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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