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Here we are again at the start of summer! Hope it’s been good for you and your family so far! We all enjoy getting out in the sun, going to the pool, traveling, and enjoying late nights on the back porch this time of year. So you’re probably wondering why I would choose to discuss a topic such as sleep? Let me explain to you why I chose summer time to talk about this topic, and why starting a routine now can help you build a solid foundation for healthy sleeping habits going forward!

Sleep is so important for everyone, but it’s especially important for kids. There is a lot of data supporting the health and cognitive benefits for kids of all ages who get proper sleep. Varying amounts of sleep is recommended for kids of different ages, but on average 9-12 hours is what to aim for. That is quite a range, which shows how everyone’s body is a little different. Some kids and adults run on less sleep, and some need more, but kids should be routinely looking to get at least 9 hours of sleep on a regular basis.

One of the benefits of consistent sleep is improved behavior and mood, which can easily be seen. Most of us have experienced one of our children throwing a fit due to a lack of sleep or tiredness. Studies also show that consistent good sleep helps the child’s brain develop, and can lower the risk of obesity and high blood pressure as they age. Sleep can help adults with this as well!

Reading this article might make sleep seem like a no-brainer, and you might say, let’s just put our kids to sleep a little earlier. If only it were that easy! Kids need help creating a consistent and positive routine for going to sleep at night. I’m not saying everyone needs to adopt all of these methods, but I am saying some of them might be helpful when establishing a new sleep routine.

Whether we realize it or not, we all have a morning routine. Some people are more structured, and others wake up exactly 30 minutes before it’s time to leave. Whatever works for you!  So many of us, myself included until I had kids, fail to create a routine for going to sleep. Our routine at night never looks the same, and we tend to fall asleep at different times each night, or maybe even on the couch (I’ve done that more times than I’d like!)  Of course there are nights when we like to stay up late on the Fourth of July or other special occasions, but having a similar routine and bedtime for most nights can prove to be helpful for good sleep. I think it starts with picking a consistent time for you and your children to go to bed each night. That looks different for everyone, but generally you should pick a time that is during the night. Sleeping 4am-12pm might be 8 hours of sleep, and it might be necessary depending on your job, but it’s not the most ideal time to sleep. Shoot to sleep while it’s dark and be awake while the sun is out, while also aiming to sleep for the correct amount of hours. Your body operates on a circadian rhythm, which controls how your body functions and processes throughout the day, so proper sleep helps your body work most efficiently.

Things you can do to prepare you and your child for sleep is to participate in calming activities before bed. This doesn’t mean yoga and meditation, although I recommend giving those a try if you haven’t! This could mean reading books together, telling stories about your day, or sitting on the front porch to watch the sunset. Avoiding screen time from TV or tablets and phones close to bedtime can help your brain wind down. My family has a quiet time for ten minutes before bed, where we each read our own books or work on a puzzle quietly.  This has worked great for us, and I’d love to hear what works for you! We do this around 7:45-8:00 pm each night, and it signals the beginning of bed time.  After that we brush our teeth, go to the bathroom, and rest in bed with a parent for a couple minutes. This routine works for us, and I can’t stress the importance of creating a consistent routine that works for you. It also allows us to have special bonding time with our kids each night.

Removing electronics from your child’s room can also make their room a quiet and distraction free place for sleep. The lights from TV and devices can stimulate the brain and make it harder to fall asleep. Staying active during the day and being outside can also help you sleep better during the night. Summer time helps create these habits as typically people are more active during summer months due to the nice weather and pool being open. Moral of the story, stay active and make your bedroom a place of rest, not recreation.    

I encourage you to put together a sleep routine this summer that you can carry forward into the next school year.  It may be hard at first, but stick with it for a few weeks to help your child adjust to the new routine. Try some of these methods and do some research on your own to help you implement a routine. I can’t wait to hear how improving your sleep has helped you and your family!
 

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We are excited to bring back Stay-n-Play for the 22-23 School Year... for ALL of Early Childhood!

For those days when you need afternoon care!

What's not to love about Early Childhood at Oakhill Day School? From socialization, working on fine motor skills, the special departments they get to visit, to the great teachers. Stay-n-Play is an Oakhill program that children won't want to miss!

We are excited to be able to offer Oakhill Early Childhood families Stay-n-Play for our half-day friends! Stay-n-Play is open to currently enrolled half-day Oakhill Pretoddler - Prekindergarten students on the days they are already enrolled in morning classes.

Contact your Oakhill Admissions Office by Wednesday to register for the upcoming school week. Register once, weekly, or even lock in multiple days of the Stay-n-Play option for the entire year!

Students need to bring a lunch and nap mat for the afternoon and will stay in the classroom they are enrolled in for the school year.

If you want to attend the afternoon Kids' Club, the Admissions Office will connect you with the Kids' Club Director to get the process started.

Stay-n-Play 22-23 School Year Rates

  • $50 per afternoon pre-registration
  • $75 per afternoon late registration

Stay-n-Play gives you added flexibility in your child's school day scheduling!

Contact your Admissions Office with questions or for more information!

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Oakhill Families,

Wow!  What an amazing year we just had!  I am writing this as we just finished Field Day, and I am filled with gratitude that I get to work at this amazing school. Field Day and other special events make me feel grateful to be at Oakhill, however the thing I am most grateful for is my connections within our Oakhill community. I have really enjoyed chatting with you throughout this year, whether it be carline (sorry if I held up the line!), field day, the flapjack breakfast, or during any other special events or times of the day. 

I have known many of you for years, but this year allowed me to get to know you and your kids on a deeper level, whether that meant working through difficult situations or celebrating successes. This year has taught me a lot about time management, consistent communication, and the importance of being proactive. Some of you will be surprised (some of you won't!) that those skills don't necessarily come easy to me!  I have loved taking on the challenge of growing in those areas just the same way I challenge our students to improve in things that can be challenging to them. 

Something I really enjoyed during my first year as an administrator was getting to know and see what our other administrators and teachers are up to on a daily basis. I can say that we are surrounded by some pretty amazing teachers, and it is so neat to experience the friendships within our school!  Our faculty gets along great, and that atmosphere creates a positive environment for our students to be around. I know from experience that's not the case at every school, so I feel blessed and honored to work with some incredibly hard working and positive people!  Suzanne gave me great advice when I started this year, which was to make sure I can lay my head down at night knowing I did my best for our kids. That statement has stuck with me, and it's really encouraging to work with someone who shares that mentality!    

I truly appreciate your patience with me as I continue to grow as an administrator. You guys have all been so kind to me during this first year, and I will continue to work on improving to be the most positive role model/mentor for your children that I can be. I will be here most days this summer, and please let me know if you would ever like to come in and meet or chat via Zoom, phone call, email, carrier pigeons, etc. I would be happy to work with you to create a plan for success for your child, fill you in on upcoming programs or events, or just talk about sports!  I will be here most days from 8:30 am-3:30 pm, so just let me know!  I hope you have a great summer however you spend it, and if you are feeling bored be sure to check out our "Fully Charged" Summer Camp!      

See you next year!

Tim Ziegler

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Become a Host Family in 2022!

Faces and Our Cultures is an 8-week cultural exchange program from Guatemala. Each year, Faces sends approximately 175 Guatemalan students ages 10-18 to the United States, into 13 states and 100 schools. Faces & Our Cultures has proven to Oakhill that its program is enriching, not only for the students who visit our school but also for Oakhill students, staff, and our entire school community. The program has led to wonderful friendships and has provided our students and our Guatemalan guests with valuable cultural experiences. 

In order to participate in the Faces program, Guatemalan students apply to be Cultural Ambassadors from their country and are carefully selected by the Faces & Our Cultures team. They go through an orientation process during the academic year and also prepare cultural projects to share with their host family and school.

We are currently looking for 1-3 host families for the 22-23 school year and encourage families from all grades to consider hosting.

 

 

If you are interested in hosting a student and participating in this life-enriching experience, please contact Dorothy Beckham to learn more! 

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Your Admissions Office is excited to bring back our Early Childhood Summer Playdates! We hope that you will make plans now to attend one or both of them. Bring a friend! Open to all Early Childhood families, current or prospective.

Any questions? Contact Dot Beckham in Admissions!

 
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2022-2023 Foreign Exchange Student Program

Your time is NOW to host a student this fall! It's only 8 weeks and will change your family in so many amazing ways! We are hoping to have TWO-THREE students visit this year!

Your Admissions Office is excited to welcome back Faces and our Cultures to Oakhill! We are happy to share with you that we will again welcome Guatemalan students to campus again this fall. These young participants spend nearly two months living with a host family while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at Oakhill. The program has led to wonderful friendships and has provided all Oakhill students and our Guatemalan guests with valuable cultural experiences.

In order to participate in the Faces Program, Guatemalan students apply to be Cultural Ambassadors of their country and are carefully selected by the Faces & Our Cultures Team. They go through a preparation process during the year and also prepare cultural projects to share with their host family and school.

This fall, our young cultural ambassadors will arrive October 15, stay with their Oakhill host families and join our school community for the following 8 weeks, departing for home December 8. Students that come to Oakhill are middle school-aged BUT any family is welcome to host a student!

If you are interested in hosting and participating in this life-enriching experience, you can contact Dot Beckham, or Torene Genovese, our State Coordinator with Faces. You can also complete this link, letting them know if you would like to receive more information.

Plus! As an added bonus Torene will be in KC in late April to share more! I would love to make the introduction with your family and she can personally share about the experience!


Become a Host Family in 2022!

Faces and Our Cultures is an 8-week cultural exchange program from Guatemala. Each year, Faces sends approximately 175 Guatemalan students ages 10-18 to the United States, into 13 states and 100 schools. Faces & Our Cultures has proven to Oakhill that its program is enriching, not only for the students who visit our school but also for Oakhill students, staff, and our entire school community. The program has led to wonderful friendships and has provided our students and our Guatemalan guests with valuable cultural experiences. 

In order to participate in the Faces program, Guatemalan students apply to be Cultural Ambassadors from their country and are carefully selected by the Faces & Our Cultures team. They go through an orientation process during the academic year and also prepare cultural projects to share with their host family and school.

 

If you are interested in hosting a student and participating in this life-enriching experience, please contact Dorothy Beckham to learn more! We are excited to have exchange students back on campus this fall!

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Your Admissions Office is excited to share our Early Childhood Sprng and Summer Playdates! We hope that you will make plans now to attend one or all of them. Bring a friend! Open to all Early Childhood families, current or prospective.

 

April 23 is the next one! Join Mrs. Beckham AND the amazing Mrs. Verwers for some Sweet Storytime in the Main Campus Innovation Lab (Library)! RSVP to Mrs. Beckham to help us prepare - we are excited to spend this Saturday morning with you!


Any questions? Contact Dot Beckham in Admissions

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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

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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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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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