Thank you Parents!
Over the past few weeks we
have seen many of the parents working at the school, helping
with various activities. The classroom PTA representatives
have been busy organizing things such as food sales at
sports tournaments, making badges and fridge magnets to
support our All School Production, and they will be selling
food on the days of the Honk! performances. There is also a
T-Shirt competition in progress as advertised in this
Educator. They have planned a Yukata dress up day on
February 18th. It is great to see so much
activity and I would like to encourage everyone to support
the activities that the parents are conducting, whether it
is through attending events, being available to help or
purchasing products or food.
The students in the school
benefit not only through things that are done for them by
the parents. They also benefit by seeing their own and
others’ parents around the school, for the parents are
modeling the principle of service in a very visible manner.
All parents are busy people, but many find time to give to
the school for the benefit of their own and others’
children. At the admissions interviews with new families I
stress the importance of involvement in the school. There
are the activities that I call ‘non negotiable’, such as
Back to School Night and the Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Then there are the activities that can be negotiated
depending on parents’ schedules, such as helping with the
International Fair. The classroom representative system will
allow for all parents to take their turns in being leaders
for their classes in organizing and supporting school
activities. The classroom parent representatives this year
have got off on a good start and are planning more
activities through the year. Let us all support them in
Report from PTA Classroom
Parent Representatives Meeting, January. 17th
The PTA classroom reps met
on January 17th and the new organizing committee
was chosen. They are Mihye Kim, Isabelle Delumeau, and
Kiriko Honda. The new treasurer is Hanae Akeda and Lisa
Glasson continues as secretary. The group discussed their
responsibilities as classroom reps and began planning some
social as well as fund raising activities.
Dates were set for future
meetings. They are March 4th, April 8th
and June 17th, all beginning at 8.45 and
finishing at 10. The PTA meetings are open to all parents
and if parents wish to have items placed on the agenda, they
can do so by contacting any of their classroom reps or Mrs.
Caffin and Mrs. Glasson, who will set the agenda for the
Middle and High School Principal
As we slowly wend our way towards the end of our second
trimester, I would like to encourage students to battle the
winter cold and any malaise they may be feeling, and be
encouraged that they are now past the half way mark for the
school year! In
particular, IB Diploma students are encouraged to make
special effort as they
really only have about 8 weeks of school left before exams
in May (4 more weeks to spring break, then April). As usual,
at the end of trimester, an end of trimester grade report
will be issued containing descriptive levels of achievement,
but no narrative comments this time (the next narrative
comments will be sent home at mid-trimester 3). Please note
the reports will be mailed home this time, as spring break
occurs immediately following the end of trimester.
Last Educator, I detailed the Areas of Interaction (AOI)
used in the Middle Years Programme. As these are a central
component of the programme, I wanted to follow up briefly in
this Educator. If I were to ask you right now,
“What is the purpose of the AOIs?”, could you answer?! I
would not expect
you to remember everything - but I would encourage you to
perhaps review the outline again if you could not come up
with at least part of an answer! Spare copies of the
available outside the business office - as well as being
posted on our web site.
Speaking of our web site, I would also encourage you to
bookmark our OIS community web site. In the future I intend
to set up an RSS feed for those of you who would like
automatic updates. For now, the link is:
will find news items, articles and links here – let me know
if you have any to contribute!
Finally, after much delay for many different reasons, I
wanted to let you know we are in the final stages of
producing a new OIS Directory. Many of you have asked for
these since we discontinued producing them in
a few years ago due to the restrictions placed on us by the
protection of personal data law changes. This new version
contain names, home phone number, and parent’s
e-mail addresses. It will be distributed only to OIS
families. You have the right to ask for any data to be
withheld if you wish. I have obtained all families
permission for use of the data in this way through a contact
information sheet last year; or one filled in upon
admissions. Please contact me if you have changed any of the
data you submitted; or if you wish to withhold any of that
data from the directory.
Please contact me or Mr. Adam if you have any concerns you
wish to discuss about the directory.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UPDATE
Elementary School Principal
One of the most common topics
of discussion between parents and teachers is homework. How
much homework is the right amount? Not for students, but for
parents. While parents want their children to do well, too
much involvement may have negative consequences. Students
need encouragement, but most should be able do their
homework without parental assistance. Too much help can lead
to dependency, frustration and a lack of confidence. It can
also discourage students from paying attention in class or
overcoming shyness to ask questions of the teacher. The key
is to encourage, monitor, and let your child know that
there’s help if they really need it.
Here are a few tips for
parents concerning help with homework:
- When going over
instructions, ask the child to summarize what they need to
- If parents spot glaring
errors, suggest the child take a second look or ask how they
arrived at their answers.
- Don’t judge the work of a
child by adult standards – adults are often too critical.
- Assist by asking questions,
rather than giving answers.
- Role-play with a child.
Play the student who doesn’t understand and have your child
become the teacher, showing what they know.
- If the child is completely
lost, let the teacher know.
- If students are taking
unusually large amounts of time on homework, advise the
- Don’t jeopardize your
relationship with your child by trying to be the teacher and
parent. Sometimes this just doesn’t work.
PRINCIPLED – DOING THE
During the month of January
the Elementary School highlighted the Learner Profile
attribute of “Principled.”
This is not an easy
concept to define. The PYP characterizes students who are
principled as “ones who act with integrity and honesty, with
a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the
dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take
responsibility for their own actions and the consequences
that accompany them.” The vocabulary and concepts are quite
advanced for some of our younger children to understand, so
at a recent “sharing assembly” the second graders shared
some ideas on how these ideas can be put into action on the
- Being a gracious loser is
just as important as being a good winner!
When you win a game
make sure that you are a well-mannered winner!
- Decide on the rules for a
game and then make sure that you stick to them.
- Play games that involve
lots of teams!
- Encourage others to show
teamwork when they play on your team.
- Try not to keep the ball
to yourself, pass it to other members of your team.
- Thank your opponents or
shake hands with them if it’s appropriate, at the end of a
Of course, this advice can
be extended to all aspects of life. Talk to your children
about these ideas whenever you have the opportunity. The
more we discuss and model these ideals, the better chance
children have of internalizing them.
DIPLOMA PROGRAMME INFORMATION
Reminder – DP deadline: March 3
first major deadline for submission of IB diploma programme
assignments is only two weeks away: March 3. Panic time
officially begins now.
Notice – IB information meetings for parents, March 6 and 8
Parents will note on the school calendar two IB Presentation
Sessions for parents on Thursday, March 6 and Saturday,
March 8. Presentations will be given on the MYP assessment
method, and the Diploma Programme (DP). Each DP presentation
will be divided into two parts, each one hour in length. The
first part will be for parents of 9th and 10th
graders and will provide a detailed introduction to the IB
diploma programme. The second part will be for parents of 11th
graders and will address the connection between the
university application process and an IB background. More
information about content, time and location will follow.
Please make plans to attend. Students are welcome, too.
Reminder – DP summer camps
are summer camp options every year for IB students. Please
see Mr. Heimer or check out these websites:
For a full check on all the
recent scores and on all important upcoming dates, be sure
to check out the Saber Sportsweb at <www.senri.ed.jp/sportsweb>
The 2007-2008 boys and girls
basketball teams concluded their seasons at the annual APAC
tournament. This year’s tournament took place in Beijing, at
International School Beijing. The boys finished 5th and the
girls were 6th, but both squads finished 1st for the
Sportsmanship Award. A few days before the tournament, both
teams braved the frigid weather and enjoyed a fantastic day
touring the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen
Next week, our band will
travel to CA for the APAC Band Festival and our theatre
group will head to Shanghai American School for the APAC
Theatre Festival. Good luck musicians and thespians!
INVITATION TO THE ANCIENT EGYPT WAX MUSEUM
-presented by Grade 6
Geraldine O’Connell &
When: Tuesday, February
19, 11:00 am – 12:00
Where: 2F, overlooking the
Please come and learn about
Khufu, Tutankhamen, Geb and 17 other famous Egyptians.
IMMUNIZATION (TD BOOSTER)
If you follow the Japanese
Immunization Schedule, DT(diphteria, tetanus) immunization
at age 11~12 is strongly recommended.
Please see your child’s
doctor for a DT shot
free at age 11-12).
If your child
missed a DT shot at age 11-12, please ask your child’s
doctor for advice.
If you do not
follow the Japanese Immunization Schedule, please check when
your child needs a DT shot (Td booster).
(A Td booster
is recommended 10 years after the last DTP)
Those who missed ordering
the Yearbook can now purchase it at the School Service
Center for 6,000 yen.
Thank you to Dr. Coombs for
organizing the Book Fair this week. Hopefully many of the
students were able to buy books and enjoy reading them in
the weeks to come.
We would also like to thank
the parents who have come in over the last few days to help
with the Book Fair. Without you we could not have done
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR CHILD THIS SUMMER
ESL/Community Service Coordinator
is a charitable, independent, non-political, volunteer
organization promoting peace education and cross-cultural
friendship (backed by UNESCO).
Kansai Chapter will offer International Village camps (in
English) for 11 year olds (10 - 12 year olds) in Italy
(July 11 - Aug 07), Portugal (July 18 - Aug 14),
Japan (July 27 - Aug 23), and Thailand (Dec 22 -
Jan 18). At each of these camps, there will be four 11
year olds from 11 different countries living together for 4
middle school students, there are many other camp
opportunities for our students including a 3 week homestay
in the U.S. this coming summer. For OIS students who have
little opportunity to use English outside school, these
trips provide a great opportunity for using English
intensively with kids from all around the world at a
our older students, volunteering as a junior counselor would
count as CAS credits and would look good on college
applications. The Kansai branch of CISV's website is only in
http://www12.ocn.ne.jp/~cisv/ but, since this
organization was started in the U.S. soon after WWII, you'll
find a lot of information online in English too.
your son or daughter is interested in joining a CISV camp,
please point them to the website or ask them to call Mrs.
Yamamoto (072)363-6615. If they don't speak Japanese, I can
explain basics in English.
ASSISTANT IN THE LIBRARY
Natsuko Mochizuki will be
replacing Nobuko Kinoshita who will be retiring the end of
Sara Revell, Consul,
American Citizen Services, US Consulate General Osaka-Kobe,
will be at school on March 3 to make a presentation.
The presentation will be
about registering to vote in the upcoming election, and will
include a brief introduction of the American Citizen
Services (ACS) section of the Consulate office and the types
of services that they provide.
The presentation will take
place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room, starting at 3:45
All Americans are
encouraged to attend.
Please contact me with questions.
FEBRUARY 14 - 16
Friday, February 15, 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 16, 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 16, 6:00 pm
Yukata Demonstration Lesson by PTA,
am - 12:00 @ 3F Conference Room
Ancient Egypt Wax Museum by G6 Class,
am – 12:00
FEBRUARY 20 - 24
Music-Band @ CA
Theatre @ Shanghai
FEBRUARY 27 - 29
United Nations @ Marist
K-Gr. 2 SET LUNCH MENU – CAFETERIA
MONDAY, Feb. 18
Rice with Roast Pork
TUESDAY, Feb. 19
Chinese Noodle Soup
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20
Cutlet & Rice with Demiglace Sauce
THURSDAY, Feb. 21
& Egg Bowl
FRIDAY, Feb. 22
TUESDAY, Feb. 26
(Japanese Wheat Noodle)
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27
THURSDAY, Feb. 28
Omelet Containing Fried Rice
FRIDAY, Feb. 29
Spaghetti with Basil and Tomato
Karin Caffin, Head
Heimer, IB Coordinator
McGill, Admissions Director