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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.

Sincerely,
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.
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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!

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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.

Sincerely,
Brad Jernberg, elementary principal
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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

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。
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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.

Sincerely,
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!

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November 2nd, 2016|

Good things happened during first quarter

OCSI Connections:

First quarter is already over, and it was filled with good things, including:

  • Students learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Students considering key questions like “What does it mean to be healthy?” and “How are we connected?”
  • Parents attending PTF information meetings, Math Night, and sports events.
  • A great view from campus.
  • logo_playsafely_500Safety during typhoon season.
  • Events like Kindergarten Sports Day, secondary Friendship Friday, camps (4th and 5th, middle school, high school), cross-country meets and volleyball games, and high school students taking the PSAT.
  • Staff further developing our curriculum.
  • Launching our new website (complete with virtual tours) and launching our PlaySafely Campaign.
As we start 2nd quarter, please keep the following in mind:
(1) Walkathon is on Saturday, November 12. It’s going to be a great day, complete with fun with family and friends, a Walkathon T-shirt for all participants, celebrating 60 years (1957-2017) by walking a 6-kilometer course, a drink and a snack at the finish (instead of lunch), and games at the OCSI campus. Proceeds will go toward helping us put in poles and netting between the playing field and the new road. You might be wondering…
  • What’s the registration deadline? You may register through November 12. If you would like to have your Walkathon T-shirt in time for Walkathon, please register by Friday, October 28. Forms are on our Walkathon page.
  • Are we going to race? The main focus this year is fun, fellowship, and fundraising. Participants are free to go at their own pace.

(2) School Hours and Expectations: Please help us by remembering that students are not supervised before 8:00 a.m. or after school. Consequently, we expect parents to arrange to have their children arrive on campus no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and to have them leave the campus not later than 3:30.

(3) Quick links: Do you or your students need to find something on our website? Try our parent quick links and student quick links.

(4) PTF Holiday Market is on Saturday, November 19.

Parents, thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)—see you at Walkathon on November 12!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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P.S. Please keep the following key dates in mind:

  • 11/3: Parent-teacher conferences
  • 11/12: Walkathon
  • 11/14: School Holiday—no classes for students
  • 11/19: Holiday Market
  • 11/23: Professional Day—no classes for students
  • 11/24-25: Thanksgiving vacation
  • 12/2: Christmas program
  • 12/16: 12:30 dismissal for students, Christmas vacation begins
  • 1/4: Classes start

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October 27th, 2016|

Math Night and camp go well

OCSI Elementary Connections:

Our Parent Math Night was a rich experience! Parents were able to see the various math resources available to them on their computers. The parents were able to get on computers and access games, songs, tutorials and practice sheets. We spent some time going over frequently asked questions and interacting together about the new My Math resources.

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Great times were had at camp this year, including:

  • Students learning about God’s creation and spent time jumping in the waves at the beach.
  • 14 parents coming up and helped with our meal preparation—thank you!
  • Students learning different aspects of outdoor education and ecology.
  • Students having chances to build strong relationships with games, devotions, and crafts.

Parent-teacher conferences are on November 3. This is a time to make connections with your child’s teacher. Questions you might ask include: Where are my child’s strengths? How can I better support them at home? What areas of learning do they need to spend more time practicing?  How are they doing at building friendships? What events are coming up this next quarter?

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logo_playsafely_500Walkathon is on Saturday, November 12—join us!  We need you to help us with our Play Safely Campaign. We need to build a 10-meter fence on our property as a barrier to a new public road. Walkathon proceeds will help fund this project so students and athletes can enjoy a safe play zone on our campus. You might be wondering:

(1) What’s the registration deadline? You may register through November 12. If you would like to have your Walkathon T-shirt in time for Walkathon, please register by Friday, October 28. Forms are on our Walkathon page.

(2) If my student is in kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade, what do I need to keep in mind? Please make sure there is an adult walking with your student, and please pay ¥3500 for that person also.

(3) What about young children (2 and under)? They may “walk” the course, provided they are carried by an adult or provided they are in a stroller. Young children (2 and under) may register, but are not required to register—unregistered participants do not receive a T-shirt, snack bag, or insurance.

(4) If my student doesn’t want to walk, can he/she still come that day and join the fun? Of course! Once your student registers and pays ¥3500, your student can participate in the games and will receive a T-shirt and snack bag.

(5) What’s for lunch? Instead of lunch, we are providing all participants with a snack bag at the finish line.

(6) Are we going to race? The main focus this year is fun, fellowship, and fundraising. Participants are free to go at their own pace.

(7) What does the (approximately) 6-kilometer course look like? Please see the course map on our Walkathon page.

See you at Walkathon on Saturday, November 12!

Sincerely,
Brad Jernberg, elementary principal
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P.S. Thank you for using our handbook. I just wanted to review that according to School Hours and Expectations, our playgrounds are not be supervised before 8:00 a.m. or after school. Consequently, we ask that parents arrange to have their children arrive on campus no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and leave the campus at the close of classes. 午前8時以前及び放課は後監督者がいませんので、朝8時前に子供達を登校させないように、学校が終わったら速やかに下校するようにしてください。

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October 21st, 2016|

Friendship Friday a success

High School Happenings:

The high school students, as well as high school teachers, had a fantastic time at Friendship Friday! Many students enjoyed swimming and volleyball at the beach, while others played capture the flag. Then everyone enjoyed pizza and fellowship, and we recognized the high school students who are new to OCSI. The Student Council also thanked Ms. Hadley for all of her hard work and dedication to the Student Council for the past several years, as she will be leaving us this month and heading back to the U.S.

Students and teachers are looking forward to heading to camp this week! Please remember that students coming to OCSI need to be here by 8:15 am on Thursday morning, October 20th (unless they are a bus rider). Students meeting at the port will need to be there by 9:15am. All students must bring a sack lunch on Thursday! Lunches need to be in easily disposable containers. Students will not have access to microwaves or hot water. Students will return to port at 4:40 pm on Friday, October 21st. Those who are returning to OCSI should arrive around 6:00 pm, depending on traffic.

logo_playsafely_500Walkathon is coming soon! We had our kick-off assembly last Thursday, and the students are ready to go! This year we are raising funds for the PlaySafely Campaign, which will go towards putting poles and netting between our playing field and the new public road going in at the far side of the campus. Please encourage your students to participate!

Middle School Happenings:

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Middle School Friendship Friday was a blast! With over 95% of students attending, we all enjoyed spending some time outside of the classroom. There were several games led by our Servant Leaders, which were a lot of fun. New students were introduced and officially welcomed, as well. We finished the day by enjoying some Subway sandwiches for dinner. These kinds of opportunities are a great way to make new friends and have fun in a safe environment.

Another opportunity is just around the corner: Middle School Camp is next week! Camp is a highlight of the year for many. We will engage in many team building and other fun activities. Students will get to do some boating this year. We will go kayaking and canoeing in a nice, calm boating area at the camp, Eco-Park. We will also have the normal skits, bonfire, s’mores, and several chapel times, as well. Should be tons of fun! Camp will be from Wednesday, October 19 until Friday, October 21.

Sincerely,
Latasha Calvin, secondary principal
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P.S. Please note the following important dates:
  • 10/19: PSAT & WorkKeys testing
  • 10/19-21: MS Camp
  • 10/19: XC meet at OCSI & VB game @ OCSI
  • 10/20-21: HS Camp
  • 10/21: 1st quarter ends
  • 10/24: 2nd quarter starts
  • 10/25: OCSI VB @ Kubi
  • 10/26: OCSI XC @ Kubi (Note date change)
  • 10/27: OCSI VB @ Kadena
  • 10/29: OCSI VB tournament at Kubi
  • 11/1: Final day for seniors to pay for their cap and gown in the front office\
  • 11/3: Parent Teacher Conferences–No school for students 11/3: Last day to register for the December 3 SAT
  • 11/4: Last day to register for the December 10 ACT
  • 11/6-9: XC away at Far East
October 18th, 2016|