Academically Speaking

Episode 10: Addressing Children's Social and Emotional Needs During COVID-19

Published April 22, 2021

In Part II of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child's "Parenting During the Pandemic" series, Dr. Jennifer Butler-Sweeney, Upper School psychologist, discusses tactics parents can use to address the social and emotional impact of COVID-19 on middle and high school students.
BONUS EPISODE Reunion 2021: Relive, Remember, Reconnect

Published March 31, 2021

This special bonus episode of the Academically Speaking podcast brings together several Oak Knoll School alumnae who are celebrating milestones during this year’s virtual Reunion, taking place on April 24-25, 2021. Listen to these special alumnae as they relive, remember and reconnect on shared memories from Oak Knoll.
Episode 9: Parenting During the Pandemic Part I

Published March 4, 2021

This special four-part parenting podcast will cover all your burning questions about how to best protect and support your child’s mental health, their social life and development, and the ins-and outs of virtual learning during the pandemic. Part I features Melissa Nelson, Oak Knoll's Lower School Guidance Counselor, who talks about the pandemic's impact on the mental health of our youngest learners and how parents can support their child during this time.
Episode 8: Student Perspective with Lizzie Athaide '21

Published January 22, 2021

Oak Knoll senior Lizzie Athaide '21 talks remote and in-person learning during COVID-19, her plans post-graduation and how she has navigated leading the school as student body president during these uncertain times.
Episode 7: Demystifying the Financial Aid Process

Published January 6, 2021

We talk with Kelly Dun, Oak Knoll's Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, to discuss the process of applying for financial aid, misconceptions about the process and how to get started. Learn more about financial aid process at Oak Knoll.
Episode 6: Prioritizing Service During a Pandemic

Published November 20, 2020

Community service is at the heart of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child's mission. In Episode 6, we sit down with Michele Van Kalsbeck, Upper School Theology teacher and Campus Ministry member, as she describes the changing ways Oak Knoll continues to prioritize service during the pandemic.
Episode 5: Meet the Upper School Division Head

Published November 2, 2020

Upper School Division Head Kathryn McGroarty joined Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we sit down with McGroarty as she discusses the benefits of the all-girls' Upper School environment and the pandemic's impact on teaching, academics and the future of education.
Episode 4: Reimagining Admissions in 2020

Published October 8, 2020

During this special BONUS EPISODE of the Academically Speaking podcast, we talk with Kelly Dun, Oak Knoll's new Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, about how the admissions team is bringing the campus to life for prospective families from a distance and how the admissions process has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Episode 3: Navigating Athletics During a Pandemic

Published September 10, 2020

We are joined by Oak Knoll Athletic Director Dr. Kelly Childs as she discusses navigating athletics during a pandemic and prepares for athletes to return to campus this fall.
Episode 2: Understanding Re-Entry Anxiety in Children

Published August 20, 2020

We sit down with Oak Knoll's new Lower School Guidance Counselor Melissa Nelson on re-entry anxiety in children as they return to campus this fall under COVID-19 restrictions.
Episode 1: Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Published August 7, 2020

Oak Knoll School administrators sit down to answer parent-submitted questions regarding the school's fall 2020 reopening plan.


Academically Speaking is the podcast for Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, a private Catholic PK-12 school in Summit, New Jersey. This show will give you an inside look at the internal operations of Oak Knoll School throughout the year.