Principal's Blog 校長先生のブログ
January 25, 2023
I like this time of year. The students are settled in their classes and are hard at work. Some are preparing for science presentations for the science fair. Some are preparing a speech for graduation. All students will take a writing test next week. Many classes are busy working with novels and learning to love literature. The students are healthy and happy right now. They are working hard, but you should see them play!
There are only six weeks of school left this year. It's been a good year of growth in every way.
August 4, 2022
The school year 2022-23 has been full of changes. NLIS is growing with new teachers and new students. New Life is now an official candidate for WASC accreditation. This means NLIS is approved by WASC. The coordinators of WASC will visit again with the goal of full accreditation. The principal has quit teaching and is now focused on helping the school become even better. Two new full-time teachers, one for the 3rd and 4th-grade classes, and one who teaches 9th and 10th-grade literature, 7th through 10th sciences and Bible, and the electives art, choir, and keyboard have come this school year. Both teachers are excellent additions to NLIS.
The school just finished a successful week of summer school. The theme was "space." The teachers and students read space books, learned about the planets in our solar system and the constellations, made a cool glow-in-the-dark moon mobile with its phases, and even launched rockets. Teachers and students played with water balloons, water guns, a parachute, several group games, basketball, and minute-to-win-it relay games throughout the week. It was an exhausting fun-filled week!
The student population is growing so much that there is a great need for another building for the secondary school. What a wonderful problem to have! May God continue to bless New Life International School and help the school find a good place to grow even more.
March 3, 2022
It’s hard to believe that we only have 4 1/2 more days of school! The school is humming with activity. Students are working on speeches for graduation, taking tests, finishing novel units, and doing a lot of fun, memory-making activities.
Some activities include taking a nature walk and playing along a river, listening to music during the day, moving the desks anywhere in the room, bringing stuffed animals to class, walking to the castle and having a picnic, wearing pajamas to school, and having a readathon. This Friday, many classes will watch a movie. In the 3/4 grade class, students are welcome to bring an extra snack as we watch “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader.”
More activities include the following:
On March 3 & 4, the 6th and 9th grades will have a graduation ceremony. We are very proud of our graduates!
On March 7, all classes will clean the school. We will be sweeping, dusting, mopping, vacuuming, and washing sinks, walls, windows, and our desks, inside and outside.
On March 8, K through 9th grade will participate in Minute-to-Win-it relays.
On March 9, students will have a nice morning with their classmates by celebrating the year with class awards and other activities. The school will be closed at 12:00 for spring break.
It's been a good year, and we teachers and parents believe that the 2022-2023 school year will even be better!
December 4, 2021
NLIS is experiencing a lot of growth, academically, socially, and numerically. Many new students have joined NLIS this year and many new ones are coming in April 2022. Several classrooms have had to be reformed to make more room. We are currently looking for another building for our secondary students so that we can continue to grow. These are great problems to have!
Since July, NLIS was visited by WASC and we are continuing the accreditation journey with workshops scheduled this month, and in January and February. NLIS will be an accredited school assuring our students of quality education and good futures.
There have been many activities during the fall months. Students celebrated 100 days of school, had camp literacy day, a sports day at Midorigaoka Gym and Park, and a class party. Professional student pictures were taken, and the 6th graders went to Disney Land. There were also observation days, an open campus, student-led parent/teacher conferences, and a food drive, all held successfully.
Students are now preparing for Christmas dramas and concerts, for final tests, and completing projects in classes. Students are working hard and learning well.
July 23, 2021
We are officially on summer break, and we finished with a bang, as usual! Students and teachers played water games for one hour outside with balloons, squirting water at each other, and eating icy pops in the shade. This week has been very hot so this was a refreshing, well-earned day! We also played balloon relay games in the air-conditioned gym, cleaned the rooms, had some learning games, and prepared for the summer homework. The students and teachers will come back together on Thursday, September 2, refreshed and ready to learn.
July 26-30 will be our summer school. We did not do it last year due to Covid 19, but we have learned how to minimize the risks and we will have a great time this summer.
May 8, 2021
We are off to a great start this year! Our first student council has been formed and the five chosen students are busy creating a school T-shirt and making other exciting plans for this year. The PSE (Parent's Supporting Education) mothers are planning the first food drive of the year, a teacher appreciation day, and socials. The new kindergarten class students are absolutely precious! The students were yelling, "Lunch, lunch!" after recess yesterday. These are children who didn't know any English and now are singing songs, saying short sentences, can write the alphabet and copy sentences, add up to ten, know the names of many countries in the world, and can understand a lot of what is being said in English. It's amazing how quickly they learn! We have a fantastic teacher and assistant. NLIS is truly blessed with highly trained, caring teachers and very earnest, sweet students.
今年は素晴らしいスタートを切りました！生徒会５人のメンバーズが決まり選ばれた生徒達は、今年のスクールTシャツメーキングや、エキサイティングな計画を立て忙しいです。 PSE（Parent's Supporting Education）保護者の皆様は、今年初のフードドライブ、先生の日や、ソーシャルに関して計画に取り組んでいます。 新しい幼稚園生はとても可愛らしいです。子供達は、昨日お昼休み時間に大きな声で「昼食、昼食！」と騒いでいました。英語を全く話せなかった子供達、今は短い英語の文章を読み、歌を歌い、アルファベットを書いたり、文章をコピーしたり、世界多くの国の名前を知学んで、多くのことを理解できています。 上達が素晴らしい事に驚いてます！ 素晴らしい先生とアシスタントに恵まれ誇りに思います。 NLISは、高度な訓練を受けた思いやりのある教師と、非常に熱心で心暖かい生徒達に囲まれ、恵まれています。
March 9, 2021
We had a wonderful day today! The students and teachers celebrated the last day of school with Minute-to-Win-it relay games, special class awards were handed out, and finally, we had our 6th-grade graduation ceremony. The 4th and 5th-grade classes played two songs on the ukulele, we watched a video of the graduating students' memories, and then we listened in amazement to our graduating 6th graders' speeches. Our students are truly gifted, hard-working, and fun-loving. It is a joy to know them and watch them grow.
January 7, 2021
I am looking forward to starting back next week after a long holiday. We have a lot of great things planned to finish out this school year. In January, we will celebrate Opposite Day and have Child Protection Week for all grades. In February, we will have Christianity Week, standardized testing, and our annual science fair. Then in March, we will have a graduation ceremony for our 6th graders, and a special day of fun for our students. Of course, we are still practicing social distance but we are able to enjoy our school life. It's been a challenging year, but God remains faithful, and we are still learning and enjoying school life at New Life International School.
長い休暇を過ごした後、来週登校できる事を楽しみにしています。 今年末につれ多く素晴らしい計画を立ててます。1月には、オポジット デイを祝い、チャイルドプロテクション週が行われます。 2月には、キリスト教週間、テスト、サイエンスフェアが開催されます。 そして3月には6年生の卒業式です。生徒たちの特別な日でもあります。 社会的距離を保りながら、みんなで学校生活を楽しんでいます。 大変な年でしたが、神様は忠実であり続けてます。ニューライフインターナショナルスクールでの生活を楽しみ学んでいます。
October 9, 2020
Today our parents brought treats for the teachers for "Teacher Appreciation Day". We were overcome by the generosity of the parents. It's a pleasure to teach at New Life International School!
August 20, 2020
We had a very successful two months of face-to-face classes in June and July. Students, teachers, and parents were so happy to be back in school! We all worked hard, learned a lot, and had fun even in our masks. We had an art fair, a ukulele and handbell concert, and a great party to end our last day before the summer holidays with water balloons, squirt guns, relays, and popsicles.
We are off for the summer holiday now but we will go back to school on Thursday, September 3. We have a lot of great things planned for this fall. We have camp literacy day that is usually celebrated in big tents in our gym, but this year we will ask the children to bring small blankets and we'll have individual tents under our desks. All of our activities will have a camp theme. We'll draw maps, and write adventures about seeing bears or other wild animals. We will read with flashlights under our desks with "fireflies" (clear Christmas lights) illuminating our "sky" (ceiling). We will also roast marshmallows and eat some s'mores. This is a great day!
6月と 7 月, 2 か月間の対面授業は絶好調でした。 生徒、教師、保護者含め、学校が再開し授業ができた事に幸を感じました！マスク着用の学校生活中ですが、みんな一緒に頑張って学んで、楽しんできました。夏休みを迎える前に締めくくる素晴らしいパーティーで、アートフェア、ウクレレとハンドベルのコンサート、水風船、水鉄砲、リレーや、アイスキャンディーなどで楽しみました。夏休みに入るますが、9月3日木曜日に授業開始です。この秋に向けて素晴らしい計画を多く準備しております。キャンプ リテラシー デー では、大きなテント体育館で組み立てみんなで祝って過ごしていました。
今年は子供たちに小さな毛布を持ってきてもらい、それを利用し各机の下に個別にかぶせ一人用のテントをみんなの分を用意します。学校活動は、キャンプをテーマにしています。 地図を描き、クマや他の野生動物について書いたり、クラスルームで(天井)を空として、クリスマスの明かりで照らし「蛍」としてイメージしながら 机の下で懐中電灯を使って読書したり、マシュマロをローストや、スモアを食べたりします。 素晴らしい日です。
We will have a parent/teacher meeting in October. The student will be involved in this - he or she will show the parent all his or her school work and the standardized testing that has been done so far. It's a good day for the students to shine and for the parents to see exactly what their children are learning. We will also have a field trip in October to a local sports park where the children can run, do some relay games, and have a picnic. We are learning how to be creative through this pandemic and help the children still have a good environment in school life and have good energy, learning optimally with great teachers and interesting curriculum. I'm very thankful that we can continue to grow and learn!
May 10, 2020
As everyone knows, Covid-19 has struck and our lives are quite different from normal. I'm extremely proud and thankful that our teachers have been able to continue our students' learning through online distance education. Our children have not missed any school days, and they are all working hard, learning, and growing. Every day when I get on Skype to "call" my classes to join me, they are usually already on the computer ready to start with a big smile on their faces. They are a joy to teach! That said, we hope to start back at the school building again soon, maybe by May 25.
We are still working on accreditation but our visits from the accreditation committee have been postponed until at least this fall and next spring. I'll keep you, and everyone involved with New Life International School, informed on any developments as they occur. God bless you and keep you safe.
誰もが知っているように、Covid-19 が襲い、私たちの生活は通常とは大な変化を与えてます。教師たちがオンライン遠隔教育を通じて生徒たちの学習を継続できたことを非常に誇りに思い、とても感謝しています。子供たちは、学校を休むことなく、一生懸命学び、日々成長しています。 毎日、Skypeを利用しクラスを始める為生徒達にコールをすると、子供達はすでにコンピューターの前に座り、笑顔で始める準備がいつもできています。 授業をおこなうのがとても楽しみです！ とはいえ、5月25日までには、学校で生徒達に再開したいと考えています。
October 27, 2019
Fall time is a busy time at NLIS! We are studying hard, but enjoying school life with all kinds of activities including practicing for a Christmas drama which we'll have on December 13. We are also practicing handbells, recorders, and a poem for that day's program. The students are also gathering items for the Asahi Festival on November 23. They will greet customers and take the money and give change on that day. It will be a wonderful opportunity for us all.
NLIS has been officially approved as an NPO organization- a first step to getting accredited. We are actively pursuing accreditation through WASC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges. With a lot of work from our teachers and staff, we should be able to turn our application in this November. This has been a goal of ours from our school's conception and it's exciting seeing it come to fruition. We have many more goals and plans to help our students learn and grow.
秋の季節は、忙しい学校生活の時期になります。精一杯勉強を頑張りながら、学校行事を子供達と一緒に楽しんでいます。12月13日にむけてのクリスマスドラマの練習、ハンドベル、リコーダー、その日のプログラムの詩の練習などのアクティビティをみんなで取り組んでいます。また、11 月 23 日 朝日祭に向けて、みんなで販売アイテムを集めています。
その日は、接客や、お会計/ 料金のお預かり、お釣りを渡したりします。みんなにとって最高の機会になります。NLISはNPO法人として正式に承認され、認定への第一歩を踏み出しました。学校は、WASC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges による認定を積極的に追求しています。教師とスタッフの多大な努力により、今年11 月には申請を提出できるはずです。これが私達学校のコンセプトの目標でした。それが実現するのを実感できる事にワクワクします。生徒達の学習と成長を支援するために、多くの目標、企画、計画を取り組んでいます。
June 8, 2019
We have the sweetest group of students this year! The atmosphere is buzzing with children who have become good friends with each other and their teachers. 1st graders are already reading and growing in their confidence and love of learning. 2nd and 3rd graders studied economics and opened a "shopping mall" for all the classes to come and buy the goods with play money. 4th and 5th graders memorized all the prefectures of Japan and are doing reports. Their writing is improving every week. They are also planting a garden and graphing their results. 6th and 7th graders are doing a detailed study of Asia: governments, geography, and economics. They are also learning how to work with google docs and create some pretty amazing computer graphics. The entire school went to the archeology museum last month to further our study of Japan and its history. It was a wonderful time of learning.
今年も素晴らしい学生グループがいます！ 仲良くなった子供達や、先生達で賑わう雰囲気です。 1年生はすでに自信と学習を頑張り成長しています。 2年生と3年生は経済学を学び、全学年がプレイマネーで商品を購入するための「ショッピングモール」を開設しました。 4年生と5年生は日本のすべての都道府県を暗記し、レポートの提出の準備をしています。学校でガーデニングをして結果をグラフにして発表します。 6年と7年生は、政府、地理、経済など、アジアの詳細な研究を行っています。グーグルドキュメントを操作しながら、素晴らしいコンピュータグラフィックスを学んでいます。 先月は、考古学博物館に行きました。とても素晴らしい学習になりました。今年も絶好調！
March 14, 2019
April 8 will be the first day of our 5th year of school. We have grown from one full-time teacher to four full-time teachers, and from three students to thirty. I'm looking forward to a good year of learning, not only for the students but for the teachers as we grow in our ability to teach and to listen to each child's needs. What a privilege it is to watch these precious children explore ideas, learn to express themselves better, grow in their friendships, and become more confident in themselves! Please pray for our school, for each student, and for each teacher. We want God's blessings for this 2019-2020 year to be the best year yet!
4月8日は5年生の初登校。 NLISは、わずかな生徒（３人）と先生方（１−４人）でスタートしました。けれど現在は、生徒３０人と素晴らしい先生方とNLISは、日々共に成長してます。素晴らしい年になる事を楽しみながら、全生徒の成長を見守り先生方と一緒にベストの教育を活用し、みんなで成長していきます。子供達がアイデアを探求し、自分自身をよりよく表現できるよう、友情を育み、自信を深める事などを目にするの特権です。NLISのの生徒達、先生方のためにお祈りください。 この2019-2020年、神の祝福がこれまでで最高の年になることを願っています！
August 2, 2018
We began our 4th year in April and the students and parents this year are lovely! We continue to grow in every way. We just finished reforming the downstairs of the outside building so that our junior high can open in April 2019. Grade 6 students are very excited. We are busy making lessons for our classes for the remainder of the year. We are starting a handbells class in 2nd and 3rd grade and they will present some Christmas songs in December. We are doing several novel units in grades 2 and up. We want to encourage a love of literature in all our students. We are also planning for our science fair for grades 3 and up. They always blow us away with their inventions or research. We are busy but blessed to be a part of New Life.
学校は、日々成長続けています。スクールの階下の改修が完了し、6年生の生徒たちは、2019年4月に中学のクラスが開校する事を待ち望んでいます。今後の授業、学習や自習の取り組みに忙しくなります。小学2年、3年生は12月にいくつかのクリスマスソングを発表します。小学2年生以上の学年は、いくつかの新しいユニットをやっています。全生徒に文学への愛情を奨励したいと思っています。 また、小学3年生以上の学年は、科学博覧会を計画しています。生徒はいつも自分たちが持つ才能、実力や思いやりで完成する作品に驚かされます。全生徒は、まさしくニューライフの一員であり、NLIS は恵まれています。