Software and Services

Much of the power of the technology in use is thanks to the powerful software packages that Overlake provides and utilizes. The following software packages are used by students, faculty, staff and parents for learning, teaching, communication and logistical coordination of all things Overlake.



What is Canvas?

Canvas is a robust Learning Management System (LMS) utilized by many colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools. To learn more about Canvas visit their website.

What is the role of parents and faculty websites on Canvas?

Two of the primary goals of an Overlake education are to inspire academic excellence and to teach responsibility. As a result, the school has purposefully chosen when it is and is not appropriate for parents to have access to the day-to-day operations of the course. In general, parents of students in grades 8-12 will have no access to Canvas courses. In grades 5-7, parents can access anything that a teacher shares with the entire class, including assignments, pages, calendar events, etc. Parents cannot view grades, student submissions to teachers, discussions, or private messages between a teacher and a student. Parent's can visit this tutorial to learn how to use your Parent Observer access in Canvas.

How will I know what is being taught in a course?

We have found that parents are most interested in the scope and sequence of topics. Faculty will provide a copy of the syllabus within the first few weeks of class.

What about access to grades?

Parents currently have access to marking period grades and comments through My Backpack. Parents will continue to have access to grades through My Backpack.

What technology do I need at home to access Canvas?

Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android or any other device with a modern web browser.

Though Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release, we highly recommend that you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers when accessing Canvas. Please also ensure that you are using the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in. Visit the Canvas Support page to find the most current list of supported browsers.

Microsoft Office 365

The Overlake School is provides Microsoft® Office 365 to all students, faculty and staff at no cost.

The subscription is free as long as you're an active student enrolled in the school.

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based set of productivity and collaboration tools that will provide students with anywhere access to email, documents and calendars. Overlake students will receive the following services as part of the Office 365 upgrade:

  • Robust email service with 50 GB of storage, including premium anti-malware and anti-spam capabilities (for 2014-15 students are not required to use their Overlake email)
  • Five TB of storage for files in OneDrive (online storage space)
  • Free access to the latest web-based version of the Office 365
  • Licensing to download the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 on up to five devices including smartphones and tablets (devices must connect to the internet once every 30 days to renew their Office 365 software license)

How to access your Office 365 Account

Go to

Log on using you and password.

If you want to forward your email to another account? Auto forwarding in Office 365 is easy. Learn how


Online access to your child's schedule and grades.  Additionally, here you can change your password, update your contact info, and search the school directory.

Tandem Calendar

Visit the Tandem School Calendar
Please note: Registration for this service is only necessary if you intend to schedule events or subscribe to notifications.  
The "Tandem Calendar" is an enhanced web-based calendar and scheduling service. Besides being able to view the detailed monthly calendar, you can also customize your own calendar view and subscribe to have it delivered to your personal digital devices. You can find instructional "How-To" guides below.


Overlake utilizes a comprehensive digital asset management platform called Vidigami to host photos and videos. Launched for the 17-18 school year and the school's 50th anniversary, is home to thousands of images organized by year, category, tags and even facial recognition. Contact Director of Communications, Susan Messier, at for more information.


Family Connection (Naviance)

Overlake utilizes Family Connection, also known as Naviance, to assist families through the college admissions process. You can learn more about Family Connection here, or contact Hannah Moskat, College Counseling Assistant, for more information at


Overlake utilizes SchoolDoc health record management system for its school and summer programs. Learn more about medical forms and SchoolDoc here.


Technology Help Desk
425-868-6191 x699