On December 19, 2014, the last day of school before the new year, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders arrived in Kashgar after travelling for months along the Silk Road from Ch'ang-an, China. We celebrated by inviting the Kinders and 1st Graders to a Silk Road festival--dancing followed by a feast. One of our dads, who is a professional chef, spent the morning helping the children prepare the vegetarian feast, using ingredients that would have been used 2000 years ago! Now, during the December vacation, the alter egos of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders are continuing to travel west from Kashgar to Rome. On January 5th, when the children return to school, they will be arriving in Rome in the Year 10. Augustus is emperor. Janus, the ancient Roman god of transitions and beginnings, is waiting to greet our students. Janus gave his name to our month of January.