Is it spring? Is it summer? The weather is getting warmer and many students are in short sleeves, but there was still a cool breeze through the classrooms this week as students were bent towards their papers, pencils flying.
We have just finished our week of mid-term exams. Shouts of happiness were heard in the halls as students left school today. There is a lot of pressure in test week, and a lot of effort spent studying and preparing. When the exams are finished, there is a feeling of relief.
Even though they cause some stress, tests are a good way to see how your studies are coming. It gives students and teachers a picture of how far you have come, and how far you need to go. Think about tests as a guide, because they will show you where you are strong, and where you need to get better.
We have a beautiful tree in front of our school. You may remember it at Christmas time when the lights are on it. Looking at it today, it is hard to imagine that it was much smaller when we opened the new school building. Fortunately it is spring, and nature gives us a clue as to how it grows.
You are all growing up, in body, mind, spirit, and knowledge. This week was a a difficult one, but, like the green on the tree, a chance to see how far you have come. Rest, relax, refresh, and be ready to go again on Monday!
For the past 19 years, the school has been opened in the morning by Mr. Sakakibara. Every day, rain or shine, he has arrived on his bicycle to open the gate and unlock the doors. Maybe you do not know his name well, but you have definately seen him every day. He is an important part of our school life. Today will be his last day before he takes a rest.
After opening the school each morning, Mr. Sakakibara helps keep our school clean by picking up fallen leaves and trash around the school, and he also waters the plants. After that, he changes back into his suit and greets students coming to the bicycle gate.
Mr. Sakakibara is also a member of Yakatamachi Church. When we have a mass, such as the new student mass or school trip mass, he is often there.
When we think of school, we think about teachers and students. But a school also needs supporters and staff. Shin-ai is not just a school, it is a part of the community. It is important to remember that.
So I hope that Mr. Sakakibara enjoys his rest, and I want to appreciate him for his hard work, greetings, and great smile every day. Thank you!
Last Saturday and Sunday we held our annual open school, Shin Ai Festa! On both days, hundreds of elementary school girls came with their parents to take model lessons, and also check out the different clubs available. Even though Sunday became very rainy at the end, there was a wonderful turnout. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed our school!
For English class we had “Big Sister 2”. In this class the elementary school students worked with some of our grade 2 high school students to practice a self-introduction. After practicing, the guests could challenge three different English teachers to get three different presents.
Both our high school students and our guests enjoyed making these introductions, although Mr. Allen had a difficult time trying to spell some of the characters’ names…
For English Club, we decorated a room with different items of different colors. We then had students identify some different colors, and they also got a picture book.
Thank you to all the students that helped make the Festa a big success. I hope to see all of our guests here next year, either as students or for festa one more time!
Golden Week is finished and now it is time to get back to school. May is a busy month. We just finished Wakabasai Festival, and tomorrow we have Seibosai mass. After that it is the open-school Shin-ai Festa and then mid-term tests are here. Time goes quickly!
A question for you: What does the word “donation” mean? What can people “donate”? Usually people think about donating money or goods. But there are other donations too. At the school festival last week we had a special bus at the ground. In
the bus, students over 16 years old could donate blood. This blood helps people in the hospital, or people who have a bad accident. In English we say it is “donating blood” or “giving blood”.
Often in the news we see that after a bad accident many people lineup at a hospital to give blood. They feel like they want to help, and giving blood is one good way to help. However, hospitals need blood everyday, so it is nice if people give regularly.
Mid-term tests are coming soon. For grade 1 students, these are your first major tests at Shin-ai. Good luck! Start studying today!