Dear ACE Students,

December has come and we all know that this is the 12th and the final month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendar. It is also the last of seven months to have a length of 31 days. But do you know that it used to be the 10th month of the year? Yes, it was. According to the Wikipedia, ` Decem means `ten` in Latin, because in the ancient Roman calendar, it was the 10th month of the year. At that time, the calendar only had ten months and began with March. Originally, January and February were the last months of the year. Later, the month of January and February were created out of the month less period and added at the beginning of the calendar. But December retained its name. They were added around 700 BC. ``Lots of people who had lived before us had not known about this changed but they adopted it.

Our lives this year has been so challenging to many, especially to all of you. Many unexpected things happened and changed the way we live. This changed have taught all us how to be more cautious and thoughtful of our wellbeing and our love ones. It was uneasy to many people outside Japan to adopt the `new normal life` at first because they were not used to it. But luckily it was not much harder transition here in Japan because of the cultural practices you have that are truly admirable for everyone who is not Japanese. Moreover, we got the privileges to make use of technologies more than ever before to get in touch with our family and friends without going out.

As your teachers, we wish you all the success and happiness in life. Whatever you may choose, we believe in your capability that you can do all things as you believe in yourself. May this Christmas season bring you so much joy and excitement, and the brightest hope for the coming new year 2021. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Lovely Ventanilla