Music News

Spring Concert 2016 Attention TIS Families: Our Spring Concert is quickly approaching, and your children are preparing for the event with great energy and excitement! All TIS students will be performing in this showcase of talents and learning at our school. Please see the details of the concert below. Sakura Hall, the site of our 2016 concert, is much larger than last year’s performance hall. There will be ample seating for both families and for students when they are not performing. This year’s Broadway musical is Into the Woods, Jr. It is a wonderful retelling of fairytales with a twist! It includes music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and is appropriate for all ages. All ticket sales will be done in advance, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Please see the ticketing information below, and the attached ticket purchase form. Event: Spring Concert 2016 Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 Time: 13:30-17:00 (Doors will open at 13:00.) TIS Students (current): FREE Adults 18 years and older: 2,000 yen Non-TIS Youth (4 years and older): 1,000 yen Children 3 years and younger: FREE Please return the attached TICKET ORDER FORM to the school office no later than Wednesday, May 4 to reserve your tickets. The tickets will be sent out with students after May 9th. Spring Concert 2016 Ticket Order Form I look forward to seeing you at the concert! Brandon Miller Music...

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Event News

Cross Country Competition Last Friday, April the 8th, seventeen students from our cross country afterschool club were finally able to participate in the inter-school cross country races held next to the Arakawa river. We were all relieved that the day was warm and sunny as the last two planned dates had been postponed because of the rain. Our students participated in races from grade 3 up to grade 7 and varying distances from 2 km up to 3.5 km. All the students participated really well and were very determined to run strongly and achieve their personal best. Have a look at the photographs below and check out the determination and persistence. We would also like to make special mention of Willow who won the grade 3 girls race; Madison who won the grade 5 girls race; and Ashton who one the grade 6 boys race. Congratulations to all our TIS competitors for your efforts and the positive way you represented TIS. We were also impressed by the way you supported and encouraged each other in the different races. Finally thanks to all the parents who attended and cheered the students on. Also a huge thanks to KIST for organising a successful and well organised event. Greg Parker PYP coordinator Gabrielle Minervini Grade 5...

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Nurse News

What’s going around TIS? There are several cases reported for Strep throat and Stomach flu this month. Here is some information about those infections. Please report to Nurse’s office if your child gets one of these diseases.   Strep Throat Symptoms of strep throat, which is very common among kids and teens, include fever, stomach pain, rashes, and red, swollen tonsils. Strep throat usually requires treatment with antibiotics for 10 days. With the proper medical care, a child can come back to school 24 hours after start taking the antibiotics without fever.   Stomach Flu – Noro virus, Rota virus, etc. Symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) usually include stomach pain, nausea, watery diarrhea and vomiting. In general, the symptoms may last for 1-7 days. Currently, there is no specific medication for stomach flu. Viral infections cannot be treated with antibiotics. Make your child to keep a supply of oral rehydration solution at home at all times. A child can come back to school 24 hours after the last episode (vomiting, diarrhea). Reminder from Health Room [Stay home policy] A student should stay home, if he/she has: • Fever higher than 37.5C (99.5F) • Vomiting/Diarrhoea • A very frequent cough/sore throat • Persistent pain (ear, stomach, etc.) • A widespread rash • Eye discharge   [Medication at school] If your child needs to take medication during school hours, please inform his/her homeroom teacher and the nurse in the morning with the signed form. (You can download The Authorization for Medication form on our website. TIS Blog?Forms?Authorization for Medication) And please tell your child that he/she needs to come to nurse’s office at the time of the medicine given. For safety reasons, students may not administer medication to themselves. Meg Kamei TIS School...

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PSA News

Dear TIS parents, The school has been a hive of activity in the run up to the Cherry Blossom Fair but there was still time for Adriaan and Malgosia to run a workshop for parents on the new research-based, Australian Physical Education curriculum. Their presentation on the goals of PE classes to provide the students with life-long skills and enjoyment of healthy activities was very informative and interesting. The feedback from parents was very positive and we would like to thank Adriaan and Malgosia for their time and efforts in preparing this great workshop! The Cherry Blossom Fair Committee are working hard to make 2016 CBF our most successful yet. Please see the letter from them below. Saturday 23rd April; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Only 7 days left until our biggest fundraising event, the Cherry Blossom Fair!   Raffle Tickets We are so excited to see that kids and parents are so eager to sell raffle tickets and promote our fair. By Wednesday 13th April, 2,173 raffle tickets had been sold. Please keep up the great work and keep on selling! On the other hand, please return unsold booklets or tickets back to school. Some of the children might have taken a large quantity of booklets and not been able to sell all of them. No worries, please hand the unsold booklets in again at the office because we will need some raffle tickets to be sold at the fair as well! All sold and unsold tickets should be returned to school by Thursday 21st April.   The CBF Website and App The Cherry Blossom Fair webpage has been launched!!!! Please check it out for all the details of the fair. You will find information about the Entertainment schedule, the layout plan, all the Games and Arts & Crafts stations, and much more… A team of 4 Grade 8 girls has been working very hard for the past few months to create this amazing webpage! Please go on www.tokyois.com and click on the bottom banner of the Cherry Blossom Fair. There will be also a downloadable Cherry Blossom Fair app available next week. We will keep you posted on this exciting tool!   Food and Games Tickets Food and Games Tickets Pre-sale option! Please save the dates: On April 21st from 8:10 – 9 am and 2:30 – 4:00 pm On April 22nd from 8:10 – 9 am You will have the chance to buy tickets in advance and avoid queuing up at the fair. Tickets are sold for 100 JPY each! Thank you for your support and enthusiasm! Katja and Reiko.   CBF Used Book donations We have had a great response to our request for used books. Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously! All genres in good condition are very welcome and if you haven’t donated yet and would still like to clear some space on your bookshelves, we would be especially grateful for children’s books: – picture books – board books – early readers/ learning to read – teen fiction Please drop off your donations in front of the stage on Mon 18th or Tues 19th April.   Community Programmes Parents’ Night Out Tonight at Tenoha in Daikanyama. See you there!   Dates for your diary Tonight (Fri 15th ): Parents’ Night Out, Tenoha, Daikanyama Thur 21st April; 8:10-9 a.m. & 2:30-4 p.m: Food and Games ticket pre-sale Fri 22nd April: 8:10-9 a.m: Food and Games ticket pre-sale Friday 22nd April: Deadline for Raffle Tickets (sold/unsold) Sat 23rd April; 11 a.m-3 p.m: Cherry Blossom Fair Fri 29th April: Pizza Friday Thur 2nd June: Dirty Dish Tour...

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CBF – Bakers Needed!

BAKERS NEEDED! CBF Baked Goods Booth Our Baked Goods Booth was one of the most popular booths last year and we need your baking talent and generosity to make it happen again this year! Cookies, Cupcakes, Brownies, Cake Pops, Muffins, & Sweet Breads Anything goes…you bake it, we take it!! all items must be NUT FREE If you are willing to help, please notify Aubrianne Perry or sign up at:http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4daaab2ca20-cherry Please let us know what you plan to bring so that we can plan inventory. Drop off dates and location information is as follows: Friday, April 22nd (during school hours) – TIS Lobby Saturday, April 23rd (day of the fair) – bring directly to the Baked Goods Booth. Thank you for your help in making the Cherry Blossom Fair a great...

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Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents Welcome back to the third term and I hope you have enjoyed the sakura over the last week. The third term is always extremely busy (whenever is it not?). First up we have the annual Cherry Blossom Fair in two weeks time. So many parents are involved in the organisation of this huge event and they have been working tirelessly for months but now the pressure is really on! Let’s sell those raffle tickets!! Next month, on Thursday 26th May we have our annual Spring Concert and this week our after school Wednesday rehearsals commenced. Ticket information will be coming home today, so please secure a seat by booking early. This year we have a new venue which will allow for everyone to be able to view the concert from a comfortable seat.   CAMBODIA TRIP The trip with the 9, Grade 7 students over the Spring Break, was a great success. Yesterday, Kristine, Dan, Jared, Lisa and I met with the students to listen to their feedback – a ‘bud’ as in an awakening for them; a ‘bloom’ as in something that went really well and a ‘thorn’, representing something that could be improved upon or completely changed for next time. It was so apparent from listening to the students, how much each of them had grown from this life changing and enlightening experience. Their insights, empathy and suggestions were noted and very mature. Not only did they help the Cambodian students with their learning but it was obvious just how much our students learned too. They are already planning effective mentorship strategies for next year’s group. They were all amazing ambassadors for our school and did themselves and their parents proud. This evening the parent chaperones and teachers will be meeting for a debrief at 4:30, so I look forward to that and to seeing the presentations which the students are currently preparing to share with all our TIS students. A special thank you must go to Jared for spearheading this initiative, our two accompanying teachers, Lisa, and Dan, parent chaperones Paul, Luz and Yoshimi and our PSA for their sponsorship of this project. Tom and Anna also accompanied the group at their own expense as Tom leads Kids 4 Kids with the younger primary students and Anna will be taking over this role next year. What a team! Best wishes Lorraine Izzard Head of...

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