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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
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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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

Our students and staff are growing

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OCSI Connections:

Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you to help your child(ren) grow in their knowledge of God’s world, in their skills (thinking, communication, collaboration), and in their use of learning to serve God and others. We are excited that…

  • Kindergarten readers are using sounds to check words when they are reading a book.
  • First grade readers are mastering sight words.
  • Third grade readers are enjoying having 8th grade reading buddies.
  • Fourth and 5th grade athletes are improving their soccer skills.
  • Sixth grade readers are finishing The Golden Goblet, a historical fiction novel set in ancient Egypt.
  • Seventh grade scientists are testing plant growth, and 8th grade scientists are demonstrating how rocks are weathered.
  • Ninth grade historians are learning the differences between Christianity and Hinduism.
  • Twelfth grade Bible scholars are learning stewardship principles.
  • High school linguists are writing essays in Japanese.

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I’m also glad to see our staff growing. This year, for example, staff are…

Want to learn more about what’s happening at OCSI? Check us out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

Holiday Market

Key dates:

  • 11/17: Holiday Market
  • 11/21: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/22-23: Thanksgiving Vacation—office closed
  • 11/30: Christmas Program—early dismissal (12:30)
  • 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

Please note: In an effort to keep our commitment to providing instructional days, 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.

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Thanks again for the privilege of helping your child(ren) grow. 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

The holiday season is here!

PTF Connections:

The holiday season is here and we have lots of activity around the corner! The Poster Contest is already in progress, so please have your child participate in order to receive a free raffle ticket for the Holiday Market. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, November 13th. Winners from each grade will be announced at the Holiday Market and will each receive a prize bag.

Holiday Market

On November 17th, our annual Holiday Market will include a selection of local craft artists, international foods, and an outdoor festival for the kids. We also have the secondary students’ choir concert at the cafeteria. The outside festival will include a free mini zoo with a selection of goats, sheep, guinea pigs, and tortoises. It will also offer a variety of games such as ring toss, ladder toss, feed the animals, yo-yo, and puyo puyo balls. The mission team will also be fundraising by providing two bounce houses for the kids to jump around. Inside, the PTF will have its own table at the Holiday Market, providing coffee and snacks for donations and also selling the remaining OCSI sweatshirts, PTF T-shirts, and OCSI towels. So, be sure to stop by and visit us to get your own OCSI apparel while supplies last.

In addition, if you are interested in donating for raffle prizes, please feel free to drop off items in the gym on Tuesday, November 13th, at 3:00pm or contact us to make other arrangements. 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. And, join us for our fun, family event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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And, lastly but most importantly, we would like to thank our parents for attending the Flea Market. We had an amazing time of camaraderie between the students, teachers, and parents. We would especially like to thank Cactus for donating delicious cinnamon rolls to raise money for books to donate to our school library.

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PTF Director,
Yumi Horii

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