Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents It has certainly been very quiet at school this week with grades 5, 6, and 7 away. Grade 5 returned from Shizuoka yesterday. Grades 6 from Kanazawa and 7 from Hakuba are due back later today. I am sure you have all enjoyed the excellent updates during the week and I am you are going to have some very tired children! A big thank you to all the teachers who spent many hours organising these wonderful experiences. It is a very big responsibility taking these trips, but we believe they are a very important component in developing the whole child. We wish everyone a relaxing and Happy Fall Break!   PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES If you are new and not familiar with Manabi Mon, I hope you have all logged in and accessed the system, before it opened at 8:00 today. 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 12:10. There will be some early slots available, with some teachers, from 7:30 a.m. Friday, 30th October is a NO PUPIL 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 or language or learning support 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. If you would like to see Ed, our counselor, please pop into his office.   MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFERENCES These are with your child’s subject teachers and homeroom teachers. They are 10 minutes per subject, so for teachers who teach two subjects, you will mostly have 20 minutes, for others you will have 10 minutes. Please sign up with the subject /homeroom teachers whom you would most like to see. If you would like to see Ed, our counselor, please pop into his office.   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.   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 PUPIL DAYS) Nov 16-20: M.A.P. assessments in Math – more details after the Fall Break Nov 18: Makeup Sports Day if necessary (Please note that this has had to be changed from Nov 13th) Dec 18: 8:45 – 9:20 Winter Assembly – students...

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Primary School Principal’s Message

Writers’ Delight! Our first half term has finally come to an end. Is has been a truly wonderful start to the school year with lots of learning and smiling, happy children. Our week ended this morning with a fantastic assembly organized by Christine and Teruko. The assembly kick-started the Sakura Medal Reading Competition. The pink flowers and fancy assembly lettering looked very posh next to our students and teachers who were dressed in t-shirts for ‘Casual Friday’! Sakura Medal is a reading event which involves all of the international schools in Japan and around 15, 000 students. Children are encouraged to read as many books as possible. During the assembly teachers described some of the Sakura Medal books to the students. Both the books and the teachers’ performances were highly entertaining! The assembly was intended to celebrate authors and books to promote a love of reading and writing. During the assembly we paused to celebrate some of our own TIS authors. There is a display outside of Lorraine’s Office which is slowly filling up with children’s published writing I urge you to stop by and have a read – you will be highly entertained. On the display the students also explain their learning by giving tips to their peers. Have a wonderful holiday, Chris Frost Primary School...

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Learning in the PYP

What’s been happening in the PYP classrooms this week? Grade 5 Shizuoka Trip In my article last week, I focused on the learning that takes place on field trips and how they can help students investigate and locate key information, make concretions as well as transfer their learning to situations outside the classroom. This week I would like to continue this focus and the lens for looking for learning is on Grade 5 students and their recent cultural camp to Shizuoka this week. A considerable focus for this camp was on developing international mindedness and helping the students build on their previous knowledge about Japanese traditions as well as key Japanese heritage sites. The camp also made clear links to their current “Where we are in place and time” unit of inquiry. This unit focuses on the related concepts of heritage and tradition and the central idea is “Appreciating the past influences what we preserve for the future”. The world heritage sites they visited in the area during this time included the Kunozan Tuoshogu Shrine, Miho no matsubara and on the last day Fujinomiya-Guchi. The traditions they explored and engaged in during the four days included creating wax food samples, making traditional chopsticks, learning about the Japanese tea ceremony as well as making traditional tatami mats. On the last night the students were able to put together all the items they had made in preparation for a traditional meal. The student’s challenge will be after the October break to process what they learnt from the camp about these sites and traditions and apply this to their inquiries into what makes a heritage site, how they are chosen as well as how they are preserved for future generations. Finally I would like parents to think about this question in terms of their own heritage and tradition, what is one thing from your own heritage you think is very important and worth keeping to pass on to future generations in your family, why? Greg Parker PYP...

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Learning in the MYP

Middle School Beach Clean-Up! The internationally-minded IB student is a critical and creative thinker [who] engage[s] in global ideas and issues with humanity and compassion. Understanding that we all share a responsibility to contribute positively to our local and global communities is integral to learning at TIS, and it is embedded in the school’s mission statement: to nurture confident, open-minded, independently thinking, well-balanced inquirers for global responsibility. Throughout the school, at all grade levels and across all subjects, students and teachers engage in inquiries that raise awareness and promote action within our immediate community, the school, or in the larger community, locally and globally. Last Friday the Middle School students conducted a Beach Clean-Up! This was the fourth clean up done by the Grade 6-8 students, and it is an important component of the Community & Service program in the Middle School. We loaded the buses at 8.30 and drove almost an hour and a half before arriving at Kita Imaizumi Beach where we did the clean up. For the students and teachers who went there last year, it was quite shocking to see that there was even more garbage to clean up compared to last year. This was likely to be due to the typhoon that went through the area just a few days prior to us going there. After a good couple of hours of collecting garbage and sorting it into ‘burnable’ and ‘unburnable’ bags, and after eating our lunch near by, we headed back to TIS with everything that we had collected. The Beach Clean-Up was also the official kick-off of the Grade 8 Community Project, a year-long, sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in our immediate and extended communities. This project is student-centered and enables the students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. The project is mentored, monitored and assessed by TIS teachers, and it will culminate with the Grade 8 camp in Yakushima in June. Yesterday and today, the Grade 8 students started the second phase of the Beach Clean-Up, which is to sort the garbage into different categories, weighing them and adding the data to a speadsheet. The data will be sent to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that is focused on the health of oceans in the region and that negotiates with governments to try to reduce ocean pollution. The students’ learning at TIS is connected to service, and to experience how our actions can have a positive and direct impact locally as well as globally is a meaningful and relevant experience for them. The Middle School students are living the school’s mission statement as well as working toward the overarching aim of the IB of being “…internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” Thank you, Kristine Adelsboell MS & MYP...

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Nurse News

You may have already read the TIS Family Handbook, but we would like to emphasize a few important things listed below. Let’s review them again.   Medication at school 1.Please bring the medicine with the Authorization for Medication Form on our website (TIS Blog – Download Forms – Medical – Forms – Authorization for Medication Form) to Health Room in the morning. Make sure to include information for all medicines. This will also prevent other children from taking the medicine by mistake. 2.Student needs to come to Health Room by him/herself at appropriate time to take the medicine.   Picking up a sick/injured student from school When your child needs to be picked up due to illness or injury, a parent or guardian will be called. Due to our limited space and also your child’s condition, your child should be picked up within 30 minutes or as soon as possible. If you are unable to pick up your child more than 1 hour, it is your responsibility to find someone who can. Please understand that sick/injured children (K1-Grade 5) are not allowed to leave school on their own accord.   Stay Home Policy If your child is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, he/she needs to be kept home from school. Fever If a student has a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher taken under the arm, accompanied by sore throat, any form of rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability or confusion, he/she should remain at home until at least 24 hours after the body temperature returns to normal without fever-reduce medicine. Vomiting/Diarrhea If student has vomited or had diarrhea at home, he/she needs to stay home until at least 24 hours after the last episode.   Notify any changes Please notify any changes related health matter (immunizations, allergies, medical conditions, any injuries – fracture, etc., contact information – phone numbers, etc.) as soon as possible. It is very important for me to know your child’s updated information. Thank you very much for your supports and understanding. Please let me know if you have any concerns/questions. Meg Kamei TIS School...

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PSA Events

PSA Events for Students Popcorn Thursday: Thursday 5th November Because, weather permitting, all of the children will be enjoying Sports Day on Friday 6th November, our regular ‘Popcorn Friday’ is a ‘Popcorn Thursday’ this time. Please send in ¥100 if your child(ren) would like popcorn and is Grade 1- Grade 8. (K1 and K2 parents have already paid.)   PSA Events for Parents PSA Parent Education We have some very interesting workshops coming up after the break including Japanese, literacy and the Teachers College writing workshop. PYP and MYP Native Japanese Curriculum workshop: Tues 27th October (PYP) and Wed 28th October (MYP); 8:30 – 9:30 a.m The Japanese language teaching team will present the Japanese curriculum and learning techniques for native Japanese speakers. Workshops for non-native speakers and Japanese as a second language will follow on 24th and 25th November. TIS Literacy Workshop: Thursday 5th November The Literacy workshop 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.   Japanese at TIS In the coming weeks, the PSA will host four workshops about the Japanese curriculum at TIS. Whether you child is a beginner or a native speaker, mark you calendar to attend! Native Japanese Curriculum Tuesday, October 27 – 8:30-9:30 PYP Native Japanese Wednesday, October 18 – 8:30-9:30 MYP Native Japanese Japanese Curriculum Tuesday, November 24 – 8:30-9:30 PYP Native Japanese Wednesday, November 25 – 8:30-9:30 MYP Native Japanese   TIS Parent Education Workshops for Late Fall 2015 The Parent-School Association (PSA) coordinates workshops during the school year on relevant topics for parents. The goal of the parent education team is to support parents as their child’s primary educators at home and to provide information about how children are learning at TIS. All Fall workshops will be held in the Learning Lab across from the library. Please contact the PSA Parent Education Team with any questions:Bonnie Humphrey or Amy Franklin   PSA Social Events Flea Market Outing: Wednesday 28th October This TIS PSA trip to a flea market in the beautiful town of Kawagoe is always popular with parents looking for a bargain or gifts for Christmas. Kawagoe Flea Market Join us at the famous Flea Market in this beautiful historical merchant town, and hopefully find some great bargains. Pack a lunch or purchase an obento (optional) and enjoy a picnic in the temple grounds. We meet up at 10 am @ Kawagoe Station. To go to Kawagoe please refer to Google Maps or ask us for guidance. Schedule change: Our Family Dance party has been re-scheduled.The dance was scheduled for November 7th but instead, we will have a dance party on Saturday 5th December: Famous Festive Family Fiesta: Saturday 5th December; 6 – 10 p.m Come dressed up as somebody or something famous! It will be a great way to kick off the festive...

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