Assemblies & Student-Centered Events
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. Oaks students enjoy the following community-wide events.
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.
This community-building, all-school event is usually held in October. This is a time when all the parents and students spend a weekend camping at a nearby site. The Campout is a wonderful, relaxed way for families to get to know each other by hiking, sharing a picnic, and singing and telling stories by the campfire.
The Book Fair is a week-long series of events held in December. 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.
Kids’ Craft Fair
Every December, the Parlor and Courtyard are transformed into a magical shopping experience, complete with student-made crafts and baked goods and parent-made pantry items. This wonderful event benefits two local charities as well as 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.
Every January the school puts on a festive dance party to ring in the new year — the kids dress up and dance their hearts out!
Friends and Family Day
At this event, held on the last day before spring break, friends and family are invited to view the students’ artwork throughout the school. Displays include an art gallery, performance videos, interactive games, and more.