Office News

Club & School Bus information All the Term 3 After School Clubs & Morning practices finished today, Friday 3rd June, except Aikido.   School buses – 6th – 22nd June: No Late Bus – 14th June: No Afternoon Bus (Student Led Conferences) Parking is not available – 22nd June: Afternoon Bus at 12:00 pm The buses will arrive at the regular afternoon bus stop at 3 hours and 20 min earlier than usual. Please make sure to be at the bus stop in time, if we need to hand your child/ren over to someone at the bus stop. All the morning buses run as usual. If you have any questions regarding the school bus service, please contact Yoshiko Fukushima   New club procedure Please note the new after school club registration and procedure from September 2016. Term 1 club (Sep – Nov/Dec 2016) information will be announced shortly. The actual registration starts in August, but you can have a look and discuss the choices with your child/ren during the break. The registration will be online from the coming school year. The online registration procedure will be explained in August. TIS will receive all the applications through this new online registration and there won’t be any other registration e.g. ‘contacting the organizer directly’ clubs anymore! The cash collection machine will be installed and all the club fees will be paid through this machine. There will be a set payment week for certain grades to make the payments run smoothly. It will be the official registration once you send the form. You will receive the automatic confirmation when you apply online. You will be contacted in the following cases. When the club doesn’t have more than 6 students When your child/ren is not in the club age range When more than 16 students have applied and we need to choose the participants by lottery. The club fees will be set for one term and there won’t be any partial payment no matter how many sessions a student joined. No club cancelation nor the transfer after the 2nd week. No club fee refund will be made. After no change in more than 10 years, there will be an increase in club fees next school year. Please refer to the club information which will be posted on the website around 20th June. The Upper School building will be renovated over the Summer Break to accommodate more students and to improve Middle School students’ school life, including B2F Drama Room which won’t be available for any martial arts after the renovation.  Due to the location difficulty, we won’t be able to host the Aikido Club from next school year.  The Aikido Club (Pacific Aikido) will inform you of the alternative location.  We thank you for your understanding and support as always. Best regards, Yoshiko Fukushima Operations...

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PSA News

Dear TIS community, We would like to invite you to a workshop aimed at preventing the ‘summer slide’. ‘Summer Slide’ refers to the loss of academic skills over the summer holidays, particularly in maths and reading. This ‘slide’ is well-documented and if you would like to read more about it, here are two links with some more information: http://www.summerlearning.org/?page=know_the_facts http://education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/Journals/spring2010/why-summer-learning/   Summer Learning: Tuesday 7th June; 8:30-9:30 Kristine will be hosting a workshop on what parents can do to help maintain maths and reading skills over the summer holidays. If you would like to attend, please contact Amy or Bonnie:   Supporting the TIS Community: One of the things that makes TIS a great school for our children is the sense of community. You feel it when you first come on the tour and see it in action at the Cherry Blossom Fair or in the actions of the students who organise charity events or donate their lunch break and recess time to Kids4Kids and buddy programmes. Our kids are active members of our community and parents can also be involved! You could: be a homeroom parent volunteer for pizza/ popcorn/ popsicle Friday be a Yearbook photographer for your child’s class join the Cherry Blossom Fair committee join the Parent Support Association board Or, maybe you would like to add something completely new to the TIS Community? Volunteering is a way to show our kids we value our school and community. Maybe you would like to volunteer but you don’t think you have time or you’re not sure what exactly is involved? Don’t let that stop you – there are lots of ways to make our community stronger by volunteering just a few hours of your time. Contact Nami   PSA Events for Students: Pizza Friday: Friday 10th June This is our last Pizza Friday of the term. Please remember that if you have ordered pizza for your child(ren), they only need a snack and a drink 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   Parent Education, Summer Learning : June 7th (Tuesday) 8:30-9:30 am @ TIS Learning Lab (across from library) Summer is nearly here!! With all the anticipation of fun and relaxation, there is also the possibility of losing some of the great learning students have gained over the year. Come join us for this great workshop, hosted by Kristine, head of the Middle School, on how to help continue student learning throughout the summer without ruining the fun!! Please RSVP: Amy Franklin Or Bonnie Humphrey   Dates for your diary: Tue 7th June: Workshop: Extending Learning through the Summer Fri 10th June: Pizza Friday If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch: Nami Hamada Jo...

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Leadership Team Message

The Spring Concert This week was dominated by the Spring Concert. The week began with practices on Tuesday in the TIS gym and on Wednesday at the Sakura Hall itself. Then of course Thursday was the performance itself. It was an absolutely fabulous show. Thank you to everyone for their hard work in particular the students and The Arts department. Please enjoy the photos! The rest of the photographs will be posted on the TIS Facebook Page. There are not so many as our school camera requires a flash so I tried to reduce the flashing disturbance.   Tom is a Dad Congratulations to Tom Pearce Grade 2 Teacher who is a now dad. Tom and Kathy’s son was born yesterday evening shortly after the Spring Concert ended! Kind regards Lorraine Izzard Head of...

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Learning in the MYP

Toiletry Run Dear Students, Teachers and Parents of TIS, My name is Oscar Landgren and I am a student in Grade 7B at TIS. As you may know, I have had a Toiletry Run for a very long time and is pleased to announced that the “run” went really well. Thank you to those who contributed with toiletries, they all went to a good cause, to people who have risked their lives coming to new places from war or other disasters. My grandmother has delivered these toiletries to a place which is called “Flyktingboende” in Swedish, which in English means Refugee Housing or Homes for Refugees. These refugees and administrators where very pleased and happy. Thank you again to those who participated. Furthermore, I will go back to Sweden this summer and will meet with them. I will have a talk to them and give more toiletries. Talking to them I hope to learn more about their experiences and maybe next semester (when I am in Grade 8) I could let you know what I learned from them. I really want to say thank you again but before I end this I want to share some images of the visit my grandmother did at the “Flyktingboende”: Sincerely, Oscar Landgren from...

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Learning in the PYP/MYP

The Move From Mathletics to Khan Academy For a long time now TIS has been using Mathletics as an online learning tool for mathematics. Mathletics was one of the very first online resources of this kind, offering individual student accounts, curriculum-mapped learning activities and the ability for teachers and parents to monitor student activity and progress. However there are now many such online resources available, and TIS has made the decision that, from the start of next year (SY 2016-2017), grades 2-8 will switch to using Khan Academy. Khan Academy is similar to Mathletics in many ways: each student will have their own login information, with the ability for teachers and parents to check their individual progress and activity, and to recommend tasks. Khan Academy also has a number of benefits over Mathletics, as follows: Better curriculum alignment: while Mathletics has activities that match with the Common Core State Standards most of the time, Khan Academy’s modules are specifically tailored to fit with the Common Core all of the time. Richer tasks: Khan Academy’s tasks call on students to show their thinking in different ways. More Built-in support: If a student is unsure of how to complete a task on Khan Academy, every activity has is a video explanation that they can watch, as well as hints available for each problem that progressively guide the students to figuring out the answer. Progress reports: students, parents, and teachers are able to track their own progress on Khan Academy more easily. MAPs Test alignment: Students MAPs testing scores will provide direct indicators of areas where remediation or extension is needed. Focus on a Growth mindset: Khan Academy is designed to foster a growth mindset in students, which fits well with the approach taken at TIS, and is research-based. Additional Subjects: Students can use the platform not just for math but for science, economics and finance, arts and humanities, and computing. Many teachers have already started using Khan Academy with their classes and the feedback from students has been very positive! In order to combat the dreaded “summer slide” and to begin getting acclimated to this new platform, we highly recommend that both students and parents login regularly this summer. Logging in is easy, and there is no longer a need to wait for teachers to add you! Just visit the site at https://www.khanacademy.org , students select “start learning now” and login with their school gmail accounts and can then search for the “mission” for the grade level they just finished to review what they’ve learned. So, for students who’ve just finished grade 6, they would visit: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-sixth-grade-math , and parents select “Parents, start here” and follow the simple process to register as a parent of your child with instructions here if needed: https://khanacademy.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/202262994-How-do-I-create-child-accounts- . You can also have your student add in your email address from their account to link the two as well. (Note: Students in Grade Two will have accounts created for them.) Tom Pearce / PYP G2 Teacher Seth Reisner / MYP G6-8 Math...

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PSA News

Dear TIS community,   Spring Concert What a fantastic concert we were treated to yesterday! Such talented children we have! Congratulations to all of the performers and those behind the scenes who put on such a great show in a wonderful venue. And thanks to live streaming we had an international audience! The Spring Concert is such a confidence-boosting experience for the children and we’re sure it’s something they will always remember.   Yearbook 2016 – 2017 Our children love the yearbook! They are often found engrossed in its pages, poring over the pictures. It is very important to them and is all the more significant if they have friends who are leaving or have left, or if your family will be leaving TIS. What makes the yearbook so special is the wonderful photographs snapped at opportune moments when the kids are engaged in activities that will be special memories for them. To create this book of memories requires someone to take the photos – the teachers can’t always be free to take shots when they are also part of the action. We are looking for parents to be the Yearbook photographer for their child’s class. You would be asked to go along to snap some photos of the kids in action or behind the scenes when there is a special event, project, performance or outing. If you are interested in contributing to this wonderful memento for our kids, starting in August 2016, please get in touch with Nami or Charisse for more information: Charisse or Nami   Interested in volunteering to support the TIS Community? The PSA has started making plans for the next school year and we would like to hear from mums and dads who would like to join a great team of volunteers. Maybe you would like to volunteer but you’re not sure about the time commitment, or what exactly is involved? Don’t let that stop you – there are lots of roles and ways for you to support our school community. Contact Nami to find out more about which role would best suit you. If you are interested in joining the 2016 – 2017 PSA Board or the Cherry Blossom Fair committee, or being a homeroom parent for your child’s class, please get in touch with...

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