/Expected Student Outcome: Communicate

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).


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.).

Megan Roe, elementary principal
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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|

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|

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.


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

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|

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.”


December 1st, 2017|

Secondary students drop everything and read

Did you know that reading has the following 9 benefits?

  1. Builds knowledge
  2. Improves achievement
  3. Increases motivation
  4. Increases vocabulary
  5. Improves writing
  6. Builds background knowledge
  7. Improves understanding of text structures
  8. Develops empathy
  9. Develops personal identity

These 9 benefits are identified by the authors of Disrupting Thinking, and we want our students to gain all these benefits! So, Thursday afternoons secondary students are dropping everything and reading. They are spending 25 minutes of uninterrupted silent reading time with their homeroom teachers.

We kicked off our Drop Everything and Read program on Thursday—it went well!

  • Students and teachers were deeply engaged with books.
  • There were boxes of books or classroom libraries in each room, and activities to help students choose a book.
  • Said one 9th grade homeroom teacher, “I had kids who were so excited about certain books they had to janken over who got it. No apathy for reading in 9.1!”
  • A middle school homeroom teacher said, “My students all came with books already chosen. We didn’t even do any introductory activities, but just got right to reading.”

We’re looking forward to a lot of enjoyment as well as growth through reading this year!


August 25th, 2017|

Students celebrate learning at Authors’ Tea

At today’s Authors’ Tea at Sera En, 3rd grade reading fair winners were recognized, and 4th and 5th graders presented books they had written and published. The event, attended by parents, included a picnic lunch.



May 19th, 2017|

Culture Fair is a success!

OCSI’s elementary school had its Culture Fair Friday, March 17. Third, fourth, and fifth graders made group presentations to the kindergarteners and first and second graders who cycled through their classrooms.

Upper elementary students have been preparing for weeks. Each group of 4 students was assigned a country, and the groups collaborated to research their country, create displays, and communicate in their presentation. The displays included many hands-on models to engage the younger children, including games, musical instruments, money replicas, houses, clothing, and food.

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the day a success!


Parents prepare a delicious lunch for students!

March 17th, 2017|

Students celebrate reading

Kindergarten and lower elementary students and teachers celebrated reading by dressing up as characters from books. They them made parade around campus, while parents, staff, and secondary students cheered them on!

2017-01-19 Character Day

January 19th, 2017|

Student scientists inquire, create, and communicate

At OCSI, we want students to understand the world, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to create products and solutions. Sixth through 10th graders demonstrated all of these competencies at the science fair Friday. Projects included such topics as insect behavior, neuroplasticity, and using food scraps to grow new food.

In preparation, students had followed the scientific method, posing a question or problem, forming a hypothesis, conducting a procedure, collecting data, and drawing a conclusion. Then they created a display. Friday they set up their displays at Sera-En (a facility next to the school) and used their displays to present their findings to peers, teachers, and judges.

The world is full of problems to be solved and questions to be answered. How can we clean up oil spills most effectively? How does the wording of a question influence how people answer? How does temperature affect battery life? Science is one of the ways we can solve problems and answer questions.

We want OCSI students to do science well in order to live in God’s creation with awe and wonder, to care for it, and to help others by solving the problems.


Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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January 13th, 2017|

Christmas program celebrates Jesus’ birth

Friday night elementary students entertained family and friends with their annual Christmas program in the auditorium of the Yomitan Cultural Center. The students presented a Biblical view of Christmas and sang a variety of songs, including “Remember Jesus” and “You Gotta Have Hope.”

Mrs. Reasoner, the elementary music teacher, is excited that students learned about music and learned life lessons about overcoming fear, including that the adrenaline they feel as nerves before a program can help them do a better job of performing.

Congratulations to all students for a fine performance! Thank you to all teachers who helped students prepare, and thank you to all those who came to enjoy the program.
December 3rd, 2016|