Greetings from the PTF!

PTF Connections:

Welcome to a new year at OCSI! The PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) is here for YOU. It is a great way to be a part of your student’s life at OCSI. The purpose of the PTF is to connect with other parents, support our teachers and staff, and strengthen our school community. These connections are made by participating in classroom events like field trips and field day and/or PTF events like the Holiday Market, Teacher Appreciation Week, and the Flea Market. Therefore, please join us for an exciting year!!

We would like to thank the parents who attended the general meeting on 7th September and brought such a great amount of treats that we were able to share not only among ourselves but the staff as well. It is so encouraging to see such an impressive amount of our parents so willing to dedicate their time. We are blessed to have such support and look forward to making this year better than the last.

We also appreciate that many parents already submitted the volunteer sign-up sheet. Keep a lookout for emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities to connect, as we are sorting through an amazing amount of responses from the volunteer forms. So, thank you for taking the time and effort to fill out these forms.

This month, on September 24th, there will be a Japanese college guidance meeting, in which Mr. Suguki will be sharing important information concerning Japanese colleges. Then starting September 26th, Mr. Roe will be hosting an English conversation class every Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In addition, every Friday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Mrs. Roe will also be hosting a parenting class. This a great opportunity to improve and develop English language skills while also gaining insights into Biblical parenting values.

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Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates. And, don’t forget to check out our PTF “mini store,” selling PTF T-shirts and OCSI towels, in the office corner.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email us at ptf@ocsi.org.

PTF Director,
Yumi Horii

September 14th, 2018|

Thank you!


PTF Connections:

teacherappriciation1Hello, parents!

Thank you again for showing your appreciation to our teachers and staff in many ways in the last month! Teachers were moved by so many presents and heart-warming cards from the students. The potluck was filled with plenty of delicious food and sweets—more than ever! It was so great that the teachers and staff did not even know which food to start with.

Now, the school year is coming to the end. Every school year, PTF awards scholarships to 2 senior students. Application acceptance has started for this school year. The scholarships will be awarded to 2 students based on their essays. The winners are to be announced later. We also plan to prepare senior breakfast on graduation morning.

PTF’s Bible study classes are also being held every week.  In the Thursday morning class from 9:00 to 10:00, Mr. Roe breaks down the Old Testament with simple explanations. In the Friday afternoon class from 13:30 to 15:00, Mrs. Roe gives us guidance for parenting from a biblical perspective in English.  If you are interested, please come and join us!  (There is no Bible study class on Thursday, May 24.)

It has been wonderful for me to see so many parents help at recent school activities such as Kid City, Field Day, and Junior/Senior Banquet. Thank you for your support for your children and our school community!

Thank you to all the parents who have served as class parents and helped with classroom events throughout the school year! Thank you also to all the parents who helped for Holiday Market in November. The Holiday Market is a special event for our school community to come together and celebrate the unique talents in our school and island community. Your involvement in these events makes a difference in your child(ren)’s education, and we appreciate you!

teacherappriciation2Additionally, a very special thank you to our PTF Committee of 2017 – 2018!  These parents met regularly throughout the school year to plan and organize all the PTF events, and very little would have happened without their service and commitment. Thank you, Takako Manzaki, Carrie Young, Kiomi Novak, Ryoko Sharpe, Fumino Gosh, Mizuho Takanashi, Weiling Kline, and Jen Friebel! Thank you for the privilege of working with you to help our school community!

We are sad to announce that Mrs. Manzaki and Mrs. Young are leaving after this school year.  Mrs. Manzaki has served with PTF for 7 years, and she will be leaving as her daughter is graduating from OCSI this year. Mrs. Young  has served for 2 years, but it’s time for her family to PCS to Hawaii. THANK YOU, Mrs. Manzaki and Mrs. Young, for all your dedication and hard work over the years!

  • PTF is looking for parents and guardians to help with our activities for the next school year.
  • If you are interested, please contact us at ptf@ocsi.org.

Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you next school year!

Yumi Horii
PTF Director

May 18th, 2018|

Flea market, parenting seminar, cooking class, and more!

PTF Connections:

PTF Flea Market: On March 21, 2018, PTF held its first Flea Market filled with many visitors despite the change of location from the soccer field to the cathedral and hallway, due to the strong wind. We appreciate all the participants for joining us!

We had booths of games, face painting and nail art, and snacks and coffee, as well as some personal items sold by OCSI parents. Students enjoyed the event by selling items with their families, running the game booths, and making pompons.

Parenting Seminar: On April 13, 2018, a parenting seminar was held with the guest speaker, Mr. Koji Kaneko from Family Forum Japan. What is the most essential in parenting? In this seminar, Mr. Kaneko talked about the necessity for the parents to interact with their children as their coaches. We appreciate many parents for attending the seminar!

Nepali Cooking Class: OCSI parents, Shanti and Narayan showed the participants how to cook three kinds of Nepalese home-style cooking: Nepalese Salad, Chicken Biryani, and Shrimp Coconut Curry. All these dishes were cooked with a lot of spices, and the participants loved how delicious they were! Thank you, Shanti and Narayan, for showing us how to cook delicious Nepalese cuisine!

Teacher Appreciation Week: April 24 – 26, 2018, is Teacher Appreciation Week! This is an event to show our appreciation to the teachers and office staff for their daily hard work. On April 24, 2018, give them small gifts such as chocolates, drinks, or some stationery.  On April 25, 2018, give thank-you cards to your teachers. On April 26, 2018, bring a food dish for the teachers and office staff for their brunch. Salads and desserts would be great to bring as well as staple foods.

  • Foods purchased from grocery stores would be also wonderful. Please bring your dish to the office at any time from the morning until the afternoon. You can also send the food with your child(ren). In that case, please tell your child(ren) to bring it to the office.
  • The purpose of this event is to show our appreciation to the teachers and staff for their everyday work. You can participate in the event by doing whatever you feel comfortable with. You are not required to participate for the whole 3 days.
  • Thank you, teachers, for always loving our children!

Yumi Horii
PTF Director

April 20th, 2018|

PTF questionnaires, Korean cooking class, and more!

PTF Connections:

Questionnaires: Thank you all for answering our questionnaires for the school in February! We are grateful to receive answers from many parents and guardians! The questionnaire results showed that many parents and guardians are satisfied with OCSI school events. We also appreciate your gratitude and comments to the school! OCSI will make the best use of your answers to school events.

IMG_20180224_115310_resized_20180312_103250869Korean Cooking Class: Mrs. Kuboyama (grade 6 mother) demonstrated Korean cooking on Saturday, February 24.  She made Korean pancakes and japchae (Korean bean noodles).  They are so yummy.  All of parents and kids enjoyed learning how to cook and to eat.  Thank you so much, Mrs. Kuboyama. We will plan another cooking class in April. Please check it out!

Reading Night: The Reading Night on March 1st was a blast with many participants! Everyone enjoyed a storybook performed by teachers, craft-making, and receiving a present of a picture book! PTF also provided drinks and popcorn for the students, and donated the gifted books. We hope this event helps our children learn to love reading. It was such a great time filled with our children’s happy smiles.

PTF Flea Market: PTF is accepting applications for the Flea Market to be held on Wednesday, March 21. If you are having trouble getting rid of unwanted items, please feel free to sign up!

PTF is also looking for parents and guardians to help us with games in our kids corner.  Would you be interested in managing a game in the corner for an hour? Please email us at ptf@ocsi.org for an application.  If you are interested in having your own booth, please include your name and what you would be selling at the event. If you are interested in helping us at our kids corner, please include your name and the time you can help us (e.g., 9:00 – 10:00 am). We are accepting your applications on our Facebook as well. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Yumi Horii
PTF Director
March 12th, 2018|

Join in!

PTF Connections: 
Week of ReadingJoin the fun!
  • OCSI has received new indoor and outdoor recess supplies purchased by PTF for the elementary students. We hope that these supplies will make students’ recess time even more fun!
  • We appreciate applications from parents for the Mother Read class!  This fun class by Mrs. Woolery will be filled with laughter and help you enjoy reading with your child(ren) in English.
  • PTF will host a cooking class of Korean cuisine from 11:30 to 13:30 on Saturday, February 24.  Please email us at ptf@ocsi.org for application or inquiry.  We will accept 12 participants on a first come, first served basis. The application acceptance will start on February 10 at 9 a.m. We look forward to receiving your application!
  • Family Reading Night is scheduled to be held from 17:00 to 18:00 on March 1st, and PTF will also support this event.  Please join us in having a fun time with your child(ren)!
Would you like to share your opinion with our school? PTF will prepare questionnaires so you can share your thoughts about school events and other topics of the past 6 months of the school year.  Let’s share as many opinions as possible with the school to help OCSI continue growing!  The questionnaires will be sent in your elementary child’s Friday folder this week and available via Jupiter mail for secondary parents. Your cooperation will be appreciated!
March 21st is conference day, and PTF is planning to host a flea market that day. Last year, OCSI decided not to host Bazaar anymore. If you have any un-used items at home, why don’t you sell them at this event?  You can sell handmade products with your family, or hosting a game corner would be interesting, too. The details are to be announced later, so please stay tuned.
Please also check out PTF Facebook page for updated event information.
Yumi Horii
PTF Director


February 9th, 2018|

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|

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.

Yumi Horii
PTF Director
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November 2nd, 2017|

Bible study goes well, Holiday Market help needed

PTF Connections:

We had a wonderful time for Bible study with Mr. Roe this Thursday.  I found out many parents wonder what their kids study in Bible class—we got the answers at the Bible class with Mr. Roe.

PTF also has a Friday Bible study where we learn about parenting from a Biblical perspective.  We are going to study about how to discipline our children and how to help them when they’re angry.  If you are interested in, check it out on Friday afternoon from 1:30-3:00.

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If you have children in elementary, you will notice a PTF flyer in your Friday folder this weekend.  We would like more Holiday Market vendors, so we would like to open our booths to OCSI parents and teachers.  If you want to join us, please contact ptf@ocsi.org.  We will give you more details and we are happy to work with you on November 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We also need your creative hands to decorate the gym for Holiday Market and to make crafts on October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  It’s going to be a fun time to get to know parents and make crafts. Let’s work together to make it happen to let all children smile on Holiday Market Day! If you have any questions, email ptf@ocsi.org.

Please visit our Facebook page and share it with your friends!

Yumi Horii, PTF director
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October 6th, 2017|

Welcome to PTF

PTF Connections:

Welcome to PTF PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) is a great way for parents to get involved in their child’s education at OCSI. The purpose of PTF is to support teachers, strengthen our school community, and connect with other parents. There are many opportunities for service throughout the year in the classroom, at Holiday Market, and during Teacher Appreciation Week. We invite and encourage every family to become an active part of the PTF.

We are going to have a PTF information meeting on Friday, September 8, at 2:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Even if you think you can only help once during the school year, please come to the meeting! All parents are welcome to attend. We will get to know each other and talk about our plans for the year.

We will also start the weekly English Bible study for parents from October 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the PTF room. This is a great opportunity to improve your English skills and to learn about and discuss Biblical parenting values.  All parents are invited to join.

Please check our Facebook page for updates.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please email ptf@ocsi.org.

Yumi Horii, PTF director
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August 31st, 2017|

It’s been a great year

PTF Connections:

Hello, OCSI Parents!

I can’t believe the 2016-2017 school year is almost finished! It has been a great year for our school, and I am proud of the many ways you and our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) have helped support our teachers and school community.

This year PTF funds (which come from the activity fee and Holiday Market fundraiser) were used for:
PTF provided refreshments and assistance at many school events: Elementary Math Night, Elementary Reading Night, New Parent Information Meeting, Prospective Family Open House, and the Faculty/Staff Christmas Party. Parents connected through the Motheread class and ESL Bible study, which are sponsored and led by PTF committee members.

Thank you to all the parents who have served as class parents and helped with classroom events throughout the year!
Thank you also to all the parents who helped with the Holiday Market in November. The Holiday Market is a special time for our school community to come together and celebrate the unique talents in our school and island community. Your involvement in these events makes a difference in your child’s education, and we appreciate you!

And a very special thank you to our PTF Committee for 2016-2017! 
These parents met regularly throughout the year to plan and organize all the PTF events, and very little would happen without their service and commitment. Thank you Yumi Horii, Takako Manzaki, Carrie Young, and Kiomi Novak.  We are also happy to announce that Mrs. Yumi Horii will serve as our PTF Director for the 2017-2018 school year! Mrs. Horii has been very involved in PTF since her family came to OCSI, and we are excited that she is willing to serve in this position.

Thank you for the privilege of working together to help our school community
.  Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you next school year!
Julie Woolery
PTF Director

May 31st, 2017|