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What an amazing school year!

Did you know?
PTO works behind the scenes to pull off a variety of events each year for the Oakhill Community! This year, those events included: PTO Monthly Coffees, Back to School Carnival, Movie on the Lawn, Middle School Hantis Tournament, Grandparents/Special Friends Day, Main Event Night, Fun Farm Outing, the Son and Daughter Date Nights, Teacher Appreciation, and even the End of the Year Picnic Celebration!

The PTO organization was created by the Oakhill Day School Board of Trustees to aid students by providing support for their educational and recreational needs and to provide a forum for open communication among parents, teachers, administrators, and the Oakhill Day School Board of Trustees.

All Oakhill parents and staff are members of the PTO. There are numerous parent and teacher opportunities for participation and volunteering throughout the year.

There are currently no Executive Committee positions open - your 2017-2018 officers are on the first year of a two year term.

Your Officers for the 2018-2019 School Year are:

President - Leecil Culbertson

Vice President - Michele Yager

Vice President - Mick Freyermuth

Secretary - Michelle Shekleton

Treasurer - Jennifer Wilkin

Room Parent Coordinator - Emily Abella

Advisory Board - Eric Mangum, Jeanne Saylor (Past President)

School support includes - Suzanne McCanles, Head of School; Terri Ferris, Teacher Liaison; Dorothy Beckham, Administration Liaison.

Help Needed!

PTO is currently looking for volunteers for a variety of events coming in the fall!

  • Chairperson for the 2019 Son and Daughter Date Nights

Stay tuned this summer for information on a PTO meeting to get geared up for fall - we would LOVE to have you join us!

Oakhill wouldn't be the same without our parent involvement and support!

For more information on PTO, please email your PTO President, Leecil Culbertson.

Have a wonderful summer!

Thank You for a Great Year!

Thank you for another great year. We all tend to get a little sappy this time of year. Sad to see the school year come to an end, happy for the students to have a fun-filled summer break, and already excited about a new school year which is only about ten weeks away!

With summer vacation only hours away, I want to take this opportunity to tell you how proud I am of our students... from our "not so little anymore" Toddlers to our "almost big high schooler" 8th graders! All of our students are ready for the coming transition as they move from one grade to the next, or in some cases, from one division to the next.

This time of year brings great pride, a little anxiety, quite a bit of apprehension, and a ton of excitement. I believe the end of a school year is a true measure of time, and for parents and teachers, it can be an emotional roller coaster. As we close out the school year, please keep that in mind, give your child a big hug and tell him or her just how proud you are. Simply enjoy the moment!

Hello Summer!

Summer is here. Well, summer weather is!

I hope that Oakhill families are planning fun activities, nightly swims at the pool, trips to great Kansas City landmarks and maybe a big family vacation or two.

The Admissions Office will still be open throughout the summer months. Tours, visits, testing and enrolling great students in our communities keep us going in June, July, and August. We also look forward to welcoming new families through the summer at the New Family Orientations.

Last summer, New Family Orientations were offered, three different times, to help all of the new families learn more as parents of students at Oakhill. We reviewed the HUB and how it can be a tool for each parent, spoke about expected communication, policies, procedures and had community members there to share about health, lunch, athletics, extended care, PTO events and more. These events are offered three times throughout the summer, and new families must attend one of the meetings. This year, we are opening these events up to the entire Oakhill community.

If you feel lost or need a refresher, you are more than welcomed to attend one of these events. We do ask that you RSVP.

2018 New Family Orientation Session Dates

June 21; 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

July 16; 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

August 8; 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

New Families will receive a monthly update from the Admissions Office, as well as the expected school communications to help prepare for the school year. We ask that each family takes time to read the summer emails, as these will have pertinent information to prepare each family for the 2018-2019 school year thoroughly!

Lower School and Middle School students are invited to join other students for the new SUMMER MEET UPs! We will have these dates coincide with one of the summer camp field trips this summer. Be looking for your invites in June for a July date!

Early Childhood, don't forget about the Panther Playdates!

Panther Playdates

Oakhill Fully Charged Top 5

The school year is winding down, but Oakhill Fully Charged is just gearing up! This year our all-new summer program will roll out on Tuesday, May 29 and will run all the way up to the start of the new school year! We are so excited to bring you a new camp for your family to enjoy! Get out of the house, lose the boredom and the electronics, and meet new friends as you spend days, weeks, or even months with us this summer. We promise a high energy program with great counselors, supercharged activities, and endless fun in the sun. Our new low prices make it an affordable way to spend the summer and our fantastic summer counselors comprised of Oakhill staff and alumni mean the quality of the program remains strong. Come for a day, a week, a month... or all summer long!

Top 5 reasons to Join Oakhill Fully Charged

5. Summer boredom buster
Let's face it, usually by the time summer is over, kids are so bored that they are ready to head back to school. Well, not this summer! The only thing routine about your child's day is the time it starts and the time it ends. We have plenty of arrival time surprises planned along with games, crafts, and activities to keep the summer restlessness from kicking in!

4. Start new activities every 20 minutes = lots of energy
Did you know that the average attention span of a toddler ranges from 4 minutes to 20 minutes up to 12 to 50 minutes for older students. So how can we expect them to stay fully engaged for 3 hours? Our new program is going to throw out the old way of doing things and will cater to what the students want... something new, often, and lots of fun!

3. All-inclusive price includes camp and extended care
No more additional fees for extended day care for campers, field trip fees, lab fees, or swimming*! You pay one easy fee for the weeks of camp that you choose and all your activities are included! *Swim Lessons are offered for an additional fee.

2. Field trips, sun, and water
Field trips, outdoor activities, and swimming has been worked in the campers week so no need to pick and choose to get to participate in the summer fun! And like we stated before, it's all included in the price!

1. Hang out with friends and cool camp counselors
Spend a day or a week hanging out with your friends at Oakhill Fully Charged! We've got new counselors joining us this year to bring new flair to camp and some of our summer favorites will be back for another summer.

Register for Oakhill Fully Charged!

Give Back to Oakhill While You Shop!

During the summer there are several ways to earn money for our school through Rebate Programs!

Box Tops for Education

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.

Giving Assistant

Giving Assistant is a free, easy, and reliable way to help Oakhill Day School go even further. When you shop online at 3,000+ popular online retailers using Giving Assistant, you earn cash back. Then, you get to decide how much of that cash back you'd like to donate to Oakhill Day School. You'll even find great deals like exclusive Joann coupons, as well as savings at stores like Best Buy and ULTA. Shop. Earn. Change the world!

Amazon Smile

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

School Store

Over 400 merchants, including Sears, Target and, have joined together to offer up to 50% of sales to our school for shopping through To shop and support our school, simply go to and select our school.

We look forward to you helping us raise money for our school through Rebate Programs. Each year Oakhill raises around $5,000 through these programs!

Thank you!

Gracias – Merci – Grazie – ありがとう – Khop Khun Mak Kha – Spasiba – 감사합니다 – Efharisto

This year's Global Celebration, an event spanning two days, was a fun-filled celebration of the world and the diversity within our own Oakhill community. Throughout the week, students were encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and try new foods during their lunch periods. Thursday morning served as the official event kick-off with an all-school assembly featuring edu-tainment from Amado Espinoza and Drum Safari. The performers treated students to rhythms from Africa and South America that mimic the sounds of nature and animals of the jungle. There were even instruments made from non-traditional items like old markers, a broom, and PVC pipes... each fined tuned to make the melodic sounds of musical instruments like the didgeridoo and pan flute. The highlight of the morning came during the all-school drum circle. Students toddler through eighth each played along on their percussion instrument before making their way to the gym floor to dance to the music they were creating.

Thursday evening brought an all-school family event where students were able to share their work, families were able to share their family culture or the experiences of their travels, and special guests came to entertain. Students were able to spend time at each exhibit, learning from the work of their peers to receive a stamp in their passport!

Thank you to the following families who hosted a booth and for sharing your travels, experiences, and for being such an essential part of this year's event!

  • The Henok family - Ethiopia
  • The Versfeld family - South Africa
  • The Magnum-Moreno family - Mexico
  • The Peterson family - South Korea
  • The Nash family - Italy
  • The Phung family - China
  • The Walden family - Costa Rica
  • The Shekleton family - Africa
  • The Carter family
  • The DeHaemers family
  • The Beckham family
  • The Wenenn family

Friday marked the return of Randy Nadler, a friend of Oakhill who once again shared his travels to far of places through his breathtaking photography. This year's presentation was an exploration of the beauty and cultures of Thailand.

The Global Celebration is a showcase of each grade levels fourth quarter social studies curricular work. Each grade approaches their projects a little differently, but all of the students put a lot of work into the process of researching, learning, and creating a physical representation of their newfound knowledge to put on display for the entire community to enjoy.

See photos & video from this year's celebration!

If you have questions about hosting a display table next year, please contact Janelle Crouse and Senora WalkerHolmes.

Oakhill Day School Middle School Students Receive President's Volunteer Service Award Honors for Providing over 1,388 Hours of Service to Their Community

Gladstone, MO – Oakhill Day School prides itself on cultivating character and encouraging its students to make a difference in the community. Each year, the school requires middle school students to volunteer in their local communities. By the end of their Oakhill career, students will have earned 70 hours by meeting each year's service requirement. Oakhill recognizes students who go above and beyond at the Annual Middle School Awards Ceremony.

This year, Oakhill students gave their time to a wide variety of organizations in the Greater Kansas City Area and beyond. Volunteers participated in activities at Harvesters, Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, Scraps KC, blood drives, thrift stores, assisted living homes, trash and creek clean-ups, snow shoveling, and more.

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States who achieve the required number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

The President's Volunteer Service Award requires 50, 75, and 100 hours to earn the bronze, silver, and gold awards, respectively. Eighteen percent of Oakhill's middle school student body was eligible to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award, totaling over 1,388 hours of service to the community during the 2017-2018 school year.

This year's President's Service Award recipients are:

Bronze Award: Jonas Beckham, Ryan Dodson, Caden Egbert, Savannah Gentry, Cameron Guidry, Matthew Martin, Spenser Nash, Riordan Nash, Jaiden Phung, Sing Piper, Shawn Walden, Mary-Kathryn Wert, and Lily Wilkin

Silver Award: Julia Holmes and Owen Riddle

Gold Award: David Conkling, Olivia DiGerlamo, Jessica Eisler, and Mia Zdvorak

Oakhill encourages each student to volunteer in their community but is especially proud of these individuals for going above and beyond in their service.

Oakhill Day School is the Northland's premier, private, non-sectarian school for children Toddler (age two) through eighth grade. Oakhill provides excellence in education through child-centered learning in a supportive, challenging, and rewarding environment that provides students with self-confidence, values, knowledge, and the foundation for leadership through emotional, physical, and social development.


On Tuesday, May 8, Oakhill Day School held its Middle School Academic Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Oakhill Middle School students in and out of the classroom. Although only 7th and 8th grade students were eligible to receive awards, 5th and 6th grade students were recognized during the ceremony for their participation and achievements throughout the year as well. Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients and honorees.

2017-2018 Award Recipients

Art Award:
Excellence in Art

Alana Bauer
Mackenzie King
Sing Piper

Drama Award:
Excellence in Drama

Kylee Carlson
Gracie Painter

Music Award:
Excellence in Music

Phoebe Monsees

Communication Arts:
Excellence in Communication Arts

Alana Bauer
Kylee Carlson
Grace Clark
Sing Piper

Social Studies:
Excellence in Social Studies

Alana Bauer
Kylee Carlson
Griffin Gregg
Addie Kimmerle

Math Award:
Excellence in Math

Wain Guo

Science Award:
Excellence in Science

Sophia Martin

Physical Education Award:
Awarded to student who gives their all in PE, is a good team player, and follows the rules of the game

Preston Bigler
Sing Piper

Leadership Award:
Outstanding Leadership

Brooke McCanles

Spanish Award:
Excellence in Spanish

Griffin Gregg

Infinity Award:
Student is globally aware and has a passion for the world and the people in it

Griffin Gregg

Technology Pioneer Award:
Excellence in Technology

Grace Clark
Sing Piper

Top Scholar:
Student who displays excellence in academics and character

Griffin Gregg
Brooke McCanles

Student/Athlete Award:
Top student athlete with good sportsmanship

Graham Carter
Brooke McCanles

Helen Wills Award for Citizenship:
Awarded to student who treats peers well, encourages others, relates well to students and faculty, follows school rules, lives lifeskills

Julia Holmes
Thai Nguyen

Panther Pride Award:
Embraces everything Oakhill with dedication and school spirit

Regan Miller

Middle School Cup:
Special award recipient selected by Middle School Faculty who displays dedication and loyalty to Oakhill

Jessica Eisler

People to People Global Youth Forum Scholarship:
Award recipients represent Oakhill at the People to People Global Youth Forum (Summer 2018)

David Conkling
Dani Dake

Additional Honorees

2017-2018 Quiz Bowl Team
Geography Bee Finalists
Math Competition Finalists
Presidential Service Award Recipients
2017-2018 Recycling Team
Speech/Debate Participants
National Junior Honor Society Members Student Ambassadors
2017-2018 Student Council
2017-2018 Yearbook Staff
Sports Team Highlights
People to People Mural Award Recipients
Book Blog Award Recipients
Accomplishment in art
Science Fair participants and Winner
iBuild Winner
2017-2018 Middle School Choir
Garage Band
Cast and Crew of Into the Woods
St. Teresa's Scholarship Recipients

Middle School Students Tackle Engineering at iBuild Showcase

Oakhill had the opportunity to attend the iBuild Showcase presented by the National Institute for Construction Excellence (NICE) on May 3 at Bartle Hall in Downtown Kansas City. iBuild gives students an opportunity to actively connect with industry professionals like skilled craftsmen, architects, engineers, CAD technicians, marketing, accounting, and construction managers.

Students in 5th-grade designed a green addition to the school that would help conserve natural resources. Students chose from the following categories: Rooftop Garden, Rain Garden, Entertainment Patio, or Landscape project. They completed research and floor plans that culminated in the creation of a model made from the materials of their choosing. Of the 40+ projects submitted in the 6th-grade division (which our 5th graders competed in) Oakhill won the Best Rooftop Garden: Alex Doumit, Gray Carter, Lucy Rule and was a finalist for one of the overall best projects submitted.

Our 7th-grade students completed a project that designed a space where kids would want to hangout containing at least one scientific element. They completed research on various aspects of location scouting, creating surveys, and the science behind their projects. They also learned about budgeting and designing logos. Of the 50+ projects submitted in the 7th-grade division, Oakhill had 4 of the eight finalists for the best plan overall.

Oakhill 7th grade students also brought home honors for:

  • Best Design Display: Tipton Dine & Arcade (Addie Kimmerle, Ava Kirkpatrick)
  • Best Use of a Survey: Tipton Adventure (Mary-Kathyrn Wert, Emma Dake, Regan Miller, Julia Holmes)
  • Best Feasibility Study (Report): Tipton & Busters (Georgia Carter, Kylee Carlson, Sam Brown)

Students Griffin Gregg, Carson Roche, and Ava Mallams won second best project overall with for their Tipton Tech and Games project.

Are you a Member of the Kalsu Society?

You probably remember your time at Oakhill as if it were yesterday- the challenging academic classes, the outstanding faculty, the camaraderie of your athletic teams, the arts and extracurricular activities that all made your Oakhill experience some of the most memorable of your young years.

We invite you to help current Oakhill students and those yet to come, create the same fond memories by becoming a member of the Kalsu Society of Friends. As a member, you are giving soon to be Oakhill alumni the opportunity to be an outstanding scholar-athlete, an artist on and off stage, and a safe space to form lifelong friendships.

Wanda Lee Kalsu, the founder of Oakhill Day School, believed that all students should have the same access to education and felt that knowledge should be as academic as it is a product of nurturing. In honor of Oakhill's 70th anniversary, we hope you will leave your mark in the Society of Friends by making a one-time or recurring gift representing the year you and/or your child graduated or moved on from Oakhill Day School.


Class of 2017 - Gift amount $20.17
Class of 2010 - Gift amount $20.10

*Remember: gifts of any size make the same impact on the students of Oakhill.

Show your appreciation for the great foundation of education Oakhill provided you or your child by adding your name to our donor roster under your Oakhill graduating class year!

I'm ready to join the Kalsu Society of Friends!

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