Summer Information

The following is a list of important documents and information regarding the upcoming school year. All documents in this communication are also available to view and print from RenWeb under Resource Documents.

Accelerated Reader programLink

This fall, our 2nd – 5th graders will continue participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program. For those who are not familiar with AR, it is a computerized reading incentive program that our 2nd – 5th grade students are encouraged to participate in. They read from a series of selected books and take a test. There are hundreds of titles to choose from which makes selecting a book simple. Upon completion of a test, students earn points based on the difficulty of the book and the number of questions that the students answered correctly. 

If your student would like to begin earning points this summer, the computer lab at the Lower School campus will be available to come in and start taking tests between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. (Due to summer camps, you may want to call the office first to verify that the room is available for testing.)

Activity Fee

We will continue with our activity fee for the 2018-2019 school year. Your RenWeb statement will be billed for ½ the total fee in September and ½ in October.

After School ClubsLink

After School Programs will begin the first week of school. In order to have your child signed up for clubs in advance and to secure a spot visit this link.

Bell Schedule: School start time: 7:55am; Dismissal: 2:55 pm

Calendar 2018-2019Link 

Lower School Upcoming Events:

August 9: New parent orientation (new families visit campus 9:00-10:30 AM, except Kindergarten girls’ parents)
August 9: MANDATORY 6th Grade Student/Parent Meeting at the Lower School Campus– bring laptops and school supplies 9:45 AM – 10:45 PM
August 9: Jump Start Kindergarten Parent Orientation (Boys: 9:00-11:00 AM, Girls: 1:00-3:00 PM) New parents of Kindergarten girls will meet during this time with Principal Dawn Miller.
August 10: LS returning families visit campus and drop off supplies (9:00-10:00 AM) (not Kindergarten or 6th grade)
August 10: LS uniform exchange (9:00-11:00 AM)
August 13: First Day of School – Students need to be in their classrooms by 7:55 AM
August 13: Prayer kick off both campuses 8:00 AM
August 13: K4/TK/K Coffee& Kleenex – immediately following Prayer Kickoff (LS media center)
August 16: Lower School Open House (parents only) 
            K4,K, 1st grades: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, 2nd – 4th grades:7:00-8:00 PM
August 17: 6thgrade all day retreat
August 19: All Family OCS Worship and Prayer Night – Main Campus 5:00 PM
August 22: Lower School Picture Day - students are required to wear their uniform
August 23: 5thand 6th Grade Parents only meeting at the Lower School Campus 5:00 -6:00 PM
 

Dress codeLink

Please note a change in our dress code policy for this year for outerwear.  The same clothing required to be worn inside the classroom will be the same that should be worn outside. This will alleviate the need for 2 different jackets for school. This is now the updated dress code policy for outerwear for the lower school: 

Students can wear any solid-color, polartec fleece jacket, cardigan or pullover style sweater or sweatshirt over the top of their uniform approved shirt. It may have any logo not to exceed 2x2 inches in size. This gives our students a unified look especially when we have guests on campus. Hats or hoods may not be worn in the building or during the school day at any time.

Extended Care Form for 2018-2019Link

Fast ForWordLink

This program is a reading intervention program designed to help students in grades K-12 who are struggling or falling behind. Fast ForWord® is designed to strengthen the student’s memory and attention, as well as increasing his or her processing rate. Please see the separate attachment for more details.

Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019Link       

Medication Release Form: Link 

Many times we are asked for Tylenol, aspirin etc. We cannot give this to students unless we have a signed authorization form from your child’s physician. Please send the form and the bottle of medication to the school in order for us to administer to your child during the school day.

New Family Mentoring Program (Lower School):

Returning families: would you be willing to give just a little time this summer and as the next school year kicks off to help make a new Lower School OCS family feel welcome? If you can help with our new family mentoring program and would be willing to reach out to a new family, please contact Dana Herman at 850-556-8621 or danamherman@yahoo.com for more information. This program is a wonderful blessing to both new and existing families to grow more connected to the OCS community and make new friends.

New families with students in 1st-6th grades: are you interested in having an established Orangewood family connect with yours before the start of school to help acquaint you with the school and help establish friendships? We have families that have volunteered to help make our new families feel welcome; please contact Dana Herman at 850-556-8621 or danamherman@yahoo.com for more information.

RenWeb Login InstructionsLink

New families – Please follow these instructions to set up your RenWeb Parents Web account. This will give you access to important school and student information.  

RenWeb Family Information

Please update your RenWeb family information. It is vital that we have current information on file in case of an emergency. Log into your account at RenWeb.com / go to Family Information / locate the Web Form – Family Demographic Form / select each category and update.

5th Grade Elective FormLink 

Elective forms were previously completed by our returning OCS students. New students please complete the form linked above and return to the lower school office.

6th Grade Elective FormLink 

Elective forms were previously completed by our returning OCS students. New students please complete the form linked above and return to the lower school office.

Supply list: Link

All grade level supply lists are found on the link; please scroll through to find your student’s grade level requirements.

If you would like to pre-order prepackaged supplies, please see the attached link to order your student supply pack for the 2018-19 school year! This optional service allows parents to purchase supplies that will be waiting for their students in their homeroom on the first day of school. For questions, please contact pstitcher@ocsrams.org. The deadline for ordering is June 24.

Technology recommendations for 6th grade studentsLink

Typing Club:
 
Parent Introduction: Link   
Instructions and Log-in information: Link
This program is for students rising to 2nd through 6th grade. We will be using Typing Club and students can earn points based on their WPM and accuracy in each lesson. Login instructions and details about the program may be found at the link attached.
 

VolunteersLink 

In order to volunteer at Orangewood, you must be fingerprinted and have a background check completed. Please follow the link for the directions to make an online appointment and to print and complete the waiver. Please return the signed waiver to either Orangewood campus. See link for instructions.


New Summer Requirements!

Summer Math
Link for students entering First Grade
Link for students entering Second Grade     
Link for students entering Third Grade                  Answer Key Link
Link for students entering Fourth Grade                Answer Key Link
Link for students entering Fifth Grade                    Answer Key Link
Link for students entering Sixth Grade (Mrs. Binkley’s 5th grade rising to 6th grade Advanced)  Answer key link
Link for students entering Sixth Grade (Mrs. Poppell’s 5th grade rising to 6thgrade)  Answer key link
 

Math packets will be due to your homeroom or math teacher on Friday, August 17th and will be counted as a quiz grade during the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.

Answer keys are being provided for parental assistance only and are not for student use.
Should you need additional practice, please email the lower school office.
 
Summer Reading Link
All grade level summer reading requirements are found on the link; please scroll through to find your student’s grade level requirements.
 
Summer Writing Challenge: link       Judges Evaluation Rubric: link
All rising fifth and sixth grade students are invited to participate in a creative writing challenge over the summer. This challenge has been developed to keep our young authors inspired to write and to have a purpose for writing over the break. If you’d like to be a part of the challenge, please see the attached link.