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Principal's Report - Dr. Phillip Reavis

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Oakview Elementary School, welcome back to school! In particular, I welcome our new families and trust you will soon discover that Oakview is indeed a “Habitat for Learning!”

Welcome New Faculty & Staff Members

Mary Downing - 1st Grade

Tory Graves – 1st Grade

Brittany Lassiter – 2nd Grade

Morgan Black – 3rd Grade

Mike Koper – 4th Grade

Daniele Szynal – 5th Grade

Katie Windsor – 5th Grade

Rachael Garosi – Resource

Lisa Greenway – ESOL

Colleen Green – Kindergarten Aide

Amy Nasiatka – Nurse

Coby Adams – Plant Engineer

Billy Burns – Groundskeeper

Sallie Sexton – Assistant Principal

The Lazy Days of Summer?

- While you relaxed on the beach or by the pool, we were busy at school! Here are just a few of our summer activities:

  • Counting and sorting thousands of textbooks!
  • Employees participated in dozens of workshops at the annual GCS “Summer Academy.”
  • Sixteen rising first grade students attended “Footsteps to First Grade,” a four-week, invitation-only readiness program.
  • The custodial services team waxed tile floors and cleaned carpet in the building totaling approximately 120,000 square feet.
  • New floor tile was installed in all fourth and fifth grade classrooms.

PTA President's Report - Jean Scott

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I am delighted to be serving as Oakview's PTA president this year. Our theme for 2014-2015 is "No Limits." I'm certain there will be no limits to the success we have in supporting our students, teachers and school through PTA!

Our PTA board is working diligently on our school directory, PTA 2014-2015 memberships, Spirit Wear orders, our Oct. 9 Boosterthon Fun Run, and the Nov. 7 Hootenanny fall festival. We are also establishing room coordinators for each classroom. Be on the lookout for information from them about how you can help at the classroom level. Please contact me at if you have any questions about PTA or how you can be involved.

PTA Memberships

Welcome to the new school year! The PTA Membership campaign has begun and we are trying to reach our 100% goal again.

The cost of PTA membership is $5.00 per child enrolled at Oakview. Please help us in reaching our goal this year by purchasing at least one membership for each child in your household enrolled at Oakview. A portion of the money goes to National and State PTA and a small portion stays at Oakview. All families who purchase one will receive a Moe’s coupon for joining PTA ! There is also a contest between the classes. The first class in each grade to get 100% will have a frozen-yogurt treat at lunch.

Thanks to all of those that have already joined.

If you have any questions please contact Membership Co-Chairs Leslie Ferrell and Tammy Terry.

OES Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear orders placed in August will be fulfilled in mid-September. If you haven't received your spirit wear yet, please be patient. We will send it home as soon as we can. There will be a final order for sweatshirts, magnets and water bottles due at the end of September, which will be fulfilled before the end of October.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Draper at


Make the World a Better Place…Enter the Reflections Contest!

Students can gain recognition while expressing themselves creatively through the National PTA Reflections contest, America’s oldest and largest arts-education program of its kind. The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado's PTA President, Mary Lou Anderson, to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific 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 2014-2015 Reflections program theme is “The world would be a better place if...”

First, second, and third prizes as well as honorable mention will be recognized at a special awards ceremony in the spring. Oakview first-place winners will be entered in the district-wide competition.

Deadline for entering Reflections will be mid-October. For parents who have any questions about the contest and the simple forms to be filled out, you are invited to come to an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria, or visit the PTA Reflections page at For specific questions, please contact Irena Terevo at

Boosterthon Fun Run

Thursday, Oct. 9th, 8:15am

515 Godfrey Rd

Simpsonville, SC

It's that time again - Boosterthon Pep Rally on September 30 and Fun Run on October 9.

Oakview and Boosterthon partner to strengthen our school through fun, easy fundraising as well as motivating and teaching our kids with fun, exciting fitness and character-building experiences. Help both our school and our children by supporting our efforts by coming out to volunteer and cheer on our runners. More information will be coming home soon. If you have immediate questions, please contact Dave Gorman at

Restaurant Night

Tuesday, Sep. 16th, 3-9pm

Babaziki, 1025 Woodruff Road Greenville, SC

It's time to kick off the school year with a new restaurant night! Show your support for Oakview by visiting Babaziki on Woodruff Road (near Cabela's) on Tuesday, September 16, anytime between 3:00 -9:00 p.m. Whether you grab supper to go right after school or take your family out for a night on the town, don't forget to mention that you're with Oakview Elementary!

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)

Tuesday, Sep. 23rd, 6pm

515 Godfrey Rd

Simpsonville, SC

Are you a dad? An uncle? Maybe a grandpa? Then come join us for the 2nd annual Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Pizza Night Kick-off Event on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. Don’t forget to send in your RSVP so we can make sure we have enough food for all. If you have any questions, please contact Christi Yenser at

OES SPIRIT DAY is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. Be sure to wear your Oakview apparel.

Get Out Greenville Festival

Saturday, Oct. 4th, 10:30am

601 Fork Shoals Rd

Greenville, SC

The Get Out Greenville 1.5 mile Kids Race will be held on October 4, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Conestee Nature Park! This 1.5 mile trail race will be part of the day-long Get Out Greenville Festival at Conestee. The race is open to runners age 14 and under. The entry fee is $15. The Get Out Greenville Festival will feature outdoor vendors, demonstrations, food, and music. There will also be events for the adults to participate in, such as the Get Out Greenville 10K, Swamp Rabbit Urban Ultra 25K and 50K. If interested, register online at: For questions, contact Coach Hall or Coach Miller.

Walk for the Homeless

Sunday, Oct. 5th, 2pm

945 S Main St

Greenville, SC

Please take note of the following events in our great city of Greenville! These are ways for your kids and families to get active and spend time together!

Join the “Walk for the Homeless” on Sunday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. Entry fees are $15 per walker. Walkers receive a free T-shirt with registration by September 19! This is a fundraising event for the Place of Hope. Each year over 12,000 visits are made to the Place of Hope by those that are living on the streets or in poverty. If interested register online at: For questions, contact Coach Hall or Coach Miller.


Friday, Nov. 7th, 4:30-9pm

515 Godfrey Rd

Simpsonville, SC

There will be games, bingo, prizes, and more! We can't have the Hootenanny without our fabulous volunteers. Be on the lookout for signups coming your way. See you at the Hoot! Questions? Contact Blair Vana at 735-6235 or