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Please continue to pray for Japan

What do Japanese like to do over the holidays? Some like to see light shows, go shopping, and eat KFC. My wife and I like to watch White Christmas, sing carols, and eat cookies. How about you? What do you like to do at Christmas?

One of the things we like about Christmas in Japan is that it is a good opportunity to share the good news of Jesus. OCSI’s Christmas programs on November 30 and December 6 shared the real meaning of Christmas. Please ask God to use Christmas events to reach Japan for Jesus.

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Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Superintendent

December 7th, 2017|

Secondary music students do radio theater

Secondary music students performed a radio-theater version of A Christmas Carol, complete with dramatic readings, sound effects, and songs like “We Need a Little Christmas, “Carol of the Bells,” and “You Are the Savior of the World.”

Said Don Reasoner, music teacher, “I am proud of how the students worked together to put on this production.”

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December 1st, 2017|

Enjoying the view from OCSI

November 30th, 2017|

OCSI has grown over the past 3 years

OCSI Connections:

We value growth. We want our students to grow, we want our staff to grow, and we want OCSI to grow as an organization.

How has OCSI grown over the past 3 years? Things that come to mind include:

  • Refining our expected student outcomes: understand, think, collaborate, communicate, and create.
  • Implementing the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) for grades 1-2 and to the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) for grades 3-8.
  • Further developing and refining our curriculum.
  • Upgrading our website.
  • Revising our mission, vision, and philosophy.
  • Streamlining re-registration.
  • Implementing a 5-year financial plan.
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As you may recall, OCSI is preparing for its March 2018 accreditation visit:
  • We sharpened our vision by reviewing who we are and what we want students to learn.
  • We assessed our practice by using materials from our accreditation agency and by using input from students, parents/guardians, and staff.
  • We are now identifying 2-3 overall strengths and 2-3 growth areas.
  • We will finalize our reports before the end of January. This report will be shared with you.

Our goal is to make OCSI an even better school. Thank you for partnering with us!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Superintendent

November 27th, 2017|

Focusing on helping students collaborate effectively and respectfully

OCSI Connections:

OCSI focuses on collaboration. We focus on helping students collaborate effectively and respectfully. It’s good to see:

  • Kindergarteners reading to a partner during Daily 5.
  • First grade writers getting feedback from a partner before editing.
  • Fifth grade mathematician creating board games with a partner to reinforce math concepts.
  • Middle school geologists analyzing different soil samples in groups and collaborating to develop a list of characteristics for classifying them.
  • Middle school theologians working in teams to produce a short video identifying the major themes and lessons of the Nativity story in Matthew and Luke.
  • High school political scientists working together to write a constitution and answer questions related to criminal and civil cases.
  • High school physicists working on a group project involving force, energy, gravitation, and velocity.
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It was also good to see our community collaborating for Walkathon and Holiday Market. Thank you to all who participated. OCSI was able to raise ¥1.3 million.
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Key dates:
  • 11/22: Professional Day – no school for students
  • 11/23-24: Thanksgiving vacation
  • 12/6: Christmas program, 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/15: 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/16 – 1/3: Christmas vacation

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Did you know that…?

  • OCSI offers the ACT and SAT?
  • Part of OCSI’s vision is students collaborating with others and respecting them as God’s image bearers?
  • OCSI’s website provides links to our calendar, guidance resources, and athletics?
  • Our JV1 girls’ volleyball team was undefeated this season and that our JV2 team did a great job and improved with each game?

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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
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Superintendent

November 17th, 2017|

Elementary students collaborate

Elementary Connections:

When we hear the word collaborate, we often think of students working on a group project or helping each other in class. In reality, however, collaboration can be so much more than that. Collaboration means that each student brings his or her strengths to help the group solve problems and tackle real issues. The ability to collaborate well with others is a skill that will not only help our children be successful in school, but also in life and work.

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 2.58.22 PMAt OCSI elementary we provide our students with opportunities everyday to develop their collaboration skills. It’s a blessing to see them learn from one another and grow as a team. Some of the ways we encourage collaboration include:

  • Circle times that encourage participation and group sharing (PreK).
  • Reading to a partner during Daily 5 (kindergarten)
  • Sharing our writing with a partner to get feedback before editing (1st grade).
  • Creating board games with a partner to reinforce math concepts (5th grade).
  • Designing group posters to share the setting, characters, and plot of a novel (literacy class).

Want to help your child become a better collaborator? Encourage them to listen and make eye contact during conversations, allow for unstructured play time and opportunities to be creative, and model using encouraging words so they can become an encourager as well.

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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P.S. Just a reminder—the elementary chaplain (Mr. Roe) is available to provide personal counseling for students.

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November 9th, 2017|

Good things are happening at OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI, including:

  • 1st grade artists exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing.
  • 4th and 5th grade students thinking deeply about purpose and values in Bible class.
  • 7th grade scientists considering the question, “How are these molecules the same and different?”
  • 11th grade AP English students constructing argument essays, having researched both sides of their chosen issue.
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Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:
  • Ask God to help each student to think from a Biblical perspective.
  • Ask God for increased student involvement in church.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

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Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Superintendent

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November 8th, 2017|

We want our students to collaborate

At OCSI, we want our students to collaborate. We want our students to collaborate effectively, respecting others as God’s image bearers. So, we want our students to…stick-people-2324013_640
  1. Work productively in groups to focus ideas and create artworks that address genuine local and global community needs.
  2. Discuss course content with honesty and kindness.
  3. Establish and sustain positive relationships and build Christ-centered community.
  4. Work with others to solve problems and help each other learn.
  5. Follow discussion guidelines.
  6. Respect other languages and cultures.
  7. Work in groups to serve their audience in performance and to build Christ-centered community.
  8. Demonstrate good sportsmanship that encourages both their own team and opponents to appreciate and develop their skills.
  9. Work productively in groups to design and carry out explorations and experiments.
  10. Follow debate guidelines.
  11. Use digital tools appropriately to enhance collaboration.
  12. Make purposeful suggestions to the group, as they build Christ-centered community.
To help students grow as collaborators, we use a variety of strategies, including:
  • Encouraging active listening.
  • Assigning roles within a group.
  • Debriefing how group work went.

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SuperintendentSays Michael Essenburg, head of school: “Our world needs effective, respectful collaborators. Our world needs collaborators who can serve in different cultures and make an impact for Jesus. I’m glad our students are growing as collaborators.”

November 7th, 2017|

Another great view from OCSI

November 2nd, 2017|

Poster contest, Holiday Market, and more!

PTF Connections:

Poster Contest: Thank you for encouraging your children to join the second annual Christmas poster contest.  The titles of the posters this year are “It’s Christmastime!” (for PreK through grade 2) and “The Meaning of Christmas”  (for grades 3 to 5). All of the posters will be posted on the wall in the gym for Holiday Market and will be returned to the students later. Raffle tickets will also be given to the students who turn in the posters. The winner from each grade will receive a prize at the Holiday Market. If your child hasn’t submitted theirs yet, don’t worry. Please turn it in at the office by Wednesday, November 8.

Holiday Market: Thank you to all the parents who have already been helping with preparations and for signing up to be a PTF vendor staff at the Holiday Market.  We still have flyers at the reception table at OCSI. Please give one to your friends and invite them to join us at the Holiday Market.

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We are still collecting prizes for our raffle table. Please ask your favorite restaurant or bakery if they would be willing to donate a gift certificate. Please email to ptf@ocsi.org if you have any questions and visit our Facebook page. You can also find out more about events that are going on in the OCSI PTF Facebook page.

Sincerely,
Yumi Horii
PTF Director
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November 2nd, 2017|