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    Si ustedes tienen alguna pregunta acerca de la traducción, por favor pueden ponerse en contacto con la maestra de su niño/a o con Ms. Nina Machuca, ELL IA, (252-6080), para ayuda inmediata.

    連絡事項について、ご質問及び翻訳の必要がございましたら、日本語の担任または、春美チャペル先生ELL IA (252-6080) までご連絡ください。 


    Dear Families,

    As October has come to an end, I first want to thank the many volunteers, led by Kelly Delahunty, who created another spectacular Monster Mash!  It was wonderful to watch the fifth graders take such leadership in the Haunted House.  I enjoyed seeing all of the children, and many adults, dressed in their costumes. 


    Yesterday we welcomed in November, and Kindness & Caring, which are our November/December Character traits.  We also recognized all the hard work that students have done as they have practiced empathy and compassion during October.  This year, we have formed a student leadership team, which meets weekly.  They decided to share the book Have You Filled A Bucket Today with the school.  They did a wonderful job reading and acting out the words, and it was delightful to see students taking such leadership. 


    Although it seems that the school year has only just begun, we are already thinking about how to get the great word about JSIS out into the community to aid with recruitment.  This year we welcomed several new students across the grades, and many in fourth grade, which is unprecedented!  If you are interested in helping with our recruitment effort, please contact:

    Japanese – Heidi Wrightsman

    Spanish – Camille Yokum


    We have been alerted that the bus drivers may go on strike any day… This is a great time to think about a Plan B for your child, if the bus is not available.  I’m not sure how the transportation department will communicate with parents if there is a strike, but if I am alerted, I will send an email to all families to let you know.  In addition, here are a few questions you might consider:

    • Is there a parent you know who could watch your child on the playground until you can come get them?  We have been told the drivers will not strike in the middle of the day and leave students stranded, but you never know.

    • Could you and other parents organize carpooling?

    • Is there another parent who could pick up your child?

    • Have you talked to your child so that they know what to do and why?


    This year we are hosting 9 interns (5 Spanish & 4 Japanese).  This allows us the opportunity to have one intern in each second through fifth grade classroom, and to use our additional interns to support small group instruction in a variety of classrooms.  While we understand that not every family is able to host an intern, we would like to introduce each of our interns so that you might consider inviting them for a meal or an outing.

    Alba Monforte Perez –

    Alba grew up in Olesa de Montserrat, a little town outside of Bacelona.  She enjoys theater and reading, in addition to movies and spending time with friends.  In Spain, Alba has been studying Early Childhood Education, and has worked at summer camps.  She enjoys being a part of JSIS because it offers an opportunity to learn about other cultures and traditions while sharing hers.

    Alejandra Albarran –

    Alejandra grew up in Seville, Spain.  She loves arts and crafts, cooking, going outside with friends, and traveling.  Alejandra’s background is in primary education and kindergarten.

    Paula Lopez Ramos –

    Paula grew up in Madrid, Spain.  During her leisure time she likes to spend time with her family and friends. She love reading, watching films, playing volleyball and going for a walk. One thing she likes about working at JSIS is that it gives her the opportunity to learn about a new educational system, while  sharing her language and culture with the students and teachers.

    Clara Ramirez Monge –

    Clara grew up in Barcelona, Spain.  Her hobbies include acting, going to the cinema and playing Ultimate Frisbee.  In Barcelona she received a double degree in early childhood and primary education. She enjoys having the opportunity to understand new cultures and meet new people at JSIS.

    Miqueas Molina –

    Miqueas grew up in Spain.  He enjoys sports, dancing, and reading. One thing that Miqueas already enjoys about JSIS is that it is a great school with a good linguistic program.

    Haruka Nagai –

    Haruka grew up in Shizuoka, Japan.  She enjoys walking, watching movies and eating.  While she was studying English education at her university, she student taught with elementary and junior high students.  One reason she enjoys JSIS is because she wants to know more about children and watch how they grow.


    Akari Hanzaki –

    Akari grew up in Kagawa, Japan.  She likes to exercise, play and watch sports.  She was a student teacher in Japan before becoming an intern at JSIS.  At JSIS she appreciates that all the students, their parents and the teachers are really kind and gentle. 

    Natsuko Sazanami –

    Natsuko grew up in Japan.  She enjoys cooking and playing volleyball.  She taught math and Japanese to students in Japan.  One thing she enjoys about JSIS is working with the children.

    Ayuka Ono –

    Ayuka grew up in Nagano, Japan.  She enjoys playing and watching sports and traveling.  In Japan, she taught children as a tutor.  Her favorite aspect of working at JSIS is interacting with the children.





    A few pieces of information:

    November Calendar

    Please take a look at the November Calendar.  We have updated it with the art lessons, provided by PTA funding.  If you have a moment to volunteer, teachers can always use an extra hand during art.


    Choir Concert – Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30pm

    Please join us for our first choir concert this year.  Choir is comprised of third, fourth and fifth graders who meet afterschool with our music teacher, Ms. Ahmed.  They will be performing for the SPS School Board in January.


    PTA Board Meeting – Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30pm

    Although this is a board meeting, it is open to everyone.  Our PTA hosts 4 general membership meetings throughout the year; however, board meetings are an opportunity to hear about what is happening during the intervening months.


    Picture Retakes – Thursday, Nov. 16

    Students will have an opportunity to have picture retakes first thing in the morning on Nov. 16.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    There is no school for students on Monday, Nov. 20, Tuesday, Nov. 21, or Wednesday, Nov. 22 in order for teachers to conduct Parent-Teacher conferences.  These three days are followed by no school for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.  You should have received information from your child’s teachers with directions to sign up for a conference time.  We hope to see all families at conferences, as this is a great opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teachers.


    First Grade Music Performance – Thursday, November 30 at 6:30

    Third Grade Music Performance – Friday, December 1 at 6:30

    Throughout this year, each grade level will have an opportunity to perform for their friends and family.  We are very thankful to our music teacher, Ms. Ahmed for creating this opportunity for all



    Sarah Jones

    Principal, John Stanford International School

    4057 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    twitter: @jsisprincipal

    Office: 206.252.6080

    Fax: 206.252.6081