Community

The St. Mary’s community of family and parents is strong and active. An important aspect of this community are the activities, meetings and social functions supported by SMA to create opportunities for St. Mary’s parents to become better acquainted with one another, the faculty and the school in general.

The following committees are responsible for various events throughout the year that seek to build a stronger and more active St. Mary's community:

We hope you use these resources to enrich your own experience at St. Mary’s and to find ways to give back to the community.

Room parents and MS/HS liaisons

Room Parents and Liaisons play a critical role in the school life of our sons. They work to develop a sense of grade-level community by organizing class gatherings and events, organizing parents to volunteer in SMA and school activities, and providing a crucial connection between parents and school administrators, counselors, and other staff members.

Some RPL activities include:

  • Coffee Mornings (all grades)
  • Bingo Bake Sale (all grades)
  • Bingo Food Court (G5-G8)
  • Halloween Party (ES)
  • Christmas Party (ES)
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch (all grades)
  • Ice Cream Bash (HS)

If you’d like to volunteer to be a room parent (ES) or Liaison (MS/HS) or to participate in any activities, please contact smarplcoordinator@smis.ac.jp. We look forward to hearing from you.

A very warm “thank you” to all the families who donated delicious baked goods for the bake sale, and to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success.

See photos from the event here.

Hospitality

The Hospitality committee is responsible for welcoming new families to St. Mary’s and for organizing social outings and events for parents.

The committee organizes the Welcome Tea that is held close to the beginning of each school year, another New Year’s Tea in January at the start of the new semester to welcome newcomers, as well as the Spring Luncheon for Senior parents.

The committee also organizes social and educational outings for the parents of St. Mary’s throughout the year.

Welcome Tea

Thank you to everyone who attended the Welcome Tea, held on September 12. It was great to see new faces, and to welcome back old ones. We look forward to another rewarding year.

Our next gathering will be the New Year’s Tea on Jan. 22, to welcome newcomers and to celebrate the new year, the year of the boar, among returning families.

Outings

The first outing for this was to the Sankei-en Gardens in Yokohama on Nov. 29. The beautiful weather and great company made for a delightful outing.

Click here for images of this year's event.

Spring Luncheon

April 10, 2019

This luncheon is a special occasion for the St. Mary’s community to honor the parents of the Senior class. The luncheon provides parents with an opportunity to socialize with one another and includes performances by St. Mary’s students, the High School speech team and displays of artwork and ceramics by the students.

Parent activities

The SMA organizes numerous activities to integrate the St. Mary’s parent community by providing opportunities to explore and learn together, build meaningful friendships, and to strengthen our sense of community.

Parent classes

A main goal of the SMA is to foster a greater sense of community. One way of accomplishing this is by learning and developing our interests and passions - whether it’s arts, sports or language study - with a group of other parents.

Welcome to the fifth year of the SMA Parent Weekday Classes. Limited space is available, so sign up now. Check back for newly added classes.

Find a full schedule here.

*New* Ikebana

Ikebana” is from the Japanese IKERU(“keep alive, arrange flowers, living”) and HANA(“flower”). Possible translations include “giving life to flowers” and “arranging flowers”. Please join us to appreciate and share the sense of beauty in Ikebana with Ms. Isshiki*.

Date: Mondays, starting January 21, 2018
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Room 141
Fee: ¥9,000 (3 sessions)
Equipment: Flower pin-holder, scissors, and vase

For the first lesson, above tools are provided by the instructor. Please bring your own tools from the second lesson. You can order tools through the instructor; flower pin-holder (¥1,500), scissors (¥2,800), and vase (¥3,000).

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation 72 hrs. before/exchange to another class. Less than 72 hrs./ No refunds or exchanges

Please register here.

*Ms. Isshiki, the course instructor, has been teaching in Seijyo, Tokyo with traditional Japanese method flower arrangement, called "Ko-ryu". Ko-ryu is a form of Ikebana dating back to the Edo period in Japan.

*New* Yoga


Yoga with Ms. Mai Okumura, a licensed bilingual yoga instructor*

Date: Wednesdays, starting Nov. 21
Time: 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Place: Room 141
Fee: ¥5,000 for 5 sessions or ¥1,500 for a single session
Equipment: Please bring a towel, water bottle and yoga mat

There are a limited number of spaces with first-come, first-served registration, so sign up early to avoid missing this chance!

Please sign up here.

* Mai Okumura has taught yoga for the international and Japanese communities in Tokyo since 2003. She completed the yoga ashram of Sivananda yoga vedanta center and is a certified yoga teacher. In addition to studying Western medicine, she perfected different yoga techniques at multiple yoga centers. Okumura has combined her years of experience and study to develop her own yoga style and program that is a combination of exercise and relaxation.


Japanese

Japanese Class with Br. Michel

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Location: Room 134
Fee: No lesson fee, only textbook fee

Please sign up here.

Bible Study

Bible Study with Br. Michel Beaudoin

When: Every Thursday (starting Oct. 4)
Time: 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Location: Room 134
Fee: No lesson fee

This school-year-long session starting in October introduces the parents to the Bible using the book “Journey Through The Bible” and a video created for the same book. Please sign up here.

English

English Class with Br. Michel

When: Every Tuesday (Advanced on Thursday)
Time: 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Location: Room 134
Fee: No lesson fee

Please sign up here.

Coming Soon!

Keep checking back. New classes will be added soon. Some potential classes include:

  • A mindfulness course
  • Ikebana
  • Japanese Culture
  • Speakers series

Is there anything you would like to learn about or explore? Let us know at smaactivities@smis.ac.jp. We would love to hear from you.


SMA Seminars

SMA is pleased to offered various seminars throughout the year of interest to our community of students and parents.

Road to IB seminar

St. Mary’s offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for grades 11-12. On Nov. 27, Ms. Kimberly Fradale, St. Mary’s IB Coordinator, introduced the IB program and highlighted the benefits students gain by being part of this challenging program of study. Thank you for all who attended.

Click here for a slideshow from the event.

If you were not able to attend the event, the presentation is available here.

Christmas Craft Fair

Thank you to all who stopped by this year's Christmas Craft Fair and to the many vendors who helped make this is a warm and wonderful start to the Christmas holiday season.

Please see photos of the event here.

Christmas Craft Fair poster
Thank you to the wonderful vendors for this year's Christmas Craft Fair. See you again next year!

Snacks by TASSEL

Cheese Toasts & Sausages by Boy Scout Troop 15

Indian Curry, Chicken Butter Masala, Naan, Samosa & Biscuits by Indian Parents

Apple Pie, Holiday Icing Cookies, Cup Cakes & Mango Juice by various vendors

Coffee, Tea, Hot Chai & Soft Drinks by SMA


Used Books Sale by Operation Smile

Holiday Pet Toys & Gifts by Pets in Need

Winter & Summer Camp Introduction by Nanbo Discovery Camp

Relaxing Ear Massage

Porcelarts Workshop

Swarovski® Handmade Jewelry

100% Luxurious Cashmere Products by GOBI

Ethical & Sustainable Fashion Goods Selection

NOOX Designs for tiny grown-ups

Christmas Decoration with Kimono Fabric

Christmas Gift Wrapping & Supplies

Handmade Christmas Cards

Kamihoseki Origami Jewelry

Seasonal Tote Bags

Hand Crafted Rosaries

Indian Jewelry

SMA Recycled Uniforms Sale

SMIS Logo Goods


Call for Speakers -- SMA Speaker Series

Are you a journalist, scientist, engineer, diplomat or entrepreneur?
Can you explain what an asset manager does?
Do you know how to "Green" a school?
What it takes to be an obstetrician, architect or cyber security technician?
Do you have knowledge of parenting strategies?

The SMA is looking for speakers from our community to talk to students and parents about their experiences. We are interested in a broad range of topics that might be of interest to our school community, students and parents.

We would like to feature a wide range of speakers — parents, alumni, trustees and colleagues, from a raft of organizations, disciplines and industries who would be willing to share their fascinating experiences with our students.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Contact us now at smaactivities@smis.ac.jp to get more information, or if you are interested or know someone who would be interested.

  • We suggest 30-45 minutes lectures and time for Q&A with the audience.
  • It would be an open invitation to the school community (student, teachers, parents), with strong encouragement to senior students to attend.