The Bulletin

21st September, 2007.

 

IBDP SUCCESS, EE DEADLINE

Peter Heimer, IB Coordinator

 

Thirty-three students took International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) exams in 20 subject areas and levels in May 2007. All six diploma candidates were successful in earning diplomas, and all certificate and anticipated candidates scored extremely well. Congratulations to the 2007 graduates and to this years seniors on their strong performances.

 

The start of a new school year brings new challenges to students, particularly students in the diploma programme (DP). Fourteen 11th grade students are in the first year of the two-year programme and face packed schedules, limited lunch time, heavy homework loads, and new abbreviations like HL (higher level), SL (standard level), CAS (creativity, action, service), TOK (theory of knowledge), and EE (extended essay). All of these students will complete one or two anticipated DP courses this year in the subject areas of maths and/or history or ITGS. We wish them good luck as they start their DP journey.

Twelve 12th graders are in their second and final year of the DP. All have finished one or two anticipated exams, but the bulk of the work remains to be done, including subject work, CAS, TOK, and the beloved extended essay. In fact, one deadline is already fast approaching: first drafts of the EE should be turned in by September 28. Students know that if they do not meet this deadline or subsequent deadlines, they will be withheld from extracurricular activitiesincluding sports, student council, and the all-school productionuntil they have completed their work. (The EE is a required component of both the DP and the OIS diploma. The EE can significantly affect a students overall DP score and thus affect university admission. Some students put off the EE until the last minute and thus submit inferior work; be careful.)

 

Registration for May 2008 exams is nearly completed. Peter Heimer, IB coordinator, has met with students to confirm their course details. Parents are encouraged to review these details.

 

To learn more about the IBDP in general, please visit the official IB website at www.ibo.org/diploma/. To learn more about the OIS DP offerings in specific, please visit http://www.senri.ed.jp/ois/IBDP/index.htm. Also, to learn more about the extended essay, please visit http://www.senri.ed.jp/OIS/IBDP/EE.htm.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Heimer with questions. Thank you.

 

FOR YOUR CHILDS HEALTH AND SAFETY

Chiho Yanaga, School Nurse

 

We require the Student Health Record from all students every school year.

The Student Health Record is important for your child to join school activities and receive nursing care or any emergency medical care. We would like to support your child's health at school and deal with any emergency care your child needs as smooth as we can. Please hand in the Student Health Record to the Student Information Center by Friday, September 28.

 

New students, Grade 3 and Grade 6 and Grade 9 students are required to fill in the Physical Examination Report as well.

 

A HEALTH ADVISORY 

Recently we were contacted by a family regarding their experience after eating raw fish infested with the tiny Anisakis worms. For some people, these worms can cause severe abdominal pain, for others there is no effect. If you or your children experience severe unexplained abdominal pain after eating raw fish, you can take young children to Osaka University Hospital and older children and adults to Toyonaka Hospital.

 

COUNSELING UPDATE

Patrick Stenger, School Counselor

 

Fall College Visits

Please take advantage of the opportunity to meet with and learn more about the colleges that will be visiting OIS throughout the year. All visits will be after school in the counseling center unless otherwise noted. I will leave information about visiting colleges posted here. If you wish further information please ask within the counseling center.

University of British Columbia October 15, Monday

State University of New York at Plattsburgh October 16, Tuesday at 11:30

UK University Mini Fair - October 18, Thursday, 8:30-10:30

University of Oregon October 19, Friday, 9:00

Florida Institute of Technology October 23, Tuesday

University of Alberta November 12, Monday

 

PSAT at Osaka International School

Date & Time: Saturday, October 20, 8:30 AM

Place: 3rd Floor Conference Room

Fee: 1900 Yen (exact amount, please)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 12

 

By taking the PSAT (Preliminary SAT), you can practice for the SAT, enter scholarship competitions, ask colleges to send you information, find out if you have the academic skills to succeed in college, etc. If you would like to register, please come to the Counseling Center Secretary (Room 340) before the deadline with the application fee. G10 and G11 students are strongly recommended to take it.

You need to take the SAT to attend some academic summer programs. Please contact the Counseling Center if you want details on tests (such as PSAT, SAT, SSAT) and overseas summer programs. Registration will be closed when the enrollment reaches the maximum (50).

 

アメリカの大学進学を考えている人、来年夏にアカデミックな海外サマープログラム参加を考えている人、力試しをしたい人・・・受けてみませんか。特にG10G11の皆さんに受験をお薦めします。受験希望者は申込み締切日までに、カウンセリングセンターへ来てください。

締切日は1012日ですが、定員50名に達した時点で締切ることがあります。

Please call Fumie Onodera, Counseling Center Secretary for details and questions at 072-727-5061 (direct), or email to fonodera@senri.ed.jp.

 

SABER SPORTS UPDATE

Simon Parker, Athletic Director

 

Important Upcoming Dates:
Osaka Invitational Boys Volleyball -
September 21st/22nd
Marist Invitational Girls Volleyball -
September 21st/22nd
CA HS Baseball Tournament -
September 21st/22nd

APAC VOLLEYBALL - BOYS @ Osaka / GIRLS @ Kobe
APAC BASEBALL @ Kobe
APAC TENNIS @ Manila

For full details of everything going on in the world of MS and HS sports, check out the website at <www.senri.ed.jp/sportsweb>

 

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT

Carol Shigeyama & Mary Sameshima, OIS Parents

 

Hey all you Trick or Treaters out there! Just a friendly reminder for anyone wanting to participate in Trick or Treat on Friday, October 26th. The dates for submitting applications, candy and money are on Tues. Sept. 25, Wed. Sept. 26, Thurs. Sept. 27, 8-9am and 3:30-4:30pm and Fri. Sept. 28th 8-9am in the OIS entrance. The deadline for submitting applications is Fri. Sept. 28th 8-9am. We CAN NOT accept any applications after the deadline. If you have any questions, need information and/or applications, please email Carol Shigeyama at cshig@yahoo.com or call 072-749-0045. For Japanese, please contact Mary Sameshima at 072-726-6545. Thank you.

 

OIS PARENTS ARE INVITED TO COMMUNITY LUNCHEON

SIS Network Committee

 

The SIS Network Committee holds a luncheon once in a while to get to know one another in the community they live.

Details such as dates, time, places, costs, etc. are posted each time on the bulletin board next to the School Service Center on the 1st floor. Information also can be found in the school web under SIS Parents Association.

OIS parents are more than welcome to join any luncheon!

Those who have questions and/or would like to join, should email to 07network@sispa.jp.

 

THE MINOH POST

Attached to this week's Bulletin is THE MINOH POST, a bimonthly free newsletter published by MAFGA (Minoh Association For Global Awareness).

Information in it is useful even for the expatriate families who are non-residents of Minoh.

We asked MAFGA to send us enough copies for all the OIS families this time. However, in the future it will be available only in the SSC (Reception) and Library in the school.

 

CALENDAR

 

SEPTEMBER 24

Substitute Holiday - No School

SEPTEMBER 26

Elementary ESL Tea @ Room #213, 4:00-5:00 pm

SEPTEMBER 28

OIS/SIS Faculty Joint Retreat - Half Day of School

-All students should leave school by 11:45 am.

-School buses will depart at 11:45 am.

- Cafeteria & snack bar are closed.

OCTOBER 2

Registration Deadline for Nov. 3 SAT I & II Tests

 

K-Gr. 2 SET LUNCH MENU CAFETERIA

 

TUESDAY, September 25

Kitsune Udon / Japanese Wheat Noodle with Deep Fried Bean Curd

WEDNESDAY, September 26

Chicken & Egg Bowl

THURSDAY, September 27

Shrimp Cream Croquette

MONDAY, October 1

Seafood Pilaf

TUESDAY, October 2

Chicken Piccata

WEDNESDAY, October 3

French Toast

THURSDAY, October 4

Fried Chicken Marinated with Soy Sauce

FRIDAY, October 5

Spaghetti with Basil & Tomato

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Karin Caffin, Head

072-727-5080

Gwyn Underwood, MS/HS Principal

072-727-5050

Rod Adam, ES Principal

072-727-5050

Patrick Stenger, Counselor

072-727-5061

Mike McGill,

Admissions Director

072-727-5070

Jim Schell, Business Manager

072-727-5084

Peter Heimer, IB Coordinator

072-727-5290

Student Attendance

072-727-2305

 

Contact us via e-mail

*For direct e-mail, all faculty have e-mail addresses with their first name initial and family name @ senri.ed.jp

For example: If a faculty member had the name John Smith, his school e-mail address would be: jsmith@senri.ed.jp