EARLY DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY, MARCH 13
ES students will
be dismissed at 11:30 am.
will be dismissed directly from each camp.
March 11 & 12:
Operated as usual.
March 13: All
school buses will be operated as usual to school.
They will depart
at 11:45 am from school.
Public Bus will
depart at 12:03.
March 11: Closed
at 12:15. (Last order by 12:00)
March 12 & 13:
Closed at 1:00 pm.
We are now
accepting applications for financial aid for the 2009-2010
school year, which commences on August 26. Please contact Jim
Schell directly, or drop by the Business Office to pick up an
application. The deadline for application is
Friday, May 8, 2009.
I would like to
invite all parents to the third coffee meeting of this school
year. Please find in this letter two dates of which I hope at
least one will be of convenience to you:
March 5th at 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
6th at 9.00 am to 10.00 am.
I would like to
update parents on the opening of the road in front of school,
the cafeteria services, and staffing for the new school year in
2009. However this is just the basis for discussion and if
parents have other topics they would like to talk about then
this is welcomed.
are not organized by level at the school, therefore parents can
attend the gathering at a time that is most suitable to them.
Please tear off
the slip in the Bulletin (hard copy) and return it to your
child’s homeroom teacher
by Tuesday, March 3rd. I
look forward to meeting you very much at one of these times.
DON’T MISS THE BOOK FAIR
Book Fair will be held on March 5
and 6 in the 3rd floor conference room from 8:00 am
until 4:30 pm. Books
generally cost about 500 yen.
We will be
hosting Laura Apol, a
visiting author from the
USA. She has published many books of poetry, many articles in a
variety of journals, and has written several books . On
March 3 at 3:45 pm in the Theatre,
you will have the opportunity to see and listen to her read
SANNOH KODOMO CENTER
Sally and Nana
G5 Students / S.N.A.P. (Sally and
Nana Assistance Program)
and Elementary Students,
Nana Yanagisawa and I, Sally
Wilhelm, would like to give a big thank you to all the students,
teachers, and parents who participated in our food, clothing,
and supplies drive to help the homeless in Osaka. We and the
Sannoh Kodomo Center are grateful for receiving your generous
The amount of the contributions
surprised us and we are very pleased with the results. We
collected a large number of items which we were delivered to the
Sannoh Center this week. We know that many people appreciate and
benefit from your generosity.
Remember, a little something can
lead to something you never imagined!
Thank you again for your kindness.
SCHOOLS2SCHOOLS: Brick by
Tara Cheney, Peter Heimer
OIS Senior Advisors
The OIS seniors heartily thank the
school community for its support for the Schools2Schools
project. Thank you for eating hotdogs, buying popcorn,
practicing yoga, giving roses, and attending the “Pied Piper”
elementary musical. Thanks to everyone’s support, we are nearing
our goal of US$13,000, enough to construct an entire school
building in rural Cambodia. In fact, the school is nearly
completed and the OIS seniors plan to visit the school in late
The Schools2Schools project also
hopes to raise additional money to provide our new sister school
with added improvements, either this year or next – a new water
well, or a garden, or solar panels to generate electricity for a
computer. To achieve this, Schools2Schools has started a new
fundraiser called “Brick by Brick.” Members of the school
community have already contributed 34 bricks. You can view our
progress on the school house on the bulletin board outside the
theatre. The school house display was designed and constructed
by Ms. Bertram. Thank you for your support.
Help build a school
Brick by brick
5000 yen per “brick”
Your name goes on a red paper brick
as we fill up the school house on the SOIS theatre bulletin
Buy bricks as a group of friends,
as a class, as a club, as a family.
Please submit donations to any OIS
senior or Ms. Cheney or Mr. Heimer.
IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
DP presentations to parents:
February 28 and March 3
Parents of grade 9, 10 and 11
students, please note on the school calendar “IBDP Presentation
to Parents,” Saturday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 3. The
same presentation will be given three times by Mr. Heimer, once
on the 28th from 4:00 – 5:15 pm and twice on the 3rd
from 3:45 – 5:00 pm and from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Sign-up sheets with
information about content and times were sent home with students
last week. Please make plans to attend one of these
presentations. Students are welcome, too.
Who should attend?
Parents of 10th graders: your children are now
going through the process of choosing their DP courses for the
next two years and so you will want to know what kinds of
choices they are making. Parents of 9th graders:
it is never too early to start learning about the DP. Parents
of 11th graders: you may be interested in what
role the IB diploma plays in the university application process
– the final 15 minutes of each presentation will be devoted to
that topic; please attend an entire presentation or come only
for the final 15 minutes.
If you cannot
attend, do not worry. All of the information to be covered can
be found on the school website at
Also, do not hesitate to make an appointment with Mr. Heimer if
you have individual questions.
IBDP deadline, final reminder:
Yes, this coming Thursday. One last
frantic weekend of work for the seniors before they submit
English world literature papers, Japanese A2 written tasks, TOK
papers, and extended essays. This work will be mailed to DP
examiners around the world.
Grade 11 students will submit
internal assessment work for maths and ITGS or history before
the spring holiday.
IB summer camps – a reminder
camps provide great opportunities for students to prepare for
the IB curriculum, improve their academic English skills, and
get a taste of life at an overseas university. Registration
deadlines are approaching. Please see Mr. Heimer or check out
MYP PARENT INFORMATION
Due to conflicts with our visiting
speaker, the MYP parent information sessions will now be held
early in the spring trimester. There will be three sessions. The
first will be in English, the second for non -native English
speakers and the third session in Japanese. We hope that by
organizing these sessions we will be able to address the any
concerns about the difficulty of understanding the Middle Years
Programme by parents. We will be discussing the general outline
of the programme, with a focus on assessment. Please contact me
if you have any additional areas you would like me to discuss.
END OF TRIMESTER REPORTS
End of trimester reports will be
written up in the last week of the trimester and mailed home
during the first week of Spring break. If you do not receive
these by March 24th, please contact
the student information centre.
Just a reminder for grade 6-10
parents that the end of trimester reports give IB MYP levels of
achievement attained in a number of subject domains, without
narrative comments. Please take time to discuss the grades with
child, compare the descriptors of levels above and below the
level your child attained. These are available either from your
child, as most classes give students a hard copy of the
descriptors in their class, or from our OIS community website.
You will need to log into the site first, as these descriptors
are copyright, and not for public usage.
Refer to the
paper copy, or ask Ms. Rennie or Mr. Underwood for the user’s
name and the password.
Should you have
concerns with your child’s
performance, please contact the subject teachers.
SABER SPORTS UPDATE
Upcoming Dates :
All Japan MS Boys Futsal Festival @ Osaka
March 6th / 7th:
MS Boys Soccer Tournament @ CA, MS
Girls Basketball Tournament @ Marist
SIS High School Graduation
Saber Invitational HS Badminton Tournament
April 9t h- 12th:
SABER CUP International Boys Soccer @ Osaka
Many thanks to
everyone involved in the
Saber Swim Meet this
past weekend which was a huge success. Homestay families, parent
volunteers, spectators and participants - you all contributed to
making it a fabulous time for all concerned and our visitors
from Korea and China all had an excellent time.
The spring season is fully underway and for a full check on all
the scores and on the schedule for the coming weeks please visit
Saber Cup HS Boys Soccer Homestay -
April 9th-12th, 2009
year sees us in our first year post APAC and the Saber
Cup Boys Soccer Tournament will be our first
international invitational soccer event. We are looking
forward to welcoming 45 students from Seoul
International School in Korea, Suzhou International
School in China and the International School of Ho Chi
Minh in Vietnam.
would very much like to show our guests some true Osaka
hospitality and are looking for homestay places with
families in our own community for 3 nights. Without the
assistance of all of you in our small community we could
not be a part of such exciting opportunities and I would
personally like to recognize and thank you in advance
for your generosity and efforts in helping out.
past tournaments and festivals students from SIS/OIS
have stayed with some wonderful families who have made
them feel very welcome and have provided a local
experience during the tournament. Our students have been
cared for very well while representing our school
overseas in past events and now it is the turn of the
OIS/SIS school community to host visitors from the
you are able to offer a homestay place for one of our
visiting students between April 9th and 11th,
2009, or you simply need more information, please mail
me at school on
or call me directly on
072-727 5050 extension 132. As I said previously many
thanks in advance for your help - we are truly grateful
for your support of the programme.
Dear Parents and Students,
It’s with difficulty and sadness
that I must tell you I will be leaving the Osaka International
School Community at the end of this school year. I have
accepted a high school counseling position at the Shanghai
This has been a very difficult
decision for my family and I. Osaka is where I met the love of
my life, Chiho, and where our beautiful daughter, Josephine was
born. Osaka and OIS will always hold a special place in my heart
and I hope to return often. It has been five years since I began
work at OIS. These five years have brought much happiness and
fulfillment to my life as I believe I’ve grown as a person and
guidance counselor. Five years have allowed me to get to know
our students and families well. The relationships I have
developed with our students are irreplaceable and saying goodbye
to students I have grown to know and to love will be the hardest
part of leaving.
While Shanghai will not have
perhaps as many wonderful students as OIS, it does represent a
wonderful opportunity for me, my family and my career. K-12
guidance counseling is a challenge and I feel it’s time for me
to narrow my field of expertise and I would like to develop
further my expertise in the college/university admissions area.
In the months to come I would like
to do as I have advised others in the past. In order to
transition out of Osaka and into Shanghai I hope to spend
quality time with our students, continuing to provide the best I
can as a guidance counselor, share time with them outside of
school, seeing friends and celebrating life in Osaka and the OIS
community. In addition, I will be working very closely with
administration and the new guidance counselor to ensure a smooth
transition. I have increased the amount of instruction I am
providing to high school students regarding the
college/university selection and application procedures and will
spend extra time with our current grade 11 students preparing
them for their college admission efforts.
Although arriving at this important
decision has not been easy and I expect to experience a roller
coaster of emotions over the next six to ten months, I am very
excited about this opportunity and challenge. Life is full of
risk; however, with risk comes reward and I am looking forward
to this new chapter in my life and career. As I have said I am
looking forward to seeing people and saying goodbye properly. If
you have any concerns and would like to discuss these in person
please do not hesitate to come and see me.
2009-10 SCHOOL YEAR STARTING
asked to plan holidays around these dates, and not miss days as
this has a negative impact on their child socially and
academically, as well on other students and the teachers.
Meeting for Parents @ 3F Conference Room, 4:00-5:15 pm
@ Theatre, 3:45 pm
Meeting for Parents @ 3F Conference Room, 3:45-5:00 pm &
Council Cleaning Day
PTA Meeting @
Cafeteria, 8:45-10:00 am
Book Fair @ 3F
Conference Room, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
with Mr. Searle @ 2F Meeting Room, 7:00-8:00 pm
Book Fair @ 3F
Conference Room, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
with Mr. Searle @ 2F Meeting Room, 9:00-10:00 am
MARCH 11 - 13
Ends (Half Day of School for ES)
MARCH 14 -
(Lost & Found to
be displayed in the 2F showcase area from March 2 to 13)
SPRING LIBRARY SCHEDULE
March 9: Open as
March 10: 8:00
am - 4:30 pm (No extended opening)
March 11 - 13:
Closed for inventory
March 16 - April
April 2 -: Open
K-Gr. 2 SET LUNCH MENU–
Kitsune Udon /
Japanese Wheat Noodle with Deep Fried Bean Curd
with Chinese-style Barbecued Pork
Meat au Gratin
Rice Bowl with
Basil and Tomato
Hash & Rice
Containing Fried Rice
Rice Bowl with
Chicken & Egg Topping
with Tartar Sauce
Rennie, MYP Coordinator
Coombs, PYP Coordinator
Hasegawa, School Nurse