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Winter Weather Reminders

New this school year! Kids' Club is offering Snow Day Care from 10-4 PM on days when school is cancelled due to winter weather. The rate for care is $100/day regardless of how long the child is at school (1 hr or 6 hrs).

Please email Taylor Clevenger to reserve your spot. This must be done by 9 AM on the Snow Day to ensure proper staffing.

In addition we want to remind you of Oakhill's additional procedures for inclement/winter weather.


Snow/Ice Days

It is Oakhill's intent to conduct school each day of the current school calendar unless inclement weather prohibits safe travel to and from school. Once we are in school we will remain in school according to the full day schedule. Kids' Club and after school classes and clubs will continue as planned unless notified otherwise. Evening events will not automatically be cancelled. Please watch the website for information regarding evening program cancellations. Parents can also sign up to receive cancellation calendar alerts as well as text alerts via School Messenger. Snow and ice days are not made up throughout the year, nor are credits given for lunches.

Parents ultimately make the final decision on your student's school attendance. If, in your judgment, you do not feel safe transporting your student(s) to school, you have the right not to. In that event, please contact school to let us know your student(s) will not be attending. As a parent, you also have the right to sign your student(s) out early due to weather conditions.

When inclement weather is predicted, suspected or imminent, the following procedures will be implemented.

  • During inclement weather, it is best to check in this order: 1) look for a text message (if you have chosen to opt-in to School Messenger), voicemail/phone call, or email; 2) check the website; 3) call the school at 816-436-6228; 4) Check Facebook /Twitter; and 5) watch the morning news stations, prior to leaving home if you have a long drive and doubt whether school will be open.
  • Every effort is made to call off school as early as possible. Snow days will be called by the Head of School with the safety of students, parents, and its employees as the number one priority. Although we will not follow North Kansas City, Liberty, and Park Hill closing, their decision to close will be a factor as the decision is being made.
  • There may be days we have a delayed start time to allow road conditions to improve. Always check the website or call the school to be aware of such a delay. In such an instance, car line will begin at 10:00 a.m. with school starting at 10:30 a.m. Kids' Club will not be available before a late start.

Days when snow is on the ground and school is in session: Please send snow gear – boots, snow pants, coats, gloves etc. for the recess and gym time on a day in which the temperature and conditions allow for fun in the snow.


To opt-in to text alerts, text "Y" or "YES" to 67587.

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Bidding is open!

Dr. Stephen Wiles and Mrs. Mandy Haslag-Wiles have generously donated their beautiful Grand Timber Lodge condo in Breckenridge, Colorado for New Years 2019 as an early auction item that you can bid on through mobile and online bidding! The proceeds from this auction will go towards our Titan Fund. Enjoy the beauty of Colorado while spending New Years Eve on the slopes. Bidding opened December 1 and closes on December 14, so check your calendars and get ready to bid! The winning bidder will be announced at All that Jazz.

Once you are on the online bidding page, click the Start Bidding button and finish creating your account. 

*If you have participated in online bidding with Oakhill before... please select Forgot? to reset your password!

Password Reset

HOW TO BID:
You can bid at the event or even from home!

1. Search for packages by name or number by using the magnifying glass or by choosing a category under the menu.
2.You can Bid the next increment or Bid More than the next increment. If you choose Bid More you can set your max bid. If your max bid is the highest, the system will automatically bid in your favor until you are outbid or until the auction closes.
3.To "watch" a package, select the star icon on the package.
4.You'll be notified if you're outbid at any point before the auction closes and you will see an Outbid notice at the top of your screen.
5.To get back to the main screen, click the house icon.
6.To view the packages you are bidding on, click the menu button and select Bids.
 

Thank you for your support!

Start Bidding!

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Oakhill Booster Club - Middle School Basketball (Volunteer Opportunities)

This winter the Oakhill Booster Club is looking for individuals who would like to help out at our middle school basketball games while cheering on our Panthers to a WIN!

Below is a list of volunteer opportunities if you would like to get involved with Booster Club this winter:

Concession Stand: Booster Club has a concession stand at all the middle school basketball games and is always looking for volunteers! 

Scoreboard: If you are someone who enjoys keeping the score at basketball games this is the job for you! We could use a few folks each game night to help keep the score. Coach Smith will be on hand to provide and assistance/direction if needed. You may also contact Coach Smith if you are interested.


Scorebook: If you like having a prime-time seat at the games this is the job for you! You would be keeping the scorebook for the basketball games. Coach Smith will be on hand to provide any assistance/direction if needed. You may also contact Coach Smith if you are interested.

How to Sign up! Booster Club has created a volunteer form on Sign-up Genius. To get signed may click the link below and follow the prompts! If you have any questions you may contact Coach Smith or Booster Club President, An Le Nguyen.


Click Here to Access MS Basketball Sign-up Genius Volunteer Form

Getting Involved with Booster: 
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Booster Club team at Oakhill please get in touch with Booster Club President An Le Nguyen. Booster Club holds monthly meetings, we would love to have you join us if you are interested in learning more!

All Booster Club funds raised through concession sales and other special events help with the purchasing of new athletic uniforms, equipment, etc. We appreciate your support and hope to see you out at a game this winter!
 

GO PANTHERS!

Oakhill Day School Booster Club

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Spirit Wear - Order your cheerleading/basketball spirit wear gear online today!

Spirit Wear Online Ordering Order deadline (December 16th): The Mercantile Shop has kindly put together a spirit wear order form for you to place basketball and cheerleading spirit wear orders this season. This is a great opportunity to get some gear to support your Panthers at the Oakhill basketball games and cheer performances this winter!

Below is a link to the online form to place an order. If you have questions you may contact Amy Potts in the Mercantile Shop. She will be handling the ordering and distribution of orders and will be able to help you out with any questions you may have. You may click the link below to place your order today. Please check out the order deadlines listed below as well.


Click Here to Order Basketball Spirit Wear Today

 


Click Here to Order Cheerleading Spirit Wear Today

 

 

Spirit Wear Order Deadline: December 16 is the final deadline to get your winter sports spirit wear gear ordered. If you order by December 16 you can expect to receive your order around the first week of January when we return from Winter Break.


Athletics - Winter Sports Update

Middle School Basketball (Update)

Upcoming Games:

Monday, December 9 @ Oakhill (Hope you can make it out to cheer on your Panthers at their home opener!)

  • 5th/6th Girls @ 4:30pm vs Kansas City Christian
  • 7th/8th Girls @ 5:30pm vs Seabury Academy
  • 5th/6th Boys @ 6:30pm vs Seabury Academy
  • 7th/8th Boys @ 7:30pm vs Seabury Academy

 

Thursday, December 12 @ Oakhill 

  • 5th/6th Girls @ 4:30pm vs St. Paul's
  • 7th/8th Girls @ 5:30pm vs St. Paul's
  • 5th/6th Boys @ 6:30pm vs St. Paul's
  • 7th/8th Boys @ 7:30pm vs St. Paul's

Thanks to each of you for your child's participation in Oakhill Athletics, we are excited to have you a part of the team! Without each of you this is not possible, we thank you for your support and for trusting the Oakhill coaching staff with your children.

We are looking forward to a great winter of Panther Athletics!

Hope to see you out at a game cheering on your Panther cheerleaders and basketball teams!

Happy Holidays from Oakhill Athletics!
 

GO PANTHERS!

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Join us for our Winter Panther Playdate!

Your Oakhill Admissions Office has more great events coming soon!

Join us December 20 as we move to the music at our Winter Panther Playdate! We're expecting a packed house so be sure to RSVP. These events are FREE and open to the public. We hope you will bring a neighbor or friend and their parent to join you. 

Music and Movement
Friday, December 20
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Music Room | Directions

Click the link below to see the dates of the rest of our Panther Playdates and to register for the fun at Music and Movement!

Sign up for one of our events!

We look forward to seeing you at one or all of our upcoming events as we invite you to fall in love with Oakhill... all over again!

Dorothy Beckham, Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance

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Thankful for You! From the Development Department

As we turn the corner from Thanksgiving and move into the December holidays, there is so much to be grateful for.  We have asked for a lot from the Oakhill community, and you have responded beyond our wildest hopes. You have given support, friendship and have rolled up your sleeves to lend a helping hand. To date, here is a snapshot of the impact you've made through your generosity: 

Annual Fund:  $80,827.05
Titan Fund:   $193,150
Giving Tuesday Results:   $21,175 PLUS $25,000 Match!  Oakhill friends and family, this is the most we've ever raised on Giving Tuesday and it's because of YOU!

WOW!  Thank you!

However, our work is not yet done and there is still much to do before this year comes to an end. If you haven't yet helped, it's not too late to jump in with financial support, volunteer your time or talent, or bring friends and family together to join the Oakhill community.  Every dollar given and every thoughtful gesture made is a gift that demonstrates just how special Oakhill is. Together, we are definitely Oakhill Strong.

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In a Nutshell

'Tis the Season... for hustle and bustle; gatherings and parties;  friends and family; and traditions and memories. The next several days of school will bring a little bit of each... each day will bring joy to us all! My advice is to look for joy... welcome it... receive it... and, share it!

Here's the top 10 ways to find joy at Oakhill in the next two weeks:

10. The musicals have begun, but there is still time to catch three more musicals this week. You can't help but smile when you see our students perform in front of a huge crowd! It also brings joy to watch them perform on a professional stage with high tech sound and graphics (thanks to Jack Spooner, alumnae)!

9. Come to the Holiday Hoopla this Saturday! A brand new event that combines our traditional "holiday shop" with our "Holiday on the Hill" from the past! Come shop, enjoy some holiday cheer, and let your child make a gift of their own!

8. Catch a basketball game or cheer performance! It brings joy to watch our students on the court... the sportsmanship and competitive spirit! Check the Athletics calendar

7. Mark your calendar for January 23. We are busily preparing for a first ever Learning Expo (to take the place of the traditional science and art expo/open house). A schedule will come out soon, but this event will be interactive and is designed to showcase our teachers and curriculum!

6.  Walk through our halls and see our creative door decor! Each year we are challenged to transform our doors into something fun and festive! I hope you enjoy the final products!

5. Attend the "Favorite Things" auction party at Amy Potts' home on Friday, December 13 (RSVP HERE) and/or the "all that Jazz" event on Saturday, December 14 (RSVP HERE) at the Black Dolphin (Get Directions). Both events are free and benefit the auction and annual fund. 

4. Write a note to a teacher! It brings great joy to a teacher when a parent or student reaches out with kind and encouraging words. 

3. Ask your child about the Holiday story time event. Each year, I read a holiday story to each class and share a special treat! I look forward to this time (probably more than the students do)!

2. Talk to your family about giving to the Titan Fund; be a part of the current plans. As the money comes in, we will begin the build out of the new lobby/vestibule space at the main building and implement the visitor management system at both buildings. With continued funding, we will be able to bring the entirety of the security plans to fruition. Give Now

1. Observe the wonder in our students' eyes... regardless of age or grade level, just watch how they embrace the activities and events during the next few days! Truly magical.

 

Let the joy in, and share joy with others,

Suzanne

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How full is your cup?

Are you feeling relaxed, occupied, busy, stressed, overloaded, or overwhelmed?

What healthy coping strategies can you use to empty your cup?

Those are the questions we recently asked the south building students. In October, middle school student leaders attended the Northland Youth Leadership Conference. It was at this conference where they identified stress and anxiety as the biggest challenge facing our students. It was also there that they learned about the How Full Is Your Cup? campaign offered through Tri-County Mental Health and Encourage Hope and Help. This campaign is fully funded by AT&T. Stress Buster Week kicked off on Monday, November 18 with an assembly featuring former Chiefs player Danan Hughes, a video introducing the campaign, students listing their stressors on colored post-it notes and as a group filling the proverbial cup. Throughout the entire week students learned healthy ways to combat stress and anxiety; including homework free evenings. Other strategies presented were drop everything and read, mindful breathing exercises, taking a walk, writing letters of gratitude, guided imagery, emotional expression (screaming and pillow punching), and yoga. KC Wolf surprised us all during the week! He was truly a ray of sunshine! To end the campaign students used a white post-it note to write down their favorite strategy to empty the "cup". There were a number of students that really loved the emotional release! Maybe we need a punching bag in our commons! Student Council treated the students to root beer floats in the souvenir cups provided complements of campaign supporters. 

Whether it is social media, packed extra-curricular schedules, or academic pressures; there is no denying that kids are feeling the impact. Anxiety is on the rise and it is important that we support these kids by giving them the tools they need to cope and keep their cups from from flowing over.

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A Time to Relax and be Grateful

As we kicked off the holiday season last week, Oakhill's youngest students through the 3rd grade celebrated a week of showing gratitude, practicing mindfulness, and participating in many stress-free activities. The students read while listening to relaxing music, did breathing exercises and yoga, took nature walks, and wrote notes to people they were especially thankful for. A visit from KC Wolf was both exciting and inspirational. Dan Meers, otherwise known as KC Wolf, emphasized Attitude, Behavior, and Character with the students. His heartfelt positive message was enjoyed by all.

Teachers and staff members were taken special care of by the Kindness Committee this last month. Personalized snacks and drinks were delivered, a relaxation room, crafts, and of course chocolate was provided to provide a little bit of relaxation and fun in both buildings. Each division also recently was treated to a wonderful painting party provided by Oakhill parent, Natalie Amalani.

I encourage you to expand upon our activities at home with your family. Enjoy playing board games, going for a family walk, establishing a tech-free night or weekend, and cuddling up to read a book together as a family. These could be just the right type of activities to cut down the stress at the holidays.

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy making wonderful family memories.

Brenda Bock


 


 

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Happy New Year (...well almost)!

Can you believe that it is December and we are well underway with planning for the 2020-2021 school year?

Immediately following Winter Break, you will receive a letter from your Admissions Office, including highlights and updates as well as 20-21 tuition information. This letter will be coming via snail mail to all current families.

In addition, January means enrollment is open for the upcoming school year! For students currently enrolled in Pretoddler through Prekindergarten, you are on a traditional contract and will be able to choose your needed days of the week for next year; for students currently in the 1st-7th grade, you are on a rolling contract and will be able to confirm your payment plan via the checklist. No matter the grade of your student(s), re-enrollment is a simple process and we are here to help! Be on the lookout for your letter coming around January 7th.


Upcoming Admissions Events

Part of our Admissions Office plan includes working on events targeted for both current and prospective parents to help get parents excited about the education that Oakhill offers. 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. 

These events serve as a valuable resource to help you make decisions for your child's 2020-2021 school plans.


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 your child should you choose! This is a day to not miss school as they will have a ton of fun being a kindergartner! 

Wednesday, January 15
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Building

Directions

Click here to register!


Early Childhood - Playdates

Have an Early Childhood student(s)? 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.

Early Childhood Panther Playdates

Music and Movement
Friday, December 20
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Music Room

Directions

Sweet Storytime
Saturday, April 18
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Library

Directions

Popsicles and Play
Wednesday, June 17
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Early Childhood Playground

Directions 

Cookies and Coaches
Saturday, July 18
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Gymnasium

Directions

Click here to register!


South Campus

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 learn more about Oakhill and these important school years!


Financial Planning for a Private School Education

MOST - Missouri's 529 Savings Plan Presentation

Did you know that k-12 private school families can help finance a child's education using an established 529 plan? 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.


If you have questions or special circumstances, please contact Dorothy Beckham, Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance, so we can help to support you!

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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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