Welcome Back from Winter Break!

Dear friends and families of Yujin Gakuen,

Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a restful winter break and that everyone is happy and healthy. I know that for some, it was a big adjustment to get back into the routine of getting up early to come to school. Fortunately, most of our students are arriving on time. We had fewer tardies this week than usual. Thanks to all of you who are consistently coming to school on time.

January is an especially busy time of the year. Teachers have been hard at work, reviewing classroom routines and expectations, and preparing for the end of the first semester. Later in the month, teachers will be assessing students to chart their mid-year progress and to prepare for report cards at the end of the month.

January is also School Choice season. This is the time of year when we showcase our school for prospective parents interested in placing their students in kindergarten or possibly changing schools. We are preparing for three school tours and an evening event to promote Yujin Gakuen and all the great things we have to offer.

One thing in particular that makes us such a great school is our parent involvement. We hope you will help us spread the word about Yujin Gakuen and what a special place this is for all students and families. We know that word-of-mouth is the most effective way to promote our school. Many thanks to all of you who have already encouraged others to check out our wonderful school.

While we are on the subject of parent involvement, we have prepared a parent handbook with important information about our school. It will serve as an online reference for you when you have questions about school procedures and expectations. I hope you find it helpful.

Happy new year to you all, and I hope 2019 is good to you and your family. We hope you have a wonderful year ahead. Thank you, again, for all you do to support Yujin Gakuen.

Sincerely,

Kocho Sensei
PS – Our PBiS theme for the month is perseverance. The Japanese have a concept calle “Ganbaru” (頑張る). Ganbaru means “to commit oneself fully to a task and to bring that task to an end.”[5] It can be translated to mean persistence, tenacity, doggedness and hard work. The term has a unique importance in Japanese culture. This month teachers will be mindful of students who best demonstrate perseverance or “Ganbaru”