The Acorn's Perspective

A student publication of The Oaks.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

- Philippians 2:5-11

Upcoming Events At The Oaks

March 4, 2024: 100th Day of School Celebration

March 9, 2024: Mother-Daughter Tea

March 20-22, 2024: Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 29, 2024: Good Friday (No School)

March 31, 2024: Easter Sunday

April 1, 2024: Easter Monday (9:30 Start)

Teacher Quotes

"I have spoken." -Mr. Indgjerd

"Schedules are nets for catching days." -Mr. Indgjerd 


By Charlie Dimeler and Teige Koerper


Charlie's Comic

The Oaks Theatre Presents: Fiddler On The Roof
By Teige Koerper

This year has already been an exciting one for the Oaks Theatre Department following the performance of the Sherlock Holmes mystery Baskerville. This was the first play that was performed in the Oaks brand new building, but now the Oaks is preparing to host their first musical in the Great Hall. This year, the performance is going to be the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof, featuring Ethan King as Tevye, and Almar Tishenko as the fiddler. This show will feature all of the numbers from the beloved Broadway classic accompanied by Eastern European-Jewish dances including the bottle dance all choreographed by Mrs. Ingrid LaVoie. We asked Mrs. Woodroof why she decided to do Fiddler, to which she replied, “Fiddler on the Roof is one of the classic musicals that resonates with Christians even though it is about a Jewish family because they both have the same principles about family loving God that not many shows display. I`m also excited to say, spoiler alert, we are adding a song that they took out of the original show which I'm really looking forward to. ''  We also asked her questions relating to what her favorite song is and whether she find herself singing them around the house, to which she responded, “ I think, because I'm a mom, the ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ is my old favorite and my new favorite is the Sewing Machine one (the song that was added). And as for the other question, yes. I find myself thinking, singing, seeing, hearing, etc. songs from this show all the time.” Come and see the show that will leave you singing these songs also. Currently, the show is planning to be performed seven times in May. Tickets are not on sale yet, but get ready because they will be on sale soon, and in true Oaks musical fashion, they are expected to sell quickly. 

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Fourth Grade Tours a Cathedral

By Kate McMorris

On January 23 and 24, 2024, the fourth grade classes toured the interesting Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. This Cathedral in Spokane is still the home of a congregation, though they also offer tours, such as the one given to our fourth grade students. 

The class had been learning about the history and floor plan of cathedrals in their history studies. Mr. Symanowski’s class explored the cathedral on Tuesday, January 23, and Mrs. Symanowski’s class toured it on Wednesday the 24th. 

After lunch at the school, parent chaperones would take groups of students to the cathedral. They arrived and met their tour guide. She told the students about the history and showed them the inside of this unique building in downtown Spokane, Washington. 

Highlights included the gorgeous rose window and other stained glass. The class enjoyed the afternoon in such a beautiful space as The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

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The Oaks Wins Mock Trial Competition

By Colin Alvis

Over the last weekend of Mid-Winter Break the Oaks Mock Trial team took part in the Mock Trial District Competition in Wenatchee. The team has been preparing for nearly five months to compete in this tournament, and their efforts clearly paid off. The Varsity (White) team placed first in Wenatchee, going undefeated, and the JV (Green) team took third place. After a roughly two-and-a-half hour drive to Wenatchee, the team went immediately to the Chelan County Courthouse for the first round of the tournament. (Both) the (JV and the) varsity won their first trial. Then came team dinner, feedback, and the day was over.

Everyone was up and ready to go at 8:10 the next morning for their first trial on Saturday at 9:00. The second started at 12:30, and the third at 4:00. Each lasted about two-and-a-half hours and were filled with speeches, questions, objections, arguments. This year’s case focused around a woman who writes two wills, and her children fighting over which one is valid. 

The teams did a great job in Wenatchee, and we should be proud of them. A special congratulations to the Varsity and JV members who were nominated for either Best Attorney or Best Witness. We look forward to hearing which team(s) will advance to the state championship in March, and if both do, there will be no objections!

School Life: Protocol

By Colin Alvis

On January 27, the school hosted its annual Protocol event in the Great Hall, an  event meant to highlight truth, goodness, and beauty. The evening included a social time with tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, a full-course formal dinner, elegant ballroom dancing, and live music provided by the talented instructors of the Oaks Conservatory. One of the best things of the night was the “sense of fellowship that was able to develop”, according to one sophomore. It was a great night and everyone who attended was grateful for the hard work that went into it.


Teacher Feature: Mr. Mattson

Where are you from? 

Naselle, Washington, which is a small fishing and farming community in southwest Washington (due north of Astoria).

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I went to Washington State University. I earned a bachelor’s degree in math education. I also earned a Master's Degree at City University in Olympia while playing college basketball at South Puget Sound Community College.

What was your favorite subject in college?

My favorite subject was math (and weight lifting)!

What was your favorite genre of book?

Religious book/devotionals like Kingdom Man, Humility: True Greatness, The Confessions, Pilgrim’s Progress, True Competitor, etc.

How did you become associated with the Oaks?

When I was a math teacher at Tekoa High School, I found The Oaks when I was looking for schools in the area with the highest school math scores. At the same time, we were praying for the Lord to show us where He would have our firstborn son go to school. A few weeks later, Bruce Williams called and offered me a teaching position, while also accepting Noah’s application as a kindergarten student!

Is there a reason why you are so interested in teaching math?

There are many reasons! First, I love how math shows the consistency and order of our Lord. Second, I enjoy the challenge of trying to solve a difficult math problem and the “winning sensation” you get when you get it right! Third, I love that we can see truth, goodness, and beauty through math. Finally, I also feel it is a great subject to grow the character of young men and women at The Oaks, which is our definition of education, “character formation.” As Romans 5:3-4 says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character”. The Lord loves to use challenging math problems in our lives to help us grow our faith and become more like Christ!

Which subject is your favorite to teach?

I love teaching all of them, but it is a special privilege to teach Physics at a Christian school. It is called Physics because it is the study of the Physical world, so it is a tremendous blessing to help students learn more about God by studying the regularities that He had put in place to govern His Creation. Physics is also “ A way of thinking,” where we gain an understanding of the laws that God has put in place to help us answer intriguing questions such as, “How do boats float?” and “How do Airplanes fly?” After gaining a deep understanding, students are then given the opportunity to demonstrate wisdom by building a marble launcher that can hit a bullseye that is 6 meters away with a marble, by building a boat that can still float when holding 700 pennies, and by building a bridge out of tongue depressors that can hold 100 pounds! Overall, Physics is a great avenue for students to live out Proverbs 4:7 which says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and in all your getting, get understanding.”

Is teaching what you ultimately want to do as a career?

Yes, there is nothing better than being able to have a positive impact on young people of Christ and I’m thankful for the opportunities that the Lord gives me every day to be a difference maker for him!

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From the Desk of Mr. Trotter

Psalm 1 – Plant Yourself Well 

Let's look at Psalm 1 once again, focusing on the phrase "the tree planted by the rivers of water." Here, we discover that the blessed life—marked by happiness—resembles a tree planted in fertile soil along a stream of water. This image represents a flourishing and prosperous life, nourished by the nutrients of God's Word and His kind and generous gifts. Like a strategically placed tree thriving by streams of water, our lives gain direction, joy, peace, and fulfillment when we are planted in the truth, goodness, and beauty of God's life-giving Word. As we incline, put ourselves in the place, to hear, taste, smell, and touch these good gifts from our loving God, we experience the blessed life, the happy life. So, let’s make a habit of reading our Bible daily, singing heartily at Cantabile, faithfully participating in church services, listening more intently to others, lingering a bit longer at the dinner table, playing family games, laughing robustly with friends, reading well-written books to siblings, delighting in well-written music with parents, watching the sunrise, and praying for those in need.  Let’s plant ourselves by the rivers of water and experience TRUE HAPPINESS!


Mr. Trotter

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