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   March Newsletter  01-Mar-14

Thank You - Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Our hearts are just overflowing with gratitude for all of the donations, gifts, volunteers, attendees, desserts, and blessings associated with our recent OCS auction last month!! It was a wonderful time of fellowship and fun as well as a huge fundraiser for our school, and we are excited to announce that the school grossed over $25,300 as a result of everyone's efforts. So again, a big "Thank you" to everyone for your help!!

OCS Basketball & Cheerleading- We are in full basketball and cheerleading mode here at OCS this month, as we have our final games of the season in the next few weeks against Ebenezer Christian School on Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 in Ellsworth, as well as our Students vs. Parents/Staff game on Monday, March 17 at 6:00 pm at GIS. Our first two games against some BEAR basketball teams went really well, and our students have learned a lot about teamwork, sportsmanship and ball handling skills. Miss Drenth and Pastor Steve Datema are coaching the basketball team, and Sarah Gapinski is coaching our cheerleaders, and the students are having a great time.

 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher Change - It has been an emotional time here at OCS lately, as we said "good-bye" to Mrs. Burney who has blessed so many children in this community during her 17 years at the school.  We were sad to see her go, but we are happy that she will now be able to spend time taking care of her granddaughter in Washington, D.C.

On the other hand, we are very excited to welcome Sarah Gohl, as our new 1st and 2nd grade teacher. Sarah graduated from Spring Arbor University with her teaching degree in 2003 and is married and has four children. Her family moved to Gaylord from Alpena five years ago, and they are active members of Gaylord Family Fellowship. Please join us in giving her a warm OCS "welcome" if you see her at the school or at any upcoming school events.

3rd Marking Period Ends - This month is another busy one, as we wrap up the third marking period on March 21. Report cards will be sent home the following week on Thursday, March 27.

Spirit Week - We will also be celebrating our second Spirit Week of the year during the week of March 24-28. Monday will be Mismatch/Clash day, Tuesday will be Pajama day, Wednesday will be "dress as your favorite book character" day, Thursday will be Beach day, and Friday will be our OCS spirit day for all the K4 students on up. Mrs. Klay's students should check with her calendar schedule, as it will be slightly different.

Reading Is Fundamental - On Tuesday, March 25 of that week, we will also have our annual school-wide "Reading is Fun" day from 10:00-10:45 am. We will have a guest reader that day as well as pair up the students with a reading "buddy" to make it an extra special time of reading "fun" for the children.

Christmas Program DVD - The Christmas program DVDs have arrived and have been distributed to all those who ordered them. If you would still like to purchase one, please stop by the office to let us know.

Attendance Reminder - We do ask that you please contact the office about any absences, tardies, and changes in pick-ups as soon as possible each day.

Spring Break - Spring Break this year is scheduled for the week of March 31 through April 4.

2014/2015 Enrollment - Registration has already begun for the 2014-2015 school year here at OCS. To secure your child's spot, all you will have to do is come in and sign a "Tuition contract" form and pay the necessary registration fee unless you are enrolling a new student. 

 The breakdown of our classes for next year are as follows: K3 Preschool (M/W & T/TH AM classes) with Mrs. Sims, K4 Preschool (AM & PM classes) with Mrs. Book, Kindergarten with Mrs. Wagner, First grade (stand alone), 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade, and our middle school class will be 6th-8th grade. We are working on finalizing our staff positions for the remaining classes, and those will be announced as soon as they are determined.

Salt and Light for the Changing World - As we enter this new year, we are reminded again of the significance of living in the twenty-first century. It is an era marked by great change and, to an even greater degree, a growing sense of uncertainty. You are to be encouraged and complimented in your decision to pursue Christian schooling for your children.

 I am reminded of the Old Testament account in which Moses gathered the Israelites together to give them final instructions as they were about to enter the Promised Land. For them life was about to change--big time! God had led them for forty years in the wilderness in preparation for their entry into the land that would be their new home and new life. Moses shared with them the message that God had given him, including this very important expression of God's concern and care for them: "Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!" (Deuteronomy 5:29, NIV).

 The distinctive of Christian schooling is to produce students with the intellectual development and spiritual formation that God so desired for the children of Israel--individuals whose hearts would be inclined to fear God and keep His commandments. The education of your children is not unlike that which Moses was giving to the Israelites, who were about to begin life in a very different world. Moses was not preparing them to live as they had for the past forty years; he was preparing them for change of unbelievable and magnificent proportions.

 Reflect on some of the unbelievable global and cultural changes of the past fifty years--changes that have had varying but real impact on every person in the world: the fall of the Iron Curtain signaling the end of the cold war; the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa and the ultimate demise of apartheid in that nation; the high-tech boom and bust--and seeming boom again; the advent and prevalence of the Internet; 9/11 and the reality and fear of terrorism. All of these and many more illustrate the reality of change throughout the world. Never has the significance of Christian schooling been more evident. Life is no longer a matter of "business as usual." A world of continuous, dramatic, and life-impacting changes is the world in which our children will mature.

In his recent book Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence (Gotham Books, 2003), Peter Schwartz talks about medical breakthroughs: advancements that increase life expectancy to 150 years; high-tech biological enhancements for soldiers, including laser surgery that gives fighter pilots eagle-eye vision better than 20/20; drugs that allow 72 hours of sleep deprivation without degradation of performance; enhancements for night vision, cloning, pain relief, healing, and general strength and stamina. He notes that it is generally only a matter of time before public demand brings such advancements into the medical marketplace.

 These are only a few examples of the drive toward medical technologies that result in bio-enhanced individuals, raising critical questions in the realm of bioethics. A related development is the great pressure for expanded and aggressive genetic research. Even secular writers recognize the seriousness of the problem. In Curriculum Update, a publication by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Rick Allen writes: "As today's Nobel Prize-winning biology research becomes tomorrow's high school lab experiment, say research scientists and professional ethicists, it is crucial that students also understand the profound moral and ethical dilemmas that the application of genetics raises for society" ("The Genetics Revolution: Will Students Be Equipped to Challenge a Brave New World?" summer 2002).

 Where else but in the Christian school are the scientists of tomorrow--many of them your children--going to develop crucial Christian worldview understandings and biblically based moral and ethical positions? Where else but in Christian school classrooms will young hearts and minds be transformed as God would have them?

 "Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever." -Deuteronomy 5:29, NIV  

                                                            Ken Smitherman, President Association of Christian Schools International 

   January Newsletter  14-Jan-14

January 2014

 

Dear OCS Families,

 

Happy New Year 2014!! We pray that everyone had a fun and blessed "extended" Christmas break, as we now look forward to all that God has in store for us in this New Year.

We do want to thank everyone who came to the OCS Christmas program, as that was a wonderful evening to remind us about the real reason for the season. Our students and staff did an amazing job, and we are very proud of their performances. DVD's of that night are available for pre-order for $10 each in the school office, and we will give you a call when they are ready. We sure appreciate Denny Freeman and Scott Mason for videotaping and putting together this DVD for our families.

The "New Year's Eve Rocks!" celebration at the Sportsplex was a huge success once again this year. We had over 300 people in attendance, and the school made over $1,300 as well. We want to thank Marti Boesen, Debbie VanHouten, and the Tripp, Datema, Krone and Hawkins families for all of their help. We are also very grateful for our generous event sponsors: Otsego County Sportsplex, Meijer, Save-a-Lot, BC Pizza, Jet's Pizza, Little Caesar's, Prudential Preferred Properties, Gordon Food Service, Family Fare, and Walmart.

 
OCS Annual Auction

Our school's annual dinner and auction is fast approaching on Saturday, February 8 at the Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord. This year's theme is "Great is His Faithfulness," and the doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with a delicious catered dinner by Alpine Tavern being served at 6 p.m. It is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and our goal is to raise over $35,000. We know we can achieve success with the involvement of all of our school families, as it brings together hundreds of people in our community for a night of fellowship and fun to benefit the school through a huge silent auction, a live auction, a Chinese auction, and a dessert auction.

 

This year's program also includes some comedic entertainment provided by Melody Kemp, and it promises to be an unforgettable evening. Please do your best to sell all eight of your tickets to family and friends.  This is our single largest fundraising event of the year, and our goal is to raise over $35,000.  Our deadline is Friday, January 31st, so please have your money and/or unsold tickets turned in to our OCS office by that date.

 

***We did a special for the Christmas program on ticket prices, and we are going to continue that special through next week on January 16. For this time frame, you may purchase/sell the auction tickets for $20 each or $40 for 2 tickets or $150 for a table of eight (8).  Please stop by the office to pay for the tickets at this time.

 

 We are also looking for some additional help setting up for the event, tearing down, decorating and picking up donated items, so please let me know if you can help in any way. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 732-8333 or email me at khawkins@ocsgaylord.org.

 
Report Cards

Next Thursday, January 16th, is the end of the second marking period here at OCS. Report cards will be sent home in your child's B.E.A.R book the following Thursday, January

 
T-shirt Orders

If you ordered an OCS t-shirt through our PTF, then you should be receiving those shirts any day now. We will need to put in an additional order, so if you would still like to order a t-shirt please stop by the office to get a form by January 23rd.

 

Pastor Spencer's Mission Trip

Pastor Roger Spencer is going to Honduras on a missions trip in February, and we would like to help him by collecting school supplies to send for the children there. Pastor Spencer has been coming to lead us here at OCS in Chapel for the last 23 years, and we are so blessed to have him share with us each month. All of the students love his puppet Jeremy, too.  So if you can, please send in your donations, and we will present them all to him at Chapel on Feb.  5th.

 
 Basketball & Cheerleading Season

One of the fun traditions we have here at OCS is our co-ed basketball (4th-7th grades) and cheerleading (1st-7th grade girls) season we have each winter. We have quite a few students interested in playing, so we are working on setting up a schedule for some games between us and Ebenezer Christian and some BEAR basketball teams.

 

What we would like to know is if anyone would be willing to coach our 1st through 7th grade girls cheerleading team? Ms. Drenth has graciously agreed to coach our co-ed 4th-7th graders basketball team, but she could really use an assistant coach as well. Our thoughts are that we would have one practice a week right after school for both groups--probably the cheerleaders would meet here at OCS in our gym, and the basketball players would go to the E-Free gym. Then we would schedule 5 to 6 games including our students vs. parents game to wrap up the season. Please talk to Karla if you are interested in helping at all with this, as it is a lot fun for the students and builds a lot of team and school spirit

 

The OCS Staff would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to the staff Christmas bonuses this year, and we thank you very much for your kindness. It really was a blessing to our teachers, aides and staff.

 

As we begin this New Year, it occurs to me that a good motto for the school this year could be "God's Faithfulness is Supreme in 2014." He is certainly always faithful in our lives, so may we all focus on Him, His will and His purposes for our lives in 2014.

 

Stay warm out there, and may the Lord bless you always!

In God's Service and Yours,

 

Karla Hawkins

 

Otsego Christian School Administrator 

   Christmas Photos from A & M  19-Dec-13

Parents,

Please go to www.amphotographystudio.com and click on "proofs".  Then place an order online and pick them up photos at A & M Studio!   Photos will be available online by 1:00 pm, December 20. 

   December Newsletter  09-Dec-13

Dear OCS Families,

Happy December to one and all! I am so excited about this month, as we have some wonderful events coming up to celebrate the Christmas season. I pray that you will have a very joy and peace-filled month as well, as we look to Jesus as the "reason for the season."

We just wrapped up our "Wreath Fundraiser," and it was a big success. The school raised close to $2,000, and we appreciate your participation very much. Our "Farm to Home" fundraiser is finishing up this week, and we are also very excited about this great connection with local farmers and businesses. Please be sure to come and pick up your items today or tomorrow! We would like to give a special "Thank you" to our parents, Joanna Senske, and Jeanne Mouch, for putting this fundraiser together for us and for designing and printing up all the catalogs and order forms. Both of these ladies are a huge blessing to the school! 

OCS Benefit Concert

We are very excited to announce that we will be having the 8th Annual OCS Christmas Benefit Concert entitled "A Merry Christmas to You: Kids from 1 to 92" this Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 pm at the Gaylord E-Free Church. This free concert will feature the talents of Christian artists Only9am, our own OCS children, Joshua Rupp, The Extra Mile, Kevin Cleary and other wonderful surprises.

Attendance is not mandatory for our OCS students, but we hope that you can come and bring your children, as they will be performing one of our OCS Christmas program songs and will be a highlight of the evening’s musical talents. The class that brings the most guests will win a pizza party before Christmas break. 

This is a FREE Concert with loads of good music and fun for the whole family, and it will be a great way to kick off the Christmas season! A love offering will be taken up to benefit Otsego Christian School, and there will be a fun photo booth to enjoy after the show as well.

Christmas Program Practices

The K5-7th grade OCS students will be practicing our Christmas program on Wednesday and Thursday morning, Dec. 18-19, from 9am to 11am at the E-Free Church. We will be riding the E-Free bus, but please be sure to sign the permission slips when they come home and return them to their teachers as soon as possible.

The Preschool students will also be practicing on Thursday, Dec. 19 there at E-Free from 9 am to 11 am, so please take your children directly there and pick them up from there that day as well.

Christmas Program

Our OCS Christmas program will take place on Thursday, Dec. 19th, at 6:30 pm at the E-Free Church. The students will need to be there no later than 6:15 pm to get ready for their performances. Please read your child's classroom newsletter for additional information about costumes, etc.


Scott Mason will also be videotaping the program for us, so you will be able to pre-order your DVD copy for $10 each that night.

Christmas Break

Christmas break will begin after school on Friday, Dec. 20th and will continue through Sunday, Jan. 5th. School will resume at 8:10am on Monday, Jan. 6th. See you then!

New Year's Eve Rocks!!

OCS will be hosting their second annual "New Year's Eve Rocks!" at the Otsego County Sportsplex on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome to come swim or ice skate and celebrate New Year’s Eve in a family-friendly place. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family of 4 or more, and this includes some pizza, drinks, and all kinds of fun. We will have inflatables, music, a balloon drop, and a sparkling grape juice toast at 10:00pm. For more information, stop by the school office or call the school at 732-8333. 

OCS Auction

The OCS Annual Auction is taking place on Saturday, February 8 at the E-Free Church, so plan now to come and bring your friends to an evening of fun, exciting auctions, a delicious dinner and much more--all to benefit our school! A letter will be sent home soon with some additional information about tickets, etc.

Please let Karla know if you are willing to help in any way, as we are looking for help with set up, tear down, picking up donated items, and decorating.

**School Need:  We are currently in need of a CD player that can play a split-track for our Christmas play practices. If anyone has one that they will loan us this month, we would really appreciate it.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the "Sock-It-To-Me" program recently, as the children really enjoyed putting the new socks in the big stocking for needy families in our community. Thank you so much for being a part of the OCS family as well! We look forward to seeing you soon, as we wish you a very Merry Christmas season and a very blessed 2014!!

In God's Service and Yours,

 
Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator

989-732-8333
 

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.'" Luke 2:13-14  

   November Newsletter  05-Nov-13

Dear OCS Families,

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all! As the leaves continue to fall, the weather continues to get colder, and we start to see snow more often, I am reminded of the beauty of the seasons that God has given us. He is so good to us, and we have much to be grateful for.


October seems like it flew by, as we had a very successful "Donuts for Dads," our ACSI NexusLive Conference for the teachers, and Grandparent's days here at the school. We thank all of you that came and participated or helped in any way for these events, as we appreciate you very much. 

The winning class for this fall's Boxtops competition was Mrs. Burney's First and Second grade class, and they will be having a pizza party as a reward for all of their efforts. But every class brought in over 1000 boxtops, so PTF will be blessing all of the students with an ice cream social as a way to thank everyone for their amazing participation. As a result of this contest, our OCS PTF will be receiving over $800.

Please be sure to note all of the upcoming events and activities here at OCS in November in this newsletter as well as on the school and classroom calendars.

 
OCS School Pictures

We sure appreciate A & M Photography very much, and they will be here at OCS on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 4 & 5 to take pictures of our students and staff. They will be photographing the K3 (M/W), K4 (AM & PM), and 3-4 grade students on Monday, and the K3 (T/Th), 1-2, and 5-7 grades on Tuesday. Please be sure to bring your student(s) to school on their day if at all possible. The pictures will be ready to send home before Thanksgiving!

The picture retake date will be announced soon, so please let us know if you want your child's picture retaken.

Christmas Wreath Orders Due

All of our wreath orders are due back at school by Thursday, Nov. 7th. The class who sells the most wreaths ($25 & $75 each), garland ($1.50/foot) and/or swags($10 each) will win either a pizza party or an ice cream party of their choice. So please get out there and ask your family, friends and neighbors if they want one of our awesome Christmas wreaths this year. These wreaths are lovingly made by Carol Austin, and they will be delivered to the school on Monday, Dec. 2, unless earlier arrangements are made with the office.

Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF) Meeting & Bake Sale

Our next PTF meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 in the school library. We welcome all parents to come and get to know each other, and we have childcare available as well.

PTF will also be holding a bake sale all day long at Jay's Sporting Goods on Tuesday, Nov. 12, so please bring in some goodies to the school if you can help out with that or email Rebekah Taratuta at mrs-taratuta@hotmail.com if you can sit at the bake sale that day as well.

"Farm to Home" Fundraiser

We are very excited to present a new fundraiser here at the school that will connect us with several local farmers and businesses through the contacts of one of our parents who works for the USDA. Be looking for a catalog and order forms to come home soon in your child's B.E.A.R. book.

OCS Spirit Week

We will have our first Spirit Week of the year during the week of Thanksgiving, so please note that Monday, Nov. 25 will be "Pajama Day," Tuesday, Nov. 26 will be "Crazy Hat and Hair Day," and Wednesday, Nov. 27 will be "Pilgrim and Indian Day." Please note that both K3 classes will have a different schedule. Please see Mrs. Klay if you have any questions.

Thanksgiving Break Details

Also remember that Wednesday, Nov. 27 is an early release day, so there will be no extended care, latchkey or GCS bussing that day. School will end at 11:30am for all of our Kindergarten through 7th grade students. School will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2, after the Thanksgiving holiday.

SCRIP Orders

Don't forget to put in your SCRIP orders by Monday morning at 9:30 am every week, as this is a great way to order gift cards, gas cards and other necessary items, while also supporting OCS and saving tuition for your child for next year. If you are uncertain about how easy it is, please talk to Cathy or Karla in the office.

Only9am Christmas Benefit Concert

Be sure to save the date on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 pm for the 7th Annual Only9am OCS Christmas Benefit Concert "For Kids From 1 to 92." Our own OCS students will be some of the special guests as well as Joshua Rupp, and a few other surprises. who will be playing with the amazing Christian band Only9am at the E-Free Church. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken to bless the school. There will also be a Christmas family photo booth available as well. Stop by the school office, if you need more information.

OCS Christmas Program

Our school Christmas program will take place on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 at the E-Free Church, so be sure to put that on your calendars now. Our children have already started practicing the songs and their lines, and it promises to be another incredible night!

New Year's Eve Rocks

OCS will be hosting their second annual "New Year's Eve Rocks!" at the Otsego County Sportsplex on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to come swim or ice skate and celebrate New Year's eve in a family-friendly place. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family of 4 or more, and this includes some pizza, drinks, and all kinds of fun. We will have inflatables, music, a balloon drop, and a sparkling grape juice toast at 10:00pm. For more information, stop by the school office or call the school at 732-8333. 

OCS's "Cold Weather" Policies

With winter weather already arriving, we would like to remind you of our "Cold Weather" policies found in the OCS Student Handbook on page 10.

RECESS POLICY:

Our winter outdoor recess policy is based on the National Weather Service wind chill report. If the wind chill is one degree or above, students will have outdoor recess as usual. If the wind chill is 0 degrees or colder, or if it is raining or storming, then recess will be held indoors. Students must bring and wear outdoor clothing that is appropriate for the weather forecast. The children will usually still have to go outside and stand on the sidewalk if they choose not to wear the appropriate clothing.

If a student must stay in from recess for more than two consecutive days, then he/she must have a doctor's note stating the reasons for keeping him or her inside that includes the dates.

Please dress your children appropriately in boots, hats, snow pants, gloves, and warm coats as necessary. When boots are worn to school, students must change into their regular shoes before entering the classroom. Remember that they will still need gym shoes several times a week for gym class.

CLOSINGS AND DELAYS:

Otsego Christian School (OCS) follows the Gaylord Community Schools closing and delay schedule. Please listen to The Promise FM (90.5 FM) or the Eagle (101.5 FM) or watch the local ABC, CBS, or NBC affiliates for the most up-to-date information.

If a two-hour delay is announced, morning Preschool will not be held that day.

To determine if school is closing during the school day due to weather or to other unforeseen circumstances, The Promise FM (90.5 FM) will announce the time of closing.

The bus system will follow this closing time unless otherwise notified.

Thank you for helping us keep your child healthy and happy this winter season! 

Please join us in praying for the Sefton family, who just lost their baby, Levi, last week. Our hearts and prayers are with them during this very difficult time.

May the Lord bless you with a great month of November, as we remember to thank Him for His faithfulness!

In God's Service and Yours,

 

Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator

 

Psalm 136:1-3

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever." 

   October Newsletter  08-Oct-13

Dear OCS Families,

Happy Fall! We pray that everyone had a great first month of school, and that your family is doing really well. Here at OCS we are thankful for all of our new families and students, as well as the exciting start to this new school year.

I personally love seeing all of the smiling faces during arrival times to the school, and I have been blessed by witnessing the amazing kindness, generosity and leadership that our students are already exhibiting this year. One example of this was the powerful "See You at the Pole" assembly we had here at the school last week during Chapel, when many of our students bravely spoke up and prayed for our school, our nation, and for the sick, among other things while standing around our school's flagpole. We certainly have the best students at OCS, in my opinion.
 

Please be sure to "Like" our OCS Facebook page if you would like to stay even more connected with what is happening here at OCS throughout the month. I try to post pictures every week as well as share stories or activities that are going on in the classrooms.

Donuts for Dads & Dudes                                                                          

Today was the first day of our annual "Donuts for Dads and Dudes" event! We hope that all of you Dads & Dudes (or Moms if necessary) were able to come this morning to check out your child's morning routine and stay for Chapel. This event continues for our K4 PM class from Noon - 12:20 pm today, and you are welcome to have a donut and some cider (or coffee) with your student in their classroom and to see your child's routine before going back to work. We will continue honoring our Dads & Dudes on Thursday, Oct. 3, in the K3 TTH class.

We do want to give a special "Thank You" to Save-A-Lot and the Freeman Family for donating our delicious donuts for this event and to our PTF for coordinating it as well.

Fall Field Trips                                                                                           
All of our classes have field trips planned for this month, so be sure to read your classroom newsletters and/or check out our school calendar for days and times. We love having our parents join us on these special outings, so be sure to let your child's teacher know if you are available to attend or even to drive for the field trip. 

OCS Latch Key & Extended Care                                                                

We are now offering a new latch key program for our Kindergarten through 7th grade students after school until 5:00 pm. This will be held in the Library/Gym, Monday through Friday (unless there is no school that day). The cost is $3.00 an hour/per student, and you can call (989) 732-8333, or stop by the office for more information.

Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF)

 We want to thank everyone that volunteered or participated in the first annual OCS 5K & Fun Run last month. It was a great event, and PTF raised close to $900.

Our PTF does a lot throughout the year to benefit our students and our staff, and we welcome parents to be a part of this exciting school fellowship group. The next PTF meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 in the school Library, and we hope to see you there.  

School Safety

 The safety of our students is a big concern for us here at OCS, so we keep the doors locked throughout the day here at the school. If you come into the school besides during arrival and dismissal times, you can press the buzzer at the front of the school where we have a camera, and then we will let you in. Everyone must go into the school office to sign-in, if you will be remaining in the school for any length of time.

We also perform the recommended six fire drills, two tornado drills and two lockdown drills a year. We have already had three fire drills so far, and our first lockdown drill is scheduled for October 15th.

 Association of Christian Schools International                        

 Otsego Christian School is a part of the Association of Christian Schools International, and each year we attend their annual educator's conference for a professional development opportunity for our teachers. In the past, we have had to travel downstate to Grand Rapids or Detroit to attend this event, but this year we are blessed to be able to host a satellite site of the ACSI NexusLive conference here in Gaylord at the Evangelical Free Church.

We will not have school on October 17-18, so that our staff can attend this amazing conference. Please pray that our teachers will be blessed and inspired during this special time of gleaning from other educators from around the world.
 
Wreath and "Farm to Home" Fundraiser 

 We will begin our first school-wide fundraiser of the year on October 21, when we will send home the information about our amazing Christmas wreaths and "Farm to Home" products available for purchase through the school. Be sure to look for that information when it comes home in your child's B.E.A.R. book.

Grandparent's Days

 This years Grandparents' Day celebrations will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24 for our Preschool and Kindergarten classes from 9:00 to 11:00am, and on Friday, Oct. 25 for our first through seventh grade students from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Please invite all grandparents to come and join us for a special program, a visit to your child's classroom, and refreshments for everyone as well. More information about this will be sent home in your child's B.E.A.R. book in the near future.   

OCS Scholastic Book Fair 

 Our OCS Scholastic book fair will begin on Thursday, October 24, and will be open until Friday, November 1. Be sure to stop by the Library to check out all of the books, posters and other items that will be available for purchase during arrival and dismissal times throughout each school day. The book fair will also be open throughout the day for our Grandparent's days and our Parent/Teacher conference day as well. We will have teacher wish lists (with the names of books they would like for their classrooms) posted on the Library door.  

The next OCS school board meeting will take place on Monday, October 21, at 6 pm in the school Library. Everyone is invited to attend.

May the Lord bless you in new and surprising ways this month, as we all seek to know Him more and more each day!
 

In God's Service and Yours,

 

Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator

Psalm 32:11, "Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!" 

   FACTS Link  06-Aug-13
 
 
Dear Parents,
 

At Otsego Christian School, we are constantly looking for ways to concentrate our available human and financial resources on our primary mission of education.  To help us meet this goal we will be partnering with FACTS Management Company to help manage our tuition payments for the 2013-2014 school year.  Our research indicates significant benefits to school staff and school families, including convenience, flexibility, and secure on-line access to individual account information.  

 
Convenient Online Enrollment
 

Enrolling online is simple and secure. Simply click on the FACTS Logo below to begin setting up your payment plan:

 

Click on the “Create a FACTS Account” tab to get started

 

Be sure to have the following information ready:

  • Account information for the person responsible for payment: bank name, telephone number, account number, and the bank routing number. Most of this information is located on your check.  If paying by credit card, have your card information available.
 

Before you click the Submit button, please carefully read the Final Review. Notification confirming your enrollment in a FACTS payment plan online will be sent to you after you submit your agreement.

 

If you have questions about enrolling in FACTS please contact the
            business office.  You may also contact FACTS directly (866) 441-4637 or view
            your agreement online at https://online.factsmgt.com. You can log on with
            your username and password. FACTS customer service representatives are
            available
            24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 
Your Payment Plan Options
 

Equal payments will be automatically deducted from a designated checking or savings account, or automatically charged to a credit card (with 2.5% convenience fee added for credit cards payments only) on your choice of the 5th or 20th of the month.  AMEX, Discover and MasterCard accepted. 

 
 

With FACTS, the school maintains decision-making control.  As always, we will continue to work with families should special circumstances or “hardship” cases arise during the school year

 
Frequently Asked Questions
 

1. When and what time will the funds for my payment plan be withdrawn from my bank account?  While FACTS transacts             each payment on the specified date (ex: 5th or 20 th), it is your financial institution that determines the time of day the                      payment is debited. FACTS recommends checking with your financial institution to determine how far in advance funds                  should be deposited into your account to ensure the automatic payment clears. If a payment date falls on a weekend or banking holiday, the payment will be transacted the following business day.

 

2. How will I be notified of my payment information?  Once your agreement for tuition payments is posted to the FACTS system you will receive a confirmation notification of your payment amount by e-mail or letter in approximately 10 days. Payments will be processed until the total balance is paid in full.

 
3. What happens if FACTS attempts to process my payment and there are not enough funds in my account?  Should an automatic bank payment or credit card payment be returned, a $30.00 FACTS Returned Payment Fee will be automatically assessed to your account for each failed payment attempt. This is in addition to any penalty your bank or the school may assess. You will be notified by FACTS of the returned payment via mail or e-mail.  For payment scheduled for the 5th of the month, a reattempt will occur on the 20th; for payment scheduled for the 20th, a reattempt will occur on the 5th of the following month.
 
We Look Forward to Serving You Better!
 

Otsego Christian School looks forward to our partnership with FACTS and the efficiency and technology it brings to our school.  Should you have any questions regarding this plan, please contact the business office at 989-732-8333 or FACTS at 866-441-4637.

 

 

   FACTS Information Link  18-Jul-13

Dear OCS Parents,


Here is the link to sign up:

 

 https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4JC0G

 

 

   June Newsletter  17-Jun-13

Dear OCS Families,                                                                                                           

 It's hard to believe, but the 2012-2013 school year is almost at a close. A lot has happened throughout the year in the classrooms, in all of the school events and activities, and God has blessed us in numerous ways. So we want to thank Him right now for His favor and blessings!!
 
The Preschool and Kindergarten graduation program was a lot of fun, and we are now looking forward to the 1st through 6th grade Awards Night this Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 pm at the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church. It's always fun to get a glimpse into what the children have learned during the year, and to reward and honor them for all of their hard work and academic achievements as well.
 
Our Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF) will have their last meeting of the school year tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4th at the Energy Outlet at 6:30 pm. They will be discussing our 5K and Fun Run being planned for the fall and the OCS field day this coming Friday. Please contact Rebekah Taratuta at mrs-taratuta@hotmail.com or call (989) 939-7714 if you can help in any way.
 
The last day of school is this Friday, June 7, and we will get out of school at 11:30 am. Bussing will not be available for our students, so please make arrangements for the early pick-up time.
 
Everyone is asked to finalize their child(ren)'s enrollment for next year as soon as possible, as we are making final decisions on teachers, grade splits, supplies, etc. Current families only need to sign a tuition contract and pay the registration fee in order to secure their child's spot for next year.
 

Please be sure to stop by the office or send in your final payments for lunches, extended care and tuition as soon as possible. Report cards will not be released until all bills are paid off to the school.

The Big Ticket Festival has been very generous this year to offer our OCS families a discounted price on family and individual ticket prices for the upcoming three-day event June 20-22.  This offer gives families $24 off of a current 3-day adult ticket price and $9 off a 1-day adult ticket price. The Big Ticket will also give $5.00 back to OCS for every 3-day adult ticket sold and $2.00 for every 1-day and junior ticket sold as a fundraiser for the school. Order forms are available in the school office. Please turn in your forms and monies by Friday, June 7th. Tickets will be available for pick-up anytime after June 10th in the OCS or Big Ticket offices (829 West Main St., Suite G, Gaylord; ph. 731-2808).

 
The Big Ticket Festival has also asked OCS to sponsor a shift in the children's section of the event, and we are looking for volunteers to help supervise the inflatable area on Saturday, June 22 for two different shifts from 10:00-2:00 and 2:00-6:00 pm. You will receive a free 1-day pass and a t-shirt for volunteering your time, so please let me know in the school office if you are willing to help us out during one of those shifts.
 
Reloadable SCRIP orders and SCRIP now orders only will continue throughout the summer. Other types of SCRIP orders will resume once again in the fall. Notices for SCRIP balances will go out at the beginning of July.
 

The next school board meeting has been changed from Monday, June 17th to Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 pm. Please join us if you can.

 
We are looking for someone to help us with putting a yearbook together for the 2012-2013 school year. Please contact the office if you are interested in helping us with that.
 
For your information, the OCS school office will be open Monday through Thursday during the summer from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
 

Thank you everyone for a great school year!! We pray that you will have a wonderful and relaxing summer, and we look forward to seeing you back in school in the fall.

In God's Service and Yours,
 

Karla Hawkins

OCS Administrator

    

   May Newsletter  06-May-13

Dear OCS Families,

It seems that Spring has finally arrived, and it feels so good to have the warmer temperatures these days! The children are especially excited about being able to go outside and play more without having to wear their snow pants and boots, too!
 
We want to thank everyone that came to our Science Fair and Open House last Thursday, as we had a great turn-out! We had at least 10 new families come and check out the school, so we are getting excited about next year's enrollment as well.

The month of May is a busy one as we get close to wrapping up the year, so please be sure to check out the school and your child's classroom calendars and newsletters in order to plan for end-of-the-year field trips and our Award ceremonies.
 
We do want to thank everyone that sent in change for the New Life Pregnancy "baby bottles" during the month of April. It is so important that we teach our children to give and serve others, and we are thankful for the opportunity to be a blessing to that local ministry. During the month of May, we will be having a toothbrush, toothpaste and school supply collection to send to Africa with Denny Freeman. He will be going to Nigeria in August, and we would like to bless several orphanages that he works with there.
 
National Day of Prayer Assembly  

Otsego Christian School will be hosting the 2013 National Day of Prayer service for Otsego County this Thursday, May 2, from Noon to 1pm in the school's Matz Center. We would like to invite the entire community to join us for a special time of prayer and worship, as we pray for our country, our state, our community, our businesses, our schools, our churches, and our families. This year's theme is "Pray for America" inspired by the Scripture found in Matthew 12:21, "In His name the nations will put their hope." Our students will be participating in the program by singing several songs and praying as well, so be sure to come if you can.

 

Letter Fundraiser

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent out letters so far for our "Letter fundraiser." The children have been excited about getting their beanie babies, so please let us know if you have mailed out letters yourself. We are asking that you please turn in your letters here to the office for us to mail or that you mail them out by May 15th. We are planning on announcing the winners of the bicycle and I-pod shuffle on May 29th during Chapel for the two families that raise the most money for the school. 
 
 
Teacher Appreciation Week

We will be honoring our teachers during the week of May 6-10, with our annual "Teacher Appreciation Week." Please encourage your child to write their teacher a note or draw them a picture, as that means a lot. We will have a special Chapel service in their honor on May 8, and PTF has several events planned for our teachers as well. Please join us as you are able.

 

Muffins for Moms

We want to invite all of our OCS Moms to come to school on Wednesday, May 15 (K3-6th grade)for "Muffins for Mom" from 8:10am to 8:30am and 12:00-12:20 (for PM K4 class) to visit in their child's classroom. Everyone who can is invited to stay for a special Mother's Day Chapel from 8:30-9:15 am.  We will also have Muffins for Moms on Thursday, May 16, from 8:10-8:30 for Mrs. Klay's T/Th K3 class.

 

Mrs. Gahm, our Chapel coordinator, is requesting that all families send in one picture of Mom or Grandma to the school office by next Wednesday, May 8, for a special presentation. You may also email any pictures to khawkins@ocsgaylord.org or to kgahm7@hotmail.com.
  

SCRIP  
Please be sure to turn in your SCRIP orders by 9:30am every Monday morning! Remember that you can use your SCRIP proceeds towards your child's tuition next year, so order your gift cards now for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduation parties, and summer projects. We will not be ordering SCRIP during the summer, and our last order date will be Monday, June 3rd.  
 

Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation  

The Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 30th at the E-Free Church at 6:30 pm. Please have your child there a few minutes early, so that the teachers can line them up as needed. It's been a great year, and we look forward to highlighting our wonderful K3 and K4 Preschool children as well as our fantastic Kindergarten students.  

 

1st-6th Grade Honors Ceremony  

The end-of-the-year Awards and Honors Ceremony for the First through Sixth graders will take place on Thursday, June 6 at the E-Free Church at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there, as we recognize and honor our students for their academic achievements throughout the year.  

 

OCS 5K & Family Fun Run  

The OCS Parent/Teacher Fellowship will be hosting a 5K and Family Fun Run on Saturday, June 8, starting at 9 am. There will be a $25 registration fee for the 5K Run and $15 fee for the Fun Run. Every participant will receive a t-shirt, water and snacks on the day of the race, if they sign up by May 15th. The course will start and end at OCS and the top finishers will receive an award. All proceeds will benefit Otsego Christian School! Please stop by the school office to pick up your registration form. After the run, there will be an "End-of-year School Bash" until 1 pm. 

Check out our Otsego Christian School Facebook Page!!

Thank you for reading this newsletter and for your support and prayers for our school. May the Lord bless you always!

 

In God's Service and Yours,

  

Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator 

   April Newsletter  08-Apr-13
Dear OCS Families,                                                                        
 
HAPPY EASTER!! We pray that you and your family will have a very blessed Easter and Spring Break! We feel so blessed during this time of year here at OCS, because we get to reflect and thank God in a special way for the love and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  We pray that your family will be able to enjoy a special time of focusing on Him, and spending some quality time together as a family.

Report cards are going home this week for our Kindergarten through 6th grade students, so be sure to look for those in your student's BEAR books. It is always a good idea to reward your child if they are doing well, or stop and encourage them if they are struggling.

Enrollment for the 2013-2014 OCS school year continues in full swing, and we would like to remind you that all you need to do to reserve your spot for next year is sign a tuition contract and pay your child's registration fee. Several of our classrooms are full or close to being full, so be sure to get in as soon as possible.  

Please note that the school will be closed next week, April 1-5, for Spring Break. We pray that everyone will have a fun and enjoyable time together as a family! School will resume on Monday, April 8th in the morning.  

 

BOXTOP COMPETITION RESULTS 

 We are very excited to announce that the Kindergarten class won this year's Boxtops competition. The school raised over $560 for our Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF), and we want to thank Deb Datema and her family for counting all of those boxtops for us. We also want to thank her for providing a delicious "Ice Cream Sundae party" as well as Flowers by Evelyn for donating balloons for all of the Kindergarten children, too.


 

SCRIP ORDERS
We just want to let everyone know that we will not be ordering SCRIP again until Monday, April 15th, at 9:30 a.m. due to the Spring Break week. Thanks for your continuing support of the school through this program!    

LETTER WRITING FUNDRAISER  
On Thursday, April 11th, we will begin this year's Letter writing fundraiser for the school. We will send home letters for you to mail out on the school's behalf along with the corresponding envelopes. We encourage you to have your children sign the letters, and then you can either mail them or bring them in to the office and we can mail them for you. Please let us know when you mail them out, as each child will receive a "beanie baby" for your family's participation. We also have a child's bike and other prizes for the top three families that raise the most money for the school. We sure appreciate your help with this, as we need to make up the shortfall we experienced from this year's auction.   

 

NLPC BABY BOTTLES

 Here at OCS we want to be a blessing to our community in as many ways as we can, so during the month of April all of our teachers will have baby bottles in their classrooms to collect change. All of the change will go to benefit the New Life Pregnancy Center here in Gaylord, as they bless and encourage young moms to choose life for their unborn babies. Please send in any change you can with your child to put in the bottles.


SCIENCE FAIR AND OPEN HOUSE 
We will be combining our 2013 OCS "Science Fair" with our all-school "Open House" on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Please be sure to come out and see the children's Science projects that night. If you know of anyone interested in OCS, please be sure to invite them to come and check out our school. We do have a great referral program that can benefit you, so stop by the office if you are interested in getting more information. It will be a fun evening for everyone!

 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
We are excited to announce that Craig Kasmere from the DNR and Hartwick Pines State Park will be sharing with our Preschoolers on Monday, April 22 from 9:30 to 10:00 a special program he calls "Animal Soup." Then from 10:00 to 10:45 he will be sharing with our Kindergarten through 6th graders as well.

OCS 5K & FUN RUN 
The PTF has an amazing event coming up this Spring, and we are in need of help! We are planning on doing a 5K Run and "Fun" Run on June 1. We are also combining it with an "End-of-Year School Bash" that day for our students, staff, family and friends! We feel that it will be a great way to end our year together, and celebrate the coming of summer! 
   
This event is being extended to our community and surrounding areas. With all that it will take to make this a successful event, we will need the help of our entire school "family." We will need people to help make calls to area businesses to get sponsors for our event (their businesses will be advertised on the back of our t-shirts), we will need volunteers to help design the t-shirts that will be given to everyone for their registration entries, and we will need volunteers for the day of the event (we will be needing people to time the runners, help with concessions and activities that will be located on the school grounds). 
   
We will be having a PTF meeting on April 16 at 6:30pm in the OCS Library to discuss all of this. Childcare will be provided. 
  
If you are able to help in ANY way, please contact the office or Rebekah Taratuta at (989)-939-7714.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter each month, and we pray that you are blessed because of your association with OCS!  
 
In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins
Otsego Christian School Administrator 

 

   March Newsletter  01-Mar-13

Dear OCS Families,                                                                                                           March 2013

 

 We pray abundant blessings over you and your family, as we begin this new month of March. God has been very busy at work here at the school, and we praise Him for "His mercies that are new every morning."

 

 We want to thank all of you who helped or attended or donated to our annual auction last month. It was a wonderful evening of fellowship and fun as well as an important night for fundraising for the school, and we thank all of you for your prayers and support. We raised close to $26,000 gross, and we appreciate all of the sacrificial giving on the school's behalf. This is a little short of our $35,000 goal, but we trust God's provision for the remaining balance.

 Our OCS Preschool and Kindergarten Tea and "switch day" were a big success, and we thank all of you parents for coming and sharing some special time with your children here at the school. The children all seemed excited about visiting the next classroom up as well.

 

The Preschool and Kindergarten Open House last week was also a success, as we had over 35 people check out our school. Most of those were new families, so that is exciting for next year.

 

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment continues here at OCS for all of our grades, and we are very excited about the great response we've had from our current families as well as new families in the community. We encourage you to come in and register your children as soon as possible, as this helps us with planning for teachers, aides, and classroom needs for next year. The process is very simple for current families, as all you have to do is fill out a tuition contract, and pay your child's registration to secure their spot for next year.

 

Currently, our K4 morning class with Mrs. Burney is full, but her afternoon class has nine spots left. We do have a waiting list for the K4 morning class, and we are prayerfully considering possibly opening up another preschool class for next year if our enrollment continues to escalate.

 Vision and Hearing Re-Testing

Betty Steffes will be back at OCS this coming Thursday, March 7th, starting at 8:30 am, to test those children that were absent the first time she came, and retest a few that she felt needed rechecking. Please let us know if you have any additional concerns about your child's vision or hearing.

 

OCS Basketball and Cheerleading

We will be having our annual students vs. parents/staff basketball game this Friday, March 8th at the Gaylord E-Free Church gym starting at 6 pm. Please come cheer on our basketball players and cheerleaders, as they go for another win against the parents and staff. We are still hoping to schedule one or two more games still this season, and we'll let you know when those are scheduled as well.

 

Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF) Meeting

The next PTF meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 pm in the school library. Childcare is always provided along with treats, and it is a sweet time of fellowship with other parents and teachers as well.

 New t-shirt order forms went out last week for anyone interested in ordering a blue t-shirt or sweatshirt. The forms are due back in the office by March 15th, and the order will arrive back at school by March 28th.

 

OCS Board Meeting

Our monthly OCS board meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 18th at 6 pm in the school library. Childcare is provided by our wonderful PTF in the school gym.

 

3rd Marking Period and Report Cards

 The end of the third marking period is Friday, March 22, and report cards will be sent home on Thursday, March 28.

 

Spirit Week and RIF Day

The children are already getting excited about it, but we will be having our second OCS Spirit Week of the year, the week of March 25 through March 28. Monday will be a Mix-Match/Inside out day, Tuesday will be a Pajama Day, Wednesday is "Dress as your favorite book character" day, and Thursday is an OCS Spirit Day to wear any OCS shirts, sweatshirts, or red and white.

 

On Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 10:45 am, we will be celebrating Reading is FUNdamental day here at OCS, with a special reading time for the entire school. It is always a highlight of the month, as we encourage our students to LOVE reading, and the children look forward to some special reading activities in different places around the school. 

 

Good Friday and Spring Break

There will be no school this year on Friday, March 29th, as it is Good Friday. Our spring break follows the next week, so we will return to school on Monday, April 8th.

 May the Lord bless you this month with an extra measure of His joy and laughter!

In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins

 Otsego Christian School Administrator

  "Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."    Psalm 100

 

   Auction Donations  06-Feb-13
BUSINESS DONATION VALUE
ABC Warehouse Gaylord $30 item $30.00
Ace Hardware Wheelbarrow, gardening tools $95.00
Adams Carpet Cleaning 350 Sq ft of carpet cleaning $100.00
Advance Electric Lg. Damask Oil painting $167.00
Alpine Chiropractic Half hour massage $80.00
Alpine Tavern 2 - Gift certificates $40.00
Alpine Wildlife Control 3 Certificates for $100 in services $300.00
American Waste 2 Certificates for 3 months service  $132.00
Anonymous Donor Pampered Chef bundt pan & stone $66.00
Auction of 1st table to eat dinner           priceless
Auto Zone Hydraulic trolley jack & Tool set $99.00
BC Pizza                                         (2) 12 sm. One topping Pizza certificates $144.00
Bearded Dog Lounge $25 Gift Certificate $25.00
Bennethum's Northern Inn (4) Gift cards $100.00
Berger, Deb 31 casserole bag $65.00
Big Idea Entertainment Veggie tails (4 cd's & 4 dvd's) $108.00
Big Ticket Festival (4) 1- day VIP passes, (4) 3-day festival passes $656.00
Blair Haus of Hair                               Pedicure & Manicure $53.00
Bob Evans Restaurant Gift bag  w/assorted coffee & sauces $20.00
Borchers AuSable Canoeing 1 - 2.5 hour canoe trip $25.00
Boyne - Solace Spa 4 day passes $140.00
Boyne - Avalanche Bay 8 single waterpark admissions  $200.00
Caribbean Tan Tanning/Pampering basket $405.00
Chanteau Chantel Winery VIP Tour & Tasting for 6 people $150.00
Chosen Conference 4 Tickets to fall event, 2 T-shirts, & Cd $247.00
Cook Family Farm $25 items $25.00
Culver's 1 free value basket & 4 free sundaes $20.00
Deemer, Violet Necklace/Bracelet set  $90.00
Delphine's Quilt Shop Tote bag & table runners $150.00
Dog Trax Gift certificate            $33.00
Dunn's Office Supply Gift certificate $100.00
Duski Dentistry Electric Toothbrush $130.00
El Rancho Mexican Restaurant (5) $5.00 off coupons $25.00
Engfer, Chris (Licensed,insured builder) 2 - 8hr building work days  $480.00
Extreme Power Sports Jacket, Sweatshirt, Backpack $381.20
Fairview Bargain House Ab coaster $399.00
Faithful Hands massage 1 hour massage $60.00
Flowers by Evelyn 1 arrangement per month/12 months $900.00
Flowers by Evelyn                             Lg arrangement w/birdbath for Auction night $100.00
Forward Loop Media 4 hours of design time $480.00
Freeman (The Clubhouse)                  2 Playtimes at the Clubhouse           $250.00
Fresh Video Design/Angel Scheer Short special event video pkg $250.00
Funky fish & friend $25 Gift Certificate
Gahm, Kris                                       Terrific Tuesdays         priceless
Gaylord Bowling Center 2 Birthday parties $112.00
Gaylord Comm. Productions 4 tickets $48.00
Gaylord Discovery Center 2 - Five pass certificates  $40.00
Gaylord Glass 2 - 24 x 30 Polished edge mirrors  $72.00
Gaylord H.S. Food Service Tailgate party $100.00
GillRoys Hardware Gift Card $20.00
Glen's Market Gift Card $25.00
Great Rooms Stand-up mirror $79.00
Great Wolf Lodge 1 night standard family suite $299.00
Handmade mittens, headband, & pin $51.00
Rhonda's Elegant Obsessions Bracelet $30.00
Complete Piano Solutions Piano tuning $100.00
Hawkins, Stephanie Paperhawk design $20.00
Hesselink, Kevin Simple Living Will           $300.00
Impression 5 Science Ctr. 8 passes  $40.00
Integrity Construction Pandora bracelet $65.00
JnJ Alpine Auto Wash 6 VIP Car wash coupons  $42.00
J & N Lasting Impressions $100 Certificate for 20 pg 8x8 digital scrapbook $100.00
Jay's Sporting Goods Crossbow pkg. $500.00
Jo Jo's Gift basket of children's supplements
Johnson Oil & Propane                                Gift certificate for set of tires $400.00
Johnson, Steve Kayak trip on sturgeon for 6 people w/lunch $600.00
Johnson, Debbie 3 Gary Bauer books $36.00
  Friendship platter $30.00
  Appetizer plate & cheese knife $28.00
  Pray plaque $8.00
  Prince of peace print $40.00
  Purse $50.00
  Sterling silver Earrings $50.00
Johnston's Landscaping LLC 3 Yards of topsoil, mulch, or stone $150.00
Just Dance Tutu & accessories $20.00
L & J Meat Market Basket of spices & sauces $25.00
Lappan's Inc. Shirt, gift card, gloves/hat  $100.00
Laser Team Challenge $50 package $50.00
Latitude 45 Sports 30" Womens Snowshoes $189.00
Lawrence, Tiffany Game Basket $40.00
  Cake pop maker $39.00
Leinonen, Lynn Melaleuca products $80.00
  3 scarves & baby blanket $60.00
Little Caesars 12 Lg.pepperoni Pizzas/$6.99 $84.00
Lowes Assorted tools $135.00
Mary Lutz  Avon products $350.00
Maid Pro Gift Certificate $50.00
Miller & Cook CPA's $250  worth of services $250.00
North Star Gardens gift certificate $100.00
Northwestern Bank Purse, necklace & scarf $80.00
Dr. Kari Visser-Robel Sunglasses/Lens cleaner & cloth           $130.00
Pizza Tonight 1 lg pizza per month for 6 months $108.00
Potter Park Zoo - Lansing Annual Membership $60.00
Professional Forest Care Private wood lot/forest inspection $250.00
Promise FM                                    Gift bag w/cd's $100.00
Prudential Preferred Properties $50 gift card to the Bearded Dogg $50.00
Sak's Wellness Center Gift certificate for Massage
Sears 7 piece wrench set $25.00
Servpro of Gaylord 3 room carpet cleaning & spot cleaner $140.00
Sharpe, Ryan 1 Hour Private Lesson
Sherwin-Williams                            3 $50 certificates for 1 gal of paint $150.00
Smile FM T-shirts, cd's, mug $30.00
Snap Fitness  3 month mbrshp & T-Shirt $130.00
Spanding, Jill's personal training West Elm Patio umbrella/Red $160.00
Spring Hill Camps                           1 Week of summer camp $600.00
Springborn, Mary 2 - certificates for 4 hrs of cleaning $200.00
Springborn, Mary 3 Scarves $60.00
Streifel, Sarah Babysitting         priceless
Streifel, Rebecca Babysitting         priceless
Tanger Outlet Mall/West Branch Freshwater pearl necklace & purse $340.00
Total Lawn Care                              Residential Snow removal/5 mi from town $450.00
Tractor Supply $30 item $30.00
Treetops Resort                               Club 81 Mbrshp for one person $2,000.00
Tripp, John Financial consultation $2,000.00
Walt Disney World 4 one day hopper passes  $496.00
Wash - N - Go Car Wash 4 coupon booklets ($25, $30, $40, & $50) $145.00
Weekly Choice Business card ad for 1 year $732.00
Weekly Choice 12 - 1/2 page color ads for use by OCS $8,300.00
Wings over Gaylord 4 - tickets & 4 - T-Shirts $180.00
Wink Salon Basket w/gift cert. and shampoo & conditioner $90.00
Wolverine Power Portable Generator  $2950.00
Yummy Ravioli  2 - (2 doz) pkgs of ravioli  $40.00

 

 

   February Newsletter  06-Feb-13

Dear OCS Families,                                                                                                                     February 2013

 

Happy February!! As we begin this new month and the Valentine season, I keep thinking about the Bible verse in John 3:16a that says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son..." The world today has such a skewed view of what "love" is, but we are blessed as Christians to know and experience true love by our heavenly Father. It is this love that we want to give and share with our students, our families, our community and our staff here at OCS.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our rescheduled Christmas program a few weeks ago. The children and staff did a great job, and we received numerous compliments from people even out in the community that were impressed by the quality of our program. We also thank you for your very generous offering, as the school received almost $1,100 that night.

 

The school year is moving right along, and we feel so blessed to be a part of God's Kingdom work. This month is a very busy one, and some highlights include our upcoming auction, our Preschool Tea and Switch day, and our K3-K5 Open House, and much more, so please be sure to read this newsletter carefully for more details.

 
Fourth Grade Swim Lessons

Another exciting thing happening in February is that our 4th grade students will enjoy eight free swimming lessons at the Otsego County Sportsplex thanks to the Catt Foundation. All of the 4th grade students in the county receive these swimming lessons, and it truly is a blessing to our OCS students as well.

 
Annual OCS Auction

We are very excited about our upcoming auction this Saturday, Feb. 9th at the E-Free Church gym. Doors open at 4:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm. We have some amazing items (close to 200 at this point) up for our silent, our live, our dessert and our Chinese auctions, and it promises to be an incredible evening for all. We have a list available in the office if you would like to see all of our items before hand, or let me know and I can email it to you as well.

 

We are asking all of our OCS families to please be sure to sell your eight (8) tickets or to turn them back in to the office as soon as possible. We have to give our caterer a final count on Thursday of how many meals to prepare. Tickets are now $25 per person or $190 for a table of eight (8). They will be $30 at the door. Also, if you have a donation to give, please be sure to drop it off in the school office right away for it to be listed in our auction booklet. We also could still use some help with set-up all day Friday at the E-Free Church and tear down after the event on Saturday, so please let us know in the office if you can help.

 

This year we are trying a new online bidding site for some of our items. Here is the link for you to check it out: http://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=144 

 
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15th from 9am to 2pm. If you have not been contacted by your child's teacher but would like to meet with them, please contact them directly to set up an appointment.

 
Preschool & Kindergarten Tea

All of our preschool parents are invited to a "Preschool Tea" on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 8:20 to 9 am in the OCS Library. We will be having a nice spread, and you are welcome to bring your younger children as well. At 8:45 am, we will dismiss the preschoolers to their "switch" classes, so that they can see what the next grade up will be like. They will return to their "regular" classrooms at 9:45 am.

 

Preschool & Kindergarten Open House

We will be having an Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8 pm, for all of our Preschool and Kindergarten classes. Please invite your family and friends to come check out our awesome teachers, Mrs. Klay, Mrs. Burney and Mrs. Wagner and their classrooms that day. Refreshments will be provided along with important enrollment information!

 
Registration for 2013-2014

It is time to think about re-enrollment for your children for the 2013-2014 school year at Otsego Christian School. 

 

Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 19th, for our current OCS families, and we want to offer you the first opportunity to ensure your child's place.  As you know, several of our classes have limited space and our enrollment is based on a first come basis.  To secure your child's spot, you will have to come in and sign a "Tuition contract" form and pay the necessary registration fee. On Monday, February 25th, we will open up enrollment to the public for new enrollments.

 

Your sacrifice and commitment to Christian education for your child is admired and appreciated, and we pray that the seeds that are planted here will last them a lifetime.

 
SCRIP Orders

We will be putting in our next SCRIP order on Monday, February 11th at 9:30 am, so please be sure to put in your orders. Remember that Valentine's Day is coming, and gift cards make a nice gift for your loved ones near and far away.

 
Boxtops Competition

It is Boxtop competition time again here at OCS!! So for the month of February, we will be keeping track of how many boxtops each class turns in, and the winning classroom will receive an Ice Cream Sundae Party!! We ask that you please put them in baggies that are clearly marked with your child's grade when you send them in. Each boxtop is worth $0.10, and last October the school raised over $600 for PTF through boxtops alone. So ask your grandparents, friends, and neighbors to help you out as well!!

 
Basketball and Cheerleading at OCS

Due to several unforeseen factors, we have had to delay our OCS basketball and cheerleading season this year. We still have quite a few students interested in playing, though, and we have also been contacted by Ebenezer Christian School to play a game or two against them.

 

What we would like to know is if anyone would be willing to coach our 1st through 6th grade girls cheerleading team? Ms. Drenth has graciously agreed to coach our co-ed 4th-6th graders basketball team, but again we would like to gauge parental interest in this as well. Our thoughts are that we would have one practice a week right after school for both groups--probably the cheerleaders would meet here at OCS in our gym, and the basketball players would go to the E-Free gym. Then we would schedule 2 to 3 games including our students vs. parent’s game in the next few weeks to wrap up about a month-long season.

 

May the Lord bless you in new and refreshing ways this month, as you seek more of His love and presence!

 

In God's Service and Yours,

 
 
Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator

 
 

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..." I Corinthians 13:4-8

  

   January Newsletter  10-Jan-13

 Dear OCS Families,                                                                                                                     

Happy New Year 2013!! We pray that you had a very enjoyable Christmas break with your family and friends, and we pray that you will be blessed immeasurably in this new year. 

We were very sorry to have to postpone our OCS Christmas program and close school early right before the holidays due to the winter storm, but the roads were really bad those two days. 

Our Christmas program has now been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm at the Gaylord E-Free Church, so be sure to come that night to see our special Christmas presentation.  New permission slips went home this week for taking the Kindergarten-6th grade students over to the E-Free Church next Wednesday and Thursday for practices again on the bus, so please be sure to sign those and get them turned back into the office as soon as possible. Several of our classes are having their Christmas parties this week, so we are just celebrating Christmas in January...haha!

We will have order forms available at the Christmas program,  if you would like to pre-order a DVD for $10.

One other reminder is that we will not have school on Friday, Jan. 18, as it is the end of the 1st semester.

Report Cards

The end of the second marking period is coming up next Thursday, Jan. 17th as well, so report cards will be sent home the following Thursday, Jan. 24th in your child's BEAR books. Please call the school or talk to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

OCS Annual Auction

The OCS annual auction is fast approaching on Saturday, Feb. 9th at the E-Free Church. Doors will open at 4:30 pm, and dinner will be served at 6 pm. Once again, we will have hundreds of items up for bid in our Silent, Live, Dessert and Chinese auctions as well as a short program highlighting our amazing students here at the school.

Tickets are still on sale for $20 per person or $150 per table of eight for the rest of this week. They will go up to $25 per ticket or $200 per table next week, so be sure to stop in soon.

We are also planning our next auction meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 15 in conjunction with this month's PTF meeting, so be sure to come to that at 6:30 pm in the school Library. There will be childcare provided in the Matz Center as well as refreshments. We could really use some help procuring items from various businesses, so if you can help in that area, please let Tiffany or Karla know in the school office.

OCS Board Meeting

This month's OCS board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21 at 6 pm in the school library. Please come join us if you can.

The OCS Staff would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to the staff Christmas bonuses this year, and we thank you very much for your kindness. It really was a blessing to our teachers, aides and staff.

We also want to thank everyone who participated in the first annual OCS "New Year's Eve Rocks!" celebration at the Otsego County Sportsplex. We had over 400 people attend this fun, family-friendly event, and the school raised over $1100 as a result. We especially want to thank one of our parents, Marti Boesen, for all of her work in heading this up, as she did a great job!

I recently heard someone's motto for this new year was "Let God reign supreme in 2013," and I think that this is a great motto for our school this year as well. We certainly want Him to Reign Supreme here at OCS all year long, so may we all focus on Him, His will and His purposes for our lives in 2013.

In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator

   SCHOOL CLOSING  20-Dec-12

 OTSEGO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IS CLOSING AT 12:30 PM DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER

   December Newsletter  05-Dec-12

Dear OCS Families,                                                                                            

Happy December to you and your family! It's hard to believe that the holidays are already here, but we are definitely excited about celebrating the Christmas season here at OCS. We have lots of exciting things happening with our school this month, and we hope that you will join us.

 

This is such a busy time of year for all of us, but I was reminded this morning about the true meaning of Christmas by a couple of our 2nd and 3rd grade students. I was helping out in Ms. Distler's classroom before their field trip to North Star Christmas Tree Farm this morning, when one of the students shared that he had forgotten his sack lunch at home. Immediately, before I could even ask him to check his backpack, Madison and Cole spoke up and offered to share their lunches with him. Their generosity and kindness reminded me of God's love and caring for us in sending His Son to be born here on earth, and then to die for our salvation. Jesus is the reason for the season, and we want to honor Him here at OCS!!

 
Parent/Teacher Fellowship Meeting

Our OCS Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF) will be meeting Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30 pm in the school library. Childcare will be provided in the Matz Center, and we would love to have you join us.

Rebekah Taratuta, PTF President

 

"A Festival of Lights" Christmas Benefit Concert by ONLYIXAM for OCS

Please join us this Thursday, Dec. 6th at 6:30 pm at the E-Free Church, for some Christmas family fun and festive tunes from OnlyIXam and guests, including our own teacher Joy Distler, and parents, Melissa Wickson and Joshua Rupp! Our students will also be highlighted in a great video during the show. Admission is completely FREE, but an offering for OCS will be taken during the concert.

 

This year, we are pleased to announce that there will be a professional photographer available to take Christmas Family Photos before and after the show! The photo packages will start at $8. Be sure to invite your family and friends to join in the fun!

 
A Veggie Tales Christmas Day

Our OCS PTF is sponsoring a special "Veggie Tales" Christmas day here at OCS on Saturday, Dec. 15 from Noon to 4pm. We will be showing the latest movie "A Very Veggie Tale Christmas" during that time. You have two options to consider for this event. First of all, you can bring your family and for a donation join in the fun! Or you can drop your child(ren) off while you get some errands done for a $5 prepaid reservation fee per child or $20 for 4 or more children. Snacks will be included in this price. We will accept drop offs on an acceptable child to adult ratio, but we may run out of space. Please stop in the office for more information and to pick up a reservation form, as we might run out of space.

 
OCS Board Meeting

The next OCS board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17th at 6 pm in the school library. This is a time change from our previous meetings. We have several new board members as well as some new committees being formed to help promote and enhance our school, so please be sure to come join us if you can.

OCS Christmas Program 

The OCS Christmas program "The Greatest Story" will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 pm at the E-Free Church. Everyone is invited to enjoy an all-school presentation of the Christmas story. We will not be having refreshments afterwards as in past years, but it promises to be a wonderful evening nonetheless. Be sure to invite all family members and friends to enjoy this production with us!!

 
New Year's Eve Party

We are excited to announce that OCS is sponsoring and benefiting from a wonderful new community event this year--a New Year's Eve Party!!! This will be held on Monday, Dec. 31, from 6 to 10:30 pm at the Sportsplex, and it is an opportunity for families to enjoy some wonderful family fun including swimming, ice skating, inflatables, music and free food to ring in the new year all for the low price of $5 per person or $20 for a family of four (4) or more. Children through age 12 are invited, but ALL ages are welcome WITH parental supervision. For tickets or questions, please contact the school office. All proceeds will benefit Otsego Christian School.

 

OCS Auction

Be sure to mark your calendars now for the 24th Annual OCS dinner and auction on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the E-Free Church. We will have hundreds of items up for sale in our silent and live auctions, as well as entertainment, a dessert auction and other exciting activities. Tickets will be available at a discounted price throughout December and at our Christmas program, so be sure to pick yours up by then.

 

We are also still looking for help with procurement, decorating, set-up, tear-down and marketing, so please be sure to contact Tiffany Lawrence at bluiydangl@hotmail.com or at (989) 370-5811, if you can help.

 

We do wish you all a very Merry Christmas season, and we look forward to seeing you around the school this month. May the Lord bless you with even more of His presence and peace throughout the holidays and in 2013!!

In God's Service and Yours,

 
Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator 

   November Updates  19-Nov-12

November 2012
 
Dear OCS Families,

 

We have had so many fun and exciting things happening here at OCS lately, that I thought that it would be good to send out a quick note with some of the blessings and praise reports going on here at the school. This is especially true since it is Thanksgiving time, and we are practicing an "attitude of gratitude." Thanks to all of you, we have had the best start to a new school year here at OCS, and I am so excited about what else God has planned for us during the upcoming months. 

During the month of October, we did a special canned goods/non-perishable food drive to benefit the Otsego County Food Pantry as one of our school's mission projects. All of the classes had a little friendly competition going on to see who could bring in the most goods, and we now have our winners. It was a very close race between several of our classes, and we actually ended up with a tie between the Kindergarten and the 1st Graders. They will be receiving a free pizza party in the near future for being such a blessing to the community.

 
OCS Praise Reports!!

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair was a HUGE success, and we want to THANK everyone for stopping in and checking it out! Our total sales added up to $1,875.80 this year--our highest totals ever! So our school received 40% of that total back in free books for our classrooms and the library.

 

Wreath Fundraiser

We want to thank you for helping us sell lots of Christmas wreaths, swags and garland this year on behalf of the school. Our sales are over $4,000 so far with the school receiving close to 50% back in cash profits. You can actually still put in additional orders if you need to, so just call or stop by the office and turn those in as soon as possible.

 

Fall Festival

Once again we want to thank everyone for their participation, donations, and help with our Fall Festival last month. The school was blessed with a lot of visitors from the community, and we grossed over $1,200 on behalf of the school. Everyone seemed to have a GREAT time, and we look forward to doing more fun activities for our families and the community in the future.

 

Pop Can Drive

Thank you so much to everyone who has been dropping off pop cans or bottles to the front of the school or who has given a donation for our Culligan water for the classrooms. We have raised $682.45 so far, and we are getting closer to our goal of $1,000.

 

Be sure to mark your calendar now for several important dates and events that are coming up for us here at OCS!! First of all, our Holiday Arts & Craft fair is taking place here at the school on Saturday, Nov. 17th, from 10am to 4pm. This is a location change from our original place.

 

November’s Board meeting has been changed from Monday, November 19 to Tuesday, November 20 at 4 pm.

 

There will also be a Christmas concert hosted by ONLYIXAM and friends to benefit OCS on Thursday, Dec. 6th at 6:30pm at the E-Free Church. Our students will be highlighted, but it is a fun evening for the entire family as well as for the entire community to open up the holiday season. We hope to have a booth for families and individuals to take Christmas pictures before and after the concert as well.

 

We are also hosting a community-wide New Year's Eve party at the Sportsplex on Dec. 31st, from 6:00pm to 10:30pm. We will have games, free food, swimming, skating, a free concert, a ball drop, and more to celebrate the coming of the new year. The cost will be $5/individual or $20/family, and a portion of this will come back to the school. It promises to be LOTS of fun, as our own OCS parent, Marti Boesen, has organized several of them in the past with great success!

 
Also, we have our annual auction and dinner scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, at the E-Free Church, so be sure to plan now to come to that exciting night as well.

 

Thank you for reading this update, and may the Lord bless you with a great rest of your week!

 
In God's Service and Yours,
 
Karla Hawkins
Otsego Christian School Administrator
989-732-8333

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:18 

   November Newsletter  08-Nov-12


 

Dear OCS Families,
Happy Thanksgiving!! It's hard to believe that November is here already, but it is a really good time to count our blessings and thank the Lord for all that He has done for us this year already (Psalm 136:1)!
 
Some of the highlights of October include our fantastic Fall Family Festival where we had several hundred people come to the school from the community and the school for a great day of games, food and fellowship. Later in the month, all of our teachers spent two days at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Nexus Live educator's conference in Richland, Michigan being challenged to "Teach God's Children His Truth" using effective frameworks, mentoring, new ways to impact our student achievement and behavior, while also exploring the qualities of an effective teacher and the "power of a minute" in a child's life. All of the sessions were presented by nationally acclaimed speakers in the field of education like Dr. Charlotte Danielson, Dr. James Stronge, and Dr. Wes Stafford among many others. Our OCS teachers sacrifice these two days away from their families for their professional development and in order to enhance their teaching skills in the classroom. Then last week we celebrated two wonderful days honoring our OCS Grandparents, and that was a treat for everyone involved. 
 
This month promises to be full of exciting events and activities as well, so we suggest you check out our school and classroom calendars. Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 2, we are wrapping up our Scholastic Book Fair in the school library, and we are having Parent/Teacher conferences all day as well. We encourage all parents to meet with your child's teacher as report cards go home, because we want to partner with you in your child's education. You should already have received your conference times in your child's BEAR book, but if you have any questions, please feel free to call the office.
 
Christmas Wreaths
The Christmas wreath fundraiser is now in full swing, and everyone should have received a flyer about it in your child's BEAR book. Carol Austin will be making the wreaths, garland and swags again for us this year, and she does a beautiful job on them. The orders should be turned into the office by Monday, Nov. 5th and delivery will be Monday, Nov. 26th unless requested otherwise. 
 
Parent/Teacher Fellowship Meeting
The next Parent/Teacher Fellowship gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6th at 6:30 pm in Joy Distler's room. Childcare is provided in the Matz Center, and it is a great time to meet other parents and get involved in OCS. Everyone is welcome to come and share their ideas as well, and refreshments are always provided.
 
School Pictures
We will be having our school pictures taken on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 6-7, by A & M Photography again this year. They do a great job for us, and our students are just the cutest! The ordering packages and a note with the days and times for each class were already sent home this week, but please call the school if you have any questions. 
 
Donuts for Dads & Dudes
Our OCS annual "Donuts for Dads & Dudes" will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7th for our M/W K3, K4, & Kindergarten through 6th grade students beginning at 8am in each child's classroom. Dads are invited to come and go as needed for work, but we would love to have you stay for Chapel from 8:30 to 9:15am if you can as well. We will be having a special message to honor you fathers on that day. Then we will also have a "Donuts for Dads & Dudes" for our T/Th K3 class on Thursday, Nov. 8th from 8:10am to 8:30am.
 
Holiday Arts & Craft Fair
The 2nd Annual OCS Holiday Arts and Craft Fair is taking place on Saturday, Nov. 17th, from 10am to 4pm, in downtown Gaylord at the old Johnson Furniture store--now the new Life Church building at 115 E. Main St. We still have some spots available for crafters, and it is always a wonderful time to get some of those special handcrafted Christmas gifts. Please call the office if you have any questions about the fair or if you are interested in a booth.
 
Auction Meeting
We will be having a meeting for our upcoming annual auction on Tuesday, Nov. 13th at 6:30pm in the school library. It is a great event for the school and the community, and we are looking for volunteers to help us with the various committees. We are looking for help with procurement, decorations, set-up and tear-down, promotions and more, so please join us with your creative ideas and help. "Many hands make light work."
 
Inclement Weather Alerts
We are no longer using the Honeywell Instant Alert system for our inclement weather calls here at the school. So if you would like to receive either a text message or an email alert about school closings this year, we recommend going to the The Gaylord Herald Times website (www.gaylordheraldtimes.com) and scroll down to the bottom of their first page. Under "Tools" you will need to click on "Text & Email alerts" to sign up. You will need to follow the instructions and choose text and/or email options. You will then need to scroll down to #8 under "message groups" for "school closings/delays/notices" and click on Otsego Christian School under Otsego County. You will then receive a code number via text in order to finalize the process. If you have any difficulties, please just call the school, and we can help you through it.
 
Morning Care Donations
Please be sure to drop off your donations to Mrs. Bowen or to the office if you are using our "Early Morning Care" option here at the school. The children are not supposed to be dropped off at the school until 8am, but we have our "early morning care" available for those working parents who need the extra childcare. We have to pay someone to supervise the children, so your donations are important. We suggest a $2.00 donation per day or a $20 monthly donation. 
 
OCS Christmas Benefit Concert
Start planning now to attend the 6th Annual OCS Christmas Benefit Concert hosted by local Christian band ONLYIXAM on Thursday, Dec. 6th at the E-Free Church!! They have lots of guest artists and surprises planned already to make it a fun and enjoyable evening for the entire family, so you won't want to miss it. Admission is free!!
 
Lunch Aides & Subs
We are in need of some additional lunch room aides and substitutes, so please contact the office if you can help us in any way. 
 
We are very excited about a returning student, Andrew Wolf, joining Mrs. Sloniker's class last week, so please be sure to welcome him if you see him in the classroom. 
 
I had the opportunity to be with the 2nd & 3rd grade class yesterday for a special scavenger hunt for their harvest party, and it was a lot of fun. Each student was so kind to each other in our group, and they each made sure that everyone was together in deciphering the clues. We definitely have the best students here at OCS!!
 
As I close this monthly newsletter, I do want to make sure to tell you how much we love and appreciate you and your family! You are who make our school so GREAT!
 
In God's Service and Yours,
 
Karla Hawkins 
Otsego Christian School Administrator
989-732-8333
 

 

   October Newsletter  03-Oct-12

October 2012
 
Dear OCS Families,

Fall is in the air!

It's hard to believe that October is already here, but the gorgeous fall colors definitely confirm it. We had a great first month of school, and we know that this month will also be very special. Please see the school calendar as well as your child's classroom calendars for all of the activities planned for October. We have our Fall Family Festival, Grandparent's Day, and several field trips planned among other exciting events.
 
One of the privileges of working here at OCS is that I get to see lots of random acts of kindness by the staff and the students taking place around the school at different times. A little over a week ago, I came out of my office around 8 am, and I saw one of our second grade students standing by the front door. I was surprised to see him there, so I went to ask him what he was doing. He told me that he was waiting for one of our newest students from Korea to arrive at the school so that he could walk him to class. My heart just melted, as I realized that he was being a great "friend" to our new student. We certainly have the best students here at OCS, that is for sure!

This Wednesday we will presenting our first group of students with our "OCS Terrific Kids/Timothy Awards for the month of September. Each teacher picks a few students each month to win the award, and we take their picture to send it in to the Herald Times and the Weekly Choice newspapers. This is the monthly award that we give our students, and it is called the "Timothy Award." It is based on 1 Timothy 4:12 and states, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." The Kiwanis Club of Otsego County partners with us in honoring these students, so on the first Wednesday of every month several students from each class are selected to receive the "Terrific Kid" award, and they are presented with a certificate and a small gift by a representative from the Kiwanis Club. Our students are very special to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to praise them for their exceptional attitudes and behavior and share this good news with the community.

ACSI Conference

Our OCS teaching staff will be heading down to Richland, Michigan on Wednesday, Oct. 17th for a two-day ACSI Christian education conference. This is a great opportunity for our teachers to connect with other Christian educators and have some valuable professional development. This means that we will be having an early dismissal of school at 11:30am, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and no school on Oct. 18-19 while we are gone. 

Pop Can/Bottle Drive

During the month of September, we had a contest for our OCS Culligan water needs, and we had the drawing for the winner of our pop can/pop bottle/donation drive last Thursday. Everyone's name that donated so far was put in a drawing, and amid shouts of cheering and excitement, Ms. Lynn Leinonen, our recess aide, pulled out the Battle family's name from the bucket during lunch time. So....congratulations to Blake Battle and his family for winning the "Golf Foursome" from Treetops Resort. We do ask that you continue to bring in your pop cans/bottles, though, as we still have a ways to go to reach our goal.

SCRIP Orders

One of our ongoing fundraisers of the year here at OCS is our SCRIP program. This is a program that allows you to order gift cards online, but that gives a certain percentage to each family that participates and to the school for each purchase. All orders must be entered online before 9:30 am on Monday mornings. A flyer was sent home with your child last week, but if you have any questions, please contact Cathy in the office.

Families of the Week                                                                                                                                    Some of you may have already received a postcard from the school stating that you are one of our "Families of the Week," and that we are praying for you. What this means is that we have picked different OCS families to pray for specifically each week throughout the school year. We love to pray blessings on our families, and we ask that if you have any special prayer requests that you let us know what they are as well.

Otsego County Food Pantry Drive
Here at OCS we want to be a blessing to our community, so we will be having a non-perishable food drive during the month of October for the Otsego County Food Pantry. We are having a little friendly competition as well, so if your family brings in any canned goods or food, please make sure that it is in bags labeled by grades. The winning classroom will receive a surprise treat at the end of the month.

PTF Meeting                                                                                                                                                The next Parent/Teacher Fellowship meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 9th at 3:15pm in the school library. Childcare will be provided, and we will be discussing the OCS t-shirts, the festival and other upcoming activities.

Fall Family Fun Festival
Our Fall Festival is right around the corner on Saturday, Oct. 13th, and we are really getting excited about all of the neat activities and games we have planned for that day. Our festival will be open from 10am to 2pm with inflatables, a hay maze, and concessions as well. We will also be having a used book sale that day, so if anyone wants to donate any books you can bring them into the office at your convenience. So be sure to come, and bring your friends with you for a great day of FUN!!!

OCS Family Movie Night
We will be having our next Veggie Tales family movie night on Friday, Oct. 19th at 6:30pm in the school's Matz Center. The new movie is entitled "Veggie Tales The League of Incredible Vegetables." Concessions will also be available on a donation basis.

Grandparent's Days
More information will be going home with your child in the near future, but please go ahead and start inviting all grandparents to come to our OCS Grandparent's days coming up on Thursday, Oct. 25th for our K3 and K4 classes, and Friday, Oct. 26th, for our Kindergarten through 6th grade classes as well. We love to honor our grandparents and bless them here at OCS each year.

Scholastic Book Fair
We will be having our annual Scholastic book fair here at the school from Thursday, Oct. 25th through Friday, November 2nd in the school library. Posters will be going up soon with the times that it will be open.

October is definitely a busy month around here, but we know that God has great things in store for all of us as well. May His joy and peace be with you always!

 
In God's Service and Yours,
 

Karla Hawkins
Otsego Christian School Administrator
989-732-8333

 

"Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions." ~ 1 John 3:18

 
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We will be having our 2nd annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 17, from 10am to 4pm in downtown Gaylord at the old Johnson furniture store, now the Life Church building. If you are interested in reserving a table for this event, please be sure to stop by the school office for an application and more information. We will be offering our OCS family crafters, with KIDS or GRANDKIDS currently enrolled in OCS, a table for half price through October 15th.

Offer Expires: October 15, 2012

 

  

   Fall Festival Update  25-Sep-12

 

Fall Family Fun Festival Update!
We are excited to announce that the local Baptist Association is donating the use of their block party kit to our OCS event, so this means that we will have cotton candy and a giant inflatable slide to add to all of the other activities! We are also going to have a walking “hay” maze, an obstacle course, games, cake walk, crafts, activities, and concessions!
Thank you so VERY, VERY much to those who have been signing up to help with the OCS Fall Family fun Festival in some way! I am still in need of about 10 more volunteers to help run a game or activity for a 2 hour shift the day of the event.
If you said that you would bring a baked good, please have them to OCS by 10am on Saturday the 13th. We would greatly prefer cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and bars to already be divided or cut and packaged when dropping off. If your item has peanuts or tree nuts in it, then please clearly label it accordingly, as we do have children with these allergies in our school.
For your help during the event, you will receive one wristband that can be used by you or someone else in your family to play games, run the maze, and the other activities. If you would like to serve for two shifts to earn an additional wristband, please let me know. If you are in need of additional wristbands for your family, you can purchase those the day of the event. Posted outside of the office during the week of the event, you will see your area of service for the day-- and your shift. Please arrive a few minutes early to make sure your area is set up and that you understand your task, so that we can get organized and have a great fundraiser for OCS!
I am also looking for a couple of outdoor pop up canopies. If you know of someone that may let us borrow these for the day, please have them contact me!
If you would like to help by donating items for decorations or concessions, these are some of the items I am in need of-- you can either bring in an item or donate money for us to purchase these items! But please do contact me if you are donating an item, so I can mark it off of my list! If you are part of an area business that would like to take on an item for donation or donate funds, we would be glad to list your business as a sponsor around the event.  If you could have all of the donated/borrowed items to the school BY Friday, October 12th, I would be ever so grateful.
Small apples--60 apples
Gourds and Pumpkins of different shapes and sizes                            2 packages of 9 or 12 inch helium balloons
pool noodles                                                                                     bags of potato chips
Packages of hot dogs                                                                       bags of individually wrapped candy
Hot dog buns                                                                                    Mustard, ketchup, relish
3 Boxes of saltine crackers                                                                bags of shredded, cheddar cheese
Carton of sour cream                                                                         paper plates
Paper bowls                                                                                      paper napkins
Cases of bottled water                                                                       3 bags of Dum Dum lollipops
Cases of canned soda                                                                                
Helium tank for balloons                                                                          
 
If you are willing to help and have not already filled out a sheet, please complete this bottom portion and return it to the school for our OCS Fall family Fun Festival and Fundraiser!
 
What will be happening at this event!?! Well, we have great fall activities planned like bobbing for apples, painting pumpkins, fall crafts, face painting, and games! We’ll also have concessions available. I am sure you realize that the tuition amounts charged per family still leave a gap in financial need for our school. Throughout the year, we will have different events like the Family Fun Festival, our Arts and Crafts Fair, a Wreath Fundraiser, and our Auction and we may toss in more events as needed. This event is designed to help bring in some necessary funds for the 2012-2013 school year—but it will also give us a fun and engaging way to interact with all of our families and the community! We will have an entry fee priced for individuals and families as well as an inclusive package that covers entry and concessions for a larger financial contribution.
We will need lots of hands to help make this a successful event for the school. If you can please fill out and return this bottom portion to the school office, we will schedule you for an area to assist for the event. I would love to have enough helpers so that everyone can work half of the event and have the other block of time to enjoy it with their families. If you are unable to help at this event, please don’t worry--I will call you for other events throughout the year! J
This event is going to be a rain or shine event, so if it rains we will move as much of the event inside the school as possible.
Thank you so much for all you do to help OCS succeed!
Tiffany Lawrence- Fundraising Coordinator
(989) 370 5811          Bluiydangl@hotmail.com
 
 
Fall Fun Festival
Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________
Phone_________________________________   email _______________________________________
 
I can help by: (circle your preference)                                                                                                                                          
Decorating on Friday the 12th (during and after school outside)
Donating baked goods                                                                   Face painting
Running a game                                                                            Selling concessions          
Overseeing a craft                                                                        I would LOVE to help anywhere I am needed
I would love to help, but am only available for these hours:_____________________
I would like to help by donating other items that may be needed for decorations or concessions:__________________
I would like to help in another way that you don’t have listed:_______________________________________________
   September Updates  25-Sep-12

 

 
Dear OCS Families,

One of the highlights last week was that we had our first "Solemn Assemblies" of the school year, as we gathered each morning at 9:20am in the gym for a school-wide prayer time led mostly by our students. We prayed for our students, our families, the sick, and our community, and we dedicated this new 2012-2013 OCS school year to the Lord. It is such a joy to hear the faith of these precious children in their prayers.
 
We also had our first Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF) meeting on Wednesday lead by our new PTF president Rebekah Taratuta and VP Laura Wohlfeil. It was an exciting gathering with about 20 parents and teachers attending as well as lots of creative ideas and events being planned for this coming year. One of our new parents, Marti Boesen, has since started an OCS PTF facebook page, so be sure to "LIKE" it so you can stay in touch that way, too.

This week we have the 4th-6th graders going on a field trip to the Flywheelers Days near Boyne Falls on Tuesday, and then the Kindergarten through 3rd graders are going to Knaebe's apple orchard on Friday. So it promises to be a blessed week at OCS!

Following are some other items and events coming up that we thought you might want to know about.
 
OCS Board Meeting on Monday                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great news! Our Parent/Teacher Fellowship has volunteered to provide childcare for our monthly OCS board meetings, so if you are interested in learning more about the school or attending the meetings, your child(ren) will now be supervised in the Matz Center. The board meetings are on the third Monday of every month at 4 pm in the school library.
 
Bob Evans Fundraiser 
Bob Evans is partnering with us for a full day of fundraising on Thursday, September 27th at their restaurant here in Gaylord. All you have to do is take in the flyer that we will be sending home with your children next week, and the school will get 15% of the total spent for the meal. It is a great time to enjoy a nice meal and help out the school at the same time.
 
OCS Fall Family Festival
We are excited to announce that we will be having a Fall family festival/carnival on Saturday, October 13 from 10am to 2pm here at the school. We will have games, inflatables, crafts, face painting, concessions, bobbing for apples, and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Wristbands will be available the day of the event for $5/person or $20 for the whole family. An information sheet went home last week in your child's BEAR book, but if you have any questions please be sure to stop by the office. It is going to be a lot of fun!!
 
OCS Water Fund                                                                                                                                                                               Here at OCS we believe that keeping our students hydrated is very important and healthy, so we have Culligan water coolers in each classroom. For several years, we had a donor who provided the water for our school, but she has recently passed away. Therefore, we are having a little "water fund" competition, and anyone who brings in some pop cans/bottles or a donation to the school this month will be put in a drawing for a "Foursome" of free golf at Treetops Resort. We will have the drawing on Friday, Sept. 27th.
 
Thank you so much for taking the time to read these updates, and we pray that you have a wonderful and enjoyable weekend!
In God's Service and Yours,
Karla Hawkins
Otsego Christian School Administrator
 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 

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We will be having our 2nd annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 17, from 10am to 4pm in downtown Gaylord at the old Johnson furniture store, now the Life Church building. If you are interested in reserving a table for this event, please be sure to stop by the school office for an application and more information. We will be offering our OCS family crafters with KIDS or GRANDKIDS currently enrolled in OCS a table for half price through October 15th.    
Offer Expires: October 15, 2012

   September Newsletter  24-Sep-12


Dear OCS Families,

 Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year at Otsego Christian School! We have had a wonderful first week of school, and we are very excited about seeing everyone in our hallways and classrooms. We especially want to welcome all of our new families and students, as we are honored to have you join our OCS community.

This is our monthly Eagle Eye newsletter, and we appreciate you taking the time to read it. Our goal is to keep you informed about important events and activities going on at the school each month, as we partner with you in your child's education. On occasion, we will also have other updates that we will email you as well. Please be sure to check out our website and calendar at  www.ocsgaylord.org , too.

 

 

Yesterday, I was out on the playground watching the children during recess, and a little Kindergarten student came up to me saying that she didn't have anyone to play with. At that very moment, a second grade student was walking by with her younger sister, and immediately asked this new student to play with them. It warmed my heart to see these little ones already being Jesus' hands and feet to one another. We are definitely a family here at OCS!

 We have had several changes here at OCS over the summer and that includes some new staff members. One of them is Joy Distler, our new 2 and 3 grade teacher, and we are thrilled to welcome her to OCS! She is definitely full of "joy" and creativity, and we are so thankful to have her here this year. We also have a new aide, Lynn Wagner, who will be helping us with extended care and aiding in the K3 and K4 classes as needed. God is so good, and we are looking forward to all that He has in store for us during this coming year!

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

  • Hot lunches will begin on Monday, Sept. 10, so be sure to fill out the lunch forms and turn them in to the office along with your payment. If you're applying for free and reduced lunches, please be sure to turn those forms into the office as soon as possible as well. 
  • Extended care will also begin this Monday, Sept. 10, so be sure to let the office know as soon as possible what days and times you will be needing those services. Our extended care hours begin at 11:00 and go until 4:30 or 5:00 as needed Monday through Thursday, and it only costs $3.00/hour per student. This service can also be used for latch key after school as well.
  • Our OCS PTF (Parent/Teacher Fellowship) will have their first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 pm in the library.
  • The "OCS Student Handbook" has gone home in your child's B.E.A.R. (Bring Everything Always Ready) books this week, and we ask that you read it carefully and then sign and turn back in the last page to the school. There are several changes in it from last year, and we ask that you especially read the sections on Finances (p. 5), Arrivals and Leaving the School, and Parking Lot Procedures (p. 10-11).
  • We will be having a pop can drive all year to help cover some extra projects around the school, so please be sure to drop off any empty pop cans/bottles into the large can at the front of the school that you would like to donate to the school. This money will help us cover the Culligan water that the children enjoy in the classrooms throughout the year.
  • Please be sure to turn in your current email addresses to the office, so that we can keep you informed with our monthly e-newsletters and updates throughout the year.
  • We will continue to offer SCRIP as a fundraiser for the school and a way to save on your child's tuition for next year, so be looking for a letter going home soon about that. We will begin putting in our SCRIP orders on Monday, Sept. 17th.

 We appreciate your partnership with Otsego Christian School, and we ask that the Lord bless you as you help prepare the leaders of tomorrow for "Learning-Growing-Believing-Succeeding." 

 
In God's Service and Yours,
 

 

 

Karla Hawkins
Otsego Christian School Administrator

 

   End of the Year Activities  18-May-12
Dear Parents and Guardians,                                                                             
 
OCS Board Meeting 
May's OCS board meeting has been changed from Monday, May 21, at 4 pm to Tuesday, May 22, at 7 pm in the school library. We sure appreciated the huge turn-out for our Open Forum meeting last week, and we hope that you will join us again whenever possible. OCS belongs to all of us, and we need everyone's help to make it the best school possible in this community.
 
Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation 
This year's Preschool and Kindergarten graduation will take place on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church. It is always a special evening, as we highlight the children's accomplishments through the year and celebrate their graduation. The last day of classes for our K3 and K4 students is May 24, but the Kindergarten last day of classes will be Friday, May 25.
 
First through 12th Grade Awards & Graduation 
This year's OCS awards and graduation night will take place on Thursday, May 31, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church. It promises to be a great evening, as we honor our students' academic achievements throughout the year. We also have another graduating senior and several honorary presentations to make that evening as well.
 
Report Cards 
Our OCS students' report cards will be available for pick-up in the school office beginning Monday, June 11th for our Kindergarten through 12th graders. Any outstanding tuition balance must be paid first before report cards will be released.
 
T-Shirts
OCS t-shirts are now on sale for $5 until the end of the school year. We have white preschool shirts and red eagle shirts in sizes small and medium available. 
 

 

   May Updates  10-May-12

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in boxtops for our school contest in April!  The winners of the contest were the 2nd and 3rd grade class that brought in over 1,300 boxtops by themselves.

Mrs. Datema shared that over 4,000 boxtops were sent in altogether, so that is GREAT!  We do want to thank her for counting all of those for us and for organizing the contest as well.

Because of everyone's overwhelming support and participation in the contest, though, the Thompson family has now generously offered to buy pizza for all of  the Kindergarten through 12th grade students for lunch for next Tuesday, May 15th. The 2nd and 3rd grade students will get pizza and something else special for being the winners.  If students don't want pizza, they can order a hot lunch or bring a sack lunch that day, and everyone will need to have their own drinks. Students can order a milk only as well. Please be sure to thank the Thompson family for their generosity when you see them around the school!!

Even though the competition is over, please continue to save your boxtops and turn them in to the school at anytime. They certainly do add up!! 

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family always!!
 
In God's Service and Yours,
 
Karla Hawkins

OCS Administrator

Parent Open Forum Tonight 

We will be having a parent "open forum" meeting tonight, May 10, at 6 pm in the school library. We are asking everyone who is interested in the future of the school, and particularly the middle and high school programs to come and share their thoughts with the board.

SCRIP Reminder

We will be putting in another order for SCRIP on Monday, May 14, at 9:30 am, if anyone needs to order gift cards for spring projects, graduation gifts or for household items. Remember that half of the proceeds go toward your child's tuition for next year. 

 OCS Letter Fundraiser 

We want to thank everyone who has sent out letters on behalf of the school for your participation and support! The children have been enjoying getting their beanie babies, and the school has received over $3,500 so far as well.  We will be wrapping up this fundraiser soon, but it is not too late to send out some more letters.  If you do send some out, please be sure to let us know in the office so we can reward your child as quickly as possible. We will announce the top three families that have raised the most money on Wednesday, May 23 during Chapel. The prizes include an I-pod shuffle, a new bicycle, and a $50 MasterCard.

 

 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...," I Corinthians 13:4-8. 

   May Newsletter  04-May-12

 

May 2012
 
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to May and our last full month of school for the 2011-2012 academic year. It is a very busy one at that, so please be sure to check out the following activities listed here as well as your child's classroom calendar and newsletters for upcoming field trips and activities.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for our "Author's Night and Open House" last week. We had a great turn-out, and it was fun seeing all of the children's writing masterpieces out for display as well. It was nice to see several new families checking out our school and signing up, too. 

 

Please be sure to stop by the office and enroll your child for next year if you have not done so already.

 

Our Boxtops competition is wrapping up today, so be sure to turn in all of those to the office as soon as possible. As of right now, the 2nd & 3rd grade class is leading in the competition for the class pizza party.

All yearbook orders need to be turned in by tomorrow, May 1, so please be sure to come by the office and order yours. They are only $5 each. We also want to thank Farah Piehl, one of our parents, for putting it all together for us this year, as it is going to be a great keepsake for our children. 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER (MAY 3)

The National Day of Prayer is fast approaching, and we will be having a special county-wide assembly at Otsego Christian School once again this year. We will have our special service from noon to 1 pm on Thursday, May 3 in the Matz Center, and everyone is invited to join us. Our OCS students will be participating in the program, but we want to invite everyone in the community to come and join us in prayer for our city, our schools, our families, our churches, our state and our country. Please call us at (989) 732-8333 for more information or visit the National Day of Prayer website at www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

OCS LETTER FUNDRAISER 

Thanks so much to everyone who has been turning in letters already for our spring fundraiser! We will be giving out Beanie Babies to the first 60 students that turn in their letters or who let us know in the office that they sent out letters on our behalf. The children are already very excited about participating, and we appreciate all of your help with this fundraiser for the school. The top three families that raise the most money for the school will receive either an I-pod shuffle, a new bicycle or a $50 Visa card. The deadline for sending out the letters is Friday, May 11.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK (MAY 7-11) 

We are so thankful for all of our teachers here at OCS, and we want to bless them in a special way this year during our "Teacher Appreciation Week." They give sacrificially of their time and talents to bless our students and families each day, and we would like to come together as a community to show them how grateful we are. Please write them a note or have your child(ren) thank them personally for all that they do as well. We will be having a special Chapel service in their honor on Wednesday, May 9th, so please come share then, too. THANK YOU, TEACHERS AND AIDES, FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!!! 

OCS OPEN FORUM DISCUSSION (MAY 10) 

God has been moving powerfully in our school during the last few years, and we are very excited about the momentum and current growth of the school. However, this has created new challenges for us as we go forward, especially regarding the feasibility of continuing the middle and high school programs at this time. Therefore, we are asking everyone who is interested in the future of the school, and particularly the middle and high school programs, to come to an "Open Forum" meeting on Thursday, May 10 at 6 pm in the school library. 

FIELD DAY WITH EBENEZER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (MAY 11)

We are excited to announce that our OCS students will be joining the students at Ebenezer Christian School in Ellsworth again for a fun day of track and field events and activities on Friday, May 11th, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (weather permitting). We are hoping to take a bus over there, and permission slips will be going home next week. Parents are always welcome to come and join us! 

MUFFINS FOR MOMS (MAY 16-17)
Our "Muffins for Moms" special days are scheduled for Wednesday, May 16th, from 8:10 to 8:30 a.m. for our K3 (M/W class) through 12th grade students, 12:00-12:20 p.m. for afternoon K4 class, and Thursday, May 17th, for our K3 (T/Th) class. We want to bless our OCS moms and thank them for all they do for our families by sharing a few extra minutes with them in the classroom those days. We will have juice, coffee, and muffins for everyone, as well as a special Chapel on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. to honor our moms. Please come if you can!!

OCS BOARD MEETING (MAY 21)

The monthly OCS board meeting will take place on Monday, May 21 at 4 p.m. in the school Library. Everyone in invited to attend.

PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION (MAY 24) 

This year's Preschool and Kindergarten graduation will take place on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church. It is always a special evening, as we highlight the children's accomplishments through the year and celebrate their graduation. The last day of classes for our K3 and K4 students is May 24, but the Kindergarten last day of classes will be Friday, May 25.

FIRST GRADE THROUGH 12TH GRADE AWARDS AND GRADUATION (MAY 31)

This year's OCS awards and graduation night will take place on Thursday, May 31, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (JUNE 1)

The last day of school for this academic year will be Friday, June 1, for the 1st through 12th grade students. We will have a fun day of activities planned, with an early dismissal time of 11:30 p.m. Please note that there will not be an after-school bus available that day for our students.

Thank you very much for reading this newsletter, and may the Lord bless you with an awesome month full of His joy, His peace and His presence!

In God's Service and Yours,


Karla Hawkins
Otsego Christian School Administrator

   April Newsletter  11-Apr-12
Dear OCS Families and Friends: 

We would like to wish you and your family a very "Happy Easter" this year! It falls in the middle of our Spring Break, but we pray that we will all take the time to thank our Lord and Savior for His sacrifice on the cross for our sins. This is such a special time for us to focus on Him, and spend some quality time together as a family remembering what God has done for us. 

 

Report cards went home this week for our Kindergarten through 12th grade students, so be sure to look for those in the student's BEAR books. It is always a good idea to reward your child if they are doing well, or stop and encourage them if they are struggling as well.

 

Enrollment for the 2012-2013 OCS school year continues in full swing, and we would like to remind you that all you need to do to reserve your spot for next year is sign a tuition contract and pay your child's registration fee. Several of our classrooms are full or close to being full, so be sure to get in as soon as possible. 

 

SCRIP ORDERS 

We just want to let everyone know that we will not be ordering SCRIP again until Monday, April 16th, at 9:30 a.m. due to the Spring Break week. Thanks for your continuing support of the school through this program! 

 

SPRING BREAK 

Please note that the school will be closed next week, April 2-9, for Spring Break. We pray that everyone will have a fun and enjoyable time together as a family! School will resume on Tuesday, April 10th in the morning.

 

AUTHOR'S NIGHT AND OPEN HOUSE

We will be combining our 2012 OCS Author's Night with our all-school Open House on Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Please be sure to come out and see the children's writing masterpieces that night.

 

TURN IN OCS BASKETBALL UNIFORMS 

Parents, please be sure to turn in your child's clean, basketball uniform to the office as soon as possible. We are keeping track of them, and we will not give out final report cards until they are returned.  

 

OCS BOXTOPS COMPETITION 

 Are you ready for a little Boxtops competition? We hope so! For the month of April, we will see how many Boxtops each classroom can collect. The classroom with the most Boxtops at the end of the month will win a PIZZA PARTY!!

 

So be sure to turn in your boxtops (and boxtops only) in baggies that are clearly labeled with your name and grade, so that your classroom will get the credit. There will be a small collection box in each classroom or you can use the collection box in the school entry way. At the end of April, we will announce the winners!

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter each month, and we pray that you are blessed because of your association with OCS! 

 
In God's Service and Yours,
 
Karla Hawkins

OCS Administrator

 

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised  on the third day according to the Scriptures..." I Corinthians 15:3-4.   

   Movie Night  19-Mar-12

OCS Movie Night 

We will be hosting our first OCS movie night of the year on Friday, March 23 at 7 pm in the Matz Center, and we would like to invite everyone to join us for this special evening of fun. We will be showing one of the latest Veggie Tales movies entitled "Robin Hood and His Not So Merry Men."  The movie is free, and we will have free popcorn and drinks available for everyone who attends as well. So we hope to see you then!  

   March Newsletter  06-Mar-12

 

Dear OCS Families and Friends: 

Happy March everyone!!  As we begin a new month, we have so many praise reports to share with you about God's goodness to the school and to our families.  Being a part of God's Kingdom is very exciting, and we definitely want to praise Him for all of the blessings.

Since our newsletter in February, we have had our 22nd annual auction and dinner on February 11th, and it was a huge success. The school grossed over $30,000, and although this was a little short of our goal of $35,000, it is still a huge blessing in this economy.


We also had a very successful Preschool Tea on Feb. 23, sponsored by our OCS PTGF with over 60 in attendance. Several of our parents gave very touching testimonies about how OCS has blessed their families, and we were all encouraged by their words. The preschool children were also able to do a classroom "switch" in order to experience the next grade up, which they enjoyed tremendously. 

Then on Feb. 21, we kicked off our enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year, and on Tuesday of this week we had our first Preschool and Kindergarten Open House of the season. We had over 20 families stop by and visit the school, and thirteen of those were new families. We are very excited about welcoming them to OCS!!

During February, all of our 4th grade students were able to have eight free swimming lessons at the Sportsplex thanks to the Glen C. Catt Foundation, and the children really enjoyed themselves. One student shared with me how much he loved learning to swim, because now he wasn’t afraid to jump off the diving board. That is exciting!! We especially want to thank our parent volunteers--Deb Van Houten, Mike Wagner, Ernest Wolf and Kris Gahm--for driving them to the Sportsplex for these lessons.

Now March is upon us, and we are thankful, once again, for what God has in store. Please be sure to check out the school's monthly calendar that will go home with your children this week and the following activities as well.  

May God bless you always!

Karla Hawkins

OCS Administrator

 

Is It Worth It?

by Dr. Ken Smitherman (Retired ACSI President 2009) 

Is it worth it? That may be the four-word question you're contemplating this spring as you either have already considered or are currently considering whether to continue enrolling your student(s) in the Christian school. Please allow me to challenge your thinking in regard to one particular matter.

Your Christian school has a distinctive educational agenda that it is crucial to understand, an agenda centered on teaching and learning within a framework that has a biblical foundation. Such a foundation recognizes that there are timeless and unchanging truths that people need to understand and embrace. Your students in the Christian school are being immersed in that framework, which is designed to help in developing hearts and minds that embrace God and desire to pursue life from the perspective of biblical truth.

 

Such an education is based on core biblical truths that will enable students to adopt or challenge opinions about every aspect of life. Social conduct and cultural responsibility are framed differently for the student who has been so educated. Knowing God's Word and believing in its reliability provides the student with a plumb line to test those "broadly accepted views and laws of the land."

 


So, is it worth it? I am convinced it is--but for your own children and family, the call is one that you will have to make. The decision to continue your children's Christian schooling bears a significant economic and time investment. Nearly everyone recognizes the importance of investing in the right materials for the foundation of a building. Regardless of what is built above the ground, the most significant and important investment is in what is poured into the ground--the foundation. Your child's years of formal education are brief when seen against a lifetime, but that foundation is critically important.

Be assured, the educators in your Christian school know the importance of those foundational years. Which would you prefer that your children live by--the changing perspective of public opinion and acceptance, or a deep understanding of timeless biblical truth?

Open Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2012-2013 OCS school year is now in full gear, and we would like to remind you that all you need to do to reserve your spot for next year is sign a tuition contract and pay your child's registration fee. Several of our classrooms are full or close to being full, so be sure to get in as soon as possible. 

Basketball Games


Tomorrow's game vs. the BEAR basketball teams has been postponed because of the incoming winter storm. We have rescheduled it for Mar. 24th, so we have three more basketball games left in our 2012 season, and they are scheduled as follows:

 

Dates               Time                               Group                           Location          

  

Sat--Mar. 10    10 a.m. GAME--OCS vs. Ebenezer Christian in Ellsworth

 

Fri--Mar. 16      6 p.m. GAME--OCS Students vs. Parents /Staff at the E-Free Church

 

Sat--Mar. 24    10 a.m. GAME--OCS vs. BEAR basketball teams @ Community Center (Make up game)

  • We have T-shirts available in the small and medium sizes for $8, if anyone wants to purchase them and support our OCS teams.
  • We are planning to hold a pizza social after the students vs. parents/staff team game on March 16. We will send out more information about it at a later date, but please plan now to come and enjoy a fun evening of fellowship and food with other OCS families.  

Speech Meet

K5 through 12th Graders 

One of the highlights of working here at OCS is that we get to see your children learn and grow so much during the school year, and this year is no exception. Every week the children get up and share in front of the other classes in Chapel a weekly memory verse or song that they have been learning in class. In order to showcase some of the incredible things the children have been learning this year, we will be having our annual OCS Speech Meet on Thursday, March 15th, here in the school Matz Center beginning at 6:30 pm. We will have the Kindergarten through Third grade students reciting scriptures first until around 7:05 pm. Then we will take a 10 minute break and begin the Fourth through 12th grade group and individual recitations until approximately 8 pm. The children will be graded on their performances and are expected to attend. For many adults, public speaking is one of their major fears, but here at OCS we are trying to help our children overcome these fears at an early age through special events such as our Speech Meet.

Spirit Week and RIF Day

Reading Is Fun!!

During the week of March 26th through the 30th, we will be celebrating another exciting OCS Spirit Week throughout the school. The children are encouraged to show their school "spirit" and have some fun by dressing up according to the following schedule:

 

Mon--Mar. 26      Beach Day

Tues--Mar. 27     Pajama Day and RIF Day (see below)

Wed--Mar. 28     Dress up as a Book Character

Thurs--Mar. 29    Clash/Inside Out Day

Fri--Mar. 30         Red and White Day

READING IS FUN (RIF) DAY 

March is Reading Month, and here at OCS we will be continuing our Reading Is Fun (RIF) tradition on Tuesday, March 27 from 10 am to 10:45 am with a school-wide reading extravaganza! We will all meet in the gym to hear a story and then divide up around the school into reading pairs for a little while after that. Then we will wrap up the morning's reading activities with 15 minutes of individual reading time with a special treat given to each child. Reading is so important at all ages, so we are excited about celebrating our own OCS RIF day once again this year.

Professor Wolf's Class

Professor Wolf's monthly class entitled "Teaching so Students Remember," scheduled for this afternoon, has been rescheduled until next Friday, March 9th at 3:30pm.

SCRIP Reminder

We will be placing another SCRIP order this coming Monday morning at 9:30 a.m.  

   Video of OCS Children  22-Feb-12

Check out our video of our OCS children.  Click on the link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgX9Iex4_6g

 

   2012 OCS Auction Items  07-Feb-12

 

 BUSINESS DONATION VALUE
A&M Photo 16 x 20 framed fine art $350.00
ABC Warehouse Gaylord Portable speaker for I-pod $24.00
Adams Carpet Cleaning 350 sq ft of carpet cleaning $100.00
Alpine Chocolate Haus Bucket of caramel corn $22.99
Alpine Tavern 2 Friday Fish Fries and 1 large Pizza $42.00
Anonymous Donor 4 Filled  Backpacks $25ea. $100.00
Anonymous Donor 2 Scrap book albums ($25ea.) $50.00
Anonymous Donor Casio labeler $17.00
Anonymous Donor 2 Magnetic memo boards $20.00
Anonymous Donor Kid's purses $25.00
Anonymous Donor Adult & Youth scarves $40.00
Anonymous Donor Felt snowman $20.00
Anonymous Donor Crocheted hat $20.00
Anonymous Donor Growth chart $25.00
Anonymous Donor Let Love Shine hanging $25.00
Anonymous Donor Magnetic chalkboard $30.00
Anonymous Donor Magnetic platter $25.00
Anonymous Donor Dress-up rack $25.00
Anonymous Donor Advent calendar $30.00
Anonymous Donor 2 Sets/Paper dolls $30.00
Anonymous Donor  Jewelry armoire & box $100.00
Anonymous Donor "Teen" Candie's purse with make up and hair accessories $74.00
Anonymous Donor  Scarf set & gloves/hat $56.99
Anonymous Donor Ceramic Cow Cookie Jar $30.00
Anonymous Donor Craftsmans Tool Chest w/tools $130.00
Anonymous Donor Electric Weedeater           $69.00
Anonymous Donor Ping pong table         $199.00
Anonymous Donor Bag made by Evelyn Prell filled w/girl's craft activities $25.00
Anonymous Donor Diaper Cake $30.00
Anonymous Donor Boy's Easter Basket $30.00
Anonymous Donor Girl's Easter Basket $25.00
Anonymous Donor Lego Head Sorter Storage $59.99
Anonymous Donor Teacher's Ultimate Thank You Gift $50.00
Applebee's 2 - $10 Giftcards $20.00
Arctic Cat Hoodie, Hat, & Mittens $145.00
Artic Cat 2012 Alumacraft Jon Boat* $900.00
Artic Cat                                 *** 2009 Club Car Gas Golf Cart* $3,395.00
Artic Cat                                 *** 2012 Artic Cat 4x4* $5,995.00
Artic Cat                                 *** NEW 2009 Genuine Scooter * $2,195.00
Arrow Sanitation 3 Months garbage removal $75.00
Benaway & Pagels 2 hours of legal service $350.00
Bennethum's Northern Inn 2 - $25 Gift Certificates $50.00
Big Idea Entertainment Veggie tails DVD's $70.00
Big Lots Sunbeam toaster $12.00
Big Ticket Festival Family Pass w/campsite $425.00
Binder Park Zoo 2 Adult & 2 Child Admissions pass(1 day) $25.00
Bob Evans Restaurant $30 Gift Card $30.00
Borchers AuSable Canoeing 1 Canoe pass $31.00
Boyne - Solace Spa 4 Passes $140.00
Boyne - Avalanche Bay 4 Mid week Waterpark admission certificates $100.00
Blair Haus of Hair/Misty Kochiss Pedicure & Manicure $50.00
Chanteau Chantel Winery VIP Tour & Tasting for 6 people $150.00
Chosen Conference 4 chosen passes, 4 T-Shirts $150.00
Cousineau, Daphne         *** 4 person freezer meal party $450.00
CrossPoint Church Norman Rockwell plates $476.00
CrossPoint Church Christmas items $236.00
Culver's 5 coupons for a free value basket $30.00
Do South 2 sets/framed wall hangings $45ea.           $90.00
Dog Trax $30 Gift Certificate/sm dog grooming           $30.00
Dunn's Office Supply Office Chair $159.00
Duski Dentistry Electric Toothbrush $150.00
El Rancho Mexican Restaurant 10 $3.00 off coupons $30.00
Evoy, Jenny Cookbook $25.00
Extreme Power Sports Helmet $100, 4-$25 gift cards Shirt/$50 $250.00
Faithful Hands massage 1 hour massage $60.00
Family Video 3 - $5 giftcards $15.00
Fielding, Rosemary 4 Handmade Scarves $25 ea. $100.00
Fierens, Debi (American girl clothes) American Doll clothes $50.00
Eleanor Prell Crocheted Afghan $100.00
Forward Loop Media Free business Card design $350.00
Freeland Orthodontist Professional Care Toothbrush $85.00
Freeman (The Clubhouse)              *** 2 Playtimes at the clubhouse w/pizza & pop         $250.00
Funky Fish Gift card $25.00
Gaylord Bowling Center 15 Free Game Coupons $54.00
Gahm, Kris                                      *** Terrific Tuesdays         $300.00
Gaylord Cinemas 2 Adult & 2 Child Admissions pass(1 day) $27.00
Gaylord Comm. Productions 4 tickets to The King and I $48.00
Glen's Market $50 Gift Card $50.00
Gobblers Restaurant 2 $10 certificates $20.00
Great Rooms Used couch, love seat, ottoman $300.00
Great Rooms Vanity w/mirror $169.00
Grondin's Hair Center Hair care products $26.00
Deb Johnson and friends Mittens/Headband/pin, Mittens/Scarf/pin $141.00
Hawkins, Dan Piano tuning $100.00
Hawkins, Stephanie Avon Basket $51.99
Healthzone Chiropractic 4 - 1/2hr massages $39ea. $156.00
Healthzone Chiropractic 2 - 1hr massages $59ea. $118.00
Heathers Haus of Ravioli 2 - 2 dozen pkg ravioli $50.00
Hogan's Jewelers Bracelet $80.00
Hyper Active Disigns/Dave Samilak 36 T-Shirts custom designed $280.00
Impression 5 Science Ctr. 4 free admission passes $20.00
Integrity Construction Tape measure, framing square, Level $70.91
Jet's Pizza 6 Large Pizza Coupons $72.00
JnJ Alpine Auto Wash 12 - $7 carwash coupons $84.00
Jay's Sporting Goods                        *** Father/Son Ice fishing pkg. $500.00
Johnson, Kevin                                *** Youth doe hunt $300.00
Johnson, Steve                                  *** Kayak trip-sturgeon river for 6 including lunch $300.00
Johnson, Steve   5 lb. chocolate bar $50.00
Johnson, Debbie 2 quilted wall hangings & table mat $40ea. $120.00
Johnson, Debbie Purse & Wallet set $58.00
Johnson, Debbie Snowman pillow $25.00
Johnston's Landscaping LLC 3 yds of  mulch, topsoil, or stone/delivered $180.00
Keefer, Chris & Katie Nikon Laser Rangefinder, hat & lens cleaner $383.94
King, Krimsin 31 bag $49.00
King, Krimsin Handprint Scentsy collection $49.00
Kent, Josh & Kristy                              *** Residential lot in Otsego Club $12,000
Latitude 45 Sports Women's Tubbs Xplore snowshoes size 21 $130.00
Lawrence, Tiffany (Pampered Chef) Dots Bowl $30.00
Lawrence, Tiffany (Pampered Chef) Snowman divided platter $24.00
Lawrence, Tiffany (Pampered Chef) Spice Collection $20.00
Lawrence, Tiffany (Pampered Chef) 10 in. saute pan $100.00
Lawrence, Tiffany (Pampered Chef) Rectangle Baker $48.00
Lawrence, Tiffany (Pampered Chef) Mini Loaf pan $34.00
Lawrence, Tiffany (Pampered Chef) Deep dish pie plate $34.00
Lawrence, Tiffany (Pampered Chef) 3 Decadent dessert sauces $28.50
Little Caesars 4 - $6 pizzas $24.00
Lowes Bell Wind chime $26.95
Mackinac - Lilac Tree Hotel              *** 1 night luxury suite/May,June, Sept,Oct $300.00
Mackinac Island Chippewa Hotel      *** 1 night harbor view suite/May,June,Sept,Oct $300.00
Maid Pro $50 Gift Certificate $50.00
Main Street Shoes $25 Gift Certificate $25.00
Mancinos 2 party platter coupons $37.99ea. $75.98
Mench, Shannon Avon Basket $200.00
Miller & Cook CPA's 2 - $250 Certificates for services $500.00
Nautilus Fitness Systems 1 month tanning $30.00
North Star Gardens/Jakeway family $100 Gift Certificate $100.00
Northwestern Bank $50 Mastercard & Golf balls, tees & tote $75.00
Only 9am Gift basket           $50.00
Optometrist-Dr. Kari Visser-Robel Sunglasses         $209.00
Otsego County Sportsplex 10 Open Skate/ Swim Coupons $30.00
Piehl, Chad                                 *** 40hr. Labor to build play/tree house $500.00
Pizza Tonight 1 pizza per month/6 months $108.00
Potter Park Zoo - Lansing 1 year family membership $60.00
Preston Feather Cresent tool set $59.00
Professional Forest Care $250 Property Survey $250.00
Professor Wolf's Tutoring Center Tutoring certificates $300.00
Proper Management Casting Crowns CD $12.00
Proper Management Autographed Casting Crowns CD $20.00
Promise FM                                    Certificate for full-day sponsorship $750.00
Quick Artists Agency 10 Cd's $120.00
Sherwin-Williams                            Certificate for 1 gallon of paint $50.00
Silent Sport Lodge B&B B&B coupon book- book worth $25- coupon for free night stay inside $25.00
Smile FM Gift basket $30.00
Snap Fitness - James Risk 3 month membership & T-Shirt $119.85
Spring Hill Camps                           Full week of camp $549.00
Springborn, Mary 2 - (4 hr.) House cleanings $100ea. $200.00
Streifel, Sarah Hours Babysitting $40.00
Streifel, Rebekkah Hours Babysitting $40.00
Tools To Teach 2 Game packages $57.00
Tractor Supply Popcorn popper $20.00
Treetops Resort                              *** Club 81 single membership $1,999.00
Verizon/Kalkaska LG Fathom Cell phone & bluetooth headset $230.00
Walt Disney World 4 - one day park hopper passes $120ea. $480.00
Wash - N - Go Car Wash Car Wash Coupons $50.00
   February Newsletter  30-Jan-12

 

Dear OCS Families and Friends,

 

Welcome back to school everyone!! Who would have thought that we would have so many snow days in a row, so it is great to be back in school once again. We are very excited about the month of February, as we have lots of great events planned here at the school. Please check out all of the activities here in our newsletter and in our OCS calendar, and contact the school if you have any questions.

REPORT CARDS

Due to the unexpected inclement weather break from school, we will be sending home report cards on Monday, January 30th instead of on Thursday, January 26th. Please be sure to look at them, sign them and return them to the school next week as well. If you have any questions, please be sure to talk to your child's teacher.

CHEERLEADING 

We are very excited to announce that one of our parents, Nicole Bradstreet, has agreed to be our OCS cheerleading coach this season. So the cheerleading team will begin their practices on Monday, January 30th in the OCS gym from 3 to 4 pm. Please be sure to turn in your daughter's signed permission slip before then if you want her to participate. Practices will be on Mondays and Wednesdays until we begin having our basketball games, and a revised schedule including the games will be sent home probably by next week.

Basketball practices are now in full swing from 3:15 to 4:30 pm at the E-Free gym on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please be sure to arrange rides for your children if you are unable to take them yourselves.
 
OCS AUCTION & MEETING

Our OCS auction is fast approaching on Feb. 11th, and we hope that everyone is buying and selling their tickets and making plans now to come to this exciting event. Doors open at 4:30 pm with dinner served at 6 pm. Tickets are $35/person, $60/couple, and $220 for a table of 8, so please turn in your ticket sheets as soon as possible as our goal is to have between 200 and 300 people in attendance this year.

The theme of our auction this year is "Filled With God's Wonder," as we have seen God do incredible things for the school and our families over the years, and we want to acknowledge His mighty presence in our lives. We are having a delicious, catered meal and decadent dessert auction as well as hundreds of local and national items for our live and silent auctions. This includes several Mackinac Island getaways, a family pack of "hopper" tickets to Disney World, golf packages, lots of household items, local services and much more.
 
We also want to invite those that are willing to help in any way to come to our next auction meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31st at 6:30 pm in the school Library. Treats will be provided as well as a special offer for discounted tickets. We can certainly use everyone's help in making this the best auction ever, as we have spots open for set up, decorating, tear down and more!
 
CANINE UNIT

This Friday, January 27th, Michigan State Trooper Voss will be bringing a canine unit to OCS for a brief presentation for all of our students. He will be here from 10:40 am to 11:10 am, and we want to thank him for including our school in his presentations.

NEW STUDENT

Please join us in welcoming Laney Jakeway, our new second grade student, to OCS! Her parents are Jeff and Brook Jakeway of Wolverine, so please be sure to make them feel welcome when you see them in the hallway!

OCS OPEN ENROLLMENT

It is time to think about re-enrollment for your children for the 2012-2013 school year at Otsego Christian School. Your intention is important, as we use this information to determine such important items as the number of teachers, contracts, number of classrooms needed, quantities of books, furniture and supplies, etc. We will be sending out recommitment forms next week, so please be sure to turn those back into the office by Friday, Feb. 10. As an incentive, the children will receive a treat from the office when the recommitment forms are turned back in to the school.

 

Our actual registration will not begin until Monday, February 13th, when we want to offer you the first opportunity to ensure your child's place.  As you know, several of our classes have limited space and our enrollment is based on a first come basis.  To secure your child's spot, you will have to come in and sign a "Tuition contract" form and pay the necessary registration fee. On Monday, February 20, we will open up enrollment to the public for new enrollments.

 
Your sacrifice and commitment to Christian education for your child is admired and appreciated.  

OCS BOARD MEETING

The February OCS Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 4 pm in the school library. We are moving it from Monday to Tuesday, because Monday is part our Winter break this year.

K3 & K4 PRESCHOOL TEA INVITATION & SWITCH DAY

All of our preschool parents are invited to a "Preschool Tea" on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 8:20 to 9 am in the OCS Library. We will be having a nice spread, and you are welcome to bring your younger children as well. At 8:45 am, we will dismiss the preschoolers to their "switch" classes, so that they can see what the next grade up will be like. They will return to their "regular" classrooms at 9:45 am. 

PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE

We will be having an Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8 pm, for all of our Preschool and Kindergarten classes. Please invite your family and friends to come check out our awesome teachers, Mrs. Klay, Mrs. Burney and Mrs. Wagner and their classrooms that day. Refreshments will be provided along with important enrollment information!   

 
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17th from 9am to 2pm. If you have not been contacted by your child's teacher but would like to meet with them, please contact them directly to set up an appointment.

Please continue to pray for our school, and may the Lord bless each and every one of you with His peace, joy and love!

Most Sincerely,

Karla Hawkins
Otsego Christian School Administrator

 

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him," Colossians 3:17.  

   January Newsletter  10-Jan-12

Dear OCS Families and Friends,

Happy New Year 2012!! We pray that you have had a wonderful Christmas holiday together with family and friends. It has been nice to have the break, but we are now ready to see what God has in store for OCS and for all of us in this new year.

The snow day this week was a surprise, but it is also a good reminder that all of the Kindergarten through 12th grade children need to bring snow suits, boots, gloves and hats to school for outdoor recess. They will only be staying in if the temperature or wind chill factor is under 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Sledding is available for the Kindergartners on Mondays, on Tuesdays for the First graders, on Wednesdays for the Second graders and on Thursdays for the Third graders. They may bring a sled to leave at school or bring it back and forth on their assigned days, but please be sure to have your child's name on the sled.

The end of the second marking period is January 19th, so report cards will be sent home on Thursday, January 26th.

OCS Basketball and Cheerleading Season

Our 2012 OCS basketball and cheerleading season will begin on Monday, January 16th, and we will be sending home permission slips and more information at the beginning of next week. We are looking for someone to help us coach the 4th through 6th grade co-ed team as well as a cheerleading coach for our 1st grade on up girls cheerleading squad, so please contact the office if you are interested in helping us out.

Vision and Hearing Testing

Betty Steffes will be coming on Thursday, January 12 at 9 a.m. for our annual vision and hearing screenings. She will be testing the K4 and Kindergarten students' vision and hearing and then vision for the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th graders and hearing for the 2nd and 4th graders. We are also asking parents that if you have any special concerns, to please let us know in the office before she comes.

Box Tops

The Box Top program continues to be of great benefit to the school, as we have already received over $300 so far this year for turning them in. There is a nice special going on right now as well, if you buy any 10 or more Box Tops for Education products at Meijer (and Meijer only) during the month of January, and a coupon will print out at the register for 70 bonus box tops! You may turn the coupon and your Box Tops in to school in the drop box in the entry way.

Glen's Cash for Class Program

During the weeks of January 15, February 5, and February 19th, 2012, purchases made with your 'yes' card will automatically be credited to Otsego Christian School. You must link your card to the school, but at the end of March, OCS will receive a rebate check based on the percentage of all member's purchases.

SCRIP

We will be putting in our first SCRIP order of the new year on Monday, January 9th, by 9:30 a.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to save money on your child's tuition for next year as well as help the school at no additional cost to you. Please stop by the office for more information.

Auction

Our school auction is fast approaching on February 11th, and tickets are for sale in the school office for $30 per person or $230 for a table of eight. Our theme this year is "Filled With God's Wonder," and we already have some incredible items for our silent and live auctions. We also have a delicious catered dinner and dessert auction, with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need everyone's participation if possible. The funds raised help to supplement the actual cost of educating each child, so please join us in making this the best event ever. We have sign-up sheets in front of the office if you would also like to help in any way.

OCS Yearbook

The 2011-2012 yearbook is coming together nicely, and we are very thankful to Farah Piehl for putting it together for us this year. She would like to ask everyone to go ahead and email her any good pictures you may have for the yearbook to farahpiehl@yahoo.com anytime through April.

May the Lord continue to bless you abundantly in all areas of your life, as we look forward to a GREAT 2012!!

In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins                                                                                                                                                                                       Otsego Christian School Administrator

   Mr. Johnson's Newsletter  09-Dec-11

 

December 9, 2010
 

Dear Parents of 7th graders and up:

Next week we have the Christmas play on Thursday (12/15) beginning at
6:30 pm at the E-free church. The students will need to arrive at E-free earlier than that to get prepared for their part.

Our class will be taking the entire afternoon on Thursday, December 15 as our Christmas party. I will provide pizzas and pop, students can bring any other snack they wish, and all parents are invited to join. The students will each be exchanging gifts with one other student with a maximum $10 value. They have already picked names.

The next day, Friday, we are scheduled to go to Aspen Ridge to minister and be with the seniors. We will need to transport 16 students and I can take 5 students in my vehicle. If anyone would be interested in driving please let me know as soon as you can.

May the Lord bless each family in a special way at this special time of the year when we celebrate the Lord’s birth!


May the Lord be praised,

James R. Johnson
Teacher
 

   Report Cards  27-Jun-11
 Students report cards are in the office.  They may picked up Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm.
   May Newsletter  09-May-11

Dear OCS Parents and Guardians:

 It is so hard to believe that May has already arrived, and we only have five more weeks of school left before summer vacation! We do want to stop and thank God, though, for an awesome year, as He has been so good to us. It has been a year of incredible growth as well as a year of powerful testimonies of His faithfulness. We have 119 students at OCS right now, and we already have 123 enrolled or committing to being here next year. We also just heard this week that two of our teachers will be receiving grants from the Otsego County Community Foundation, so those will be a blessing to our school as well. God is so GOOD!

Our school Chapel Theme this year has been "Thumbs Up for Terrific Kids," and the children have been learning about how they can be even more "TERRIFIC" according to God's word. Our local pastors and worship leaders have been emphasizing the following key characteristics that are displayed on the sign in front of our school and are also being taught each day in the classrooms. These character traits are "Trustworthiness, Excellence, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Faith, Involvement and Character."

On Wednesday, May 11, we will be having a special Chapel to honor our mothers for Mother's Day, so all of our OCS mothers are invited to come and enjoy that day's special celebration with us.

As a part of these teachings, our OCS children are also encouraged to do service projects in the community as well as exercising the Biblical "Fruit of the Spirit" whenever possible. Last month, the entire student body colored placemats for the New Life Pregnancy Center annual banquet, and we were thankful for the opportunity to serve another local Christian ministry. The 7th through 12th grade students also go monthly to Aspen Ridge Senior Center to minister to the elderly residents there, and we are a drop-off point for items to be given to our armed forces as well.

We now look forward to May, and there are a lot of activities and end-of-the-year field trips planned. Be sure to check the school calendar being sent home with the children this week or check out our website calendar at www.ocsgaylord.org for upcoming dates and events.

Teacher's Appreciation Week (May 2-6)

Here at OCS we love and appreciate our teachers very much, and we want to THANK them for all of their hard work and sacrifice for our students throughout the year. Please be sure to write them a note or do something special for them this week. They are truly a blessing to our school!!!

National Day of Prayer 

We are excited to announce that our school will be hosting this year's National Day of Prayer solemn assembly for Otsego County on Thursday, May 5, from Noon to 1 pm in our Matz Center. Everyone in the community is invited to come to the school at the same time as millions around the world are gathering to pray for our country, our state, our county, our schools, our churches and our families, and to seek God's will and purpose for our lives. This year's theme is "A Mighty Fortress is Our God", and the theme verse is "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,'" Psalm 91:2. We will have our Kindergarten through 12th grade children from Otsego Christian School and St. Mary's Cathedral Schools participating in the solemn assembly, as well as several pastors leading the way in prayer. Praise and worship will be led by local Christian band ONLY9AM. Please have your child(ren) wear their OCS shirts that day, and join us if at all possible for this special time.

Students in Art Show

Several of our students' art work was recently chosen by our art teacher, Mrs. Kliewoneit, to be on display in the GCS Art Show at the Gaylord Community School Board office at 605 Elm St. from 9 to 4 (M-F) from April 25 through May 13. We are very proud of our OCS student's talents, and we hope that you will get a chance to check out their artwork.

 Culver's OCS Family Night

The Culver's restaurant here in Gaylord will be partnering with OCS on Thursday, May 12th to provide a Benefit Night for our school from 5 to 8 pm. Our school will receive 10% of the total sales during that time, so plan now to take the family out to dinner that day and enjoy a great meal as well as supporting the school. Hope to see you there!! 

 OCS Carnival

Our last fundraiser of the year begins this week with a letter-writing campaign for all of our families. Christian schools and colleges need extra funding to make up the difference between our tuition and the actual costs of educating each child, and sending out letters is one way to make up that difference. We are asking, therefore, that all of our OCS families send out 20 letters to family and friends by Monday, May 9th. This will help us end the school year on a strong note as well as help some of our families in need of tuition assistance for next year. As incentives, every child will receive a free beanie baby when the family turns in their letters to the office. Then the two students who raise the most money for the school will get their choice of a new bike or an I-pod donated by AmeriFirst Financial. The class that raises the most money will have a free pizza and movie party before the end of the year.

We are excited to announce that we will be having a HUGE Carnival here at the school on Saturday, May 21, from 10 to 2 for all of our children and families as well as for the community as a celebration event to wrap up the letter-writing campaign. We will be having lots of games and prizes and concessions to help us close out another awesome year at OCS! Put it on your calendar now to come and join us for all the fun!  

New Family Referrals & Registration

Most of our current families have already completed the enrollment process for their students for next year, but if you have not done so yet we ask that you stop by the office and pick up your Tuition Contract and pay the registration fee for next year so that we can reserve your child's spot. It also helps us in our planning process and in hiring new teachers for next year as well. Thank you!  

Also, we have a wonderful Family Referral program that will actually help reduce your tuition for next year if a family you refer comes to the school. Please stop by the office and pick up some additional information.  

New Zumbatomic Class

A new after-school ZumbAtomic class for boys and girls, ages 4-12, is now being offered on Mondays from 3 to 3:45 pm for the next four weeks with Julia Rupp. The cost is $30, so please stop by the office or call Julia at 303-898-8521 if you are interested and want to sign up.

Kindergarten Graduation

We are excited to announce that our Kindergarten graduation will take place on Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 to 7:30pm at the E-Free Church along with the K3 and K4 graduation celebration. This is a slight change from our original calendar, but we want to make it an extra special night for our youngest OCS students. As a result of this change, the last day for the Kindergarten students will be Friday, May 27. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office.

OCS Graduation and Awards Ceremony

This year's First grade through 12th grade Awards Ceremony and Graduation program will take place on Thursday, June 2 at the E-Free Church beginning at 6:30pm. It promises to be a festive evening of honoring our students and celebrating their academic accomplishments. The last day of school is a half day on Friday, June 3, and we want to thank you for another great year!

Thank you all for being such wonderful parents and supporters of Otsego Christian School! Our Science Fair and Open House last week was a huge success, because of all of the great families we have here at the school. We especially want to thank everyone who made cookies for the event, as they were delicious!! May God bless you with an extra measure of His peace and joy during this upcoming busy month, and may we all keep our eyes on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

In God's Service and Yours,  

Karla Hawkins    

Otsego Christian School Administrator

"I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,'" Psalm 91:2  

It Is Worth the Cost!

By Ken Smitherman, Former ACSI President, (retired 2009)

We are in the final weeks of the school year, and it is my hope and prayer that this school year has been a blessed one for you and your family, particularly as you reflect on the role of Christian schooling in the lives of your children. We are certainly living in economically, politically, and spiritually challenging days.

Many of you wrestle with harsh and frightening economic issues as you consider the coming school year. I urge you to contemplate the impact of the culture on our lives and in particular on the formative aspects of your children's lives. Consider prayerfully what resources you will bring to bear when you see the culture molding--subtly and brutally sometimes--the development of your children.

I need hardly mention the seductive power of the media as they fuel our minds to indulge in every want and desire--converting narcissistic wishes into seemingly essential pursuits. Consider further the influence of entertainment mockery as it grinds away to destroy many of the Christian values that followers of Christ hold as dear and essential. As we sense the impact of the media on mature adults, we can only imagine how it works on kids in their growing and developing years.

The nation was stunned recently when nine third graders in a Waycross, Georgia, elementary school were alleged to have put together a plot to knock out, handcuff, and stab their teacher in response to the teacher's discipline of a classmate. People in the field of psychiatry gave responses that ranged from utter disbelief to casual dismission. In an article headlined "3rd-Graders Plot Against Teacher Doubted," USA Today.com reported that "Dr. Louis Kraus, a child psychiatry expert at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, said he doubts they would have actually attacked." One might have at least a slight concern about such a seemingly dismissive statement.

The brazen attack on faith-based stances, particularly those with their roots in the Christian faith, are astounding. Somewhere amid that noise and clamor, our national heritage--which has deep roots in Christianity--often languishes. Our court system has come to interpret separation of church and state to mean that faith-based thinking must be kept out of the public arena. In What's So Great About Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza addresses this matter by writing, "Somehow freedom for religious expression has become freedom from religious expression. Secularists want to empty the public square of religion and religious-based morality so they can monopolize the shared space of society with their own views. In the process they have made religious believers into second-class citizens" (2007, 53). And for some reason or other, too many of us have allowed that deception to become acceptable and even to prevail.

It is the intent of Christian schooling to support your family in a serious focus on developing your children's Christian worldview-intentionally working through every aspect of the school's curriculum and school life to develop Christ followers who are willing to stand against the negative influence of a powerful culture. It is worth the cost!

Reference:

D'Souza, Dinesh. 2007. What's So Great About Christianity. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing

   April Newsletter  11-Apr-11

Dear OCS Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to April everyone!! It is hard to believe, but we are beginning a new month of school here at OCS.

We would definitely like to thank everyone who came to the Speech Meet this week. It is amazing to hear all of the Bible verses and poems our children have been learning throughout the year, and it is exciting to know that they are truly "hiding God's word in their hearts." I know we are all so proud of them!

Included in this newsletter is a great article about the value of Christian education, and I know that you will enjoy it. We also have a lot of reminders for you as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter each month, and we pray that you are blessed because of your association with OCS!

Train Up a Child: It Takes Much, Much Hard Work!                                                                          (by Ken Smitherman, retired President of ACSI)

As another school year draws to a close, it is my hope that you will pause to reflect on the crucial investment you have made in your children. Your choice of Christian schooling is one that warrants commendation and encouragement. Scripture commends your decision: "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6, NIV). No one doubts the significant role of education in the training of children, and an education imbued with biblical principles and inspired by teachers who not only are professionally prepared but are also followers of Christ adds a dimension and depth that will produce fruit. 

I continue to stress the importance of being alert to the unbelievable and vast competition for the hearts and minds of our children. The range of competition-from entertainment media to a culture immersed in serving self-continues to offer highly tantalizing portions of low-level values packaged deceptively and seductively. As parents you have much, much hard work to do. 

The notion of training up children in the way they should go is a directive that at times can seem absolutely overwhelming-after all, when is someone "trained up"? Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, in his most recent book, Outliers: The Story of Success, recounts the results of a study done in the early 1990s at Berlin's elite Academy of Music. Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson and two of Ericsson's colleagues questioned the school's violinists in an attempt to discover what sets apart those who have potential to become world-class soloists from those who may be considered merely "good" and those who are unlikely to ever play professionally (2008, 38-39). 

What Ericsson and his colleagues discovered was-and perhaps we are not surprised-that by age 20, those in the elite group were training intently, investing significantly more than 30 hours a week. The violinists in that group had each accumulated 10,000 hours of practice. Those categorized as merely "good" had each accumulated 8,000 hours, and those in the group exhibiting the least proficiency had each accumulated only slightly over 4,000 hours of practice (Gladwell 2008, 38-39). 

Gladwell writes the following:                                                                                                                                                         The striking thing about Ericsson's study is that he and his colleagues couldn't find any "naturals," musicians who floated effortlessly to the top while practicing a fraction of the time their peers did. Nor could they find any "grinds," people who worked harder than everyone else, yet just didn't have what it takes to break the top ranks. Their research suggests that once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That's it. And what's more, the people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder. (2008, 39; italics in original) 

In concluding comments regarding the study, Gladwell adds, "In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours" (2008, 40). 

Please understand clearly: I am not putting a determinate number of hours on what it takes to train up children or to become parents who possess true expertise. I do believe, though, that the illustration gives credibility to the analogy that just as honing a gift in the arts requires intense practice and training, so does the great work, or art, of training up our children. And to capitalize on the crucial hours spent in formal education that is from a faithbased, Christ-centered perspective brings the richest and highest level in the godly work of training we have been called to as parents. 

May you be richly blessed in your commitment to Christian schooling. 

(Reference: Gladwell, Malcolm. 2008. Outliers: The story of success. New York: Little, Brown and Company.) 

Important Reminders 

Turn in Basketball and Cheerleading Uniforms 

Parents, please be sure to turn in your child's clean basketball and cheerleading uniforms as soon as possible to the office. We are keeping track of them in the office, and we will not give out final report cards until they are returned. 

Arrival and Pickup Times 

This is a brief reminder that school begins at 8:10am for our Kindergarten through 12th grade students. The children should be dropped off at school no later than 8:05am, so that they can get to their classrooms and be ready to start their day at 8:10. Excessive tardiness is detrimental to your child's academic growth, and it is also disruptive to the teachers and the rest of the class. So please be prompt in dropping off and picking up your children as much as possible. 

Sick Children 

We ask that if your child is sick, that you please keep them home for at least 24 hours after their last symptoms disappear. We would really like to keep the other children from getting sick as well. Thank you for your cooperation with this. 

Martial Arts 

Mr. Cary Ford from the Wolverine Institute of Martial Arts continues to teach a class here at the school on Friday afternoons at 3 pm. Please be sure to check it out if you are interested, and parents remember that you can attend the classes free of charge. The cost for the students is $30 a month. There will not be class next week, though, during Spring Break or on Good Friday on April 22. 

Spring Break

Please note that the school will be closed next week, April 4-8, for Spring Break. We pray that everyone has a fun and enjoyable time together as a family. 

Science Fair and Open House 

We will be combining our 2011 OCS Science Fair with our all-school Open House on Thursday, April 28 from 6:30 to 8pm. The teachers will be sending information home with the children about the Science Fair after Spring Break, so that the children can begin working on their Science projects at that time. It is always fun to see the various experiments on exhibit that night.

National Day of Prayer

Although the National Day of Prayer is actually on Thursday, May 5th, we would like to ask you to go ahead and put it on your calendars now. We will be having a solemn assembly here at the school that day from noon to 1 pm, and we will have lots of visitors, pastors, and Christians come from around the county. We are excited to announce that our own OCS children will participate in the day's activities along with St. Mary's High School choir that will be joining us as well.

In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins                                                                                                                                       OCS Administrator

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7

   March Updates  30-Mar-11

Dear OCS Families,

Happy Spring!! We definitely got a taste of spring last week, and we are very excited about some warmer weather for outside recess. However, we never know what northern Michigan will throw our way, as I've heard we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow night once again. Please be sure to send the appropriate attire for your child according to the weather each day.

We do have lots of wonderful things going on at OCS this month, so we want to keep everyone updated on all of the events. Be sure to note that our OCS Spring Break is the week of April 4-8, so we will not have school that week!

May God continue to bless you abundantly with His joy, peace and love throughout the rest of this month as well!

In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator

Donuts for Dads & Dudes - March 23-24, 2011

We are inviting all dads or special dudes to come visit the school this Wednesday for the K3 (M/W) through 12th grade students to enjoy a donut and some coffee or juice with your child(ren) from 8:00 am to 8:30 am in the classroom. We will also have a special Chapel to honor the men from 8:30 am to 9:15 am for those that can stay a little longer. The children really look forward to this special day, and we would encourage all of you dads and dudes to come and enjoy some special quality time with your child(ren) as well. The T/Th K3 class will have their "Donuts for Dads & Dudes" on Thursday from 8:10 am to 8:30 am in the classroom.

OCS Team Pictures & Final Basketball Game of the Season - Thursday, March 24, 2011

We will be having our final basketball games of the season this Thursday, March 24 beginning at 6 pm at the E-Free Church gym. Team pictures for the basketball players and cheerleaders will be taken first at 6 pm, and then the students vs. parents/staff games will take place after that. We are still looking for parents who would be willing to play, so be sure to bring your workout clothes on Thursday and join in on the fun!!

End of Marking Period - Report Cards

Last Friday marked the end of the 3rd marking period here at OCS, so we are now officially in the 4th quarter of the school year. We are definitely in the home stretch of another incredible year, and report cards will be going home with our students this Thursday, March 24 in their BEAR books. Please be sure to talk to your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Speech Meet (K5-12th Grades) - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Our own OCS Speech Meet will take place on Tuesday, March 29th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm here in the Matz Center for our Kindergarten through 12th grade students. The children have all been very busy memorizing Scripture and poems, and we can't wait to show off some of what they have been learning this year here at OCS! The younger children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade will go first beginning at 6:30 pm, and then we will take a short break before the 4th through 12th grade students begin their presentations. We will have the doors closed to the Matz Center to help avoid unnecessary distractions for the students during their presentations.

OCS Enrollment - Ongoing

Please be sure to stop by the school office to register your child for next year as soon as possible, as several of our classes are filling up quickly. To secure your child's spot, all you have to do is sign a tuition contract and pay the registration fee. Please call the office at 732-8333 or stop by if you have any additional questions. May God bless you always, as we partner together in your child(ren)'s education!

   March Newsletter  07-Mar-11

 

Dear OCS Families,

Happy March everyone!! As we begin a new month, we have so many praise reports to share with you about God's goodness to the school and to our families. Being a part of God's Kingdom is very exciting, and we definitely want to praise Him for all of the blessings.

Since our last updated newsletter in mid-February, we had a very successful Preschool Tea sponsored by our OCS PTF with over 80 in attendance. Several of our parents gave very touching testimonies about how OCS has blessed their families, and we were all encouraged. The preschool children were also able to do a classroom "switch" in order to experience the next grade up, which they enjoyed tremendously. We are planning on doing another "switch day" soon for our other grades, so that they can experience the next classroom up as well.

Then on Feb. 22, we kicked off our enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year, and we had our first Preschool and Kindergarten Open House of the season, we had over 19 families stop by and visit the school, and twelve of those were new families. We are very excited about welcoming them to OCS!!

During February, all of our 4th grade students were able to have eight free swimming lessons at the Sportsplex thanks to the Glen C. Catt Foundation, and the children really enjoyed themselves. One student shared with me how much he loved learning to swim, because now he wasn’t afraid to jump off the diving board. That is exciting!! We especially want to thank our parent volunteers--Deb Datema, the Thomas/Schoolcraft Family, and Karen Farina--for driving them to the Sportsplex for these lessons.  

Now March is upon us, and we are thankful, once again, for what God has in store. Please be sure to check out the school's monthly calendar that will go home with your children this week and the following activities as well.  

HELP NEEDED 

We are currently in need of some additional lunch/recess aides here at OCS. We could use someone for about an hour once a week from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. to help with serving lunch to the K5-3rd graders, and then going outside to help supervise them. Please call the school or stop by the office if you could help us on any day of the week but especially on Wednesdays.  

OCS BASKETBALL AND CHEERLEADING SEASON  

The 2011 OCS basketball and cheerleading season is definitely under way after our games last Friday vs. Ebenezer Christian School in Ellsworth. Even though our teams lost, everyone seemed to have a great time of fun and fellowship during the games. Please be sure to check your updated practice and game schedule that went home in the last few weeks, but some upcoming games include the following:  

Fri--Mar. 11 6 pm GAME vs. BEAR Basketball at the Community Center  

Fri--Mar. 18 6 pm GAME vs. BEAR Basketball at the Community Center  

Thurs--Mar. 24 6 pm GAME vs. Parents/OCS Staff at the E-Free Church (this is a change from last schedule)  

***Due to the additional numbers of basketball players and cheerleaders, we have had to purchase more uniforms for the students this year. If anyone is willing to donate to the school to help cover these costs, we would sure appreciate it.  

OCS SPIRIT WEEK  

During the week of March 14th through the 18th, we will be celebrating another exciting OCS Spirit Week throughout the school. The children are encouraged to show their school "spirit" and have some fun by dressing up according to the following schedule:  

Mon--Mar. 14 Beach Day  

Tues--Mar. 15 Pajama Day and RIF Day (see below)  

Wed--Mar. 16 Dress up as a Book Character  

Thurs--Mar. 17 Clash Day and St. Patrick's Day  

Fri--Mar. 18 Red and White Day  

OCS DESSERT THEATER UPDATE  

The Dessert Theater and indoor garage sale last Saturday at E-Free Church was a big success for the school, as we raised over $1,850 towards our Tuition Assistance fund. We sure appreciate everyone who attended or donated, and we especially want to thank Joshua and Julia Rupp for all of their hard work in coordinating the evening's activities as well as Chuck Peterson and the Proclaim Christian drama group for an amazing evening of entertainment and service. We also want to thank Sapphire Krist, Billy Fileccia and OnlyIXam for their performances as well.  

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL (RIF) DAY  

March is Reading Month, and here at OCS we will be continuing our Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) tradition on Tuesday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with a school-wide reading extravaganza! We will all meet in the gym to hear a story and then divide up around the school into reading pairs for a little while after that. Then we will wrap up the morning's reading activities with 15 minutes of individual reading time with a special treat given to each child. Reading is so important at all ages, so we are excited about celebrating our own OCS RIF day once again this year.   

DONUTS FOR DADS AND DUDES 

Due to popular demand, we are bringing back this special day to celebrate the important men in our children's lives. All K3 (M/W) through 12th grade dads and special dudes are invited to come to school with their children on Wednesday, March 23 to share some cider or coffee and donuts with their children in the classroom from 8 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. Chapel begins at 8:25 a.m., and all of the guys are welcome to attend that with their child as well. The T/Th K3 dads are invited to come on Thursday, March 24 from 8:10 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. This special time is set up so that busy dads can just make a quick stop in their child's classroom to see what they do in the mornings, and spend a few quality minutes together before going on to their regular day at work. Dads and Dudes, be sure to come and hang out with your children, as they are worth it!  

OCS SPEECH MEET  

One of the highlights of the year for many of us, is that we get to see your children learn and grow so much during the school year, and this year is no exception. Every week the children get up and share in front of the other classes in Chapel a weekly memory verse or song that they have been learning in class. In order to showcase some of the incredible things the children have been learning this year, we are bringing back the OCS Speech Meet. It will take place on Tuesday, March 29th, here in the school Matz Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. We will have the Kindergarten through Third grade students reciting scriptures first until around 7:05 p.m. Then we will take a 10 minute break and begin the Fourth through 12th grade group and individual recitations until approximately 8 p.m. The children will be graded on their performances and are expected to attend. For many adults, public speaking is one of their major fears, but here at OCS we are trying to help our children overcome these fears at an early age through special events such as our Speech Meet.  

2011-2012 ENROLLMENT  

We are very excited to announce that our OCS enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year is now in full swing. Please be sure to come by the office, pay your child's registration fee, and sign a tuition contract as soon as possible to secure your child's spot for next year. As of right now, our K4 morning class is already full, and we are enrolling K4 afternoon spots. Our K3 classes are also filling up quickly.  

Please be sure to remember that Spring Break this year is the week of April 4-8 here at OCS!  

Thank you for being a part of the OCS family, and may God continue to bless you with His love and presence throughout this month!  

In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins Otsego Christian School Administrator

 

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me God or seen in me God, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."   Philippians 4:8

   OCS February Board Minutes  28-Feb-11

Otsego Christian School Association Inc.

Regular Board Meeting Minutes for February 28, 2011

Members Present: Paul Freeman, Dave Gahm, Dave Baragrey, Hannah Techel, Karla Hawkins

Call to Order: at 4:15pm, open in prayer with Paul Freeman

Quorum: Determined

Recognition of Visitors: by Paul Freeman

Open Forum: Steve Hawkins spoke on his concerns with OCS and the public school system

4:25pm:  Administrator’s Report: given by Karla Hawkins and received

Auction Update 27K Net as of 2/28/2011

Preschool Tea went well, over 80 in attendance including children

Open House 19 families came thru, preschool and kindergarten (12 new families)

1st Basketball game in Ellsworth/Registration is now open enrollment

Letter writing campaign to be scheduled in March/Dessert Theater

4:45pm Tuition Rates for 2011/12: motion to approve new tuition rates by Dave Gahm 4 ayes, 0 nos K5- thru 12th $3750.00 Increase of $250 K3 increase by $40 K4 increase $50

High School Update: Jim Johnson, looking into Bob Jones University Curriculum for next yr as a possibility.

Fundraising Update: given by Dave Baragrey/coupon book selling/carnival in May to project 5K

Letter writing campaign discussion

Financial Committee Update: given by Dave Gahm and received

Education Committee: Leigh Ann Klay, meeting next Tues 3/8/2011 update for next board meeting

5:45pm Approval of Minutes: motioned by Dave Gahm to approve January 17, 2011

Closing Prayer: given by Dave Gahm

   February Updates  18-Feb-11

Dear OCS Parents and Families:

We pray that everyone enjoyed this year's icy "Heart Day," and that you felt God's love in a special way! We were definitely surprised by the school cancellation yesterday, but we are trying to catch up on everything today.

We've had a lot of good news here at the school this month, and we wanted to share it with you. Our OCS auction was a huge success thanks to so many of you, and we want to let you know that the school grossed over $31,500 so far from the event. Thank you so much for selling tickets, for donating items and for your attendance. We also welcomed three more new students to our school, so we are continuing to grow by leaps and bounds.

As always, we have a lot of things going on around Otsego Christian School, so here are a few of the updates and changes in the school's schedule.

BASKETBALL

First of all, basketball practice has been canceled for this coming Thursday, Feb. 17th, because the E-Free Church will be using their gym that day for their monthly food distribution. Practices will resume on Monday, Feb. 21st. Our first game of the season, however, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 25th at 6:30pm against Ebenezer Christian at the Ellsworth High School gym. We will be needing parent drivers to carpool over there that day, so please let us know if you can help us out. The plan is to meet here at the school at 5 pm to head over there in a caravan.

PRESCHOOL TEA

We will be hosting a Preschool Tea for all of our OCS preschool parents this Thursday, Feb. 17th from 8:20 to 9am in the school lunchroom. The preschool children will also be attending until 8:45am when they will be released to their "switch" classes for an hour. The K3 students will be visiting Mrs. Burney's K4 class, the K4 students will visit with Mrs. Wagner in her Kindergarten classroom, and the Kindergarten students will be staying with Mrs. Klay for that time as well. It promises to be a great day, and I know that the children always have fun visiting the next class up to see how things are done there.

OCS PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE

We will be having an Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 pm for all of our Preschool and Kindergarten classes. Please invite your family and friends to come check out our awesome teachers, Mrs. Klay, Mrs. Burney, Mrs. Wagner and their classrooms that day. Refreshments will be provided along with important enrollment information!

MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES

The Martial Arts classes have been a huge success this month with over 25 students now signed up with Mr. Cary Ford, the instructor. Classes are meeting on Friday afternoons from 3 to 4pm in the OCS gym, including this Friday, Feb. 18th. The only time that class would be cancelled is if school is cancelled because of inclement weather.

FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING RESCHEDULED

The OCS Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22 has been rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 28 at 4 pm in the school library because of our Open House that night. We look forward to seeing everyone come then.

BOB EVANS FUNDRAISER

We are excited to announce that we will be having another Bob Evans Fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 24th. We will have flyers available at the school for you to take with you, and the school will receive 15% of each bill's total all day long.

We sure appreciate each one of you, and we pray that God will bless you abundantly in every way!

Most Sincerely,

Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator

   February Newsletter  01-Feb-11

Dear OCS Families,

Happy February to one and all! Here at OCS we pray that you are enjoying the beautiful winter wonderland and staying warm at the same time.

We are very excited about this new month, as we have lots of great events planned here at the school. Please check out all of the activities and contact the school if you have any questions.

The OCS board would like to invite everyone to our annual school auction that is fast approaching this Saturday, Feb. 5, at the E-Free Church. The theme this year is "But the Greatest of these is Love...," and we are celebrating our 21st anniversary of being a school. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. with a delicious catered dinner served at 6 p.m.

We sent home eight (8) tickets for you to sell to friends and family a few weeks ago, and we truly appreciate your help with this our largest fundraiser of the year. Tickets are $30 per ticket or a table of eight may be purchased for $220-a savings of $20! We have already sold over 208 tickets, and we are very excited about this special evening. We know we can achieve success with the involvement of all of our school families! Please do your best to sell all eight tickets. Our deadline was last week, so please turn in your money and/or unsold tickets back into the OCS office as soon as possible as we have to order the meals for the banquet.

As of today, we have over 200 items that have been donated to our school for the auction, and some of these items include:

• A pre-owned vehicle

• Hero membership to Treetops-includes unlimited golf/ski for 4 people for a year with cart included and much more ($4,600)

• A Chef's Table for six at the Otsego Club ($1,000)

• A chocolate Lab puppy (AKC) including training ($1,000)

• $1,000 of architectural services by Brad Butcher

• One week at Springhill Camp worth $500

• One-night stay at the Lilac Tree Hotel on Mackinac Island ($300)

• One bass guitar signed by Kutless and an electric guitar signed by Casting Crowns (Priceless)

• A flying color tour next fall in a Cessna 172 up to the Mackinac Bridge and through the Jordan River Valley

• Kris Gahm's Terrific Tuesday meals for 4-6 people for eight Tuesdays

• Two Playtimes at the Freeman Clubhouse

• A youth turkey hunt and youth doe hunt for either 2011 or 2012 ($750)

• $250 of services from Miller & Cook, CPA's

• Total Lawn Care-residential snow removal within5 miles of town (winter of 2011-2012)

• Flowers by Evelyn donated a $25 bouquet for 12 months that includes delivery and an auction night bouquet ($450)

• One family 3-day pass with Camping voucher for the Big Ticket Festival in June, 2011

• A flowering Crab Apple tree ($275)

• And a few surprises and much, much more!!

Preschool Tea Invitation K3, K4 and K5 Switch Day

All of our preschool parents are invited to a "Preschool Tea" on Thursday, Feb. 17th from 8:20 to 9 am in the OCS Library. We will be having a nice spread, and you are welcome to bring your children. At 8:45 am, we will dismiss the preschoolers to their "Switch" classes, so that they can see what the next grade up will be like. They will return to their "regular" classrooms at 9:45 am.

Preschool and Kindergarten Open House

We will be having an Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 pm for all of our Preschool and Kindergarten classes. Please invite your family and friends to come check out our awesome teachers, Mrs. Klay, Mrs. Burney and Mrs. Wagner and their classrooms that day. Refreshments will be provided along with important enrollment information!

OCS Open Enrollment

It is time to think about re-enrollment for your children for the 2011-2012 school year at Otsego Christian School. Your intention is important, as we use this information to determine such important items as the number of teachers, contracts, number of classrooms needed, quantities of books, furniture and supplies, etc. As an incentive, the children will receive a treat from the office when the recommitment forms that were sent home last week are turned in to the school. Please be sure to turn those back into the office by Monday, Feb. 7th.

Our actual registration will not begin until Tuesday, February 15th, when we want to offer you the first opportunity to ensure your child's place. As you know, several of our classes have limited space and our enrollment is based on a first come basis. To secure your child's spot, you will have to come in and fill out a registration form and pay the necessary registration fee. On Tuesday, February 22rd, we will open up enrollment to the public (this will be for new enrollments).

Your sacrifice and commitment to Christian education for your child is admired and appreciated.

OCS Board Meeting

The February OCS Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 4 pm in the school library. We are moving it from Monday, Feb. 21 to Tuesday, Feb. 22 because Monday is part our Winter break this year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18th from 9am to 2pm for whoever feels like they would like an opportunity to talk to their child(s) teachers. Please contact the teachers directly to set up an appointment.

Bob Evans Fundraiser

The Bob Evans Restaurant will be hosting another OCS Benefit day for us on Thursday, Feb. 24 all day long. Flyers will be available in the office for you to take with you, so that the school can receive 15% of each family's bill for the visit. Thanks for supporting OCS as well as one of our local restaurants.

In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins

Otsego Christian School Administrator

   OCS Board Minutes  17-Jan-11

Otsego Christian School Association, Inc.

Regular Board Meeting Minutes for January 17, 2011

Members Present: Paul Freeman, Dave Gahm, Dave Baragrey, Hannah Techel, Karla Hawkins

Call to Order: at 4:10pm by Paul Freeman

Quorum: Determined

Recognition of Visitors: by Paul Freeman

Agenda: Motion by Dave Gahm to approve the agenda. 4 Ayes, 0 Nos, Motion Carried

Open Forum: Devotion led by Pastor Steve Datema

5:05pm/Steve Hawkins spoke and shared his concerns and ideas for the school

Administrator's Report: given by Karla Hawkins and received

Sub-Committee Reports: fundraising report given by Dave Baragrey Ideas: BC Pizza Punch Cards/Fundfest at OCS in the spring, Dessert Theater/ Pierogi Fundraiser/Letter Writing Campaign/ Discussed Raffle/Steve Datema looking into it/Yuker Tournament. Need to do a main fall fundraiser

Auction 2011 Report: given by Dave Baragrey and received

Approval of Minutes: motioned by Paul Freeman to approve December 6th, 2010 Board meeting minutes. 4 ayes, 0 nos. Motion carried

Closing Prayer: given by Pastor Steve Datema 6:05pm

   January Newsletter  10-Jan-11

Happy New Year!! I pray that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas break together with loved ones and friends. It was definitely quiet around here during the holidays, but we are back into the full swing of things now and looking forward to all that God has in store for us in 2011!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Christmas program and also to those who gave so generously toward our staff bonuses! You were all a blessing, and we appreciate you very much!!

 
OCS Basketball and Cheerleading 2011 

We are thrilled to announce that our OCS basketball season begins this coming Monday, Jan. 10th! Children in 3rd grade and up are invited to be on one of our two co-ed basketball teams. A "Parental Sports Permission Slip," a field trip permission slip (in case of an emergency) and the practice schedule were sent home this week.  Girls in 1st grade and up are also welcome to join our cheerleading team, but they will not begin practicing until Monday, Jan. 24th. We are still working on our game dates and times, but we will send that information home as soon as it is all worked out. Most, if not all, of our games will be "home" games, and we are only planning on scheduling one game per week with a total of five to six games for the season.

Mr. Johnson and Ms. Drenth have agreed to be our basketball coaches this year, and we are pleased to announce that Missy Harding has agreed to be our cheerleading coach once again as well. I know that they will all do a great job of coaching our students. 

Please note that if school is cancelled because of inclement weather, then the cheerleading/basketball practice or game for that day will also be cancelled.  

We are hoping to have concessions available at the E-Free games again this year, but if anyone is interested in helping out with that please let us know in the office.

We will also have T-shirts and hoodies available to order soon, so that everyone can support our OCS teams.

VISION AND HEARING TESTING 
Betty Steffes will be at the school on Monday morning, January 10th to do some vision and hearing testing for our Kindergarten through 12th grade students. She will contact parents if any problems are detected.

 
REPORT CARDS  

The second marking period ends on Friday, Jan. 14th here at OCS, so report cards will be going home on Thursday, Jan. 20th in your children's B.E.A.R. books. Please be sure to contact the office or your child's teacher if you have any questions.

 
BOB EVANS FUNDRAISER

The Bob Evans Restaurant here in town has generously offered to join us in providing a great fundraising opportunity for our school next Friday, Jan. 14th. They will donate 15% of everyone's total bill to the school all day long when you bring in a special flyer. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a nice meal out as well as support a local business and our school, and we encourage you to get as many people to eat at Bob Evans that day as possible.  We have just sent home the flyers with the students this week.

 
SCRIP REMINDER 

This is just a friendly reminder that our SCRIP program is in full swing, and it is a great way to earn extra funds for OCS as well as gain a tuition credit for your child for next school year at NO cost to you.  Sign in at www.shopwithscrip.com to order your gift cards for gas, groceries and other necessary items.  If you are new to the SCRIP program, you must utilize our enrollment code 1EFACDDL4549 when you log in at the above mentioned website.

Please place your orders anytime before each Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.  Recently the orders have been arriving at our school within 2 days.  If you have any questions, please contact the school at 732-8333. 

OCS ANNUAL AUCTION
 
Otsego Christian School will be hosting their incredible annual auction entitled "...But the Greatest of these is Love" on Saturday, Feb. 5th, at the E-Free Church. Doors will open at 4:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6 pm.  Our tickets say “Semi-Formal” attire for those that want to dress up, but if anyone prefers more casual attire then that is fine, too. We have hundreds of items up for bid in our live and silent auctions including some great vacation and resort packages, and all of the proceeds benefit the students and families of OCS! Tickets are $30 per person or $220 per table--a savings of $20.

We are inviting all of our OCS families to be involved in this special event by attending, donating items, and/or by helping us to sell at least eight tickets for the auction to family members or friends, as it promises to be a wonderful evening of fun and great deals. This is our single largest fundraising event of the year, and our goal is to raise over $35,000. We know that we can achieve success with the involvement of all of our school families. Please do your best to sell all eight tickets. Our deadline is Thursday, Jan. 27th, so please have your money and/or unsold tickets turned in to the office by that date. Please call the school at 732-8333 for more information or to pick up additional tickets.

We are also having an auction meeting Thursday, January 13th at 3 pm in the school Library for anyone interested in helping with procuring donations, decorating, class masterpieces, promotions, set up, tear down or any other aspect of the auction. Please come if you can or contact Tiffany Lawrence, our auction chairman, at 370-5811 if you want to be involved. 

OCS ON FACEBOOK

Some of you might not be aware of this, but Otsego Christian School has its own Facebook page.  Look us up and become a "Fan." It is a fun and interactive way to keep in touch with activities and current events at the school. We also try to post pictures on there sometimes as well, so come "Like" our page.

May God bless you with an incredible new year, as He presents us with new opportunities, challenges and blessings!

In God's Service and Yours,

Karla Hawkins
Otsego Christian School Administrator

 

   School Pictures  21-Oct-10

All proofs are available to view online on A & M's website, www.amphotographystudio.com.  Click on proofs, then Recent Photos - OCS 2010 Photos.

   Family Referral Discount  03-Feb-10

 

ATTENTION ALL OCS FAMILIES!!! We have begun a family referral incentive program. A 15% tuition discount is available for you if you are a re-enrolling family and you bring in a new family (grades K5 through 12th) that pays their full tuition during the 2010-2011 school year. Your first child’s tuition of $3500.00 would be discounted $525 for bringing in one new family. If you bring in two families, your discount will be 30% on your first child’s tuition. The maximum amount that can be discounted from tuition for this program is 50%. (The discount is applied to your first child’s tuition only, as registration and book fees are not included.) The discount would be applied once the new family has paid their registration fee, book fee, and first month’s tuition. This is a great way to help offset tuition costs, while bringing new families into our school.
 
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