March 30 - April 5, 2023

Current School News

Current School News

March 30 - April 5, 2023

Parent Education Corner

Never underestimate the formative power of the family supper table. This vanishing liturgy is a powerful site of formation. Most of the time it will be hard to keep the cathedral in view, especially when dinner is the primary occasion for sibling bickering. Yet even then, members of your little tribe are learning to love their neighbor. And your children are learning something about the faithful promises of a covenant-keeping Lord in the simple routine of that daily promise of dinner together.
– James KA Smith, You Are What You Love

How are we establishing the formative power of the family supper? How can we teach our children through the entire process? Things have to be cooked or baked. The table has to be set and people served. The meal must be received in prayer and thanksgiving. The food and drink consumed without haste, and the conversation seasoned with laughter and substance. Then there's the clean up, which is its own task. All this can be done with an eye to how we are best teaching and training our children.

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

All School

 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 grade 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. 

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

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.

The Sound of Music Tickets on Sale - Mon., Apr. 3
* Showing May 25–27 @ ONE* Church

Tickets for The Sound of Music go on sale Monday, April 3rd! The production will take place May 25–27 at ONE* Church on Sullivan & 24th, not far from The Oaks. Tickets will be available to purchase on the homepage of the website by clicking "purchase tickets." It's that simple! The cast has been working hard to prepare for this amazing production based on the true story of the Von Trapp family and Maria Rainer. Get your tickets now and spread the word . . . The Hills are Alive with The Sound of Music!

The Sound of Music Poster

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.

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.

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! 

Lost & Found  – Thurs., Apr. 6
*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, April 6. 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.

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

Friday Pizza Lunch – Place your April Order Now!
* All April orders must be placed by 3pm Wed., Apr. 12.

The April 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.

* Order forms open for the rest of the school year.

The pizza order forms for the rest of the school year, May & June, have now been opened as well. The due date for each of these will remain the Wednesday prior to the first pizza Friday of the month and a reminder will be posted as we approach each of these dates. For those who would like to complete the order forms for the remainder of the year, you are now welcome to do so. You will be charged when the forms close, but hopefully this will be an aide to you.

Spring Break (No School) - Apr. 17–21

There will be no school April 17 through 21 for Spring Break.

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.

Prayer Requests & Praise

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. Scott will be returning to his teaching position (with a modified schedule) on Monday April 3. For further details and specific prayer requests please see his Surgery & Recovery Updates Doc

Mr. and Mrs. Woodroof have both returned to being on campus and are continuing to improve. Please pray for continued healing for each of them.

Praise the Lord for answered prayers and His goodness to us!

Upcoming Dates

Summer Office Hours:
Mon.–Thurs., 9am to 1pm
Closed July 1–4

July 1–4

  • School Office Closed

July 8–11

  • Basketball Camp (2nd–4th co-ed) [12:30–2pm]
  • Basketball Camp (5–7th co-ed) [2:15–3:45pm]

July 15–18

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th ladies) [1–3pm]

July 17–19

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th gentlemen) [6–8pm]

July 20

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th gentlemen) [8–10am]

July 22–25

  • Flag Football Camp (4–7th gentlemen) [8–9:30am]

July 29–Aug. 1

  • Soccer Camp (7–12th gentlemen) [3:30–5:30pm]

Aug. 5–16

  • Grand Tour (Class of 2025)

Aug. 24

  • Fun Run

Aug. 27

  • Music on the Field

Sept. 2

  • School Office Closed (Labor Day)

Sept. 3

  • Regular Office Hours Resume [8am–4pm]
  • Teachers & Office Staff Return
  • High School Fall Sports Begin

Sept. 3–6

  • College Application Boot Camp (12th grade)
  • Yellowstone Field Trip (9th grade)
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.

Friday Memory Period Update

Friday afternoon Memory Period is now being 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. The schedule below denotes which grades will attend which week.

March 31 – 3rd–6th grade
April 7 – No School
April 14 – Kindergarten–2nd grade
April 21 – No School
April 28 – 3rd–6th grade
May 5 – Kindergarten–2nd grade
May 12 – 3rd–6th grade
May 19 – Kindergarten–2nd grade
May 26 – 3rd–6th grade
June 2 – Kindergarten–2nd grade
June 9 – 3rd–6th grade

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.

Countdown to College Workshop - Thurs., Apr. 13 [7pm]

Ninth through eleventh grade students and parents are invited to the Countdown to College Workshop, Thursday, April 13 from 7:00 to 8:30pm in MP #3. Please join Mrs. Gibson, Director of College and Career and Counseling, as she provides high school parents and students an overview of the college preparation, search, and application process, and the services she offers families as they prepare for their child's future. If you plan to attend, your RSVP to Mrs. Gibson is appreciated. For specific details please see the Countdown to College Workshop flyer.

Spring College Fair - Wed., Apr. 19
5:30–7:30pm at Spokane Convention Center

Sophomores, juniors, and families are invited to attend the National PNACAC College Fair on Wednesday, April 19 at the Spokane Convention Center. Representatives from more than 90 colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions from 5:30–7:30pm. Attendance is free. Please see the National PNACAC College Fair Flyer or visit their website for further details.

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 (Tentative)
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

APRIL SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION

He is the image of the invisible God, firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
- Colossians 1:15–18

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.

Friday Memory Period Update

Friday afternoon Memory Period is now being 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. The schedule below denotes which grades will attend which week.

March 31 – 3rd–6th grade
April 7 – No School
April 14 – Kindergarten–2nd grade
April 21 – No School
April 28 – 3rd–6th grade
May 5 – Kindergarten–2nd grade
May 12 – 3rd–6th grade
May 19 – Kindergarten–2nd grade
May 26 – 3rd–6th grade
June 2 – Kindergarten–2nd grade
June 9 – 3rd–6th grade

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.

Countdown to College Workshop - Thurs., Apr. 13 [7pm]

Ninth through eleventh grade students and parents are invited to the Countdown to College Workshop, Thursday, April 13 from 7:00 to 8:30pm in MP #3. Please join Mrs. Gibson, Director of College and Career and Counseling, as she provides high school parents and students an overview of the college preparation, search, and application process, and the services she offers families as they prepare for their child's future. If you plan to attend, your RSVP to Mrs. Gibson is appreciated. For specific details please see the Countdown to College Workshop flyer.

Spring College Fair - Wed., Apr. 19
5:30–7:30pm at Spokane Convention Center

Sophomores, juniors, and families are invited to attend the National PNACAC College Fair on Wednesday, April 19 at the Spokane Convention Center. Representatives from more than 90 colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions from 5:30–7:30pm. Attendance is free. Please see the National PNACAC College Fair Flyer or visit their website for further details.

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 (Tentative)
Spring Concert Rehearsal

Upcoming Dates

Summer Office Hours:
Mon.–Thurs., 9am to 1pm
Closed July 1–4

July 1–4

  • School Office Closed

July 8–11

  • Basketball Camp (2nd–4th co-ed) [12:30–2pm]
  • Basketball Camp (5–7th co-ed) [2:15–3:45pm]

July 15–18

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th ladies) [1–3pm]

July 17–19

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th gentlemen) [6–8pm]

July 20

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th gentlemen) [8–10am]

July 22–25

  • Flag Football Camp (4–7th gentlemen) [8–9:30am]

July 29–Aug. 1

  • Soccer Camp (7–12th gentlemen) [3:30–5:30pm]

Aug. 5–16

  • Grand Tour (Class of 2025)

Aug. 24

  • Fun Run

Aug. 27

  • Music on the Field

Sept. 2

  • School Office Closed (Labor Day)

Sept. 3

  • Regular Office Hours Resume [8am–4pm]
  • Teachers & Office Staff Return
  • High School Fall Sports Begin

Sept. 3–6

  • College Application Boot Camp (12th grade)
  • Yellowstone Field Trip (9th grade)