Monthly Archives: November 2011

Second Annual PEC Mothers’ Mass & Brunch

On Sunday, November 20, the Parent Education Committee (PEC) continued its tradition of hosting a Mass specifically for the mothers of Oakcrest students.  Fr. Ron  and Fr. Diego celebrated Mass with beautiful music led by the Lucas family.  Before going to a scrumptious feast prepared by Pam Kelly, the mothers were given the chance to meet our new Assistant Chaplain, Fr. Diego.

After an opportunity for refreshments, Oakcrest mom Jean Beatty inspired us with her talk on “Strong Women in the New Testament.”   She zeroed in on Faith, Fortitude, and Prayer as things we can learn from woman as diverse as Anna and Mary.  Thank you to the many members of the PEC who worked so hard to make the day special for our mothers!

Be sure to put this day on your radar next year so you too can enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Oakcrest mothers and get a few ideas for your spiritual life!  As Father Diego reminds us, even on airplanes they teach you to put your oxygen mask on first so you can help the others.  As mothers it is imperative that we do likewise in our spiritual life.

Contributed by Kate Hadley, Director of Advisory

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Varsity Volleyball Wins PVAC Volleyball Tournament Championship Title!

Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team who defeated Field School 3-0 in the Championship game.  They are the 2011 PVAC “AA” Tournament Champions and Jackie H. was named MVP of the tournament!

The Varsity Volleyball team participated in the PVAC “AA” Division Championship game for the third year in a row on November 1.  The Chargers faced The Field School Falcons for the title.  The Falcons had gone undefeated this season to win the “AA” Division.  Coach Ryan worked hard with the team to develop a game plan against Field. Led by Juniors Jackie H. and Janey N., the team executed the plan and was even able to come from behind in game two.

Coach Ryan:  “In my opinion, strong serving won this match.  We defended well against Field’s offense by picking up several dinks and passing their hits with ease.  Without Field being able to dink, their offense was not able to pick up a lot of points like they did against us in the last match of the season.  We did a really great job of “shaking” off the mistakes of the first half of the second game and pulling back together as a team to win.”

This is the third banner the Chargers have brought home so far this year! GO CHARGERS!!

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6th Grade Visits Egyptian Exhibit at Walter’s Art Museum

On November 3rd, the Sixth Grade class traveled to the Walters Museum in downtown Baltimore to visit the museum’s collection of Egyptian art and artifacts.  They learned about the towering statues of Sekhmet, the daughter of the sun god, Amon Re, and viewed miniatures of the gods Osiris and Horus, musical instruments, makeup, and other artifacts discovered in tombs.  They even encountered a mummy still wrapped in its casing and decorated to look like the person when alive.

Not only did they learn more about Egyptian culture, but they also impressed their tour guides by exhibiting their knowledge of Egyptian religion and history.  In addition to the tour, the students studied how to write their name in hieroglyphics in a studio session!  They drew the hieroglyphs with styli on real papyrus and decorated them with gold.

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Oakcrest School Presents the Middle School Show, “A Little Princess, The Musical”

Please join us for the performance of the Middle School show, A Little Princess, the Musical! Performances are Friday, November 11, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 12, at 11:00 am and 7:30 pm in the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre.  Tickets are $5/students, $10/adult, $30/family special Saturday matinee. Tickets sold at the door.

This engaging musical is an adaptation of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and tells the story of Sara Crewe (played by 8th grader Audrey C.) who is transported from India by her father to
attend boarding school at Miss Minchin’s seminary in Victorian London. Sara’s life takes a dramatic turn when she learns of the death of her father and loss of her fortune. She is forced by the greedy Miss Minchin (played by 8th grader Catie L.) to act as a servant and live in the attic with Becky, the scullery maid (played by 7th grader Anna D.). Fortunately, Sara never loses her optimistic spirit and learns the value of true friendship. The show is full of touching and beautiful songs that are sure to have you singing along.

The cast for this musical consists of 8th graders:
Rosemary A., Juliana D., Katie H., Sofia L., Sarah M., Lucia M., Annie P., Anna S., Nicole V., Anna W., and Maria W.

7th grader students involved include:
Juliana B., Anna C., Jill C., Alexandra D., Chinenye E., Isabella F., Olivia H., Brigid K., Caroline O., Mariana P., Maddie S., and Eliana T.

6th grade cast members include: Sophia D., Makena K., Daniela L., Lauren M., Dania N., Caroline R., and Julia W.

We hope to see you at the show!

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Class of 2013 Junior Ring Ceremony

On Tuesday, October 25, the Class of 2013 recieved their Oakcrest School rings!  The Junior Ring Ceremony began with Mass in the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre.  Oakcrest chaplain Fr. Ron Gillis blessed the rings, and talked about the significance of the rings during his homily.  Fr. Ron expressed that rings are a symbol of loyalty and fidelity, which are the heart of love.  Our Lady standing at the foot of the Cross is an example of this loyalty and fidelity, and the rings serve as a reminder of not only friendship and unity among the members of the Class of 2013, but as a reminder to us to follow the example of true love set for us by Our Lady.

After Mass, Miss Cavanagh addressed the Juniors, and presented each Junior with her ring on stage.  The Juniors and their families then celebrated this milestone and “right of passage” with a lovely luncheon at Maggiano’s in Friendship Heights.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

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