LS Announcements

OCS Lower School Newsletter 2-12-18


Summer Camp link

Summer Spotlight 2018 camp registration is now open!  Camps are available for rising PK4-8th grade students.  To register, please visit:

Camp dates are scheduled for May 29-August 3 from 7:30am-5:30pm and include athletic, arts, and academic enrichment options. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Powell at

Grandparents & Grandfriends Day–Tuesday, February 13 | Invitation link , Volunteer link

It is with great excitement that we anticipate hosting Grandparents Day & Grandfriends Day! On Tuesday, February 13, grandparents and grandfriends of Orangewood Christian School students (K4-5thgrades) are invited to attend a program and reception at our Lower School campus.

These guests are invited to visit their student’s classroom and spend time touring the campus! Guests will be meeting at the Greek Orthodox Church Ball Room, adjacent to the Lower School. Students with the last name starting with A-K will be hosting their guests at 9:00 AM. Students with the last name starting with L-Z will be hosting their guests at 12:45 PM. Any guests coming from out of town may attend the most convenient performance, if you will just let us know in advance please. All K4-5th grade students will perform in both performances and should not leave school until after the second performance.

We are looking for helping hands and yummy treats to make this a very special day for our guests. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time, please see the attached Sign Up Genius link, or please feel free to contact Amanda Classon or 321-689-5858.

ACYS Spring Soccer - ACYS Spring soccer link | ACYS Developmental Soccer link

ACYS Spring soccer registration is open! New this season for players ages 8-12 is the option to be on an Orangewood team with a licensed coach. Teams opting for a licensed coach can still play as an Orangewood team, however, practices will be held at Trotter’s field.

To register for Spring soccer please go or call 407-521-2243. If you have any questions or would like to coach a team please contact Posey Stitcher

Coffees – in-home grade level gathering

6th grade Parent coffee: Monday, February 26th link  ****DATE CHANGE*****
K4/TK Parent coffee: Monday, February 26th 8:00 AM in the media center link
Kindergarten Parent coffee: Monday, March 5th 8:00 AM in the media center link
1st grade Parent coffee: Monday, March 19th – 8:00 AM in the media center link
2nd/3rd grade Parent coffee: Thursday, April 5 – 8:00 AM in the media center link
4th/5th grade Parent coffee: Monday, April 9th – 8:00 AM in the media center link

Our in-home grade level coffees for K4 – 6th grades are continuing. If you are willing to open your home in the morning or evening for a coffee and you live close to the school, please contact Dawn Miller ( at your earliest convenience. These gatherings are a great way to keep parents informed of what is happening here at school, and they also provide a wonderful opportunity to get to know other parents in your child’s classroom.

"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR." February 28, March 1 & 2 @ 7pm in the OCS gym.

Our Middle and Lower School students will tell the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is an inspiring, musical adaptation of this story of transformation and tolerance.

Tickets: Adult $10/Student $8 *Maximum $25/immediate family

DON'T MISS our "Beauty and the Beast Tea Party" for ages 3-11. Friday, March 2nd, 5:45-6:45pm in the Upper School courtyard. Come dressed as your favorite prince or princess! Tickets are $15 and includes admission to the Tea Party, snacks, activities, pictures with the cast, including Belle and the Prince, and one student ticket to the performance. Parents may attend the Tea Party for free, but will need to purchase a ticket for the performance.

Tickets for the performances and Tea Party can be purchased at the LS and US offices. Questions: Contact Laura Kelly at

Let’s Chat Live Parenting Series – Thursday, March 1
Parents, please mark your calendars for our “Let’s Chat ‘Live’” series this semester.  The theme is The Family System -- Knowing How to Navigate Yours!  As always, we meet in the mornings (8:00-9:15) in The Space at the OCS Main Campus and a light breakfast and coffee is provided.

March 1st:  Ryan Casada and Olivia Litwiller (Licensed Mental Health Counselors at Journey's Counseling in Maitland) plan to help us understand each member of the system individually. Specifically, they will use the Enneagram personality test and the variety of ways we blend together as families.  Where are you running into snags and how can you better understand how we affect each other?

April 5th:  This month, we hope to shed light on "The Hidden Child."  This is the child who is silent and nearly invisible. It's tempting as parents to let that sleeping dog simply lie!  And yet it's essentially important that we understand what has caused her to disappear and how to best draw her out.  

LOWER SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferences – March 8 & 9

As noted on the OCS Family Calendar, distributed at the beginning of the school year, we would like to remind our families of our upcoming Lower School Parent Teacher conference days. K4-6th grade students will not be attending school on Thursday, March 8th and Friday, March 9th so that we may offer time for parents to meet with teachers, as requested through parent feedback over the past few years. As always, you may request a conference with a teacher at any time and do not need to wait for our conference time!

OCS will be offering camp on the upcoming March 8-9 teacher conference days. The fee is $65 per student per day. Camp hours are 7:30am-5:30pm and includes an off campus field trip each day. For more information or to register, please contact Sarah Powell at or at 407-927-7255. The registration deadline is March 1.

Also, teachers will be sending out more detailed information to each of you shortly.

Please keep in mind, 7th through 12th grade students will be having school on those days.

Accelerated Reader Program – deadline April 23rd

Congratulations to our students in 2nd-5th grades who met their first semester AR goal. 61% or our students in these grades reached their goal! The AR program will end April 23rd. Please see the list for goals for the April 23rd deadline: 2nd grade are 36 points, 3rd grade goal is 60 points, 4th grade goal is 80 points, 5th grade goal is 88 points.


Yearbooks are now on sale and the cost of the book is $70. Don't miss out on purchasing our 2017-18 book of memories. Order online at

Faculty/Staff Birthday link 

Please help us celebrate our staff on their birthdays or ½ birthdays. If a birthday has passed and you would like to still celebrate that staff member, please contact them as soon as possible to let them know you will be celebrating their special day on their ½ birthday.

MOMS in Prayer – **Meeting place change for February 13th – Upper Campus**

MOMS in Prayer Group Meets each Tuesday 8 - 9 AM in the lower school conference room. Drop your child off school Tuesday mornings, park and come help support the school during this prayer time.

"Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children." Lamentations 2:19


Do I need to sign up every week? No, please attend whenever you are available.
Do I have to pray out loud? No
How is the prayer time run? We have a list of prayer requests. We follow the "ACTS" pattern - Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (Intercession).

Playground Calendar

Please see the attached links to view the Lower School Playground Duty calendar. Thank you to everyone who helps in this way!

February: link

March: link

Important Dates:

Tuesday, February 13               Grandparents Day

Friday, February 16                   Spirit Day

Monday, February 19                No School

Monday, February 26–6:30 PM 6th Grade Parent Coffee at Giedd home                            

Monday, February 26-8:00 AM K4/TK Parent Coffee in the media center

Wednesday, Feb. 28-March 2   Middle School Play – Beauty and the Beast (Upper Campus)

                                                       Lower School Students will be participating as well.

Thursday, March 1                      Let’s Chat Parenting Series (Upper Campus 8 AM)

Friday, March 2                            Spirit Day

Monday, March 5                        Kindergarten Parent Coffee 8:00 AM – Media Cente

Thursday, March 8 &

Friday, March 9                           No School – Lower School Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 16                         OCS Gala

Friday, March 16                         Spirit Day

Monday, March 19-8:00 AM     1st Grade Parent Coffee in the media center

Monday, April 23                        Accelerated Reader End of Year program

Tuesday, May 8                           Principal Breakfast