Dear Fellow Members of the Oakcrest Family,
Our beloved school continues to flourish and mature in its permanent home. The Oakcrest Board of Directors wants to offer gratitude and congratulations to Dr. Mary Ortiz, our Head of School, and her team for a peaceful and joyful first year in our permanent campus. They hit the ground running last summer, preparing the building in a very short period of time for the arrival of the students. In addition, they hosted a series of special events, such as the dedication of the chapel, an open house for neighbors, and the spectacular Homecoming celebration. They showed tremendous flexibility and sporting spirit throughout the school year in a brand new and unfamiliar facility. We are very grateful for such a successful inaugural year in our Vienna campus.
I also would like to give thanks to all of you who referred new families to our outstanding school. You have helped us exceed our enrollment goals for the 2018-19 school year. This, along with your continued generosity to our fundraising efforts, enables us to keep tuition as low as possible and continue to enhance our beautiful campus so that it can fully support the rich and diverse programs offered at Oakcrest.
I am happy to share that the Board of Directors recently approved the construction of our gymnasium, which will be dedicated to our thriving athletics program and to large school gatherings. In addition, the Board approved the completion of the west academic wing, which will help meet the demands of our growing student body by providing additional classrooms and faculty areas. These spaces have been designed and are included in our Fairfax County Special Exception Amendment (SEA), so we anticipate a much shorter time frame compared to the first phase of construction. We have begun the planning process and hope to have the projects completed by 2021. We will continue to count on your prayers and financial support to help complete these vital additions to our campus home.
Thanks to the generosity of our faithful donors, Oakcrest now has a scholarship fund as well as an endowment fund. In April, we were blessed to dedicate the Kate O’Beirne Scholarship Fund in the presence of her family and friends. This fund, along with the newly-named Dorothy Duffy Endowment Fund, will help make an Oakcrest education accessible to many more families, regardless of their financial means. They are significant steps forward in the history of the school for which we are truly grateful.
Continuing on the theme of gratitude, I would like to thank Mr. Horace (Chip) Jordan (Jennifer, ‘15) and Dr. Othon Wiltz (Katerina, ‘11; Natasha, ‘15), who have recently stepped down from the Board of Directors. They have served the school faithfully during the challenging years of the permanent campus project and during the critical transition year. I am very grateful for their generous dedication to the Oakcrest Board of Directors and look forward to their continued involvement with the school in other capacities.
I welcome to the Board Dr. Robert Gasser (Mary ’08; Maggie ’13; Kate ’17; Theresa ’20). Along with his wife, Sue, Bob has been a dedicated ambassador for Oakcrest for many years, and we look forward to his participation on the Board of Directors.
I know you share my joy at the beauty of our Vienna campus, and I invite you to continue to spread the word about our excellent school. I look forward to another great year for Oakcrest!
Board of Directors