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2018/03/13 4:51 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,

Winter is almost over! I hope everyone is doing well and had a great Winter Season. 
I don’t know about you but I am ready for Winter to be over.
Spring is right around the corner and it’s time for our egg hunt! 
Last year we learned about Easter and we introduced the egg hunt. 
It was a great success and it was fun learning.

Spring is the time for new beginnings and we should embrace the new changes in our life. 
This is why Christians around the world celebrate Easter during the Spring. 
It remind us of the resurrection of Christ. 

Also, March is known for Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick is the Saint symbol for the people of Ireland. 
Saint Patrick celebrates Irish pride by having big celebrations. Saint Patrick’s day falls on March 17 this year. 
You must wear green that day or you will get pinched! 
Green symbolizes good luck and grassy fields of Ireland. 
It pairs well with the Spring season. So I wish you the best of luck!

Andrew Galang



Andrew Galang

February 2018

2018/02/04 22:37 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,


      Hello ya’ll. I hope ya’ll  are doing well this cold winter.

 It’s been so very cold lately. Surprisingly, even Texas has been cold! 

My home city Houston had snow several times this winter! 

I’ve only seen snow in Texas 2 times my whole life but this winter has been record breaking. It’s funny because Texas rarely gets snow and Texans don’t know what do when it snows. They closed schools and work because of the snow. 

A lot of people laugh at Texans because Texans panic when we see snow.

 It’s been snowing both here and in my hometown. What a coincidence!

    Additionally, it is February now.

 I am challenging all my boy students to give chocolate to girls. 

As I’ve taught y’all before, Valentine’s day in Japan is opposite from America.

Men should give to women but the advertising companies in Japan got it mixed up. Therefore, I’m encouraging my boy students to man up and be kind to women. 

Give a girl a chocolate or flowers.

 If you don’t have a special girl, you can always give something to your mother. 

I’m sure she’ll appreciate it! 

Have a good Valentine’s day!

Happy February,



Have a good Valentine's day!


2018/01/02 19:53 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,

  Happy New Year! 

I hope everyone has had a wonderful winter break!
It’s time for the everyone to celebrate new beginnings and new goals.
 New years is different in Japan and America.
I’ve noticed that Japanese New Years is typically for family time and Christmas is for couples and friends.
In America, it’s the opposite. Christmas is for family and New years is for friends and couples.
In Japan, New Years eve is more quiet and everyone goes to temple in the morning.
Americans have a very loud new years eve party and we count down the clock until new years midnight.
Additionally, Americans go to church on Christmas not New years day.
It’s very interesting to see the difference between the two.

   This year is the year of the dog but actually the year of the dog starts is a Chinese tradition in February.
 I learned that Japanese also has a calendar as well.
Many different cultures have different calendars and different ways of counting time.
The global calendar we use is the Gregorian calendar which corresponds with the ancient Mayan’s time system.
 Mayans are from present day Guatemala and they were masters of counting time.
We have the Mayans to thank for our unified system of counting!

Happy new year and best wishes!




December 2017

2017/12/12 6:38 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,

Hello and welcome to Winter! It’s that time of year again and we’re ready to celebrate
the upcoming New Year with plenty of traditions. Like last year, we are going to make
snowflakes and cover the room. There’s a saying in America, “Every snowflake is different.”
When I was in elementary school, teachers taught this to me. American students are taught that
we are all different but it’s a good thing. We are all individuals and we come together as one.
Regardless of how we look or act, we’re all the same snowflakes falling from the sky.
I hope everyone has something to look forward to this winter holiday. Make every
moment count and remember to be warm. Winter teaches us that even the harshest cold can
not stop us from being warm to each other. This time of year is about family and being thankful
for what we have. Just like what I’ve taught you about thanksgiving, bring in the winter with
hopeful warm spirits.


November 2017

2017/11/14 21:11 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,

I hope everyone had a fun time with the Halloween Party. It was a fun event and it was good seeing everyone wear their costumes! I hope y’all learned a lot about Halloween and now it’s time to move on to the next month!

Welcome November! November is the last month of Fall so enjoy all the fall colors for now. One thing I think when it comes to November is mustaches. It may sound weird but over the past couple of years, November has been a special month for American men to let their facial hair grow. We’ve been calling this month, “No-shave November.”  So if you find yourself in America in the Fall, don’t be surprised with all the beards you see!

Lastly, and more importantly, November is means Thanksgiving! Though thanksgiving is not celebrated in Japan, there are some Americans who celebrate this very American Holiday in Japan. I will be celebrating thanksgiving and I hope everyone learns a lot about Thanksgiving from my lesson. Just remember to always give thanks for what you have. Winter is coming and we need to keep each other warm with our spirits.



October 2017

2017/10/19 19:16 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2017/10/19 19:18 に更新しました ]

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昨年みんなが何を作るのかを見るのは興味深かったです。 面白い事実があります。
October がもともとのローマ暦では実は8番目の月だったことを知っていますか。
Octは8を意味しています。octopus タコが8本の足を持っているというように。
September は7番目の月でした。というのはSeptは7の意味だからです。


September 2017

2017/09/12 23:38 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,
I would like to thank everyone for participating in the ACE recitation Contest. It has been a wonderful seeing y’all progress with your recitation material. You’ve been working so hard and this contest allows you to showcase what you’ve learned to your family and friends. The recitation contest is filled with a lot of work but it’s satisfying for me to see y’all perform. I’m very happy with the progress and I hope you’re happy with the results.
On another note, I would like to take the time to tell you about the current state of my home. As y’all know, I am from Houston, Texas and I was recently there during the summer holidays. Recently, Texas, specifically Houston has been devastated by the tragic Hurricane Harvey. (Hurricane is a word for Typhoon in the Western Hemishphere.) My hometown is the 4th largest city in America and it’s been difficult to rebuild after this tragedy. There have been floods that have left thousands of people out of homes. It is recorded as one of the most disastrous hurricanes to ever make landfall in America.
I wish I was home to volunteer and help my community. It’s been difficult for me to see my city struggle. On the bright side, It has been heartwarming to see my city take care of each other. Which is why i encourage you to visit Texas and see just how kind and strong Texasns are.
I ask from myself to you to just please be aware of how fortunate we are to live in a safe city like Okayama.  I encourage you and your family to keep my city in your prayers and thoughts. If you can, please check the American Redcross online or other organizations to donate. Thank you for your time and let’s continue to learn english so we can all be a part of the world.

For more on how you can help please visit the following websites:

Red Cross Houston:

Beyonce’s Hurricane fund raiser:






August 2017

2017/08/14 5:52 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear Ace students,
I hope everyone is doing well during this hot weather. It’s summer time and I hope y’all
are keeping cool. It’s quite hot outside but at least y’all have summer vacation! As for Ace, it’s
time for recitation. I hope everyone is excited about the new material. I’ve selected poems to
help make recitation easier and funner. So let’s beat the summer hear by doing our best this
summer recitation contest!
When I think of summer in Japan, I think of cicadas. A lot of people say the sound of
summer is the sound of cicadas. But I’ve never noticed how loud cicadas could be until I’ve lived
in Japan. Compared to Texas, Cicadas are more quieter and have a very distinct rattling sound.
Growing up in Texas, I was always told to be careful when I hear the sound because it could be
a rattlesnake. I didn’t realize it was a cicada bug!
Just like with people and their different languages, we all have different sounds we use
from different parts of the world. Even though English is the most used language in the world,
you can tell where people are from by their accent. At the end of this letter, I will show you some
internet links so you can compared different sounds of cicadas and accents of English.
Regardless of an accent, don’t be afraid to speak English! Accents are beautiful and have a lot
of personality.

Texas Cicada sound:
Japanese Cicada sound:
35 English Accents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-en- iDeZEE&t=51s

Andrew Galang
35 English Accents英語のアクセント: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-en- iDeZEE&t=51s

June 2017

2017/06/19 1:39 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear Ace students,
              Hello y’all! Say hello to summer! I hope everyone is ready for the heat! I’ve learned that June is the rainy season of Japan. Which means it’s time for humidity. Humid weather can be so uncomfortable but I’m from Texas so I am used to having humidity for long months! I hope y’all stay cool and hydrated. Since it will be hot soon, remember to always drink water. Fun biology fact, we are over 70% water so remember to keep yourself refreshed!
              June is the beginning of summer vacation for kids in Texas. But just think, August will come faster than you think and you’ll be in summer vacation! Speaking of August, it will be time for recitation. Let’s brush up on our pronunciation and phonics! I hope everyone participates and does their best! Best wishes for an awesome summer!

May 2017

2017/04/29 6:17 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2017/04/29 6:19 に更新しました ]

Happy Golden Week! It is now May and I hope your Golden week has been going well. It’s interesting that Japan has two holiday weeks named after Gold and Silver. Gold is typically a color of warmth and wealth in American culture. While silver is more cooler and calming. Some people say you are either a gold or a silver type of person. Which color you prefer usually says something about your personality. I prefer gold. What do you prefer?

              Additionally, Mother’s day is also in May. Make sure to let your mother know how much you love her! Get her some flowers, a card, or simply tell her you love her. I would like to wish every mother a Happy Mother’s day.    




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