KA VOICECAST for Saturday, June 1

KA VOICECAST for Saturday, June 1st

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IN THE NEWS with Dan Blasor




STORY TIME –The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins




KA NEWS for Saturday, June 1st

KA Will be offering special Essay Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading courses for 5th and 6th grade students for 8 weeks during June and July.  For further information and details, please contact either the KA Meidaemae School or KA Jiyugaoka School.

KA is pleased to announce Kikokushijo Academy International Preschool or KAIP, opening in September at the Tama Plaza School.  The new international preschool aims to foster non-native English speakers to develop into “returnees” while giving international children the opportunity to thrive as they would at a preschool in their home countries. If you would like to learn more about KAIP, please contact KA Tama Plaza.

The KA Jyugaoka School and KA Meidaimae Schools are offering English medium-based Art Classes for students in Year One through year Six.  These art classes will give students the opportunity to not only work on some fantastic art projects, but learn about Art Vocabulary as well.  If you are interested in taking part, please contact the KA Jyugaoka School or KA Meidaimae School for more information.

All KA schools will be offering private and semi-private tutoring from Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, July 26.  Private lessons are a great way for students to learn what areas of study they should be concentrating and improving on.  Scheduling varies from school to school so please contact your school for more details if you are interested.




Dan Blasor getting ready to fall from the sky


With Dan Blasor

The Boston Marathon event is organized as a charity fundraising project to allow people to raise money for foundations and organizations close to their heart.  The runners will each have paid a small fee to enter the race, to cover the cost of maintenance, security, and other costs.  In addition, each participant uses this challenging opportunity to ask friends and family for sponsorship, in the form of cash, to go towards raising money for a charity the runner believes needs and deserves financial support.  Sponsorship can be given as a token gesture for giving the event a try or there can be an agreement with the runner that if they complete the 26 mile run in under a certain time, the sponsor would pay out even more money.

Chicken Run for a good cause

The idea of fundraising marathons has been around for a long time, and there are many races that take place in cities around the world every year, with tens of thousands, and up to hundreds of thousands taking part to raise money for a certain cause. The Boston Marathon is the oldest modern marathon and has been running regularly since 1897.  Other famous marathons  for the serious runner include the New York Marathon, the London Marathon, and the Berlin Marathon.



New York City Marathon

What are some very popular marathon events that take place each year?

Boston, New York, London, and Berlin


What is the Walk the Walk campaign?

The Walk the Walk campaign is a walking event in which women walk the streets of London in the middle of the night to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.  The event has been taking place for about 15 years and since it first began, it has raised more than £83 million.



What do people have to do in Movember?

Movember is a made up word combining November and Mustache. It is a mustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for testicular cancer.



                           AIDAN’S CHUCKLE

What do runners do when they forget something?

They jog their memory!





PROTOCOL is a noun that means the official procedure or system of rules.  Some similar words include etiquette, formalities, procedure, and ritual.

SYNONYMOUS is an adjective that means having the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language.  It can also mean associated with or suggestive of something as in:  Robin Hood’s deeds has made his name SYNONYMOUS with heroic.

EXTINCT means having no living members or no longer in existence.

VAPORIZE is a verb that means convert or be converted into vapor or gas

GRUFFLY is an adverb that means to speak in an abrupt or rough manner.   Some similar words include roughly, harshly, and huskily.


The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

One time, when I was in a hide in a tree, waiting motionless for game to wander by, I dozed off and fell three meters to the ground, landing on my back.  It was as if the impact had knocked every wisp of air from my lungs, and I lay there struggling to inhale, to exhale, to do anything.

That’s how I feel now, trying to remember how to breathe, unable to speak, totally stunned as the name bounces around the inside of my skull.  Someone is gripping my arm, a boy from the Seam, and I think maybe I started to fall and he caught me.

There must have been some mistake.  This can’t be happening.  Prim was one slip of paper in thousands!  Her chances of being chosen were so remote that I’d not even bothered to worry about her.  Hadn’t I done everything?  Taken the tesserae, refused to let her do the same?  One slip in thousands.  The odds had been entirely in her favor.  But it hadn’t mattered.

Somewhere far away, I can hear the crowd murmuring unhappily, as they always do when a twelve-year-old gets chosen, because no one thinks this is fair.  And then I see her, the blood drained from her face, hands clenched in fists at her sides, walking with stiff, small steps up towards the stage, passing me, and I see the back of her blouse has become untucked and hangs out over her skirt.  It’s this detail, the untucked blouse forming a duck’s tail, that brings me back to myself.

“Prim!” The strangled cry comes out of my throat, and my muscles begin to move again. “Prim!” I don’t need to shove through the crowd.  The other kids make way immediately, allowing me a straight path to the stage.  I reach her just as she is about to mount the steps.  With one sweep of my arm, I push her behind me.

“I volunteer!”  I gasp.  “I volunteer as tribute!”

There’s some confusion on the stage.  District 12 hasn’t had a volunteer in decades and the protocol has become rusty.  The rule is that once a tribute’s name has been pulled from the ball, another eligible boy, if a boy’s name has been read, or girl, if a girl’s name has been read, can step forward to take his or her place.  In some districts, in which winning the reaping is such a great honor, people are eager to risk their lives, and the volunteering is complicated.  But in District 12, where the word tribute is pretty much synonymous with the word corpse, volunteers are all but extinct.

“Lovely! Says Effie Trinket.  “But I believe there’s a small matter of introducing the reaping winner and then asking for volunteers, and if one does come forth then we, um…” She trails off, unsure of herself.

“What does it matter?” says the mayor.  He’s looking at me with a pained expression on his face.  He doesn’t know me really, but there’s a faint recognition there.  I am the girl who brings the strawberries.  The girl his daughter might have spoken to on occasion.  The girl who five years ago stood huddled with her mother and sister, as he presented her, the oldest child, with a medal of valor.  A medal for father, vaporized in the mines.  Does he remember that?  “What does it matter?” he repeats gruffly.  “Let her come forward.”





Question from May 15th:

What book, written by Charles Dickens tops the list of the best selling single-volume book of all time?


A Tale of Two Cities, first published in 1859. It has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.   Other titles at the top of the list include The Lord of the Rings, The Little Prince, and The Hobbit.   And just for the record, the best selling book SERIES The Harry Potter series with more than 450 million combined sales.




This Week’s Question:

Who holds the world record for running the 26-mile marathon course in the shortest amount of time?


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