New Hats and Old Hats

It seems that for the past 3 years, I’ve had various jobs to do at our school. I am thankful for the opportunity to try new things and to be able to say, “This one is not for me. Yes, I could do the job, but it really is not using my gifts and passions […]


Presently I am participating in an online Connected Coaching¬†course. Many people will think of a sports coach, but that is not the coaching I will be writing about. This is the first all online course I’ve been involved in and it is the first time I’ve actually created a learning pledge to express what I […]

For Such a Time a This

I wrote this on Saturday in the shinkansen on the way to Hiroshima, but didn’t get to post it until I got back to Tokyo today. Those words are from Mordecai in the book of Esther 4:14. Several years ago I read Ann Voskamp’s blog and words about the Esther generation. Shortly after that I […]

Summer Reading

The 2014-2015 school year has come to a close. One of the best things about summer is time to read! I know I’m looking forward to reading a variety of books this summer. For those students who will be going into 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade in the fall, we want you to share about […]

Lessons From Baking

For the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of baking without wheat flour. I’ve been using rice powder, soy powder, almond powder, coconut powder or a combination of these. My first try with coconut powder was a disaster since I didn’t read the package that stated: “In other recipes you may only want […]

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences began today and will continue Friday and Monday. There has been a lot of preparation happening in the classrooms for the students to be ready to share their portfolios with their parents. Parents were asked to sign up online the last few weeks. Conferences were scheduled for 40 minutes for kindergarteners and 1st graders. […]

October Parent Cafe – Playing Games

Growing up I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s home because my parents had their own business. Friday nights we would eat at my grandparents’ house and then my mom would take some food back to my dad at their store that was open until 8:30 p.m. Since my parents would be back […]

September Parent Cafe

Thursday, September 11 was my first Parent Cafe for parents of elementary students. I was thrilled to have 24 parents who represented K-5th grade. Esther Tsuji, one of our resource teachers was a tremendous help. The slide presentation from the Cafe. ¬† Who is most important for your child’s success in school? YOU Each year […]