The Acorn

Oakview's latest news, events, activities & opportunities

October 6, 2017

Principal's Report - Phillip Reavis

Thank You

It was wonderful to have over 960 visitors on campus Thursday for the annual Boosterthon Fun Run! While this is the main fundraiser for PTA, the fun factor always seems to overtake the financial focus of the event. Students were motivated and excited to participate and as always, Oakview’s amazing volunteers step forward to help out. Thank you ALL for your support of this and other events that occur at Oakview. You are amazing!

Saturday Garden Workday
Our next Garden Workday is Saturday, October 7, from 9:00-11:00. Join us for a beautiful morning in the school gardens as we prepare everything for the fall and winter seasons. This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to earn service learning hours! See you in the gardens!

School Safety Presentation
On Monday, October 9, at 9:00 a.m., parents are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the School Improvement Council to learn about Oakview’s Safety Plan. Sallie Sexton, Assistant Principal, will be leading the session and we look forward to answering any questions parents may have regarding our school safety measures. Please email Mrs. Sexton ( if you plan to attend.

Computer Lab Volunteer Training

Those parents who plan to serve as volunteers in the Computer Lab this year are invited to an annual training session on Wednesday, October 11, at 9:00 a.m. No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers will be shown various programs used at the school and how best to support students in their weekly computer lab sessions. Please email Sherri Brookie ( if you plan to attend.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year for parent/teacher conferences. Teachers look forward to spending time with you to discuss your child’s strengths and areas for growth. As always, we appreciate the incredible support and engagement of Oakview parents! If you have not scheduled a conference with your child’s teacher, please do so.

For Children,

Phillip Reavis, Ph.D.

Letter from the PTA President

I cannot thank each of you enough for your support of our Boosterthon Fun Run this year! The total pledged was $94,646.25; the second highest pledge total in Oakview history!! I am so very thankful that our students & parents were able to rally behind our dream of a new playground structure.

I know many people think that we could do a “Fun Run” on our own and “keep all of the money”, but please let me assure you that those Boosterthon “celebrities” are some of the hardest working, most motivating people I have met and they are laser-focused on building a better student, school, and community. I hope your children enjoyed learning about how to be a better person and a better friend through the daily character lessons; I could see glimpses in my own children’s behavior that these values resonated with them! So, again, let me thank you for your support of our largest fundraiser of the year! Be sure to log in to to pay your pledge if you want to pay online or send in your cash or check early next week. Our first payment deadline is this Thursday, October 12th & do remember that each teacher gets 10% of the pledges collected for his/her class by this first deadline to use on classroom supplies & materials!! Your prompt payment is greatly appreciated and again, thank you for making this year's Fun Run a tremendous success!!

We can celebrate our successes with lots of fun at Hootenanny on Friday, November 3. Details will be coming quickly now that the Fun Run is behind us so please stay tuned! Between now and then, I hope we will all be able to start enjoying some beautiful fall weather and changing colors!

Serving With You,

Jennifer Burns

#ONLYatOAKVIEW where we “Work Hard, Play Hard”

Donuts with Dads - 2nd & 3rd Grades


Because of testing, Donuts with Dads for 2nd & 3rd Graders was moved to Wednesday, October 18, at 7:15 a.m. We had a huge turnout at our first event with the Kindergarteners and 1st Graders and look forward to celebrating the awesome men in our children’s lives again this month!

Playground Update

We wanted to give everyone an update on the progress of the playground since we know some of you might be curious:

  1. The Brick Campaign has been a huge success so far. We should make our selection of the company to provide us with the bricks in the next couple of weeks and from there, we will have the detailed instructions readily available on how to pay for and design your bricks. Thank you for the families that have already pledged bricks. If you haven’t done so yet, there is still time , just click here. Deadline to pledge a brick is November 17th.
  2. We have compared numerous quotes from various playground companies and will invite the frontrunners back on campus in the next few weeks to finalize the design of the structure. As soon as we have the finalized design, we will share with everyone! There are some new options being made available for 2018 so now we have the chance to incorporate some of those into our updated design!

We are still on schedule for Spring 2018 to install the new playground structure and update the Kindergarten area. Your overall support of this is overwhelming and we are so thankful to be able to coordinate these efforts with you and the Oakview Administration.


Oakview Families...MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! The 15th Annual Hootenanny is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 from 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE!

We will have carnival rides, a pie-eating contest, lots of fun games, a cakewalk, & our school-famous “Glow in the Dark” dance party. You’ll even have the chance to “Cream A Teacher!”

Details on buying tickets, volunteering, and donations will be coming soon to We need everyone to get involved so that we can all enjoy this terrific event!

Thanks so much! See you at the HOOT!!!

Reflections Contest

The National Reflections program has been PTA’s cornerstone arts program for over 50 years! It offers students the opportunity to develop their creativity and earn recognition for their original artwork.

Arts education is an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students. The arts comprise a rich array of creativity in dance, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts. PTA's National Reflections and Cultural Arts Program allows students to explore their unique creativity.

Reflections encourages students to unleash their inner artist! Students may 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). The entry must reflect this year's theme "Within Reach". 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. All Oakview participants will be recognized for their artistic efforts!

Submissions are due Wed. Nov. 1st and Thurs. Nov 2nd 7:30-8:30am & 2:30-3:30pm in the cafeteria. All guidelines and student entry forms can be accessed at If you have any questions or need additional help please contact Joy Anderson or Anna Arzt at or (864) 546-1073.

Let's enhance the arts and our students’ artistic expression!

Spirit Wear

Now that all Spirit Wear orders have been filled, we hope that your children are enjoying their new things. We do have shirts (limited sizes in both youth and adult), hats, water bottles, and keychains still available if you want to place an order. Email us at or stop by the School Store!

Our first “Show Your OES Spirit” Day will be next Friday, October 13th!! Show your pride by wearing any OES gear you have!

Watch D.O.G.S.

There are still some openings for Watch D.O.G.S. Click here to get all the details about the program and to start the sign-up process!

Getting to Know: Ellen Moschella

Meet the PTA board member who helps run the Boosterthon!

  • Tell us a little about yourself.
    I grew up in Charlotte, NC. I moved to Charleston, SC and got my degree from MUSC for nursing. I've worked mostly as an ICU nurse but spent a few years doing home health in Cincinnati.

  • Tell us a little bit about your family.
    My husband is an MD/Phd in the emergency department at Greenville Memorial. We have two children, 3 dogs, and a Roomba! My son, Dominic, is in 6th grade at Langston and my daughter, Mary Sue, is in Mrs. Boone's third grade class.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
    Anything crafty, especially knitting and crocheting.

  • What is your favorite thing to do in Greenville?
    Going to a show at the Peace Center with my hubby after having dinner downtown.

  • If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
    A Beatles concert

  • How long have you been part of the Oakview family?
    This is our third year at Oakview.

  • What is your favorite memory from Oakview (so far)?
    It's a tie between the second grade Mother's Day breakfast with my daughter and watching my son play a flying monkey in The Wizard of Oz.

Some of the Boosterthon fun...

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Upcoming Spirit Nights

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