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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Fall Semester 2016 – Important Dates at Shady Oak Christian School

Date Event
Monday – Friday, August 15-19 Semester fees are due.  Fall Packet Pick-up from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30 Parent Orientation 6:30 p.m. @ Shady Oak Primary School — 600 Main St.
Friday, September 2 Notary Services available @ 600 Main Street from 9 a.m. to Noon.

New Student Visitation @ Shady Oak Christian School from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, September 5 Labor Day Holiday — NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 6 1st day of school for Kindergarten, Bridge, 2-day & 5-day Readiness & Pre-K Students
Friday, September 9 September Tuition is due
Wednesday, September 14 Vision and Hearing Screening with Pine Woods  Screening Services from 9 a.m. to noon
Thursday, September 15 School Wide Chapel with the Primary School
Tuesday, September 20 Shady Oak Coffee Club meets 8:30 a.m. @ Joseph’s Coffee Shop on Morton Street in Richmond
Thursday, September 22 Block Party & Open House @ 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23 Ft. Bend County Fair Day — NO SCHOOL
Monday, September 26 – Tuesday, October 11 Pecan Fund Raiser
Monday, October 3 Room Parents Meeting @ 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 4 & 18 Shady Oak Coffee Club 8:30 a.m. @ Joseph’s
Thursday & Friday, October 6 & 7 “Grandparents & Others Who Are Grand” Day @ Shady Oak!
Monday, October 10 Early Release Day @ 11:30 a.m. Shady Oak Staff Meeting.
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 11 & 12 Walking Field Trips to the Richmond Fire Station — All classes participate
Wednesday & Thursday, October 19 & 20 School Picture Day!
Monday & Tuesday, October 31 & November 1 Scarecrow Surprise & Special Snack Days
Tuesday, November 1 & 15 Shady Oak Coffee Club 8:30 @ Joseph’s
Friday, November 4 Farmhouse Fling @ the Meeh’s Home — School Wide Field Trip
Monday, November 14 Early Release Day @ 11:30 a.m. Shady Oak Staff Meeting.
Wednesday & Thursday, November 16 & 17 Thanksgiving Feast Days @ Shady Oak
Monday – Friday, November 21 – 25 Thanksgiving Break — NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 28 Christmas Event Tickets go on sale in the Office
Tuesday, December 6 Shady Oak Coffee Club 8:30 @ Joseph’s
Wednesday – Friday, December 7 – 9 Festival Of Trees Work Days in the Fellowship Hall @ First Baptist Church
Thursday & Friday, December 8 & 9 Christmas Program Rehearsal Days
 Friday, December 9  Cookies with Santa 6:00 p.m. in the FBC Gym
Saturday, December 10 Christmas Program 9:00 a.m. @ FBC — Christmas Event, Silent Auction & Festival of Trees to follow immediately in the Gym & Fellowship Hall.
 Wednesday, December 14  Festival of Trees Take Down
 Wednesday & Thursday, December 14 & 15  Christmas Special Snack Days
 Friday, December 16 Early Release Day @ 11:30 a.m. All Classes
 Monday, December 19 – Monday, January 2, 2017 Christmas / New Years Break –NO SCHOOL
Tuesday & Wednesday, January 3 & 4, 2017  Classes resume for the 2nd Semester


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




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.”



Important dates in August 2016:

Save the Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9 to noon:  Connect AnnouncementConnect with Heirloom Parenting @

On Saturday, August 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, we want to support your family in this new school year by helping you CONNECT!  You are invited to the first in a series of Heirloom Parenting Events led by six professionals from the Houston area who will guide your understanding and support you in giving intention to the development of your family.


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Calling all parents…returning…and new! Don’t miss this chance to meet teachers, get an overview of some special events, and look closely at information in our handbook that will get your year off to a great start! Come ready to meet at least three (3) new parents.

We will meet at the Shady Oak Primary School (at 600 Main Street) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30th.  Please be sure to attend this important meeting!


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. our first meeting of this school year will be on Tuesday, September 20th —  Contact Stevie Ballow for more information -( .


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

May News


Thanks to all Shady Oak families who have participated in our Box Top and Labels campaigns this school year! We have collected nearly $400 for our school. Be sure to continue your collection throughout the summer, and  if you are participating in any summer camp, you can turn those in at that time. Attached to our newsletter you will find a spring collection sheet for Box Tops and an Aprillabels for education Bonus sheet for Labels for Education. The Labels for Education bonus sheet is due Thursday, May 12 and can include any five Labels for Education UPCs.

Thank you for your support this year, and have a great summer!

Brandy Keagy,


 Parent Evaluations

On May 2 and 3, you will receive an evaluation that we would like for you to complete and return to our office by May 13.  We value your input on various parts of our program and urge you to take about 8-10 minutes  to help us know what has been helpful to you this year, and what we can improve upon.  We have made important additions and changes through the years due to suggestions from parents.  You will return your form into a box in the office anonymously and check your name off a list.  We are looking for 100% participation in this effort!  Thank you for giving careful attention and consideration to this matter.



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.

At the Shady Oak Spring Program, on Thursday, April 28th:
“Everybody Loves Saturday Night”! Especially Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. This Music Together song was featured in our annual spring program that celebrates the diversity of our program and our families. The lead singers in this song are families speaking their native languages. Six languages were featured in this song: Spanish, German, Polish, Arabic, Japanese and Italian.


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!