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Recap of this week's PTO Coffee

For our first PTO Coffee of the year, Maggie Chandler, Oakhill Wellness Counselor, introduced her role and the ways she is working with students, faculty, and families. Be sure to take some time to watch and/or listen! We are so happy to have her here at Oakhill!

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AMLE20 Contest TOP FOUR Finalist Cooper Riddle

One of the ways we, as middle school educators, stay relevant is by joining AMLE (Association of Middle Level Education) each year. The association provides a wealth of resources such as a monthly publication that includes helpful articles, hold webinars and conferences specific to this age group, and post professional blogs and podcasts.

A few weeks ago I ran across an announcement from AMLE:

Do you know a student that has that special knack for telling a great story, seeing the good in others and is eager to be in the spotlight? AMLE, in conjunction with @revenue and partners, is proud to announce the Student Social Media Influencer Competition!

We will be selecting one student to be our social media influencer at AMLE20, Oct 23-25, 2020. The student influencer will add their voice to the conference by creating social media videos, posts, and conversations and will receive a wealth of knowledge on social media as a career field and benefits including:

  • Training how to safely and effectively use social media from experts including Sprout Social (one of the largest social media companies in the country) and current Social Media Influencers,

  • A professional social media set up

  • A video package that can be used in future college applications

  • A lot of fun, a little fame and some great skills to take with them

What are we looking for in a student influencer?

  • Articulate and motivated

  • Creative and tech savvy

  • Interested in social media and potentially theater and writing

  • Personable and engages with a broad range of fellow students with similar and different interests as their own

  • Assertive in a way that isn't bullying but they get their point across

What will they learn?

Social Media is one career field that did not suffer during the pandemic. Crazy, but true! This exciting opportunity is taking FUN and applying communication skills, creativity, and the sparkle of social media and turning it into a view of what their future could hold. We will be working with some of the leaders in social media education and special influencers to give these students not only a glimpse at what this industry can offer (beyond TikTok fame) but how to use it responsibly to tell powerful stories. Students will learn:

  • How to make engaging social media video, posts, designs, and concepts

  • How to leverage social media as a platform for change

  • What a career in professional media can hold for their future

  • Safety & responsibility for today's social world

What do they need to apply?

We will be requesting the following items from applicants:

  • A 90-second video about why they would make a good influencer

  • A 300-word essay about a teacher that has had a big impact on their life

Finalists will be selected by October 10 and the winner will be selected on October 13.

I immediately thought COOPER RIDDLE! It took little time to get Cooper onboard and assemble his amazing support team (Mom, Ms. Jackson, and Mrs. Verwers). In no time his essay was written (an glowing tribute to Mr. Fernandez) and his 90-second video was complete. 

There ended up being a total of 18 students from across the country who were nominated. I am so pleased to announce that Cooper has made it as a TOP FOUR Finalist! We could not be prouder! If he takes the top spot he will be the social media influencer at the AMLE20 National Conference, October 23-25.

Fingers crossed, but win or lose, Cooper will always be a star in our eyes!

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2020 Halloween Festivities

We are excited to invite parents to join us for the 2020 Halloween Parade taking place on Friday, October 30. While we hope that you join us, we need you to refrain from handing out candy. Students will receive a treat bag when they get back to their classrooms. As you know, we are taking the health of our students and families seriously, so we will need you to social distance from one another and the students walking in the parade. Masks are required if you are unable to social distance.

Parade route information will be shared the week of Halloween. While the route will be outside, around the school, we want to take into account the weather conditions before making a final decision.

Questions? Contact Maggie Newhouse


Early Childhood

  • Parade Time:

    • 9:00 - Crouse

    • 9:05 - Lafferty

    • 9:10 - Tenner

    • 9:15 - Ferris

    • 9:20 - Trager

    • 9:25 - Holloway

    • 9:30 - Robbins

    • 9:35 - Zdvorak

Lower School

  • Parade Time:

    • 2:00 - Clevenger

    • 2:03 - Pearce

    • 2:06 - Driskill

    • 2:09 - Egbert

    • 2:12 - Manley

    • 2:15 - Craven

    • 2:18 - Forsen

    • 2:21 - Hadel

    • 2:24 - Scheidecker


  • Parade Time:

    • 2:00 - Boyd (4th)

    • 2:03 - Vinson (4th)

    • 2:06 - Hall (5th)

    • 2:09 - Henshaw (5th)

Middle School

  • Parade Time:

    • 2:15 - Bertoldie (6th)

    • 2:18 - Fernandez (6th)

    • 2:21 - Verwers (7th)

    • 2:24 - WalkerHolmes (7th)

    • 2:27 - Jackson (8th)

    • 2:30 - Kleyh (8th)

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Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up soon! Be sure to get online and sign up for your conference time. All meetings will be held virtually this year. Please let your teacher know if you need a time outside of those offered.

Questions? Contact the Central Office

October 22 from 4:30 - 8 pm
October 23 from 8 - 12 pm

Pick a time now!


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The Book Fair is Virtual(ly) Here!

Transport to another place in time with a great book from the 2020 fall Scholastic Book Fair. This year's fair will be completely virtual and will have book offerings for PT - 8th Grade!

The fair will be open online from: October 19 - November 1

To get us into the Book Fair mood, we are having a spirit week to go along with this year's theme. Be sure to come to school dressed up! The classes who have 100% participation each day will get a prize!

  • Friday, October 16 - Back to the 60's
  • Monday, October 19 - Back to the 70's
  • Tuesday, October 20 - Back to the 80's
  • Wednesday, October 21 - Back to Bed (PJ's from the 90's and 2000's)
  • Thursday, October 22 - Back to the Future

Did you know that the proceeds from the Scholastic Book Fairs go towards the purchase of books for our library and our STEM gear like robots and augmented reality tools? We would not be able to purchase those things without the help of Scholastic and most importantly... YOU!

Shop Now!

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News from the Development Office

One of the best parts of working at Oakhill is the support and generosity of the Oakhill community.  Many families and organizations are stepping up with exciting sponsorships and donations.  Thank you!  We need you more than ever! 

Special gratitude and welcome to:

CEK Insurance - Silver sponsor for the Black and Teal Ball, and a Diamond sponsor for the Helen Wills Golf Tournament 
Security Bank - Community Partnership
Hollis & Miller - Diamond sponsor for golf
Signature Mortgage - Community Partnership and a hole sponsor for golf
Central Bank - Community Partnership
Gregg Engineering - Community Partnership and Swag sponsor for Golf
Clayton Apartments - Community Partnership and Hole-in-One sponsor for Golf
Gladstone Dodge - Hole-in-One sponsor for Golf

Thank you!!

If you are interested in purchasing a customized Community Partnership, or a sponsorship for one of our fabulous events, please call Leslie Gasser in the Development Office (816) 436-6228.  

Don't forget to sign up for the Global Celebration After Hours Party this Friday night!

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Guests limited to 75 so register today!  

Oder delicious, fresh Florida fruit right from the comfort of your home! All proceeds directly benefit Oakhill Day School.

Sale ends September 28.  Choose Thanksgiving or Christmas delivery.  Makes the perfect gift for loved ones near and far!

Place your order today!

The Mighty Oak Fund Fall campaign is well underway!  Sincere gratitude and thanks to the following generosity to these donors who have made gifts to the Mighty Oak Fund so far:


Kathryn & Richard Dodson

Leecil & Kendall Culbertson

Bob & Jan Peterson

James Bartholomew

Barry Yantis

Stephen & Angela Tatum-Smith

Dan & Mary Lee Sturdevant

Larry & Sharon Blount

Terri Ferris

The Gasser Family

Kristin & Dan Smith

Kathy Trager

Darlene O'Dell

Ben & Elinore Brown

Amy Ganaden

Don & Deana Mason

Jerry & Lynna McManus

Bob & Gola McDonald

Bren & Leslie Rose

Ron & Sandy Diven

Eddie & Ellen Upton

Daryl & Julie Hercules

Linda & Jeff Hurst

Carol & Ronald Giddens

Thank you!!

A gift to the Mighty Oak Fund matters because it helps us cover expenses not covered by tuition:

  • Building cleaning and maintenance - your gift helps us keep our campus beautiful.
  • Utilities - your gift helps keep our buildings heated and cooled and the lights on.
  • Classroom materials and curriculum - your gift provides items teachers need.
  • Educational technology and equipment - your gift ensures students have the technology needed in today's digital environment.
  • Covid-19 - your gift pays for extra cleaning staff, sanitation equipment and other enhancements made to ensure our students and staff remain healthy.

Please consider making a gift to the Mighty Oak Fund today!

Black & Teal Ball

We are accepting auction items for the Black & Teal Ball. Please contact the Development Office at (816) 436-6228 for details.

Thank you!

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Halloween Plans are in the Works!

Can you believe it is the end of September already? The Halloween celebrations are already in the works by our fantastic room parents. 

A few things to note:

  • We will still have parades for our students that day. We are asking parents to meet us outside for the parade.  Early Childhood will have staggered start times beginning at 9:00.  Lower School, Intermediate and Middle School will start at 2:00, also with staggered times. Details about the parade route will be sent out closer to the date.
  • Room parents will be contacting you about providing items for those parties soon. Be on the lookout for how you will be able to help from a distance.
  • As you are getting your costumes ready, please know that a costume mask is not a replacement for a face mask. Face masks will still need to be worn.

Questions? Contact Maggie Newhouse.

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Let Auction Season Begin!

Fall is here, and it's time to THINK AUCTION! Each year, Oakhill Day School hosts our annual auction, which is the largest fundraiser of the year, raising anywhere from $150,000 - $200,000 in funds used on everything from curriculum development to keeping the lights on. All for Oakhill students today!

The auction would not be possible without the generosity of the Oakhill parents, staff, and surrounding community businesses. This year's theme is the Black and Teal Ball. Although the format of this year's event is yet to be known (virtual or live), what we do know is that no matter where the event takes place, we need everyone's support to make this event a success for our children! #ODSBTBALL


How can you help?

  • Start collecting items for our silent auction! Please don't wait. The sooner things start coming in, the better!

  • Volunteer to help pick up donations! We need all the volunteer support we can get to help pick up item donations from area businesses.

  • Become a sponsor! We are looking for sponsors who can help underwrite the expense of throwing the school's largest fundraiser. With more sponsors, more money goes back to the students.

  • Attend the event and/or sponsor a teacher's ticket to the live event! (If event is held in-person)

  • Sell your raffle tickets! Each family is receiving 5 Glamping Getaway raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are 1 for $25 or 5 for $100. The easiest way you can help out the auction? Keep your raffle tickets for yourself! Not only are you supporting the event by keeping the tickets, but you also get entered to win this amazing trip! 

Please contact to request additional tickets once you sell out of your original 5. Additional Glamping Getaway Raffle flyers are also available upon request!

*To recap, (and this is important) your 2020-2021 raffle options are:

  • Sell your tickets
  • Keep for yourself

  • Purchase and gift raffle entries to a teacher, friend, or family member!

  • Return unsold tickets before November 20, 2020. *Your SMART account will be billed for all raffle tickets not returned before this date (no exceptions). We recommend setting a calendar reminder or sending them back as soon as they are received to avoid unwanted charges*

Please notify Michelle McDaniel immediately if you have not received your raffle tickets via car line or US Postal by October 2! They will be sent home early next week!

Thank you for supporting Oakhill and this year's auction. We cannot wait to see you at the Black and Teal Ball!

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2020 Scripps Spelling Bee

Dear Families,

Oakhill is excited to announce the return of the Scripps Spelling Bee this year. Scripps National Spelling Bee has helped students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage for over 90 years. Participation in the Scripps Bee is open to students in Grades 1-8. Scripps and Oakhill are both prepared to make this year's experience safe and successful. 

Click here to view specific details on Eligibility Criteria

The timeline for the Scripps Spelling Bee is as follows:

September 25: Grade Level Spelling Word Lists, Great Words, Great Works book lists, and information regarding rules and study tips will be sent home with students.

*Due to Scripps Spelling Bee Rules, the word lists cannot be sent electronically. A printed copy will be sent home in your child's backpack. Additional copies of grade level word lists and the full 2020 Classroom Spelling Bee Study Lists are available by request.

Download 2020 Spelling Bee Rules

October 26-29: Classroom Spelling Bees

Your child's teacher will send home the date of their mini classroom bee so your child can prepare. The winner from each first-eighth-grade classroom will move on to the School-Wide Spelling Bee. Classroom bee participants will receive a certificate to commemorate their participation in the bee. The classroom runner-up will be an alternate should the winner be unable to compete in the school-wide bee.

November 17: Oakhill Day School Spelling Bee @4:30 PM

The winning spellers from the first-eighth-grades will compete for the title of Oakhill Day School Spelling Bee Champion. The winner will receive a personalized trophy and an invitation to proceed to the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee. All other participants will receive a medal to commemorate their participation as classroom winners. More information will be provided as this event approaches.

February 27: The Oakhill school champion will participate in at least one round of the Jackson-Clay County Semifinal Spelling Bee. More information will be provided as this local spelling bee determines how it will be conducted.

March 13: If the school winner successfully competes in the semifinal bee, they will compete in the Jackson-Clay County Championship Bee at Midwest Genealogy Center. The winner of this bee will proceed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in June.


How to Prepare

  • We encourage every student to prepare for participation in the Classroom Spelling Bee. Your child should study their grade level list that will be sent home on September 25, but can ask for the complete school spelling bee study list as another study tool. Classroom bees will include words from the grade level study list, but may include words from other grade level lists if individuals in the classroom are spelling grade level words correctly. Classroom bees will continually advance into the next list until a classroom winner is determined. The classroom winner from each 1st-8th grade classroom will compete in the school-wide spelling bee on November 17.
  • This year, all of the words from the Scripps 2020 School Spelling Bee Study List will be taken from engaging, grade-appropriate books, allowing your students to get to know these words in the context of great stories. You can view them on the Great Words, Great Works Book List.

Great Words, Great Works Book List 

  • Visit the Scripps Spelling Bee website to find parent/student resources and study tips.
  • Get a head start preparing for the district and regional bees through the Scripp's new app, Word Club. With the Word Club app for mobile devices and tablets, your child can have fun while mastering the 2021 Words of the Champions.
  • Once students have mastered their grade-specific words provided, they can move on to the full 2020 School Spelling Bee Study List available by request.
  • You can visit the Scripps website to find any of the above information at

If you have any questions about the bee or how to prepare your student for Scripps, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or Kristin Forsen, Spelling Bee Chair.


Kristin Forsen and the Oakhill Day School Spelling Committee

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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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