January 19-25, 2023

Current School News

Current School News

January 19-25, 2023

Parent Education Corner

"On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine' ... When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, 'Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!' This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him." (John 2:6–11).

If Jesus was made known to his disciples "in the breaking of bread" (Luke 23:35), then it's not surprising that this scene is one of the three great epiphany scenes in Scripture. In the ancient and medieval world, "wine" was a symbol of life. In this scene, Jesus is revealed in turning water into wine. In this miracle, Christ not merely saves the wedding but also proves that He is Lord of the feast, the one who brings true Life. How are we bringing true Life to our families this season? What are the festive ways in which we are revealing Christ to our kids?

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

All School

Basketball Season & Upcoming Family Nights
*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. 

Would you consider serving a shift at the final Family Night of the high school basketball season? Even if you don't have an athlete on the court, it's a blessing to the community to have you on the crew! All volunteers get a free meal and admission to the game.

Family Night Volunteer Sign-up

*Senior Night - Fri., Jan. 27

Friday, January 27 is Senior Night at The Oaks! This is a wonderful time to gather as an Oaks family and honor our senior athletes. Malia Clancy is the sole senior for the ladies' team, while Cooper Christensen, Kaden Harken, Seth Jarvis, Gabe Krentel, Sam Shubin, and and Sam Strickler are the seniors for the gentlemen's team. These are poignant, memorable celebrations for our entire community and it is a huge blessing to our seniors as we pack the stands. See you at the game!

Upcoming Home Games (Family Nights denoted):

  • 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!!!

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.

Fiddler on the Roof - Spring Musical
* Auditions - Jan. 24–26 (new date)

The Oaks' Theatre is excited to present their Spring Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, May 25–27. Auditions for this performance begin January 24. 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 24 - Grammar (sing, act, dance)
3:15–5:00pm - Grades 2–6 (MP11)

Wed., Jan. 25 - Logic & Rhetoric (sing, act)
3:15–4:00pm - Ladies, grades 7–12 (MP11)
4:00–5:00pm - Gentlemen, grades 7–12 (MP11)

Thurs., Jan. 26 - Logic & Rhetoric (dance)
3:15–5:00pm - Ladies & Gentlemen, grades 7–12 (Gym)

Fri., Jan. 27 - Call Backs (if necessary)
3:15–5:00pm

The Gathering Place Open! - Wed., Jan. 25 [7:30–8:20 am]
* January Special - Dollar Donuts

The Oaks Coffee Bar, The Gathering Place, is open for business again Wednesday. All are welcome to partake in this wonderful Wednesday morning delight! Stop by the MP foyer to enjoy hot or iced coffee, tasty breakfast treats, and enjoyable company. For the month of January they will be offering $1 donuts as this month's special. All of The Gathering Place proceeds assist Oaks families in need (scholarships for special events, field trips, etc.).

*Please note, the coffee bar will be closing at 8:20am so that all students may get to class on time, but adults are welcome to stay and visit further.

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.

Monthly Jupiter Invoices Beginning in February

Beginning in February, any family with a current balance owing in Jupiter will receive an invoice on the 1st of each month. At this time, those who have children enrolled in both grammar & secondary will receive two invoices. We have contacted Jupiter to fix this, but in the meantime please know that the second invoice is a duplicate of the first. Providing you with this monthly invoice is intended to be a blessing and provide an additional level of service. Please contact Mrs. Michelle Lily, Oaks Bookkeeper, if you have questions regarding your invoice. Mrs. Anya Schnell is available for questions regarding Jupiter.

Last Day of Semester - Fri., Feb. 3
* 12:30pm Cantabile – 12:45pm Early Dismissal 

Friday, February 3 is the last day of the 1st semester of school. As such, all students will be dismissed at 12:45pm, following a 12:30 Cantabile. Please note, there will not be pizza hot lunch this day.

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.

Upcoming Open Houses - Tues., Feb. 28 & Mar. 21
*RSVP online

Open House Flyer

There are still two open houses upcoming for the current enrollment season on Tuesdays, February 28 and March 21. Feel free to invite friends and family who are interested in The Oaks to an open house. To RSVP please use the Open House RSVP Form or call the school office at 509-536-5955 for more information.

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!

Cantabile Etiquette

What a delight it is to see our community come together and sing as we begin and end each week as a school family. As we seek to make this a profitable time for all, parents & guests, please help reinforce the training the teachers are instilling in your children. Students have been asked to stand with their class and to not move once the singing has begun until they are dismissed. Parents, by arriving early enough to stand with your child in their class line and by pulling in closer to tighten up the circle you can help to make this a lovely time for all. As a reminder, cantabile books are available as you enter the gym. It's a joy to see so many parents participating each week and we love seeing each of you there. Thank you for your help in making this time of worship have a sweet sound as we all sing together.

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

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.

No Lunch Period - Fri., Feb. 3

With the early release on Friday, February 3, Grammar School students will not have a lunch period. Grammar students should therefore bring a hearty snack if needed.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

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. 

DROP-OFF/PICK-UP & PARKING: The Spokane Club has garage parking available for our use at this event. Those students (and participating parents) who denoted that they will be parking during the event will receive a parking pass from the Protocol Committee to use for the evening. 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.

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.

Rhetoric School Semester Testing & Early Dismissal Permission
* Permission forms due by Mon., Jan. 30 at 3:30pm

Once again this year Rhetoric students (grades 10–12) will have an altered schedule to accommodate semester tests during the last three days of the term (Wed.–Fri., Feb. 1–3). On these days, Rhetoric students may arrive at school when their assessments begin and may leave once their commitments are completed, provided that their parents have completed the Early Dismissal Permission form. While on campus, students are expected to be in uniform and in their assigned rooms for testing or study hall. The permission form is available in Jupiter and must be completed by Monday, January 30, at 3:30pm. Students will not be allowed to receive permission after this time, so please plan ahead. Please note, that all students will have a regular school day on Monday and Tuesday, January 30 and 31 and will be dismissed early on Friday, February 3 at 12:45pm, following Cantabile. The testing schedule will be posted here next week.

National ACCS Honor Choir
*February 1 audition deadline

National ACCS Honor Choir Flyer
National ACCS Honor Choir website

It's not too late to audition for the ACCS National Honor Choir in Pittsburgh, PA on June 19–23! The auditions are straightforward – students can learn their parts via online part recordings and them submit recordings of themselves singing with a background track. The February 1 deadline is just two weeks away, however, so if your child is interested, please see Mrs. Amy Kim promptly. New Saint Andrews College is offering a $500 scholarship to students selected for the 2023 ACCS National Honor Choir! This is a wonderful opportunity for those students who are considering attending NSA in the future.

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.

ACCS Blakey Prize in Fine Arts Competition
*Entry deadlines: Mar. 14 & Apr. 7

High school students (grades 9–12) from ACCS member schools are invited to compete with their peers from other ACCS member schools in a national visual arts competition. This competition has four categories, drawing, painting, apparel, and greeting cards, in which students may enter. For details please visit the ACCS Blakey Prize in Fine Arts Competition website and contact Mr. Trotter if you are interested in submitting an entry.

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. 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)
Mon., Feb. 17 – AM Activity Schedule
All School Photo

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.

No Lunch Period - Fri., Feb. 3

With the early release on Friday, February 3, Grammar School students will not have a lunch period. Grammar students should therefore bring a hearty snack if needed.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

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. 

DROP-OFF/PICK-UP & PARKING: The Spokane Club has garage parking available for our use at this event. Those students (and participating parents) who denoted that they will be parking during the event will receive a parking pass from the Protocol Committee to use for the evening. 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.

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.

Rhetoric School Semester Testing & Early Dismissal Permission
* Permission forms due by Mon., Jan. 30 at 3:30pm

Once again this year Rhetoric students (grades 10–12) will have an altered schedule to accommodate semester tests during the last three days of the term (Wed.–Fri., Feb. 1–3). On these days, Rhetoric students may arrive at school when their assessments begin and may leave once their commitments are completed, provided that their parents have completed the Early Dismissal Permission form. While on campus, students are expected to be in uniform and in their assigned rooms for testing or study hall. The permission form is available in Jupiter and must be completed by Monday, January 30, at 3:30pm. Students will not be allowed to receive permission after this time, so please plan ahead. Please note, that all students will have a regular school day on Monday and Tuesday, January 30 and 31 and will be dismissed early on Friday, February 3 at 12:45pm, following Cantabile. The testing schedule will be posted here next week.

National ACCS Honor Choir
*February 1 audition deadline

National ACCS Honor Choir Flyer
National ACCS Honor Choir website

It's not too late to audition for the ACCS National Honor Choir in Pittsburgh, PA on June 19–23! The auditions are straightforward – students can learn their parts via online part recordings and them submit recordings of themselves singing with a background track. The February 1 deadline is just two weeks away, however, so if your child is interested, please see Mrs. Amy Kim promptly. New Saint Andrews College is offering a $500 scholarship to students selected for the 2023 ACCS National Honor Choir! This is a wonderful opportunity for those students who are considering attending NSA in the future.

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.

ACCS Blakey Prize in Fine Arts Competition
*Entry deadlines: Mar. 14 & Apr. 7

High school students (grades 9–12) from ACCS member schools are invited to compete with their peers from other ACCS member schools in a national visual arts competition. This competition has four categories, drawing, painting, apparel, and greeting cards, in which students may enter. For details please visit the ACCS Blakey Prize in Fine Arts Competition website and contact Mr. Trotter if you are interested in submitting an entry.

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. 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)
Mon., Feb. 17 – AM Activity Schedule
All School Photo

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