This event is an opportunity for new and returning lower school students and their parents to come to the Oakwood campus before the first real day of school. The Lower School Head and Principal, Mrs. Shales, will be there to meet everyone, and students will have a chance to talk with their teachers and socialize with their classmates. ECE students will have a lemonade social and elementary students will have an ice cream social as part of the event. All students are asked to bring their school supplies. No formal presentations are made by teachers; explanations of procedures, volunteering and curricula are discussed at Back to School Night.
This evening social is an informal opportunity for students and families to get together with old friends and meet new ones in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Pack your own picnic dinner or purchase something tasty from one of the several food trucks on site, and be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. There will be games and activities available for all ages.
At the start of every school year, upper school students in grades six through twelve, participate in one day, off campus adventures. The Adventures change from year to year, and are designed as a bonding, team building exercise Past High School Adventures have included Kayaking on the Elkhorn Slough, Go Games, and Theater Trip to SF to see Les Miserables. Sixth and seventh grade students have alternated between Mount Madonna and Santa Cruz for team building activities. Eighth grade has attended Trapeze Arts, where students participate in circus acrobatics.
The Spirit Assembly is a rousing, high energy event during which each grade level from Jr. K through High School presents a song, skit or cheer onstage in front of the entire school community. Donning their class colors, students celebrate their school and rev their engines in anticipation of their upcoming Fund Run. Energy runs high and every year the bar is raised higher in terms of creativity and excellence! Parents are invited to join in this celebration of school spirit which always ends with a rousing rendition of the Oakwood Cheer. Emceed by the High School Student Council, the Spirit Assembly is produced by students for students and represents team-building at its best.
This is a fun evening event for all grade levels, but especially for the younger students! The entire family is invited to join in the fun. Each family brings their scooped out pumpkins and carving tools: knives, carvers and a votive candle. Pumpkins are carved, then all are lit for display. Refreshments are served, and a chili cook-off is very popular with the adults. Storytelling, dancing and games make this a night to remember. All families take their pumpkins home at the end of the evening.
Each year, Oakwood holds an auction. The Dinner Auction, held every other year, includes both silent and live auction items, and the event takes place off campus. Parents and other Oakwood supports gather for a lively night of fun and entertainment. And in years that a dinner auction is not help, an on-line auction takes its place. In addition to trips, parties, jewelry, sports games and many other exciting items, there are also an assortment of unique items preferred by Oakwood parents such as parking lot spaces, Principal for the Day, prime front row seating to drama productions, and much more.
The Oakwood community gathers together for a special all-school assembly that includes messages and songs of thanksgiving, as well as a special video that commemorates the thanks and giving of Oakwood students and staff. This meaningful event recognizes the opportunity to reach out to those in our community who are less fortunate. Every student contributes food items during the week leading up to the assembly, and their collective efforts provide bins of food that will give many needy families in our community everything they need for a Thanksgiving meal. Completed bins are received and picked up by Community Solutions for distribution. Family spectators (including siblings) are welcome to attend the assembly.
The Freedom Festival in February is Oakwood’s school-wide celebration of our America. A much beloved and tremendously popular all-school event, each grade level from preschool through 12th grade spend several weeks developing a presentation honoring the ideals upon which our country was founded and key individuals who played a critical role its development. Through song, skits, speeches and audio/visual presentations, we pay our respects to America and to those who continue to sustain and defend her. The Freedom Festival is also a joyful celebration of the diversity that enriches us as a nation, while at the same time reminding us of the threads that connect us all as Americans.
This is a bi-annual event that includes the whole school community. Many families participate by sharing costumes and food from various countries. The event also includes a school-wide assembly where students perform traditional dances or musical numbers from countries around the world.
Every spring, students solicit sponsorships in support of the school and come ready to run and play. The event incorporates both running (cardio) and an obstacle course (strength and coordination). The entire event is designed to promote physical fitness and teamwork. It’s also a lot of fun!