September 17, 2020
Monica Society
News & Reminders
EVERY parent or caregiver of EVERY student is a MEMBER! We have the privilege of coming alongside our school.....helping it achieve the vision of quality, Christ-centered education for our covenant children.
Monica presentation at the Society Meeting
We are excited to share with you the proposed new name, mission and vision! The updated bylaws, constitution and policies will be available in print form at the society meeting. Listed below are the main changes to the bylaws, constitution and policies.

New Name: Tiger PAWS (Parents and Advocates Willing to Serve)

New Mission: Tiger PAWS builds the OCCS community through prayer, service and financial support.

New Vision: Tiger PAWS vision is to provide prayer, service opportunities, and financial support for our school because of our commitment to Christian education.

The updates to the bylaws, constitution and policies include:
  • New name, mission and vision if passed
  • Updated 3-year term length for all committee terms (throughout document)
  • Make-up of the board clarification (“Constitution, Article V - Officers, C” - “at least one board member should be from the Partner Society”)
  • Board liaison information (“Bylaws, Article III - Committees and Work Groups”)
  • Addition of a board task of performing a survey every 5 years to get feedback from members, including fundraiser feedback. Fundraisers need to meet at least 3 of 5 criteria (“Policies, I. G.”)
  • Community (OCCS community) aspect
  • Number of hours of prep required
  • How much money and time input vs output
  • Evaluate response in 5 year survey
  • Service (outside OCCS) aspect
  • Update committee “assignment” (“Policies, II. F.”) - rather than sending a letter informing of committee assignment, the board liaison for each committee will contact names suggested by the board either in person or via telephone to talk with them about the committee and ask if they will prayerfully consider serving in that role.

Both the Monica board and the OCCS board have approved all four items. We will be presenting more details on the changes at the Society Meeting which is scheduled for Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at OCCS. Those in attendance at the society meeting will be voting on those four ballot items. No absentee ballots will be allowed as requested by the OCCS board. A two-thirds vote in favor is needed to pass each ballot item.

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st as we share the proposed changes that come as a direct result of your valuable input we received from the survey given last year.

The Monica Board
Pig-in the Blanket Work Nights
We received an overwhelmingly positive response to the pig-in-the-blanket fundraiser. Thank you for placing orders and for reaching out to friends and family for orders. This fundraiser has reached so many people in Iowa and in other states and we have surpassed the number of pig-in-the-blankets that we sell at Tulip Festival.
Here is what you need to know about the work nights:
  • Monday, September 28 is for families with a last name from A – N. We will be prepping meat and dough for the pig-in-the-blankets. Start time is 6:30pm. Please bring an 8x8 pan, a pastry blender (if you have one), and one large bowl to mix dough in. 
  • Tuesday, September 28 is for families with a last name from O – Z. We will be assembling pig-in-the-blankets. Start time is 5:30pm. No supplies are needed for this night. 
  • Each family needs to send at least one parent to work on your assigned night, but both parents are welcome to come. There is some heavy lifting so men are appreciated! This year we will also allow students in 7th grade and older to help. They cannot work in place of a parent, but they can come and work alongside a parent. If you know of anyone else who is willing to help (friend or family), please invite them to come along. If you cannot work on the night you are assigned, please switch with someone for the other night.
  • Are you interesting in seeing the full process of making pig-in-the-blankets? We would love to have you join us for both work nights. 
  • Masks will be required. We ask that you bring your own mask from home. 
  • You need to wear a hat or a hairnet. Hairnets will be available at school.
  • In the past, we have spent approximately 2 hours working each night. Because we are making more pig-in-the-blankets than at Tulip Festival, please plan to be here longer for a longer amount of time.
We look forward to these two work nights and the community that is built while supporting Orange City Christian School. What a blessing to come together as a school family and provide this service to the community.  

Fall Pig Committee: Vicki Schrock, Kim Vande Zande, Stephanie Klemme, Kari Bousema, Jenn Mills, Sarah Altemeier, & Kristin Van Maanen
Monica Board Advisor: Rebecca Huizenga & Erin Driesen
Pig-in-the-blanket pickup
If you ordered pig-in-the-blankets, you can pick up your order on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. We will have a drive thru line starting in front of school and proceeding around the gym. We will accept cash or check for your order. Checks can be made out to ‘OCCS Monica'. If you cannot come on this night, we request that you find someone else to pick up your order for you. Thank you for your generous support of this fundraiser!
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