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A Message from the PTA President
It’ a New School Year at the SFVJLI！！
I want to welcome all of the students and parents back to the San Fernando Japanese Language Institute and introduce myself to the new students and parents. I am Kiyo Watanabe, SFVJLI PTA President. I have two kids at the SFVJLI, Tenka in T1 and Asuka in T2 classes.
I heard about Japanese Language School for our children but did not really think about giving them a chance to try to attend until one of the parents from this school told me about this school. Since they started few years ago at age 4, they have been having a great time here at the school and off school days with classmates and other schoolmates.
This year, we must continue our School activities and classes online until we are sure that it’s over the Pandemic and it’s safe to get back to normal school campus activities. This is very difficult, we never done this before as school, school stuff and school parents and students. Let us hear your concerns, ideas, suggestions and all in our PTA meeting or submit to us by email. More we hear, better we get another new idea to make our school efficient and safe.
As the PTA President, I want to continue to pursue the goal at the SFVJLI for the students, and the parents, to have a “little fun” while learning the Japanese language and culture. I know the teachers and our volunteers, office manager at the SFVJLI make an effort to make learning Japanese fun for the students and sometimes for the parents, too.
I encourage and invite all of our parents and family members to participate in the PTA, events hosted by our school and San Fernando Japanese American Community Center, and during our children’s learning experiences. Please take a moment and look at the SFVJLI School Calendar and note the various events on your family calendar events at home. While a few of the events are mandatory, please share in the experience with other events such as the student’s cooking classes, the “Mochi-tsuki ” and Yard Sale. Please come and join us on our first PTA meeting on August 29, 2020, and our Back to School Day/ Parents Welcome forum on September 12, 2020. (may get canceled due to our situation)
One of the unique things about being involved in the PTA is great food made by parents to share for our meeting and events! Friendship within the PTA goes long way to call each other with the first name - san or -chan, someone by nicknames! It is always good to find other PTA member to keeping eyes on your children while you may not be able to attend school events and activities.
Although many of the parents are fluent in Japanese that is not required to be our great members in the PTA. For those parents who might feel a little uneasy by not being able to speak Japanese fluently, please don’t. Let’s have a great greeting like
“Ohayogozaimas!” “Sayonara”. We would like to have everybody including students and parents to be able to Greet People when we meet at SFVJLI. I look forward to seeing you learn a little Japanese from your kids. Or you can enroll in the adult conversation class.
Our school is going into the 97th year since the beginning. I am proud and welcome all of us to be involved and try to improve for the future students and parents to come. I would love to hear from everybody. So, I hope to see a lot more parents get involved with the PTA and their children’s SFVJLI School learning experiences.
I look forward to meeting all of the parent and students, and welcome all to the SFVJLI Japanese School family!
Kiyo Watanabe, PTA President