Kindergarten Staffing Plan – September 4, 2018

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen,

You may have heard that Yujin Gakuen had shared a plan last spring that we would hire a part-time Japanese teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. We had projected that our kindergarten enrollment would be at 60 students, and our plan was to divide our 60 kinders into 3 groups of 20 students each.

Our plans have changed due to two factors: 1) we were not able to hire a licensed teacher who was fluent in Japanese who was also able to work in this country, and 2) our enrollment did not meet our projections. At this time, we have 53 students. Because we are still looking for a Japanese teacher and because our enrollment is much lower than the 60 students we anticipated, we will not be starting the year with a new Japanese teacher, and we will not be dividing students into three groups. Instead, we will have one class of 26 and

In past years, our kindergarten classes have had up to 30 students, so we are confident that class sizes of 26 and 27 will be manageable. In past years, this would not be considered out of the ordinary, but because we created an expectation that we would have a third teacher instructing our kindergarten students, I am writing to inform you of the change in our plans.

We do not know if we will be able to enroll additional kindergarten students in the next week to increase our enrollment. Whether or not we can add a new Japanese teacher is also uncertain. If  you have any questions, we will be able to address them at our Open House on Tuesday, September 4th from 11:00 to noon. We will have more information about our kindergarten staffing along with information about our Kinderzone.

Thank you for your support for Yujin Gakuen, and I wish you a happy weekend.

Sincerely,

Thomas Piowaty
Kocho Sensei