Elementary

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Oklahoma Christian elementary school. We seek to provide a place where children can grow spiritually, academically, and socially in a caring and challenging environment where they can feel loved and grow in confidence.

Our mission is to partner with families in educating the whole person to glorify God. We keep our mission at the heart of everything we do. We strive to develop our students spiritually through biblical integration of all academic content, Bible class, and weekly chapel services.

Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education experience. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved, such as attending field trips, making cookies, and being mystery readers. We know that educating a child takes teamwork. We look forward to being able to partner with you.

We have the best teachers and staff in the world. Your child will be taught and cared for by someone who truly loves them. It is our privilege to prepare students to seek the Kingdom of God and to glorify him in all we do.

I encourage you to visit our website and become familiar with all things OCS. I look forward to working with you and your student. 

It is a blessing to serve as the elementary principal at such an outstanding school! I am excited to see how God continues to work at OCS. If I can be of any further assistance to you, please contact me through our school office, 405-341-2265.

It is great to be a Saint!

Mrs. Bettina Kates
OCS Elementary Principal

ES Principal

ES Assistant Principal

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.

S.O.A.R. Program

Program Overview

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 through the S.O.A.R. program (Saints Opportunity for Academic Resilience). This program provides additional layers of support for students. The program is staffed by certified teachers, trained to provide the support needed to prepare students for a successful school experience.

The elementary S.O.A.R. program provides the following levels of support:

  1. Accommodation Plan: Qualifying students are provided a list of approved accommodations designed to assist in their academic success. These accommodations can include measures such as preferred seating, extra time on assessments, and the use of calculators on tests. No fees are charged for this service.
  2. Reading Club and/or Math Club: Qualifying students participate in a pull-out lab, where they receive daily, in-person reading and math intervention with a specialized teacher. The Reading and Math Clubs target reading and math deficiencies and offers research-based interventions needed for academic success. n addition to one-on-one and small group support, the student may receive an accommodation plan to assists the regular classroom teacher in meeting the needs of the student.
  3. Speech Therapy: Qualifying students receive pull-out speech therapy twice per week from a certified speech pathologist. The fee for this service is $2,500 per academic year.
  4. S.O.A.R Reading and Math: Students who require additional services beyond Reading and Math Club may be considered for this program. Students receive daily pull out math and reading class, which takes the place of their regular reading and math instruction. Instruction is modified to meet the needs of the student. Modifications of content and instructional methodology is offered in the regular classroom as well. Students will receive an OCS Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), which is reviewed and revised annually.

Students qualify for each of these programs based on specific criteria.

Qualifications & Admission Procedure

To qualify for the S.O.A. R. program 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. The elementary principal and S.O.A.R coordinator will meet with the student’s parents and, if necessary, suggest further testing to determine the nature of the student’s deficiency and the action needed.

Program Tuition

Program tuition and fees:

  • Accommodations Plan: No fee
  • Reading Club: $1,000 per school year
  • Math Club: $1,000 per school year
  • S.O.A.R. Reading and Math: $6,500 per school year
  • Speech Therapy: $2,500 per school year

Expectations

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 Elementary School auditorium. 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 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.

All elementary students are to be dropped off in the back of the new elementary building. 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 building entrance. 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 parking lot and walk their child in the front doors.

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 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

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).

After School Care

After School Care is an after school care program for OCS students (Grades Pre-K 4 – 5th grade) 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 and is available to OCS students in Pre-K 4 through 5th grade.

Cost (2021-2022)
  • 1 Day per week                           $350 (annually, per child)
  • 2 Days per week                         $650
  • 3 Days per week                         $960
  • 4 Days per week                         $1,280
  • 5 Days per week                         $1,600
  • Enrollment Fee                          $50 (per family)

Open Enrollment

In April 2021, enrollment will open to all OCS students not currently participating in the After School Care 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 Allee Pipes, After School Care Director at: allee.pipes@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.