/Vision: Students Using Learning to Serve

Celebrating the birth of Jesus

Elementary students gave a wonderful performance at their November 30 Christmas program.

Elementary students gave a wonderful performance at their November 30 Christmas program.

We are celebrating Jesus birth with music and drama! We are using Christmas programs on November 30 and December 7 to share the real meaning of Christmas. We are glad that our programs were well attended.

Middle schoolers perform during their December 7 program.

Middle schoolers perform during their December 7 program.

Please continue to pray:

  • Praise God that our Christmas programs went well and for the opportunity to share the real meaning of Christmas.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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December 11th, 2018|

Students serve others

February 19th, 2018|

Secondary music students do radio theater

Secondary music students performed a radio-theater version of A Christmas Carol, complete with dramatic readings, sound effects, and songs like “We Need a Little Christmas, “Carol of the Bells,” and “You Are the Savior of the World.”

Said Don Reasoner, music teacher, “I am proud of how the students worked together to put on this production.”


December 1st, 2017|

Students make impact in community during Service Week

February 24th, 2017|

Students use their learning to serve

OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we want our students to use their learning to serve God and others. And that’s what our students are doing. Students are helping each other in the classroom and on the playground. And last week, students in grades 6-12 were involved in Service Week. They sang at a retirement home, developed web pages for churches, cleaned up beaches, collected clothing donations, and more!

Thanks to all parents and community members who helped with Service Week, including those who provided clothing donations!

Re-registrationPlease keep the following dates in mind:
  • 2/21 – 3/3: Re-registration (¥12,500)—if you wish to enroll another child, please submit a completed application at your earliest convenience. Some elementary classes have limited space, and we are expecting more applications for elementary than usual from new families. We begin accepting new students for next year in March.
  • 3/3: Seminar at Sera-En (6:45-8:00PM): Understanding and Managing ADHD: A Practical Guide for Parents
  • 3/6: Open enrollment begins
  • 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 your child’s education.

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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2017-02-17 Road Construction

P.S. Road construction continues along the far end of the playing field. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds so we can 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.

February 21st, 2017|

OCSI serves on Iejima

Once a month, a group of OCSI teachers and students drive up to Motobu port and board a ferry for Iejima, an island off Nago to teach English to the elementary students on the island as well as encourage the church on the island. Pastor Fumio Nomura was previously on the board of OCSI and invited some teachers to come teach English about 5 years ago. We’ve continued ever since!

For the first few years, we taught English at Pastor Nomura’s home and Kumon building, but as last year, the Board of Education of Iejima asked if we could start teaching at the nearby community center and connect it with the school systems. Every month we teachers think of a theme and activities for an hour and a half of English teaching. The students range from grades 1-6, and we average about 18 students every week.


We also invite OCSI high school and middle school kids to join us. It has been incredible to watch the OCSI kids interact with the Iejima kids and tangibly see the OCSI kids walk with God and impact the world for him. If you’ve ever like to join, us talk to Ms. Turner or Ms. Guiles!


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February 3rd, 2017|

Christmas program celebrates Jesus’ birth

Friday night elementary students entertained family and friends with their annual Christmas program in the auditorium of the Yomitan Cultural Center. The students presented a Biblical view of Christmas and sang a variety of songs, including “Remember Jesus” and “You Gotta Have Hope.”

Mrs. Reasoner, the elementary music teacher, is excited that students learned about music and learned life lessons about overcoming fear, including that the adrenaline they feel as nerves before a program can help them do a better job of performing.

Congratulations to all students for a fine performance! Thank you to all teachers who helped students prepare, and thank you to all those who came to enjoy the program.
December 3rd, 2016|

Kindergarteners reach out at Yomitan-no-Sato

November 22nd, 2016|

Enjoy our refurbished high school locker bay


This year students and teachers used their skills to serve the student body by creatively and beautifully refurbishing the high school locker bay.

A group of students led by the art teacher painted murals on the lockers during Mission Week in March.


This week benches crafted by students in the woodshop class joined the murals.


Thank you to all who contributed to beautifying our learning space!


July 15th, 2016|

Parent Update: June

Community Growth Impact HS

When you think of OCSI, what 3 words come to mind? I think of…

  1. Community: We are a community. We are connected to each other, we care about each other, and we work together. I enjoy being part of the OCSI community. How about you? 
  2. Growth: We want our students to grow. We want them to learn to better communicate, collaborate, think, and create. We want them to better understand God, His world, and their place in it. 
  3. Impact: We want our students to make a positive impact. How? By using their learning to serve God and others. By serving as role models. By building Christ-centered community.

Thanks for being part of our community! We look forward to serving you again next year.

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
P.S. If you know of a family that would enjoy being part of the OCSI community, please encourage them to visit our website and/or to contact us (098-958-3000).

June 24th, 2016|