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Christmas break is here!

Holiday Market

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
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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
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Superintendent

December 7th, 2018|

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.

Holiday Market

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
Secondary teacher focus on ways to differentiate instruction for students.

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|