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PARENT/GUARDIAN ID

posted Apr 19, 2019, 5:52 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

The color of this year’s lanyard is YELLOW. Please wear this year’s ID with your YELLOW lanyard when you are in the school building.

OUTDOOR RECESS

posted Apr 19, 2019, 5:51 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

1. These are the designated outside areas where children are allowed during recesses:
  • 1st and 2nd grades: Courtyard (not on SAT testing dates, no balls allowed)
  • 3rd grade & above: West Soccer Field where Undokai is held
2. Please go over the following rules with your child once again:
  • Do not play in the concrete area of the Medford Community Schools Courtyard and on the grassy slope leading to the West Soccer Field.
  • Dangerous activities, such as throwing rocks and jumping down from high places, are not allowed.
  • Use the doors next to the back door of the Japanese Library to go to the West Soccer Field. The West Soccer Field can be used only during recesses with the supervision of Safety Patrol volunteers.
  • Always listen to Safety Patrol volunteers.

FROM THE FIRST AID ROOM

posted Apr 19, 2019, 5:49 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Treatments offered at the First Aid Room are limited to first aid such as applying bandages and ice packs; we do not provide any medical care. When a certain symptom is observed, we contact the guardian and ask to bring the child home. Return-Home Advisory lists the symptoms for which your child should stay home from school. We appreciate your understanding to help keep the school a healthy community.

CLASSROOM OBSERVATION AND PARENTS’ ORIENTATION

posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:50 AM by Hiromi Takahashi   [ updated Apr 12, 2019, 7:06 AM ]

Classroom Observation and Parents’ Orientation are scheduled for April 27 and May 4. Please refer to the attached letter.

KIDS’ CORNER PLAYGROUND

posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:49 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

The Kids’ Corner Board of Directors continues to let us use the Kids’ Corner Playground for kindergarten classes this year. The following rules are based on the rules that were set by the Kids’ Corner. Please take time to read it through and please use the playground with care.

Kids’ Corner Playground Rules 
1. Maximum capacity
   Preschool playground-25 children, 2.9 to 6 years
   Infant playground- 6 children, 2 months to 2.9 years
2. Adult supervision (two adults minimum for each playground) at all times.
3. Do not put anything other than toys in a sandbox. 
4. Persons using the playgrounds do so at their own risk. The school will not accept liability for any accidents, damages or loss incurred.
5. If toys are used, please return them to the designated place.
6. Please do not enter if kindergarten classes are using the playground.
7. Playgrounds may be closed before 12:30 PM.
8. If the gates are locked, do not use the playgrounds. Children should not climb over the fences. Please do not let your children play in the playgrounds by themselves.
9. Please do not allow your child to enter the play area across from the Kids’ Corner Playground. Please do not allow your child to play with riding toys in the play area.
10. The West Courtyard is being monitored by security cameras.

UNDOKAI (FIELD DAY)

posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:43 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

This year’s Undokai (Field Day) is scheduled for May 18 (Rain Dates: May 25 & June 1)
1. Undokai Program Cover Contest
To enter the contest, draw (do not color) a picture on the contest form handed out today. Submit it to the homeroom teacher by April 27. First and Second places will receive certificates. You can also download a contest form online. Name and class should be clearly written on the form

2. Rajio Taiso Leaders
In Japan, children learn a warm-up exercise called Rajio Taiso. It is formed by a series of exercises, which are performed with music. We are looking for children who mastered Rajio Taiso and want to be leaders at Undokai. Students in Japanese 3 through 5 and Grades 7 through 11 only. To become a leader, please sign up with a classroom teacher by April 20.

3. Hachimaki Sale
Children will be divided into two groups, Aka-gumi (Red Group) and Shiro-gumi (White Group). Each child is required to wear a hachimaki headband to identify his/her group. Children in grade 1 and grade 2 should wear red and white reversible hats in place for hachimaki headbands. Hachimaki bands and hats will be sold at the school office from April 20. Please prepare to pay with the exact amount (cash only). 
Hachimaki headband: $3.00/ea.
Red and white reversible hats: $8.00/ea.

CHANGING CONTACT INFORMATION

posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:42 AM by Hiromi Takahashi   [ updated Apr 12, 2019, 6:42 AM ]

Please go to Update Contact when you need to change your contact information.

SNOW MAKE-UP DAY

posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:40 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

If a snow make-up day of your child’s weekday school falls on a JLS school day, your child’s absence will not count towards the absence limit by submitting Student Absence Form. Please be sure to check “My child was late / absence due to heavy snowfall and natural disaster” on the form and submit it with a letter to provide proof of a snow make-up day.

BRINGING FIREARMS TO SCHOOL IS PROHIBITED

posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:39 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 269 Section 10 dictates that weapons such as firearms are prohibited to be brought onto public facilities such as the Medford High School campus.  The Japanese Language School, as a renter of Medford High School facilities, is required to inform its members - students and guardians of this law.  Please adhere to all aspects of the aforementioned General Law.

NOTIFYING YOUR CHILD’S ABSENCE AND HOW TO RECEIVE HOMEWORK

posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:09 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

1. When you know your child will be absent ahead of time, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher. (You do not need to notify the school office.) 
-Your homeroom teacher’s contact information can be found at the top of your child’s class list handed out on the first day of the school year. 
-If you need to notify the school of your child’s absence on the day of the school due to illness etc., please call the school office at MHS by phone (781-395-9602) between 7:45 and 8:00. If the answering machine answers your call, please leave your child’s grade, class, name, the reason for missing school and how to receive homework. Please note our Arlington Office is closed on Saturday. 

2. Ways to receive homework
(1) Your child’s homework can be received by mail if you leave a self-addressed stamped envelope with your child’s homeroom teacher ahead of time.
(2) Your child’s homework may be picked up at your child’s homeroom by you or a designated person chosen by you on the day of your child’s absence.
(3) Your child’s homework will be handed to your child upon your child’s return to the school if no directions were given at the notification of your child’s absence to the school.

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