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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Primary School Principal’s Message

Apple Tech Training The whole school faculty set off from school at 3.35 pm on Thursday to jump into taxis. People watching may have thought we were off on some exciting social event. Instead we were off to two of Tokyo’s Apple stores, some of us to the Ginza store and the others to the Omotesando branch. We were heading to attend workshops held by Apple trainers on how to get the most out of iMovie. Of course we will soon pass on our new found skills to your children. Not that your children necessarily need our help mind you; Zac from Grade 7 presented an absolutely amazing video during the whole school assembly this morning. Zac’s video documented the tremendous trip which Zac, his Grade 7 friends and his teachers had in Cambodia in March. Thank you to Adriaan who organized the event at the Apple Store and to all of the Grade 7 students for a tremendous assembly this morning. Teachers at the Apple Store Hank (left) and Zac (right) and others presenting about their experience in Cambodia   Duct Taping! Well I finally have the correct spelling after calling it ‘duck tape’ in TIS Times for the last two weeks – my apologies! Today Lorraine and I were dutifully duct taped to the wall of the gym by the students who sold the most raffle tickets for the Cherry Blossom Fair. Well done to the following children for being such great salesmen/women Lucas (K2A) Conrad (4A) Ben (4A) Sara (1A) Stella (3B) Amalie (4B) Jonathan (6A) Hugo (6A) Kirsten (6B) Mathias (1A) and Viktor (1A). No words   IB Community Most weeks in the TIS Times I mention one or more of the IB Standards and Practices. The IB Standards and Practices are a list of ‘must dos’ set by the IB for IB schools. These practices help to promote the very best education for your children. One of the IB practices is ‘The school participates in the IB world community.’ The IB ask us to collaborate with other IB schools and other IB teachers so we can learn from one another and share good ideas. This week Greg our PYP Coordinator is facilitating an IB workshop for teachers in the Asia Pacific region in Melbourne. IB pays all expenses for Greg to do this including his flight and accommodation. Not only will Greg be an ambassador for TIS (attracting great teachers here) and teach other teachers, but Greg will also learn from the participants in the workshop and bring back new ideas to TIS. Our students also collaborate with the IB Community. Another local IB school – Yokohama International School (YIS) invited our Grade 5 students to their Grade 5 Exhibition this week and I was fortunate enough to go along. Our own Grade 5 students are undertaking their very own exhibition inquiry right now so this was a great way to share ideas with the YIS students. Our students took notes and learned from both the great ideas and the mistakes of their YIS peers. Our Grade 5 Exhibition will be happening on May 12th from 17.30 to 19.30. The students from YIS will visit us on that day. Please save the date. We would love as many parents as possible to come and support the Grade 5s. Be prepared to be entertained and very impressed! Best regards, 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 One of the requirements in our Primary Years Program is that inquiry is used across the curriculum and by all teachers. But what does inquiry mean? It is not just about asking questions. It can be making predictions and seeing what happens, collecting data and reporting findings, researching and seeking information, solving problems in a variety of ways as well as transferring the classroom learning to real world contexts. A good example of this transference of learning beyond the classroom occurred this week in Grade One. In their Where we are in Place and Time unit of inquiry, the students have been inquiry into different kinds of maps we use, how to read them and how the technology of maps has changed. To apply the map reading skills they had learnt, the students in small groups went on a landmark detective hunt in our local neighbourhood of Azabujuban. Armed with a map of the area, pencil and with the help of an adult went looking for common landmarks in the area. These included convenience stores, banks and car parks. Once they found the landmark they drew a symbol to represent these and then added them to the location on the map. They also plotted on the map the path they took. No one could use google maps unless they got lost. In the group that I accompanied, we found lots of convenience stores, a hospital, bank, car parks, a cemetery, a school, many restaurants, small parks and even a temple close to our school. Also we discovered a lot of vending machines along the way. As a follow up to this map detective inquiry, the students will recreate their maps and give instructions to others to follow the journey they went on using the landmarks as key reference points. A very interesting and relevant inquiry where the students got to apply a range of skills and understandings they had learnt in their classes. Greg Parker PYP...

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Learning in the PYP – Grade 5 Exhibition

Grade 5 Exhibition Dear TIS Community, You are invited to this year’s PYP Exhibition! Grade 5 students continue to work tirelessly to prepare an informative and entertaining presentation. Through primary research (such as visiting TELL, interviewing Mr. Yamasaki about his fish post, and spending a day with children at a North Korean School in Tokyo) and secondary research, students have learned a great deal about eleven different issues. They invite you to listen to their presentations and ask further questions. Please come and support the Grade 5 students in their culminating Exhibition experience on Thursday, May 12th from 5:30pm. Hope to see you there, G5 Team May 12th Schedule 5:30 – 6pm: Viewing of Boards 6pm: Student MCs / Artist Presentation 6:15pm: 1st Presentations 6:30pm: 2nd Presentations 6:45pm: 3rd Presentations 7pm: 4th Presentations 7:15 – 7:30pm: Closing Remarks / Final Viewing of Boards Kenny McFadden Gabrielle Minervini Grade 5...

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