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1 1 We Are All Parts of the Body of Christ by Minako Ahearn, Principal No. 53, January 2018 Seigakuin Atlanta International School Have you heard the king of the instruments, the largest サイズが最も大きく 楽器の王様 と呼ばれている楽器をご存知で musical instrument in the history of music? That is the pipe しょうか 大きな教会で見かけるパイプオルガンのことです 子ど organ that you see in big churches. Many children cover their もたちが初めてパイプオルガンの音を聞くと 今まで聞いたことも ears in fear and surprise when they hear the loud sound for the ない そのあまりにも大きな音にびっくりして両手で両耳をふさい first time because they have never heard that kind でしまいます 人間には出すことのできない大音響は of volume. This magnificent sound that no human 神様の偉大さを思い起こさせ また人間にできないこ can produce reminds us of the greatness of とでも神様にはできると気づかせてくれます トラン God. There are some things we cannot do, but God ペットと呼ばれる水平に伸びたパイプの音色は私達の can do all things. The horizontal pipes, named 魂を目覚めさせ また とても小さくて繊細な フ Trumpets, wake you up and lift your spirits. Also, a ルートに似たストップの音色は 生きることに疲れ very soft pure sound that resembles a flute strikes 切っている人々の心を揺さぶり その魂に不思議な慰 the heart and inspires the spirit that was broken with harshness of life. めを与えてくれます I would like for you to look at this organ built in スイスのシオンにあるオルガンはとても小さいもので the 15 th century that is on the mountain of Sion, すが 15 世紀に作られ 今も美しい音を奏でる最古 Switzerland. It is tiny. This instrument is considered のオルガンとして知られています パイプオルガンが to be the oldest playable organ and it still sounds 他の楽器と異なる点は その形 サイズ 音色や音量 wonderful to this day. Unlike other musical 15 th century Organ, Sion, Switzerland が楽器一つ一つとても多種多様なことです 何世紀に instruments, the pipe organs shapes, size, tone, and もわたり バラエティに富んだパイプオルガンが作ら volume varies so much. The pipe organ builders for many れてきましたが オルガン職人はみな祈りを込めて神様を賛美する centuries have been building pipe organs in very diverse forms, 楽器を作りたかったのだろうと想像します そして私も若いころ教 but they had God in their minds, hoping that the organ would 会でパイプオルガンに出会い その美しい音色に魅了され いつの become an instrument of praise. When I first heard the organ 日か神様を賛美する音楽を奏でてみたいと オルガンを習い始めま music during worship service, I was struck by the beauty and した started to learn how to play organ with the hope that the sound 私達人間もパイプオルガンのようだ と思います サイズ 性格 I produced would someday be used to praise God. 考え方 長所や短所 話す言葉も多様です 私達の姿も私達が話す We humans are so diverse in sizes, personalities, abilities, and beliefs, just like these pipe organs. Our appearances and こと 発信するメッセージも人それぞれです 昔 シオンの丘を息 the sounds we make are different in each person. I recall the を切らせながら登り 恐る恐る最古のオルガンを弾いたことや ヨ moment that I had the fortune to play the organ in Sion and the ハン セバスティアン バッハと同時代のジルバーマンオルガンを grand Silbermann organ in Arlesheim. These historical アーレスハイムで弾いた時のことを思い出します 二度にわたる世 instruments luckily remained in Switzerland during the World 界大戦の惨禍を免れたため スイスには世界中からオルガニストが Wars, and organists around the world travel to play. These 集まってきて演奏する名器が今も残っています こうした古い歴史 masterpieces were difficult to tame for an organist who had 的オルガンは現代の楽器とかなり異なり 一つ一つに強烈な個性が very limited experience with historical あり つまりユニークな性格の持ち主で 経験 instruments like me. I was in constant の浅い私のようなオルガニストが弾きこなすの conversation with the organ while I は容易ではありません 自分を無にしてひたす played. Help me. Let s work together so we らオルガンと心を一つにし 神様を賛美すべ can praise God together through music. This is く オルガンに語りかけながら弾いた日々のこ not about me, this is not about you. Likewise, とは今も忘れられない思い出です 新しい年 we hope to become a unity out of our differences and simply become an instrument 私達一人一人が違いを乗り越えて一つとなり through which God s love and peace prevail in 子どもたちと共に神様の愛と平和のメッセージ the new year. を伝える器になりたいと願っています Silbermann Organ, 18th century, Arlesheim, Switzerland

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3 クリスマスページェント さくら組担任山瑞静絵 Christmas Pageant by Shizue Yamazui, Cherry Class Teacher 3 毎年 サンクスギビングが明けると セインツはアドベントに入り クリスマスの準備が始まります クリスマスツリーに PTA キルトクラブの方々が作って下さった素敵なオーナメントを飾り 家族への秘密プロジェクトのプレゼント作り ( 親子が互いに秘密の手作りプレゼント ) を開始します そして イエス様の降誕劇ページェント クリスマスのメインイベントです セインツ 27 回目のページェント 現校舎に移転後 そして私にとっても 15 回目のページェントでした ページェントには思い出が 沢山沢山詰まっています 日本から来た保育者たちがそれぞれアイディアを持ち寄り創ってきた台本 曲を変えたり 加えたりしながら 毎年やってきました 歌は引き継がれていて クリスマスの準備が始まると早速歌い出す子がおり 次は の役がやりたいなという子がおり きちんと継承されている様子を見る度 嬉しく温かい気持ちになります アドベント中は ちゃんと出来るかな 覚えられるかな? 病気にならないかな? とつい心配が先行してしまいます 喜びの訪れの劇なのですから 楽しまなきゃ と戒めつつ セインツならでは の思い出は 宿屋さんの歌の 泊めてください だーめ だーめ が D*mn it. に聞こえると アメリカ人の保護者の方を青ざめさせてしまった事です まさか そんな事になるとは予想もつきませんでした 一つ一つの出来事全て 今は良い思い出です 今年も子どもたちのページェントを見守りながら 子どもたちの成長を嬉しく思いました どの役もページェントを支える大切な役です それぞれ一生懸命に頑張りました 二年前 ちゃんと羊として並べるか? ドキドキさせられた彼らが みんな自信をつけ大きく成長しました セインツのクリスマスが 心の中で生き続けてくれる事を願っています Every year we start preparing for Christmas right after Thanksgiving. We put up a Christmas tree with nice ornaments made by the PTA quilting club, and kids and parents prepare presents for each other in secret. And we start to practice the Christmas pageant! It was the 27 th time for SAINTS and 15 th for our current school location and myself. There are so many memories in the Christmas pageant every year. The pageant script was written by the teachers. Sometimes we put in a new song or change the order of things. But usually the songs are inherited from the past. Before we started practicing, some kids knew the songs already! Children were dreaming about what role they wanted to play. I am so happy SAINTS Christmas pageant is passed down year-to-year by the children. But I have always worried about what could go wrong. I know I should have enjoyed the moment because Christmas is a message for good news. We made mistakes sometimes. One year with the innkeepers song Mary and Joseph asked Can I stay tonight? and innkeepers replied No (Dame) in Japanese. But some American parents thought they heard something like D*mn it! At the time we never thought about these kind of things. But now everything is a precious memory. This last Christmas pageant was great. The children are growing up in amazing fashion. Every role is very important. They worked very hard. I hope children remember this SAINTS Christmas for long time.

4 4 27th Annual SAINTS Elementary Christmas Pageant December 16th, 2017

5 Final Pageant, yet the Beginning of New by Norihiro Sasayama, Elementary Head Teacher This year, the SAINTS Elementary Pageant took place one day after the kindergarten pageant just like previous years. Every elementary student bowed and exited the center lane with a relieved smile and some uneasy tension from the huge applause that they never experienced before. Even the first graders spoke up as bilingual narrators in Japanese and English. They memorized every line and articulated each word using the whole body. Many hours of practice at school in front of teachers and at home in front of family paid off. The last people out were Joseph and Mary. Mary was holding a baby Jesus in her arms. About three weeks earlier, before the Thanksgiving break, students were informed which part they were assigned for this year s pageant. Children were both nervous and hopeful while they waited for the announcement. The SAINTS Hall was filled with the mixed air of emotions as some had a sigh of relief, while some had a sigh of disappointment. However, no role is indispensable to complete the pageant story. As the Bible tells us, every part of the body such as eyes, nose, mouth, fingers, even the soles of the feet help each other to form the body of Christ. It might be difficult to understand this concept for young students. There are many unfair incidents in our lives. Why was the son of God born in a dirty, smelly manger? Why not the magnificent palace in a bed made of gold? He was crucified thirty years later for the human sin. Not because of his sin, but on behalf of all of us. This year was our 27 th Christmas Pageant, and this one closed its final curtain at SAINTS. Yet the story of the birth of Jesus will continue to be told by someone else, somewhere else. The Christmas pageant curtain will rise somewhere in the world every year without ceasing. 最後で最初のページェント 小学部密山智宏 幼稚部に引き続き 小学部のページェントが今年も幕を閉じた 一礼してスポットライトの中を退場する児童の顔はどれも安堵の笑みと 観客から浴びる大きな拍手に戸惑う表情が見られる 一年生も日本語と英語でナレーターを立派に務めた 大きな舞台で暗唱したセリフを全身から搾り出すように言った 国語の時間に何度も何度も練習したことだろう お家でお父さんやお母さんの前で何度も何度も練習したことだろう 最後に頭を下げて退場したのは 六年生のヨセフとマリアだ そして マリアの腕にはイエス様の人形が抱かれている 当日から三週間ほど前 サンクスギビングの休みに入る前に児童は配役を知らされる 子ども達は期待と不安に胸をときめかせながら このアナウンスに耳を傾ける 希望通りの役をもらえた児童と期待に沿わない役をもらった児童の気持ちがホールの空気に漂う だが どの役が欠けても降誕劇は成り立たない 聖書にあるように目も鼻も口も指先から足の裏まで すべての器官が助け合ってキリストの体を形作るのだ しかし 子ども達が心からこのことを納得するのは難しいかもしれない 人生には不公平なことがたくさんある 神の子であるイエス様が何故見すぼらしい馬小屋で生まれたのだろう 立派な神殿で金の揺りかごに寝かされるべきお方は 藁や悪臭とともに飼い葉桶の中で生まれた この方が三十年後に人の罪を背負って十字架に架けられるのである しかも 無実でありながら 私達の身代わりとして この日セインツでは 27 回目の そして最後のページェントが幕を下ろした しかし 来年もどこかで 誰かによってイエス様の物語は演じ続けられることだろう これからも繰り返し 繰り返し世界のどこかでページェントの幕は上がるのだ 5

6 My Experience with Hands-Off Parents By Annie Varghese, English Teacher 6 Throughout my teaching career, I have realized how significant parental support can be in the classroom. Before I continue, let me provide some insight into my educational upbringing. I was an immigrant; my parents immigrated to America in We didn't speak any English at all, but my parents quickly found jobs and enrolled us in school. Being Indian, there is a strong emphasis on education, striving for excellence, and respect for teachers. I come from a long line of educators in my family, so it was natural for me to succeed in class. There was no other choice. I would like to share my own experience having supportive, but hands-off parents from kindergarten graduate school. My parents approach to support me in the classroom was mostly hands-off. I remember my mom attending only 1 parent-teacher conference throughout my entire time in school. My parents never checked to make sure we completed our homework before we sat and watched our favorite television shows, The Cosby Show and Full House at 8:00 every night. I don't ever remember my parents running out to the store to get supplies for a project or making me study for a test. It was just expected that we knew to study accordingly to what the teacher has given us. In our house, "the teacher was always right." Period. My parents would always question us and say, "Well, what did the teacher say about this?" Well, that was the end of the conversation. I remember being involved in so many after school activities in-school - not outside of school. My parents had no idea what kind of activities I was involved with. They just knew I was in school; they didn't seem to ask so many questions. I remember spending so much time at the library (these were the days when every household didn't have a computer). It was the tutors at the library where I went to get help for homework, learn test studying skills, not my parents. The expectation was still there to succeed. Being in after-school activities, gave us leadership roles among different groups and that was another form of success my parents knew about, but had nothing to do with, besides encouraging us from afar. My parents strongest form of support was encouragement. My parents never said "No" to anything that was educationally related. I remember attending overnight trips to Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and even going on a study tour to Seoul and Beijing while in college. At these trips, all my parents did was sign on the dotted line- they never came to a meeting to ask questions. Trust me, if my son was going on an overnight trip anywhere, I would have 1,000 questions. This doesn t give permission for parents to be non-compliant with teachers s, requests, or to skip out on conferences. I grew up in a different time frame. There wasn t a huge push on parent- teacher conferences as there is now. When there was a reason for my parents to be involved per teachers requests, my parents got involved right away. I am not implying through my experience for parents not to be responsive to their children s teachers. Looking back, I wouldn't change anything about how my parents weren't involved in my school life. Success was visible, but the push was there from afar off. This method worked well in my family, because of the goals that were already set before me. My parents were hands-off, but their hearts were all there. 長年教師として仕事をする中で 保護者のサポートの大切さを身にしみて感じます しかし まず私がどのように育ったかをお話ししたいと思います 私の両親は 1984 年アメリカに移住し その時私は英語は全く話せませんでした しかしそれでも両親はすぐに仕事をみつけ 私は学校に行き始めました インド人はみな教育熱心で 優秀な成績を目指し一生懸命勉強に励むこと 教師を尊敬することは当然のことでした 私の家族はずっと教育者の家系であったこともあり 学業に励むのは自然なこと 他に選択肢はありませんでした 両親は幼稚園から大学院まで一貫してサポートしてはくれましたが 細かいことに口出しすることはありませんでした 保護者面談に来たのは一回だけで 干渉することはなく 夜 8 時 当時人気だった CosbyShow や FullHouse を家族そろってみる前に 宿題をやったかどうかのチェックすらしませんでした お店に行ってプロジェクトのための材料を買いに行っていた記憶もありませんし テストの前に勉強しなさいと言われたこともありません 先生のいうことは常に正しかったので 先生がそう言ったのなら そうしなさい といつも言われました 学校で課外活動をたくさんやりましたが 私が学校にいたことだけで満足していたので 何をやっていたか両親は全く知らないままでした コンピュータのない時代でしたから 図書館に行って勉強し 図書館員が保護者に代わってテストの予習や宿題の指導をしてくれました こうして 自分で自分の道を切り開き 自立することは リーダーシップ育成につながりましたから これが将来大切であることを両親は理解していたのでしょう 他に何をしてくれたというわけでもなく 時々励ましてくれただけなのです 励ますこと そして教育に関して No といわないことに関しては一貫していました フィラデルフィアやワシントン DC へでかける旅行を学校が企画すれば 必ず行かせてくれました 大学時代は韓国のソウル 中国の北京で研修することも許可してくれました 点線のところにサインしただけで 研修の中身を吟味することはしませんでしたけれど 許可はしてくれました 私だったら 息子が泊りがけでどこかへ行くと言い出したら 千の質問をすることでしょう もちろん 私の保護者の子育ての方針故に 今日 保護者が学校からのメールや面談を無視してよいと主張するつもりはありません 両親は 何か理由があって教師に呼ばれれば すぐに学校に出向きましたしいつも協力的でした 私は親に対して もっと学校に来てほしいと思ったことはありませんでしたし 子育ての方針を変更してもらいたいと思ったことは一度もありません 少し距離を置いて 信頼して見守ることで しっかり成功の道へ導いてくれたと思っています 手をかけた とは言えませんが 最初から目標を掲げ 心を込めて 子育てをしてくれたおかげでしょう 感謝です

7 7 Skyla Segel, 1st Grade (below) Risa Fujima, 2nd Grade (below) Tomomi Yamada, 6th Grade (above) Chigusa Tanaka, 5th Grade (Above) Momoka Yasuda, 3rd Grade (Above)

8 Lamb Group Alumni News After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, MA, with a major in Communication Sciences & Disorders, and a double minor in Psychology, and Hearing & Deafness, Piper is now working at a preschool in Austin, TX. Here is a recent message from her: Around a month ago I started teaching my students (3-4 years old) how to say Good Morning in Japanese and numbers 1-10 in Japanese. They're loving it! They go home and tell their parents how to say it. They even recite the numbers all on their own as they play in the classroom. The kids have been loving learning Japanese so maybe I might consider making circle time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Japanese, then English for Tuesday and Thursday. We all wish you good luck and hope you keep sharing the fun of learning new languages with young children! An alum will start graduate study in Linguistics at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. 東京外語大の大学院に合格しました 言語学を学びます More good news from a US alum. Just passed JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Level 1! Please visit us on our Facebook page. フェイスブックの新しいページをぜひご覧ください Student Work On Display Trial Classes For 3 year-old class only Two or three days per week こひつじグループ 3歳のお子さん対象 週に2日か3日 セインツに 通ってみませんか $35 per day 2018年度 1学期受付中 3歳児 6年生 2018 First Term Accepting Applications for All Grades! 3 year 6th Grade Fourth Grade students smile proudly as they display their stained glass masterpieces.