OCCS News and Announcements
December 11, 2019
December Hymn: Seek Ye First
Verse: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15
The OCCS office will be closed during the Christmas break
May the Christmas season and Christmas Day be a joyous and blessed time
for you and your families. May the true Prince of Peace fill your hearts and minds with peace. May the love demonstrated through Christ’s birth fill your heart and home and overflow to others.
  • If you have TRIP certificates to pick up, please do so before 12:00 noon Friday, December 20. We will open again on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:00am.
  • If you are set up with PrestoPay and are using the on-line system, you may use ScripNow or Reload gift cards 24/7 during the break.
Attention GLC parents
Please let the school office know if you will be using bonus bucks for your teacher’s Christmas present by Wednesday, December 11.
Tuition Payment Requirement
At least 30% of the annual tuition must be paid by the end of the first semester which is Friday, January 10.

You can check your tuition balance anytime on the OCCS website under 'Parents', then 'JMC.' The username is your last name and the password was the one you provided at registration. Contact Pat Ahrenholz in the office if you need assistance with your login.
Geography Bee
OCCS is once again participating in the National Geographic Geography Bee. Our classroom bees will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 in grades 4-8. Winners of our classroom bees will be given a pizza coupon from Pizza Ranch and be invited to our school geography bee which will be held on January 16, 2020.
Hot Lunch Accounts
Please keep your hot lunch account current and not with a negative balance. Email notices will go out when you are running out of money. Please send in a check as soon as you receive notice. Thank you!
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 $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."

If you plan on donating, we need to know as soon as possible for us to be able to distribute funds to our families for this coming spring semester. Donations are due by December 31.
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