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7th/8th Girls Volleyball - MPSL Pre-season Jamboree Schedule/Information

This Saturday, August 24th, the 7th/8th Girls Volleyball team heads over to Rock Chalk Pavilion in Lawrence, KS. for the annual MPSL Pre-season Jamboree tournament! Below is a link that will provide you information regarding their games on Saturday morning. You may also view the bracket play schedule by clicking on the link provided. Hope you can make it out to cheer them on!

Your Panthers will kick off the tournament with a 9:00 am game vs Northland Christian. 

MPSL Pre-season Jamboree Information/Schedule 

MPSL Pre-season Jamboree Bracket Play Schedule

Good luck Panthers!! Play hard and have fun!!

Athletics - Panther Power-up Snack Option

We are excited to offer a new after-school snack program for our student-athletes prior to practices/games throughout the week. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the remainder of the season please see the information below that Chef Justin has provided. We are excited to offer this for our student-athletes, we believe it will be the extra fuel to get them through their practice or game!

The first day student-athletes will get a Panther Power-up is Monday, August 26 for Girls Volleyball, and Tuesday, August 27 for Cross Country. Every day that your child has a practice or game, a snack will be provided.

Unfortunately this option is only available for Intermediate and Middle School athletes at this time.


Fall Athletics Panther Power-up Registration

Oakhill Day School Food and Beverage has partnered with the Athletics Department to offer healthy snack options to refuel carbohydrate and protein hungry athletes. 

For $45 per season, your athlete will have a snack available every day before practice and a couple slices of pizza before heading out on game day. 

Some examples of a Panther Power-up snack are:

  • Turkey and cheese sandwich or wrap
  • Ham and cheddar roll up
  • Soy butter and jelly sandwich
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Salami and cheese cubes
  • Fruit smoothie or yogurt tubes

We will have something for every athlete who is signed up.

 

Register for the Fall Athletics Panther Power-up

 

If you have any questions feel free to email Coach Smith or Chef Justin.

Earn $ through Rebate Programs!

Earn money for Oakhill while buying the things you need. See you how can support Oakhill via the Amazon Smile and Box Tops programs detailed below. 

AmazonSmile 
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Be sure to click AmazonSmile when you shop online to help give back to Oakhill! Get started here

Box Tops 
New to the Box Tops program is scanning technology! Download the Box Tops app and you can help support Oakhill. When you use the app, you can scan your store receipt and it will automatically identify Box Tops products and add them to your school's earnings. Help us reach our $1,000 goal! 

Calling all Eighth Grade families - we hope to see you at High School Night!

High School Night for current 8th graders will occur on Thursday, September 26 from 6 PM to 8 PM in the St. Paul's Episcopal Day School North School Building Multi-Purpose Space. 

Regardless of whether you have or have not made a decision for next school year, we encourage everyone to attend. The evening is a casual, no-pressure event that offers you and your child the opportunity to visit with representatives from all of the North and South Kansas City private high schools in one place. High School Night is set up like a career or college fair and we encourage you to stop by each of the school's booths to ask questions and receive informational materials about their school and enrollment process.

*If you plan on attending this event, RSVP with Dorothy Beckham.

Click here to see a fun video of things to look for when looking for a high school for your child(ren).

Click here to see 10 Key Questions to ask when talking with prospective high schools.

Represent Your School!

Student Ambassadors represent the entire Oakhill student body to our families and the community. They exemplify our Life Skills, are well rounded, and have the ability to showcase the school from a students perspective.

We are looking for interested 7th and 8th-grade students to apply for the role of Student Ambassador for the 19-20 School Year!

Interested students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation, and participate in a live interview with teachers, staff, and outside community members. This year's interviews are during the week of September 16.

A total of four students total are chosen each year to represent Oakhill Day School as a Student Ambassador. 

Ambassador roles may include, but are not limited to:

  • Representing Oakhill in community events
  • Speaking at various Oakhill events
  • Welcoming visitors to Oakhill
  • Passing out programs at musicals and events
  • Representatives of the Oakhill Community
  • Aiding in the marketing of the school with the Admissions and Marketing/Communications Offices

Completed applications are due back to your Oakhill Admissions Office by September 13.

Click here to apply!

Please contact Dorothy Beckham, Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance with any questions.

2019 Main Campus Building Lunch Options

Due to popular demand from last year, we are going to be offering a Main Building FULL YEAR lunch plan. This allows families to send their students to school without having to make any prior arrangements for lunches.  All that is needed is a one-time registration form and for you to decide how you would like to pay for it. 

The cost for the full year lunch plan is $990 and can be billed monthly or paid in full by check to the Finance Office. 

Daily lunch rates (when ordered weekly) are:

PreToddler - Preschool (Small Tray) -- $4.50

PreK - 3rd (Regular Tray) -- $5.00

Add-on and Guest Lunches -- $6.00

Full Year "all-in" -- $990 for the year (approximately $5.75 per day)

 

OPT-IN FOR MAIN CAMPUS FULL YEAR LUNCHES

Welcome Back!

Panthers on the Prowl Athletics– Fall, 2019 (Toddler – Prek)

 

2019 Fall Panthers on the Prowl -  Checklist Prior to 1st Day of Camp

Online Athletic Registration: Prior to the 1st day of camp, please go online and register for the "Panthers on the Prowl" program you are planning to participate in. Online registration will be available beginning on August 6, 2019.

Register for POP Sports
 

Athletic Calendar: The athletic calendar is your hub for all camp schedule information. Camp information for the fall is available online via the athletic calendar. Please go online to the Oakhill Day School website and access the athletic calendar to get the most up to date practice information. Once you access the athletic calendar, you will want to get your calendar set-up to show the "Panthers on the Prowl" practice schedules. If the days and times of a camp are not showing up on your athletic calendar, please follow the instructions listed below:

  1. To begin, click on the EYE ICON at the top of the athletic calendar.
  2. Once you click on the eyeball, you will want to scroll down through all the sports and check the boxes of the teams you want to show up on your athletic calendar. This will control what information shows up on your athletic calendar.
  3. Once you have checked the boxes for the teams/camps you would like to follow on your calendar; you should be all set.
  4. Coach Smith would be happy to assist you with getting this set-up if needed. Email Coach Smith

     

2019 Fall Panthers on the Prowl (Toddler – Prek) Program Overview/Information:

This fall our Panthers on the Prowl program line-up has some exciting camps that will provide your child opportunities to try out new adventures and see what sparks their interest. From soccer to children's/animal yoga there is an activity for every toddler through prek student! If your child is into sports, there will be soccer and team sports offerings. If that does not interest your child, try out our Children's/Animal Yoga or PE Adventures/Gymnastics camp, this is sure to be a fun adventure!

  • The children's/animal yoga class is a fun new offering led by Coach Nicole Bonacorso that is tailored towards the child's age level, you will not want to miss out on this exciting opportunity! Children's Yoga is a way a great start to developing flexibility, strength, and coordination in your child; along with providing children a non-competitive activity to participate in that is relaxing and provides a sense of calmness.
  • Another exciting offering this fall is our PE Adventures/Gymnastics camp with Coach Bonacorso. PE Adventures will be full of gymnastics, rock wall climbing, tunnels, and many other fun activities that get kids moving and developing those motor skills!! Sign your child up today and join for a fall full of fun and play for your child!

Listed below are the days and times for session #1 of the toddler – prek "Panthers on the Prowl" Fall 2019 camp offerings. You will also find a full listing of the Fall 2019 "Panthers on the Prowl" offerings and their start dates. Please use the Oakhill Day School online athletic calendar as your most accurate resource for camp information.

For information on upcoming fall 2019 camps please check the athletic calendar or email Coach Smith.


2019 Fall Panthers on the Prowl (Toddler – Prek)

Session 1 - Soccer

Practice Days and Times (Toddler – Prek)

Toddler
Participants will be active in drills and fun games each week working to develop those basic fundamental skills of the sport. Each week campers will focus on a new skill:

  1. Dribbling/ball handling
  2. Passing/receiving
  3. Shooting the ball on goal

1st Practice – Tuesday, August 27th (3:45 pm – 4:15 pm)

Camp Dates – August 27th, September 3rd & September 10th

Camp Times – 3:45 pm – 4:15 pm (will meet in the gym to begin each session)
 

Preschool – Prek
Participants will be active in drills and fun games each week, working to develop those basic fundamental skills of the sport. Each week campers will focus on a new skill:

  1. Dribbling/ball handling
  2. Passing/receiving
  3. Shooting the ball on goal

1st Practice – Monday, August 26th (3:45 pm – 4:15 pm)

Camp Dates – August 26th, September 4th & September 9th

Camp Times – 3:45 pm – 4:15 pm (will meet in the gym to begin each session)
 


Upcoming Fall 2019 Camp Offerings (Toddler – Prek)

Prior to the start of each camp, an athletic announcement will be sent out notifying you of camp dates, along with other information regarding the camp/program offering. If you have any questions regarding an offering please contact Coach Smith.
 

Toddler

  • Children's/Animal Yoga - begins September 17th
  • PE Adventures/Gymnastics - begins October 8th
  • Intro to Team Sports (basketball/football/etc.) - begins November 5th
     

Preschool – Prek

  • Children's/Animal Yoga - begins September 16th
  • PE Adventures/Gymnastics - begins October 7th
  • Intro to Team Sports (basketball/football/etc.) - begins November 4th
     

2019 Booster Club Information

Be on the lookout for our 2019 - 2020 Panther Athletics/Booster Club t-shirt! You will not want to miss out on purchasing one of these shirts will be available for purchase in the Oakhill Mercantile Shop! These are great to wear at all our Oakhill Panther Athletics games and Pep Rallies!

Remember, all proceeds go to support Oakhill Athletics and the Oakhill Booster Club!


Look forward to a great fall of "Panthers on the Prowl" Athletics!! Hope to see you at one of our camps!

Thanks for your support of Oakhill Athletics!

GO PANTHERS!

- Kellen Smith (Athletics Coordinator)

 

 

Welcome Back!

Oakhill Panther Athletics – Fall 2019


2019 Fall Sports (Girls Volleyball/Cross Country)

Girls Volleyball: Open to all students in the 5th – 8th Grades
Cross Country: Open to all students in the 3rd – 8th Grades


Pre-Season Checklist Prior to 1st Day of Practice

  • Online Athletic Registration: Prior to the 1st day of practice please go online and register for the fall sport you are planning to participate in. Online registration will be available beginning on August 6, 2019.

Register for Fall Sports

  • Sports Physicals (Please Note): Each athlete must have an updated sports physical on file here at Oakhill with Nurse Cathy/Coach Smith prior to the 1st day of practice. Sports physicals are valid for one year. All sport physical forms should be uploaded electronically into the students' online health system here at Oakhill. You will not be allowed to practice or play in a game until you have an up to date sport physical on file here at the school.

A copy of the sport physical form may be found on the Hub by clicking on the "Athletics" tab, clicking on "Resources", and then you will click on the link to the sport physical form. You may also email Coach Smith if you are having trouble accessing the form.

  • Check Athletic Calendar: The athletic calendar is your hub for all practice/game schedule information. Practice information for the fall is available online via the athletic calendar. Please go online to the Oakhill Day School website and access the athletic calendar to get the most up to date practice/game information. Once you access the athletic calendar you will want to sign up for alerts for your child's sport. This will allow you to be notified via text or email anytime a change is made to the athletic calendar (you must request to be sent these alerts). If you have questions regarding the athletic calendar and signing up for alerts please email Coach Smith.

If the Girls Volleyball/Cross Country practice or game schedule is not showing up on your athletic calendar you may need to change your calendar settings. To do that, you will begin by clicking on the EYE ICON at the top of the athletic calendar. Once you click on the eyeball, you will want to scroll down through all the sports and check the boxes of the teams you want to show up on your athletic calendar. This will help control what information shows up on your athletic calendar. Coach Smith would be happy to assist you with getting this set-up if needed.

  • Follow Oakhill Athletics Twitter: If you have a Twitter account please be sure to give us a follow on our Oakhill Athletics twitter page. We try to post pictures from games, schedule changes, results, etc. If you would like to follow Oakhill Athletics, our Twitter handle is listed to the right @OakhillPanthers.

2019 Fall Sports Practice Schedule Information

Below are the days and times for fall sports practices, please understand there are times this schedule is modified due to school events and other activities. Please use the Oakhill Day School online athletic calendar as your most accurate resource for practice/game information. It is recommended to sign-up for calendar alerts, along with checking out the athletic calendar each week to confirm practice days and times.

 

Cross Country Practice Days and Times (3rd – 8th Grade)

  • 1st Practice: Wednesday, August 14th (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
  • Tuesday/Thursday (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm) @ Oakhill Gymnasium
  • The Oakhill Cross Country team welcomes all runners in the 3rd – 8th grades!! Practices will begin each afternoon in the gym of the Main Building. Students will walk over to the Main Building from the South Campus Building for practices after school. 3rd-grade students in the Main Building should go to Kids' Club where they will be picked up by the coaches for practice @ 3:55 pm. Once practice is complete, parents should plan on picking their child up right outside the Gym of the Main Building. Students who are not picked up by 5:10 pm will be checked into Kids' Club where you will be charged the drop-in fee.


Girls Volleyball Practices Days and Times (5th/6th & 7th/8th Grade)

  • 1st Practice: Wednesday, August 14th (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm)
  • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm) @ Oakhill Gymnasium
  • The Oakhill Girls Volleyball team welcomes all students in the 5th – 8th grades. Practices will be held in the Oakhill Gym after school each day. Students will be walked over from the South Building to the Main Building for practice. Please plan to pick your child up in the gym of the main building at the conclusion of practice. Students who are not picked up by 5:40 pm will be checked into Kids' Club where you will be charged the drop-in fee.

Meet your 2019 Fall Sports Coaches

Girls Volleyball (5th-8th Grade)

 Summer Parker (4th Year as Coach): This will be Coach Parkers 4th season as a coach for the Girls   Volleyball team here at Oakhill. The first two years Summer assisted Alex Hall, this will be her 2nd season as the head coach! Summer was very happy to see such a great turnout for the "Summer Open Gym Workouts", she is excited and looking forward to a great season sharing her passion for Volleyball with the students of Oakhill!


 

Alex Hall (1st Year): Coach Hall is no stranger to the Girls Volleyball program at Oakhill. Alex was a coach for the team in his previous tenure at Oakhill (2015 – 2018). We are excited to have Alex back at Oakhill and are very excited to have him back coaching alongside Coach Summer. Each of them brings a great deal of knowledge and passion for the game that should make for a fun season!

 

 

Cross Country (3rd-8th Grade)

Amy Clevenger (6th Year as Coach): This will be Coach Clevenger's 6th season as a coach for the Cross Country team here at Oakhill. Amy has a passion for running that she loves sharing with her teams. She loves working with each student to help them reach their goals. Coach Clevenger is excited about the upcoming season; she looks forward to the addition of 3rd grade to the program. She is also excited to have Coach Ziggy join the coaching staff. Coach Amy and Coach Ziggy look forward to making it a fun fall full of running here at Oakhill!
 


Tim Ziegler (1st Year): Please join us in welcoming Coach Ziggy to the Oakhill Cross Country team coaching staff. Tim will begin his first season of coaching Cross Country here at Oakhill, Coach Clevenger is excited to have him on board! Coach Ziggy is passionate about exercise and fitness, he is excited to work with our runners to help each of them reach their goals and become the best they can be.  We look forward to having Coach Ziggy join our running team in 2019 – 2020!

 

 


2019 Fall Sports Game/Meet Information

Girls Volleyball Games: Games are typically scheduled for the weeknights, with an occasional Saturday morning/afternoon game. The Fall 2019 game schedule will be available via the athletic calendar by August 10, 2019.

  • 5th/6th Girls: Will play 10 - 12 regular-season games, with an additional 1 – 3 games possible in the "End of Season League Championship Tournament."
     
  • 7th/8th Girls: Will play in the MPSL Pre-season jamboree tournament, followed up with 10 – 12 regular-season games, and an additional 1 – 3 games possible in the "End of Season League Championship Tournament."
     

Cross Country Meet Schedule: The cross country meets that dates have been provided for will be added to the athletic calendar by August 10th, 2019. The remaining Parochial League meets will be added as soon as the league provides that information. The Parochial League meets will be on Mondays, late afternoon/evening. Once the full schedule is available online an email will be sent out to the team/parents.


2019 Booster Club Information

Be on the lookout for our 2019 - 2020 Panther Athletics/Booster Club t-shirt! You will not want to miss out on purchasing one of these shirts will be available for purchase in the Oakhill Mercantile Shop! These are great to wear at all our Oakhill Panther Athletics games and Pep Rallies!

Remember, all proceeds go to support Oakhill Athletics and the Oakhill Booster Club!


I'm looking forward to a great fall of Panther Athletics! Hope to see you out on the court for Girls Volleyball and out running for Cross Country!

Thanks for your support of Oakhill Athletics!

GO PANTHERS!

Kellen Smith (Athletics Coordinator)

Meet the 2019-2020 Oakhill Team

Welcome to a new school year at Oakhill! We are excited to introduce you to the 2019-2020 school year team. Each of these teachers and administrators is here to give your child the best school year ever. Please watch for your child's class roster to hit your email inbox on Friday, August 9 in lieu of the postcards sent in previous years. We are excited to see all of you in the upcoming days for:

  • Intermediate/Middle School Parent & Student Night - August 12 from 6-8 PM
  • Early Childhood and Lower School Back to School Nights - August 13 from 5-7 PM

Early Childhood Faculty

Pretoddler – Maria Zdvorak & Kinsi Walker

Toddler – Ashley Robbins & Kylie Dennett

Toddler – Janet Holloway & Michelle Kieslich

Preschool – Terri Ferris & Sarah Anderson

Preschool – Kathy Trager & Tara Johnson

2 Day Preschool – Rachel Panko

3 Day Prekindergarten - Leah Hyatt & Meagan Soria

Prekindergarten – Sarah Tenner & Mary Kay Duensing-Lofland

Prekindergarten – Janelle Crouse & Keddy Vaccaro

Prekindergarten – Stephanie Lafferty & Keddy Vaccaro

Lower School Faculty

Kindergarten – Marcy Driskill

Kindergarten – Amy Clevenger

Kindergarten – Laura Pearce

1st Grade – Lisa Manley

1st Grade – Jodi Egbert

2nd Grade – Summer Parker

2nd Grade – Kristin Forsen

3rd Grade – Staci Sonntag

3rd Grade – Elaine Scheidecker

Intermediate/Middle School Faculty

4th Grade – Whitney Boyd - Math and Writing

4th Grade – Jessica Vinson - Communication Arts and Social Studies

5th and 7th Grade Social Studies – Trish Stripling

6th and 8th Grade Social Studies – Lee Feagles

5th and 6th Grade Science – Chris Fernandez

7th and 8th Grade Science – Maggie Newhouse

5th and 7th Grade Communication Arts – Ann Bertoldie

6th and 8th Grade Communication Arts – Joy Jackson

5th and 6th Grade Math – Alex Hall

7th and 8th Grade Algebra – Jake Kleyh

8th Grade Geometry – Jake Kleyh

Additional Science Department Faculty

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Science – Dena Cole

2nd through 4th Grade Science – Jared Cole

Technology/Library Faculty

Early Childhood and Lower School Techbrarian – Lacey Meier

4th through 8th Grade Techbrarian – Sara Verwers

Provider of Wisdom – Helen Wills

Athletics/Physical Education Department Faculty

Kindergarten, 2nd through 4th Grade PE Teacher & Athletics Coordinator – Kellen Smith

Preschool through 1st and 5th through 8th Grade PE Teacher – Tim Ziegler

Pretoddler through Toddler Music and Movement and Prekindergarten PE Teacher – Michelle Weeks

PE Assistant and Early Childhood Panthers on the Prowl – Nicole Bonacorso

Fine Arts Department Faculty

Preschool through 3rd Grade Music Teacher – Kirsten Burnfin

4th through 8th Grade Music Teacher – Jo Hill

Garage Band and Guitar Teacher – Barb Ely

4th through 8th Grade Art teacher – Lori Stallman

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Art Teacher – Leah Hyatt

Foreign Language Department Faculty

Pretoddler through 3rd Grade Spanish Teacher – Heidi Hule

4th through 8th Grade Spanish Teacher – Cody WalkerHolmes

Administration and Support Staff

Early Childhood & Lower School Division Head – Brenda Bock

Intermediate & Middle School Division Head – Amy Ganaden

Central Office Coordinator – Sharon Phillips

Health Coordinator – Cathy Bernholtz

South Building Receptionist and Nurse – Jan Carter

Part-Time Nurse – Aimee Kirkpatrick

Athletic Coordinator – Kellen Smith

Director of Auxiliary Services - Kathryn Dodson

Kids' Club and Summer Coordinator – Taylor Clevenger

Director of Finance – Kerry Estes

Business Manager – Kristin Smith

Smart Tuition Finance Assistant – Ronetta Ross

Vice President of Donor Relations – Kris Wheeler

Community Relations Coordinator - Rebecca DiGerlamo

Donor Relations Coordinator – Jennifer Perry

Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance – Dorothy Beckham

Admissions Assistant – MaryLee Sturdevant

Director of Communications & Marketing – Michelle McDaniel

Director of Food and Beverage Services – Justin Kieslich

Mercantile Manager/Buyer – Amy Potts

Kitchen Manager – Matt Armato

Lead Chef – Lauren Borgeson

Cooking Instructor – Michele Cole

Kitchen Staff – Hannah Doss, Cordale Williams, Dan Saling

Cleaning Crew Coordinator – Randy Owen

Facilities Crew – Chris Beckham 

Cleaning Crew – John Carter, Sierra Mick, Jeanne Strange, Abbie Folsom, Jolyn Watson

Preparing for Tomorrow

Oakhill Day School Class of 2016 Alum and Pembroke Hill High School rising Senior ~ Drake Potts has been busy this spring and summer! He was accepted for a Future MBA/Business course where he studied with a professor in the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.  In his tutorial, he learned all about how business is changing as well as many different business tactics.  He also had time to go to London one day for some shopping and museums. Drake had this to say about his experience:

"I was one of two people from the United States out of 30 people.  There were Business, Medical, and Psychology courses going on that made up the 30 people.  Egypt, China, Japan, Hungary, Germany, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, England, and Dubai were just some of the countries represented there.  In addition to what we were learning at the University, we would talk with people at the Business School for day trips. We talked with Steve Zimmer, a man who is creating a company to cure cancer, a specific process to be tested, and how the medical realm of business works.  We also met with two Italians who were running a start-up, a mindfulness expert, students, admissions directors, and directors of the Oxford Foundry which is an institute for start-ups at Oxford. I also took with me an idea I had for a long time to Oxford, for an app called Nurture that I had worked on and researched extensively.  At the end of the week, I was able to present the idea.  My instructor became very interested in my idea and connected me with an Oxford MBA student to partner and invest with me, which I am working on currently.  I also had great networking with other business people who wanted to speak to me after my presentation.  I got some fantastic advice and will be putting it all into full action, with the help of my Oxford supporters and hopefully investors.  At the end of the week, I also won the Future Bill Gates award. It was an amazing immersive experience that connected me with people from all over the world and gave me lasting advice and connections."

 

 

 

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