This is a belated message - it was posted on the YG website, but sharing via newsletter was hampered by the weather delays and a newsletter volunteer who got off track. Sorry for the delay!
Dear Yujin Gakuen friends and families,
Happy belated new year! I hope you all had a wonderful and warm winter break despite the crazy way we ended the month of December and began the new year. I know many of you had power outages that lasted days. Our building was without power from Wednesday, December 14th through that Saturday. We had many trees that fell from accumulation of ice. We have most of it cleaned up now with just a few left under the big tree on the playground. I’m looking forward to everything getting back to normal.
There are a few items I wanted to bring to your attention as we enter the new year.
Training on the new science curriculum - Our teachers have just had their second training session on the new earth and space sciences. These kits are very hands-on and are also designed to incorporate informational reading and writing. We will begin implementing these new kits in February.
Winter benchmarking – Teachers will start the second round of assessments, focusing on reading and math. All students are given assessments three times a year in order to monitor their progress. When this assessment period is over at the end of January, our staff will review all the students’ progress and then determine if additional supports are needed or if supports that have been in place for some students are no longer needed. These assessments are not part of any statewide testing efforts and primarily used to help our staff determine appropriate instruction for all students. We don’t ask students to prepare for these in any way; however, your child’s attendance is very important and your support in helping your child get back to their usual study habits would go a long way toward giving us an accurate assessment of your child’s progress.
School Choice season – School choice season has begun. Starting this month, prospective parents will have the opportunity to apply for enrollment at Yujin Gakuen. This would be a good time to get word out about our school and the many benefits of learning the Japanese language and its culture. If you know parents who might be interested in sending their children to Yujin Gakuen next year, please invite them to contact the office for information about our program and the school choice process.
Thank you for your continued support. I’m looking forward to a great year in 2017!