In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the Apostle Paul writes, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” It is so striking that Paul simply says: No matter the situation, we are to find a reason to thank God. 

In Romans 8:28, the Apostle Paul provides us with the proper Biblical perspective: “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

A circumstance in itself may not be good, but if we believe that God is at work, blending each component together to a sovereignly-designed goal, then we can be thankful. We can and should be thankful for the unique circumstances we are facing as a Christian school society today knowing that God is working all things for our good.

And we have so much to be thankful for!

Godly Leadership

Board of Directors

I am personally thankful for the privilege of serving with the Board of Directors of Orangeville Christian School. At least once a month, the Board meets to review, discuss, and approve the policies and procedures that guide the day-to-day operations of the school. Our Board members invest countless volunteer hours to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian education.

Staff Members

I am also very thankful for the exceptional skills of all our OCS staff members. Every day you entrust your sons and daughters to our care, and we are very mindful of the tremendous blessing it is to partner with you.

Examples of our staff providing exceptional service can be found throughout the school:

  • Our school custodian arrives at 10:30 am to clean and disinfect during the school day in an effort to keep all our students safe and healthy.
  • Our Office Manager and Administrative Assistant read and respond to all your emails outlining arrival and dismissal requests, as well as descriptions of various degrees of sickness in your houses and requests for advice and counsel.
  • Our SHARE After School Program Director comes to school early and leaves late to ensure your children have a safe and fun program to occupy their time when you are busy with work and family.
  • Our Educational Assistants faithfully and diligently support our teaching staff while providing exceptional educational support to our students.
  • Our teaching staff gather in the gymnasium every morning at 8:15 am for our daily stand-up meeting to encourage one another, to review the day’s events, and to identify areas where extra vigilance is needed. Their nights are spent planning and preparing their lessons for the next school day as well as assessing and grading completed assignments and projects.

As a staff, we are constantly reminded of how thankful we are to have parents that are so supportive, dedicated, and involved. Thank you for all your prayers and words of support.

All our parents are a great blessing!

Providential Care

Student & Staff Health

As a school society, we can be very thankful for God’s providential care over the health of our students and staff. As is typical in September, our students exhibited stuffy noses and sore throats usually associated with a common cold. This year, these symptoms were also included on the COVID-19 Symptom List. Due in large part to the symptom list, our absentee list had reached more than a third of our student population by the end of the month.

We are very thankful that all our parents have been so careful to follow the procedures and protocols of our local health unit. Most of the children with symptoms were tested. A few choose to self-isolate for 14 days, and a few were absent due to other known illnesses. We are especially thankful that all those who were tested for COVID-19 received negative test results. With the first cold season complete and a revised COVID-19 symptom list, our absentee list now sits at a more typical average of 4 students per day.

The impact has also been felt at the staff level. Some of our staff have stayed home with sick children, and others have come down with symptoms themselves. All have tested negative for COVID-19, and we continue to thank God for supply teachers who have taught when our classroom teachers have been away.

Plans & Procedures

The staff of OCS are so very, very thankful that we are at school every day – in person. In fact, not only are we at school, we are enjoying smaller class sizes of 16 students (or fewer). Smaller class sizes have allowed our teaching staff to maintain and enhance our students’ exceptional educational learning.

As outlined in our Safe Reopening Plans & Protocols, we are committed to maintaining physical distancing and class cohorting. Our updated arrival and dismissal procedures have been fine-tuned, and parents can safely use our Kiss & Ride and Waiting Lanes. Revisions to our daily timetables have allowed our students to remain in contact with their classmates and a single teacher for as much of the day as possible.

As always, we are committed to partnering with our parents, and we encourage you to contact us if you have suggestions or comments. As mentioned before, all our plans & procedures are living documents, and we will continue to maintain open lines of communication for any questions or concerns.

We are also thankful for the advice and input of professionals during these difficult and divisive times. The Board of Directors and administration of the school will continue to consult with the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit, our school insurance company, and our school lawyer. It is critical that we continue to assess our plan & procedures daily and adjust accordingly based on risk assessments and the development of further evidence, changes and local epidemiology.

Countless Blessings

In Ephesians 3:20-21, the apostle Paul responds to God’s countless blessings with a doxology:

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

May we continue to marvel at God’s faithfulness to our school community as we seek his wisdom and guidance in the days and months ahead.

Blessings,

Rick Schenk

Rick Schenk
Principal
Orangeville Christian School

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Alyssa Edward
February 22, 2023

OCS has been fantastic for our family and our children. Our kids are learning so much, and they feel safe in an amazing school environment.

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Beth Amy
February 13, 2023

Our kids love OCS and we really appreciate how personable and community oriented the school is. Our son struggled with being behind in some classes and within a week of starting they had identified and set him up with an in school tutor and it made a massive difference.

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Christine Kennedy
February 12, 2023

We are thrilled with OCS. The environment, the classroom, the content, and the experiences they provide demonstrate a deep care and love for each and every student. Truly so thankful for how they are equipping and building up the next generation.

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Becky Prins
February 10, 2023

We feel incredibly blessed to have an option like OCS for our children to attend! Teachers are amazing, and while always striving to provide excellent academic challenges and incorporate new experiences, they also actually care about my kids. They encourage, correct, and connect with love and intentionality. The facilities are awesome as well and we are especially excited about this year's school play! Thank you for all you do OCS!

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Julia G
February 10, 2023

OCS is everything a school should be, and so much more. Their priority is the wellbeing of the students and this is evident in how the students are nurtured and cared for. OCS offers rich programming and curriculum to ensure that the needs of all students are met. The educators are extremely knowledgeable and work tirelessly for the benefit of all students. I am impressed daily by how happy my daughter is to attend school and the depth of knowledge and quality of work that she brings home. OCS is not only preparing students to be higher level thinkers and problem solvers, it is instilling core values of kindess and empathy within it's students. I cannot imagine a better place for my daughter to embark on her educational journey.

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Cheryl Birch
February 9, 2023

We have had students enrolled at OCS from 2015 to 2023. Every single year we have been so thankful to have fabulous and approachable teachers. We're so appreciative of the affirmation of identity and God's love that our kids receive at OCS. We have found the math curriculum and individual monitoring of academic progress to be much improved at OCS from what we experienced in the public school system. The sports and music programs are excellent. We have greatly enjoyed the love of reading developed by the Battle of the Books club, and other initiatives at OCS, that we feel have given our kids an advantage in their preparation for high school.

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Wayne Johnson
February 9, 2023

We, as a family, had no problem posting a review for OCS!!! Our journey there began in September/2014 when our grandson was enrolled in JK. His experience there was positive in every aspect…academically, socially and spiritually. Eventually, Wayne began working there in a maintenance position and Judy as both an EA and supply teacher. Although we have both retired, Wayne continues to volunteer on the maintenance committee and Judy as supply. We plan to continue supporting OCS to the best of our abilities in the future!!!

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February 9, 2023
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Suzy Koolen
February 9, 2023

My daughter loves OCS. The staff and fellow students have been very welcoming as she joined half way through the year. My daughter is finally receiving a quality education. Highly recommend!

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Steve Koolen
February 9, 2023

Very friendly and welcoming staff and students. Small class sizes for better learning. My daughter was miserable at her old school, and is now back to her happy self at Orangeville Christian School.

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Erika F
February 9, 2023

OCS has been incredible for our 3 children who started this year. I couldn’t be happier with our experience. The teachers are caring and attentive and take the time to get to know each student individually. The academic program has been challenging and rewarding and we have seen so much growth in all our children. The environment feels safe and is community based and the school offers a wide range of activities for the children and their families. Overall, I am extremely impressed by the commitment to excellence that is evident at this school and would highly recommend it to other parents.

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Robyn Johnstone
October 7, 2020

OCS is more than just a school, it is a community and a family where parents truly are partners in the education of their children! We feel truly blessed to have our two children here! The teachers are amazing and the facility itself is top notch!

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February 7, 2020
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Skye W
April 11, 2019

Been here, great place. I recommend it.

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December 1, 2017
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Jackie Tucker
September 13, 2017

Great school, teachers very intuitive of the students, great one on one time.

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Siobhan Bell
August 12, 2017

Excellent teachers, caring and supportive school family. Top notch academics!

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Reg Walker
April 19, 2017

Great facilities