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Weekly Newsletter May 9-13

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Peek @ the Week

Monday, May 9

  • Muffins with Mom: Preschool & 5K
  • Literacy Cohort XI @DO 3:00 pm
  • Gina will start collecting Science & SS textbooks

Tuesday, May 10

  • Muffins with Mom: 1st Grade
  • District Office Instructional Visit @OES 2:45 pm
  • D2 Board Meeting 7:00 pm
  • You will receive a survey from the Riley Institute regarding our experiences with Project Based Learning. Teachers will have until the end of May to complete the survey. Please take the time to complete this survey.

Wednesday, May 11

  • 4th Grade PASS Science Testing
  • Muffins with Mom: 2nd Grade
  • Math Coach Meeting @CSF
  • 1st grade field trip to Strawberry Hill
  • Baby/Wedding Shower for Phifer, Baird & Fortner 2:45 pm

Thursday, May 12

  • 4th Grade PASS SS Testing
  • Muffins with Mom: 3rd Grade
  • ESOL @DO 3:30 pm
  • 2nd grade field trip to Riverbanks Zoo

Friday, May 13

  • Muffins with Mom: 4th Grade
  • 5K DRA's Due to A. Roberts
  • Mini Relay for Life

Need to Know News Shared with OES Parents

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You – We were amazed at the overwhelming generosity of our families and PTA during Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you for the delicious goodies, thoughtful gifts, and kind words of affirmation. We couldn’t do our work without you; together, we make Oakland the great school that it is!

“Live with HeART” - Jacob Komlov’s artwork will soon be proudly featured on a billboard somewhere in our county! Fairway Advertising is donating billboards to highlight youth art, and Jacob’s artwork was selected as one of 13 pieces to be included! The proposed theme is “Live with HeART” and promotes the importance of art in the schools. Jacob is a 5K student. Congratulations to Jacob and OES art teacher, Mrs. Harvey!

Oakland’s Mini Relay for Life is Friday! – Please join us for this special occasion. Below is a list of events held on Friday:

· 7:45-8:25 – Survivor Breakfast in Cafeteria (You can still invite survivors. Submit the form previous sent home.)

· 8:30-9:15 – Opening Ceremonies: Speaker, survivor lap, & grade level laps

· 9:15 until end of day – Classroom laps

· 1:15-1:45 – Balloon Release ** We are still selling balloons for the release. They are $2.00 each.**

Rain Barrel Workshops – Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 to 12 noon at Lake Bowen Park on Hwy 9: Upstate Forever is partnering with Spartanburg Water and Spartanburg County to help homeowners install rain barrels and rain gardens to help protect water quality at Lake Bowen. Green infrastructure such as rain barrels and rain gardens have been repeatedly demonstrated to significantly help improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff into lakes, improving water efficiency at the home, and saving money. The workshops are free to the public. Space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Chris Starker at or 864-250-0500, Ext. 15.

Celebrate Your Reading All-Star – On Sunday, May 22nd, the Greenville Drive will celebrate the Reading All-Stars from our school. Qualifying students earned a FREE ticket voucher to the May 22nd game, where they will receive a FREE Reading All-Star T-shirt, select a complimentary book form the PEP Book Fair and participate in a pregame Parade of Champions around Fluor Field. To redeem your child’s voucher and purchase tickets for family and friends visit the Drive Box Office or call 864-240-4528. For more information about this game please click here.

Rock Wall Update (from the PTA) – Due to the unforeseen expense of the EvacPac Emergency Kits and the installation fees of the Rock Wall, we are unable to install the Rock Wall before the end of the current school year. We will continue to pursue this project and will work to have the rock wall in place next year. We apologize and appreciate your understanding.

OES All Star Shout Outs


The faculty and staff at Oakland Elementary School have been spoiled and pampered throughout this entire week. With gifts, treats, meals, and words of encouragement and support, Teacher Appreciation Week 2016 has served has a wonderful reminder of the importance of our home/school partnership. THANK YOU! This partnership is not one we take for granted; we are blessed! Because of our mutual commitment to our "All Stars" and OES community, our students can reach their fullest potential! ‪#‎WholeChild‬ ‪#‎WeLoveOurPTA‬


As you prepare to pack your belongings, please adhere to the guidelines below as far as what belongs to you personally and what belongs to OES:

Items that belong to teachers that may be taken when leaving OES:

  • Donors choose items
  • Materials purchased with the state reimbursement funds ( $250 or $275 Check received at the beginning of the year)
  • School materials purchase with PERSONAL funds

If a fellow teacher gives you something, check to make sure it was from personal funds before you take it.


  • iPads and charging cables – iPad should be cleared of personal apps, files and pics
  • 100 book challenge materials
  • Anything purchased with funds collected by students, INCLUDING CLUB FUNDS
  • Anything purchased with school funds, district funds, or money donations to Oakland (this includes Boosterthon or any other PTA money given directly to teachers)
  • Keys and security badges

If any items are taken/missing, you will be contacted and will be responsible for replacing the items.

Important May Dates...Please Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, May 9:

Muffins w/Mom PreK & 5K

Tuesday, May 10:

Muffins w/Mom 1st Grade

DO Instructional Team meeting with OES Faculty & Staff (3:00-4:30)

Wednesday, May 11:

Muffins w/Mom 2nd Grade

PASS Testing- Science (4th Grade)

Thursday, May 12:

Muffins w/Mom 3rd Grade

PASS Testing- SS (4th Grade)

Friday, May 13:

Muffins w/Mom 4th Grade
Mini Relay for Life @OES

Thursday, May 19:

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Friday, May 20:

Field Day
School Spirit Day

Monday, May 23:

School Cookout

Tuesday, May 24:

3rd & 4th Grade Fun Day
5K End of the Year Program 1:00 pm
4th Grade Awards Night @BSMS 6:30 pm

Wednesday, May 25:

5K, 1st, & 2nd Grade Fun Day
3rd Grade Awards Day 8:30 am

Thursday, May 26:

Full Day for Students
2nd Grade Awards Day 8:30 am
1st Grade Awards Day 9:45 am

Rising Stars Mentor/Mentee Luncheon 11:00 am

4K End of the Year Program 1:00 pm

Friday, May 27:

1/2 day for students

Monday, May 30:

Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 31:

1/2 day for students
Last Day of School

Wednesday, June 1:

Teacher Workday

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Birthday Wishes Go Out To...

Lori Witt- May 9

Hollie Bailey- May 17

Shelia Braziel- May 29