Ollie Fest 2018 is coming! Join us on March 3rd for fun!

This year’s Ollie Fest will be held Saturday, March 3rd, from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. Ollie Fest is a fun event for our school families, friends and community. We will offer $10 all access bands again this year. Bands are good for (1) Fairy Hair, (1) Face Paint, (1) Balloon Art and UNLIMITED Bounce House & Carnival Games!

In addition, there will be a ton of amazing silent auction/classroom baskets up for grabs, with proceeds going to the Oak Grove PTA.

To make this event happen we will need YOU! Please consider signing up for one of the slots! Even better, recruit a friend and enjoy all the excitement as a team!

Sign up now: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b45a9a72aa5f49-ollie5

Mark your calendars and join the fun! We’ll see you at Ollie Fest!

Check out our  Ollie Fest 2018 Flyer for more details!

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Volunteer at Ollie Fest or donate for the Cake Walk!

Ollie Fest is just around the corner and we need your help! To facilitate as smooth start, we need some parent volunteers the morning of Ollie Fest.

ALSO– Please consider taking a moment to bake some fresh homemade goodies to donate towards all the excitement! All donations should be in PRE-PACKAGED GOODIES IN INDIVIDUAL SIZE SERVINGS. We will be out in carpool Friday (March 2nd) morning  and afternoon to assist with collection. You can also send your individually wrapped goodies in with your child or drop them off in the office marked “CAKE WALK”. Thanks for all your help and be sure to join us for some Yum Yum Fun!

Sign up to volunteer at Ollie Fest or contact Dena Mangum with any questions. Ollie Fest definitely takes a Village! 🙂

Dena Mangum, Ollie Fest Chair




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Free open swim at Goldfish Swim School on 12/22

Goldfish Swim School is offering a free open swim on Friday, December 22nd from noon until 2 pm. Need an inside activity for the kids while school’s out and it’s cold outside? Come on in, the water’s warm!

Details here: Free open swim

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Science Fair application deadline extended!

If you haven’t turned in your forms for the 2018 Oak Grove Science Fair, there’s still time! This year’s science fair will be held on January 9th. Turn your forms in before Christmas break (by December 21st) to enter your project! Download the forms and get all the details below:

2018 Science Fair Announcement
2018 Science Fair Entry Form
2018 Science Fair Rules and Guidelines
2018 The Scientific Method

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Sign up to be a helpful elf!

gift_wrappingDo you just LOVE wrapping presents? Do you wrap empty boxes sometimes because you just like to wrap presents? If so, we need you! Here is your chance to be a Christmas elf. Teachers bring their last minute gifts to school, we wrap them, and deliver them back to their classroom! The sign up link is below for 1 hour time slots for Tuesday, December 19th:


Sign up now!

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Otter Wishes – DEADLINE: Friday DEC 1st

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Each year we send our 5th graders off to middle school with “Otter Wishes” in our yearbook. The yearbook committee is now collecting these wishes for publication in this year’s yearbook.

The “ad” will be put into a standard format so that all you need to submit is the message and/or picture(s). They will be located in the back of the yearbook and can contain one or two photograph(s) and a message perhaps congratulating the student on graduation, a specific achievement, or just general well wishes.

The cost is $10 and we can allow only one ad per child. table for number of words and pictures. Ads and payment must be received by Friday, December 1st 2017. No exceptions can be made as we have deadline obligations with the yearbook company. All formatting and sizing of pictures and text will be done by the yearbook staff.

Sample otter wish

Size Dimensions # Pictures # Words Cost
1/9 Page 2.6 X 3.4 2 50 $10
1 70 $10
0 90 $10

Guidelines for ads:

  1. We strongly suggest that you do not submit hard copy original photographs — especially baby photographs due to the possibility of a lost or damaged photograph. Ideally, digital pictures and text should be emailed to ogesyearbook@gmail.com.  If you do submit a hard copy photo then please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you’d like your picture back.  Please turn in the hard copy photo to your child’s 5th grade teacher, c/o “Otter Wishes”.
  1. Parents understand that if you submit low resolution photos, the quality of the printed photo may be poor in the yearbook.

2 Step Process:

  1. $10 payment can be made at the online school store. Go to https://squareup.com/market/oak-grove-pta and look for “Otter Wishes”.  You can also make checks payable to “Oak Grove PTA‟ and give to your 5th grader’s teacher.  Please include the child’s name & “Otter Wishes” on the check!  Please place check/cash in an envelope and specify “Otter Wishes”.
  2. All wording & pictures should be emailed to: Becca Smith  ogesyearbook@gmail.com
  3. Please only send jpegsdo not send pictures in a word document
  4. Please include the child’s name & teacher’s name in the email!

If you have any further questions, please contact Oak Grove Yearbook Chair, Becca Smith by email at ogesyearbook@gmail.com or call at 919-380-0600.

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Help still needed with Ollie Fest


We still need volunteers and baked goods to make this year’s Ollie Fest a success! Ollie Fest is Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11am to 3pm. Please visit the Cake Walk SignUp Genius to sign up to bring goodies for the cake walk.

Volunteers are needed to sell tickets and help with some games. Please visit the Ollie Fest Volunteer SignUp Genius to join the fun! Each volunteer will receive one wrist band for their child. This wrist band will provide your child unlimited access to games, activities, Game Truck, Bouncy House, cake walk, 1 face paint, 1 fairy hair & 1 balloon animal. Wrist bands will cost $10 at the door.



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Volunteer for Ollie Fest!

Please consider donating your time to volunteer for our fundraiser, Ollie Fest! We need people to help with ticket sales, games, the cake walk, and clean up. Ollie Fest is on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Any help is appreciated! Please sign up for a spot using SignUp Genius.


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Spirit Night at 3 Amigos tomorrow!

Our next Spirit Night is tomorrow at 3 Amigos. Please come out and support Oak Grove!

Where: 3 Amigos Mexican Restaurant (3470 Kildaire Farm Rd – Mill Pond shopping center, next to the dollar store)

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm

What: 3 Amigos will donate a portion of sales from all Oak Grove patrons to our PTA. We will also be raffling off a $30 gift certificate for 3 Amigos. Come enjoy great food and drinks, while supporting our PTA and a locally owned business.

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Oak Grove Science Fair

You are invited to participate in Oak Grove’s annual Science Fair! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate science while having a great time!

WHAT: Oak Grove Elementary School Student Science Fair

WHEN: Science Fair Date – Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
(In case of inclement weather we will reschedule for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017)

Project Entry Form Due Date – December 13, 2016

WHERE: Oak Grove Multipurpose Room

WHO: All Oak Grove students – individuals or groups (max 3 in a group). Class projects are encouraged, but are not eligible to be judged. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students may participate as non-judged entries. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students have the option of being judged or non-judged.

HOW: See the entry forms and other links at the bottom of this post. All forms must be signed by a parent and have a legible parent email or phone number.

WHY: To celebrate science and research new information! It’s FUN!

WINNERS: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade Winners will receive a paid entry fee to the 2017 NCSEF Central Regional-3A Science Fair (scheduled for February 11, 2017 at Hillside HS)

Science Fair Entry Form
Science Fair Rules and Guidelines
The Scientific Method

Contact Kim Schneider at OGScienceFair@gmail.com with questions.

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