Dear Students and Parents: Da jiahao 大家好!

Welcome to a new school year of 2016-2017!

I hope you have had a wonderful summer with your families and friends.
I look forward to seeing you at school on Monday - August 22nd.

We will follow the A B C D E schedules this year. Students have PE on E days.

We are going to have a fantastic school year!


Happy New Year of 2016-The Year of Monkey 猴年 hóu niǎn!

We started off our new year and new semester with a lot of excitement and greatness.

We are going to have a fantastic new year. I look forward to working with a group of amazing, creative and wonderful students!

The Lunar Chinese New Year is on February 8th. The year of Monkey officially starts on February 8, 2016.

Kolter Lunar New Year celebration is scheduled on February 24th. Chinese classes will perform songs, dances....

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中(zhōng)秋(qiū)节(jié)), also known as the Moon Festival is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people and the Chinese community around the world. A description of the festival first appeared in Rites of Zhou, a written collection of rituals of the Western Zhou Dynasty from 3,000 years ago. The celebration became popular during the early Tang Dynasty. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October on our calendar. The Government of the People's Republic of China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006, and it was officially made a Chinese public holiday in 2008. This year, the Moon Festival falls on September 15th.

On that day sons and daughters will bring their family members back to their parents' house for a reunion. Sometimes people who have already settled overseas will come back to visit their parents on that day.

On the Moon Festival, people eat moon cakes. It contains sugar, sesame, walnut, egg yoke, red bean paste. There are hundreds of varieties of moon cakes on sale during the month of the Moon Festival.

An old Chinese legend explains that a beauty named Chang’e was married to a master archer, Hou Yi, who saved the world by shot down nine of the ten Suns with his bow and arrows. He was rewarded a magic pill that would let him live forever by the Emperor.

One day Chang’e noticed that Peng Meng – an apprentice archer was trying to steal the magic pill. Chang’e took the pill and ate it. After she took the pill, her body became lighter and lighter. She started to fly into the sky until she reached the moon. She became the Moon Lady ever since.

Chinese class students are learning about the Moon Festival. Students have been invited to celebrate and experience this cultural event during magnet time on the week of September 8th. Moon cakes and Chinese green tea will be served.

The moon cake contains red bean paste, sugar, oil, flour, and water.


感(gǎn)恩(ēn)节(jiē)快(kuài)乐(lè)!Happy Thanksgiving!






Magnet Department members Liling Yu, Wen Chen and Dottie Lawrence recently attended the 2012 National
Chinese Language Conference in Washington DC. During the conference Ms Lawrence accepted a lovely
plaque from the Asia Society on behalf of Kolter Elementary. The plaque recognizes Kolter’s participation in the
Confucius In the Classroom program.



(gōng)(xǐ)(gōng)(xǐ) / (xīn)(nián)(kuài)(lè)