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Summer at The Oaks is designed with in-depth explorations into specific themes with weekly field trips and lots of fun! 📚 #TheOaksSchool #SummerCamp

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With less than 25 days to the beginning of a new school year, our staff & faculty just renewed their CPR/First Aid Certifications. // Fun fact: Did you know “Baby Shark” is the new “Staying Alive” sing-it-while-you-perform-CPR hit? 🎶 #TheOaksSchool #CPRTraining

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Summer Camp at The Oaks has resumed! One of the sessions we offer is digital art in the maker studio. Students can program their own interactive stories and games, while learning to solve problems and express themselves creatively. // Interested in joining? Registration link in bio! ☀️ #TheOaksSchool #SummerCamp

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Summer at The Oaks has been ELE-PHANTASTIC! One of our amazing summer camp activities is the field trips that we are able to take around our neighborhood. There is still time to register for our three weeks of summer camp in August! Link in bio. #SummerAtTheOaks #MuseumOfIllusions

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Week 1 of Summer At The Oaks has come to an end. Today campers enjoyed a day of bowling and fun in the sun!

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Today at Summer at The Oaks, students created abstract paint art. • •

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Summer at The Oaks is underway , and the kids are having a great time! This week Summer at Oaks is offering Drama, Maker Studio, Arts and Sports Fundamentals! There is still time to register for Week 2 June 24-28 Week3 August 5-9 Week4 August 12-16 Week5 August 19-23

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Congratulations to The Oaks School Class of 2019, continue to climb the ladder as you reach for your platform! 🎓

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Mighty K showed off their portfolios today to parents and classmates. “Their growth over the school year, has been amazing to watch”, says Sara (Kinder Teacher).

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Multi-Age 2 teacher Kathleen Falvey has been teaching for 17 years and is the recipient of this year’s Founders Award as she completes her 7th year here at The Oaks. Kathleen, originally from New Jersey, loves exploring new restaurants in Los Angeles. — “I really enjoy our student portfolio process at the end of each year. I love listening to the children talk about the work they have done throughout year. The children present in small groups of 4-5 to share what they are proud of and respond to questions about their work from the audience. It is a really beautiful moment celebrating all the children's hard work for the year.” Kathleen says her inspiration for teaching comes from the little moments of recognition on a child's face when a piece of information clicks. — “I love listening to the children engage in discussions that push their thinking and then watching them apply what they heard independently to their work at a later date. It's fun to see the children make connections and see the pride on their faces when they share their work.” . . Thank you, Kathleen, for your dedication and love for our students. #OaksTeacherHighlightTuesday

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Multi-Age 2's focus of study has been on asking the question: What are the stories of LA? This year the children spent time walking and slow looking around our school's neighborhood. The children also utilized the red line to explore different neighborhoods in L.A. Through their travels they gathered data and generated questions based on their experiences. Throughout this work, the children engaged in conversations around equity for all people living in L.A. To bring all of their work together, the children decided to turn the MA 2 classroom into an inclusive subway station. In the subway station are photo essays from the children's slow look walks capturing small moments in our daily life in L.A and additional components the children feel would make the commuting experience better for all.

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Morning with the Masters 💚 Our 6th graders studied the life & work of an artist they are passionate about. They then created work of their own as a tribute to that artist. . You can see more in our stories!

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6th graders spending some quality time together during snack 💚.

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The 5th grade class is currently studying the anatomy of the the heart, one student said “I loved learning about the Atria and Ventricles chambers and how they work together to produce a rhythmical heartbeat, that receives blood from the lungs and pumps it to the rest of the body”.

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A few third graders worked on a play with Drama teacher Dana to perform for their classmates. Before the show gets started, a table read is important ! #oaksschool #drama #theoaks

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Gail has been with The Oaks Community for 33 years! Gail first started when the school opened in 1986 as the kindergarten teacher, and taught kindergarten for six years. A fun fact about Gail is she competed in drama meets all across the state during her junior year of high school, and she reflects that no one was more surprised than her when she got one of the leads in a play her senior year. Gail was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but moved to Helena, Montana when she was 10, right before starting 5th grade. . . After 33 years of service at The Oaks it would be difficult to mention just one favorite memory. However, Gail says a memory that immediately comes to mind is ”One spring when I was teaching kindergarten, we’d been studying Purim and Passover. We’d read how Queen Esther protected her people from Haman’s wicked plan and about the history of Passover; we’d made seder plates and learned the symbolism of each component. Culminating with an informal “seder,” we were just settling into our seats when one little boy asked to flash the lights – our signal for an announcement. He then climbed on his chair, and thanked us all for being there, as though he were our host! His sincerity inspired several more spontaneous appreciations. Children took turns popping up on their chairs, spouting all manner of thanks. I particularly remember one girl announcing with conviction and dramatic flair: “Thank you for Queen Esther.” . . “What inspires me to teach is, I love being a part of the moment when a child confronts a new idea, questions an old understanding, tests their skill, makes a discovery, or has an epiphany. Engagement is as much my measure of learning as anything else. I dreamed of a school that embraces the lives of children now, instead of one that is forever “preparing” them for some intangible future always just beyond their reach.” . . Thank you, Gail, for your dedication and love for our students. . . #OaksTeacherHighlightThursday

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A lucky Mighty K student, got to be Head of School for the day! Everyone had a blast! #TheOaksSchool

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Multi-Age 1 teacher Jess Richmond has been a teacher for eight years and has been here at The Oaks for two. Jess, a Los Angeles native, is an avid LA Kings fan and tries to make it to every home game! . . “It’s always a highlight for me to see how excited and proud the students are to have Publishing Parties and to share their writing with others, so far that has been my favorite memory.” . Jess says she draws her inspiration to teach from when she was in elementary school, “I was very lucky to have teachers that took the time to get to know me as a person and worked with me to determine how I learn best. I remember how proud and excited I felt during those “a-ha” moments when a concept finally clicked and made sense. Now as a first-grade teacher, I have the privilege of working with young children who enter the classroom each morning with smiles on their faces and excitement to see what’s in store for the day. It warms my heart to support them in their learning journeys and to be a part of their “a-ha” moments.” . Thank you, Jess, for your dedication and love for our students. . #OaksTeacherHighlightTuesday

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teacher (n) tee-cher: A multi-tasking educational rockstar who lives to inspire and loves to encourage. They’re kind of a big deal. 💚 . . We couldn’t let #TeacherAppreciationWeek end without thanking our amazing faculty for all they do on a daily basis for our students. Let’s show our #OaksFaculty some love, share your most memorable moments with our Oaks teachers below... ⤵️

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Our Multi-Age 1 & 2 students had a blast today on their field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Beyond exploring the many amazing exhibits, they also got to see where the LA River ends. What a great addition to their ongoing LA River study! . . . #TheOaksSchool #FieldTrip #AquariumOfThePacific

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As one class is graduating from high school and the other is graduating from The Oaks, they came together for a 6th/Mighty K class of 2013 buddy reunion. This times allows for current students and alum to reunite and receive advice, reflect on times passed and so much more ! Congratulations to the now class of 2019 as they head on to their new journey in life. 💚

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In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light. . . . . . . . . . . . . Mighty K enjoying the wonders of nature on the big yard.

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4th graders are enjoying cups in music and getting a few laughs in between!

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MA2 students checking for their team in P.E., to enjoy a friendly game of hockey 🏒.

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Registration is now open for Summer at The Oaks.

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Just hopping around 🐰

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3rd-6th grade students joined the ECSL Spring meeting today, were they were able to share their ideas and investigation in regards to their Service Learning projects

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Happy Earth Day 🌎🌍🌏 Continue to find new ways to always make home greener for the generations to come!

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Marilyn Parkin, Art Teacher at The Oaks has had many interesting jobs in her lifetime. While studying for her degree in art education, she spent summers in the mountains working for the US Forest Service, building campsites, fences, trails and fighting fires. After graduating, she worked at the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana creating art curriculum for Head Start. Subsequently, she worked in costuming for many years for various theater, opera, TV and film companies. Eventually she returned full circle to art education, and has been a teacher at The Oaks for fourteen years. This has been her favorite job of all. (Except for being a mother to her three children.) Her goal as art teacher at The Oaks is to instill a love of art in our children, and to give them a secure and creative environment where they can learn to express what is in their hearts and their imaginations. . Thank you, Marilyn, for your dedication and love for our students. . #TeacherHighlightThursday

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Friends, Family and Alumni day was a success! Take a look at our stories to see all the smiles and amazing art work from our students !

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Family,Friends, and Alumni day is tomorrow . . . K-6 card sets will be available for purchase outside in the breezeway. (Check stories for a preview of each class cards) $10 for a set of 7. K-6th Mixed Set or Sets by Grade Payments accepted > Cash (preferred), Check, or Venmo. Proceeds will be go towards The Oaks School Student Leadership Funds