Events & Registration

Shady Oak Christian School Registration for 2015-16 School Year begins in February for currently enrolled families, with public (open) registration beginning on March 2.

Are you a Shady Oak Legacy Family?  A Legacy is a child from a family that had an older sibling attend Shady Oak in the Past, but is not currently enrolled.  Legacy Families are able to enroll early from February 23 – February 27.  Contact Bridget Hilbe at to learn how to register as a legacy.

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 and offers children a full day of learning experiences similar to our Pre-K program with the time to go more in depth in all subject areas.  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 Fall 2015, to tour our Primary School Campus.

Spring Semester 2015 - Important Dates at Shady Oak Christian School

Date Event
Tuesday, January 6 Spring Semester begins for all 5-day & 2-day Preschool, Bridge and Kindergarten classes
Wednesday, January 7 Spring Semester begins for MWF Preschool Classes
Friday, January 9 Spring Semester Supply Fees are due today
Friday, January 9 Parenting Education Classes Resume — Book Study — “Boundaries with Kids” 8:30 am (meets every other Friday – through March)
Tuesday, January 13 Parenting Seminar: Motivation Seminar – “5 Ways to encourage desired behavior”  7:00 p.m. @ 600 Main St., Richmond
Thurs. & Fri., January 15 & 16 “Grandparents and Others who are Grand Day” Special Chapel
Monday, January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday — No School.
Tuesday, January 27 Early release day at 11:30 a.m. (Staff Meeting)
Wednesday, January 28 Parent / Teacher Conference Day — No school for all students
Thursday, January 29 Parent / Teacher Conference Day — No school for T-Th Readiness & Pre-K Students only.  Classes resume for 5-day Readiness & Pre-k Students, Bridge and Kindergarten Students.
Monday, February 2 Early Registration begins for currently enrolled Shady Oak Families
Tuesday, February 3 School Preview Meeting for 2015-16, 7:00 p.m. in the Shady Oak Christian School Kindergarten Classroom.  Open to Current Shady Oak Families and other Families interested in enrolling their child.
Thurs. & Fri., February 12 & 13 Valentine Exchange & Special Snack Days.
Monday, February 16 Presidents Day Holiday – No School.
Wed. & Thurs., February 18 & 19 Heart Healthy Work-Out Days
Mon. – Fri., Feb. 23 – 27 Shady Oak Legacy Registration.
Friday, February 27 Early Registration for Currently Enrolled Families & Legacy Registration Concludes at Noon.
Monday, March 2 Public Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 3 Early release day at 11:30 a.m. (Staff Meeting)
Thursday, March 4 Summer Camp 2015 Registration begins for all Shady Oak Families
Mon. – Fri., March 9 – 13 Spring Break — No School
Friday, March 20 Public Registration Begins for Summer Camp 2015
Wed. & Thurs., April 1 & 2 Easter Egg Hunts & Special Snack Days
Friday, April 3 Good Friday — No School
Monday, April 6 Easter Monday — No School
Saturday, April 11 “Spring Thing” Family Fun Day 8:30 – 2:00
Sun. – Sat., April 12 – 18 National Week of the Young Child
Tues. & Wed., April 14 & 15 “Purple Parade” Days
Tuesday, April 14 Early release day at 11:30 a.m. (Staff Meeting)
Mon. & Tues., April 20 & 21 Group Class Pictures with Steven Leonard Photography
Wed. & Thurs., April 29 & 30 Rehearsal Days for Spring Program
Thursday, April 30 Spring Program  @ 7:00 p.m. — First Baptist Church Sanctuary
Mon. – Thurs., May 4  – 7 Kindergarten Stanford Achievement Testing
Wednesday, May 20 Celebration Chapel & last day of school for MWF Readiness & Pre-K Students
Thursday, May 21 Celebration Chapel & Last Day of School


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


Save the Date — Free Parenting Seminar

Parent Education Opportunity in February:  Communicating with Children

Come on Thursday, February 26 7:00 –8:30 p.m. for a free seminar for parents of children of all ages led by Earl S. Saltzman, Ph.D., a clinical and child psychologist  in Houston. Structured Discipline Communication is what Saltzman calls his teaching, training and counseling program that can be used by anyone involved in seeing that children learn and behave properly.

“Children of all ages and types need structure in the form of adult involvement, direction and control so that they can develop to their maximum potential,” Saltzman says.  “With properly used structure, homework is done, tasks are completed, relationships are strengthened and the child’s concentration and listening powers are increased.”

Saltzman says parents need to learn that “eggs break, kids don’t and some habits should.”  In Structured Discipline Communication, he says parents must learn that what they say and what their children hear often are two different things.  With SDC, parents must take responsibility for making it explicitly clear just what is expected.  Don’t give the child room to distort and manipulate.

Saltzman says SDC children report they like it better when the adult no longer asks them to do something but instead insists that they do it.  They no longer feel anxious and scared about getting into trouble.

Do you want to learn more about SDC and how to use it in your own household?

You can!  Invite your friends to join you at this helpful seminar  at Shady Oak Primary School (600 Main Street, Richmond) sponsored by Shady Oak Christian School.



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Game Night at Shady Oak :: Friday, February 20, 5:30pm – 7:30pm :: Shady Oak Primary School

Join your friends and family for an evening of good food and fun on Friday, February 20 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Come hungry, as we’ll have dinner ready for you (stay tuned for the menu…), and be prepared to get your game on! We’ll have age appropriate games for kids in both the Preschool and Primary campuses set up for after dinner, but if your family has a game that you LOVE, bring it. We all may learn to love a new game! But don’t be bummed if you don’t get to play the game you brought…we can’t stay at Shady Oak all night (us teachers and parents have to sleep sometime…). Bring your good-sport attitude and a potluck dessert (one per family, please).

Reservations required; space is limited to 15 families. Please register your family in person or by email with Nancy Wenzel at Shady Oak Primary,

PS – Part of the awesomeness of this event is that you don’t have to cook! We will try to offer a nut- and gluten/grain-free dinner option for our family nights, but please note that our volunteer chefs may not be able to guarantee the avoidance of these ingredients. So if you need to, bring your own picnic meal. We promise we won’t be offended!


Coffee Roaster Family Outing :  Saturday, February 28 @ 3:00 p.m.

This is a “dream come true” optional field trip for coffee lovers! Bryan Hibbard, owner of Fort Bend Coffee Roasters, is having an open house for Shady Oak families on Saturday, February 28, at 3 p.m. He will provide a coffee tasting, show his roasting process, and generally share his passion for coffee. Cost of the event is $10 per family and a canned food item for the Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry, in Fulshear. Each family will receive a 12 oz. bag of coffee ( whole bean or ground) and have some pastries to go with the coffee you taste while there.

Mrs. Trigger will be on hand to provide some simple outdoor activities for children while parents enjoy the coffee tour. We will also use this opportunity to talk to the kiddos about children in coffee growing countries. Brian is aware that those children and others in the world are not privileged to live the way our kiddos live. He says he is constantly reminded that his farmers and their families work incredibly hard before he comes along and roasts their years’ work. Even though he buys some of the best coffee in the world, they still get paid very little for their work.

The facility is a very clean, new warehouse located at 32501-F Gordon Side Road outside of Fulshear. Dress for the weather. The warehouse isn’t heated.

The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Join with another family or two and find a place to eat together in Fulshear after the tour.



School Preview Night Planned for Tuesday, February 3rd! 

All are welcome. Invite a friend.

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 ( ).


 Come Weave your Prayers

It is so good to be part of a supportive community in this journey of parenthood.

 We invite all parents of Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School to come together for an informal time of reflection, laughter, maybe even tears as you drop off your children on Tuesday through Friday, September 2-5, from 8:30 to 9:00. Please stay just a few minutes outside our Main Street gate near the Prayer Garden to write your hopes and prayers for your child on a beautiful piece of dyed fabric that you can weave into a work of “community art” to be part of our school settings.


Parent Education:  Book Study

We are continuing our discussion of the book, Boundaries with Kids, by Cloud and Townsend.

We will meet in the Primary Building at 8:30 a.m. on the Fridays listed below.  No reading is required before the meetings, but we do follow certain chapters, and you are welcome to read ahead.

Discussion is welcomed and desired.  We all seem to benefit from “success” stories, and we are a very encouraging group! Even if you didn’t attend any of our classes in the first semester, this is a new year, and please come join us!

Our first discussion will center around chapter 6: “I Can’t Do It All, But I’m Not Helpless Either.”

Meeting dates:  January 9, 23.  February 6, 20.  March 6, 20.

Free Parenting Book Available to You!

That’s right!  All you have to do is ask Joyce, and you will have the new book entitled, Their Name is Today. Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World by Johann Christoph Arnold. The publishers of this book, from October 2014, are making copies available to us and other parents, students, and policy makers.  They want it to be used to assist folks in making changes needed to help our children.  The title comes from a poem at the beginning of the book from Nobel Laureate, Gabriela Mistral.

“We are guilty of many errors and many faults,

but our worst crime is abandoning the children,

neglecting the fountain of life.

Many things can wait.  Children cannot.

Right now their bones are being formed,

their blood is being made,

and their senses are being developed.

To them we cannot answer, ‘Tomorrow.’

Their name is today.”

See Joyce today to get your copy.  We are looking at a date in February to discuss parts of the book together.

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.”

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. Our meetings for February will be on Tuesday, February 10 and 24. Contact Stevie Ballow for more information (


Some Images to Guide Us This Year

 Submitted by: Joyce Trigger, Director of Shady Oak Christian School

There is an amazing, vivid visual of part of Psalm 1 in the Prayer Garden that adjoins our school.

That Psalm says that delighting in the law of God and meditating on Scripture is being like a tree, maybe like an oak tree for which our school is named.  That property belongs to First Baptist Church, with which we partner for some activities and whose space we use for chapel and school programs.  We have enjoyed being in the shade of that tree for 28 years.

We hope you enjoy the Prayer Garden frequently.