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Notes from the Principal

August 02, 2019

Dear ORES Families:

I invite all of you to our Back to School Open House on Monday, August 12.  You may come between 12 noon and 7:00 pm to meet your child’s teacher, join/volunteer for the PTA, drop-off school supplies to the classroom and meet other families.  Mark your calendars for our first PTA meeting Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria.

Consistent school attendance is a critical factor in a child’s current and future academic success.  Principals are required to meet with parents to develop attendance plans when patterns of absenteeism develop with a child.  Be sure to document all absences with the school and support your child’s success through consistent on time attendance.

There are a few updates to the ORES Family Handbook for the upcoming school year.  I encourage all families to review this information over the next couple of weeks.  This Family Handbook, along with other documents like the Code of Student Conduct, contains information about many of the procedures and policies in which school staff follow.  The school will continue with the increased food restrictions through the Student Wellness policy.  We ask that parents be sensitive about known food allergies in the classroom when sending snacks for your own child.  The use of food in the classroom is restricted and no sharing of cakes, cupcakes, etc. are permitted at school.  You can find these documents at and linked through the ORES website.

Be sure to log on to to connect with our electronic medical record system.  Parents will receive electronic notifications about clinic visits through CareDox and will not receive paper/pencil notes.  Our school utilizes email and phone calls as the primary means to contact parents. Be sure your Infosnap information stays up-to-date with current email and phone numbers.

We encourage you to check the school website at for more information about events and resources.  Stay current with your child’s grades with live updates through the Parent Portal site,  If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your child’s teacher through email or phone.  Be sure to report problems quickly so they can be addressed in a timely manner. 

I encourage you to join the PTA, attend school/PTA events, volunteer, eat lunch, or read to the class. These little things make a big difference for our children. Please call the school or email me at ( with questions, ideas, or concerns at any time.  I look forward to working with you as we teach, nurture, and challenge our children together.



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:

Aug. 14:  First Day of School

Aug. 16:  SOL Award  Assembly Grades 4-5, 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 2 Labor Day—School Closed

Sept. 3 Head Start Program Begins

Sept. 10 PTA—Curriculum Night, 6:30

Student Wellness Policy reminders:

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.

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

We want to thank our Monday Folder sponsors and encourage you to use their services:

Super Kicks—Forest                                       Custom Structures

Peaks View Dental                                          Nadine Blakely—Realtor

La Carreta                                                         White Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Discount Water Filters



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 BCPS, CVCC, and JMU.  His daughter is also a recent graduate of BCPS.

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