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What good things happened this year?

OCSI Connections:

We want our students to understand God, His world, and their place in it; we also want our students to use their learning to serve. Here are some of the ways this has happened this past year!

  • Students presented their artwork to a group and received feedback from their peers.
  • Students built a greeter stand for Keystone Church.
  • Students used accurate research to examine different perspectives on the Civil War. This led into discussing our rights and roles as citizens.
  • Students prayed for their families.
  • Several students ministered on worship teams in local churches.

As you may recall, we are doing our Spring Packet differently this year. In the past, we asked for forms as part of re-registration. However, this year we moved re-registration earlier and asked parents/guardians to submit forms by Friday, April 28. Some of these forms were sent home, while other forms were posted online (Lunch Request Form for K3-Grade 5Referral Coupon, and Tuition and Annual Fee Payment Plan Selection). Please…

  1. Download and print the appropriate forms. (You can stop by the office to pick up a printed copy, or you can ask your child to pick up a copy.)
  2. Remember that all families must submit the Tuition and Annual Fee Payment Plan Selection form.
  3. Complete the appropriate forms. Please check the forms to be sure you have provided all necessary information.
  4. Submit the appropriate forms to the office by Friday, April 28.

Please note that we will be sending out our annual survey in May. We value your input, and your input will be used to help us more effectively equip your child(ren).

And please keep the following important dates in mind:

  • 4/28: Spring Packet forms due
  • 5/4: Progress reports
  • 5/5: Children’s Day – no school
  • 5/29: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/9: 2nd semester ends (12:30 dismissal for students)

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)!

2017-04-20 Fence

P.S. We have extended the fence on the elementary playground. This will help our students PlaySafely. We invite you to give a gift to PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US to help cover installation costs.

April 27th, 2017|

Thank you!

PTF Connections:

Thank you to all our parents and students who brought gifts for our teachers and staff this last week for Teacher Appreciation Week! I am so thankful to be part of a community that recognizes the hard work and service given every day to our students.  Thank you for your generosity!

OCSI is hosting a track tournament on Saturday, April 22 (staring at 9:00 a.m.), at the track in Kadena Town.  We are in need of parents to volunteer that day.  Please email ptf@ocsi.org or athleticdirector@ocsi.org if you are able to help.

Sincerely,
Julie Woolery
PTF Director
April 13th, 2017|

Thank you!

Check out more photos on Instagram!

OCSI Connections:

2017-03 ElementaryThank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your students. Through our Christ-centered program, we are working to help each student reach his/her potential. And we are excited that students are achieving the expected student outcomes
Students are…
  • Understanding God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Thinking critically and Biblically.
  • Collaborating with others, respecting them as God’s image bearers.
  • Communicating truthfully and effectively.
  • Creating ideas, products, and solutions.
Check out these blog posts which include examples of what students are learning!

Each spring we ask parents/guardians to update information. While some of the information forms are being sent home this week with the oldest child, other forms are available online:
  • Please review our Spring Packet. Next, please download, fill out, and return appropriate forms to the office by Friday, April 28. For example, please download the Tuition and Annual Fee Payment Plan Selection.
  • Please note that students entering grades 5 and 9 next year need to download and submit a satisfactory Tuberculosis Screening Form by Friday, August 4, unless they submitted a satisfactory TB screening when entering grade 4 or grade 8.

Please keep in mind the following important dates:

  • 4/3-7: Spring Break – no school, office closed
  • 4/14: 12:30 dismissal for students, professional development for teachers in the afternoon
  • 4/21: 1st and 2nd grade Kid City
  • 4/28: Elementary Field Day, Jr/Sr Banquet, Spring Packet forms due
  • 5/4: Progress reports
  • 5/5: Children’s Day – no school
  • 5/29: Memorial Day – no school

Please note that the date for opening the new road has been moved back. We will let you know when you can use the new road to get to school

And please celebrate with us that poles and netting have been installed on our playing field! This will help our students PlaySafely. We invite you to give a gift to PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US to help cover installation costs.

2017-03 Poles and Nets

March 31st, 2017|

Middle school students are learning!

Middle School Happenings:

What have middle schoolers been learning?

  • 6th grade science students have begun studying Newton’s Laws of Motion. As part of their studies, they built their own “Newton’s Cradles.”
  • In 6th grade social studies, during a unit on China, students learned about Confucianism and morality. Students also delved into the topic of relativism and discussed how people decide what is right or wrong.
  • In 8th grade social studies, students participated in a U.S. Civil War simulation. They tried to imagine what it would be like to be a soldier fighting against one’s own countrymen.
March 15th, 2017|

Good things are happening in high school

Students and teachers from the AmerAsian School recently visited.

High School Happenings:

2017-03-15 DissectionThe marine biology class had the opportunity to dissect rays and sharks on one day and bony fishes another. Each dissection group had a different organism, and students were able to compare and contrast their specimen with those of the other groups. This was a great opportunity for the students to see (and even touch and smell!) some of the animals they have studied in class.

We had students and teachers visit from the AmerAsian School in Ginowan, Okinawa. Their students shadowed a few of our 8th and 9th graders for the day. They attended class with our students and experienced a different culture of education while creating new bonds of friendship!

The Student Store is open once again! The Junior class is learning about inventory, ordering, and calculating profit margins as they sell chips and candy items during lunch. Proceeds from the store will fund part of the cost of the Junior/Senior Banquet.

2017-03-15 Student Store

March 15th, 2017|

Good things are happening!

5th graders are learning how to communicate through oral biography reports.

OCSI Connections:

Yes, good things are happening at OCSI! For example, students continue to learn about God, His world, and their place in it:

  • K5 students are learning to compare height, length, weight, and capacity.
  • 2nd graders are learning to take surveys and use the data.
  • 8th grade mathematicians are collaborating and communicating with one another to apply systems of equations to real-world scenarios.
  • High school computer scientists are building a robot capable of sensing and following a line.

Another good thing that is happening is that we are putting forms online so parents can get a copy without having to go to the office or wait until they are sent home. For example, each spring we ask parents to update information. While some of the information forms will be sent home later in March with the oldest child, other forms are available now online.

  • Please review our Spring Packet.
  • Please note that students entering grades 5 and 9 next year need to submit a satisfactory Tuberculosis Screening Form by the first Friday in Augustunless they submitted a satisfactory TB screening when entering grade 4 or grade 8.

And finally, poles and netting are being installed on our playing field! This will help our students PlaySafely. We invite you to give a gift to PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US to help cover installation costs.

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March 9th, 2017|

Important and exciting things are happening

Read-In students enjoy the dinner brought in by our wonderful parents!

PTF Connections:

Hello, Parents! We have only a few months of school left in this school year, but some important and exciting things are happening soon.
  • Please remember to re-register your children for next school year! Open enrollment starts next week, and classes are filling up.
  • Also, continue to tell your friends about OCSI, and encourage them to apply. Your personal recommendation is very effective in reaching new families.

One of the things I love the most about OCSI is our loving and dedicated teachers. We will have Teacher Appreciation Week April 10-13 (the week after Spring Break).

  • Plan to do something special for your children’s teachers that week. You can give a small gift or write a thank you card.
  • We will be posting ideas of ways to say thank you on the PTF Facebook page.
  • We will also host a brunch for the teachers on Thursday, April 13. Please bring brunch items (breakfast, lunch, snacks, etc.) to the office that morning, and the teachers will be able to enjoy it throughout the day.
  • If you have any questions, please email ptf@ocsi.org.

Thank you for your continued support for your children and our school community!

Julie Woolery
PTF Director

 

2017-02-27 Open House
We enjoyed having prospective parents come for open house on February 27!
March 1st, 2017|

Students involved in hands-on learning

High School Happenings:

Mr. Lloyd’s Intro to Computer Science students are currently learning how to program microcontrollers to control servo motors and read information from sensors. Advanced Computer Science students have recently made a self-watering hydroponics system growing chili plants with fish and are currently working on an “Internet of Things” motion-activated light with LEDs.

We are excited about the hands on learning that will be taking place in some of the middle and high school science classes during the 3rd and 4th quarter. Different classes will dissect such things as earthworms, fish, crawfish, frogs, and pigs. Pictures to come!

This week high school students and teachers are saying farewell to Mrs. Reihle. Mrs. Reihle has served faithfully at OCSI and will truly be missed. We also are welcoming Mrs. Lesley Cashon to the OCSI family. Mrs. Cashon recently moved to Okinawa and will be covering the Biology, Chemistry, and Marine Biology classes for the remainder of the year.

February 22nd, 2017|

PTF involved in refurbishing a meeting place

PTF Connections:

Hello, parents! Thank you for your continued support of your children and our school.  It is wonderful to see so many parents at the different school events throughout the year. Your presence and support shows your children that learning and education are important.

This past month our PTF Committee has been working to help refurbish the guest apartment on campus. We did this so that OCSI can better accommodate guests and to provide a place PTF can use to host meetings, classes, and Bible studies.  We are excited to begin using this space soon!

Some of the events PTF is assisting with this spring are:
  • February 10: Elementary Family Reading Night
  • February 27: Open House for Prospective Families—please invite families who are interested in OCSI! You can contact the office for more information.
  • April 10-13: Teacher Appreciation Week

If you would like more information about these events or have questions about PTF, please email ptf@ocsi.org.

Thank you,
Julie Woolery
PTF Director

February 3rd, 2017|

Second semester is off to a good start

OCSI Connections:

2017-01-25 Student LearningWe’re off to a good start:

We want to share with you key dates for next school year:
  • 8/22/17: First day of classes
  • 9/4/17: Labor Day Holiday
  • 9/18/17: Professional Development Day – no school for students
  • 10/9/17: Professional Development Day – no school for students
  • 11/3/17: Parent-Teacher Conferences – no school for students
  • 11/13/17: OCSI Walkathon Holiday (tentative)
  • 11/22/17: Professional Development Day – no school for students
  • 11/23 – 11/24: Thanksgiving Vacation – no school for students
  • 12/15/17: Last Day of School before Christmas Vacation – early student dismissal at 12:30
  • 12/16 – 1/3: Christmas Vacation
  • 1/15/18: Martin Luther King Day Holiday
  • 1/26/18: Teacher Work Day – no school for students
  • 2/19/18: Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • 3/21/18: Conferences
  • 4/2-4/6: Spring Vacation
  • 5/4/18: Golden Week Holiday
  • 5/28/18: Memorial Day Holiday
  • 6/13/18: Last day of classes – early student dismissal at 12:30

We also invite you to attend a parent seminar: Understanding and Managing ADHD: A Practical Guide for Parents

  • Where? Sera-en (next to OCSI)
  • When? Friday, March 3, 6:45-8:00 PM
  • Who? Dr. Gail Tripp and Dr. Shizuka Shimabukuro (professors from OIST)

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with your child’s education.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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P.S. Thanks for making arrangements to have your child(ren) arrive on campus no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and leave the campus by 3:30 p.m. 

午前8以前に登校させないように午後3時半迄に下校するように保護者が取り計らってください。

January 27th, 2017|