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Spirit Week full of fun

As we head into the end of the 2nd quarter, high school has been working hard to finish well. From the completion of exams, to the Science Fair, to participation in Spirit Week and Homecoming, the students have been steadily moving along.

This year’s Science Fair was a combination of middle and high school science classes. Students displayed their experiments and showed how they gained understanding of the application of scientific principles in daily life.

Spirit Week 2017 was a fun celebration of OCSI spirit! The dress up days were a wonderful way to show class unity. At the pep rally, the seniors showed their spirit by cheering the loudest for the Spirit Stick. The class cheer performances were well done, exhibiting how well the classes worked together. Later that night at the homecoming game, we saw the crowning of the homecoming king, Kenny Loomis, and queen, Selena Lucas. The week was topped off by the exciting boys’ basketball game where the Crusaders beat the Zion Lions 41-33.


January 20th, 2017|

Middle schoolers enjoy events

It has been a busy time for middle school students. After returning from a nice Christmas break, students have worked to get ready for several events:

  • 2017-01-20 MS6th grade students assisted the kindergartners with their Kite Day.
  • All middle school students prepared for the Science Fair on Friday, January 13th.
  • English classes had their individual class spelling bees. (The All Middle School Spelling Bee will be on Tuesday, January 24th.)
  • Students were able to participate in some fun as well, as we had Spirit Week from January 17th to 19th.
  • Each month, we are focusing on a particular character trait that we hope to see reflected in our students’ actions. This month, we are looking for examples of self control. This is a trait that we all need to have!
As we move into the 3rd quarter, students will need to remain focused as we are now halfway through the year!
January 20th, 2017|

Use LIFE skills to support children

OCSI Connections:

Good things happened during first semester at OCSI, including:

During second semester, I encourage you to continue supporting your child(ren). I encourage you to continue using LIFE skills:
  • Listening: I feel supported when people listen to what I am sharing, and I like it when people listen to understand me (instead of listening to critique me). Children do, too. How about you? And how can you listen even more effectively to your child(ren)?
  • Inquiring: Ask questions to get your child(ren) thinking. Ask questions all day long, for example: What did you learn today? What’s one question you asked today? Why did you ask that question?
  • Focusing: God made us as social beings. Being focused on or paid attention to helps children thrive.
  • Encouraging: Life is challenging, and we all need encouragement. Please continue to encourage and support your child(ren).
Please keep the following dates in mind:
  • 2/13-17: Service Week, grades 6-12
  • 2/20: Presidents’ Day – no school
  • 2/21: Progress reports
  • 3/13: OCSI Holiday – no school
  • 3/20: Elementary student-led conferences & secondary parent-teacher conferences – no school for students
  • 3/24: 3rd quarter ends
  • 3/27: 4th quarter begins
  • 3/29-31: Achievement testing (grades 1-8)
  • 4/3-7: Spring break – no school

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

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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2017-01-20 Construction
P.S. Thanks for your patience and understanding with the road construction that is happening at the far end of the playing field. Thanks also for supporting our PlaySafely Campaign, as we raise funds to install poles and netting between the playing field and new road. We invite you to give a gift to the PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US.
January 20th, 2017|

Happy New Year!

PTF Connections:

I pray you had a blessed Christmas and New Year’s celebration. If your family is like mine, we thoroughly enjoyed relaxing together over Christmas vacation, but we were also happy to return to school and our normal routines.

This spring PTF will help make sure you are aware of opportunities to support your children in their studies and show appreciation to our wonderful teachers. It is basketball season, so try to come to a basketball game with your family and support our school. You can find the schedule on the OCSI website.

Elementary parents, I hope to see you next Monday at Kite Day! Kite Day is an exciting day for our children, and it is a fun time to reconnect with other parents. There will also be special things happening for all students during Spirit Week, so check the OCSI website and Facebook page regularly for information.

We will have Teacher Appreciation Week on April 10-13. More information about this will be coming to you soon, but if you have ideas about ways we can show appreciation for our teachers, please email ptf@ocsi.org.

Julie Woolery
PTF Director

P.S. Don’t forget to wear your PTF T-shirt to school events!  If you would like to purchase a T-shirt, send an email to ptf@ocsi.org.
January 6th, 2017|

Thanks for helping with Holiday Market

PTF Connections:

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Holiday Market! It was a wonderful day filled with music, delicious food, shopping, and fun interaction for our school community.  I hope you were able to come and the see the beautiful artwork from our elementary students. We also were privileged to have musical performances from our secondary choir club and some of our teachers!

holiday-market-2016-2Many people helped make the Holiday Market a success, and it could not have happened without the support of our parent community. PTF was able to raise ¥150,000 that will be used for scholarships and the PlaySafely Campaign!

Many classes will have a Christmas party some time in the next few weeks, so be looking for information from your class parent or homeroom teacher. Helping with events is a great way to support our teachers and students, and it gives us opportunities to connect with other parents.

While the holiday season can be a very busy time for families, I encourage you to make it a priority to reflect together on Jesus’ birth and the meaning of Christmas. I love Christmas traditions and making memories with my family, and we will be sharing ideas on our PTF Facebook page of simple things you can do as a family to make this Christmas season special and memorable.

Thank you always for your support for our school community, and merry Christmas!
Julie Woolery
PTF Director

P.S. If you would like a PTF T-shirt, please send an email to ptf@ocsi.org!


December 2nd, 2016|

Let’s be thankful all year

OCSI Elementary Connections:

Thanksgiving! We need to be thankful all year. But this weekend is a time for us to share with others and recall how blessed we are. For me it is simple/easy to be thankful:

  • God loves us. He wants a relationship with us and all we need to do is recognize our need for him and then choose to follow Him! His grace is something we can always be thankful for in life.
  • I am thankful for my wife and family. They are a gift to me, and I feel blessed.
  • I am thankful for our OCSI family. This includes our staff, our students, and our parents.  What a wonderful place to work, serve and grow as people. This is a fantastic place to be together!  The best way I can do this is to walk closely with God—so I can impact the world for Him. How about you?
  • I am thankful for daily food, health, fresh water, clothing to wear, and a roof over my head! We are so fortunate to have these daily provisions. God is good.

With so many blessings, it is right and good that we serve, share, and give to those around us. How can I be a blessing to others? How can you be a blessing to those around you? Let’s spend time thinking about our blessings this week. Then, let each of us make a plan to better serve, support, and give to others.

Events at OCSI:

  • logo_playsafely_500Our teachers worked hard on our professional development day on November 23rd to strengthen and align our curriculum. Thanks, teachers, for all your hard work.
  • Our annual Walkathon raised money to support the Play Safely Campaign. The funds will be used to build a fence line along the new road on the south end of our campus.  Please consider contributing to this important campaign to maintain strong safety margins for our students.
  • The Parent Teacher Fellowship put together a great weekend event with the Holiday Market. We had about 500 people come to find gifts and enjoy a meal from local food vendors and merchants. OCSI had various singing groups (students, staff, and a local band) provide festive music.
  • 2016-yomitan-no-satoLast week our kindergarten visited Yomitan No Sato to sing, share gifts of food, and provide gifts for the elderly who live at this place.
  • Progress reports: You will find your child’s present levels of performance posted in Jupiter on December 2nd.
  • Our students and teachers are working hard to prepare for the Christmas concert. Once again we will be performing at the Yomitan Cultural Center at 7:00 PM on December 2nd. Please have your children at the hall by 6:30 PM. The students are awesome singers!  Come enjoy a great family night.
  • Christmas Vacation: The last day of school before break is Friday, December 16th, 2016.  Our first day back to school is Wednesday, January 4th, 2017.

Brad Jernberg, elementary principal
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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November 26th, 2016|

Middle school campers go boating

On October 19-21, the middle school returned to Eco-Park for our annual camping activity. This year, our theme was “Getting out of the Boat!”, which went along nicely with our main activity of boating. There were three types of boats—2-person kayaks, 10-person canoes, and a large boat for a scenic excursion. As students were able to participate in all three activities, we spent several hours on the water.

Our chapel time reflected the Bible passage where Peter steps out of the boat to walk on water with Jesus. In a similar way, we want to encourage our middle school students to take appropriate risks and to challenge themselves in their faith and their life. It was definitely a fun-filled and hopefully a life impacting camp!

This month we also held Pie Day! In honor of the American holiday, Thanksgiving, we enjoyed pie on the last day before Thanksgiving Break.

November 22nd, 2016|

High school camp goes well

After weather complications, it looked as if high school camp may not happen this year. However, each time difficulties arose, God showed He had a better plan for us. We were able to attend camp at the Japanese Government Youth Facility in Ishikawa. Normally it would take 3 months to set up camp at this facility, however, due to God’s grace and a very accommodating camp director, we were able to come up with a plan in less than 24 hours! The students loved the new facility, with a brand new gymnasium, mountain hikes, obstacle course, and bunk beds. We were so thankful for God’s provision and a new place to explore. Students and faculty enjoyed the opportunity for fellowship and games as we learned what it means to walk in the light of Jesus.

logo_playsafely_500This month we had our annual Walkathon to raise money for our Play Safely Campaign. The funds raised will go towards installing nets at the far end of the soccer field next to the new road. The students enjoyed the beautiful weather as they walked a shorter course this year. Afterwards, NHS students were busy painting wonderful designs on the younger student’s faces as other students and teachers ran games. The participants enjoyed the finish line festival.

November 22nd, 2016|

We have much to be thankful for

As a school community, we have much to be thankful for, including:
 On a personal note, I have much to be thankful for, including:
  • Kind, hardworking students.
  • Friendly, supportive parents.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic PTF leadership.
  • Focused, Christ-centered staff.
  • Knowledgable, helpful board members.
  • Food to eat every day.
  • Beautiful skies.
  • Forgiveness from Jesus.
  • And a new grandson (born in August)!
What about you? What are you thankful for?
As we head toward the holiday season, please keep in mind the following important dates:
  • 11/19: Holiday Market
  • 11/23: Professional day—no classes for students
  • 11/24-25: Thanksgiving Vacation—school closed
  • 12/2: Christmas Program (12:30 dismissal for students)
  • 12/16: 12:30 dismissal for students
  • 1/4: Classes resume

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時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。
November 18th, 2016|

Holiday Market, PTF T-shirts, and more!

PTF Connections:

ptf-tshirtThe Holiday Market is almost here!  Thank you to all the parents who have already been helping with preparations! We will continue to need help in different areas over the next few weeks. Please stop by our PTF table (outside the office) on Thursday when you come to Parent Teacher Conferences. We will have sign up sheets to help at the Holiday Market, flyers to give to your friends, and our new PTF T-shirts for sale! Please buy a T-shirt to wear at school events and show how proud you are to be an OCSI parent! T-shirts are ¥2000 each.

Every Friday in October parents gathered to make crafts to sell at the Holiday Market. One parent told me, “It’s fun to come and learn something new. But the best part is meeting and talking with other parents. Before this, I only knew parents from my child’s class, but now I am meeting parents from many other classes. It is so much fun to talk together.” The purpose of the Holiday Market is to raise money for school projects, but it is also a great time to connect with other parents! I hope you will be able to join us as we have fun at the Holiday Market and meet new friends at the same time.

We are still collecting prizes for our raffle table. Please ask your favorite restaurant or bakery if they would be willing to donate a gift certificate. You may bring donations to the PTF table at parent-teacher conferences or email ptf@ocsi.org if you have any questions.

Julie Woolery
PTF Director

P.S. To learn more about the vendors at the Holiday Market and fun things that will happen that day, please visit our Facebook page. Please share with your friends!


November 2nd, 2016|