December 3, 2020
Tiger PAWS
News & Reminders
Tiger PAWS (Parents and Advocates Willing to Serve)
Tiger PAWS builds the OCCS community through prayer, service and financial support.
OCCS Apparel - orders due Monday
See the attached link for OCCS apparel that is available to order for Christmas. Orders are due December 7 at noon. The projected pickup date is December 21. https://occs2020christmas.itemorder.com/
Christmas Appreciation Project
As our staff community grows, it is sometimes hard for families to acknowledge all of the people who contribute to their child’s education and well-being at school. In order to assist families in appreciation, the Grade Level Coordinator Committee & Tiger PAWS have begun a Christmas Appreciation Project. This format provides families with an easy system to give a little extra to all the teachers/staff that have blessed their children’s lives, primarily those that may get overlooked for gifting because of lack of resources to give something substantial to everyone. 
 
Special Note: Every family contributes to staff gifts via their child’s school registration fee. This includes classroom teacher gifts through the GLC program and a gift to all support staff from school at Christmas. This amount is roughly $4.00 a student. Because each family has already gifted staff in this way, participation in the Christmas Appreciation Project is voluntary. 

Please refer to the attached form which lists all OCCS staff members and OCCS/Unity bus drivers as you follow these simple instructions:

Link to form: Christmas Giving

  1. The blank at the top of the form where it says “From: _____” is to be used to fill in your name as you want it to appear on the appreciation card given to the staff members you are contributing to. E​xample: John Doe Family; John & Jane Doe Family; John, Jane, & Joe Doe; Anonymous
  2. Write in your contribution amount for specific staff member(s). The number of staff members and amount of contribution is entirely up to each individual family. This information is kept confidential. Please make your gifts in whole dollar increments as change is not easy to work with.
  3. Total all the staff contributions and write one check to “Tiger PAWS”. Please note that because your contributions are going directly to specific staff members, checks written are NOT tax-deductible.
  4. Place the check and form in a sealed envelope, clearly labeled “Staff Appreciation”.
  5. By Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:30pm, please bring your envelope to the OCCS office.
  6. Each staff member will receive an appreciation card which will include the total gift amount given and a list of families that were contributors (the amount contributed by each family is kept confidential). Each student name will be listed on the cards for home room teachers.
  7. Staff members may choose how to redeem their gift through the TRIP program.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Grade Level Coordinator Committee: Christina Zuiderveen, Jeff Taylor, and Sheri Hansen.
Boxtops for Education
OLD Process: If you have any of the old Box Tops clips, you can still turn them in if the expiration date has not passed. 


NEW Process: All you need is your phone! Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online. Go to https://www.boxtops4education.com for more information and details.


Chapel shirts
For the past six years, Tiger PAWS has provided funds to purchase the chapel shirts for the staff and students at OCCS. This is just one of the ways Tiger PAWS continues to support OCCS. 

Extra shirts are available to purchase in the office at school.
December Tiger PAWS Prayer items
 Pray for:
  • 3rd grade – Mrs. Van Den Brink, Mrs. Vander Stoep, Mrs. Oolman (aide) and Mrs. Siemonsma (aide)
  • Resource room teachers – Mrs. Driesen and Mrs. Zwart
  • STEPS Coordinator – Mrs. Philipsen
  • Title I – Mrs. List
 
This year continues to be challenging for everyone as adjustments are made to many gatherings, events and day-to-day life due to COVID-19 and restrictions set forth to slow its spread. Continue to pray for God’s guidance, protection and direction for OCCS, its staff, students and families.
 
As we look ahead to our winter and spring fundraisers, pray for our committees as they plan and consider ways to hold fundraisers. 
 
Advent Prayer:
Heavenly Father, in this season of Advent we prepare our hearts for Your coming. 
You are the vine, we are the branches. 
Come and tend us, prune us, clean us. 
Discard in us everything that does not bear fruit, 
Nourish in us everything that bears much fruit. 
As we celebrate Your coming as a vulnerable baby, 
Our hearts await Your glorious return as the eternal King. 
Nurture in us expectant hearts, O Lord. 
Cultivate in us a deep longing for more of you. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. 
Amen.
 
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” Galatians 4:4-5

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