March 2-8, 2023

Current School News

Current School News

March 2-8, 2023

Parent Education Corner

In his book You Are What You Love, James K.A. Smith defines a word that should be familiar with us all:

"Liturgy," as I'm using the word, is a shorthand term for those rituals that are loaded with an ultimate Story about who we are and what we're for. They carry within them a kind of ultimate orientation. To return to our metaphor above, think of these liturgies as calibration technologies: they bend the needle of our hearts. ... [God] meets us where we are, as creatures of habit who are shaped by practices, and invites us into a community of practice that is the very body of his Son. Liturgy is the way we learn to "put on" Christ.

In other words, the things we do individually and corporately on a regular basis are our "liturgies." Examine, for a moment, the liturgies of our homes. What do we as parents do regularly? What do our children do regularly? What common patterns emerge when we consider our repetitive activities? These things constitute the culture of our homes. And if they are not oriented towards God, then how can we change that?

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

All School

Continuous Enrollment & Priority Registration for 2023-24
* Enrollment Fee Automatic Bank Payment Drafted Mon., Mar. 6

The 2023-24 enrollment season has now begun. Current kindergarten through 11th grade students have been automatically enrolled for the upcoming school year. The enrollment fee for all re-enrolling students and new students from current families will be automatically drafted on Monday, March 6. Please read the Continuous Enrollment Letter and Information for complete details.

Talent Show Tryouts
*Sign-up March 3
*Auditions week of March 6

Sign-ups for The Oaks' Talent Show are right around the corner! Sign-ups will be available March 3. Auditions will be the week of March 6, and selected participants will be announced on March 10 with the Talent Show to follow on Friday, April 14, at 2pm. There are some fun additions to this year's event, so be sure to mark your calendar whether or not your child is participating.

Talent Show  - Fri., Apr. 14 [2pm] ***Updated Date!***

The Oaks Mock Trial Team has been awarded the privilege of competing in the state competition at the end of March. Go Oaks! This competition, however, falls at the same time that the talent show was originally scheduled. As such, this year's talent show has been rescheduled to Friday, April 14th (just prior to Spring Break) at 2pm. We hope to see many parents in attendance at this fun event.

Lost & Found  – Thurs., Mar. 9
*Please label everything! We want to reunite you with your missing items.

Lost & found items will be set out in the MP foyer on Thursday, March 9. 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. We want to return your items to you and labels are a great help in this endeavor.

Basketball Skill Development - Saturdays, Mar. 11 & 18

The Oaks' varsity basketball coach, Mr. Jeff Schlect, is offering skills development for any 3rd–8th grader. This is a fun opportunity to spend time shooting hoops with your child while receiving coaching; it is not a drop-off event. Coach Schlect will be facilitating this open gym time at The Oaks from 9–10:30am Saturday, March 11 and 18.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Mar. 15–17
*sign-ups available online now!

March '23 Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-ups

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. This is a great opportunity to partner with your child's teacher as you seek to raise your child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Grammar School conferences are mandatory for all families and are scheduled for Thursday & Friday, March 16 & 17. Sixth grade conferences follow the Logic & Rhetoric School schedule.

Logic & Rhetoric School conferences are highly encouraged and are scheduled for Wednesday evening & throughout Thursday & Friday, March 15–17. Conferences in the Logic & Rhetoric School are done in a group format where parents will meet with all of your child's teachers at one time. We ask that families sign up for no more than 3 teachers for each student so that all families have an opportunity to conference with teachers. Please let the office know if you need to meet with more than 3 teachers.

To sign up for conferences please select the desired time under each of your child's teachers' tabs. Please contact the school office if you need any assistance.

Last Open House of the Season - Tues., Mar. 21
*RSVP online

Open House Flyer

The last open house of the current enrollment season will be held on Tuesday, 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 for more information call the school office at 509-536-5955 .

Mother/Daughter Tea - Sat., Mar. 25 [8:30am]

Save the date for the Mother/Daughter Tea Saturday, March 25 at 8:30am in The Oaks' Gymnasium. Mrs. Judy Palpant, mother of Mr. Ben Palpant and grandmother to Oaks students and alumni, will be speaking at this year's tea. Plan to attend and enjoy good conversation on what it means to be a woman, while enjoying delightful refreshment. Stay tuned for more details.

RSVP
Volunteer SignUp
Mother/Daughter Tea Flyer

Text Message Announcements
**Opt in on Jupiter**

Urgent announcements, such as snow closures, are announced via Jupiter text messaging as well as emails. If you would like to ensure that you receive these text messages you will need to opt in on Jupiter. To do so:

  1. Log into your parent portal on Jupiter.
  2. Select Settings from the menu.
  3. Check the appropriate boxes under Text Msg for the types of texts you'd like to receive (you will need to select Emergency alerts and Messages to ensure you receive snow closure announcements).
  4. Each parent will need to log into their own account to complete this process.

Note: If you received the school delayed message via text the other day you are already opted in to this.

Prayer Requests

Please keep the following staff members and their families in your prayers as they maneuver health issues.

Scott Welch is undergoing surgery to remove cancer found on his pancreas on Monday, March 6 and will be home recovering for the next month. For further details and specific prayer requests please see his Surgery & Recovery Updates Doc.

Gary Woodroof severely injured his right leg over mid-winter break and is home recuperating.

Teri Woodroof's chronic headaches associated with her neck and back pain have intensified again recently.

Cantabile - 2nd Semester Updates & Appreciation

With the beginning of a new semester we wanted to take a moment to thank all those parents who attend Cantabile regularly. It's a joy to see the Oaks family come together to sing to our Lord as we begin and conclude each week. Even if you are only able to make it occasionally, we love having you there! As you are aware, Bible reading is an important part of Cantabile and at the start of the semester Mr. Trotter introduced a short liturgy that is being incorporated into the Bible reading (see below). God gives us many good gifts and the gift of His word is at the top of the list. As The Oaks family let's teach and train our children to love this wonderful gift, His Word! At the end of Cantabile Mr. Dowers is teaching us all a Puritan prayer for Monday mornings and a Prayer for Guidance for Friday afternoons (see below) that we, as a family, will be memorizing and reciting throughout the 2nd semester. We hope that these pieces will be a joy and encouragement to your own family as we grow and lean into God's abundant goodness as an Oaks family.

BIBLE READING LITURGY
What is this book?
The Bible
What is found in the Bible?
The very Word of God
What do we know about God's Word?
It is True
Because it is True, what should we do?
With a glad heart, listen and obey

A PURITAN PRAYER
(Monday mornings)
O Lord, as I cross the threshold of this day I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, and friends, to Thy care.
Watch over, keep, guide, sanctify, and bless me.
Let those around see me living by Thy Spirit, transformed by a renewed mind, clad in the whole armor of God, showing holiness in all my doings.
May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one.
If my life should end today, let this be my best day.
In the name of our Lord Jesus we pray.
Amen

PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE
(Friday afternoons)
Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings,
with thy most gracious favor,
and further us with thy continual help;
that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee,
we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally,
by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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! 

2023-24 Significant Dates Calendar
* Updated Christmas Concert Date & Christmas Break

The 2023-24 Significant Dates calendar is now available on the Schedules page under Significant Dates and these dates have been added to The Oaks' Google calendar. Further events for the upcoming year will be added to the school calendar as they are available, so subscribing to the Google calendar is recommended.

The 2023 Christmas Concert Date has been adjusted to Tuesday, December 19 and then Christmas Break will begin Wednesday, December 20. This is a modification from what was previously communicated.

Monthly Jupiter Invoice Reminder

As a reminder, 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.

Reminder: No Oaks Sweatshirts 

On non-formal uniform days this fall/winter Oaks students had the opportunity to wear their Oaks hoodies and crew necks during the school day. As a reminder, upon returning from mid-winter break, as we head into spring, Oaks sweatshirts are no longer acceptable uniform items during the school day. 

Upcoming Dates

Office Hours
Mon.–Fri. [8am–4pm]

September 19–22

  • Mount St Helens Field Trip (7th)

September 21

  • Conservatory Parent Meeting [6:30pm]

September 22

  • Cantabile [3pm]

September 25

  • Cantabile [8:15am]
  • Fall Play Rehearsals Begin
  • Fall Play Parent Meeting

September 29

  • Weekly Formal Uniform
  • Cantabile [3pm]
  • Family Night

October 2

  • Cantabile [8:15am]

October 6

  • Weekly Formal Uniform
  • Cantabile [3pm]

October 9

  • Cantabile [8:15am]
  • College Financial Aid Scholarship Meeting [7pm]

October 13

  • Weekly Formal Uniform
  • Cantabile [3pm]
  • Family Night

October 14

  • Father-Son Breakfast [8am]

October 9

  • Cantabile [8:15am]

October 18

  • Mid-Term Grades Posted
  • Cantabile [3pm]
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences Begin [evening]

October 19–20

  • No School
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 21

  • Jr High Volleyball Tournament

October 23

  • Cantabile [8:15am]

October 25

  • PSAT Test

October 26

  • Instrumental Concert [7pm]

October 27

  • Half-Day of School
  • Grandparents' Day
  • Weekly Formal Uniform
  • Cantabile [12:15pm]
  • Family Night

October 28

  • JV Volleyball Tournament
Lost And Found Piles
Mother Daughter Tea

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.

Silverwood's Reading is the Ticket

Silverwood Theme Park is once again offering Oaks students the opportunity to participate in their Reading is the Ticket program and earn a free ticket for reading. Information was sent home with your child before mid-winter break, so check those back packs for more details.

Classroom Speech Meets
Mon.–Wed., Mar. 13–15
*Updated with times

This year's Grammar School Classroom Speech Meets will take place Monday through Wednesday, March 13 through 15 (schedule below).

All students should have their pieces memorized by Friday, March 3.

MONDAY, MARCH 13
– 1:00 PM –
6th Grade (CE3)

TUESDAY, MARCH 14
– 8:45 AM –
3rd Grade-Kimball (Classroom)
5th Grade-A (Sanctuary)
– 1:00 PM –
1st Grade-Rickert (CE3)
– 2:00 PM –
2nd Grade-Liimakka (CE3)
4th Grade-T.Szymanowski (Classroom)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
– 8:45 AM –
3rd Grade-Mewes (Classroom)
5th Grade-B (Sanctuary)
– 1:00 PM –
1st Grade-Holland (CE3)
– 2:00 PM –
2nd Grade-Jones (CE3)
4th Grade-L.Szymanowski (Classroom)

Speech Meet Assembly
Tues., Mar. 21 [1pm]

Speech Meet Finalists from each class will have the opportunity to share their piece with the entire grammar school and guests at the Grammar School Speech Meet Assembly on Tuesday, March 21. Parents and guests are welcome to join us in the sanctuary at 1pm to enjoy the presentations and congratulate our finalists.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Protocol Photos Available on Jupiter

The Oaks' 2023 Protocol event was a lovely evening, enjoyed by all, and we are so thankful to have some beautiful photographs of the event. These photos are now available to Oaks parents via Jupiter. To view them, log into your Jupiter parent portal, select Materials, then School Office where the 2023 Protocol Photos link is available. Feel free to download and print any pictures you would like.

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.

SAT School Day for Juniors – Wed., Mar. 22

Juniors and their parents, please read the SAT School Day Flyer from The Oaks College Advisor, Mrs. Lynn Gibson regarding the upcoming SAT School Day on Wednesday, March 22, in which all juniors are required to participate. Please contact Mrs. Gibson for questions.

Upcoming Activity Schedule Days

The Logic & Rhetoric Schools 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., Apr. 14 – PM Activity Schedule
Talent Show

MARCH SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
- Ephesians 5:1–2

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.

Silverwood's Reading is the Ticket

Silverwood Theme Park is once again offering Oaks students the opportunity to participate in their Reading is the Ticket program and earn a free ticket for reading. Information was sent home with your child before mid-winter break, so check those back packs for more details.

Classroom Speech Meets
Mon.–Wed., Mar. 13–15
*Updated with times

This year's Grammar School Classroom Speech Meets will take place Monday through Wednesday, March 13 through 15 (schedule below).

All students should have their pieces memorized by Friday, March 3.

MONDAY, MARCH 13
– 1:00 PM –
6th Grade (CE3)

TUESDAY, MARCH 14
– 8:45 AM –
3rd Grade-Kimball (Classroom)
5th Grade-A (Sanctuary)
– 1:00 PM –
1st Grade-Rickert (CE3)
– 2:00 PM –
2nd Grade-Liimakka (CE3)
4th Grade-T.Szymanowski (Classroom)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
– 8:45 AM –
3rd Grade-Mewes (Classroom)
5th Grade-B (Sanctuary)
– 1:00 PM –
1st Grade-Holland (CE3)
– 2:00 PM –
2nd Grade-Jones (CE3)
4th Grade-L.Szymanowski (Classroom)

Speech Meet Assembly
Tues., Mar. 21 [1pm]

Speech Meet Finalists from each class will have the opportunity to share their piece with the entire grammar school and guests at the Grammar School Speech Meet Assembly on Tuesday, March 21. Parents and guests are welcome to join us in the sanctuary at 1pm to enjoy the presentations and congratulate our finalists.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Protocol Photos Available on Jupiter

The Oaks' 2023 Protocol event was a lovely evening, enjoyed by all, and we are so thankful to have some beautiful photographs of the event. These photos are now available to Oaks parents via Jupiter. To view them, log into your Jupiter parent portal, select Materials, then School Office where the 2023 Protocol Photos link is available. Feel free to download and print any pictures you would like.

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.

SAT School Day for Juniors – Wed., Mar. 22

Juniors and their parents, please read the SAT School Day Flyer from The Oaks College Advisor, Mrs. Lynn Gibson regarding the upcoming SAT School Day on Wednesday, March 22, in which all juniors are required to participate. Please contact Mrs. Gibson for questions.

Upcoming Activity Schedule Days

The Logic & Rhetoric Schools 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., Apr. 14 – PM Activity Schedule
Talent Show

Upcoming Dates

Office Hours
Mon.–Fri. [8am–4pm]

September 19–22

  • Mount St Helens Field Trip (7th)

September 21

  • Conservatory Parent Meeting [6:30pm]

September 22

  • Cantabile [3pm]

September 25

  • Cantabile [8:15am]
  • Fall Play Rehearsals Begin
  • Fall Play Parent Meeting

September 29

  • Weekly Formal Uniform
  • Cantabile [3pm]
  • Family Night

October 2

  • Cantabile [8:15am]

October 6

  • Weekly Formal Uniform
  • Cantabile [3pm]

October 9

  • Cantabile [8:15am]
  • College Financial Aid Scholarship Meeting [7pm]

October 13

  • Weekly Formal Uniform
  • Cantabile [3pm]
  • Family Night

October 14

  • Father-Son Breakfast [8am]

October 9

  • Cantabile [8:15am]

October 18

  • Mid-Term Grades Posted
  • Cantabile [3pm]
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences Begin [evening]

October 19–20

  • No School
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 21

  • Jr High Volleyball Tournament

October 23

  • Cantabile [8:15am]

October 25

  • PSAT Test

October 26

  • Instrumental Concert [7pm]

October 27

  • Half-Day of School
  • Grandparents' Day
  • Weekly Formal Uniform
  • Cantabile [12:15pm]
  • Family Night

October 28

  • JV Volleyball Tournament