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Time for a Little Holiday Shopping!

Holiday Shoppe is coming up soon, BUT, there are changes this year...very exciting changes!

Oakhill's Holiday Shoppe is the perfect opportunity for children to shop on their own for the special people on their Holiday Gift List. Students are able to shop with the help of our Oakhill Elves - they even get to gift wrap their special purchases and bring them home ready to give, just in time for the holidays!

NEW THIS YEAR: Holiday Shoppe is ONE day only!

Held in conjunction with Kids' Club's Parents' Night Out, kids are able to visit Santa's Workshop on December 8 from 3:30 pm until 8 pm in the Oakhill Gymnasium.

What students will find in Santa's Workshop:
  • Santa will be on-site with cookies
  • Holiday movies
  • And more!

If you wish to have your child attend both events, elves from PTO will come over and assist your child into the Holiday Shoppe and help them shop for great items for family and friends during their time with Kids' Club. You will need to register for both events.

The Kids' Club Polar Express Night goes from 6:00-10:00 pm - registration is due November 24 and is available via for Toddler through Prekindergarten and/or for Kindergarten - Eighth Grade.

Oakhill's Holiday Shoppe is sponsored by your PTO and lead by our parent volunteer "Head Elves" Michele Yager and Leecil Culbertson. Gifts are priced for a child's budget, ranging from $.25 to $10, with most priced under $5. There are gifts available for EVERYONE on their list!

Registration is available until December 1 via – walk-ups are welcome but registration helps us plan accordingly.

We're looking for a few jolly helpers for Santa!

If you would like to volunteer to help during Holiday Shoppe we are looking for Elves to help the children shop. You can sign up using the SignUp on the Oakhill website. Middle School students are able to shop and volunteer for service hours! Students, please use the same sign up to register to volunteer.

Happy Holidays!

Register for Holiday ShoppeBecome one of Santa's Helpers - Volunteer


Please contact Dorothy Beckham or your Oakhill PTO.

2017 Constituent Survey

Each of our constituents, from current parents to alumni families and staff, are being asked to participate in our 2017 Survey as part of our periodic self-study process. The survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete. Please note the following.

Please review the school's mission statement prior to completing the survey.

The mission of Oakhill Day School is to provide excellence in education through child-centered learning in a supportive, challenging, and rewarding environment that provides students with self-confidence, values, knowledge, and the foundation for leadership through emotional, physical, and social development.

• Click on the link provided below to access the on-line survey.
• Your answers are anonymous and confidential, so please provide your honest opinion. We are using a third party (ISACS survey team) to process the survey and we will not know the identity of any survey participant.
• You will be able to provide written or narrative comments about your views of our school along with answers to specific questions.
• Please complete the survey as soon as possible. The deadline for completing the survey is December 6.
• Please contact Michelle McDaniel if you have technical difficulties with the survey.

Thank you for your time and effort with this important initiative. We look forward to learning more about how our constituents view our school community. Your responses will help to enhance the school and plan for the future of the school.

Suzanne McCanles

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Give Back to Oakhill While You Shop!

During the Holiday season there are several ways to earn money for our school through Rebate Programs!

Box Tops for Education

Make sure to clip your Box Tops over the Holidays and send them in to the Central Office with your students name marked on the sheet or the bag.

Giving Assistant

Giving Assistant is a free, easy, and reliable way to help Oakhill Day School go even further. When you shop online at 3,000+ popular online retailers using Giving Assistant, you earn cash back. Then, you get to decide how much of that cash back you'd like to donate to Oakhill Day School. You'll even find great deals like exclusive Joann coupons, as well as savings at stores like Best Buy and ULTA. Shop. Earn. Change the world!

Amazon Smile

When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Oakhill Day School. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

School Store

Over 400 merchants, including Sears, Target and, have joined together to offer up to 50% of sales to our school for shopping through To shop and support our school, simply go to and select our school.

We look forward to you helping us raise money for our school through Rebate Programs. Each year Oakhill raises around $5,000 through these programs!

It's that time of year... it's the Oakhill Holiday Coloring Contest!

This year, the contest will run a little differently than in the past. All returned artwork will still be on display in the Main Campus building until Winter Break, but they will also be published in a Facebook photo album for everyone to like and share. The photo that receives the most likes online will be our Facebook Cover Photo for the month of December, and the artist's family will receive a box of holiday cards featuring the artwork!

Look for the submission form in your student's backpack in the next week, or you can download and print a copy here!

Don't miss out on the hoops action at Oakhill this winter!

Oakhill Panthers Basketball begins in November/December and we hope to see YOU on the Hardwood this Season!

Lower School Basketball

K/1st Basketball begins Friday, December 8 @ 3:40 pm
Coaches: Chris Fernandez and Taylor Clevenger

2nd Grade Basketball begins Tuesday, December 5 @ 3:40 pm
Coach: Kellen Smith

3rd/4th Boys and Girls Basketball begins November 17
Boys Coaches: Tim Ziegler and Hunter Parker
Girls Coach: Amie Robertson

Register for Lower School Basketball

Cheerleading at Oakhill

Cheer programs are offered for PreK – 4th grade students! Don't miss out on a great opportunity to cheer your Panthers on to victory!

PreK/Kindergarten Cheer Begins November 16 @ 3:45 pm in Mrs. Burnfin's classroom
Teams cheer at Tuesday Town Meetings throughout the winter/Winter Sports Pep Rally!
Coach: Kirsten Burnfin

Kindergarten/1st Grade Cheer Begins November 13 @ 4:00 pm
Teams cheer at select home Middle School Basketball games throughout the winter.
Coaches: Dot Beckham and Whitney Boyd

3rd/4th Grade Cheer Begins November 13 @ 4:00 pm
Teams cheer at select home Middle School Basketball games throughout the winter.
Coaches: Whitney Boyd and Dot Beckham

Register for Panther Cheerleading

Middle School Basketball

Middle School Basketball begins soon... help us keep things going to follow our great Fall sports season!

All Middle School Basketball practices begin on Monday, November 6!

Coaches: Steve Newman and Wes Willett

Register for Middle School Basketball

Practice information (dates/times) can also be found by visiting the Oakhill Day School Athletic Calendar, or the HUB where all athletic informational documents are posted!

If you have any questions please contact Coach Smith.

After School Class and Club Highlights

After school is always a busy time at Oakhill—and this year is no exception! Between exercising our brains and our bodies, our kids are always 'on the go'. Check out some of the things we've been up to—and get a sneak peek at what's coming next...

Desk to 5K athletes participated in the Panther Scamper 5K on Saturday, October 28! We wrapped up the season Monday with a quick run over to Sonic for a sweet treat to celebrate each child's success. Congratulations to all of our runners and walkers—they worked hard to do their very best this fall.

Chess Club continues through December for the first semester. The annual chess tournament will be held at Oakhill Day School on Saturday, December 9 this year. We invite anyone who loves chess to sign up to play.

Jr. LEGO® Robotics will also continue thru December for the first semester. It's never too late to join Coach Fernandez and his friends as they explore the world of LEGO® and computers.

We have some wonderful classes and events still to come in November! Be on the look out for:

Little Golden Books with Mrs. Clevenger

Tuesdays will be so much fun with Mrs. Clevenger as she takes old Little Golden books and gives them new life in this hands on crafting class. Create scrapbooks or journals with old books by adding fun ribbons, papers, and other embellishments.

Mad Science: System 2

If crafting isn't your thing, we also have a great science class coming to Oakhill in November. Also on Tuesday afternoons, come explore the world of sound, motion and lights as you investigate magnets, sound waves, optical illusions and more!

Register for Kids' Club After School Clubs and Classes

Parents' Night Out & Polar Express

In December we are super excited to team up with the PTO for a one night extravaganza! While PTO hosts their annual Holiday Shoppe in the gym, Kids' Club will once again open it's doors for their annual Polar Express Night. It will be a true Parents' Night Out!

Parent's can drop off their kids in Kids' Club for the evening—and the elves from the Holiday Shoppe will pick them up to shop, then bring them back for the rest of the evening of fun, food, and friends. Enjoy the Polar Express movie, a pizza dinner, games, as well as hot chocolate and popcorn for snack. It's sure to be a night of memories for all!

Register for Early Childhood Parents' Night Out Register for Lower/Middle School Parents' Night Out

Celebrating 70 Years!

As we celebrate Oakhill's 70th Anniversary, we have the opportunity to not only look back, but look forward. "Happy Anniversary Oakhill" is the first in a series of five videos we plan on sharing throughout the year to celebrate the history we have as a community and our hopes for the future.

One Fund... Every Student.

The Annual Fund is Oakhill's annual giving Campaign.

Your gift to the Annual Fund is so important, not only to your child but to educate every child. No matter the size, every gift has an impact. Your contribution ensures that Oakhill can provide talented teachers, daily necessities, educational technology and equipment, and exceptional curricular offerings in everything from arts to athletics for every Oakhill student.

At Oakhill, the Annual Fund Campaign is the foundation of our fundraising efforts. Like most independent schools, Oakhill relies on these annual tax-deductible gifts, in addition to tuition, to balance the budget.

Please remember that your Annual Fund donations are 100% tax-deductible and taking advantage of your or your spouse's employer matching gift program can double or even triple your donation.

Below is a 4-year snapshot of where we have been:

School Year


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This year our goal for the Annual Fund is 100% Parent Participation and $100,000. To date, we have 100% participation from the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff...Now all we need is your commitment to reach our goal. Remember no gift is too large or small all we need is your participation! Now that you have seen what we have done in the past...this class chart is for this school year!

Help your class reach 100% participation and the class that reaches it first will receive a $100 Amazon Gift card!

20% Total Parent Participation 2017-2018























































Let's work together as One Oakhill to reach 100% participation...One Family at a time!

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Welcome Fernanda and Jose!

Oakhill is in its second year of the Cultural Exchange Program through Faces & Our Cultures, which is a cultural exchange between Guatemala and the United States. This program has proven to Oakhill that it is enriching, not only for the students who visit our school, but also for the Oakhill students, staff and entire school community. It offers all involved the opportunity to develop a wider perspective of the world, learn from another culture and practice a second language with a native speaker.

After a wonderful first experience with a foreign exchange program last school year, we were excited to welcome Fernanda and Jose on October 17 to Oakhill. Fernanda is in the 8th grade and Jose is in the 7th grade. They both will have a variety of opportunities to share their culture with our school through presentations, leading cooking classes and teaching a Spanish activity to the students in Middle School.

Both students will also be a "normal" Oakhill middle school student, engaging in schoolwork, just as the Oakhill students do and building lasting friendships with many of our other students.

Two Oakhill families have opened up their homes to add an additional child into to their family for the next eight weeks to help Fernanda and Jose see the best of what the Midwest has to offer. Thank you to the Mountjoy and Beckham families for opening up their homes and their families. This experience will have a lasting impact on each of their families, too!

Some of the fun things that the students have already experienced are a welcome reception, Fun Farm Night, parties with new friends, a BBQ, Haunted Houses, traveling to see extended host family, the Panther Scamper 5K, Halloween at Oakhill and so much more.

Every faculty member and student at Oakhill is looking forward to learning from and making lasting memories with Fernanda and Jose during their time in here in the US!

Integrating Technology into Everyday Learning

A little history lesson:

Students today can't prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slates which are more expensive. What will they do when their slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write!
Teachers Conference, 1703

Students today depend upon paper too much. They don't know how to write on slate without chalk dust all over themselves. They can't clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?
Principal's Association, 1815

Students today depend too much upon ink. They don't know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.
National Association of Teachers, 1907

Ball point pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American virtues of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.
Federal Teacher, 1950

Students can't use those calculators. If we let them do that, they wouldn't ever learn how to use the tables in the back of the book and use interpolation to figure out trig ratios.
High School Math Teacher, 1980

Why would you ever want the Internet for student use? It's just the latest fad. Have them use the library.
School Employee, 1995

Teachers will never use email.
Teacher, 1997

Why are we talking about students having laptops in high school? I don't think most parents will even give their kids their old computer, much less buy them a new one.
Laptop Committee Member, 2011

Imagine if we had listened? How different would our classrooms look today? t's not just about the equipment though. Teaching and learning has truly transformed because of the integration of technology.

Integrating technology engages students and creates active learners. Using laptops and iPads in the classroom ensures that students are hands-on, working with the material rather than passive learners. Interactive whiteboards and document cameras create opportunities for students to manipulate materials in real time and get immediate feedback.

Integrating technology encourages individual learning and growth. Part of Oakhill Day School's philosophy is to meet each child where they are and take them as far as we can. No one learns in the same way or at the same pace, but technology allows for differentiation for students who are needing extra support as much as students who are pushing their limits. Internet access puts students in touch with a broad range of resources to further their education.

Integrating technology facilities peer collaboration. Look no further than our current units for K-8 technology classes. K-1 students recently participated in International Dot Day, making their mark and seeing where it takes them, including sharing with an international audience. Older students are currently participating in the Global Read Aloud project, reading the same books as other global classrooms, sharing and collaborating on their reflections and ideas.

Integrating technology prepares students for the real world. Technology is an integral part of how we work and live, every day. At Oakhill Day School, we believe in making mistakes when the stakes are low, learning from mistakes at an early age. Using our Twitter accounts, @ODSTechTastic and @ODSTechsplorers, students interact with the real world on a daily basis, thinking critically about what they share,and practice becoming positive digital citizens. And the first time our students received feedback and were mentioned - PRICELESS!

Integrating technology creates more engaged and successful teachers. Technology alleviates some of the basic tasks of teaching, freeing up time to develop and deliver curriculum. Integrating technology to make teacher's jobs easier allows teachers to spend more time working with students to meet their individual needs.

We live in an every changing world, one where technical knowledge doubles every two years. Technology is here to stay, and how it will affect our lives in the future is hard to predict. Appreciate where we've come from, and embrace the technological changes that are here and yet to come.

For more blasts to the technical past, check out The Kids' Table: Technology and The Next Chapter of the Internet.

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!

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7019 N. Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118
Phone: 816.436.6228
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