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Thank you!

PTF Connections:

Thank you to all our parents and students who brought gifts for our teachers and staff this last week for Teacher Appreciation Week! I am so thankful to be part of a community that recognizes the hard work and service given every day to our students.  Thank you for your generosity!

OCSI is hosting a track tournament on Saturday, April 22 (staring at 9:00 a.m.), at the track in Kadena Town.  We are in need of parents to volunteer that day.  Please email ptf@ocsi.org or athleticdirector@ocsi.org if you are able to help.

Julie Woolery
PTF Director

I’m excited about kindergarten at OCSI

I’m excited that our kindergarteners…

  • Learn their letters and how to read.
  • Explore numbers, putting them in order, representing them with objects, etc.
  • Persist to solve problems by trying different configurations when building with blocks.
  • Classify things.
  • Apply Biblical principles to what they learn. For example, since God made all things, we should be thankful and use what God made the way God wants.
  • Develop social-emotional skills that prepare them for citizenship.

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

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): Because God created people in His image, even the smallest child deserves respect and love. They are creative, communicative meaning-makers and truth seekers. They have gifts, and they are able to learn. 
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, society can neglect or misuse children, or simply fail to support their flourishing. Children may face physical, social, emotional, and learning challenges. Children themselves can misuse or abdicate responsibility for their own and their peers’ gifts.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Because Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,” we follow His example of valuing children in their whole beings—physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual—and we introduce them to Jesus. Because Jesus died and rose again to free them from the power of sin, they are free to build meaning in the world God has given them, with the gifts God has given them, in the communities God has placed them, with gratitude to God and love for their neighbors.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): Kindergarten equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we seek to meet each child where he/she is, support their flourishing as whole beings, ignite their God-given gifts and curiosity, and prepare them to effectively and joyfully rise to the challenges of a formal education.

2017-04-12 Kindergarten B

Please continue to pray for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • The elementary’s Culture Fair was a success.
  • 6th grade science students studied Newton’s laws of motion.
  • High school computer scientists created lighting while learning about electricity and programming micro-controllers.
  • Teachers discussed effective instructional strategies.
  • New staff focused on OCSI’s mission, vision, and philosophy.

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to give staff the wisdom and discernment they need as they interact with students and families from different cultural backgrounds. 
  • Pray that our students will use their learning to serve God and others.
  • Praise the Lord for His grace, mercy, and bountiful provision.

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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2017-04-10 Field

P.S. Road construction along the far end of the playing field is finished, and poles and nets have been installed. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds to cover these costs. We invite you to give a gift in Japan or the US.

I’m excited about Bible at OCSI

I’m excited that our Bible scholars…

  • Learn about who made them (kindergarten).
  • Explore the miracles of Jesus and how they can grow in the fruit of the Spirit  (elementary).
  • Focus on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, how the early Church started, and how the Gospel has spread (middle school).
  • Apply Biblical principles to finances and compare creationism and evolution (high school).

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

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created all things very good for His own glory. Adam and Eve lived in right relationship with God, creation, each other, and themselves—they glorified and enjoyed God, cared for and developed creation, nurtured flourishing community with each other, and experienced psychological and emotional wholeness.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, our relationships with God, creation, each other, and ourselves are broken. We worship false gods, abuse creation, hurt and fail each other, and experience psychological and emotional brokenness.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Jesus lived life as God intended it to be lived—sinlessly and for God’s glory. Jesus died and rose again to free us from the power of sin. All who believe in Jesus are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, restored to right relationship with God, and empowered to live as Jesus did—in healthy relationship with creation, others, and self.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Bible Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we emphasize sharing the Gospel and discipleship by meeting students where they are spiritually and by helping them (a) to read the Bible, (b) to develop Biblical literacy and a Christian worldview, (c) to think Biblically, and (d) to make and live out an informed commitment to Jesus.

Teachers discuss effective instructional strategies

Fourteen teachers participated in a 6-week book discussion of Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey. During the discussions, teachers talked about focused instruction, guided instruction, collaborative learning, and independent learning. At the end of each discussion, each teacher identified action steps, which they reported on at the next discussion.

Say Kim Essenburg, book discussion facilitator, “It was exciting to hear people talking about how they used what they had learned during book discussions to help students learn even more during class!”