Big thanks to all the Ollie Fest Volunteers

Ollie Fest was a great success and it was made possible by all our volunteers. Ollie Fest could not have happened without your hard work – thank you!

We hope that everyone who came out had some fun, and thank you for supporting the school. See pictures from the day and submit your own pics on our Facebook page.

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Don’t miss your chance to score these amazing Ollie Fest baskets!

Want to win a Disney vacation, a night at The Umstead, gift cards, lottery tickets, and more?

These are just a few items to be raffled off and part of the silent auction this weekend at Oak Grove Elementary School! For the first time ever, there will be a “buy it now” cost on the silent auction baskets. That means you may want to come early to get your bid in for these awesome prizes! Another new opportunity to this year’s Ollie Fest is that each class made a special canvas. These will be part of a silent auction and the proceeds will go to the class teacher.

We will also have a raffle where your child could win lunch with their teacher, or other fun opportunities, like crochet lessons, learning basketball moves, do an administrative task with the principal, free lunches, feed Mrs. Dahloff’s fish for a week, bring friends to lunch with a teacher, and more!

Ollie Fest will be held from 11am to 3 pm on Saturday, March 3rd. There will be food trucks, face painting, games, bounce houses, fairy hair, cake walk (featuring lots of goodies–even gluten and dairy-free!) and more!
Thousands in raffle prizes & auction not to mention:

  • ROCK WALL        

FOR $10 unlimited band! Wristbands and raffle tix are available today (March 2nd) in carpool lane and at the door. Final bids for raffles and auction is at 2:30 pm (unless auction item has reached “buy it now” cost).

Here is a sneak peek of some of the AMAZING baskets worth THOUSANDS you can win in this year’s silent auction and raffle:

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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:

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  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 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
  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 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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