November 3–9, 2022

Current School News

Current School News

November 3–9, 2022

Parent Education Corner

"Jesus says, 'The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!' (Matthew 6:22–23; Luke 11:34). Yes, our eyes will be drawn to what our hearts desire, but they also often hold sway. Our eyes are not neutral. They influence and even drive our hearts. If we feed them what is true, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, our eyes can grow our faith, heighten our love, and intensify our happiness. But where the eyes wander, the heart quickly follows – and falls. How many of us leave our eyes on too long a leash?"  – Marshall Segal, What Do You Feed Your Eyes? at desiringGod.org (emphasis added)

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

The Oaks App

All School

Invitation to Dads – Weekly Book Discussion
*Still time to sign-up – Limited to first 12!

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 We are looking for 10 to 12 gentlemen (dads) that are interested in sharpening and being sharpened. On Tuesday mornings, from 6:30–7:25am Mr. Trotter will be leading a reading and discussion of The Hole in our Holiness by Pastor Kevin DeYoung. No outside reading or preparation required. If you are interested please call or stop by the school office to sign up. This opportunity is limited to the first twelve dads who sign up. The discussion starts Tuesday, November 8.

MCL Varsity Soccer & Volleyball Tournament - Fri.–Sat., Nov. 4–5

Come cheer on The Oaks soccer and varsity volleyball teams Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, at the Mountain Christian League Varsity Soccer and Volleyball Tournaments. The tournaments will be held at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls. Friday, the varsity volleyball ladies' 1st game will be at 11:30am while the soccer boys will be playing at 4pm. GO OAKS!!!

For full tournament details, please visit the Mountain Christian League website.

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 once again. 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!

Help Needed for Admin. Conference & Choir Festival!

It is a great blessing to have the opportunity to host other ACCS schools on November 10 & 11 for the NW ACCS Regional Administrators Conference & Choral Festival. With over 400 additional students on campus and 40 administrators any help that you you are able to provide is greatly appreciated. Sign-up at the links below or contact Beth Schultz to see how you can serve at these events. 

NW Administrators Conference (Nov. 10–11)
NW ACCS Regional Choir Festival (Nov. 11)

Individual Picture Day - Fri., Nov. 18

Picture Day is scheduled for Friday, November 18. Order packets will be sent home with each 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).

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 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.

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

It's A Wonderful Life Poster

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
Christmas Concert 11x17 Poster
Coffee Bar

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.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

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.

Lilac Festival Opportunity

Calling leaders! Become a candidate for the 2023 Spokane Lilac Festival Royal Court & Scholarship Program. All eligible high school senior girls who are interested must attend one of four orientation sessions with a parent or guardian to participate. For further information please visit the Spokane Lilac Festival website.

Sun., Nov. 6 [2–4pm]
The Hive – 2904 E Sprague

Mon., Nov. 7 [6–8pm]
Spokane Valley Library – 12004 E Main Ave

College Brown Bag Schedule

Rhetoric students(10–12th grades) are welcome to join College Counselor, Mrs. Lynn Gibson, during lunch to converse with representatives from local and national colleges and universities. The updated College Brown Bag Schedule lists the schools and dates. Bring your sack lunch and your questions! Parents are welcome as well. Room 4, 12:35–1:05pm.

Mon., Nov. 7 - Whitworth University
Wed., Nov. 8 - Great Northern University
Thurs., Nov. 9 - University of Idaho

High School Basketball Registration Now Open
*Due Mon., Nov. 7

If your child is planning to participate in basketball (9–12th grades), be sure to register today. Log in to your Jupiter parent portal and select the basketball registration form under Forms. Registrations are due by Monday, November 7.

AP Exams - Registration now open
*Registration deadline - Tues., Nov. 8

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 Tuesday, November 8. Please read the information below for further details and contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson with any questions.

AP Exam Information

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 break 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.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

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.

Lilac Festival Opportunity

Calling leaders! Become a candidate for the 2023 Spokane Lilac Festival Royal Court & Scholarship Program. All eligible high school senior girls who are interested must attend one of four orientation sessions with a parent or guardian to participate. For further information please visit the Spokane Lilac Festival website.

Sun., Nov. 6 [2–4pm]
The Hive – 2904 E Sprague

Mon., Nov. 7 [6–8pm]
Spokane Valley Library – 12004 E Main Ave

College Brown Bag Schedule

Rhetoric students(10–12th grades) are welcome to join College Counselor, Mrs. Lynn Gibson, during lunch to converse with representatives from local and national colleges and universities. The updated College Brown Bag Schedule lists the schools and dates. Bring your sack lunch and your questions! Parents are welcome as well. Room 4, 12:35–1:05pm.

Mon., Nov. 7 - Whitworth University
Wed., Nov. 8 - Great Northern University
Thurs., Nov. 9 - University of Idaho

High School Basketball Registration Now Open
*Due Mon., Nov. 7

If your child is planning to participate in basketball (9–12th grades), be sure to register today. Log in to your Jupiter parent portal and select the basketball registration form under Forms. Registrations are due by Monday, November 7.

AP Exams - Registration now open
*Registration deadline - Tues., Nov. 8

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 Tuesday, November 8. Please read the information below for further details and contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson with any questions.

AP Exam Information

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