IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME INFORMATION–
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 children’s decisions. Parents need to sign a
pink course planning sheet indicating their approval of their
child’s 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. Stephen’s 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. I’d 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.
JAPANESE IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE
Please check if it is recommended for your child to have any
immunizations this year.
#2 : Birthday '02/4/2~'03/4/1
(Measles/Rubella) #3 :
(Measles/Rubella) #4 :
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
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
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
The deadline for application is
Friday, May 9, 2008.
& 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Anyone who would like to attend,
please contact Kiriko Humphrey on:
Tel: 090 9871 3212or by e-mail
email@example.com by 7th May at the
PTA Organizing Committee
Isabelle Delumeau, Kiriko
Humphrey, Mihye Kim
Showa – No School
Music Recital, 4:00 pm @ Theatre
Olympics, 1:15 – 3:30 pm @ Field
SAT I &
II Tests @ OIS
Holidays – No School
SET LUNCH MENU – CAFETERIA
MONDAY, April 28
Chicken Teriyaki Bowl
WEDNESDAY, April 30
Chinese Noodle Soup
THURSDAY, May 1
FRIDAY, May 2
Pork Cutlet Bowl
WEDNESDAY, May 7
THURSDAY, May 8
Kitsune Udon (Japanese Noodle in
Soup with Fried Bean Curd)
FRIDAY, May 9