October 22 - 28, 2020

Current School News

October 22 - 28, 2020

All School

Mid-term Grades on Jupiter

Your child's mid-term grades are available to view on Jupiter. The first screen ("To Do") in Jupiter will show all of your child's subjects with a current overall grade. To see specific assignment grades click on an individual subject.

Lost & Found - Wed., Oct. 28

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

Open House Month - November

November is The Oaks' Fall Open House Month. Due to COVID, our November Open House has been reformatted to encompass the entire month of November. If you know someone who is interested in learning more about The Oaks and would enjoy an Open House tour we would love to host them. To schedule a personal tour contact Anya Schnell at 509-536-5955 or anya.schnell@theoakscca.org. 

Open House Invitation

Conservatory Faculty Recital - Fri., Nov. 20, 2-3pm

Grammar school students and all parents are invited to The Oaks Conservatory Faculty Recital on Fri., Nov. 20 from 2-3pm in the gym.

The Oaks Conservatory Faculty Recital Invitation

Parking Lot Reminders

Thank you all for your courteousness in the parking lots at drop-off and pick-up each day. We could still improve in a few areas though! Please review the following details and the parking lot map. We also ask that you share this information with anyone who is driving your child. Thank you for loving our community and Valley Fourth well through your daily travels.

Please remember to:

  • Use the designated entrances and exits
  • Refrain from parking in the church designated areas
  • Pull completely into a parking space
  • Follow these procedures when dropping off or picking up at anytime throughout the school day

2020-21 Parking Lot Map

Have You Joined Friends of The Oaks?

Join a growing community of givers who make this kingdom work possible! For more info. -- Friends of The Oaks

Ladies' Prayer - Thursdays at 8:30am

The Oaks' Ladies' prayer group meets each Thurs. at 8:30am in CE#3. All Oaks ladies are welcome to attend. Please note, the Ladies' prayer group does not meet on non-school days.

Moms' Prayer Walks - Fridays at 2:30pm

All Oaks moms are welcome to join us each Friday for "prayer walks" on The Oaks field at 2:30pm. Bring your Bible and we will pray through the Lord's Prayer and a Psalm, lifting up our school and community. We will wrap up in time to join Cantabile at 3pm. Please contact Mrs. Margaret Dowers with any questions (see the school directory for her contact info). Please note, Moms' prayer walks do not occur on non-school days.

Volunteer Sign-ups

Thank you to our many volunteers! Many hands make light work and your help is greatly appreciated. If you would like to volunteer please sign up through the Google sheet (link below). This sign-up includes volunteer opportunities for All-School, Events, Grammar School, and Logic & Rhetoric Schools. Feel free to bookmark this sheet so you are able to come back to it anytime.

Volunteer Sign-up Sheet

Check-in Policy

Please remember to check in at the school office if you are planning to stay on campus for any length of time or arriving after school has begun.

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 15 - Conservatory Recital (6:30pm - Sanctuary)
Jan. 15 - Poetry Out Loud Competition (9th-12th grades)
Jan. 18 - Open House (9-11am)
Jan. 21 - "F" Notices Posted on Jupiter
Jan. 21 - Instrumental Concert (7pm - Gym)
Jan. 26 - PSAT test administered at The Oaks
Jan. 26-28 - Spring Musical Auditions
Jan. 29 - Kindergarten Priority Registration Due
Feb. 1 - Kindergarten Open Enrollment Begins
Feb. 2-5 - Logic & Rhetoric School Finals
Feb. 5 - End of 2nd Quarter
Feb. 5 - ACH Paperwork Due
Feb. 5 - Logic & Rhetoric Schools End of Semester Celebration (1-3pm)
Feb. 8 - Spring Musical Rehearsals Begin
Feb. 8-12 - ERB Testing (3rd-10th)
Feb. 9 - 8th Grade Parent Meeting (6:30pm)
Feb. 12 - 2nd Quarter Grades Posted on Jupiter
Feb. 12 - 1st-12th Grade Priority Registration Due
Feb. 15-19 - Mid-Winter Break

Blessed Beyond Measure - Celebrating 25 Years
Blessed Beyond Measure - Celebrating 25 Years

Grammar School

Class Speech Meets
Wed., Nov. 4

The 1st-6th graders are getting ready for their class speech meets on Wed., Nov. 4 and are excited to welcome parents and guests to join. Please see the attached for a schedule and further information.

Speech Meet Schedule

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Set Painting Party - Sat., Oct. 24, 12pm

The Oaks Theatre Department is inviting everyone to a set painting party on Sat., Oct. 24 at 2716 N University Rd, Unit B. So, come in your paint clothes to enjoy some hard work, good pizza, and fun fellowship! There is lots of painting to be done in preparation for the upcoming Fall Play, so the more help the better. If you and your family would like to participate please RSVP to the school office and let us know of any food restrictions or allergies.

Absentee Homework

We are pleased to announce a new process to help students receive their school work when there is an unexpected absence. Parents, if your child will be tardy or absent, please call the school office (509-536-5955) between 7:45 and 9:00am to let us know. The office will then communicate with your child's teachers and request homework. Each of your child's teachers will then contact you via Jupiter by 2pm letting you know that the homework has been posted and if there are any materials to pick-up in the office. Please stop by the office to pick up any materials by 4pm.

Attention Grabbers

Although we have transitioned to using Jupiter instead of paper slips to notify you about attention grabbers, the purpose of them remains the same. Attention grabbers are a communication device. Since we are acting in loco parentis, we want you to be aware of what is happening with your children in the classroom so that you can assist and help them. AG's are our way of communicating struggles either with comprehension (failed assignments) or timeliness (missing assignments).

Uniform Notes - Shorts/Pants & Outerwear

Students are looking so sharp in their new uniform pieces! As we adapt to the new policy, both new and returning families should read the updated policy over carefully. Of particular note:

  • Shorts/Pants -- Secondary boys will be happy to know that they can now wear shorts all year long. We're not exactly sure why they would want to wear shorts in January, but we bet some will! In November, ladies may begin wearing pants if they so choose. November is also when the formal uniform for ladies changes to include black tights.
  • Outerwear -- As the current policy states, during the school day, secondary students may only wear outerwear items included in the uniform policy. "The school day" includes the time when students arrive on campus until they leave - unless they are changing into clothes for a particular extra-curricular activity that requires different attire after school. When the days become frigid such that warm winter coats are required, those may be worn into the school building and then stowed in students' lockers until the end of the day. 

*Update: To help accommodate students' transition to this policy, students have until the 1st day of the 2nd quarter to fully comply. Until that time, students will be allowed to wear non-uniform outerwear when necessary for being outdoors during the school day.

College Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop Recording 

Any families of 9th-12th grade students who missed the College Financial Aid & Scholarship Virtual Workshop this past week are welcome to watch the recording (link below). Mrs. Lynn Gibson, Director of College and Career Counseling, gave an overview of the types of college aid, tips on filing your FAFSA, scholarships to consider, and the "real cost" of college. For questions, please contact Mrs. Gibson.

College Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop Recording

College Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop Printout

SAT School Day - Mar. 3, 2021

Families of juniors and seniors: Mark your calendars March 3, 2021 for SAT School Day. Beginning this year, The Oaks will administer the SAT test at our school during the midweek for all juniors and any seniors who need to take it to fulfill The Oaks' graduation requirement. We are offering this new opportunity going forward for a few reasons:

  • Convenience -- Students don't have to worry about locating or traveling to another school's testing site. Also, School Day testing won't disrupt weekend plans, jobs, or family time. Students are welcome to take additional SAT tests throughout the year on their own if they choose.
  • Comfort -- Students will test in familiar surroundings with students they know.
  • Cancellations -- An SAT test held at our school will eliminate the chance of a student's test site suddenly cancelling the test and bumping their registration to another month. This will save our families the confusion and hassle of rescheduling.

Registration for the test will occur between Jan. 11-22. The SAT test without the essay portion will be offered for $52. Details and registration forms will be made available in January. For questions, contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson.

Grammar School

Class Speech Meets
Wed., Nov. 4

The 1st-6th graders are getting ready for their class speech meets on Wed., Nov. 4 and are excited to welcome parents and guests to join. Please see the attached for a schedule and further information.

Speech Meet Schedule

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Set Painting Party - Sat., Oct. 24, 12pm

The Oaks Theatre Department is inviting everyone to a set painting party on Sat., Oct. 24 at 2716 N University Rd, Unit B. So, come in your paint clothes to enjoy some hard work, good pizza, and fun fellowship! There is lots of painting to be done in preparation for the upcoming Fall Play, so the more help the better. If you and your family would like to participate please RSVP to the school office and let us know of any food restrictions or allergies.

Absentee Homework

We are pleased to announce a new process to help students receive their school work when there is an unexpected absence. Parents, if your child will be tardy or absent, please call the school office (509-536-5955) between 7:45 and 9:00am to let us know. The office will then communicate with your child's teachers and request homework. Each of your child's teachers will then contact you via Jupiter by 2pm letting you know that the homework has been posted and if there are any materials to pick-up in the office. Please stop by the office to pick up any materials by 4pm.

Attention Grabbers

Although we have transitioned to using Jupiter instead of paper slips to notify you about attention grabbers, the purpose of them remains the same. Attention grabbers are a communication device. Since we are acting in loco parentis, we want you to be aware of what is happening with your children in the classroom so that you can assist and help them. AG's are our way of communicating struggles either with comprehension (failed assignments) or timeliness (missing assignments).

Uniform Notes - Shorts/Pants & Outerwear

Students are looking so sharp in their new uniform pieces! As we adapt to the new policy, both new and returning families should read the updated policy over carefully. Of particular note:

  • Shorts/Pants -- Secondary boys will be happy to know that they can now wear shorts all year long. We're not exactly sure why they would want to wear shorts in January, but we bet some will! In November, ladies may begin wearing pants if they so choose. November is also when the formal uniform for ladies changes to include black tights.
  • Outerwear -- As the current policy states, during the school day, secondary students may only wear outerwear items included in the uniform policy. "The school day" includes the time when students arrive on campus until they leave - unless they are changing into clothes for a particular extra-curricular activity that requires different attire after school. When the days become frigid such that warm winter coats are required, those may be worn into the school building and then stowed in students' lockers until the end of the day. 

*Update: To help accommodate students' transition to this policy, students have until the 1st day of the 2nd quarter to fully comply. Until that time, students will be allowed to wear non-uniform outerwear when necessary for being outdoors during the school day.

College Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop Recording 

Any families of 9th-12th grade students who missed the College Financial Aid & Scholarship Virtual Workshop this past week are welcome to watch the recording (link below). Mrs. Lynn Gibson, Director of College and Career Counseling, gave an overview of the types of college aid, tips on filing your FAFSA, scholarships to consider, and the "real cost" of college. For questions, please contact Mrs. Gibson.

College Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop Recording

College Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop Printout

SAT School Day - Mar. 3, 2021

Families of juniors and seniors: Mark your calendars March 3, 2021 for SAT School Day. Beginning this year, The Oaks will administer the SAT test at our school during the midweek for all juniors and any seniors who need to take it to fulfill The Oaks' graduation requirement. We are offering this new opportunity going forward for a few reasons:

  • Convenience -- Students don't have to worry about locating or traveling to another school's testing site. Also, School Day testing won't disrupt weekend plans, jobs, or family time. Students are welcome to take additional SAT tests throughout the year on their own if they choose.
  • Comfort -- Students will test in familiar surroundings with students they know.
  • Cancellations -- An SAT test held at our school will eliminate the chance of a student's test site suddenly cancelling the test and bumping their registration to another month. This will save our families the confusion and hassle of rescheduling.

Registration for the test will occur between Jan. 11-22. The SAT test without the essay portion will be offered for $52. Details and registration forms will be made available in January. For questions, contact Mrs. Lynn Gibson.

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 15 - Conservatory Recital (6:30pm - Sanctuary)
Jan. 15 - Poetry Out Loud Competition (9th-12th grades)
Jan. 18 - Open House (9-11am)
Jan. 21 - "F" Notices Posted on Jupiter
Jan. 21 - Instrumental Concert (7pm - Gym)
Jan. 26 - PSAT test administered at The Oaks
Jan. 26-28 - Spring Musical Auditions
Jan. 29 - Kindergarten Priority Registration Due
Feb. 1 - Kindergarten Open Enrollment Begins
Feb. 2-5 - Logic & Rhetoric School Finals
Feb. 5 - End of 2nd Quarter
Feb. 5 - ACH Paperwork Due
Feb. 5 - Logic & Rhetoric Schools End of Semester Celebration (1-3pm)
Feb. 8 - Spring Musical Rehearsals Begin
Feb. 8-12 - ERB Testing (3rd-10th)
Feb. 9 - 8th Grade Parent Meeting (6:30pm)
Feb. 12 - 2nd Quarter Grades Posted on Jupiter
Feb. 12 - 1st-12th Grade Priority Registration Due
Feb. 15-19 - Mid-Winter Break