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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.


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.

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


January 27th, 2017|

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
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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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|