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MAS Mentor 2019-2020 Introduction
The Middle School is excited to announce the MAS Mentor team for the 2019-2020 school year, we are also pleased to state that we have grown a great deal and have a strong group of students available to tutor students with their Math and Spanish work. This year's team includes eighth graders Kaden Culbertson, Hannah Draut, Jonas Beckham, and Mary Kimmerle (2nd year); and seventh graders Drew Clawson, Alexa Doumit, Jaiden Phung, and Lucy Rule.
The MAS Mentor Program is a valuable resource for students who may need or want assistance with test preparation, homework, or projects in either Math or Spanish. Mentors provide "another voice" while offering solid direction or guidance (not answers), and valuable personal 'peer' experience when tackling homework, difficult topics, and even managing their time. The interaction also improves communication skills (socially and academically) and helps build confidence by providing mutual learning opportunities for everyone involved.
Assistance may be scheduled on a regular basis or 'as needed' depending on each student's needs. This program is open to any student in the South Building (4th - 8th) and parents (or students) may reach out to the respective teachers to arrange assistance.
Typically Sra. WalkerHolmes will work to find an available mentor and a convenient time for the first visit. Mentors document the time spent, the subject worked on, and the name/grade of the students they work. The information is used to monitor service hours and the overall success of the program.
MAS Mentors are available to assist students before or after school Monday thru Friday.
Dear Oakhill Families and Friends:
As I look back to my early childhood years at Oakhill Day School I have fond memories of my teachers and classroom experiences. Oakhill Day School prepared me for my education for the rest of my life. While having in-depth conversations with other parents from Oakhill we feel as your child continues through eighth grade at Oakhill that they will be fully prepared to tackle the challenges of high school and excel in their studies and extracurricular activities.
My wife Heeok and I have made Oakhill our primary philanthropic donation. We have reduced our alma mater donations and increased our Oakhill contribution. We are excited about the education our children are receiving and feel this is a wonderful investment in their future. As you choose your philanthropic contributions please remember how this school is helping prepare your children for life. Your money truly makes a difference.
Personal participation also make a difference. Attending the auction, getting involved in activities and volunteering in the classroom are important ways to help the school and its students. Your employer or your business may sponsor a community partnership or there will be several underwriting opportunities throughout the year.
I would like to remind you of the importance of the Annual Fund. Following NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) guidelines, the Board of Trustees sets tuition approximately 85% of the actual cost to educate a child. The remaining 15% is what we commonly refer to as "the gap". The gap is what your donations to the Annual Fund aim to fill. By design, the gap is meant to keep tuition as low as possible, making the school more accessible and affordable to potential families, while providing the
Oakhill community an opportunity to come together with a shared sense of purpose.
Please make a yearly donation to the Annual Fund.
Board of Trustees President
Going Global in Techbrary!
For the next several weeks, my intermediate and middle school students are taking their learning outside of our South Campus walls and going global as they share their experiences and learn from peers around the world!
My 4th-6th graders are participating in a project called the Global Read Aloud (GRA). This project started this week and will run for approximately 6 weeks (September 30th – November 8th). The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience as they virtually connect with other participating classrooms. Our 4th and 5th graders will be reading Front Desk by Kelly Yang and our 6th graders will be reading The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. Every week we will have the opportunity to connect with students and classrooms from over 90 classrooms around the world.
In preparation for Digital Citizen Week Oct. 14-18th, my 7th graders will be spending the next few weeks developing interactive holograms using CoSpaces and the Merge Cube. For this project, they'll be bringing their digital citizen projects to life in virtual reality and then sharing them with the lower school and classrooms around the world. Along the way, they'll be learning new coding skills as well as developing their critical thinking and communication skills as they ultimately use these digital media hologram projects to teach younger students how to be responsible digital citizens.
For the month of October, my 8th graders will be participating in the Climate Action Project. During these 4 weeks students from 700 schools across 100 countries will explore, brainstorm, create, connect, present and share their findings synchronously (skype calls) and asynchronously (videos, presentations). Learning from our global peers is a crucial part of this project. Rather than learning only from textbooks and online resources we be learning about global issues from students living in other countries and continents.
I love all of these projects because they fit perfectly with my goal of providing students with relevant, meaningful and authentic experiences that foster creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking while building their 21st Century Skills. We will use digital media and technology tools such Padlet, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, Flipgrid and Kidblog to facilitate these connections and conversations.
Be sure to follow our classroom adventures on Twitter as we join with over 4,000,000 students around the world who are also reading these same books, sharing digital citizenship media and participating in the Climate Action Project. Follow @OdsTechsplorers (students tweet from this account – sharing their stories, their words, their ideas, their #ODSLife) and @ODSTechTastic (I tweet from this account). These are the twitter hashtags we'll be using: #GRA19, #GRAFront, #GRABridge (Global Read Aloud); #digcitweek (digital citizenships); and #ClimateActionP (Climate Action Project).
You can find more information on each of the projects here:
Global Read Aloud: https://
Digital Citizenship Week https://www.commonsense.
Climate Action Project: https://www.climate-
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day Recap
Wow! What a wonderful couple of days shared with hundreds of Oakhill's finest... our Grandparents and Special Friends. Thank you to the parent volunteers who worked countless hours to get everything ready for our special guest and who worked to make our Farmer's Market such a special new addition to the festivities.
As we get all of the photos from the day organized and mailed, please visit the event on Smugmug to relive all of the moments of those special two days!
Add Your Name to our Donor Roster
The 2019-2020 Annual Fund campaign is still underway. Thank you to everyone who has donated - every gift is appreciated! In the first few weeks of the campaign, we have raised more than $18,000 thanks to the generous Oakhill community. If you have not done so already, we hope you will join us in supporting Oakhill! We hope to have 100% of our Oakhill Community on the donor roster by November 22. Your gift lets us know that you support the education that Oakhill provides each of its students, every day.
The Oakhill faculty has been very supportive of the Annual Fund campaign. To date, more than 50% of faculty have donated. The goal is to reach 100% staff participation by Friday, October 11 to receive some great incentives including jeans for a week, fresh cinnamon rolls and a lunch raffle drawing. Oakhill truly is their happy place!
We invite our entire Oakhill family to join us in this challenge of receiving 100% support. Remember, every gift is appreciated and no gift is too small! Thank you for you continued support and for making Oakhill such a great place to be!
Calling all volunteers!
The Library is seeking more volunteers to help work shifts. Want to help? Please email Melissa Davis, Parent Volunteer.
You can also sign up to volunteer in the classroom here... Sign up for Classroom Opportunities!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped out already this year. We couldn't do what we do without you!
Save the Date - November 15 is a new twist on an Oakhill Favorite - GLOBAL CELEBRATION
The momentum and energy our Global Celebration event generated in May encouraged us to take things a step further with this year's plans and organize an entirely 'new and improved' event!
Picture all of the cool family/friend tables from last year (and hopefully more) enhanced with tables and booths sponsored by individuals/groups from the Metro area (or beyond) selling their handmade gifts, products, and food. A true Global Celebration! Now imagine us taking another step and opening this to the community to attend as well. Do you have goosebumps yet? We do!
We would not be able to take our event to the next level without the support of our Oakhill families and friends and hope you will consider hosting a table at our new event THIS FALL.
The Global Celebration will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Set up may begin at 2:30 pm and must be complete by 3:30 pm. We will provide the tables for our Oakhill friends/families (until we run out), and electrical outlets (if needed), backdrops, etc as we have in the past - you only need to bring yourself, your passion for your culture/traditions/
We have already received a strong level of interest from a few groups that participated in the Swope Park Ethnic Festival, the KC Latin Art Festival, a few Oakhill families, and even the Russian Commission of Kansas City! This is very exciting. These booths will feature foods, crafts, art and other items for sample or for sale (yes, this is new). We are very excited!
Please consider participating in this year's event. If interested, please complete the form attached to this link, and a member of the Global Celebration committee will reach out to you.
Please return this form by Friday, November 1.
We are definitely looking for more contacts and groups to participate and have attached the "Looking for Vendors" flier for your convenience to distribute or share.
Please note that the fun doesn't end when the market closes. Students may reserve a spot to participate in a Kid's Club activity while adults may purchase tickets to the Global Celebration After Hours - A Taste Around the World . This will take place after our event closes for the evening. This exciting event will feature wine and beer from around the world. More details will be shared soon.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact Sra. WalkerHolmes or Mrs. Crouse with any questions you may have regarding the Global Celebration. Thank you again for all of your support and we hope you're as excited as we are to take this to the next step!
Global Celebration Form Downloads
Fall Conference Scheduling - Now Open
It is time to sign up for a conference with your teacher. Our goal is to meet with 100% of the families. If the scheduled conference times do not fit your schedule, please contact your child's teacher to find a time that works for both of you.
Scripps Spelling Bee is back!
Oakhill is to participate in Scripps again this year. Participation in the Scripps Bee is open to students in Grades 1-8.
Timeline for the Scripps Spelling Bee
September 23: 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 21-29: Classroom Spelling Bees
Your child's teacher will send home the date of their mini classroom bee so your child can prepare. We ask that parents do not attend the classroom bees to stay consistent with how we conducted classroom bees in previous years. The winner from each first- eighth-grade classroom will move on to the School-Wide Spelling Bee. Classroom bee participants will receive a certificate and each classroom winner will receive a medal and subscription to Word Club to help them prepare for the school bee. The classroom bee runner-up will be an alternate should the winner be unable to compete in the school-wide bee.
November 19: Oakhill Day School Spelling Bee @4:30 PM
The entire school community is welcome to attend. The top 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 certificate of participation.
February 22: The Oakhill school champion will participate in at least one round of the semifinal bee for the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee.
March 7: If the school winner successfully competes in the semifinal bee, they will compete in the Jackson-Clay County Championship Bee at Woodneath Library. The winner of this bee will proceed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
How to Prepare
☑ We encourage every student to prepare for participation in the Classroom Spelling Bee. Your child should study their grade level list, while also keeping in mind that if the individuals in their grade are spelling all of those words correctly, we will continually advance into the next list until we have 2 top students from that grade to take to the School-Wide Spelling Bee on November 19.
This year, all of the words from the Scripps 2019-20 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. Most of the titles on this book list can be found in our school library and we encourage your family to check them out. Great Words, Great Works Book List
☑ Get a head start preparing for the district and regional bees through Merriam-Webster's Spell It word list through www.myspellit.com.
☑ Once students have mastered their grade-specific words provided, they can move on to the Full 2019-20 School Spelling Bee Study List available by request.
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.
Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant Report
For Claudia Feaster of Missouri, William Boydston Chapter
Narrative of Spending:
It has been a goal of mine for a few years to add new resources to our Library so that our students can check out electronic books (E-books) and digital audiobooks from our Library. We have a wide range of reading interests as well as reading levels. In addition to this, students have various preferences on "how" they read ~ whether they listen to an audiobook; read the book electronically on their computer, smartphone, or tablet; or read a good old-fashioned paperbound book. Up to this point, we have only been able to offer our students actual books, with a few audiobooks on CD available as well. It is going to be wonderful to have more options for our students to read their favorite books.
I am ordering 21 digital audio books, 11 Ebooks, and 3 CD audiobooks. This will give us 35 new titles in our Library ~ some of these titles we have in book format as well, and some of them are brand new. This will give our students more formats to choose from and more fun books to read. Our total order comes to $1,042.92 and the $500 from the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant will help make the whole project possible. We have some funds in our Library account that will cover the difference in the cost for all of the books. Since I am introducing something new and different with these resources, it is nice to have so many to offer from the start. It wouldn't be as much fun for them to try it out if I was only able to purchase a handful of new books. This way more students can give them a try and help spread the word.
Narrative of Impact of Grant:
I love to listen to audiobooks that I download on my phone. I have the books with me all the time and I especially love listening to them in my car. I have some CD audiobooks in the Library, but they require access to a CD player and many students don't have that. It is going to be much more convenient for them to listen to the digital audiobooks. While listening to audiobooks is certainly a wonderful way to enjoy a story, it also serves a greater purpose for students who might struggle with reading a traditional book. Listening is often more enjoyable for them and they are able to get more from the whole story when they don't have to think about the reading process and their lack of confidence in it. They can just simply enjoy the story and that is such a gift. Listening to an audiobook can also improve their comprehension of the story ~ especially when they listen as well as read the book.
I have always known and appreciated the benefits of listening to audiobooks and when I had one of my 7th-grade students write me a letter requesting that we have more audiobooks in the Library to help with students who have learning difficulties, I was inspired to complete my goal of adding new the resources. The opportunity for this grant came along at just the right time and we are so grateful for the money to get this done. These resources will be enjoyed for years to come and will be a pleasure as well as a learning benefit for so many students.
Identify the number of students and the other classrooms in your district (school) that will be impacted by your grant.
I am the Library Coordinator for both Libraries at Oakhill and I teach the 4th-8th-grade Library classes. I submitted the application for this grant on behalf of all of the students who can use these wonderful resources. We have 188 students in the 1st through 4th grades this year and these resources will be available to all of them. We will use the majority of them for our Middle School students since they will be very proficient in using the electronic and digital resources independently. Our classroom teachers will also be able to utilize these books in their classrooms.
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!