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The Bulletin       April 26th, 2008

   

 

IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME INFORMATION three items

Peter Heimer

IB coordinator

1. Thank you to parents who attended the IB diploma programme (DP) information meetings in March. Parents of grade 10 students learned about the DP course selection process that their children are going through now. Parents of grade 11 students learned about the complexities of the university application process. Parental involvement, of course, is vital. 

2. DP course selection by 10th graders is nearly complete. Students have discussed their decisions with the IB coordinator and the IB subject teachers. Parents, please be involved with your childrens decisions. Parents need to sign a pink course planning sheet indicating their approval of their childs choices. Please be on the look-out for this sheet. 

3. DP examinations are underway. Each year, in April and throughout most of May, OIS and SIS DP students take end-of-course exams. Most of these test-takers are grade 12 OIS students, many of whom hope to pass their exams and thus receive the highly coveted IB diploma (they will). All grade 11 OIS students also take exams, completing their one-year anticipated courses in history or ITGS and mathematics. And, 16 SIS students will take English exams and will be awarded IB certificates. 

Actually, one IB exam has been completed already. On Wednesday, April 9, Ms. Stephens Visual Arts students exhibited their art work to a visiting IB art examiner. The art work was superb, and the four young artists can feel justifiably proud. Congratulations to Ms. Stephen and her art students.

The rest of the exams start May 5 and end May 22. The first few exams English and History take place on May 5 and 6, part of the Golden Week holiday. Students have exam schedules and should share them with parents. Id like to recognize the sacrifices parents and students make in giving up their holiday.

In all, 42 students will take 46 exams over 13 days 40+ hours of exam time. Most seniors will have over 10 exams. Busy, nervous times are ahead, but the students are well prepared and are certain to succeed. Good luck to them all.

 

2008 JAPANESE IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE

Chiho Yanaga

School Nurse

Please check if it is recommended for your child to have any immunizations this year.

 MR (Measles/Rubella) #2         : Birthday '02/4/2~'03/4/1

 MR (Measles/Rubella) #3         : Birthday '95/4/2~'96/4/1

 MR (Measles/Rubella) #4         : Birthday '90/4/2~'91/4/1

 DT (Diphteria/Tetanus): Birthday '96/4/2~'97/4/1

MR#3 and #4 are added to the Japanese recommended immunization schedule from this year for 5 years. If your child has not taken the MR immunization twice, please see your child's doctor for a shot.

Also your child is strongly recommended to finish these immunizations before the new school year starts.

  

SABER SPORTS UPDATE

Simon Parker

Athletic Director

To get all the news from the APAC Soccer Tournaments as well as check the scores and view the schedules for the next few weeks, be sure to check the Saber Sportsweb at www.senri.ed.jp/sportsweb

  

FINANCIAL AID

Jim Schell

Business Manager

We are now accepting applications for financial aid for the 2008-2009 school year, which commences on August 27.

Please contact Jim Schell directly, or drop by the Business Office to pick up an application.

The deadline for application is Friday, May 9, 2008.  

 

PTA NEWS

 BANANAS & DRINKS AT OSAKA OLYMPICS, Friday, May 2

Hot and thirsty ? Need to recharge your batteries ? Following Osaka Olympics Friday 2nd May, the PTA will be selling bananas and cold drinks to our champions from 3:30 pm in the genkan. 

HALLOWEEN MEETING, Thursday, May 15

Halloween Trick or Treating has grown over the last few years and is now a combined OIS/Onohara residents community event. Each year it has required increasing amounts of organisation and unfortunately this responsibility has fallen to very few people. Carol Shigeyama as the OIS contact and Mary Sameshima as the community contact have done an amazing job as a two person committee and we wish to congratulate them in the development of this fabulous event.

The OIS PTA would like to ensure Halloween Trick or Treating continues for all our students, and we acknowledge the recommendations of Carol and Mary that there needs to be an organising committee within OIS to plan and share the jobs involved with this event. Mary has agreed to continue as the community representative and will attend the meetings and relay information to the OIS committee.

So..we are asking for people who would like to see this event continue for their children to volunteer to be on the committee. We are looking for 1-2 (or more) parents from each class (K 8) to attend a meeting convened by Carol on Thursday 15th May at 3: 45 pm in the small cafeteria room. Childcare will be available in the playground. Remember the more people involved the less work for everyone.

We hope all our students can continue to be part of this event but if there is not enough interest to form a Halloween committee then our students (those who live outside the local community area) will not be able to participate in this event.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

The OIS PTA 

 

SPICY ORIENTAL LUNCH, Friday May 16

A chance to enjoy tasty dishes and interesting conversation in a cosy atmosphere on Friday, 16th May at Tantan Nady Oriental Kitchen.

The restaurant is in Toyonaka,10 minutes from school by car.

A set lunch will be served, including: 2 kinds of curry, tandori chicken, tom yam kung, naan (as much as you can eat), dessert and a drink.

All for 2300.

We will meet at school at 11:30 am.

Anyone who would like to attend, please contact Kiriko Humphrey on:

Tel: 090 9871 3212or by e-mail on kiri777360@yahoo.co.jp by 7th May at the latest.

PTA Organizing Committee

Isabelle Delumeau, Kiriko Humphrey, Mihye Kim 

 

CALENDAR

APRIL 29

Day of Showa No School

MAY 1

Spring Music Recital, 4:00 pm @ Theatre

MAY 2

ES Osaka Olympics, 1:15 3:30 pm @ Field

MAY 2-23

IB Exams

MAY 3

SAT I & II Tests @ OIS

MAY 3 - 6

National Holidays No School

  May 3 Constitution Day

  May 4 Greenery Day

  May 5 Childrens Day

  May 6 Substitute Holiday

  

K-Gr. 2 SET LUNCH MENU CAFETERIA

MONDAY, April 28

Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

WEDNESDAY, April 30

Chinese Noodle Soup

THURSDAY, May 1

Hamburger

FRIDAY, May 2

Pork Cutlet Bowl

WEDNESDAY, May 7

Beef Cutlet

THURSDAY, May 8

Kitsune Udon (Japanese Noodle in Soup with Fried Bean Curd)

FRIDAY, May 9

Fried Chicken

 

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

 

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