PSA Parent Education

Transitions on May 10th (Tuesday) 8:30-9:30 am @ TIS Learning Lab (across from library) Ed Woods, School Counselor Some of our families have attended their last TIS CBF. To help with the process of saying good-bye and setting off on new adventures, Ed, the school counsellor, is offering a workshop on transitions. Please see the information below and contact Amy or Bonnie to sign up: For many students and families at TIS, this time of year can be difficult if you are moving and making transitions to a new location. Please come join Ed and his presentation on how to make these transitions in a healthy, positive way for the entire family. Please RSVP: Amy Franklin Or Bonnie...

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PSA – Dates for your diary

Tuesday 10th May; 8:30-9:30 a.m: Transitions workshop Thurs 12th May: Bake Sale (contributions from K1/G2/G6) Fri 20th May: Pizza Friday Fri 20th May: Staff and Teacher Appreciation day Thurs 26th May: Spring Concert Fri 27th May: Popsicle Friday Thurs 2nd June: Dirty Dish Tour Thank you once again for contributing to a wonderful Cherry Blossom Fair and if you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from...

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Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents The weather forecast promises a fine day for the Cherry Blossom Fair tomorrow. The school has been exceptionally busy this week with our very energetic parents beavering away in preparation for, what I am positive, will be another extremely successful CBF. Many tickets were being bought in advance this morning and I am sure we will exceed previous records on the day. Raffle ticket sales have already surpassed previous years so Chris & I are preparing to be ‘duck taped’ during recess next week, by the winners. A huge thank you to our PSA parents – more acknowledgements next week!   NEXT YEAR I am very pleased to be able to inform you all that next year, due to increased numbers, we will have two Grade 8 classes. They will combine for homeroom, P.E. and orchestra but will be in smaller classes for their other subjects. This means that it is time to review our scheduling to allow for the extra class. We are looking at three options a 6 day cycle is looking like the strongest option at the moment. We will inform you as soon as the final decision is made. The other options are the current one, which is not sustainable with six classes in the middle school and current staffing and the third option is a 5 Day cycle rather than Monday to Friday, which is really the same as now except classes don’t get missed if Monday or Friday is a holiday. I am sure there will be many of you who have been in schools where there is a 6 day cycle, just as several teachers have. This requires an initial adjustment of one’s ‘mind set’ but after two or three weeks, it is a non issue.   CLASS PLACEMENT Earlier this week, Maki emailed out to you the class placement request forms for next year. Please fill these in and of course current Grade 7 parents are included this year. These need to be returned to Maki no later than Monday, 9th May. See you at the Cherry Blossom Fair. Lorraine Izzard Head of...

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Primary School Principal’s Message

New Curriculum Guides Coming Soon As an IB school we follow the IB Standards and Practices. These standards are what all IB schools must adhere to. These standards help to provide the TIS community quality assurance. One of these standards is “C2.2 The written curriculum is available to the school community”. Our written curriculum has always been readily available on the school website but parents and teachers alike were not content with the format. We have been very busy in recent weeks putting together the new curriculum guides. Our easy to read, flashy-looking curriculum guides will be hosted this summer on the TIS website for everyone to access. In fact the website curriculum section itself will be completely revamped too in time for the new school year. Haruna (our designer) is currently working on the format for the guides which features many photos of your children.   Professional Development At TIS we are committed to the very best professional development for our teachers and for your children. We have already confirmed that we will be hosting trainers once again from Columbia University New York to train our teachers in the very latest and very best methodologies of teaching literacy. Two trainers will come for five full days to work with our teachers and your children. We also have booked Australia’s leading expert on inquiry learning Kath Murdoch to come to run a weekend workshop for our teachers in March. Kath is a world renowned speaker and author: http://www.kathmurdoch.com.au/about/   TIS Training Teachers Worldwide Andy McGovern (Grade 4 teacher) has been away this week training teachers at the United World College of South East Asia. Andy is presenting about the use of iPADs for Augmented Reality for Book Reviews. You can read all about this at the reThinking Literacy website and about Andy’s presentation here http://rethinkingliteracy.org/schedule/. We are all very proud of Andy. This is part of a growing trend of international schools looking towards TIS for teaching ideas!   Tape Terror Those of you who read last week’s TIS Times will know that the Parents Support Association had a sneaky plan. If our students sold enough raffle tickets and beat the previous record, they promised to allow the children to duck tape Lorraine and I to the wall of the gym and then to remove the chairs we are standing on. It is with great fear I write to you to disclose that the children reached their target. Those of you wishing to watch this spectacle can see it during PYP recess on April 29, 10.10 – 10.30 in the playground – gulp! I wonder if Lorraine’s expression on the day will be as happy as she looks in this photo?! See you at the Cherry Blossom Fair! Chris Frost Primary School...

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Learning in the PYP

Looking for Learning – What’s been happening in the PYP at TIS this week As an IB school, we have certain standards and practices we need to follow and implement in our teaching and learning. In my article today I would like to share what a particular standard looks like in terms of actual student learning. The standard Teaching and learning addresses human commonality, diversity and multiple perspectives is very much embedded in our program of inquiry and we strive to design units that give students a range of opportunities to explore and build their understanding of multiple perspectives. A relevant example of this is the recent Grade 3 unit of inquiry “ Sharing the Planet” As authors, the Grade 3 students created a picture storybook that presents a conflict situation between humans and animals. One section of the picture book is told through the perspective of the animal and the other section is through the perspective of a human. Each viewpoint expresses their needs and wants. As they looked through the conceptual lens of perspective, the students were able to better see both sides of the argument and put themselves in the shoes of both the animal and the human. They were then able to make more informed decisions about the human/ animal conflict. If you would like to find out about the different viewpoints the students adopted and read their picture books please check out the display outside Lorraine’s office. There is also an invitation there if you would like to create your own multiple perspective picture book. Greg Parker PYP...

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Learning in the MYP – EL DEPORTE Y LA VIDA

EL DEPORTE Y LA VIDA MYP Phase 1 students in Spanish (Grade 6) have started a new Unit called ‘El Deporte y la Vida’ – Sports and life. The title itself gives you a good idea about what the main topic is for this unit. I remember when I first went to England 20 years ago. I thought I would have no problem communicating with the locals. I couldn’t wait to interact and, in a way, to show off my B+ grade in English from school. The reality was quite different as I found things very….very difficult. It was then when I realized that learning a new language without the context was literally impossible. Whether we like it or not, the Spanish Speaking World is highly influenced by Sports; and that has an impact on the Spanish language too. A recent survey undertaken by The Instituto Cervantes Tokyo (1) showed that the top reason for learning Spanish amongst Japanese students was football. Students wanted not only to understand the language but also wanted to learn ‘to feel’ the sport. In other words; they wanted to know why Spanish Speakers are so passionate about a sport. It is true that most of the best footballers in the world are Spanish Speakers or play in a Spanish Speaking country: Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta, James Rodriguez, Neymar, Keylor Navas, Fernando Torres, Kun Aguero… and let’s not forget some of the legends of the game. Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stefano, Johan Cruyff (he spent most of his career as player and coach in Barcelona) …they all share the same language on the pitch – Spanish. MYP Phase 1 students are learning about sports in Latin-America and its influence in those countries. From why South and Central American baseball players who play in the Japanese League, find it so hard to adapt to life in Japan, to the life (rise and fall) of Diego Maradona; looking at some incredible features of his life such as the creation of his own religion; the Maradonian Religion. Students will continue learning about grammar, will acquire new vocabulary and will keep practicing their reading, speaking and listening skills…within a context. Just one more anecdote to prove my point. My good friend Shun Ishihara played football in Spain for a few years as he was attending University. He learnt Spanish in Madrid and he admitted that going to football training sessions and matches really helped his learning process. Now he is back in Japan and when he plays football, he keeps talking to his team-mates in Spanish because Japanese words don’t describe the passion he wants others to get from his words. The only problem is…all of his team mates are Japanese. So if you want to understand the passion for Sports in the Spanish Speaking World, come to one of our classes in the MYP. Jorge Marenco Spanish Teacher   (1) El Español en Japón: Evolución y perspectiva. Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director Instituto Cervantes Tokio....

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