Learning in the MYP – TIS Cambodia

TIS CAMBODIA INTERVIEW SERIES As part of the TIS Cambodia Service Learning Tour that took place over the Spring Break included the students conducting interviews with students, TIS Cambodia teachers, village elders, NGO workers and TIS staff. The interviews were completely conducted by the students as were the final articles. Over the next five weeks we hope you will enjoy this interview series and that it will give you the TIS community a clearer understanding of what it is like for the teachers and students at TIS Cambodia and how TIS supports the school’s development.   Making a Difference By Emmalyn Kartchner After returning from Cambodia, I decided to interview Jared Johnson about the trip and about TIS Cambodia – how it came to be and his hopes for its future. This is his story! TIS Cambodia started in 2007 by the founders of our school who began working with the NGO called World Assistance for Cambodia. When TIS Cambodia started, the PSA and school board were very involved. The Grade 8 trip every year was to Cambodia, and we were constantly shipping things over for them. When the earthquake happened in 2011, the focus on Cambodia was switched to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. At that time, we had 3 Cambodian students come over as exchange students at our school. When the earthquake happened, it was scary for them, and we didn’t know how to get them back to Cambodia. We did not have any more students from Cambodia come back after that experience. Before Des Hurst left, the former Head of School, he got me involved in teaching rural teachers how to teach. So I ran a workshop with a Non-Government Organization, and taught them different ways of teaching English to the students, and how to write good reports for donors. Soon after that, I went to Cambodia for the first time in March 2014. I was in the village the whole time and I worked all day long, by myself, teaching every lesson. In 2015, I asked the grade 7’s who would like to come, and Brandon and Miko volunteered. This year I finally filled my dream when 9 students attended. They really had a great time and learned a lot about the community. Now that I’ve done all this work, TIS Cambodia is here to stay. I think they would have closed it if I didn’t do this. Now everybody in TIS is involved, raising money. So far, Kids-4-Kids has bought 10 whiteboards, bookshelves, and over 9 new computers. We brought over 70 kg’s of books to the school and the biggest project recently was the water well to provide fresh water. Our next big plan for the future is getting 21 new bicycles for the village kids who live too far away, so they can go to school on a regular basis. We’re also putting on rain shutters, to protect the computers in the classroom and we’re looking to install ceiling fans which will cool it off quite a bit, fix up the playground, and we hope to hook up all 9 computers with internet so they can have access to the world. Emmalyn Kartchner Grade...

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Music News – Spring Concert

Spring Concert 2016 Ticket Order 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.) Location: Sakura Hall in Shibuya 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 Ticket Order Form I look forward to seeing you at the concert! Brandon Miller Music...

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Spring Concert – Into The Woods

Into The Woods Interview On May 26 middle school students will perform the musical ‘Into The Woods’. Each week I will interview one cast member for TIS Times. This week I interviewed Annabel Cihi from Grade 7. Here it is! M: Which character are you playing? A: I am playing the wolf. M: What sort of character is the wolf? A: The wolf is one of the main characters. The wolf is a villain in the story but is also a funny character. M: What do you like most about your character? A: I like the most when I am playing a funny character. It is easy to overact my character. M: What is your favorite line? A: My favorite line is ‘Good day young lady.’ M: How do you feel when you perform up on stage? A:I feel great, sneaky and funny when I perform. I am not quite nervous and not confident on what I am doing. I feel like I can do this character no matter what. Interview by Mason Wang,...

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Spring Concert – Into The Woods T-shirt

Spring Concert 2016 Into The Woods T-shirt Hello TIS community,  We are very excited to offer you the opportunity to order an official Into The Woods t-shirt. Whether you are a fan, a parent, a sibling, working on the concert backstage or are one of the main characters of the play, this is your chance to order the  t-shirt. If you would like one, complete the form before the deadline, April 27. If for some reason you make a mistake on a form you already sent out, please email to Felipe. You can fill out the form as many times as you want to order multiple shirts. Please bring your money for payment and submit to Brandon, the music teacher, in a sealed envelope with your name on it and a title saying ‘Into The Woods t-shirt’. Please do not bring the envelopes to the office. Rather, if you cannot find Brandon, you may give the money to your homeroom teacher, who will pass the envelopes on to Brandon. We will send you a confirmation email when you have turned in the money. The deadline to submit your order is April 27. Click here to order the T-shirt Felipe Correa Gomes Grade...

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Nurse News

Emergency Preparedness: Get Ready! Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world and has been dealing with earthquake damages for a very long time. In recent years, Japan has been hit by the Kumamoto Earthquake (April 2016), The Great East Japan Earthquake (March 2011), which was the worst post-war disaster in Japan.   Are you ready to protect yourself and your loved ones if there were an emergency? Visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website for Emergency Preparedness and Response (http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/index.asp) and follow these four steps: • Get a Kit • Make a Plan • Be Informed • Get Involved   In collaboration with the American Red Cross, CDC’s website identifies and answers common questions about preparing for unexpected events, including: • Developing a family disaster plan • Gathering emergency supplies • Learning how to shelter in place • Understanding quarantine and isolation • Learning how to maintain a healthy state of mind   The website offers additional information and resources under topics such as hurricane preparedness, extreme heat, and bioterrorism. CDC continually updates information on recent outbreaks and incidents, and lists emergency resources for the general public as well as for clinicians and public health professionals.   Get an Emergency Kit If disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. By taking time now to prepare emergency water supplies, food supplies and disaster supplies kit, you can provide for your entire family.   Make an Emergency Plan Make plans with your family and friends in case you’re not together during an emergency. Discuss how you’ll contact each other, where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations. Ask about planning at your workplace and your child’s school what their plan is.   Be Informed Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – websites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.   Get Involved Look into taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders. Contact Japan Red Cross (http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/). JRC will organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. If you would like to get more information, please feel free to come to my office. Or contact your local ward office. For Minato-ward, they had published a Disaster Prevention Manual in English “Preparing for Major Earthquakes” in 2013 and you can get it at Minato ward office. Meg Kamei TIS School Nurse   Resources: • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Emergency Preparedness and You:http://www.bt.cdc.gov/preparedness/ • Japan Red Cross (in English): http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/ • Minato ward Disaster Information (in English):...

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PSA News

Dear TIS parents, Tomorrow is the big day! After months of preparation and hard work by the CBF volunteers, the Cherry Blossom Fair is here! Thank you all for the support you have given – now it’s time for us all to enjoy what will be a great event. Cakes for Kyushu: CBF supports the Kyushu Earthquake Relief Effort: All proceeds from the CBF Baked Goods stall will be donated to the Kyushu earthquake relief effort. Please support our efforts to help the people affected by the earthquake and after-shocks in Kyushu by providing baked goods for the stall. Any home-made or store bought, nut-free cakes/cookies/donuts/scones you can provide will help us to raise money for this very good cause. Contact Aubrianne Perry. Tomorrow; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dear TIS Community, This will be our last reminder regarding Cherry Blossom Fair, because tomorrow, Saturday, April 23rd is the day of the biggest fundraising event of the year at TIS. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Thank you once again to so many volunteers and people involved to make this fundraising event possible. The weather forecast looks promising and the CBF Team has put a lot of effort into their preparations  to make this event another success this year. Please find below some more information on details of Silent Auction items and on logistics at the fair. We wish you a pleasant and fun time at the fair and please be generous … with your smiles, and supporting the fundraising for Kumamoto earthquake relief and other charities as well as TIS school projects. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm! Katja and Seiko.   Community Programmes: What a nice evening we had in Daikanyama last Friday! Tenoha was a lovely venue for relaxing and winding down at the end of a busy week. Thanks to Meg, Anna and Abbie for organising a great event. Parent Education workshop: Transitions; 10th May; 8:30 -9:30 a.m. The Cherry Blossom Fair is a fun time of year at TIS and reflects the diversity of our interesting community. It’s also a reminder that our school population is transient and changeable and that some of our families will be attending their last TIS CBF. To help with the process of saying good-bye and setting off on new adventures, Ed, the school counsellor, is offering a workshop on transitions. Please see the information below and contact Amy or Bonnie to sign up:   PSA Parent Education Transitions May 10th (Tuesday) 8:30-9:30 am @ TIS Learning Lab (across from library) Ed Woods, School Counselor For many students and families at TIS, this time of year can be difficult if you are moving and making transitions to a new location. Please come join Ed and his presentation on how to make these transitions in a healthy, positive way for the entire family. Please RSVP: Amy Franklin Or Bonnie Humphrey   The CBF team are not the only ones who have been working hard: the enthusiasm and commitment of the students in selling their raffle tickets has been very impressive and we wish them all good luck in their chase for the prizes! As you can see from the flyer, there are also some wonderful ‘prizes’ available on the Silent Auction list. Good luck and happy bidding! Dates for your diary: **Tomorrow; 23rd April; 11 a.m-3 p.m: Cherry Blossom Fair Fri 29th April: Pizza Friday Tuesday 10th May; 8:30-9:30 a.m: Transitions workshop Thur 2nd June: Dirty Dish Tour We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the fair. Keep your fingers crossed for fine weather and bring your friends!...

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