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Notes from the Principal

September 14, 2018

Dear ORES Families:

We are in urgent need of PTA officers!  We have openings for President and/or Treasurer, and Vice President at this time.  Without PTA officers, the organization cannot continue to function.  This means that many of the fun events that PTA sponsors will not be possible.  PTA money will be frozen and this support will no longer be available for the school and staff.

We are also in need of PTA members!  Membership is way down this year, but the importance of family involvement has never been greater.  The involvement of parents and grandparents is a critical part of the success of any school.

Please contact the office if you are willing to become a PTA Officer.  Be sure to complete the membership form sent home in Monday folders and send this back with your membership fee.

We are receiving a great number of transportation changes for students.  To assist in making sure we correctly process and notify each student we ask that you please make any changes prior to 2:00 each day.  As a reminder, here is an excerpt from our Family Handbook regarding these types of changes.


Written permission from the parent or guardian is required when making changes to a student’s regular transportation. Contact the school as early as possible regarding any changes to transportation plans for your child. The end of day procedures at school are demanding, therefore making transportation changes at the last minute are very challenging. All notes must be sent to the office so that a transportation pass can be written reflecting the change. Notes must include the following information:



  • Students full name
  • Teacher name
  • Date(s)
  • Bus number
  • Location of drop off
  • Name of person responsible for your child
  • Name(s) of other children involved

When two children are going home together, both children must have notes stating car rider or bus rider (including bus number).

We are very grateful for your support and continued involvement in supporting our children!


Upcoming Events:

Sept. 21 – Attractions Fundraiser begins

Oct. 01 – 2nd Interims go home (Grades of D/F/U)

Oct. 12 – End of 1st Quarter, End of Attractions Fundraiser

Oct. 15 – Teacher Planning Day – No School for students

Oct. 22-26 – Fall Book Fair

Oct. 22 – Report Cards go home

Oct. 23 – Fall Musical (6:30pm)

Oct. 25 – Fall Pictures


There have been some changes to the Student Wellness Policy which impacts food at school.  Please review the following:

Celebrations with food are limited to three times per school year per class,

Food items are to be selected from the BCPS Healthy Snack list OR through the school cafeteria,

Students may NOT share food/drinks with each other,

Food incentives in the classroom are NOT allowed,

Teachers must notify parents of events involving food,

Attention to student allergies and Health Care Plans is required

Please be advised that cupcakes, or other such items, cannot be brought to school to share with students!  Teachers are required to follow the new guidelines highlighted above.

Be sure to review the updated Family Handbook and Student Code of Conduct. for additional important information!

Office hours are 7:35 - 4:00 each day.

The school is receiving new Monday folders in September.  These are paid for through ads on the folders of local businesses.  We want to thank these community sponsors and encourage you to use their services:

Nadine Blakely—Realtor                                    Custom Structures

Peaks View Dental                                               Kathryn’s Flowers & Gift Shop

La Carreta                                                             Tom’s Heating & Air

Wishing You Well Counseling Center               Super Kicks—Forest

Polished 2 Perfection—Cleaning Serivices

Professional Home Care—Cleaning Services


Andy Greenough 

Andy Greenough began serving as the principal of Otter River Elementary School July 1, 2018.  He previously served as the Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary from July of 2009 until June of 2018 and New London Academy from 2006 to 2009.  Prior to becoming a principal, Mr. Greenough served as the assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary for the 2005-20006 school year, and at Forest Middle School from 2002 to 2005.  Mr. Greenough taught third grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary from 2000 to 2002, and second grade at New London Academy from 1996 to 2000.

Mr. Greenough previously worked for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office serving as a D.A.R.E. Officer, Training Coordinator and a variety of other positions within the department.  While serving as the training coordinator he was a State certified firearms, defensive tactics, first aid instructor and trained as a Glock armorer & firearms instructor.

Mr. Greenough earned his Master of Education in Education Leadership from Lynchburg College.  He completed his teacher license at Norfolk State University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance Management from Old Dominion University.
Mr. Greenough moved from the Tidewater area in 1996 to begin his career in education.  He is married with two children.  His son is a graduate of Bedford County Schools and Central Virginia Community College.  He now attends James Madison University.  His daughter attends Bedford County Public Schools.

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