The Franey Family - Brian, Lisa, Alaina (11th Grade), and Abby (9th Grade)
We began our OCS journey when Alaina was going into 3rd grade and Abby in 1st. My (Lisa) dad was a public school teacher and I taught in the public schools for 8 years. I was grateful to share the love of Jesus in this ministry. However, as our children grew we became more and more concerned about these vital years. Before we visited OCS for the first time, we prayed for clear signs to guide our decision and God was faithful to answer! From the moment we stepped in the door, we felt His peace and presence. Many Spirit-led conversations and interactions with staff members made our decision clear. OCS was the place we wanted our children to be "trained up in His Word" so that when they leave this place they are fully prepared to step into the joys and challenges of adulthood!
Alaina is involved in varsity basketball and volleyball, National Junior Honor Society and will begin serving as a member of the LEAD team this year. Abby participated in middle school volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer. She is also part of the National Junior Honor Society, plays the violin in orchestra, and will be joining the praise band this upcoming year as she enters high school.
Together, Brian and I served on the FOLK team for 3 years, planning events for families at OCS. Brian has truly enjoyed his time as the varsity girls assistant coach and now as the head coach. He joyfully pours into these girls and their families, and reaps the benefits of growing spiritually every year! I enjoyed volunteering for field trips and helping in the classroom during the elementary years, and now enjoy supporting my husband and these amazing girls. The biggest blessing has been being a part of the OCS prayer team since the first year we joined this OCS family! Nothing can compare to praying with other brothers and sisters in Christ and seeing God doing amazing things within His body of believers!
My advice to new families? Embrace this family as your own! You will never regret the time you've spent investing in your children's future! Jesus is at the center of OCS ... and for that we are so very thankful! The staff and administrators truly care about every child and work hard to help them become the best version of who God created them to be!
The LeRoy Family: Brian, Sarah, Mikey, Tram and Charlotte. (Mikey - 6th Grade, Tram - 5th Grade Spanish Immersion, Charlotte - 1st Grade Spanish Immersion)
Our children started at OCS 7 years ago, back in the Fall of 2013. We were looking for a faith based program that also provided strong academics. Athletics were a large part of our decision- we wanted a place where are kids could play sports and have a large variety to choose from. Our kids have participated in football, basketball, baseball, soccer club, art club, and science club.
I love that our students can start in preschool together and travel all the way to graduation together. They really become like siblings who take care of and watch out for one another. This also allows the parents to bond and communicate with each other.
PTF and Lifebuilders are a huge part of my life here at OCS. I love to support our staff and show them how loved they are. Raising funds for the school to be able to provide even more programs and opportunities for students has been a blessing.
OCS has become our family. With all three kids there, being involved in volunteering, sports and after school activities, this school is a part of our everyday lives.Families take care of one another and love your kids like you love them. I know that if I need anything I can count on the staff or families for help. Our social life is really intertwined with OCS and we are so grateful for the friendships we have here. We can raise our kids and grow in our faith together.
Photo credit: Blonde Tulip Photography
The Ahn Family: Chris and Kristi Ahn, Taylor and Cameron Ahn
We began our OCS journey in August of 2012 when our daughter, Taylor, started Kindergarten. We sought out OCS for Christian education. We stayed because the instruction is excellent. We have embraced the community at OCS, it is home. At OCS we can unapologetically declare our love for Jesus. We come together to worship and pray as a body. Our kids are taught to serve others and give all the glory to God.
Taylor is entering 8th grade Fall 2020. She plays the violin in the Middle School Orchestra. She plays Lancer Softball and Soccer. She is a member of the NJHS (National Junior Honor Society). Our son, Cameron, is entering 6th grade this Fall. He plays Lancer Football, Basketball and Baseball. He is also a member of the elementary Robotics team.
There are so many ways to engage in the community at OCS. Chris has served on the school board for many years, but he really enjoys his time in the booth announcing the Lancer elementary football games. Kristi enjoys helping the class with service days and field trips, but her favorite experience is creating the Fear Factor room for the Middle School Lock-In.
One of our favorite events at OCS is the Elementary Fall Fun Night. It is a great time to build relationships with other OCS families in an outdoor setting. We relax and enjoy chili on a cool fall night before heading through the trails to watch the Lancers bring home a football victory.
Photo credit: Devin Parrish Photography