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March Newsletter, 2024

 

The 2023-2024 school year is ending soon. The students continue to develop in their social-emotional and academic growth. The school often has visitors, and overwhelmingly, they are surprised by the family atmosphere of love and acceptance. One mother told me today that her brother's family wants to come and see the school because he "likes the way her children are developing." It's a privilege to lead these hard-working students with great attitudes and loving hearts.

 

Good news! We have two places to order Obento from now:

Hanazen and Bear Café.  The owner, Tony Konishi, from Hong Kong, delivers warm obento daily for 350 yen. The students and teachers enjoy the food very much. If you are interested, please get in touch with the school for information on how to order and pay.

 

Congratulations to four students, Ximena Abe, Tomomichi Katsumata, Miju Kimura, and Chihana Okamoto, who participated in the National Future of Science Poster contest. They received a nice pen and mechanical set each. I hope more students will enter next year.

 

The rest of the school year will go too quickly.  Here are the events:

Tomorrow, February 16, is the science fair. Please come and support your child. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner from the three groups: 3rd & 4th grade, 5th & 6th, and secondary students. It is in the gym.

 

The times are:

8:50-9:45 Secondary students

10:05-11:00 3rd & 4th graders (10 total)  

11:20-12:15  5th & 6th graders (10 total)

 

On Monday, February 19-21, all students will take an annual writing assessment, and English as a foreign language students will take the yearly English assessment.  

 

On Thursday, February 22, kindergarten through 2nd grade will go to the fire department and the castle on a field trip. If it rains, this will be on Thursday, February 29.  

Thursday, February 22, is the library's last day this year.

 

Friday, February 23, is a national holiday.  

 

On Tuesday, February 27, PSE (Parent's Support Education) will meet at 2:00 in the auditorium. All parents are invited to come to this summation meeting.

 

March 1, Friday, at 2:00, the parents' English Bible study is in my office. Please come and enjoy an hour of English Bible discussion. This time, we are looking at Mother's Day and how important it is for us and for our children to honor parents. 

Also on March 1, the classes will have a lockdown drill. The drill is a safety exercise to protect our students from outside people who may be unsafe.

 

March 4, Monday, students may wear comfortable clothes because this is Clean Day

We will turn the music on and work hard cleaning the building for a couple of hours. Students clean weekly, but this is deep cleaning time of windows, walls, lockers, etc. Students should bring a large bag to bring home all their supplies.  

 

March 4-5, we will have graduation practice every afternoon.  

 

On March 5, we will have a school-wide party. We will play 12 games of "Minute to Win It" relays in 6 classrooms. It's a fun bonding time and is an excellent way for the students to see each room and be with the other teachers. 

 

March 6, Wednesday, is our last day of the year. It is a half-day; we will close at noon. No lunch is needed. Students in kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade are graduating. Only parents of the graduates may join. The graduation ceremony will start at 10:50 and end around noon. Graduating students should dress nicely. Only two students are giving speeches this year: the valedictorian in 6th grade and in 9th. These are the students with the best grades in the school. I will announce who they are soon. 

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me or the office staff. Thank you for being great parents and supporting the school. 

 

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