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How did OCSI grow during the past school year?

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OCSI Connections:

I’m excited that as an organization, OCSI grew this year. Ways that come to mind include:

  1. Elementary offered six after school clubs (cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running).
  2. Secondary students participated in the drop-everything-and-read program.
  3. We renewed classroom technology, equipment, and fixtures—new iMacs in the computer lab, teachers equipped with convertible chromebooks, old classroom air conditioning units being replaced, and some new student desks and chairs in elementary.
  4. Students, parents/guardians, and staff worked together on the accreditation process.
  5. OCSI increased the number of professional memberships, including the Child Safety and Protection Network.
  6. We improved our curriculum so it is further in line with best practice and research.
  7. Elementary purchased instructional materials for science.
  8. We implemented MAP testing for grades 3-8.
  9. We made improvements to our gym—the outside walls of the building were sealed and painted, and exterior LED lighting was installed.
  10. We refined our Schoolwide Action Plan, based on recommendations from the visiting accreditation team.

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Did you know that…?

  • We celebrated graduations for kindergarten, grade 5, grade 8, and grade 12?
  • Our library is open during summer school?

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Key dates:

  • 6/21: Summer school begins
  • 7/4: Independence Day – no school
  • 7/17: Summer school ends
  • 8/21: Classes begin (see the school calendar on our website for key dates for next school year)

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)! Please contact us with your questions and concerns.

Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Another good year at OCSI

We’ve had a good year at OCSI! Check out 1 or more sections of OCSI’s annual report:
Please continue to pray:
  • Praise God for another good year at OCSI.
  • Ask God for travel safety as OCSI staff and students travel over the summer.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Students celebrate at promotion ceremonies


At the June 12 kindergarten promotion ceremony, students sang “The Phonics Song,” recited the Lord’s Prayer, sang “First Grade, First Grade,” and received their diplomas.


Also on June 12, the OCSI community celebrated with 5th grade students at their promotion ceremony. Those attending the ceremony enjoyed watching the student processional, listening to three songs and two student speeches, and watching students receive their certificates..


On evening of June 13, the 8th graders celebrated their completion of middle school. The promotion ceremony included a video, speeches from two students and one teacher, and students receiving their certificates.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018


On June 8, the OCSI community celebrated the high school graduation of the 30 members of the Class of 2018. Seven seniors were National Honor Society members, 15 seniors were honor graduates, and college-bound seniors received US$1,035,748 in college scholarships and grants.

Graduates’ plans include joining the work force (3) and attending college (22), while some are not yet decided (5). Colleges acceptances and fall enrollments* are as follows:

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Belmont University
  • Biola University
  • Chowan University
  • College of Wooster
  • George Fox University
  • Grand Canyon University*
  • Hofstra University
  • Hosei University*
  • Lee University*
  • Liberty University
  • Meiji Gakuin University*
  • Morningside College
  • Nashville State Community College*
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Sophia University
  • Southern Maine Community College*
  • Temple University Japan*
  • Texas State University
  • Tokyo International University*
  • Tusculum University
  • University of California Irvine*
  • University of Georgia*
  • University of Maryland University College*
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of NC Pembroke
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of San Francisco*
  • University of Tsukuba*
  • Waseda University*

Summer is almost here

Elementary Connections:

Summer is almost here! It’s been a great school year here at Okinawa Christian School International and we’re looking forward to welcoming you all back in August for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The Summer Packet with information about next school year will come to you via your Jupiter mail this July, thank you for your attention to this important mail and for helping us save paper by going digital.

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Summer can be a great time for children to be outside and having fun, but it’s also a great opportunity to join one of the great children’s programs at one of Okinawa’s local churches. If you’re looking for an exciting, safe, and fun opportunity for your child this summer- check out any of the events below:

  • Neighborhood Church Okinawa Mega Sports Camp: July 23-27, to register: http://bit.ly/NCOMSC2018
  • Koza Baptist Church VBS: July 30-August 3, to register: http://kozabaptistchurch.org/
  • Calvary Chapel Okinawa VBS: August 6-10, to register: http://www.calvaryokinawa.com/vbs.html

Want to help your child continue making progress? Make reading a priority this summer… take your child to the library, take them to the beach to read, beat the heat and head to a coffee shop with a book. Need more books? Our library will be open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as well as Thursday evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m., during the summer school term (June 21-July 17).

This year we say goodbye to Mrs. Cleek and her family! We have been so blessed by her time here at OCSI, please join us as we wish her well as she moves back to the United States.

We’re so blessed to have amazing teachers here at OCSI and three new teachers will be joining us in elementary which means there will be some shifting around.

  • Mrs. Anna Lyons is from the United States and is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute; she will be joining us in Okinawa with her husband.
  • Mr. Andrew Logan is from the United States as well, but has been living in the Kobe area for several years; he will be joining us here in Okinawa with his wife and 1 year old daughter.
  • Ms. Lindi Barkman is joining us from Wheaton College in the United States but grew up in Japan and graduated high school from Christian Academy of Japan in Tokyo.

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2018-2019 Elementary Classroom Teachers

  • PreK – Mrs. Pallmann, Mrs. Rulida, Mrs. Cruzado
  • Kindergarten – Mr. Carpenter, Mrs. Ikehara
  • 1st Grade – Mrs. Fox, Ms. Turner
  • 2nd Grade – Mrs. Lyons, Ms. Guiles
  • 3rd Grade – Mr. Logan, Ms. Engbers
  • 4th Grade – Ms. Sorley, Ms. Barkman
  • 5th Grade – Mr. Doerksen, Mr. Fox

Have a great summer!

Megan Roe, elementary principal
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Megan Roe