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Kindergarten Field Day

posted Sep 18, 2020, 9:41 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

As we continue to have classes online this term, many events have been canceled or reduced; however, after careful consideration, the Kindergarten Department decided to hold the Annual Kindergarten Field Day online. Kindergarten Field Day will be held tomorrow, September 19th, scheduled to start at 10 am. Because there are various restrictions to have online events, we will limit this year’s guests to the president and vice president of the school board, PTA president, principal, vice-principal, and head of the school office. 

We would also like to ask parents and guardians to use the information link for Kindergarten Field Day one person per family. Please do not share the information link with relatives or acquaintances. Please know the school officials will participate in the event with video. Additionally, the homeroom teacher will introduce the officials participating in the classroom events to parents and guardians. We look forward to meeting you at tomorrow’s Undokai!.

Distribution of the textbooks and workbooks

posted Sep 11, 2020, 8:44 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

More information will be sent home next week via email

WES Student/Guardian Database - 60 Families not logged in yet

posted Sep 11, 2020, 7:51 AM by Hiromi Takahashi   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 9:40 AM ]

WES is a Student/Guardian database which the Japanese Language School has adopted primarily due to several customizations tailored specifically for the Japanese Language School needs.

It can be accessed from here :


Note the language toggle drop-down inside the blue banner area towards the top of the page

Information pertinent to logging into the WES database should have been provided by regular mail (manila envelope).  If you can not find such documentation, please try to : 

  1. Click on the “If you forgot…” link towards the left of the page. 

  2. If you have issues along the way, please contact wes.system@jlsboston.org for further assistance.

・Please change your password as soon as you successfully log in,

・Please verify your information and student information are up-to-date and correct if necessary.

・The Student ID (required for tuition payments) and Google-relevant information can also be obtained through the Student information pages.

The English manual for using WES is here : https://tinyurl.com/y3b9uxfc

We are 60 families away from an initial login success rate of 100%.

Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please contact : wes.system@jlsboston.org

Delayed General Assembly - Approved

posted Sep 11, 2020, 7:48 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Dear Japanese Language School Guardians, 

Based on the Google Form response results, the 2019 Fiscal Report, 2020 Budget/Personnel/Activities were approved.

 Approvals : 91

 Disapprovals : 0

Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation in these turbulent times.


Robin Gomi

Japanese Language School PTA

Re:Google Classroom and Student Accounts From the IT Department

posted Aug 28, 2020, 10:04 AM by Hiromi Takahashi   [ updated Sep 11, 2020, 7:50 AM ]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second semester will be conducted via online classes.

In order to streamline and simplify processes regarding handouts and classwork,

some (not all) classes may start to use Google Classroom as a new tool.

In conjunction with that effort, we have created individual Google accounts for all 

students. (Again, not all may be using Google Classroom)  Instructions as to how

to acquire e-mail and temporary password information are described in the PDF presentation

at the following link : 


Japanese Division Levels 1, 2 and 3 will be using Google Classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact : wes.system@jlsboston.org

Delayed PTA General Assembly - Approval will be Online

posted Aug 28, 2020, 10:02 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Dear Japanese Language School Guardians, 

The 1st General Assembly, usually held in April, was intentionally delayed to the second semester

due to COVID-19 preventing access to Medford school facilities. Now that the school closure has been

extended throughout the second semester, the PTA has decided to conduct the annual approval process for the PTA budget, personnel and activities via online presentation and Google Forms.

The presentation material is here : https://tinyurl.com/yxu6eha3

If there are any questions regarding the presentation material, please use the Google Form here : 


We will respond to all questions and share the responses on September 4.

Finally, the Google Form for approvals is here : https://tinyurl.com/yxgwlgde


8/28 (Fri) :Share information regarding online approval process (this e-Boston)

9/3 (Thurs) :End of inquiry period

9/4 (Fri) :Share responses to questions via e-Boston newsletter

9/10 (Thurs) :End of approval period

9/11 (Fri) :Report results via e-Boston

Your understanding and cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.


Robin Gomi

Japanese Language School PTA

Kindergarten class reorganization

posted Aug 22, 2020, 9:56 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

This year, the number of children enrolled at our school decreased compared to the average year. As we approach the second semester, we conducted a questionnaire for guardians of kindergarten during the summer holidays to understand our current situation and take countermeasures. As a result, the class structure of the kindergarten will be reorganized as follows.

Nenchu : No change.

Nencho : Reduce the number of classes by 1 to 4 classes.

                Specifically, the Kiku-gumi and the Tanpopo-gumi will be combined into one group.

Ordinarily, we do not consider changing the class composition in the middle of the school year unless there is a problematic situation, but this year's case is unusual and has led us to make a hard choice. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to all parents. We want to ask for your understanding and cooperation as we will continue to strive for a more fulfilling education. 

The time tables of each online class are based on the answers we received via the questionnaire that we conducted this summer. The instruction time is about one hour, depending on the breaks and work in groups, the ending time may be varied. Please check the details as they will be sent in advance from the teachers with the teaching materials.



Usagi  starting at 11:00 am

Kirin starting at 9:30 am

Kuma starting at 9:00 am

Risu Group A starting at 9:30 am

Group B starting at 11:0 am


Asagao starting at 9:30 am

Kiku & Tampopo starting at 9:00 am

Himawari starting at 10:00 am

Momiji starting at 11:00 am

Regarding Tuition for the 2nd Term

posted Aug 22, 2020, 9:52 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

The 2nd term will be conducted remotely.  As the School was focusing on the preparation

for possible class re-openings, we apologize for the notification delay regarding the

tuition for the next term.

・Notification : 8/7/20 (per grade level)

・Payment Period: 8/8/20~8/25/20 

Although the classes will be held remotely, the overall plan is to maintain the first annual curriculum.  We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Textbook Distribution

posted Aug 22, 2020, 9:51 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Textbooks, as well as supplemental teaching material for the 2nd term, will be distributed at the Arlington Office.  We are currently planning for late September and will inform you once we get closer.  Until then, the necessary material will be distributed via e-mail (PDF files) from your teachers.

Policy Overview for the 2nd Semester

posted Aug 7, 2020, 1:00 PM by Hiromi Takahashi   [ updated Aug 7, 2020, 1:57 PM ]

The School has had several internal discussions regarding how to proceed with our curriculum for the 2nd semester and on.  As stated earlier, the School will continue to proceed with a remote learning approach.  Schedule overview for the Japanese Division is listed below. 

Most of the schedules start at 9:00am.  There may be some time in between subjects and/or rest times, so the end times might not be exact at first.  There may be adjustments as the semester progresses.  Detailed information will be provided from the teachers when online class invites are sent out.  

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