Staying Informed At West Oakview

Staying Informed Online

Phone: (616) 361-3470

Fax: (616) 361-3492

IMPORTANT INFO for Parents/Guardians

West Oakview Elementary School has a number of resources – many online – to keep you informed.

Keep Your Information Current: All parents/guardians are required to complete and sign an updated registration form for their student(s) at the beginning of every school year. It is important that we have current contact information for you at all times – phones, email and address. Note: if you move, proof of residency of the new address is mandatory; please contact the office.

ParentVue: ParentVue is the parent/guardian communication portal to attendance and registration information; we strongly encourage parents/guardians to use this tool. Otherwise, to request an activation code, please contact the school office and provide your name and your student(s) name(s). Please allow up to 48 business hours to receive your activation code. (Note: students receive their own StudentVue accounts). New accounts are most reliably set up from a computer; some cell phones are not compatible for the set-up process.

Parent/Guardian Communication: Parents/Guardians who provide an email address will automatically receive a weekly email (West Weekly sent out on Fridays) providing information about current and upcoming events, fundraisers, etc. Teachers also send out classroom emails.

School Website: http://nvps.net/west-oakview/ Our website has a variety of helpful links including all the items on this page, a school calendar, and staff directory, just to name a few.

Grades/Progress Reports: 1st semester report cards will be sent home in January; year-end report cards will be sent home on the last day of school. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher directly. Email addresses are located in the Staff Directory http://nvps.net/west-oakview/staff-directory-west/ link on our website and in the Student Handbook.

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Meal Accounts: Deposits may be brought in to the school or paid online for a small fee (go to the Northview District website, then to “Food Services” and then to “Pay for Meals Online” or go to sendmoneytoschool.com). You will need your student’s school ID number to make a deposit. Students who run a negative balance in their account will be given a sack lunch. The ‘Free/Reduced Meal’ application (one per family) is available at lunchapp.com. NV’s Food Services Director (616.363.4857) is available to answer any questions and provide assistance on this program.

Medications: Medication forms are available in the Main Office for both over-the-counter and prescription medications. They are also available on our website at: http://nvps.net/forms/.
All prescription medications require physician signature on our medication form.
All medications must be in their original container.
Parents/guardians must personally bring in medications to the Main Office.
All medications are stored/locked and dispensed through the Main Office; students are not to carry medicine on their persons (arrangements can be made through the school nurse if a student needs to carry an inhaler). No medication can be dispensed to a student unless it has been sent in from home and a properly completed and signed medication form is on file at school.

Important Info For NEW PARENTS

Welcome to West Oakview Elementary! We are happy to have you join our community. We are an early childhood – 4th grade building and typically have about 350 students and 60 staff in the building. You will receive ongoing, important information via our weekly school/classroom emails and Friday Folders.

Phone Numbers and Website – Office phone number is (616) 361-3470; fax number is (616) 361-3492. Our website address is http://nvps.net/west-oakview/.

School Hours – The start of school day bell rings at 8:14 am and dismissal at 3:16 pm (on ½ days, dismissal time is 11:30 am). Building opens at 7:50 am for breakfast only, and students are not allowed to remain in the building after school unless they are participating in a scheduled activity. The office is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on regular school days.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up
Drop Off – Morning supervision begins at 7:50 am. You may begin dropping off students at 7:50 am in front of the building and they may either go into breakfast or their playground. Pick Up – Pick up begins at 3:16 pm. Please stay in the pick up line and your child will be released to your car as you pull to the front of the building.
***Please do not park along the curb and get out of your car. If you must leave your car please park in designated spaces for the safety of all students.

Bus Garage phone number is (616) 361-3480. If you want your student to ride a bus home, other than one he/she is scheduled to ride, YOU must call the bus garage directly and make arrangements no later than 10 am.

Absences must be called in to the office, daily, unless prior arrangements have been made. The main office number is (616) 361-3470; an answering machine is available to take your message during non-business hours. Provide your name, your student’s name and grade, and the reason for the absence. If your student is out ill, please state the type of illness (for public health reporting requirements). Absences must be excused within 24 hrs.; otherwise the absence will be unexcused.

Tardy Arrivals a parent/guardian must call or sign in the student; otherwise it will go as unexcused.

Volunteering at school is always welcome. A volunteer consent must be completed and processed each year, prior to helping out. Go to Northview’s Home page, nvps.net then select the top tab “Get Involved,” scroll down to “Volunteer in Our Schools” and select this option. Finally, click on red link “Volunteer Consent Form,” complete and submit. The Northview Mentor Program is always in need of responsible adults to partner and work with students in grades 5-12 for 15 minutes a week. Information on this program is also available under NV’s “Get Involved” tab.

Meal Accounts: Deposits may be brought in to the school or paid online for a small fee (go to the Northview District website, then to “Food Services” and then to “Pay for Meals Online” or go to sendmoneytoschool.com). You will need your student’s school ID number to make a deposit. Students who run a negative balance in their account will be given a sandwich for lunch. The ‘Free/Reduced Meal’ application (one per family) is available at lunchapp.com. Jan Jager, NV Food Services Director (616.363.4857) is available to answer any questions and provide assistance on this program.

Medications: Medication forms are available in the Office and online. All prescription medications require physician signature on our medication form. All medications must be in their original container. Parents/guardians must personally bring in medications to the office; appointments to do so are strongly encouraged to avoid wait times. All medications are stored/locked and dispensed through the Office; students are not to carry medicine on their persons (arrangements can be made through the office or school nurse if a student needs to carry an inhaler or epi pen). No medication can be dispensed to a student unless it has been sent in from home and a properly completed and signed medication form is on file at school.

Rev 6/12/15