Advice for new students

Hello everyone,

It is almost Golden Week and school is very very busy! Grade 2 and 3 students are getting ready for the school festival, and grade 1 students have finished their training camp. Every year, grade 1 students stay together for three days and two nights near Katsuragi-cho. They listen to a talk from Principal Morita, work together in groups, and  get advice from their teachers.

However, I wanted my students to get some help from their seniors, so this week I asked class H3D to write some advice for them. Here is one example:

Be careful with the word “homework”. It is not countable, so you need to say “a lot of homework” rather than “many homeworks”. The point about the class atmosphere is important too! I hope that after our training camp, my class has better teamwork.

Talk to you next week on the festival day!

School Festival Food!

Hi everyone,

Is your class getting ready for the school festival? This week I put up many posters in my classroom for the different food shops that will open during the festival. Let’s take a look at a few of them!

Let’s start simple, we have curry and rice from the cooking club. It should be delicious.

Next… Cheese and beef? Interesting combination. Only 3 per person, I want the spicy style!

M2A is opening a sandwich shop. I was told in today’s class that the strawberry whipped cream sandwhich is the best. It is also the most expensive…

H2B is opening a popcorn stand, which sounds good… until you put icecream on top. Popcorn and ice cream? Crazy!

Lastly, M2C is selling ice cream (without the popcorn!). Again, only three per person. This icecream is from Baskin and Robbins 31, so it should be tasty. There is also a nice wordplay, as the “I” in “Ice” uses the character for “love” 愛, which is also in our school name!

As you can see, we will have a very healthy festival. Maybe next year I will open a vegetable stand… See you next week!

– Allen

Welcome (back)!

Hello everyone,

It is the start of a new school year! Today the new grade two and three students came to school for the opening ceremony and to find out their new classes. We started the day in their old classrooms followed by some cleaning. After the assembly in the gym it was time to pack up and move to our new classrooms.

This year our school motto is: “お陰様”. While there is not a direct translation to English, we can imagine this means “Thanks to you”. So this year, when we are talking to our teachers, seniors, friends, and parents, let’s keep this in mind.

Tomorrow our new grade one junior high school and high school girls will enter our school. After that, Saturday is a day for long homeroom and classes start on Monday. I hope we all have a good year. I will be updating this blog once a week on Wednesdays. If you have some ideas or feedback, please let me know.

Until next time,

Allen