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Don't forget your donations for Mimi's Pantry!
With gratefulness, thankfulness, and kindness touching each of us as we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday, Oakhill Day School is honored to partner with Mimi's Pantry in Riverside and the Northland Christmas Store for our upcoming school-wide Service Project. Kelley Catterson, parent of Evan in 4th grade, is the Executive Director of Mimi's Pantry. I am excited to support two great causes in the Northland!
We will be collecting items through November 25th. You will see boxes for each classroom in both buildings, and food may be dropped off in the large 55-gallon barrels in each building. Each grade level has been assigned something specific to collect:
- Pretoddler - soup, rice, and mac & cheese
- Toddler - soup, rice, and mac & cheese
- Preschool - soup, rice, and mac & cheese
- Prekindergarten - canned tomatoes (sauce, dried, whole)
- Kindergarten - canned vegetables
- First Grade - pasta sauce
- Second Grade - sugar
- Third Grade - instant potatoes and Jiffy Mix
- Fourth and Fifth Grade - deodorant, men's razors, and women's razors
- Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade - toilet paper, paper towels, and household cleaning products
I hope you can join us in supporting families in need throughout the Northland. A small donation can make a huge difference for a family! Thank you in advance for supporting Mimi's Pantry and the Northland Christmas Store!
Grateful to be a part of such a giving community,
Oakhill Alum - National Merit Scholar Finalist
ODS alumni '16 and Liberty North High School '20 student Delaney Clawson was recently named a National Merit Commended Scholar by the National Merit Foundation. Each year 1.6 million students nationwide take the qualifying PSAT during their junior year. Commended Scholars are those who scored in the top 3% of students nationally. Delaney is planning for a degree in Biomedical Engineering and enjoying her senior year as president of the Society of Women's Engineers club and captain of the Public Forum debate team at LNHS.
Middle School Boys Basketball (5th - 8th) - Parent Informational Meeting with Coach Stutz
When: Monday, November 4, 2019
Where: Oakhill Day School Gymnasium
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
We hope you can join Coach Stutz for a Middle School Boys Basketball parent informational meeting on Monday, November 4th. Coach Stutz would like an opportunity to meet all the parents and give the Oakhill community an opportunity to meet him as well. Coach Stutz will be going over his goals and expectations for the upcoming season, along with giving you a preview of what you can expect from his practices. This is a great opportunity to ask questions that you may have regarding the upcoming season.
Hope to see you here on Monday, November 4th!!
Masquerade Ball - Auction 2020
It's time to get ready for Auction 2020 - A Masquerade Ball that is sure to be a magical night of memories as we raise our paddles to raise money for the students of Oakhill!
This year's auction event is on Saturday, February 29. To get everyone excited, we have a few additional events that precede Auction night. These events are both friend-raising and fund-raising and count towards the monetary goals and success of the auction event.
This year, we are having a:
Vacation Raffle - This year's vacation raffle is an exclusive 2020 Delmar Race package with paddock access, winners' circle viewing, turf club seating, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 3-Night Stay in San Diego, and Airfare for 2.
Each current Oakhill family will receive 5 raffle tickets in the mail that can be sold for $20 or kept and entered into the drawing. More tickets are available upon request. We will send out communications letting you know when to expect the raffle tickets in the mail, and we will also let you know the deadline for returning raffle tickets. Raffle tickets not returned before the deadline will be automatically billed to your Oakhill account. No exceptions. If you do not receive your raffle tickets by the estimate receipt date, please notify us in advance so that we can make a note before the deadline. More information to come.
Favorite Things Party - Join us on Friday, December 13 at 6:00 PM at the home of Amy Potts for a pre-masquerade celebration!
What's this party all about you ask? It's simple. Every Oakhill Family is invited to attend the party for FREE! There will be food, drinks, and fun and all we ask is that you bring with you one (or all) of your most favorite friends to have a great time with, and one of your most favorite items to donate to the Auction.
Great Auction items include:
- Restaurant Gift Certificates
- Bottles of Wine
- Concert/Movie/Play/Symphony/Ballet/Sporting Event Tickets
- Children's Toys (Lego Sets, Fortnite, etc.)
- Airline Passes
- Jewelry Items
- Spa Services
- Personal Electronics
- Vacation Homes
- Sports Memorabilia
- Children Related Passes (Powerplay, etc)
- Beauty Items (Hard to get Make-up Pallets, etc.)
- Uber Gift Cards
- Golf Packages
- Man Cave Items (Coolers, Drink Sets, Neon Signs, etc.)
- Certificates for Lessons (Sports, Dance, Instrument, etc.)
- Custom Items (one of a kind furniture pieces, art, etc)
- Photography/Portrait Certificates
This event is 21+ and free to attend! So plan on grabbing a friend, significant other, and your favorite thing to help us kick off what should be our most successful auction yet!
Children's Auction - The Children's Auction is an opportunity for you to try your hand at mobile bidding while the kids get to have a little auction fun before the big event. This event will have old favorites like jail and bail, while also having a few new events to give it an update look and feel! This event is on Wednesday, February 19... right after school! We are always in need of great children's auction that we will auction off that night, especially items that attract the older Middle School students! All donations are welcome!
The Committee Needs You!
There is still room on the committee for anyone who wants to sign up to give their time and talents to the largest fundraising event at Oakhill.
Want more information on this year's event?
Now accepting Silent Auction Donations!
As you get ready to do your holiday shopping, remember that we are looking for great items to include in our silent auction! With Black Friday coming up, this is a good time to look for deals on children's toys, hot new and hard to get items, electronics, and more!
Already have donations?
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Kansas City Credit Union for their support of the 2020 Masquerade Ball at Oakhill! Their major contribution will take this year's event to a whole new level!
Holiday Hoopla is Coming to Oakhill!
We are SUPER excited about the new Holiday Hoopla, a unique and amazing shopping event for Oakhill and our surrounding community!
The event will be held Saturday, December 7 from noon until 4pm in the Oakhill Gym and Commons. We hope that you will make plans now for your whole family to come and shop for holiday goods and treats!
We will have a variety of vendors with homemade goods, local products, fun items for the holidays, decor and so much more! Even the Oakhill Mercantile will be there! Families can shop together and enjoy the holiday atmosphere and fun! We will also have a Kids Area in the Commons for them to shop with Holiday Elves, wrap their finds, and be ready to celebrate their family and friends with homemade items straight from the heart.
Invite your family, neighbors, and friends and mark your calendar now to attend Holiday Hoopla December 7th from noon until 4pm! Open to the public.
See you for a fun day of holiday shopping on December 7!
Congratulations to Alumni Tennis Ace Georgia Carter!
Congratulations to Georgia Carter, Class of 2019, who was the #1 Girls Varsity player at Liberty North this year. In post season play she advanced to sectionals after placing 2nd at districts.
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.
Congratulations to Oakhill Alumna and recent Cornell College graduate ~ Gabby Ferro ~ and new fiancé Austin Dyer on their engagement. We wish you all the best!
Recent Oakhill graduate and St. Teresa's Academy Freshman ~ Dani Dake ~ has been busy on the volleyball court this season. She plays for Mizuno Club North in addition to playing on the Sophomore team for the STA Stars.
Dani was joined on the court by Panther Alum and Park Hill South High School Freshman ~ Gracie Painter ~. Fellow STA Freshman and Oakhill classmate ~ Olivia DiGerlamo ~ was also there performing with the Stars Dance Team at the volleyball game. Way to go, girls!
Why choose an independent private education?
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