Category Archives: School Traditions

Holiday Magic: Oakcrest Chorus to Perform with McLean Orchestra

Immerse in the magic of the holidays with the McLean Orchestra, once again joined by the Oakcrest School Girls’ Chorus. Revel in the joy and solemnity of the season and bring your best voice to join in on our traditional holiday sing-along which will include the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s beloved Messiah. As always we offer free parking and our popular post-concert cake and champagne reception, open to all.

McLean Orchestra flyer

Saturday, December 8, 2012  8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2012  3:00 p.m.

Oakcrest School – 850 Balls Hill Rd. McLean, VA

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.


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Oakcrest Presents C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”

Oakcrest School is excited to announce their 2012 Middle School Show, “The Lion, The Witch and The  Wardrobe.” This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.

The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The show will be presented by a 32 member cast from Oakcrest’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life and a great way to begin your holiday season!

Performances are on Friday Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11:00 am and  7:30 pm.  $5/childres ages 2-18, $10/adult.  Buy tickets online at

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Spirit Week 2012!

By Skye H., Student Writer

Spirit week is a week of activities, games and contests to promote school spirit, get to know your classmates and big/little sisters, and earn points for the Green and White Teams!  It gets everyone excited for the school year.  For example, Monday was “Zoo Animal Day,” when each girl met her big and little sisters and became a part of a ‘family.’ Throughout the year, sisters will earn points by guiding new students and helping them learn about Oakcrest.  Little sisters can also earn points by asking questions!   It is a great way to be able to give and receive help.

Tuesday was “Air and Space Day,” which was a lot of fun! Wednesday was the favorite day for many Middle Schoolers, because we went on our bonding field trips!  The 6th grade had a lot of fun at Hemlock in Clifton.  The 6th grade participated in “Adventure Links” with Mrs. Bell and Ms. Cross to guide them in teamwork and bonding activities, such as such as the peanut butter pit and the zip line. The peanut butter pit is a hole about the size of a small pond.  The bottom is muddy and the water in it is murky, dirty and full of toads and tadpoles.  If you fell in, you would come out smelling terrible and covered in mud!  The object of the activity was to grab the rope dangling above the pond and to get across to the other side.  The 6th grade made a chain and made it safely across.  Fortunately, only one person fell in, because she let go in the middle of the pond!

The 6th grade also enjoyed trying to get across from one side of the grounds to the other by only using six wooden planks.  If you weren’t touching a plank, it would be taken away. The 6th graders tried various ways but after three struggles and start-over’s they made it! It took a lot of effort and team work.

On Thursday, the theme was “Army and U.S. History.” It was also a day for classes to get ready for Friday!  Friday was my favorite day of the week!  It was Field Day!  In the morning, every class scramble for those few extra minutes to practice their class cheer.  After Mass or enrichment, the cheer competition began!  It started with the 6th grade and went up from grade to grade. It was exciting to watch all of the cheers and wonder how long they spent preparing for their cheer, and how much effort they put into it.

After the cheers, everyone proceeded with field day.  After the field day games, the winners were announced.  Seventh grade won 3rd place for the cheers, Juniors won 2nd place, and the Seniors won 1st place!  Then came the moment we were all waiting for…who won Spirit Week, the Green or White Team?  The Spirit Committee announced that the White Team won by a slim fifteen points!  There was a cheer from the crowd. Me being on the white team, I was extremely happy!

All in all, with all the costumes and fun activities, everyone enjoyed Spirit Week!

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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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Class of 2012 – Good Luck in College and We Will Miss You!

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Farewell & Thank You Reception for Ellen Cavanagh

In June, Oakcrest parents, alums, alum parents, faculty, staff and friends attended a reception hosted by the Oakcrest Board of Directors honoring Ellen M. Cavanagh for her years of service and dedication to Oakcrest as Head of School.  During the reception, Miss Cavanagh welcomed Dr. Mary T. Ortiz as her successor as Head of School, and thanked Dr. Othon Wiltz for serving as the President of the Board of Directors.  Miss Cavanagh continues to serve Oakcrest as the President of the Board of Directors.  In this capacity, Miss Cavanagh will be working on the new campus project.

The Oakcrest Executive Student Council thanked Miss Cavanagh and presented her with roses on behalf of the student body during the Awards Ceremony in May.

Oakcrest parents Nany Babendreier and Caroline Lulli presented Miss Cavanagh with gifts to thank her and wish her good luck on building Oakcrest’s new, permanent, 23-acre campus in Vienna, Virginia.

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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!

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