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.”
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!
- 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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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.
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!
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.
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!
April 29 marked a great day at OCSI! Why? Because April 29 was Field Day, an annual event that builds community in many different ways as elementary students, high school students, and parents have fun together. Mr. Jernberg (elementary principal) says, “Children learn that games are fun, but people are more important than games.”
What happened on Field Day? Elementary students practiced teamwork as classmates cheered each other through various relays and competitions. They practiced throwing, hitting, kicking, and balancing. They used frisbees, bean bags, bats, balls, and cups of water.
Meanwhile, high school members of National Honor Society (NHS) practiced service and leadership as they helped elementary Mr. Meredith (PE teacher) run all the events.
Many parents came out to enjoy watching their children, to fellowship with other parents, and to picnic in the park at lunch.
Thank you to National Honor Society students and to Mr. Meredith for making this day possible!