Elementary students impressed everyone with their ability to spell as class champions faced each other in a spelling challenge in the big gym. In each case the students successfully moved through the recommended words and into the advanced challenge words. Round after round successfully spelling these difficult words before an eventual winner was crowned. Kanta Kiyomoto from grade 2 was crowned the primary grade winner. Honoka Onuki was crowned the Elementary school winner. Well done by all the students who took part in the spelling challenge. You are all winners.
Grade 6 students at Columbia once again showed their high level of creativity with five students winning awards in the All Japan Tanka competition. Hiroki Kano, Lana Matsumoto, Mayo Motoki, Momo Oshiba, Yuta Taniguchi were all awarded top prizes in this prestigious Japanese poetry competition. Well done by all the students and congratulations to all the winners.
Today’s absence due to the weather and transportation concerns will not be counted. Please use caution and consider your safety when sending your child to school.
Mr. Morrison and Mr. Hall are absent due to Influenza. Any parents who wish to arrange meetings with them after they return to school are welcome to do so. Please call the school to make an appointment.
Columbia will be open on its regular schedule today. We welcome parents to visit us today as part of the Parents Open Day. Parent Teacher Interviews are planned for the afternoon for Secondary student parents. Please check back to the website for updates in case of the need for schedule changes.
It is our hope that we will be able to hold our Parents Day and parent teacher interviews in a normal fashion on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. However, recent weather forecast warns of pending snow that could disrupt transportation. In the interest of health and safety if we are confronted with snow amounts that disrupt transportation it may force us to cancel parents day or even close the school. The school buses may be also canceled. Please check the website News page in the morning before sending your child to school for update information.
In the case where we need to close school or cancel parent interviews for those still interested in meeting with teachers attempts will be made to hold interviews through out the following week after school. Parents will need to contact the school to reschedule the interview.
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Here’s the principal’s message:Snow this evening is a possibility that may impact transportation tomorrow. The school will be open but please make the safe decision for your child. Students’ lates due to delays caused by weather will not be counted. The school bus may also be canceled due to the transportation. Please check for further weather updates.
Green Tea has a long and interesting history in Japanese culture and on Friday January 11th Mrs. Yoshizawa from the PTSA shared her wealth of knowledge about green tea with the whole school. We learned about Senno Rikyo a famous Tea Master and central figure in the cultural development of “The way of Tea” under Nobunga Oda and later Hideyoshi Toyotomi. We learned the cultural aspects of tea ceremony and had a chance to practice preparing and serving many types of tea. We learned about the many health benefits attributed to the drinking of green tea. I would like to thank Mrs. Yoshizawa and the PTSA for providing us the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the “The Way of Tea.
On a beautiful December 18th Columbia International School held its annual Winter Fiesta. We would to thank all of you that took part in this fun filled event. I think you will all agree that it was a very successful Winter Fiesta. We would like to recognize Mrs Isomura and the many volunteer members of the PTSA for their tireless efforts planning, organizing and making the day such a success. Your efforts provided great role models for the students and through this event gave them an opportunity to learn and develop leadership, cooperation and teamwork. There was a great turn out again this year and I could see that students were very proud of their school and were happy to showcase it to the community. I was proud of our students and thought they showed great school spirit. We look forward to working with all of you as we continue to make Columbia into a wonderful center for learning and a great place for your children.
On Sunday, December 2nd, 4 senior members of the Outdoor Adventure Club woke up at 5am and traveled to Nagatoro in Satiama-ken to participate in a mountain biking tour.
The tour begain at 9:30am with a brief overview of how to ride the specialized mountain bike, then students were off for the day! The tour included a morning ride around the town of Nogami to get used to riding the bike, lunch and then students were taken out into the forest for the afternoon. The trail was wide open in some places, narrow and more difficult to ride in other sections. Students also climbed 497m to the summit of Mt. Hodo in nearby town Nagatoro. Students reported this was a tough climb but a rewarding downhill ride.
The tour ended at 5pm back at the MOC centre. The students were cold and tired but felt it was a very rewarding and fun experience that they would like to try again, in slightly warmer weather 🙂
On Friday, November 16, 2012 Mr. Goldie’s grade 12 PE traveled to Ebisu to attend a fitness class and lecture at the Synergy Center.
Fitness for life the main theme of PE courses at Columbia but is a topic of particular emphasis in the grade 12 PE course (PPL 4O), as students approach the end of their guided high school PE career. Throughout this course, Mr. Goldie has been offering students practical advice and teaching key exercise techniques to prepare the grade 12 students to participate in fitness endeavours on their own.
In keeping with this theme, the grade 12’s traveled to a cutting edge training center in Ebisu called the Synergy Center, owned and operated by Travis Johnson Ph.D and his wife Kaori Tani. The Synergy Center is not a typical fitness center. It is focused differentiated, functional exercises that can be done at all experience levels and ages. To quote their website, the mission is as follows:
“… to provide our customers with the results they need so that they can live the life they love, with real solutions for chronic pain, injury prevention & rehabilitation, athletic performance and elite fitness.”
Students participated in an intense fitness circuit consisting of mostly body weight exercises using many different types of equipment such as the TRX Suspension Trainer, the TRX Rip Trainer, the Giant Dual Fit Exercise bike, sand bags, and rubber balls filled with water! Because each exercise was modifiable to each students’ strength level, students reported the workout was difficult but not too hard, therefore very rewarding.
Travis Johnson and Mr. Goldie then lectured on the benefits of functional training over machine based training; women and weight training (Travis shared a recent photo of one of his feamle clients’ body transformation via heavy weight training; students were amazed to see how she wasn’t big and muscular but lean and fit looking);
and the link between being physically strong and self-confidence.
It was an eye-opening experience for the students who have only seen the inside of commercial gyms, full of fixed-pathway machines and cardio equipment. The space at Synergy, although small, reassured students that very smart training can be done in small spaces, at low cost, for life.
Check out the Synergy Center here: http://synergycenter.jp/
Check out the TRX Suspension Trainer: http://www.trxtraining.com/