March 23-29, 2023

Current School News

Current School News

March 23-29, 2023

Parent Education Corner

Consider the third and final temptation of Christ:

Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
(Matthew 4:8–11)

Christians observe Lent with special attention to prayer and God's word. Notice that Jesus resists temptation and defeats the devil with the weapon of God's word. Every temptation is met with a positive response of the Truth of Scripture. How are we reinforcing the use of the "sword" of God's word in our homes? "For the weapons of warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds," says Paul (1 Cor. 10–4). How are we training ourselves and our kids in spiritual martial arts?

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

All School

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

The Oaks' Annual Mother/Daughter Tea is 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. Bring your favorite tea cup and come enjoy good conversation on what it means to be a woman, while enjoying delightful refreshment.

RSVPs Encouraged
Volunteer SignUp
Flyer

Used Uniform Sale – Tues., Mar. 28 [3–4pm]

Drop Off Items to Sell:
Please drop off items to sell between 2:40–3:00pm on Tuesday, March 28 in tubs just outside the MP building foyer. Items for sale should be in a gallon zip lock bag with an index card stating: 1)Seller's name, 2)Item(s) type, 3)Size & gender of item(s) 4)Price of item.

Used Uniform Sale:
Used uniform items will be available for purchase outside the MP building on Tuesday, March 28 from 3–4pm. Please bring cash (small bills appreciated) or check to make purchases onsite.

Uniform Handbook:
For both buyers & sellers, please consult The Oaks' 2022-23 Pictorial Handbook and/or Uniform Policy. A copy of each will also be available at the sale tables for reference.

Lands' End  Sale – Mar. 18–31

March 18–31 – 40% off school uniforms & everything else!
Lands' End website – School Number: 900069105
Code: DESK – Pin: 2886
Sale Flyer

Coffee with the Head of School - Fri., Mar. 31 [8:30–9:15am]

All Oaks parents are invited to join our Head of School, Mr. Charlie Dowers, for coffee in CE #3 (upstairs from 1st–2nd classrooms) after drop-off on Friday, March 31. Starting about 8:15am there will be coffee, tea, and baked goods available. At 8:30am Mr. Dowers will share for 10-15 minutes and then will have a time for questions. Hope you can join us! For planning purposes, an RSVP to the office would be appreciated. 

Spring Uniform Reminders Beginning April 1

* Ladies' Formal Uniform Tights/Socks (with update for K–5th grade)

As of April 1, K–5th grade ladies should wear white solid-colored anklets or knee-high socks and 6–12th grade ladies' should wear either flesh-toned no-show footies or flesh-toned nylons as a part of their formal uniform.

* Update: No Last Day for Ladies Pants

Previously, per The Oaks uniform guidelines, ladies could only wear pants November through March; however, ladies may now wear pants as a part of the daily uniform throughout the entirety of the school year.

Wednesday Coffee Bar Closed Until Further Notice

The Gathering Place, The Oaks' Wednesday coffee bar will be closed for the time being. Your friendly baristas hope to be ready to serve you once again as the weather warms up and they are able to move outside more.

Basketball Skill Development - Sat., Apr. 1

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, April 1.

Junior Class Flower Basket Sale - Orders Due Thurs., Apr. 6
* Funds help offset individual students' cost for Grand Tour trip

For the first time in 4 years, The Oaks' junior class will be traveling to Greece and Italy this summer for the Grand Tour field trip. A significant portion of the cost of this trip is covered by the school, while each student's family pays the remaining balance. Therefore, just in time for Mother's Day, the junior class is selling gorgeous hanging flower baskets for $40 each to help offset this cost. These baskets are locally grown with a variety of flowers and color combinations (see examples). These hanging baskets can also be easily converted to a planter for patio or walkway use. If you wish to purchase a basket, an order form will be available in the school office (or ask a junior) through Thursday, April 6. Payment must be made at the time of ordering and can be made via check (payable to The Oaks) or cash. Flowers will be delivered to The Oaks the week prior to Mother's Day (specific day TBD). The junior class (and their parents) thank you for your support! 

Thursday Cantabile - Thurs., Apr. 6 [3pm]

Going into Easter weekend, Cantabile will conclude the week on Thursday, April 6 from 3–3:15pm.

No School Good Friday - Fri., Apr. 7

There will be no school on Friday, April 7 in observation of Good Friday.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45

Senior Thesis Presentations - April 10–13

The seniors are presenting and defending their theses the week of April 10th. All are welcome to attend these presentations in the sanctuary. Please see the attached schedule for a complete listing of times and topics. 

2023 Senior Thesis Presentations

Upcoming Financial Aid Meetings for 2023-24 School Year
* Attendance required for '23-24 tuition assistance
* RSVP to Anya Schnell

If you are interested in receiving financial aid for the 2023-24 school year, Mr. Dowers will be hosting four informational meetings regarding The Oaks' tuition assistance program at the end of April/beginning of May (dates & times below). Attendance at one of these meetings is required in order to apply for financial aid in the 2023-24 school year. Please RSVP to Mrs. Anya Schnell, so that we can plan accordingly. These will be the only meeting times available prior to the end of the school year and your family's first tuition payment for the upcoming year.

2023-24 Financial Aid Meetings
Wednesday, April 26 [7:15–7:45am]
Thursday, April 27 [4:00–4:30pm]
Wednesday, May 3 [4:00–4:30pm]
Friday, May 5 [7:15–7:45am]

Evenings of Hope - Volunteer Opportunity

The Oaks Development Team is hosting several "Evenings of Hope" over the next month as they continue fundraising for the building project. Events Coordinator, Beth Schultz, is seeking volunteers for each of these small events. If you would like to help please sign up on the Evenings of Hope Volunteer Sign-up.

First Semester Honor Roll
*Updated

Congratulations to those Oaks students who made the Honor Roll for the 1st Semester of the 2022-23 school year!
*The following students were unfortunately not listed or listed incorrectly on the 1st semester honor roll due to a reporting error. Our apologies for this error.

Summa Cum Laude:
8th Grade – Ava Bot, Benjamin Schultz
7th Grade – Cedric Schultz, Avilla Sun

Magna Cum Laude:
8th Grade – Colin Alvis, Kate McMorris, Cade Palmer
7th Grade – Gabrielle Carter, Sophia Johnson, Isaac Stachofsky, Samuel Stebbins

Cum Laude:
8th Grade – Lily Escalera Alton
7th Grade – Xiomara Doster, Poppy Jones, Quinn Maier, Raegan Pruchnic, Matthew Singer

Honor Roll - 1st Semester

Prayer Requests

Please continue to keep Mr. Scott Welch and his family in your prayers. Scott underwent 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. A meal sign-up has been created for those who would like to bless the Welch family with a meal - The Welch Family Meal Sign-up

Upcoming Dates

May 30–June 2

  • Junior Thesis Presentations
  • Oregon Coast Field Trip (5th grade)

June 2

  • Medieval Banquet (4th grade)

June 3

  • Spring Dance (7–12th grades) [5–9pm]

June 5

  • Mandatory Senior Yr Preview Mtg [6:30pm]
    (11th grade students & parents)

June 6–8

  • Senior Finals

June 6 & 8

  • Conservatory Student Recitals [5 & 7pm]

June 8

  • AM Activity Day
  • Senior Assembly [8:30am]

June 9

  • AM Activity Day
  • Awards Program [8:30am]
  • Seniors Lunch w/Head of School & Dean

June 10

  • Class of 2023 Commencement [1pm]
  • High School Choir & Orchestra Arrive at 12:30pm

June 12

  • All School Family Zoom Mtg [7pm]

June 13–15

  • Logic & Rhetoric School Finals

June 14

  • 6th Grade Promotional Lunch [12:30pm]

June 15

  • Kindergarten Promotion & Reception [9am]
  • Last Day for K–4th Grade Students

June 16

  • Last 1/2 Day of School
  • All School Cantabile [11:15am]
  • All School Picnic [12pm]
  • Used Uniform Sale [12pm]
  • Lands' End Try-Before-You-Buy Event

June 19–23

  • Lands' End Try-Before-You-Buy Event

June 20

  • Teachers Last Day

June 23

  • 4th Quarter Report Cards Posted

June 26

  • Summer Office Hours Begin
    Mon.–Thurs. [9am–1pm]

July 3–7

  • School Office Closed

July 5–7

  • Boys B-ball Camp (8–12th)[6–8pm]

July 8

  • Boys B-ball Camp (8–12th)[8–10am]

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 - Due Fri., Mar. 24

Students participating in Silverwood's Reading is the Ticket program this year should return their timesheets to their teacher by Friday, March 24. 

Friday Memory Period Update

Beginning Friday, March 24, the Friday afternoon Memory Period will be held in CE #3 (upstairs from the 1st–2nd grade classrooms). Because of the smaller space, the Grammar School will be divided into two groups and attend on an every other week rotation. On Friday, March 24 the Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes will attend and then on Friday, March 31 the 3rd through 6th grade classes will attend.

Speech Meet Finalists

Congratulations to this year's Grammar School Classroom Speech Meet finalists!

1ST GRADE HOLLAND
Bible–Laylah Wiens; Poetry–Samantha Schrag

1ST GRADE RICKERT
Bible–Silas Schurter; Poetry–Ruth Mosback

2ND GRADE JONES
Bible–Kaydam Michaud; Poetry–Adelaide Topp; Fable–Clementine Dimeler

2ND GRADE LIIMAKKA
Poetry–Audrey Volkov; Fable–Ben Schaefer

3RD GRADE KIMBALL
Bible–Elliott Osborne; Poetry–Claire Dunn; Fable–Dean Snook

3RD GRADE MEWES
Bible–Eliseo Escalera Alton; Poetry–Eleanor Bauder; Fable–Ivan Tilton

4TH GRADE L. SZYMANOWSKI
Bible–Brynn Rodgers; Poetry–Hugh Dowers; Fable–Cecilia Topp

4TH GRADE T. SZYMANOWSKI
Bible–Jack Schaefer; Poetry: Ardenne Johnson

5TH GRADE LAVOIE
Bible–Ellie Singer & Charlotte McEachran;
Poetry–Miller Stevens & DJ Schumann;
Oration–Josiah Van Horn & Samuel James

6TH GRADE KOLARSKY
Bible–Trinity Brodersen & Wyatt Harken;
Poetry–Lucianna Curran & Reagan DeRuyter;
Oration–Emma Cook & Finley Hertz

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

ACCS Blakey Prize in Fine Arts Competition
*Entry deadline: 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.

Secondary Spring Dance - Sat., June 3

The Oaks is excited to host this year's Logic & Rhetoric School Spring Dance, exemplifying truth, goodness, and beauty. All Logic & Rhetoric School students (7–12th grades), along with their parents and grandparents, are invited to an evening of dancing in The Oaks' gymnasium Saturday, June 3. Please save the date and further details will be provided soon.

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.

Mon., Apr. 24 – AM Activity Schedule
Senior Thesis Presentation

Mon., May 8 – PM Activity Schedule
Spring Concert Rehearsal

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 - Due Fri., Mar. 24

Students participating in Silverwood's Reading is the Ticket program this year should return their timesheets to their teacher by Friday, March 24. 

Friday Memory Period Update

Beginning Friday, March 24, the Friday afternoon Memory Period will be held in CE #3 (upstairs from the 1st–2nd grade classrooms). Because of the smaller space, the Grammar School will be divided into two groups and attend on an every other week rotation. On Friday, March 24 the Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes will attend and then on Friday, March 31 the 3rd through 6th grade classes will attend.

Speech Meet Finalists

Congratulations to this year's Grammar School Classroom Speech Meet finalists!

1ST GRADE HOLLAND
Bible–Laylah Wiens; Poetry–Samantha Schrag

1ST GRADE RICKERT
Bible–Silas Schurter; Poetry–Ruth Mosback

2ND GRADE JONES
Bible–Kaydam Michaud; Poetry–Adelaide Topp; Fable–Clementine Dimeler

2ND GRADE LIIMAKKA
Poetry–Audrey Volkov; Fable–Ben Schaefer

3RD GRADE KIMBALL
Bible–Elliott Osborne; Poetry–Claire Dunn; Fable–Dean Snook

3RD GRADE MEWES
Bible–Eliseo Escalera Alton; Poetry–Eleanor Bauder; Fable–Ivan Tilton

4TH GRADE L. SZYMANOWSKI
Bible–Brynn Rodgers; Poetry–Hugh Dowers; Fable–Cecilia Topp

4TH GRADE T. SZYMANOWSKI
Bible–Jack Schaefer; Poetry: Ardenne Johnson

5TH GRADE LAVOIE
Bible–Ellie Singer & Charlotte McEachran;
Poetry–Miller Stevens & DJ Schumann;
Oration–Josiah Van Horn & Samuel James

6TH GRADE KOLARSKY
Bible–Trinity Brodersen & Wyatt Harken;
Poetry–Lucianna Curran & Reagan DeRuyter;
Oration–Emma Cook & Finley Hertz

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

ACCS Blakey Prize in Fine Arts Competition
*Entry deadline: 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.

Secondary Spring Dance - Sat., June 3

The Oaks is excited to host this year's Logic & Rhetoric School Spring Dance, exemplifying truth, goodness, and beauty. All Logic & Rhetoric School students (7–12th grades), along with their parents and grandparents, are invited to an evening of dancing in The Oaks' gymnasium Saturday, June 3. Please save the date and further details will be provided soon.

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.

Mon., Apr. 24 – AM Activity Schedule
Senior Thesis Presentation

Mon., May 8 – PM Activity Schedule
Spring Concert Rehearsal

Upcoming Dates

May 30–June 2

  • Junior Thesis Presentations
  • Oregon Coast Field Trip (5th grade)

June 2

  • Medieval Banquet (4th grade)

June 3

  • Spring Dance (7–12th grades) [5–9pm]

June 5

  • Mandatory Senior Yr Preview Mtg [6:30pm]
    (11th grade students & parents)

June 6–8

  • Senior Finals

June 6 & 8

  • Conservatory Student Recitals [5 & 7pm]

June 8

  • AM Activity Day
  • Senior Assembly [8:30am]

June 9

  • AM Activity Day
  • Awards Program [8:30am]
  • Seniors Lunch w/Head of School & Dean

June 10

  • Class of 2023 Commencement [1pm]
  • High School Choir & Orchestra Arrive at 12:30pm

June 12

  • All School Family Zoom Mtg [7pm]

June 13–15

  • Logic & Rhetoric School Finals

June 14

  • 6th Grade Promotional Lunch [12:30pm]

June 15

  • Kindergarten Promotion & Reception [9am]
  • Last Day for K–4th Grade Students

June 16

  • Last 1/2 Day of School
  • All School Cantabile [11:15am]
  • All School Picnic [12pm]
  • Used Uniform Sale [12pm]
  • Lands' End Try-Before-You-Buy Event

June 19–23

  • Lands' End Try-Before-You-Buy Event

June 20

  • Teachers Last Day

June 23

  • 4th Quarter Report Cards Posted

June 26

  • Summer Office Hours Begin
    Mon.–Thurs. [9am–1pm]

July 3–7

  • School Office Closed

July 5–7

  • Boys B-ball Camp (8–12th)[6–8pm]

July 8

  • Boys B-ball Camp (8–12th)[8–10am]