Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.


Learning to Love, Loving to Learn


School News

Seisen and St. Mary's will continue with their Online/ At Home Learning programs from Monday, March 30th. Students will return to school on Monday. April 6th.

Dear Parents,

From our initial email announcing the school campus closures until March 30th of Seisen International School and St Mary’s International School, and the initiation of our respective schools’ Online/ At Home Learning plans, the situation in Japan and indeed the world, has changed with the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic. Countries around the world are closing borders, and in effect restricting daily life in efforts to contain and to slow down the transmission of the virus.

Here in Japan, within our shared community, there is a heightened awareness of and sensitivity to the highly contagious nature of this virus. In an effort to place the health and safety of our communities at the center of our decision making, as we face the challenges and uncertainties in relation to the spread of COVID - 19 in Tokyo, the Seisen International School and the St Mary’s International School campuses will remain closed to students until Monday, April 6. Both schools will continue with their Online/ At Home Learning programs from Monday, March 30th.

In light of the upcoming spring break and the likelihood of families traveling, we would strongly advise against international travel given health risks and complications upon returning to Japan. One responsibility we expect of all community members is to self-report all international travel to our school nurses prior to April 6, and to abide by any government directives in regard to quarantine conditions and duration. We would also ask that any diagnosed case of the virus in your respective families be honestly reported to the schools as well.

We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we closely monitor developments in Japan.

With prayers for the continuing good health of all members of our communities.

Colette Rogers                                     Saburo Kagei
Head of School                                    Headmaster
Seisen International School                   St. Mary’s International School

Read More about March 18th Update: School Re-opens April 6th

Prime Minister Abe held a press conference on Japan’s countermeasures against the novel Corona Virus . He outlined the enhanced medical responses, financial measures and efforts to ensure safe and secure Olympics and Paralympics games.

On Saturday, March 14th at 6PM Japanese Prime Minister held a press conference outlining the next stage of countermeasures.

Based on tonight's message Seisen International School classes will resume as scheduled on Monday, March 30th. 

Below is the video of the press conference and text.

The following resources can be used to get the latest information.

1) Prime Minister and Cabinet webpage in English. https://japan.kantei.go.jp/ongoingtopics/_00013.html


2) NHK World "Abe lays out plans to fight new coronavirus"



3) Kyodo News "Japan PM Abe says currently no need to declare emergency over virus". 



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