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Okatie's Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, from 2:00 - 3:00. Students will be able to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers.  Parents who are interested in after school programs may sign up starting Tuesday, September 5, and thereafter, Monday through Friday between 3:00 - 5:30. Parents are also encouraged to sign-up as room moms, volunteer for PTO functions and join the School Improvement Council.  Your active support and participation helps Okatie Elementary continue to be a strong and exciting place to learn and grown. Spirits shirts will be available to purchase or order during the Open House at the PTO table.

Parents,
All families must provide the school with current phone numbers and current proof of residency documentation.

If you have not completed the required updates on Info-Snap yet, please do so before August 16.  If you do not have your Info-Snap code check your email’s spam folder or call data specialist, Mrs. Syneke DeVore at 843-322-7792. She will provide you with the needed code.

Please note, school starts at 7:45. All students are required to be in their classrooms by 7:40.  Students will be marked tardy if they arrive in the front office after 7:40. School will not be in session on Monday, August 21, due to the Solar Eclipse. Please make plans for your students.

We have new speed humps at the entrance to each of the school’s parking lots. Please drive slowly.  

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, August 17.

New Staff Members
We have nine new staff members in the owl’s nest this year. Syneke DeVore, data specialist; Kari Dollar, kindergarten assistant; Jessica Douglas, first grade teacher; Michele Maheney, first grade assistant; Gabrielle Clossman and Claudia Dale join third grade team; Kimberly Birman, fourth grade teacher; Kylie Floyd, fifth grade teacher; Angela Rossillo, ESOL teacher, and Michele Letter, school psychologist. 

Okatie Highlights from 2016-17

  • AdvanceED STEM Certification;

  • Programmatic Grants - awarded to Elizabeth Goodwin (iPads for Art Class), and DJ Wilson and Lindsey Mulligan (Intervention Assessment Kits);

  • OWLSOME Incentive Program – recipient of the South Carolina National School Public Relations Association (SCNSPRA) Golden Achievement Award;

  • Student Agenda Book – winner of the SCNSPRA Publication Award;

  • Successful community service projects - Hearts for Seniors, PALS (pet supplies), Sheriff's Department (stuffed animals), Family Promise, and Operation Christmas Child;

  • Beta Club - spearheaded and organized care packages for a local cancer center and relief bags following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew;

  • Actively involved in the Science Cohort Program and Aiken STEM workshops;

  • School-wide implementation of digital learning through iPads in all grades;

  • Heritage Classic Foundation's Plaid About Reading - district winner for reading 232,156 total pages as a school;

  • 1st Annual Fun Run - raised over $10,000;

  • Jump Rope for Heart - collected $2,235;

  • March of Dimes – donated $1,032;

  • Healthy School Initiatives Color Run – successful first-year trek to Hobart, Tasmania logging over 22,000 miles as a school;

  • Students participation - Project Unify, River of Words, Honor Choir, Digital Science Fair, Authors' Tea, District Character Program, and Career Fair;

  • Our sensational second graders participated in beautification efforts with Callawassie Garden;

  • Teacher of the Year - Ms. Leigh Underhill;

  • Support Staff of the Year - Lynn Nagel Graham;

  • Volunteer of the Year - Mrs. Ana Cristina Tuzzo; and

  • Okatie Elementary provided 25 families with monthly meals through Back Pack Buddies