September 8-14, 2022

Current School News

Current School News

September 8-14, 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 will be posted at the bottom of this page each month.
Bible Reading Plan & Scripture Memory

All School

All School Music on the Field & Dinner - Sept. 15 [5:30pm] *RSVP by Mon., Sept. 12

Come enjoy fellowship, music, and dinner on the field Thursday, September 15 beginning at 5:30pm as we join together as a school family to celebrate the start of the 2022-23 school year. Please RSVP to the school office by Monday, Sept. 12 so that we can plan accordingly (509-536-5955 or office@theoakscca.org).

New Family Supply Drop-off & Orientation - Sept. 15
Supply Drop-off [3–4pm]
Orientation [4-5:30pm]

New Oaks families may drop off school supplies in their grammar school child's classroom from 3 to 4pm on Thursday, September 15 and then attend the New Family Orientation from 4 to 5:30pm. 

1st Day of School – Mon., Sept.19 [8:30am]

The Oaks 2022-23 school year officially begins Monday, September 19 at 8:30am. Cantabile will not be held on the 1st day and formal uniforms are not required. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year and can hardly wait to see a campus filled with school families once again!

Formal Fridays

For the 2022-23 school 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.

Events Help Needed!

The wheels are rapidly turning in preparation for a new school year and Beth Schultz, Activities Coordinator, is looking forward to partnering with parents in planning & executing events this year. 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 events that are coming up over the next couple of months 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.

Staff School Prep. Refreshment & Lunch (Sept. 7–15) *pick one or more dates

All School Music on the Field & Dinner (Sept. 15) *multiple sign-up options available

Back to School Photo Booths (Sept. 18)

All School Assembly & Convocation (Sept. 26)

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)

Updated Non Sufficient Funds Fee

Beginning this school year, The Oaks is increasing the non sufficient funds fee to now charge $25 for any NSF checks that are received.

2022-23 Faculty & Staff

The 2022-23 faculty and staff is close to complete. God is kind! See the 2022-23 Faculty & Staff Listing to see all our new and returning faculty and staff for the upcoming school year.

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Lorraine Bursese, Mrs. Holly Thomas, Mr. John Stevens, Mr. Mark LaVoie, Mrs. Claire Singer, and Mrs. Shelley Moss to this year's staff. Mrs. Bursese will be teaching 7th & 8th grade English, Mrs. Thomas will be teaching 11th grade Traditio & Logic II; and Mr. Stevens will be teaching Grammar School P.E. as well as a 1st semester 11th grade Life Fitness course. We are excited to welcome each of them to the teaching faculty. Administratively, Mr. Mark LaVoie has begun as The Oaks Business Officer, Mrs. Claire Singer will officially be one of our office secretaries, and Mrs. Shelley Moss is assisting with Development. We are so thankful to our Lord for bringing us each of these new staff members and are looking forward to the year ahead with these added team members.

Position updates for current staff members:

Mr. Kenneth Trotter will be the Dean of the Grammar School and the Logic & Rhetoric School for the upcoming year; Mrs. Amy Kim will be The Oaks Music Director and the Logic & Rhetoric School Admin. Assistant; Mr. Colin Williams will be Athletic Director & Facilities Director (moving out of the classroom); Mrs. Abigail Jones, Miss Kimberli Mewes, and Mr. Kevin Kimball will each be Grammar School Lead Teachers (assisting the Grammar School Dean & continuing teaching their previous classes); Mrs. Laurie Gardner will be Admissions & Conservatory Secretary (moving out of the front office); Miss Emily Woodroof & Mr. Eric Indgjerd will be teaching Grammar School Latin (each continuing to teach in the Logic & Rhetoric School as well).

2022-23 Supply & Literature Lists

The 2022-23 supply & literature lists are available on the Supply List page. All Logic & Rhetoric students & their parents (7–12th grade) were sent a summer letter from their upcoming Traditio/Literature teacher. Please reference this letter when completing your summer reading (a complete list is included in the Logic & Rhetoric School section below).

Fall Sports Registration

If your child is planning to participate in fall sports (cross country, soccer, or volleyball) be sure to register today. Log in to your Jupiter parent portal and select the specific sport's registration form that your child will be participating in under Forms. Fall sports payments are due by Friday, September 9.

2022-23 School Calendar

The 2022-23 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.
2022-23 School Calendar - Significant Dates

2022-23 School Hours

School hours for the 2022-23 school year 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 8:30–11:15am (beginning at 8:15am on Mondays) and PM kindergarten class hours are 12:15–3:00pm (concluding at 3:15pm on Fridays). Parents are always welcomed & encouraged to attend Cantabile on Mondays (8:15–8:30am) and Fridays (3–3:15pm).

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.

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 30

  • Family Night

Oct. 1

  • Higher Education Symposium [7pm]

Oct. 3

  • Ladies Prayer Coffee [8:30–9:30am]

Oct. 4

  • Used Uniform Sale [5:30–6:30pm]
  • Back-to-School Night (K–6th parents)[6:30pm]

Oct. 6

  • Thursday Cantabile [3–3:15pm]

Oct. 7

  • No School (In-Service Day)

Oct. 10

  • College Financial Aid Scholarship Mtg [7pm]

Oct. 12

  • PSAT Test (9–11th grades)

Oct. 14

  • Family Night

Oct. 15

  • Father/Son Breakfast [8:30am]

Oct. 17

  • Grand Tour Meeting [7pm]

Oct. 19

  • Mid-Term Grades Posted [8am]
  • Logic & Rhetoric School Parent/Teacher Conferences Begin (evening)

Oct. 20–21

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

Oct. 21

  • Family Night

Oct. 22

  • MCL Jr. High Volleyball Tournament

Oct. 28

  • Grandparents' Day
  • Family Night

Oct. 29

  • MCL JV Volleyball Tournament

Nov. 1

  • Fall Instrumental Concert [7pm]

Nov. 4–5

  • MCL Boys Soccer Tournament
  • MCL Varsity Volleyball Tournament

Click on picture above to view the complete calendar

Grammar School

Current Family Supply Drop-off
Sept. 15 [4–5:30pm]

Current families are welcome to drop off supplies in their grammar school child's classroom from 4 to 5:30pm Thursday, September 15, prior to the All School Music on the Field & Dinner. Classroom doors will be locked at 5:30pm so that teachers are able to participate in the fellowship on the field as well. If your family is unable to drop off supplies during this time please plan to bring supplies on the first day.

2022-23 Kindergarten Hours

AM Kindergarten - 8:30–11:15am
[Mon. 8:15–11:15am]

PM kindergarten - 12:15–3:00pm
[Fri. 12:15–3:15pm]

Full day kindergarten students will enjoy a rest, recess, and lunch from 11:15–12:15 daily.

Return of Memory Period

After Monday Cantabiles grammar school students and teachers will remain in the gym for an efficient and lively 15 minute Memory Period. Then on Fridays the grammar school will meet in the gym at 2:45pm for Memory Period prior to Cantabile. Parents are always welcome to participate as the grammar school seeks to sharpen their memory skills.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Open House - Thurs., Sept. 15 [7–8pm]

The Logic & Rhetoric School teachers will be hosting an open house on Thursday, September 15 from 7 to 8pm in the gymnasium. Please plan to stop by to visit with your child's teachers and pick up important information for the upcoming school year.

Supply Drop-off & Locker Set-up - Mon., Sept. 19

All Logic & Rhetoric School students should plan to bring their school supplies on the first day of school, Monday, September 19. The orientation on the first day will include time to set-up lockers and drop off school supplies.

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.

2022 Summer Reading

We hope you are enjoying the extra time for reading & reflection in these last days of summer. Below are this year's summer reading selections. All students should complete this reading assignment prior to the 1st day of school. Parents are always encouraged to read alongside your child as well. These books are included in the 2022-23 literature lists available on the Supply List page. Please reference the letter from your Traditio/Literature teacher that was sent earlier this summer for further details.

  • 7th Grade – The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  • 8th Grade – The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 9th Grade – Francis Asbury, John Newton, John Wesley, or Count Zinxendorf by Janet & Geoff Benge (select at least two)
  • 10th Grade – Bulfinch's Greek & Roman Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
  • 11th Grade – Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
  • 12th Grade - The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

2022-23 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 next week.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - Dessert Theatre - Dec. 2–3, 2022

The Oaks Theatre is excited to announce the fall production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - Dessert Theatre - December 2–3, 2022. Based on the classic holiday movie the story is staged as a live 1940's radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters, and the actors produce the sound effects with Foley props. It's a Wonderful Life is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast & tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable "angel" to show George what life would be like if he had never been born, and to help him gain a change of heart and understand the true spirit of Christmas. Auditions are open to grades 7–12. Those interested in auditioning may come by the theatre board (in the MP foyer) to sign up and print an audition packet.

Audition Dates & Times (MP 11):
7th Grade only - Thurs., Sept. 15 (week before school begins) [4–5pm] 8–12th Grades - Tues. & Wed., Sept. 20 & 21 [3:15–5:15pm] Call backs (if needed) - Thurs. Sept. 22 [3:15pm]

MONTHLY 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,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

- Psalm 1

Grammar School

Current Family Supply Drop-off
Sept. 15 [4–5:30pm]

Current families are welcome to drop off supplies in their grammar school child's classroom from 4 to 5:30pm Thursday, September 15, prior to the All School Music on the Field & Dinner. Classroom doors will be locked at 5:30pm so that teachers are able to participate in the fellowship on the field as well. If your family is unable to drop off supplies during this time please plan to bring supplies on the first day.

2022-23 Kindergarten Hours

AM Kindergarten - 8:30–11:15am
[Mon. 8:15–11:15am]

PM kindergarten - 12:15–3:00pm
[Fri. 12:15–3:15pm]

Full day kindergarten students will enjoy a rest, recess, and lunch from 11:15–12:15 daily.

Return of Memory Period

After Monday Cantabiles grammar school students and teachers will remain in the gym for an efficient and lively 15 minute Memory Period. Then on Fridays the grammar school will meet in the gym at 2:45pm for Memory Period prior to Cantabile. Parents are always welcome to participate as the grammar school seeks to sharpen their memory skills.

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Open House - Thurs., Sept. 15 [7–8pm]

The Logic & Rhetoric School teachers will be hosting an open house on Thursday, September 15 from 7 to 8pm in the gymnasium. Please plan to stop by to visit with your child's teachers and pick up important information for the upcoming school year.

Supply Drop-off & Locker Set-up - Mon., Sept. 19

All Logic & Rhetoric School students should plan to bring their school supplies on the first day of school, Monday, September 19. The orientation on the first day will include time to set-up lockers and drop off school supplies.

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.

2022 Summer Reading

We hope you are enjoying the extra time for reading & reflection in these last days of summer. Below are this year's summer reading selections. All students should complete this reading assignment prior to the 1st day of school. Parents are always encouraged to read alongside your child as well. These books are included in the 2022-23 literature lists available on the Supply List page. Please reference the letter from your Traditio/Literature teacher that was sent earlier this summer for further details.

  • 7th Grade – The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  • 8th Grade – The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 9th Grade – Francis Asbury, John Newton, John Wesley, or Count Zinxendorf by Janet & Geoff Benge (select at least two)
  • 10th Grade – Bulfinch's Greek & Roman Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
  • 11th Grade – Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
  • 12th Grade - The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

2022-23 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 next week.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - Dessert Theatre - Dec. 2–3, 2022

The Oaks Theatre is excited to announce the fall production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - Dessert Theatre - December 2–3, 2022. Based on the classic holiday movie the story is staged as a live 1940's radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters, and the actors produce the sound effects with Foley props. It's a Wonderful Life is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast & tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable "angel" to show George what life would be like if he had never been born, and to help him gain a change of heart and understand the true spirit of Christmas. Auditions are open to grades 7–12. Those interested in auditioning may come by the theatre board (in the MP foyer) to sign up and print an audition packet.

Audition Dates & Times (MP 11):
7th Grade only - Thurs., Sept. 15 (week before school begins) [4–5pm] 8–12th Grades - Tues. & Wed., Sept. 20 & 21 [3:15–5:15pm] Call backs (if needed) - Thurs. Sept. 22 [3:15pm]

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 30

  • Family Night

Oct. 1

  • Higher Education Symposium [7pm]

Oct. 3

  • Ladies Prayer Coffee [8:30–9:30am]

Oct. 4

  • Used Uniform Sale [5:30–6:30pm]
  • Back-to-School Night (K–6th parents)[6:30pm]

Oct. 6

  • Thursday Cantabile [3–3:15pm]

Oct. 7

  • No School (In-Service Day)

Oct. 10

  • College Financial Aid Scholarship Mtg [7pm]

Oct. 12

  • PSAT Test (9–11th grades)

Oct. 14

  • Family Night

Oct. 15

  • Father/Son Breakfast [8:30am]

Oct. 17

  • Grand Tour Meeting [7pm]

Oct. 19

  • Mid-Term Grades Posted [8am]
  • Logic & Rhetoric School Parent/Teacher Conferences Begin (evening)

Oct. 20–21

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

Oct. 21

  • Family Night

Oct. 22

  • MCL Jr. High Volleyball Tournament

Oct. 28

  • Grandparents' Day
  • Family Night

Oct. 29

  • MCL JV Volleyball Tournament

Nov. 1

  • Fall Instrumental Concert [7pm]

Nov. 4–5

  • MCL Boys Soccer Tournament
  • MCL Varsity Volleyball Tournament