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February Newsletter


Can you believe we only have 23 more days of school? We are going to pack the remaining days full of learning and memories.


Would you  please complete the parent survey?  Here is the link.  So far we have only had six parents complete it.  They are bilingual and anonymous. We appreciate your input as we continue to work hard to improve the school. Here is the link:


NLIS is getting five new students this month! Please welcome all new students and parents you see. Three are from Korea, and two are Japanese-Australian. The latter are from Yamanashi but have been living in Tunisia. I love our international family! 


We had several students move last year, and students are leaving this year. Families have job transfers and return to their home countries, and some students transfer to Japanese schools. It is sad to see them go, but we know that they will never forget their time at NLIS, and we will remember every student who comes to NLIS. Even with people moving, our attendance grew by 15 students this school year, and we expect at least the same this coming year. NLIS is growing! 


Here is what we are doing in February:


February 1 is the day students in grades four and up vote for the new student council members. Being a student council member is a big responsibility for the students, and it is where they learn leadership skills.


On February 2, junior high and high school students will choose their 2024-25 school year electives. The electives include Technology, Sculpture, Physical Education, Drama, and Photography.  


February 2 & 16 is parent’s Bible study.


February 9 & 22 is library day.


February 12 & 23 are National Holidays. There is no school on these days.


February 13, Tuesday is a WASC teachers’ meeting from 3:30-5:30. There is no afterschool care on this day.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 


Valentine's Party is on Wednesday, February 14, in all classes. If you are a volunteer, please look for a letter from your child's teacher. Thank you for volunteering to help make the party days memorable.


Science Fair on Friday, February 16.   All students from grade three must present a science presentation. The boards are due on Tuesday, February 13, to ensure that the teachers have time to look at them to help the students correct any significant mistakes. The parents are welcome to support their children by attending their presentation. Please park in the gravel parking lot and only stay for your children since parking is limited. The science fair is in the gym this year.


8:50-9:45 junior high and high school students, Grades 7 through 11  

Seven to eight groups of students will present. The top three winners will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons.


9:50-10:45  3rd & 4th graders (The science fair will start next year from grade 4.)  


10:50-11:45 5th & 6th graders 


There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons for grades 3 through 6. The ribbons will be awarded by 12:35. We will take pictures and put them on Facebook and the school website.  

The boards must go home on Friday, February 16.  The tables in the gym must be back in the cafeteria for the church on Sunday.  


February 19-21 are test days.   

All students will take a writing test. Students take this test annually to show their improvement, and teachers can ensure that our teaching styles encourage growth in writing and that the students are growing. 


All students who speak English as a second language will take an English test unless they have tested out previously.


Field trip for kindergarten through grade 2! 

On Thursday, February 22, the children will walk to the fire station on the north side of Kofu station. They will tour the station, and the firefighters will show them the equipment. After the fire station, the students will go to the castle for a picnic and playtime. We hope it’s a pretty day! Parents are welcome to join us on this day.


The last day of this school year is Wednesday, March 6. It is a half day, and we will have a graduation ceremony for kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade graduates. Thirteen students are graduating. All parents and grandparents of graduating students are encouraged to come and celebrate with us as we honor these students. 


I will write a March newsletter in a few weeks. 


Stay warm!



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