May 2, 2018

UPCOMING EVENTS

MAY 五月
May 3 K2 Spring Concert (7pm)  K-2 年級春季音樂會
May 4 Kindergarten roundup; ½ day of school for all students 幼稚園考試,上半天課
May 11 Mother’s Day Breakfast (8:30-10am) 母親節早餐 (8:30-10am)
May 12 TISSA MS Basketball Tournament  TISSA中學籃球賽
May 15 MS Spring Concert (7:30pm) 中學春季音樂會 (晚上7:30)

Dear Parents,

Since this is my last month of addressing you through these weekly principal letters, I’d like to (for old time sake) reflect on some special memories during my time at Morrison. I apologize in advance for the nostalgia, but hope you can appreciate the closure.

Inevitably, my mind goes back to December 2003 when I came for a job interview at the old System Services office. I was already on island with my family teaching English and had just learned that Morrison Academy was hiring. My interlocutors were Mr. Hawthorne (acting Superintendent), Mr. Robinson (campus principal) and Mr. McDonald (K8 principal). All I remember from that interview was their relentless (or so it felt at the time) emphasis on pedagogy, instructional strategies and teaching methodology. I could tell that they were fully committed to providing a quality education to students and were looking for teachers who could live up to their high standards. The experience impressed me to no end and caused a desire in me to want to join Morrison’s educational enterprise. I especially looked forward to work with someone of Mr. Robinson’s stature. Little did I know that I would eventually serve as his fellow administrator and that he would become my good friend. It was such a privilege to eventually follow in his footsteps as campus administrator. Being among quality individuals and rubbing shoulders with them is one of the great unspoken benefits of being at Morrison.

On a side note, my friends still chuckle at me in disbelief when they learn that I’ve never set foot on US soil. Morrison Academy therefore has been my American frontier. The school piqued my curiosity and inspired me, but more about that next week. What an incredible journey this has been for us as a family. You’re forever in our hearts.

Blessings,
Mr. Myburgh

Mr. Robinson and Mr. Myburgh

親愛的家長:
由於這是我每週一封信向各位致意的最後一個月,我回想這些年來我在馬禮遜時的一些美好回憶,先為我的懷舊向您致歉,但希望您能同我一起感謝過去。
回想我剛到舊的系統辦公室來面試時,腦子馬上回到了2003年的12月,當時的我已經在台灣教英語,得知馬禮遜正在招聘,那時與我面談的是Mr. Hawthorne(當時的總校長)、Mr. Robinson(校長主管)和Mr. McDonald(中小學校長)。我記得那次的面談是他們對教學理論、教學策略和教學法的不懈追求(當下的感受),我感覺他們完全致力於為學生提供優質教育,並且正在尋找優良的教師群。這一經歷一直給我留下了深刻的印象,並激發讓我想加入馬禮遜這個教育事業。我特別期待能與像Mr. Robinson這樣有內涵的人一起合作,我竟不知道最終會成為他的同事,並成為好朋友,最後很榮幸地跟隨他的腳步成為校長主管,身處在眾多優秀的老師們並受到他們的影響是在馬禮遜最大的潛在好處之一。
另一方面,當我的朋友們知道我從未踏過美國的土地時,他們都無法置信地並嘲笑我,因此我認為馬禮遜學校已成為我到美國的前哨站,它同時也激起了我對這個國家的好奇心,不過細節下週再說。對於我們家庭來說是多麼令人難以置信的旅程,各位將永遠在我們的心中。
Mr. Myburgh 敬上


CHAPEL THIS WEEK 本週崇拜
K2 Chapel will be in Commons tomorrow, and Mrs. Kelli Dingus will be speaking. Middle school chapel will be in the auditorium at 8:35am and Mr. Andy Wu will be sharing with our students. Parents are always welcome to join our chapel services.
明天幼稚園~二年級崇拜在Commons,Mrs. Kelli Dingus將分享信息。中學早上8:35崇拜在禮堂,Mr. Andy Wu將分享信息。歡迎所有家長參加我們的崇拜時間。


TEACHER SURVEYS FOR PARENTS 問卷調查
We would like to give you an opportunity to share your input with us through an anonymous End-of-Year Survey. Our institution cares about the effectiveness of our staff, educators and school leaders. We welcome perception data, especially when it is wrapped in kindness and love. The K8 End-of-Year survey will be available until Friday, May 11th.
Here is the link:  https://goo.gl/forms/fRy1NzDUHMu7WSF22
Thank you for your valuable feedback which will help make our school a better place!我們希望您利用這個不記名的學期末問卷調查的機會,給我們一些寶貴的意見。本星期各位將有機會與我們分享並給予一些回饋,本校對於我們職員、老師及學校領導人的效率非常關切,尤其是在善意與愛心的前提下我們非常歡迎各方觀點的評論。幼稚園至八年級的期末問卷將在
五月十一日週五前截止。
這裡是連結:https://goo.gl/forms/fRy1NzDUHMu7WSF22
感謝您為我們學校提供的寶貴意見,這將會使我們成為更好的學校!


MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST 母親節早餐聚會
We’d like to celebrate all of our amazing moms at Morrison and the impact that you have on your kids’ lives and this community. Join us for a delightful breakfast May 11th, Friday morning for celebration, acknowledgment, and encouragement! Tickets are 300 NT. Please register on this evite (with your full name/child’s name) or with Judy Chen, chenj24@mca.org.tw. The deadline for registration and payment is THIS FRIDAY, May 4, 2018.
感謝所有馬禮遜了不起的媽媽們,為孩子們帶來的榜樣和對這個大家庭的付出
敬邀您出席五月十一日,星期五的早餐聚會,一同歡慶,彼此鼓勵!
餐券每張新台幣 300 元。請在本evite 電子邀請卡上登記您和孩子的大名,或透過 Judy Chen, chenj24@mca.org.tw 報名。報名截止日期為 五月四日,星期五。


ELEMENTARY SPRING CONCERT 
Dear Grade K-2 Parents,
Can you believe Our Annual Elementary Spring Concert “Bugz” is happening TOMORROW (Thursday, May 3rd, starting at 7:00 pm) !! Come in your favorite spring fashion or dresses and walk down the “Red Carpet” with your beautiful “Bugs” at the concert!  Please drop your kids off in their homerooms NO later than 6:25 pm; we want to make sure all of the students have enough time to put on their costumes. The costume cost is covered by the school!! Make sure your child/children will rest EARLY and WELL tonight. Hope to see you all tomorrow night! Ms. Ruan
親愛的幼稚園~二年級家長:
你相信我們的年度小學春季音樂會“Bugz”就在明天(星期四,五月三號,晚上7:00開始)!! 請穿著您最喜愛的春裝,帶著您美麗的“小蟲子”一起走音樂會的紅地毯!!!為確保您的孩子有足夠的時間更換他們的表演服裝,請在6:25前將您的孩子帶到教室集合。學校會支付服裝的經費!!! 請讓您的孩子今晚及早上床,有足夠的休息。希望明晚看到大家!Ms. Ruan


Global 6K for Water 全球為水而跑6k
We are pleased to announce that we now have 122 people registered to run/walk together on May 19th to raise money for this worthy cause. The total amount donated comes to US$5,065, which is more than twice the amount of our original goal! You can still register for the event and/or donate money until the day of the race (though you may not receive your T-shirt, medal, and race bib until later). We are looking for volunteers who would like to help make this event fun, safe, and easy to follow. Any high school students, parents, or staff are invited to sign up to serve our community and benefit this meaningful cause. You can sign up or see ideas for possible ways to help out at this link: https://www.volunteersignup.org/LLKFK
我們在這裡很開心地宣佈,目前已有122人報名參加五月十九日的路跑/走路,為這項有價值的事業籌集資金。 捐款總額達到5,065美元,這比我們原始目標的兩倍多! 您仍然可以報名參加比賽和/或捐錢直到比賽當天(儘管你可能會晚些才會收到你的T卹,獎章和比賽圍嘴)。 我們正在尋找志願者,希望他們幫助這個活動充滿樂趣,安全且易於遵循。 任何高中學生,家長或教職員都會被邀請報名為我們的社區服務,並從中受益。 您可以註冊或查看有關可能的方式來幫助,請按此連結:https://www.volunteersignup.org/LLKFK


BOOK LAUNCH 
We want to congratulate Samantha Shih and Michaela Chen in Grade 6 for publishing their first novel, But Don’t You Want to Go Home?  You are invited to the Book Launch on May 7 (Monday) 3:30pm in the 2nd grade classroom where they will share their experiences of writing and publishing their book.  The book is available on Amazon paperback and Kindle. You can also purchase a copy with 15% discount at the Book Launch! All proceeds from the book sale will be donated to Pregnancy Support Center.
恭喜六年級的Michaela Chen和Samantha Shih出版了她們的小說 But Don’t You Want to Go Home?  邀請您參加她們五月7日(週一)3:30pm在二年級教室的新書發表會,當中她們會分享構思、撰寫和出版小說的經驗。這本書可以在Amazon購買(印刷版和Kindle都有),您也可以在新書發表會中以85折買到精美的印刷版。賣書所得將全數捐贈台灣生命關懷協會(PSC)。


Snapshots Around Campus

Craig Smith Author Visit for K3







1st Grade Field Trip to Flying Cow Ranch







MS Geography Bee