Posts from November 2012
The Oaks Academy cordially invites all families, friends, donors and partners to join us for Christmas Chapel. Visit the Fall Creek location (2301 North Park Avenue, 46205) from 9:00 to 9:30am on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Or, visit the Brookside location (3092 Brookside Parkway North Drive) from 11:00 to 11:30am on Friday, December 21, 2012.
In addition to song, scripture and prayer, special musical performances will be performed by The Oaks Academy music ensembles.
Kindly RSVP to Linda Adams by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (317.931.3688).
When students walk through the doors of The Oaks Academy, they are not viewed as:
- Empty buckets to be filled with some masterpiece,
- Candles to be lit,
- Mounds of clay to be molded into completion,
- Or even blank slates to be written upon.
Children are viewed as whole persons, created in the image of God, capable of habit formation and maturity. In agreement with Jack Beckman, every Oaks teacher believes that each child “is an individual who thinks, acts, and feels. He is a separate human being whose strength lies in who he is, not in who he will become.”
Students are not the products of the educational process. Instead, children explore ideas and develop learning habits through unique experiences. At The Oaks Academy, second graders will give tours of their Museum of Ancient Egypt on December 6, 2012. Fifth graders will recite Patriotic speeches on March 13, 2012.
To see these activities in action, contact Advancement to coordinate your visit (317.931.3687).
During their time on the “settlement,” the students participate in toy making and colonial line dancing, but the day isn’t just fun and games. The fifth graders are also responsible for completing homestead chores: kneading bread, churning butter and carding wool.
Colonial Day is a favorite learning experience for Oaks students. See this field trip in action; click now to view pictures from this year’s Colonial Day.
Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Middle School students spend time weekly in service to the school community. Often, the service student is spending time with younger students:
- Reviewing math facts
- Listening to students read
- Supervising a learning center
- Practicing shoe tying
- Reading to students
- Dusting the front office
- Stuffing envelopes
- Collecting recyclables
During Middle School service time, students develop the habit of service and experience different ways they can give back to their community.
Do you remember your first volunteer experience or a favorite service time during your childhood? Please leave a comment with your memory.
Last weekend’s festivities were filled with fun activities: relay races, carnival-style games, face painting, and a chili cook-off.
The Family Tree Organization (FTO) is led by Oaks families for Oaks families. Relationships are developed through a variety of opportunities: parent coffees, classroom celebrations, chaperoning field trips, and service opportunities.