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Summer Coffee with the Head of School: The Oakcrest Recipe

Summer Coffee with the Head of School: The Oakcrest Recipe

June 29, 2022

Head of School Dr. Mary T. Ortiz shares the Oakcrest recipe, what makes an Oakcrest student and forms the Oakcrest community. She digs into the mission of Oakcrest and illustrates how it all comes together to serve young women well. 

Physics for Contemplation: Leslie Kanuch discusses finding pathways to God in unimagined places

Physics for Contemplation: Leslie Kanuch discusses finding pathways to God in unimagined places

May 19, 2022

Leslie Kanuch, a science teacher at Oakcrest, presents Physics for Contemplation: finding pathways to God in unimagined places. In her discussion, she introduces both physicists and saints, explaining how their respective discoveries and insights reveal to us both God and the physical world. 

Coffee with the Head of School: Gratitude

Coffee with the Head of School: Gratitude

April 27, 2022

Head of School Dr. Mary T. Ortiz speaks about the importance of gratitude, how to practice it in our daily lives, and how to cultivate it in our daughters. 

Fostering Resilience in Our Daughters

Fostering Resilience in Our Daughters

April 12, 2022

History teacher Ginny Boles speaks with Theology teacher Mary Ann Messenger and former Oakcrest Director of Mentoring Kate Hadley about how to cultivate resilience in our daughters. They chat about how parents can model resilience for their children, how to walk the fine line between empathy and helping your child put things in perspective, and much more. 

Coffee with the Head of School: Your Daughter and Summer

Coffee with the Head of School: Your Daughter and Summer

March 17, 2022

Head of School Dr. Mary T. Ortiz discusses the importance of making the most of the summer months and gives suggestions for how parents can help their daughters have a happy, fruitful, and fulfilling summer. 

Coffee with the Head of School: Forgiveness

Coffee with the Head of School: Forgiveness

March 17, 2022

Head of School Dr. Mary T. Ortiz, reflects on forgiveness—what it is, why it’s important, and how we can practice it in our everyday lives. 

7th Annual O’Donovan Humanities Lecture—Ancient and Modern Grief: Presence and Absence

7th Annual O’Donovan Humanities Lecture—Ancient and Modern Grief: Presence and Absence

March 17, 2022
A pair of scholars, father and daughter, look at grief from two angles. The daughter, a classics scholar, takes up an ancient story of grief and anger from Homer’s Iliad. The father, a priest and theologian in the Episcopal church, ponders the loss of his wife at the end of a struggle with brain disease. Both find tension between absence and presence. Achilles undertakes many futile efforts to “restore” his broken life after he loses Patroklos, and the father finds another Presence precisely in the midst of his loss.
January 8, 2022 Mary Rice Hasson Presentation

January 8, 2022 Mary Rice Hasson Presentation

March 3, 2022

Attorney and policy expert Mary Rice Hasson talks about the rapid increase in the promotion of gender ideology in movies, social media, and even in the medical community. With a compassionate and realistic approach she shares the understanding of the truth about the human person and urges us to take up our responsibility as parents to study the issue so as to provide guidance to our children. 

How to Help Your Daughter Form Her Moral Imagination Through Good Books

How to Help Your Daughter Form Her Moral Imagination Through Good Books

March 3, 2022

English teacher Stephanie Passero talks about why good literature is so crucial in forming our daughters’ hearts and minds and how to encourage in them a love for reading good books.  

How the Oakcrest Grade Level Experiences Can Be a Resource for Fathers

How the Oakcrest Grade Level Experiences Can Be a Resource for Fathers

March 3, 2022

Dean of Students Meghan Hadley Oakcrest Class of 2006 shares how Grade Level Experiences form students throughout their journey from Middle School to graduation. Oakie dad Philip O’Beirne shares examples from his own experience of how to utilize elements of Oakcrest’s educational vision to promote curiosity, virtue, and wonder in the development of your daughters. 

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