Clubs & Activities

Lower School

Enriching Our Elementary Students Beyond the Classroom

Our K-6 Elementary School students enjoy a number of activities outside of the classroom. From field trips and retreats to special assemblies and holiday celebrations, our boys and girls in the Lower School enjoy an enriching classroom experience during the school day. These memorable assemblies, special events, field trips, holiday activities, and enrichment programs make learning fun and build a sense of community among the school’s younger students.

In the after-school hours a variety of enrichment activities are available for a fee through the After-School Adventures Program — offerings change with the seasons but may include activities such as drama, cooking, chess, and music lessons.

Elementary School Clubs & Activities

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  • After-School Adventures

    Students in all grades are invited to join in a variety of academic, sports, and arts clubs through this after-school enrichment program.
  • Drama

    Students in all grades are invited to sign up for Drama Club through our After-school Adventures program. Students share their performances at our schoolwide Friday assemblies.
  • Grandparents Day

    Grandparents and other special friends of students in kindergarten through fourth grade visit campus as part of a biannual holiday tradition at Oak Knoll that dates back more than 20 years. 
  • Halloween Parade

    The Lower School celebrates Halloween in a big way! Students and teachers don costumes and parade around the campus on their way to a spooky assembly in the gymnasium.
  • Literacy Night

    Students from kindergarten through sixth grade along with their teachers and families celebrate literacy through Literacy Night in which storytelling, music, dance and art underscore the importance, value and fun of reading.
  • Math Counts

    Math Counts is a national organization that gets middle school students excited about Math. Students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to become a Mathlete through membership in the Math Counts Club.  Students get together before and after school to work in groups and solve Math Counts challenges. Select students are invited to represent the school at the Math Counts annual competition.
  • School Newspaper

    Students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to join in the creation of our Lower School newspaper. This newspaper will be published once each trimester. Students will conduct interviews, take photos, write articles, and design the layout of this special newspaper.
  • Student Council

    Students in grade 6 provide leadership through action in their roles on the Lower School Student Council. Elections for the offices of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer take place in the spring of fifth grade. In the fall, students in grades 4 to 6 are invited to run for class representatives. Monthly student council meetings are a time for representatives to bring student ideas and concerns to the student council.  The student council also helps in a variety of leadership roles throughout the year.
  • Super Science STEAM Family Events

    Students and their parents explore subjects ranging from science, technology and engineering to art and math through Super Science STEAM Family Events taught by Oak Knoll faculty.  
  • Yearbook

    Students in grade 6 may volunteer to join the Yearbook Club. This club, with mentorship from teacher leaders, is responsible for the production of our school yearbook.  Students plan out layouts, take pictures, and assist in designing the theme and pages of the yearbook.
  • Christmas Concert

    One of the most cherished Holy Child traditions is the Christmas Concert. Children in grades 1 to 6 join in a chorus of Christmas carols while a live tableau of the Nativity is enacted on stage. Kindergarten children participate in their own Christmas pageant in the Chapel of Bonaventura Hall.
  • Spring Arts Festival

    The Spring Arts Festival celebrates all the arts at Oak Knoll: music, dance, art and creative dramatics. Students in grades K to 2 have a daytime Spring Arts festival, including a concert and end-of-year art showcase. In an evening performance, students in grades 3 to 6 sing, dance, play Orff instruments and perform in one act plays. A display of student artwork follows the performance.
  • Field Trips

    As an extension of the curriculum, field trips are scheduled for each class throughout the year. Students have visited the New York Tenement Museum and Sandy Hook, sailed on the Clearwater up the Hudson River and visited the Buehler Challenger Science Center.
  • Hat Day

    A traditional French custom is to wear creative chapeaux on the Feast of St. Catherine Labore in November. The Lower School children don all sorts of hats on a day in May as a tribute to a former student who passed away – and dearly loved Hat Day.
  • Shakespeare

    Sixth graders, during their final trimester of school, embark on the study of William Shakespeare, his life and elements of his plays. The culminating activity of this study is the enactment of scenes from a Shakespearean comedy or tragedy. Students in full costume perform outside on the patio before an audience of parents and underclassmen. Always a highlight of the sixth-grade year!
  • May Crowning - Whole School Attends

    Students in fourth grade participate in a traditional May Crowning with flowers of the statue of the Blessed Mother in Bonaventura Chapel. What is not traditional is that students plan the entire prayer service themselves. From the choosing of Scripture readings, prayers and musical performance, to the actual making of rosaries and the wreath of flowers, the fourth graders devote themselves to this endeavor. Students invite their parents and fellow classmates to pray with them at the May Crowning.
  • Kindergarten Pageant

    Kindergarten children tell the story of the birth of Christ for their parents through their own Christmas Pageant held in Bonaventura Chapel. The Holy Family, Shepherds, Angels, Kings and Pages endearingly proclaim this blessed event with the sweetness that only young children possess.
  • Family Mass

    Parents and students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade come together to celebrate Mass as a worshipping community on a Sunday in November. After mass families have a time to mingle over refreshments served in the dining hall.
  • Field Day

    On Field Day, the entire Lower School participates in a variety of games that encourage teamwork and lots of laughter. The students begin Field Day with the recitation of the Olympic creed and the rousing call “To let the games begin!”

Showcasing Our K-6 Elementary Students

Elementary school students, teachers, and parents end the school week together at a weekly assembly several Fridays a year. At this gathering, grade levels highlight special projects they are working on in the classroom, students showcase their talents, and student leaders practice public speaking. We feel it is important to expose students to public speaking and leadership opportunities at a young age. Friday Assembly also features a Gospel reading by members of the sixth grade and an interpretation by students or faculty.
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.

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Summit, NJ 07901
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