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June 26th, 2017|

We’re getting ready for next school year

OCSI Connections:

We are celebrating all the good things that happened last school year, and we are already preparing for next school year:
  • New textbooks are being processed.
  • Student schedules are being developed.
  • The summer packet is being prepared and will be sent out in late July. (Please return your forms by Friday, August 11.)
2017-06 Gym

Did you know that…?
  • Work being done on the gym (see above photo) so that our students can enjoy more years of play? We are sealing the roof and painting part of the exterior.
  • You can contact principals with your questions about policy and curriculum?
  • OCSI’s mission is to equip students to walk with God and impact the world for Him?
  • OCSI is moving to MAP testing for grades 3-8 next school year? MAP testing fits more with what we teach, is less disruptive to the teaching schedule, and provides more useful data reports for parents/guardians and teachers. For additional information, please see the parent guide.
  • All students entering grade 5 and grade 9 must submit a satisfactory tuberculosis screening (skin test or x-ray), unless they submitted a satisfactory tuberculosis screening when entering grade 4 or grade 8?
  • Parent/guardian survey results have been reviewed by the Leadership Team and Steering Committee and that they are already being used to help OCSI get ready for its spring 2018 accreditation visit? (In response to survey feedback, this “Did you know that…?” section is being added to OCSI Connections. This section is designed to provide parents/guardians with helpful information.)
Please keep the following dates in mind:
  • 7/4: Independence Day observed – no school, office closed
  • 7/13: Summer School ends
  • 7/14-21: Office closed

Thank you for being part of our school community and for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren). 

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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June 22nd, 2017|

New textbooks have arrived

We’re excited that new textbooks have arrived for Bible, English, health, and social studies! Textbooks are a valuable resource to help our students…

  • 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.
June 20th, 2017|

Check out the view from OCSI

June 15th, 2017|

Thanks for praying for OCSI

We are celebrating OCSI’s 60th! We celebrated with graduations for K5, 5th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade.

Join our celebration of OCSI’s 60th by checking out our annual report
It includes good things that happened this year and student-made videos!

Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Praise God for using OCSI for 60 years to reach Japan for Jesus.
  • Ask that God will use our summer school program to help our students deepen their understanding of God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Pray that the entire OCSI family will do all in God’s strength, learning to wait and listen to the wise counsel He provides.
  • 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 in Japan.

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Check out this video which celebrates OCSI’s athletic program!

June 10th, 2017|

Celebrate our 8th graders’ completion of middle school!

On evening of Friday, June 9, the OCSI community celebrated the 8th graders’ completion of middle school. Those attending the ceremony enjoyed watching a video, hearing speeches from three students and one teacher, and seeing students receive their certificates. Following the ceremony, a reception was held.

June 9th, 2017|

5th graders celebrate finishing elementary school

On June 7, the OCSI community joined with 5th grade students to celebrate their promotion ceremony. Those attending the ceremony enjoyed watching the student processional, listening to three student speeches, watching students receive their certificates, and hearing Mr. Pallman, Mrs. Faulkner, and Mr. Carpenter speak.

June 7th, 2017|

Kindergarteners showcase learning at promotion ceremony

At the June 7 kindergarten promotion ceremony, students in K3, K4, and K5 showcased their learning:

  • K3 students recited 1 John 4:16 and sang “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
  • K4 students recited Genesis 1:1 and several nursery rhymes, and sang “Give Thanks” and “I’m a Little Teapot.”
  • K5 students recited the Lord’s Prayer, sang “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” and explained what they wanted to become when they grow up.

Next, Mr. Essenburg presented diplomas, and Mrs. Ikehara and Mrs. Reid shared their best wishes for their students. 

June 7th, 2017|

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

On June 2, the OCSI community celebrated the high school graduation of the 27 members of the Class of 2017. Six seniors were National Honor Society Members, 13 seniors were honor graduates, and college-bound seniors received US$$1,339,116 in college scholarships and grants.

Graduates’ plans include joining the work force (3)and attending college (24). Colleges acceptances and fall enrollments* are as follows:

  • Abilene Christian University*
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Butler University
  • California State University Los Angeles*
  • City College of San Francisco*
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University*
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Hosei University (Japan)*
  • Jacobs University (Germany)*
  • Keio University (Japan)*
  • Kent State University
  • Liberty University
  • Lipscomb University*
  • Meiji Gakuin University (Japan)
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)*
  • San Francisco State University*
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Hong Kong)
  • Schiller International University (Germany)
  • Seattle University
  • Sophia University (Japan)*
  • Spokane Falls Community College*
  • Temple University (Japan)*
  • Toccoa Falls College
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Hawaii Manoa
  • University of Maryland University College*
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Oregon
  • University of the Sciences*
  • University of Texas at San Antonio*
  • Walsh University*
  • Waseda University (Japan)*
  • Wingate University
  • Winthrop University
  • Wellesley College
  • York University (Canada)*

Take a walk down memory lane on the campus of OCSI with the graduating Class of 2017. There was much Pomp and Circumstance and donuts.

June 6th, 2017|

It’s been a great year

PTF Connections:

Hello, OCSI Parents!

I can’t believe the 2016-2017 school year is almost finished! It has been a great year for our school, and I am proud of the many ways you and our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) have helped support our teachers and school community.

This year PTF funds (which come from the activity fee and Holiday Market fundraiser) were used for:
PTF provided refreshments and assistance at many school events: Elementary Math Night, Elementary Reading Night, New Parent Information Meeting, Prospective Family Open House, and the Faculty/Staff Christmas Party. Parents connected through the Motheread class and ESL Bible study, which are sponsored and led by PTF committee members.

Thank you to all the parents who have served as class parents and helped with classroom events throughout the year!
Thank you also to all the parents who helped with the Holiday Market in November. The Holiday Market is a special time for our school community to come together and celebrate the unique talents in our school and island community. Your involvement in these events makes a difference in your child’s education, and we appreciate you!

And a very special thank you to our PTF Committee for 2016-2017! 
These parents met regularly throughout the year to plan and organize all the PTF events, and very little would happen without their service and commitment. Thank you Yumi Horii, Takako Manzaki, Carrie Young, and Kiomi Novak.  We are also happy to announce that Mrs. Yumi Horii will serve as our PTF Director for the 2017-2018 school year! Mrs. Horii has been very involved in PTF since her family came to OCSI, and we are excited that she is willing to serve in this position.

Thank you for the privilege of working together to help our school community
.  Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you next school year!
Julie Woolery
PTF Director

May 31st, 2017|