Student learning is enhanced through opportunities to develop linguistic, cultural, and interpersonal skills by encouraging students to share cultural experiences with their peers and by involving parents in classroom presentations.
EXCURSIONS WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY:
Children’s Castle, Kinuta Park, Potato digging, Shinagawa Aquarium, Petting Zoo and Zoorasia.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE CLASSROOM:
Birthday Walk, Storytelling Unit and Baking Days.
CELEBRATIONS RELATING TO JAPAN
Some of which involve parent involvement: Festival of Nations, New Years, Setsubun, Girls’ Day, Children’s Day, St. Raphaela’s Day, and international holidays such as Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Diwali, Hannukah, and Christmas.
LIBRARY ACTIVITIES AND AUTHORS’ VISITS
ART/CRAFT ACTIVITIES ALIGNED WITH CULTURAL LESSONS:
origami, calligraphy, crafts from other countries.
food, dress, folk dance and performance. Music and dance curriculum with a Japanese and an international theme, using instruments from around the world.
Embedded in the Middle School timetable is an opportunity for students to take part in self-selected activities each semester. These activities occur period 8, on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. The activities provide students with a break from academic classes and an opportunity to get to know students from other grade levels. Activities currently include, but are not limited to:
- reading club
- table tennis
Teachers also offer activities based on their own expertise such as documentary filmmaking and astronomy club.