A Message from Head of School, Dan Quesnel

Dear Oakwood Community,

I hope this email finds you doing well.  We are now a week into the new school year, and what a fantastic week it was.   The First Day Assembly was a terrific opportunity to honor our seniors and welcome all of our students and Oakwood families back to campus.   At the assembly, we continued the tradition we started last year by announcing this year's spring theatrical performance A Midsummer Night's Dream!   The Fine Arts Department is putting a new twist on this Shakespeare classic though by setting it in the 1920s and adding elements of music and dance to it.

On Saturday, there was a great turnout for the PSA's Back-to-School Kickoff as we celebrated our students and the new school year with food, music, a mechanical bull, and a petting zoo.   I was feeling pretty proud of how long I stayed on the bull until the ride operator told me at the end that he had it set on "kiddie" speed. While it was difficult to count how many people were in attendance because of all the activities around campus, I can confirm that over 350 people obtained wrist bands to ride the mechanical bull and pet the animals from It's A Zoo Life.   Thanks go out to the PSA and the countless other volunteers who made this event such a success. 

Yesterday there was excitement in the Lower and Middle Schools as classes in those divisions adopted their seniors for the year.  This is just one of the many great traditions I have come to know and love at Oakwood.

Lastly, Grandparents and Special Friends' Day will be held Friday, October 4. The school will not be mailing post cards this year. Instead cards were sent home with your LS and MS child last week for parents to invite their child's grandparent(s) or special friend. If you need additional post cards, Ms. Christine has extras in the Main Office.

As we head into the second half of the week, please remember that we have a half day on Friday in light of the long weekend ahead.   I hope you all have fun plans for Labor Day Weekend.

Go Eagles!
Dan Quesnel


To access the Family Directory, Student/Parent Handbook, Health Forms, before and after school care through Extended Day, student grades, and more, please access the  FACTS ParentsWeb login page (also accessed under "Community Login" at the right hand corner of Oakwood's website). 

Use Caution on MacGregor Downs Road  
Logging Work

We would like to inform you that a logging company is working across campus on MacGregor Downs Road all week. They will be coming in and out of traffic with log trucks from  6:30am until late in the evening. Please be cautious when driving to and from school, watch your speed, and be patient. We are told the work across campus should be complete in a week. Please inform your student drivers as well.

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. As a courtesy, Oakwood's Extended Day program will provide free childcare during each Curriculum Night in Monk Hall. 

Middle School: Thursday, September 5 from 6-7pm
Upper School: Thursday, September 12 from 6-7:30pm
Lower School: Thursday, September 19 from 6-7pm 

2019-20 Athletic Season   
Save the Dates!

"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 TODAY  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 Main 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 Main 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!

Health Forms
K and 7th Grade Immunization Requirements

Please make sure the school has a copy of your Kindergarten student's immunization forms. The school also needs proof of Tdap Boosters and Meningitis Vaccine for 7th grade students. We are obligated by law to have proof of these immunizations within 30 days after the start of school. Copies can be turned in to Ms. Christine in Main Office. (Please note that students are not required to have a current physical unless you are playing a school sport.)

A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Audition Information 

Seeking Actors, Singers & Dancers in grades 8-12 and select performers in 6th and 7th grade (not all 6th & 7th graders who audition will be cast) for Oakwood's Inaugural Mainstage Production  of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream! Auditions will be held in the Upper School Chorus room from 3:30-4:30pm Monday, September 16-Wednesday, September 18 and by appointment only Wednesday, September 18 at noon.

Students will not be allowed to audition without turning in completed and signed audition packet forms. There is also an online form here. Students must prepare a short Shakespeare monologue or perform one of the scenes provided. If you cannot attend any of the scheduled auditions, contact Play Director Elana Kepner. Additional and more detailed information can be found here.

Oakwood School Shirts 
Show Your Eagle Pride!

Along with the School Spirit Store Ms. Christine has NEW Oakwood t-shirts for sale in the Main Office: $10 for solid and $12 for tie dye. Get them while you can! They can be used for Oakwood fitness classes, too. Different colors can be ordered upon request.

Upper School 
Important Dates

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' desk in the Upper School by Friday, September 20. Please make sure you do not have scheduled away games this day before you sign up!

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. The school will not be mailing post cards this year. Post cards were sent home with your LS and MS child last week to invite their grandparent or special friend to join them for this cherished annual tradition. If you need additional post cards, Ms. Christine has extras in the Main Office. 

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!

8/30: 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
10/4: Grandparents & Special Friends' Day

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: