Lower School student serving the community

Community Service

The Lower School is well-known for its active participation in community service. While the students understand the importance of neighbor helping neighbor, they are also are guided by Cornelia Connelly’s words, “I am cosmopolitan, the whole world is my country; and heaven is my home.”

Among several annual service opportunities and drives, our Lower School community helps the families of the Sacred Heart School in Jersey City who look forward to our Food Basket meals at Christmastime. The Student Council leads the Lower School in a service project each January in honor of Catholics School Week, and in fifth grade we learn about food insecurity when the class travels to the Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry. There, students and teachers roll up their sleeves and help, while gaining more knowledge about food insecurity — experienced in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States.

While we are very concerned about our local neighbors, we also show compassion for those in need outside of our vicinity. One of our annual projects is our “Soldier Project.” During one of our Prayer Family meetings, the entire Lower School community assembles Oak Knoll Cares packages for American soldiers serving overseas. Children include handwritten letters and notes, as well as items the soldiers may need or want, such as sunscreen, absorbent socks, handwipes, and delicious snacks.

Remote Learning Day
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Due to the weather forecast and winter storm warning, Oak Knoll School’s campus will be closed on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, and will operate on a virtual learning schedule.

Upper School runs from 8:10 to 12:30. Students should check their email from Mrs. McGroarty for more information.

Lower School students in PreK to grade 2 brought home materials from teachers for optional review and enrichment and may also log in to Clever to access all learning apps. Teachers of students in grades 3-6 will post snow day assignments on the Homework grid on Clever by noon.

All after-school activities have been canceled.