PE News

TIS Sports Day Next Friday, November 6, Tokyo International School will be holding their school Sports Day at Oifuto Chuo Kaihin Koen (Location: http://tinyurl.com/sportsd) in Shinagawa. It is promising to be an exciting day for our school community. Primary School students will take part in a fun games circuit. Middle School students will participate in a Heptathlon which includes: high jump, long jump, javelin, shot put, 1500m, 100m and a relay race. All students are expected to attend the event. Students who are unable to participate due to injury or health concerns will be able to assist officials and contribute to the House spirit! School will start as normal and all students should go to their home rooms for registration. Please find below an outline of the day of each group: K1-G4 students need to come in appropriate sports wear to school and we would encourage students to come in their House colours. G5-G8 students need to come to school in shorts, house t-shirts, closed sport shoes and should also bring a jumper, jacket or coat to stay warm in between events. Please remember to also provide your child with a named sun hat, sun cream and a water bottle to carry with them in a small bag throughout activities. There will be no ordered lunches and students will need to have a packed lunch and some healthy snacks with them. There are no afternoon clubs on that day. We welcome all parents to come down to the stadium to support the athletes. We would ask that all parents and spectators respect the lines delineating the areas for parents. The teachers and teaching assistants will make sure that the children have everything they need. If you have any expertise in being an official or just wish to help in the afternoon for the G5-G8 activities, please let Adriaan know. If there is cancellation of the Sports Day due to bad weather conditions, this will be announced on Friday by 6:00 a.m. and will be posted on the TIS blog, Manabi Mon and sent out by mass email. In that case a regular school day will take place. The makeup date of the Sports Day is Wednesday November 18th at the same location. If you have any questions about the school athletics please feel free to contact Adriaan or Malgosia at school. Below this article you can also find the location of the evacuation site in case of an emergency. We look forward to a successful day, good sportsmanship and fun! Malgosia and...

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Parent Evening Classes

Yoga November 2,16,23, 30 December 7, 14 TIS School gym from 19:15 – 20:15 Box Fit November 3,17,24 December 1, 8 TIS School gym from 19:15 –...

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Counselor’s News

TELL Exceptional Parenting Program TELL Exceptional Parenting Program

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Nurse News

Food Allergies Each year, millions of people have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening. There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens – and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food – are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.   What are major food allergens? While more than 160 foods can cause allergic reaction in people with food allergies, the law identifies the eight most common allergenic foods. These food account for 90 percent of food allergic reactions, and are the food sources from which many other ingredients are derived. The eight foods identified are: 1.Milk, 2.Peanuts, 3.Wheat, 4.Eggs, 5.Soybeans, 6.Tree nuts, 7.Shellfish, 8.Fish   Do you know the signs of food allergy? Food allergies can be life-threatening. The first step is to know what to look for. After eating some foods, does your child ever have any of these symptoms? Symptoms can come on suddenly, usually within minutes to a couple of hours after eating. [Mild symptoms] Nose: itchy/runny nose, sneezing Skin: a few hives, mild itch Gut: mild nausea/discomfort Mouth: itchy mouth   [Severe symptoms] – which you should visit to ER, or call 119 for an ambulance Lung: short of breath, wheezing, repetitive cough Heart: pale, blue, faint, weak pulse, dizzy Throat: tight, hoarse, trouble breathing, swallowing Mouth: a lot of swelling of the tongue and/or lips Skin: itchy skin rash over body, a lot of redness Gut: vomiting   What to do if symptoms occur? The appearance of symptoms after eating food may be a sign of a food allergy. The food(s) that caused these symptoms should be avoided, and the affected person, should contact a doctor or health care provider for appropriate testing and evaluation. Persons found to have a food allergy should be taught to read labels and avoid the offending foods. They should also be taught, in case of accidental ingestion, to recognize the early symptoms of an allergic reaction, and be properly educated on – and armed with – appropriate treatment measures. Persons with a known food allergy who begin experiencing symptoms while, or after, eating a food should initiate treatment immediately, and go to a nearby emergency room if symptoms progress.   Tips to make class party/events safe & Inclusive Avoid using food when possible. (TIS is a NUT-FREE school.) Ask your child’s teacher or school nurse about any food allergies in his/her classroom. If not possible to eliminate all food, choose activities, and foods that allow all children to safely participate. Try to engage parents of children with food allergies in event planning process. Use individually wrapped and labeled foods at party/event. This helps prevent cross-contact and allows parents to read labels to ensure child safety. Do not serve food to any child without parent knowledge and consent. If food is served, try to keep it isolated to one area and encourage hand washing afterward. Provide means for children to wash their hands, as necessary.   The Hard Facts:Severe Food Allergies Can Be Life-Threatening Following ingestion of a food allergen(s), a person with food allergies can experience a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This can lead to: Constricted airways in the lungs Severe lowering of blood pressure and shock (“anaphylactic shock”) Suffocation by swelling of the throat Each year in Japan, it is estimated that anaphylaxis to food results in: 30,000 emergency room visits 2,000 hospitalizations 150 deaths Prompt administration of epinephrine by auto injector (e.g., Epi-pen) during early symptoms of...

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PSA Message

Dear TIS parents We hope you had a restful mid-term break and enjoyed the lovely weather. Autumn is definitely in the air and we are gearing up for a busy and exciting end to the year. We rounded off October with a trip to the Kawagoe Flea Market and Parent Education workshops on Japanese for native speakers. We would like to thank the Japanese teaching team for their time and contributions to these workshops. Many parents commented how interesting the workshops were as they explained how learning takes place in the Japanese classrooms, and how the Japanese classes are linked to UOI topics and incorporate the same themes. Japanese workshops for non-native speakers will be held on 24th November (PYP) and 25th November (MYP). We look forward to seeing you there and if you have any questions or comments, please get in touch: Nami Hamada & Jo Andrews Happy...

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PSA Events

PSA Events for Students Popcorn Thursday: Thursday 5th November Hopefully, if the weather is kind, the children will be enjoying Sports Day on Friday 6th November, so ‘Popcorn Friday’ is a ‘Popcorn Thursday’ next week. Please send in ¥100 if your child(ren) would like popcorn and is in Grade 1- Grade 8. (K1 and K2 parents have already paid.)   PSA Events for Parents PSA Parent Education This month’s workshops will be on the TIS literacy programme, the Teachers College writing workshop and Japanese for non-native speakers. These workshops are always very popular and so, if you are interested, please get in touch with Amy or Bonnie.   TIS Literacy Workshop: Thursday 5th November; 8:30 – 10 a.m The Literacy workshop, hosted by Kristine, Greg, Josie and Tonya will provide an overview of how the literacy programme is implemented at TIS and will provide context for those interested in the Columbia Teachers College Writing workshop which is scheduled for 12th November.   Emergency Kit Shopping Excursion: Thursday 5th November; 10:30 After the WaNavi Earthquake Preparedness workshop on 8th October, a follow-up shopping event was requested by the parents who attended the workshop. Several parents wanted to go shopping with the experts to get their emergency supplies. If you would like to join them, please contact Amy. Please note, there is a ¥1,000 fee per person for this event, payable to the WaNavi team. Are you prepared in the case of a natural disaster?  Would you like some help creating an evacuation bag and stocking up on essentials? Join the WaNavi experts on a shopping excursion to purchase emergency supplies to keep in your home, car and bag.   Where: 7th floor cafe of Tokyu Hands Shibuya When: 10:30 am on Thursday, November 5. Cost: ¥1,000 per person     TIS Parent Education Workshops(Updated Schedule for Late Fall 2015)   PSA Social Events The PSA Community Program team organises numerous activities and events throughout the school year but the Famous Festive Family Fiesta is one not to be missed!   Famous Festive Family Fiesta: Saturday 5th December; 6 – 9 p.m Come dressed up as somebody or something famous!  This PSA sponsored event will be a great way to kick off the festive season for the whole family. Please see the flyer below for more details.   Please note that this is a schedule change: Our Family Dance party has been re-scheduled.The dance was scheduled for November 7th but instead, we will have the Famous Festive Family Fiesta on Saturday 5th December   The TIS Famous Festive Family...

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