PSA Parent Education

Summer Learning on Tuesday June 7th at 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...

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PSA Community Programmes

Dirty Dish Tour on Thursday June 2nd Visit the famous Dirty Dishes shop for some great bargain shopping. The real name of the shop is Okuno Shokai, and it’s a cheap and cheerful warehouse for a huge variety of Japanese china and pottery, all at 40% off marked prices. Thursday June 2nd 8:45 am -12.30 pm. We meet at TIS at 8:45 am. We are taking TIS school bus there so we have a limited number of spaces. The dishes are not dirty, but “dirt cheap”! RSVP to Meg...

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PSA Events for Students

Popsicle Friday: Friday 3rd June Please send in ¥100 on Friday 3rd June if your child(ren) would like a popsicle and is Grade 1- Grade 8. (K1 and K2 parents have already paid.)

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PSA Dates for your diary

PSA Dates for your diary Thur 2nd June: Dirty Dish Tour Fri 3rd June: Popsicle Friday 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 or Jo Andrews

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Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents SCHOOL WEAR REMINDER: As per all our previous communications in the TIS TIMES, TIS School Wear is now purchased directly through the company called ‘Top of the Class’. Please go to their website to view and to order. Go to SHOP BY SCHOOL in the menu. http://www.schooluniform.ne.jp. Remember the website can also be found under the parents’ tab of the TIS website. N.B. Some lines are discounted as we will be discontinuing them once stocks have been sold, hence limited sizes with some items and there are new items yet to come on line such as the new P.E. shorts and the khaki skort which will be ready in August. Some standard summer items   STAFFING UPDATE Sadly, every year we say goodbye to some teachers and staff. All our leaving teachers and staff have contributed to TIS in numerous ways irrespective of how long they have been at TIS. We thank each and every one of them and wish them, all the very best in their new endeavours. Josie Watts, Grade 4B Teacher: After four years at TIS, we say good bye to Josie who has taught Grades 1 & 4 during that time. Amongst all her other contributions, she will be a hard act to follow leading the “TIS All Stars!” Josie, accompanied by husband Geoff, will be moving to Moscow where Josie will be taking on the role of PYP Coordinator at The Anglo-American School of Moscow. Congratulations on your promotion and all the best Josie! Tom Pearce, Grade 2A Teacher: Tom arrived with Kathy from New Zealand in January 2014 and we were so lucky to be able to hire him to take over from a teacher who was about to go on maternity leave in Grade 2. Now Tom, who is very sad to be leaving TIS, is nevertheless very excited about his baby son who is due on June 5th and is looking forward to being a full time parent next year. Tom has been very involved with our service initiatives in the lower primary school. All the best Tom! Christine Olsen, Teacher Librarian: Christine will be leaving TIS after one year. She has enjoyed sharing her passion about helping young minds to learn, knowing that children who read most frequently for pleasure and research are those with high academic achievement as well as life long learning skills. She is looking at a number of opportunities in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Niki Kitao, Japanese Teacher part time: Niki joined TIS in August 2014 and has worked across several grade levels in the Primary Division. She is leaving to pursue higher education studies here in Tokyo. We wish her all the best in her academic pursuits. Liezl Sato, Teacher Assistant Grade 2: Liezl will be very much missed in Grade 2 where she has been for 4 years. Liezl and her family will be returning home to New York. We are sure Liezl will be able to put her creative display skills to use in her new home. Rhodri Brown, Student Assistant Grade 4: TIS will miss Rhodri who has been with Grade 4 this school year. We wish him well as he returns to Wales to embark upon his teacher training. Good Luck Rhodri! Cara O’Connell, MS Student Assistant: Cara has been at TIS for the past two years and has been a full participant in the middle school. Cara is returning to the UK to do postgraduate studies in either law or teaching, having been accepted for both courses. Andrew Last, currently Teacher Assistant in Grade...

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Primary School Principal’s Message

Grade 5 Exhibition This Thursday was the Grade 5 Exhibition evening. The Grade Five Exhibition is a large, collaborative inquiry which students in all IB schools undertake at the end of the Primary Years Programme. The process ends with an exhibition of learning which occurred this week in the gym. Greg has written more about this in the PYP Coordinator News section. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Grade 5 students for a truly fantastic exhibition! Thank you also to all of the teachers who were involved and gave up their time to support the students especially Kenny, Gabby and Greg who did a tremendous job coordinating the whole event! Grendel and Sally teaching Grade 2 students about the plight of refugees Yeonhu (K2) listening to and watching Louise’s and Alex’s action video on Thursday   Managing Transitions Parents’ Seminar Ed our school counsellor presented this morning to a small group of parents on the topic of transitions. Ed’s advice was summed up as follows: – Relocation is stressful for everyone! (including your pets) – Transition involves physical, emotional and psychological adjustments – Recognise that you may have a period of stress – Accept and acknowledge the need for time to adjust. Amy Franklin from the PSA Board attended and wrote: “Everyone that attended took home some valuable insights to help their families through transitions. Leaving TIS and Tokyo is such a big change for parents and children alike, and the useful information shared today will certainly help families to more smoothly navigate this time of transition.” Thank you to Ed and the parents for taking time to discuss this important issue. More information about Ed’s seminar can be found later in this edition of TIS Times. Ed in transition action (or perhaps transitioning into a tea pot?) Best regards, Chris Frost Primary School...

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