November 17–30, 2022

Current School News

Current School News

November 17–30, 2022

Parent Education Corner

"If you bury yourself in Psalms," writes Dallas Willard, "you emerge knowing God and understanding life." How does this happen? "We learn from the psalms how to think and act in reference to God. We drink in God and God's world from them. They provide a vocabulary for living Godward, one inspired by God himself. They show us who God is, and that expands and lifts and directs our minds and hearts." (The Divine Conspiracy, 1998)

At The Oaks, we want to make all of God's word central to our daily life, and we want to create a place where we can incarnate the ideals and virtues found in Holy Scripture. As Willard notes, the Psalms play an especially powerful role in transforming our lives (which is also why we have committed to reading Psalms and Proverbs as a school). In light of this, here are two questions to consider:
How can I make this season of Thanksgiving special through my attention to the model of Christian prayer found in the Psalms?
How can I bless my family by doing this in my home and around my hearth?

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

The Oaks App

All School

Individual Picture Day - Fri., Nov. 18

Picture Day is Friday, November 18. Order packets were sent home with your child. 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 this is the Friday prior to Mid-Winter Break. 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 for the photographers to ensure they are connecting the correct name to the correct student. If you signed up for a sibling photo please send the order packet in with your youngest child.

Online Ordering
Code: FAL222139

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

Come cheer on The Oaks high school basketball teams as they compete in their first game of the season vs Spokane Athletic Coop. Instead of hosting a Family Night for this game, there will be pizza sold by the slice at the concession stand.

Family Night is designed to be a blessing and a special time for building community and fellowship. Therefore, the schedule has been adjusted to decrease the frequency, especially as the temperatures outside are dropping. Please see the revised schedule below.

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 Home Games (Family Nights denoted):

  • Nov. 18 – Oaks vs SAC
  • Dec. 9 – Oaks vs CCS
  • Dec. 16 – Oaks vs PCS (Family Night - pulled pork sandwiches)
  • Jan. 6 – Oaks vs NICS (Family Night - hamburgers)
  • Jan. 13 – Oaks vs CCP
  • Jan. 20 – Oaks vs SCCS (Family Night - brats & burgers)
  • Jan. 27 – Oaks vs KTSI

GAME TIMES:
4pm – JV Gentlemen; 5:30pm – Ladies;
7pm – Varsity Gentlemen
FAMILY NIGHT DETAILS:
Dinner is served from 5–7pm
$6 per person/$24 family max. includes dinner & admission

For the complete schedule please reference the Basketball page.

Wear your Oaks gear and get ready to cheer! Let's fill the gym with Oaks fans and root on our teams. GO OAKS!!!

*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

Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 21–25 (No School)

"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

May your break be filled with thankfulness and we look forward to welcoming you back Monday, November 28.

Lands' End Sale - Stock up on Winter Essentials! (Nov. 24–30)

November 24–30 – 20% off school uniform styles
Lands' End website – School Number: 900069105
Code: BINDER – Pin: 3359
Sale Flyer

The Gathering Place Reopens - Wed., Nov. 30 [7:30–8:20 am]

The Gathering Place baristas are eager to be back serving their morning treats after the Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 30! There will be some fun and tasty new items, including hot cocoa and mocha mix, just in time for the holiday season. These new options will be $2 each.

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 Wednesday prior to the 1st Friday 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 Your 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.

*Help Needed!

Lots of help is needed for this production! Please take a moment to look over the sign-up for this event and volunteer if you are available. 
It's A Wonderful Life Dessert Theatre Volunteer Sign-up 

Christmas Concert at The Fox - Tues., Dec. 13 [7pm]

*REHEARSAL DETAILS - Please Read Carefully & Respond Accordingly
***Transportation Forms Due by Fri., Dec. 2***

During the school day on Tuesday, December 13, the entire student body will be rehearsing at The Fox Theater for that evening's concert. Below is pertinent information for the day's rehearsal. Please read this information carefully and respond accordingly.

ATTIRE: Students are to be in uniform, formal uniform is not required for the rehearsal.

WHAT TO BRING: Students should bring the following items and nothing extra (no backpacks, textbooks, lunch boxes, etc.)

  • Brown Bag Lunch - Please make this completely disposable (paper bag, disposable drink, etc.) as any remaining items must be discarded afterwards.
  • Car Seat - If your child requires a car seat and will be riding home with someone other than the person who dropped them off, please leave a clearly labeled car seat with your child at drop-off.
  • Instruments - Students who are playing an instrument in the concert will need to bring their instrument with them to rehearsal and leave it at The Fox until the evening's performance. Instruments should be clearly labeled.
  • School Supplies - Secondary students will receive instructions from their teachers on what study items to bring. Grammar students' materials will be provided for them by their teachers. Please do not bring backpacks, etc.

DROP-OFF:
8:30am - Grammar students only carpools
8:45am - Secondary students only & grammar/secondary mixed carpools
All students will enter through Door C (see attachment). Parents may pull up to the curb along 1st Ave. or into the west parking lot to drop off your child. Oaks staff will escort students into the theater.

PICK-UP:
12:15–12:30pm - Kindergarten - exit SE doors, Door B (see attachment)
2:30–2:45pm - 1–12th grades
Grammar only carpools - exit SE doors, Door B (see attachment)
Grammar/Secondary mixed carpools - exit NE doors, Door A (see attachment)
Secondary only carpools - exit SW doors, Door C (see attachment)

Each student will check out with an Oaks staff member and exit at the predetermined door. It is extremely important that this process is organized so that every student is accounted for. Therefore, each family must complete the Christmas at The Fox: Rehearsal Transportation form on Jupiter for each of your children no later than Friday, December 2. This information will determine where your child will be picked up at the end of the rehearsal.

Please note that student drivers must bring money to park in a nearby public lot (no metered parking permitted). The theater's west parking lot is NOT available for student parking.

*CONCERT INFORMATION
***Reserved Seating Forms Due by Fri., Dec. 2***

After a three year hiatus, The Oaks is excited to be able to host our annual Christmas concert at The Fox theater 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. 

6:00pm - Doors open - Theatre Seating Chart
* Main level seating is first come, first served.
* Upper level seating may be reserved upon request - please complete the
Christmas at The Fox: Concert Reserved Seating form on Jupiter no later than Friday, December 2 if you would like to reserve seating.

6:45pm - Pre-Concert begins
* Please find your seats quietly during this time. 

7:00pm - Concert begins
* Photography and videography are NOT permitted during the program. Arrangements have been made with The Fox theater and professional photographer(s). These photographs and videos will be made available to families afterwards. Please refrain from taking photos or videos during the concert.

Further student details regarding the concert will be coming soon.

Christmas Concert Flyer

*Late start - Wed., Dec. 14 [9:30am]

There will be a late start to the school day following the concert on Wednesday, December 14th. Classes will begin at 9:30am on this day.

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.

It's A Wonderful Life Dessert Theatre (Dec. 2–3)
Christmas Concert at The Fox (Dec. 13)

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
Oaks Hoodies
Lands End Sale
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.

Reading Enhancement Program

The Oaks is excited to announce that Mrs. Holly Kimm is leading the way in developing a reading enhancement program for the lower grammar school. Mrs. Kimm will be working with students individually helping them to enhance their reading scores. Thank you Mrs. Kimm for leading the way in the development of this program.

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

NW ACCS Choral Festival Thank you from Mrs. Kim

The NW ACCS Choral Festival was a day full of beautiful music, warm fellowship, and worship through song with over 400 singers. Thank you to everyone who helped make this sizable undertaking a lovely reality with behind-the-scenes work. My heart was full of gratitude the whole day, particularly for the gracious hosting by our Oaks students and their focused participation in the day's events. If you did not have the opportunity to attend this year's concert, the ACCS NW Choral Festival Concert recording is available for you to enjoy.

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) TBD (7–9th 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) TBD (7–9th grades)
*Activity period will end at 2:45pm for extended Christmas Cantabile
Fri., Jan. 6 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 13 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 20 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 27 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th 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.

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.

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.

Reading Enhancement Program

The Oaks is excited to announce that Mrs. Holly Kimm is leading the way in developing a reading enhancement program for the lower grammar school. Mrs. Kimm will be working with students individually helping them to enhance their reading scores. Thank you Mrs. Kimm for leading the way in the development of this program.

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

NW ACCS Choral Festival Thank you from Mrs. Kim

The NW ACCS Choral Festival was a day full of beautiful music, warm fellowship, and worship through song with over 400 singers. Thank you to everyone who helped make this sizable undertaking a lovely reality with behind-the-scenes work. My heart was full of gratitude the whole day, particularly for the gracious hosting by our Oaks students and their focused participation in the day's events. If you did not have the opportunity to attend this year's concert, the ACCS NW Choral Festival Concert recording is available for you to enjoy.

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) TBD (7–9th 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) TBD (7–9th grades)
*Activity period will end at 2:45pm for extended Christmas Cantabile
Fri., Jan. 6 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 13 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 20 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th grades)
Fri., Jan. 27 – PM Activity Schedule
Dance Practice (10–12th grades) TBD (7–9th 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.

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.

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