms as they prepare for state testing and need to have their desks separated. The week of May 17th, we will continue with the primary grades. Some teachers have requested for the plexiglass to remain and I am meeting that request.

Kindergarten Enrollment Now Open

Lexington County School District One enrollment for 5-year-old kindergarten for the 2021–2022 school year is now open. Families may enroll their students online this year for convenience and the safety of our students, their families, and our staff.


You can enroll your child in kindergarten here.


If your child turns 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2021, your child is eligible for 5-year-old kindergarten.


If your child currently attends a 4-year-old kindergarten program in Lexington District One, you do not need to complete this online enrollment process.

If you do not know which school your child is zoned for, go to our website at lexington1.net, hover over the “Schools” tab, choose the “School Locator” link and fill out your information.


To enroll your child, the following documents are required.

  • Child’s official birth certificate with parents’ name on it (not wallet or short certificate)

  • Completed South Carolina Certificate of Immunization

  • Proof of residency including a current utility bill/statement (for example, electric or water) showing your name and home address within the district

  • Your South Carolina driver’s license or other state or federal photograph identification


If you are unable to produce any of the documents listed above or complete enrollment online, please contact Megan Whittle at (803) 821-0104 or the Office of Student Services at 803-821-1029 to discuss alternative documentation that may be acceptable.

Book Fair is Coming!

When: May 24th - June 4th

Time: 8:20AM until 1:50PM each day

Where: Our school Library


Students will shop only during their weekly Library Related Arts time with their own class. The Book Fair will not be open before or after school on any days. Only students will be allowed to shop - no outside visitors will be able to attend the Book Fair this time. Please check with your child or your child's teacher to find out what day they come to the Library each week.


We will have a virtual Book Fair available for those who wish to shop online.

Student Check List

Thank you for assuring your child has the following before walking out of the house each morning.


1. Face Mask

2. Water Bottle in Bookbag

3. Breakfast. It is important that students have breakfast every morning to fuel their learning for that day. No outside food is allowed in the school building. If they don't have time to eat prior to arriving at school, free breakfast is available at school

4. Arrive before the 7:40 am Tardy Bell

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Artfest

Congratulations to the following artists who will have their artwork in the District’s first virtual Artfest. Link for the virtual show will be sent out soon.
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Check out this week's theme activities as students helped to celebrate their teachers during Teacher / Staff Appreciation Week.

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P.E. Game of the Week

One of the games our students learned this week is called Dynamite Ball. This game helps students with their hand/eye and foot/eye coordination, blocking, and underhand/overhand throws. So proud of all students and how they work hard and play so well with each other. Great teamwork!
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Sensory Play time in Pre-K

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OGE Spirit Day- Every Friday

Every Friday is school spirit day! Patriots, show your spirit by wearing a school shirt or our school colors of red, white, and blue.

No Outside Food

In order to keep our staff and students safe, food items are not allowed to be brought to school. Students can not bring breakfast from restaurants and we are not allowing parents/guardians to deliver lunch or other items during the day. If a student forgets their lunch, the parent may drop off the lunch box in the front office or the student can receive a school lunch for free. We can not accept outside food. This includes cupcakes, food from restaurants/drive-thrus, and other items for birthdays or celebrations. Thank you for helping keep students safe.

Please Keep the School Nurse Updated ....... (803) 821-0120 / wrea@lexington1.net

it is important that we continue to monitor and contact trace for COVID.


Here is what we need to know:

1) If your student tests positive for COVID

2) If your student is identified as a close or household contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID


Please contact Wendy Rea, the school nurse, at 803-821-0120 or by email at wrea@lexington1.net to discuss the next steps.


Thank you for helping keep our school safe and healthy.

Helpful OGE Website Links

Hello OGES Families! While this is not new information, I just wanted to remind everyone of a few helpful sites that will help you stay informed with important information or give you information that may help you with your student.


School Website: http://oges.lexington1.net/

OGE Hub: https://sites.google.com/lexington1.net/oges-family-hub/home

School Counselor"s Site: https://sites.google.com/lexington1.net/ogescounseling

Facebook: Oak Grove Patriots

Twitter: OGElementary


As always, please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance! I can always be reached at mlewis@lexington1.net and at 803-821-0150.

4K Application Process Continues

The application is available online at http://www.lexdistrict1.com/academics/preschool

or by dropping by the front office for a paper copy.


What will I need to apply?


  • Child’s official birth certificate with parents’ names listed (not a wallet or short-form certificate)
  • Completed S.C. Certificate of Immunization
  • Current electric bill/statement showing parent’s name and home address within the district for proof of residency
  • Parent’s driver’s license or other state or federal photo identification


Questions?: Feel free to call Ms. Whittle at (803) 821-0104 as she is happy to help you.

Attendance Guidelines for Parents

Please review the attendance guidelines by selecting this link.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Just a reminder that we continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to our students. This will continue for the remainder of the school year. Students who bring a lunch box from home and can also choose to get a free pick 3 option (milk/juice, veggie, and fruit). We look forward to having your child join us for breakfast and/or lunch!

LOOLA Meal Pick-up Sites

  • New meal pick-up sites for Online Learning Academy students


    Starting today, the meal-pick-up locations for Online Learning Academy families changed.

    The pick-up times remain 11 A.M.–1 P.M. each Friday, unless school is closed for a holiday. The pick-up sites are:

    • Carolina Springs Middle

    • Gilbert Middle

    • Meadow Glen Middle

    • Pelion Middle

    • White Knoll Middle


Safety Procedures


New procedures are in place to maintain the safety of our students, staff, and parents.


  • Parents may walk their child/children to the entrance of the school but we ask that you do not enter the building past the front office.

  • All students are required to wear a mask.

  • Children will have time throughout the day to clean their hands and also provide mask breaks as we know wearing a mask during the school day will be a new learning experience.

  • In order to keep our staff and students safe, we are not allowing parents/guardians to deliver lunch or other items during the day.

  • We will be practicing social distancing in the classroom.

  • The students will be in one classroom during the day observing the family model. Social distancing will take place as movement occurs in the hallway.

  • Since we are in the family-style model, we will be eating lunch in our classrooms. We will be unable to accommodate having guests come to school to each lunch with their child or visit the classroom.

  • All rooms are equipped with hand sanitizer installed on the walls and individual pumps. We ask that everyone use our school provided hand sanitizer.

Lexington County School District One’s 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.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out whom to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.