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Summer Update from the Development Office

Annual Fund - 4 days to raise $3,184

Wow... we are so close to our goal that it's just on the horizon. We have currently raised $96,816, can you believe that? Help us raise $3,184 in 4 days!

Our goal for the 2017-18 school year is $100,000 leaving us with $3,184 left to go! Your generosity gives Oakhill the funds that it needs to make sure the students have every opportunity to reach their full potential. Thank you to all of our generous donors who have already helped us get so close to our goal. If you haven't made a gift to the Annual Fund, there's still time to show that you support Oakhill's efforts to provide the best education north of the river!

Although the school year has come to an end... donations can be made through June 30th. Our goal is to reach 100% parent participation in this annual giving campaign, and we currently have 62% parent participation!

Donations can be made towards the 2017-2018 school year through June 30th.

Donate to the Annual Fund

Have questions about the Annual Fund? Contact the Development Office

Continue to Support Oakhill Over the Summer!

There are several ways to support Oakhill over the summer! Please think of us when summer shopping!

Amazon Smile

When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Oakhill Day School. Bookmark our Smile link and support us every time you shop.

Box Tops

Make sure to clip your Box Tops over the summer and send them in to the Central Office with your students name marked on the sheet or the bag.

Community Partnerships

Do you have a business or know someone that does have a business? Oakhill is always looking for businesses that believe in supporting education. Thank you to our current partners for supporting us!

Community Partners

Oakhill Moving to New Health System

This 2018/2019 school year the Health Room will be moving to to better serve our students and staff with the students' health care needs. offers an electronic health record system for schools. The security and privacy of your student's health information is important to us. The site is secure, encrypted, and password protected. Only Oakhill's health staff will have access to student health information.

How to Access Your Account:

  • Next week, you will receive an "Invitation" email from
  • Click on the green "Accept Invite" link within the email to create your account.
  • Enter your full email address, and click continue to set your password.
  • Once logged in, select your student's name and click on the health profile link to complete your student's information.
  • Required questions will be marked with an * and outlined in red.
  • Upload any required documents to your account. sends out periodic reminder emails for outstanding balances and incomplete health information. These notifications will come from, so please add this to your safe sender list to avoid accidental delivery to junk and spam folders. We don't want you to miss important notices about school!

Summer Admissions Update

June is almost over. Hopefully, your family has made some great memories this first half of summer! As we wrap up June and look to July, the Admissions Office tends to get busier and busier. More prospective families begin to think about school and preparing for August. We are excited about the prospective students that we have met this summer!

Oakhill hosted its first New Family Orientation of the 2018 summer season last week. Many new families joined us as we prepared them about communication, processes and more at Oakhill. They learned about volunteering, athletics and how they can really dive deep into becoming a member of the Oakhill community. There will be two additional orientations this summer, one in July and another in August.

The first playdate of the summer was held on June 19th and there was a HUGE turnout for this event. New families, past families and current students joined us for some fun in the sun and unlimited popsicles! There will be another Panther Playdate in July with some of the coaches in the gym! We hope that families will come for some Saturday morning fun. There will be cookies and play that day! We hope our 5 and under students will make plans to join us on July 21, 10 AM to 11 AM.

If you have a family that you would like to refer to Oakhill, please feel free to send the Admissions Office their information and we can reach out to them. There are also Admissions packets available by request.

Enjoy the last half of summer!

Summer Letter from the Head of School

Summer vacation is officially here – swimming and poolside fun; sports camps and games; vacations and staycations; fun with friends; catching fireflies; and rest and relaxation. I have spent the past two weeks transitioning into summer mode AND adjusting to my family's new normal.

I spent the first weekend in June moving Brady into his college dorm at SMU in Dallas to officially report for football (that was much harder than I anticipated)! My advice, to any parent who hasn't done this yet, is to enjoy family time each and every day...I don't know where the last 19 years have gone!

All of a sudden, Texas has risen to the top of my vacation list! I can't wait to go visit him over 4th of July!

I always look forward to the closure of one school year and the preparation for the next. My favorite comment is, "I bet you are excited to have the summer off"! Although summer brings more flexibility, there is much work to be done. The next few weeks will include planning for the next school year, reviewing the past year's successes, assessing all divisions, evaluating all programs, brainstorming new ideas, outlining the next year's schedule, training teachers, and getting the school and all associated programs ready for the 18/19 school year.

I will be sending a mailing in late July with much more detailed specifics regarding the new school year. Change is a constant in education – we learn to embrace it, not fear it! We welcome it, not steer clear of it! Change brings new faces, new ideas, new perspectives, and new opportunities. I can't wait to share some of our new ideas, faces, and spaces for the 18/19 school year.

If your children are looking for something VERY fun to do, please check out our all new summer program – Oakhill FULLY Charged! I am so excited to see how much fun the children are having! They start the day on waterslides and end the day completely exhausted! Come check it out!

Please continue to check the school website for current information and updates. I look forward to answering any questions you might have, as well as listening to any ideas you want to discuss. My door is always open!

August will be here before we know it,


Fully Charged!

We are well into our summer program at Oakhill—we are Fully Charged and ready to spend even more time with your student. Everyone from the camp counselors to the students are having a blast with this new program. And the best part?? There's still room for your child to join us. Whether you come for a day or a week or more, there's something for all to see and do. But don't just take our word for it—take it from those in the know. We asked campers to tell us what they enjoyed the most about camp this year. Here's what they had to say:

Olivia likes the field trips; Maliyah just can't choose—there are too many things to enjoy; Chloe likes to draw; Liam likes the water games; Austin and Blakely love the slip n slide on Monday mornings; JoJo likes playing on the playground, Elijah and Addison like going to the pool; Jordan likes the cool teachers; Graham likes the stuff we make like cookies and cake; Ella loves swimming lessons; Victoria enjoys playing outside with her friends; Henry, Carl and Ryan like hide and seek tag; Kaden likes capture the flag and Noah likes everything about summer—he just can't choose.

What will your camper enjoy the most? Come find out at Oakhill Fully Charged! Flexible scheduling allows you to come as often as you like without locking you in for a full week. See what the buzz is all about.

Join us for Summer!

Mission Possible Project Recordings Now Available!

The Mission Possible Project (MPP) is a year-long, research-intensive, individualized project for 8th graders. Each student choose a person or organization whom they believe is making a positive difference in the world.

Over the course of the year, students complete: in-depth research from at least 10 reliable sources; four major writing assignments, including a 5-7 page research paper in MLA format; an extension project that utilizes the students' individual strengths; and a formal presentation.

The formal presentation culminates the project, and shows off all the students have done and learned. Watching the presentations is an excellent chance not just to see what the students have learned, but also to experience your own learning! We hope you enjoy and benefit from the hard work the students have put into their presentations!

Watch the 2018 Presentations!

Congratulations to our recent college graduates!

These ladies and gentlemen were part of the very first Oakhill graduating class in 2010.

  • Shelby Dodson ~ Eureka College (2017)
  • Jacob Eisler ~ University of Missouri
  • Gabby Ferro ~ Cornell College
  • Madison Fitzgerald ~ Vanderbilt University
  • Jacob Reinmiller ~ Belmont University
  • Michelle Vartanov ~ University of Missouri – Kansas City

There are a few other members of this class who shared many years at Oakhill, but didn't stay through 8th grade graduation. We want to recognize them as part of this awesome group as well.

  • Luke Becker ~ University of Missouri
  • Andy Lee ~ University of Missouri
  • Olivia Miller ~ University of Iowa
  • Nick Riffle ~ Belmont University
  • Patrick Robey (ODS Class of 2011) ~ Columbia College Chicago **Congratulations on your early graduation!**

Ordering Summer Lunches

This year, Oakhill Fully Charged is offering Oakhill Food and Beverage lunches daily! If you are familiar with Oakhill's school year lunch ordering system, it will be easy for you to navigate Boonli over the summer months. New to Oakhill lunches? That's okay, we've included instructions below to help make ordering easy!

Cutoff times to order your lunch for the day is 8:30 a.m. on the day you plan to eat. If you already have a student enrolled at Oakhill during the regular school year and you currently order lunch through Boonli, then we ask that you wait until the last day of school is over to transfer your child to the "summer camp" classroom where you will be placing your orders over summer.

If you are new to Boonli, making an account is easy. The school password is ODS1. Follow the prompts to create a profile for your student. From there, its as easy as working your way through the calendar.

Sample Menu

Ham, Turkey or Sunbutter and Jelly (every day option)
1 hot item available (every day)
Monday - Ravioli w/ breadstick
Tuesday - Cheeseburger or hot dog w/chips
Wednesday - Field trip day
Thursday - Quesadillas
Friday - Pizza Day!

Ordering Instructions

New Families:
  • Visit
  • The school passcode is ODS1
  • The account name is the parents name and then they will create a profile for each camper. Select SUMMER CAMP for the classroom and from there, ordering is available.
  • Make selections for each day by placing them in your shopping cart which you can view in the top right corner. The number of lunch selections made will be notated by a RED number. After you make all of your selections, GO TO the shopping cart and complete the checkout process.

*IF you have NOT entered credit card info OR received a confirmation email, then your order has NOT been received. You will get a confirmation email and a notification box that will pop up and say YOUR ORDER HAS PROCESSED.

Current/Returning Families:
  • Visit and sign into your profile per usual.
  • Open the MENU panel by selecting the THREE LINES in the top LEFT corner.
  • Select "MY ACCOUNT" and then "USER PROFILES". From there you select the student/camper's name you wish to adjust and their details will pop up.
  • Change the drop down box that has their CURRENT classroom listed to SUMMER CAMP.
Once you save, you will be able to see ALL of the summer menus.

Record Setting Freshman Year in Basketball

Oakhill Alumna and St. Teresa's Academy freshman ~ Madeline Gentry has made a school record by becoming the first freshman to play full-time varsity basketball in the school's history. She had a great season and earned her varsity letter pin. Madeline left her mark on Oakhill basketball with a championship win her 8th grade year. With such a great start to her high school career, it will be fun to watch what she does on the court in the future! Way to go, Madeline!

Panther Alum Basketball Champ!

Panther Alum and Staley High School freshman ~ Morgan Ferrara topped off her amazing basketball season by becoming a District Champ. Morgan was a varsity starter this year as a freshman. She was the Lady Falcons leading scorer and she was named All-Conference and All-District. Morgan's picture can been seen on numerous banners in our Oakhill gym from the championships she helped the Panthers to win during her time at Oakhill. We're looking forward to a few more great seasons on the court for Morgan!

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