/Events: Kindergarten

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.

Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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August 30th, 2018|

Students celebrate at promotion ceremonies


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.


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..


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|

Check out our character day parade video!

February 28th, 2018|

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.
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


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?


Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)! Please contact us with your questions and concerns.

Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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November 17th, 2017|

What happens in kindergarten?

June 26th, 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|

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!

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January 19th, 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|

Thanks for helping with Holiday Market

PTF Connections:

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Holiday Market! It was a wonderful day filled with music, delicious food, shopping, and fun interaction for our school community.  I hope you were able to come and the see the beautiful artwork from our elementary students. We also were privileged to have musical performances from our secondary choir club and some of our teachers!

holiday-market-2016-2Many people helped make the Holiday Market a success, and it could not have happened without the support of our parent community. PTF was able to raise ¥150,000 that will be used for scholarships and the PlaySafely Campaign!

Many classes will have a Christmas party some time in the next few weeks, so be looking for information from your class parent or homeroom teacher. Helping with events is a great way to support our teachers and students, and it gives us opportunities to connect with other parents.

While the holiday season can be a very busy time for families, I encourage you to make it a priority to reflect together on Jesus’ birth and the meaning of Christmas. I love Christmas traditions and making memories with my family, and we will be sharing ideas on our PTF Facebook page of simple things you can do as a family to make this Christmas season special and memorable.

Thank you always for your support for our school community, and merry Christmas!
Julie Woolery
PTF Director

P.S. If you would like a PTF T-shirt, please send an email to ptf@ocsi.org!


December 2nd, 2016|

Let’s be thankful all year

OCSI Elementary Connections:

Thanksgiving! We need to be thankful all year. But this weekend is a time for us to share with others and recall how blessed we are. For me it is simple/easy to be thankful:

  • God loves us. He wants a relationship with us and all we need to do is recognize our need for him and then choose to follow Him! His grace is something we can always be thankful for in life.
  • I am thankful for my wife and family. They are a gift to me, and I feel blessed.
  • I am thankful for our OCSI family. This includes our staff, our students, and our parents.  What a wonderful place to work, serve and grow as people. This is a fantastic place to be together!  The best way I can do this is to walk closely with God—so I can impact the world for Him. How about you?
  • I am thankful for daily food, health, fresh water, clothing to wear, and a roof over my head! We are so fortunate to have these daily provisions. God is good.

With so many blessings, it is right and good that we serve, share, and give to those around us. How can I be a blessing to others? How can you be a blessing to those around you? Let’s spend time thinking about our blessings this week. Then, let each of us make a plan to better serve, support, and give to others.

Events at OCSI:

  • logo_playsafely_500Our teachers worked hard on our professional development day on November 23rd to strengthen and align our curriculum. Thanks, teachers, for all your hard work.
  • Our annual Walkathon raised money to support the Play Safely Campaign. The funds will be used to build a fence line along the new road on the south end of our campus.  Please consider contributing to this important campaign to maintain strong safety margins for our students.
  • The Parent Teacher Fellowship put together a great weekend event with the Holiday Market. We had about 500 people come to find gifts and enjoy a meal from local food vendors and merchants. OCSI had various singing groups (students, staff, and a local band) provide festive music.
  • 2016-yomitan-no-satoLast week our kindergarten visited Yomitan No Sato to sing, share gifts of food, and provide gifts for the elderly who live at this place.
  • Progress reports: You will find your child’s present levels of performance posted in Jupiter on December 2nd.
  • Our students and teachers are working hard to prepare for the Christmas concert. Once again we will be performing at the Yomitan Cultural Center at 7:00 PM on December 2nd. Please have your children at the hall by 6:30 PM. The students are awesome singers!  Come enjoy a great family night.
  • Christmas Vacation: The last day of school before break is Friday, December 16th, 2016.  Our first day back to school is Wednesday, January 4th, 2017.

Brad Jernberg, elementary principal
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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November 26th, 2016|