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Oakhill's Got Talent!
And it's time to show it off!
Do you have a special talent that you'd like to share with the rest of Oakhill? Well you should sign up for the Talent Show! Participation is open to students in grades 1 - 8.
This year's participation guidelines are as follows:
- You must provide the name of student(s) performing in the act. All names written down of those performing with them the day of the show.
- The Name of the Song/Piece you are performing must be provided and appropriate for school.
- Please identify what type of talent you are performing. (Singing, gymnastics, dance, magic, etc.)
- Each student may perform in only one act.
- Acts must appear well-rehearsed, entertaining, and follow a 2- 3-minute limit. (There will not be scheduled rehearsal time for individual acts during the school day, rehearsals must be arranged outside of the school day.)
- Impromptu acts will not be performed in the Talent Show—students plan and practice on their own time. Requirements of practicing in your group outside of the school day.
- By signing up to participate, you understand that participating in the Talent Show requires a commitment to the show on Tuesday, March 3.
As in previous years, there is a limited number of acts that we can accept (15 from Grades 1-3 and 15 from Grades 4 - 8). Once the limit is reached, we can place additional acts on a waitlist in the chance someone backs out.
Forms are due back by: January 24
If you have any additional questions about the talent show, please contact: Elaine Scheidecker
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
Oakhill's Learning Expo
Do you ever wish you could take a step back and relive your childhood through the eyes of your child? Join us for the Learning Expo! We welcome all current and prospective Oakhill families to attend this awesome new event!
Marvel at the fun your kids are having at Oakhill while doing exciting, hands-on experiments and interactive activities! We will be making bouncy balls, challenging families in games of Kahoot and Trivia, visits with our animals, learning sign language and calligraphy and exploring STEM activities! This is a night you won't want to miss! Come hungry...Chef Justin will be serving Street Tacos as well!
Invite your neighbors and friends! For every non-Oakhill student that you bring with you, incoming Pretoddler through 7th-grade student, you get one ticket into a raffle to win AMAZING prizes that evening!
Thursday, January 23
4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Dinner 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Expo activities 5 p.m.-7 p.m.)
Early Childhood - Playdates
Have an Early Childhood student? 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.
Upcoming Early Childhood Panther Playdates
Saturday, April 18
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Library
Popsicles and Play
Wednesday, June 17
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Early Childhood Playground
Cookies and Coaches
Saturday, July 18
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Main Campus Gymnasium
We have a couple of events coming your way in the next few weeks!
Intermediate Division Parents Night
Thursday, January 16
Join Amy Ganaden, Oakhill's Intermediate Division Head, as she shares information on these pivotal years before your student heads into Middle School. Oakhill will have additional staff on-site to answer questions from current and prospective families.
3rd Grade Shadows 4th Grade - Experience the South Campus excitement!
Tuesday, February 4
9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
This event is for current Oakhill students, as well as new friends! Prospective parents will drop off at 8:45 a.m. South Campus. These students will shadow current 4th-grade students and then get to enjoy the Oakhill South Campus lunch at 11a.m. before current students head back to the Main Campus. Prospective students will participate in Admissions Screenings at noon. Prospective parents can return for South Campus tour and Q&A at 2:30p.m. and visitors will be ready for pick up at 3:15 p.m., excited to share how their day went!
Kindergarten - Third Grade Bingo Night
Students grab those parents and join us for a fun night at Oakhill... playing BINGO! Your Oakhill Admissions Office is hosting this fun, family event that is sure to cure those winter boredom blues! This FREE event is for all Oakhill families with students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. Join us for pizza, bingo AND prizes!
Monday, February 10
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Main Campus Commons
If you have questions on these events or enrollment at Oakhill, please contact Dorothy Beckham, Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance, so we can help to support you!
Give Back all January with Hy-Vee!
Friends and Families of Oakhill,
We are so excited to share that Oakhill is now participating in the Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers of Hy-Vee stores to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.
This opportunity can be taken advantage of during the entire month of January at the Hy-Vee store at 207 NE Englewood Road, Kansas City MO. All you have to do is purchase a $2.50 red My Heart Reusable Bag, follow the instructions on the attached Giving Tag and we will receive a $1 donation!
This is a great way to support the environment and fundraise for our cause. If all of our friends purchased just ONE bag and directed the $1 donation to us, we would receive a donation over $1000!
Let's get started! We can begin by sharing the news of this opportunity with friends and family. Call, send emails and post on social media. The more people who learn about the program, purchase the red My Heart Reusable Bag and use the attached Giving Tag to direct the donation to Oakhill, the more money we will raise.
To learn more about this program, please visit hy-vee.bags4mycause.com.
What is the Giving Tag?
It is a tool to help raise donations all year long. You can raise donations at any Hy-Vee location through the Giving Tag. Donation checks are mailed quarterly, so it is a great opportunity to raise funds throughout the year!
What is the difference between the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program and the Giving Tag Program?
The Giving Tag Program is an ongoing opportunity for non-profits to raise funds at any time throughout the year. Supporters can go to any Hy-Vee, buy the $2.50 red My Heart Reusable Bag and follow the instructions on the Giving Tag to direct a $1 donation to an organization of their choice. The Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program that supports local non-profits is an opportunity for non-profits who are selected on a monthly basis at every Hy-Vee location. The selected non-profit in the Reusable Bag Program is the "default beneficiary" who will receive any donations that are not otherwise directed by the Giving Tag.
What is the cost of the red My Heart Reusable Bag with the Giving Tag?
The cost of the red My Heart Reusable Bag with the Giving Tag is $2.50.
Where do I find the Giving Tag?
The Giving Tag is affixed to the red My Heart Reusable Bag. These bags can be found on the designated reusable bag rack and at various registers.
How did Hy-Vee hear about my organization?
The Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program team conducted research to identify, qualify and screen non-profits for this program. Your organization stood out to us as an incredible non-profit in your local community.
This is your golden ticket to a world of pure imagination! Please join us for this year's PTO Dances, an opportunity for the boys and girls of Oakhill to spend a special night out with the adults that mean the world to them. The school gym will become a Candy Factory full of fun door prizes and games. You won't want to miss this night of surprises!
Mother/Son Dance - Friday, January 31, 2020
Father/Daughter Dance - Saturday, February 1, 2020
Both dances are from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Admission is $20 per person and includes dancing and Wonka approved desserts in the Oakhill Gymnasium!
Any attire is appropriate, from casual to formal, or fun festive themed costume... it's up to you!
Dice Photography will be at the dances again with a special backdrop for this year's photos to match our Willy Wonka Pure Imagination theme!
You will be able to choose from one of four photo packages and have the option for additional add-on photographs.
|Package A||Package B||Package C||Just a Memory|
1 - 8x10
|1 - 8x10
2 - 5x7
8 - wallet
|2 - 5x7
2 - 3.5x5
4 - wallet
1 - 5x7
*Add 16 wallets to any package for $10 more.
All money will be collected at the time photos are taken. Cash or Check only will be accepted and paid directly to Dice Photography.
Pictures CANNOT be billed to your SMART account.
Make Checks Payable to Dice Photography (please include your phone number, DL#, and DOB)
Alumni participate in Jan Term at Pembroke
The upperclassmen at Pembroke have the opportunity to participate in an independent study project, community service work, and other enrichment activities during the month of January. Three of our very own Oakhill Alumni went to the Bahamas to complete a community service project. Pictured here are Stuart Yantis ('17), Brooke McCanles ('18), and David Conkling ('18).
On Cherry Street
Recent Alumni Sightings on Oakhill's Campus!
We love seeing our Oakhill Alumni come back to support their siblings and friends on the Oakhill stage!
From left: Graham Carter ('18), Lauren Holloway ('19), Sam Brown ('19), Ava Kirkpatrick ('19), Ryan Dodson ('19), and Georgia Carter ('19).
From left: Delaney Clawson ('16), Sophia Martin ('18), Preston Bigler ('18), Jessica Eisler ('18), Julia Holmes ('19), Mary-Kathryn Wert ('19), Owen Riddle ('18), Grace Clark ('19), Nicole Kuehn ('16), and Yasmine Henok ('18)
Delaney Clawson (ODS Alum '16) was accepted to Vanderbilt University in Nashville during early decision! She will be attending next fall as part of the class of 2024.
Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year
Tomorrow marks enrollment opening for the upcoming school year! It is hard to believe that we are already into the second semester and planning for the fall. Thank you for being a part of Oakhill and for making us your family's school of choice! We look forward to working with you for the coming 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!
On Monday, your Admissions Office snail-mailed enrollment information, including updates and 20-21 tuition information to all current families. These included the neccessary paperwork, tuition information and an Admissions Enrollment Timeline.
What do I need to do next?
Parents with students currently enrolled in Pretoddler through Prekindergarten:
Included in your re-enrollment packet mailed, you will find the Traditional Contract paperwork needed to complete. This, along with your deposit are due back to Oakhill by January 31, the Priority Enrollment Deadline.
NOTE: After this date, re-enrollment paperwork will be accepted but Acceptance Letters may not be issued until later in the spring.
Once re-enrollment packets are received, Oakhill will be able to send acceptance letters on, or before, February 18. Student placement for the 2020-2021 school year will not be secured until we receive your acknowledgment of each student's acceptance as well as your deposit. We do anticipate full classrooms within our Early Childhood Division, and 5-day students will receive priority.
Parents with students currently enrolled in Kindergarten:
Included in your re-enrollment packet mailed, you will find the Rolling Contract paperwork needed to complete. First through Eighth Graders are on rolling contracts that automatically renew each year during re-enrollment. This will be the last contract that you have to complete. The paperwork, along with your deposit are due back to Oakhill by January 31, the Priority Enrollment Deadline.
NOTE: After this date, re-enrollment paperwork will be accepted but Acceptance Letters may not be issued until later in the spring.
Once re-enrollment packets are received, Oakhill will be able to send acceptance letters on, or before, February 18. Student placement for the 2020-2021 school year will not be secured until we receive your acknowledgment of each student's acceptance as well as your deposit.
Parents with students currently enrolled in First through Seventh Grade:
Students currently in 1st – 7th Grade are automatically re-enrolled for the following school year in accordance to your signed continuous enrollment agreement. Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8, you will receive via email, a required electronic form to complete by January 31. If we fail to communicate by January 31, Oakhill will select the monthly payment plan which corresponds with this year's enrollment.
On your tuition statement, due by February 15, 2020, your deposit will be reflected for the 2020-2021 School Year. If you are not planning to return to Oakhill Day School next year, you must complete and submit the Exit Survey/Letter to the Admissions Office by clicking on the un-enroll portion of the enrollment checklist and completing the form as prompted. The Exit Survey must be done by January 31. Following this date any notifications of cancellation will fall under the withdrawal policy of the enrollment agreement and the deposit will be due.
Affording an Oakhill education
Oakhill Day School is committed to designating a percentage of the budget to be used in granting financial assistance to families who qualify. By providing Financial Assistance, Oakhill can help students realize their academic potential by making its educational offerings more affordable to a broader range of families.
Oakhill uses Financial Assistance for School Tuition or FAST when granting Financial Assistance to families who qualify. We also offer Sallie Mae K-12 loans as another option for families needing help with monthly tuition but are not eligible for assistance. Finally, the MOST 529 Savings Plan is available to utilize for private K-12 institution's tuition charges.
Our Financial Assistance program through FAST consists of three steps:
1. Submit a Letter of Intent
The Letter of Intent notifies the Admissions Office that you are applying for Financial Assistance and reserves a place for your child in the appropriate classroom for the school year. Click here for The Financial Assistance Letter of Intent. The signed Letter of Intent is due to the Admissions Office by January 31 to receive priority on Financial Assistance Award Opportunities.
2. Complete the FAST application online.
Begin FAST Application FAST Applications are due with tax information supplied by February 18 to receive priority on Financial Assistance Award Opportunities.
3. Mail both your state and federal tax forms from the previous year.
FAST Processing, ISM
1316 North Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806-2594
*Oakhill utilizes FAST (Financial Assistance for School Tuition) for the entry, processing, and calculation of financial information used by The Financial Assistance Committee to determine need and recommend award amounts. Awards amounts are subject to the availability of funds.
With classes on waiting lists and an increasing number of financial assistance applicants each school year, it is critical that any family interested in receiving assistance submits the included Letter of Intent to the Admissions Office by January 31.
Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office with questions regarding re-enrollment or if you are interested in receiving information regarding Financial Assistance for the 2019-2020 school year.
Budding Artists on Display
From now until March, you can catch Oakhill student artwork on display in the lobby of the Gladstone Community Center at 6901 North Holmes Street.
This year's featured artists are:
Be sure to support Oakhill artists by checking out the exhibit before it's gone!
Ambassador Referral Program
The best way for any organization to get the word out is through referrals. Word of mouth is a wonderful way to share your experience! Current Oakhill families are the best representation of what our school has to offer and what makes us special. Through word of mouth marketing we can add more great families to the school community – families who look for a partnership, who value education, and who commit to giving their child an educational environment where he or she can grow and develop into a well-rounded individual.
Oakhill offers the Ambassador Referral Program for current families! We provide credit to your account that can be used for tuition during the school year. We do this for each new family referred to and enrolled at Oakhill!
We believe that great families know great families and 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 doing just so!
This school year, we enrolled 22 new students who came from Oakhill families!
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 ($50 per half day), we will track all referrals this school year rewarding those families with the most contacts which come to fruition.
Each school year, Oakhill will track the number of referrals accepted and enrolled by each individual family.
Registration is now open for the 2020-2021
Oakhill is excited to open enrollment to students 18-months through 8th grade for the 2020-2021 School year. Each year brings new adventures in learning and we cannot wait for your family to join the Oakhill community.
Important enrollment deadlines:
January 31, 2020 - Priority Enrollment Deadline for PreToddler (18-months) - Kindergarten
February 18, 2020 - Financial Aid Applications Due
March 6, 2020 - One-pay Tuition Discount Deadline
If you are new to Oakhill, please contact Dorothy Beckham, Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance, to schedule your first tour or visit. You can also use the links below to begin the enrollment process.
Oakhill is a coed 18-month through 8th grade non-parochial private independent school serving students in the Northland and the Greater Kansas City area. Oakhill Day School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
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!