Manabiya Iowa started our third and the last semester of 2016 – 2017 school year on January 7th with our annual New Year party. We celebrated a couple other cultural activities of Japan within the third semester with the Hiyoko Club. On Jan 28th , we celebrated Setsubun which is a celebration of the last day of winter. The kids learned about getting rid of evils and welcoming good luck by throwing beans. On Feb 25th , we celebrated Hinamatsuri (Girls' festival). We made our own Hina dolls with Origami as a part of Hinamatsuri activities.
For our third semester theme learning, we participated in a volunteer work at Meals from the Heartland on March 4th. It was a great opportunity to do a community service as Manabiya Iowa team. Our last day for the 2016 – 2017 school year will be March 18th and will start the new school year on April 1st. It will be a celebration with some activities and a pot luck party with Hiyoko Club.