OCCS News and Announcements
October 21, 2020
October Hymn: "Jesus Calls Us; O'er the Tumult""
Verse: "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going." Heb. 11:8
Kitchen Help Needed
OCCS is looking for part-time help in the kitchen. Submit a resume to the Mr. Alons by October 23 if you are interested.
Scholastic Book Fair
We're again hosting the Scholastic Book Fair during P/T conferences. There will be books on display on November 2, 3, and 5 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the music room if you would like to browse/purchase in person. There is also an option to purchase online by using the link below. Online orders of $25+ will receive free shipping. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. J. Wielenga.

Thank you for supporting OCCS!
NICSTO Donations
Northwest Iowa Christian School Tuition Organization (NICSTO) is still receiving contributions to provide tuition assistance to those who qualify. 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 $160,000 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 737-4114 (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."
Shirts for Sale
There are extra shirts from the Monica apparel sale that are available to purchase in the office. All shirts are $15.00.
Appropriate Clothing for the Weather
With the colder weather approaching, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the day's weather. Children are required to wait outside before school starts and go outside for recess. Students should have a warm coat, gloves/mittens and something to cover their head. A sweatshirt does not qualify for winter outerwear. Snow pants are required for younger students in grades K-5 once the snow flies, but snowpants can be worn to keep your child warm even without snow. All students must have appropriate snow boots. Boots are required when the “Boot Sign” is posted by Mr. Kroese’s janitor’s closet. If the temps are in the 50’s students are required to wear long sleeves, 60’s short sleeves. If the temps are below 50, students are required to have an extra layer to wear. Remember that the temps forecasted for the day are not the temps at our morning recess time. Please make sure your child comes with appropriate layers.
Reformation Day
OCCS is a “Reformed” Christian school with roots in the Reformation!
Next week, we will once again have an opportunity to celebrate the significance and importance of Reformation Day (October 31). Although the events that brought on the Reformation took place many years ago with
the important work of Luther and Calvin and other reformers, it has had lasting importance to our understanding of God’s Word and our
salvation through Jesus Christ.

  1. Scripture alone: God’s revelation is complete; we don’t need other books to supplement the Bible in order to know the way of salvation and the path of service.
  2. Grace alone: Salvation is wholly and completely a gift of God; there is simply no way we can, or no reason to, contribute to our own salvation.
  3. Faith alone: We acquire our assurance of salvation through the work of the Holy Spirit creating faith in our hearts that the gospel is true and complete in itself.
  4. Christ alone: There is no other name given under heaven among men through whom we must be saved. No other person(s) is (are) necessary to supplement Christ’s atoning work.
  5. To God Alone Be the Glory!