October 6-12, 2022

Current School News

Current School News

October 6-12, 2022

Parent Education Corner

Oaks Family Scripture Reading Plan

We hope your family is being encouraged and growing in God's word through this year's Bible reading plan and Scripture memory. Bible Reading Plan & Scripture Memory

All School

ACCS In-Service Day - No School - Fri., Oct. 7

Oaks faculty will be participating in the annual nation wide In-Service Day on Friday, October 7 as a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Students will not have school this day as teachers partake in training.

Ladies' Prayer – Mondays [8:30–9:00am]

All Oaks ladies (mothers & grandmothers) are invited to join in a time of weekly prayer for our school community. Please come as you are able on Mondays from 8:30 to 9am in the foyer of the sanctuary.

Conservatory Drawing Class Begins Mon., Oct. 10 - Sign up Today!

The Conservatory is looking to enroll more students (5–12th grades) in the upcoming Drawing Class with Mrs. Linda Schneider in hopes of reducing the cost per student by half. With an additional student enrollment, the price for all students decreases to $50 (originally $100). Mrs. Schneider is a skilled artist with many years of teaching experience (read her bio to learn more). During this class, students will explore the elements & principles of drawing using various mediums (pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, etc.). The goal of this class is to learn fundamental techniques and develop a comfort with different mediums and their versatility.

Drawing Class:
$50 for 8-week session +$25 supply fee
Mondays (Oct. 10 – Dec. 5) from 3:30–4:30pm (MP 10)
*Register Today!

The Gathering Place – Wednesdays [7:30–8:20 am]

The Gathering Place Menu

The Oaks Coffee Bar, The Gathering Place, is back open for business! All are welcome to partake in this wonderful Wednesday morning delight! Stop by the MP foyer to enjoy hot or iced coffee, tasty breakfast treats, and enjoyable company. This year the coffee bar will be serving up their regular goodies along with a weekly special. This week's special will be a pumpkin chai coffee. Check the news each week to see the upcoming week's special. All of The Gathering Place proceeds assist Oaks families in need (scholarships for special events, field trips, etc.).

*Please note, the coffee bar will be closing at 8:20am so that all students may get to class on time, but adults are welcome to stay and visit further.

Lands' End Sale - Gear up for Winter! 

October 13–17 – 30% off school uniform styles
Lands' End website – School Number: 900069105
Code: PRIME – Pin: 3488
Sale Flyer

Lost & Found  – Thurs., Oct. 13

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.

Label Items to Minimize Lost & Found Piles

As a reminder, please label all of your child's belongings from uniform items to lunch boxes and everything in between. Many items are brought to the office's lost & found simply because someone does not know how to reunite these lost items with their owners. Taking the time to make sure you have properly labeled your possessions can help keep our lost & found piles low.

Family Night  – Fri., Oct. 14

Bring the whole family to cheer on our Oaks soccer and volleyball teams on Friday, October 14. For $5 per person (family maximum - $20) you will receive a pizza dinner and admission to all the games. Wear your Oaks gear and get ready to cheer! If you would like to help with set-up, serving, and/or clean-up please contact Athletic Director, Colin Williams. Let's fill the gym and field with Oaks fans and root on our teams. GO OAKS!!!

Dinner will be served from 5–7pm

The Oaks vs NICS
4pm – Soccer; 4:30pm – Jr High Volleyball;
5:45pm – JV Volleyball;
7pm – Varsity Volleyball

Enhancing the Family Night Experience

Special thanks to Mr. Williams and the team of volunteers for hosting The Oaks' Fall 2022 Family Nights. Looking forward to the next event, here are a few suggestions to enhance The Oaks Family Night experience for everyone.

  • Eat dinner as a family alongside other families.
  • Be an active part of the games by wearing your Oaks swag & cheering on the teams.
  • Take the lead in supervising your children before, during, and after the games. This event is not designed for children to be unsupervised.
  • Family Nights are designed for families to come together & enjoy family fellowship while supporting our student athletes. GO OAKS!!

…but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
– Philippians 2:3b

Father & Son Breakfast - Sat., Oct. 15 [8:30–10:30am]

Calling all Dads and Sons! It's that time again, for men to gather together in unity for The Oaks Annual Father & Son Breakfast on Saturday, October 15th.

  • WHEN? Saturday, October 15 [8:30–10:30am]
  • WHERE? The Oaks Gym
  • WHO? Oaks fathers, sons, and grandfathers of all ages
  • WHAT? Bacon (need we say more?), Sausage, Pancakes, Coffee, and good conversation!

This is a great opportunity to think biblically about one of the most fundamental questions that shapes any culture or society: "What does it mean to be a man?" Considering this question in the company of godly brothers we will seek to help one another be better men and raise godly men. Mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Oct. 19–21
*online sign-ups now available!

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-ups

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. This is a great opportunity to partner with your child's teacher as you seek to raise your child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. This year we are excited to be moving to an online sign up platform.

Grammar School conferences are mandatory for all families and are scheduled for Thursday & Friday, October 20 & 21. Sixth grade conferences follow the Logic & Rhetoric School schedule.

Logic & Rhetoric School conferences are highly encouraged and are scheduled for Wednesday evening & throughout Thursday & Friday, October 19–21. Conferences in the Logic & Rhetoric School are done in a group format where parents will meet with all of your child's teachers at one time. We ask that families sign up for no more than 3 teachers for each student so that all families have an opportunity to conference with teachers. Please let the office know if you need to meet with more than 3 teachers.

To sign up for conferences please select the desired time under each of your child's teachers' tabs. Please contact the school office if you need any assistance.

Grandparents' Day - Fri., Oct. 28 [8:00–11:30am]
*Please RSVP by Tues., Oct. 25

Friday, October 28 is Grandparents' Day at The Oaks and we look forward to hosting our wonderful grandparents at this annual event. Please invite your grandparents and have them RSVP to the school office by Tuesday, October 25. There will be a special grandparents breakfast, presentations, and open house. 

Senior Night & Family Night  – Fri., Oct. 28

Please make a special effort to come cheer on our Oaks soccer and volleyball teams Friday, October 28 for the final games of the season (prior to the tournament at Real Life Ministries Nov. 4 & 5). This will be a very special evening of athletics as we host our final Family Night of the season and celebrate our Oaks seniors. 

SENIOR NIGHT: Come celebrate soccer and volleyball seniors as we recognize them for their years on the team, the contributions they've made, and what they have meant to the program. Soccer players will be acknowledged at half time (approx. 4:45pm) on the field and volleyball players at 7pm, prior to the match, in the gym. On this special evening we will be recognizing Oaks seniors, Malia Clancy, Cooper Christensen, Gabe Krentel, Emersen O'Donnell, Sam Shubin, and Danny Wendt. Thank you seniors!

Let's line the field and fill the gym in unity as we thank God for His faithfulness and kindness. This is sure to be a great blessing to our seniors and their families!

FAMILY NIGHT: For $6 per person (family max. - $20) you will receive dinner and admission to all the games. Dinner will be served from 5–7 pm. This week we'll be serving up pulled pork sandwiches!

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

Friday, October 28 - The Oaks vs CCS
4:00pm – Soccer; 4:30pm – Jr High Volleyball
5:45pm – JV Volleyball; 7:00pm – Varsity Volleyball

2021-22 Yearbooks Now Available!

The 2021-22 Yearbooks are now available. If you placed an order last spring, please stop by the office today to pick up your keepsake. Thank you for your patience!

Update to Uniform Policy Re: Personal Grooming

Please read below the updated Oaks student personal grooming guidelines, as now found in the Uniform Policy (and within the Student-Parent Handbook). This update is seeking to clarify expectations while upholding The Oaks' longstanding grooming policy. The past several years we have been remiss in fully embracing the guidelines. This year, with the kind assistance of students and parents, The Oaks will fully and joyfully comply with these guidelines.

Personal Grooming: Students should demonstrate neat, traditional, conservatively oriented choices in their hairstyle and accessories. Choices should enhance beauty rather than attract attention, thus building on a school culture of truth, goodness, and beauty. Our ladies and gentlemen will keep their hair clean and well groomed. Gentlemen will keep their hair groomed in a traditional style, short in length with the back length no longer than the top of the shirt collar, the sides not below the earlobe, and not in their eyes. Gentlemen's hair is not to be bleached, dyed, highlighted, nor cut or worn in an ornamental manner. It should not be cut or styled in a way that draws undue attention to self. Facial hair for gentlemen is not acceptable. Ladies will keep their hair groomed in a traditional style and may be highlighted in natural hair colors. Ladies may wear hair accessories that match uniform colors. Please show preference to smaller size accessories. Hats are not acceptable in school buildings for either gentlemen or ladies.

Grooming guidelines are considered the standards for all Oaks Activities and Events.

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.

Teacher Training (Oct. 7)
Father & Son Breakfast (Oct. 15)
Parent/Teacher Conferences (Oct. 20–21)
Grandparents' Day (Oct. 28)

UPCOMING ATHLETICS

Add the upcoming home games to your calendar and plan to come out to cheer on your Oaks teams!

When attending athletic events, please park in The Oaks parking lot or along the fence side of the street next to the field. As a kindness to our neighbors, we request that you do not park on the house side of the street. 

Complete game details (home & away) are available on each sport's calendar:
Cross CountrySoccerVolleyball

Upcoming Home Games:

Fri., 10/7
Cross Country Meet @ Valley Mission Park [3:30pm]

Tues., 10/11
Soccer [4pm]
Volleyball - Jr High [4:30pm]; JV [5:45pm]; Varsity [7pm]

Thurs., 10/13
Volleyball - Jr High [4:30pm]; JV [5:45pm]; Varsity [7pm]

Fri., 10/14 - Family Night!
Soccer [4pm]
Volleyball - Jr High [4:30pm]; JV [5:45pm]; Varsity [7pm]

Wed., 10/19
Soccer [4pm]

Fri., 10/21 - Family Night!
Soccer [4pm]
Volleyball - Jr High [4:30pm]; JV [5:45pm]; Varsity [7pm]

Sat., 10/22 - Jr High Volleyball Tournament @ Pullman Christian School

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
Coffee Bar

Bring your family, wear your swag, cheer on your teams & enjoy dinner at The Oaks Family Night!

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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.

Cantabile Protocols

Parents are welcome and encouraged to join our school family for Cantabile each Monday and Friday. As you are able, please stand in the class line with your child. If your child needs to leave their line for any reason please remind him to ask his teacher first. Thank you for your help in making this time of worship have a sweet sound as we all sing together.

Uniform Shoes

As we settle into the school year, please take an extra moment in the mornings to check uniforms, especially shoes. Non-formal uniform shoes are to be solid brown, black, navy, gray, or white. Formal shoes are to be solid dark brown or black and cannot have a white sole. Please reference the uniform policy for further specifics particular to grade levels and ladies & gentlemen.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

PSAT Test - Wed., Oct. 12
*11th grade - Automatically registered, payment due by Fri., Oct. 7
*9–10th grade - Registration & payment due by Fri., Oct. 7

PSAT Registration Flyer

The PSAT test will be administered at The Oaks, 8:30am–12:30pm, on Wednesday, October 12, for students in 9–11th grades.

Juniors are automatically registered to take this test, as it is required. The PSAT serves to establish juniors who qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition which identifies the top academic students in the country.

Sophomores and Freshmen are welcome to take this test for practice.  The PSAT serves to give students an indication of how they will perform on the SAT test for college admissions.

The test fee of $18 is due by Friday, October 7. You may pay with check or cash in the school office or via Jupiter. To prepare, it is recommended that you take the PSAT practice test.

College Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop - Mon., Oct. 10 [7–9pm]

Financial Aid Workshop Flyer

High school parents and students are invited to join College Counselor, Mrs. Lynn Gibson, for a comprehensive and interactive evening discussing FAFSA, financial aid, and scholarships. The workshop will be Monday, October 10 from 7 to 9pm in Room 3. Please RSVP by Friday, October 7 to ensure you receive handouts: lynn.gibson@theoakscca.org

PARENTS OF SENIORS: The FAFSA opened October 1. At the workshop, learn why some colleges' financial aid is "first come, first served" and the benefits of applying for the FAFSA.

For workshop questions, please contact College Counselor, Mrs. Lynn Gibson.

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 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. 

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 students from other regional ACCS schools 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 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. 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.

Mock Trial Info. & Registration

Oaks High School students (9–12th grades) once again have the opportunity to participate in Mock Trial this year. Please read the Mock Trial Parent Letter from the Mock Trial Coaches, Mr. Scott Welch & Miss Emily Woodroof, for all the details and then register your child through the form on Jupiter if he would like to participate. Questions may be directed to either Scott Welch or Emily Woodroof.

OCTOBER SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

- James 2:14–17

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.

Cantabile Protocols

Parents are welcome and encouraged to join our school family for Cantabile each Monday and Friday. As you are able, please stand in the class line with your child. If your child needs to leave their line for any reason please remind him to ask his teacher first. Thank you for your help in making this time of worship have a sweet sound as we all sing together.

Uniform Shoes

As we settle into the school year, please take an extra moment in the mornings to check uniforms, especially shoes. Non-formal uniform shoes are to be solid brown, black, navy, gray, or white. Formal shoes are to be solid dark brown or black and cannot have a white sole. Please reference the uniform policy for further specifics particular to grade levels and ladies & gentlemen.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

PSAT Test - Wed., Oct. 12
*11th grade - Automatically registered, payment due by Fri., Oct. 7
*9–10th grade - Registration & payment due by Fri., Oct. 7

PSAT Registration Flyer

The PSAT test will be administered at The Oaks, 8:30am–12:30pm, on Wednesday, October 12, for students in 9–11th grades.

Juniors are automatically registered to take this test, as it is required. The PSAT serves to establish juniors who qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition which identifies the top academic students in the country.

Sophomores and Freshmen are welcome to take this test for practice.  The PSAT serves to give students an indication of how they will perform on the SAT test for college admissions.

The test fee of $18 is due by Friday, October 7. You may pay with check or cash in the school office or via Jupiter. To prepare, it is recommended that you take the PSAT practice test.

College Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshop - Mon., Oct. 10 [7–9pm]

Financial Aid Workshop Flyer

High school parents and students are invited to join College Counselor, Mrs. Lynn Gibson, for a comprehensive and interactive evening discussing FAFSA, financial aid, and scholarships. The workshop will be Monday, October 10 from 7 to 9pm in Room 3. Please RSVP by Friday, October 7 to ensure you receive handouts: lynn.gibson@theoakscca.org

PARENTS OF SENIORS: The FAFSA opened October 1. At the workshop, learn why some colleges' financial aid is "first come, first served" and the benefits of applying for the FAFSA.

For workshop questions, please contact College Counselor, Mrs. Lynn Gibson.

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 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. 

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 students from other regional ACCS schools 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 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. 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.

Mock Trial Info. & Registration

Oaks High School students (9–12th grades) once again have the opportunity to participate in Mock Trial this year. Please read the Mock Trial Parent Letter from the Mock Trial Coaches, Mr. Scott Welch & Miss Emily Woodroof, for all the details and then register your child through the form on Jupiter if he would like to participate. Questions may be directed to either Scott Welch or Emily Woodroof.

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