New Start!

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Spring 2013

4 years have passed since I moved back to NY in 2013.

Starting Mattison English in NY from scratch after closing it in Japan was no easy task.
But like this pic right before we left Japan, my lifetime partner Mio and I  both kept our chins WAY up high.

Thanks to everyone for all your support.
4 years after moving back to the US, we’re here today with over 100 students in Harrison, NY + Skype students in Japan.

We have a great summer Farm Stay 2017 going this year, and we’re just thrilled to be working with Mattland Farm and Mattison Corner Farms on that project.

As I was doing in this picture, looking up at the beautiful cherry blossoms as my witness, I promise to do my best for all of our students and family.
Without any of you we would be nothing.

Thanks everyone!

Using Your Imagination☆想像力

This is a post by one of our young students. I think he is so creative!
“I made this collage to show my idea about Eye-Catching.”
“I sometimes go fishing with my dad. That’s how I got the idea.”
Our kids are so cool!
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FARM STAY ORIENTATION 

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<Orientation☆オリエンテーション>
On the 1st day of April, we had our first orientation for “Mattison FARM STAY 2017!”
The five students we chose from the many that applied came with their excitement.
For the first time for them to meet each other, we had an ice breaker game “Get to Know Each Other” and went over the details of the program.
The kids went home with smiles on their faces and an envelope of documents to sign.

We were very pleased to hear from many people and families who are interested in our “Farm Stay 2017” . And regret that we can’t take all of them with us this summer.
Hopefully this program will grow in the future.
We’ll continue planning to make this program super exciting and update for all to see!

4月1日、「マティソンファームステイ2017」の第1回オリエンテーションを行いました。
今回のステイで決定した5人が意気揚々とやってきました!
殆どが初対面のこの日はお互いを知るための”Get to Know Each Other”というゲームをしたり、ファームステイアクティビティ内容などを話合いました。
みんな書類の入った封筒を胸に笑顔で解散し、無事オリエンテーションは終了。

今回のファームステイでは日本やNYから、生徒さんや家族参加希望の方などから興味を持っていただきました。「行きたい!」と言ってくれたみんなに参加していただけなく残念ですが、次回開催の時はもう少し規模を大きくできるといいなぁと考えています。
引き続きこのプログラムが充実したものとなるよう念入りに計画していきたいと思います。
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