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★ Japanada Day 2022 ★

The school hosted Japan+Canada Day=“Japanada Day” event on July 1st, 2022. To celebrate, we arranged a Kendama event for both preschool and elementary students, as well as secondary students to enjoy. We also served the Canadian cuisine "Poutine" as per tradition for lunch. Furthermore, we also provided sports drink and snacks to all students in order to prevent dehydration from extreme heat.
For the Kendama event, students enjoyed the performance from the professional Kendama performer "Kendama sensei Takahashi Showma" and then competed in team based Kendama battle. During the event, Kendama sensei performed various Kendama and other Japanese tricks along music, the students applauded and cheered in amazement. After the performance, students practiced and performed 3 Kendama tricks, where each tricks were worth a point. After the event ended, Kendama sensei commented "I am very happy to see that everyone enjoyed the Kendama event! To be honest, I was very nervous to perform, especially for the older students who usually is much harder to grasp their attention, but in reality everyone showed great interest which I truly appreciate. During the Kendama competition, everyone was practicing their tricks with effort. When I went around to see their progress, many students asked for tips to become better at the tricks, and was very eager to show me what they have accomplished. Furthermore, they all handled the Kendama I handed out very well, which in total made me grateful that I decided to attend this event for Columbia International School. Finally, I think the students of Columbia were all kind, wonderful people. Please tell how grateful I am to the parents and guardians as well, I truly enjoyed the event!"
In addition to the event, we also supplied annual emergency foods to all of the students. While it is very important to always be prepared for a disaster, we were also thankful that we never had to use these emergency supplies in the past year.

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★ Open Day June, 2022 ★

On Saturday June 25th, the staff and the volunteers of PTSA helped the school during open day, where we answered various questions from visitors through our perspective. Many of the visitor seemed to have enjoyed their stay, inspecting the classes and overall environment of each grade. Meanwhile, several students from each grade guided the visitors around, answering questions too from the student's perspective. In addition, alumni students were also invited to school to also help out with questionnaires, which they answered from their previous experiences at Columbia and their current life.
Some of the families who visited open day commented "We were initially nervous about the visit because it was our first time seeing the unique environment of a international school. However, after seeing how school and the students are like, the good mood among the parents and guardians, and the growth of the alumni, we are much more positive with considering about letting our child into this school."
The open day this term was limited to certain amount of people per family due to the COVID-19 situation, however we hope that one day the school will be able to welcome the whole family who are eager to come and see our school.

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★ Charity uniform bazaar 2022_Spring Term ★

PTSA held a charity uniform bazaar to support students and school on Parents Day; June 1st. A total of 75,500 yen was collected at the bazaar. The proceeds of the bazaar are donated to school, and used to improve student's life. Thank you for your cooperation!

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★ Entrance Ceremony 2022-2023 ★

On April 3rd, CIS held an entry ceremony, welcoming 54 new students.
We hope you will all enjoy your new school life in this unique international environment of our school.
At PTSA, we are working to improve the quality of school life for students in collaboration with the school staff. Some of our activities include helping conduct the various school events and organizing bazaar / charity acts. We hope that more parents and or guardians will join us to contribute to the school and the students!

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★ Graduation Ceremony 2021-2022 ★

On March 10th, CIS had a promotion ceremony for K3, G6, and G9 students, and a graduation ceremony for the G12 students.
To all of you who got promoted, keep up the good work and pursue your goals and dreams!
To all of the graduating students, we are very proud of you all and wish that your future will be even more wonderful and exciting!
Once again, congratulation on your promotion and graduation!

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★ Christmas Fiesta 2021 ★

On Sunday December 12th, the school held a Christmas Fiesta.
The school, student council, and the PTSA staff members all worked hard to work around the limitations due to corona virus situation, and successfully provide an exciting, enjoyable fiesta for everyone! Here are some of the activities PTSA has proudly done to prepare and run the fiesta in 2021:
Firstly, to answer to the demands by students, PTSA has prepared and distributed a gift package of snacks! We hope you all liked and enjoyed them!
Then, to shape the ideas from student council and school, we also prepared and managed a fire pit at the school ground, where students and teachers could cook and eat roasted marshmallows and s'mores! With the help of our staff members and volunteers, we made sure that everything was safely done from igniting the fire to extinguishing and cleaning up, and also helped students and children to create their very own s'mores.
It was very lovely to see everyone stuffing their marshmallows and s'mores into their mouth, already eager to create some more!
This year, unlike previous years, the PTSA has decided to hold a campaign of collecting food donations with the Christmas Spirits.
The food donations generously provided by PTSA members were delivered to "コープみらい新所沢店" (Corp Mirai Sin-Tokorozawa) by the staff members on that day, which we donated under the name of Columbia International School! All of these food donations will be distributed by "Foodbank Saitama" to those who require the support.
To conclude, the PTSA team is and will be always committed to make sure that everyone is able to spend a safe and fun school life. And the membership fees that are collected from everyone is being used to further enhance the student's experience through various activities. We are sincerely thankful to all of you, because we would have not been able to do any of these without the support! Once again, thank you all for the continued support, and we hope that you all will spend a wonderful year.

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★ Halloween Party 2021 ★

CIS held a closed Halloween event at school on October 29th, Friday. Students enjoyed and celebrated the day of spooks by wearing creative and iconic costumes, and later paraded around the school to show them off.
They also enjoyed the pumpkin carving contest and trick or treating, which the pumpkins and the treats were provided by PTSA.
Thanks to the tremendous efforts by teachers, staff and parents, we were able to have a great Halloween yet again!!

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