OCCS News and Announcements
November 26, 2019
Spiritual Theme: "Devoted to Prayer"
Theme Song for the School Year: "Before the Throne of God Above"
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.
Thanksgiving Chapel
There will be a Thanksgiving chapel on Wednesday, November 27 at 8:30 a.m. The 1st and 6th grade students are in charge of this chapel. Everyone is invited to attend this time of worship and thanksgiving.

If the snow comes and we are not here on Wednesday, we will have this chapel on Monday, December 2 at 8:30 a.m.
Christmas Appreciation Project - Due December 4
Kindergarten thru 8th Grade Parents: The Grade Level Coordinator Committee and Monica would like to announce the kick-off of an exciting and voluntary Christmas Appreciation Project. This project provides families with an easy system to gift the OCCS teachers & staff that have blessed your children's lives.

This project does not replace the student gifts already given to teachers & staff which are provided through the OCCS General Fund / student registration fees. Participation in this program is voluntary and the amount of participation is up to you.

Please read the details by clicking here . This form will give you all the directions and make participation easy! When you’ve completed the online form, please send your payment into the school office. (See the complete directions by clicking on the link.) Hard copies will be available in the school office.  Please return forms to the school office by Wednesday, December 4 at noon.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Zuiderveen at czuiderveen@gmail.com or Tracy Cleveringa at tracycleveringa@hotmail.com.
Homework Club
Homework club will not meet on November 27 due to the early dismissal.
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.
  • Bonus: Outback - 1.75% bonus (9.75%) through November 29.
  • Bonus: Shutterfly - 2.75% bonus (11.75%) through December 6.
  • Bonus: Starbucks - 1.75% bonus (8.75% bonus through December 6.
  • On December 5 & 6, Shop with Scrip will waive the credit card fees. If you are using the credit card payment method, this will be a great time to stock up on gift cards and pay $0.00 in credit card fees.
  • Main Street Theaters update: Our local theater, Holland Plaza, has been sold and is under new ownership. They will continue to accept the Main Street Theater gift cards through December 31.
  • 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
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 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.