Elementary

Welcome to the OCS elementary school. Our elementary offers Pre-K-5th grade. Our early childhood program offers half-day and full-day Pre-Kindergarten. Our Kindergarten program is full-day.

Our mission is to partner with families in educating the whole person to glorify God. Our core values are: spiritual formation, academic excellence and godly relationships.

We strive to develop our students spiritually through: biblical integration of all academic content, Bible class, and weekly chapel services.

We encourage critical thinking skills and the ability to develop problem solving skills. Our elementary academic content includes Bible, language arts, math, social studies, and science. We also offer enrichment classes with art, music, P.E. library, and technology (computer). At the 4th and 5th grade levels, we offer Spanish through ImagoLanguage.com, which is delivered through ChromeBooks. We also emphasize biblical integration into all of our subjects.

We have some of the finest teachers and staff in the world. They meet daily to pray for the school and its needs before starting each day. Your child will be taught and cared for by someone who truly loves them and prayerfully considers you and them.

We believe education is a partnership between the school and families in mutual support of each individual learner’s embrace of his or her God-given call. We welcome you to visit us and tour our school. If we can ever help you in any way, please afford us the privilege of doing so.

God bless you and your family,

Mrs. Stephanie Gardner
OCS Elementary Principal

Mrs. Stephanie Gardner

ES Principal

Mrs. Bettina Kates

ES Assistant Principal

Spiritual Formation

Yearly Spiritual Emphasis

Each year the elementary schools selects a theme for our chapels and worship. A yearly theme helps connect learning for our students and allows us to build upon precepts previously taught. The theme for 2018-2019  is “He Is…” We are emphasizing the character of Christ, all the things that He is to us and for us.  Our verse for the year is Revelation 22:13, KJV “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

Elementary Chapel

Regular chapel days are Wednesdays in the auditorium of the upper elementary building. Students in grades 3-5 meet for chapel from 8:15 – 9:00; Pre-K-2nd grade students meet from 9:10 – 9:40. Occasionally, we will deviate from meeting for chapel on Wednesday when we have school-wide events such as Grandparents’ Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving chapel, and Easter chapel. Parents and other guests are welcome to join us for chapel.

Please sign in at the elementary office and obtain a visitor’s badge before going into the school auditorium. The dress code for students is modified slightly on chapel days. Please see the student handbook for description of Elementary formal dress code.

Biblically Integrated Academics

One of the benefits of attending a Christian school is the opportunity to provide a biblical perspective on all academic content, not just Bible class. Course content in the elementary school is approached on a foundation that God exists and has been actively engaged with His creation since the beginning. Nothing occurs by chance, history is moving in a certain direction, and there is a God-centered answer for the tough questions of life. While the Bible does not address every subject or provide specifics on every topic, the Bible does provide broad theological, ethical, and philosophical principles that can provide the framework for every academic discipline. Teachers at OCS work to ensure that students understand what God has to do with every academic subject.

Daily Bible Class

A distinctive of an OCS education is daily Bible class. Each elementary school student receives daily Bible instruction. Bible is considered a core class in the elementary school. Students receive vertically aligned Bible curriculum that builds on a foundation of Bible knowledge, with age-appropriate application.

Curriculum

Curriculum Selection

Curriculum is designed by the OCS administration and teachers. Care is given to align with state and national standards, ensuring that OCS students acquire the content and skills essential for each grade level. State and national standards are considered the minimum of what OCS students should learn. In many cases, curriculum will be designed to exceed those standards and enrich students’ skills and content mastery. Curriculum is mapped and outlined.

Textbooks are not the curriculum, but are viewed as an important resource to meet learning objectives.Textbooks are formally reviewed on a cycle determined by the administration. Textbooks are selected by a process that is led by the principal and includes input from faculty. Upon receiving faculty input and consulting state and national curriculum standards, the principal then makes a recommendation to the headmaster, who grants final approval for textbook adoption. The use of Christian textbooks receives receive strong consideration when the content of the textbook aligns with the learning objectives of the academic program.

Curriculum Review

Curriculum is constantly under review, with careful consideration given to the mission of the school and intended learning outcomes. While the curriculum is mapped and outlined, it may be adjusted to benefit the learning needs and educational objectives of the school. Final changes to the curriculum must be approved by the principal and headmaster. Major curriculum changes are communicated to parents. Curriculum changes deemed necessary for a continued program of excellence are given priority in the annual budget.

Academic Support

Academic Support Program

In the elementary classroom, OCS teachers strive to provide the level of differentiation necessary for individual students. When that level of differentiation is not adequate, additional academic support may be provided. The academic support program is staffed by certified teachers, trained to provide the support needed to prepare students for a successful school experience.

The elementary school program provides a pull-out lab, where the student receives daily, in-person academic support with the academic support teacher. The program targets reading deficiencies and offers research-based interventions to provide students the literacy and executive functioning skills needed for academic success. In addition to one-on-one and small group support, the student also receives an academic support plan that assists the regular classroom teacher in meeting the needs of the student.

Qualifications & Admission Procedure

To qualify for academic support services, students are identified by their parents, teachers, or administration. Academic struggles and low grades are often the first indicators that a student may require additional support. Once a child is identified, the principal should be notified. Once identified, the elementary principal will meet with the parents and, if necessary, suggest further testing and recommend personnel to determine the nature of the student’s deficiency and the action needed.

Program Tuition

The cost of participating in the Academic Support Program is $1,000 per year. For students who do not need an entire year of services, the annual tuition will be prorated.

Academic Support Website

Here you will find helpful information for the success of your student: Mrs. Wishard’s Classes

Expectations

Great Expectations

The OCS elementary school has been recognized for the past three years as a Great Expectations® Model School. OCS embraces Great Expectations®. Great Expectations® is a professional development program that provides teachers and administrators the skills needed to create harmony and excitement within the school atmosphere, elements that are basic for inspiring students to pursue academic excellence. The Great Expectations® teaching/training model is guided by six basic principles (Tenets). These Tenets provide guidelines for program training and implementation and serve as standards for evaluating GE schools/districts.

High Expectations

Teachers must hold high expectations of students. When students recognize those expectations, they will respond by reaching upward to achieve them.

Teacher Attitude & Responsibility

Teachers who have positive attitudes possess the influence necessary to shape the attitudes of students. The teacher’s attitude is one of a facilitator of learning who encourages and believes in students, and who requires excellence in every detail.

All Children Can Learn

All children can learn no matter what labels are placed upon them, whether it is learning disabled, low socioeconomic status, unstable home life, inner-city, or rural.

Building Self-Esteem

Building self-esteem is the key to helping students believe they are capable of learning and motivating them to try.

Climate of Mutual Respect

Students are empowered to take risks necessary for growth when encompassed in a climate of mutual respect in which mistakes are seen as opportunities to learn and their ideas and efforts are appreciated. The teacher must extend the same respect to students that he/she desires to receive from them.

Teacher Knowledge & Skill

The teacher must be knowledgeable and skillful in learning theory and teaching methods that enable students to achieve academic and social success.

Arrival

Morning Drop-Off

Early morning supervision is for elementary students requiring early morning care. This care is intended to assist the working parent who must drop off their children prior to 7:50 a.m. because of their workday hours. This care is not intended for the parent who wishes to avoid the carpool line or for the child who wants to come to school early to visit with friends. In order to provide a safe adult to child ratio, please respect the intent of this service. Please note: adult supervision will not be available until 7:30 a.m. Please assist us in ensuring students are properly supervised by not dropping off your children before 7:30 a.m.

Elementary students arriving prior to 7:50 a.m. will go to the Upper Elementary Building. They may arrive any time after 7:30 a.m. Most mornings, students will be seated in the auditorium. On the mornings the auditorium is being used for other activities, students will be directed to another room within the Upper Elementary Building.

Drop-Off Procedures

For the safety of all OCS students, please adhere to the policies set forth. Traffic patterns have been carefully considered and are based upon many factors, specifically the safety of our students. (Drop-Off Map)

Pre-K, Kindergarten, Fourth, and Fifth Grade

Pre-K, kindergarten, fourth, and fifth grade students are to be dropped off in front of the Upper Elementary Building or along the Lower Elementary Building. When dropping off at the Upper Elementary Building, please pull forward all the way. When dropping off at the Lower Elementary building, please use the designated drop-off point along the curb leading into the Upper Elementary Building and the bottom floor of the Lower Elementary Building. The entrance for this drop-off point is from 2ndstreet. To expedite the arrival process and prevent unnecessary tardies, several cars should unload at one time.

To expedite the arrival process and prevent unnecessary tardies, several cars should unload at one time—students can walk along the sidewalk until they reach the gated entrance between the buildings. Students should exit their cars on the side near the curb. Students should be ready to exit as their car approaches the curb or drop-off.  If young children are not able to exit their car by themselves, parents should park in the area near the prayer chapel and walk their child to the sidewalk.

First, Second, and Third Grade

First, second, and third grade students may enter from the I-35 frontage road (near the big cross). Follow the carpool map until students are near the Prayer Chapel. Please pull forward as far as possible in order to unload six or more cars at a time. Someone from our elementary staff will be on duty to assist with traffic flow and the safe arrival of students. Students should unload on the side of the vehicle nearest the curb.  Students should be ready to unload when their car reaches the drop-off point.

Students arriving at this drop off prior to 7:50 a.m. should go to the Upper Elementary Building. Staff will not be available to safely unload students until 7:50 a.m.

Different Dropped Off Points

Families or carpools with children who need to be dropped off at different points may choose which drop-off point is most convenient. Until the Pre-k and kindergarten students become familiar with our campus, most families will probably feel more comfortable utilizing the entrance from 2nd Street, as this is closer to the classrooms of the youngest students.

Arriving after 8:05 a.m.

All elementary students arriving after the 8:05 a.m. start should be dropped off in front of the Upper Elementary Building.  Students will enter the elementary office and obtain a tardy slip.  If a child is arriving after 8:10 a.m., parents should park and walk their child into the elementary school office to sign them in for the day. Doors automatically lock after start times to prevent entrance by unauthorized persons.

Dismissal

Afternoon Pick-up

Due to construction and safety concerns and large numbers of students outside: NO park and pick up will be available. Our main concern is the safety of your child. (Afternoon Pick-up Map)

Parents who arrive in our parking lot at 2:55 p.m. or even 3:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. will be able to retrieve their children in a timely manner and assist us all in diminishing traffic problems. Parents will also be able to avoid the frustration of waiting in line. Many drivers feel it is necessary to arrive at 2:15 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to “get the best place in line,” but it works best to simply arrive at school between 2:55 – 3:05 p.m.

Green

Pre-k and kindergarten single riders

Blue

Grades 4 – 5 and their younger siblings

Red

Grades 1-3 and their siblings and elementary students with middle school sibling

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Pre-K and kindergarten single riders will be picked up in front of and to the side of the Upper Elementary Building. Pre-K and kindergarten single riders will be dismissed at 2:55 p.m. Drivers will enter the parking lot from 2nd street. Parents should follow green arrows and form a double-stacked line to the left of Row A. Please exit by following the green arrows to the traffic light past the high school. Refer to the map and your group’s color for more specifics. Pre-K and kindergarten students with multiple riders in a single carpool will be dismissed at 2:55 p.m. to join their oldest sibling. Remember grades 1-3 will be in the Red Line and grades 4-5 will be in the Blue Line.

First, Second and Third Grade

First, second and third grade students will use the prayer chapel pick-up. Drivers will enter from the I-35 frontage road entrance (near the big cross). Parents should follow the Red Line.

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Fourth and fifth graders, along with those who have younger siblings, will be picked up in front of the Upper Elementary Building. Fourth graders will be on the grass near the visitor’s parking. Fifth graders will wait under the portico. Drivers will enter from 2nd street and follow the Blue Line exiting the lights at the Saints Boulevard.

Students with Middle School Siblings

Middle school siblings will walk over to the Elementary pick-up area to join their siblings.  They will use either crosswalk from Middle School.

Children in More Than One Building

Due to security reasons and our best efforts to keep our little ones safe, we only allow high school siblings to pick up their younger siblings from their carpool line with prior notification to our office. To assist parents who only want to drive through one pick-up line, we allow older siblings to join their younger sibling in the elementary line.

Picking Up Children Inside the Building

We respectfully ask parents to follow the pick-up procedures outlined above. Please do not pick up your child inside the building or outside of their classroom. Teachers teach until the last possible minute and we need to keep our hallways clear and quiet.

Lunch

Lunchtime is an important time in the day of our students. It is a time for a nutritional recharge as well as a chance to connect socially with peers.

Heritage Kitchens

OCS is pleased to partner with Heritage Kitchens. To view the lunch menu and order lunches click here.

Location

Our all day Pre-Kindergarten students eat lunch in their classroom. All Kindergarten – 5th grade students eat in our school’s cafeteria.

Joining Your Child for Lunch

Parents are welcome to join their child for lunch. Parents should check-in at our elementary office and obtain a visitor’s badge before meeting their child in the cafeteria. Parents are permitted to bring in outside food for their child. Parents are also welcome to order a tray from our Heritage Kitchens. The teacher on duty will assist you and your child with seating arrangements.

Taking Your Child Off Campus for Lunch

Occasionally, parents choose to take their child off campus for a special lunch time. Parents should check the child out through our elementary office. Please refer to the lunch and recess schedule. Every attempt should be made to have students back in class and ready to learn once the class has returned from the cafeteria and/or recess. Parents should only take their child to lunch (not their child and a friend – even with permission from the friends’ parents).

Kidz Kare

Kidz Kare is an after school care program for OCS students whose parents’ work schedules do not allow for immediate after-school pick up. The program provides a fun, nurturing environment where students can participate in a variety of activities such as:

  • Homework
  • Arts and crafts
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Playground time
  • Computers
  • Games

Hours

The program begins immediately after dismissal and ends at 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Cost (2018-2019)
  • 1 Day per week                           $300 (annually, per child)
  • 2 Days per week                         $600
  • 3 Days per week                         $900
  • 4 Days per week                         $1,200
  • 5 Days per week                         $1,500
  • Enrollment Fee                          $50 (per family)

Open Enrollment

On April 17, 2019, enrollment will open to all OCS students not currently participating in the Kidz Kare program. Parents may enroll their child by filling out the enrollment form (see above) and returning it to the OCS business office with a $50 non-refundable enrollment fee (per family) and a voided check. Priority will be given on a first-come, first served, basis to those who have turned in their forms and enrollment fee.

For more information, please contact Amy Thomas, Kidz Kare Director at: athomas@ocssaints.org.

Continuing Enrollment

Participation in the program is reserved for enrolled OCS students whose parents have a work-related conflict that does not allow for after-school pick up. Students must be enrolled in the program to participate. Drop-ins during the school year are not permitted.

Space is limited and students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to currently enrolled students. To secure enrollment for next year, currently enrolled students must indicate their desire to re-enroll by Monday, April 15, 2019 by bringing a canceled check along with application form (see above) by April 15, 2019.