The Acorn

Oakview's Online News Flash

May 8, 2017

Principal's Report - Phillip Reavis

Year in Review

I want to extend a sincere thanks to faculty/staff members, parents, students, community members, and other district employees who have contributed so much to make the 2016-2017 school year a tremendous success! Oakview Elementary School continues to set itself apart as a leader in the district, state and nation as we work together for the children we serve. This year, parent and community volunteers logged tens of thousands of hours supporting the students at Oakview Elementary. The faculty and staff organized another successful Grandparents Day, staged The Wizard of Oz in December, dug for fossils in the spring, and so much more! The school and its students and teachers received awards and grants from local, district, state and national organizations recognizing our efforts in academic/artistic achievement, volunteering, and teacher professional service! Again, these success stories could only happen through the joint efforts of everyone at the school! Thank you ALL!

Oakview PTA Earns Top Award from the State

You may have already heard but as principal at the school, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share the good news again! Oakview PTA was named the 2016-2017 Local PTA Unit of the Year! This top honor from the South Carolina PTA recognizes the tremendous partnership between parents, community members, faculty, and staff to support the students at Oakview! From enrichment programs to strong communication, Oakview’s PTA sets the standard for others to follow, as over 40,000 volunteer hours are logged each year! In addition to earning Unit of the Year, Oakview PTA received the following awards at this year’s SCPTA state convention:

Award of Excellence in Communications

Outstanding Local Unit of the Year

Local Unit Membership Recognition - Top 10 Member Count

Award of Excellence in Enrichment Programs

Oak Leaf-Exceeding the Standards Award - Excellent Level

Palmetto Award - Platinum Level - Membership Recognition Award

Award of Excellence in Membership Promotion

Oakview Earns Safe Schools Recognition!

For the 11th consecutive year, Oakview has received the Safe Kids Upstate Safe Schools Award. This recognition represents a wide variety of safety initiatives such as an active Safety Patrol, cyber safety, bully prevention, fire safety, and more. In receiving this recognition, Oakview continues to value the partnerships with parents and community members in keeping our children safe!

Recycled Art Contest Winners

To celebrate Earth Day, Oakview students participated in a recycled art sculpture competition. This year's theme was, "Adventures in Space". Students were judged on adherence to the theme, use of reused and recycled materials, and overall creativity and presentation. Congratulations to our 2017 winners!

K-2 Winners:​ 1st place: Alyah (1st grade), 2nd place: Nora (1st grade), 3rd place: Eli (2nd grade)

3-5 Winners: 1st place: Victoria (4th grade), 2nd place: Emilia (4th grade), 3rd place: Caitlyn (5th grade)

Arbor Day Contest Winners

Congratulations to Holly Haydamack (Mrs. Gray’s class) and Lauren Walker (Ms. Boone’s class) who both received Honorable Mention for their entries in the District wide Arbor Day Contest sponsored by the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs. Both girls wrote about the importance and beauty of trees. They were honored at an April 20th ceremony and reception at the Kilgore Lewis House in downtown Greenville and received a certificate, along with a black cherry tree to plant in their yard.

Oakview Kitchen Staff Earns Perfect Scores

Congratulations to Miss Rena and her kitchen staff for earning FOUR perfect scores of 100 this school year as part of their annual inspections! This is a rare accomplishment in the food service industry and reflects a job well done by Miss Rena and her crew! Please join me in thanking them for all they do in providing healthy meals for Oakview students and for the professionalism they take in carrying out their work.

Teacher Assignments for 2017-2018

Letters requesting a certain teacher for next year are not accepted. We ask that parents allow the school staff to make professional judgments with respect to student placements. Letters containing the following information will immediately be discarded: 1) naming a teacher, 2) requesting an experienced teacher or a new teacher, and 3) requesting that certain students be in the same/different classes (with the exception of twins, triplets, etc.). Thank you for supporting the process of teacher assignments as we work with the many students here at Oakview Elementary School.

Summer Office Hours/Registration

We will keep summer office hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. We are closed on Fridays. If you or someone you know needs to register a student for next year, please come by ASAP!! Information regarding registration can be found on our web site.

President's Report - Mandi Morin

Oakview PTA is in the middle of a busy spring as we count down the days until the end of the school year. It has been a wonderful year for me as PTA President. I am blessed to know and be a part of so many amazing parents, faculty, and staff that make Oakview PTA great. Let us finish the year out strong. Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities for Fifth Grade Day and Field Days.

Because of all of your hard work, Oakview PTA received numerous awards at the 2016-2017 SCPTA Convention. I am proud to announce that we were honored as the SCPTA Outstanding Local Unit in the state of South Carolina. Also, we gave out Oakview PTA awards on May 1 at our spring general membership meeting.

Oakview PTA was recognized with the following awards at the SCPTA Convention:

-2016-2017 Membership Recognition Award

-Oak-Leaf Exceeding the Standards Award - Excellent Level

-Palmetto Award - Platinum Level

-Top 10 Membership Award (Highest Percentage of Members - 111% Membership)

-Top 10 by Member Count - 1092

-100% Faculty Membership by Sept. 1, 2016

-Increase in Membership Percentage From 2015-2016

-Reached Membership Goals

-2016-2017 Award of Excellence in Enrichment Programs - Elementary School - Finalist

-2016-2017 Award of a Excellence in Membership Promotion - Elementary School - Finalist

-2016-2017 Award of Excellence in Communications - Elementary

-2016-2017 Award of Excellence in Family and Community Involvement - Nominee- Elementary

-Outstanding Support Staff of the Year - Elementary - Tony Alvarado - Nominee

-Outstanding Teacher of the Year- Elementary - Kasia Szymanska - Finalist

-2016-2017 Outstanding Local Unit of the Year

Our Oakview PTA 2016-2017 award winners:

Outstanding Teacher of the Year – Kasia Szymanska

Outstanding Support Staff of the Year – Tony Alvarado

Outstanding Principal of the Year – Phillip Reavis

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – Betsy Williams

Outstanding Business Partner of the Year – Terry Stephenson (AMC Corp – McDonald’s)

SCPTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award – Donna Bradt

SCPTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award – Becky Riddle

SCPTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award – Kasia Szymanska

SCPTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award – Celeste Blinston

SCPTA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award – Jean Scott

Incoming 2017-18 President's Report - Jennifer Burns

Hello Oakview Families!

I am Jennifer Burns and will be serving as President of the PTA next school year. I have twins, Ian & Bonner, in 2nd grade and we have been at Oakview for three years. I am very excited to be serving during such an exciting year at Oakview. We have already started planning for next year and will be working diligently over the summer to ensure another successful year for our Owls and the PTA. If you need me for anything or have any questions about PTA and how you can get involved, I can be reached via email at

Be on the lookout for an email from your child's teacher with information on how to submit your family information for returning students. Your support to take this form online is greatly appreciated.

To see who else has agreed to serve on the PTA next year, click below to see a list of the Incoming Board and Committee Chairs. And, of course, we still have a few openings if you are interested in serving!

Your support is greatly appreciated and I look forward to working with you and your family!

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Lowes Foods Supports Oakview

Lowes Foods wants to support Oakview PTA; however, we need your help! If you have a Lowes Foods Rewards Card, PLEASE be sure to connect your card to Oakview PTA so that we can start earning valuable support from this local store. Here are the easy instructions; should take you less than five minutes to get it all set up!!

To attach your Lowes Foods Card to Oakview Elementary School, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Goto
  2. Click on “Rewards” link and then select “Back2Schools”
  3. For the first option, “Cart to Class”, click on the “Link your school to your card” link (right-hand side of the screen)
  4. Choose the option “I Do Not Have a Founder’s Club” (even if you do)
  5. If this is your first time enrolling your card, click on “Enroll New Card” to get your card into their system.
  6. After your card is enrolled, click on the last option “Enroll in Cart to Class”.
  7. Enter your Card Number which can be found on the back of your card and the 1st 3 letters of your last name.
  8. Enter “OAKVI” to find Oakview Schools - there were 3 listed when these instructions were made and our school was the last one in the list (515 Godfrey Road; Simpsonville, SC 29681)


Oakview Garden Workday

Saturday, May 13th, 9-11am

515 Godfrey Road

Simpsonville, SC

Anyone is welcome to come help clean up the Oakview garden for spring!

Parent Internet Safety Workshop

Friday, May 26th, 12-2pm

515 Godfrey Road

Simpsonville, SC

Friends of Oakview, 2016-2017

Please join Oakview PTA in recognizing and thanking these businesses and families of the Oakview community for their generous donations to the 2016-2017 Friends of Oakview fund.


A/R Funding

Brain Balance

Brain Refocus

Bubba Annie’s

Chicken Salad Chick

Crockett Pediatric Dentistry

Davis Orthodontics

The Donut Experiment

The Goddard School of Simpsonville

Greenville Martial Art Center

Harrison Orthodontics

HomeTrust Bank

Hungry Howie’s

Jelly Beans Hair Design for Kids

J. Freeman & Associates


McDonald’s at Maxwell Pointe

Pizza Inn

Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks

Pump It Up

Sonic at Woodruff Road

Summers Orthodontics

Twisted Cup

Your Pie


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The Akahori Family

The Alfonso Family

The Andrews Family

The Angone Family

The Arzt Family

The Balan Family

The Bengen Family

The Benton Family

The Berg Family

The Bird Family

The Bishop Family

The Blinston Family

The Bloodworth Family

The Bradley Family

The Brake Family

The Brinker Family

The Burns Family

The Burr Family

The Caputo Family

The Chaitoff Family

The Cianfarano Family

The Clapp Family

The Cofer Family

The Cohen Family

The Cole Family

The Coleman Family

The Conley-Cruz Family

The Cremmins Family

The Curtis Family

The Dadania Family

The Davidson Family

The Dawson Family

The Dobson Family

The Dougherty Family

The Doherty Family

The Doll Family

The Donohue Family

The Doran Family

The Dukes Family

The Durrell Family

The Eidson Family

The Eminoglu Family

The Fields Family

The Feldman Family

The Fish Family

The Foggie Family

The Frazier Family

The Furr Family

The Gamrat Family

The Gan Family

The Garcia Family

The Garner Family

The Gauvey Family

The Gettig Family

The Gibson Family

The Goldstein Family

The Greenberg Family

The Griffith Family

The Hanigan Family

The Harder Family

The Harrison Family

The Haydamack Family

The Hegele Family

The Helmer Family

The Hernandez Family

The Hodge Family

The Holzman Family

The Hughes Family (Greyson & Juliana)

The Hughes Family (Jennifer)

The Johnson Family

The Jones Family

The Jordan Family

The Joudeh Family

The Kalatges Family

The Kneeland Family

The Knox Family

The Krishnakumar Family

The Kumar Family

The Lawlor Family

The Lee Family

The Lewis Family

The Long Family

The Lovegrove Family

The Lovelace Family

The Makosiej Family

The Manos Family

The Markwell Family

The Marlin Family

The Marullo Family

The Mathis Family

The McAdams Family

The McClure Family

The McKinney Family

The Mendola Family

The Mewborn Family

The Middleton Family

The Miller Family (Abigail & Madison)

The Miller Family (Brianna & William)

The Mohamed Family

The Morgan Family

The Morris Family (Griffin)

The Morris Family (Olive)

The Moschella Family

The Onyebueke Family

The Orr Family

The Osato Family

The Palmer Family

The Pappas Family

The Pauksta Family

The Pearse Family

The Pelino Family

The Rahul Family

The Raynes Family

The Reilly Family

The Richter Family

The Ridge Family

The Rumsey Family

The Scheib Family

The Schiefelbein Family

The Schofield Family

The Scott Family

The Sellner Family

The Shaikh Family

The Shaw Family

The Shieh Family

The Shuler Family

The Sibal Family

The Siffri Family

The Silva Family

The Soenke Family

The Sparks Family

The Stamper Family

The Stefanik Family

The Stiles Family

The Stoudemire Family

The Strutz Family

The Tavis Family

The Thomas Family

The Vanchoff Family

The Villiger Family

The Wagener Family

The Watts Family

The Willis Family

The Wyss Family

The Yochum Family

The Young Family

The Zhang Family

The Zhao Family

The Zow Family

The Zych Family