SPring break is april 3 - april 12


Update:  Morning Bus & Drop-Off Procedure

As we work to address congestion in the hallway, please read and follow these guidelines:

Bus students and drop off students are allowed to enter the school no earlier than 7:50 a.m.  All students are asked to enter the gym where 2 staff members and 2 student safeties are on hand for daily supervision.  The students are successful with this routine, and have been very cooperative and orderly when transitioning down the hall to classrooms at 8:00.

Some parents may choose to escort their child into the school.  These parents may choose to drop their child off in the gymnasium at 7:50 a.m., and separate there.  Another option would be to wait with your child on the tiled floor at the front entrance in front of the library until shortly after 8:00.  We would recommend that you say your goodbyes and separate right there, allowing your child to join the crew of children walking from the gym to their class.

Children even as young as kindergarten benefit from the opportunity to learn self-help skills like finding their locker, taking off their own outer gear, hanging up backpacks, and getting out necessary items for class.  Learning to do these things independently creates a sense of self-confidence.  The young child thinks, “If I can do these things by myself, I can do lots of things!”  Teachers are very willing to help your child to grow and develop this independence, so let us know if we can assist with making the separation easier.  We often find that the child is ready to make this break long before the grown-ups!  It’s a little thing that can make a big difference in your child’s success, and you’ll be sending the message “I trust you to take care of yourself and be a big kid!”

Of course, our pre-school friends will always need a grown up escort to and from the classroom, so if you see parents in the hallway before and after school, they likely belong to our pre-school kids.  We encourage tag-along older brothers and sisters to follow the guidelines above by joining us in the gym before school.  Pre-school parents with big kids may find it handy to park in the back, and drop their older children off in the gym first before heading down the hall to the pre-school rooms.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in following these guidelines as we work to meet the goals of less congestion in the hallways, and building your child’s independence and self-confidence.

 Big Boy Celebrity Server 

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 Our annual Big Boy Celebrity Server night will be Wednesday, April 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Come to the St. Johns Big Boy for a family-friendly buffet and enjoy being served by members of our Oakview Staff!

Camp Invention


Camp Invention is coming to Oakview this summer! What is Camp Invention? Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing!  Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for elementary school children. Boys and girls spend time pushing the limits during high-energy games, working with teammates to construct a freestyle racing cart and taking apart electronics to assemble something one-of-a-kind. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Don’t miss out on brand new challenges.  For information, call 800.968.4332 or visit

Camp Invention will be held at Oakview August 10 - 14 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.The cost is $220. Sign up forms are available by clicking this link .

We have also been awarded a small amount of scholarship money to help offset the cost for families. You can find that application form here .

We are so excited about this program!

 Chris Cakes Pancake Dinner


Save the date! Join us for an evening of all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, served by the famous Chris Cakes of Michigan (as seen on the Food Network!). This event will be held on Friday, May 8 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Oakview cafeteria. Pre-ordered tickets are $7 per person, with children under 3 eating free. We are asking that parents select a preferred eating time to help with crowd control and ensure sufficient seating. A flyer will be going home soon. See Chris Cakes in action here!

Feelin' Good Mileage Club

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It's time to sign up for Feelin' Good Mileage Club! Sign up is done online by clicking this link.

Front Parking Lot Reminder

Parents, this is really important. Please remember that students are to be dropped off in the morning in the back of our building. The front parking lot is strictly for bus drop-offs.  We have noticed an increase in the number of students being dropped off while buses are in our lot, and this is very unsafe for everyone involved. We all know the rules on this and we all want our students to be safe.  If you are dropping your child off after 8:00 a.m. you may use the front lot.

Also, please do not park in the traffic circle. If you are walking your child into the building or need to meet with staff, please park your car in one of the spaces.

Schools of Choice - 2015/2016 School Year

The Schools of Choice form for the 2015-2016 School Year is now available. Please read this over carefully, as there have been many changes. Forms are due by May 1, 2015. They will be sent home with students before spring break, or you may print one from our website.

Spring Book Fair


Our Spring Book Fair will be held April 27 - 30 during library times. The Book Fair will also be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

March Newsletter

 Infinite Campus Parent Portal

To sign up for the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, please go to the St. Johns Public Schools website, at Click on the Quicklinks tab at the top right of the screen, and select Parent Portal from the menu. There is a link to a form to complete for portal access on the portal login screen. Click on the link to request your activation key, or to have your password reset, if you already have a portal account. Your activation key will be emailed to you, along with instructions on what to do with the key. Please allow up to 2 business days to receive your key. Click HERE for a link to the form.


Thursday, April 2 - Staff Professional Development/Students dismissed at 11:25 a.m./NO LUNCH

Friday, April 3 - Good Friday/NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10, 2015 - SPRING BREAK/NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 22 - Big Boy Celebrity Server, 5:00 - 7:00

Spring Book Fair, April 27 - 30

Tuesday, April 28 - Parent/teacher conferences, 4:00 - 7:00

Wednesday, April 29 - Parent/teacher conferences, 4:00 - 7:00

Friday, May 1 - NO SCHOOL

Friday, May 8 - Chris Cakes Pancake Dinner, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 22 - NO SCHOOL for Elementary and Middle School students ONLY

Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL

Monday, June 1 - Staff Professional Development/NO SCHOOL

Thursday, June 11 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Dismissal time TBA)

PDF Document2014-15 School Year Calendar

PDF DocumentApril 2015 Lunch Menu

Word DocumentCamp Invention Scholarship Application

PDF DocumentFire Drill Certificate #1

PDF DocumentFire Drill Certificate #2

PDF DocumentFire Drill Certificate #3 

PDF DocumentFire Drill Certificate #4

PDF DocumentFire Drill Certificate #5

PDF DocumentGuidelines for Keeping Sick Kids Home

PDF DocumentLockdown Drill Certificate #1

PDF DocumentMain Roads Only Explanation & Bus Stops/Schedule

PDF DocumentMarch is Reading Month Activity Sheet

PDF DocumentMarch Menu

PDF DocumentMarch Newsletter

PDF DocumentPerception Data - 3 YEAR TREND

PDF DocumentPerception Data 2013-14 - Staff

PDF DocumentPerception Data 2013-14 - Students

Word DocumentSchools of Choice Form 2015-2016

PDF DocumentSchool Improvement Plan 2014-15

PDF DocumentTornado Drill #1

Annual Education Report

PDF Document 2014 AER Letter

PDF Document2014 AER Report


PDF DocumentOakview South Handbook


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Contact Us


 Principal - Kathleen Jayaraman
(989) 227-4501

Secretary - Lisa Blumenthal
(989) 227-4502

Oakview South Elementary School

1400 South Clinton
St. Johns, Michigan 48879
(989) 227-4500; (989) 227-4599 (FAX)

School Office Hours: 7:30 - 4:00 Monday-Friday

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