講談社イベントKodansha event 

Happy new year! We continue to report what’s happening at PS147 in 2017.

This past December, PS147 and the Japanese consulate here in NY hosted a breakfast event along with Kodansha USA Inc.  Mr. Takashi Sakuta, the company’s COO, was present to represent this renowned Japanese publisher as they donated many wonderful Japanese books to our school. The event proceeded with a congenial mood as everyone felt welcomed, including our JDLP parents. Greetings from our principle Noyola as well as Ms.Takahashi from the consulate were exchanged first. Then, Mr. Sakuta made a very personal speech, his message carried through generations- the company’s purpose to continue the beauty of reading through books. After the breakfast, the group moved on to observing the first grade and kindergarten DLP classes, both taught by Ms. Kudo. All the kids were very excited by their visitors – some of them went up to give hugs. The students presented Mr. Takahashi with a gift, a large framed panel that showcased the students’ art works.

For the Japanese consulate staff, this was the second time they had the opportunity to meet the kids (first time was during the Japanese first lady’s visit). I recalled Ms. Takahashi’s words saying ‘they’ve grown since the last time.’  Clearly, we all look forward to their future growth together here at PS147. 

Thank you so much for the wonderful gift as well as the event, once again, with generous help by the Japanese consulate. 


明けましておめでとうございます。今年もPS147からの情報を沢山載せていきたいと思います。

さて、去年の暮れのイベントになりますが講談社様が沢山の素敵なご本を私達の学校に贈与された際に、講談社USA最高執行責任者であられる作田貴志様が直接お見えになられ校長先生をはじめ私達DLPなどの数々の保護者の方々を迎えて学校図書館にて朝食会が行われました。朝食をいただきながらのリラックスしたムードの中でノヨラ校長先生そしてこのイベントを手がけてくださった日本大使館からは高橋様、そして作田様ご自身からも暖かなご挨拶が交わされました。作田様からは二カ国教育に対するご理解そして何よりも本の素晴らしさを子供達に伝えたいとの情熱が伝わってきました。朝食会をえた後は、日本語担当である工藤先生が今教えている一年生とキンダーガーテンのクラスへ向かい、実際子供達と接する事もできました。子供達からのメッセージなどの書かれたパネルを贈られた時に皆で撮った時の写真ですが、皆作田様に抱きつきとても微笑ましい光景でした。

9月に安倍首相夫人が来られた際と同様に日本大使館様の主催で子供達に会うのは今回が2回目になられます。高橋様が「この子達この前に三カ月前会った時より成長しましたね。」と語った言葉が印象的でした。大変有難うございました!

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DLP (first grade)

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Mr. Sakuta getting hugs!

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DLP (kindergarten)

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