On behalf of the Leadership Team, I want to thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren). And we invite you to help us get off to a good start. Five key ways you can do this are:
By continuing to encourage your child(ren) to focus on learning, to respect others, to speak the truth in love, and to keep others safe.
By contacting appropriate staff with your questions and concerns. Please contact teachers about attendance, the principals about curriculum and policies, the business manager about finances, and the chaplains about personal counseling.
The new road on the back side of campus is under construction during August? (You can still enter from Route 6 by Sera-en, but you cannot go further up the road.)
Criteria for developing our school calendar include having 180 days, addressing Japanese and US holidays, and staying in sync with DoDDs schools?
Students and parents can use Naviance for applying to colleges?
OCSI is having its 6-year accreditation visit in the spring of 2018?
We are welcoming new staff? photo row 1: Angela Doerksen (HS English), Deena Vardhini (HS science), Mattie Daniel (grade 4), and Morgan Rusnak (K5); row 2: Tyler Maskiewicz (HS science), Jerry Doerksen (grade 5), Brynn Childers (HS social studies), and Julie Woolery (elementary literacy).
8/22: Classes begin
8/22-25: K3 and K4 half-day classes
9/1: Open House for grades 1-12 (not for kindergarten)
9/4: Labor Day – no school
9/9: ACT testing
9/18: Professional Development Day – no school for students
9/22: Progress reports, Kindergarten Family Sports Day, Friendship Friday for secondary
Thanks again for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren).
Being safe—it’s something everyone wants. And we all have many ways we work to keep ourselves and our loved ones as safe as possible: homeowner’s insurance, fire alarms, retirement investments, seatbelts, and shisa. Wait—shisa? What are shisa?
Shisa are mythical creatures somewhere between a dog and a lion, recognizable by their curly manes. They represent Okinawans’ desire for safety, as they are supposed to guard the place they are posted. As I walk around my neighborhood, I see them everywhere—on rooftops, gateposts, and vending machines; in front of the Starbucks and the gas station; and on terra-cotta tiles adorning the entry to the local elementary school and the local fishing port.
My neighbors worry about the usual threats to safety—and a few more: tsunamis, earthquakes, and typhoons. In my neighborhood, there are signs pointing to tsunami evacuation routes and signs designating emergency shelters.
At OCSI, we want our students to be safe physically. So, for example, we have earthquake drills, where everyone shelters under a desk or a table to protect their head from falling objects. We have typhoon procedures to close school and to secure the campus against the strong wind and heavy rain.
We also want our students to be safe spiritually—to find shelter in Jesus. In a country where less than 1% know Jesus, we have the opportunity to teach our students not only math and English, but also how to find spiritual safety!
Please continue to pray for OCSI:
Ask God to work in the hearts of our over 400 K-12 students. Ask God to keep them safe in Jesus.
Praise God that new staff are making a good transition to OCSI.
We’re looking forward to assisting you with the education of your child(ren). As we do this, we are guided by our philosophy of education. So that we can continue working together effectively, I want to review that philosophy with you:
The purpose of Christian education is equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him.
Parents are responsible for their children’s education. Okinawa Christian School International partners with parents by providing Christian education.
Students are God’s image bearers scarred by sin, can learn, and are responsible for their learning. We value student diversity seen in learning styles, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.
Staff (the living curriculum) are Christians who model Biblical thinking and living, build Christ-centered community, focus on OCSI’s mission, empower others, use best practice, and grow professionally.
Our program addresses the whole person, is communicated in English, and uses an American-style approach. It is Biblically based, recognizes all truth is God’s truth, emphasizes sharing the Gospel and discipleship, and encourages Biblical thinking and living.
Did you know that…?
OCSI started in 1957 and used to be located in Urasoe, before moving to Yomitan in 1996?
You can contact the business manager with your questions about finance?
OCSI values Christ-centered community, focus on mission, and empowering others?
We are welcoming new staff? Morgan Rusnak (K5), Mattie Daniel (grade 4), Jerry Doerksen (grade 5), Julie Woolery (literacy), Tyler Maskiewicz (science), Angela Doerksen (HS English), and Brynn Childers (HS social studies)
Increased tuition helps OCSI provide new social studies texts, upgrade the gym, and improve technology?
The Guidance Office provides information for high school students to develop a 4-year plan?
The Summer Packet is being mailed out? Forms should be submitted to the office by Friday, August 11.
8/4: All students entering grade 5 and grade 9 must submit a satisfactory tuberculosis screening (skin test or x-ray), unless they submitted a satisfactory tuberculosis screening when entering grade 4 or grade 8