Summer School News

Summer School 2016 Applications Dear Parents, There are very few spaces available for Summer School 2016. If you are interest in applying the program, please access here: https://sfo.inresonance.com/tokyois/   Login name and Password Please input your e-mail address which you have registered at TIS and password on the log-in page and follow the prompts. If you have forgotten your password, you can create another one.   Please note that you will not receive any notification after applying the on-line application. We will send you an invoice by email shortly. You can also find the summer school on-line application form on the website top page: Summer School Information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our summer school team at: summerschool@tokyois.com Attn: Dan (teaching, learning, and curriculum) Attn: Haruna (enrolment and administrative) Attn: Yoshiko.F (transport) Sincerely, Dan and...

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Nurse News

What’s on your plate? – My Plate replaces, My Pyramid In June 2011, My Plate officially replaces My Pyramid for visually representing the USDA’s (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Dietary Guidelines. My Plate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image.   Key differences between My Plate and My Pyramid • Less emphasis on grains, but still a large emphasis on whole grains. • Oils and sugar are no longer mentioned. • The focus on plate is on Portion vs. Serving size, which is easier for you to follow.   10 Tips to a great plate 1. Balance calories Find out how many calories you need for a day. 2. Enjoy your food, but eat less Take the time to fully enjoy your food as you eat it. Eating too fast or when your attention is elsewhere may lead to eating too many calories. 3. Avoid oversized portions Use a smaller plate, bowl, and glass. Portion out foods before you eat. When eating out, choose a smaller size option, share a dish, or take home part of meal. 4. Foods to eat more often Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or 1% milk and dairy products. 5. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for your meals. Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes or as dessert. 6. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk They have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but fewer calories and less saturated fat. 7. Make half your grains whole grains To eat more whole grains, substitute a whole-grain product for a refined product. 8. Foods to eat less often Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. They include cakes, cookies, ice cream, candies, and pizza. Use these foods as occasional treats. 9. Compare sodium in foods Use the Nutrition facts label to choose lower sodium versions of foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals. 10. Drink water instead of sugary drinks Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar, and calories.   For more informations: Choose my Plate – www.chooseMyPlate.gov Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/ Meg Kamei TIS School...

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PSA News – 2

PSA Events for Students Pizza Friday: Friday 20th May If you have ordered pizza for your child(ren), they will only need a drink and a snack on this day. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to deliver pizza to the classrooms. – PYP pizza volunteers: please be at the PSA room by 12:45 – MYP pizza volunteers: please be at the PSA room by 13:10 Dates for your diary Fri 20th May Pizza Friday Fri 20th May Staff and Teacher Appreciation day Thur 26th May Spring Concert Fri 27th May Popsicle Friday Thur 2nd June Dirty Dish Tour If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you. Nami Hamada Jo...

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PSA News

Dear TIS community, Welcome back from the Golden Week break. Can you believe there are fewer than six weeks to go until the end of the school year?!   Transitions For some of us, the next few weeks will be spent preparing for moves away from TIS and Tokyo, and some of us will be preparing our children for the loss of friends and classmates. With this in mind, Ed, our school counsellor, hosted a workshop on Tuesday giving very helpful advice on how we can deal with transitions. We would like to thank him for his very valuable advice and practical hints and handouts. The slides he presented in the workshop will be available on Manabimon and if you couldn’t make it to the workshop and would like some advice on how to help you and your family make as smooth a transition as possible, please contact Ed.   Teacher and Staff Appreciation day: Friday 20th May Next Friday is our chance to show our appreciation for our very hard working and dedicated teachers and staff. T houghtful T errific E nergetic I mportant A ttentive S mart C aring S miley H ardworking T rusty E nthusiastic A ble R esourceful F riendly F abulous On Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day, the gym is set up for a special lunch provided by the parent community for the teachers and staff at TIS. There are many ways to show your appreciation. We would be very grateful if you could sign up to make a dish (appetiser/ salad/ main dish/ dessert) and also offer your time to serve food or help with set up or clean up. Please use this link to sign up: From the funds you donated through your homeroom parent for TAD, we will be presenting teachers and staff with gift vouchers as a token of our appreciation for all that they do.   Proceeds from the Cherry Blossom Fair Thank you again for all the support you gave us in making the Cherry Blossom Fair a great success. As you will see below, revenue and net profit exceeded ¥7 million and ¥5 million, up 25% and 44%, respectively. We will reserve ¥0.5 million of our profits as PSA operating budget for the new school year. Out of the ¥4.5 million of profits left we have decided to donate ¥2.6 million or 58% to TIS through the Grants Programme and ¥1.9 million or 42% to external charities. This is an increase of ¥1.25 million to the TIS Grants Programme and an increase of ¥450,000 to charity compared to 2015. In March/April we conducted a Monkey Survey and asked for the teacher, staff and parent community for their input on how we should allocate CBF proceeds. We received 130 responses. Survey results were as follows: The day after the survey was closed the Kumamoto Earthquake occurred. We felt that the responses may have weighed more heavily in supporting external charities and specifically supporting Kumamoto Earthquake relief had the survey been conducted after the earthquake and therefore decided to give more generously to external charities; specifically to support Kyushu earthquake relief. We will be reviewing the Grant applications we received from the school community in February with the leadership team shortly to finalize purchases so that they will be available in the new school year. For charitable giving, we will donate ¥400,000 to support TIS Cambodia (http://www.tokyois.com/learning-in-the-myp-tis-cambodia/). This will include ¥300,000 to support travel expenses for three teachers to travel to Cambodia with our MS students next spring and up to ¥100,000 scholarship for a TIS Cambodia student...

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Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents   CHERRY BLOSSOM FAIR Firstly, huge congratulations must go to the amazing Cherry Blossom Fair Team for their extraordinary work to make the event last Saturday such a raving success. As you will have read in Nami’s letter to the community, all records were surpassed. It was truly a great day, demonstrating the wonderful community spirit here at TIS. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who supported in so many different ways. The middle school students are to be congratulated too for their work in setting up on the Friday and for cleaning up on Saturday after the event, in addition to managing booths during the CBF. Of Course Chris and I paid our dues today when the students had their fun duct taping us to the outside wall of the gym since they beat last year’s record on raffle sales.   REMINDER Please submit your class placement forms to Maki by Monday 9th May. Details about this have been sent out by email.   NEIGHBOUR AGREEMENT Lately with the warmer weather, we sometimes see students in the construction play area with parents, after 17:00. There is an agreement with the neighbours that there will be no children playing outside after 17:00. This was a condition for approval to build here.   LOST PROPERTY Today the Grade 7 students who went to Cambodia over Spring Break, presented to the whole school. One of realisations from their trip was how lucky we all are at TIS and what privileged lives we have, compared to the children at TIS Cambodia. Therefore it is very disheartening to see the amount of lost property every day. Ample clothing just taken for granted. If the item is named, we call students to collect it, but approximately 90% is not named. We do our best at school to teach students to be responsible for their garments, but we need your support at home on this matter please, starting with the naming of all garments! There have been tables in the lobby in the latter part of this week but any items not claimed by Monday, will all be going to a good cause.   SCHEDULING After my newsletter last week, apparently some parents are speculating that we are considering school from Monday to Saturday. This is definitely not an option! To clarify, a 6 days schedule looks like this: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Week 1 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Week 2 Day 6 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Week 3 Day 5 Day 6 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 and so on. As I mentioned last week, many schools have this schedule and whilst it takes two or three weeks for everyone to adjust, people very soon do. The rationale for this change was in last week’s TIS TIMES. More details regarding scheduling will be communicated, once the final decision has been made and more of the finer details have been resolved. Kind regards Lorraine Izzard Head of...

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