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A Season of Thanksgiving

This time of year puts all of us in the mindset of giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives, and expressing our appreciation for each other. We remember to view our world through a lens of gratitude which helps us through this busy season. Gratitude can be expressed through simple acts of kindness, philanthropy, volunteering, and making positive connections with others.


"Autumn is the time when the overflowing garners of America call for this expression of joyful gratitude." ~Sarah Josepha Hale, 1827


Sarah Josepha Hale, known as the 'Mother of Thanksgiving', lobbied for 36 years to make Thanksgiving a national holiday so that we would be reminded to pause and give thanks. We have many things to be thankful for here at Oakview, including our students and parents, staff, and faculty. For example, we recently celebrated our 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Dori Flynn, as she received the Golden Apple Award from WYFF and Ingles! We expressed our appreciation during American Education Week for the many district employees who keep our school running smoothly and educating our students' young minds. We are immensely. grateful for the resources provided by our district leaders, such as new ActivPanels and desks in the 4th/5th grade and art classrooms. Oakview has so many things to be thankful for!


I'm grateful for the meaningful work done every day in our building, the kind and good hearts of our students, and the support of our parents and community. The Oakview family wishes everyone a joyful Thanksgiving holiday!


For children,

Philip Reavis, Ph.D

Principal

What are you thankful for?

Let us know what you are thankful for this fall season! Click here to access Flipgrid--an online video discussion platform. (The code is 8a8e782c and the password is Thankful). Spend a few minutes as a family reflecting on what you are truly thankful for and then record your 90 second video letting us know! Just click the green + button to start. Videos will be viewable to other Oakview families.

Thank you for being a part of our Oakview family!

1st Grade Teacher Dori Flynn wins the Golden Apple Award!

Updated Attendance Report

PERFECT ATTENDANCE (week ending November 18)

Flynn

Gamble

Heran

Greaves

McCurry

Dodd

Hoefel

Loaiza

Agnew


AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE

(as of 11/22/19)

97.73%

Keep up the great work in getting your children to school each day.

Yearbooks on sale!

Yearbooks are now on sale! Visit http://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ and use our school code (13991820) to order yours. Keep your memories forever!

Fall picture packages sent home

Fall picture package orders were sent home last week. If you have any questions about incorrect packages, please contact Lifetouch directly. Their customer service department will be able to help you. The number is 1-877-689-4056 or call our local representative, Andy Patt at 864-901-3024 or apatt@lifetouch.com.

Grandparent's Day still needs volunteers!

We are still in need of help for Grandparent's Day, Tuesday, November 26th! Please visit the following sign-up link and help anyway you can. Thank you!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4DAEAC2DA6FB6-grandparents

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration December 3-6

Children who will be five years old on or before September 1 of the current year must enroll in public or private kindergarten unless the parent or legal guardian signs a waiver (see Kindergarten Non-Attendance Form at the link below). Any child who will be six years old on or before September 1 of the current year must enroll in first grade.

To enroll a new student in kindergarten or first grade, a parent must present the following at registration:

  • Photo ID from any state or country
  • Two current “proof of residency” documents (all must contain property address) These can be a combination of:
    • Current bills – i.e. electric, gas, water, cable
    • Current mortgage statement or current signed lease agreement with landlord’s name and phone number
  • Birth Certificate
  • Signed Certificate of Immunization, Conditional Certificate of Immunization, or Religious Exemption Certificate (Religious Exemption Certificate provided by Health Department)

The GCS Student Enrollment Form and Home Language Survey are provided at the link below if you would like to complete and bring with you to the school when you go to register.

To find out where your child will attend kindergarten or first grade, call the INFOLine at 355-3100 or visit Find Your School.

5K and 1st Grade Registration Forms

Kindergarten Registration Pep Talk

Updates to Parent Backpack

GCSD has made a few updates available to parents in Backpack. Parents can now receive alerts for absences, assignment grades, and lunch balances, depending on the thresholds you set up. Parents may also invite people to see their student's grades and attendance information. Parents may also add or remove people from the "May Pick Up' in their Backpack account. Learn how to take advantage of these updates by clicking on the links below.


Parent Backpack Notifications

Parent Alerts Set Up

How to Invite a Contact

Salvation Army's Giving Hope Program

The Salvation Army of Greenville County's Christmas Assistance program is called Giving Hope. Certain eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify. For more information, visit their website, found here (Salvation Army Carolinas). Please contact their office at 864-235-4803 with questions.

OES & United Way

The Rotary Club of Simpsonville visited Oakview Elementary to distribute dictionaries to every third grade student! This civic club seeks to provide service to others, promote integrity, advance learning, and promote peace. One way they serve our area is by providing schools with free dictionaries in an effort to improve the reading and writing skills of young students. Dictionaries are an important tool for students as they work to understand word usage and promote language development. We appreciate the continued support from our local rotary club and enjoyed meeting our Greenville County District 27 House of Representative constituent, Mr. Garry R. Smith!
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School of Excellence Program: An Overview

Oakview Elementary has enrolled in the 2019-2020 National PTA School of Excellence program for consideration of the 2020-2022 National PTA School of Excellence designation. The Oakview PTA will be working on this program throughout the school year in an effort to strengthen the family-school partnership, improve family engagement and earn the 2020-2022 National PTA School of Excellence designation awarded to schools in August of 2020.


The PTA developed National Standards for Family-School Partnerships to empower parents, educators, community members and students to work together for the educational success of all children and youth. Many of you participated in our initial survey at the beginning of October, which is based upon the six standards of the Family-School partnership. We have reviewed the survey results, met with the School Improvement Council (SIC), and held a discussion with the Oakview leadership team. As a result, we have selected to focus on Standard 4: Speaking Up for Every Child. Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success. Our goal is to grow family participation in advocacy. During the year, we will also address other items that arose from our survey results, such as sharing more information regarding the middle school transition, displaying friendly signs in multiple languages and distributing information on community resources that serve the needs of families within our community. We look forward to partnering with you this year!

Technology Talks

Click here to find Parent Resources for our OES Chromebooks

IXL Challenges for 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders!

The first 9 weeks of IXL Challenges saw the 3rd graders take off! More than 60 3rd grade students completed the challenge and were recognized on ONN with a certificate and a choice of prizes. 4th and 5th graders who also completed the 1st nine weeks Challenge also were celebrated!


IXL Challenge skills are based on current lessons from the classroom and the questions mimic ones that students will see on standardized tests, including digitally-enhanced questions that require students to drag and drop answer choices. IXL also has built-in explanations if the student misses the answer and a diagnostic tool to help the student choose skills to work on.


The second quarter IXL Challenge was issued in early November and is due January 17th. Once a student completes the Challenge sheet with an 80 percent SmartScore, he or she turns in their sheet to their computer lab teacher. Students are recognized every Thursday on ONN! Find the Challenge sheets linked below. Log on to IXl today!


3rd Grade IXL Challenge

4th Grade IXL Challenge

5th Grade IXL Challenge

Technology Parent Workshops

Oakview is pleased to invite parents to our fall series of technology workshops! Read more about each one and then RSVP here. This will help us plan our space to accommodate the number of people attending.
  • New Date!--Google for Education, Thursday, Dec. 12 @ 10:30 : Most appropriate for 3rd through 5th grade parents. Learn about the Google tools your students are using in the classroom, including Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and Forms. You'll experience it just like the kids do!
Upcoming Events

Click here to view Oakview's school calendar!

Student Council Hosts Winter Items Drive!

Our Student Council will host a hats/scarves/gloves drive December 9-13! The items must be NEW and will go to our local community members in need. More details will be in upcoming Acorn's. Thank you for supporting our students' efforts to help our community!

Oakview's Winter Concert & PTA General Meeting

Please join us for our winter PTA General Membership meeting Monday, December 9 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided, followed by Oakview's Winter Concert.

PTA will offer Box Tops participation incentives that evening during our raffle. We will also collect new, unwrapped toys for our annual Jingle Bell Drop toy drive to support local charities.

Week of November 25

  • Monday, Nov. 25: Geography Bee @ 8:30 am
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26: Grandparent's Day
  • Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break


Week of December 2

  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: Change in Assignment Choice Lottery Window ends
  • Monday-Friday, Dec. 2-6: PTA Elf Shelf
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: K5/1st grade registration begins for the 2020/2021 school year
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: MAP testing begins for 2nd and 5th grades
  • Thursday, Dec. 5: PTA Board meeting @ 9am


Oakview's Lunch Menu can be found here

PTA Information

Click here to visit PTA's website!

Calling all School Store Volunteers!

Please join us for a morning to work in our newly redesigned school store! You'll produce tons of smiles during your shift, and the kids leave happy! Please visit the following link to join in the fun.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B44AEAA2CA7FD0-oakview

Box Tops

Our Box Tops for Education Program NEEDS YOUR HELP! Our numbers are down so we are asking parents and family members to help us earn money for our wonderful school.


No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. The new app is very easy to use. Please visit BTFE.com to learn more and download.


To help encourage everyone to use the app, there will be prizes at the next PTA General Membership Meeting on December 9th. There will be a $25 Visa Gift Card to the person with the highest amount of scanned points and a $50 gift card to be drawn from the tickets for everyone who shows the app on their phone.


Having trouble with the app? Not sure how to scan? WE CAN HELP. Just email boxtops@oakviewpta.com and we will be in touch.

Elf Shelf is December 3-6!

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 the week of November 25th. Please make note of your child's shopping day (December 3rd, 4th, or 5th) which will be on the letter. Teachers are not able to hold money, so please send money on the day of your student's scheduled visit to the Elf Shelf Shop. Make sure all money is placed in an envelope marked ELF SHELF along with your child's name.


**Note: Dec. 6th is an "extra shopping day" where students will get the chance to go back to the store and purchase additional items for family and friends. Items from previous years will be available at reduced prices.**

If you have any questions, please contact us at elfshelf@oakviewpta.com.

Additional Code Ninja Spirit Nights

Our Code Ninja Spirit Night was a huge success! We will host three additional spirit nights during December. The times and grade levels are listed below.


  • December 6, K-2nd: 6:30-8:00. Click here to signup!
  • December 13, 3-5: 6:30-8:00. Click here to signup!
  • December 14, 3-5: 4:30-6:00. Click here to signup!
  • December 14, 3-5: 6:30-8:00. Click here to signup!

If you have any questions, please contact restaurantnights@oakviewpta.com.

Jingle Bell Toy Drop

Our annual Jingle Bell Toy Drop kicks off on Monday, December 9th and runs through the 13th. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to help those in need this holiday season. We will also collect toys the evening of our winter PTA meeting and holiday concert. Thank you in advance for your kindess!