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Christmas break is here!

Holiday Market

PTF Connections:

Christmas break is here! We hope you enjoy this special time with your kids.

Holiday Market 2

This year’s annual Holiday Market was an amazing, enjoyable family event, exceeding expectations.  A big, heartfelt thank you to the OCSI staff, parents, and students for making this possible. Your participation and assistance made this event not only fun, but also successful in raising ¥165,631. We had a great selection of vendors, offering creative items, and lots of exciting activities for the kids. The mission team was especially instrumental in providing bounce houses for the kids to jump around and offering drinks to families, raising $209.75 and ¥113,541 for their trip to the Philippines.

Bounce House

We have heard your requests for kid sweatshirts and are currently collecting pre-orders to determine the quantities for the sizes and colors. We will be placing this order soon. So, please submit your orders now! In addition, we are having a special holiday sale for sweatshirts, offering 3 for ¥7,000, 2 for ¥5,000, and 1 for ¥2,700.  The PTF shirt is also on sale now for ¥500 and can be found in our mini store in the office.  So be sure to stop by and visit us to get your own OCSI apparel while supplies last.

On January 24th, 2019 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM, we will be having a PTF general meeting. This will be a good opportunity to mingle with other parents, provide feedback on recent events, and learn about upcoming events. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email us at ptf@ocsi.org. Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates.

PTF Director,
Yumi Horii

What do you love about the Christmas season?

Boys

Elementary Connections:

What do you love about the Christmas season? For me, I love the extra time with family and friends, yummy food, and singing Christmas songs to celebrate the birth of Jesus at church. Elementary students have been preparing for Christmas through special activities and music performances. Here’s a few ways that OCSI students celebrated the Christmas season…

  • Pre-K students used a nativity scene in the dramatic play center to retell the Christmas story.
  • Kindergarten students practiced their Christmas music and made wreaths and angels.
  • 2nd grade students wrote about how they could light up the world with kindness.
  • 2nd grade students wrote and drew the gifts they hope are in their stocking.
  • Art students created original Christmas cards to share with friends and family.
  • 4th grade students counted down the days to Christmas with an advent calendar and took turns adding parts of the manger scene to share the story of Jesus’ birth each day.
  • 3rd and 5th grade students made original ornaments to decorate the classroom and to give as gifts.

Kindergarten

Are you looking for ways to connect with your children this Christmas break?  If so, check out this blog post for some creative and simple ways to engage your children this break and keep them learning. Looking for ways to make Christmas more meaningful for your children? This blog has lots of simple ideas you can try to create special memories and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Many local churches offer Christmas Eve services so you can celebrate the birth of Jesus as a family.

Wishing your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Megan Roe

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Celebrating the birth of Jesus

Elementary students gave a wonderful performance at their November 30 Christmas program.

Elementary students gave a wonderful performance at their November 30 Christmas program.

We are celebrating Jesus birth with music and drama! We are using Christmas programs on November 30 and December 7 to share the real meaning of Christmas. We are glad that our programs were well attended.

Middle schoolers perform during their December 7 program.

Middle schoolers perform during their December 7 program.

Please continue to pray:

  • Praise God that our Christmas programs went well and for the opportunity to share the real meaning of Christmas.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Superintendent

It’s a privilege to partner with you

Elementary students sing during their November 30 Christmas program.

Elementary students sing during their November 30 Christmas program.

OCSI Connections:

Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you to educate your child(ren). We are pleased to provide you with a Christian-focused, Western-style education that…

  • Explores a Christian perspective in all areas and subjects using the Bible and other Christian resources.
  • Focuses on the student as a whole person.
  • Emphasizes higher order thinking skills.
  • Involves the parents as team members in the educational process.
  • Administers discipline in a fair and consistent manner to modify inappropriate behavior.
  • Places a realistic emphasis on grades.
  • Uses a variety of assessment tools.
  • Emphasizes a realistic college selection process.
  • Uses English as its language of instruction and requires the acquisition of a high level of English to be successful.
  • Emphasizes developing a personal worldview and living consistently using that worldview.
A bigt thank you to everyone for making Holiday Market a success!

A big thank you to everyone for making Holiday Market a success!

Key dates:

  • 12/14: Early Dismissal (12:30), Christmas Vacation begins
  • 1/7: Classes resume
  • 1/21: School Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)—no classes for students
  • 3/21: Conferences – no classes
  • 4/8-12: Spring Vacation – no school
  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30

Please note: In an effort to keep our commitment to providing instructional days and in recognition of missing instructional days due to typhoons in the fall, we will be having class on January 25 (previously a teacher work day) and on February 18 (previously a school holiday). If you have questions or concerns about sending your child(ren) to school on January 25 and/or February 18, please contact the appropriate principal.

Secondary students perform during their December 7 Christmas program.

Secondary students perform during their December 7 Christmas program.

Thanks again for the privilege of helping you educate your child(ren). If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

First quarter went well

Our first quarter at OCSI went well!

  • Elementary teachers used new science materials to help students learn about God’s world.
  • Students and parents attended Bible studies.
  • Students improved their thinking, communication, and collaboration and learned about a biblical perspective.
  • High schoolers made decisions for Jesus.
  • Though we missed 5 days of school due to typhoons, we were safe.

Please continue to pray:

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

Pray for OCSI

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