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Kid City helps elementary students learn about community

Each year our gym is transformed into Kid City, a simulation for 1st and 2nd graders that helps them understand how a community works. Students run a variety of services, and when they are not busy offering a service, students take on the role of customer. They are issued play money which they use at the various services.

Thanks, parents and teachers, for making Kid City a success!

2017 Kid City

What good things happened this year?

OCSI Connections:

We want our students to understand God, His world, and their place in it; we also want our students to use their learning to serve. Here are some of the ways this has happened this past year!

  • Students presented their artwork to a group and received feedback from their peers.
  • Students built a greeter stand for Keystone Church.
  • Students used accurate research to examine different perspectives on the Civil War. This led into discussing our rights and roles as citizens.
  • Students prayed for their families.
  • Several students ministered on worship teams in local churches.

As you may recall, we are doing our Spring Packet differently this year. In the past, we asked for forms as part of re-registration. However, this year we moved re-registration earlier and asked parents/guardians to submit forms by Friday, April 28. Some of these forms were sent home, while other forms were posted online (Lunch Request Form for K3-Grade 5Referral Coupon, and Tuition and Annual Fee Payment Plan Selection). Please…

  1. Download and print the appropriate forms. (You can stop by the office to pick up a printed copy, or you can ask your child to pick up a copy.)
  2. Remember that all families must submit the Tuition and Annual Fee Payment Plan Selection form.
  3. Complete the appropriate forms. Please check the forms to be sure you have provided all necessary information.
  4. Submit the appropriate forms to the office by Friday, April 28.

Please note that we will be sending out our annual survey in May. We value your input, and your input will be used to help us more effectively equip your child(ren).

And please keep the following important dates in mind:

  • 4/28: Spring Packet forms due
  • 5/4: Progress reports
  • 5/5: Children’s Day – no school
  • 5/29: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/9: 2nd semester ends (12:30 dismissal for students)

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)!

2017-04-20 Fence

P.S. We have extended the fence on the elementary playground. This will help our students PlaySafely. We invite you to give a gift to PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US to help cover installation costs.

I’m excited about physical education and health at OCSI

I’m excited that our students…

  • Mastered kicking a ball (kindergarten).
  • Students work together in teams toward a specific goal, for example, to collect and shoot as many basketball as possible (elementary school).
  •  Students work collaboratively in groups of 3 to create a tumbling routine and present the routine to the class (middle school).
  • Students learn about how their bodies are created from cells to make tissue, organs, and systems. Students also learn how to steward their bodies to better serve God in His world (high school).

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches physical education from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created us as whole people (physical as well as spiritual) in a physical creation, declared it all very good, and set a pattern alternating work with rest. He did this so we could enjoy and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors, in gratitude to God for all His good gifts.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin we idolize or fail to appreciate and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): In becoming human, Jesus affirmed the goodness of physical life. In dying and rising again, He freed us from the power of sin so that we could enjoy and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors, in gratitude to God for all His good gifts.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The PE/Health Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students to develop skill in movement, to appreciate and steward the health and fitness of the body God has given them, and to collaborate with others.

I’m excited about Japanese language at OCSI

I’m excited that our students…

  • Expand their Japanese vocabulary so that can talk with others in Japanese.
  • Master hiragana, katakana, and kanji.
  • Learn that language is a tool for communicating across cultures and that language should be used to serve God and others.
  • Think about the relationship between language and culture.
  • Work productively in groups.
  • Give speeches on current events.
  • Understand the differences between honorific expressions and extra modest expressions, which will help them when they start a job so they know how to communicate respectfully.

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches Japanese from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created language for power (how He created the earth), connection (how He communicated with people and people with each other), and truth (Jesus is the Word—God’s clearest communication of His truth to humans). People, as His image bearers, continue to use language to develop the potential of God’s creation.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): After the fall people used language to assert human power over God’s power (Genesis 11), to separate people, and to deceive others.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Jesus embodies how far God will go to re-establish communication. Jesus became human, sacrificed Himself to reconcile us to God, and rose from the dead so we could desire to be reconciled to others. He also sent His Spirit, and at Pentecost the Holy Spirit enabled all to hear the Gospel in their own language, thus showing us God’s vision of unity that will include people from every language praising Him in heaven.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Japanese Language Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students speak, read, and write Japanese language, and understand Japanese culture. We do this so that students will be gracious hosts and/or guests, appreciate the unity in diversity that people have developed as God’s image bearers, and appreciate the interconnection of language and culture. And we do this so that students can, in humility, love their neighbors and communicate the Gospel to them.

2017-04-14 Japanese class field trip

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