OP Gardening

OP's wonderful gardening team has been working hard making video lessons for students to learn from while at home! In this first lesson, Mr. Chris talks about the parts of a plant and later assigns a fun activity.

Future lessons can also be found on the new Distance Learning page and Programs page. And don't forget to share your photos with us!

If students have questions, we’d love to answer questions on subsequent videos. Email questions and/or photos to Heather Bullock.


Parts of a Plant - Lesson 1

To supplement this lesson, students can watch BrainPOP Jr.
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Parts of a Plant on BrainPOP Jr.


A message from Mrs. Johanson

Yesterday was a true collaboration of displaying support to one another.  So many families took the time to make signs and spread cheer to my team. We are so fortunate to be part of such a caring, kind, thoughtful, and giving community.

Thank you for making the parade an event my team and I will NEVER forget.


The OP Teacher Parade in the News!

Our incredible OP staff and the parade are featured in a story onWFAE!

Check it out at WFAE!

Join us!

UPDATE: Due to the Shelter-in-Place mandate that will go into effect Thursday morning at 8am in Mecklenburg County, we will be moving the parade to tomorrow, Wednesday, starting at noon!

Please remember to practice social distancing while watching the long line of cars driving by!

To view a map of the route, click here!

Governer Announces Schools Closed Through May 15th

Click here to read more from CMS

CMS Supplemental Learning

OP Specials Distance Learning

OP Specials!

Our awesome Specials Team has created a website for each of their classes! Each website has materials that can be used to support your child's learning at home. Please feel free to continue with the activities outlined in the daily learning plan for specials or use the resources within each teacher's website!

Click here for even more resources at our new Distance Learning page!

OP Family Update!

Principal Johanson will be opening the school from 7:30am until 1pm tomorrow, March 17th, for families to access instructional materials.

**Please email your teacher if you aren’t sure if you have an instructional packet to pick up.

*Upon arrival, you will report to your children's classroom to receive a packet from their teacher.

*If you were one of the 100 parents who signed up to pick up a chromebook, you will report to room #207 in the Kindergarten wing to retrieve it. Ms. Silipigni and our staff has a list of all parent names who said they would pick up a chrome book.

*If you need to pick up your children's medication, please report to our financial secretary, Stephanie Miller.

If at all possible, Principal Johanson is asking that only one parent and no children enter the building. If you must bring your children, they must remain with you as you gather materials. This is a quick in and quick out process.

*The lost and found items will be placed outside the main doors. Please look for any items the belong to your children. Any leftover items will be donated.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will provide grab and go meals while schools are closed. Lunch (and breakfast for the next day) will be served in participating school’s parking lots. Meals are free for anyone 18-years old and under. Children must be present to receive meals. Meals will be distributed Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
The district will review the meal distribution plan weekly and communicate each week to media and the community. This will allow us to update and change when the need arises.

CMS has provided this Meal Distribution flyer for any families who need it. Click here to visit the CMS website to see the flyer in another language.

K-12 Schools to Close for 2 Weeks

Please listen for updates.  The details are changing rapidly. 

Click here for more information from CMS

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Staff Appreciation at Idlewild Elementary


We are celebrating Staff Appreciation at Idlewild Elementary on April 8th. To show our appreciation for the hard work they do, we are collecting school supplies such as headphones, earbuds, fans for mobiles, pencils, expo markers, sticky notes, and books.

Please consider donating items for our sister school, Idlewild Elementary. We will place a bin in the hallway beginning March 23rd (UPDATE: new date when we return to school). If you would rather donate money than buy items, you can donate online and we will purchase items. Tax ID: 56-1684413

Thank you for your help and generosity!

Tornado Relief Fundraiser!

2, 4, 6, 8, TENN-I-SEE.
Follow me to help Tennessee!

Student Council representatives are leading a fundraiser to help the victims impacted by the devastating tornado in Tennessee!

If you are able, please have your child bring in whatever monetary amount they can donate. We encourage our students to take on extra chores or responsibilities for which they can receive money to help our fellow citizens. Any amount will be greatly appreciated as we help those in need!

When: March 23rd - 27th
Where: Teachers will turn in money received to the PTA mailbox
How: Cash, donate through school store, or checks made out to the OP PTA

Join the PTO at South Charlotte Middle School


Looking to get involved in the South Charlotte Middle School PTO as your child moves up to middle school? The PTO is currently recruiting for board positions for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in serving on the board, click here to complete the interest form online.

If you do not wish to chair a committee but would like to be involved, you may volunteer as a member of a committee when school starts in August. Questions? Contact the nominating committee here.

Donations and Volunteers needed for OP's K-2 Spring Garden

Spring is just around the corner, and soon our Kindergarten, first and second graders will be busy planting their class gardens. We would love to have parents that are willing to come in once/week for 30 minutes to guide students in a garden adventure. We also need class blankets and plant donations. Plant donations are not needed until April, but please sign up now, so I can purchase what is not donated.

Click here for more information and to sign up.

January PTA Meeting

At our first PTA meeting of 2020, Taylor Shirkey presented an informative discussion on anxiety and children. Did you miss the meeting on the 30th or want to see Taylor's presentation again? Click the link below to view the pdf.


If you attended the meeting, please consider submitting anonymous feedback through this survey. Thank you!


Walk from Wesley

Please join us this Thursday (and every Thursday) morning at Wesley Church for our walk from Wesley.

Drive thru the parking lot and drop your kids off with Mr. Soler and parent volunteers (you are also welcome to park and walk with us) We will cross all together at 8am. Studies have shown that exercise before school helps students focus and perform better academically.

Please join us!!


If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday or special occasion on the spirit rock please sign up!  

Remember, you get to paint the rock at 4pm on the day before you signed up.  It is a sad thing to have your rock painted over, so please pay attention to the sign up.  This is first come, first served, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0445a8a62da57-olde

Tax ID: 56-1684413. Your donation will benefit our Helping Hands fund which helps students from OP and Idlewild Elementary receive materials that they need to be academically successful and to reach their full potential. (TO DONATE go to http://op.my-pta.org under the “STORE” tab)

Register as a CMS Volunteer

OP has many different ways to contribute your time as a volunteer. In order to serve as an OP volunteer, in a classroom or PTA setting, you must be a registered CMS Volunteer. Click here to register as a volunteer. (If you registered as a volunteer for a previous school year, you still need to renew your volunteer status each school year.)
Not sure if volunteering is for you? Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer at Olde Providence below.

Click here to read more.