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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
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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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|

How did OCSI grow during the past school year?

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OCSI Connections:

I’m excited that as an organization, OCSI grew this year. Ways that come to mind include:

  1. Elementary offered six after school clubs (cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running).
  2. Secondary students participated in the drop-everything-and-read program.
  3. We renewed classroom technology, equipment, and fixtures—new iMacs in the computer lab, teachers equipped with convertible chromebooks, old classroom air conditioning units being replaced, and some new student desks and chairs in elementary.
  4. Students, parents/guardians, and staff worked together on the accreditation process.
  5. OCSI increased the number of professional memberships, including the Child Safety and Protection Network.
  6. We improved our curriculum so it is further in line with best practice and research.
  7. Elementary purchased instructional materials for science.
  8. We implemented MAP testing for grades 3-8.
  9. We made improvements to our gym—the outside walls of the building were sealed and painted, and exterior LED lighting was installed.
  10. We refined our Schoolwide Action Plan, based on recommendations from the visiting accreditation team.

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Did you know that…?

  • We celebrated graduations for kindergarten, grade 5, grade 8, and grade 12?
  • Our library is open during summer school?

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Key dates:

  • 6/21: Summer school begins
  • 7/4: Independence Day – no school
  • 7/17: Summer school ends
  • 8/21: Classes begin (see the school calendar on our website 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

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June 15th, 2018|

Another good year at OCSI

We’ve had a good year at OCSI! Check out 1 or more sections of OCSI’s annual report:
Please continue to pray:
  • Praise God for another good year at OCSI.
  • Ask God for travel safety as OCSI staff and students travel over the summer.

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

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June 14th, 2018|

Students celebrate at promotion ceremonies

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At the June 12 kindergarten promotion ceremony, students sang “The Phonics Song,” recited the Lord’s Prayer, sang “First Grade, First Grade,” and received their diplomas.

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Also on June 12, the OCSI community celebrated with 5th grade students at their promotion ceremony. Those attending the ceremony enjoyed watching the student processional, listening to three songs and two student speeches, and watching students receive their certificates..

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On evening of June 13, the 8th graders celebrated their completion of middle school. The promotion ceremony included a video, speeches from two students and one teacher, and students receiving their certificates.

June 13th, 2018|

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

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On June 8, the OCSI community celebrated the high school graduation of the 30 members of the Class of 2018. Seven seniors were National Honor Society members, 15 seniors were honor graduates, and college-bound seniors received US$1,035,748 in college scholarships and grants.

Graduates’ plans include joining the work force (3) and attending college (22), while some are not yet decided (5). Colleges acceptances and fall enrollments* are as follows:

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Belmont University
  • Biola University
  • Chowan University
  • College of Wooster
  • George Fox University
  • Grand Canyon University*
  • Hofstra University
  • Hosei University*
  • Lee University*
  • Liberty University
  • Meiji Gakuin University*
  • Morningside College
  • Nashville State Community College*
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Sophia University
  • Southern Maine Community College*
  • Temple University Japan*
  • Texas State University
  • Tokyo International University*
  • Tusculum University
  • University of California Irvine*
  • University of Georgia*
  • University of Maryland University College*
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of NC Pembroke
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of San Francisco*
  • University of Tsukuba*
  • Waseda University*
June 8th, 2018|