Events & Registration

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

All Summer Programs have availability at this time!  Register NOW! Go to the summer program tab  and scroll down to check-out all of our summer camp offerings.

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.

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


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Shady Oak Night at  the Skeeters Game! .

Friday night, May 15, is designated Shady Oak Night at Constellation Field in Sugar Land to watch the Skeeters play York Revolution.  Game time is 7:05 p.m. and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to join with other Shady Oak families and friends in our own Field Box.  Box seats are $12 each and children 2 and under are free.  Afterwards, there will be a spectacular fireworks show!
This night is also  “Pink in the Park”, a fundraiser for Memorial Hermann’s Breast Center.  Survivors are honored on the field before the game, and our own teacher, Kristi Chambers, a breast cancer survivor, will be throwing out the first pitch.  Her daughter, Emmie, who sang at our Christmas program, will be singing at half time.  So……what a meaningful night in many ways.  We expect great weather with likely low humidity and no mosquitos, so come on out!  Get your tickets from Bridget or Joyce. 


Celebration Chapel

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21, we will have important end-of-the-year Celebration Chapel services.  Please note the times below for each day.  On each day, there will be a slideshow of all the children, including those in the Primary School.  We will also remember with the children some of our favorite things about our schools.  The chapel services will be held in the First Baptist Sanctuary and will be approximately 25 minutes long.

Wednesday, May 20:  8:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 21: 11:00 a.m.

Both of these days are regular school days for all Shady Oak Christian School students—-with after school, Lunch Only, Lunch Bunch and Late Lunch Bunch care available.


Making Connections at Shady Oak!

 Summer 2015 Growth Opportunities for Shady Oak families and friends:

Infant Massage Class

led by Certified Instructor, Brandie Mitchell, RN.  Saturday, July 25 and Saturday, August 1, 2015. 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.  See class description and register online at

What a wonderful way to get your connections off to a great start with your infant!

 Book Study

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene’ Brown.

Join other moms as we discuss this important book about the lifelong journey from “What will people think?” to I am enough.” Brown’s unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice.  These sessions in the informal atmosphere of Joyce’s home offer opportunities for new personal insights plus the possibility of making deep connections with others you will continue to see in the Shady Oak community. RSVP to Joyce at by July 22nd.

Thursdays:  July 23, 30; August 6, 13.  7-9 p.m.  Bring a snack to share.




 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.”

Take a Time Out (No Misbehaving Required)

Who hasn’t burned the candle at both ends? Which one of us hasn’t agreed to that one task that stretched us just a bit too thin? Anybody? I know I have! And while your body and mind can tolerate short periods of intense stress (like running a marathon or raising a newborn), it’s not designed to continue in this way. We are designed to handle stress and then go through a period of rest so that our bodies can re-set. But we successful, motivated, multi-tasking humans seem to ignore this last part, the part about resting. “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” we say. The really ironic thing is — in the long run — we come to that end anyway, and quicker so the harder and faster we live. 

So here’s a proposal: give yourself a few minutes every other week and come hang out with some other Shady Oak folks and do — wait for it — NOTHING. Meet us at Joseph’s Coffee Shop on Morton Street on March 17 & 31, April 14 & 28, and  May 12 (Tuesdays) from 8:30 – 10:00 and drink a cup of coffee with friends. Stay for 10 minutes or stay for an hour, and try it for a month. I’ll bet you’ll never miss those minutes, and you might even have fun! 

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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.