A Message from Head of School, Dan Quesnel

Dear Oakwood Community,

It is hard to believe, but the start of Oakwood's 24th school year is nearly upon us.  I hope to see as many of you as possible at tomorrow's all-school assembly when we will continue several of my favorite traditions: welcoming the new students, honoring the seniors, ringing the bell to officially start the year, and announcing this year's theatrical production.  

Campus is looking fantastic and is ready for the arrival of our students thanks to the dedicated efforts of our maintenance staff and our faculty who have been working tirelessly to prepare for the start of school.  The Upper School parking lot is looking a bit more colorful and artistic this week as well as a result of the seniors painting their parking spaces.  If you have not been to OASES recently, please stop by the next time you are on campus as it is in full bloom, complete with towering and bright yellow sunflowers dominating the view.  On Saturday evening, please plan to attend the Back to School Kick-Off party as the PSA has put together a fantastic celebration of the new school year with food trucks, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull, face painting, and a host of other activities for the whole family.

If you were not able to make the parent training session earlier this week for FACTS, our new school information system, we still have two more sessions next Wednesday, August 28 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in Dr. Uveges's room in Founders' Hall.  FACTS promises to be much more user friendly than our previous system, so we are excited to use it and help everyone become acclimated to it.

Thank you for trusting your children and their education to Oakwood. As we enter the 2019-2020 school year, we will continue to fulfill our mission to instill in our students the strength of character, the creativity, and the wisdom to make a difference in the world.

Go Eagles!
Dan Quesnel

Meet & Greet   
Wednesday, August 21

Parents and students, please join us for Oakwood's annual back-to-school Meet & Greet TONIGHT 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 Oakwood 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!

Please see this permission and waiver form to participate in the activities being provided by It's a Zoo Life and bring it with you the night of the event.

2019-20 Athletic Season   
Save the Dates!

All School Athletic Meeting 

The Annual Athletic Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 6:00pm in Monk Gymnasium. This is an information session for all parents and student athletes planning to participate in ANY of the 2019-2020 athletic season. During this meeting we will formally introduce our Sports Medicine Team (Team Physician, Athletic Trainers, and Physical Therapist) as well review policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of student athletes.

"For Life" Cancer Benefit 

The Annual "For Life" fall community sports tournament and cancer benefit will be held at The Oakwood School on Friday, September 13! There will be sports tournaments and other events for students throughout the day. More details will follow.  

The deadline to order your event t-shirt is  Wednesday, August 28.   Click here to view the form. Hurry! You don't want to miss out on this awesome shirt! Click here to order your Luminary by Wednesday, September 11. All forms can be turned into Coach Gardner, Angie Rhodes, or Ms. Christine in the Front Office.

Eagle Classic Sports Tournament 

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 . P rocee ds 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.

Help Oakwood Earn FREE Money!

Box Tops for Education  

Oakwood is participating in Box Tops for Education again this year! All you need to do is cut off box tops, give them to Ms. Christine in the front office, and at the end of the year, the class with the most box tops gets a special sweet treat! For more information, questions, or an updated way to scan boxtops, visit the website or contact PSA volunteer  Kristi Sloan.  


On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select Oakwood as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible Amazon purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make here will result in a donation to The Oakwood School!

Harris Teeter VIC Card

Don't forget to re-link your Harris Teeter VIC Cards using the code 3523 here, so Oakwood can earn FREE money! Spread the word to your family and friends! Please remember you have to re-link your VIC card to Oakwood every year!

School Spirit Store 
Show Your Eagle Pride!

Help us spread Eagle Pride or stock up on Oakwood fitness class shirts and order some awesome Oakwood SWAG from the School Spirit Store here! The shop will close every Tuesday to process orders and open again on Wednesdays.  

Upper School 
Important Dates

AP Classes and Student Registration 

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. 

Teen Court 

Pitt County Teen Court Assistant Coordinator Deanna Spruill will attend the Upper School morning meeting on Thursday, September 5 to invite students to apply for Pitt County Teen Court. The program is open to students in grades 7-12. Applications should be turned in to Jennifer Smith prior to Friday, September 20.  For more information, please click here.

Honors College Visit and ECU Campus Tours 

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Join us for ECU's Academic Days for students eligible for the ECU Honors College.  You will tour ECU's campus as well as learn more about the Honors College.   You'll hear from Honors College representatives as well as current Honors College students. We will depart from Oakwood at 9 :15am on Friday, October 11 and return to campus at approximately 3:00pm. You will need to bring money for purchasing lunch on campus. Sign up on the sheet beside Mrs. Adams's desk in the Upper School (front desk of Upper School) by Friday, September 20. Please make sure you do not have scheduled away games this day before you sign up!

Curriculum Nights   
Join Us!

Join us for Curriculum Nights and have a personal interaction with your child(ren)'s teachers! With a few weeks under our belts, learn about your student's classes. Please note that Curriculum Night is designed for parents only.  We look forward to see you there! 

Middle School: Thursday, September 5 from 6-7pm
Upper School: Thursday, September 12 from 6-7pm
Lower School: Thursday, September 19 from 6-7pm 

Grandparents & Special Friends' Day 
Save the Date!

Grandparents and Special Friends' Day will be held Friday, October 4 from 8:30-11:30am! There will be refreshments, student performances, Head of School address, classroom visits, and more. 

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... 
Don't Forget to Check the School Calendar and Athletic Schedules!

8/22: First Day, Senior Breakfast, Big Step Breakfast, All School Assembly 
8/23-24: Early Release for Pre-K and K
8/24: PSA's Back to School Kickoff 
8/28: FACTS Parent Training 
8/30: Half Day - Labor Day 
9/2: No School - Labor Day
9/5: Middle School Curriculum Night 
9/12: Upper School Curriculum Night 
9/13: "For Life" Cancer Benefit 
9/16-18: Theatre Production Auditions 
9/19: Lower School Curriculum Night 
9/20: Pinwheels for Peace 
9/27: Eagle Classic Sports Tournament 

Thank You to Our Growing List of  2019-2020 Corporate Partners!

Now accepting Corporate Partner commitments! Payments due March 30, 2020. More information can be found here. The following companies have made an early commitment as of 8.21.2019: