January 12-18, 2023

Current School News

Current School News

January 12-18, 2023

Parent Education Corner

"Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.' After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route" (Matthew 2:7–12).

About this passage, St. Augustine writes, "Let us proclaim Him in this land, in this region of our flesh, by not going back the way we came, nor seeking to follow in the footsteps of our former manner of life. That, after all, is the meaning of those Magi not going back the way they came. Change of way means change of life." How should we consider this in our lives? How might Epiphany spark a season of change in our family culture?

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

All School

Basketball Season & Upcoming Family Nights
*Next Game - Fri., Jan. 13; Last Family Night of the Season - Fri., Jan. 20

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):

  • Jan. 13 – Oaks vs CHS & CCP *game times are 4, 5:30, & 7pm
  • Jan. 20 – Oaks vs SCCS (Family Night - brats & burgers)
  • Jan. 23 – Oaks vs PCA & KCA 
  • Jan. 27 – Oaks vs KTSI (Senior Night) *game times are 4, 5:30 & 7pm

GAME TIMES:
4pm –JV Ladies; 5pm – JV Gentlemen;
6pm –  Varsity Ladies;
7:30pm – 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!!!

Upcoming Open House - Mon., Jan. 16
*RSVP online

Open House Flyer

The first open house of the season is just around the corner on Monday, January 16. Feel free to invite friends and family who are interested in The Oaks to this event. To RSVP please use the Open House RSVP Form or call the school office at 509-536-5955 for more information.

Fiddler on the Roof - Spring Musical
* Auditions - Jan. 17–20

The Oaks' Theatre is excited to present their Spring Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, May 25–27. Auditions for this performance begin January 17. To audition, print and complete the Fiddler on the Roof audition packet and sign-up on the Audition Board in the MP foyer. Please visit MIT's Fiddler on the Roof Jr.'s page and scroll down to select "Audition Central" for a breakdown of each character's score (music).

Audition Dates & Times:

Tues., Jan 17 - Grammar (sing, act, dance)
3:15–5:00pm - Grades 2–6 (MP11)

Wed., Jan. 18 - Logic & Rhetoric (sing, act)
3:15–4:00pm - Ladies, grades 7–12 (MP11)
4:00–5:00pm - Gentlemen, grades 7–12 (MP11)

Thurs., Jan. 19 - Logic & Rhetoric (dance)
3:15–5:00pm - Ladies & Gentlemen, grades 7–12 (Gym)

Fri., Jan. 20 - Call Backs (if necessary)
3:15–5:00pm

Lost & Found  – Thurs., Jan. 19
*Please label everything - gloves, hats, coats, uniform pieces and more! We want to reunite you with your missing items.

Lost & found items will be set out in the MP foyer on Thursday, January 19. Please stop by to see if anything belongs to your family. All unclaimed items, except uniforms, will be donated at the end of the day. Thank you to all who come by the office to find missing belongings prior to them being placed out. We appreciate your help in keeping the lost & found pile low. Please be sure to label all of your items. We want to return your items to you and labels are a great help in this endeavor.

Family Zoom Meeting: 2023-24 Tuition & School Info. - Tues., Jan. 24 [7pm]

Plan to join The Oaks' Head of School, Charlie Dowers, for a family zoom meeting Tuesday, January 24th at 7pm as he discusses tuition and school information for the 2023-24 school year. The Zoom link will be sent to school families via Jupiter.

Kindergarten Priority Applications Open through Jan. 31

Kindergarten priority registration for current school families opened Monday, January 2 and will remain open through Tuesday, January 31. To enroll your kindergartner for the 2023-24 school year please complete the Kindergarten Priority Application, available under Forms in Jupiter. Further information regarding 2023-24 enrollment for current families will be sent later this month.

Friday Pizza Lunch – Place your February Order Now!
* All February orders must be placed by 3pm Wed., Feb. 8.

The February Pizza Lunch Order form is now open on Jupiter. All orders must be submitted by 3pm the Wednesday prior to the 1st Friday Pizza Lunch of the month. The form will be locked after this time. Please call the office prior to the due date if you have questions or need to make modifications to your order. 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.

The Oaks 2023 Talent Show - Fri., March 24 [6:30pm]

The annual talent show is right around the corner, so now is the time to be gathering your classmates and preparing to audition for this year's evening event. All students should sign up, when available, by Friday, March 3. During the week of March 6th, auditions will happen in music classes for grades 2–5 and before/after school for grades 6–12. The talent show will be held the evening of Friday, March 24th at 6:30pm on The Oaks campus. We look forward to celebrating the gracious gifts and talents which the Lord has given!

2021-22 Yearbooks

If you ordered a 2021-22 yearbook and have not been able to claim it yet, the office has sent it home with your child. Please check your child's backpack for these memories from the last school year.

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
Spring Musical Advertisement
Lost And Found Piles

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.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Poetry Out Loud - Wed., Jan. 18 [2:05–3pm]

On Wednesday, January 18, the Logic & Rhetoric Schools will be enjoying this year's Poetry Out Loud School Competition at 2:05pm in the sanctuary. Parents are welcome to come and enjoy the presentations.

Protocol Meal Choice & Transportation Form - Due Fri., Jan. 13

All Rhetoric students (and participating parents) should complete the Protocol: Meal Selection & Transportation Plan form within Jupiter no later than Friday, January 13. This form is under the student account, therefore your child will need to complete the form under their own account. 

Meal Selections: This year's entree selections are either Char-Grilled Filet Mignon, Northwest King Salmon, or Spinach & Wild Mushroom Gnocchi. Students will also enjoy appetizers, salad, and dessert as a part of their meal.

Transportation/Parking: The Spokane Club has garage parking available for our use at this event. Due to limited parking spaces, however, the Protocol Committee would like to know each student's transportation plans for the evening to plan accordingly. Carpooling is highly encouraged to limit the number of vehicles. Parents dropping their children off may pull up alongside the front door (no parking needed). Only those who are participating in the event will be entering the venue. Students, please plan to arrive promptly as class pictures will be at the beginning of the evening.

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

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2022 from 5–9pm
* Gentlemen please arrive at 4:45pm to escort ladies
* Ladies arrive at 5pm

WHERE: Spokane Club - 1002 W Riverside Ave.

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

PREPARATION: Etiquette review and training with Mr. & Mrs. Trotter will take place during the school day for all 10th through 12th grade students.

PHOTOGRAPHY: A professional photographer has been hired to photograph this event. Photos will be made available afterwards. Parents, please plan to take any photos of your child prior to arriving at the venue. Only those who are participating in the event will be entering the venue. Students, please plan to arrive promptly as class photos will be taken beginning at 5:15pm with the 10th grade, immediately followed by the 11th and 12th grades. 

Winter Ball Gown Closet

There are still several ball gowns available for any Oaks Rhetoric School ladies who are looking for a lovely dress for the upcoming Winter Ball. These gowns are free for the taking and available on the clothing racks in the ladies' locker room. 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. Teri Woodroof if you have any 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.

Junior High Basketball Registration Now Open
*Due Wed., Feb. 8 (payments due March 1)

If your child is planning to participate in basketball (7–8th grades), be sure to register today. Log in to your Jupiter parent portal and select the basketball registration form under Forms. Registrations are due by Wednesday, February 8 with payments due by Wednesday, March 1.

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., Jan. 13 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) Extra Class Time (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 20 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) Extra Class Time (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 27 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) Extra Class Time (7–9th grades)

JANUARY SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION

And God spoke all these words, saying:
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
"You shall have no other gods before Me.
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
"You shall not murder.
"You shall not commit adultery.
"You shall not steal.
"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."
- Exodus 20:1–17

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.

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., Jan. 6 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) Extra Class Time (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 13 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) Extra Class Time (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 20 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) Extra Class Time (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 27 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) Extra Class Time (7–9th grades)

Winter Ball Gown Closet

There are still several ball gowns available for any Oaks Rhetoric School ladies who are looking for a lovely dress for the upcoming Winter Ball. These gowns are free for the taking and available on the clothing racks in the ladies' locker room. 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. Teri Woodroof if you have any questions.

Protocol Meal Choice & Transportation Form - Due Fri., Jan. 13

All Rhetoric students (and participating parents) should complete the "Protocol: Meal Selection & Transportation Plan" form within Jupiter no later than Friday, January 13. This form is under the student account, therefore your child will need to complete the form under their own account. 

Meal Selections: This year's entree selections are either Char-Grilled Filet Mignon, Northwest King Salmon, or Spinach & Wild Mushroom Gnocchi. Students will also enjoy appetizers, salad, and dessert as a part of their meal.

Transportation/Parking: The Spokane Club has garage parking available for our use at this event. Due to limited parking spaces, however, the Protocol Committee would like to know each student's transportation plans for the evening to plan accordingly. Carpooling is highly encouraged to limit the number of vehicles. Parents dropping their children off may pull up alongside the front door (no parking needed).

Poetry Out Loud - Wed., Jan. 18 [2:05–3pm]

On Wednesday, January 18, The Logic & Rhetoric Schools will be enjoying this year's Poetry Out Loud School Competition at 2:05pm in the sanctuary. Parents are welcome to come and enjoy the presentations.

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.

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

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2022 from 5–9pm
* Gentlemen please arrive at 4:45pm to escort ladies
* Ladies arrive at 5pm

WHERE: Spokane Club - 1002 W Riverside Ave.

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

PREPARATION: Etiquette review and training with Mr. & Mrs. Trotter will take place during the school day for all 10th through 12th grade students.

PHOTOGRAPHY: A professional photographer has been hired to photograph this event. Photos will be made available afterwards. Parents, please plan to take any photos of your child prior to arriving at the venue. Only those who are participating in the event will be entering the venue. Students, please plan to arrive promptly as class photos will be taken beginning at 5:15pm with the 10th grade, immediately followed by the 11th and 12th grades. 

Junior High Basketball Registration Now Open
*Due Wed., Feb. 8 (payments due March 1)

If your child is planning to participate in basketball (7–8th grades), be sure to register by today. Log in to your Jupiter parent portal and select the basketball registration form under Forms. Registrations are due by Wednesday, February 8 with payments due by Wednesday, March 1.

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.

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