December 08, 2010

New Hope Preschool News: Dec. 2010

Here's a recent newsletter we sent out to preschool friends and families. If you want to be on the mailing list, sign up on our website.

Dear New Hope Preschool Friends,

Christmas is almost here and we are busily preparing. We’re preparing for several Christmas events and preparing for our new elementary school. Here’s what’s up.

Our big Christmas party is on Saturday, December 18. The attendance has increased every time, so this year we will have two sessions, one at from 11:00 to noon, and the other from 1:00 to 2:00. All children and their parents are welcome to attend. Check out the details on our website.

You probably know that our preschool is associated with a church called New Hope Tokyo. This year, the church’s Christmas service at Narimasu will be held on Sunday, December 19, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM with refreshments afterward. There will be special dance numbers by children and adults, a choir singing Christmas music, and a short Christmas message of encouragement from our pastor. Everyone is welcome.

Planning for the elementary school
continues. We are making good progress in selecting great curriculum that is suitable for our unique situation as a Christian international school in Japan. The core language arts, social studies, humanities and Bible curriculum is set (Tapestry of Grace) and we are strongly considering Singapore Math for our math curriculum. It has excellent reviews from all around the world, and according to another international school I visited, Japanese parents find it easy to help with homework because the approach is similar to that offered in Japanese schools. I’ve been talking with a Japanese teacher and a librarian about how not only to teach Japanese as a language, but how to sprinkle  Japanese literature and culture throughout the curriculum. I don’t want to talk too much about the elementary school here, but please contact us if you are interested, and we can talk or put you on our separate mailing list for elementary school.

Plans for the Montana Western Adventure in the summer continue too. Keep watching for details.

Merry Christmas!

Jeremy Seminoff, Director

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