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Parent Handbook - 2015-2016 School Year

School Hours

The instructional day for students begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m. Students arriving after the 9:00 bell are considered tardy and must sign in at the front office. In the morning, students are admitted to the building at 8:35. Students should not be dropped off at school before 8:35. In the afternoon, walkers and students picked up by adults are excused at 3:25. Bus riders are called down to the front of the building as their buses arrive at Oakland Terrace. 

On early release days, students are dismissed from Oakland Terrace at 12:55 pm. Parents and guardians are responsible for making arrangements for students on those days. Please coordinate activities for these days with babysitters, daycare centers and other after school programs.  


Interested in becoming a volunteer at OTES? Please review this important letter from Principal Cheryl Pulliam to learn more about it. 

MCPS Child Abuse and Neglect Training webpage

Food and Transportation

Cafeteria News and Information 2016-17 School Year 

Cafeteria News and Information - Spanish - 2016-17 School Year

SNAP Account Information - 2016-17 School Year 

MCPS Free and Reduced Meals Program - with links to apply 

Frequently Asked Questions for Division of Nutrition and Food Service 


Bus Routes - Arrival - 2016-17 School Year 

Bus Routes - Departure -  2016-17 School Year 

Parents' Guide to Curriculum 2.0

MCPS Curriculum 2.0 - What will my child learn?   

Parent Guides - All Guides  - By grade level, available in English, Spanish, Korean, French, Chinese & Amharic

Outcomes by Grade Level  - What students should know and be able to do by the end of the school year?  

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents' Guide to Report Cards

Parent guides entitled, "How Do I Read My Child's Progress Report Card?" are now available for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. They are available as a handy downloadable pdf file. 

Introduction to Standards-based Grading and Reporting

Additional Resources

Understanding End of Year Benchmarks in Reading (2013)

Defining Grades on the Report Card (2013)

Demonstrating Exceptional Understanding of the Grade Level Standard (2013)

Parents' Guide to Interim Progress Reports 

How to Read the Interim Progress Report - Kindergarten (2013)

How to Read the Interim Progress Report - Grades 1 - 5 (2013)

Creating 21st Century Learning Spaces - A Guide to MCPS Strategic Technology Plan

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is currently planning and implementing a multi-year effort to provide students with mobile computers and a cloud-based platform that will enhance creativity and collaboration in the classroom. Currently, students in grades 3, 4 and 5 have begun using Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education in their classrooms. 

Office of the Chief Technology Officer - Creating 21st Century Learning Spaces

Reimagining myLearning in a Connected Age - MCPS Strategic Technology Plan

Frequently Asked Questions - Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

OTES Expectations for Students - Chromebooks

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