Events & Registration

Shady Oak Christian School Registration for 2015-16 School Year is ongoing.  There are limited places still available in Kindergarten, Bridge, and Pre-K  with wait lists forming in some classes.  Please call the school (281)341-5001 or email Bridget Hilbe at  to check on current availability. 

Are you new to area?  Is your child turning 3 soon? Or you just want to see what Shady Oak Christian School has to offer your family,  call now to make your appointment to see our school.  You can reach Bridget Hilbe, Assistant Director, at 281-341-5001, ext. 1, or ext. 4 to leave her a message.  Friend us on Facebook at to stay up-to-date on all things Shady Oak!

All interested families are encouraged to call Shady Oak Christian School at 281-341-5001, ext. 1 and set an appointment to visit our Preschool, Bridge and Kindergarten Classrooms.   Appointments to visit our campus can be made with Bridget Hilbe, Assistant Director or Joyce Trigger, Director.   Visits will take approximately 1 hour and are usually conducted in the morning hours while school is in session.  During these visits you will get an opportunity to visit our play-based, hands-on learning environment first hand, learn about our curriculum and ask questions.  Campus tours are a prerequisite to enrollment, and we have found it is the best way to experience Shady Oak Christian School. If you have questions, you can also email Bridget Hilbe at, or call her at 281-341-5001, press 1.

Are you looking for a Bridge Program?  

The Shady Oak Christian School Bridge Program gives children the gift of time.  This program is designed for children that might need an extra year before entering Kindergarten.  Our Bridge Class is play-based in nature with children attending morning Pre-K and then spend the afternoon in our Kindergarten Classroom.  This experience offers 5 mornings per week in the Pre-k class; subjects covered in the morning will include language arts, math, social studies, science, art and music.  In the afternoon your child will be able to participate in enrichment classes with our Kindergarten class for the last 2 1/2 hours of each day.  Enrichment experiences include cooking, science experiments, art, social studies, story time, etc.   As with all Shady Oak experiences, there is lots of time for outside play and discovery!  This class meets daily from 8:30 to 3:00.  To be eligible to participate in this program in 2015-16 school year, children must have turned 5 on or before September 1, 2015, or have had two years of preschool at Shady Oak.  Please contact us for additional information or to set an appointment to visit our Bridge Class.

Are you looking for a play-based learning experience for your Primary age child? 

Shady Oak Primary School for the 2015-16 School year will have classes for grades 1st  through 5th grade.  The learning environment will be the same hands-on, center based, individualized learning experience parents have come to expect from Shady Oak Christian School. Please email Nancy Wenzel at to set up an appointment with Debbie Elder, Shady Oak Primary School Director, to tour the Primary School Campus.

Fall Semester 2015 – Important Dates at Shady Oak Christian School

Date Event
Monday, August 17 – 25 Fall Packet Pick-up @ Shady Oak Christian School Office
Friday, August 21 & Monday August 24 Notary services will be made available free of charge for school emergency cards.  Please go to Shady Oak Primary School, 600 Main Street from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday or 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.
Thursday, September 3 Staff In-service and work day.  No school.
Friday, September 4 New Student School Visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Monday, September 7 Labor Day Holiday — No school.
Tuesday, September 8 1st day of school for Kindergarten, Bridge, 5 day Pre-K & Readiness students, and 2 day Pre-K & Readiness Students
Tuesday, September 8 – Thursday, September 24 Mixed Bag Fund-Raiser
Wednesday, September 9 1st Day of School for MWF Readiness & Pre-K Students
Wednesday, September 16 Hearing and Vision Screening with Pine Woods Screening Services
Thursday, September 17 1st Chapel of the 2015-16 School Year
Tuesday, September 22 Shady Oak Coffee Club meets @ Joseph’s Coffee Shop on Morton Street from 8:30 – 10:00
Thursday, September 24 Open House – Block Party from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 25 No School — Fort Bend County Fair Parade Day
Thursday, October 1 – Friday, October 9 Pecan Sale & Fund-Raiser
Monday, October 5 Room Parent Meeting @ 8:30 a.m.
Monday, October 12 Early Release Day @ 11:30 a.m. — Staff Meeting
Tuesday, October 13 Richmond Fire Fighters & Fire Truck to visit Shady Oak Christian School @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 14 Walking Field Trips to the Richmond Fire Station – all classes
Monday & Tuesday,                October 19 & 20 Individual School Photographs taken by Steven Leonard Photography — starting at 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 22 – Saturday, October 24 TAEYC Conference in Galveston (Teacher Training)
Thursday & Friday,              October 29 & 30 “Owesome Owls” and Special Snack Days
Sunday, November 1 Daylight Savings Time Ends
Tuesday & Wednesday,        November 3 & 4 Operation Christmas Child Presentation
Monday, November 9 Early Release Day @ 11:30 a.m. Staff Meeting.
Tuesday, November 10 Thanksgiving Feast Day Items due into the school Office — classes begins preparation for food items for feasts next week.
Tuesday & Wednesday,     November 17 & 18 Thanksgiving Feast Days
Monday – Friday,                   November 23 – 27 Thanksgiving Holiday — No School
Monday, November 30 Classes Resume                                                                             Christmas Event Tickets go on Sale
Wednesday – Friday, December 9 – 11 Christmas Program Rehearsal Days for all classes                           “Festival of Trees” work days
Friday, December 11 Cookies and Milk with Santa — FBC Gym
Saturday, December 12 Shady Oak Christmas Event & Children’s Program
Wednesday, December 16 “Festival of Trees” take down
Wednesday & Thursday, December 16 & 17 Christmas Special Snack Days
Friday, December 18 Early Release Day at 11:30 a.m. — All Classes
Monday, December 21 – Monday, January 4, 2016 Christmas / New Year’s Holiday — No School.

“Honor the house in which you were born, the tree that gave you shade, and the village where you were raised.”

Block Party a Success!

Thanks to our Parent Volunteer Coordinators for their inviting and informative displays on Thursday, September 24 at our Block Party.  We got to meet each other and find out what special talents, hobbies, and interests many parents have.  We are grateful to the following moms who organized the efforts and set up the displays:

Stevie Ballow (Crafts and Family Fun Nights), Brandy Keagy (Box Tops and Cookies with Santa), Emily Scherer (Festival of Trees), Stephanie Leopold and Meagan Milford (Christmas Silent Auction), Jill Beane and Brandie Mitchell (Christmas Event Food).

We are also grateful to the students from Gateway Preparatory School for helping set up and take down barricades and tables for the Block Party.  They also led fun activities for the children.  Thanks for the help!

And thanks to our teaching staff who helped children get their rooms ready to show their families!  The kiddos were so proud to take their parents on a tour of their favorite spots at the school!

We are also grateful to the Milford and Lyons Families for donating the beautiful cookies decorated as houses in a village.  They came all the way from a bakery in Nacogdoches, Texas!  Remember, for all of us, “It takes a village . . . . .!”


Parent Involvement and Planning Meetings:

  • Room Parent Meeting on Monday, October 5 @ 8:30 a.m. in the Primary Building.  Responsibilities for this semester will be discussed.  If your child is not usually in school on Mondays, he/she may attend for this time. 
  • Festival of Trees Planning meeting — we will have an organizational meeting for our Festival of Trees to be held on December 12 with our all-school Christmas Event.  If you would like to decorate a themed-tree for this magical event, please plan to come to the meeting on Tuesday, October 20, at 8:30 a.m. in the Primary Building (600 Main St.).  Please speak to Joyce or  Emily Scherer if you would like more information.
  • Volunteer Opportunity — Operation Christmas Child (A Project of Samaritan’s Purse)  We want to participate in Operation Christmas Child again this year, and are in need of a parent coordinator immediately.  All information for coordinators is available online.  We can participate as a school with the help of this volunteer.  Otherwise, families can still participate, but our school will not be the drop-off place or have a school-wide emphasis.  Please let Joyce know ASAP, if this is a place of leadership for you.  (Please note, the leadership responsibilities are over by mid-November.) 
  • Craft work Times in October —  It’s time for Shady Oak parents/guardians to work on crafty stuff to be sold at the Christmas Event. We will meet at the Shady Oak Primary School — 600 Main Street.  Thursday, October 8 @ 7:30 PM at Emily Scherer’s home and Monday, October 12 @ 8:30 am in the Primary School building. Crafts that will be worked on include: wooden manger scenes and wooden manger scene expansion sets (wise men and camel) and cloth bags for the manger scenes. Let Joyce know if you want to work on c rafts at home.  We can give you a “take home package.”
  • Shady Oak Coffee Club  — Catch up with your Shady Oak friends and get to know some new ones! Stop in for coffee at Joseph’s Coffee Shop on Morton Street every other Tuesday for some adult conversation and camaraderie — and some crafting if you so choose (just make sure you can fit your craft in your own personal space bubble). Being perky and actually awake is not required…that’s what the coffee is for. October meetings is on Tuesday, October 6th & 20th. Contact Stevie Ballow for more information (

Fall Fundraisers Continue in October  with our Pecan Sales

Our  Berdoll’s and Texana Pecan fundraiser has begun and will continue through October  9th.  Who doesn’t need pecans for fall and holiday cooking, as well as gift-giving?  Order forms will go home this week with your child, but additional forms are available in the office. Please consider these items for corporate gifts, as well as for others on your Thanksgiving or Christmas lists.  Joyce says, “I will be proud to talk to my neighbors and friends about purchasing these pecans because of their high quality and because of supporting farmer, Tom Dans, and those who work for him in his local business. And, of course, I love anything that supports Shady Oak and teacher training.” 

Funds from these efforts go for teacher training experiences throughout this school year.  Just read the bios on our teachers in fall packet to see how experienced our teachers are.  We want to continue to provide valuable training for all of them.

Thank you for all the ways you help us at Shady Oak!!!


 Box Tops & Labels for Education . . . also supports Shady Oak!

Please bring your clipped Box Tops by Friday, October 23. They will be sent off to the processing center so that Shady Oak can receive a check this fall. This fundraiser is ongoing, and we are always collecting. Any box tops turned in after October 23 will be included in our school’s spring check. Don’t forget to collect Labels for Education! October is a special collection month for this campaign. Be on the lookout for a seasonal collection sheet that will allow us to receive up to 1,000 bonus points. We are hoping to earn a $50 Visa gift card in this campaign. All proceeds of our Box tops and Labels collections will be used to purchase an outdoor instrument for the Shady Oak playscape.  Thanks to some generous donations and a great start to our Box Tops and Labels collection, our current fund is $1,686!! We are more than halfway to our $2,600 goal. Just keep clipping!


October is Fire Prevention Month, Field Trips Planned to the Richmond Fire Station 

To help us commemorate Fire Prevention Month, we will be taking a field trip to the Richmond Fire Station on Wednesday, October 14th.  While there, Shady Oak students will have a tour of the Fire Station and see the Fire Fighters in their fire fighting gear.  All students up through Kindergarten will walk to the Fire Station.  We will need parents to walk with our Readiness and Pre-K Classes to help chaperone on this field trip.  If you are walking with us as one of our chaperones, you will need to sign-up with your child’s teacher at least 48 hours prior to this event.   If you are planning to walk with us and you are bringing younger siblings, you cannot be counted as a chaperone, because you will be busy attending to your younger children.  Please look for class sign-ups to volunteer as a chaperone the first of October.

On Tuesday, October 13th, the Fire truck and Fire Fighters will come to Shady Oak to talk about fire safety to all our 5-day & TTh Readiness & Pre-K Students.

At Shady Oak, we conduct monthly fire drills.  All classes participate in practicing evacuating our building.  Although this can be traumatic for younger children, we believe it is important for them to participate (and — it is  the law!).  We have fire alarm systems installed in both of our buildings to meet city fire codes.  They are loud and will make quite an impact on your kiddos.  Be sure to ask them about it.  

Be sure to wear school your school t-shirt on these special days.

Owsome Owls! and a Special Snack

On Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, we will be having owl related activities all day.   All children will be painting a owl shirt for themselves during October (with the help of Room Moms).  We want them to wear their shirts on those “Owsome Owls” days.  We will have games and special activities centering around owls. 

If you are available to help with any of our activities on these days, please let your child’s teacher know.  We encourage parents to join in the fun!  These days are special snacks days.  See the sign-ups in your child’s classroom later in the month.

Bring White T-shirts –Every child at Shady Oak needs a white t-shirt by Friday, October 16.  Please put your child’s shirt labeled with his/her name in the box that will soon be provided in each classroom.  Room moms will help all children paint pumpkin shirts to wear on October 29 & 30 for our “Owsome Owl Days”.


 Fall Fling at the Farm 

All children in all classes are invited to a field trip to the Meeh Family’s country home on Skinner Lane in Richmond.  It is on Friday, November 6, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:15 a.m.  We will need drivers to take M-W-F and 5 day children on this trip.  T-Th children are invited and can go if parents drive them there and stay with them. There will be a sign-up for those children, so we can plan accordingly.

Who doesn’t love a trip to the country in the fall!?  The Meeh’s have generously invited siblings to come along.  Because of the nature of this trip (not a public place), whether or not you are driving other children in your child’s class, you are invited to bring sibling(s). 

Simple, nature-based activities are planned for the morning.  There will be bird-watching, nut gathering (and cracking), a maze of hay bales to go through, and other wonderful surprises! We are asking Room Moms to bring snacks for the classes.  Watch for sign-ups for drivers by October 19.  Thank you Cade and Madelyn (and Carter’s)  family!!!


Picture Day

camera walkingPicture Days are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, October 19 & 20. Steve Leonard will be here taking individual pictures of your children.  Order forms are attached  to this newsletter.  Your child’s picture will not be taken unless a completed order form has been turned into Bridget with a check made payable to Steve Leonard prior to picture day.  It is imperative that all picture order forms and checks be turned in by Friday, October 16 so that your child is scheduled to be photographed.  Please help Bridget out by turning in your form and money early, so we do not miss anyone.  Please note:  Pictures are taken 1st thing in the morning (9:00 a.m.), so please be on time for school.  All Bridge & Kindergarten children, 5-day & MWF Readiness & 5-day & MWF Pre-K will have their portraits taken on Monday, October 19th and all TTh Readiness & TTh day Pre-k will have their portraits taken on Tuesday, October 20th. Link to picture order form: Steve Leonard Photography – order forms

Pictures will be available before the Thanksgiving Break


Shady Oak Christian School is a Music Together® School

MusicTogether classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.  By emphasizing actual music experiences rather than concepts about music, Music Together introduces children to the pleasure of making music instead of passively receiving it from CD’s or TV.  This year as part of our curriculum, all Readiness, Pre-K, Bridge and Kindergarten Students will receive 30 minutes of instruction each week in this program.  Joyce Trigger will be the instructor.  Please visit

This Semester in Music Together®:   We hope you are listening to your “Fiddle” collection Music Together CD that your child brought home the end of September.  Being familiar with the songs boosts your child’s confidence so much in his/her weekly class.  Plus, the music is such fun for your family to sing and dance to in the car and/or at home.  In a few weeks, each child will also bring home a music book of the songs on the CD.  Whether or not you read music, you will find it a wonderful addition to family life.  We will use them in class before children bring them home.


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Splish! Splash!

If you want, you may bring a pair of boots for your child to keep at school for any outdoor playtime, but especially for splashing in rain puddles or in a wet sandbox. If you have a pair your child has outgrown, we would welcome the extra pair.  Preschoolers will use the racks on the fence near the sandbox.

Be sure to label your child’s boots with a permanent marker inside each boot. Remember, bringing your own boots is optional! We look forward to sending you photos of all of this fun!