SMILE Vol. 4 May 26, 2018 (H30)

A sports day should be held in fall or spring

In my childhood a sports day was held always at autumn. It was an event symbolic of autumn.
An autumn has a lot of fruits and we could eat persimmons, pears grapes and chestnuts at lunch time. It was a great fun. We had firecrackers at the beginning and the last “Hail Cheers”, all day long, exciting. It was a festival of the region.
Well, recently more schools are being held in spring than in autumn. The reason is that there are more junior high schools and high schools that decide the transition in spring in preparation for the exam. Summer is tough, they are worried about typhoons and rain. The advantages of the spring, especially in May, the children can have the experience of a sense of accomplishment and an achievement. And also May has a lot of sunny days. They might have a strong friendship with friends at that time.
Are you a spring people or autumn people? I am very old man therefor I have a very stubborn and I have had the idea that a sports day should have at autumn.
It’s fun to move your body and it’s a very meaningful to work together to accomplish one thing. I wish the children would be able to show their shinning appearance and a lot of smiles. 続きを読む…

SMILE Vol.3 May 19, 2018 (H30)

Recognized co-existent with nature through the Volcano

Hawaii volcano from Kilauea erupted and it is in the news every day. Every time I see the picture of the eruption, I have indescribable feelings. I grew up at the bottom of Mt. Aso which is an active volcano. Mt. Aso erupted time to time and I had scary experiences every time that happened. However we also experienced the benefits of the volcano. It could be a beautiful scenery and there could be also some hot springs. Also the land that was created by the lave and gravel provide people a living space and provide crops from the soil through underground water. In the long history, people face the nature like volcano and co-existed with their knowledge’s. 続きを読む…

SMILE Vol.2 May 13, 2018 (H30)

Energized by Fresh Spring Green

While I was driving, I realized that Philadelphia is a city with lots of green. I am a little sad that the Sakura came to an end, however, “Fresh spring green” is right there and giving me energy. Sakura makes everyone happy, but just like Sakura, this fresh green is attractive by giving us Peace and lots of energy. School has already past its first month. The students are getting used to the new school environment and are starting to focus on their studies. I hope the spring green will give them a lot of energy. 続きを読む…

SMILE Vol.1 May 5, 2018 (H30)

Let’s keep smiling just like the title of the newsletter.

It is still a little bit cold in the morning but it is definitely starting to feel more and more like spring every day. Hello, my name is Eiji Kudo. I am the new principal starting April 7th. When I was in Japan, I was also a principal at an elementary school and I created a newsletter called “Smile”. This makes me feel very close to the newsletter at JLSP already. I believe smiling is critical to good communication. I always ask teachers to smile at their students when going to classes. I apologize for not keeping this schedule last month. [Smile] will be issued on a weekly basis as before and I really hope you enjoy reading it. 続きを読む…

SMILE Vol.37 March 10, 2018 (H30)

Raising children with sympathy, thoughtfulness, kindness

Children with sympathy, thoughtfulness, and kindness, can be developed only through humanly activities that require a lot of time. Nobody teaches you how to do that. Human children are said to grow mimicking people around them. I am sure you have heard of the story of a child who was raised by wolves. The child learned to walk with two arms and two legs just like human babies. Likewise, the child ate like wolves, and was not able to speak a human language, but learned to howl just like wolves. This proves that humans have the huge ability to learn.
If children did not grow the sympathy, thoughtfulness, and kindness, it would be sad and unfortunate, but it may be because of an environment without adults to look up to. It really is unfortunate for the children, but the adults around them might have lost such humanity.

SMILE Vol.36 March 3, 2018 (H30)

Little by little, I gradually become “me”.

” Every single human being is not born to this world as ” me ” from the beginning, yet each of us would probably gradually become ” me ” little by little. Each of us accepts ” me as I am ” and eventually will create more desirable “me as I am”. ”
The birth of a person is the beginning of a journey of searching for himself/herself.
Life can be joyful, but at times life can be painfully hard. Also, there might be times that we run into inevitable ordeals. Through these times, each of us ultimately create a new “me” by overcoming one thing after another while getting help from friends, teachers, siblings and/or family. There are times that we might get frustrated. Let’s accept it as a currently evolving form of “me as I am”. We could live with confidence if we simply acknowledge “me”. 続きを読む…

SMILE Vol.35 February 24, 2018 (H30)

2 months was not a waste of time

Yuzuru Hanyu obtained a gold medal in Men’s Figure Skating competition at the PyeongChang Olympics. This is his second consecutive gold medal, which is a feat that has not been accomplished for 66 years.

Initially, watching his performance, I felt more uneasiness than hope. However, once he completed his successful quadruple Axel, all worries transitioned to an image of the Gold Medal that was waiting for him. I recall that it was just in November when Hanyu injured his right ankle, which made not only skating fans but the whole nation worried about whether Hanyu could even participate in the PyongChang Olympics at all.

I imagine that he was more devastated about his injury than any of us and I was elated that he performed so well upon his return from his injury-induced hiatus. Hanyu states in his interview, “I believe that obtaining consecutive gold medals was a reward for me, after all the sacrifices and hard work that I have put in. I am proud of my performance and will relish this moment and my gold medal with honor and pride.” I feel that spoken words are insufficient to describe the struggles and battles that he has overcome in achieving this remarkable feat.

People say that “Hard work never betrays you….” 続きを読む…

SMILE Vol.34 February 17, 2018 (H30)

Back to the basics and cherish your daily life!

New year has started for everyone. The month of January quickly ended and even the middle of February is about to pass. School year is about to end for JLSP students. In about 20 days, second year kindergarteners, elementary school 6th graders, middle school 3rd graders and high school 3rd graders will graduate. And the rest of the students will finish their school year. Especially for those who are graduating, this can be considered the end of a major period in life.
In order for each student to go on to higher levels in education and advancement, I would like them to go back to the basics and cherish the daily life and the lessons at school. 続きを読む…

SMILE Vol.33 February 10, 2018 (H30)

After a fierce battle with the Patriots, the Eagles win the game of the centuryImage result for super bowl eagles win illustration

Without a doubt we must start this week’s edition with this story. In the 52nd Super Bowl, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles faced off to determine the NFL 2017 season champion. The Eagles won the game with a score of 41-33. Even though I did not know the rules of the game as I watched tv, right from the first half I decided, “Let’s support the local Eagles!” I was so drawn to the excellent performance that the players put on to the extent that i unconsciously cried out with joy the moment the Eagles’ won. Outside, fireworks ascended and the sounds of firecrackers and honking cars resonated in expressed joy. Having been able to experience the moment of the century,and to share in the joy of the Eagles victory will always be a good recollection and memory. 続きを読む…