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We want YOU to Speak Up!

Last year Oakhill participated in the national Speak Up survey on technology in education. Speak Up is a survey given by the organization Project Tomorrow, an education nonprofit group based in Irvine, California. 

The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today's students are well prepared to be tomorrow's innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. They believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century. 

Oakhill was able to use the responses from last year's survey to revamp its Technology Vision for Toddler (Age 2) - 8th grade. Because you spoke up, our Technology vision fully supports the teaching of contemporary, real-life, tech skills including an increased focus on internet safety, programming/coding, and integrated use of VR and technology in classroom lessons... Thank you! 

We are once again participating in the Speak Up survey and want your voice heard. Please complete this year's survey to let us and the world know what you think about the state of Technology in schools, in our school. To change things up a bit, we are offering you the opportunity to complete a shorter snapshot survey's that focus on specific issues. Please note that you only need to complete one survey, the shorter versions are included in the extended survey. All surveys close on January 31.

Full Survey (29 Questions - Estimated Completion Time - 20 min.): 

https://speakup.tomorrow.org/DirectStart.aspx?TYPE=DS&DIST=52136&SCH=138248&SURV=5

Snapshot links:

(Search for our survey by typing Oakhill Day School into the "School" box.)

Become Our Next Community Partner!

You may have heard people talking about our "Community Partners" around the halls of Oakhill, but do you know what a Community Partner is? Here is a quick run through of the program!

 

What is a Community Partner?

The Community Partnership program at Oakhill is a collaboration between local business entities and Oakhill where the business provides the school with necessary resources in the form of monetary contributions, sponsorship, time through volunteerism, and goods to help maintain school facilities and curricular programming and materials that benefit each one of Oakhill's students. In exchange, our Community Partners gain access to our community through exposure in school publications, the website, and during school events.

Don't worry about Spam or unwanted solicitations, we never give away your information!

 

Where do we find our Community Partners?

Our Community Partners support us from all over the greater Kansas City area.

 

How can I become a Community Partner?

We welcome any Oakhill family who owns a business or thinks their place of employment is a great fit for our Community Partnership program, to consider reaching out in regards to becoming a partner. All referrals are welcome! Partnership plans are flexible and can be customized to fit various budgets and desired levels of engagement.

For more information on how your business can partner with Oakhill Day School please contact Rebecca DiGerlamo in the Development Office.

 

Ready to become a Community Partner?

Support Science & Math in January!

Thank you to our generous community for your continued support! In the month of December, we received over $12,000 in donations for the Fine Arts. Keeping with the momentum of December giving, we want to announce that during the month of January, all donations to the Annual Fund will support our Science and Math departments.

Currently, we have raised $59,983 towards our goal of $150,000 with the support of 39% of our community. All money donated this month will support all of the great learning opportunities happening in your child's classroom. From our Kindergartners delving into dinosaurs, first graders are learning about ocean habitats, to our 7th-grade students learning about genetics, all of these learning opportunities are made possible by your donation to the annual fund. 

Give Now!

Remember all donations to the annual fund are 100% tax-deductible and don't forget to ask your employer about matching gifts. 

 

Join us for winter parent/teacher conferences! Conferences will be held on February 7 and 8.

We strive for 100% participation in these meetings! If there is not an available time that will work for you and your family, please contact your child's teacher!

Early Childhood and Lower School conferences are scheduled through PickATime. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Sign Up Now!

Middle school conferences are student-led and are by appointment with your student's advisor.

Are you ready for the second semester?

We hope that everyone is having a fantastic holiday break! We encouraged each of our students to find something that makes them happy and focus on that as they rest up for the second semester!

The Admissions office is working hard to prepare enrollment 2019-2020 information for you. Expect to see that in early January. As you begin to make decisions regarding your registration for the 2019-2020 school year, we want to be sure that you know how grateful we are that you continue to choose Oakhill! Your children are why WE choose Oakhill. 

Every one of you is a vital part of our Oakhill community. We genuinely want your children to feel as if our halls are a home away from home. If you have questions about enrollment, how your child is doing at school socially and academically, what you can do to help them have a successful second half of the school year, we want to have those crucial conversations with you. Please feel free to reach out and let us know how we can help because we are here for YOU!

Have a lovely holiday,

Ms. Bock and Mrs. G

FSA Tax Preparation Information

As we start the new year, we are often reminded that tax season is upon us.  If you utilize a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (Dependent Care FSA) or are able to deduct child care expenses on your tax return, you will need some information from our Finance Department. 

Please forward your employers Dependent Care FSA form with the amount of money that are you asking to be reimbursed. The Finance Department will complete the remainder of the form and send it back for you to submit.

If you are able to deduct child care expenses on your tax return, you can either go to your SMART Tuition account to pull the amount of tuition or you can request a statement from our Finance Department. The tax form will require you to complete the provider's name (Oakhill Day School), along with the address (7019 N. Cherry Street, Gladstone, MO 64118), and the EIN number (44-6001359).


With the number of requests we receive at this time of the year, please allow us two to three business days for completion of forms and statements.


If you would like more information about Dependent Care FSA, you can read more at https://www.fsafeds.com/explore/dcfsa.


As always, Oakhill's Finance Department is always working for you. Feel free to visit us in the Finance Office or call 816.436.6628 with questions. You can email us your questions at finance@oakhilldayschool.org as well. We will always do our best to answer any questions or concerns you may have! 

Wedding bells will be ringing for THREE of our Oakhill Class of 2010 Alumni.  Gabby Ferro, Perri Miller, and Jacob Reinmiller are all recently engaged.  We wish all of our Panthers much happiness in the future.

Gabby Ferro graduated from Cornell College in May and is engaged to Austin Dyer.

Perri Miller will graduate in May from Missouri State University and she is engaged to Andrew Tresemer.

Jacob Reinmiller graduated in May from Belmont University and he is engaged to Emma Pettyjohn.

 

 

The Yantis brothers have been busy this semester with their various teams.  Will is a senior at Pembroke Hill High School.  Will plays varsity lacrosse for Pembroke and varsity hockey for the KC Jets.  The lax team finished second in the city last year and this season they finished ranked second in the state of Missouri.  Will also is in his fourth season with the Kansas City Jets HS club hockey team where he plays defense. They are a competitive team that plays in a league with teams from Iowa and Nebraska.

Stuart is a sophomore at Pembroke Hill.  Stuart was captain of the Pembroke JV soccer team and also gets to practice with varsity.  He plays competitive club soccer for the Brookside Soccer Club.  Stuart still plays goalie in hockey.  He plays for the Carriage Club in the local HS hockey league. 

Nice work, boys!

Oakhill Alumni were a huge part of Park Hill South High School's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in November.  The lead role of Joseph was played by Oakhill Class of 2015 Alumnus and PHS senior ~ Carrick O'Bleness.  He did an outstanding job and it was a joy to see him on stage.  There was another O'Bleness behind the scenes working on the Stage Crew.  Class of 2018 Alumna and PHS freshman ~ Saeryn O'Bleness ~ did a great job working on just about everything there was to do backstage.

Fellow ODS Class of 2015 graduate ~ Mia Dozier ~ joined Joesph on stage as a member in the Vocal Ensemble.  Oakhill was well represented in this fantastic show of talent.  Nice job, Panthers!

On center stage at Maur Hill-Mount Academy was Oakhill Class of 2015 Alumna and Maur Hill senior ~ Kat Puls.  Kat played the lead role of Katrina Van Tassel in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and delivered a wonderful performance. 

Kat has enjoyed her time on stage at Maur Hill.  Last fall Kat also starred in the performance of Once Upon a Mattress.

It was so nice of Kat's fellow Panthers to support her performance!  Also from the Class of 2015, Jaqueline Barth is a senior at North Kansas City High School.  Former Panther ~ Jordan Garrett ~ is a senior at Liberty High School.  The bond from their days at Oakhill is a strong one!

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