The Acorn

Oakview's latest news, events, activities & opportunities

November 10, 2017

Principal's Report - Phillip Reavis

Oakview Receives a Toshiba Grant

We are excited to announce that Oakview has received a $900+ grant from Toshiba to be used for the purchase of a weather station at the school. The weather station will collect data such as temperature, wind speed, barometric pressure, precipitation, and more. Second and fourth grade students, as part of their science standards, study weather and will be actively using the new weather station to extend their learning. The ONN crew also gathers daily weather data for their morning broadcast. Congratulations to Charnley DeMeritt, science lab teacher, for submitting the grant application!

American Education Week

November 13-17

A week to celebrate public education in America

Monday – Students will bring a sweet note to their teachers.

Tuesday – Parents (Family Involvement) Day! Parents and teachers make a great team! Students will wear their favorite team shirt.

Wednesday – Educational Support Day! Salute to support staff: Students will wear red, white and blue to thank our staff for all they do.

Thursday – Hats off to higher education-students will wear their favorite hat.

Friday – Substitute Educator’s Day - Students will wear silly “socks for subs” to show our subs how thankful we are for them.

Recycle Your Gently Used Shoes

For one week only, November 13-17, Oakview will collect pairs of shoes to help those in need around the world. Containers 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 - have no rips or tears, no 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.

Virtual Reality Comes to Oakview

Oakview has added Google Expeditions to our numerous technology offerings for students! This amazing virtual reality system provides over 4,500 expeditions around the world and gives teachers narrated scripts to lead students through these life-like journeys. During the fall semester, teachers will begin integrating this cutting edge technology into their science and social studies lessons and next spring, a Google Expeditions Club will begin after school!

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Letter from the PTA President

Oh my goodness! What a terrific time we had on Friday night here at Oakview! Thank you to everyone that came out in the beautiful weather for the Hootenanny! It was an awesome event and I cannot thank the Hoot Committee enough for all of their commitment, dedication, and direction! Be sure to say “Thank You!” to Tasi McClellan, Nina Patel, or Gina Pelino when you see them!

I hope that each of you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for being a part of a school with such dedicated parents, loving teachers, and thoughtful administrators! Thank you for allowing me to serve alongside you this year!

Serving With You,

Jennifer Burns

#ONLYatOAKVIEW where we “Work Hard, Play Hard”

America Recycles Week

November 13-17

We encourage all families to use Oakview as a recycling center for the items listed below so our planet uses fewer natural resources. We will be collecting during morning car line all week and we need volunteers to help collect and sort in the mornings. Please click here to sign up!

Oakview’s Environmental Engineers will give prizes each day 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
  • Lithium batteries

Donuts with Dads - 4th & 5th Grades

Donuts for Dads for our 4th and 5th Graders will be held next Friday, November 17 from 7:15 to 8 a.m. in the Cafeteria! I hope that you will take this morning to enjoy a delicious donut and some special time with your child!

PTA’s Jingle Bell Drop & 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 that week! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Box Tops

Thank you to everyone that turned in their Box Tops! Your commitment to our Fall Collection resulted in proceeds of $1,183.90 for Oakview’s PTA. Stay tuned as we will announce class winners soon!

Elf Shelf

Elf Shelf, which runs December 12th to 15th this year, celebrates the gift of giving during the holiday season by providing students with an opportunity to purchase affordable, pre-wrapped gifts for their loved ones. Information will be coming home with your students in late November but please make note of the following:

  • Gifts range in price from $1-$6
  • Gifts will be wrapped

  • Friday of that week is an “extra shopping day” where students who have leftover money can go back in to the store to buy additional items.

  • We will have a Sale Table on Friday – items from previous years are only $1 or $2

  • Siblings often buy the same gifts for family – if you are concerned about this, consider having a discussion with your students about how they can select different options

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, do not hesitate to contact Michelle Smith or Erica Huffman at Thank you!

Hootenanny Announcements

The cake decorating contest this year was filled with some very stiff competition in both the Adult & Youth Divisions, but the students voted and the results are in.

Congratulations to our winners (in alphabetical order)!

Adult Division

Amy Funke

Angela Lineberry

Jennifer Link

Youth Division

Harper Chastain

Issac Funke

Jordan Funke

The following lucky students will be accompanying some of our school’s staff in the coming weeks as their names were drawn in our “For the Day” Raffle!

Principal for a Day: Cade Alt, Shuler’s 5th Grade

Custodian for a Day: Owen Mumford, Sink’s 1st Grade

Librarian for a Day: Lucia Guastaferro, Rewis’ 5th Grade

PE Teacher for a Day: Riggs Daniel, Shuler’s 5th Grade

Office Assistant for a Day: Kylee Mathis, Poole’s 5th Grade

Some of the Hootenanny fun...

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Getting to Know: Brian Adams

Meet one of the fathers who runs Oakview's Watch D.O.G.S. (and no, he's not that Brian Adams!)

You’re happiest when?

I'm surrounded by my family, watchin' my Dawgs

Favorite travel spot?

Yosemite or the Grand Canyon are hard to beat

Favorite meal?

(my wife) Lauren's green chile enchiladas

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

The signing of the Declaration of Independence...very cool

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Slightly Above Average

How long have you been part of the Oakview family?

We're in our 9th year (and we've got one more starting K5 next year)

What is your favorite event at Oakview?

Hootenany - it never gets old (funnel cakes, silly string, and those dang flowers that triple in weight from dust accumulation over the next 3-4 months)

Upcoming Spirit Nights

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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