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A School of Fish

A group of lions is called a pride. A flock of geese is a referred to as a gaggle. So what do you call a bunch of fish? That’s right, . . . a school. That is exactly what we have at Oakview! We now have a school of “fish” in all fourth and fifth grade classrooms. There are no aquariums or water but there are hundreds of fish-shaped desks!

With funding provided by Greenville County Schools, all fourth and fifth grade classes have now been outfitted with “beta” desks. These 21st century work tables have two wheels on one side for quick room rearrangement as well as a removable “maker space” tray underneath. In addition to the desks, each classroom received new rectangular tables and a U shaped table for small group work with the teacher.

Over recent months, I have updated ACORN readers about improvements to the learning environment within Oakview’s building. Major projects have included LED lights, HVAC replacement, touch screen flat panels in all classrooms, and now new furniture in fourth and fifth grade classes. All of these (and future furniture projects) reflect GCS’s commitment to improving the learning environment for all students and to make the workplace more professional and productive for educators.

When you cross paths with a GCS School Board member or Central Office administrator, please share our gratitude for the investment they are making into the daily school experience for our students and staff. We are fortunate to be part of a forward thinking and progressive school district!

For children,

Philip Reavis, Ph.D


Notes for a Student Absence can now be submitted online

Notes regarding student absences can now be submitted online! Parents and guardians may submit information using the OES Absence form found here and also on our website under Parent Resources at the bottom of the page or under the Parent dropdown menu. Medical facilities may fax a copy to 864-355-7115.

Questions about attendance? Call our front office at 864-355-7100 or view our Parent/Student handbook here.

Updated Attendance Report

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PERFECT ATTENDANCE (week ending 11/8)








(as of 11/8/19)


Keep up the great work in getting your children to school each day.

OES & United Way

We are proud to be one of the top 10 schools with the highest participation in GCSD's United Way campaign! Pledges are used to support various programs in our local community. One example is the annual School Tools event, held in August, provides school supplies to families in need.

Change in Assignment (Special Permission) Window

For students already attending OES on Change In Assignment (Special Permission), you must complete the renewal form and return by Friday, November 15.

The Change in Assignment window opens for those not already enrolled at Oakview on November 18th. The window closes on December 4th. More information can be found on the GCSD's website 'School Choice' page.

Yearbooks on sale!

Yearbooks are now on sale! Visit and use our school code (13991820) to order yours. Keep your memories forever!

Grandparent's Day

Oakview is excited to host a special day for Grandparents on Tuesday, November 26th! This special time is for our students to share their school lives with their grandparents. Attendance at this event will be high so the following grade level times have been established for grandparents to visit:

  • Kindergarten & 1st Grades: 8:30-10:00
  • 4th & 5th Grades: 10:30-12:00
  • 2nd & 3rd Grades: 12:30-2:00

A registration form was sent home on November 4th. Please return the completed form by Friday, November 15th. Returning the form will ensure that we have adequately prepared for our guests!

Important Information for Visiting Grandparents:

  • Arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to sign-in and get a name tag. Visitors MUST have photo ID.
  • Without the completed registration form, grandparents will not be allowed to take a student for early dismissal.
  • A registration form must be completed for EACH student.

What if my child's grandparent cannot attend?

There are many grandparents who are unable to attend. If so, ask them to write and mail a letter! The letter will be delivered to your child during the celebration on Nov. 26. Mail the letter to:

Oakview Elementary

c/o Your Child's Teacher

515 Godfrey Rd.

Simpsonville, SC 29681

Important Information about Letter Writing:

  • Include your child's teacher in the c/o line of the address.
  • Write your child's name on the outside of the envelope so the teacher knows which child will receive it.
  • If grandparents cannot write, you can! Write and share a special story about their grandparent.

Due to the large number of grandparents who will attend this event, parents should avoid making plans to come in place of missing grandparents. This allows us to focus our attention on the grandparents who are able to attend that day. Thank you for your understanding.

We look forward to celebrating Grandparents on November 26th!

Looking for a dump truck!

Outdoor Fun Day is April 9 and we need a company to volunteer 1-2 dump trucks to bring back our fossil material from Aurora, NC! If you know of anyone who may be willing to either sponsor the trucks and driver or owns a trucking company that may want to donate their truck and driver to a very worthy cause, please contact Charnley DeMeritt at or at 355-7159. Let's make sure Oakview has another year of fossil fun!
Technology Talks

Click here to find Parent Resources for our OES Chromebooks

Technology Parent Workshops

Oakview is pleased to invite parents to our fall series of technology workshops! Read more about each one and then RSVP here. This will help us plan our space to accommodate the number of people attending.
  • Internet Safety, Friday, Nov. 15 @ 11:00: Appropriate for any grade level parent. Listen as Rick Floyd, former computer and internet crimes investigator, as he explains how parents can help their children stay safe on the internet. Mr. Floyd now works in GCSD's Information Security department.
  • Google for Education, Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 10:30 : Most appropriate for 3rd through 5th grade parents. Learn about the Google tools your students are using in the classroom, including Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and Forms. You'll experience it just like the kids do!
Upcoming Events

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America Recycles Week is Nov. 18-22

Get ready! It's almost time for America Recycles Week, November 18-22. We encourage families to focus on recycling by sending in cans, cell phones, iPads, old glasses, and of course, SHOES! Shoes are donated to the WorldWearProject to help needy communities in Africa have access to quality, affordable shoes. Prizes are given to individuals and classrooms who recycle that week so start planning now!

We need some amazing parent volunteers to help collect shoes and other materials each morning and to sort the items in the STEM lab. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the SignUp Genius link:

Student Council Hosts Winter Items Drive!

Our Student Council will host a hats/scarves/gloves drive December 9-13! The items must be NEW and will go to our local community members in need. More details will be in upcoming Acorn's. Thank you for supporting our students' efforts to help our community!
Week of November 11
  • Monday, Nov. 11: SIC Meeting @ 9 am
  • Monday, Nov. 11: Technology @ OES parent workshop @ 9 am
  • Thursday, Nov. 14: Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A, 5-8 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 15: Internet Safety parent presentation by Rick Floyd @ 11 am
  • Friday, Nov. 15: Deadline for Reflections Theme Search form

Week of November 18

  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 18-22: America Recycles Week
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: Deadline for ordering OES sweatshirts and socks

Week of November 25

  • Monday, Nov. 25: Geography Bee @ 8:30 am
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26: Grandparent's Day
  • Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break

Oakview's Lunch Menu can be found here

PTA Information

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OES Sweatshirts & Socks

You asked and your PTA has answered! We are going to offer another round for ordering the OES sweatshirts and socks! They would make great stocking stuffers or holiday gifts. Place your order by today by clicking here.

We are only taking online orders and the deadline for ordering is November 21st so be sure to get your order placed today! Items will be sent home or be available for pick up before the Winter Break!

Reflections Theme Search for the 2021-22 School Year

National PTA Reflections sponsors a student-focused Theme Search Contest annually to determine a future program theme. Children and youth can submit a national theme to serve as the inspiration for Reflections artists and their original works. Students submitting the winning theme receive $100 and recognition at the National PTA Convention.

The theme search for 2021-22 deadline is 8:00am November 15, 2019. Laura Tyree will be in the cafeteria at Oakview from 7:15am-8am to collect the entries.

All forms must be signed by the student and parents, or the form will be disqualified.

Below is the link to the form:

Reflections Theme Search Form

Elf Shelf

Elf Shelf, which runs from December 3-6 this year, celebrates the gift of giving during the holiday season by providing students with an opportunity to purchase affordable, pre-wrapped gifts for their loved ones. Information will be coming home with your students at the end of the month, but please make note of the following:

  • Gifts range in price from $2-8
  • Dec. 6th is an 'extra' shopping day where students will have the opportunity to return to the store to buy gifts for additional family members or friends. Some items from previous years will be available as well at reduced prices.
  • Gifts will be wrapped

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Katie Gettig, Danielle Colby, or Danee Frederick at

Additional Code Ninja Spirit Nights

Our Code Ninja Spirit Night was a huge success! We will host three additional spirit nights during December. The sign-ups will go out the week of November 18th.

  • December 6, K-2nd: 6:30-8:00
  • December 13, 3-5: 6:30-8:00
  • December 14, 3-5: 4:30-6:00

If you have any questions, please contact

Winter PTA General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our winter PTA General Membership meeting Monday, December 9 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided, followed by Oakview's Winter Concert.