Friday, June 17th 2022
UPDATES AND EVENTS

See News and Notes on the website: Go to the CALENDAR & NEWS page here (under the ACADEMICS tab): omahachristianacademy.org/calendar/
Registration Finalization: 7th - 12th Grade
Required Meeting for Middle School and High School Students

All 7th -12th grade students and one parent or guardian are required to attend this 30-minute meeting in July.

Mrs. Krehbiel will present materials, and students and parents will sign documents (as a final step for admission):

  • Statement of Faith
  • Code of Conduct
  • Vehicle Info
  • Opt-in to text messaging
  • Other key documents

Choose ONE of these dates and times to attend!

  • Tuesday, July 12th: 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm or 6 pm
  • Tuesday, July 19th: 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm or 6 pm
  • Tuesday, July 26th: 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm or 6 pm

Summer Office Hours
Our summer office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 am - 3 pm.

You can call the office or stop by during that time.
Summer Camps & Clinics
Summer Camps & Clinics

– Elementary Boys Basketball Camp ($40)
Grades 4-6
June 22-24: 9am – Noon
Mike Thompson – mthompson@ocamail.org

– Middle and High School Boys Basketball Camp ($40)
Grades 7-12
June 22-24: 5pm – 8pm
Mike Thompson – mthompson@ocamail.org

– Girls Volleyball Skills Clinic ($40)
Grades 3-8
June 27-30: 1pm – 4pm
Kendra Eveland – keveland@ocamail.org

– High School Girls Volleyball Camp
Grades 9-12
July 11th-15th: 1pm – 4pm
Kendra Eveland – keveland@ocamail.org
NOTE: Email Coach K to register.
New Director of Development
Meet Tim Neal


My name is Tim Neal, and I am pleased to be the new Director of Development at OCA!

I have served in the nonprofit sector for 40 years through five different organizations.

My family includes my wife, Moira, my son Andrew and his wife Dani, plus their 4 boys: Titus, Shepard, Judah and Caleb, and last but not least is my daughter Andrea. 

When not working, I am very involved with our church where I serve as an Elder among other duties. If not there, you can probably find me on a golf course somewhere or downhill skiing. I am thrilled to serve in a Christ-centered ministry!

Sincerely,

Tim Neal

Isiah 40:31 For they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.

Contact Tim at tneal@ocamail.org  
Student Highlight
Student Highlight

The winners of this year’s OCA Frank and Jean Porter Excellence in Research and Writing Award are:​​​​​​​​
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First Prize: Emily Bryson for "Prison Life in Auschwitz"​​​​​​​​

Second Prize: Codie Wirges for "Origins of Halloween"​​​​​​​​

Third Prize: Kaylie Huitink for "Are Serial Killers a Product of Nurture or Nature?"​​​​​​​​

Honorable Mention: Lauren Eveland for "The Evolution of Computer-Generated Imagery in Films"​​​​​​​​
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The criteria for the essay: Written in MLA format during the students' junior year at OCA, the research paper must be clearly and concisely written, grab and keep the attention of the reader with a minimum of distracting errors, and use reliable sources.​​​​​​​​
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This essay competition seeks to affirm these scholarly research and writing skills among the 11th graders of OCA as demonstrated in research papers. Each winning student was awarded a check.

Congratulations, students, for your excellence in writing!
More Summer Volleyball Camps
More Volleyball Camp Options

Hello OCA VB Community! My name is Andrew Wehrli.

I reached out to Coach Kendra Eveland to connect on some camps that I am personally running this summer. I’ve included a short bio below for those of you that don’t know me.
 
These Volleyball camps are open to anyone from any school and have provided great learning opportunities over the years for young athletes. We generally split courts based on ability and adjust camp to the skill level on each court. 


Registration links for each camp are as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
About Dr. Andrew Wehrli
Ph.D. in Sports Psychology, M.S. in Exercise Physiology, B.S. Pedagogy and Bible
 
  • Currently Fremont VB Head Coach - Took Job 4/20/2022
  • Currently a Director of Nebraska Elite - Multiple Top 3 Finishes at Nationals
  • Former USA Junior National Team Head Coach - Gold Medalist
  • Former Duchesne Head Coach - Played for 2 State Championships
  • Skutt Catholic - Multi-State Qualifier
  • Marian High School - State Champions
  • Grace University - 2006 National Champions
WEIGHT ROOM
OCA ATHLETES

Starting on Monday, June 6, the weight room will be open for OCA athletes during the following hours:

Mondays - 4:00-5:30
Tuesday - 4:00-6:00
Thursdays - 4:00-5:30
Fridays - 4:00-6:00

Mr. Thompson and Mr. Parsons will be at OCA during those hours.

When the football coach is announced, the team will meet and the schedule may change. 
Middle School Boys Football
Parents of Next Year's Middle School Boys

As many of you know, we co-op with Brownell Talbot for Middle School Football.

Brownell-Talbot provides equipment, facilities, and coaching for the program. In order to provide the best opportunities for the students, Brownell-Talbot would like to get an idea of how many players they will have in the fall. 

They have asked our middle school families to respond to a survey of OCA students. Answers to the survey are not binding. They are only for planning purposes.

The survey is found at the following link:
Thank you in advance for your help in gathering information.

If you have any questions, please email me at mthompson@ocamail.org.


Mike Thompson
Athletic Director
Omaha Christian Academy
Summer Running Club
Join us for Summer Running Club!


WHO: Anyone participating in High school or Middle school sports are welcome to attend. If you are participating in Cross-country or Track, you will be required to attend four to five runs over the summer.

WHAT: Runs will be held at different parks throughout the summer. We will start with a mile and work up from there.

WHEN: Monday and Saturday from 9 – 10 am starting June 18th

Summer Schedule:

  • June 18th – Lake Flanagan
  • June 20th – Standing Bear Lake
  • June 25th – Keystone Park
  • July 2nd – Tranquility Park
  • July 4th – Lake Flanagan (Popsicles or Frozen Watermelon will be provided)
  • July 9th – Standing Bear Lake
  • July 11th – Keystone Park
  • July 16th – Tranquility Park
  • July 18th – Lake Flanagan

NOTE: There will be two dates that there will not be runs: June 28th and July 23rd.  

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR RUNNING CLUB: Reach out to Mrs. Erwin at 531-301-2640 or serwin@ocamail.org
           
Cross Country

Cross-country is an extracurricular athletic option to Omaha Christian Academy Middle and High School students.

WHAT IS CROSS COUNTRY?

Cross-country is an individual sport where the runner is completing a mile run on nature’s terrain, trying to improve their personal time through increasing their mileage in training. However, it requires a team to support, push, and encourage each other to keep going.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

You do not have to be a "runner" to participate in this sport.

Cross Country calls for an individual that is willing to be dedicated, persevere, patient, and faithful to push beyond their own personal goals to rely on the strength that lies deeper within.

If you are a student unsure about what sport to participate in, cross-country could be for you.

If you are a student that enjoys running and but had not thought about it being a sport, cross-country could be for you.

No matter what your individual knowledge or experience has been, cross-country is a sport that anybody can try!

QUESTIONS:

You can sign up for Cross Country in the fall! Reach out to Mrs. Erwin at 531-301-2640 or serwin@ocamail.org with questions.
Meet the Middle School Coach

MRS. ERWIN

I, Mrs. Erwin, have taught at OCA for three years now. I started in kindergarten and now teaching Preschool.

As a former cross-country runner, who was just trying a sport to do something in school, I learned that it is not about how you start...but how you finish.

I was not the fastest on the team, the most successful, or the most skilled.

I learned to persevere and my favorite motto from what I learned is, “Do your best and let God take care of the rest”.

With that, I went from JV my freshman year to missing my sophomore year with shin splits, to getting healthy and running Varsity my junior and senior year.

I ran my race, but I was never alone and finished each race with nothing left on the table.

This year, my goal is to see change in a young heart/mind that allows them to become who God created them to be through learning something new or developing something familiar.

Join us this year for Cross Country and Running Club! Let’s Go!!!
Summer Programs
Metropolitan Community College
is offering Summer 2022 courses at no tuition cost to Nebraska High School students.


Summer Music Camp is open for beginner & intermediate students in Grades 3rd-11th.

Learn how to worship God through music and hone musical skills. Class options for Vocals, Piano, Drum & Guitar.

Job Opportunities
OCA is hiring!

Current job openings:
– Teachers
– Facilities Manager
– Food Service Manager
Guidance Counselor


Benefits of working at OCA:
– Salary (varies based on candidates' experience and skills)
– Health insurance
– Discount for children attending OCA
– Positive, Christian work environment
– Friendly and dedicated team
– Ability to impact the next generation with a Biblical worldview and Christian values

OCA Fireworks Stand
How can you help? 
- Encourage your friends and neighbors to buy from the Omaha Christian Stand 
-Stop by the school office for a Fireworks Application and fill it out to help work at the stand. A schedule will be sent to you by e-mail with times that you are scheduled to work 
-Night Watchman needed: 7 nights starting Monday, June 27th, 11:00pm to 8:00am. Pays $100 a night. Must be at least 18. Must stay awake. 
-Need old used pallets for the stand (app. 45)

Location: 
-132nd and Fort behind the Kum & Go.  

Schedule
-Tuesday, June 28th through Monday, July 4th
-Daily from 8:00am to 11:00pm  
-Tuesday, June 27th @ 7:00pm, we need a set-up crew to stock the stand for the first day of business on the 28th. (Usually takes 2 to 3 hours) 
-Monday, July 4th @ 11:00pm, we need a tear-down crew to inventory the stand and put everything away. (Usually takes 2 to 3 hours)

Shifts:
-Each day has 3 shifts of 5 hours each. (8:00am to 1:00pm, 1:00pm to 6:00p, & 6:00pm to 11:00pm).
-Each shift requires 7 to10 workers. 
-Set-up and tear-down requires 15 to 18 workers and counts as a full 5-hour shift.

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Johnson by phone (text) 308-212-0406 or e-mail kjohnson@ocamail.org
We Would Love to Hear From You!
Share your comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions with the OCA school board!

You can email: board@ocamail.org (all current board members will receive your email).
Stay Connected
Download the attached document to see the many ways you can stay connected with OCA!
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