The Acorn

Oakview's latest news, events, activities & opportunities

September 8, 2017

Principal's Report - Phillip Reavis

Oakview Earns Green Steps Designation

This summer marks the seventh year that Oakview has earned recognition as a certified Green Steps School. As one of only 22 schools in South Carolina to earn this honor, Oakview maintains and/or implements at least 6 environmental projects every year in the areas of conservation, protection, and restoration. These include our butterfly garden, vegetable garden, nature trail, tree plantings, apple orchard, school-wide recycling program, composting program, air quality program, and waste reduction program. In 2013, Oakview’s efforts were rewarded with the SC Green Steps School of the Year designation; and in 2016, Oakview’s recycling program was recognized by SCDEHC as a Shining Star program. We are pleased our efforts continue to be recognized by the state. Oakview is truly, “A Habitat for Learning”! To learn more, please check out our Green Steps website.

Parent Reading Workshop

Parents of kindergarten and first grade students are invited to attend a workshop next Thursday, September 14, to learn tips and tricks on how to support emergent readers. Jake Gambrell, Oakview Literacy Specialist, will lead two sessions, one at 12:30 and the second identical session at 6:00 pm in the media center. Parents are encouraged to attend either of the sessions. You will not want to miss this informative and engaging session! For questions or additional information, please contact Mr. Gambrell at

Car Line Update

Great teamwork parents! Since the first day of school, our car lines have decreased by 25 minutes! As everyone settles into their daily school routines for afternoon transportation, parents are encouraged to consider the following options to reduce the wait time in our car lines even more.

  • Have your children ride the bus (they depart campus at 2:30)
  • Form a carpool with neighbors

For Children,

Phillip Reavis, Ph.D.


Letter from the PTA President

Just a quick thank you to everyone for coming out last Thursday for Open House and our Fall Membership Meeting and Friday morning for the Volunteer Breakfast. As you can tell, we have hit the ground running! And speaking of running, the Boosterthon Fun Run will kick off with a Pep Rally for students on Tuesday, September 26. Oakview Parents, Grandparents, Friends, and Family are always so supportive of this event and, for that, I am so thankful. This year, the monies raised through the Fun Run will continue to support our Annual PTA Budget, but will also be a catalyst for our playground fundraising efforts.

Serving With You,

Jennifer Burns

#ONLYatOAKVIEW where we “Work Hard, Play Hard”

Boosterthon Fun Run

Parents, help us raise money for our school and save the date for this year’s annual Boosterthon Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, September 26. Families will then gather pledges for every lap that your student runs (30-35 laps) at the actual Fun Run on Thursday, October 5. With our goal of raising money to go towards a new playground, we’ve asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun. Get the full details on our webpage.

All families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run! Thank you for your support!

K-1st grade: 8:20 am
2nd-3rd grade: 9:25 am
4th-5th grade (Color Run): 1:00 pm

Our School Store Needs Your Help!

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer alongside your student? The School Store is a great way to do so! You get to sell cool school supplies like Magical Erasable Highlighters, NFL Mechanical Pencils, Scented Donut Erasers and more! Your student will love helping serve fellow students, make change, and count Wacky Cap Erasers. If it doesn't work with your student's schedule, you can of course volunteer on your own as well!

Volunteer shifts are available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:25 am to 7:55 am. Click here to signup. Thanks in advance for your help!

Volunteer Rules & Regulations for 2017-2018

Volunteering will kick-off strong as so many opportunities including Lunch Bunch, Watch D.O.G.S., and Reading Tutors will begin soon! To be sure you are able to volunteer, visit our website and complete any necessary paperwork. You can find the details on our webpage.

Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff

Mark your calendars for our Watch D.O.G.S. kickoff event on Monday, September 18. We are changing it up a bit this year and will have a CYBER kickoff at 6:00 pm. That means when the clock strikes 6:00, you can go online and sign up right then to volunteer as a Watch D.O.G. for the 2017-18 school year. More information will be coming soon, so be sure check the new webpage and the next Acorn for more details.

New to the program? Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is our volunteer program that brings fathers, stepfathers, uncles, and grandfathers in to spend one day (at least) with their students at Oakview volunteering throughout the school. It's a great program that focuses on the positive influence male volunteers can have on our children.

Please contact one of our co-chairs, Brian Adams or Adam Grace, at for more information.

Celebrating Your Little Artist

Happy National Arts in Education Week - September 10-16th! Let's enhance the arts and our students’ artistic expression and start getting their creative juices flowing for this year's PTA Reflections Program Contest.

The National PTA Reflections program is America's oldest and largest arts education program of its kind. The program was developed to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since its inception, the Reflections program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specified theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through Film Production, dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.

The theme for this year is "Within Reach." Students may use their creativity to choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art (drawing, painting, or even 3D) that reflects what the theme means to them. Students are encouraged to submit as many entries in as many categories as they like. Each entry must be accompanied by a student entry form.

Submissions are due Wed. Nov. 1st and Thurs. Nov 2nd 7:30-8:30 am & 2:30-3:30 pm in the cafeteria. All guidelines and student entry forms can be found by clicking here.

All Oakview participants will be recognized for their artistic efforts.

If you have any questions or need additional help please contact Joy Anderson or Anna Arzt at or (864) 546-1073.

Getting to Know: Dr. Phillip Reavis

  • What is your favorite thing to do in Greenville? Discovering and enjoying a new restaurant with my wife and daughter in downtown

  • If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The design and construction of the Great Wall of China

  • If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring? A sailboat, captain, and bottled water

  • If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? "Believe It Or Not"

  • If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Morgan Freeman

  • If you could meet anyone from any time period who would it be and why? My grandfather who died before I was old enough to know him

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