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Fall is Here!

The temperatures don't feel it but fall is officially here. My wife and I adopted our daughter from China in 2005 and in Chinese, her birth name translates as "beautiful autumn." I always think of this when autumn arrives and how beautiful our children are to us. The first day of fall has passed and things are "falling" into place at Oakview with YOUR beautiful children. Routines are in place within the building and students and teachers are making positive connections each day. Thank you for all you have done from home to support students during the first month of school!

School safety

Based on national surveys, keeping children safe at school tops the list as a parent's number one priority in school. School Safety is a multi-tiered effort, with many moving pieces. As a parent, you may be aware of our Parent Friendly Safety Plan, found on the OES website, and our "Top 10 Tips" listed below. However, you might not be aware of some of the efforts taking place behind the scenes. School staff members go through extensive yearly training on safety guidelines. Select staff members are part of an internal team called the "Emergency Response Team", which would be activated in times of crisis. The school is also equipped with lifesaving medical equipment positioned throughout the building.

Students play an active role in maintaining a safe environment as well. Students are trained to respond to many types of drills throughout the year, including the following: Fire drills, Earthquake drills, Tornado drills, Lockdown drills, and Reverse Evacuation drills. Students are also taught basic safety tips for moving around the building and venturing outside. If you have a student in the EDP program, you can rest assured that the same safety standards apply. EDP workers and students practice the same drills and protocols throughout the school year.

Top 10 School Safety Tips for Parents

  1. Sign in at the front office and wear a nametag while on campus. Also, sign out in the office when you leave.
  2. When visiting campus, please stick with your stated business. An adult roaming the building causes alarm. An unannounced visit to your child's classroom causes disruption and is not permitted.
  3. Always complete school forms in their entirety and keep the front office and teacher updated with new phone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses.
  4. Report suspicious behavior to administration immediately, including a person who appears agitated, angry, or out of sorts.
  5. If hearing on the radio or television that there is an evacuation at Oakview Elementary, don't drive to the campus. Chances are your children will be on their way to an evacuation site at Brookwood Church.
  6. Always send a note to the teacher or call the office if there is a change in your child's afternoon transportation.
  7. Follow all traffic rules when driving to and from the school campus. Pay particular attention to directional signage and our NO CELL PHONE ZONE policy.
  8. Remember that the campus will be under the command of law enforcement or the fire department during certain types of emergencies. School officials will yield to their leadership.
  9. Know the school rules. Read the Oakview Student-Parent Handbook cover to cover. The handbook is located on the Oakview website.
  10. If on campus during an emergency, follow closely the directions given by faculty and staff. They have been trained to handle emergencies and will need your cooperation during a stressful time.

Thank you for continuing to help the OES school campus stay safe at all times!

For children,

Philip Reavis, Ph.D


Attention ALL Parents!

In an effort for the front office staff to better categorize why parents are on campus, PTA is asking ALL PARENTS to complete the form found here. It will take only a few seconds to complete. Please indicate which categories we should assign to you in Raptor (the school's sign-in system).

Deadline is Friday, October 5th! Thank you for your help!

School Visitor and Volunteer Guidelines

Please note that Greenville County Schools has implemented additional security checks for school volunteers. ALL volunteers must submit an online application to the district and receive clearance from the district before volunteering at any school or chaperoning any school field trip. You may find more information, as well as the application, here. Please allow up to 2 weeks for the approval process.

Oakview has amazing teachers!

Second grade teacher, Ms. Denaro, will present at the SC Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC) state conference next month! Ms. Denaro will present on the Project Approach curriculum. She will showcase a project about bones that she completed with a pre-school class this summer. Ms. Denaro recently completed her masters in Early Childhood education at Furman and is working with her Furman professor at the conference.
Fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Szynal and Ms. Rewis, will present at the SC Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in November! They are showing other educators how to use math small groups in their classrooms.

Read Your Way to the Big Game contest!

We invite ALL students to enter the SC Department of Education's 2018 Read Your Way to the Big Game contest! By reading six books and completing the form , you could qualify to win tickets to the Clemson vs. South Carolina game on November 24th. Winners will receive four tickets and pre-game sideline passes to the game.

Forms are due to your homeroom teacher by Friday, November 2nd!

Schools with at least 70% student participation will also be entered to win one of two $2000 school library grants. Five participating teachers will be randomly selected to win $500 for their classroom!.

Let's get to reading!

Tech Talk

Click here to learn more about Oakview's Personalized Learning Program.

IXL Challenge Issued to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!

Oakview 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been issued a challenge! The Challenge? Complete the 10 math and 10 ELA skills listed on your Challenge sheet by getting to an 80 SmartScore in IXL. Each grade level has specific skills that relate directly to content taught in the first semester of school.

The Challenge sheet is due Friday, November 16th. Each student who returns the completed sheet will receive a prize. One lucky student from each grade level will be chosen at random for a $20 gift card!

Students have access to IXL both at school and at home. IXL is a web-based learning experience that provides math and ELA practice aligned to SC standards.

Parent letters, including your student's login and password, have been sent home. If you are not sure of their login, please contact the teacher. Click the link here to access IXL!

First Graders visit the New York Science Museum

First grade students recently went on a virtual field trip with Mr. Anthony from the New York Hall of Science Museum. They explored what is needed to create shadows, made their own shadow puppets, and Mr. Anthony showed them how to create shadows with colors!

Upcoming Events

Click here to view Oakview's school calendar!

Week of September 24

  • Tuesday, September 25: Boosterthon fundraiser kickoff!
  • Friday, September 28: Donuts with Dad for K5 and 1st Grades @ 7:15 a.m
  • Friday, Setpember 28: 4K Half-day

Week of October 1

  • Wednesday, October 3: PTA Board Meeting
  • Thursday, October 4: Boosterthon Fun Run (K5-1 @ 8:20; 2-3 @ 9:25; 4-5 Color Run @ 1:00)
  • Friday, October 5: Reading Tutor Training in the media center @ 9:00 a.m.

Oakview's Lunch Menu can be found here

Donuts with Dad for K5 and 1st Grades

Dads, granddads, uncles, or other important male figures of kindergarten and 1st grade students are invited to enjoy a delicious donut, coffee, and special time with their child before school in the cafeteria.

Join us this Friday, September 28th, at 7:15 a.m!

Boosterthon Fun Run!

Parents, help us raise money for our school and save the date for this year's annual Boosterthon Fun Run!

The Boosterthon Fun Run is a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, September 25 where the children will hear about his year's theme, "Mind Spark Mystery Lab", and learn how to start collecting pledges. Parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends, and family can pledge a "per lap" amount or a "flat donation" (children usually run between 30 and 3 laps).

The actual Fun Run will take place on Thursday, October 4th when all of the students will complete their laps in a fun, supportive atmosphere cheered on by parents and teachers!

All families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run--thank you for your support!

8:20 - Kindergarten & 1st Grades

9:35 - 2nd & 3rd Grades

1:00 - 4th & 5th COLOR run

For more information, visit

PTA Information

Click here to visit PTA's website!

Publix Partners Update

As of September 30, 2018, Publix Partners will no longer use the barcoded key fobs. Instead you will have to have a account.

Simply sign up for a account (if you don't already have one), search for and select Oakview Elementary School PTA. Be sure that your phone number is entered into your account information. Directions can be found here.

When shopping at Publix, enter your phone number at checkout and they will then give back to Oakview.

Box Tops Announcements

Fall Box Tops Collection Drive

Please send in all clipped Box Tops by Monday, October 15th!

**Papermate Products Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes!

From now until October 24th, click on this link once a day to earn a chance for Oakview to get 50,000 bonus Box Tops and 5,000 Papermate pens.

**Earn the chance to double our school's fall earnings by clicking this link once a day until September 30th!

**Earn bonus box tops by downloading the Box Tops Bonus App through this link!

Important Reminders:

  1. Check the date--All Box Tops have an expiration date. We have to throw away any expired Box Tops, as well as any with the date cut off!
  2. Please make sure to cut off ALL excess packaging. Box Tops should be clipped right on the boxed line!
  3. Package and label the clipped Box Tops in a sealed baggie or envelope, clearly labeled with the teacher's name and grade. Box Tops are counted by classroom for contest prizes so this step is extra important!

100% PTA Membership

Thank you for the generous support by Oakview Parents, Teachers, and Staff! Oakview has reached our goal of 100% School wide PTA Membership! This means every Oakview student has an adult voice representing them in the state and national PTA which advocate for our children every day.

We appreciate all of you very much and all the students do too! They earned extra recess for meeting our school goal. In addition, students in the first classes in each grade level to reach 100% membership also earned a School Store shopping spree. The following classes won this prize:

  • Roberts
  • Ludwig
  • Flynn
  • Kelly
  • Angelo
  • Leonard
  • Hoefel
  • Godfrey
  • Russell
  • Agnew

Way to go Oakview!