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We want our students to grow

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OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we want students to grow. One way we help students grow is by having students reflect on questions, for example:

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  • What does this story teach us about God or about what we should do?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How did God make me special?
  • When faced with two conflicting instructions, how do you determine which to follow?
  • How do predictions help comprehension?
  • What does it mean for a computer/robot to be considered intelligent?

Another way we help students grow is by involving them in service projects like cleaning up beaches and churches, visiting nursing homes, using the fine arts to share the Gospel, engaging OCSI elementary students in music and sports, and more!

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

Key dates:

  • 3/21: Conferences – no classes
  • 4/8-12: Spring Vacation – no school
  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30
  • 8/21: First day of classes (see calendar for further dates)

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

March 14th, 2019|

Greetings from PTF!

imagePTF Connections:

Next week, on the 12th of March, is the International College Fair. This is a very important event, so please attend and get valuable information. It is open to all and free, so spread the word as well. This is our first time hosting an International College Fair, and we hope it will be a success. If you are interested in helping with this event, please sign up at this link or simply come by and support us.

Starting March 16th, on Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:00, there will be recreational soccer for the parents and staff of OCSI. OCSI high school students 16 and above are also welcome to join. The purpose is to make new acquaintances and socialize while enjoying a small workout playing soccer! If you are interested, please contact fellow OCSI parent, Alex (LINE ID: ruskya or by email at alex_rusky@yahoo.co.jp).

Flea MarketAnother important date is the 21st of March, as it is the student teacher conferences and our second flea market of the school year. There is still time to participate; simply email us and fill out an application to reserve your free spot. Also, there will be a table for OCSI family and friends to advertise their businesses. So please bring flyers, pamphlets, brochures, or business cards to place there so other families can obtain information and learn about your business.

In addition, the school welcomes volunteers throughout the year. So if you would like to help monitor PreK and elementary students during their lunch and recess times, please sign up through this link. Also, the track and field program would love to partner with volunteers who would be willing to supervise and encourage athletes as they perform coach-given workouts while the coaches work with different events or individuals. Contact Coach Robbins at katelinrobbins@ocsi.org. Thank you for your support 🙂

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email us at ptf@ocsi.org. Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates.

Yumi Horii, PTF director

 

March 8th, 2019|

Greetings from the PTF

PTF Connections:

Last month, the PTF held its second general meeting. We are very thankful for the parents that were able to attend and provide feedback on our events like Coin War, Holiday Market, and Fall Flea Market. For those who were unable to attend, the link for the presentation is posted on the school website under PTF and in our LINE group.

This month, the school held another Japanese college guidance session. We appreciate all the parents that were able to attend and hope the information was useful. Please feel free to contact Mr. Suzuki and/or Mrs. Lopez for college guidance information.

Also, please remember March 12th is our International College Fair. This is a very important event for our high schoolers, middle schoolers, and parents. We are looking for volunteers to help the event – please contact the office for more info!

College guidance

This week is a very exciting week for the Elementary kids, as it will be Reading Week. The kids will be able to dress up as their favorite characters from books, bring in their favorite books, and share the magic of reading. On Thursday, February 21st at 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Mrs. Woolery, our literacy support teacher, will be hosting Family Reading Night, which will include story time, crafts, and snacks. PTF will be donating new books for this event for kids to take home. Hope to see many friendly faces there!

Flea Market

Next month on the 21st of March during Student-Led Conferences, PTF will be hosting the Spring Flea Market. This is a great opportunity for parents and students to get rid of their used items, find good bargain, and also get experience as sellers and buyers.

  • If you are interested in participating in this event, please email us and submit an application free of charge.
  • If you do not have a table and would rather not be on the ground, simply rent one from us for $5.00 or ¥500.
  • In addition, there will be snacks and drinks for purchase/donations and hopefully some fun games for the kids.
  • Would you like to introduce your business to the rest of OCSI? We will save a table at the Flea Market so bring in your flyers, business cards, coupons, etc. before or on that day so other parents can pick up your information!

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email us at ptf@ocsi.org. Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, and the OCSI website for updates.

Yumi Horii, PTF Director

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February 18th, 2019|

Thank you for the privilege of educating your children

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OCSI Connections:

We are glad to partner with you in the education of your children! We want to help your children grow, and we’re glad to see…

  • PreK students reaching out to each other. For example, one student helped another student cut pieces of paper.
  • Kindergarten mathematicians solving addition and subtraction problems.
  • First grade linguists expanding their vocabulary by using action worlds.
  • Second grade authors writing award nominations for their favorite books.
  • Third grade scientists collaborating while working to understand the effects of magnetism.
  • Fourth and 5th grade musicians learning guitar chords.
  • Sixth graders comparing the Biblical beliefs with beliefs of other religions.
  • Seventh grade scientists using microscopes to investigate what living things are made of.
  • Eighth grade artists thinking about how they draw and practicing their techniques.
  • High school students developing their leadership skills.
  • Tenth grade readers learning how to analyze a literary work from different perspectives.
  • High school scientists using concept maps to deepen their understanding of key principles and exploring Greek and Latin in order to master vocabulary.
  • Seniors applying for college entrance.
Check out the books written by our first graders!

Check out the books written by our first graders!

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

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Key dates:

  • 2/11: Open enrollment begins
  • 3/21: Conferences – no classes
  • 4/8-12: Spring Vacation – no school
  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30
  • 8/21: First day of classes (see calendar for further dates)

Please note: Please remember that we will be having class on February 18 (previously a school holiday). If you have questions or concerns about sending your child(ren) to school on February 18, please contact the appropriate principal.

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Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

February 7th, 2019|

Helping students become effective communicators

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Elementary Connections:

At OCSI we want your children to become effective communicators, including being effective writers. Through the Writer’s Workshop program, your child is encouraged to write on a variety of topics and in a variety of genres. Writing can help your child discover new things, reflect on their experiences, and teach others a new skill or idea. Here are some of the ways the teachers here at OCSI are helping your children become better writers:

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“In Pre-K, students draw and write in notebooks. They are practicing their pre-writing skills. Parents can help at home by providing time with playdough to strengthen fine motor skills to prepare for future writing activities. In PreK we start helping our children the proper way of holding the pencil. Figuring out if the student is left or right handed.
We do appreciate parents’ support at home. In your child’s free time please give them a crayon or pencil and a paper to write, draw etc. It is also great if you as parent could spend time with your child. Make it a fun or game type of writing or drawing with your child. Not just giving your child a crayon and a paper.” — Mrs. Pallmann

“In Kindergarten, many of my students like to draw pictures, and I always encourage them to write something about their pictures. Most of them can tell what they drew but are hesitant to write. So, we start by just labeling their pictures and hoping they will become comfortable writing something about their pictures soon. Parents at home can integrate technology and mobile devices to motivate their students to write. Perhaps do a selfie adventure with their students and then use the pictures to encourage them to write something about their adventure. They can also take selfies of their favorite books, pets, or places they have been. With helpful prompts, I believe students will have fun writing!” — Mrs. Ikehara

“In 1st grade we have just completed our ‘how to’ writing unit! We have learned all about how to use “time” words and tell things in sequential order. We are moving into a short letter writing unit and will even be writing to first graders in Singapore! Parents may want to help their children by writing notes or letters to their child at home. They may also want to help their children write to someone who lives far away and go to the post office together to mail the letter!” — Mrs. Fox

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“In 5th grade we become better writers by becoming better readers and then by writing what we read about. This quarter we read biographies and the students created posters and gave presentations on their findings. This was great for understanding informational texts and looking at historical figures through the different lenses of the authors the students read.” — Mr. Doerksen

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Megan Roe

February 5th, 2019|

Welcome back from Christmas vacation 

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PTF Connections:

We hope everyone had an amazing break and enjoyed spending time with their families and relaxing. We are pleased to announce the kids hoodies have arrived and the kids love them. We have already sold over seventy percent of our stock, exceeding our expectations. We are grateful for the support of the OCSI families, and we hope everyone enjoys the design and style as much as we do.

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On January 14th, 2019, during the classroom observation and kite day, the PTF will be selling our OCSI adult sweatshirts and kid hoodies at the sale price. This special price ends soon, and there is a limited quantity, especially in the kids’ colors and sizes. We plan on submitting an additional order for the kids hoodies. However, we will need parents to submit an order form and payment to ensure the desired color and size as we are not ordering any stock beyond that. This order will be placed next week so please submit all orders as soon as possible as this is the final opportunity to do so.

In addition, please check in with the office for classroom observation day on the 14th of January. Each class has its own time schedule for this event so please ask for your respective grades. It will be a busy day as both secondary and elementary parents will be on campus for this event—so please plan accordingly. We look forward to seeing all our elementary families cooperating together to get their kites in the sky and enjoying the opportunity to observe the secondary and elementary classrooms to see the students’ learning environments.

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On January 24th, 2019, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM, the PTF will be hosting its second general meeting. This meeting will review our recent events, provide information about upcoming events, and allow us an opportunity to discuss feedback from these topics for future planning. We also plan to have coffee and snacks so we can have time to relax and meet and greet each other at the beginning of the meeting. We hope everyone can attend and enjoy themselves. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email us at ptf@ocsi.org. Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates.

PTF Director,
Yumi Horii

January 11th, 2019|

Help students reach their potential and live for Jesus

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OCSI Connections:

Thank you for giving us the privilege in 2019 of assisting you with the education of your child(ren). At OCSI, we want to help your child(ren) learn, reach their potential, and live for Jesus. We are excited to see

  • Pre-K students blossoming in their creative expression.
  • Kindergarten mathematician learning addition using objects and counters.
  • Second grade actors using their speaking skills as they performed a nativity play for their parents.
  • Third graders looking at maps and documents to figure out mysteries in social studies.
  • Fourth and fifth grade linguists learning stroke, stroke order, and number of strokes for writing in Japanese.
  • Elementary musicians learning that there is no H in the musical alphabet and that A comes after G.
  • Sixth grade Bible scholars studying the price Jesus paid in the crucifixion.
  • Seventh grade scientists making their own ecospheres and 7th grade artists using 1-point perspective to draw their dream rooms.
  • Tenth grade English students understanding the importance of listening to understand, instead of listening to critique.
  • High school scientists asking questions and seeking evidence.
  • High school computer scientists learning JavaScript functions.
During the January teaching staff meeting, teachers celebrated what students have learned so far this year.

During the January teaching staff meeting, teachers celebrated what students have learned so far this year.

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

Key dates:

  • 1/21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no classes for students
  • 3/21: Conferences – no classes
  • 4/8-12: Spring Vacation – no school
  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30

Please note: Please remember that we will be having class on January 25 (previously a teacher work day) and on February 18 (previously a school holiday). If you have questions or concerns about sending your child(ren) to school on January 25 and/or February 18, please contact the appropriate principal.

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Thanks again for the privilege of assisting your with the education of your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

January 10th, 2019|

Christmas break is here!

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PTF Connections:

Christmas break is here! We hope you enjoy this special time with your kids.

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This year’s annual Holiday Market was an amazing, enjoyable family event, exceeding expectations.  A big, heartfelt thank you to the OCSI staff, parents, and students for making this possible. Your participation and assistance made this event not only fun, but also successful in raising ¥165,631. We had a great selection of vendors, offering creative items, and lots of exciting activities for the kids. The mission team was especially instrumental in providing bounce houses for the kids to jump around and offering drinks to families, raising $209.75 and ¥113,541 for their trip to the Philippines.

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We have heard your requests for kid sweatshirts and are currently collecting pre-orders to determine the quantities for the sizes and colors. We will be placing this order soon. So, please submit your orders now! In addition, we are having a special holiday sale for sweatshirts, offering 3 for ¥7,000, 2 for ¥5,000, and 1 for ¥2,700.  The PTF shirt is also on sale now for ¥500 and can be found in our mini store in the office.  So be sure to stop by and visit us to get your own OCSI apparel while supplies last.

On January 24th, 2019 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM, we will be having a PTF general meeting. This will be a good opportunity to mingle with other parents, provide feedback on recent events, and learn about upcoming events. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email us at ptf@ocsi.org. Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates.

PTF Director,
Yumi Horii

December 14th, 2018|

What do you love about the Christmas season?

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Elementary Connections:

What do you love about the Christmas season? For me, I love the extra time with family and friends, yummy food, and singing Christmas songs to celebrate the birth of Jesus at church. Elementary students have been preparing for Christmas through special activities and music performances. Here’s a few ways that OCSI students celebrated the Christmas season…

  • Pre-K students used a nativity scene in the dramatic play center to retell the Christmas story.
  • Kindergarten students practiced their Christmas music and made wreaths and angels.
  • 2nd grade students wrote about how they could light up the world with kindness.
  • 2nd grade students wrote and drew the gifts they hope are in their stocking.
  • Art students created original Christmas cards to share with friends and family.
  • 4th grade students counted down the days to Christmas with an advent calendar and took turns adding parts of the manger scene to share the story of Jesus’ birth each day.
  • 3rd and 5th grade students made original ornaments to decorate the classroom and to give as gifts.

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Are you looking for ways to connect with your children this Christmas break?  If so, check out this blog post for some creative and simple ways to engage your children this break and keep them learning. Looking for ways to make Christmas more meaningful for your children? This blog has lots of simple ideas you can try to create special memories and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Many local churches offer Christmas Eve services so you can celebrate the birth of Jesus as a family.

Wishing your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Megan Roe

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December 13th, 2018|

It’s a privilege to partner with you

Elementary students sing during their November 30 Christmas program.

Elementary students sing during their November 30 Christmas program.

OCSI Connections:

Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you to educate your child(ren). We are pleased to provide you with a Christian-focused, Western-style education that…

  • Explores a Christian perspective in all areas and subjects using the Bible and other Christian resources.
  • Focuses on the student as a whole person.
  • Emphasizes higher order thinking skills.
  • Involves the parents as team members in the educational process.
  • Administers discipline in a fair and consistent manner to modify inappropriate behavior.
  • Places a realistic emphasis on grades.
  • Uses a variety of assessment tools.
  • Emphasizes a realistic college selection process.
  • Uses English as its language of instruction and requires the acquisition of a high level of English to be successful.
  • Emphasizes developing a personal worldview and living consistently using that worldview.
A bigt thank you to everyone for making Holiday Market a success!

A big thank you to everyone for making Holiday Market a success!

Key dates:

  • 12/14: Early Dismissal (12:30), Christmas Vacation begins
  • 1/7: Classes resume
  • 1/21: School Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)—no classes for students
  • 3/21: Conferences – no classes
  • 4/8-12: Spring Vacation – no school
  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30

Please note: In an effort to keep our commitment to providing instructional days and in recognition of missing instructional days due to typhoons in the fall, we will be having class on January 25 (previously a teacher work day) and on February 18 (previously a school holiday). If you have questions or concerns about sending your child(ren) to school on January 25 and/or February 18, please contact the appropriate principal.

Secondary students perform during their December 7 Christmas program.

Secondary students perform during their December 7 Christmas program.

Thanks again for the privilege of helping you educate your child(ren). If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
Calendar • Contact • Donate • Handbook • Prayer Guide • Facebook • Typhoon

Superintendent

December 7th, 2018|