Weekly News

OCS Lower School Newsletter 9-17-18

Teacher Work Day Camp-October 12th, $65.

We are pleased to offer camp care on our upcoming October 12th teacher work day. Camp hours are from 7:30am-5:30pm and includes a field trip. For more information or to register, please contact Sarah Powell at spowell@ocsrams.org.

ACYS Sports for 2018-19: Link

If you are interested in coaching this year please contact Posey Stitcher at pstitcher@ocsrams.org. Please see link for ACYS calendar and uniforms for this year.

Box Top Winners!

Thank you to all families who participated! We collected a total of 3,347 box tops! The Top overall class was Mrs. Hagy’s 2nd grade with a total of 501 and they will be receiving a dress down day. The Top overall student was Zoe VanGalder who brought in 321 box tops and she received a Target gift card!

Homecoming Week Dress Guidelines Link

Lower School is looking forward to celebrating our Ram Spirit during Homecoming week. Please see the attached flyer for student dress guidelines for that week.

Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019: Link

All new students must have a Florida Immunization Record and Health Department form on file before school begins. A separate email will be sent if the school is missing these forms.

Incredible Kids Day – Friday, October 20th

The United States Senate voted to designate October 20, as the National Day of Writing. We at OCS will be celebrating this day on Friday, October 19th, in various ways. Our goal is for students to see themselves as writers and to experience different purposes, audiences and occasions for writing that will occur throughout their lifetime. 

One way you can support this writing goal is to help us recognize your child as an Absolutely Incredible Kid made in the image of God. We are requesting that you write your child(ren) a letter telling  each child in your family how very special he/she is to God and to you. We are asking for your letter to be placed in a sealed envelope addressed directly to your child by name. Then this sealed letter should be placed inside another envelope addressed to the child's classroom teacher and again sealed. We are requesting that you complete the letter and submit this to the classroom teacher no later than Friday, October 12th (which happens to be one of our parent conference days). This may also be emailed to me at dmiller@ocsrams.org  with the subject “Incredible Kid Day” and your child’s name. I will print them and give them to the teacher.  If grandparents, aunts, uncles or neighbors wish to join in this spirit of letter writing and encouragement to your child, please feel free to email, or pass this message along. Letters written to the school specifically for your child should be addressed to:

The teacher’s name, Orangewood Christian School, 1221 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland, Florida 32751

We are hoping that each child will receive at least one letter of encouragement which will be delivered on October 19th to their classroom. Therefore, if you have a desire to send along an extra letter addressed merely to an Absolutely Incredible Kid we will also hand deliver those to children, who may not have received a letter. 

Please keep this special writing assignment a secret from your child. What a great celebration October 19th will be here at OCS!

Lightning Alert

Lightning alerts occur when there is lightning within 6 miles of our campus. Once a lightning alert has been issued, we are unable to dismiss students via carpool for their safety. However, parents are always permitted to come to the front office and sign their child out at any time. An all clear will be issued 30 minutes after the last lightning strike within the 6 mile radius. We do try to begin aftercare as close to our normal time of 3:25 pm as possible so we can release our teachers, however, we do not begin billing parents until tafter the lightning alert has been lifted.

Lil Rams Cheerleading: Link Last day to register is September 18!

Grades PK4 to 5th come and join the OCS Varsity Cheerleaders for 3 days of sideline cheering, stunting, and half time cheer instruction. And, to finish off the week, students will cheer at the Varsity football game September 28th. Clinics will be held at the Lower School on Monday, September 24th, Wednesday, September 25th and Thursday, September 27th from 3:15 until 4:30 each day. Friday, September 28th will be GAMEDAY and Lil Rams will arrive at the football field at the High School campus at 6:45 PM. The cost for this Clinic week will be $40 and checks should be made payable to OCS. Any questions should be directed to Coach Carisa Groomes at cecegroomes@gmail.com or 407-920-7156.

Mothers In Prayer Link

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. We follow the “ACTS” pattern – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (Intercession).

Questions?   E-mail: mitorangewood@yahoo.com

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

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.

OCS Chick-fil-A mobile app Spirit Day link

Place a mobile order at Chick-fil-A Maitland Blvd. on September 25 and 10% of mobile order sales will be donated to Orangewood Christian School.

How it works:

1. Download the Chick-fil-A App.
2. Place a Mobile Order between 6:30 am-10:00 pm on September 25 at Chick-fil-A Maitland Boulevard.
3. Type "Orangewood" in the special instructions section of your order before you check out.
4. Pick up your order according to the pickup method you chose. If you chose carry-out or curbside be sure to click "I'm here."
5. Enjoy your meal and earn money for your school!


Pastor Appreciation Breakfast – Thursday, October 11th 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

5th & 6th grade students will be inviting their pastors to come to the OCS lower school campus to enjoy breakfast and a tour of our campus. Invitations will be given to students by OCS to fill out and give to their pastor or ministry leaders.

Playground Volunteers: September calendar Link

PTF Lower School Information  Meetings

This year the lower school will be holding a meeting each marking period to share what is happening in the school. Our lower school PTF leader, Amanda Classon, will be leading the meetings. At least one OCS administration member will also be available for questions and answers during that time also. Aftercare childcare will be available at no charge for the OCS students whose parents are attending the after school meetings.

Please reserve the following dates:

October 25th       8-9:00 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM
January 10th       8-9:00 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM
March 5th           8-9:00 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM

The same information will be presented at both the 8:00 AM meetings and the 3:30 PM meetings so choose the best time for your family. We look forward to having you join us for these informational meetings!

Volunteers: Link 

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.

Handbook Link


Lower School Lunch schedule:
11:00 –11:30…2nd & 3rd grades
11:30-11:50….K4/TK, K, 1st grades
12:00-12:30…..6th grades
12:15-12:35…..4th & 5th grades
If a child does not have a lunch, parents will be contacted.

Important Dates:

Friday, Sept. 21  Happy Birthday Laura Kelly!
Friday, Sept. 21  Spirit Day
Tues., Sept. 25   Chick-Fil-A Maitland – Mobile App Day
Tues., Sept. 25   OCS Seniors will visit our Kindergarten students
 (Ram-FlectionZ 2019/2031)
Wed., Sept. 26    See You at the Pole to pray 8:00 AM
Friday, Sept. 28  Lower School Flu Shots
Mon. Oct. 1 to Friday, Oct. 5 Homecoming week
Friday, Oct. 5     Spirit Day
Thurs., Oct. 11    End of First Quarter
Thurs., Oct. 11    5th and 6th Grade Pastors Appreciation Breakfast
Friday, Oct. 12    No School – Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, Oct. 12    Deadline for Incredible Kids Day letters
Sat. Oct. 13        Vicki Glodo’s birthday
Mon., Oct. 15     AR 1st Quarter Deadline (2nd-5th grades)
Turs., Oct. 18     Jackie Caiazza’s birthday
Friday, Oct. 19    Spirit Day
Friday, Oct. 19    Incredible Kids Day (see email sent 9-13-18)
Sat., Oct. 20       OCS Lower School Roller Skating Party 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 20      Chick-Fil-A Night at Casselberry 3:30-5:00 PM and 6-7:30 PM
                          (Before, during and after rollerskating)