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Flea market, parenting seminar, cooking class, and more!

PTF Connections:

PTF Flea Market: On March 21, 2018, PTF held its first Flea Market filled with many visitors despite the change of location from the soccer field to the cathedral and hallway, due to the strong wind. We appreciate all the participants for joining us!

We had booths of games, face painting and nail art, and snacks and coffee, as well as some personal items sold by OCSI parents. Students enjoyed the event by selling items with their families, running the game booths, and making pompons.

Parenting Seminar: On April 13, 2018, a parenting seminar was held with the guest speaker, Mr. Koji Kaneko from Family Forum Japan. What is the most essential in parenting? In this seminar, Mr. Kaneko talked about the necessity for the parents to interact with their children as their coaches. We appreciate many parents for attending the seminar!

Nepali Cooking Class: OCSI parents, Shanti and Narayan showed the participants how to cook three kinds of Nepalese home-style cooking: Nepalese Salad, Chicken Biryani, and Shrimp Coconut Curry. All these dishes were cooked with a lot of spices, and the participants loved how delicious they were! Thank you, Shanti and Narayan, for showing us how to cook delicious Nepalese cuisine!

Teacher Appreciation Week: April 24 – 26, 2018, is Teacher Appreciation Week! This is an event to show our appreciation to the teachers and office staff for their daily hard work. On April 24, 2018, give them small gifts such as chocolates, drinks, or some stationery.  On April 25, 2018, give thank-you cards to your teachers. On April 26, 2018, bring a food dish for the teachers and office staff for their brunch. Salads and desserts would be great to bring as well as staple foods.

  • Foods purchased from grocery stores would be also wonderful. Please bring your dish to the office at any time from the morning until the afternoon. You can also send the food with your child(ren). In that case, please tell your child(ren) to bring it to the office.
  • The purpose of this event is to show our appreciation to the teachers and staff for their everyday work. You can participate in the event by doing whatever you feel comfortable with. You are not required to participate for the whole 3 days.
  • Thank you, teachers, for always loving our children!

Yumi Horii
PTF Director

April 20th, 2018|

What a view!

April 18th, 2018|

Helping children follow Jesus and impact the world for Him

Elementary Connections:

Chapel 1OCSI desires to help each child follow Jesus and impact the world for Him. We are privileged to share the love of Jesus and help your children develop godly character everyday. Through Bible class, daily prayer time, and weekly chapel times with Mr. Roe, our students are learning not only the stories of the Bible, but also the importance of being kind, respectful, hardworking, and self-controlled.

Want to know more about how children at OCSI learn what it means to follow Jesus?

  • Our students read and listen to Bible stories.
  • Our students memorize Bible verses.
  • Our students sing songs about Jesus.
  • Our students follow Jesus’ example of being kind and caring to others.
  • Our students share needs and pray for one another.

One of the best ways to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus is to join a local church. If your family has never attended a church and would like to learn more, please contact Mr. Roe (andyroe@ocsi.org) or visit one of the amazing churches here in Okinawa.

Parents, you’re welcome to join your child’s chapel time. PreK3/4 chapel time is Thursdays at 8:30 a.m., grades K-2 chapel is Tuesday at 1:45, and grades 3-5 chapel is Tuesday at 2:20. Please sign in at the front office when you arrive on campus; chapels meet in the cafeteria.

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

April 13th, 2018|

Thanks for praying

We’re doing well—hope you are, too!

  • Third quarter finished well—accreditation is done, budgeting is done, and parent-teacher conferences are done!
  • Students and staff enjoyed spring break last week.
  • Fourth quarter got off to a good start on Monday!

To learn more about good things that are happening at OCSI, check us out our blog and on Facebook.

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Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:

  • Praise God for Easter baptisms, including the baptism of an OCSI student.
  • Ask God to provide a secondary principal, bus drivers, bus monitors, a transportation manager, a facilities/maintenance assistants, and substitute teachers.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Superintendent

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April 11th, 2018|

Helping students prepare for college, career, and citizenship

OCSI Connections:

We want our students to be prepared for college, career, and citizenship. You might be wondering, “Well, how does OCSI prepare students for that?” Good question! Read on to find out.

College: For some of our students, college is the next step. Last year, for example, 90% of our graduates headed off to college. So, how do we help our students be prepared for college?

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Career: When God made the world, He commanded us to take care of it (Gen. 1:28). A key way we take care of God’s creation and impact it for Him is through our careers. Recognizing this, we want to prepare our students for their careers in the 21st Century. Ways we prepare students for career include…

  • Providing career resources.
  • Talking about careers.
  • Helping students achieve our expected student outcomes: understand, think, collaborate, communicate, and create.

Citizenship: We want our students to impact the world for Jesus, and one way they can do that is by being good citizens. So, how do we help our students be good citizens?

  • By helping students learn about history, economics, and government.
  • By encouraging students to be kind, respectful, hardworking, and self-controlled.
  • By giving students opportunities to use their learning to serve others.
  • By helping students improve their communication and collaboration skills.

Speak the Truth in Love

March 13-16 accreditation visit follow up: A team of 5 educators reviewed our accreditation report, visited classes, studied documents, held meetings (with students, parents/guardians, staff, and the board), and gave OCSI 7 major commendations and 5 major recommendations. OCSI is working to incorporate the 5 recommendations into our Schoolwide Action Plan.

Did you know that…?

Service Week

Key dates:

  • 4/2-6: Spring vacation
  • 5/4: Golden Week holiday – no school
  • 5/28: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/13: Last day of classes
  • 6/21: Summer school begins
  • 7/4: Independence Day – no school
  • 7/17: Summer school ends
  • 8/21: Classes begin (see the community calendar 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.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

P.S. Thanks for your patience and understanding with road construction. We are grateful for your cooperation, continue to monitor traffic patterns, and will keep you updated.

March 27th, 2018|

Enjoying this morning’s view

March 21st, 2018|

PTF questionnaires, Korean cooking class, and more!

PTF Connections:

Questionnaires: Thank you all for answering our questionnaires for the school in February! We are grateful to receive answers from many parents and guardians! The questionnaire results showed that many parents and guardians are satisfied with OCSI school events. We also appreciate your gratitude and comments to the school! OCSI will make the best use of your answers to school events.

IMG_20180224_115310_resized_20180312_103250869Korean Cooking Class: Mrs. Kuboyama (grade 6 mother) demonstrated Korean cooking on Saturday, February 24.  She made Korean pancakes and japchae (Korean bean noodles).  They are so yummy.  All of parents and kids enjoyed learning how to cook and to eat.  Thank you so much, Mrs. Kuboyama. We will plan another cooking class in April. Please check it out!

Reading Night: The Reading Night on March 1st was a blast with many participants! Everyone enjoyed a storybook performed by teachers, craft-making, and receiving a present of a picture book! PTF also provided drinks and popcorn for the students, and donated the gifted books. We hope this event helps our children learn to love reading. It was such a great time filled with our children’s happy smiles.

PTF Flea Market: PTF is accepting applications for the Flea Market to be held on Wednesday, March 21. If you are having trouble getting rid of unwanted items, please feel free to sign up!

PTF is also looking for parents and guardians to help us with games in our kids corner.  Would you be interested in managing a game in the corner for an hour? Please email us at ptf@ocsi.org for an application.  If you are interested in having your own booth, please include your name and what you would be selling at the event. If you are interested in helping us at our kids corner, please include your name and the time you can help us (e.g., 9:00 – 10:00 am). We are accepting your applications on our Facebook as well. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Yumi Horii
PTF Director
March 12th, 2018|

Please continue to pray

Take a 4-minute trip to Okinawa, Japan!

Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

Speak the Truth in Love

March 7th, 2018|

We want our students to create ideas, products, solutions

At OCSI we want all of our students to create. Sometimes people hear that word create and think that it is only for artists. Or it is only about the real standouts, like Einstein and Thomas Edison. Or it is only about the sudden “ah-ha!” moments, like the apple on Sir Newton’s head or the lightening bolt on Benjamin Franklin’s kite. Or that it’s something some people have and some don’t.

However, recent research contradicts all of these common myths. We now know that all children have a capacity to create, and that we can nurture that capacity at all levels and in all classes by cultivating curiosity, flexible thinking, imagination, persistence, discipline, collaboration, and self-evaluation.

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At OCSI we want our students to create ideas, products, and solutions. And we’re excited that middle school students are doing just that:

  • 6th grade readers responded to a story by creating comics, slideshows, drawings, or inventions.
  • 7th grade geographers taught classmates about the Indian subcontinent. To do this, they created their own lessons plans and solutions to problems they came across as they prepared to teach.
  • 7th grade mathematicians created a work proposal to repaint the basketball courts at Sera-en. They used composite figures and geometry to calculate surface area for paint, and then considered labor and overhead as well.
  • 7th and 8th grade scientists used research to find an unanswered question they are interested in. Next they will create a science fair project to answer it.
  • 8th grade Bible students created a timeline of the book of Acts, visualizing events and drawing them.

In high school…

  • Computer apps students created a new website for Keystone Nazarene Church that addresses each of the needs of the client in creative ways.
  • PE students learned the basics of line dancing and then worked in groups to create their own line dance, which they performed for and taught to their classmates.
  • 10th grade readers and writers created another “book” of The Odyssey where Odysseus lands on Okinawa and the ancient Greeks meet the ancient Ryukyuan people, which is a way to connect local culture into our reading and writing.
  • Biologists created booklets to process their learning about cell structure and function.
  • Bible students created ideas connecting music and Biblical themes. They did this by listening to a series of symphonies and responding in writing and drawing to the question “What effect does music have on inspiration, reflection, joy, or sorrow?”
  • Computer scientists have been combining different sensors (light, temperature, touch) and actuators to create useful tools for automation.
  • 12th grade economists brainstormed a product to create for the market.
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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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March 5th, 2018|

Check out our character day parade video!

February 28th, 2018|