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Every year, Oakhill hosts fundraisers for various charitable organizations. This year, due to the sheer number of natural disasters around the world, we decided our first one would be for Heart to Heart International.
We hosted a Penny Wars competition from September 28 - October 5. Students and teachers added pennies, worth positive points, to their own buckets, while adding silver coins and dollar bills, worth negative points, to other classes. We had students bring in boxes of change, using strategies to help their own class win.
We had so much change brought in, it took a long time for our teachers to count everything. Only two classes ended the week with positive points: our overall winner, Mrs. Manley's class, and the South Campus winner, Mrs. Scheidecker's class. A special shout out was given to Mrs. Trager's class for bringing in over $100 in pennies alone.
All in all, Oakhill raised a grand total of $1,757.01 for Heart to Heart International. We could not be more proud of our students and their families for coming together to make a difference..
Thank you to the many parents, faculty, and students who volunteered to help make this year's Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day a success! The PTO Leadership thanks you for being such an important part of the the school's Parent Teacher Organization as members and supporters.
Victoria RudolphJulie Rule
Plus the countless staff and teachers!
*Although we try to recognize everyone, we realize that many others jump in to help when needed. If we've left your name off the list, please know that we appreciate everything that you do for Oakhill!
Remember, there are many opportunities throughout the school year that need volunteer involvement. Be sure to check out our Volunteer Guide to see which opportunities work best for you and your family! Again, thank you for all you do to make Oakhill great!
Pre-purchase your tickets by Monday, October 16 for Oakhill pricing and no waiting in line!
General ticket pre-order price: $15
Children 2 and under are FREE!
Add-on Food Packages: (Sorry, no outside food is allowed)
Hot Dog, Chips, Drink: $6
Hamburger, Chips, Drink: $7.50
Cheeseburger, Chips, Drink: $8.50
Pulled Pork, Chips, Drink: $10
Fall conferences will be held on Thursday, October 26 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Select teachers have additional conference times available throughout the week to accommodate the number of families in their classes. We strive for 100% parent participation! Please check with your classroom teacher if other accommodations need made in regards to scheduling your conference.
*Please note that school is not in session on Friday, October 27. Kids' Club Conference Care is available that day by registration.
Volunteers are needed for the Panther Scamper 5K and Harvest Fest!
We would love to see you run, walk, jog, or skip in the Panther Scamper 5K (1 mile or 3.1 mile course), but if you would rather cheer people on, help us with intersections along the route, or work games at the Harvest Fest... it takes approximately 45-50 volunteers to make this event happen (about 35 on the 5K course).
We thank you in advance for helping make the event a success!
Want to volunteer after you run/walk/jog?
Instructions for using SignUp
1. Use our invitation page on SignUp.
2. Enter your email address. Don't worry, you will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.
3. Choose your spots - SignUp will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
Having a community where your child can go and feel loved, valued, and known is one of the main reasons parents choose to send their child to Oakhill. But sometimes, the child is not the only person looking to make deep connections in their school community. As parents, you may want a place of community for yourself!
This year, the Parent Teacher Organization and the Admissions Office are collaborating to start Oakhill Party Connect!
Oakhill Party Connect is a new program just for parents. Party Connect's main goal is to give parents an outlet to create friendships and build connections through a variety of fun social events and activities throughout the year. Events for Party Connect could be planned by the PTO or Oakhill parents who volunteer to host an event! There will be at least two events per quarter that are organized by the school and PTO, and Oakhill parents who choose to connect with the PTO to host their own events, can support the school by hosting a tailor-made event of their liking!
Events can be anything from Bunco Night for Mom or Poker Night for the Dads. Dip and Sip Wine tastings, meeting at a brewery to watch a football or baseball game, and lunch or dinner clubs are other examples of fun ideas that have been suggested.
Events are usually free, but could have a small associated fee or you might be expected to cover the cost of your meal or activity, depending on the event. Some events will be open to a countless number of people and some will have limited space. Most events are just for parents... so you can connect without distraction, so make sure to get a babysitter lined up to enjoy a lunch or night out with new friends!
Contact Leah Gipe, Director of Admissions, to talk about your idea for the next Party Connect event! RSVP's will be on the calendar for each event.
We hope that you will join us this year, making new friends and connecting with other Oakhill parents!
Upcoming Party Connect Events
South Campus Building Commons
October Lunch Club
Webster House - 1644 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Chiefs vs. Cowboys Watch Party
Rock & Run Brewery - 110 E Kansas St, Liberty, MO 64068
You may have heard people talking about our "Community Partners" around the halls of Oakhill, but do you know what a Community Partner is? Here is a quick run through of the program!
What is a Community Partner?
The Community Partnership program at Oakhill is a collaboration between local business entities and Oakhill where the business provides the school with necessary resources in the form of monetary contributions, sponsorship, time through volunteerism, and goods to help maintain school facilities and curricular programming and materials that benefit each one of Oakhill's students. In exchange, our Community Partners gain access to our community through exposure in school publications, the website, and during school events.
Don't worry about Spam or unwanted solicitations, we never give away your information!
Where do we find our Community Partners?
Our Community Partners support us from all over the greater Kansas City area.
Who are Oakhill's current Community Partners?
We are proud of the partnership that we have with each one of our Community Partners. This year's group of amazing Community Partners is the largest group that we've had since the start of the program. Each one of these business are vital to ensuring that Oakhill maintains the healthy budget needed to support school programming.
Each one of our partners are of like mind and believe in the mission and vision of Oakhill.
Retired partnerships include: Clayview Country Club, The Heights, Musselman & Hall, Roca Vending, Staley Farms Golf Club, Tradition Home Group, and Trezo Mare
How is a Community Partner different than an Annual Fund or Capital Campaign Donor?
Whereas an Annual Fund or Capital Campaign Donor typically gives an outright donation, a Community Partner signs a letter of commitment and receives something in exchange for their contribution. Typically Community Partners utilize their marketing budget when deciding on what level to enter into the Partnership program. A business can support Oakhill by being both a Community Partner and an Annual Fund/Capital Campaign Donor!
How can I become a Community Partner?
We welcome any Oakhill family who owns a business, or thinks their place of employment is a great fit for our Community Partnership program, to consider reaching out in regards to becoming a partner. All referrals are welcome! Partnership plans are flexible and can be customized to fit various budgets and desired levels of engagement.
For more information on how your business can partner with Oakhill Day School please contact Rebecca DiGerlamo in the Development Office.
Ready to become a Community Partner?
Alumni Mia and Prowler at the 2017 Oakhill CarnivalI am enjoying my new role as Alumni Coordinator so much this year. It has been fun reconnecting with old friends and meeting some new ones along the way. My husband Brad and I moved to Kansas City in 2006 and our sons, Harrison and Blaine, started at Oakhill in First Grade and Kindergarten. They are both Alumni of Oakhill and it has been nice keeping in touch with their classmates. I have also met people who went to Oakhill years before we were here and I love learning more about this place we call home. I am hoping to keep our Oakhill community together in the years past graduation. We strive to stay in touch with former students and alumni and we want to maintain those connections into the future. As Harrison begins his senior year in high school, it is time for him to begin planning for his life next year in college. It has been amazing to think back on his years at Oakhill and realize how the foundation was set so well for both of our boys – right here at Oakhill.
I have been keeping in touch with Alumni and their families through email, phone calls, and social media. We have Oakhill Alumni accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can see what's going on with former Oakhill students and alumni as they are making their way through high school, college, and beyond. We want to share it all!
- Claudia Feaster
*Don't forget to come see me THIS THURSDAY, September 28, at our Alumni/Faculty Volleyball game! This is always a fun event, but it gets even better with each alumni we have! More Information...
Want to know what's going on with Oakhill Alumni? Know anyone who needs a "shout-out"? Know any Alumni who would like to stay in touch with ODS? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @AlumniOakhill!
School spirit is palpable. You should hear it, see it, feel it and live it each and every day. A healthy dose of school spirit goes a long way in creating community.
An entire year has gone by with split campuses and I have gone through the gamut of emotions, from really excited, to a little bit nervous, to over the top thrilled, to we can do this! Going from one very crowded building (plus Dentistry for Children spaces) where we used every inch of space, and then some, to having two beautiful buildings where we can better meet our programmatic needs has been strategic to say the least. For the middle school students, they left the familiarity of the old building and the old ways, and they were challenged to make a new space "home". For the fourth grade students, they left the quietness and serenity of the Dentistry for Children classroom spaces and found themselves immersed in a whole new environment with a window into middle school life. For the third grade students, they, too, left the Dentistry for Children spaces and have taken on the role as leaders in the Main Campus Building. And, all of our teachers had to learn how to adjust to the new spaces, the new procedures, and the new expectations of how to remain constantly united and actively seek togetherness.
2017-2018 Oakhill Family Photo
With a year of split campuses under our belt, I can proudly say with confidence that we have made the transition happen as seamlessly as possible. We have woven our programs into the new way of Oakhill life. For instance, the middle school recycling team come to the Main Campus Building throughout the week to take care of business; our reading buddies enjoy field trips to both buildings; our Tuesday Town Meetings alternate between the two commons spaces, sports and sporting events tie the two buildings together with spirit and pride. And, as proof of how much our older students still enjoy the character of the old building... their dance last Friday was held in the Main Campus Building Commons, because that is where it always has been and that is where the students want to dance!
Although we will naturally create new traditions in each building, the fabric of who we are can be seen regardless of where we are. On September 15, the entire school met on the playground all decked out for Red Friday and together created a visual representation of the 1 OAKHILL family. Every teacher and every student met in the middle to show school unity and school spirit... 3 divisions... 2 buildings... 1 community!
The relationships we build with one another develop naturally through targeted projects, plans, and program. I truly believe the enjoyment of all grades... the interaction of all students... and the unity of the entire community are together what make Oakhill special.
The Main Campus Building is full of character and charm and the South Campus Building is full of innovation and potential. Both buildings together give us the flavor of Oakhill with its Strong Traditions and Deep Roots!
Here's to 70 years of best practices,
The school day might end at 3:30 pm at Oakhill Day School, but that doesn't mean the fun ends, too. Oakhill Day School offers a plethora of fun after-school activities for its students. It might not be a traditional classroom setting, but the learning and socialization continues, even without your child realizing it.
For most Oakhill families who utilize extended day care or Kids' Club, aftercare (and sometimes before care) is a necessity, but the extended learning opportunities provided through after-school programming is a benefit that should be considered by all families, not just those who have to use the service.
Here's what we consider to be the top 5 benefits of sending your child to Kids' Club at Oakhill!
Additional Opportunities for Socialization
There are so many instances where even the most shy student will find a "place of belonging" once the bell rings at the end of the day and they head down to Kids' Club. Besides being able to release pent up energy from a long day of school work and structure, it is not uncommon to see students of different ages playing together... it's pretty cool to see children with two, sometimes three, years between them conversing and interacting as social peers.
After a long day, sometimes homework can be a cause for conflict at home. Extended care programming gives students the opportunity to have someone other than mom or dad help with homework questions, and gives them the opportunity to get the work done, so that home time is family time. The added time for in school homework help becomes especially important once a student hits middle school and activities like sports begin to take up more of the students time.
Helps Develop Confidence and Independence
There are many opportunities for our Kids' Club students to take on leadership roles by helping with recycling or helping the Kids' Club staff set up and execute activities like crafts and games. There have been opportunities for our Middle School Kids' Club students to volunteer to work in our Little Folks room too!
Educational Activities that Don't Feel... Educational
In addition to Kids' Club, there are several clubs and classes offered after-school for all ages. Clubs like Jr. LEGO® Robotics and Minecraft are great for those looking to dive a little deeper into STEM. Golden Scrap-booking, led by Mrs. Clevenger, is a little crafting and could involve a little journaling, great for beefing up those writing skills! We also offer language classes from time to time that give students the opportunity to learn languages other than Spanish. This year, we are offering Mandarin Chinese! These classes and many of our other enrichment classes are also great opportunities for students to work on reading skills and non academic interpersonal skills like cooperation and problem solving.
Sometimes... Moms and Dads Need a Little Extra Time!
We've all been there, sometimes we have to run an errand, an appointment or meeting lasts longer than planned, a friend sends a last minute invite for coffee! Kids' Club is a great opportunity for moms and dads to have a little extra time during the work week, and we offer care during some of our non school breaks! Around the holidays, this is especially useful when it comes to getting secret shopping done or cleaning for that big holiday party. Parents can rest easy knowing that their children are in good care of people they know and trust and students have their peers to interact with while mom and dad are away!
Oakhill is always looking for ways to engage your child after the school day ends. After all, Oakhill is all about creating life-long learners, and the best way to do that is to show them that learning doesn't end at 3:30 pm. Through our after school programming, Oakhill is doing just that.
If you're interested in encouraging your child to socialize and engage more after school, why not check out more of our programs listed below:
Tip: Did you know that you can register for anything Kids' Club offers through the events listed on the school calendar?
Why choose an independent private education?
By choosing an independent private education, you have the opportunity to choose a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching style fit your child. Independent private schools can also offer your family small class sizes, excellent teachers, and high academic standards.
Oakhill Day School is a place where children discover themselves as learners in a community where they feel valued and known. We invite you to learn more about the active learning that happens here!