December 8–14, 2022

Current School News

Current School News

December 8-14, 2022

Parent Education Corner

"'Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?' Then the man said, 'The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.' And the Lord God said to the woman, ' What is this you have done?' The woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'" (Gen. 3:11–13) . . . We've all eaten. Praise be to God for the coming of Jesus!

Oaks Family '22–'23 Bible Reading Plan & Scripture Memory

All School

Oaks Staff Christmas Party Volunteers - Sat., Dec. 10

The Oaks Board of Directors and their spouses are hosting the Staff Christmas Party on Saturday, December 10 and are seeking volunteers to help bless the staff at this annual event. Please sign-up on the Staff Christmas Party Volunteer Sign-up if you are interested in helping.

Christmas Concert at The Fox - Tues., Dec. 13 [6:45pm]
*All students are required to participate in both the day's rehearsal and the evening's concert.

*REHEARSAL DETAILS - Please Read Carefully & Respond Accordingly

During the school day on Tuesday, December 13, the entire student body will be rehearsing at The Fox Theater for that evening's concert. Below is pertinent information for the day's rehearsal. Please read this information carefully and respond accordingly.

ATTIRE: Students are to be in uniform, formal uniform is not required for the rehearsal.

WHAT TO BRING: Students should bring the following items and nothing extra (no backpacks, textbooks, lunch boxes, etc.)

  • Brown Bag Lunch - Please make this completely disposable (paper bag, disposable drink, etc.) as any remaining items must be discarded afterwards. This will be a picnic style lunch with everyone seated on the floor, so please pack accordingly.
  • Car Seat - If your child requires a car seat and will be riding home with someone other than the person who dropped them off, please leave a clearly labeled car seat with your child at drop-off.
  • Instruments - Students who are playing an instrument in the concert will need to bring their instrument with them to rehearsal and leave it at The Fox until the evening's performance. Instruments should be clearly labeled.
  • School Supplies - Secondary students will receive instructions from their teachers on what study items to bring. Grammar students' materials will be provided for them by their teachers. Please do not bring backpacks, etc.

DROP-OFF:
8:30am - Grammar students only carpools
8:45am - Secondary students only & grammar/secondary mixed carpools
All students will enter through Door C (see attachment). Parents may pull up to the curb along 1st Ave. or into the west parking lot to drop off your child. Oaks staff will escort students into the theater.

PICK-UP:
12:15–12:30pm - Kindergarten - exit SE doors, Door B (see attachment)
2:30–2:45pm - 1–12th grades
Grammar only carpools - exit SE doors, Door B (see attachment)
Grammar/Secondary mixed carpools - exit NE doors, Door A (see attachment)
Secondary only carpools - exit SW doors, Door C (see attachment)

Each student will check out with an Oaks staff member and exit at the predetermined door. It is extremely important that this process is organized so that every student is accounted for. The information you provided on the transportation form determines where your child will be picked up at the end of the rehearsal.

Please note that student drivers must bring money to park in a nearby public lot (no metered parking permitted). The theater's west parking lot is NOT available for student parking.

*CONCERT INFORMATION
Christmas Concert Flyer

After a three year hiatus, The Oaks is excited to be able to host our annual Christmas concert at The Fox Theater once again! Friends and family are invited to this once a year free gift to the greater Spokane area on Tuesday, December 13. 

6:00pm - Doors open - Theatre Seating Chart
* Main level – Seating is first come, first served.
* Upper level – If you completed the Reserved Seating form, you will receive an email confirmation with the location of your reserved seats. There will also be plenty of open seats available on a first come, first served basis.

6:45pm - Pre-Concert begins
* Please find your seats quietly during this time. 

7:00pm - Concert begins
* Photography and videography are NOT permitted during the program. Arrangements have been made with The Fox
Theater and professional photographer(s). These photographs and videos will be made available to families afterwards. Please refrain from taking photos or videos during the concert.

*STUDENT DETAILS (for concert)

WHAT TO BRING: Students should not bring anything with them to the concert. Parents, please keep your child's outerwear with you.

ARRIVAL:
6:15pm - 6–12th grade - designated seating in balcony (upstairs)
6:30pm - 4–5th grade - designated seating in orchestra section (main floor)
6:30pm - K–3rd grade - designated lounge in upper mezzanine (Mezzanine/Lobby map)
*Faculty members will be available in the lobby to help direct students to their designated locations.

DEPARTURE:
K–5th grade - dismissed to parents from their seats in theatre
6–12th grade - dismissed to meet parents in lobby

ATTIRE: Students are to be in formal uniform.

UNIFORM REMINDERS: In preparation for the upcoming Christmas concert please evaluate your child's formal uniform to help ensure that all students will be ready for this beautiful program. Below are a few items to pay special attention to, for specific details please see the referenced page in the Uniform Policy. - Formal Uniform Chart (pg. 5)

  • Vests - embroidered with Oaks logo (pg. 3)
    *New un-embroidered vests may be quickly exchanged in the office for new embroidered vests of the same size.
  • Jewelry - petite in nature & compliment the uniform (pg. 3)
  • Belts - gentlemen must wear a belt (pg. 3)
  • Tights/Socks - ladies must wear footed tights or knee-highs; white for K–5th & black (or dark navy) for 6–12th (pg. 5)
  • Shoes - solid dark brown or black, dark-soled, leather or leather looking dress shoes; ladies - 1" or less heel, no boots or booties. (pg. 5)
  • Accessories - ladies may wear small hair accessories that match uniform colors, no Christmas hair accessories
  • Ties - gentlemen must wear the required white plaid tie or (7–12th) bow tie, no Christmas ties

Students arriving out of uniform for the evening's concert will be required to make the necessary adjustments prior to the program's start.

*Late start - Wed., Dec. 14 [9:30am]

There will be a late start to the school day following the concert on Wednesday, December 14th. Classes will begin at 9:30am on this day.

The Gathering Place Closed - Wed., Dec. 14

With the late start, The Oaks Coffee Bar will not be open Wednesday, December 14. The Oaks baristas look forward to serving you in the new year!

Regular Uniform Day (formal not required) - Fri., Dec. 16

Friday, December 16, just prior to the Christmas Break will be a regular uniform day. Formal uniforms will not be required this day.

Christmas Cantabile - Fri., Dec. 16 [2:45–3:15pm]

Please plan to join us for a special half-hour Christmas Cantabile on Friday, December 16 at 2:45pm.

Basketball Season & Upcoming Family Nights
*Family Night - Fri., Dec. 16

Come cheer on The Oaks high school basketball teams this season. There are several Family Nights planned for our Oaks community and the teams would love your support at any (or all) of the games. 

Grab a friend and sign up for a shift at a Family Night! It's a great way to serve the community and your help is always appreciated. All volunteers get a free meal and admission to the game.

Family Night Volunteer Sign-up

Upcoming Home Games (Family Nights denoted):

  • Dec. 16 – Oaks vs PCS (Family Night - pulled pork sandwiches)
  • Dec. 29 – Oaks vs Flathead Valley *Game times begin at 2:30pm
  • Dec. 30 – Oaks vs Stillwater *Game times begin at 2:30pm
  • Jan. 6 – Oaks vs NICS (Family Night - hamburgers)
  • Jan. 13 – Oaks vs CHS & CCP
  • Jan. 20 – Oaks vs SCCS (Family Night - brats & burgers)
  • Jan. 23 – Oaks vs PCA & KCA
  • Jan. 27 – Oaks vs KTSI (Senior Night)
  • Jan. 30 - Oaks vs CCA *varsity only at 3:45pm

GAME TIMES:
4pm – JV Gentlemen; 5:30pm – Ladies;
7pm – Varsity Gentlemen
FAMILY NIGHT DETAILS:
Dinner is served from 5–7pm
$6 per person/$24 family max. includes dinner & admission

For the complete schedule please reference the Basketball page.

Wear your Oaks gear and get ready to cheer! Let's fill the gym with Oaks fans and root on our teams. GO OAKS!!!

Christmas Break - Dec. 19–Jan. 2

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

Friday Pizza Lunch – Place your January Order Now!
* All January orders must be placed by 3pm Wed., Jan. 4.

The January Pizza Lunch Order form is now open on Jupiter. All orders must be submitted by 3pm the Wednesday prior to the 1st Friday of the month. The form will be locked after this time. We will notify you, on this news page, when each month's form is posted. Please note that pizza purchased the day of will be $2 per slice on a first come, first served basis after all pre-orders have been fulfilled.

Parking Lot Reminders

Please help us to be faithful to our parking agreement with Valley Fourth Church. The parking lot map shows a detailed view of where to park and/or drop-off your child between the house of 7:00am and 4:00pm. We ask that you share this with anyone driving students to and from school.

School Photos Are In; Check Your Child's Backpack

The individual school photos have been delivered and are being sent home with your child, so please be sure to check those backpacks for these special memories.

Snow Day Schoolwork Expectations

When school is cancelled for a snow day, or other weather related reason, students are expected to continue working in preparation for any upcoming tests or assignments. Test schedules and assignment due dates remain the same after school closures. Students should therefore plan to return fully prepared.

Weekend & Holiday Breaks Homework Note

As a policy, homework is not assigned over weekends or holiday breaks. Therefore, homework will not be assigned over the two-week Christmas celebration. However, it is highly encouraged that families take advantage of this time to focus on work that your child may have fallen behind on or could just use some extra preparations for. Using the extra study time in this way can be a benefit and a blessing to your child upon their return and for the entire school year.

2022-23 Yearbook Photos Wanted!
*Upload your photos from the year so far.

Calling all photographers! The yearbook committee is seeking photos for The Oaks' 2022-23 yearbook. There are several ways to submit your photos:

  • Email – send your pictures directly to the yearbook photo album at 2022-23yearbook@yogile.com
  • Upload – in your Jupiter parent portal go to Materials, select School Office, and click the link for Yearbook Photos. This will take you to a direct link where you can upload your photos.
  • Flash Drive – bring your pictures into the school office on a flash drive & we'll upload them for you.

Lots of photos are needed to make an outstanding yearbook, so your help in acquiring a large selection is greatly appreciated! 

First Quarter Report Cards
Proverbs for Parents

The 1st quarter report cards are posted on Jupiter. To view your child's report card, log into your Jupiter parent portal and select Report Card from the menu. Please contact Oaks Registrar, Anya Schnell, if you have any Jupiter questions. 

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 27

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th Grades)
  • Senior Night

Jan. 28

  • Rhetoric School Winter Ball [5–9pm]

Jan. 31

  • Kindergarten Priority Applications for Current Families Due

Feb. 1

  • Kindergarten Open Applications Begin

Feb. 1–3

  • Logic & Rhetoric Schools - Semester Tests

Feb. 3

  • End of 2nd Quarter
  • Half-day [8:30am–12:45pm]
  • Cantabile [12:30–12:45pm]

Feb. 3–4

  • MCL JV Boys Basketball Tournament

Feb. 6–8

  • Spring Musical Auditions (new date)

Feb. 6–9

  • ERB Testing (3rd–10th Grades)

Feb. 9–11

  • MCL Varsity Basketball Tournament

Feb. 10

  • 2nd Quarter Report Cards Posted
  • 1st–12th Grade Priority Applications for Current Families Due

Feb. 13

  • Spring Musical Rehearsals Begin

Feb. 17

  • Picture Re-takes, Class Photos, & All-School Photo
  • AM Activity Day (All School Photo)

Feb. 20-24

  • Mid-Winter Break (No School)

Feb. 28

  • Open House [9–11am]

Mar. 1

  • 1st–12th Grade Open Applications Begin

Grammar School

Parents, please be sure to read your child's class newsletter which is sent home in backpacks weekly for class specific news items.

Lunch at The Fox

Be prepared to enjoy lunch "picnic" style at The Fox. This means easy-to-eat food that can be enjoyed while standing or sitting on the floor. All food packaging and water bottles must be completely disposable and clearly labeled with your child's name and teacher.

Snow Days

Upon returning from snow days students should be prepared to continue the assignment and test schedule published each week in the classroom newsletter. For example, if school is cancelled on Tuesday and a spelling test is scheduled for Wednesday, students should be prepared to return to school ready to take the scheduled spelling test. Snow days are great, unexpected days for creative play, time with family, reading good books, and a little extra time to review school work!

Report Cards

Thank you for reviewing your child's report card on Jupiter. The teachers are proud of the diligent and joyful work that the students displayed during the first quarter. Report card comments will be included on the 2nd and 4th quarter report cards. 

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Upcoming Activity Schedule Days

The Logic & Rhetoric school will be following an activity schedule (see the posted schedules) on the following dates. Students will follow the modified schedule throughout these days with the activity being denoted in the list below.

Fri., Dec. 9 – PM Activity Schedule - Music Rehearsals
Mon., Dec. 12 – AM Activity Schedule - Music Rehearsals
Wed., Dec. 14 – AM Activity Schedule - Late Start
Fri., Dec. 16 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
*Dance practice begins at 6th period & continues until 2:45pm when the extended Christmas Cantabile begins.
Fri., Jan. 6 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 13 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 20 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 27 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)

Winter Ball Gown Closet - Thur., Dec. 15
*Donations accepted Dec. 5–14

Yes! It's true! The Oaks Protocol team is hosting a winter ball gown event that offers FREE BALL GOWNS to Oaks Rhetoric School ladies who are looking for a lovely dress for the upcoming Winter Ball.

Here's how it works... Beginning December 5th, families who would like to donate a modest formal gown (floor length only for the winter ball) may do so by bringing it to the clothing rack inside the girls locker room. The gown you donate will be freely offered to any young lady in grades 10–12 on Thursday, December 15 during the lunch period or directly after school. If the gown fits, it's hers to keep (or donate back next time)!

We hope this is a blessing to the giver and receiver alike. Please contact Mrs. Woodroof if you have any questions.

Protocol Event: Rhetoric School Winter Ball (10–12th Grades)
An Evening of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty -
Sat., Jan., 28
* Payment Due Fri., Dec. 9 

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2022 from 5–9pm
WHERE: Spokane Club
WHAT: An evening of truth, goodness, and beauty to include a formal dinner and ballroom dancing
ATTIRE:
Formal attire (also known as black tie attire) is more formal than business attire and slightly less formal than white tie. It is the most common formal dress code for events such as weddings, balls, formal dinners, and theatre.

When choosing your attire for this event please be mindful of both modesty and preferring others. This event is designed to be a blessing for all in attendance. Thinking of others when making your clothing selections helps to ensure a beautiful evening.

  • Ladies - formal, floor length evening gown or ball gown skirt (full coverage, wide strapped; nothing revealing, strapless, or with high slits); simple, non-dangly jewelry; dress shoes; dress wrap or jacket - Ladies' Protocol Attire Ideas
  • Gentlemen - suit in a dark color, white shirt, and traditional bow tie or tuxedo (dark vest with suit jacket, pocket squares, cufflinks, and shirt studs are all acceptable); dark dress socks and dress shoes; no gloves or hat. - Gentlemen's Protocol Attire Ideas

COST: $125 per person.. Payment due by Friday, December 9 (cash or check in the office or credit card via Jupiter)
PREPARATION: Etiquette review and training with Mr. & Mrs. Trotter will take place during the school day for all 10th through 12th grade students.

PSAT Score Reports Available

Parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: If your child took the PSAT in October, the test scores are ready and were passed out to students, along with their test booklets. These resources are helpful if your child chooses to create a personalized SAT study plan based on the questions they missed on the PSAT. The PSAT is meant to be a predictor of SAT success. The College Board's, Understanding Scores provides Information on how to understand the Score Report. Please contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson for further questions.

Lands' End School Starboard Scholarship, due Jan. 19

Students in 8–12th grades who display excellent leadership skills are invited to compete for one of 24 scholarships worth $5,000. The deadline is Jan. 19, 2023. For details check out Lands' End website.

DECEMBER SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION

Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of the death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
- Luke 1:68-79

Grammar School

Parents, please be sure to read your child's class newsletter which is sent home in backpacks weekly for class specific news items.

Lunch at The Fox

Be prepared to enjoy lunch "picnic" style at The Fox. This means easy-to-eat food that can be enjoyed while standing or sitting on the floor. All food packaging and water bottles must be completely disposable and clearly labeled with your child's name and teacher.

Snow Days

Upon returning from snow days students should be prepared to continue the assignment and test schedule published each week in the classroom newsletter. For example, if school is cancelled on Tuesday and a spelling test is scheduled for Wednesday, students should be prepared to return to school ready to take the scheduled spelling test. Snow days are great, unexpected days for creative play, time with family, reading good books, and a little extra time to review school work!

Report Cards

Thank you for reviewing your child's report card on Jupiter. The teachers are proud of the diligent and joyful work that the students displayed during the first quarter. Report card comments will be included on the 2nd and 4th quarter report cards. 

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Upcoming Activity Schedule Days

The Logic & Rhetoric school will be following an activity schedule (see the posted schedules) on the following dates. Students will follow the modified schedule throughout these days with the activity being denoted in the list below.

Fri., Dec. 9 – PM Activity Schedule - Music Rehearsals
Mon., Dec. 12 – AM Activity Schedule - Music Rehearsals
Wed., Dec. 14 – AM Activity Schedule - Late Start
Fri., Dec. 16 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
*Dance practice begins at 6th period & continues until 2:45pm when the extended Christmas Cantabile begins.
Fri., Jan. 6 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 13 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 20 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 27 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)

Winter Ball Gown Closet - Thur., Dec. 15
*Donations accepted Dec. 5–14

Yes! It's true! The Oaks Protocol team is hosting a winter ball gown event that offers FREE BALL GOWNS to Oaks Rhetoric School ladies who are looking for a lovely dress for the upcoming Winter Ball.

Here's how it works... Beginning December 5th, families who would like to donate a modest formal gown (floor length only for the winter ball) may do so by bringing it to the clothing rack inside the girls locker room. The gown you donate will be freely offered to any young lady in grades 10–12 on Thursday, December 15 during the lunch period or directly after school. If the gown fits, it's hers to keep (or donate back next time)!

We hope this is a blessing to the giver and receiver alike. Please contact Mrs. Woodroof if you have any questions.

Protocol Event: Rhetoric School Winter Ball (10–12th Grades)
An Evening of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty -
Sat., Jan., 28
* Payment Due Fri., Dec. 9 

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2022 from 5–9pm
WHERE: Spokane Club
WHAT: An evening of truth, goodness, and beauty to include a formal dinner and ballroom dancing
ATTIRE:
Formal attire (also known as black tie attire) is more formal than business attire and slightly less formal than white tie. It is the most common formal dress code for events such as weddings, balls, formal dinners, and theatre.

When choosing your attire for this event please be mindful of both modesty and preferring others. This event is designed to be a blessing for all in attendance. Thinking of others when making your clothing selections helps to ensure a beautiful evening.

  • Ladies - formal, floor length evening gown or ball gown skirt (full coverage, wide strapped; nothing revealing, strapless, or with high slits); simple, non-dangly jewelry; dress shoes; dress wrap or jacket - Ladies' Protocol Attire Ideas
  • Gentlemen - suit in a dark color, white shirt, and traditional bow tie or tuxedo (dark vest with suit jacket, pocket squares, cufflinks, and shirt studs are all acceptable); dark dress socks and dress shoes; no gloves or hat. - Gentlemen's Protocol Attire Ideas

COST: $125 per person.. Payment due by Friday, December 9 (cash or check in the office or credit card via Jupiter)
PREPARATION: Etiquette review and training with Mr. & Mrs. Trotter will take place during the school day for all 10th through 12th grade students.

PSAT Score Reports Available

Parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: If your child took the PSAT in October, the test scores are ready and were passed out to students, along with their test booklets. These resources are helpful if your child chooses to create a personalized SAT study plan based on the questions they missed on the PSAT. The PSAT is meant to be a predictor of SAT success. The College Board's, Understanding Scores provides Information on how to understand the Score Report. Please contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson for further questions.

Lands' End School Starboard Scholarship, due Jan. 19

Students in 8–12th grades who display excellent leadership skills are invited to compete for one of 24 scholarships worth $5,000. The deadline is Jan. 19, 2023. For details check out Lands' End website.

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 27

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th Grades)
  • Senior Night

Jan. 28

  • Rhetoric School Winter Ball [5–9pm]

Jan. 31

  • Kindergarten Priority Applications for Current Families Due

Feb. 1

  • Kindergarten Open Applications Begin

Feb. 1–3

  • Logic & Rhetoric Schools - Semester Tests

Feb. 3

  • End of 2nd Quarter
  • Half-day [8:30am–12:45pm]
  • Cantabile [12:30–12:45pm]

Feb. 3–4

  • MCL JV Boys Basketball Tournament

Feb. 6–8

  • Spring Musical Auditions (new date)

Feb. 6–9

  • ERB Testing (3rd–10th Grades)

Feb. 9–11

  • MCL Varsity Basketball Tournament

Feb. 10

  • 2nd Quarter Report Cards Posted
  • 1st–12th Grade Priority Applications for Current Families Due

Feb. 13

  • Spring Musical Rehearsals Begin

Feb. 17

  • Picture Re-takes, Class Photos, & All-School Photo
  • AM Activity Day (All School Photo)

Feb. 20-24

  • Mid-Winter Break (No School)

Feb. 28

  • Open House [9–11am]

Mar. 1

  • 1st–12th Grade Open Applications Begin