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Students are engaged in learning

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At OCSI, we believe that students are full of potential and that they are responsible for their learning. We are glad that…

  • PreK students are understanding the importance of keeping each other safe and are using an appropriate grip for holding pencils.
  • Kindergarten writers are producing a variety of sentence structures.
  • Second grade readers identify the main idea in passages.
  • Third grade mathematicians are solving 2-step word problems.
  • Fourth and fifth grade linguists are writing sentences in Japanese, using modifiers.
  • Sixth grade readers have increased their reading comprehension.
  • Seventh grade mathematicians understand percent markups and discounts.
  • Tenth grade historians created memes on the Great Depression.
  • Eleventh grade Bible scholars are defining what they believe and why.
  • High school producers created video ads.

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

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Key dates:

  • 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
  • 8/21: First day of classes (see calendar for further dates)

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Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. 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

Greetings from the PTF

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PTF Connections:

Greetings from the PTF! It’s is a busy time as the school year draws near to its end. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. The PTF is planning a potluck on Thursday, April 25th, for the staff to show our appreciation of their hard work throughout the year. For those who are interested in participating in this event, please sign up at this link. Students can also participate by making a cards or crafts showing their love and appreciation for their teachers throughout the week.

In addition, the PTF is hosting a Senior Essay Contest for our graduating class! Two winners will receive a ¥50,000 Amazon gift card. The due date for this is May 1st, which is just around the corner—so get typing. The topic is benefits of an international education. Please email submissions to us at ptf@ocsi.org. Winners will be announced at the High School Awards Ceremony on May 30th. 

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We would like to send a special thanks to Mr. Suzuki and Mrs. Mizoguchi for hosting the International College Fair. It was a huge success, and we truly appreciate all the parents, teachers, and students who volunteered to make this event happen. We hope we can continue to assist our students in college planning and preparing for their futures.

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Screen Shot 2019-04-15 at 7.45.17 AMWe would also like to thank our parents and students for participating in our Flea Market. We had an amazing time of camaraderie between the students, teachers, and parents. We would especially like to thank Grace and Catcus Bagel for selling delicious cinnamon rolls to raise money for books to donate to our school library. In addition, we are happy to announce our donation of $100 and supplies to the Kodomo Cafe which feeds hungry kids in Okinawa. A special thanks to the people who supported this cause by either donating their money, or their time at the booth, and/or items to sell.

Lastly, the school welcomes volunteers throughout the year. So if you would like to help monitor elementary students during their lunch and recess times, please sign up through this link. It’s a great chance to serve and see your children interact with each other in our school environment. Thank you for your support 🙂 We are truly blessed by our OCSI families. 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.

Sincerely,
Yumi Horii, PTF director

Using service projects to help students grow strong in the Lord

One way we help our students grow strong in the Lord is by involving them in service projects like cleaning up beaches and churches, visiting nursing homes, using the fine arts to share the Gospel, engaging OCSI elementary students in music and sports, and more!

Thanks for praying:

  • Praise God that Service Week went well.
  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our students and the hearts of those with whom our students interacted during Service Week.

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
Calendar • Contact • Donate • Handbook • Prayer Guide • Facebook • Typhoon

Superintendent

We want our students to grow

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OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we want students to grow. One way we help students grow is by having students reflect on questions, for example:

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  • What does this story teach us about God or about what we should do?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How did God make me special?
  • When faced with two conflicting instructions, how do you determine which to follow?
  • How do predictions help comprehension?
  • What does it mean for a computer/robot to be considered intelligent?

Another way we help students grow is by involving them in service projects like cleaning up beaches and churches, visiting nursing homes, using the fine arts to share the Gospel, engaging OCSI elementary students in music and sports, and more!

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

Key dates:

  • 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
  • 8/21: First day of classes (see calendar for further dates)

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. 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
Calendar • Contact • Donate • Handbook • Prayer Guide • Facebook • Typhoon

Superintendent

Greetings from PTF!

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Next week, on the 12th of March, is the International College Fair. This is a very important event, so please attend and get valuable information. It is open to all and free, so spread the word as well. This is our first time hosting an International College Fair, and we hope it will be a success. If you are interested in helping with this event, please sign up at this link or simply come by and support us.

Starting March 16th, on Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:00, there will be recreational soccer for the parents and staff of OCSI. OCSI high school students 16 and above are also welcome to join. The purpose is to make new acquaintances and socialize while enjoying a small workout playing soccer! If you are interested, please contact fellow OCSI parent, Alex (LINE ID: ruskya or by email at alex_rusky@yahoo.co.jp).

Flea MarketAnother important date is the 21st of March, as it is the student teacher conferences and our second flea market of the school year. There is still time to participate; simply email us and fill out an application to reserve your free spot. Also, there will be a table for OCSI family and friends to advertise their businesses. So please bring flyers, pamphlets, brochures, or business cards to place there so other families can obtain information and learn about your business.

In addition, the school welcomes volunteers throughout the year. So if you would like to help monitor PreK and elementary students during their lunch and recess times, please sign up through this link. Also, the track and field program would love to partner with volunteers who would be willing to supervise and encourage athletes as they perform coach-given workouts while the coaches work with different events or individuals. Contact Coach Robbins at katelinrobbins@ocsi.org. Thank you for your support 🙂

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.

Yumi Horii, PTF director

 

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