/Events: Kindergarten

Kindergarteners reach out at Yomitan-no-Sato

November 22nd, 2016|

Join us for Holiday Market on November 19


November 18th, 2016|

Join us for Walkathon on Saturday, November 12

We’re looking forward to Saturday, November 12! Why? Because that’s when OCSI is hosting its annual Walkathon. This is a wonderful opportunity to build community, exercise, have fun, and raise needed funds for OCSI.

You might be wondering, “What are funds from this year’s Walkathon designated for?” That’s a good question. As part of our PlaySafely Campaign, funds will be used to help us put poles and netting between our playing field and the new public road.

To learn more, please visit Walkathon and PlaySafely Campaign.

See you on Saturday, November 12!




October 15th, 2016|

Kindergarten Sports Day goes well

On September 22, kindergartners and their parents gathered at Sera-en, the park near OCSI. The day went really well!

October 3rd, 2016|

OCSI Elementary Connections: August

Welcome back to OCSI for our 2016-2017 school year!  We are so excited to have all our families back here to begin what will be a wonderful adventure in learning!  I will be sending out a monthly memo this year to let you know of all the activities taking place each month and let you know about school events.  You will find a calendar of events for the month, specific details of major events, and thoughts regarding your child’s education.  Please note that we have changed our school handbook to an electronic version. You can locate all information about our student handbook, and it can be read in English or Japanese.

We are eager to start working with your child and look forward to meeting you at our Open House this Friday on August 26th (6:00- 7:00 PM for grades 1-5)This is a time to meet your child’s teacher and to learn about our new math program:

  • 6:00 – Start in cafeteria with Mr. Jernberg.
  • 6:20 – Meet with your child’s teacher.
  • 6:40 – Meet with specialists or second teacher.
  • Students who attend must stay with parents.

Please keep the following dates in mind (for further information, please check our school calendar):

  • 8/26: Open House 6:00- 7:00 PM (grades 1-5)
  • 9/8: Welcome new families!  Coffee and cookies from 6:00-7:00PM, sponsored by PTF!
  • 9/15: Math Night (6:00-7:00PM): You can learn even more about our math program.

Thank you for part of our school community. I’m looking forward to see you on Friday at Open House. 

Brad Jernberg, elementary principal
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August 22nd, 2016|

Kindergarteners showcase learning at June 6 graduation

At the June 6 kindergarten graduation, students in K3, K4, and K5 showcased their learning:

  • K3 students recited 1 John 4:16 and sang “Wonderful Love” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
  • K4 students recited Genesis 1:1, sang “Rejoice in the Lord Always” and “I’m a Little Teapot,” and dramatized “Pease Porridge Hot.”
  • K5 students recited the Lord’s Prayer, sang “For It Is by Grace You Have Been Saved,” demonstrated letter blends, and explained what they wanted to become when they grow up.

Next, Mr. Jernberg presented diplomas, and Mrs. Ikehara and Mrs. Gosin shared. 

Kindergarteners receive their diplomas from Mr. Jernberg, elementary principal.


June 7th, 2016|

Students think critically about their learning in student-led conferences


As her teacher looks on, a student reports to her mother what she has learned in 1st grade.

Friday’s student-led conferences were exciting! Why? Because students and parents had good conversations about learning. 


A 4th grader shares her learning portfolio with her parents.

One elementary teacher said, “The students did a great job of communicating.” A middle school teacher commented, “The parents were so encouraging.”


A 5th grader discusses his learning.

To prepare for these student-led conferences, students selected samples of their work, assessed what they had learned, reflected on what made a piece of work satisfying or challenging, and set goals. Students then presented their findings to their parents.


A middle school student assesses what he would do differently on his geography project the next time.

As you can see, student-led conferences required students to do a significant amount of critical thinking. At OCSI, we want students thinking critically about their learning. We want them thinking about what worked well and what could be done better next time because we know this will help them both now and in the future.


A high school student presents her learning portfolio to her parents.

Thanks to all who worked to make this day a success!

April 2nd, 2016|

Walkathon 2015 Video!

November 30th, 2015|

Sweet potato digging with kindergarten!

November 2nd, 2015|

Walkathon 2015

OCSI’s Walkathon is coming soon! Please register for this special event here: https://goo.gl/QSOVeF2015Walkathonflyer

October 21st, 2015|