A Message from Head of School, Dan Quesnel

Dear Oakwood Community,

I hope that this Back-to-School Bulletin finds you doing well and enjoying your summer. I was worried that campus would be too quiet this week with Horizons ending and Camp Oakwood winding down, but it has actually been quite lively with most fall sports underway, several camps in session, teachers stopping by to say "hello" or work on their rooms, and students and parents visiting as they return from their summer adventures.  Maintenance has campus looking really sharp, and OASES is in full bloom, so if you are on campus, take the time to have a look for yourself.

The arrival of August also serves as a reminder that the new school year is just a few weeks away. With that in mind, catch up with my letter from July regarding the rollout of our new fully integrated educational platform FACTS. Please be on the lookout in the coming days for an email from me introducing our exceptional new faculty and staff joining our team as well as updated 2019-20 staffing plans. Finally please read the items below in this bulletin, as there is a wealth of information in it that you will find helpful as we begin Oakwood's 24th school year.

Go Eagles!
Dan Quesnel

New Parent Orientation 
Sunday, August 18 

Welcome to The Oakwood School! This year, Oakwood is inviting new families to the  New Family Orientation on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 4pm in Dr. Linda Uveges' office (located across from the Front Office) in Founders' Hall. Here, we will familiarize you with all things Oakwood to help make your transition to the school an easy one. The Division Coordinators and other staff members will be there to discuss Extended Day, car line, how to order lunch, how to look up your student's grades, show you to your student's classrooms, etc., and you will have the opportunity to ask any and all questions you may have. No question is too small or too large to ask as someone is always available to help you. Extended Day will be available during orientation free of charge for children in grades Pre-K to 7.

Senior Parking Lot Palooza    
Sunday, August 18 

It's an Oakwood tradition! Seniors can personally design and paint their own parking spot in the student lot between  August 18-20. A lottery will be held on Sunday, August 18 to pick your spot. Please meet Mrs. Jennifer Smith in the US Speight Student Commons at 5pm August 19 to get started. Bring your paint as you will have time on Sunday to get a good base coat down.  Please read more specific details and guidelines here.

Meet & Greet   
Wednesday, August 21

Parents and students, please join us for Oakwood's annual back-to-school Meet & Greet on  Wednesday, August 21 from 4:30-6pm on the main campus!   
  • Visit your classroom, meet your teachers, and catch up with old friends and make new ones!
  • Learn about clubs and extracurriculars
  • Get information on school services like Extended Day and Eagles Landing
  • Find ways to get involved through volunteerism with the Parent Service Association (PSA), Eagle Booster Athletic Club, and Fine Arts Support Team (FAST), and more!

Back-to-School Kick Off Party
Saturday, August 24

Oakwood's Parent Service Association will be hosting its second annual Back-to-School Kick Off Party on  Saturday, August 24 from 5:30-8:30pm! Mark your calendars for families and students to join us for food trucks, pony rides, petting zoo, mechanical bull, music, games, lots of amazing and fun family entertainment, and more!

Eagle Classic Sports Tournament is BACK!   
Friday, September 27

Join us for the Eagle Booster Club's Eagle Classic Sports Tournament on Friday morning, September 27! There will be a golf and tennis tournament with lunch and beverages included. Check out event details and sponsorship/registration signup here. Proceeds raised will support the advancement of Oakwood athletics. The mission of the Eagle Booster Club is to promote athletics at The Oakwood School in an atmosphere that is consistent with the educational philosophy of the school community. 

AP Classes & Student Registration 
New Process

This year, the College Board is starting a new process for AP classes and student registration for AP exams to provide additional materials for students and teachers to prepare for AP exam testing in May 2020. College Board is requiring all students to register with their class for year long and Fall Semester AP classes on the first day of school. In order for this process to move smoothly for teachers and students, all students need to have an account already created with College Board and remember their login information and password.  Please click here for more information and contact Testing Coordinator Amanda Strahin with questions. 

2019-20 Athletic Season   

Check out information previously sent on  June 25 here. If you are interested in participating in one of our Fall 2019 sports teams, please contact the coach:

Cross Country Co-Ed -   Ashley Blackmer
MS Girls Volleyball -  Amy Gardner
JV and Varsity Girls Volleyball - Lucinda McMillian
Varsity Boys Soccer -  David Boyd
JV Boys Soccer -  Kris Arnold
JV and Varsity Girls Tennis - Andrew Burres,  Brad Osborne

Make a Difference 
Parent Volunteerism at Oakwood 

One of the founding principles of Oakwood is to encourage parent participation and become an integral part of the school. Parent volunteer groups support our students and teachers through the generosity of their time and resources -- helping to strengthen student programs, build community, and provide support for our faculty.  To enhance your student and family's experience at Oakwood this upcoming year, check out one or all three of our parent volunteer support groups (PSA, FAST, and Eagle Booster Club) and their calendar of events -- and YOU can make a difference by signing up today !

2019-20 Corporate Partners    
Now Signing Up

Sign up now to join Oakwood's Corporate Partners Program for the 2019-20 year! The program provides area businesses a way to support the school's events and programs all year long and receive school-wide recognition such as web and print media, signage at sports and major events, and other exclusive advertising benefits.  Click here for more details. For more information, please contact Director of Advancement  Alicia Hawk or (252) 931-0760 ext 1302.

Looking Ahead... 
Things to Note
  • 2019-20 School Calendar can be found here.
  • Upcoming events and dates by month can be found on the All School Calendar here. 
  • Athletics schedules can be found here.
  • New Faculty and Staff Bios will be emailed by August 9.
  • Post cards from your homeroom or advisory teachers will be mailed on August 12.
  • Division Coordinators Corner will be emailed on August 12
  • New Parent Orientation on August 18
  • Senior Parking Lot Palooza on August 18
  • FACTS Training (for parents) will be held on August 19 & 28
  • Meet & Greet on August 21
  • First Day of School on August 22
  • Back to School Kickoff Party on August 24