OCCS News and Announcements
November 24, 2020
Spiritual Theme: "Heroes of the Faith"
Theme Song for the School Year: "Find Us Faithful"
Theme Verse for the School Year: "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Heb. 11:1
Reminder: All students will need a mask for chapel on Wednesday.
Lost Ring
A ring was found in the hallway during the week of Parent/Teacher Conferences. If it might be yours, please stop by the office to claim it.
Food Drive for Thanksgiving
OCCS is participating in a food drive for the Orange City Food Pantry in connection with our Thanksgiving chapel. Food items may be brought in any time during the week of November 23. Classes are asked to bring the items into the gym as they come for chapel on Wednesday morning. 

These are some of the items the OC Food Pantry suggests:
  • flour
  • sugar
  • canned veggies and fruits
  • peanut butter
  • jelly or jam or fruit spread
  • oatmeal
  • canned soups and stews
  • canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.)
  • cereal
  • pasta
  • rice
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • facial tissue
  • toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • hand soap
  • laundry soap
  • baby wipes
Middle School Christmas Concert
A 5th - 8th grade Christmas Concert is currently scheduled for Dec. 17 at Northwestern College Christ Chapel. Given the latest requirements by the governor, we are not sure if we will be able to hold this concert as planned. We are working on an alternative which will allow the students to perform their pieces during the school day. We will record those performances and send out the links for everyone to watch. We continue to hope that we will be able to have this concert in person and we will keep you posted as we get closer to the date. 
Attention GLC parents
Please let the school office know if you would like to use bonus bucks for your teacher’s Christmas present by Wednesday, December 9.
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, we need to know by December 1st for us to be able to distribute funds to our families for this coming spring semester. Donations are due by December 31.
  • Hardee's update: The $5.00 Hardees certificates have been discontinued. Hardee's is now stocked as a gift card for $10.00 with 5% rebate.
  • Bonus: Coldstone Creamery 4.75% bonus (15.75% total) through Dec. 11
  • Bonus: Red Robin 3% bonus (11% total) through Dec. 11
  • Bonus: Shutterfly 2.75% bonus (11.75% total) through Dec. 4
  • Bonus: Starbucks 1.75% bonus (8.75% total) through Dec. 4
  • New Reload: Arby's gift cards are now reloadable.
  • TRIP hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00am - 12:30pm. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00am - 3:30pm.
  • Find information about the OCCS TRIP program on our website by clicking the following link: OCCS TRIP Website
  • Need help on how to use the Shop with Scrip Website or My Scrip Wallet? Click here for step by step instructions: Family Ordering Guide