Back to School Update

We are excited for the new school year! This is going to be your child’s best year ever. We have a few announcements for you:

What’s New

We have a brand new state of the art computer lab at both campuses. We are also making communication with our families a top priority this year.

Pick up and Drop off

First day of school is Monday, August 15th. School starts at 8:00 am. Pick up time is 2:30 pm. Parent may start lining up at 2:15 pm. Please do not come sooner than 2:15 pm because of busing. Student will not be released between 1:45 pm and 2:30 pm unless it is an extreme emergency. During that time busing is taking place and it becomes a safety issue. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 am at no cost.

Open House

Open House is Friday, August 12th. Your child’s teacher will call and schedule a time to meet with the parents and students.

Order your uniforms now.

Students must have a uniform shirt. Uniform shirts may be purchased at the school office or Alpha Specialties. Long sleeve uniform shirts, sweat shirt and jackets may also be purchased at Alpha Specialties.

Busing

Busing routes, pick up and drop off times will be available at Open House, Friday, August 12th.

School Supply List

The school supply list is available in the front office. We are also able to email a supply list to you. Send an email to info@osceolachristianprep.com or info@poincianachristianprep.com.

Free Field Trips!

There are a few spaces left. If a student that you refer enrolls, your child will receive Free Field Trips all year.

2016 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Attention families! The first weekend of August, August 5th through August 7th, is a Florida's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.

Items that are eligible for tax deduction include:


Clothing ($60 or less per item)

Accessories (generally)
Includes: Barrettes and bobby pins | Belt buckles | Bow ties | Hairnets, bows, clips, and hairbands | Handbags| Neckwear | Ponytail holders | Scarves | Ties | Wallets
Athletic Clothing
Aerobic/Fitness clothing | Athletic supporters | Bathing suits, caps, and cover-ups | Swim suits and trunks | Baseball cleats | Cleated and spiked shoes | Braces and supports | Gym suits and uniforms | Leotards and tights
Other Academic Clothing and Accessories
Backpacks | Book bags | Belts | Employee uniforms | Graduation caps and gowns | Pants, Jeans, Shorts, and Skirts | Purses | Raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos | Shirts | Shoes | Suits, slacks, and jackets | Socks | Ties (neckties - all) | Uniforms (work, school, and athletic - excluding pads) | Work clothes and uniforms

School Supplies ($15 or less per item)

Binders
Calculators
Cellophane (transparent) tape
Colored Pencils
Compasses
Composition books
Construction paper
Crayons
Erasers
Folders
Glue (Stick and liquid)
Highlighters
Legal pads
Lunch boxes
Markers
Notebooks
Pencils and Pens
Poster board and poster paper
Protractors
Rulers
Scissors

View a more detailed list of tax-exempt supplies!

Visit the Department of Revenue for more details:

Forgiving our Debtors

Blog Forgiving Our Debtors

Matthew 18:21-35

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”
“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.”
“But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.”
“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
“His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.”
“When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.”
“That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

Think about the following scenario:

You borrowed $5 from a friend. Later on your friend says “Don’t worry about it. You don’t need to pay me back.” They forgave the debt you owed them.

Now, imagine in this story, the servant owed the king millions of dollars. If he couldn’t pay the debt, he would be thrown in jail, without a means to pay it back. There would be no getting out of the house. The servant begged and pleaded for a little more time to pay back the debt. At that time, the king forgave his debt so the millions he owed, the servant no longer needed to pay. BUT… when it was his time to forgive, he refused to do so. Once the king heard of what his unforgiving servant had done, the king no longer forgave the servant’s debt. The servant was and his family was thrown in jail.

God will gladly forgive us for our mistakes, but we must not be like the servant who didn’t forgive his debtor. We must forgive others because God first forgave us.

1 John 1:8-9

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

What is Love? Sacrifice

“What is love?”

We asked the students during Wednesday morning chapel.  They answered compassion, affection, protection… One young elementary student answered “living Jesus.”  Such an amazing answer to start the morning.

Are you living Jesus?

There is always one word that goes hand-in-hand with Love.  That word is Sacrifice.  Tell me about anyone who loves you and I’ll show you their sacrifice.  Tell me about someone/something you love and I’ll show you your sacrifice.

Luke Chapter 18:

Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’”

The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

When Jesus saw this, he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”

He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God,will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”

The thing most important to the rich man, he still had not nor was willing to sacrifice.  If you really love someone, how much are you willing to give?  As adults, one of the hardest things to give up is pride.  As children, obedience.  How you act reflects on your family, both blood and spiritual.  To the children, we told them, if you really love your parents, to respect your classmates.  What we do and how we act, often will affect and reflect the ones we love the most.

Are you willing to give away, to sacrifice, the thing you value most to show love to your Father in Heaven?

Chapel: Theme Love

Chapel Theme Love

Every week we do Wednesday chapel in the morning. Our directors believe chapel to be the most important time of the week because it is the time we are able to focus on learning more about God. What is the most important thing, then, in God’s eyes? Is it obedience? Patience? Jesus stated the answer was Love. Consider this: In the English language there different types of love. Is loving food the same kind of love as loving God or a person? Clearly not. Enjoying the taste of food is a different from putting an individual first before your own needs.

The law can be summed up into two commands: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37 – 40. Jesus considers love the most important thing, but that doesn’t mean love is easy. Love is to put someone else’s needs before your own. We should not only love those who loved us first or love us back, it also means to our enemies. Jesus loved even those who wanted him dead on the cross. What an example to follow!

From this day onward, Love is the theme of the school year. Remember this theme. Remember to love as you go about your day in class and at home.

Who do you love?

Tax Free Week School Supply List!

Tax Free Week Osceola Christian Preparatory School

For those who are not aware, this week, which began on the 7th of August and ends this Sunday, August 16th, is Tax Free Week! According to Florida’s Department of Revenue, certain items needed for school will be tax free.

Some of the items include:

Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories
Selling for $100 or less per item
School supplies
Selling $15 or less per item
Computers and certain computer accessories
The FIRST $750 of the sales price

Take advantage of this tax free week to save on school supplies needed for the upcoming school year.

Below are a list of tax-exempt items to consider when preparing for the new school year:

Clothes ($100 or less per item):

- Accessories: barrettes, bobby pins, ponytail holders, handbags, wallets, ties
- Backpacks & book bags
- Belts
- Pants (jeans, khakis, slacks, etc.)
- Shoes (athletic shoes included)
- Uniforms (work, school, and athletic)

School Supply ($15 or less per item):

- Binders
- Calculators
- Colored pencils
- Construction paper
- Crayons
- Erasers
- Folders
- Highlighters
- Lunch boxes
- Markets
- Notebooks
- Pencils (including mechanical, refills, and color)
- Pens (including felt, ballpoint, fountain, etc.)
- Rulers
- Scissors

Computer items (First $750 is exempt):

- Computers for noncommercial/home/personal use (includes desktops, laptops, and tablets)
- Data storage devices (Including flash/jump/thump drives)
- Electronic book readers
- Headphones
- Ink/Printer cartridges
- Mice
- Printers/Scanners
- Software (including antivirus, educational, financial, and word processing)

View a more detailed list of tax-exempt supplies!

Provided by the Department of Revenue.

FISH CATCHING A MAN

Most people understand the concept of a man catching a fish, however we are going to look at the concept of a fish catching a man.

One of the issues our society faces today is how the enemy, Satan, is influencing and attacking the young people. Samuel, a man of God, who was only 7 when he began serving the Lord shows you can never be too young to be a witness for Him.

“From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise” – Matthew 21:16

And even though you sinned or faced trials, God will take that pain and bless someone else. He will use you, through your experiences, to witness to someone else.

Many of you may know who Jonah was: a prophet of God. God told Jonah to relay a message to Nineveh, one of the most sinful cities around. Jonah did not want to listen and decided to take a ship and travel the exact opposite direction of Nineveh, because of how evil it was. God saw this and had Jonah thrown off the ship he was traveling on and become devoured by a fish. This is where we see the importance of a fish catching man.

Jonah was trapped inside the belly of the fish for 3 entire days. In that time, Jonah prayed to God. At the end of the three days, God had the fish spit Jonah out on a shore near Nineveh, where God commanded him again to preach to the Ninevites.

What would have taken three days to accomplish, took Jonah only one day, to go through the city and witness to the people. Immediately, the people repented, allowing God to spare them.  Jonah was upset at God’s decision because we wanted to see them pay for the sins they committed. But he failed to remember God had spared Jonah from drowning in the sea for disobeying God’s command.

What we have learned is that we’ve all been on that wide road. God turned us around. We have been on the path of destruction just as Ninevites had, but now we have the information that can save someone.

Why keep this information to yourself? Do not be like Jonah in that he tried to run away from the opportunity to save the city of Nineveh. Be the bold witness of Christ and go forth to spread the Good News!

Fitting In: The Story of the Eagle and the Chicken.

This week in Wednesday Morning Chapel, Principle Batiste talked on one of troubles many face in society: Fitting In.

Fitting in – Feeling accepted in a group is a common problem that many of today’s youth face.  The story of the Eagle and the Chicken helps us better understand the idea of not fitting in.

There was a mother Eagle on the side of a mountain taking care of its babies.  The mother eagle took flight in search of food for its children.  One of the baby Eagles, not old enough to fly became curious and crawled out of the nest.  It fell out the nest and tumbled down the mountain, flipping and turning, until it finally reached the ground.  Disoriented, the poor baby eagle was found by a local farmer and placed among a group of chickens where it began to grow up.  Never learning how to fly, the Eagle grew up with the other chicks and adopted their ways. Its majestic beak scratched at the dirt and its long wings dragged along the ground getting soiled in the dirt.

As time went on, the eagle started noticing the differences between and at the other chickens. The eagle was not built to live on the ground. One day, it looks up and notices other majestic eagles in the sky. He realizes where it was meant to be and flaps its large valiant wings. Eventually, the eagle takes flight and joins the other eagles in the sky, happy because it found its rightful place in the sky.

The story of the Eagle and the Chicken is what it means be a child of God.  We do not fit in to a society without God.  We were meant to be God’s children with our wings soaring like eagles in the sky, living the life God meant for us.  Where are you at in your life today?  God’s Word will do what it set out to do in your life.  Be confident and faithful and do what God set out for you to do.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

4 Inexpensive Ways to Stay Cool with Your Family Over the Summer

Summers can be hot, but Florida summers are especially hot!

For those enjoying summer break, spend some time with your family!  Osceola Christian Preparatory School has a few things you can do over the summer with your family without having to spend a fortune.

Find a day to go to the beach. Take advantage of only having that one to two hour drive to either Florida beach coast.  Pack up some sandwiches and head out for some fun in the Sun!  All you need to cover the cost is the gas or bus expenses to get to the beach.  Head out in the early morning, then come back in the evening to fill up the day.

Have a pool day.  If the beach is still not an option, due to the distance, take a day to cool off in the community pool if there is one available in your area.

Parks! We don’t mean amusement parks, but ones with big grassy areas and trees!  Central Florida has plenty of local parks around that people can go out and enjoy a sport or have a walk. Bring a ball or Frisbee and have a picnic in the shade!

Backyard water fight!  Whether in your backyard or out in the community playground, a water fight is a great way to stay cool with your family.  Pull out the super soakers, soggy dodge balls, and water balloons!  There are games such as water balloon dodge ball, water duck-duck-goose (Where instead of tagging the person who calls you a goose, you have to get them wet with a water balloon.), and many other games with a staying-cool twist.

Share this post so others can see the ideas!  Have any other ideas you would like to share with other families?  Leave a comment below. 🙂