A Special Message from Kyle Boyles
I am excited to welcome everyone back to school for another wonderful year at Oakbrook Prep! A special welcome to our new students, families, and teachers!
Our school verse for the year is Jeremiah 17:8: "They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has not worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Our word for this year is "THRIVE."
Roots are arguably the most important feature of a tree. They carry water and nutrients to give the tree life while also reaching deep below the ground to help make it stronger and able to resist tough storms. A tree cannot grow and thrive without water, neither can we without God's Word in our lives.
Just as deep roots are vital for a tree's survival so too are our spiritual roots. This description of a tree serves as a picture of someone who builds his or her life on a biblical foundation.
Our goal is for all of us to plant ourselves in the security of Jesus Christ and help our students to thrive in their academics, arts, athletics, and especially their relationship with God.
All parents and grandparents are invited to join us as we celebrate the beginning our school year during our Opening Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on August 16 in the gymnasium. We hope you can join us!
You will find more upcoming events in this guide as well as more
information about the start of school.
I am very excited to see you all soon for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year!
Key Upcoming Events and
Lower School Class Lists and Middle/Upper School Schedules will be available the first week of August.
Meet the Teacher
K3-4th grade 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (Drop-in)
Student Orientation 5th-12th grade 1-3 p.m. (required, not a drop-in)
Middle School in the Student Commons
Upper School in the gym
First Day of School
begins 8:30 a.m. in the gym (K5-12th grade)
Families welcome to attend!
Back to School Night - K3-4th grade
6:30 p.m. - Meet in Lower School Building in your child's classroom
Back to School Night - 5-12th grade
6:30 p.m. - Meet in the Gym
8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Knight Shift (K3-8th grade)
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
(864) 587-2092 (fax)
is a private and secure parents' portal that allows you to view academic information specific to their children, while protecting your children's information from others. You can see your child's grades, homework, school announcements, update medical information, and order lunch, etc.
It is important for each family to have a FACTS/RenWeb account and maintain all relevant health information. The school is not responsible for making changes to your child's student health records, allergies, medicines, etc.
To update your child's medical information, please follow these directions:
Login to FACTS/ParentsWeb.
- Click on School Tab (left hand side)
- Click on Web Forms (also left hand side)
- Click on Family Demographic Form
- C lick on Student Medical Form
FACTS/RenWeb Home App
FACTS/RenWeb Home provides access to the features in ParentsWeb via a mobile app. Parents and students have instant access to school and academic information, including online lunch ordering, homework, and more.
The Home app is available for iOS (iPhone or iPad) and Android devices for an annual subscription of $4.99 per household.
ONLINE LUNCH ORDERING!
Parents and students (with login access) who wish to order lunch (daily or weekly) via FACTS/RenWeb (either online or with the app) from one of our daily vendors/caterers. All orders should be placed before 8 a.m. each day.
Student may also bring lunch from home. Student do not have to order unless they choose to. ALL SCHOOL DAY SNACKS MUST BE PROVIDED BY PARENTS. Occasionally Middle School and Upper School have the option of purchasing snacks on campus. Lower School students who stay for Knight Shift will be provided a snack as part of the cost.
HOW TO ORDER LUNCH:
Log In to FACTS/ParentsWeb as usual and follow the below steps:
- Click on Student Info Tab (left hand side)
- Click on Lunch Tab (also left hand side)
- Calendar will appear on right hand side - select correct month/week you are ordering for
- Click on Create Web Order button
- A Lunch Order Menu will appear for each individual student in the family (i.e.: Lunch Ordering for John)
- Select Menu Choices for each student listed (labeled at the top of the menu) by clicking in QTY Box (Do Not press your Enter button) and recording the number of menu items for each day
- Scroll down for next student listed (labeled at the top of the menu) and select menu items
- Once all orders have been selected - scroll down to bottom of page for Grand Total and click on Order Items button.
If you have any issues with your FACTS/RenWeb account, please contact the school or email Beverly Long.
School Supply Lists for all grades can be found under
on our website.
There have been some recent additions to the supply lists for Middle and Upper School so please be sure to check back if you've already purchased items.
Student Schedules & Class Lists
Middle School and Upper School Student Schedules and Lower School Class Lists will be available the first week of August.
How to access Student Schedules
Using the Renweb Mobile HOME App:
1. Select the STUDENT menu.
2. Select SCHEDULE. Click DATE at the bottom. Select a date after August 16. (Select a date we are in school in January to see second semester schedule.)
3. Select SCHEDULE REPORT on Schedule screen to see a complete schedule (including teacher, location, etc.) all on one page.
Using a desktop browser:
1. Select STUDENT INFORMATION Menu. A list of classes will show on the right.
2. Click SCHEDULE on the left to see a
complete first semester schedule. You are unable to see second semester using this method. However, if you click CLASSES under SCHOOL INFORMATION, you will see a
list of all electives for the year.
Lower School Class Lists will be posted in RenWeb during the first week of August. Be on the lookout for more information soon!
Tuition payments must be made in accordance with the current Tuition & Fees schedule that families received with the Student Enrollment Contract. Tuition is due the 1st of each month beginning in July through May. Responsible parties will receive a monthly account statement that includes tuition (and any incidentals such as lunch orders) via email along with instructions for generating an account and setting-up a method of payment. You can securely pay tuition and other fees by credit card, debit card and online check as well as securely view your account billing and payment history. For those who wish to pay by check, you can save both time and postage by securely paying via e-check. You may also make payments via paper-check but please note the payment address on your invoice.
Please do not mail checks to the school.
Lunches & Incidentals
Students who order lunch at school will be invoiced each month. Other incidentals such as t-shirts, etc. may also be included on your monthly account statement.
Giving at Oakbrook
As the Oakbrook Community grows larger, we continue to nurture a tradition of generosity and commitment. It is through strong giving that we are able to provide a standard of excellence. There are several options for philanthropic giving at Oakbrook. For more information, please visit https://www.oakbrookprep.org/donate.
Our most important objective during drop-off and pick-up is
. Second is
. Please review these general reminders regarding carpool drop off and pick up:
- All students are to safely cross the roads at crosswalks - not between vehicles. Please help us teach this important lesson by using the crosswalk when you cross the roads as well.
- Please do not park in any of the carpool loops at any time. If you ever need to come inside the building, please park in the lot and use the crosswalk. This includes game-day sports carpools.
- All roads are one way, with two exceptions: the short stretch of road from the gym parking lot to the stop sign and the small section that is clearly marked in the Main Building loop.
- Remember to come at the time your oldest child is dismissed. (i.e. If you have to pick up a child in 2nd and 6th grades, come at 3:00. Your 2nd grader will be supervised until then.)
- Please do not stop at the Main Building mailbox or in the Gym parking lot beside the crosswalk for pick-up or drop-off. This interferes with traffic flow through the parking lot.
- Reserve handicapped spaces for the handicapped as well as any spaces designated as reserved.
- If you need to get out of your car, please park in the lot. Do not leave an unattended car in the loops.
- During afternoon pick-up, the loops can become congested. It is important that all vehicles continue to pull as far forward as they can before stopping. Have your child walk forward to meet you rather than stopping to meet him/her. This allows us to utilize the full length of our sidewalks and load more students - and keep them in our line of sight. We'd prefer students not hike up to the far end of the front lawn during gym pick-up.
for more information on where to drop off and pick up your children.
Visitor & Volunteer Information
To help ensure the safest environment possible, ALL visitors and volunteers must check in with the Main Office or Lower School Front Desk and receive a Visitor tag.
Interested in joining an Oakbrook Knights Fall athletic team? Need more information on Fall Sports Physicals?
ALL STUDENTS SHOULD WEAR OFFICIAL SCHOOL UNIFORM FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Please review the Dress Code prior to the first day of school.
There are some changes to the Lower School and Middle School dress codes.
- Lower School students may wear GRAY or LIGHT BLUE collared shirts in addition to red and white. Girls may wear the new blue plaid. We are phasing in the New Lower School uniform for the 2019-2020 school year so both the old and the new uniform is allowed.
- Middle School students may wear NAVY pants/shorts/skirts in addition to khaki on non-official days. Khaki is still required for all official uniform days.
for more information on Dress Codes and Uniform Guidelines.
Contact your grade level director with specific uniform/dress code questions.
What does my student need?
K-5th graders will have access to school owned iPad's
that can be checked out by teachers. They are encouraged not to bring devices to school.
6th-8th graders are strongly encouraged to bring iPads or Chromebooks daily to class. We are phasing out iPads in the Middle School and moving to Chromebooks after the 2019-2020 school year. We will begin this transition with our sixth graders. However, if your sixth grader already has an iPad and you would prefer him/her use that, it is not necessary to purchase a Chromebook.
9th grade -12th grade are strongly encouraged to being a tablet or laptop daily. A few of the upper school textbooks will be offered digitally and all students will need the ability to access the internet and have word-processing capabilities for each class. Recommended devices are iPads, Microsoft Surface( 3rd generation or above), Android Tablet, netbooks or laptops. Kindles, Nooks, and phones are NOT recommended.
CELL PHONES ARE NOT CONSIDERED EDUCATIONAL DEVICES.
Important Documents - ACTION NEEDED:
Mr. Brad Bozarth (Upper School Computer Science)
Mr. Bozarth will be teaching AP Computer Science. He is a software engineer at Sensel.com and used to work at Amazon in the Kindle division. Mr. Bozarth is also a hobby farmer, and he and his wife Sarah have six kids - five at Oakbrook in grades 9th, 7th, 5th, 4th, and 2nd grade.
Mrs. Kelly Byrd (Christian Education Coordinator)
Kelly Byrd has been at Oakbrook since the Fall of 2016. She began at OPS by teaching 5th, 6th and 7th grade Bible Plus. She has a passion to see Middle School students develop a growing relationship with Jesus and love his Word. Kelly is married to Chris Byrd, who is a realtor with Century 21. They have four children, ages 28, 26, 23 and 17, and two grandchildren. In her spare time she is remodeling her childhood home with her husband. They enjoy the fixer upper life! When they are not working on another DIY project, they love to spend time with family, especially the grandkids, Everly, 5 and Lincoln, 1. This year at Oakbrook, in addition to teaching Bible classes, Kelly will be the Coordinator of Christian Studies. She will be leading our chapel services and coordinating and encouraging our faculty in the Integration of Faith in Learning.
Mrs. Lori Child (Bridges Academic Support)
Mrs. Child has been working with Oakbrook students for the last four years, and is thrilled to be joining the Bridges team as a part time teacher and tutor this year. She and husband, Drew, are the proud parents of Kathryn, 17, and Joshua, 14. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, gardening, taking care of her pets, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Mr. Joshua Clowney (Strength Training, Coaching)
Mr. Joshua Clowney is married to Brittanee-Noel Clowney and is the father of two boys Zion and Zayden Clowney. Zion is beginning 3K at Oakbrook this August. He is the new Strength Training Conditioning Coordinator. Coach Clowney is also the Middle School and JV Boys Basketball Head Coach and is assisting the Varsity Boys Basketball team. Coach Clowney said he is eager to teach and coach these amazing students and athletes at Oakbrook!
Mrs. Ashley Hairr (Counselor, AP Psychology)
Mrs. Hairr is the new Director of Counseling and AP Psychology Teacher. She was raised in Spartanburg, SC. She is a graduate from Boiling Springs High School. She received a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Charleston Southern University and went on to receive her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College. She comes to Oakbrook from Spartanburg Area Mental Health Therapist as a School Based Therapist in Spartanburg District 2. Mrs. Hairr enjoys spending her time with her husband and their two children.
Mrs. Sharon Mann (3rd grade)
Mann has been teaching for twenty years and is very excited to be joining the Oakbrook family. She will be teaching third grade this year and can't wait to begin this adventure! She and husband, Wilton Mann, have a daughter, Kyra Mann. Kyra is very excited to be in seventh grade at Oakbrook! As a family, they enjoy trips to the beach, board games, movies and other adventures together. Mrs. Mann said she is looking forward to meeting all of her students and their families!
Mrs. Anna Matveyev (2nd grade)
This is Mrs. Matveyev's first year at Oakbrook Prep and she is excited to teach Second Grade. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with family. She and her husband, Vlad, enjoy working with the youth group at their church and leading small groups. Mrs. Matveyev said she's excited to see what God has in store for her family this year at Oakbrook Prep.
Mr. Adam Rollins (
Adam Rollins is an Oakbrook alumnus as part of the graduating class of 2013. He attended the
University of South Carolina where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching. Over the years he has had
numerous opportunities to work with students, including participating in Oakbrook's 'Knight Shift'
program, interning as an assistant Church youth pastor, and working as a Teaching Assistant
holding classes and labs for freshmen and sophomore Chemistry students at USC. He is
excited to be returning home to teach Chemistry and Physics to a new generation of Oakbrook
Mrs. Savannah Root (Preschool Spanish, Christian Education)
Mrs. Savannah Root is a Charleston Southern University alumnus. She and her husband, Oakbrook teacher Mr. John Root, have two boys, Jack (21 months) and Carson (1 month). Mrs. Root fell in love with teaching while living in Honduras and taught in Charleston before moving to the Spartanburg area. She is so happy to be teaching Spanish to K3, K4, and Kindergarten again this year and excited to be teaching 6th grade Bible Plus and Worldview Foundations this year.
Parents Club Information
Parents Club is a group of parent volunteers working to support the OPS family, with specific focus on the teachers. As an Oakbrook Parent, you are already a member of Parents Club and can attend general meetings, which will take place twice a year. The Parents Club is led by the Executive Officers and Committee Chairs. If you are interested in participating in Parents Club, we welcome you with open arms! Whether you are interested in serving on the Board or just want to be a member of our volunteer team, please contact the
Be sure and read our monthly newsletter The Parents Club Post for opportunities to get involved at Oakbrook Prep as well as special events happening on campus to support our teachers.
College Planning Questions?
Contact College Guidance Director
Get Your Knights Gear
The Oakbrook Spirit Store will be open during Orientation as well as
Wednesday mornings during the school year.
Male Upper School students can purchase an Oakbrook neck tie or bow tie for Official Uniform days.
There are also many unique gifts available!
Parents Club will be selling t-shirts the first day of school under the outdoor shelter area. T-shirt options include scoop neck (gray) and slight v-neck (blue) in a variety of child and adult sizes and for both genders. Teachers will receive a free t-shirt as a gift from the Parents Club.
Oakbrook Preparatory School
190 Lincoln School Road,
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29301
Administration Contact List
Mr. Kyle Boyles
Associate Head of School
Mrs. Vickie Bolduc
Lower School Director
Mrs. Dawn Rollins
Middle School Director
Mrs. Nancy Seay
Upper School Director
College Guidance Director
|Still looking for something not included in this guide?
for lots more information or contact the Main Office (864-587-2060) and someone will be happy to help you!