Famous Festive Family Fiesta

Famous Festive Family Fiesta on Saturday 5th December 6 – 9 p.m Come dressed up as somebody or something famous!  The TIS Famous Festive Family Fiesta will be a great way to kick off the festive season. It is a really fun event for students and parents to enjoy together. An envelope and ticket order form were sent home with the eldest child in each family on Wednesday last week so please check your child’s bag and return the form and money for tickets to reception by Friday 27th November. Please see the flyer below for more details. TIS Famous Festive Family...

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Cherry Blossom Fair

Cherry Blossom Fair 2016, Donations Just a friendly reminder to ask you to check your children’s bags for donations letters. As indicated on the letters sent home today, the deadline for the collection of private donations from TIS families and friends is January 22nd, Friday. The donations can be in any form, such as products from corporations that you and your family members are working for, shop vouchers, restaurant vouchers, cash, any skills that you wish to donate such as yoga, flower arrangement or cooking classes etc. Your generous donations will mainly be used to raise funds from the sale of raffle tickets or the silent auction. As you know, this is the biggest fundraising event that we have every year and the proceeds from this event will go towards enriching our school and supporting worthwhile charitable causes. Last year we had a fantastic response and great donations and we look forward to your continued support this year. For any further inquiries you can contact Noriko...

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Report from TIS Board Meeting on October 6th 2015, By TIS Board

TIS Board Meeting on October 6th

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Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents New Arrival Firstly, Congratulations to Chris Frost, Primary Principal and Kyoka, upon the safe arrival of their first child, a baby boy, Yuuri last Saturday evening. What an exciting Halloween Chris and Kyoka had!! I’ve asked Chris not to worry about writing an article for TIS Times this week and to write to his friends and family instead.   Reminder re: Students references and documentation As it is that time of year when students and families are preparing to move to other countries or Grade 8 students are applying to other schools, please be reminded that all requests for documentation MUST go through Nana Imamura, our student registrar.   Sports Day Thank you for the wonderful turnout for Sports Day and weren’t we lucky, once again, with the weather. Once we get Gakkou Hojin status, we will have a much higher priority as a school, when it come to the ballots for venues and dates, so before too long, we hope to be able to host this event on a Saturday, as we used to on the previous site. This will enable many more of you to attend. A big thank you must go to Malgosia and Adriaan for all their hard work organising such an event and thank you to all the teachers and staff who supervised each activity.   Japanese Exchange Students Yesterday we had sixty grade four students from Shiba Elementary School visiting with our grade fours as part of our Japanese Exchange programme. Our students did an excellent job of taking them on a school tour, in small groups, and explaining in Japanese, all the different aspects of our school. On December 10th the will reciprocate by hosting our grade four students at their school.   Parent Education Sessions We are almost at the end of our first half of year programme. Yesterday, Greg, Kristine, Josie and Tonya did an excellent job leading a workshop on Literacy for about fifteen parents. After an initial session, the group split into PYP and MYP so the teachers could be more specific regarding the different age groups. Amy and Bonnie (PSA Board representatives) gave this feedback: “On behalf of the PSA and Parent Ed team, we want to thank each one of you individually for the exceptional workshop given this morning. The content was extremely useful and even motivating as parents walked away chatting about ideas and expressed how insightful the workshop was. We know that these workshops require an incredible amount of time to prepare. As the parent community, we are deeply grateful for your efforts and time to educate us!” Bonnie and Amy are working with the Leadership Team to provide a relevant and interesting series for the second half of the year and this programme will be published very soon. Thank you as always to Bonnie and Amy for how much work they put into this organization.   Website Please familiarise yourselves with our updated website www.tokyois.com You will find many new videos, and links there. Please direct your friends to this if they are making inquiries about TIS. We are very proud of our school and this is our public ‘eye to the world’. We have some more photos to add, to illustrate our diversity, after World Culture Day in March and there will be grade level curriculum guides added after the Winter Break. Thank you to Chris for all his work in revitalising this site.   UPCOMING EVENTS Mon 9th Nov Professional Learning for Teachers (NO STUDENTS DAY) Tues 10th Nov Professional Learning for Teachers (NO STUDENTS DAY) Fri, Dec 18th...

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Learning in the PYP

What’s been happening in the PYP classrooms this week? In my TIS article before the October break I focused on the learning that takes place on field trips and specifically on Grade 5 students and their camp to Shizuoka. In this week’s article I would like to refocus the lens of looking for learning back to Grade 5 and share some of the connections and learning the students have made since the camp in relation to their Where we are in place and time unit of inquiry. The students have explored the related concepts of tradition and heritage and have built up their understanding of what heritage means. One of the ways they have done this is to bring in artifacts from home that represent something that their family wants to preserve and pass onto future generations, The students shared why they are important and why they represent their families’ heritage. In the photo below are comments the students made about these artifacts on a graffiti wall. Also in library class they have been practicing research skills and using keywords to find out more about black and white photographs of natural and man made wonders. They used the library management system Koha to locate relevant books to help them find out more detailed information about the site. From this they were then able to go to the UNESCO map and find its location on the map and using the map key to find out if their site was listed on the latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. This will help them for their summative assessment to choose a particular site that is not on the UNESCO World Heritage listing and write a persuasive piece of writing to convince others that a site they have chosen should be included on this heritage listing. If you could choose a place or site you have visited around the world that is not on the World Heritage site list and think it should, what would it be, why? Greg Parker PYP...

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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. I am going to start a project called Toiletry Run (hence the title) to make a charity/run for the refugees fleeing to Europe. From the news we learn about refugees who are fleeing from their home country to Europe to find a better life, they have the toughest lives, and they go on a long journey to find asylum. They find asylum in European countries especially Germany, and a few other countries like Sweden. The refugees are lacking a lot of things and some of them are hygiene products. With this Toiletry Run my goal is to collect unused toiletry from hotels (like you can see in the images below), which I will then send to a Swedish non-profit, non-political organisation called “Vi Gör Vad Vi Kan” (translated into “We Do What We Can”). They will then ship it to the refugees in need in Sweden or Europe – wherever there is a greater need for it. So next time you stay at a hotel (with Winter break coming up I am sure many of you will) either for holiday or business, think about this Toiletry Run and bring back a few items (toothbrushes, shampoo, razor kits etc) and drop they off at TIS in the box labeled Toiletry Run at the Reception. Thank you for your support, helping the refugees fleeing to Europe! Sincerely, Oscar Landgren from...

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