A lot has been happening at OCSI in the last few weeks! We had a wonderful Walkathon with great weather and memories made even dearer in the shared experience of hard work! Right before the Walkathon, we were super excited to host the opening of the much -awaited Kindergarten Playground! Dr. Coscia presided over the occasion by leading our students in prayer and then cutting the ribbon to signal the “official” opening of our renovated play area. Mrs. Gosin instructed the students in the proper ways to play on each piece of equipment and then they were released to run, slide, and swing! Please see the attached photos for a better glimpse of our mini ceremony.
Welcome to a new addition for the elementary page! It is my hope and desire for this blog to be a format to highlight great moments from the week, interesting educational articles and important information about school events.
Friday we completed wonderful Parent / Teacher Conferences. I say wonderful because as I proclaim loudly around here, PTC days, Open House, Whole School Event days… are among my favorite days of the school year! Any time we get a chance to connect with parents and talk about our (and your) favorite people is a huge blessing! Thank you parents for coming out with nearly 100% involvement and participation. It is a privilege to partner with you in education.
Please take a look at highlights from our school calendar for some other great days that are coming up:
- November 7th – Parent Observation Time from 8:30 – 9:30
- November 8th – Mother’s Read Final Party
- November 15th – The Walkathon!!!
- November 17th – OCSI Holiday – No School
- November 20th – Kindergarten Visit to Yomitan no Sato
- November 25th – 1st and 2nd Grade Harvest Festival and Elementary Pie Day
- November 26th – Teacher Development Day – No School for Students
- November 27th – 28th – Thanksgiving Holiday
During Parent / Teacher Conferences, I hosted a Parent Seminar entitled, “Ready, Set, Learn.” It should be ready for Japanese language publication soon, but in the meantime, I am including the English language presentation in this post. PTCParentSeminarOct14 There are several key points I would like to call your attention too.
- The importance of encouraging your child to speak English in all situations on campus; especially with peers.
- The importance of developing Active Listening skills at all ages.
- The importance of outdoor play and physical activity as directly beneficial to academic success.
These are all areas that we are working to emphasize through direct instruction and procedures at school.
Lastly, if you have opportunity, please take a look at the OCSI photos to see pictures of the K4- 3rd grade students’ Sweet Potato Digging and the 4th and 5th grade students Elementary Camp.