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.

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Are you the parent of a Kindergartener? Are you wondering how Shady Oak Primary differs from other schools? 

Please join us for an informational coffee on Thursday, February 11th , at 8:45.  You will have time to see our teachers in action as well as how the children interact with each other in a “Hands On” school.  Did you know that your Kindergarteners spend time in our Primary school twice weekly?  Come find out what the buzz is all about!   Spend the morning touring the school, and having your questions answered by Director Debbie Elder.  Please let us know if you are attending by emailing Nancy at

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.

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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.”


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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.”



It’s Time  . . . Time to Register for the 2016-2017 School Year at Shady Oak!

Yes it’s that time again: time to register your Shady Oak students and siblings for the back to schoolnext academic year.  During the month of February, we give our currently enrolled families a chance to register first. You may also enroll any younger siblings at this time. Registration is open to legacy families and families that attended summer camps in 2015 the week of February 22 – 26.  A legacy is a child that had an older sibling attend Shady Oak in the past, but is not currently enrolled.  This early registration process guarantees that you will have your first choice in class assignments for next year. Remember no one is automatically registered for the next academic year.  This early registration process will end on Friday, February 26th at noon.  On Monday, February 29th at 8:30 a.m., open enrollment begins.  During open enrollment, any and all available positions are open to the public to fill.

To enroll for Readiness, Pre-K, Bridge or Kindergarten, please complete the green colored registration form (that went home with your child attached to the February Newsletter) and enclose a check for the applicable registration fee.  To determine the amount of registration fee, please refer to the Fall Registration Sheet (white copy – attached to the February Newsletter).  The registration fee is one tenth of your total annual tuition.  We are offering a loyalty discount to currently enrolled families that re-enroll for 2016-17.  The remaining tuition balance is paid in 9 installments beginning in September 2016 and concluding in May 2017.  If you have more than one child attending Shady Oak Christian School, a 10% discount will be applied to registration of the 2nd and/or subsequent children enrolled.  Registration is done on a first-come-first-serve basis for Readiness through Kindergarten. Additional forms can be picked up in the office from Bridget.

Please turn in your completed registration forms and fees to Bridget beginning on February 1st. See Bridget or Joyce if you have any questions concerning the registration process.  We encourage families to attend the School Preview Night on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

To register for the Shady Oak Primary School, 1st through 5th grade, please contact Nancy Wenzel or Debbie Elder at the Primary School, 281-344-1291.



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, February 9 & 23. Contact Stevie Ballow for more information -( .


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

Box Tops are Due in February !!!

It is big month for our Box tops and Labels campaign! February 26 is the deadline for box tops’ spring submission. Spring checks will be mailed in April.

boxtop-clip-artWe are always collecting, but any box tops turned in after February will be included in next fall’s submission. Does your family consume Annie’s Homegrown products? Great news! You can now find those valuable box tops on all of Annie’s products.

Labels for Education is joining Scholastic in an exciting partnership..Book Bonanza! Starting in February, for several months,  Shady Oak can earn 5-20 FREE books for students and teachers to enjoy! For every 1,000 labels turned in, Scholastic will donate 5 books to our school’s collection.   We need your help! Send in your labels and we can achieve this goal. Every label submitted will be added to our book count and still give us credit towards the Labels Merchandise catalog!labels for education

To help you locate items with Labels and Box tops, a resource folder is located near the collection jars, including a complete participating product listing, as well as collection sheets. Not every Labels for Education product has the logo, so you may have more participating products than you think! Take a look! Thanks for your support Shady Oak families, and happy clipping! As always, direct any Box Tops or Labels questions to Brandy Keagy at



School Holiday Shady Oak will be closed on Monday, February 15th for the Presidents’ Day Holiday!

March Early Release Day Scheduled 

The fourth of our five scheduled staff meetings and early release days occurs on Tuesday, March 1st.  All Preschool classes, as well as Bridge and Kindergarten, 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 are our regular “permanent” late lunch bunchers and after school care children, who are children that are signed up to stay through until 3:00 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.

After this, our last scheduled staff meeting / early release day is Tuesday, April 14th. .

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Free Parenting Seminar — Scheduled for February 25th

educationKathy Strode and Joyce Trigger will be offering their insight and wisdom again on Thursday, February 25, from 5:30-6:45 p.m.  Childcare for Shady Oak children will be provided free of charge, but reservations are required.  We will be discussing the impact of a statement by family physician, psychologist and author, Leonard Sax.  He said, “Instead of parents exercising their authority because they know what’s best (as they should), they are focusing on making children happy and boosting their self-esteem.”  He continues, “They now see their job as facilitating whatever a kid wants to do.”  Mrs. Strode and Mrs. Trigger will use their decades of experience to help parents understand their job of teaching children right from wrong, teaching them the meaning of life and keeping their children safe.

Make your reservation for yourself and for child care by emailing Bridget at



Valentine Special Snack

valentine 3We will have a “special snack” on Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12.  Sign-up sheets will be posted for Special Snack items in the Readiness and Pre-K.  Kindergarten  classrooms.  In addition, each child should bring enough Valentine cards for every student in his/her class.  (5 Day Readiness & Pre-k children should bring cards on both days.) Please DO NOT put names on the envelopes.  We would like your child’s name as the giver on the card.


“Tilly the Tooth Fairy” to Visit Shady Oak in February!tooth fairy

 “Tilly the Tooth Fairy” from Dr. Caldwell’s Dental Office will be here on Friday, February 26th to talk to Readiness, Pre-K,  Bridge, and Kindergarten students about good dental Hygiene.



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.


Free Music Together® Concert:  Shady Oak families are invited to a special family concert on Saturday, February 20, at 4:30 p.m.  It will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic School at 2120 Westheimer Rd., Houston 77098.  The public event is hosted by Prelude Music Foundation and Prelude Music Classes and will feature Uncle Gerry from our Music Together CD’s.  Your family will be able to sing right along because most of the songs will be from our current Drum Collection.

FROM JOYCE:  On a personal note, I have been to one of Prelude’s family concerts when our 3 year old granddaughter was an infant, and it was so fun and engaging for all of us. There will be instruments of all kinds and it will be “up-close and personal”.  I hope you will make plans to attend.  There are destinations nearby—Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Central Market, and other places to make the trip worthwhile.  I will definitely be there and will save you a seat!


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!