OCG is a parent-run school. The Parents Association helps to govern and administer all aspects of the school, from events to budgets to curriculum matters.
In an effort to keep our tuition and fees as low as possible, we require all families to provide at least some time to help run the school. We understand that everyone is very busy, but without your participation we would either have to raise the PA fee, or else cut back on the numerous cultural events that we arrange for our students. These events introduce students to aspects of Japanese culture that they would normally not encounter. They include a Tanabata celebration, Summer Festival, Undoukai, a Holiday Performance, Setsubun, Hinamatsuri, Children’s Day, a Speech Contest, and much more.
We therefore require each family to sign up for a committee.
The PA is also active in raising funds needed to operate the school. Our sole fund-raising activity each year is the Orange International Food Fair, held during Labor Day weekend. Parents can use the hours they work at the Food Fair to defray some or all of their School Management Fee. We encourage you, however, to come out to lend us a hand!
Events Committee – This committee will prepare for and conduct all OCG events. Members will coordinate event matters with teachers and officers. “Cultural Events” include: the summer festivals, Undoukai, Hinamatsuri, and others. “Ceremonies” include: opening and closing of the school year, Speech Contest, Gakushuu Happyoukai, General Meeting. Members in this committee will also sign up for duties in at least two specific events within this committee.
Academic Committee – This group will work with the teachers in gathering curriculum-related materials for classroom use. Another function will include running the school’s lending library. Committee members must be able to read and speak Japanese.
Safety Committee – The purpose of this committee is to oversee school security while class is in session. The group will also help establish safety-related policy and rules and will advise the officers and Board on all safety- and insurance-related matters. Currently, this committee is engaged in a writing a comprehensive emergency disaster plan.
Administrative Committee – Members will be responsible for various aspects of school operations, including registering new students, working with the landlord (Brethren Christian Schools) on facility-related matters, and helping with purchasing and mail, and managing and operating school equipment (audio/visual and sound system).
Fund Development and Marketing Committees – This committee will oversee all fundraising activities throughout the year. The committee will also be responsible for coordinating our community interface and media-related activities. Translations of announcements and newsletters are specialized functions within this committee. School photography is also included within this category.
Advisory Committee – This group will act as a liaison with our alumnae to create and deepen connections between the current and past members of this OCG family.