The Acorn

Oakview's latest news, events, activities & opportunities

December 1, 2017

Principal's Report - Phillip Reavis

A Wonderful Gift

As many families celebrate various holidays this time of year and give gifts to one another, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you Oakview parents for the gifts you give each day. The gifts of your time, love, service, money, organizational skills, and the list goes on are so evident in the life of our school. As we approach Winter Break and the midway point to the school year in January, I want to thank you for sharing your gifts with Oakview! Thank you on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students! You are an amazing community.

Coat Drive

Student Council is sponsoring a Coat Drive, December 4 - 8. We are collecting new and gently used coats of all sizes, from babies to adults. Student Council representatives will be in both car lines every morning next week to collect the coats, which will be taken to local homeless shelters in Greenville County. Thank you so much for your support!

Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes

Thank you to everyone who donated shoes to America Recycles Week. Our grand total was 1,125 donated pairs of shoes! These shoes will be sent to Africa to be sold at a low cost so families making only $1/month can have access to nice shoes. This keeps them out of the landfill (and our closets) and saves resources that would be needed to make new ones.

Congratulations Mrs. Hawkins

Congratulations to Katelin Hawkins, Oakview music teacher, who received a $500 ABC Grant! The funds from the grant were used for professional development for Mrs. Hawkins as she expands her teaching strategies with students. She is using her new training to implement the Kodály method of music instruction. The method, referred to as the Kodály concept, is an approach to music education developed in Hungary during the mid-twentieth century by Zoltán Kodály. His philosophy of education served as inspiration for the method, which was then developed over a number of years by his associates. Congratulations, Mrs. Hawkins!

For Children,

Phillip Reavis, Ph.D.


Letter from the PTA President

Welcome to December! I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and are hunkered down to finish the year strong. We do have a few things coming up between now and our Winter Break. Next week, the Student Council and PTA are teaming up for a Coat and Toy Drive. Details are below and we certainly appreciate all of your donations!

We will also have our Winter PTA General Membership Meeting this Monday night, December 4th, at 6:30 p.m. Our meeting will be followed by the Oakview Chorus’ Holiday Concert so please plan to attend to support our students!

And, lastly, it wouldn’t be December without presents. Our Elf Shelf Committee has been working diligently to make this Elf Shelf our best one yet so please be on the lookout for details coming home with your student and be sure to return the money on your child’s shopping day! For those new to Oakview, our Elf Shelf is a shopping experience whereby students pre-select 2 presents and then come to pay for them and pick them up the week of December 11. The presents will be wrapped so remember “No peeking!” We hope that you will enjoy using what your children have picked up over the holidays and certainly thank you for your support of this fun event!

So many of you have asked about the playground and I promise you that we are still working diligently on the details for bricks, design, etc. Stay tuned for details on how to pay for your pledged bricks in the very near future!

Serving With You,

Jennifer Burns

#ONLYatOAKVIEW where we “Work Hard, Play Hard”

PTA’s Jingle Bell Drop Joining with Student Council’s Coat Drive December 4 - 8

As many of you know, during December, we take toy donations to make Christmas for many much brighter! This year, we will continue to take up toys that will be donated to Toys for Tots; but, we are also joining with the Oakview Student Council to support their Coat Drive.

Along with new toys, we will be collecting new or gently-used coats for males and females of all sizes, from babies to adults. All donations will go to local homeless shelters in Greenville County. Student Council members will be working in both morning car lines to collect donations the week of December 4-8! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Elf Shelf - December 12 - 15

ELF SHELF celebrates the gift of giving during the holiday season and provides students with an opportunity to purchase affordable, pre-wrapped gifts for loved ones. Students will be bringing information home Dec. 4th; please make note of your child’s shopping day and return the money to their teacher on that day. Teachers are not able to hold onto the money, so please send it in on their actual shopping day.

**Please Note: Dec 15th is an “extra shopping day” where students who have leftover money can go back to the store to buy additional items**

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at Thank you!

Box Tops Results

The box tops have been sorted, counted and submitted! Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Fall Boxtops Collection contest. The following classes collected the most Box Tops:

  1. Ms. Bramer (5th grade) with 609 box tops
  2. Ms. Garosi (3rd grade) with 605 box tops
  3. Ms. Teeple (4th grade) with 585 box tops

Each class will celebrate with fun prizes and special treats; 1st place receives a bag of sports balls for recess, 2nd place gets a special VIP trip to the student store and 3rd place gets extra recess time!

The Fall Collection period brought in over 11,800 Box Tops. As a result, Oakview will receive a check for around $1,100.

Also, we would like to say a huge thank you to those who gave their time helping clip, count, and bag all those Box Tops. We couldn’t do it without each of you - thank you for supporting this vital program!

-Tracy Smallidge & Angela Halpin, Coordinators

Upcoming Spirit Nights

Please NOTE a change in Spirit Night for Tucano’s. Because of the Shrek performance, we moved our Spirit Night at Tucano’s to NEXT THURSDAY, December 7. Hope to see you there!
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Please join us in recognizing and thanking these businesses and families of the Oakview community for their generous donations to the 2017-2018 Friends of Oakview fund.


A/R Funding

Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry

Barre 3

Brain Refocus

Crockett Pediatric Dentistry

Davis Orthodontics

Edward Jones

Goddard School

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Greer Pediatric Dental Care

Harrison Orthodontics

Home Trust Bank

InsideOut at home

Kumon of Simpsonville

Little Bee Hive


Mc Donald’s at Maxwell Pointe

Pizza Inn

Pump It Up

Southern First Bank

Steadman Hawkins

Summers Orthodontics

Summit Janitorial Services

Trader Joe’s

Tucanos Brazilian Grill


The Adams Family

The Akahori Family

The Alfonso Family

The Andrews Family

The Angone Family

The Artz Family

The Baird Family

The Baum Family

The Benton Family

The Berg Family

The Bird Family

The Bishop Family

The Bracall Family

The Brake Family

The Bucci Family

The Burns Family (Ian and Bonner Bloodworth)

The Burns Family (Jake, Sadie, and Eliza)

The Campbell Family

The Caputo Family

The Cianfarano Family

The Clapp Family

The Cofer Family

The Cole Family

The Coleman Family

The Curtis Family

The Dadania Family

The Daniel Family

The Dawson Family

The Eberstein Family

The Eminoglu Family

The Feldman Family

The Fickling Family

The Fields Family

The Frazier Family

The Gamrat Family

The Garcia Family

The Garner Family

The Gettig Family

The Gregory Family

The Griffith Family

The Guastaferro Family

The Halpin Family

The Harder Family

The Harrison Family

The Helmer Family

The Hernandez Family

The Herring Family

The Hughes Family

The Johnson Family

The Kalatges Family

The Kneeland Family

The Knox Family

The Lane Family

The Lewis Family

The Lobo Family

The Long Family

The Makosiej Family

The Manos Family

The Markwell Family

The Marlin Family

The Marullo Family

The McClure Family

The Mewborn Family

The Middleton Family

The Moschella Family

The Murdock Family

The OLoughlin Family

The Orr Family

The Patel Family

The Pinkley Family

The Rast Family

The Richter Family

The Rumsey Family

The Scheib Family

The Schiefelbein Family

The Schofield Family

The Shaw Family

The Shieh Family

The Shuler Family

The Siffri Family

The Silva Family

The Smith Family

The Soenke Family

The Stamper Family

The Stiles Family

The Stoudemire Family

The Tan Family

The Thomas Family

The Vanchoff Family

The Villager Family

The Wagener Family

The Wilson Family

The Zow Family

The Zych Family