Oakwood’s SLE Class Gives Back

Oakwood School’s Structured Learning Experience class volunteered to take part in the Ronald McDonald House Caring Cooks Program.  They planned their meal, shopped for supplies, and prepared the delicious homemade macaroni and cheese at the Ronald McDonald House one afternoon.  The students were eager to help and gained valuable experience.  Volunteering has many benefits.  According to helpguide.org1, here are some of those benefits:

Benefits of volunteering: 4 ways to feel healthier and happier

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

This experience was so rewarding, the SLE class has plans to cook again and also help with the gardening at the Ronald McDonald House in the spring.

1 https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm


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Dance Factory USA Brings the Holiday Spirit to Oakwood

Thanks to the collaboration between Cathy Calabro, Leslie Farrell and Miss Aimee Layfield who is the owner of Dance Factory USA in Middletown, NJ, Oakwood School was selected to be the lucky recipient of their Secret Santa this holiday season.

The generous families affiliated with Dance Factory USA purchased fuzzy pajama bottoms and cozy gloves for each of our 35 students.  We are grateful to have such thoughtful, kind and generous people in our community that support our program.

Thank You Dance Factory USA!


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The Oakwood School celebrated Thanksgiving with a glorious game of football and a feast fit for a king. One of our favorite days of the year, staff and students played, ate and laughed together and then took a moment to reflect on how grateful we are for one another.

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MOakwood Celebrates Movember

Oakwood School hosted a Positive School Community Brunch to kick-off Movember.  Our students and staff discussed the importance of men’s mental health, physical health and hygiene.  We enjoyed breakfast together and capped off the day with team building activities that allowed students to work together to earn money to donate to this very important cause.

Please visit the link below to follow our progress and to make a contribution to our team.



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Lead Testing Results for Oakwood School

All schools in New Jersey are undergoing testing for the amount of lead in the drinking water.  The drinking water at Oakwood School, tested on March 3, 2017, revealed that all of our drinking water outlets are safe.  The results of the test showed that our drinking water lead levels are well below the limit set by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  The testing included all drinking outlets in the school, including hand-washing faucets.  If you have any questions, please contact the main office and speak with Mr. Jerry Dougherty.

lead testing

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Zombie’s Take Over Oakwood

Our first visiting artist of the year was Kasey Gillette, wardrobe head, costume designer and makeup artist. Ms. Gillette works on several productions a year for different theaters around New Jersey.  She demonstrated a few makeup techniques just in time for Halloween to turn our students into the undead.  Using airbrush techniques she was able to turn a student volunteer into a zombie.  Students in Media Arts have been learning about special effects makeup and costume design.   It was a memorable afternoon as students learned how to use liquid latex, prosthetics, cream based paints and a variety of applicators.

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Fall Harvest

A proud new addition to the Oakwood School is our Community Garden.  Our student volunteers have been working hard since late spring, early summer to clear the area, plant, water and maintain the garden.

The Oakwood School garden has produced an abundance of peppers, tomatoes, green beans, corn and cucumbers.  It has been a valuable learning opportunity that many students have enjoyed.  The fruits of our labor have been delicious!


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Art with Natural Fibers Fresh from the Farm

Mrs. Jen’s art classes have been busy producing tremendous projects using natural fibers.  Using needle felting techniques, they have created amazing figures including birds and dragons.  While creating their stuffed animals they have been learning about the process of sheering, carding, cleaning, spinning and felting.  Now they have taken a trip to see those natural fibers at their source.  The class trip to Atlantic Farms in Manasquan allowed the students and staff to interact with sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, and a trespassing groundhog.  We made memories feeding the animals, experiencing a pumpkin patch, and witnessing a real-life corn maze.

The trip included a stop off at the Mariners Cove in Brielle to enjoy a brunch fit for royalty.  The students ate their fill of pancakes, potato pancakes, omelets, and hamburgers.  Camaraderie and learning went hand in hand as this group of young men were able to learn and grow in a fun friendly adventure.

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Oakwood Student Organizes Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort

When Hurricane Dorian decimated the Bahamas one of our students was deeply affected and wanted to take action.  Chris G. spearheaded a fundraising effort to help.  We are proud of Chris G. for organizing this relief effort.  He has a huge heart and the motivation to make a difference.  We are thankful for the Administration and our entire Oakwood Community for supporting this cause.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact us at 732 747-8746

Hurricane Dorian Fundraiser

Donate Your Loot Today!

Attention Oakwood Students… If you are interested in assisting with the Hurricane Dorian relief effort, the Oakwood Administration will convert your Oakwood Loot into a cash donation. Please help.

1 loot= .25

2 loot= .50 and so on…


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Say YES to ESY

Oakwood School’s ESY program provided students with a comfortable and safe community to work on social skills, work readiness skills, English and consumer math.

Each day began with some morning movement and each week included a trip off campus to enrich the curriculum.

Our students enjoyed trips to Poricy Park, the Thomas Edison Center in Menlo Park, Howling Woods Wolf Sanctuary, Out of Sight Alpaca Farm, Delicious Orchards, the Silverball Museum, and to the movies to see the latest blockbuster film.

We all look forward to some new adventures next summer!

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