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Focusing on helping students communicate truthfully and effectively

OCSI Connections:

OCSI focuses on communication. We focus on helping students communicate truthfully and effectively. It’s good to see:

  • Students listening to devotions on encouraging each other.
  • Pre-K students learning winter vocabulary words.
  • Second graders discussing how to communicate empathy and respect for each other.
  • Fifth graders creating original vocabulary sentences each week before the spelling test.
  • Sixth graders performing a skit based on the 12 resurrection appearances of Jesus.
  • Eighth graders debating human nature, using information from the Bible and The Pearl.
  • High schoolers creating documentaries, using academic vocabulary as they write in their math journals, and programming an Arduino micro-controller.

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Did you know…?

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Key dates:

  • 1/26: Teacher work day – no school for students
  • 2/5: Open enrollment, with new students being given available seats
  • 2/19: Presidents’ Day – no school
  • 3/13-16: Accreditation visit: A team of 5 educators (led by Dr. Mohler of ACSI) will read our accreditation report, visit classrooms, look at documents, hold meetings, and identify OCSI’s overall strengths and growth areas.
  • 3/21: Conferences

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Please complete re-enrollment (re-registration) by Friday, February 2:

  • Please note that re-enrollment (re-registration) is earlier than last year. This is because we have several classes that are nearing capacity, and we want to help incoming families to be able to apply starting February 5 so they can make informed decisions before the Japanese school year starts in April.
  • Please reserve your seat by February 2 for next school year before new students are admitted (starting February 5). Please come to the office to make payment (8:00-3:30). Please bring your completed re-enrollment form. For further information, please see this lettertuition/fee schedule, and re-enrollment form, all of which were mailed and emailed to you in December.

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Road construction: January 30 – mid March, the stretch of road from our front gate to the road at the top of the hill will be closed (see photo, yellow highlights).

  • Parents dropping off their children will need to (A) come up the hill from Route 6 to the front entrance (see blue highlights) or (B) use the back entrance (see blue highlights).
  • Our buses will be parked along the elementary playground. So 8:00 – 845AM, everyone should refrain from using the road between the front drop-off area and the elementary playground. OCSI will post orange cones and provide further directions.

Road Construction Map

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 God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

P.S. Check out photos of how students are communicating!

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January 24th, 2018|

Another great sunset!

January 23rd, 2018|

Helping students develop communication skills

Elementary Connections:

We all want our children to become effective and honest communicators, able to express their opinions and desires in kind and loving ways.
At OCSI we also want them to be proficient in writing, reading, listening, and speaking in English. This month has been full of opportunities for your children to develop their communication skills:

  • E9C5FCBF-AD1A-4E33-8CCA-C827A246AE5FChildren are learning winter vocabulary and played karuta (Japanese card game) with winter word cards during circle time (pre-K).

  • Children can receive “share passes” during Writer’s Workshop time, and they get to share their writing with the class and celebrate their progress together (kindergarten).

  • Children are always encouraged to say “please” and “thank you” and to use kind words all the time (kindergarten).

  • Children shared with each other about a special activity they did over Christmas break, and they were asked to use their senses (I saw, I heard, etc.) as they communicated in order to make it more effective (1st grade).

  • Children are consistently discussing how to communicate empathy and respect for each other, in the pursuit of becoming a better team (2nd grade).

  • Children create original vocabulary sentences each week before the spelling test and then get three friends to peer-edit them. They are also learning that being honest is being helpful (5th grade).

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Next month, elementary will celebrate the Week of Reading with guest readers, a character parade, Dr. Seuss birthday parties, buddy reading, pajama day, and a 5th grade read-in. We are planning some fun and exciting reading activities for your children here at school, and we hope that you will come celebrate with us at Family Reading Night on March 1. More information about this special week coming soon!

If you’re a preK-2nd grade parent and you’d like to learn how to more effectively read and discuss books at home with your child, please join Mrs. Julie Woolery for her Mother Read class, starting January 25 (2-3 p.m.).

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

P.S. Check out the schedule for our Week of Reading and the reminder about re-enrollment (re-registration)!

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January 17th, 2018|

Get involved through PTF!

PTF Connections:

Happy New Year! How was Christmas for everyone?  I hope all of you had a fun time with your family.

We thank many of you for attending the coffee morning on December 15!  It was an enjoyable coffee time with our guest speaker, Mr. Tony Novak, the chef from Mogu Mogu Cooking, who shared his cannoli, a traditional Italian pastry.

PTF is planning to continue to hold occasional events with morning coffee or afternoon tea and guest speakers. If you would like to recommend someone to be a guest speaker, please contact us at ptf@ocsi.org.

PTF’s popular class, Mother Read, starts in a few weeks.  This course will be taught by Mrs. Woolery.  Through this course, you can learn the joy of reading English books with your child(ren) at home and tips for making it even more enjoyable.  Mother Read welcomes all parents from PK3 to 2nd grade, including those who are not confident with their English levels and have been hesitant to attend.  This course is filled with fun and laughter, and everyone can enjoy it even if they cannot speak in English.

  • There will be 8 classes in this course, which will take place at Room 202 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Thursdays.  Parents are welcome to participate in the classes at any time and whenever it’s convenient.
  • We look forward to seeing many of you in Mother Read classes!

PTF would also like to host cooking classes.  Would you like to volunteer to show other parents how to cook one or two dishes?  As OCSI parents come from various countries, we would like for you to share recipes of some cuisines of your own country.  If you are interested, please contact us at ptf@ocsi.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Yumi Horii
PTF Director

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January 16th, 2018|

In transition? Use a RAFT!

OCSI Connections:

Transitions are part of our lives, and they range in size. We transition from home to school. We transition from the school to spring vacation. We transition elementary to middle school. And upon graduation, we transition to college and career.

What are some big transitions you’ve experienced? Big transitions I’ve experienced include moving from Japan to the US in 1973, going off to college in 1981, and moving from the US to Japan in 1987. And as I look back on my transitions, I found that “[l]eaving right is a key to entering right.”

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You might be wondering, “What can help me or my student leave right?” One thing I’ve found that helps is the RAFT model. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Reconciliation: With whom do you need to reconcile?
  • Affirmation: To whom do you want to say thank you?
  • Farewell: To what people, places, and possessions do you want to say good-bye?
  • Think destination: How does your destination compare to your current situation?
We use the RAFT model with our seniors to help them transition to college and career. Here are some examples of how we do this:
College Career Resources

Another thing I’ve found that helps people leave right is doing personal reflection. Here are some questions that are designed to help you do some initial reflection:
  • What words come to mind when you think of “transition”?
  • What excites/concerns you about transition?
  • What do you think of the following statement? “Leaving right is a key to entering right.
  • What helps/hinders healthy transition?
  • How helpful is the RAFT model?
Remember, transitions are part of life, and “[l]eaving right is a key to entering right.” (If you found this helpful, you might like to read The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition.)

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

P.S. Want to use the RAFT model to do some further reflection? Try the list of questions below!

Reconciliation (Ephesians 4:32):
  • What does “reconciliation” mean?
  • What’s comfortable/comfortable about reconciliation?
  • How can reconciliation help you leave well?
  • With whom do you need to reconcile before your leave?
  • What will you do?
Affirmation (I Thessalonians. 5:11):
  • What words come to mind when you think of “affirmation”?
  • How do you feel about giving affirmation?
  • How can affirmation help you leave well?
  • Whom do you want to affirm before you leave?
  • What will you do?
Farewell:
  • What words come to mind when you think of “farewell”?
  • What’s satisfying/unsatisfying about saying farewell?
  • How can saying farewell help you leave well?
  • What people, places, and possessions do you want to say farewell to?
  • What will you do?
Think destination:
  • What’s your destination like?
  • How do you feel about your destination?
  • How can thinking about your destination help you leave well?
  • How is your destination the same/different than your current setting?
  • What will help/hinder your adjustment to your destination?
  • What’s next?
January 16th, 2018|

Thanks for praying for OCSI

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January 12th, 2018|

Happy New Year!

OCSI Connections:

Happy New Year to you and your family! I trust you had a good holiday. My wife and I enjoyed visiting with family in the US.

Essenburg Family

Re-enrollment (re-registration) begins on Friday, January 5:

  • Please note that re-enrollment (re-registration) is earlier than last year. This is because we have several classes that are nearing capacity, and we want to help incoming families to be able to apply starting February 5 so they can make informed decisions before the Japanese school year starts in April.
  • Please reserve your seat by February 2 for next school year before new students are admitted (starting February 5). Please come to the office to make payment (8:00-3:30). Please bring your completed re-enrollment form. For further information, please see this lettertuition/fee schedule, and re-enrollment form, all of which were mailed and emailed to you in December.

Key dates:

  • 1/5: Re-enrollment (re-registration) begins.
  • 1/15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no school
  • 1/26: Teacher work day – no school for students
  • 2/5: Open enrollment, with new students being given available seats
  • 2/19: Presidents’ Day – no school

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
Calendar • Contact • Donate • Handbook • Prayer Guide • Facebook • Typhoon

Superintendent

January 3rd, 2018|

We want our students to communicate

chat-1294839_640At OCSI, we want our students to communicate. We want our students to communicate truthfully and effectively. So, we ask our students to…
  1. Use language and art to communicate about and through art.
  2. Read the Bible with attention to internal consistency, historical context, literary genre, and study helps.
  3. Follow directions, clearly express thoughts and needs, and speak the truth in love.
  4. Use accurate research, share Biblical teaching, and use language ethically and to serve others.
  5. Refine their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
  6. Communicate in Japanese both effectively and truthfully.
  7. Interpret and use data accurately and ethically.
  8. Refine their music-related skills and effectively perform music that communicates truth about God, His world, and the human experience of living in it.
  9. Speak respectfully to teammates, opponents, and authority figures.
  10. Report accurately and effectively, based on quality research and responsible experimentation.
  11. Use accurate research, share Biblical teaching, participate effectively in civic discussion, and use their voices as citizens to promote peace and justice.
  12. Communicate information and ideas ethically and effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  13. Express and interpret information and ideas using woodworking vocabulary in ways that are appropriate to colleagues, customers, and employers.

Kindergarten Christmas Program

SuperintendentSays Michael Essenburg, head of school: “Our world needs truthful, effective communicators. Our world needs communicators who serve others. I’m glad our students are growing as communicators.”

January 3rd, 2018|

Merry Christmas!

OCSI Connections:

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family! I want to thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. I trust that you and your family will have a refreshing, relaxing holiday.

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We are already looking forward to serving you again next school year. Information about tuition and fees for next school year has been emailed and mailed. Re-enrollment (re-registration) begins on January 5. Please pay in the office during office hours (8:00-3:30), and please bring your re-enrollment form.

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Did you know that…?

  • Part of OCSI’s vision is students communicating truthfully and effectively?
  • OCSI is a member of the Child Safety and Protection Network?
  • OCSI has admissions priority groups? Group 1 is Christian worker families, which honors OCSI’s heritage. Group 2 is international families, which helps OCSI maintain diversity and English speakers. Group 3 is Japanese families, which helps us include our local community.
  • Our blog has entries on student learning, parent newsletters, prayer letters, and more?
  • Naviance provides college and SAT prep materials?

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Key dates:

  • 12/15: 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/16 – 1/3: Christmas vacation
  • 1/4: Classes resume
  • 1/5 – 2/2: Re-enrollment (re-registration) begins. Reserve your seat for next school year before new students are admitted. Please come to the office to make payment (8:00-3:30). Please bring your completed re-enrollment form. For further information, please see this letter and the tuition/fee schedule that were mailed to you earlier this month.
  • 1/15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no school
  • 1/26: Teacher work day – no school for students
  • 2/5: Open enrollment, with new students being given available seats
  • 2/19: Presidents’ Day – no school

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Thanks again for partnering with us, and have a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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

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December 13th, 2017|

Elementary in action

Elementary Connections:

Merry Christmas! It was so wonderful to see all of your children performing in the Christmas program last week, and I’m looking forward to the PreK and kinder program this Friday. We really do have such talented students here at OCSI. We would like to say thank you for partnering with us in the education of your children. I am so grateful for a school community that supports each other and partners with teachers to do what’s best for student learning.

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Want to see what a typical morning at school looks like for your child? On January 8, we would like to invite you to campus for Kite Day celebrations and to spend time observing in your child’s classroom.

We are excited to be able to offer after school clubs for our elementary students in kindergarten (K5) through 5th grade beginning from January 23. We know that providing extra-curricular opportunities are important to families, and we hope that you will find a club that interests your child. A big thank you to the teachers who have volunteered to lead these clubs!

1/5 – 2/2: Re-enrollment (re-registration) begins. Reserve your seat for next school year before new students are admitted. Please come to the office to make payment (8:00-3:30). Please bring your completed re-enrollment form. For further information, please see this letter and the tuition/fee schedule which were mailed home earlier this month.

Dates to remember:

  • 1/4: School resumes

  • 1/8 Kite Day & Parent Observation time

  • 1/15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no school

  • 1/26: Teacher work day – no school for students

  • 2/5: Open enrollment, with new students being given available seats

  • 2/19: Presidents’ Day – no school

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

P.S. Check out the video of the elementary Christmas program!

December 12th, 2017|