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Give Back to Oakhill While You Shop this Holiday Season!

During the holiday season, there are several ways to earn money for Oakhill through Rebate Programs!


Amazon Smile

When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase to Oakhill Day School. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/44-6001359 and support Oakhill every time you shop.


Shop with Scrip

Gift cards are a quick and easy go-to gift. By purchasing gift cards through the Great Lakes Scrip Center, Oakhill earns between 1% - 15% back on purchases made. Visit Shop With Scrip and use the organization code 2B1BLA7918486. With over 750 retailers, there is something for everyone on your list!


School Store

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


Box Tops for Education

Prepping your holiday feast? Make sure to shop for Box Tops products over the holidays season! Clip and return your Box Tops to the Central Office with your child's name marked on the collection sheet or Ziploc® Storage Bag.

Each year,Oakhill raises around $5,000 through these programs and we look forward to you helping us earn this Winter!

Help Us Fill the Little Free Pantry!

Oakhill began it's first school-wide service project of the school year last week and it runs through November 6-20

The Little Free Pantry at Desperation Church was selected to be our first service project.  If you are unfamiliar with The Little Free Pantry, the concept is simple, the pantry provides food 24/7 for people who need it. 

Take what you need; give what you can.  

How much can we give, Oakhill?  We're going to collect any and all non-perishable food items between November 6-20. Boxes are located at each classroom and Middle School Advisory boxes are located just inside the main entrance of the South Campus Building. At the end of the drive, we will stack our food to see just how generous Oakhill can be! 

Let's see how many times we can fill the Little Free Pantry! 

Non-perishable Food Items

Please feel free to contact the Service Committee if you have any questions.

The City of Gladstone has informed us that there will be a significant amount of construction activity around Oakhill for the next couple of weeks. Both iWerx and Summit Grill are finishing up along with drainage and street improvements the City is making. This work will primarily impact 70th Street, N. Locust, and 71st Street. There may be a few impacts to N. Oak and N. Cherry as well. During this time please expect some minor rerouting and possible delays. The City expects the vast majority of this work to be completed by November 12th.

Street closures and traffic will change on a daily basis, so please be aware of these general areas over the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time!

Falling in Love with Oakhill!

Can you believe that fall is wrapping up and we are well underway with planning for the 2019-2020 school year?

Part of these plans includes working on events targeted for both current and prospective parents to help get them excited about the education that Oakhill offers. We are extremely excited about the change in format for our Admissions events this year! We hope to give your family an interactive look into daily life at Oakhill through hands-on activities, so you can experience how we teach and how our students learn, your opportunity to explore what sets Oakhill apart. 

With planned changes coming to the re-enrollment process for the upcoming school year, these events will serve as a valuable resource to help you made decisions for your child's 2019-2020 school plans.


Upcoming Admissions Events

The first of our Admissions Events is or Kindergarten Kickoff which is next Tuesday, November 6. We hope to see all of our friends in Prekindergarten in attendance to get a glimpse of what's to come in Kindergarten next year! Our current Kindergarten students are so excited to have prekindergarten visit their classrooms that they made invitations for every prekindergarten student. Look for those to come home in backpacks this week!

This event is open to all, so if you have friends or family who also have children entering Kindergarten in the fall, bring them along.

Kindergarten Kickoff

Prekindergarten students, bring mom and dad for a fun-filled evening learning all about Oakhill's Kindergarten program! Your child will have a blast introducing you to our Technology, Music, Art, Physical Ed, Spanish, Library, and Science teachers while seeing what these programs have to offer. Oakhill's Kindergarten teachers will outline the curriculum and answer questions about this fundamental year.

Tuesday, November 6
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Main Campus Building

Directions


Lower School

Looking at Kindergarten through Third Grade? Well, live the Oakhill life and see what the students do in the classroom, Spanish, Technology, Art, Science, P.E., Library, Music, and SO MUCH more!

 

Kindergarten-Third Grade Open House

Get a first-hand view of life in and out of our Lower School Division Classrooms! Children and parents will tour the school before students head off to participate in special activities of their choosing. While the children are off learning, mom and dad will have the opportunity to talk with teachers and staff about the Oakhill experience.

Saturday, November 17
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Main Campus Building

Directions


Early Childhood

Have an Early Childhood student(s)? Our Panther Playdates are growing! These events are moving from summertime only to include two events during the school year for you and your child(ren) to come and play with other Panthers! Kiddos twelve months through prekindergarten are invited!

 

Early Childhood Panther Playdates

These events are for parents and children 12 months through prekindergarten to come and play with our Early Childhood Division! These fun, family-focused events combine learning and play.

Music and Movement
Wednesday, December 19
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Music Room

Directions

Sweet Storytime
Saturday, April 13
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Library

Directions

Popsicles and Play
Wednesday, June 12
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Early Childhood Playground

Directions 

Cookies and Coaches
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Gymnasium

Directions


Middle School

You have probably noticed that we have no event yet for Fourth through Eighth Grade. That doesn't mean we forgot you! We have some exciting things planned that are just around the corner! Want to take a private tour now for those grades or have questions? Just reach out while you are on the lookout for their upcoming events!

Want to share your love for Oakhill? We have yard signs that you can take and share in your yard, with grandparents, your business and more. Let us know if you would like one to take home today! 

Make plans now for a campus visit! Invite a friend to come along! We invite you to fall in love with Oakhill... all over again!


Financial Planning for a Private School Education

MOST - Missouri's 529 Savings Plan Presentation

Recent tax changes effective this year have brought about the exciting potential for k-12 private school families to finance your child's education using an established 529 plan. We encourage those who are unfamiliar or interested in the Missouri 529 Savings Plan to attend this event with representatives from MOST. For specific information or to see if the 529 savings program is the right solution to help your family manage private school tuition costs, visit the website.

Tuesday, November 27
6 p.m.
South Campus Building Commons

Directions

Have you RSVP'd for one of our Admissions Events?

Full-Day Care Fun!

Have you stopped by to see Kids Club after school or for one of our full day parties? If not, then here is a recap! We have had 2 full day opportunities so far and they have been amazing! For our first, we watched a movie under the stars and made our own sushi. We had the commons decorated with Christmas lights and took our culinary skills and made our own candy sushi. Each of these full days we build our own snack. If that is a Jello beach or edible Legos, it is sure to be a sweet treat.

We always have our program open each afternoon for every age. We strive to have something that each and every student will love to play with, whether that is a full Hot Wheels set, Light Bright, or even a ping pong table. We have truly branched out and asked the students what they want to see. Our Journey team is getting a chance to use Osmo. This is a piece of technology that turns an iPad into a coding game that uses cameras and physical blocks to move a character throughout the game. This piece of technology has many other avenues as well such as drawing, learning to read and spell, and many games. We want to push the boundaries of what an after-school program can be. This is not a place kids have to go; it's a place they want to go!

In the next couple of weeks, we will be announcing our parents night out for Christmas. This will be available to all ages and info will be sent out shortly!

 

Please contact Taylor Clevenger with any questions you may have!

Winter Athletics Preview

The winter athletics season is just around the corner! Whether you play basketball or want to cheer, we have opportunities for you! Our middle school athletics and panthers on the prowl programs offer a variety of options for students of all ages!

Lower School

Cheerleading

  • Pre K/Kindergarten Cheer begins Thursday, Nov. 15th. Practices are held on Thursdays from 3:45 pm – 4:15 pm.
  • 1st – 4th Grade Cheer begins Monday, November 19th. Practices are held on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm.

Basketball

  • K/1st Basketball begins Dec. 5th.
  • 2nd Grade Basketball begins Dec. 5th.
  • 3rd/4th Boys and Girls Basketball begins November 16th.

 

Middle School

Basketball

  • 1st Practice/Informational Meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th from 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm.
  • Practice schedule information can be found on the athletic calendar.

Managers Wanted!

  • Interested in being a part of the Middle School Basketball team, but not as a player? Contact Coach Smith to find out how to apply to become a Middle School Basketball Team Manager for the 2018 – 2019 season!!
    1. Application forms can be found on the athletic bulletin boards in the Main and South Buildings. Deadline to apply is Thursday, November 7th.

    2. Email Coach Smith @ Kellen.Smith@oakhilldayschool.org with your application form

    3. Team Managers will:

      1. Assist the coaches with practice daily

      2. Attend the MS Basketball games and assist the coaches/AD

      3. Be expected to attend practices and games, just like you are a player.

 

Online Athletic Registration

Are you interested in participating in any of our winter sports? Sign up now!

 

Booster Club – Register Online today!!!

Help BOOST our Booster Club!

School spirit and pride are so important to the entire school community...whether it is through athletics, cheerleading, clubs, or our panthers on the prowl programs! The athletic fees we charge each year help offset coaching costs and entrance fees to leagues or meets, but we need other funding to cover uniforms, equipment, and miscellaneous needs for the various programs. Our concession stands help bring in revenue, but we really depend on Booster Club Membership dues to cover athletics needs. The trend for memberships has shown a decrease in participation; therefore, I want to bring attention to this important aspect of our athletics program.


An Le, parent of Thai (8th), Viet (6th), and Quyhen (3) has generously agreed to lead our Booster Club this year, but she needs help. We need parents to help with the scoreboard, to help with line judging, to help with bringing food to the concession stand, to help with running the concession stand at home games, and to help run track meet events. Oakhill needs a BOOST when it comes to memberships. If you enjoy athletics, if you like to come watch games and meets, if your child is an athlete at Oakhill, or if you just want to support our athletic department, I ask that you join Booster Club today! Your small contribution goes a long way over the course of the year...it is earmarked to help ALL of our athletics shine and succeed.

 

Our athletics department appreciates your support!
Suzanne

 

Become a Booster Club Member Today!
 

What is #GivingTuesday? 

 

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media, the global community, and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities.

As a global movement, Oakhill Day School joins others to raise awareness and opportunity for non-profits of all types. We will be working to continue the best education for our students through donor giving on Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

This is the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days typically focused on ourselves, making Tuesday a day of giving back to the communities we are a part of. This will be an online giving campaign and we will be sending out more information as the day approaches. We hope that you choose to join us as we try to raise $15,000 to help enhance our students learning!

All money raised on this day will count towards our Annual Fund Giving Campaign.

We had a wonderful group of parent participants last year, and we hope that you will join us in supporting Oakhill this year and in the years to come!

ERB Results

In the spring of 2018, Oakhill students (grades 3-8) took the standardized tests provided by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). The ERB is used to compare student performance with other independent schools. It consists of a battery of standardized achievement tests given to more than 1700 public and independent schools in 46 states and 47 countries. 

We spent some time this summer analyzing our test scores for grades 3-8. We are very proud of the internal work the teachers and curricular leaders have done to help produce these solid scores. 

Here is a narrative and visual representation of our April 2018 scores.

ERB Scores 2018

ERB 3-Year Growth

College Readiness

Student scores on the ERB are a great foundation for academic preparation for high school. These testing results set the stage for college readiness down the line. Below is a snapshot of ACT Mean Scores for 2018 High Schol Graduates for ISACS Schools like our own.

For more extensive reports on ACT results, see:
ACT Profile Report – Class of 2018, ISACS
ACT Profile Report – Class of 2018, National  

ISACS President's Update - October 2018

In a Nutshell: Oakhill's Mission

Oakhill was founded in 1947...our school is almost 72 years old. I was fortunate to sit down with the founder, Wanda Lee Kalsu, several years ago to discuss Oakhill, how it began, and its mission. Wanda Lee was happy to hear that Oakhill was continuing to fulfill the original mission of the school...even after all of these years. 

Although the Oakhill mission has not, and will not, change, the format in which the mission is written needs to be updated to a 2018 version...easier to read, easier to understand, and easier to remember! Our current mission is:

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.

Since August, I have met with various constituent groups to conduct a mission exercise focusing on who we are, what we stand for, why we do what we do, and whom we do it for! It has been an exciting journey thus far; the discussion has been beneficial in so many ways. We have had to ponder many questions such as words that come to mind that describe the feeling at Oakhill, words that describe our graduates, traits that make our community unique, and so many more. 

On Thursday, November 8 I hope you can join us at the PTO morning coffee in the main building commons at 8:30 am. Amy Ganaden, Brenda Bock and I will be leading this mission exercise with you - the parents. The discussion will be interactive; we will follow many various prompts to keep the discussion going. I hope to see many of you there, but if you are unable to attend, I will be sending out information after the coffee with hopes of eliciting insight from a larger population of parents. I want your voice to be heard during this gathering process. 

My hope is to launch our newly stated Mission Statement late this Winter.

Thank you for being a part of the process!

Suzanne

Fall open house

Enrollment season is upon us and we have many opportunities planned for your family to visit and discover (or rediscover) what Oakhill is all about! We hope that you will join us for one of our Admissions Open House Events.

As a bonus THANK YOU to our current Oakhill families, we are offering you a chance to save $1000 off next year's tuition by helping us spread the word about the school and our upcoming events! Learn more about the Referral Raffle.

Upcoming Open House Events


Early Childhood Panther Playdates
These events are for parents and children 12 months through prekindergarten to come and play with our Early Childhood Division! These fun, family-focused events combine learning and play.

Music and Movement
Wednesday, December 19
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Music Room

Main Campus Building | Directions

Popsicles and Play
Wednesday, June 12
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Early Childhood Playground

Main Campus Building | Directions

Sweet Storytime
Saturday, April 13
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Library

Main Campus Building | Directions

Cookies and Coaches
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Gymnasium

Main Campus Building | Directions


Kindergarten Kickoff Night
Prekindergarten students, bring mom and dad for a fun-filled evening learning all about Oakhill's Kindergarten program! Your child will have a blast introducing you to our Technology, Music, Art, Physical Ed, Spanish, Library, and Science teachers while seeing what these programs have to offer. Oakhill's Kindergarten teachers will outline the curriculum and answer questions about this fundamental year.

Tuesday, November 6
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Main Campus Building | Directions


Kindergarten-Third Grade Open House
Get a first-hand view of life in and out of our Lower School Division Classrooms! Children and parents will tour the school before students head off to participate in special activities of their choosing. While the children are off learning, mom and dad will have the opportunity to talk with teachers and staff about the Oakhill experience.

Saturday, November 17
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Main Campus Building | Directions


MOST - Missouri's 529 Savings Plan Presentation
Recent tax changes effective this year have brought about the exciting potential for k-12 private school families to finance your child's education using an established 529 plan. We encourage those who are unfamiliar or interested in the Missouri 529 Savings Plan to attend this event with representatives from MOST. For specific information or to see if the 529 savings program is the right solution to help your family manage private school tuition costs, visit the website.

Tuesday, November 27
6 p.m.
South Campus Building Commons | Directions


RSVP for an Event!

Questions? Contact Dorothy Beckham

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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