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Proud Parents- Nathan and Sheryl Cruzado Saechao,  and Oliver


We welcomed our first grandson to our family this year!  Thank you parents for your support and understanding when I had to leave in late May before school ended.  There were some inconveniences involved for sure, but God helped all of us go through that time together! 
Again, many thanks for your gifts and prayers for Oliver, too.
 
I also heard good reports from the summer school program that Mrs. Griffith, who was my daughter's first grade teacher 29 years ago. 
She was pleased with the performances of all the K4 summer school students and declared that they are all ready for K5 grade level!!
Congratulations, parents! And K4, JOB WELL DONE!  

It was good seeing most of the K4 SS students on the last day of summer school.  You sure have all have grown up some even in a matter of a month or so!

See you on campus in the next school year, fall 2017-18! 




ENTRUSTING ALL TO GOD AND THANKING HIM FOR A SUCCESSFUL K4 SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017!!



ENTRUSTING ALL THE K4 CHILDREN TO GOD AND GIVING THANKS TO HIM  FOR THE GREAT SCHOOL YEAR 2016-17!!

KINDERGARTEN END-OF-THE-YEAR PICNIC


Thank you parents for coming out and having special outdoor moments with your children and their friends in school for the last time this school year!  I am very thankful for each one of you and know that my heart if full for the way things turned out during the picnic!  God is truly awesome and you guys are wonderful parents who made great partners with us, teachers,  in guiding your children through the school year! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PROMOTED STUDENTS!
JOB WELL DONE YOU ALL!!!


K4 CLASS ROCKS!!!  You did so very well and I thank God,  for helping you remember what you had to do. I do appreciate Mrs. Fujii and Mrs. Rusnak for the hard work!
 I am so proud of you all, especially the K4 children! You guys looked so handsome and beautiful, too!



Last but not the least, my heartfelt thanks to my very special and unique KINDERGARTEN Team who each had very special individual roles in making this year's school year, work its best for the glory of God!  I love you all and thank God for each one of you always! 
"Honto ni Otsukaresama deshita! "  "Maraming Salamat! "
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!
See you in the FALL and God bless you!



May-June Birthday Celebration-our last Party!!

Parents, thank you so much for coming out and joining us in this last celebration for our four students
Tristan, Kou-Yin, Maria and Yumi!!  You have shown your constant support to our class time after time through the year and our class is truly most thankful for each one of you! 

God will continue to bless your children as they finish the school year with a KINDERGARTEN END-OF-THE-YEAR PICNIC tomorrow, Friday, May 26th, from 9:30 AM to noon time, at Sera En No Mori.  
We  also 
have the KINDERGARTEN PROMOTION PROGRAM coming up on June 7, from 10:00 to 11:30 in the morning.  You are most welcome to bring the whole family with you in order to celebrate this time of your children`s lives with all of us at OCSI!




CONGRATULATIONS, SENIORS!!
K4 Parents, here is to give you a small glimpse or idea of how your children will turn out as they spend 14 years of their education at OCSI starting in K4 class!
I had five of these graduating seniors when they were in K4 and truthfully, they have not changed a bit, except that they are now much taller and maybe even smarter than me in many ways.  
In my heart, they will always be my "babies" and continue to think of them in my prayers as they take the next step towards a new chapter of their lives!  Way to go, my dear seniors!
My advise to you, be peace makers..as the Bible says "If you plant seeds of peace, you will reap a harvest of peace, kindness and goodness in return."  ( James 3:18 )


One last quarter-the fourth quarter to complete this school year’s pre school learning!  The children are expected to grow some more and  experience triumphs noticeable from the outside and inside of them as God continue to work in their lives! 

TRIUMPHANT K4 CLASS

Pausing a bit to take this photo as we enjoyed a short walk on our campus garden to celebrate the season of new beginnings-SPRING time! The kids were anxious to look for signs of new life everywhere we walked-spiders in  webs, bugs, caterpillars and small flower and leaf buds coming out of plants.  



WE ARE GROWING TO BECOME BOOK WORMS!!!

           
       

           
      
The love of reading books is really growing on our K4 children!!


        
We are also finding out that we can read some sight words now!       

       

      
Even one of our librarians, Mrs. Moyer,  who came one Wednesday, helps us out to get the children love on reading by reading a book to the class first,  then having them pick out a book they like to read from a basket of books she brings in with her from the main library! Mrs. Meredith, our other librarian regularly comes every Wednesday! And we are most thankful for the times they spend withe children in our class. 

        


  WHITE BOARD WRITING/DRAWING IS ALSO A FAVORITE ACTIVITY!

Children love to write and draw using their white boards on a regular basis. This helps get their fine motors growing in strength on a consistent basis! It also helps us apply what we have learned by constant practice, freely expressing their thoughts in prints and pictures! 

Here some children are practicing writing their numerals and the alphabet, or copying names and words from the different prints found in our classroom. Some are just drawing what`s on their thoughts at the moment!

      


One-to-one correspondence problem solving during a Math collaboration activity!


Just couldn't take off their eyes on books! 


 WE STILL ENJOY AND NEED OUR  NAP TIMES!

We are able to nap in our classroom and be cozy despite of the ever changing weather in Okinawa! The children are fine and are able to get restful naps on a daily basis. 
Kindly be reminded to send your children`s blankets on a weekly basis! 
And please remember that with all students we have and 
NOT enough space in our cubbies, we cannot afford to have pillows!! Two thin blankets or one thick one will be sufficient for an hour nap everyday. 
Thank you for your understanding and support of our napping situation!



MUSIC CLASS PARADING WITH INSTRUMENTS 


The children had fun playing musical instruments with Mrs. reasoner leading the students. They went parading right outside our classrooms with huge smiles on their faces! 
The children are loving on their Music class.   Praise God for her willingness to take us in into her busy schedule! 

They now know how to say " fine` " meaning  "we are done"!!  And with that, the teacher always adds "Good job" to end the class for the day! 

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS GOING WELL

Hypothesis:  Given favorable conditions, plant seeds will grow into seedlings then into plants
Materials: Bean seeds, clear plastic cups, paper towel, water and sun rays coming from our glass windows
Procedure: Line plastic cup with paper towel
Moisten with enough water
Drop seeds so that they are easily observed from the cups
Keep paper moistened constantly
Observe changes and keep a record by drawing changes taking place everyday


Woojin checking his seeds experiment making sure they get enough water and sunshine and taking note of physical changes going on. 
                                   

Tiny growth coming out of the seed...


growing part of seed getting longer....


 has grown more...


and is now a healthy looking plant ready to be transplanted in soil medium in order to thrive! The one
on the right is our carrot growing well, too!  Hope your plant is growing well and that it is a learning experience for your children from school to home!




More Spring Explorations

1. We have been studying about fowls' eggs and comparing their appearances and sizes-Ostrich has a huge sized egg compared to the ones of a small bird inside a tiny nest next to it. 

2. We are exploring which part of a plant is carrot -is it the stem, leaf, seed, root or flower? Some new things are sprouting from the top of the carrot at the moment. And kids are asking ..."what are they?" 

3. The dried pods had seeds when we opened one of them.  We may have time to plant some of them and watch if they grow quick enough with the time left for this year.  What seeds are they? Are they flower seeds or vegetable seeds? 

4. Another variety of beans, green beans seeds- had been observed to be successfully sprouting so quickly and getting taller by the day.  The leaves are also starting to form! 

5. We will now be observing simple water experiments as we are currently learning about water-it`s cycle, sources, uses and why it is an important and a very useful creation of God. 




K4 LOVES TO RIDE OUR TOY VEHICLES

K4 children love their play vehicles and they take turns using them before dismissal time whenever we are able to. 

                                     
       


    
       


            
                                                     
                        
         SAND BOX IS ALSO BECOMING A FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE OUTDOOR FUN!


           
 
                                                  
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IMPORTANT MATTERS 

1. It is important that your child wears his/her name tag to school everyday!  
When they get lost, please purchase a new one immediately or I can help you purchase that for you, just let me know, or I can write you a note  

2. Book bags/back packs needed everyday! Wear socks to school everyday-children will not be allowed to play in the play ground with out socks on. 
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3.  Regular class attendance is very important-a healthy habit that is great to develop at this young age.  When late to school, ( later than 8:30 AM ), please go to the office to get a late slip before going to the classroom. In times of absence, please call the office to inform us and the reason behind it. 

4 . Sickness-child should stay home when he or she has a fever of 37.5 degrees C or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; hard and continuous coughing, runny nose.

5. School lunch- child has to eat at least one bite of each item in the school lunch menu.  

6.  Behaviour Management-please read these from the web site when you can so you know of our expectations. 

7.  Academic  Conferences-attendance highly requested-20 minutes

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE TWO IMPORTANT  ACADEMIC CONFERENCES! 
November 3- Parent-Teacher Conferences for first quarter 
March 20-Student-led Conferences for third quarter

7. Have a regular study time at home-at least fifteen minutes daily (practice conversational English for second language learners, play educational games, read story books to your children, draw pictures, make arts and craft projects,  learn to recognize upper and lower case alphabet letters, practice name writing correctly, watch an educational video, etc.)

8. Parents are invited to most of our field activities-please try to come as much as possible! Children`s permission slips will be sent home most of the times, and need to be signed by parents or guardians then sent back to the teacher as soon as possible.


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Our ON LINE STUDENT INFORMATION -PHILOSOPHY, POLICIES, etc. was made for you to read thoroughly so you will be familiar with:

-the  kindergarten philosophy
-how these apply to our teachings
-the different programs we offer in this department
-holidays
-progress and report cards
-summer school requirement (mostly for Japanese)
-after school program-limited number of students
-typhoon procedures
-parent teacher conferences
-parent Involvement
-office policies on enrolment, tuition, withdrawal, visitors,
 health requirements
-main school events-Fall Walkathon and Spring Bazaar
-class rules, safety regulations  and policies-food, 
 attendance, name tags, 
school preparedness, nap time, 
 clothing, behaviour management, use 
of language, school hours
-other procedures-drop off and pick up, bus riding, special arrangements
-supply list

                KINDERGARTEN STUDENT HANDBOOK- A USEFUL TOOL 
                                          ( visiting our website )

- type in Okinawa Christian School International
- click on Student Hand Book 
- and click on places where kindergarten informations are listed. 
            
Also, OCSI is on Facebook, so please visit this social media and look for fun things about OCSI activities, accomplishments, schedules and your children`s pictures from time to time!  
            
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                With God`s help and guidance, we will be able to make new improvements in this last quarter.  We have a few who are still struggling with comprehension in an English speaking learning environment.  Kindly continue to reinforce study times at home as you never know when your children`s second language will truly sink in and make sense to them.  With God, nothing is impossible! 

                             

                                 NEW TEAM MEMBER IN OUR KINDERGARTEN!

We welcome Mrs. Morgan Rusnak as our K4 class aide as Mrs. Fujii has to switch to K3 class where she is much needed.  As we all know, our K3 aide, Mrs. Simburger  is now on maternity leave as she is expecting the arrival of her first child any time this month! Please keep her in your prayers. 

Kindly welcome Mrs. Rusnak to our Kindergarten team when you see her.  She is scheduled to be my long term substitute teacher for K4 class to the end of the school year as I will finish the school earlier  to attend to a family need in the US.

She will also be one of our our K5 teachers next school year,  so it is a perfect timing for her to start getting to know her students in the next grade level.  She is an Early Childhood educator and has teaching experiences back in the U.S. 

                          The K4 children are getting used to MRS. RUSNAK and so is she!  

                      

   

Mr. Lloyd entertaining the K4 children's amazement and inquiries about his robot creation R2D3. He decided to give "it" a tour of the school for the first time on Children's Day! What gift to share with the kids!  

Mr Lloyd is our school's  Head Technology Staff and he is quite good in his field of expertise.  This robot is only one of his 3D creations, and he ALWAYS finds time ( with a smile ) to assist us with our computer needs despite of his busy schedule at OCSI!  Way to go, Mr. Lloyd! We sure thank God for you!

                                                              HAPPY CHILDREN` S DAY to you all!

              God made children very special and unique and He cares for them so very much! He even said we should be like little children in our faith in Him and welcomes them lovingly in His arms! 


                                      
HAPPY MOTHER` s DAY May ) and FATHER`s DAYJune ) to All MY WONDERFUL K4 PARENTS!!!

The Bible says for children to honour their father and mother, and it came with a promise..."that all will go well with you".  Wow, what a promise from God who is our FATHER in heaven,  and anytime, we can call on Him and He responds with love and wisdom according to His will in Christ Jesus for our lives!

I just can`t thank you enough, parents of K4 children this school year! You have given your children the best time you can give them so they could perform the way they did in school  and accomplish much more than expected of them.  Your children are truly God`s gifts to me this year and I will continue to remember them in my prayers even after they are gone to other grade levels, or even if they have to leave the island or go to another school.  They have captured my heart and my prayers are with them and entrust them to God`s  loving care and guidance always! 

Many thanks for your kind words and thoughts in actions and gifts which you have showered me with, in big and small ways. What show of love and affection and I am so privileged to be your children`s K4 teacher.  "Arigato gozaimashita" and "Maraming Salamat" in my native tongue!  God bless you and your family over the summer and see you back in the new Fall school year! 
                
                                         

                                     NEW SCHEDULE IN PLACE and WORKING!!


P.E. Class is held on Tuesday and Thursday every week! K4 children love this class and do a good job at listening and following directions from their teacher, Mr. Meredith!  On top of this, they learn skills that promote their physical development! 

                                                                 

                                      Boaz getting used to being in our K4 class
  
Thanks to our boys who makes our new friend welcome in our class!  Keep up the good work, Boaz! 


     PLAY TIME IS FUN all the time! 





               
                                                                          LIBRARY TIME IN K4 CLASSROOM

Instead of our class climbing three stories of steps to the library for our Library Day,  Mrs. Meredith now comes to the classroom to read to the class and then the children have free -choice book reading time of library books selections she brings in with her.  

She also brings a High School  senior student assistant with her,  who happened to be one of my K4 students 14 years ago!  How nice is that!!

                                                                    BACK TO SCHOOL FUN!

The children are now making more complicated shapes and structures and developing their fine motors more by the day!

                            HANGING SIDE WAYS?  HOW DO YOU DO THAT BOYS? 
                                

       GREAT FUN                                            OUTDOORS!




CHAPEL CLASS TIME IS NOW ONLY K3/K4 CLASSES COMBINED- A SMALLER GROUP IDEAL FOR MORE EFFECTIVE TEACHING/LEARNING!I The Bible lessons/reinforcements are faithfully taught by Mr. Roe and with a touch of praise and worship times to begin each time, led by Mrs. Reasoner. 


Enjoying our nursery rhymes singing time in small groups! 

                                  

Principal Jernberg stopped by to say “hi !" to our class and the children swarmed around him showing off what they have made!
 
 
                                                                  WORK CENTERS 

 We will be continuing Math, Science and Language Arts work centers to individually assess how each student is progressing in their K4 skills. 

A new and more challenging set of learning centers have already been set up.  Some centers will be for a pair of students to collaborate on solving, and some are for individual solving effort.  With the improved skills of the children, I trust in their abilities to complete each center confidently and cheerfully. Prizes are at stake!!! 

    SOLVING MATH PROBLEMS IN PAIRS USING MANIPULATIVE TOYS

                                       

FOCUSING ON EACH CENTER ACTIVITY IS SO IMPORTANT AND THE CHILDREN ARE DOING IT! 

                                     


  NEW  INDIVIDUAL  CENTERS STICKER CHART CARDS


  Children get a sticker each time they finish a work center which is  is assigned a number.  The sticker covers the center number they finish.  They monitor the next center they need to work on until the card gets completed.  And yes, claim a prize they deserve!


         REINFORCING LESSONS LEARNED THROUGH VIDEO SHOWING

 

We combine classes with K3 children to study Bible lessons everyday except Thursday when we have Chapel at the cafeteria instead. 
Children can sit down and focus well as they listen to each day`s lesson.  This week, we are learning about the Easter Story and the children have a child- level understanding of what Jesus did for us on the cross and rising again so we can all join Him in heaven some day!  We just need  to confess our sins to Him and put our faith in Him as our Lord and Savior then commit to follow Him all our lives.  That`s what makes us CHRISTIANS!
I pray each one of you will do the same! 


Yasuhiro leading our Bible songs with motions



CHURCH VISIT TO CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH
( located at the Oki Bus Stop, Yomitan )


         Pastor Brad Boyd welcoming and  leading the children in worship/ message after the children also sang some praise songs to Jesus! The children were very good at listening and answering questions, too! 


We had a good visit at Central Baptist Church with a welcoming Pastor Boyd who led us in worship and a tour of the church. We also got some bags of treats to take home with us!  Principal Jernberg dropped by to check on our field activity, too! It is located on Hi-way 6 in front of Oki bus station, with a big sign, that says Central Baptist Church. 
Parents and their families are always welcome to come to this church or any other English speaking churches on the island to reinforce their English learning and know what Christians do in church. 
ALL are welcome on Sundays;
Sunday School in English for children, young adults and adults are from 9:00 in the morning and at 10:00, worship starts with singing, Bible lesson and fellowship, we even have a monthly movie night and meals! ALL these are FREE!! So I pray you take advantage of these English learning opportunities especially on weekends and during summer vacation times. 




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