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Students are engaged in learning

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OCSI Connections:

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

April 18th, 2019|

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
April 15th, 2019|

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
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Superintendent

March 14th, 2019|

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

March 14th, 2019|

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

 

March 8th, 2019|

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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February 18th, 2019|

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

Superintendent

February 14th, 2019|

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

February 7th, 2019|

Helping students become effective communicators

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Elementary Connections:

At OCSI we want your children to become effective communicators, including being effective writers. Through the Writer’s Workshop program, your child is encouraged to write on a variety of topics and in a variety of genres. Writing can help your child discover new things, reflect on their experiences, and teach others a new skill or idea. Here are some of the ways the teachers here at OCSI are helping your children become better writers:

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“In Pre-K, students draw and write in notebooks. They are practicing their pre-writing skills. Parents can help at home by providing time with playdough to strengthen fine motor skills to prepare for future writing activities. In PreK we start helping our children the proper way of holding the pencil. Figuring out if the student is left or right handed.
We do appreciate parents’ support at home. In your child’s free time please give them a crayon or pencil and a paper to write, draw etc. It is also great if you as parent could spend time with your child. Make it a fun or game type of writing or drawing with your child. Not just giving your child a crayon and a paper.” — Mrs. Pallmann

“In Kindergarten, many of my students like to draw pictures, and I always encourage them to write something about their pictures. Most of them can tell what they drew but are hesitant to write. So, we start by just labeling their pictures and hoping they will become comfortable writing something about their pictures soon. Parents at home can integrate technology and mobile devices to motivate their students to write. Perhaps do a selfie adventure with their students and then use the pictures to encourage them to write something about their adventure. They can also take selfies of their favorite books, pets, or places they have been. With helpful prompts, I believe students will have fun writing!” — Mrs. Ikehara

“In 1st grade we have just completed our ‘how to’ writing unit! We have learned all about how to use “time” words and tell things in sequential order. We are moving into a short letter writing unit and will even be writing to first graders in Singapore! Parents may want to help their children by writing notes or letters to their child at home. They may also want to help their children write to someone who lives far away and go to the post office together to mail the letter!” — Mrs. Fox

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“In 5th grade we become better writers by becoming better readers and then by writing what we read about. This quarter we read biographies and the students created posters and gave presentations on their findings. This was great for understanding informational texts and looking at historical figures through the different lenses of the authors the students read.” — Mr. Doerksen

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Megan Roe

February 5th, 2019|

We hope your 2019 is off to a good start!

We hope your 2019 is off to a good start! Our is, and during 2019 we will continue using Christian education to reach children for Jesus. Please watch this video in which 3 Japanese Christians share their testimonies and emphasize the importance of reaching children.

Please continue to pray:

  • Ask God to use OCSI to reach children.
  • Ask God to provide staff for OCSI.

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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

January 14th, 2019|