Events & Registration

Considering Shady Oak Christian School for the 2016 – 2017 School Year? There are limited places available in all age levels  . . . CALL TODAY!

All interested families are encouraged to call Shady Oak Christian School at 281-341-5001 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.

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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 2016-17 school year, children must have turned 5 on or before September 1, 2016, or have had two years of preschool at Shady Oak, with the recommendation of their current Preschool Teacher.  Please contact us for additional information or to set an appointment to visit our Bridge Class.

Looking for a summer camp for your preschooler through 9 year old?  Look no further . . .  just click on the Summer Program tab above to view all of our summer camp offerings for 2016!  We offer part-time preschool and elementary day camps as well as full time day camps for your kiddos! Enroll today!! Space is limited.

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Spring Semester 2016 – Important Dates at Shady Oak Christian School

Date Event
Monday, December 21 – Monday, January 4 Christmas and New Years’ Break — No School
Tuesday & Wednesday, January 5 & 6, 2016 Classes resume for 5-day & TTh Readiness & Pre-K Classes, Bridge & Kindergarten Classes on 1/5/16.  MWF Readiness & Pre-K start on Wednesday, 1/6/16
Friday, January 8 Second Semester Supply Fees & January Tuition is due
Thursday & Friday, January 14 & 15 “Grandparents and Others Who are Grand Day” & Special Chapel
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observed — No school.
Tuesday, January 26 Early Release day @ 11:30 a.m. for Staff In-service Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 27 No School — Parent / Teacher Conferences
Thursday, Jan. 28 Classes resume for 5- day Readiness & Pre-K, Bridge & Kindergarten Student only.  No School for T-Th Preschoolers – Parent / Teacher Conferences continue for Preschool Classes
Monday, February 1 Registration for 2016-17 begins for currently enrolled Shady Oak Student & Siblings (early registration runs from 2/1 – 2/19
Tuesday, February 2 School Preview Night @ Shady Oak 7:00 p.m.
Thursday & Friday, February 11 & 12 Valentine Exchange & Special Snack Days for all Preschool Students.  Kindergarten on Friday only.
Monday, February 15 Presidents Day Holiday Observed — No School
Wednesday & Thursday, Feb 17 & 18 Heart Healthy Work-Out Days
Monday – Friday, Feb. 22 – 26 Legacy Registration for all former Shady Oak Families.  Legacy Registration and Early Registration for Currently Enrolled families ends at noon on Friday, February 26th.
Friday, February 26 “Tilly the Tooth Fairy” to visit Shady Oak @ 10:00 a.m.
Monday, February 29 Public Registration for 2016-17 Begins @ 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 1 Early Release Day @ 11:30 a.m. – Staff In-Service Meeting
Monday, March 7 Summer Camp Registration Begins for All Shady Oak Families
Monday – Friday, March 14 – 18 Spring Break — No School
Monday, March 21 Public Registration begins for Shady Oak Summer Camps
Wed. & Thurs., March 23 & 24 Easter Egg Hunts and Special Snack Days
Friday, March 25 Good Friday Observed, No School
Monday, March 28 Easter Monday Observed, No School
Saturday, April 9 “Spring Thing” Family Fun Day – Under the Shady Oak Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday – Friday, April 11 – 15 National Week of the Young Child
Tues. & Wed., April 12 & 13 Purple Parade Day
Tuesday, April 12 Early Release Day @ 11:30, Staff In-Service Meeting
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 19 & 20 Group Class Pictures with Steven Leonard Photography
 Wednesday & Thursday, April 27 & 28  Rehearsal for Spring Program
 Thursday, April 28  Spring Program @ 7:00 p.m. @  First Baptist Church
 Monday – Friday, May 2 – 6  Kindergarten Stanford Achievement Testing
 Wednesday & Thursday, May 25 & 26  Celebration Chapel — Last days of school
 Friday, May 27  No school — Teacher Workday
 Monday, May 30

Tuesday – Friday,  May 31 – June 3

Memorial Day Holiday

Shady Oak is closed for maintenance.

Monday, June 6  Shady Oak Summer Camps Begin!

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


Spring Thing Main Event

Spring Thing Schedule of Events

 Don’t Miss the Spring Thing Family Fun Night — on Friday, April 8th!

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Renewed Emphasis on Nutrition

This semester we will be emphasizing nutrition again in a few ways.  Look for helpful articles and suggestions from Brandie Mitchell, our Wellness Consultant, in our newsletters and on our website. While your children are at school, we will continue with many of our healthy practices and be even more purposeful in guiding children toward making healthy dietary choices in developmentally appropriate ways.

Home and school environments have a significant influence on young children’s dietary habits and choices.  Because young children are strongly influenced by the available food and the messages about food in their immediate surroundings, the early years of school are an ideal time to teach healthy eating.  It is much easier and more effective to teach healthy behaviors about food than to undo unhealthy ones.       Carefully choosing our words guides children in being open-minded about, and accepting of, new foods.  In the nutritionally purposeful classroom, caring adults stimulate interest in a new food by using nonjudgmental, descriptive words.  For example, when we introduce red and green bell peppers to children, we use terms such as crunchy, crisp, slippery, sweet, and smooth and avoid using words that imply strong values, such as the best and the worst.  Posing questions such as “What is inside?” encourages children to make predictions and stimulates scientific exploration.  Children may decide to sample green, yellow, red, and orange bell peppers, and describe each one.  Using descriptive language helps children understand what they see, hear, feel, taste and smell.

You can also be intentional in the language you use when children are reluctant to try a new food.  A key phrase is “You do not like it yet” or “The next time you try it you might like it.” These phrases let the child know that we understand she does not like the food.  They also plant the idea that she may like it the next time she tries it.


Extraordinary Lives

 In The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents, William Martin suggests….

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.

Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.

Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears.

Show them how to cry when pets and people die.

Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand.

And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.”



Craft Times

Hello, my crafty people! We’re gearing up for Spring Thing and need some help preparing craft kits for sale as well as the items we’re going to be using in the Crafting glueCorner at the event. I’ve scheduled the following dates for us to work:

Mornings, 8:30am – ??, at the Primary Campus – 600 Main Street.  Tuesday, March 1 (Early Release date) Monday, March 7 Monday, March 21

Evenings, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, location listed Thursday, March 31, 600 Campus *Thursday, April 21, home of Elizabeth Meeh.

*This date is after the Spring Thing; we will be working on Teacher Appreciation gifts.

As always, come when you can and stay for how long you can. Small kiddos are welcome to come to the morning craft times to as long as you bring something to keep them occupied. Evening craft times are for adults only, with exceptions made for “fresh” babies that are nursing, mostly sleeping, really cute, etc.  😉

Before the March 1 date, I’ll email out a list of tools that would be helpful to bring (scissors, glue gun, etc) if you have them. I should have enough tools to go around, but extras are always helpful.

See you soon!  Stevie


coffee cupShady Oak Coffee Club is back in 2016! — 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, April 5 & 19. Contact Stevie Ballow for more information -( .


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

April News

boxtop-clip-artThanks to everyone who participated in our spring submission for Box Tops. Shady Oak will be receiving a $115 check, thanks to all your clipping! We are collecting through the spring and summer months for our fall check.

Campbell’s has decided to wind down its Labels for Education program. We are still collecting through next school year. Starting in August, Labels for Education will only accept those products with the Labels for Education logo near the barcode. If you have any participating product barcodes without this logo, please send them in before August. April Bonus labels for educationsheets will be available soon.

Any questions can be directed to Brandy Keagy at


Final Early Release Day of the year Scheduled for April 12th

 The fifth, and last scheduled staff meeting and early release day occurs on Tuesday, Don't forget 2April 12th .  All morning classes, including Primary, will be released on this day at 11:30 a.m. so that our staff can meet for planning and in-service training.  Please make arrangements to pick up your child promptly at this 11:30 a.m. dismissal time.

The only exception is our regular “permanent” late day children, who are children that are signed up to stay through until 3:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday.  On this day, substitute teachers are brought in to be with this limited number of children so that we can meet together as a staff.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Free Parenting Seminar — Scheduled for Thursday, April 14th


Shady Oak Christian School is a Peaceful Touch school.  That means that most teachers have received training on this approach and that we offer regular parent education on it.  Today’s Peaceful Touch movement took shape in Sweden stating in 1995.  Axelsons Institute in Stockholm organized trainings to give teachers practical touch methods and raise their awareness of the wide benefits of touch for children, especially children ages 3 through 8.  Over the years, our teachers at Shady Oak have noticed improved concentration and a calmer classroom atmosphere, as well as deeper bonding, when the Peaceful Touch techniques are put to use regularly.

Brandie Trigger Mitchell and Joyce Trigger will present an Orientation to Peaceful Touch training session on Thursday, April 14, from 5:30-6:45 in the Primary Building.  This experiential training is for parents and teachers and will provide a personal awareness of the benefits of touch, as well as hands-on practices to use at home and at school.

The session is free and includes a light supper and reservations are a must! Please make your reservations by emailing Bridget at by peaceful touch 1Wednesday, April 13 at 3 p.m.

Please note: no childcare is provided for this event.

Training certificates will be available.



Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

skeetersThe two Shady Oak Schools will join together for Shady Oak School night at the Skeeters ballgame at Constellation Field in SugarLand on Friday, May 6.  Ticket sales begin Monday, April 4, for $12 each in the Shady Oak Christian School office.  We will sit together at the game and our schools will be recognized.  There will be fireworks after the game, so don’t miss any of it!  The Skeeters games are very active and family friendly.  Friends and neighbors are welcome to join in the fun!


Purple Parade!

Each year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), parade marchdesignates a week in April to be called, “Week of the Young Child”.  As a school, we love to participate in a springtime event we call the “Purple Parade” for which we dress in purple shirts, hats, shoes… whatever we have.  Each day, we will walk to the new Richmond Fire Station to deliver cards and pictures and cookies or cupcakes.  We want to help children stay connected to our community helpers.

This year we will celebrate “The Ten Pillars of a Good Childhood” designated by Association for Childhood Education International and the Alliance for Childhood.  They are:

  1. Safe and secure places for living and learning, with access to health care, clothing, and nutritious food
  2. Strong families and loving, consistent caregivers
  3. Social interactions and friendships
  4. Creative play and physical activity
  5. Appreciation and stewardship of the natural environment
  6. Creative expression through music, dance, drama, and the other arts
  7. Education that develops the full capacities of the child—cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual.
  8. Supportive, nurturing, child-friendly communities
  9. Growing independence and decision making
  10. Children and youth participating in community life

Our Purple Parade is scheduled for April 12th & 13th.  Dress your child in Purple on these days as we will be marching to the Richmond Fire Station to take cookies and treats to the Firefighters.  This will help to build awareness and appreciation in our students for our community helpers.


Class Pictures Scheduled

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 & 20, Steve Leonard will return to Shady Oak to camera walkingtake GROUP class pictures.  Steve Leonard will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19 with all Readiness & Pre-K Classes,  Kindergarten will also have their class picture taken on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning at 9:00  a.m., Steve will take pictures of all MWF Readiness and Mrs. Turnman’s Pre-K Class.  Please have your child wear colorful clothes.  The cost for a 5 x 7 print is  $10.00 each or an 8 x 10 for $15.00 each.  If your child is in 5-day readiness and you are not buying 2 pictures, please specify on the order form which class picture you want to purchase (T-Th or MWF).  Please make checks payable to STEVEN LEONARD PHOTOGRAPHYFill out the form that is attached to this newsletter and return it with payment by Monday, April 18th.  Additional order forms are available in the office.  We want all children included in the picture, but no one is under any obligation to purchase a photo.


Don’t Miss the Shady Oak Spring Program

notesPlease join us for our exciting Spring Program on Thursday, April 28th  at 7:00 p.m.  Children should be brought to the hallway of the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church at 6:45 p.m.  Please dress your children in colorful, comfortable clothing.  Families and friends are welcome.  Child-care for 2 years old and younger is provided by reservations with Bridget.    Our  school will be joining the Primary School in presenting “Through the Year at Shady Oak” with a line-up of class favorite songs.



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®:  Your Music Together fee this semester ($40 per family) pays for your new collection, entitled Drums.  We hope your family has experienced the value of this wonderful component of our school. Look for the 2 copies of the Drums CD in your child’s bag in the next few days.

Family Music Zone for Music Together® Families:  The new Family Music Zone is a mobile-friendly website filled with activities, videos, and parent education designed to encourage more music-making at home.  The CD booklet that all of our families WWWreceived in January includes a Family Resource Guide and an individualized code that will give you access to the new Zone, which is also where you will find digital song downloads.  Don’t miss out on this valuable resource!

Music Together® Family Party!! At our Spring Thing on Saturday, April 9, at 11:00 a.m., your family can participate in a sing-a-long including several songs from our current “Drum” Collection. Please plan to come to the white tent and bring an instrument if you have one.  We will have a great time joining with the children in singing and playing many of the songs they have been enjoying since January.

Bring your folding chairs!


Outdoor Learning Environment Enhanced

“I played around our yard some and talked to the fence posts, sung songs and made the weeds sing.” (Woodie Guthrie)

At Shady Oak, we believe in children singing, playing and learning outdoors!  Many of our children are in perfect harmony with the outdoors.  They love being outdoors because all their senses are stimulated.  Fancy theoretical words tell us that multisensory experiences in nature help to build “the cognitive constructs necessary for sustained intellectual development.” (Robin Moore)

This month we will add a new musical instrument to our outdoor learning space, thanks play ground drumto the generosity of Joseph Novak’s family (both parents and maternal grandparents) and to our fall Box Top collection $$’s.  Elizabeth, Joseph’s mom, writes “We know our boys have enjoyed and will continue to love romping around at Shady Oak in the years to come!…I believe there was some divine intervention when I discovered Shady Oak for the boys.  I know they love it based upon the amount of sand that I dump from their shoes!”   I bet many of you can identify with her sentiments!

The instrument is a Jamaican Drum and will be located in our music area near the playground shed.  Be sure to ask your kiddo about it….and feel free to stop by to give it a try yourself!



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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!