As we approach the new year, we would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for all your support during the first four months of the current school year. With your support, we have already conducted many activities, including the Harvest Festival, Scholastic Book Fair, our annual clothing and food drives, and most recently our Winter Concert. Most important, however, is your support of your own child(ren) as they engage in their work in the classroom and at home. Parental engagement is key to children’s educational achievement. Let us continue to work together for the academic and character development of your child(ren).
Caroling at City Hall
New Hope Singers Junior, the school’s choir led by our music director, Mrs. Chieko Akashi, this week paid their annual visit to the Clifton City Hall to sing for the mayor and his staff. As usual, they fully enjoyed the performance. Afterwards the mayor presented the children with holiday coloring books.
In January, the students will be engaged in Pennies for Patients to raise money in support of the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help children suffering from these forms of cancer.
Our virtue-of-the month for January will be Courage. This is a major virtue—with physical, moral, intellectual, and civic dimensions. Surely, the children with leukemia and lymphoma are facing their situation with great courage. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life we celebrate next year on Monday, Jan. 21, showed courage in a different way in fighting for the civil rights of African-Americans even in the face of physical injury and imprisonment. Our teachers will be addressing different dimensions of courage in their classrooms.
In addition, in the months of January and February we expect to have a number of foreign students with us, mostly from Korea but already one from Japan, Aomi, joined us this week. Let’s welcome them to our New Hope School family!
In the new year New Hope School is offering a 8-week SAT/ACT Preparation Course for high school students here at the school on Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm for a fee of just $300 (much less than the standard rate). Proceeds will help to support the school. Please inform Dr. Beebe if you know someone interested in enrolling for the course. The first class will begin on Saturday, January 5.
Happy New Year and God bless your family!
New Hope School staff
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”