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Give Back to Oakhill While You Shop!

During the summer 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 summer 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!

On Tuesday, May 8, Oakhill Day School held its Middle School Academic Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Oakhill Middle School students in and out of the classroom. Although only 7th and 8th grade students were eligible to receive awards, 5th and 6th grade students were recognized during the ceremony for their participation and achievements throughout the year as well. Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients and honorees.

2017-2018 Award Recipients

Art Award:
Excellence in Art

Alana Bauer
Mackenzie King
Sing Piper

Drama Award:
Excellence in Drama

Kylee Carlson
Gracie Painter

Music Award:
Excellence in Music

Phoebe Monsees

Communication Arts:
Excellence in Communication Arts

Alana Bauer
Kylee Carlson
Grace Clark
Sing Piper

Social Studies:
Excellence in Social Studies

Alana Bauer
Kylee Carlson
Griffin Gregg
Addie Kimmerle

Math Award:
Excellence in Math

Wain Guo

Science Award:
Excellence in Science

Sophia Martin

Physical Education Award:
Awarded to student who gives their all in PE, is a good team player, and follows the rules of the game

Preston Bigler
Sing Piper

Leadership Award:
Outstanding Leadership

Brooke McCanles

Spanish Award:
Excellence in Spanish

Griffin Gregg

Infinity Award:
Student is globally aware and has a passion for the world and the people in it

Griffin Gregg

Technology Pioneer Award:
Excellence in Technology

Grace Clark
Sing Piper

Top Scholar:
Student who displays excellence in academics and character

Griffin Gregg
Brooke McCanles

Student/Athlete Award:
Top student athlete with good sportsmanship

Graham Carter
Brooke McCanles

Helen Wills Award for Citizenship:
Awarded to student who treats peers well, encourages others, relates well to students and faculty, follows school rules, lives lifeskills

Julia Holmes
Thai Nguyen

Panther Pride Award:
Embraces everything Oakhill with dedication and school spirit

Regan Miller

Middle School Cup:
Special award recipient selected by Middle School Faculty who displays dedication and loyalty to Oakhill

Jessica Eisler

People to People Global Youth Forum Scholarship:
Award recipients represent Oakhill at the People to People Global Youth Forum (Summer 2018)

David Conkling
Dani Dake

Additional Honorees

2017-2018 Quiz Bowl Team
Geography Bee Finalists
Math Competition Finalists
Presidential Service Award Recipients
2017-2018 Recycling Team
Speech/Debate Participants
National Junior Honor Society Members Student Ambassadors
2017-2018 Student Council
2017-2018 Yearbook Staff
Sports Team Highlights
People to People Mural Award Recipients
Book Blog Award Recipients
Accomplishment in art
Science Fair participants and Winner
iBuild Winner
2017-2018 Middle School Choir
Garage Band
Cast and Crew of Into the Woods
St. Teresa's Scholarship Recipients

Thank you!

Gracias – Merci – Grazie – ありがとう – Khop Khun Mak Kha – Spasiba – 감사합니다 – Efharisto

This year's Global Celebration, an event spanning two days, was a fun-filled celebration of the world and the diversity within our own Oakhill community. Throughout the week, students were encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and try new foods during their lunch periods. Thursday morning served as the official event kick-off with an all-school assembly featuring edu-tainment from Amado Espinoza and Drum Safari. The performers treated students to rhythms from Africa and South America that mimic the sounds of nature and animals of the jungle. There were even instruments made from non-traditional items like old markers, a broom, and PVC pipes... each fined tuned to make the melodic sounds of musical instruments like the didgeridoo and pan flute. The highlight of the morning came during the all-school drum circle. Students toddler through eighth each played along on their percussion instrument before making their way to the gym floor to dance to the music they were creating.

Thursday evening brought an all-school family event where students were able to share their work, families were able to share their family culture or the experiences of their travels, and special guests came to entertain. Students were able to spend time at each exhibit, learning from the work of their peers to receive a stamp in their passport!

Thank you to the following families who hosted a booth and for sharing your travels, experiences, and for being such an essential part of this year's event!

  • The Henok family - Ethiopia
  • The Versfeld family - South Africa
  • The Magnum-Moreno family - Mexico
  • The Peterson family - South Korea
  • The Nash family - Italy
  • The Phung family - China
  • The Walden family - Costa Rica
  • The Shekleton family - Africa
  • The Carter family
  • The DeHaemers family
  • The Beckham family
  • The Wenenn family

Friday marked the return of Randy Nadler, a friend of Oakhill who once again shared his travels to far of places through his breathtaking photography. This year's presentation was an exploration of the beauty and cultures of Thailand.

The Global Celebration is a showcase of each grade levels fourth quarter social studies curricular work. Each grade approaches their projects a little differently, but all of the students put a lot of work into the process of researching, learning, and creating a physical representation of their newfound knowledge to put on display for the entire community to enjoy.

See photos & video from this year's celebration!

If you have questions about hosting a display table next year, please contact Janelle Crouse and Senora WalkerHolmes.

Oakhill Day School Middle School Students Receive President's Volunteer Service Award Honors for Providing over 1,388 Hours of Service to Their Community

Gladstone, MO – Oakhill Day School prides itself on cultivating character and encouraging its students to make a difference in the community. Each year, the school requires middle school students to volunteer in their local communities. By the end of their Oakhill career, students will have earned 70 hours by meeting each year's service requirement. Oakhill recognizes students who go above and beyond at the Annual Middle School Awards Ceremony.

This year, Oakhill students gave their time to a wide variety of organizations in the Greater Kansas City Area and beyond. Volunteers participated in activities at Harvesters, Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, Scraps KC, blood drives, thrift stores, assisted living homes, trash and creek clean-ups, snow shoveling, and more.

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States who achieve the required number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

The President's Volunteer Service Award requires 50, 75, and 100 hours to earn the bronze, silver, and gold awards, respectively. Eighteen percent of Oakhill's middle school student body was eligible to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award, totaling over 1,388 hours of service to the community during the 2017-2018 school year.

This year's President's Service Award recipients are:

Bronze Award: Jonas Beckham, Ryan Dodson, Caden Egbert, Savannah Gentry, Cameron Guidry, Matthew Martin, Spenser Nash, Riordan Nash, Jaiden Phung, Sing Piper, Shawn Walden, Mary-Kathryn Wert, and Lily Wilkin

Silver Award: Julia Holmes and Owen Riddle

Gold Award: David Conkling, Olivia DiGerlamo, Jessica Eisler, and Mia Zdvorak

Oakhill encourages each student to volunteer in their community but is especially proud of these individuals for going above and beyond in their service.

Oakhill Day School is the Northland's premier, private, non-sectarian school for children Toddler (age two) through eighth grade. Oakhill provides 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.


Middle School Students Tackle Engineering at iBuild Showcase

Oakhill had the opportunity to attend the iBuild Showcase presented by the National Institute for Construction Excellence (NICE) on May 3 at Bartle Hall in Downtown Kansas City. iBuild gives students an opportunity to actively connect with industry professionals like skilled craftsmen, architects, engineers, CAD technicians, marketing, accounting, and construction managers.

Students in 5th-grade designed a green addition to the school that would help conserve natural resources. Students chose from the following categories: Rooftop Garden, Rain Garden, Entertainment Patio, or Landscape project. They completed research and floor plans that culminated in the creation of a model made from the materials of their choosing. Of the 40+ projects submitted in the 6th-grade division (which our 5th graders competed in) Oakhill won the Best Rooftop Garden: Alex Doumit, Gray Carter, Lucy Rule and was a finalist for one of the overall best projects submitted.

Our 7th-grade students completed a project that designed a space where kids would want to hangout containing at least one scientific element. They completed research on various aspects of location scouting, creating surveys, and the science behind their projects. They also learned about budgeting and designing logos. Of the 50+ projects submitted in the 7th-grade division, Oakhill had 4 of the eight finalists for the best plan overall.

Oakhill 7th grade students also brought home honors for:

  • Best Design Display: Tipton Dine & Arcade (Addie Kimmerle, Ava Kirkpatrick)
  • Best Use of a Survey: Tipton Adventure (Mary-Kathyrn Wert, Emma Dake, Regan Miller, Julia Holmes)
  • Best Feasibility Study (Report): Tipton & Busters (Georgia Carter, Kylee Carlson, Sam Brown)

Students Griffin Gregg, Carson Roche, and Ava Mallams won second best project overall with for their Tipton Tech and Games project.

Are you a Member of the Kalsu Society?

You probably remember your time at Oakhill as if it were yesterday- the challenging academic classes, the outstanding faculty, the camaraderie of your athletic teams, the arts and extracurricular activities that all made your Oakhill experience some of the most memorable of your young years.

We invite you to help current Oakhill students and those yet to come, create the same fond memories by becoming a member of the Kalsu Society of Friends. As a member, you are giving soon to be Oakhill alumni the opportunity to be an outstanding scholar-athlete, an artist on and off stage, and a safe space to form lifelong friendships.

Wanda Lee Kalsu, the founder of Oakhill Day School, believed that all students should have the same access to education and felt that knowledge should be as academic as it is a product of nurturing. In honor of Oakhill's 70th anniversary, we hope you will leave your mark in the Society of Friends by making a one-time or recurring gift representing the year you and/or your child graduated or moved on from Oakhill Day School.


Class of 2017 - Gift amount $20.17
Class of 2010 - Gift amount $20.10

*Remember: gifts of any size make the same impact on the students of Oakhill.

Show your appreciation for the great foundation of education Oakhill provided you or your child by adding your name to our donor roster under your Oakhill graduating class year!

I'm ready to join the Kalsu Society of Friends!

Your Oakhill Spirit Shop is getting ready for Summer!

Stop by either building and check out the special sales* going on NOW through the end of the school year! Spirit wear is marked down, WAY DOWN, some as low as $3! Great time to stock up on your favorite Oakhill gear... for you, your child, gifts and more!

Don't see your size?
Let us know as we may have in the other building and are happy to check for you!

Now's the time! All items are while supplies last.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

*Not included in sale: gift cards, food, drink and pura-vida bracelets.

Annual SMART Tuition Update Reminder

You may have recently received a welcome letter from SMART Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year. That's because we have been busy at work making sure all of our families' accounts are prepared for our upcoming school year! As part of preparing those accounts, we wanted to make sure that you are receiving accurate and up to date information regarding your account.

Oakhill Day School and SMART Tuition utilize green invoices. This means that your invoices, debit notices, and follow ups are all done via e-mail. In order to make sure you are receiving all your SMART Tuition emails, please make sure your email address is correct in your SMART account. Then, make sure that you are receiving emails from both and SMART Tuition will email you your monthly statements from the former and will send you follow up notices from the latter. It's best to make sure your inboxes allow messages from both so that you can accurately stay on top of your SMART Tuition account. If you aren't receiving emails from SMART Tuition, be sure to check your spam and junk folders and make sure to mark SMART Tuition as "not spam."

If you have any questions about SMART Tuition or how to access your account you can contact the finance office by email or call 816.436.6228.

Oakhill Teaching Wins at 2018 Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Awards Banquet

On the evening of Tuesday, April 25, four members of the Oakhill community received recognition at the Northland Regional Chamber Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Awards Banquet and the KCI Expo Center. Tim Ziegler, Early Childhood/Lower School Physical Education Teacher, and Elaine Scheidecker, Fourth Grade Teacher, were each nominated by peers and parents of Oakhill Day School students for the Excellence in Teaching Award. Oakhill is proud of the work that both educators do daily to enrich the lives of their students and are excited to recognize them for all they do for the school.

Honors of the evening went to Trish Stripling who was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for her work in 5th and 7th-grade social studies. As presented at the banquet:

Trish has gone above and beyond in her classroom, breathing new life into her curriculum. With the introduction of the World Peace Game, providing a first-person look at state government with her Jefferson City field trip, and taking students back to the 1920's to dine and socialize as figures in history, Trish makes her lessons relevant to each student's lives. Oakhill congratulates Trish on this keystone year and looks forward to seeing what she has planned for the future. According to the students at Oakhill Day School, Mrs. Trish Stripling is Oakhill. She trusts her middle school students and expects nothing less than their best - and they gladly give her their all. She regularly includes interactive activities in her lessons, including a rendition of the Battle of Bunker Hill, complete with recycled paper musket balls. Visiting families considering Oakhill for the child reference meeting Mrs. Stripling as the key to helping them choose the school - her caring attitude, love of her students and passion for teaching is evident. Trish is a lifelong learner who uses her own money to develop professionally and introduce new instructional resources to her students. Debate coach, Geography Bee sponsor, National Junior Honor Society adviser and so much more! Thank you, Trish Stripling, for the extraordinary learning opportunities you provide the students at Oakhill.

The big winner of the evening was Helen Wills who took home the 2018 Northland Education Exemplary Service Award for her 50-year career in education and her continued work as a devoted volunteer and support to the students of Oakhill.

This honoree has been a part of the Oakhill Community for over 30 years. She has dedicated her life to her students. She retired from the Classroom in 2016 after 50 years of teaching. Retirement can't keep her away, however, and she still works part-time at Oakhill. She is at the school every day - helping teachers prepare lessons for their classes, maintaining the reading program materials for classroom teachers, keeping the Library and the Resource Room in tip-top shape, reading to students, and even filling in as a substitute teacher when needed. She can be seen daily, working hard in an Oakhill classroom and the media centers. She is present at all school functions and can always be seen lending a hand with whatever is needed. The weekend is not off limits for her either! If the book fair is coming or if there's a faculty professional development activity, she is there, no matter the day. There isn't a school day that goes by without one of her former students coming up to her for a hug. Not only former students but parents and even students who weren't in her class as well. They all love her. Those who have been fortunate enough to share a school year under her valuable leadership fondly remember many things about their time with her. Our honoree embraces change, while still believing in traditional ways and values. She is an inspirational guide to her colleagues, providing such wisdom from all of her years of experience. Her kind heart is felt by all those who come in contact with her. Although most likely unintentional, she picked up where Wanda Lee Kalsu, Oakhill's Founder, left off and is the current day matriarch of Oakhill Day School. Thank you, Helen Wills, Provider of Wisdom at Oakhill Day School -- Congratulations for being honored with the Northland Exemplary Service Award!

Oakhill is excited that the Northland Chamber chose to honor Helen for doing what she would never call work and hopes to have her roaming the halls for many more years.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Oakhill nominees and award recipients for your dedication to education in the Northland and Oakhill Day School.

View event photos and video online.

Admissions Office - Summer Plans

We are in the last two months of the school year, which means many of us are making our summer plans (hope to see your kiddos here at Oakhill!) and looking forward to longer days, outside play and enjoying family time.

During these last weeks of school, you will see many prospective families in the halls throughout the day. They will be touring, prospective students will be visiting, and we will be sharing what makes Oakhill the best school in Kansas City! During the summer, the Admissions Office remains open as we continue to work toward welcoming new students for the fall. Also, Dorothy and I will be here to help with any questions you as a current family may have. We encourage you to continue to share Oakhill and take advantage of the Referral and Ambassador Program. Participation in the referral program is an easy way for you to earn credit toward your tuition and for us to show our appreciation for your referrals.

Mark your calendars for the Early Childhood Playdates on June 19 and July 21. The Lower School and Middle School students will have a scheduled summer "Meet Up," watch for those dates, we will announce them soon.

Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office if you need materials to share with friends or family, or if you would like to schedule a time to share with coworkers. We are happy to help you help bring great students to your school!

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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