Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse of 2017

Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse of 2017

Countdown to the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, we will have the opportunity to witness a partial solar eclipse here in Central Florida! The eclipse will begin at 1:19 PM, reach its maximum coverage at 2:51 PM and will end at 4:15 PM.

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      Begins: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:19 pm
      Maximum: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 2:51 pm
      Ends: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm
      Duration: 2 hours, 55 minutes
      Magnitude: 0.87

Watch the Solar Eclipse Safetly

I know it will be an exciting bit history to be able to witness a solar eclipse! However, it is important that you do not look directly at the eclipse at any point of time without the proper safety gear.

Solar Eclipse Certified Glasses

The ideal way to view a solar eclipse is through certified solar eclipse glasses. You will be able to view the eclipse directly.
However, if you are looking to buy your glasses now, most vendors are either sold out or they will arrive too late. But don’t fret!
There are other ways you can enjoy this momentous occasion!

Pinhole Projection

Pinhole Projection is a NASA-approved method of indirectly viewing the sun. For this project, have your back facing the sun. Your hands must be in the shape as though you’re ready to give a high-five. Cross the fingers of one of your hands over the fingers of the other. Look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The small crevices between your fingers will project an image of mesh on the ground. For the viewing of our partial eclipse, these images will reveal the Sun’s crescent shape

If the area where you are viewing the eclipse is shaded by trees, the leaves’ shadows will act as a natural Pinhole Projection.

View other Projection projects you can use during the August 21 Solar Eclipse Here: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection

Cameras

If you have a professional or semi-professional camera, you should be able to record the solar eclipse without the need to look directly at it. We do recommend using a camera filter to project the lens of your camera, however.

Others may be thinking to use your cell phone to view the solar eclipse. Although, it will be difficult not to look at the sun while you try to aim your camera. Having eye protection is still recommended for this method. Now, cell phone cameras lenses are so small that it shouldn’t damage the lenses but to be on the safe side either put filter on the camera or set the phone’s settings to receive less light when viewing the eclipse.

We hope you are all prepared and enjoy 2017’s Solar Eclipse on August 21st!

Graduation Happened! What’s Next?

You Graduated What Next Blog

Congratulations on graduating!  That next step that has been always around the corner has finally come! Life after high school. It’s a very exciting but may also be an intimidating step for most of you. You’ve worked diligently in your books all year to finally walk across that stage and earn your diploma.

But now many of you have a different challenge ahead. Some of you are going straight into college, others pursuing a trade, and then others going straight into the workforce after they graduate. Whatever your path may be, we have a few lines of advice for you.

Be Patient.

Of course, we want to be successful right away, like get that nice car and live in that nice house. However, God may have different plans. Success isn’t always overnight. Often, God wants us to grow through the wealth of our experiences not through the wealth in our wallets.

Don’t Worry.

God has his hand on you and has a plan for you. He will take care of you even when life gets difficult. You may not know where you’ll be in 10 years, but don’t worry.  God knows and will be with you as you get there.

Plan.

Now I know we just said to not worry, but that doesn’t mean to not prepare. Do you know what you enjoy doing? Do research on how other people made your passion their life’s career. Also, save for the future. Put a little money aside each week or month. Your future self will thank you.

Do Your Best.

Finally, do your best in all circumstances. It may seem difficult or disheartening at times, but don’t give up! When you do your best, you’ll easily stand out among those around you. Even in a job that pays next to nothing, do your best. The people over you will take notice.

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” – Jeremiah 29:11

School Closed due to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Osceola and Poinciana Christian Preparatory School will be closed on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7, due to Hurricane Matthew. All school activities, events, and programs scheduled for Thursday and Friday are also canceled. Forecasters are expecting deteriorating weather conditions to include sustained heavy winds and substantial rainfall for Osceola County. Our school follows the alerts according to the Osceola School District schedule. To stay up to day on Osceola County School updates, go to http://www.osceolaschools.net/.

Stay safe, everyone!


Hurricane Matthew

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?