OIS Parent Bulletin: April 23, 2015

Dear OIS Parents,

As always, I want to keep you up to date with events taking place at school. I have been quite busy with the elementary school principal / PYP coordinator search. We had two of the top candidates visiting last week. I will update you on all the new hires when they are all completed. The students also yesterday, enjoyed working in the gardens in honor of Earth Day.

There are many events taking place in the next week and a half.

Spring Recital: If you are in the mood for some beautiful music, the theatre today at 4:00 PM Thursday April 23, is the place to be. Students will be performing solo and duet pieces. Most of the students are in high school, but there are several middle school and elementary students performing as well. There will be piano, violin, cello and voice performance.

OIS Parent Open Visitation Day: Next Wednesday April 29th is a national holiday (Day of Showa) and many of our parents will not be working. We would like to take advantage of this and invite you to come and spend some time with their children at school.

The day will look as follows:

There are several workshops and discussions taking place. Humanities teacher Marcella Cooper will be giving MYP Personal Project Information Sessions at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM in her classroom, room #330. Grade 9 parents and other interested parents can come and learn more about the culminating activity of the Middle Years Programme.

Melissa Lamug, the counselor and I will be leading a discussion about fathers’ role in education at 1:45 – 2:30 PM in the third floor conference room. Information will be presented and fathers will be discussing their challenges in finding a balance between work and family time. Mothers are invited to attend! We are also looking for fathers who want to participate in the discussion. If you are interested, please send me or Melissa an email.

Kurt Mecklem will be giving an overview of the Middle Years Programme curriculum. If you want to learn more about assessment, objectives, etc. of the MYP, please attend his session at 2:45 – 3:30 PM in the third floor conference room.

Please RSVP the administrative assistant Chiaki Aotani (caotani@senri.ed.jp) with your attendance so we can arrange for refreshments at the presentations.

Classrooms will be open all day for parents to sit in on in the middle school and high school.

The elementary teachers will be hosting parents in the homerooms at various times during the day. They will be contacting you with details today.

Earthquake Safety: We will be having an earthquake drill sometime next week. The safety of students is important and we want to practice what to do in case of an emergency. We are improving the English documentation for our Crisis Response Manual and this is part of the process.

Projects Abroad: For those families looking for a summer experience for your 16-19 year old, you may want to check out projectsabroad.org. They also have a Japanese website here. I have never used them, but they do have some pretty good reviews. Melissa Lamug in the counselor’s office has lots of flyers and information about various camps, summer schools, etc.

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