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Christmas Wishes for Our Troops

On Wednesday, December 5, Oakcrest students wrote a total of 162 Christmas cards to U.S. soldiers deployed to foreign countries!  The entire school participated in sending holiday cheer to our service men.  All of the cards were sent to the Red Cross today, so that they could be mailed to the soldiers on time for Christmas.  Special thanks to Oakcrest mom, Mrs. Dort, for organizing this service project.  Thank you for supporting our troops!

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Oakcrest Families Provide Hurricane Sandy Relief

On Tuesday, November 6, Oakcrest parents and students donated much-needed items for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Students, parents and family members collected items donated from the entire Oakcrest community and brought them to the House of Mercy on Tuesday for next-day transport to New Jersey.  There were two and a half van-loads of donated items, including dry and canned food, water, toiletries, toilet paper, towels, batteries, flashlights, clothing, blankets, shoes, baby items and more.   Special thanks to Danielle Jones, Pam Morrison and the 7th grade parents for organizing this service project.  Oakcrest is happy to help those in need, and we continue to extend our prayers to the hurricane victims.

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Founding Mass & Brunch

By Kiley H., Student Writer

The Annual Oakcrest Founding Mass & Brunch took place on Sunday, September 9, 2012.  It was attended by students, parents, siblings, extended family and faculty.

It started with Mass celebrated by Fr. Ron Gillis, the Oakcrest Chaplain.  There was a storm the night before, and the power was out at Oakcrest.  But in true Oakcrest fashion, we didn’t let that stop us and proceeded with the event.  The doors were propped open to the breeze.  The beautiful Mass was said in the Oakcrest G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre, and Cantare Lux led us in beautiful songs.

Mass was followed by a delicious brunch in Walsh Hall.  Every family brought their signature breakfast dish, and it made quite a spread!  In addition to eating and visiting with friends, it was a chance for family members to see the school!

Thank you to Ms. Ortiz, Fr. Ron, Cantare Lux, Caroline Lulli, Irene Hill, Bernadette Goyette, Bridget McNeish, Loice Kiara, Andrew Rudy, Matt and Barb Dauchess, Caroline Dolan, Marye Carter, the Cermak family, the Himpler family, the Rudy family, and Agostini family and everyone else who helped make our Founding Mass & Brunch a huge success.

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Oakcrest Senior Dinner at Top of the Town

The Class of 2012 and their parents joined Oakcrest faculty and staff at the Top of the Town in Arlington, VA on May 30, 2012 for the traditional annual Senior Dinner.  The event included cocktails on the veranda, seated dinner, thank you tributes to the faculty and staff, a performance of the Senior Song, an official welcome to the Alumnae Association, and a surprise photo slideshow made by Mrs. Carey!

Photo Gallery.  Click thumbnails to enlarge.

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Life is a Song: Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

On Saturday, June 2, Oakcrest graduated 28 young women in the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre.  The 2011-12 Oakcrest Crescens yearbook name is “Life is a Song.”  The Senior Class wrote the following in the yearbook dedication: “As we think back to this year of Oakcrest, we should see it as a giant song – one that has us singing along to the words.  It’s a song that is innate in each student; we find it in our school work, our activities, and friendships.  It is a song that encourages us to live to the fullest and embrace every opportunity that Oakcrest has given us.  Live each day with the motto “kia kaha,” forever strong.  Oakcrest is just a verse of the song that we all live.  It is a joy to carry out what we have learned here at school and bring it to the rest of our lives.  Carry a song in your heart, and spread happiness wherever you go.  2011-2012 is a year to cherish, a year to sing out and celebrate.  Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”  Congratulations, Class of 2012…we are so proud of you, and we will miss you next year!

The Sun Gazette covered the graduation in its article, “Oakcrest Grads Encouraged to Stay True to Principles, Explore the World Around Them.” Click here to read the full article.

Here are excerpts from the Sun Gazette article:

“Oakcrest “has instilled in me to love learning. I’ve learned how to learn,” said [Co-Valedictorian Alex] Gadiano, who is heading to Colgate University and plans to study chemistry and Spanish on a softball scholarship.

“Our class has always been a class of adventurers,” said Mary Zischkau, the Class of 2012’s other valedictorian. “Our thirst was the thirst for knowledge and truth….We should be forever strong in our principles,” she told classmates. “Let us face [the future] with confidence and fortitude.”

“You’ve been given an education that has given you a sense of your own self, [and] a sense of purpose beyond your own selves,” [Ellen Cavanagh] told the graduating seniors. “Nothing happens by chance. This is not an accident….It’s a gift that’s been given to you…but it’s only the foundations.  Invest in your intellectual growth. Your relationship with God, invest in that.”

“Life is a song,” Zischkau told her classmates. “May our lives be songs of true happiness.”

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Washington Chancellor Encourages Oakcrest Students to Defend Religious Liberty

Photo by Katie Bahr

On May 7, Jane Belford, Esq. spoke to Oakcrest students, faculty, staff and parents on the HHS mandate and the bishops’ views on religious liberty in the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theater.  Jane Belford is the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, the highest ecclesiastical or decision-making office a lay person can hold in the Church. Mrs. Belford is the first woman and first layperson to hold this position in the history of the Archdiocese of Washington. She was appointed Chancellor by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2001 and was reappointed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2006.  She received her undergraduate degree from Manhattanville College and her law degree with honors from Georgetown University. She practiced law for many years in Washington, D.C. and was formerly a partner with Foley & Lardner, a large national firm.

Photo by Rafael Crisostomo

Belford’s lecture and quotes from Oakcrest students were featured in the Catholic Standard article, “Chancellor encourages Catholic students to join effort to defend religious freedom.”  To read the full article, click here.  Excerpts:

“Amid growing threats to religious freedom in the United States, Catholics should stand united in defending the “first freedom,” said Jane Belford, the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, in a May 7 talk at Oakcrest School in McLean. She addressed about 120 students from the upper school of the all-girls’ Catholic school that is sponsored by the prelature of Opus Dei.”

“After Belford’s talk, Theresa Babendreier, a member of Oakcrest’s class of 2012 and a parishioner of St. Mary in Rockville, said that the chancellor “made me realize there are many misconceptions surrounding this issue. We have to know the facts before we are able to talk about it with others. Most importantly, we cannot take our religious freedom for granted.”

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The Catholic Herald also published on the event in its article, “Washington Chancellor Talks Liberty: Students are encouraged to defend their beliefs through prayer, education and action.”  To read the article, click here.  Excerpts from the Herald article:

“The upper school students at Oakcrest School in McLean welcomed a prestigious visitor Monday afternoon, when Jane Belford, chancellor of the Washington Archdiocese, gave a brief presentation about religious liberty.”

“The presentation impressed several Oakcrest students, including ninth-grader Madeleine Lucas, a parishioner of St. Louis Parish in Alexandria.

“Hearing the facts from a legal perspective was interesting and will give me confidence to reach out to my friends and others who may have misconceptions about what this issue is all about,” she said. “They need to know this is about religious freedom.”

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Oakcrest Thanks 2011-2012 Parent Volunteers!

On May 18, Oakcrest thanked its loyal and beloved parent volunteers at the annual OPA Appreciation Coffee.  During the coffee, the 6th grade sang a song for the parents in the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre, followed by words of thanks from Head of School, Ellen Cavanagh.  The parents enjoyed being together and celebrated with cake and pastries.  A list of parent volunteers was displayed in the lobby.  This list will be included in the 2011-12 Annual Report, which will be published in the fall.  (To view the list, click the link: VOLUNTEERS 2012.FINAL)

We are so grateful for the volunteers who have helped make so much possible at Oakcrest this year…thank you for building the Oakcrest community!

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