November 10–16, 2022

Current School News

Current School News

November 10–16, 2022

Parent Education Corner

"Almighty God, as I cross the threshold of this day I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, friends to Thy care. Watch over, keep, guide, direct, sanctify, bless me. Incline my heart to thy ways. Mould me wholly into the image of Jesus, as a potter forms clay. May my lips be a well-tuned harp to sound Thy praise. Let those around see me living by Thy Spirit, trampling the world underfoot, unconformed to lying vanities, transformed by a renewed mind, clad in the entire armour of God, shining as a never-dimmed light, showing holiness in all my doings. Let no evil this day soil my thoughts, words, hands. May I travel miry paths with a life pure from spot or stain. In needful transactions let my affection be in heaven, and my love soar upwards in flames of fire, my gaze fixed on unseen things, my eyes open to the emptiness, fragility, mockery of earth and its vanities. May I view all things in the mirror of eternity, waiting for the coming of my Lord, listening for the trumpet call, hastening unto the new heaven and earth. Order this day all my communications according to Thy wisdom, and to the gain of mutual good. Forbid that I should not be profited or made profitable. 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."  – Morning Dedication, Valley of Vision  (this prayer was offered at the Father/Son Breakfast)

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

The Oaks App

All School

NW ACCS Administrators Conference - Thurs.–Fri., Nov. 10–11

The Oaks is excited to be hosting the Annual NW ACCS Administrators Conference on November 10th and 11th. Each year administrators from Northwest ACCS schools attend this annual event and we are excited to be hosting 40+ administrators from over 30 regional schools. If you see administrators on campus, please be sure to welcome them.

NW ACCS Regional Choral Concert - Fri., Nov. 11 [6:30pm]
*Call the school office to reserve a seat!

The Oaks is excited to welcome area ACCS schools to this year's NW ACCS Regional Choral Festival on Friday, November 11. Oaks 9–12th grade choir members have already been hard at work preparing the mass choir numbers, as well as an individual choir selection which they will be performing that evening. For all 9–12th grade students, the day begins at 8:30am and continues through the evening's concert. All Oaks families, friends, and grandparents are invited to attend the evening's concert, beginning at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. Your supportive presence would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to attend, please reserve your seats by calling The Oaks' office at 509-536-5955. With over 450 participants, we anticipate that seating will be full for the event!

The Gathering Place (Coffee Bar) Closed Wed., Nov. 16

The Oaks Coffee Bar will be closed on Wednesday, November 16. The baristas look forward to serving you again Wednesday, November 30, after the Thanksgiving break.

Lost & Found  – Thurs., Nov. 17

Lost & found items will be set out in the MP foyer on Thursday. 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.

Individual Picture Day - Fri., Nov. 18

Picture Day is scheduled for Friday, November 18. Order packets have been sent home with your child, so please check those backpacks for this information. Holding picture day on Friday this year means that formal uniforms will not be needed on an additional day of the week. Leo's Photography will be taking individual photos only at this time. Class photos and the all school photo will be taken on Friday, February 17 along with any re-takes. *Please note that both of these Fridays are the Friday prior to a break (Nov. 18–Thanksgiving & Feb. 17–Mid-Winter). Orders may be placed online here , using the code -Code: FAL222139. All students should turn in their order packet to their homeroom teacher whether or not an order is being placed or has been placed online. These packets serve as a double check that the photographers are connecting the correct name to the correct student.  

Online Ordering
Code: FAL222139

Sibling Photo sign-ups due by Fri., Nov. 11 

Once again this year, there will be an opportunity to order sibling photos if you would like a picture of all of your children together. Please stop by or call the school office no later than Friday, November 11 to sign-up for this photo and to pick up an order packet.  Only those families who signed up for a sibling photo will have one taken.

Upcoming Basketball Season Family Nights
* Next Family Night - Fri., Nov. 18

Basketball season is here! Which means we have more opportunities to get together as an Oaks community to fellowship with one another! Bring the whole family to cheer on our Oaks basketball teams this season. For $6 per person (family maximum - $24) you will receive dinner and admission to all the games. Wear your Oaks gear and get ready to cheer! Let's fill the gym with Oaks fans and root on our teams. GO OAKS!!!

Game Times:
4pm – JV Gentlemen; 5:30pm – Ladies;
7pm – Varsity Gentlemen
Dinner is served from 5–7pm

*Sign-up to Help!

Would you consider serving a short shift at the next Oaks Family Night? Grab a friend or family member and sign up for a shift serving food, grilling, or cleaning a few dishes at the end of the night. It's a great way to serve the community and we'd be grateful for your help. All volunteers get a free meal and admission to the game!

Family Night Volunteer Sign-up

Upcoming Basketball Family Nights:

  • Nov. 18 – Oaks vs SAC
  • Dec. 9 – Oaks vs CCS
  • Dec. 16 – Oaks vs PCS
  • Jan. 6 – Oaks vs NICS
  • Jan. 13 – Oaks vs CCP
  • Jan. 20 – Oaks vs SCCS
  • Jan. 27 – Oaks vs KTSI

*Order an Oaks Hoodie - orders due by Fri., Nov. 18

Looking for a new Oaks hoodie? Fill out the "Oaks Hoodie Order" form in Jupiter to place an order today. There are 5 styles to choose from. The cost for each hoodie is $40 (tax included). These pre-orders will close soon, so be sure to place your order no later than Friday, November 18. This will ensure the production can begin over the Thanksgiving break.

Oaks Hoodie Styles

Friday Pizza Lunch – Place your December Order Now!
* All December orders must be placed by 3pm Wed., Nov. 30.

The December Pizza Lunch Order form is now open on Jupiter. All orders must be submitted by 3pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month. The form will be locked after this time. 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.

It's A Wonderful Life Dessert Theatre - Fri. & Sat., Dec. 2 & 3
*Purchase Tickets Today!

It's A Wonderful Life Poster
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Tickets for It's A Wonderful Life Dessert Theatre are now on sale! This year's production is presented as a live radio show dessert theatre with three showings Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd. PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Uniform Notes

Seasonal Uniform Notes for Ladies as of Nov. 1

  • TIGHTS (K–5 ladies): White footed tights or knee socks are required for the formal uniform, beginning November 1 for Oaks' ladies in K–5th grades. 
  • TIGHTS (6–12 ladies): Black (or dark navy) footed tights or knee socks are required for the formal uniform, beginning November 1 for Oaks' ladies in 6–12th grades. 
  • PANTS (K–12 ladies): Oaks ladies may begin wearing uniform pants in the month of November. Pants are an optional item and may only be worn on non-formal uniform days.
  • Uniform Policy & Pictorial Handbook

A Note about Tights:

When purchasing tights, please check the packaging carefully to ensure you are in fact purchasing tights, as opposed to leggings. While "footless tights" are acceptable for 6–12th grade ladies on non-formal days, footed tights (or knee socks) must be worn on formal days. Leggings are not uniform approved. Secondary families, black tights are preferred for the formal uniform. Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! We recognize that purchasing these items has become more challenging as the verbiage and styles being offered changes regularly. We try to keep our terms as current & clear as possible while maintaining The Oaks standard in our attire. Your attention to these details is a blessing to the entire school family.

Oaks Logo Embroidery Requirement Reminder

As a reminder, the embroidered Oaks logo is required on all uniform tops (shirts, vests, jackets, etc.). All uniform items, excepting vests & cardigans, must be purchased through Lands' End using our school number so that the proper embroidery is in place. If embroidery is needed for your vests or cardigans (purchased from Spokane Uniform House) please drop them off at the school office for the next run. New vests and cardigans may be exchanged for the same item with the logo already on it. The embroidery cost for these items is $5.95 (tax included) per item.

Christmas Concert at The Fox - Tues., Dec. 13 [7pm]
*Rehearsals at The Fox Theater downtown during school day.
*Late start - Wed., Dec. 14 [9:30am]

Christmas Concert Flyer

After a three year hiatus, The Oaks is excited to be able to hold our annual Christmas concert at The Fox once again! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 13 at 7pm and start inviting your friends and family to this once a year free gift to the greater Spokane area. 

Events Help Sign-ups

Beth Schultz, Activities Coordinator, is looking to partner with parents in planning & executing upcoming school events. Below are sign-ups for these events. Please contact Beth with any questions.

NW Administrators Conference (Nov. 10–11)
NW ACCS Regional Choir Festival (Nov. 11)
It's A Wonderful Life Dessert Theatre (Dec. 2–3)

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 18

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th)
  • End of 1st Quarter
  • Picture Day

Nov. 21–25

  • Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Dec. 1

  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Posted

Dec. 2–3

  • It's A Wonderful Life Dessert Theatre
    Friday @ 7pm; Saturday @ 2pm & 6pm

Dec. 5

  • AM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

Dec. 9

  • PM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

Dec. 10

  • Oaks Staff Christmas Party

Dec. 13

  • Christmas Concert Rehearsal @ The Fox Theater
  • Christmas Concert @ The Fox Theater [7pm]

Dec. 14

  • Late Start [9:30am]

Dec. 15

  • Winter Ball Gown Closet

Dec. 16

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th Grades)
  • Christmas Cantabile [2:45–3:15pm}
  • Family Night

Dec. 19 – Jan. 2

  • Christmas Break (No School)

Jan. 2

  • Teachers & Office Staff Return to School
  • Kindergarten Priority Enrollment Begins

Jan. 3

  • Classes Resume

Jan. 6

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th Grades)
  • Family Night
Choral Festival Poster 11x17
Oaks Hoodies
Christmas Concert 11x17 Poster

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.

Cold Weather Gear for Recess

As a reminder, grammar classes continue going outside for recess during the colder temperatures and winter weather. We ask that families please prepare your child with proper cold weather attire for this purpose. And as always, labeling all of your items will help ensure they find their way home.

Additional Option for K–5th Grade Ladies Formal Uniform

White knee socks are now a part of the formal uniform for ladies in kindergarten through 5th grade. These ladies now have the option of wearing either white footed tights or white knee socks as part of their formal uniform during the winter months. The uniform policy will be updated soon to reflect this change.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Uniform Shoe Notes:

* Winter Snow Boots (includes rubber boots)

7–12th grade students may wear winter snow boots when snow has fallen the night before or early in the morning before school begins. *Rubber boots are considered snow boots.

* Update for 10–12th Grade Gentlemen re: White Tennis Shoes

White tennis shoes for 10–12th grade gentlemen may now be worn with pants or shorts. The uniform policy will be updated soon to reflect this change.

Northwest ACCS Choral Festival - Fri., Nov. 11
*9–12th grade students participating all day and through the evening's concert

The Northwest ACCS Choral Festival is right around the corner on Friday, November 11th! Oaks 9–12th grade students will have the privilege of hosting about 380 students from other regional ACCS schools  as well as New Saint Andrews College for this day of fellowship and music making which will begin at 8:30am and culminate in a concert at 6:30 in the evening. Both lunch and dinner (as well as a bit of folk dancing) will be provided for the day and shared with all attending schools. Not only will students participate in the mass choir, but they will also have the honor of presenting a piece as an individual choir for the evening's concert. This event is a beautiful opportunity for our students to practice hospitality and grow in their love for God's people and His worship through song. Students should plan to be at school from 8:30am until the close of the concert that evening. We anticipate that all 9–12th grade students will enjoy hosting the entire day! In fact, The Oaks considers this a mandatory event. Please reach out to Mrs. Amy Kim if you have questions.

Protocol Event: Rhetoric School Winter Ball (10–12th Grades)
An Evening of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty -
Sat., Jan., 28
* RSVP Due Fri., Nov. 18 (form available on Jupiter)
* Payment Due Fri., Dec. 9 

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2022 from 5–9pm
WHERE: Spokane Club
WHAT: An evening of truth, goodness, and beauty to include a formal dinner and ballroom dancing
ATTIRE: Formal
* Ladies' Protocol Attire Ideas
* Gentlemen's Protocol Attire Ideas
RSVP: Due by Friday, November 18 (form available on Jupiter)
COST: $125 per person, with scholarships available. Payment due by Friday, December 9 (cash or check in the office or credit card via Jupiter)
SCHOLARSHIPS: If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please indicate on the RSVP form and include the amount you would like to donate with your payment. Those interested in obtaining a scholarship please indicate on the RSVP form.
PREPARATION: Etiquette review and training with Mr. & Mrs. Trotter will take place during the school day for all 10th through 12th grade students.
PARENT ATTENDANCE: There are a limited number of spaces for parents this year. Once student RSVPs are finalized parents will have the opportunity to sign up. Senior families will have first priority, junior families second, and so on.

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., Nov. 18 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
Mon., Dec. 5 – AM Activity Schedule - Music Rehearsals
Fri., Dec. 9 – PM Activity Schedule - Music Rehearsals
Fri., Dec. 16 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
*Activity period will end at 2:45pm for extended Christmas Cantabile
Fri., Jan. 6 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
Fri., Jan. 13 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
Fri., Jan. 20 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
Fri., Jan. 27 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)

Winter Ball Gown Closet - Thur., Dec. 15
*Donations accepted Dec. 5–14

Yes! It's true! The Oaks Protocol team is hosting a winter ball gown event that offers FREE BALL GOWNS to Oaks Rhetoric School ladies who are looking for a lovely dress for the upcoming Winter Ball.

Here's how it works... Beginning December 5th, families who would like to donate a modest formal gown (floor length only for the winter ball) may do so by bringing it to the clothing rack inside the girls locker room. The gown you donate will be freely offered to any young lady in grades 10–12 on Thursday, December 15 during the lunch period or directly after school. 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. Woodroof if you have any questions.

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.

Oaks Hoodies - Nov. 1–Feb.17

Logic & Rhetoric students (7–12th grades) will be allowed to wear their Oaks hoodies during the school day from November 1 through February 17 (mid-winter break) on non-formal uniform days.

NOVEMBER SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION

Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.
Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
My soul breaks with longing
For your judgments at all times.
You rebuke the proud–the cursed,
Who stray from Your commandments.
Remove from me reproach and contempt,
For I have kept Your testimonies.
Princes also sit and speak against me,
But Your servant meditates on Your statutes
- Psalm 119:17-23

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.

Cold Weather Gear for Recess

As a reminder, grammar classes continue going outside for recess during the colder temperatures and winter weather. We ask that families please prepare your child with proper cold weather attire for this purpose. And as always, labeling all of your items will help ensure they find their way home.

Additional Option for K–5th Grade Ladies Formal Uniform

White knee socks are now a part of the formal uniform for ladies in kindergarten through 5th grade. These ladies now have the option of wearing either white footed tights or white knee socks as part of their formal uniform during the winter months. The uniform policy will be updated soon to reflect this change.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Uniform Shoe Notes:

* Winter Snow Boots (includes rubber boots)

7–12th grade students may wear winter snow boots when snow has fallen the night before or early in the morning before school begins. *Rubber boots are considered snow boots.

* Update for 10–12th Grade Gentlemen re: White Tennis Shoes

White tennis shoes for 10–12th grade gentlemen may now be worn with pants or shorts. The uniform policy will be updated soon to reflect this change.

Northwest ACCS Choral Festival - Fri., Nov. 11
*9–12th grade students participating all day and through the evening's concert

The Northwest ACCS Choral Festival is right around the corner on Friday, November 11th! Oaks 9–12th grade students will have the privilege of hosting about 380 students from other regional ACCS schools  as well as New Saint Andrews College for this day of fellowship and music making which will begin at 8:30am and culminate in a concert at 6:30 in the evening. Both lunch and dinner (as well as a bit of folk dancing) will be provided for the day and shared with all attending schools. Not only will students participate in the mass choir, but they will also have the honor of presenting a piece as an individual choir for the evening's concert. This event is a beautiful opportunity for our students to practice hospitality and grow in their love for God's people and His worship through song. Students should plan to be at school from 8:30am until the close of the concert that evening. We anticipate that all 9–12th grade students will enjoy hosting the entire day! In fact, The Oaks considers this a mandatory event. Please reach out to Mrs. Amy Kim if you have questions.

Protocol Event: Rhetoric School Winter Ball (10–12th Grades)
An Evening of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty -
Sat., Jan., 28
* RSVP Due Fri., Nov. 18 (form available on Jupiter)
* Payment Due Fri., Dec. 9 

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2022 from 5–9pm
WHERE: Spokane Club
WHAT: An evening of truth, goodness, and beauty to include a formal dinner and ballroom dancing
ATTIRE: Formal
* Ladies' Protocol Attire Ideas
* Gentlemen's Protocol Attire Ideas
RSVP: Due by Friday, November 18 (form available on Jupiter)
COST: $125 per person, with scholarships available. Payment due by Friday, December 9 (cash or check in the office or credit card via Jupiter)
SCHOLARSHIPS: If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please indicate on the RSVP form and include the amount you would like to donate with your payment. Those interested in obtaining a scholarship please indicate on the RSVP form.
PREPARATION: Etiquette review and training with Mr. & Mrs. Trotter will take place during the school day for all 10th through 12th grade students.
PARENT ATTENDANCE: There are a limited number of spaces for parents this year. Once student RSVPs are finalized parents will have the opportunity to sign up. Senior families will have first priority, junior families second, and so on.

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., Nov. 18 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
Mon., Dec. 5 – AM Activity Schedule - Music Rehearsals
Fri., Dec. 9 – PM Activity Schedule - Music Rehearsals
Fri., Dec. 16 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
*Activity period will end at 2:45pm for extended Christmas Cantabile
Fri., Jan. 6 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
Fri., Jan. 13 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
Fri., Jan. 20 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)
Fri., Jan. 27 – PM Activity Schedule - Dance Practice (10–12th grades)

Winter Ball Gown Closet - Thur., Dec. 15
*Donations accepted Dec. 5–14

Yes! It's true! The Oaks Protocol team is hosting a winter ball gown event that offers FREE BALL GOWNS to Oaks Rhetoric School ladies who are looking for a lovely dress for the upcoming Winter Ball.

Here's how it works... Beginning December 5th, families who would like to donate a modest formal gown (floor length only for the winter ball) may do so by bringing it to the clothing rack inside the girls locker room. The gown you donate will be freely offered to any young lady in grades 10–12 on Thursday, December 15 during the lunch period or directly after school. 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. Woodroof if you have any questions.

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.

Oaks Hoodies - Nov. 1–Feb.17

Logic & Rhetoric students (7–12th grades) will be allowed to wear their Oaks hoodies during the school day from November 1 through February 17 (mid-winter break) on non-formal uniform days.

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 18

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th)
  • End of 1st Quarter
  • Picture Day

Nov. 21–25

  • Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Dec. 1

  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Posted

Dec. 2–3

  • It's A Wonderful Life Dessert Theatre
    Friday @ 7pm; Saturday @ 2pm & 6pm

Dec. 5

  • AM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

Dec. 9

  • PM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

Dec. 10

  • Oaks Staff Christmas Party

Dec. 13

  • Christmas Concert Rehearsal @ The Fox Theater
  • Christmas Concert @ The Fox Theater [7pm]

Dec. 14

  • Late Start [9:30am]

Dec. 15

  • Winter Ball Gown Closet

Dec. 16

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th Grades)
  • Christmas Cantabile [2:45–3:15pm}
  • Family Night

Dec. 19 – Jan. 2

  • Christmas Break (No School)

Jan. 2

  • Teachers & Office Staff Return to School
  • Kindergarten Priority Enrollment Begins

Jan. 3

  • Classes Resume

Jan. 6

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th Grades)
  • Family Night