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Happy Holidays from ODS Development!

I can't remember when I've enjoyed a holiday season more than 2021! I have enjoyed being together to celebrate the joy and wonder of this special season with you and your children. Oakhill students share the delight of their holiday experience with everyone around them. It is truly a pleasure and privilege to be a part of it!

I want to convey my sincere appreciation for your support and generosity. Each of you is what makes Oakhill special! I hope you have a joyous holiday, and best wishes for a spectacular New Year!

Leslie

 

 


Wealth Planning Workshop

We are pleased to announce a brand new event that you will not want to miss! Join Central Trust Co. for a free Wealth Planning Workshop and Breakfast at Oakhill Day School.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Oakhill Day School
7019 N. Cherry St.
Gladstone, MO 64118

Join us for a delicious breakfast as the experts from Central Trust Co. (A division of Central Bank of the Midwest) hold an information-packed discussion on developing a roadmap to build, protect and transition wealth by looking at all areas of financial life including the current state of the market, financial trends, charitable giving, retirement, tax, legacy and business planning, followed by a Q & A session.

Who should Attend? 
All are welcome! This free workshop is for anyone interested in building their wealth - both new and experienced investors.  

Please RSVP to Leslie Gasser at Oakhill (816) 436-6228 or email

Space is limited. RSVP today!


2022 Golf Tournament

The 2nd Annual Helen Wills Golf Tournament is only 6 months away! Now, that may seem like it's way off in the future.  However, June will be here before we know it! 

Please make a note of the new tournament date and location:

Monday, June 13, 2022 - tee off at 10 am

Staley Farms Golf Club
10310 N. Olive Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64155

Several sponsorships have already been sold, but we do have some important sponsorship opportunities still available:

Banquet Sponsor - This sponsorship includes a foursome, a large banner, signage on the buffet tables and throughout the banquet room at Staley, as well as a hole sign. This sponsorship will help underwrite the delicious barbecue lunch catered by Scott's Kitchen as well as provide all the tournament snacks. $5,000

Apparel Sponsor - This sponsorship includes a foursome, a large banner, a hole sign, and your logo will appear on all the tournament shirts. This sponsorship will help provide a high-quality tournament shirt for every player. $5,000

Fleet Sponsor - This sponsorship includes a foursome and your logo (or a personal message) will be placed inside every golf cart used in the tournament. This sponsorship will cover the cost of carts and other course expenses for the tournament. $1,500

Our deepest appreciation to the following companies who have already purchased sponsorships for the tournament:

Cornerstone Law - Title Sponsor

Gregg Engineering - Adult Beverage Sponsor

AssuredPartners - Gold Sponsor

Signature Mortgage - SWAG Sponsor

Security Bank - Hole-in-One Sponsor - Win a trip to the US Open!

Clayton Apartments - Hole-in-One Sponsor - Win a trip to the Super Bowl!

CEK Insurance - Diamond Sponsor

Please contact Leslie Gasser in the Development Office at (816) 436-6228 or email if you would like to purchase a tournament sponsorship.

If your payment is received by December 31, it counts on this year's taxes!


Community Partnerships

Welcome back, Community Partners Gregg Engineering, Cornerstone Cafe and Pure Water of Kansas City! We sincerely appreciate your continued support! Please contact Leslie Gasser at (916) 436-6228 if you are interested in learning how a community partnership supports Oakhill's mission and the families we serve.


Mighty Oak Fund - See our progress!

Mighty Oak Fund Thermometer

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I can't believe half of this school year is already over! We say this all the time, but this year does feel a bit different. Maybe it's because things are moving back towards normal, perhaps it's because I'm getting older, or I have a new position, or maybe because I have two kids now? Yeah, I'm going to go with that last one! This semester has gone fast, but I've enjoyed every moment of it. We had a lot of fun events, like Grandparents' Day, Heroes' Day, Willy Wonka, the Holiday Musicals (Early Childhood & PK-8), and the Holiday Thing, to name a few! Seeing those kids singing on stage together at the end of the Holiday Musical was one of the most memorable moments! It has also been fun having you guys back in the building again this year for these events, and it's been great to pick up where we left off. We have such a positive atmosphere in our school, and the kids have been happy, silly, squirrely, and full of laughter. In my opinion, those are the most important things! Thank you for attending our after-school events, partnering with our teachers, and trusting us as we look to provide a well-balanced school focused on well-being, social skills, and academic success.

I could not be any happier in my new role this year! I want to thank you guys, too, for your patience with me as I continue to grow in my position. As we move into next semester, I want you to know that I am here for you guys! I love your kids, and I am here if you ever need me to listen, help come up with a solution, change your car battery, anything! I love Oakhill, but more importantly, I love people, so don't ever hesitate to reach out! As we return from break, I look forward to more events and fun activities for our students. We have Field Day, Earth Day, basketball, the pickleball tournament, Valentine's Day parties, and more! I know next semester will be just as much fun, and I look forward to seeing how much your kids have grown during these short two weeks!

Have a great Winter Break!

Tim Ziegler 

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Upcoming Oakhill Events you don't want to miss!

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. 

We have something for everyone! From game nights with your fellow Panther Families to a chance to learn more about future Divisions your student might be heading into!

Click here for a full list of events coming up and to register!


Let's Connect Family Nights

Let's Connect are FREE quarterly family activity nights geared towards students in 2nd-5th grade. Fun for the entire family (even parents!). And did we mention Mrs. Verwers will be leading the fun?!?

Let's Connect Coding
Friday, December 10
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - South Campus Commons

Let's Connect Robotics
Wednesday, March 2
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - South Campus Commons

Let's Connect Makers Night
Friday, May 13
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - South Campus Commons

Directions

Click here to register!


Intermediate Lunch and Learn with Mrs. G

Are you a parent with a student in Lower School (K-3rd) and want to know more about Oakhill's Intermediate Division and the South Campus? Come have an Oakhill lunch with Division Director Amy Ganaden and Admissions Director Dot Beckham to learn more and ask questions! Four opportunities are available to meet with us in the South Campus - all are 11a-12n. Open to all families, current and new!

Friday, January 7

Wednesday, January 12

Friday, January 21

Thursday, January 27

11a-12n 
South Campus Commons

Directions

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The Oakhill Experience

If you were here two tears ago you will remember The Oakhill Learning Expo - WHAT A NIGHT!! Well... this event is BACK! We'd love to invite ALL current ODS families and their friends! Watch the Oakhill curriculum come to life! Walking Taco Dinner for sale from 430p-6p

Thursday, January 13
4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Dinner for sale 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., event starts at 5 p.m.)
South Campus Building

Directions

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A Taste of Kindergarten

Do you have a Prekindergarten student this year? These students will get to "taste" what a day in Kindergarten is like during this unique day visiting the classrooms. Parents are welcome to attend and follow along with their child should they choose! This is a day to not miss school as they will have a ton of fun being a kindergartner! Open to non-Oakhill students as well but we ask that a parent attend as well.

Wednesday, January 12
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Building

Directions

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Early Childhood - Playdates

Have an Early Childhood student(s)? These events are for parents and their children 12 months through Prekindergarten to come and play with our Early Childhood Division! These fun, family-focused events combine learning and play and are like a Mommy-n-me or Daddy-n-me event. Open to current and prospective families - bring a friend!

Early Childhood Panther Playdates

Sweet Storytime
Saturday, April 16
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Library

Directions

Popsicles and Play
Wednesday, June 15
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Early Childhood Playground

Directions 

Cookies and Coaches
Saturday, July 16
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Gymnasium

Directions

Click here to register!

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Helpful ways to save on your tuition!

There are so many opportunities available to help families pay their tuition at Oakhill. From referring Oakhill to friends and family to applying for a private loan, there are a variety of ways to make your tuition dollars go further.

Here are some of those opportunities:

  • Early Pay Discount
  • Merit Scholarships
  • Ambassador Program
  • MOST 529 Plan
  • FACTS Financial Assistance
  • Sallie Mae Family Education Loans

Early Pay Discount

Did you know that you can pay your Tuition for one or multiple children and receive an early pay discount? If it works for your family to pay one payment, you can receive a discount on your tuition. Families also have the opportunity to make two payments at a discounted rate. Both of these early pay discounts are available on your tuition after the deposit is paid. More information will be coming on the discounted amount in late November for the 22-23 School Year!

Merit Scholarships

NEW LAST YEAR! Oakhill Merit Scholarships are available to incoming students third-eighth grade students and renewable each year through 12th grade. Financial need is not a consideration to receive a Merit Scholarship. Criteria for award distribution varies depending on grade level and enrollment status. Merit Scholarships vary in amount.

Families who would like to have a student(s) considered for a Merit Scholarship should complete the attached form. The Admissions Office will reach out at that time with more information. Merit Scholarships are available for both current and prospective families!

Ambassador Program - referrals

We know that great families know great families. Oakhill families are great families who value education. Our hope is that you share Oakhill with people in your lives who value education as much as you do, and we want to reward you for sharing your school!

How it works:
If we enroll a 5 full-day student that your family referred, you will receive a $500 credit on your account! In addition to the $500 credit for a 5 full-day signed contract ($50 per half-day enrolled), we will track all referrals this school year rewarding those families with the most contacts which come to fruition.

Click here for more information on Oakhill's referral program.

Making the MOST 529 Plan Work for You

Did you know that you can use the MOST 529 Savings Program towards tuition at Oakhill Day School for kindergarten through twelfth-grade?

MOST, Missouri's 529 Savings Program, is a "backup plan" to grants and scholarships, derived from the 529 revenue code. There is no minimum to start a 529 account and families with a 529 plan have the ability to save on taxes.

The best part of the program... there are no age, length of time, or income limitations! You could even open an account for yourself if you have plans to go back to school! And this account is a pre-tax way to cover some of your tuition costs each year that your child is an Oakhill student in kindergarten through twelfth-grade.

For more information on the MOST 529 program, download their updated brochure, or visit their website at most529.com.

FACTS Financial Assistance

Oakhill awarded over $300,000 in financial assistance this school year. Any family may apply and unlike loans, the recipient is not required to pay back these funds. Financial awards are a reduction in tuition fees. Financial Assistance applications must be completed new each year.

For the upcoming school year, Oakhill is working with FACTS to process assistance applications. FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment will be conducting the financial need analysis for all applicants. Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an online application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. The FACTS program is fully online and can be completed from a computer, phone, or even a tablet.

Applications can be submitted November 1 through January 31 for the 22-23 School Year and initial awards will be determined by February 15, 2022.

*Oakhill utilizes FACTS for the entry, processing, and calculation of financial information used by The Financial Assistance Committee to determine the need and recommend award amounts. Awards amounts are subject to the availability of funds and are you must apply each year.

Sallie Mae

The K–12 Family Education Loan goes beyond financial aid, personal savings, or traditional payment plans. This program is available for students in private schools and kindergarten through 12th grade.

The K-12 Family Education Loan offers competitive interest rates. There is no application fee or repayment fees, including the ability to pay off your loan early without penalties. The easy online application only takes about 15 minutes to get a credit result. Sallie Mae offers 3-year repayment terms.

For more information on the Sallie Mae K-12 Family Education Loan, visit their website at SallieMae.com/K12.


If you have any questions about these opportunities or would like more information, please don't hesitate to reach out - contact the Admissions Office today!

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Thank you for the referrals!

Great friends have great friends! We know that our Oakhill community knows other wonderful families that would fit in our community. We'd like to give a special shoutout to these families who have helped us enroll new students this school year and expand our Oakhill family!

  • Angie Austin Gaskill
  • The Wiles Family
  • The Walton Family
  • The Calvert Family
  • The Ziegler Family
  • The Chang Family
  • The Nguyen Family
  • The Yang Family
  • The Pohl Family
  • The Pollina Family
  • The Wenenn Family
  • The Rawson Family
  • Savannah and Madeline Gentry
  • The Mohamed Family

From these families above, 18 AWESOME new students enrolled! We have over 75 new students at Oakhill this year and so many came from current and past Oakhill families sharing about our school. THANK YOU!

Ambassador Referral Program

Oakhill offers the Ambassador Referral Program for current families! We provide a credit to your account that can be used for tuition or other charges during the school year. We do this for each new family referred to and enrolled at Oakhill that says they found their way because of YOU!

How it works:
If we receive a 5 Full Day student that your family referred, you will receive a $500 credit on your account! In addition to the $500 credit for a 5 Full Day signed contract (or $50 per half-day), we will track all referrals this school year rewarding those families with the most contacts which come to fruition.

More information on the Ambassador Program can be found online, in the Oakhill Day School Parent Handbook, or by contacting the Admissions Office.

Thank you for sharing your love of Oakhill with others!

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September has almost already passed and the trees are just beginning to turn.  Soon, the smell of Pumpkin Spice Lattes will be in the air and Halloween costumes are in the works. It such a special time to be at Oakhill!  The hustle and bustle of starting a new school year has morphed into a smooth rhythm throughout the school. 

I sincerely enjoyed spending time with the 7th and 8th graders on the trip to South Dakota and personally getting to know your children better.  These are great kids who have amazing futures. The experience was phenomenal and really provided me with a deeper sense of what it means to be part of Oakhill.  It's not just academics. Everyone cares about each other and I saw first hand students caring for one another. Thank you for providing an Oakhill education for your children.  We are honored to have them.

Leslie


Join us for from 12:00 - 2:00 pm at the Catwalk Couture Fashion Show on Saturday, October 23 at Meierotto Jewelers.  

Come enjoy a delicious luncheon and a mimosa while watching Oakhill students, alumni and faculty model fashions from Dillards and Mod Podge Boutique!  Win an opportunity to go to the 2022 New York Fashion Week!  Raffle prizes and more!

Tables and tickets are now available for purchase.  Please don't delay because we expect the event to sell out!  Visit https://www.oakhilldayschool.org/support/catwalk-couture.  Or, call Leslie Gasser or Amy Potts at (816) 436-6228 

The application to model is now closed. Thank you so much to all the models who signed up!  


The Mighty Oak Fund

The Mighty Oak Fund supports Oakhill beyond our mission. Every gift received directly impacts our students. How? Your generous gifts are applied to the school's top priorities that are not covered by tuition, including faculty development, enrichment programs, facilities maintenance, campus security and ensuring financial stability of the school. By helping Oakhill be the best we can be, our students are the best they can be. 

Faculty development provides opportunities for our teachers and faculty to be immersed in best practices, network with peers, and learn and grow in their field. This, in turn, translates to a more powerful Oakhill experience for your children.    

Enrichment programs provide each and every student the opportunity to explore and grow. Robotics, math and science competitions and school-wide events and activities are just a few examples.  

Facilities Maintenance makes certain that our campus and our buildings are in prime working condition to serve the students and the Oakhill community.

Financial Stability and Ongoing Stewardship buffers the impact of economic challenges and ensures the school is strong and thriving.

Campus Security safeguards our students, faculty and visitors.

This year's goal is $165,000. With your help, we can achieve our goal! 
 

Please visit https://www.oakhilldayschool.org/support/give-online to make your tax deductible gift to the Mighty Oak Fund. 

Thank you! 


Back by popular demand, the Florida Indian River Groves fruit sale fundraiser is open!  It's easy to place your order for fresh, delicious fruit delivered straight to your door, or for a loved one.  Every purchase helps Oakhill!
Visit https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/order-now/
Enter Fundraising Group ID 1021009 and click on "Order Now".
Select either Thanksgiving or Christmas delivery.  

Thank you!


The 2021 Annual Report is in print production and will be mailed to donor homes, arriving shortly.  In the meantime, here is the link to view the digital version on the Oakhill website. 2021 was a year to remember and we are proud of our students, our community and our accomplishments!  Thank you to everyone who donated your time, your talents, your financial support and your prayers.  

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Meet the New Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors represent the entire Oakhill student body to our families and the community. They exemplify our Lifeskills, are well-rounded, and represent our school.

 

3rd-5th Graders

*NEW THIS YEAR* These students will meet prospective parents/students, help with Admissions tours, hand out programs at school musicals and events. Students had to submit an application that was reviewed by various Oakhill teachers and personnel.

For our first year, we were BLOWN away by the interest! Thank you to the following students who applied: Nick Nowak, Jack Shekleton, Leah Navarro, Vera Kieslich, Graham Jacobs, Jules Waldman, Camden Egbert, Lilliana Calvert, Maya Fleck, Phillip Shekleton, Mackenzie Plemmons, and Hudson Hurst.

We would like to welcome the following new 3rd-5th Grade Student Ambassadors:
3rd Grade Ambassador Jack Shekleton

4th Grade Ambassador Graham Jacobs

5th Grade Ambassador Phillip Shekleton

 

6th-8th Graders

These students will meet prospective parents/students, help with Admissions tours, hand out programs at school musicals and events, speaking engagements, marketing opportunities, and represent Oakhill at both internal and external events. Students in grades 6th-8th completed an application with all of the questions answered, as well as submited two letters of recommendation, and participated in an interview with Oakhill staff and community members.

The following students applied to be considered for Ambassadors this year: Ralf Polina, Mattie Dohle, Hailey Barnes, Victoria Martin, Ainsley Pardon, Katerina McDonald, Kate Yager, and Alexandra DeHaemers.

We would like to welcome the following new Middle School Grade Student Ambassadors:
Alexandra DeHaemers, Katerina McDonald, Ainsley Pardon, Kate Yager

 

Congratulations to all of these students and to all the applicants this year!

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