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The A Night at Studio 47 Auction is Here!

From Monday, February 19 through auction night, you can bid on awesome items from our Best of Oakhill and Teacher Days sections. Access the Online Bidding Page Now! *You do not need to have a ticket to the Auction to participate in online bidding!

Once on the Online Bidding page, click Start Bidding in the upper right corner to finish* creating your account. *You will need to put in credit/debit card information to complete registration for online bidding. You can edit your method of payment once bidding has closed through the Development Office or at check out during either auction event.

You will be assigned a bid number at the time of online bidding registration for use at both the free Children's Auction on Wednesday night and the main Auction event. LIVE items at the auction on March 3 will not be available for bidding online.

Still need a ticket to the Auction? Click here to purchase your Auction ticket.

Not attending but want to bid on LIVE Auction packages? We have people to bid in the LIVE event on your behalf!

Click here for more information on Proxy Bidding

Thank you for your support, happy bidding, and we'll see you at the disco!

Oakhill Day School Auction Committee




2018-2019 PTO Executive Committee

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. Your PTO aims to promote positive school/community relationships that will enhance our children's educational environment through volunteer coordination and family activities that gather our school together.

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

The PTO Executive Committee meets with the Head of School each month. General PTO meetings, which are open to all parents and teachers, are held on the second Tuesday.

The school needs and appreciates the talents and time of parents and our extended community. Parents who are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Oakhill may contact any member of the PTO Executive Committee.

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.

PTO is currently looking for volunteers for a variety of events and a chairperson for the 2019 Son/Daughter Date Nights. For more information on PTO, please email your PTO President, Leecil Culbertson.

Mark your calendar! On April 20, your Oakhill PTO would like to thank and celebrate ALL volunteers who have made events and activities all year long a success. More information to come!

Join us this Spring Break for non-stop fun as we create and play the days away. We have lots of things planned this year...and have some great add on classes for our PK-8th grade students. Join us as we have a spa day to create sugar scrubs and shower jellies, or spend a morning with us at our first ever Egg Olympics. These are just a few of the fun things we have planned for you this spring break!

Please use the following links to register:

T-PS Spring Break RegistrationPK-8th grade Spring Break Registration

Panther Alumnus ~ Reilly Nash ~ has been busy this year! A Freshman at North Kansas City High School in the International Baccalaureate program, Reilly competed in the Scholar Bowl in Savannah, Missouri where he won a medal for the 3rd highest scorer at the JV Scholar Bowl Tournament. Reilly also competed at the Missouri Valley Invitational Science Olympiad in January where he came away with three medals. He won a Silver Medal in both Mousetrap Car and Astronomy and a Bronze Medal in Fermi Calculations (which he did without a partner). Way to go, Reilly!

Oakhill Alum (Class of 2010) and Vanderbilt University Senior ~ Madison Fitzgerald ~ sang a solo last month in the International Competition for Collegiate A Cappella. Madison describes this event as the real life version of the competition in the Pitch Perfect movies. Her group ~ Harmonic Notion ~ came in 3rd place at the quarterfinals. It all started on an Oakhill stage many years ago! Congratulations, Madison!

Mr. Hall took middle school students to compete in the MATHCOUNTS Competition hosted at Burns and McDonnell over the weekend. MATHCOUNTS is a national non-profit organization that provides engaging math material to students in hopes of encouraging positive attitudes and confidence when it comes to math skills. Students took a test in their math classes during school to qualify, and the top ten were selected to go. The students selected to participate were Alana, Ryan, Thai, Ava, Griffin, Drew, Shawn, Weston, Sophia, and Wain. All participants competed individually, and four competed as an Oakhill team.

There were three rounds of competition: sprint, target, and team. Each round combines to create a total students score. In the sprint round, Griffin tied for 9th place, and Shawn, Wain, and Weston all tied for 15th place. After the target round, Shawn and Wain were placed in the top 10, moving them forward into the state competition in Columbia. Our Oakhill team of Shawn, Weston, Sophia, and Wain placed third, missing the cutoff for state by only .75 points.

We are so proud of these students for their achievements and representing Oakhill in this competition! We look forward to seeing Shawn and Wain at state later this semester!

Join us for FULLY CHARGED summer fun in 2018!

We are so excited to announce a few changes that we've made to our summer program at Oakhill! Here are the top 5 reasons why we hope to see you at Oakhill this summer!


ALL-INCLUSIVE CAMP

This summer we are a 1-stop summer shop! One budget-friendly price gets you 5 days of summer fun that includes before and after camp care! *There is also a new daily drop-in rate.

HANGING WITH FRIENDS

We are introducing same age peer groupings to camp this year! So if your child is going into first grade, they will only be with first and second graders for a bulk of the day! Who doesn't like hanging with friends all summer?

AMAZING COUNSELORS

Each age grouping of campers will be paired with the same fun and fabulous lead counselor the whole summer! Each group will also have energetic TA's to help make sure that the fun is non-stop!

HIGH ENERGY ATMOSPHERE

Camp is going to be high energy while maintaining the same values we expect at Oakhill during the regular school year! Be prepared for something fun, new, and exciting every day!

NON-STOP FUN

Expect fun and energetic activities from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day! Your child will leave camp with so many stories and memories to hopefully last until next summer!

Be the first to receive our 2018 summer guide!

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Start Planning for the 2018-2019 School Year!

Be sure to prep your calendar for the 2018-2019 school year by downloading the abbreviated calendar for the upcoming year! This calendar contains all of the important start/end and break dates. The calendar on the website is updated daily so be sure to check there for specific information about dates for events occurring this school year. The abbreviated calendar dates have already been added to the web calendar as well.

Download the 2018-2019 Abbreviated Calendar

If you have any questions about the calendar, please contact Sharon Phillips in the Central Office.

Thank you!

Follow the Call of the Disco Ball

The 2017-2018 Auction Committee wants to welcome you to A Night at Studio 47, Oakhill's annual auction and largest fundraising event of the year! Our committee of parents and Oakhill faculty are excited about this year's event because Oakhill is celebrating a special milestone, its 70th Anniversary! So this year, we thought what better way to celebrate our 70's than with a 70's disco party to top all others.

Make sure to get your tickets, as a reservation is a must to be able to attend the event. You must have your tickets purchased along with meal choices by February 16, 2017 to attend the event and to be guaranteed a meal. There are only 2 VIP reserved tables left available for purchase!

These are the remaining was to help support the Auction:

Class packages are packages put together by your student(s) classes and these packages get auctioned off on auction night! Contributing towards your student(s) class package helps the Auction Committee secure great packages for either silent or live auction and make money for our favorite school.

  • Toddler/ Early Learner: Date Night
  • Pre-K: "We're Going to Disney World"
  • Kindergarten: "Weekend in Omaha"
  • First: "Weekend in Weston"
  • Second: "Thrill Seeker"
  • Third: "New York City"
  • Fourth: We're waiting on confirmation on a piece of this package.
  • Preschool was asked to make monetary donations to purchase a piece of jewelry for the "Blink for Bling" raffle prize.
  • Middle School advisory parents have been asked to contribute to a student picked theme basket for silent auction. Check with your Middle School student for their Advisory theme.

Children's Auction is an opportunity for the students to get in on the auction fun! Best of all... No tickets are needed to attend this event because it's FREE! There will be tons of toys, games, books, and tween/teen items for students to bid on with your help... as well as concessions with pizza from Pizza Street and a sundae bar!

More information will be distributed as we get closer to the Children's Auction. The event is on Wednesday, February 21 right after school in the gymnasium.

Get ready to celebrate the most successful event yet!! With your participation we will be able to reach our Goal of $170,000! Contact the Development Office if you have any questions!

Gearing Up for Second Semester

Heading into a new calendar year brings renewal and excitement. In the New Year, we make resolutions and hit the reset button! As Oakhill returned to school on January 3, we officially began the second half of our school year, a new semester, a new quarter, a new month, and another day! For all of us at Oakhill, we pack every day with special moments; it is the entire collection of moments, both big and small, that means so much to a day in the life of a student and teacher. I will share with you some of the BIG moments (impactful moments, purposeful moments, nostalgic moments) that have occurred or are to come.

We enjoyed our first ever Alumni Mingle with only two days back to school under our belts. Several alumni representing the end of both High School and College spoke to the audience about the impact Oakhill had on them, their learning, and their lives. Each one spoke of specific memories, as well as the molding of character and the diversification of their education. Their messages filled our hearts and recharged our batteries; we truly make a difference in the lives of our students!

We have been excited to offer PTO coffee talks (and more to come) with our latest presentation focusing on bullying versus peer conflict. Although I would love to see larger crowds, the parents who attend have been highly engaged and attentive. I appreciate the opportunity to chat about relevant topics and open dialogue about these pressing issues. We will have an evening event on February 15 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on suicide prevention. Future talks include homework habits, standardized testing, technology vision (we can't wait to share with you what is to come), and summer learning ideas.

I am so excited about this year's children's auction and auction theme – Studio 47 (think disco)! If anything can top last year's 80's theme, it is the groovy 70's! The Annual Auction is important for so many reasons – fun, community, and budget! We need the auction, and the auction needs YOU! Check out our Auction page on the website for ALL of the details.

The Annual Science Expo & Open House is always a hit! The Expo has always been one of our most well-attended events – a time for students to lead their parents around the entire campus, through both buildings, and giving the parents a view through their child's lens! Make this tradition one not to miss.

The Middle School is already excited about the two BIG trips in April: 5th and 6th graders head to Washington D.C. and Williamsburg while the 7th and 8th graders make a trek from Miami to Key West experiencing everything in between (Everglades, mangroves, sea turtles and snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas). These trips make memories that will last a lifetime!

Finally, our Kindergarteners graduate and become a "grader" in late May, while our 8th graders ready themselves for the next chapter in their lives. Many of our students have practically spent their entire life at Oakhill, so this is a bittersweet event for parents, teachers and students alike. The 8th-grade graduation experience is both beautiful and heartwarming and can genuinely change the way you think about an independent school education – the white dresses, the black suits and Oakhill ties, the eloquent speeches from our articulate students, the music and singing, the sendoff messages, and the unforgettable reception that follows.

This school year is flying by fast; hold on to every moment and understand how special those moments are (and always will be)!

Suzanne

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