Newsletter of Oostburg Christian Preschool, Elementary and Jr. High School
Psalms 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.”
Volume 36 • Issue 6 November/December 2007
Inside This Issue “Shout For Joy To The Lord,
Calendar of Events ......2 All The Earth.”
Early Release Thanksgiving Dinner at OCS this year began with the Second Grade Class
Schedule......................2 reciting for our prayer, Psalm 100. We enjoyed delicious turkey, mashed
potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, rolls and apple pie squares with ice cream!
Principal’s Message ......2 Our Hot Lunch Ladies went above and beyond our expectations with such a
wonderful dinner! Thank you to the mom’s who provided extra help in the
Prayer Corner ..............2 kitchen that day too.
Sports Page ................3
Classroom Happenings 4
School Events ..............6
Interest Wheels............6 “Worship the Lord with
gladness; come before Him
GRACE News................7 with joyful songs. Know that
the Lord is God. It is He who
made us, and we are His. We
are His people, the sheep of
Oostburg Christian School
22 S. 6th St., Box 700319
Oostburg, WI 53070
“Enter His gates with
Website: thanksgiving and His courts
Oostburgchristian.com with praise; give thanks to Him “For the Lord is good, and His love endures forever;
and praise His name.” His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
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Calendar of Events Principal’s Message
December Our Witness
6 Cabin Fever Reliever Thanking God for Work
7 Progress Reports It is especially during November and December that many Christians focus on
13 Christmas Concert the numerous gifts they have received from their Heavenly Father. At this time
we think of the material gifts God has bestowed upon us, and we also focus
19 Early Release 1:20 on our spiritual blessings realizing how grateful we should be for the greatest
20 Cabin Fever Reliever blessing of all: the birth, life, and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
21 Early Dismiss 1:20 As true as this is, I want to take a moment to thank God for one other
24 January 1 – No School blessing – the blessing of work. When I tell students how thankful I am for
my job and for work in general, they tend to look puzzled or outright shocked.
January 2008 To the average student, work is something to avoid, and fun is something to
seek. This modern thought is a shame – and it is wrong.
2 School Resumes
3 Cabin Fever Reliever Work has been ordained by God and existed before mankind fell into sin.
Adam and Eve tended the garden, and it was good. Work is not the result of
9 Lunch Buddies 1st Grade sin. It is the struggles we experience while we work that are the result of sin.
11 8th Grade SCCHS Visit Our young people do not seem to understand this.
16 Early Release 1:20 Missionary and martyr, Eric Liddell, whose life was depicted in the Academy
17 End of Quarter Award winning movie, “Chariots of Fire,” stated it best when talking of the
work and time spent running as he prepared for the Olympics. “When I run I
18 No School
feel God’s pleasure.” It is our task as teachers, parents, and leaders to teach
21 OCS Spelling Bee this truth to our children. When young people work to the honor and glory of
24-26 Girls Charger Shootout God, they can know He is pleased with them.
25 Report Cards May each of us strive to do our best in the work God has given us. May we
30 Lunch Buddies 5th Grade work as if working for our Lord and Savior, and in so doing, not only serve our
King but also those around us. Then we, too, will “feel God’s pleasure” and
31-Feb. 2 shout thanksgiving and praise to God for our work.
Boys Charger Shootout ---Bob Adams
Mrs. Kris Hancock will have surgery during Christmas
vacation to prevent further spread of the cancer. She
continues to covet your prayers, looking to Philippians
Early Release 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in
everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving
For the 2007-08 School Year we will
present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends
again be dismissing students at 1:20 all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
on the 3rd Wednesday of each
month which will allow for teacher The board and administration of Oostburg Christian School request your
planning time and staff meetings. prayers as they develop the budget for the 2008 – 2009 school year over
The dates are as follows: the next few months. Please pray God gives wisdom to all involved as
they serve our school community.
December 19 March 19
The board also requests prayer as they begin the process of calling
January 16 April 16 potential nominees to replace our retiring board members. Pray God
February 20 May 21 leads the board to the people of His choosing.
Please pray for all our friends and families during the holiday season and
winter months. Pray for safety in travel during all winter activities.
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Basketball season has just begun. We have 4 teams again this year; the 5th/6th boys team is coached by Ryan Dana
and the 5th/6th girls team is coached by Margaret VerVelde. The teams each will participate against Parochial school
teams from around Sheboygan County.
We also have 7th/8th grade boys and girls teams. The boys are coached again this year by Paul Modahl and the girls
will be coached by Sheri Roerdink, with assistants Annette Wisse and Nancy Gabrielse. These 2 teams will also play
against the Parochial schools plus they are in 2 or 3 tournaments as well as participating in the OCS Charger Shootout.
The game calendar can be found on the OCS website.
Alphabetical List of players for the 7th/8th Boys Alphabetical List of players for the 7th/8th Girls
Basketball: Ian Buck, Dustin Daane, Ethan DeMaster, Team: Katie Flipse, Jessica Gabrielse, Morgan Ledeboer,
Zach Johnson, Justin LeMahieu, Aaron McKinster, Grant Colleen Niemuth, Samantha Roerdink, Caitlin VerVelde
Meerdink, Christian O’Donnell, Greg Scheidt, Justin and Haile Wisse.
VanderWaal, Josiah VerVelde & Richard Walvoort.
Alphabetical List of players for the 5th/6th Boys Alphabetical List of players for the 5th/6th Girls
Team: Adam Daane, Seth Dykstra, Zach Dykstra, Lucas Team: Hollie DenBoer, Andrea Eckwielen, Cori Flipse,
Meerdink, Zach Morgan, Zach Morgen, Kory Niemuth, Allison Gartman, Morgan Hilbelink, Jessica Lemmenes,
Josh Stecker, Kyle Stecker, Jake Swihart, Graham Sophia O’Donnell, Allison Scheidt, Breanna VanEss,
VerVelde and Tim Walvoort. JoLeigh VerVelde, Jessie Walvoort and Jackie Wisse.
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District Speech & Spelling Festival
OCS students in grades 5-8 participated in the District IV Christmas Concert
Speech and Spelling Contest held at Racine Christian
School in November. Groups and individuals won twenty- Invitation
two first place awards and three second place awards.
Participants by category include:
Oostburg Christian School cordially invites
Choral Reading included, sixth-graders Josh Gabrielse,
you to attend our annual Christmas Band
Matthew Rubsam, Zach Winkel, and Alex Schnelle.
Seventh grade: Josiah VerVelde, Katie Flipse, Samantha and Choir Concert. Come and celebrate the
Roerdink, Aaron McKinster, Joey Velier, Ian Buck, Morgan birth of our Savior with the students 4K-8th
Ledeboer, Ricky Walvoort, and Christian O’Donnell. grade. Mark your calendars for Thursday,
Readers Theatre participants were in sixth grade Jo- December 13th at 7:00 p.m. to
Leigh VerVelde, Josh Stecker, Andrew Roerdink, Jake attend this wonderful musical
Swihart, Kory Niemuth, and Adam Daane. Seventh grade celebration that will be held in
students were Ethan De Master, Josh Meulbroek, and our gym.
Grant Meerdink. Eighth grade participants were Kathryn
VerVelde, Jessica Gabrielse, Heather Velier, Colleen
Niemuth and Caitlin VerVelde.
Interpretive Readings were done by sixth graders
Allison Scheidt and Jessica Walvoort. Eighth grade
Christmas Project at OCS
readers were Zack Johnson and Halie Wisse. Each year the staff at OCS chooses a
project to support during the holiday
Bible Story-Tellers included Jake Mullikin, eighth
season. This year God took control of
grade; and Zack Morgan, sixth grade.
the whole process and chose the project
General Storytellers were Kathryn VerVelde, eighth for us. Our teachers were challenged at
grade; Andrea Eckwielen, sixth grade, and Breanna Van the CEA Convention to teach our children that they have
Ess, fifth grade. been blessed and that they need to be a blessing to
others. Shortly after the convention the school received
Original Speech participant was Cori Flipse in the an email from Jody VanderWaal (class of ‘99) asking if we
5th/6th grade level. were interested in doing a clothing drive for the poor in
Milwaukee. Jody is currently working at Phillis Wheatley
Monologue performances included eighth graders Justin
Elementary School, which is located in a neighborhood
Vander Waal and Emily Urban, and fifth graders Morgan
with low-income families who have a variety of material
Hilbelink and Allison Gartman.
needs. Our Christmas project is aimed at relieving some
Dialogue participants were sixth graders Hollie DenBoer, of those needs. We invite you and our students to donate
Sarah Duenk, Allison Kappers and Zach Dykstra. seventh new or gently used clothing to this project. Some
graders Amanda Herr and Taylor Kappers, with eighth suggested items are: hats, gloves, scarves, winter jackets,
graders Halie Wisse and Emily Urban. boots, new underwear, socks, and sweatshirts. Items
should fit children between the ages of 4 & 11. It is our
One student from each class participated in the Spelling hope that our children will see how blessed we are and
Bee. Emily Urban took third place in the 7th/8th division. will hear the words of Jesus when he says, “I tell you the
Other representatives were Aaron McKinster, seventh truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these
grade; Zach Morgan, sixth grade; and Justin Oliver, fifth brothers of mine, you did for me.”(Matthew 25:40)
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More Classroom Happenings
Lakeland College Math Meet
Eight students were selected from grades 6th-8th to represent our school this year at the Lakeland College Math meet.
The students competed in one team event where they all helped in answering 6 questions and then there were 4
individual tests where each student had 20 minutes to complete. Nearly 500 students competed in this meet. OCS
students participating were; 8th graders Jessica Gabrielse, Josh Herr, Justin LeMahieu and Emily Urban. 7th graders were
Ian Buck, Taylor Kappers and Richard Walvoort. 6th grader Zach Dykstra.
“Survive Alive” House Visits OCS
The Sheboygan County “Survive Alive”
house visited OCS in October. Students
met in the entry of our building with a
Fire Fighter who had on all of his fire
fighting equipment. He showed them
that he wasn’t a “monster” under all of
his equipment and that he is really a
friend and not someone to be afraid of.
The Fire Fighter also explained several
fire safety tips to the students and then
had them go through the “Survive Alive”
house. This is a “mini-house” that
simulates what a child might encounter
in a real house fire. The students crawl
through the house and find their way to
safety on the other side. A good
practice for something we hope will
never have to happen.
Thank you Aurora
Over the past year we have been very
blessed with the services provided by
Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center who has
been doing the graphic layout and printing
of the Our Witness. We deeply appreciate
the donation of their time and resources to
Oostburg Christian School. Aurora has
decided to change their direction of
advertising in 2008 and will no longer be
providing us with this service. Thank you
to Karen Voskuil for her expert graphic
layouts and to Rick Derus and his printing
staff for their time and effort.
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Community Servants Breakfast Volleyball Tournament
On October 31st, Oostburg Christian School hosted a Sixteen teams gathered for
Community Servants Breakfast. The OCS staff joined the our 9th Annual Volleyball
local fire fighters, police officers, pastors, EMT’s and Tournament this year. It was
Village Board members for a delicious breakfast prepared an exciting time of volleyball
by Dan Gabrielse. The students presented a chapel competition, delicious food and
service which included singing and a skit by Mr. Sliekers great fellowship. This year’s
and Aaron Radtke. The students collected pennies during tournament was chaired by
a Penny Drive and were able to collect 3,549 pennies Lynn Wilterdink and Michele
which were donated to the Oostburg Ambulance Director, Rondeau with Janell Otte in charge of the kitchen/food.
Jay Mentink, for new equipment.
St. John’s in Sherman Center won the Championship
Game and the Oostburg Lady Dutch took 2nd place. We
were able to raise $5,520 and would like to thank our
sponsors: Oostburg Concrete, Lakeshore Weekly,
Oostburg State Bank, Oostburg Seamless Gutters,
Oostburg Lumber, Adell Cooperative, The Hay Store,
State Farm Insurance/Marlene VerStraate, Woodland Title
Services and Dips & Sips. Without you, this could not be
Mrs. Smies and her Kindergarten Class present Jay Mentink
with the check for the pennies the school collected for new
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G od’s GRACE is the fund-raising arm of the school. You will find a complete
R edeemed list of all of our fund raising activities on our website.
Go to www.oostburgchristian.com then click on the GRACE tab on the left.
E ducation A HEART FOR EDUCATION
SCRIP “Here We Come a’Caroling”
Some of you are still shopping for just the right gift and
SCRIP is exactly what you need. Whether it is buying Over 185 people who have a heart for Christian
extra food for hosting parties or finding just the right education, who enjoy fellowship and take pleasure in
gift for the hair dresser, paper boy, or your own special some bidding competition, were treated to a wonderful
family members, our SCRIP certificates can be just the array of beautiful centerpieces and other attractive items
right thing. Use SCRIP to give as gifts or use to for their homes. The bidding on trips, weekends,
purchase gifts and watch your tuition account shrink restaurant certificates and family outings were very
when your SCRIP money is applied. popular and a great way to support the school. If you
missed it this year, be sure to put November 8, 2008 on
PIZZA SALE your calendar for next year. Our deepest appreciation to
a great committee, to the donors, the bidders and all
The Fall Pizza Sale was held October who attended. We were able to raise over $20,000 for
16, 2007. We had nearly 65 people Oostburg Christian School.
each with their own jobs of
measuring, spreading sauce, adding
toppings, wrapping, stacking, sorting
and finally delivering pizzas to waiting customers. We
made 2,000 pizzas that day and even made some extra
that are in the freezer at school. A great “after the
game” snack, come and pick some up and pay for them
in the school office. Our Spring Pizza Sale will be on
March 18, 2008 when we will be selling Faye’s Pizza, a
popular locally-made pizza from Sheboygan.
Christmas Décor greeted those who attended the 4th
Don’t let this event sneek up on you! Here are the dates
Annual Heart for Education Auction.
for this year’s great basketball tournament:
January 24, 25 & 26, 2008
January 31, February 1 & 2, 2008
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Oostburg Christian School
22 S. 6th St., Box 700319
Oostburg, WI 53070