Weekly News

Lower School Newsletter | September 16, 2019



September 25 | See You at the Pole — 7:55 AM
September 27 | Lower School Flu Shots (Parent must be present)
September 27 | Kindergarten/1st grade Coffee at the Catalano home at 1224 Trust Lane, Maitland, FL
September 30 | First AR Deadline (1st quarter)

Flu Shot & Vaccines | Friday, September 27

OCS PTF and the 10th grade class are making flu shots & vaccines available on campus again this year - Friday, September 27th from 7:15am - 8:30am.  Lower school students a parent must be present.

Flu Shots &vaccines will also be available at the Upper Campus on Monday, September 30th from 7:15am - 8:15am.

Click this LINK for additional details and sign-up information.


Incredible Kids Day – October 21

October 20 is the National Day of Writing. We at OCS will be celebrating this day on Monday, October 21st, 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 Monday, October 14th. 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 21st 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. 

Research shows that simple words of encouragement can make a difference in a child's life. In addition, your child may save this very special letter and reread it later when he/she needs to be reminded of your love and encouragement and God’s purpose for his/her life.

Please keep this special writing assignment a secret from your child. What a great celebration October 21st will be here at OCS!


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.


OCS 'PINKTOBER' Shirts for Sale | LINK 

In October, we will being having our PINK OUT DAY at Orangewood and would love everyone to participate!  The Junior class will be selling shirts in support of PINK OUT DAY!  We invite ALL students, parents and faculty to purchase this high quality shirt to show their support!

Please click this LINK for an order form.  Forms can be turned in with check/cash attached to the lower or upper school front office by  September 18.

Please contact Terrie Huertas -  terriehuertas@aol.com with any questions!!



Grade Level Coffees

Our in-home grade level coffees for K4 – 6th grade will continue again this year. We plan to have one for each grade level during the first semester and one Lower School Town Hall during the second semester. We typically hold the grade level coffees from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM.

Kindergarten/1st grade coffee September 27th at 8:15 am to 9:30 am at Deborah Catalano’s home at 1224 Trust Lane, Maitland | LINK

4th and 5th grade coffeeOctober 28th at 8:15 am at the Beall home at 418 Spring Valley Lane, Altamonte Springs, FL | LINK

6th grade coffee October 7th at 8:15 am at Cheryl Nowels’ home at 2107 Misty Glen Dr., Apopka | LINK


Playground Duty Calendar |  September - LINK, October - 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.



Calling all Lower School Dads | Thank you to those that served last week!

OCS All Pro Dads are excited about another year of ” Dad Carpool". All dads and/or grandfathers are welcome to join us the first full week of every month. Not only do our kids love to have us on campus, but the faculty and staff on the Lower School Campus love having us. We are able to serve them by relieving them of their carpool duties, so that they can handle other things on their to-do list....like preparing for the day ahead of teaching our kids! We gather at 7:10am and are done promptly by 8:00am. Come meet some new dads and enjoy the fun.

Signing up is easy. Just follow these three steps:

1) Access the Signup | LINK
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. Sign up for as many as you want.
3) You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.



Girl Scouts | Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Unleash your G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)

Inviting all girls from Kindergarten and first grade to join our Girl Scouts Daisy Troop! We meet the first Friday of the month after school from 3:30-4:30 PM at the Lower School campus. If you have questions, please contact Kellye Shoemaker at Kellyshoemaker@me.com. You can join now at www.citrus-gs.org/join.

Trail Life USA | Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Trail Life USA is for boys from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Contact information for connecting with our troop can be found on the organization's website: www.traillifeusa.com.  Parents just need to click on the "Find A Troop" button at the center of the home page and search for Maitland, FL or Orangewood Christian Church. We meet every Tuesday evening from 7PM to 8:30PM in "The Space" at the OCS upper campus. Our weekly activities vary depending on the specific age groups within the troop, but most of our time is spent doing hands-on activities, sharing practical, Christ-centered life skills, and planning outdoor adventures.  We go on camping trips about once or twice a month. There is no cost to attend our meetings.  However, should a parent decide to have their child become a member, they will pay an annual membership fee of $26 per child plus the cost of a uniform. Special activities include campouts (including a once-a-year zoo campout), winter and summer adventures (usually out-of-state camping trips), fishing adventures, planetarium visits, historical hikes, visits to civil war re-enactments, community service projects and much more.

American Heritage Girls | Kindergarten through 12th Grade

American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.  

Contact us by going to https://americanheritagegirls.org, Click on Find Troop then search for FL3031- Orangewood PCA and fill out the form. We meet at the Upper Campus Every Tuesday at 7 PM. Cost: Registration fee $26.00 + Semester Dues: 1st Semester $40 2nd Semester $50( Or $10 a month). There is a cap for multiple girls. 

Activities: When we meet at the upper campus we mostly work on badges. Once a month we focus on Peacemaker bible studies. We have about 3 camping trips a year. Operation Christmas Child, Trunk & Treat, Caroling for the nursing home, Daddy Daughter Dance, Tea parties, Volunteering, award ceremonies, fundraising, and much more.  

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