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Our students and staff are growing

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OCSI Connections:

Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you to help your child(ren) grow in their knowledge of God’s world, in their skills (thinking, communication, collaboration), and in their use of learning to serve God and others. We are excited that…

  • Kindergarten readers are using sounds to check words when they are reading a book.
  • First grade readers are mastering sight words.
  • Third grade readers are enjoying having 8th grade reading buddies.
  • Fourth and 5th grade athletes are improving their soccer skills.
  • Sixth grade readers are finishing The Golden Goblet, a historical fiction novel set in ancient Egypt.
  • Seventh grade scientists are testing plant growth, and 8th grade scientists are demonstrating how rocks are weathered.
  • Ninth grade historians are learning the differences between Christianity and Hinduism.
  • Twelfth grade Bible scholars are learning stewardship principles.
  • High school linguists are writing essays in Japanese.

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I’m also glad to see our staff growing. This year, for example, staff are…

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

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Key dates:

  • 11/17: Holiday Market
  • 11/21: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/22-23: Thanksgiving Vacation—office closed
  • 11/30: Christmas Program—early dismissal (12:30)
  • 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

Please note: In an effort to keep our commitment to providing instructional days, 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 helping your child(ren) grow. 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

November 13th, 2018|

The holiday season is here!

PTF Connections:

The holiday season is here and we have lots of activity around the corner! The Poster Contest is already in progress, so please have your child participate in order to receive a free raffle ticket for the Holiday Market. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, November 13th. Winners from each grade will be announced at the Holiday Market and will each receive a prize bag.

Holiday Market

On November 17th, our annual Holiday Market will include a selection of local craft artists, international foods, and an outdoor festival for the kids. We also have the secondary students’ choir concert at the cafeteria. The outside festival will include a free mini zoo with a selection of goats, sheep, guinea pigs, and tortoises. It will also offer a variety of games such as ring toss, ladder toss, feed the animals, yo-yo, and puyo puyo balls. The mission team will also be fundraising by providing two bounce houses for the kids to jump around. Inside, the PTF will have its own table at the Holiday Market, providing coffee and snacks for donations and also selling the remaining OCSI sweatshirts, PTF T-shirts, and OCSI towels. So, be sure to stop by and visit us to get your own OCSI apparel while supplies last.

In addition, if you are interested in donating for raffle prizes, please feel free to drop off items in the gym on Tuesday, November 13th, at 3:00pm or contact us to make other arrangements. 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. And, join us for our fun, family event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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And, lastly but most importantly, we would like to thank our parents for attending the Flea Market. We had an amazing time of camaraderie between the students, teachers, and parents. We would especially like to thank Cactus for donating delicious cinnamon rolls to raise money for books to donate to our school library.

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PTF Director,
Yumi Horii

November 9th, 2018|

Greetings from the PTF

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PTF Connections:

This month has been an amazing month for our students. Despite the many typhoon interruptions, the PTF held its first coin war, raising over ¥170,000. We would like to thank our students, parents, and teachers for their cooperation in making it such a successful fundraiser, exceeding our expectations. As a result, the ice cream party will be for all students! The winners will receive select prizes from their classroom wish list. For example, the elementary winner, Mr. Logan’s 3.2 Class, has requested beanbag chairs and lamps for the reading corner.

In addition, we will be using these funds to purchase…

  • Science goggles and a variety of indoor board games for the elementary students.
  • For secondary, funds will be given to the mission team to assist in their trip to the Philippines. The secondary winners will also receive fun prizes like homework passes and other prizes, dependent on their teachers.

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We would also like to thank our parents for attending the Japanese college guidance session.  There were more than 30 parents at this event, allowing Mr. Suzuki to explain the updated college information in Japan. This will help secondary students and parents in making informed decisions about their future college plans. We are hoping to plan another college guidance session again to promote awareness of colleges in Japan and around the world.

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On November 2nd during parent teacher conferences, the PTF will be hosting a flea market.  This is a great opportunity for parents and students to earn money selling used items. And possibly a chance to get a good bargain! Participation is straightforward and easy—no booth fee or application, instead, simply bring whatever goods you want to sell and do so from 9AM to 12PM. Also, 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. Many groups will be fundraising for class trips, sports trips, and mission trips. There will also be snacks and drinks for purchase or donation.

Holiday Market

On November 17th, the PTF will host our annual Holiday Market. This will include a selection of local craft artists, international foods, and an outdoor festival for the kids. Details for the outside festival are still in progress; however, we will definitely have a selection of carnival-style games. Therefore, please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates. And join us for this fun family event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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In addition, we just ordered new OCSI sweatshirts, and they are available for purchase! So, please check them out in our PTF “mini store” in the corner of the front office. We are also selling PTF t-shirts and OCSI towels there.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email us at ptf@ocsi.org.

Yumi Horii
PTF Director

October 27th, 2018|

Our students are involved in science

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Elementary Connections:

This school year OCSI elementary is implementing the Next Generation Science Standards from kindergarten through 5th grade. Our new curriculum includes both hands-on experiences and literacy connections. Science and engineering education includes investigations into the natural world as well as how engineers design and build systems. We hope to encourage all students to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas in the following domains: physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering.

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What does this look like in your child’s classroom?

  • Pre-K: Students have the opportunity to take care of stuffed animals in the dramatic play center which is set up like a pet store, and they are learning how to care for animals.
  • 1st grade: Students investigated how an apple tree grows and changes. They made predictions and then looked at the inside of an apple and counted the seeds and made homemade applesauce. Next, they’ll be exploring how an animal’s body parts help it live, grow, and find and catch food.

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  • 2nd grade: Students learned about habitats and biomes and created a classroom pond habitat they could develop and add their own animals to.
  • 4th grade: Students began an investigation with magnets and explored the question, “What sticks to magnets?” Students made predictions about what materials would stick to the magnets, as well as discovered the two sides of a magnet and the invisible magnetic field.

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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Megan Roe

October 17th, 2018|

Students are our future

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OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we believe that students are our future. We believe that students are full of potential, and that they are responsible for their learning and responsible for using it to serve God and others. Consequently, we are excited that…

  • Kindergarteners have increased their reading skills.
  • Second graders have increased their understanding of map, globes, and how to give directions using north, south, east, and west.
  • Fifth grade mathematicians focused on factorization and exponents.
  • Seventh grade scientists learned how food molecules travel through the body.
  • Ninth grade historians deepened their understanding of the role of law in society.
  • Eleventh grade writers demonstrated their understanding of The Screwtape Letters, satire, human nature, and letter organization by writing a new Screwtape letter satirizing a flaw in human nature that they see at school.
  • Twelfth graders studied how calorie intake affects body composition.

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

On October 8, OCSI hosted an open house for parents interested in enrolling their children. The open house included an opening presentation and campus tour. Thanks for continuing to recommend OCSI!

On October 8, OCSI hosted an open house for parents interested in enrolling their children. The open house included an opening presentation and campus tour. Thanks for continuing to recommend OCSI!

Key dates:

  • 11/2: Parent/Teacher Conferences—no school for students
  • 11/12: OCSI Holiday — no school for students, office closed
  • 11/17: Holiday Market (note: We will not be holding Walkathon this year.)
  • 11/21: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/22-23: Thanksgiving Vacation—office closed
  • 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
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Secondary teachers focus on ways to differentiate instruction for students.

Thank you for allowing us to assist 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

Holiday Market

October 11th, 2018|

We’re off to a great start!

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Secondary Connections:

We’re off to a great start! Thank you for allowing OCSI to partner with you in your child’s education! If you know others that might be interested in joining the OCSI family, please use the Referral Coupon for a possible tuition discount.

Today is progress report day. Please check your student’s grades online through Jupiter, as paper report cards will no longer be sent home. If you have any issues with your Jupiter login, please let me know.

Our College and Career Counselors, Mr. Suzuki and Mrs. Lopez, have been meeting with student to help them in meeting their post-high school goals. We have already had several universities visit and share with our students. If you are interested in attended college information sessions, please refer to the OCSI calendar for dates.

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Dress code is always an issue for students, and I want clarify a couple of things:

  • Skirts/shorts should reach mid-thigh in front and back.
  • Ripped jeans are acceptable as long as no skin is showing. For example: there are tights under them or a patch has been sewn to cover the hole. 3) Skinny jeans, for both boys and girls, must fit in a modest manner. Administration reserves the right to determine if pants are too tight and need to be changed.

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There have been a few questions about attendance:

  • If your child needs to leave campus early for any reason, please come to the office and let them know you will be taking your child. The office staff will contact your child’s class and have them sent to the office. Please allow at least 10 minutes for your child to make it to the office after your arrival. Students must check-out in the office, with a parent, before leaving campus. Please keep your student informed, as much as possible, so they can communicate with their teachers about missing class.
  • Students may only miss 7 periods of any class, each quarter, to receive credit. These are any absences that are not school related (excused/unexcused). If your child will be absent for an extended period, please notify the office ahead of time so we are aware and teachers can prepare classwork for you child before leaving. In cases of 8 or more absences, extenuating circumstances will be considered.
  • Please remember that morning supervision does not begin until 8:00 am. In addition, students should be off campus by 3:30 pm.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. Have a fantastic weekend!

Sincerely,
Brynn Childers, secondary principal
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September 21st, 2018|

It’s a privilege to partner with you

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OCSI Connections:

We count it a privilege to assist you with the education of your children by providing Christian education (Deuteronomy 6:1-7). We partner with you to help your child grow and reach his/her potential.

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We also partner with you by communicating about what’s happening at OCSI. We post grades online, email newsletters, have open house, and have conferences twice a year. We also share good things that are happening, for example:

  • PreK-kindergarten students are mastering daily routines.
  • 2nd grader writers are adding details to help the reader make a mental picture.
  • 4th grade scientists are soaking up our new science curriculum and showing much excitement through Tuesday “investigation days.”
  • 8th grade social scientists are practicing discussion skills, and our 8th grade mathematicians worked in groups to solve 2-step equations.
  • High school media designers are making a virtual yearbook that will come to life through video.
  • 11th grade Bible scholars are analyzing passages in Genesis.

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

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Another way we partner with you is through PTF. We are excited about PTF’s plans for Holiday Market on Saturday, November 17. While plans are not yet finalized, there will be good vendors, good food, good fellowship, and more—see you there! (Last year, Holiday Market was combined with Walkathon. This year Walkthon will not be held. This Leadership Team decision followed a review of staff and parent input, an assessment of Walkathon results and staff workload, and PTF’s decision to focus on Holiday Market and to not take on Walkathon.)

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Key dates:

  • 10/8: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/2: Parent/Teacher Conferences—no school for students
  • 11/12: OCSI Holiday — no school for students, office closed
  • 11/17: Holiday Market
  • 11/21: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/22-23: Thanksgiving Vacation—office closed

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Thanks again for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your student(s). 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

P.S. Please share how much you love OCSI with your friends who might be looking for a school (see the Referral Coupon for details).

September 20th, 2018|

Greetings from the PTF!

PTF Connections:

Welcome to a new year at OCSI! The PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) is here for YOU. It is a great way to be a part of your student’s life at OCSI. The purpose of the PTF is to connect with other parents, support our teachers and staff, and strengthen our school community. These connections are made by participating in classroom events like field trips and field day and/or PTF events like the Holiday Market, Teacher Appreciation Week, and the Flea Market. Therefore, please join us for an exciting year!!

We would like to thank the parents who attended the general meeting on 7th September and brought such a great amount of treats that we were able to share not only among ourselves but the staff as well. It is so encouraging to see such an impressive amount of our parents so willing to dedicate their time. We are blessed to have such support and look forward to making this year better than the last.

We also appreciate that many parents already submitted the volunteer sign-up sheet. Keep a lookout for emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities to connect, as we are sorting through an amazing amount of responses from the volunteer forms. So, thank you for taking the time and effort to fill out these forms.

This month, on September 24th, there will be a Japanese college guidance meeting, in which Mr. Suguki will be sharing important information concerning Japanese colleges. Then starting September 26th, Mr. Roe will be hosting an English conversation class every Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In addition, every Friday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Mrs. Roe will also be hosting a parenting class. This a great opportunity to improve and develop English language skills while also gaining insights into Biblical parenting values.

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Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates. And, don’t forget to check out our PTF “mini store,” selling PTF T-shirts and OCSI towels, in the office corner.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email us at ptf@ocsi.org.

PTF Director,
Yumi Horii

September 14th, 2018|

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!
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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.
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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
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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.

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

August 30th, 2018|

Thank you for partnering with us

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Elementary Connections:

Thank you, families, for partnering with us to equip your children to walk with God and impact the world for Him. This school year brings with it numerous exciting changes that will help your child grow and learn more. I hope this school year brings more opportunities to deepen the partnerships between our school, our families, and our community.

Some of the exciting new things in elementary include…

  • New science curriculum (K-5) that encourages a hands-on approach to learning and investigation; for more information about FOSS kits and the Next Generation Science Standards, please go to https://www.fossweb.com/what-is-foss
  • Standards based report cards that help families know how to best support their children.
  • Playground structures and campus improvements to increase safety and student enjoyment.
  • New lunch program that meets the individual needs and preferences of students.

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Ways you can partner with us…

  • Do you have an idea for a learning trip? We’d love to hear it!
  • Volunteer with PTF to help in the classroom, with special events, and more.
  • Help support our students and classrooms with supplies from the Elementary Wish List.
  • Share how much you love OCSI with your friends that might be looking for a school (see the Referral Coupon for details).

We look forward to seeing you around campus, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or to request more information.

  • Questions or information about bus, lunch, or billing: info@ocsi.org
  • Questions or information about academic topics: classroom teacher or elementaryprincipal@ocsi.org
  • Questions or information about PTF events and volunteer opportunities: ptf@ocsi.org
  • Questions or information about new student admissions: admissions@ocsi.org

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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Megan Roe

August 28th, 2018|