Events & Registration

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

Considering Shady Oak Christian School for the 2016 – 2017 School Year?

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 beginning in January 2016.   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.

Save the date:   On Tuesday Evening February 2, 2016, there will be a Preschool, Bridge and Kindergarten Preview Meeting for all current and prospective families.

This valuable information night is open to current and prospective parents.  Come find answers to such questions as:

  • What are the characteristics of “Shady Oak kids”?
  • What happens during the Readiness Class (3 yr. old) that gives those children social competency skills such as the ability to express wishes and preferences clearly, to assert his/her own rights and needs appropriately, to express frustration and anger effectively and without harming others, him/herself, or property, to enter ongoing discussions and make relevant contributions to ongoing activities?
  • What do children need to be doing in Pre-K to be prepared for kindergarten? How much letter work and writing practice should children have each day in that year leading up to kindergarten? Our pre-k program is very hands-on, developmentally appropriate, and play-based.  What does all that mean, and how is it different from other programs in our area?
  • Who are candidates for the “Bridge Class”? What is the schedule and curriculum for that class?
  • What is used to measure success in kindergarten and what does kindergarten look like at Shady Oak?
  • What does my child experience at Shady Oak besides an excellent academic opportunity?

This informative meeting will be held in our Kindergarten Class room at 7:00 p.m. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you for this educational evening.

Reserve your spaces at the meeting  via email with Bridget ( ).

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.

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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
Friday, November 6 Fall Fling @ the Farm
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.
Wednesday & Thursday,     November 18 & 19 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.”

Shady Oak Families — Your Help is Needed for a Successful Silent Auction!

AuctionWe need everyone’s help to make the silent auction a successful fundraiser for both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School.  Our auction is unlike any other, because the unique items and experiences are donated by our parents, staff, and alumni.  You can be a part of this annual event with your donation.  Nothing is too large or too small!  Share a hobby you love by donating a product or class for just a few people to learn a new craft.  Do you follow a favorite sports team?  Would you like to donate memorabilia or tickets to a game?  Do you have connections with a local business that would like free advertising on our Facebook page and at the auction?  Do you have tickets to a theatrical production? How about a gift card to your favorite restaurant or florist to complete a night out package?  These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about what you could offer.  If you have any questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to talk with Joyce Trigger or Nancy Wenzel.  Donation forms can be picked up from Bridget or Nancy and donation forms are due Friday, November 13, 2015.

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 11!

 Bring the family for a stroll through the festival of trees

and have a priceless photo taken with Santa himself! 

A former Shady Oak mom and professional photographer

will be on hand to capture the memories! 

Have a first look at Silent Auction items and

place your bid early! Shop the unique craft items

handmade by our very own Shady Oak Crafters!

Finally, end your night with a sweet treat

of cookies and milk!

Friday, December, 11

6-7:30 pm

 First Baptist Church Gym


Christmas Event Tickets will go on sale on Monday, November 30th for $5.00 each. Shady Oak Students & Children 2 and under are free.


School Wide Thanksgiving Feasts Planned!

Thanksgiving pilgramsIn keeping with our Thanksgiving themes of family traditions and good food, we will be celebrating with feasts on November 18th and 19th.  Bridge & Kindergarten feasts will celebrate with their feast on November 19th only.

Parents may participate by signing up to bring items for our celebration or by helping Bridget  with the preparation and/or serving on those days.  There will be one sign-up sheet for  whole school located in the office on the bulletin board by the playground door.  To give us time to prepare the food, we ask that all food be brought to school no later than Monday morning November 16.  


Parent Involvement and Planning Meetings:

  • Craft work Times in November —  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.  Monday, November 9 & 16 @ 8:30 AM , and Thursday, November 19 @ 7:30 p.m.  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.”
  • Parenting Seminar:  “finding your voice as a Parent”  

    Do you sometimes hear yourself saying things you heard one of your parents say to you in a disciplinary way and you vowed never to “talk like that”?  Do you sometimes wonder if it’s worth the battle (again!) at bedtime or mealtimes or anytime boundaries are involved? Are the upcoming holidays likely to be stressful with the extra scheduling demands and family demands and sugar?

    Most of us would agree that parenting is our hardest task and often it seems like there is not enough REAL help available. In this village of Shady Oak, we would like to provide help!

    This month, Kathy Strode and Joyce Trigger will combine their 60+ years of expertise in teaching and parent education for a one hour seminar you won’t want to miss. They will give practical, real life suggestions on boundary setting, building HEALTHY self-esteem, and raising loved, lovable children. They want you to find your voice in order to be an effective parent.

    Limited Childcare spaces are available to children who attend Shady Oak Christian School. The seminar is open to Shady Oak parents and friends. Reservations to attend and for Childcare are required by emailing Bridget at by Wednesday, November 18th at 2:00 p.m.

    Date: Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30-6:45.

    Childcare provided at Shady Oak by school staff. Please provide sack supper for your children.

    Location of seminar TBA.

  • 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 -( November meeting dates are November 3  & 17.

Fall Fundraisers — Thanks for Helping!

Thanks for all the support in our Mixed Bag & Pecan fundraising projects for teacher training this year. Our net total sales was a little over $3000.00.

Thanks to our moms that who helped put orders together for distribution.

We could not do this project without the helping hands of many.

Thank you .

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

Box Tops & Labels for Education Update!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our fall Box Tops for Education submission. Shady Oak families and friends have collected 2,383 Box Tops! That is $238.30, a lot of dimes! Our Labels for Education fall contribution gave us 1,630 points. Added to our existing points balance, we earned a $25 Visa pre-paid gift card. With these checks, and several generous monetary donations, we now have $1,783.30 in our outdoor instrument fund!

Remember, we are always collecting Box Tops and Labels. Our next Box Top submission is in March, so we have plenty of time to make our goal.  We submit Labels for Education more frequently, based upon bonus earning periods. Be on the look out for seasonal collection sheets from Box Tops and Bonus collection sheets from Labels for Education.



 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.   Please note, that without enough drivers, we will be unable to go.

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 26.  Thank you Cade and Madelyn (and Carter’s)  family!!!

Important:  All parents who assist in providing transportation for our field trips must carry a portable fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.  Your first aid kit must contain the following items:  multi-size adhesive bandages; adhesive tape; water proof, disposable gloves; gauze pads; tweezers; scissors; cotton balls; an antiseptic (such as hydrogen peroxide); and a thermometer.

Children under 8 years of age and less than 4’2” tall are required by law to sit in a car seat/booster seat when transported in a vehicle.  Parents are responsible for providing a car seat (that is clearly labeled with their child’s name) and assisting in installing it in the vehicle their child will be riding in.  If you are unable to comply with this, we ask that you bring your child to school after 11:30 a.m. when the field trip is over.  Children under the age of 3 must by transported by their parent.



Early Release Day Planned for November 9th.

The second of our five scheduled staff meetings, early release days occurs on Monday, November 9th.  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 exceptions will our regular “permanent” late lunch bunch and afterschool care children, who are children that are signed up to stay through until 3:00 or 5:30 p.m. every Monday.  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.

Thanksgiving Holiday — No school!! 

Shady oak Christian School will be closed November 23 – 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  All classes will resume on Monday, November 30th.



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!