Orangeville, ON | Grades JK - 8 | Shortlist
They provided quite a bit. My husband and I have met a few parents, but haven’t connected with too many families yet, I think because we are new to the community at OCS. Next year we are hoping to connect with some more families. The volunteer opportunities give families that chance to meet more people, and I did enjoy meeting some other parents through those experiences this year. With covid-19 this year, unfortunately, a lot of parents did not get to fulfill the remainder of their volunteer opportunities, hopefully, next year will be very different. I will say that going to OCS does make you feel that you belong to a school family community, it is nothing like a public school setting. It has made a big difference in our family on so many levels.
OCS provides many volunteer opportunities for families. This provides for a spirit of community. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of life at OCS. Communication is always encouraged and staff is concerned for each student individually. Getting to know the families at OCS and that you share similar values has been such a gift to us as parents. I have really enjoyed the many field trips as my children grew which allowed me to get to know other parents, students, and teachers at OCS. Teachers are always happy to see parents and email and talk to them. I often send emails with questions about homework or any concerns and teachers always respond quickly and help resolve the issues as needed every time.
I have seen that the school works hard to enable families to get involved. We started with a welcoming tour, then a parent information night (that was full of information that was very helpful in understanding how to settle in), and from there we have noted that the opportunities are endless in when it comes to volunteering or supporting the school however possible as a parent. We appreciate the Chalk Talk parent letter sent out; this letter is a great way to plug in and get connected when you can. We have also noticed that the broader community extends to grandparents and extended family members as well - we feel very blessed to be able to surround our children with other believers who sincerely care about teaching and raising them to live a life for God (and that we have the privilege to do the same for others).