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Our Year

School Calendar 2021-22

Aug 24 First Day of School
Oct 11-12 Fall Break (school closed)
Nov 25-26 Thanksgiving Break (school closed)
Dec 16-Jan 4 Winter Break (school closed)
Jan 5 School Resumes
Feb 17-18 Mid-Winter Break (school closed)
Mar 21-25 Spring Break (school closed)
May 2-3 Golden Week Holiday (school closed)
May 28 High School Graduation
June 9 Last Day for ELC/ES/MS Students
June 10 Last Day for Teachers & Staff
[Please note that many of the regular events normally held throughout the school year will be modified, postponed or cancelled in 2021-22 due to the impact of COVID-19.]



The school year follows an American-style, two semester, academic calendar beginning in late August and closing in mid-June. Holidays include a long weekend in October, a four-day weekend for Thanksgiving, a roughly three-week New Yearโ€™s vacation, two extra days in mid-winter,ย  a week-long spring break and a short Golden Week holiday in May.

Students Pose with the Mustang Mascot on the ASIJ Field
August-September [Spirit Day, Welcome Coffee]

Each school year kicks off with orientations for new families and new teachers, the start of classes and lots of opportunities to reconnect with familiar faces and make new friends. In early September the PTA hosts a Welcome Coffee and later in the month Spirit Dayโ€”a Saturday packed with sports, fun activities and great food.

Two Students, Dressed as Godzilla and Spiderman, Pose on Halloween
October-November [Halloweeen, VEX, Fun Run]

During the fall our Kindergartners dig sweet potatoes in the elementary school garden while older students enjoy the fall sports season. The community comes together to support our Annual Fun Run and to watch the Halloween Parade on campus. High School students perform their Fall Play in the Black Box and middle schoolers take to the main stage in the theater in a musical. The theater also plays host to our international VEX Robotics Tournament.

A Student Tosses a Ball at Stacked Cans at Winterfest
December [Winterfest]

In early December, the PTAโ€™s Winterfest sees over 3,000 members of our community celebrate the festive season with food, activities, shopping and performances.

A Student Hangs Cranes at Hiroshima's Peace Museum
January-February [Omochi, Hiroshima, Habitat]

Second semester our ELC students take part in Omochi Pounding and learn about Japanese New Year Traditions. Middle School extended campus trips explore Japan. Many of our athletics teams, student service and other co-curricular groups compete in overseas tournaments and activities.

High School Students Perform in the Spring Musical
March-April [Musical]

A spring tradition for almost 60 years, the high school musical draws crowds in the theater. Each year over 100 students work tirelessly on stage and behind the scenes to entertain our community.

A High School Student in Cap and Gown Waves During the Senior Walk
May-June [Far East, Senior Walk]

As the school year comes to a close our high school students sit their Advanced Placement Exams and many of our sports teams compete in the Far East Tournaments. The elementary school buzzes with excitement as students perform in the annual musical and the whole school comes together to celebrate our graduating class at the Senior Walk.