OCCS News and Announcements
December 9, 2020
December Hymn: "My Faith Looks Up to Thee"
Verse: "I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2
Silage Pile Update
This year OCCS families covered 9 silage piles for 7 different farmers. For our efforts we have received donations of almost $74,000. We have made great progress in a few short years by fine-tuning our process of covering the piles. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way: Labor, Equipment donation, Food and Water donation. It requires a lot of help to cover silage piles. Participation from every family is needed for the continued success of this fundraiser. If you see any of the farmers whose pile we covered, please thank them for what they do and for their generosity toward OCCS. 
NICSTO Donations - Urgent Need
You may have heard about our need for additional NICSTO contributions for the upcoming calendar year. We have 75 families that depend on this aid to lower their cost of tuition due to their income level. Each year we help these families budget out their tuition payments based on the contributions that we get from donors. If we do not receive these contributions, we will be forced to add hundreds of dollars on to the tuition statements for each of these families.

Anyone who contributes will receive a 65% tax credit up to the total amount of Iowa income tax that he/she pays. For example, if you donate $2,000 to NICSTO, your state income tax liability will be reduced by $1300 while NICSTO uses your contribution to help qualified students attend a Christian school. Our school still needs close to $180,000 before the end of the year. We encourage you to participate. It’s a win-win situation, for those who give and to those who receive! What a privilege to be able to use some of our state tax dollars for non-public education! You may also donate non-cash items such as grain, stocks and securities. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Kramer at Unity 395-3018 (NICSTO Treasurer) or Mr. Alons at 737-2274 or stop by the school office. The donation forms are also available on the school website under "About Us", "Support Us", then "NICSTO Contribution Form."

If you plan on donating, please let us know as soon as possible. Donations are due by December 31.
Shirts for Sale
There are extra shirts from the fall Monica apparel sale that are available to purchase in the office. All shirts are $15.00.

There are also current and prior year chapel shirts available to purchase. Current year chapel shirts are $10.00. Last year's chapel shirts are $5.00. Stop in the office to check out what sizes are available.
Weather Alerts / Changes in Schedule
As we head into winter, please be aware of how we share information on early dismissals, late starts, and cancellations.
  1. We will send a text and/or email message to all our families.
  2. We will have a message on the school website.
  3. We will send information on changes to the following radio stations: KDCR, KSOU, & KLEM.
  4. We will send information on changes to the following TV stations: KTIV & KCAU.

Please talk to your children about what will happen if there is an early dismissal. Make sure your child knows ahead of time what the plan is for those days.
On-Line Shopping
OCCS is signed up for parents/constituents to do online Amazon shopping through AmazonSmile. The name is listed as: “Orange City Society for Christian Instruction.” The funds earned from this foundation will be used by the Technology Department. The bottom link will take you right to the sign in page for OCCS. You can still use your TRIP certificates when shopping through AmazonSmile. If you have a current Amazon account, you can use that information to log in.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-0776438