TIS Parent Community Program Activities 2015-2016

Parent Community Program Activities 2015:2016 Please contact the PSA Community Program Team with any questions: Abbie Grant, Meg Cherry, and Anna Landgren

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Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents ISA’s were carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday and we will now await the results, which usually come through during the Winter Break, so they will be shared with you straight after.   TIS SCHOOL BOARD Last week you received the biodata on all the TIS School Board members and on Tuesday afternoon, Bea introduced all of us to the teachers and staff prior to our first Board meeting. A summary of the minutes will be shared with you very soon by Bea.   CAMPS Next week we have Grades 5 going to Shizuoka, Grade 6 to Kanazawa, and Grade 7 to Hakuba for their annual camps for the week and then of course the Fall Break. Straight after we return, we have Parent Teacher Conferences on the Thursday and Friday. Please carefully read the details below;   PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES If you are not familiar with Manabi Mon, please make sure you have your log in and have accessed the system, before it opens for appointments. Please familiarise yourself with the process explained later in this newsletter.   Thursday, 29th October is a normal school day for all students, but Middle School teachers will be available for conferences in the gym from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30. There will be some early slots available, with some teachers, from 7:30 a.m.   Friday, 30th October is a NO STUDENT DAY for all students K1-Grade 8. Conferences will be for all grades. POINTS TO NOTE BEFORE BOOKING: The Manabi Mon appointments system will be open to parents with more than one child at TIS, at 8:00 on Friday 16th October. The system will open to parents with one child at TIS on Wednesday, 21st October The system will close on Wednesday 28th October at 10:00 a.m.   PRIMARY SCHOOL CONFERENCES These are with your child’s homeroom teacher and they are 20 minutes. If you wish to see your child’s Japanese teacher, you may also book a time with them. However, for Music, Art and Physical Education, if you receive an email requesting a conference, then please book a time. If not, you may visit the teacher concerned, for an overview of the programme for your child’s grade, but there will not be a conference about your child.   MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFERENCES These are with your child’s subject teachers and they are 10 minutes per subject, so for teachers who teach two subjects, you will have 20 minutes, for others you will have 10 minutes. Please sign up with the teachers/subject whom you would most like to see.   HOW TO BOOK YOUR CONFERENCE You will need to log on to Manabi Mon and if this is your first time, please go to Resources …… Parent Resource Topic……Making appointments for PTCs. Although teacher names have changed the method for booking is the same. If you have any difficulties, please email directly to Mike. Do not email your child’s teacher.   ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS Oct 19-23 Fall Break Oct 29 PTCs for Middle school only in the morning – normal pupil day for everyone. Oct 29 Dress up for Halloween but non scary costumes please, K1-G4 only. Some classes will be visiting the elderly at Furukawabashi Hospital across the road. Oct 30 NO PUPIL DAY Parent Teacher Conferences K1-G8 Nov 6 Sports Day Nov 9-10 Professional Learning for Teachers (NO STUDENTS DAYS) Nov 18 Makeup Sports Day if necessary (Please note that his has had to be changed from Nov 13th) Dec 18 8:45 – 9:20 Winter Assembly – students return to class for Period 2. Dec 18 School finishes at...

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Primary School Principal’s Message

How We Organize Ourselves Self-management and organization are very important skills in any primary school. We want students to become independent, responsible learners, who can look after themselves, their environment and their own belongings. This is a lifelong skill, part of the IB programmes and I’m quite sure, this is something most parents would be very happy for their children to be learning. As such we are constantly encouraging students to manage their own lives. We ask them to pack their own bags, to find their own resources in the classroom and of course to tidy up after themselves. We always encourage students to move around school safely and respectfully. We also ask children to line up sensibly and to show respect to one another and to adults. There are some wonderful photos of success in this area here: How Parents Can Help As parents you can really help. Please ensure that you empower your children to look after themselves. Ask them to pack their own belongings. Ensure you have a routine that requires them to put away their own toys and tidy their own room. Lastly please label their belongings so that they can keep track of them. Sometimes students who leave T.I.S. pass on their schoolwear to friends. Please make sure you have changed the label. Also please remind your child to check the lost property box if their items go missing. Talking of which, kindly have a look at the lost property items below (these photos were taken on Monday). If they are not claimed by the October holiday we will have no choice but to give them away or to throw them out as we are running out of space. How We Are Helping We are helping your child to organize him/herself through our high expectations, check lists (success criteria) which students can use to self regulate how well they are performing and modeling principled behaviours. We also encourage teachers to label all of their classroom resources so students can access them without the need of a teacher. Recently during assemblies T.I.S. students have reminded their peers how to behave in a principled way. For example today Atharv & Amalia in Grade 1 took to the stand to do just that. If you missed our assembly you can watch their fun video here. Please watch it with your child and discuss the contents. Two weeks ago two other children (Panka and Yun in Grade 4) led another assembly about how we organize ourselves at TIS. Their assembly was about how to move and behave in a principled, safe way around school – especially during recess. You can watch Panka and Yun in action by clicking here. It would be wonderful if you could please ask your children about how they organize themselves at TIS and discuss some of the agreements and procedures we have. You could use Yun and Punka’s video as a stimulus for conversation with your child. Parents are always welcome at every PYP Assembly which happen each Friday from 8.30 am until around about 9.00 am. Next Friday we have a special Library “Sakura Medal” assembly – please do come along.   Just Some of Our Lost Property   Upcoming PYP Events: 12 – 15 October Grade 5 Residential trip 14 October Open House (Event for parents interested in TIS ran by Chris & Lorraine) 16 October Casual Dress Friday 16 October Library Sakura Medal Assembly (whole school) Chris Frost Primary School...

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Primary School Principal’s Message

How We Organize Ourselves Self-management and organization are very important skills in any primary school. We want students to become independent, responsible learners, who can look after themselves, their environment and their own belongings. This is a lifelong skill, part of the IB programmes and I’m quite sure, this is something most parents would be very happy for their children to be learning. As such we are constantly encouraging students to manage their own lives. We ask them to pack their own bags, to find their own resources in the classroom and of course to tidy up after themselves. We always encourage students to move around school safely and respectfully. We also ask children to line up sensibly and to show respect to one another and to adults. There are some wonderful photos of success in this area here: How Parents Can Help As parents you can really help. Please ensure that you empower your children to look after themselves. Ask them to pack their own belongings. Ensure you have a routine that requires them to put away their own toys and tidy their own room. Lastly please label their belongings so that they can keep track of them. Sometimes students who leave T.I.S. pass on their schoolwear to friends. Please make sure you have changed the label. Also please remind your child to check the lost property box if their items go missing. Talking of which, kindly have a look at the lost property items below (these photos were taken on Monday). If they are not claimed by the October holiday we will have no choice but to give them away or to throw them out as we are running out of space. How We Are Helping We are helping your child to organize him/herself through our high expectations, check lists (success criteria) which students can use to self regulate how well they are performing and modeling principled...

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TIS Board Chair Person Message

The Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding Educational reform is promoted as one of the most important issues for the Cabinet in order to put the rebuilding of education into effect and to build an appropriate education system for Japan in the 21st century. Therefore, the administration endorsed the launch of the Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding  by Cabinet decision on January 15, 2013. In addition to the Prime Minister, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Minister in Charge of Education Rebuilding, the Council comprises 18 experts from the education sector, the economic sector, local governments and a broad range of other fields. I am honored to announce that I have been selected as one of the those experts. Our first discussion will be focused on diversity for education. I will continue to update my activities with this council via TIS TIMES to the community. Thank you. Bea (Ikuko Tsuboya Newell) TIS Board Chair...

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Learning in the PYP – 1

Grade 1 Field Trip to Kidzania This week the lens of looking for learning is focused on outside the classroom and Grade 1’s field trip last week to Kidzania. In our units of inquiry we use field trips for a number of reasons. Some times they are used at the beginning of a unit to create curiosity, tune students into the new unit or to provoke and challenge their thinking. The majority of the times field trips are used in the finding out stage of the inquiry process to gather and collate key information. Sometimes the field trip is carried out at the end of the unit so that students can apply what they have learnt throughout the unit to a new situation. This is the case with grade 1. In their “How we organize ourselves” unit they have been investigating how people in organisations have interconnected roles. Their main inquiry for this was TIS and the different roles we have here at our school. On the stairwell going up to the third floor there is a display of this inquiry and what they found out. From what the students learnt about how TIS is organised and the different roles we have, the students then had the opportunity to take on various roles themselves within different occupations at Kidzania. Here are reflections from some of the students. “ I like learning how to be a dentist and what you need to do to fix teeth” Alethea “ I enjoyed the subway part and learning what you need to do to be a train driver “ Nomo “ I liked learning how to make ice cream and hamburgers, the best part was eating it at the end” Viktor “ I enjoyed being a photographer and taking lots of photos around Kidzania.” Lois Besides learning about the roles required in each job and how they are organized, the students also developed the attitudes of independence and cooperation as they had to organise their own time as a group and decide on which jobs they would try out. I wonder if any of the students end up carrying out the jobs they choose when they are adults, maybe some of these jobs won’t exist in fifteen years time. Greg Parker PYP...

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