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We’re off to a great start!

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Secondary Connections:

We’re off to a great start! Thank you for allowing OCSI to partner with you in your child’s education! If you know others that might be interested in joining the OCSI family, please use the Referral Coupon for a possible tuition discount.

Today is progress report day. Please check your student’s grades online through Jupiter, as paper report cards will no longer be sent home. If you have any issues with your Jupiter login, please let me know.

Our College and Career Counselors, Mr. Suzuki and Mrs. Lopez, have been meeting with student to help them in meeting their post-high school goals. We have already had several universities visit and share with our students. If you are interested in attended college information sessions, please refer to the OCSI calendar for dates.

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Dress code is always an issue for students, and I want clarify a couple of things:

  • Skirts/shorts should reach mid-thigh in front and back.
  • Ripped jeans are acceptable as long as no skin is showing. For example: there are tights under them or a patch has been sewn to cover the hole. 3) Skinny jeans, for both boys and girls, must fit in a modest manner. Administration reserves the right to determine if pants are too tight and need to be changed.

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There have been a few questions about attendance:

  • If your child needs to leave campus early for any reason, please come to the office and let them know you will be taking your child. The office staff will contact your child’s class and have them sent to the office. Please allow at least 10 minutes for your child to make it to the office after your arrival. Students must check-out in the office, with a parent, before leaving campus. Please keep your student informed, as much as possible, so they can communicate with their teachers about missing class.
  • Students may only miss 7 periods of any class, each quarter, to receive credit. These are any absences that are not school related (excused/unexcused). If your child will be absent for an extended period, please notify the office ahead of time so we are aware and teachers can prepare classwork for you child before leaving. In cases of 8 or more absences, extenuating circumstances will be considered.
  • Please remember that morning supervision does not begin until 8:00 am. In addition, students should be off campus by 3:30 pm.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. Have a fantastic weekend!

Sincerely,
Brynn Childers, secondary principal
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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September 21st, 2018|

We want our students to learn about Jesus

We want our students to learn about Jesus! So, we provide Christian teachers, teach the Bible, and go to camp—check out the video! One elementary teacher shared, “Four of the students in my cabin said they had not ever made decisions for Christ yet and weren’t ready to pray with me at the time, but were doing much reflection as our speaker shared about the different soils.”

Please…

  • Pray that these 4 students would follow Jesus.
  • Pray that God will use high school camp (September 24-26) to work in students’ hearts.
  • Praise God that 9 elementary students are attending a lunchtime Bible study.

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

September 20th, 2018|

It’s a privilege to partner with you

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OCSI Connections:

We count it a privilege to assist you with the education of your children by providing Christian education (Deuteronomy 6:1-7). We partner with you to help your child grow and reach his/her potential.

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We also partner with you by communicating about what’s happening at OCSI. We post grades online, email newsletters, have open house, and have conferences twice a year. We also share good things that are happening, for example:

  • PreK-kindergarten students are mastering daily routines.
  • 2nd grader writers are adding details to help the reader make a mental picture.
  • 4th grade scientists are soaking up our new science curriculum and showing much excitement through Tuesday “investigation days.”
  • 8th grade social scientists are practicing discussion skills, and our 8th grade mathematicians worked in groups to solve 2-step equations.
  • High school media designers are making a virtual yearbook that will come to life through video.
  • 11th grade Bible scholars are analyzing passages in Genesis.

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

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Another way we partner with you is through PTF. We are excited about PTF’s plans for Holiday Market on Saturday, November 17. While plans are not yet finalized, there will be good vendors, good food, good fellowship, and more—see you there! (Last year, Holiday Market was combined with Walkathon. This year Walkthon will not be held. This Leadership Team decision followed a review of staff and parent input, an assessment of Walkathon results and staff workload, and PTF’s decision to focus on Holiday Market and to not take on Walkathon.)

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Key dates:

  • 10/8: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/2: Parent/Teacher Conferences—no school for students
  • 11/12: OCSI Holiday — no school for students, office closed
  • 11/17: Holiday Market
  • 11/21: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/22-23: Thanksgiving Vacation—office closed

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Thanks again for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your student(s). 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

P.S. Please share how much you love OCSI with your friends who might be looking for a school (see the Referral Coupon for details).

September 20th, 2018|

Greetings from the PTF!

PTF Connections:

Welcome to a new year at OCSI! The PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) is here for YOU. It is a great way to be a part of your student’s life at OCSI. The purpose of the PTF is to connect with other parents, support our teachers and staff, and strengthen our school community. These connections are made by participating in classroom events like field trips and field day and/or PTF events like the Holiday Market, Teacher Appreciation Week, and the Flea Market. Therefore, please join us for an exciting year!!

We would like to thank the parents who attended the general meeting on 7th September and brought such a great amount of treats that we were able to share not only among ourselves but the staff as well. It is so encouraging to see such an impressive amount of our parents so willing to dedicate their time. We are blessed to have such support and look forward to making this year better than the last.

We also appreciate that many parents already submitted the volunteer sign-up sheet. Keep a lookout for emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities to connect, as we are sorting through an amazing amount of responses from the volunteer forms. So, thank you for taking the time and effort to fill out these forms.

This month, on September 24th, there will be a Japanese college guidance meeting, in which Mr. Suguki will be sharing important information concerning Japanese colleges. Then starting September 26th, Mr. Roe will be hosting an English conversation class every Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In addition, every Friday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Mrs. Roe will also be hosting a parenting class. This a great opportunity to improve and develop English language skills while also gaining insights into Biblical parenting values.

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Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates. And, don’t forget to check out our PTF “mini store,” selling PTF T-shirts and OCSI towels, in the office corner.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email us at ptf@ocsi.org.

PTF Director,
Yumi Horii

September 14th, 2018|

We are off to a good start!

It's great to see students using our new playground equipment.

It’s great to see our students using the new playground equipment.

OCSI Connections:

Classes started on August 21, and things are going well:

  • We have over 425 students—thanks for continuing to recommend OCSI!
  • PreK-grade 5 students are enjoying the new playground equipment.
  • Bus monitors are serving on morning and afternoon routes on all buses.
  • New sidewalks make it easier to get from the parking lot to the classroom building and gym.
  • Our new food service is providing almost 200 meals each day. Thank you to all those who completed our food service survey during the summer!
Mr. Novak and Ms. Miyagi discuss meal distribute while students enjoy their lunches.

Mr. Novak and Ms. Miyagi discuss meal distribution while students enjoy their lunches.

What else is going well?

  • As part of our Keep Each Other Safe program, students are reviewing emergency drills and the importance of being kind, respectful, and self-controlled.
  • Volleyball and cross-country teams are practicing. Be sure to come and watch our athletes bump, set, spike, and run!
  • Parent/guardians attended open houses on August 17 and 24. A big thank you to all who came!
  • The PTF Committee held its first meeting on August 29. To learn more about PTF, check out PTF’s Facebook page.
Good to see so many smiles on the first days of classes!

Good to see so many smiles on the first days of classes!

We really appreciate your involvement at OCSI events. In addition to parent/teacher conferences, we encourage you to participate in a variety of events, including:

  • PreK and kindergarten: sports day, Christmas program, character parade, and picnic.
  • Grades 1-5: learning trips, Christmas program, kid city, culture fair, and authors’ tea.
  • Grades 6-8: sports events, science fair, and concerts.
  • Grades 9-12: sports events, homecoming, science fair, concerts, and speech contest.
Parent talk with staff at the August 24 Open House.

Parent talk with staff at the August 24 Open House.

Key dates:

  • 9/3: Labor Day – no school
  • 9/17: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 10/8: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/2: Parent/Teacher Conferences—no school for students
Middle schoolers listen as Ms.Robbins tells a story.

Middle schoolers listen as Ms.Robbins tells a story.

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your student(s). Please continue to partner with us by…

  • Keeping your contact information current in Jupiter.
  • Contacting appropriate staff with your questions and concerns. Please contact teachers about attendance, the principals about curriculum and policies, the business manager about operations, and the chaplains about personal counseling.
  • Praying for OCSI. Try using our prayer guide and/or our monthly prayer letters.

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

August 30th, 2018|

Thank you for partnering with us

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Elementary Connections:

Thank you, families, for partnering with us to equip your children to walk with God and impact the world for Him. This school year brings with it numerous exciting changes that will help your child grow and learn more. I hope this school year brings more opportunities to deepen the partnerships between our school, our families, and our community.

Some of the exciting new things in elementary include…

  • New science curriculum (K-5) that encourages a hands-on approach to learning and investigation; for more information about FOSS kits and the Next Generation Science Standards, please go to https://www.fossweb.com/what-is-foss
  • Standards based report cards that help families know how to best support their children.
  • Playground structures and campus improvements to increase safety and student enjoyment.
  • New lunch program that meets the individual needs and preferences of students.

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Ways you can partner with us…

  • Do you have an idea for a learning trip? We’d love to hear it!
  • Volunteer with PTF to help in the classroom, with special events, and more.
  • Help support our students and classrooms with supplies from the Elementary Wish List.
  • Share how much you love OCSI with your friends that might be looking for a school (see the Referral Coupon for details).

We look forward to seeing you around campus, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or to request more information.

  • Questions or information about bus, lunch, or billing: info@ocsi.org
  • Questions or information about academic topics: classroom teacher or elementaryprincipal@ocsi.org
  • Questions or information about PTF events and volunteer opportunities: ptf@ocsi.org
  • Questions or information about new student admissions: admissions@ocsi.org

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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Megan Roe

August 28th, 2018|

Students will soon be back at OCSI!

Meet 3 of our new teachers (left to right): Andrew Logan (grade 3), Anna Lyons (grade 2), and Lindi Barkman (grade 4).

Meet 3 of our new teachers (left to right): Andrew Logan (grade 3), Anna Lyons (grade 2), and Lindi Barkman (grade 4).

OCSI Connections:

I’m excited about having students back at OCSI! We count it a privilege to assist you with the education of your student(s). Through our accredited, Christ-centered K-12 program, we will work to equip your student(s) to:

  • Understand God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Think critically and Biblically.
  • Collaborate with others, respecting them as God’s image bearers.
  • Communicate truthfully and effectively.
  • Create ideas, products, and solutions.
New playground equipment has been installed!

New playground equipment has been installed!

I’m also excited about good things that happened over the summer, including:

  • Students being involved in our summer reading program.
  • New lights being installed in classrooms, the gym roof being painted, playground equipment being installed, and 2 sidewalks being added.
  • Students attending daily vacation Bible school.
  • New instructional materials arriving, for example, new science materials for elementary.
Visit our college and career corner (in the office).

Visit our college and career corner (in the office).

Classes start on Tuesday, August 21, and we invite you to help us get off to a good start by…

  1. Keep Each Other Safe LogoReviewing our safety-related policies, for example: TyphoonBullying PolicyChild Protection PolicyBehavior Management (Elementary and Kindergarten), Behavior Management (Secondary), and Grievances, Whistleblowing, and Complaints Policy.
  2. Remembering that while parents/guardians are responsible for students in situations away from school, continued public disregard for the school’s standards will result in administrative intervention and possible expulsion (Board Policy B2.3.5.1).
  3. Contacting appropriate staff with your questions and concerns. Please contact teachers about attendance, the principals about curriculum and policies, the business manager about finances, and the chaplains about personal counseling.
  4. Praying for OCSI. Try using our prayer guide and/or our monthly prayer letters.
Staff reflect on student safety.

Staff reflect on student safety.

Key dates:

  • 8/17: Back-to-School Night for pre-K and kindergarten
  • 8/21: Classes begin
  • 8/24: Back-to-School Night for grades 1-12 (not for kindergarten)
  • 9/3: Labor Day – no school
  • 9/17: Professional Development Day – no school for students
  • 10/8: Professional Development Day – no school for students

Thanks again for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your student(s).

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

August 16th, 2018|

What good things are happening at OCSI?

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Here are just some of the good things that are happening at OCSI that come to mind:

  • Students are involved in our summer reading program.
  • The gym roof has been painted, playground equipment is being installed, and 2 sidewalks have been added.
  • Students are attending daily vacation Bible school.
  • New staff have arrived safely and are getting settled.

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Please pray:

  • Ask God to help new staff get off to a good start.
  • Ask God for travel safety as staff return to Okinawa.
  • Ask God for bus monitors.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work at OCSI!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Superintendent

August 6th, 2018|

Good things are happening

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Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • Summer school students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Playground equipment is being installed for elementary students.
  • Preparations are already underway for next school year. The first day of classes is August 21.

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Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Pray that the entire OCSI family will do all in God’s strength, learning to wait and listen to the wise counsel He provides.
  • Pray for God’s continuing strength for our staff and students, protecting them from illness, accidents, exhaustion, and discouragement.
  • Praise God for OCSI’s Board of Directors. Ask God to encourage board members and to provide His guidance.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work at OCSI!

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

July 13th, 2018|

Great view from OCSI

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July 6th, 2018|