Learning in the MYP

TIS Cambodia Hein Suo, is an elderly lady living in a rural village called Ping Pong in Cambodia. We wanted to ask her some questions as we were told that she was a mother during the Khmer Rouge and had first hand experience. When choosing the questions, we had to keep in mind that this was a very tragic time for Cambodians and we didn’t want to choose any questions that would offend her or her family. We wanted to get an overall idea of her story. Here is Hein Suo’s story: Scared. Terrified. That’s how I felt. The days under the rule of the Khmer Rouge were long and arduous. Day by day, under the burning sun, frightened for the life of my six children. I worked in the rice fields all day and night, with barely anytime to rest, far away from where my children lay. Not only did I have to collect the rice in the fields, but I also had to cook the rice for the superior. As I wasn’t given any food to eat, it was hard for me to be able to feed myself. In fact, most of my meals were leaves, roots and wild fruits. Anything I could find to eat that didn’t belong to the Khmer Rouge. Every day as I walked around, I could see the dead bodies scattered on the ground. I noticed new bodies each day as I walked around, and thought of all the innocent people who were killed. My only desire was to go far, far away from this horrible place, and find my loved family. With the massive amount of soldiers guarding the areas and dangerous landmines planted in the ground, my wish was impossible to become true. My mind was always filled with thoughts, hopes and memories of my children. Finally the day came in 1979, where the Khmer Rouge were defeated and the innocent people were set free. I immediately returned to my home, where I found my relative but none of my children returned. All six of my children had been killed by Pol Pot’s army. The only thing that I am sure of is that my children were brave and strong throughout this terrible time. They have lost their lives but I am sure have helped change Cambodia. Despite the terrible loss of my six children, I know that I have to keep going on. Hein Sou was interviewed by Angelina Barbini and Zac Cherry (Grade...

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Event News

Kids for Kids Art Contest The Kid 4 Kids summer art contest entries were stunning and money was raised for students in T.I.S Cambodia. We will have to do something like this again. Thank you to everyone who entered, there are some very talented artists at our PYP school!! Many of the entries have been displayed on the first floor outside the accountants office, please take a look if you have time. Anna Wise Grade 1...

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Nurse News

CONGRATULATIONS! – 2nd Health Poster Contest winners have been chosen! The 2nd Health Poster Contest provides kindergarten through 8th grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about health and well-being issues through art. This year we had 68 entrees. (No middle school entrée this year.) Meg Kamei TIS School Nurse [Kindergarten] 1st Prize K2A Lisa Kudo [Grade 1 – 3] 1st Prize 3A Violet, Valyn & Maho [Grade 4 & 5] 1st Prize 5B Chaewon...

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Office News

Spring Concert 2016 DVD We hope you had a great Spring Concert on May 26th. We had a professional cameraman shoot the concert and now they are in the process of producing a DVD of the whole show. Each DVD will cost 3,000yen. If you would like to purchase the DVD, please fill out the following order form and return it to the office with the EXACT money in a sealed envelope marked “Spring Concert DVD”. The DVDs will be handed out to the students before the end of this school year (June 22). The order deadline is Friday, June 17. If you have any questions regarding the concert DVD, please feel free to contact Yoshiko F or Maki Suzuki in the office. Thank you. Yoshiko Fukushima / Maki Suzuki Tokyo International School Office Spring Concert DVD Order...

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PSA News

Dear TIS community, We would like to thank Kristine, Stacey and Seth for the very valuable Summer Learning workshop they presented on Tuesday this week. They had great practical hints and strategies on how to prevent the summer slide in learning, as well as some very useful online resources. For those who couldn’t attend the workshop, the slides from the presentation will be available on manabimon. Since August 2015, the teachers have prepared and presented more than 20 great workshops full of useful information and practical advice on a diverse range of topics from Cyber-bullying to CPR. We would like to thank them whole-heartedly for their time, dedication and commitment to supporting the TIS parents. Showing our kids we care about school: How you can help The PSA Board aims to support the TIS Community by organising events such as the Dirty Dish Tour and the Japanese Supermarket excursion, and fundraisers like the Cherry Blossom Fair and Pizza Fridays. Some of these events are always run by PSA board members but for some of these events to happen, we rely on other parent volunteers to give an hour of their time also. Something we all appreciate about TIS is its caring and nurturing atmosphere. It’s evident in the behaviour of our kids who give up their lunch times and recess times to volunteer for Kids4Kids or to be a buddy to younger children. They are active members of our community and we would like to ask you also to commit a few hours of your time to support the children and show that we value school and the community we are all a part of. You could: be a homeroom parent: welcome new families and organise class get-togethers volunteer for pizza/ popcorn/ popsicle Fridays: hand out pizzas to your child’s class at lunchtime once a term be a Yearbook photographer for your child’s class: go along to class events and take some behind the scenes action shots join the Cherry Blossom Fair committee: volunteer to be a sub-committee member to run a food stall, the silent auction, raffle tickets, the book stall, the tombola, games etc be a CBF volunteer: help out for an hour or two on a stall on the day of the fair join the Parent Support Association board: the PSA board is looking for: 2 Yearbook co-ordinators: help put together this wonderful memento for the children 2 CBF chairs: help implement the strategic plan and co-ordinate CBF sub-committees Or, maybe you would like to add something completely new to the TIS Community? Just an hour or two over the term can make a big difference. If you would like to volunteer next year, have any questions, comments or suggestions, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch: Nami Hamada Jo...

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