January 5-11, 2023

Current School News

Current School News

January 5-11, 2023

Parent Education Corner

The word "epiphany" simply means a sudden revelation. At root, the word has to do with "light." In the light, the essence of a thing becomes manifest to oneself or to others. The epiphany scenes in Scripture bring greater recognition and realization of who Jesus is and what he means. Historically, the church recognizes three images in Scripture to mark the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth: the visitation of the Magi from the east (Luke 2; Matt. 2), the baptism of the Lord by John in the Jordan River (Matt. 3:13–17), and the first miracle of Christ's ministry, the wedding at Cana (John 2:1–11). Each of these scenes in the life of Jesus reveals something about his true nature and purpose.

Why does this matter? Because it has to do with our capacity for attention. We moderns often take for granted that what our eyes behold is all there is to see. Today, however, our perception of epiphany is often under attack, from the visual noise that eclipses our vision to the digital din which now drowns out the meaningful sounds of silence and sense. But Christ is still able to be revealed to us in startling new ways, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see. How can we pay attention and search like the Magi to find "the one who has been born king of the Jews?"

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

All School

Basketball Season & Upcoming Family Nights
*Family Night - Fri., Jan. 6

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. 6 – Oaks vs NICS (Family Night - hamburgers)
  • 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!!!

The Gathering Place Reopens - Wed., Jan. 11

The Oaks Coffee Bar is reopening for the new year on Wednesday, January 11. The Oaks baristas look forward to opening back up and serving you!

Fiddler on the Roof - Spring Musical
* Pre-Audition (Lunchtime) Workshops - Jan. 11–12
* 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).

Pre-Audition (Lunchtime) Workshops:
*for 6–12th grade students from 12:35–12:55pm

Wed., Jan 11 - Gentlemen (MP11)
Thurs., Jan. 12 - Ladies (MP11)

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

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.

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.

Mid-term Grades Now Available on Jupiter

Mid-term grades are now available to view on Jupiter. Grades may be viewed on the first screen ("To-Do") in Jupiter. Click on the individual class/subject to see details of those grades.

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 hours of 7:00am and 4:00pm. We ask that you share this with anyone driving students to and from school.

School Photos & Student IDs Are In; Check Your Child's Backpack

The individual school photos & student IDs were sent home with your child, so please be sure to check those backpacks.

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! 

A Gift of Joy!

We do hope you had the great joy of watching The Oaks Christmas Concert, either in person at The Fox or via livestream! It was thoroughly delightful, beautiful, and soul-encouraging, thanks in great part to our extraordinary directress and director, Mrs. Amy Kim and Mr. Gary Woodroof. Their diligent, faithful efforts have resulted in edified students and kind gifts to all of us, for which we thank them profusely. The Oaks family is blessed that God has encouraged them to share their talents with us. Joyous Christmas!
Re-watch The Oaks' 2023 Christmas Concert

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.

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). 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.

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 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.

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