November 4–10, 2021

Current School News

Current School News

November 4–10, 2021

Parent Education Corner

 

In his address to the Christian Nobility, Martin Luther warned parents about education. "I am much afraid that the schools will prove the gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which means are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must be corrupt."

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All School

Soccer & Varsity Volleyball Tournament - Fri.–Sat., Nov. 5–6

Cheer on The Oaks soccer and varsity volleyball teams Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, at the Mountain Christian League Soccer and Varsity Volleyball Tournaments. The tournaments will be held at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls. Friday, the varsity volleyball ladies will be playing at 11am and 2pm while the soccer boys will be playing at 2pm. GO OAKS!!!

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

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.

Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 22–26

Enjoy the week-long break for Thanksgiving.

Picture Day - Tues., Nov. 30
*order packets will be sent home Tues., Nov. 9

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 Tuesday, November 9. So, please be looking for this information. This year there will also be an opportunity to order sibling photos if you would like a picture of all of your children. Stay tuned for details...

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 for Ladies

  • TIGHTS (K–5 ladies): White footed tights are required for the formal uniform November thru 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 thru 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 thru 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 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

Grammar School

Daily Start Times

As families continue to develop routines for the school year, please remember that classroom doors open at 8am on Mondays, allowing students time to unpack and be ready to depart the classroom by 8:12am. This way classes are in the gym and ready for Cantabile to begin promptly at 8:15am.  Classroom doors open at 8:15am the remainder of the week (Tues.–Fri.). When running late, please check in at the office and then your child may join their class either in the gym for Cantabile (Mondays) or in the classroom (Tues.–Fri.).

Winter Recess Readiness

As the weather cools, please make sure to send a coat with your child, in addition to the cardigan or track jacket. Grammar students enjoy going outside for recess even when it's cold and there is a light sprinkling. Now might be a good time to gather gloves and hats for winter recess in the weeks to come. When will the first recess snowman be built this year?! And don't forget to label all of your child's items so that they can easily be returned if they happen to be lost.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

A Note From the Dean Re: Monthly Memorization

Each day I have the privilege of reading the scriptures with our Oaks secondary school ladies and gentlemen right before the lunch blessing. It is a highlight of my day! In the first four weeks of the 2021-22 school year, we read from Psalm 119. throughout the reading of eight verses a day, we focus our attention on the importance of loving the Word of the Lord and the joy of knowing that it directs us along the path of righteousness. Hear Psalm 119:97–104:

Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
I have not departed from Your judgements,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

To increase our students' love of God's Word, we will begin memorizing a selection of scripture each month. This is NOT an additional academic requirement; rather, it is an opportunity to join together to grow in grace. I will read our monthly selection each Tuesday and Thursday before the lunch blessing and encourage our ladies and gentlemen to include a review of the selected scripture in their daily devotion. It is a fine idea to learn the chosen monthly scripture as a family. Our October scripture was Psalm 1, followed by Exodus 20:1–17 in November.

Blessings on each of you!

Mr. Trotter

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

AP Exams - Registration now open
*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

NW ACCS Choir Concert - Fri., Nov. 12 - 7pm
*Parent tickets available in the school office!

The Oaks is excited to be hosting high school students from 10 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 available to Oaks' parents of 9–12th graders in the school office. More tickets may be available after the initial distribution. Please stop by the office today to pick up your tickets.

Dance Instruction - Thurs., Nov. 18

The Logic & Rhetoric School will be following an activity schedule on Thursday, November 18th, allowing them the opportunity to participate in some dance instruction at the end of the day, led by Mrs. Heidy Cartwright. Several dance instruction days are scheduled throughout the 1st semester in preparation for the Winter Dance (9–12th grades), which is scheduled for Saturday, January 15. Any parents who would like to participate in the instruction (and the dance) are encouraged to join in the fun!

Picture Day - Tues., Nov. 30 - Activity Schedule

The Logic & Rhetoric School will be following an activity schedule on Tuesday, November 30th for picture day, as all partake in this year's all-school photo during 1st period. By having 45 minute periods rather than the regular 55 minutes, the activity schedule allows for an extra period in the day so that students still have their regular 6 classes for that day.

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

Daily Start Times

As families continue to develop routines for the school year, please remember that classroom doors open at 8am on Mondays, allowing students time to unpack and be ready to depart the classroom by 8:12am. This way classes are in the gym and ready for Cantabile to begin promptly at 8:15am.  Classroom doors open at 8:15am the remainder of the week (Tues.–Fri.). When running late, please check in at the office and then your child may join their class either in the gym for Cantabile (Mondays) or in the classroom (Tues.–Fri.).

Winter Recess Readiness

As the weather cools, please make sure to send a coat with your child, in addition to the cardigan or track jacket. Grammar students enjoy going outside for recess even when it's cold and there is a light sprinkling. Now might be a good time to gather gloves and hats for winter recess in the weeks to come. When will the first recess snowman be built this year?! And don't forget to label all of your child's items so that they can easily be returned if they happen to be lost.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

A Note From the Dean Re: Monthly Memorization

Each day I have the privilege of reading the scriptures with our Oaks secondary school ladies and gentlemen right before the lunch blessing. It is a highlight of my day! In the first four weeks of the 2021-22 school year, we read from Psalm 119. throughout the reading of eight verses a day, we focus our attention on the importance of loving the Word of the Lord and the joy of knowing that it directs us along the path of righteousness. Hear Psalm 119:97–104:

Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
I have not departed from Your judgements,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

To increase our students' love of God's Word, we will begin memorizing a selection of scripture each month. This is NOT an additional academic requirement; rather, it is an opportunity to join together to grow in grace. I will read our monthly selection each Tuesday and Thursday before the lunch blessing and encourage our ladies and gentlemen to include a review of the selected scripture in their daily devotion. It is a fine idea to learn the chosen monthly scripture as a family. Our October scripture was Psalm 1, followed by Exodus 20:1–17 in November.

Blessings on each of you!

Mr. Trotter

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

AP Exams - Registration now open
*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

NW ACCS Choir Concert - Fri., Nov. 12 - 7pm
*Parent tickets available in the school office!

The Oaks is excited to be hosting high school students from 10 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 available to Oaks' parents of 9–12th graders in the school office. More tickets may be available after the initial distribution. Please stop by the office today to pick up your tickets.

Dance Instruction - Thurs., Nov. 18

The Logic & Rhetoric School will be following an activity schedule on Thursday, November 18th, allowing them the opportunity to participate in some dance instruction at the end of the day, led by Mrs. Heidy Cartwright. Several dance instruction days are scheduled throughout the 1st semester in preparation for the Winter Dance (9–12th grades), which is scheduled for Saturday, January 15. Any parents who would like to participate in the instruction (and the dance) are encouraged to join in the fun!

Picture Day - Tues., Nov. 30 - Activity Schedule

The Logic & Rhetoric School will be following an activity schedule on Tuesday, November 30th for picture day, as all partake in this year's all-school photo during 1st period. By having 45 minute periods rather than the regular 55 minutes, the activity schedule allows for an extra period in the day so that students still have their regular 6 classes for that day.

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