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Principal's Report

1st Quarter Finished

I want to thank Oakview parents for all the ways you support your children with their education. I also want to thank PTA for the amazing work they do each day as they support teachers and students here at the school. Oakview PTA sets the standard for others to follow and our students benefit greatly!

As we close the first quarter, I complied this list of a few things parents can do to help your children succeed in school. These are simple things but if done consistently, make a significant difference for students.

  • Check student book bags daily.
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences
  • Review homework/school work
  • Talk to your child about their day at school
  • Keep up with school communications from the teacher and other school personnel
  • Communicate to your child the importance of education and how their future depends on it
  • Insure proper sleep at night
  • Set an area and a time for homework completion
  • Limit technology access and television viewing for children during the week
  • Volunteer to help at school or on school sponsored events

Parent Report Card

With student report cards coming out soon, it's now time for parents to assess how they are doing. Take a few minutes to evaluate yourself as a parent by using the Parent Report Card found on Oakview's website. No need to turn it in to your child's teacher. It's just for you to reflect and set new goals for yourself. The Parent Report Card can be found by clicking here.

A Busy 4-Day Week

We look forward to the coming week of school with the following activities and events occurring at Oakview. For dates and times, please visit Oakview's website calendar.

  • Red Ribbon Week
  • 1st Grade Vocabulary Parade
  • 2nd Grade CogAT testing
  • Great Pumpkin Run
  • "The Boy Who Cried Bully" Student Assemblies

For children,

Phillip Reavis, Ph.D


Notes from the Counselors

This month, the school counselors are teaching your child about self-awareness. In the classroom connection lessons, we are focusing on emotions and how we can recognize our emotions through our body language. It is our hope that our students realize how their body feels when they are having different emotions, as well as knowing how to react to these feelings in a healthy way.

In grades 3-5, the students are taking this a step further and thinking about situations that can fit into one of these categories: academic, moral, behavior, and social. The students are ranking themselves on whether they consider each situation is a strength, they are average, they need improvement, or they don't know. The students are completing this online survey with their Chromebooks. The upper grades are choosing one area they consider a "needs improvement" area and are making a plan of improvement.

Talk to your child about how their body feels with different emotions. Also, ask your child about what he or she considers a strength and area that needs improvement.

FINAL Garden Saturday of 2018

Come join us for our FINAL Garden Saturday of 2018 this Saturday, October 27th from 9-11am! Help finish winterizing our butterfly garden with some last minute weeding, trimming, and planting of some spring bulbs. We'll also be decorating some much needed plant markers to help us identify our butterfly plants. Should be a fun way to spend a cool, fall morning. Everyone is welcome!

America Recycles Week!

Oakview will celebrate America Recycles Week from November 12-16. We encourage all families to use Oakview as a recycling center for the items listed below so our planet uses fewer natural resources. Oakview's Environmental Engineers members will give prizes each day that week to students who bring any of the following items to recycle:

*Pairs of wearable shoes (no tears, mold, or holes), crayons, markers, cell phones, aluminum cans, ink and toner cartridges, six-pack rings, laptops, eyeglasses, game cartridges, digital cameras, and lithium batteries

*Recycle Your Gently Used Shoes*

For one week only, November 12-16, Oakview will collect pairs of shoes to help those in need around the world. Each morning, 5th grade Environmental Engineers will be available outside the main and kindergarten entrances to collect them. All shoes, new and used--except winter boots, foam flip flops, bowling shoes, or any shoe with metal cleats--are accepted as long as they are in wearable condition (no rips, tears, or worn soles). All shoes will be given to WorldWearProject whose mission is to distribute wearable, affordable shoes to third world countries while diverting millions of pounds of refuse from our landfills each year.

The Garden Club helps keep the air clean in Oakview!

Oakview's Garden Club helps clean the air in our school by creating recycled planters with spider plants for every 2nd through 5th grade classroom. Spider plants are easy to care for--they simply need water when the soil gets dry. They don't like direct sunlight though. Students are looking for baby spider plants to begin growing off the main leaves of their classroom plant. The Garden Club will return to collect a few to grow in the STEM lab. They will then deliver these to the Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.

Calling all 4th and 5th graders!

It's time to start preparing for the OAKVIEW GEOGRAPHY BEE sponsored by National Geographic. This competition challenges students to learn about world geography, ecosystems, and international issues. Only fourth and fifth graders are allowed to participate. Here is the competition timeline:

  • October 23-November 8: Students will study geographical topics by visiting the National Geographic website. There is also hard copies of questions and maps available outside of Mrs. Preisig's door near the 5th grade hall.
  • November 8: All students that want to participate in the school geography bee will take an online assessment. The top ten scorers will qualify to participate in the school geography bee. If more than 10 students qualify, a "tiebreaker" assessment will be given on November 9th. All assessments will be given in the classrooms.
  • November 19: Ten participants will compete to be the Oakview Geography Bee champion. Parents and all 4-5 grade students will be invited to attend. Competition will begin at 8:30 am in the cafeteria.
  • February 1: Deadline for the school winner to take the state qualifying test. If the student's score qualifies them to move on to the state, they will attend the competition in Columbia on March 29th. If the student advances through the state competition, the national competition will be held on May 19-22 in Washington, D.C.

For further questions or information, please contact Jessica Preisig. Good luck!

Tech Talk

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Digital Literacy--more than just books online!

Today's student is using the power of media to learn in ways not possible before technology. The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards for Students ask students to take control of their learning by using digital tools to construct knowledge, design solutions to real-world problems, and communicate their ideas within a global community, all while acting responsibly and respectfully.

So, what is digital literacy? Hiller Spires, professor of literacy and technology at N.C. State University describes it as: 1) finding and consuming digital content; 2) creating digital content; and 3) communicating or sharing it.

Here are some key digital-literacy skills from Common Sense Media for students to use both at school and at home:

  • Searching effectively: Learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of media and give proper credit to the source.
  • Protecting their and other's private information online: Learn internet safety basics such as creating strong passwords and respecting friends' privacy.
  • Giving proper credit when using other people's work: Learn to correctly cite sources.
  • Understanding digital footprints: Learn that creating a profile, post or comment on something creates something that is viewable by others.
  • Respecting each other's ideas and opinions: Learn to be good digital citizens.

Oakview teachers, along with the technology specialist, media specialist, and guidance counselors, work with the students to learn these key skills to be digitally literate citizens!

Oh Snap! 4th Graders create Book Snaps

Fourth graders chose a quote from their independent reading book and took a picture of it. They then used Seesaw app to annotate their picture and record themselves explaining why they chose that quote. QR codes were created to hang in the hallway so others can scan them and view the creations!

Educational Links for Students

Upcoming Events

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Week of October 22

  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Monday, October 22: NO school for students; Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, October 23: End of 1st Quarter
  • Tuesday, October 23: First Grade Vocabulary parade
  • Wednesday, October 24-Friday, October 26: 2nd Grade CogAT testing
  • Thursday, October 25: PTA Spirit Night @ McDonald's
  • Friday, October 26: Great Pumpkin Fun Run
  • Saturday, October 27: Fall Garden Saturday

Week of October 29

  • Monday, October 29-Tuesday, October 30: 2nd Grade IOWA testing
  • Tuesday, October 30: First Quarter Report Card
  • Tuesday, October 30: Barrier Island Chaperone meeting
  • Friday, November 2: Last Day to turn in Read Your Way to the Big Game form

Oakview's Lunch Menu can be found here

Red Ribbon Week

Oakview is getting RED-y for Red Ribbon Week coming the week of October 23-26th! Our focus this year will be on having a Healthy mind, body, and spirit! We will talk more about this with the students on the ONN morning news during Red Ribbon Week. We also encourage all students to dress up to help promote a healthy lifestyle and future!

  • Tuesday, October 23--Get RED-y for your future and wear RED!
  • Wednesday, October 24- Stay on top and wear a hat!
  • Thursday, October 25- Put your best foot forward and wear wacky socks!
  • Friday, October 26- Be a team player and wear your favorite team shirt!

Attention 3rd and 4th Grade Parents!

Roper Mountain Science Center will soon offer its Advanced LEGO WeDo Robotics class for 3rd and 4th grade students. Using the new WeDo 2.0 kits, students will take their robot programming skills to the next level. Registration is first come, first served and opens at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
PTA Information

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PTA's Reflection Contest

Does your child enjoy art and music or have an interest in creative writing or photography? Then join us and have fun unleashing your innter artist with PTA's annual Reflections contest. This year's theme, Heroes Around Me, calls for your own unique interpreatation through the arts. An entry form will be sent home this week, and submissions are due to school on Tuesday, November 20. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual gallery, and find more information on rules as well as prizes and scholarships on the South Carolina PTA website here or the Oakview PTA website here..