New Parent Information

Welcome to The Oaks Academy! Whether this is your first or fourth child attending The Oaks, we will be collecting information here all summer to help you feel ready to send your child to one of our campuses this fall. You can always access the Family handbook here for more information. 

Semester 1

Orientation | August 17

First Day | August 19 (noon dismissal)

Back to School Night, Middle School | August 24

Back to School Night, Lower School | September 2

Labor Day | September 6

Noon Dismissal | September 14

Saturday School | October 2

No School (Monday after Saturday School) | October 4

Fall Break | October 11 – 15

Noon Dismissal | November 16

Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school) | November 5

Thanksgiving Holiday |  November 24 – 26

Noon Dismissal | December 17

Christmas Break | Dec. 20 – Jan. 3

Semester 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school) | January 17

Noon Dismissal | February 15 

Presidents Day (no school) | February 21

Saturday School | March 5

No School (Monday after Saturday School) | March 7

Parent-Teacher Conference (no school) | March 25

Spring Break | March 28 – April 4 

Good Friday (no school) | April 15

Grandparents and Special Friends Day | May 20

Spring Fling Parade | May 20 (evening)

Memorial Day (no school) | May 30

Last Day of School | June 2 (noon dismissal)

TIP: Early dismissal days 

Watch for early dismissal days that happen throughout the year. On these days dismissal is at noon for all campuses. Typically Child Care is provided on these days. This year those dates are:

Thursday, August 19

Tuesday, September 14

Tuesday, November 16

Friday, December 17

Tuesday, February 15

Thursday, June 2

TIP: Start of School Events

For the start of school, we have two important dates to keep in mind, Orientation and Back to School Night.  These events may change based on event requirements in our city as we get closer to the start of school, so keep an eye on your email for the latest updates! Orientation is when you and your child get to meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom. Middle School students will receive their schedules at Orientation. Back to school night is where parents gather to meet with their child’s teacher (or teachers) and learn about the grade-level curriculum and activities. 

TIP: What is Saturday School?

Twice a year each campus gathers on a Saturday morning. It is much more than school on Saturday morning—it is a gathering together of our faculty, students and parents for a time of shared learning and community building. (And it is considered an official school day.) We’ll share more about Saturday School in an upcoming email, but for now save the dates, October 2 and March 5,  and know there is no school the Monday after Saturday School.   

My Backpack is our parent portal for accessing information about your student and the Oaks. During your admissions journey, you used your MyBackPack to process your application. Now you’ll use My Backpack to fill out forms, find the lunch menu, sign your enrollment contract, view your student’s grades, and more. 

Logging In

You can log in to My Backpack here. You can also find the log-in information under the For Parents section on our website. 

TIP – Resource Center: 

If you are looking for a document (like the lunch menu, calendar, or family handbook) check out the Resource Center.

TIP – Parent/Student Directory: 

If you want to reach out to parents of other students in your child’s class for playdates or birthday parties, you can use the Student/Parent Directory.

At the beginning of the year, you will receive a set of cards that will be used for drop off and pick up. These cards will be displayed in your car, but you can also give additional cards to family members or friends who may pick up your child. Middle School parents may sign a walker release that allows their child to walk home or off-campus. 

These have historically been our drop-off and pick-up times, but times may expand based on protocols next year. 

Lower School

Drop Off: 8:15 – 8:30

Pick Up: 3:00 – 3:30

*Pre-K, K begins at 2:55 at Fall Creek*

Middle School

Drop Off: 7:45 – 8:15

Pick Up: 3:40 – 4:00

Before Care is offered at all three campuses beginning at 7:00 am on regular and early dismissal school days. After Care is offered at all three campuses until 6:00 pm on regular school days. There is no need to register for Before or After Care. 

Lower School After Care is broken into three fee intervals: 3:31 – 4:00 pm, 4:01 – 5:00 pm, and 5:01 – 6:00 pm. Middle School After Care is broken into two fee intervals; 4:01 – 5:00 pm and 5:01 – 6:00 pm. There is a fee of $1 per minute after 6:00 pm for all campuses.

Beginning in Fall 2021, pricing and scholarship for all child care is set on a scale between $3 and $6 as a percentage of your income per fee interval. Families will be notified of their pricing level at the beginning of the year that will apply for all Oaks Plus Activities. If you have any questions about which interval you are assigned to, please contact Chad Lynn, Director of Oaks Plus, at clynn@theoaksacademy.org

For more more information about Before & After Care, or other Oaks Plus Opportunities, visit: https://www.theoaksacademy.org/oaksplus/ 

You can find the full uniform policy on pages 12 -13 of the Family Handbook. All plaid and monographed uniform items may be purchased through Schoolbelles on their website using school code S1667 or at their storefront located at 6315 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220. We’ve heard a few items are back-ordered, so be sure to anything you need soon! All other items may be purchased at other retailers that carry school uniforms or through Schoolbelles. 

Basic uniforms are worn every day except for Wednesday when dress uniforms are worn. These uniforms consist of maroon, white, forest green, or navy polo in short or long sleeves. For boys, khaki pants or shorts, and for girls, pants, a khaki skirt, a khaki jumper (PK-5 only), or shorts (Middle School only from Schoolbelles). Shoes should be solid or two-toned (athletic shoes with white soles are acceptable) in combinations of black, brown, navy, gray with white accents only (no additional accent colors). Students cannot wear sandals, clogs, boots, moccasins, or mules. 

Dress uniforms are worn on Wednesdays. All plaid and monogrammed items can be purchased through Schoolbelles, school code S1667. Other items can be purchased from other retailers. For everyone, on dress uniform days shoes should be solid color only in black, dark brown, or navy, no athletic shoes. Socks or tights for girls must be white and must cover the ankle and for boys, socks should be a solid color and khaki or darker. Style numbers are listed below to confirm items in our Schoolbelles shop. 

For girls, Pre-K – 5 Grade:

  • Option 1: Oaks’ plaid jumper (#1421), with a white peter pan blouse, and tie (#2825), and optional cardigan  (#5912). 
  • Option 2: Oaks’ plaid skirt (#1521) with white peter pan blouse and vest (#1994) or cardigan  (#5912) with a tie (#2825). 

For girls, 6-8 Grade:

  • Oak’s plaid skirt (#1521) with white peter pan blouse and vest (#1994) or cardigan (#5912) with a tie (#2825). 

For boys: 

  • Vest (#1994) with short or long sleeve white oxford polo and tie (#4890). Khaki pants or walking shorts.

Have Questions?

Change is always challenging, especially when it may effect your children. Please share any questions or comments you have using the form below, or by emailing me directly at ahart@theoaksacademy.org.

I’ll respond to your inquiry directly and as quickly as I can.