Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents   STUDENT LED CONFERENCES You will have received an email (Student Led Conferences Procedure) from Maki on Monday but here is the procedure just in case you didn’t receive it. Please note that there will be no parking on the school grounds during these conferences. Children will remain at school until after their conference and then go home with parents. There will be no school buses after school on this day. If you are unable to attend, please make alternative pick up arrangements for your child(ren). K1 and K2 students will need to be collected at 3:20 p.m. If they need to wait until after the conference for an older sibling, please take them to the gym where they will be supervised. If you would like to see Ed, our School Counselor on this day, please schedule a time through Maki.   BOOKING PROCEDURES Student Led Conferences will be on Tuesday June 14 th. This is an opportunity for your child to lead and take responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with you. They will share and reflect on samples of work from their portfolio. These samples will demonstrate growth in their learning throughout the year in all subjects as well as areas for improvement. Please note that if your child is in K1 or K2, your child’s homeroom teacher will contact you separately and your conferences will be on the Tuesday 14th June in the morning. This is a normal school day for students. Grade 1-8 sessions will be from 3:30p.m.- 5:30 p.m. There will be 4 half hour time slots with 5 possible booking slots per time slot. 3:30-4:00 4:00-4:30 4:30-5:00 5:00-5:30 N.B. Bookings for Student Led Conferences Tuesday 14th June Parents with more than one child in TIS, the appointment booking system will open at 8:00 a.m. Sat June 4th. Parents with 1x child in TIS, the system will open 8:00 a.m. Tues June 7th. The bookings will close on Monday 13th June at 3:30p.m. Students will remain at school until they have conducted their conference. Primary students G1-5 students will be in the gym. However, if you have a 3:30 slot, those students will be already in their classrooms awaiting your arrival. For other time slots, please collect your child from the gym to go to the classroom for his/her conference, All Middle School students requiring supervision will go to B2 and there will be rostered supervision. N.B. You are only making one appointment with your child’s Homeroom Teacher. If you are new to TIS this term, please make sure you have your login/password before the booking date. If you do not, please contact Nana. The booking procedure is the same as for other Parent Teacher Conferences. Please log onto Manab imon at http://manabimon.tokyois.com. When you get to the first landing page, you can go to the ‘Resources’ tab on the top bar if you need instructions on how to book. This is what you will see. Ensure that you are in ‘Parent Resource Topics’ (1) and then click on ‘Making Appointments for PTC’s’ (2). Ensure you click on the BLUE line, not the title. You will be taken to this page. Please make sure to click on the pdf button (3). You will be taken to the ‘Making appointments for PTC’s’ resource sheet. When you have selected the appropriate appointment slot, you will be sent a confirmation email. If you have any other issues please contact Mike. If you are unable to attend during these time slots, please contact the Homeroom teacher directly to make alternative arrangements.   STRATEGIC PLAN...

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TIS Board Message

TIS Board Meeting Summary for April and May 2016 Meetings Our quest for Official School Status in Japan continues to be a difficult process with a few but critical pending issues. Tokyo-To has asked that we now submit a signed letter from the CEO of Fujifilm, stating that Fujifilm plans to extend our lease to the 10-year duration required for the School Status Application. On another front Fujifilm has requested from us a 20 year Strategy Plan before it considers whether it will sell us the land beneath the school building, it still has not reached the decision whether to extend our existing lease from 8 to 10 years, and it may want us to simply wait 8 years to possibly renew for an additional 10 years. We have requested the meeting with the CEO of Fujifilm; in the meantime we will have all the other elements ready to go if the outcome of the meeting is positive. The timeframe for submitting the application is limited because of the large reserves of cash that we need to have in the bank. We will keep the TIS community updated on all outcomes; in the meantime we are looking into alternative measures to achieve School Status in Japan. We are still looking for a Learning Management System that will suit our needs for years to come, there are several under consideration however, there are no immediate plans to implement these for the next school year, but we will cease using Manabi Mon next school year and parents will be informed of new communication channels. Thank you all for participating in the School Satisfaction Survey, we have gained new and valuable insight into all the things we do well at TIS, and some areas that we need to improve on. We are in the process of identifying and targeting areas of improvement, and will be updating you with action plans. In recent weeks we have talked to YIS to help clarify the grade 9 admissions agreement we had with them for 5 years. They still consider us their feeder school and will favorably consider TIS students graduating from grade 8 who are in good standing. However, their own grade 8 students will have priority, and they may need to make judgment calls when admitting siblings to YIS. This year they had 8 spaces for grade 9, they made offers to 5 of our students and one accepted a spot. In recent months we welcomed two new members to the TIS School Board, they are George Payne, and Lyle Andrews, both TIS Parents. Also we are planning to hold the first TIS Trustee meeting at the beginning of the school year. Trustees are a group of 14 people both from outside and inside the TIS community, including teacher, past student, PSA and community representatives. Finally TIS is changing the timing of the spring concert for next year, it will start in the afternoon on a Thursday, and we finish in the evening, are considering no school on Friday as it will be the start of the Spring Break the following day. As always thank you for your continuing support, and please stay tuned for more updates before the summer break. IkukoTsuboya TIS School Board Chair pp TIS School...

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Learning in the PYP

Looking for Learning – What’s been happening in the PYP at TIS this week As the school year draws to a close, we are presently carrying out a range of reflection processes to help inform and improve the teaching and learning for the next school year. One of these processes is the critiquing and revising of our program of inquiry. This is also one of the requirements from the IBO’s Standards and Practices. C.2.2 There is a system for regular review and refinement of the program of inquiry and individual units. As a primary faculty, we have reviewed the units for each grade level based on the IB rubric and have looked for any units that have been left out or repeated as well as ensuring the units are significant, relevant, engaging and challenging for our students. I have also interviewed some of the students from each class for their reflections, feedback and suggestions about the units they learn. Their feedback was very diverse and the students had made lots of different connections and understandings to the units in their grade level. They also made suggestions of what makes a good unit of inquiry. This included the following, it needs to be interesting for them, they have time to carry out their own investigations, they have relevant field trips, they can create things and try them out, they can investigate ideas as a group and they are challenged to solve different types of problems. We would also like to collate parent’s perspectives as well. if you have some suggestions or recommendations about improving any of the units of inquiry your child/ren have been engaged in can you please add your comments to the POI that is displayed in the kitchen area of the staffroom. (See the photo below) Or alternatively you can send me an email with your suggestions or you can go to this The revised and finalised program of inquiry for the 2016-17 school year will be placed on the display area outside the staffroom on the second floor in the last week of school (June 20th -22nd). It will also be made available on the school website. Miho, Gabby and Kenny critiquing our programme of inquiry Finally here is a quote from one of the students about our POI. “ It is good thing that units of inquiry exist at TIS as they really help us learn many things” – Eloise ( Grade 1) Greg Parker PYP...

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Learning in the MYP

Grade 8 Trip to Yakushima This week the Grade 8 students along with Adriaan, Dan, Yuko and us (Chris and Kristine) went to the Yakushima island south of Kyushu. Yakushima is a World Heritage Site famous for its nature. Three thousand year old trees nestle in amazing, lush forest. They manage to live so long due to the soil and the high quality high concentrated resin they produce. The forest is home to lots of animals including wild deer and monkeys. Yakushima is also a nesting ground for loggerhead turtles who swim to certain beaches on the island to lay their eggs in May and June. For Grade 8 this meant an absolutely amazing experience: trekking through magical forests with the most spectacular vegetation, snorkeling in crystal clear water and seeing a variety of tropical fish and coral, a mini beach clean-up (sadly there is trash here too), nighttime hikes, a BBQ overlooking the ocean, delicious local cuisine (including flying fish and sea snails) and last but not least, seeing a loggerhead turtle laying her eggs in sand. What a fantastic way to end your time as a student at TIS; the trip to Yakushima will no doubt be a fond memory the students will keep for years to come. Facebook users you can see all of the photos taken on the trip here. Kristine Adelsboell MS & MYP Coordinator Chris Frost Primary School...

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Learning in the MYP

Grade 7 & 8 Japanese In unit 4, Gr.7/8 students learned different types of magazine articles to learn the structure, style and language use. Students applied those knowledge to produce their own magazine. This is one of magazines they created. G7 & 8 Japanese Magazine

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