The Oaks believes that education is a collaborative effort between teachers, parents, and children, requiring open, clear communication between home and school, and a strong sense of community. Learning in context of community means individual expression and differences are honored through dialogue, mutual respect, and empathy. Some of our community-wide events include the following.
All-School Assemblies & Café Friday
Every Friday morning, the entire student body and members of the community assemble in the Chapel for a student presentation. Each grade hosts three assemblies throughout the year, sharing what they have learned in class through student-led performances incorporating poetry, singing, dancing, visual arts, film, and/or acting. At the end of each assembly, two 6th graders share the “Thought for The Week." After the assembly, students return to class while families congregate in the Courtyard, enjoying homemade snacks and coffee at Café Friday.
Held in early October, The Oaks Swap Meet is a treasure trove that promotes recycling and reuse. Everything from baby clothes, to books and sporting equipment are traded and donated at this Green Committee event.
This community-building, all-school event is usually held on the first or second weekend in October. This is a time when all the parents, students, faculty, and administration spend a weekend camping at a nearby site. The Campout is a wonderful, relaxed way for families, teachers, alumni families, and staff to get to know each other by hiking, swimming, sharing a picnic, and singing and telling stories by the campfire.
The Book Fair is a week-long series of events held in the fall: in addition to a large selection of children’s and adult books for purchase, the school hosts author readings, book signings, and student-led literary events.
Every December, the gym is transformed into a magical shopping experience, complete with local artisans, food vendors, and hand-made student crafts. It is one-stop holiday shopping that helps benefit The Oaks!
The Winter Sing
Held in the Sanctuary on the Friday before Winter Break, the Winter Sing is a celebration of music, holidays, and the winter solstice. Each grade performs a song, the lyrics of which often emerge during class collaboration. A special holiday Café Friday follows the performance, which is attended by parents, friends, and many Oaks alumni.
This multi-cultural dance party, hosted by the Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Committee, introduces music and dance techniques from all over the world. Typically held in January, this fun event welcomes students, siblings and parents to learn about rhythm and movement as a community.
The Gala is an adults-only fundraising dinner, dance, and celebration of community. While all donations are accepted, it is an Oaks tradition to auction off "experiences" such as hosted dinner parties, class gatherings, and nature outings such as horseback riding, bird watching, or hiking.
Usually held on the last day before spring break, grandparents and friends and parents are invited to visit student-led art booths for some playful and creative crafting. Students also exhibit their best artwork in a gallery setting, and adults join in the courtyard for Heritage Café Friday, where students share a dish reflecting their unique culture.