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Lower School Newsletter | December 9, 2019



Tuesday, December 10 | Practice for the Lower School Christmas Program (please drop your student off at the high school no later than 8:10 AM)
Tuesday, December 10 | Lower School Christmas Program and Art Show
Tuesday, December 17 | Full day of school
Wednesday, December 18 | ½ Day of School – Dismissal ends at 12:25. No Aftercare will be provided due to our faculty and staff luncheon
Thursday, December 19 | No School
Thursday, December 19 | Report Cards available to view
Friday, December 20 | No School
Monday, January 6 | School Resumes

Lower School Spirit Days | Monday, December 9th to Friday, December 13th

Lower School faculty, staff and students may wear their OCS spirit gear (OCS shirts, jeans with no frays, etc.)




Christmas Shop for K4 through 2nd grade students | Friday, December 13th

K4 through 2nd grade students may come shop in the music room for inexpensive Christmas gifts for their families. Proceeds will benefit the Fine Arts Department. If your child wishes to purchase gifts at the Fine Arts store on Dec. 13th, please send money and a list which will be sent home in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the outside. Forms will be sent home shortly.

If you wish to donate new or like-new items to help stock our store, the drop-off day will be Wednesday, December 11th at the lower school, during carpool. Items can also be dropped off at the upper school. Stay tuned for more information! Questions? Contact Laura Nelson Kelly at lnelson@ocsrams.org.


Note from PTF President Wendy Evans | PTF Teacher & Faculty Christmas Fund

At this time of year, you are probably contemplating a gift (or six) as a token of your appreciation for a wonderful teacher, coach or mentor to your students. While always appreciated, the PTF has a fund that specifically gathers monetary gifts which are divided among our faculty and staff. To tell you how much it is appreciated so that they can bless their own families can’t be overstated. This also saves you time and another logistical matter to handle over the busy holidays!

If you would like your gift added to your OCS account, please contact Gigi Harris at gharris@ocsrams.org  or CLICK HERE.  You now have until December 13 to make a donation which will be shared with our faculty and staff at their luncheon on December 18. Please consider a worthwhile and meaningful donation to the people who love, pray over and care for your students!!  


Lower School Christmas Program | Tuesday, December 10 @ 7:00 PM. | LINK

All students will be dropped off at the main campus (1300 W. Maitland Blvd.) Tuesday morning between 7:55 and 8:10 AM for practice. Early morning drop off supervision will be will still be offered, but it will be at the main campus in the gym. Students will then be transported back to the Lower School by OCS buses. Please see the attached link for more details about the program.

URGENT! Help is needed with parking before the program and taking down art work immediately after the program. If you are able to help in any way, please sign up using this LINK or email Dawn Miller at dmiller@ocsrams.org. We will need the parking volunteers at 6:15 PM.

Dress Like Christmas guidelines | December 16th through the 18th

Lower School students will be allowed to wear Christmas clothing during this last few days of school. Students may not wear pajamas but the one piece jumpsuits may be worn if there are appropriate clothes underneath. 

• T-shirts, button-up shirts (including flannel shirts) and collar shirts MAY be worn.
• Tank tops, camis, or spaghettiā€strap tops MAY NOT be worn.
• Girl’s shirts should be modest with no cleavage or midriff showing. 
• No offensive or questionable logos or pictures.

• Jeans (long or short, any color, no rips, frays, or holes), athletic pants or shorts, joggers and sweatpants MAY be worn.
• Leggings/jeggings, harem pants, pajama pants, spandex or excessively stretchy material and flannel pants MAY NOT be worn.

All other standard dress code guidelines apply.

Veterans’ Blessings

This year in Second Grade, the students have taken upon themselves to reach out to encourage our veterans.  With the Christmas season coming up, we want to extend our Christmas blessings to veterans that you may know.   If you have a family member or friend that is a veteran, please send a mailing address to the second grade teachers so that we can reach out and send Merry Christmas blessings to them during this next month.  Anytime between now and December 16, please let us know who we can encourage!

Thank you and Merry Christmas, The Second Grade Team

Email addresses to send us the information: scaridi@ocsrams.org, avaughn@ocsrams.org, rnavage@ocsrams.org 


Basketball | TK-5th grade

We will team up with Winter Park YMCA for basketball this season. Early registration begins late November.  The season begins 1/7/20-3/2/2020. We can register as a team! We will need volunteers to coach each team. Practices can be at the lower school pavilion or at the Winter Park YMCA based on coaches schedule. Details to come.



Holiday Camps 2019-2020 | DEADLINE December 10th

We are pleased to offer the upcoming Holiday camp days which are scheduled for December 19, 20, 23, 27, 30; January 2-3.


Camp hours are from 7:30am-5:30pm and include an off campus field trip.  The cost is $65 per student per day.  To register, please contact Sarah Powell at spowell@ocsrams.org.


Lower School Helping Hands | LINK


Please let us know if you are interested in helping at the OCS Lower School campus. Whether you have a few hours a day or only an hour or two a month, OCS would be blessed to have you help in any way. Please see the attached form to fill out if you are interested in volunteering and return to the front office.


Playground Duty Calendar |  December - LINK

Each month parents are asked to volunteer on the Lower School playground from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. If your family cannot be here to help, please call another family to see if they can fill in for you. Thank you to everyone for helping to make our students safe.

Beginning in January we will be implementing a sign up genius format to fill our volunteer playground assistance spots. Please use this LINK if you would like to help!



Lower School Lunch Schedule

11:00 – 11:30 | 2nd & 3rd grades

11:30 – 11:50 | K4/TK, K, 1st grade

12:00 – 12:30 | 6th grade 

12:15 – 12:35 | 4th & 5th grade

***If a child does not have lunch, parents will be contacted.



Moms In Prayer 

Come and experience the joy of praying for your child and our school. Moms In Prayer gathers to pray every Tuesday Morning, 8:00 – 9:00 am.  Our regular MIP prayer time  is 8:00 am- 9:00 am in the Lower School Conference Room.  We follow the “ACTS” pattern — Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (Intercession). 


Do I need to sign up every week?  No, please attend whenever you are available.
Do I have to pray out loud?  No

Questions?   E-mail: mitorangewood@yahoo.com

The Lower School contacts are Diane Langmo 407 625-0180 & Robin Hudspeth 407 467-3125