Outdoor Adventure Club – Ski Trip – Minakami

tenjin-lodgeOn February 22-24, 2013 twelve members of the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) traveled to Minakami for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding, staying at Tenjin Lodge.  http://www.tenjinlodge.com

Gr 8 Girls Ski

 

The overriding theme of the weekend was the snow conditions.  There were metres of fresh powder snow awaiting us as we began the day on Saturday, February 23rd at the Hodaigi Ski Resort.  http://hodaigi.jp/

We had planned a snowshoeing tour on Sunday, February 24th but had to cancel because of the incredibly poor weather.  Sunday brought full blizzard conditions.  So, led by Keiren McNamara owner-operator of Tenjin Lodge, we traveled back to Hodaigi for a half day of skiing-snowboarding.

 

Tokuragawa Onsen

[Japan’s largest outdoor hotspring!]

 

After skiing-snowboarding we enjoyed dipping in onsen water at two different onsens.  On Saturday, Takaragawa Onsen, featuring Japan’s largest outdoor bath (rotemburo)!  It was a beautiful, traditional Japanese sight watching the snow gently fall all around.   http://www.takaragawa.com/ 

 

  


Suzumorinoyu Onsen

 

On Sunday, Suzumorinoyu Onsen; a more modern onsen on perfectly located near Jomokogen station where we boarded the shinkansen to return home.  http://ameblo.jp/suzumori-noyu/

 

 

 

Tenjin Dining

 

The students enjoyed a big pasta dinner on Friday evening, delicious and warm nabe prepared by Keiren’s wife, Bo McNamara as well as scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast both mornings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Outdoor Adventure Club is looking forward to warmer for a camping trip!  If you’re interested, check the OAC bulletin board or Mr. Goldie’s homepage on the CIS Intranet for more information.

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[Sunday, blizzard conditions!]

Gr 8 Girls Room

[Gr. 8 Girls enjoying “girls talk” in their room]

Doai Station Minakami

[Evening Activity: Doai Station – 486 steps to platform!]

Minakami 2013 Group Doai

[Evening Activity: Doai Station – 486 steps to platform!]

 

 

The Broncos visit Columbia

Broncos coach and former NBA Harlem Globetrotters star Mr. Tracy Williams visited Columbia to read and talk with the Kinder and grades  1 ,2,and 3 classes about the importance of reading for school and pleasure.

Accompanying Mr. William was Japanese born player Kosuke Yahata and sports trainer Marie Iwamastu who meet with the secondary students to talk about their time studying at universities overseas in New Zealand and the United States20130218_142539

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NASA comes to Columbia Sci FI – 2013

Sci FI – 2013 was held at Columbia International School. Students from grades 6 – 12 presented there science fair projects last weekend. Scientist from Riken Science Center and representatives from NASA were on hand to review the science projects and offer their expert insight into the wonderful world of Science. Mr Blackerby from NASA fascinated the audience with his presentation on NASA’s adventures in our solar system. It was a day full of wonder and you could see the excitement on our young scientists faces as they discussed their project with the experts from Riken and NASA. All of us at Columbia are thankful for the tremendous support we received from Riken Science Center and NASA.

 

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Japan Times Spelling Bee Challenge

DSC_0536 DSC_0531Elementary 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.

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Columbia students win Tanka competition

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. DSC_0539 DSC_0538 DSC_0540 DSC_0541

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Status update Feb 6 -2 /2月6日の学校について、その2

Dear Parents,
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.

Thank you,

Barrie McCliggott

保護者の皆様
本日の天候や交通を考慮されてお子様をお休みさせる場合は欠席とカウントしません。それぞれ各家庭で安全を優先し、お子様の登校についてお決めください。
モリソン先生とホール先生はインフルエンザのためお休みです。面談をご希望の保護者の方は後日教師が復帰してから再度個別に面談をアレンジしますので、オフィスへご連絡ください。

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Status Update Feb 6 /2月6日の学校について

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.

Barrie McCliggott

Principal

本日学校は通常通りのスケジュールで開校します。保護者の皆様の授業への参観も歓迎いたします。中高生の面談についても行う予定ですが、今後の状況については学校ウェブサイトをご確認ください。

バリー・マクリゴット

校長

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Feb 6 Status/2月6日の学校について

Dear Parents,

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.

Sincerely

Barrie McCliggott
Principal
Columbia International School

保護者の皆様

2月6日の保護者参観日(K1~G12)と中高課程の保護者面談は、現段階では予定通りに行う予定でおります。しかし、最新の天気予報によれば、雪による交通機関の乱れの可能性が指摘されております。 積雪と交通機関の乱れの度合いよっては、生徒の安全を考慮し、保護者参観日や面談のキャンセルやさらには学校休校の可能性もございます。スクールバスも場合によってはキャンセルになります。

明日の朝、学校のホームページのニュースページに更新情報をアップしますので、お子さんを学校に登校させる前に必ずご確認下さい。

明日学校が休校、あるいは保護者面談がキャンセルされた場合は、来週の放課後(月~木)に、希望するご家庭の面談を行う予定でおります。面談ご希望の方は、学校事務局へご連絡下さい。

学校長

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Jan 22 schooling / 1月22日登校について

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.
Office

校長より:今晩より雪の可能性が報告されており、明日の登下校における交通に影響が考えられます。学校は通常通り開校する予定ですが、各ご家庭にて安全な登下校を第一として明日のお子様の登校をお決めください。天候を原因とした遅刻や欠席はカウントしません。スクールバスもキャンセルになる場合があります。今後の天候に関する学校の更新情報をチェックするようにしてください。
学校事務局より

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PTSA Event: The Way of Tea

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.

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