November 11–17, 2021

Current School News

Current School News

November 11–17, 2021

Parent Education Corner

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate desserts. The right defense against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibilities of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head." - C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

For more good thoughts and encouragement regarding education and parenting, download the new Oaks app today. Click here to download the app, scan the QR code (below) on your phone, or visit your app store and search – OaksCCA.

All School

NW ACCS Administrators Conference - Thurs.–Fri., Nov. 11–12

The Oaks is excited to be hosting the 10th Annual NW ACCS Administrators Conference on November 11th and 12th. Each year administrators from Northwest ACCS schools attend this annual event and we are excited to be hosting once again. If you see administrators on campus, please be sure to welcome them.

NW ACCS Choir Concert - Fri., Nov. 12
*Tickets available for all after 9am Friday!

The Oaks is excited to be hosting high school students from 7 different NW ACCS schools at this year's Choir Festival on Friday, November 12. Oaks students (9–12th grades) will participate in the festival throughout the school day and then return at 5pm for a dress rehearsal. The Concert will begin at 7pm in the gym. Due to limited seating, this is a ticketed event. Free tickets are currently available to Oaks' parents of 9–12th graders in the school office. More tickets will be available on Friday, November 12 beginning at 9am. Please stop by the office to pick up your tickets.

Singapore Math Info. Night - Tues., Nov. 16 at 6:30pm

Join us on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30–7:15pm for an informational meeting regarding Singapore Math. We will be talking through the motivations for transitioning from Saxon Math to Singapore Math and providing strategies that will help your child to grow and thrive with this new curriculum. The meeting will be held in Miss Mewes' classroom in the 3rd grade portable. Both Miss Lucy Nolan and Miss Kim Mewes will be present to add to the discussion and answer questions.

Lost & Found - Thurs., Nov. 18

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.

Baby Shower Open House - Sat., Nov. 20; 10am–12pm

All Oaks ladies are welcome to attend an open house baby shower honoring Mrs. Margaret Dowers on Saturday, November 20 from 10am to 12pm. Further details are contained in the invitation below.
Baby Shower Invitation

Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 22–26

Enjoy the week-long break for Thanksgiving.

Picture Day - Tues., Nov. 30
*order packets will be sent home Mon., Nov. 15

Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30 (this is updated from what was originally published). This week there will be Formal Tuesday, rather than the weekly Formal Monday, so no need to wash the formal uniform on Monday night before pictures. Order information will be coming home with your child on Monday, November 15. So, please be looking for this information.

*sibling photo requests must be submitted to the office by Fri., Nov. 19 

This year there will be an opportunity to order sibling photos if you would like a picture of all of your children together. If you would like to have this photo taken, please send a request to the school office by Friday, November 19. Only those families who request a sibling photo will have one taken and the photographer will be unable to honor any requests made after Friday, November 19. You may call, email, or stop by the office to make this request.

Picture Day Letter
Online Ordering

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Dec. 3–4
*tickets now on sale! 

The Oaks Theatre presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Friday, December 3 at 7pm and Saturday December 4 at 2pm & 6pm. Tickets are $10 per person or $40 per family (immediate family members only). Tickets may be purchased online. Please click the link below for further details.
Purchase Tickets
Play Poster

Uniform Notes

  • LANDS' END UNIFORM SALE - Nov. 18–30
    Lands' End website – School Code: 900069105
    20% off school uniforms – Code: SHOPPER – Pin: 2655
  • TIGHTS (K–5 ladies): White footed tights are required for the formal uniform November through March for Oaks' ladies in K–5th grades. White, navy, or black footed tights, knee-highs, anklets, or no-show socks are optional items that may be worn on non-formal uniform days. 
  • TIGHTS (6–12 ladies): Black or dark navy footed tights or dark navy knee socks are required for the formal uniform November through March for Oaks' ladies in 6–12th grades. *Due to supply issues, the policy is being adjusted from the required Lands' End navy to allow black or dark navy tights/knee socks from other suppliers. Flesh-toned nylons, flesh-toned, navy, black, or white no-show socks, navy or black footless tights are optional items that may be worn on non-formal uniform days. 
  • PANTS (K–12 ladies): Oaks ladies may wear uniform pants November through March. Pants are an optional item and may only be worn on non-formal uniform days. A traditional style solid dark brown/black leather or leather-looking belt is required when wearing pants.
  • Uniform Policy & Pictorial Handbook

UPCOMING BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Add the upcoming games to your calendar and plan to come out to cheer on your Oaks teams! When attending athletic events please consider how we can be good hosts and follow the guidelines set forth in the letter below.
Athletics Director Letter

Tuesday, November 23
The Oaks vs SAC
3:30–JV Boys
5:00–Varsity Girls
6:30–Varsity Boys

Upcoming Dates

Dec. 1

  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Posted

Dec. 2

  • Christmas Concert Transportation Forms Due

Dec. 2–3

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

Dec. 5

  • PM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

Dec. 9

  • PM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

Dec. 10

  • Oaks Staff Christmas Party

Dec. 12

  • AM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

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
  • Office Hours [11am–4pm]
  • Kindergarten Priority Enrollment Begins

Jan. 3

  • Cantabile [8:15am]
  • Classes Resume

Jan. 6

  • PM Activity Day - Dance Practice (10–12th Grades)
  • Family Night
Best Christmas Pageant Ever
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Coffee Bar
Baby Shower Invite

Grammar School

White Tights for K–5 Ladies' Formal Uniform

Please remember that grammar school ladies (K-5) are to wear white tights with their formal uniforms. With school pictures coming up, it's a good time to check that your child is dressed in the proper formal uniform and ready to look sharp in both the individual and class pics!
Uniform Policy & Pictorial Handbook

Check-in & Check-out in the School Office

Have an appointment? Need to pick your child up early? Please check your child out in the office first. Once you've checked your child out you may pick him up from the classroom or ask the office to call the classroom. If you send a note with your child in the morning his teacher will send him to the office to meet you at the appropriate time. Likewise, please stop by the office to check your child in when returning to campus after an appointment, or anytime your child is arriving after 8:30am. Making sure that all students are checked in and out through the office by parents is a protection for your child and their classmates.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

A Note From the Dean Re: Measurement of Success

Please read the letter below from Mr. Trotter, Logic & Rhetoric School Dean for an uplifting note about the measurement of success for your child.
A Successful Student at The Oaks

AP Exams - Registration deadline Fri., Nov. 12

High school students have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement exam this May at The Oaks. For some colleges, students can receive college credit for passing an AP exam, scoring a "3" and above (on a 1-5 scale). This will enable a student to waive the equivalent college course during freshman year (Freshman English Composition, for example). So, for those participating colleges, passing an AP exam will save money (and time) in the long run. Each university handles AP credit differently; you will want to check out a specific college to understand how they treat AP exam scores.

To register, log into your Jupiter parent portal, go to Forms and select AP Exam Registration. Once your registration is processed, the exam fee will be applied to your Jupiter account and may be paid by cash or check in the school office or via credit card through Jupiter. Registration and payment are due by Friday, November 12. Please read the letter below for further information and contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson with any questions.
AP Exam Letter
AP Exam Schedule
AP Fee Reduction Policy

College Brown Bag Schedule

Students in 10–12th grade are welcome to join College & Career Counseling Director, Mrs. Lynn Gibson, during lunch to converse with representatives from local and national colleges and universities. These admissions officers are the ones who will be reading your application! Bring your sack lunch and your questions. Parents are welcome as well. See the schedule below for a complete list of visiting colleges. Please contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson with any questions.
College Brown Bag Schedule

*Cancelled - Dance Instruction - Thurs., Nov. 18

The dance instruction that was scheduled for The Logic & Rhetoric School on Thursday, November 18th has been cancelled. Students will NOT be following an activity schedule this day. 

Picture Day - Tues., Nov. 30 - No Activity Schedule

The Logic & Rhetoric School will NOT be following an activity schedule on Tuesday, November 30th, as was previously communicated. This year's all-school photo has been rescheduled for picture re-take day on Monday, Feb. 7. 

SHOE POLICY REMINDERS

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.

Formal Shoes:
*please remember to wear shoes that meet the requirements for formal uniform shoes on Formal Mondays

Ladies' Required Formal Uniform Shoes: solid dark brown or black, dark-soled, low-heeled (1" or less), leather or leather-looking dress shoes, no boots or booties. 

Gentlemen's Required Formal Uniform Shoes: solid dark brown or black, dark-soled, leather or leather-looking dress shoes.

Footwear: Shoes should be clean, comfortable, and in good repair. They should be solid-colored in one of the colors listed (95% or more of a particular color without pattern) and should not draw undue attention to the wearer. Proper shoe attire varies between non-formal and formal uniform requirements, as well as acceptable use of winter snow boots (which varies by grade). Please check the specific uniform requirement list for clarification. No sandals are permitted.
Uniform Policy & Pictorial Handbook

Grammar School

White Tights for K–5 Ladies' Formal Uniform

Please remember that grammar school ladies (K-5) are to wear white tights with their formal uniforms. With school pictures coming up, it's a good time to check that your child is dressed in the proper formal uniform and ready to look sharp in both the individual and class pics!
Uniform Policy & Pictorial Handbook

Check-in & Check-out in the School Office

Have an appointment? Need to pick your child up early? Please check your child out in the office first. Once you've checked your child out you may pick him up from the classroom or ask the office to call the classroom. If you send a note with your child in the morning his teacher will send him to the office to meet you at the appropriate time. Likewise, please stop by the office to check your child in when returning to campus after an appointment, or anytime your child is arriving after 8:30am. Making sure that all students are checked in and out through the office by parents is a protection for your child and their classmates.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

A Note From the Dean Re: Measurement of Success

Please read the letter below from Mr. Trotter, Logic & Rhetoric School Dean for an uplifting note about the measurement of success for your child.
A Successful Student at The Oaks

AP Exams - Registration deadline Fri., Nov. 12

High school students have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement exam this May at The Oaks. For some colleges, students can receive college credit for passing an AP exam, scoring a "3" and above (on a 1-5 scale). This will enable a student to waive the equivalent college course during freshman year (Freshman English Composition, for example). So, for those participating colleges, passing an AP exam will save money (and time) in the long run. Each university handles AP credit differently; you will want to check out a specific college to understand how they treat AP exam scores.

To register, log into your Jupiter parent portal, go to Forms and select AP Exam Registration. Once your registration is processed, the exam fee will be applied to your Jupiter account and may be paid by cash or check in the school office or via credit card through Jupiter. Registration and payment are due by Friday, November 12. Please read the letter below for further information and contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson with any questions.
AP Exam Letter
AP Exam Schedule
AP Fee Reduction Policy

College Brown Bag Schedule

Students in 10–12th grade are welcome to join College & Career Counseling Director, Mrs. Lynn Gibson, during lunch to converse with representatives from local and national colleges and universities. These admissions officers are the ones who will be reading your application! Bring your sack lunch and your questions. Parents are welcome as well. See the schedule below for a complete list of visiting colleges. Please contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson with any questions.
College Brown Bag Schedule

*Cancelled - Dance Instruction - Thurs., Nov. 18

The dance instruction that was scheduled for The Logic & Rhetoric School on Thursday, November 18th has been cancelled. Students will NOT be following an activity schedule this day. 

Picture Day - Tues., Nov. 30 - No Activity Schedule

The Logic & Rhetoric School will NOT be following an activity schedule on Tuesday, November 30th, as was previously communicated. This year's all-school photo has been rescheduled for picture re-take day on Monday, Feb. 7. 

SHOE POLICY REMINDERS

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.

Formal Shoes:
*please remember to wear shoes that meet the requirements for formal uniform shoes on Formal Mondays

Ladies' Required Formal Uniform Shoes: solid dark brown or black, dark-soled, low-heeled (1" or less), leather or leather-looking dress shoes, no boots or booties. 

Gentlemen's Required Formal Uniform Shoes: solid dark brown or black, dark-soled, leather or leather-looking dress shoes.

Footwear: Shoes should be clean, comfortable, and in good repair. They should be solid-colored in one of the colors listed (95% or more of a particular color without pattern) and should not draw undue attention to the wearer. Proper shoe attire varies between non-formal and formal uniform requirements, as well as acceptable use of winter snow boots (which varies by grade). Please check the specific uniform requirement list for clarification. No sandals are permitted.
Uniform Policy & Pictorial Handbook

Upcoming Dates

Dec. 1

  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Posted

Dec. 2

  • Christmas Concert Transportation Forms Due

Dec. 2–3

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

Dec. 5

  • PM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

Dec. 9

  • PM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

Dec. 10

  • Oaks Staff Christmas Party

Dec. 12

  • AM Activity Day - Music Rehearsals

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
  • Office Hours [11am–4pm]
  • Kindergarten Priority Enrollment Begins

Jan. 3

  • Cantabile [8:15am]
  • Classes Resume

Jan. 6

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