AIM is a vibrant community of people from different backgrounds. Throughout the year, our students experience the cultures of China and Japan in their classroom experiences—and, of course, we also celebrate the major American holidays!
Here are some examples of the seasonal cultural experiences your child will have in a year at AIM:
Setsubun – 節分
The day before the beginning of Spring. Celebrated on February 3rd, children throw roasted soy beans to scare away the evil spirits for the year to come.
Lunar New Year – 春節
The lunar new year typically falls in late January or early February. We celebrate it with traditional Chinese foods, including Niángāo – 年糕 – a Chinese New Year’s cake made out of glutinous rice flour, and with the distribution of red envelopes – 红包 – to bring good fortune for the new year.
Girl’s Day – 雛祭り
Our Japanese program students prepare delicious Chirashi Zushi to share with all. Japanese teacher share songs, Hina-ningyo (doll) Picture, and Hina-arare (rice snacks).
Each year before spring break, our students get up on a big stage, and share cultural performances, from Chinese dragon dances to Karate, from Japanese poetry to Chinese songs.
Children’s Day – こどもの日
On May 5th, we celebrate Children’s Day, a part of Golden Week in Japan. We decorate our classrooms with cloth carps, enjoy a professional taiko performance and delicious karaage for lunch.
End of School Celebration
In June, we celebrate the successful conclusion of the school year. Students accept their certificates, and share with us in Japanese or Chinese what they enjoyed doing during the year.
Sports Day – 体育の日
Our students enjoy many fun games in our school yards as they join this traditional Japanese celebration in early October.
Moon Festival –中秋節
We celebrate this fall harvest festival by sharing round sweet Mooncakes.
Pumpkin-themed arts and crafts, and a skillful trick-or-treat experience with healthy edible and other goodies, and a historical figures cabinet put on by the elementary students are the highlights of Halloween at AIM.
Our children work for several days to prepare a full Thanksgiving meal, which we enjoy together on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Right before the holidays, our students invite their parents into their classroom to jointly work together. We then come together to sing traditional holiday songs in Chinese or Japanese and English, and to enjoy holiday treats.