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Yukiko West and her son, Amir, look at a class assignments sheet Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Yokota West Elementary School at Yokota Air Base, in western Tokyo, Japan. Many Department of Defense Dependents Schools will begin the new academic year on Monday.

Yukiko West and her son, Amir, look at a class assignments sheet Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Yokota West Elementary School at Yokota Air Base, in western Tokyo, Japan. Many Department of Defense Dependents Schools will begin the new academic year on Monday. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The new school year finally is upon us.

Classes begin Monday for most Department of Defense Education Activity overseas schools, and parents and students across the region have taken part in welcome-back events, such as meeting new teachers, checking out classrooms and learning about extra-curricular activities.

“We’re excited to begin instruction that is rigorous, challenging and focused on each child’s success,” DODEA Director Tom Brady said in a back-to-school video message posted on the agency’s website.

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