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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
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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

 

Greetings from the PTF

PTF Connections:

Last month, the PTF held its second general meeting. We are very thankful for the parents that were able to attend and provide feedback on our events like Coin War, Holiday Market, and Fall Flea Market. For those who were unable to attend, the link for the presentation is posted on the school website under PTF and in our LINE group.

This month, the school held another Japanese college guidance session. We appreciate all the parents that were able to attend and hope the information was useful. Please feel free to contact Mr. Suzuki and/or Mrs. Lopez for college guidance information.

Also, please remember March 12th is our International College Fair. This is a very important event for our high schoolers, middle schoolers, and parents. We are looking for volunteers to help the event – please contact the office for more info!

College guidance

This week is a very exciting week for the Elementary kids, as it will be Reading Week. The kids will be able to dress up as their favorite characters from books, bring in their favorite books, and share the magic of reading. On Thursday, February 21st at 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Mrs. Woolery, our literacy support teacher, will be hosting Family Reading Night, which will include story time, crafts, and snacks. PTF will be donating new books for this event for kids to take home. Hope to see many friendly faces there!

Flea Market

Next month on the 21st of March during Student-Led Conferences, PTF will be hosting the Spring Flea Market. This is a great opportunity for parents and students to get rid of their used items, find good bargain, and also get experience as sellers and buyers.

  • If you are interested in participating in this event, please email us and submit an application free of charge.
  • If you do not have a table and would rather not be on the ground, simply rent one from us for $5.00 or ¥500.
  • In addition, there will be snacks and drinks for purchase/donations and hopefully some fun games for the kids.
  • Would you like to introduce your business to the rest of OCSI? We will save a table at the Flea Market so bring in your flyers, business cards, coupons, etc. before or on that day so other parents can pick up your information!

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email us at ptf@ocsi.org. Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, and the OCSI website for updates.

Yumi Horii, PTF Director

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Helping students grow strong in the Lord

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At OCSI, we want to help each student grow strong in the Lord. One way we do this is by asking questions, for example:

  • Who is Jesus and why did He choose to come and be with us?
  • What is human dignity and why does it matter?
  • What do the miracles of Jesus teach us about His power?
  • What is good art?
  • What do I do when there is a communication gap?
  • How do you determine what is right and what is wrong?

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Please continue to pray.

  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our students.
  • Praise God for providing elementary teachers, secondary teachers, and staff for OCSI for next school year.
  • Ask God to provide students, parents, and staff with good health during cold and flu season.

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

Thank you for the privilege of educating your children

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OCSI Connections:

We are glad to partner with you in the education of your children! We want to help your children grow, and we’re glad to see…

  • PreK students reaching out to each other. For example, one student helped another student cut pieces of paper.
  • Kindergarten mathematicians solving addition and subtraction problems.
  • First grade linguists expanding their vocabulary by using action worlds.
  • Second grade authors writing award nominations for their favorite books.
  • Third grade scientists collaborating while working to understand the effects of magnetism.
  • Fourth and 5th grade musicians learning guitar chords.
  • Sixth graders comparing the Biblical beliefs with beliefs of other religions.
  • Seventh grade scientists using microscopes to investigate what living things are made of.
  • Eighth grade artists thinking about how they draw and practicing their techniques.
  • High school students developing their leadership skills.
  • Tenth grade readers learning how to analyze a literary work from different perspectives.
  • High school scientists using concept maps to deepen their understanding of key principles and exploring Greek and Latin in order to master vocabulary.
  • Seniors applying for college entrance.
Check out the books written by our first graders!

Check out the books written by our first graders!

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:

  • 2/11: Open enrollment begins
  • 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)

Please note: Please remember that we will be having class on February 18 (previously a school holiday). If you have questions or concerns about sending your child(ren) to school on February 18, please contact the appropriate principal.

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

Superintendent

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