McDonald International Community News

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May 23

Japanese-Spanish Parent Spotlight

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At McDonald International our children have the opportunity to study for the half the day in Spanish or Japanese. For some families having exposure to both languages makes perfect sense. This is the second installment of a parent spotlight series featuring members of our community with connections to both Spanish and Japanese.

This week's spotlight: Lulú Roque Weda

Children at McDonald International: Emiliano (1st grade Spanish)

How is your family connected to both Spanish and Japanese?
I was born and raised in Chiapas, Mexico. I grew up only speaking Spanish, but also hearing about my great grandfather (on my mother's side), who was Japanese.

We don't know tons of details, but we do know he was from Fukuoka, in the southern part of Japan. He and some of his friends emigrated to the US and tried to settle in California, but they weren't able to stay because of the Immigration act of 1924. So he continued on and eventually settled in Mexico City. He married my great grandma and they had four kids. My mom remembers going to the Japanese community center every now and then when she was a child, so she was able to celebrate that part of her a bit, but sadly, it wasn't often enough. Neither she nor her siblings learned to speak Japanese.

In Mexico, we have two last names, so in my full name, I still have my Japanese last name (my name is Lourdes Roque Weda). However, 'Weda' is misspelled, as it is the case with a lot of last names of foreign origin in Mexico, and other countries. From what I've been told, it should be 'Ueda'.

My son Emiliano, who is in 1st Grade Spanish, has been taking Japanese after school at McDonald since last year, and it makes us so happy he is somehow reconnecting with that part of our history.

Remember you can strengthen your Spanish and Japanese cultural learning at home by hosting an intern in the Fall! Please email if you are interested in learning more about hosting!

 
May 23

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on June 1

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Dear Wonderful McDonald Volunteers,
Please join us for the McDonald International School Volunteer Appreciation Brunch.

When: Friday, June 1st, 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Where: McDonald Library on the 3rd Floor

If you have helped in any way this year, we have noticed, it was appreciated, and we would like to thank you!  While many volunteer jobs are enormous and hugely time consuming, there is no such thing as a “small” job, helping “a little” or helping out with a “small project.”

We could not possibly do the work we do without YOU!  We are looking forward to the opportunity to thank you in person!

With great appreciation,
The McDonald International School Staff and Students

 
May 23

Summer Reading Suggestions from Young Readers Choice Awards

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From Ms. Pat:
For those of you who are already looking for "Summer Reading" lists, here are the nominees from Young Reader's Choice for intermediate readers:

Official 2019 YRCA Nominees, Junior Division (Grades 4-6)
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
It Ain’t so Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

 
May 23

Ice Cream Social on June 5th for New Students

 
May 17

Free Support Group: Parenting Chronic Illness

 
May 17

From Ms. Pat: Books in Spanish

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Last Sunday, Maestra Morris and I spent 2 ½ hours of that beautiful sunny day in a musty, windowless storage room at the University Book Store (just honing my descriptive writing skills!)  We spent the time going though boxes and boxes of sale books in Spanish.

We were given the opportunity to have first dibs on books that will go on sale to the public at the end of this week.  The quality of the books was high and the prices were a bargain--$4.00 for hardback and $2.00 for paperback.  We kept in mind the requests from teachers and selected a combination of books that originated in Spanish speaking countries as well as translated books  (think, Diario de Greg and Quien fue? biographies.), I would roughly estimate that we purchased about 150 books, worth more than $2000 retail for about $450.00.

My heartfelt thanks to Jennifer for volunteering to help.  I don’t have the expertise to do this on my own and I am so appreciative of her donating her expertise along with her time.

 
May 17

Japanese-Spanish Parent Spotlight

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At McDonald International our children have the opportunity to study for the half the day in Spanish or Japanese. For some families having exposure to both languages makes perfect sense. This is the first installment of a parent spotlight series featuring members of our community with connections to both Spanish and Japanese.

Please meet Maria Cigala!
Children at McDonald International: Victor (4th grade, Japanese) and Juan Pablo (2nd grade, Japanese)

How is your family connected to both Spanish and Japanese?
Spanish because we speak Spanish at home because we are from Mexico. Japanese because my husband works in a sushi restaurant (Kozue) and loves Japanese culture. The kids wanted to learn Japanese. I wanted them to be in Spanish. They won! I have a three year old daughter and when I asked her if she wanted to learn Spanish when she came to McDonald she said, "No! Japanese!"

(Remember you can strengthen your Spanish and Japanese cultural learning at home by hosting an intern in the Fall! Please email us if you are interested in learning more about hosting!)

 
May 17

Lunch is Served...All 150 of Them!

 
May 17

Japanese Monthly Book Review #8

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We will post monthly reviews of suggested Japanese reading for your bookworm(s)!

For the parents whoare curious about borrowing Japanese books at school library, you can borrow Japanese children books for your children (of course it's great for yourself!) once you get your account! Please ask Ms. Pat. She is our wonderful school librarian! 

Here is our 8th review, courtesy of Nami Kawakyu
Title: Nontan Imouto Iina / Nontan, Lucky to Have a Sister
Author: Sachiko Kiyono
Story: Nontan has turned into a monster with four arms and legs! Wait, that’s not a Nontan monster, that’s Tatan, Nontan’s look-a-like sister! They start out playing nicely but then… 
Review: A classic Japanese children’s book series, great for early readers learning hiragana and kids navigating sibling relationships of their own and/or of their friends.

 
May 17

Want to help plan Día de Muertos - Obon Celebration in the Fall?

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This year, through PTA Innovation Grant funds (thank you for donating!) the 3rd and 4th grade Spanish classes were able to work with Oaxacan-born and Seattle-based artist Fulgencio Lazo to make the tapetes de arena/sand carpets for the Día de Muertos/Obon Celebration in the Fall.

PBS made a wonderful clip about Fulgencio in Spanish. You and your kids can watch it here.

Maestra Morris also made a wonderful Power Point presentation that shows the steps involved in making the tapete at McDonald International and the history of this art form!

If you would like to be involved in planning the Día de Muertos - Obon Celebration in the Fall please email Kate Koester. We will be meeting in June to start planning for next year!!

 

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