September 14–20, 2023

Current School News

Current School News

September 14–20, 2023

A Thought To Savor

"The greatest gift a church can receive is to have a group of families who take their responsibilities with such Christian seriousness that they are willing to completely alter their lifestyle to raise up disciples for Jesus Christ." (Abraham Kuyper)

Bible Reading Plan
Cantabile Liturgy & Prayers

All School

Thank You!

A great big thank you to the many parents, students, and friends who helped move everything to the new building this summer! What a gift it was to work alongside one another and fellowship as an Oaks family at this summer's moving parties. 

Parent Orientation & Open House - Thurs., Sept. 14 [5:30–7:30pm]
*All Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric School Parents please plan to attend
*Parents only please! 

The 2023-24 Oaks staff are excited to welcome all Oaks parents on Thursday, September 14 beginning at 5:30pm in the Great Hall of the new building. There will be an all parent orientation followed by an Open House where you will have the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher and gather helpful information for the upcoming school year. Grammar teachers (junior kindergarten through 6th grade) will be hosting the open house from their classroom, replacing the Grammar School Back-to-School Night that has been held in previous years. Logic & Rhetoric teachers will have tables set up in the Great Hall for parents to stop by and visit. The evening will conclude at 7:00pm for Grammar School parents and 7:30pm for Logic & Rhetoric School parents. We are looking forward to seeing you all & gathering in preparation for a wonderful year ahead!

1st Day of School – Fri., Sept. 15 [9am–12pm]
*everyday uniforms

The Oaks 2023-24 school year officially begins Friday, September 15 at 9:00am, with doors opening at 8:30am. Everyday uniforms are a better option than formals on the 1st day this year due to the activities of the day. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year and can hardly wait to see a campus filled with school families once again! 

*1st day dismissal instructions

Following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony kindergarten through 6th grade students will return to their classrooms with their teachers. Parents, please pick up your kindergarten through 5th grade child from his classroom no later than 12:45pm. Sixth grade will be dismissed from their classroom and 7–12th grade students will be dismissed directly from the Great Hall.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Celebration – Fri., Sept. 15 [12pm]

For the first time in the history of The Oaks we have our own building. What a blessing from the Lord! All are welcome to join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Celebration on Friday, September 15. We will begin the ceremony at 12:00pm out in front of the main doors. A complimentary lunch will be provided following the ceremony. Come rejoice in the good gifts God has given!

2022-23 Yearbooks Available to Pick-up Friday!

If you ordered a 2022-23 yearbook they will be available to pick up on Friday, September 15 after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, during the lunch. Please stop by & pick yours up to enjoy some beautiful memories from the previous school year.

Family Night  – Fri., Sept. 15
*Sign-up to Help!

Bring the whole family to cheer on our Oaks soccer and volleyball teams on Friday, September 15. For $8 per person (family maximum - $24) you will receive dinner and admission to all the games. Wear your Oaks gear and get ready to cheer! If you are available to help with with this event please contact Athletics 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 4:30–6:30pm

The Oaks vs PCS
4pm – Soccer; 3:30pm – Jr High Volleyball;
4:45pm – JV Volleyball; 6
pm – Varsity Volleyball

Gym Floor Resurface & New Design!

This summer The Oaks was blessed to have the gym floor professionally resurfaced for the first time in over 25 years! This includes brand new lines and our very own Oaks logo in the center. We are excited for all to see the fresh new look, which is nothing short of spectacular!

In an effort to be good caretakers of this gift and to be able to enjoy it as long as possible only non-scuffing court shoes that have never been worn outside should be worn within the green lines of the gym floor. When a new floor is put down there are only two coats of wax applied initially. Therefore the floor is more susceptible to damage when it is new and becomes hardier once annual coats of wax are applied and  built up over time. Thanks in advance for being good stewards of the kind gifts the Lord has given us with such wonderful facilities!

Fall Athletics - Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball

The Oaks fall sports are underway and all are welcome & encouraged to come cheer on your teams! For a complete schedule please see each sport's calendar available on the Athletics page.

Soccer (9–12th grade gentlemen)
Volleyball (Jr High, JV, & Varsity | 7–12th grade ladies)
Cross-Country (1st–8th grade ladies & gentlemen)

Convocation  – Mon., Sept. 18 [8:30–9:30am]
*Formal uniforms –
no cantabile (students arrive in rooms at/by 8:15am)

The Oaks Convocation will be held on Monday, September 18 in the Great Hall. Students should wear their formal uniform for this ceremony and arrive in their 1st period class at or by 8:15am. Parents are welcome to attend.

Conservatory Registration Open!
*lessons resume Sept. 19
*fall classes coming soon!

The Oaks Conservatory fall registration is now open and there are lots of exciting opportunities available this year for all ages. Details and registration are available on the Conservatory website, along with instructor bios.

2023-24 Private Music Instructors:
Richard Altenbach – Violin
Luke Copley – Piano
Margaret Dowers – Piano
Marissa Dunn – Piano
Tobin Eyestone – Voice
John Gardner – Horn, Trumpet & Trombone
Kathy Gentili – Flute
Evgeny Grechko – Cello
Samuel Jenkins – Viola & Violin
Josh Krell – Guitar & Ukelele
Emily Sana – Guitar & Piano
Sam Wollenhaupt – Percussion
Gary Woodroof – Saxophone & Clarinet

Register Here

*Parent Meeting - Thurs., Sept. 21 [6:30pm]

The Conservatory will be hosting a parent meeting on Thursday, September 21 at 6:30pm. If your child is registered for or interested in lessons or classes please plan to attend this meeting to receive pertinent information about the program for the year ahead.

Drop-off & Pick-up Instructions

ARRIVAL: All students and parents are asked to enter the new building through the front doors. Parents may exit through the east and west wings. Grammar hallway doors will be open at 8:00am Monday and 8:15am Tuesday through Friday. Logic & Rhetoric students and parents may continue to enter the MP building through the main entry.

DISMISSAL: Each class will have a marked location for dismissal where parents may pick up their child. Once your child is in your care you are welcome to fellowship in the grassy areas. Students who are not picked up by 3:15pm will be escorted to the office to await their parents arrival.

PARKING: Parents may park in the parking lot previously used for drop off & pick up, just west of the new building. Please do not park in the church's main lot, between the church buildings. Students driving themselves may park in the previous student parking lot, north of the MP building.

Events Help Needed!

The wheels are rapidly turning in preparation for the beginning of a new school year and Beth Schultz, Activities Coordinator, is looking forward to partnering with parents in planning & executing events this year. Come help if you can; We'd love to work alongside you! Below is a list of upcoming events that require help. Please click on the event name to see a sign-up sheet for that particular event. Please contact Beth with any questions.

Getting School Started (Sept. 5–15) *pick one or more dates

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Celebration (Sept. 15) *multiple sign-up options available

2023-24 Faculty & Staff Updates

The 2023-24 faculty and staff is close to complete. God is kind! See the 2023-24 Faculty & Staff Listing to see all our new and returning faculty and staff for the upcoming school year.

We are excited to welcome to the teaching staff Mr. Randy Brigoli (6th grade science), Mr. Brian Coe (P.E.), Mrs. Kelly Coe (2nd grade), Mr. Nick Harrington (Calculus I & 9th grade Traditio), Mrs. Holly Kimm (kindergarten), Mrs. Melissa Lange (junior kindergarten), and Mrs. Kim Shanklin (kindergarten). Administratively, Mr. Tobin Eyestone has begun as The Oaks Conservatory Director this summer. We are so thankful to our Lord for bringing us each of these staff members and are looking forward to the year ahead with these team members.

Supply & Literature Lists

The 2023-24 supply & literature lists are still available on the Supply List page.

School Calendar

The 2023-24 school calendar is available through The Oaks' Google calendar. Events are updated throughout the school year, so subscribing to the Google calendar is recommended. A printable pdf with significant dates is also available on the calendar page.
2023-24 School Calendar - Significant Dates

Regular School Hours

School hours for the 2023-24 school year are 8:30am through 3:00pm, with school beginning at 8:15am on Mondays and concluding at 3:15pm on Fridays. AM kindergarten class hours are 8:30am–12:00pm (beginning at 8:15am on Mondays). Parents are always welcomed & encouraged to attend Cantabile on Mondays (8:15–8:30am) and Fridays (3:00–3:15pm).

Students may be dropped off in the mornings beginning at 8:00am (7:45am on Mondays) and should be picked up no later than 3:15pm (3:30pm on Fridays). Any students on campus outside of these hours must be supervised by their parent or parent designee.

Cantabile Resumes Fri., Sept. 22

What a joy it will be to sing all together in the Great Hall! The Oaks will continue our tradition of beginning and ending each week with Cantabile this year (Mondays at 8:15am and Fridays at 3pm). With the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on our first day of school and Convocation on the first Monday, we will officially begin Cantabile in the Great Hall on Friday, September 22.

Formal Fridays Begin Sept. 29

Once again this year Fridays will be our weekly formal uniform day. Grammar school P.E. classes will take place Monday through Thursday during the school year, making Fridays a perfect day for formal clothing. There will be a few exceptions to this through out the year that will be announced here, on the school news page. 

Upcoming Dates

Summer Office Hours:
Mon.–Thurs., 9am to 1pm
Closed July 1–4

July 1–4

  • School Office Closed

July 8–11

  • Basketball Camp (2nd–4th co-ed) [12:30–2pm]
  • Basketball Camp (5–7th co-ed) [2:15–3:45pm]

July 15–18

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th ladies) [1–3pm]

July 17–19

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th gentlemen) [6–8pm]

July 20

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th gentlemen) [8–10am]

July 22–25

  • Flag Football Camp (4–7th gentlemen) [8–9:30am]

July 29–Aug. 1

  • Soccer Camp (7–12th gentlemen) [3:30–5:30pm]

Aug. 5–16

  • Grand Tour (Class of 2025)

Aug. 24

  • Fun Run

Aug. 27

  • Music on the Field

Sept. 2

  • School Office Closed (Labor Day)

Sept. 3

  • Regular Office Hours Resume [8am–4pm]
  • Teachers & Office Staff Return
  • High School Fall Sports Begin

Sept. 3–6

  • College Application Boot Camp (12th grade)
  • Yellowstone Field Trip (9th grade)

Grammar School

Please read the all school information above carefully for details pertaining to Grammar students.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Class Schedules

The Logic & Rhetoric School's class schedules are now available on the Calendar & Schedules page. Individual class schedules will be available through Jupiter prior to the 1st day of school. Printed schedules, which include locker numbers, will be handed out to students on the 1st day of school.

First Day Schedule

Logic and Rhetoric students will begin their first day of school in their 1st period class (see below). The first day of school will serve as an orientation for students in which they will have an opportunity to set up their lockers and go through their entire class schedule in an abbreviated format.

7th Grade – Mrs. Bursese (Rm 229) & Mr. Dykstra (Rm 208)
8th Grade – Miss Hartke (Rm 213) & Miss Woodroof (Rm 214)
9th Grade – Mr. Indgjerd (MP 5) & Mr. Tasche (MP 7)
10th Grade – Mr. Dowers (Rm 210)
11th Grade – Mr. Mattson (MP 6) & Mr. Harrington (MP 3)
12th Grade – Mr. Tate (MP 8), Mr. Harrington (MP 3), & Miss Nolan (MP 4)
*classrooms in the new building are located on the 2nd floor.

AM Activity Schedule - Mon., Sept. 18

The Logic & Rhetoric Schools will be following an AM activity schedule on Monday, September 18, with the morning's convocation being the activity. Please see the Logic & Rhetoric School schedule for exact class times if needed.

Summer Reading Letters

All 7–12th grade Oaks students and parent should have received a summer reading letter from your literature/Traditio teacher. Below are each of the letters for your reference.

The Oaks Theatre presents Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
*Auditions: Tues. & Wed., Sept. 19 & 20 (8–12th grades); Mon., Sept. 18 (7th grade)

Get your deerstalker cap on–the play's afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig, comes a fast-paced comedy starring everyone's favorite detective solving his most famous case. Sherlock Homes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Auditions for Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery will be Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 & 20. Auditions for 7th grade will be Monday, September 18 prior to the Mt St Helens Field Trip. The Fall Play will be performed at The Oaks on Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2.

Mock Trial Info. & Registration

Oaks High School students (9–12th grades) will 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.

Class of 2024 SAT Registration

Registration is open for the August–December SAT on the College Board's website.

UPCOMING 2023 WEEKEND SAT DATES:
October 7, 2023
(Registration Deadline: 9/7, Late Registration Deadline: 9/26)
November 4, 2023
(Registration Deadline: 10/5, Late Registration Deadline: 10/24)
December 2, 2023
(Registration Deadline: 11/2, Late Registration Deadline: 11/21)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

- Psalm 1

Grammar School

Please read the all school information above carefully for details pertaining to Grammar students.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Class Schedules

The Logic & Rhetoric School's class schedules are now available on the Calendar & Schedules page. Individual class schedules will be available through Jupiter prior to the 1st day of school. Printed schedules, which include locker numbers, will be handed out to students on the 1st day of school.

First Day Schedule

Logic and Rhetoric students will begin their first day of school in their 1st period class (see below). The first day of school will serve as an orientation for students in which they will have an opportunity to set up their lockers and go through their entire class schedule in an abbreviated format.

7th Grade – Mrs. Bursese (Rm 229) & Mr. Dykstra (Rm 208)
8th Grade – Miss Hartke (Rm 213) & Miss Woodroof (Rm 214)
9th Grade – Mr. Indgjerd (MP 5) & Mr. Tasche (MP 7)
10th Grade – Mr. Dowers (Rm 210)
11th Grade – Mr. Mattson (MP 6) & Mr. Harrington (MP 3)
12th Grade – Mr. Tate (MP 8), Mr. Harrington (MP 3), & Miss Nolan (MP 4)
*classrooms in the new building are located on the 2nd floor.

AM Activity Schedule - Mon., Sept. 18

The Logic & Rhetoric Schools will be following an AM activity schedule on Monday, September 18, with the morning's convocation being the activity. Please see the Logic & Rhetoric School schedule for exact class times if needed.

Summer Reading Letters

All 7–12th grade Oaks students and parent should have received a summer reading letter from your literature/Traditio teacher. Below are each of the letters for your reference.

The Oaks Theatre presents Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
*Auditions: Tues. & Wed., Sept. 19 & 20 (8–12th grades); Mon., Sept. 18 (7th grade)

Get your deerstalker cap on–the play's afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig, comes a fast-paced comedy starring everyone's favorite detective solving his most famous case. Sherlock Homes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Auditions for Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery will be Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 & 20. Auditions for 7th grade will be Monday, September 18 prior to the Mt St Helens Field Trip. The Fall Play will be performed at The Oaks on Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2.

Mock Trial Info. & Registration

Oaks High School students (9–12th grades) will 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.

Class of 2024 SAT Registration

Registration is open for the August–December SAT on the College Board's website.

UPCOMING 2023 WEEKEND SAT DATES:
October 7, 2023
(Registration Deadline: 9/7, Late Registration Deadline: 9/26)
November 4, 2023
(Registration Deadline: 10/5, Late Registration Deadline: 10/24)
December 2, 2023
(Registration Deadline: 11/2, Late Registration Deadline: 11/21)

Upcoming Dates

Summer Office Hours:
Mon.–Thurs., 9am to 1pm
Closed July 1–4

July 1–4

  • School Office Closed

July 8–11

  • Basketball Camp (2nd–4th co-ed) [12:30–2pm]
  • Basketball Camp (5–7th co-ed) [2:15–3:45pm]

July 15–18

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th ladies) [1–3pm]

July 17–19

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th gentlemen) [6–8pm]

July 20

  • Basketball Camp (8–12th gentlemen) [8–10am]

July 22–25

  • Flag Football Camp (4–7th gentlemen) [8–9:30am]

July 29–Aug. 1

  • Soccer Camp (7–12th gentlemen) [3:30–5:30pm]

Aug. 5–16

  • Grand Tour (Class of 2025)

Aug. 24

  • Fun Run

Aug. 27

  • Music on the Field

Sept. 2

  • School Office Closed (Labor Day)

Sept. 3

  • Regular Office Hours Resume [8am–4pm]
  • Teachers & Office Staff Return
  • High School Fall Sports Begin

Sept. 3–6

  • College Application Boot Camp (12th grade)
  • Yellowstone Field Trip (9th grade)