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Volume 4 Issue 1 Number 19 Summer 2011


Reintroducing The Bridge We are happy to announce a revival of our school’s newsletter. Look here for important announcements, news about

Rainbow Bridges matched all donations from student donations in Japan and those from family and friends in the US. Together, we raised 171,142 yen (2,100 USD) for Save the Children, Japan (www., part of the world’s leading independent organization for children, to be used directly for relief and rebuilding efforts related to the March 11 disaster.

All you can eat hamburgers!

Making friends

Beach BBQ July 31 Our annual American-style BBQ and beach day will be held on Sunday, July 31! Like usual we will be eating, drinking, swimming, playing and having a great time at Uminoie Shingu-ya on Shingu Beach, starting at 12:00. Flyers with more information will be provided by your teacher or available at the reception desk at Fukkoudai. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Rio Borgeson On a personal note, school co-owner and teacher David and his wife Tomoko Borgeson are very happy to announce the birth of their son, Rio Paul Borgeson, on

students with the school.

Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fundraiser We want to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to our school’s earthquake and tsunami relief fundraiser with their hard work, help raising awareness, and monetary donations!

the school, educational articles, games, pictures, and more! We hope it to be a bridge that better connects parents and

February 22, 2011! The new parents are busy adjusting to parenthood, but love (almost) every minute of it! Rumor has it that Rio is planning on attending the Beach

BBQ on July 31, so if you haven’t met him yet that could be your chance!

EFL Materials Store Launched Rainbow Bridges has launched an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Materials Store in March. Over the last 5 years, our school has been developing

several kinds of teaching materials, including worksheets, flashcards, posters, and other materials for use in children’s English classrooms. The Store is now

open to assist teachers all over Japan. Part of our academy’s goals is not simply providing top-quality learning







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materials for our students, but to also improve the standards of English teaching in Japan by assisting teachers and students throughout the country. You can see the Store at the Language Teaching Professionals website, http:// rainbowbridges.html (currently in English only).

Phonics flashcards: How do you spell “peach”? P-panda, ea-seal, ch-chicken

Hanami and Easter Egg Hunt Recap 2011’s Hanami and Easter Egg Hunt was held once again at Maizuru Park in the castle ruins. More than just an international hanami, we also celebrated Easter with a

hunt for colorfully designed Easter eggs along the castle walls. There also was an impromptu game of American football with kids and adults, and we talked, ate,

and drank in addition to playing catch, tag, and all kinds of games.


Football Eggs and smiles

Commitment to Continuing Education Rainbow Bridges is committed to not only our students and their families, but also to the continual development of ourselves and of the teaching community. We are part of Language Teaching Professionals, an organization devoted to supporting the professional development of teachers. We

Famous Quotations What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.

Seinan Gakuin University, with publisher displays and seminars from teachers, authors and trainers locally, nationally and internationally known, attracting hundreds of teachers.

Discover a whole new you!

Sign up for E-Delivery of The Bridge Get high-resolution pictures and quick access to links when you sign up for The Bridge via e-mail! Just give your preferred e-mail address to a staff member. It will be sent as an attached PDF file, so it cannot be accessed via cell phone. Please use a computer or smart phone address.

THOMAS PAINE (1737-1809) American thinker and writer obtain: to get cheap: not expensive; easily esteem: value; think lightly: little

Study Hint Homework and study are best done over a spaced-out period of time. It’s more effective to do homework on a different day

than your class or even spreading it out over 2 or 3 short study periods on different days rather than one long study period.

1. It’s a book. 2. It’s a rabbit. 3. It’s a panda. 4. It’s a hippopotamus.

also are the Coordinators of ETJ (English Teachers in Japan) Fukuoka and hold regular meetings that make it possible for all kinds of English teachers to exchange ideas and develop professionally. ETJ Fukuoka also hosts the Kyushu English Language Teaching Expo each December at

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Rainbow Bridges English Academy 1-22-28 Arae; Jounan-ku; Fukuoka-shi; Japan 〒814-0101 +81 90 3955 8489 The Bridge © 2011 Rainbow Bridges English Academy

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