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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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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