September 29 - October 5, 2022

Current School News

Current School News

September 29 - October 5, 2022

Parent Education Corner

Oaks Family Scripture Reading Plan

This school year The Oaks is beginning a Bible reading plan and Scripture memory. Families are encouraged to memorize each month's selection, participate in the daily Bible reading, and use it in your homes as we read and grow in God's word as a school family. The monthly scripture is posted at the bottom of this page.
Bible Reading Plan & Scripture Memory

All School

Family Night  – Fri., Sept. 30

Bring the whole family to cheer on our Oaks soccer and volleyball teams on Friday, September 30. For $5 per person (family maximum - $20) you will receive a pulled pork sandwich 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, cooking, 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 5:00–7:00pm

Game Times:
4:00pm – Soccer (vs ICA)
4:15pm – Jr High Volleyball (vs Holy Family)
5:45pm – JV Volleyball (VS CCP)
7:00pm – Varsity Volleyball (vs CCP)

Cross Country Rabbit Needed for Fri., Sept. 30 beginning at 4pm

The Oaks will be hosting this week's cross country meet at Valley Mission Park this Friday, September 30 beginning at 4pm and is in need of a rabbit for this event. If you are interested and available to bike or run in front of the runners at this event please contact Mr. Kevin Kimball as soon as possible.

Higher Education Symposium – Sat., Oct. 1 [7pm]

Higher Education Symposium Flyer

All Oaks parents and students are invited to a Higher Education Symposium on Saturday October 1st at 7pm in the sanctuary as we gather to discuss and share a better and more Christian framework for thinking about the value and experience of college today. We are excited to welcome Dr. David Horner and Dr. Ben Merkle for this event. Please read the Higher Education Symposium Letter for more information. 

Ladies Prayer Coffee – Mon., Oct. 3 [8:30–9:30am]

All Oaks ladies (mothers & grandmothers) are invited a Ladies Prayer Coffee on Monday, October 3 from 8:30 to 9:30am. Please see the Ladies Prayer Flyer for further details.

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.

Used Uniform Sale – Tues., Oct. 4 [5:30–6:30pm]

Oaks parent, Emily Maiani, is coordinating a used uniform sale on Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, prior to the Grammar School Back-to-School Night. If you are interested in selling or purchasing items, please read the details below. Any further questions may be directed to Emily Maiani (contact info. available on the Family Directory).

  • Selling Uniform Items: On Mon. & Tues., Oct. 3 & 4, marked tubs will be available on "The Square" (outside the MP building foyer) from 2:50 to 3:20pm to drop off uniform items to be sold. Each item being sold should be placed in a gallon zip lock back with an index card stating the following: (1) your name; (2) the item; (3) the size & gender; and (4) the price. *If you would like the proceeds to go to The Oaks New School Building Fund, please note "ROOTS" at the bottom of the index card.
  • Buying Uniform Items: Used uniform items will be available for purchase in the foyer of the MP building on Tues., Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Please bring cash (small bills appreciated) or check to make your purchases.
  • Uniform Handbook: Please consult The Oaks 2022-23 Uniform Policy for both buying and selling uniform items. Copies will be available for reference at the sale.

The Gathering Place Re-Opens! - Wed., Oct. 5 [7:30–8:20 am]

The Gathering Place Menu

The Oaks Coffee Bar, The Gathering Place, will be back open for business beginning Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30am. 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.

Friday Pizza Lunch – Place your October Order Now!
* All October orders must be placed by 3pm Wed., Oct. 5.
* Please pay w/cash or check in the office or combine w/another payment if paying via Jupiter.

Friday pizza hot lunch orders are placed monthly and the forms will be posted 2 weeks prior to the deadline. We ask that you please make your payment with cash or check in the school office for this item. If you would like to pay via credit card on Jupiter, please do so by combining the payment with other fees you are paying. The margins on pizza hot lunch are very small and we would like to keep the price as low as possible for you. The fees associated with credit card payments make this difficult, so by taking these steps in your payment you can help us to keep the cost of pizza hot lunch low. Thank you!

To place your order:

  • Go to Forms in your Jupiter parent portal and click on Pizza Lunch Order.
  • Select the number of slices you would like to order and/or sides.
  • Hit Submit.
  • Repeat the process for each child individually.
  • The fee will be added to your Jupiter invoice the first Thursday of the month.
  • You may pay with cash or check in the school office. If you would like to pay via credit card on Jupiter, please combine with other fees.
  • Hot lunch helpers will check off orders as students pick up their lunch each Friday. 

Additional Notes:

  • All orders must be submitted by 3pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month. The forms will be locked after this time. We will notify you, on this news page, when new forms for the upcoming month are posted.
  • Fees are non-refundable & non-transferable once the due date has passed.

Those who are interested in helping with this endeavor please reach out to Kelly Coe (contact info. available on Family Directory).

Thursday Cantabile - Thurs., Oct. 6 [3pm]

The first of October the school week will conclude on Thursday, October 6 and therefore Cantabile will be held on Thursday at 3pm. As always, parents are welcome to attend!

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.

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 coming soon!

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. Grammar School conferences are mandatory for all families and will be scheduled Thursday & Friday, October 20 & 21. Logic & Rhetoric School conferences are highly encouraged and will be scheduled Wednesday evening & throughout Thursday & Friday, October 19–21. This year we are excited to be moving to an online sign up platform. Further details will be available next week and we will gladly assist you as needed. Stay tuned!

2021-22 Yearbooks

Unfortunately, there was an error in the printing of the 2021-22 yearbooks. The company is re-printing these keepsakes and we should have the new order in about 4 weeks. The office will be distributing the yearbooks when they are available. Thank you for your patience!

Conservatory - New Instructors and Classes!

The Oaks Conservatory registration is open and there are lots of opportunities available this fall. Sign up on the Conservatory website today! The Conservatory is excited to announce the addition of two new instructors this fall, Richard Altenbach (violin) and Tobin Eyestone (voice). Check out their bios on the website! Also, in November, Mr. & Mrs. LaVoie will be teaching a Ballroom Dancing class through the Conservatory. Stay tuned for further details.

 Fall Conservatory Classes:
Musikgarten, Primary Ballet, Ballet 1, Calligraphy, Drawing,
and Ballroom Dancing (beginning in Nov.)

Private Music Lessons:
Brass, Percussion, Woodwinds, Violin, and Voice

Events Help Needed!

With the many events planned this school year Beth Schultz, Activities Coordinator, is looking forward to partnering with parents in planning & executing these events. There are some awfully fun things on the calendar! Come help if you can; We'd love to work alongside you! Below is a list of upcoming events that require help. Click on the event name to sign-up for that particular event. Please contact Beth with any questions.

Higher Education Symposium (Oct. 1) *event is for all school families
Back-to-School Night (Oct. 4)
Teacher Training (Oct. 7)
Father & Son Breakfast (Oct. 15)
Parent/Teacher Conferences (Oct. 20–21)
Grandparents' Day (Oct. 28)

UPCOMING ATHLETICS

Add the upcoming 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.

Friday, September 30 - Family Night!
3:30pm – Cross Country Meet @ Valley Mission Park
The Oaks vs ICA @ The Oaks
4:00pm – Soccer
The Oaks vs Holy Family @ The Oaks
4:15pm – Jr High Volleyball
The Oaks vs CCP @ The Oaks
5:45pm – JV Volleyball; 7:00pm – Varsity Volleyball

Friday, October 7
3:30pm – Cross Country Meet @ Valley Mission Park
The Oaks vs PCS @ PCS
4:00pm – Soccer
4:00pm – Jr High Volleyball; 5:15pm – JV Volleyball; 6:30pm – Varsity Volleyball

Saturday, October 8
The Oaks vs CCP @ CCP
3:00pm – JV Volleyball; 4:30pm – Varsity Volleyball

Tuesday, October 11
The Oaks vs KTSI @ The Oaks
4:00pm – Soccer
4:30pm – Jr High Volleyball; 5:45pm – JV Volleyball; 7:00pm – Varsity Volleyball

Thursday, October 13
The Oaks vs Holy Family @ Holy Family
4:00pm – Jr High Volleyball
The Oaks vs HLCA @ The Oaks
5:45pm – JV Volleyball; 5:45pm – Varsity Volleyball
The Oaks vs CHS @ The Oaks
7:00pm – Varsity Volleyball

Friday, October 14 - Family Night!
3:30pm – Cross Country Meet @ Kiwanis Park
The Oaks vs NICS @ The Oaks
4:00pm – Soccer
4:30pm – Jr High Volleyball; 5:45pm – JV Volleyball; 7:00pm – Varsity Volleyball

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
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Come cheer on your Oaks teams and enjoy a pulled pork dinner at Family Night Friday, September 30!

Higher Ed Symposium Flyer
Ladies Prayer Coffee
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.

Back-to-School Night
– Tues., Oct. 4 [6:30pm]

Grammar teachers are looking forward to hosting parents at this year's Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, October 4 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. All grammar parents should plan to attend this mandatory evening to receive invaluable information for the current school year. The evening will begin with a time of fellowship on "The Square" (outside, in front of the MP building). Parents will check in here and enjoy some refreshments & music while fellowshipping with one another & Oaks faculty prior to attending the classroom sessions. *This is a parent only event & students will have no written homework this evening.

  • [6:30–6:55] Check-in & Fellowship
  • [7:00–7:30] Classroom Session I
  • [7:35–8:00] Classroom Session II

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

Sophomores and Freshmen, you 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 opens Saturday, 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 events 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.

SEPTEMBER SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION

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,
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

- Psalm 1

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.

Back-to-School Night
– Tues., Oct. 4 [6:30pm]

Grammar teachers are looking forward to hosting parents at this year's Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, October 4 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. All grammar parents should plan to attend this mandatory evening to receive invaluable information for the current school year. The evening will begin with a time of fellowship on "The Square" (outside, in front of the MP building). Parents will check in here and enjoy some refreshments & music while fellowshipping with one another & Oaks faculty prior to attending the classroom sessions. *This is a parent only event & students will have no written homework this evening.

  • [6:30–6:55] Check-in & Fellowship
  • [7:00–7:30] Classroom Session I
  • [7:35–8:00] Classroom Session II

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

Sophomores and Freshmen, you 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 opens Saturday, 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 events 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