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Merry Christmas!

OCSI Connections:

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family! I want to thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. I trust that you and your family will have a refreshing, relaxing holiday.

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We are already looking forward to serving you again next school year. Information about tuition and fees for next school year has been emailed and mailed. Re-enrollment (re-registration) begins on January 5. Please pay in the office during office hours (8:00-3:30), and please bring your re-enrollment form.

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Did you know that…?

  • Part of OCSI’s vision is students communicating truthfully and effectively?
  • OCSI is a member of the Child Safety and Protection Network?
  • OCSI has admissions priority groups? Group 1 is Christian worker families, which honors OCSI’s heritage. Group 2 is international families, which helps OCSI maintain diversity and English speakers. Group 3 is Japanese families, which helps us include our local community.
  • Our blog has entries on student learning, parent newsletters, prayer letters, and more?
  • Naviance provides college and SAT prep materials?

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Key dates:

  • 12/15: 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/16 – 1/3: Christmas vacation
  • 1/4: Classes resume
  • 1/5 – 2/2: Re-enrollment (re-registration) begins. Reserve your seat for next school year before new students are admitted. Please come to the office to make payment (8:00-3:30). Please bring your completed re-enrollment form. For further information, please see this letter and the tuition/fee schedule that were mailed to you earlier this month.
  • 1/15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no school
  • 1/26: Teacher work day – no school for students
  • 2/5: Open enrollment, with new students being given available seats
  • 2/19: Presidents’ Day – no school

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Thanks again for partnering with us, and have a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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

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December 13th, 2017|

Elementary in action

Elementary Connections:

Merry Christmas! It was so wonderful to see all of your children performing in the Christmas program last week, and I’m looking forward to the PreK and kinder program this Friday. We really do have such talented students here at OCSI. We would like to say thank you for partnering with us in the education of your children. I am so grateful for a school community that supports each other and partners with teachers to do what’s best for student learning.

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Want to see what a typical morning at school looks like for your child? On January 8, we would like to invite you to campus for Kite Day celebrations and to spend time observing in your child’s classroom.

We are excited to be able to offer after school clubs for our elementary students in kindergarten (K5) through 5th grade beginning from January 23. We know that providing extra-curricular opportunities are important to families, and we hope that you will find a club that interests your child. A big thank you to the teachers who have volunteered to lead these clubs!

1/5 – 2/2: Re-enrollment (re-registration) begins. Reserve your seat for next school year before new students are admitted. Please come to the office to make payment (8:00-3:30). Please bring your completed re-enrollment form. For further information, please see this letter and the tuition/fee schedule which were mailed home earlier this month.

Dates to remember:

  • 1/4: School resumes

  • 1/8 Kite Day & Parent Observation time

  • 1/15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no school

  • 1/26: Teacher work day – no school for students

  • 2/5: Open enrollment, with new students being given available seats

  • 2/19: Presidents’ Day – no school

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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Megan Roe

P.S. Check out the video of the elementary Christmas program!

December 12th, 2017|

Secondary students participate in events

Screen Shot 2017-12-08 at 10.46.03 AMDFS Okinawa Art Project Okinawa Christian School International’s high school art class and National Honor Society members painted a bird under the theme of “underwater castle”(震殿) for the DFS store. DFS Okinawa (Duty Free Shoppers Okinawa) will display the bird until Christmas!

Middle school and high school students were entertained by the US Air Force Band of the Pacific. These well accomplished musicians played a variety of music that had students and teachers singing along.

Just before the Thanksgiving break in November middle school students celebrated the holiday with their annual “Pie Day.” Students enjoyed several types of pies. The middle school students and teachers would like to thank everyone who donated pies!

The 7th grade students had a special event: they learned proper etiquette for formal dining events and had the chance to put those skills to use as they participated in a luncheon at Hotel Moon Beach.

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December 8th, 2017|

Holiday Market update

PTF Connections:

cached1673579601Poster contest: We had so many wonderful posters for the poster contest at Holiday Market! Thank you so much!  It was really a hard decision to pick the winners. We finally managed to choose eight winners, one from each grade (PK3 – 5th grade).  We are so proud of all the elementary children who participated in the contest—they are so talented and creative.

Holiday Market: Thank you so much for visiting the Holiday Market on November 11. It was the first time for the Holiday Market to be joined with the Walkathon.  The weather was just perfect to walk or run, and many parents and students visited the Holiday Market after Walkathon. It was so much fun to see so many kinds of food and crafts in the vendors’ shops.

I appreciated it so much that we had new vendors from among OCSI students this year with their parents. Their booths were so popular because many students enjoyed crafting with friends at their booths. The youngest vendor was a 2nd grade student. After the event she donated her profits to OCSI. Thank you for joining Holiday Market with your families, and please join again as a vendor to use your gifts and creativity!

Many groups such as the OCSI Saipan Mission Trip Team, cheerleaders, the Junior Class, Service Club, and the 5th grade parents also joined as vendors for fundraising. PTF was able to raise ¥140,000 that will be used for elementary school supplies for recess time. We also had many donations for the raffle, and many PTF vendors helped on that day.

I also want to say thank you to the many parents, teachers, and students that helped this event happen… without their help it could not have happened!

Many classes will have a Christmas party next week, 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.

Thank you always for your support for our school community, and merry Christmas!

Yumi Horii
PTF Director

December 8th, 2017|

OCSI has grown over the past 3 years

OCSI Connections:

We value growth. We want our students to grow, we want our staff to grow, and we want OCSI to grow as an organization.

How has OCSI grown over the past 3 years? Things that come to mind include:

  • Refining our expected student outcomes: understand, think, collaborate, communicate, and create.
  • Implementing the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) for grades 1-2 and to the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) for grades 3-8.
  • Further developing and refining our curriculum.
  • Upgrading our website.
  • Revising our mission, vision, and philosophy.
  • Streamlining re-registration.
  • Implementing a 5-year financial plan.
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As you may recall, OCSI is preparing for its March 2018 accreditation visit:
  • We sharpened our vision by reviewing who we are and what we want students to learn.
  • We assessed our practice by using materials from our accreditation agency and by using input from students, parents/guardians, and staff.
  • We are now identifying 2-3 overall strengths and 2-3 growth areas.
  • We will finalize our reports before the end of January. This report will be shared with you.

Our goal is to make OCSI an even better school. Thank you for partnering with us!

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

November 27th, 2017|

Focusing on helping students collaborate effectively and respectfully

OCSI Connections:

OCSI focuses on collaboration. We focus on helping students collaborate effectively and respectfully. It’s good to see:

  • Kindergarteners reading to a partner during Daily 5.
  • First grade writers getting feedback from a partner before editing.
  • Fifth grade mathematician creating board games with a partner to reinforce math concepts.
  • Middle school geologists analyzing different soil samples in groups and collaborating to develop a list of characteristics for classifying them.
  • Middle school theologians working in teams to produce a short video identifying the major themes and lessons of the Nativity story in Matthew and Luke.
  • High school political scientists working together to write a constitution and answer questions related to criminal and civil cases.
  • High school physicists working on a group project involving force, energy, gravitation, and velocity.
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It was also good to see our community collaborating for Walkathon and Holiday Market. Thank you to all who participated. OCSI was able to raise ¥1.3 million.
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Key dates:
  • 11/22: Professional Day – no school for students
  • 11/23-24: Thanksgiving vacation
  • 12/6: Christmas program, 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/15: 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/16 – 1/3: Christmas vacation

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Did you know that…?

  • OCSI offers the ACT and SAT?
  • Part of OCSI’s vision is students collaborating with others and respecting them as God’s image bearers?
  • OCSI’s website provides links to our calendar, guidance resources, and athletics?
  • Our JV1 girls’ volleyball team was undefeated this season and that our JV2 team did a great job and improved with each game?

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Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)! Please contact us with your questions and concerns.

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

November 17th, 2017|

Elementary students collaborate

Elementary Connections:

When we hear the word collaborate, we often think of students working on a group project or helping each other in class. In reality, however, collaboration can be so much more than that. Collaboration means that each student brings his or her strengths to help the group solve problems and tackle real issues. The ability to collaborate well with others is a skill that will not only help our children be successful in school, but also in life and work.

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 2.58.22 PMAt OCSI elementary we provide our students with opportunities everyday to develop their collaboration skills. It’s a blessing to see them learn from one another and grow as a team. Some of the ways we encourage collaboration include:

  • Circle times that encourage participation and group sharing (PreK).
  • Reading to a partner during Daily 5 (kindergarten)
  • Sharing our writing with a partner to get feedback before editing (1st grade).
  • Creating board games with a partner to reinforce math concepts (5th grade).
  • Designing group posters to share the setting, characters, and plot of a novel (literacy class).

Want to help your child become a better collaborator? Encourage them to listen and make eye contact during conversations, allow for unstructured play time and opportunities to be creative, and model using encouraging words so they can become an encourager as well.

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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Megan Roe

P.S. Just a reminder—the elementary chaplain (Mr. Roe) is available to provide personal counseling for students.

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November 9th, 2017|

Poster contest, Holiday Market, and more!

PTF Connections:

Poster Contest: Thank you for encouraging your children to join the second annual Christmas poster contest.  The titles of the posters this year are “It’s Christmastime!” (for PreK through grade 2) and “The Meaning of Christmas”  (for grades 3 to 5). All of the posters will be posted on the wall in the gym for Holiday Market and will be returned to the students later. Raffle tickets will also be given to the students who turn in the posters. The winner from each grade will receive a prize at the Holiday Market. If your child hasn’t submitted theirs yet, don’t worry. Please turn it in at the office by Wednesday, November 8.

Holiday Market: Thank you to all the parents who have already been helping with preparations and for signing up to be a PTF vendor staff at the Holiday Market.  We still have flyers at the reception table at OCSI. Please give one to your friends and invite them to join us at the Holiday Market.

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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. Please email to ptf@ocsi.org if you have any questions and visit our Facebook page. You can also find out more about events that are going on in the OCSI PTF Facebook page.

Sincerely,
Yumi Horii
PTF Director
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November 2nd, 2017|

Focusing on increasing student thinking

OCSI Connections:

brain-1294854_640OCSI focuses on thinking. We focus on increasing students’ ability to think both critically and Biblically. It’s good to see…

  • PreK students working together to figure out new and creative ways to build structures from blocks.
  • 1st grade artists exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing.

  • 3rd grade writers thinking about people and places that are important to them in order to write small moment narratives.

  • 4th and 5th grade students thinking deeply about purpose and values in Bible class and at camp.

  • 7th grade scientists considering the question, “How are these molecules the same, and how are they different?”

  • 11th grade AP English students constructing argument essays, researched both sides of their chosen issue.

  • High school woodworkers, completing technical drawings and beginning construction of their scroll saw puzzles, learned to problem solve when issues arrive on a project or in life. Often, projects run longer than expected or errors occur. Students (woodworkers) then have to think critically to solve these issues. With strong critical thinking skills, students (woodworkers) can use their planned details with logic to not only solve problems, but even to foresee them before they occur, and avoid them.

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It’s also good to see staff thinking about how to help OCSI be an even better school. On the October 9 professional day, for example, staff used rubrics to assess how OCSI is doing on governance, home/community relations, personnel, instructional program, student care, and values/character formation.

Additionally, the School Improvement Steering Committee has been meeting weekly to review input from students, parents/guardians, and staff; and to write reports on how OCSI is doing. These reports will be published and made available to you before our accreditation visit in March 2018.

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As you think about upcoming events, please keep the following in mind:

  • 11/3: Parent-teacher conferences – no school for students
  • 11/11: Walkathon and PTF’s Holiday Market—see you there!
  • 11/13: OCSI Holiday – no school
  • 11/22: Professional Day – no school for students
  • 11/23-24: Thanksgiving vacation
  • 12/6: Christmas Program, 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/15: 12:30 dismissal.
  • 12/16 – 1/3: Christmas vacation

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Did you know that…?

Thank you for the privilege of assisting your with the education of your child(ren)! Please contact us with your questions and concerns.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

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Meet our elementary staff! They love your kids, and they love learning.

October 19th, 2017|

Students are thinking!

Elementary Connections:

It has been such a joy to see our elementary students asking questions and thinking critically in the classroom, on learning trips, at camp, during chapel, or even at recess. I am always impressed by how well our students question, think deeply, apply a Biblical perspective, and solve problems. Here are some of the ways I’ve seen this so far…

  • brain-1294854_640PreK students working together to figure out new and creative ways to build structures from blocks.

  • Kindergarten students exploring their five senses through an apple investigation and reflecting on how happy they were that God created them with five senses to explore His world .

  • 1st grade artists exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing.

  • 1st and 2nd grade students sharing prayer requests and learning they can pray for anything.

  • 3rd grade writers thinking about people and places that are important to them in order to write small moment narratives.

  • 4th and 5th grade students thinking deeply about purpose and values in Bible class and at camp.

  • 5th grade scientists asking questions and making predictions about the chemical reactions between sugar in watermelon and yeast.

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Thinking critically about the world around us and looking at this world through the lens of a Biblical perspective are skills that we all want to cultivate and grow in our children. Developing these from a young age means that children will be better at making decisions, seeing patterns, and classifying information. Want to know more about how to encourage critical thinking in your child? Check out this article.

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • Saturday, 11/11: Walkathon & Holiday Market

  • Monday, 11/13: No school (OCSI Holiday)

  • Wednesday, 11/22-24-: No school (Thanksgiving Break)

  • Wednesday, 12/6: Christmas Program (grades 1-5), 12:30 dismissal

  • Friday, 12/15: PreK & Kindergarten Christmas Program, 12:30 dismissal

Thank you for the privilege of educating your children!

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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Megan Roe

P.S. Join our annual giving campaign. One way you can do this is by coming to our Holiday Market.

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October 12th, 2017|