Elementary Parent Newsletter - April 2016

Elementary Parent Newsletter - April 2016
Elementary Parent Newsletter - April 2016

April Newsletter 2016

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome to all our new families who have recently joined us at YIS. We are very happy to have you join the YIS community and we hope that you are all settling into life at YIS. The weeks have been busy since returning from the spring break.

Sakura Book Bowl

We would like to extend our congratulations to our Sakura Book Bowl Team who took second place this year at the annual Sakura Book Bowl that was hosted at YIS. Our students did us very proud! They worked extremely hard in the lead up to this event reading and re-reading the collection of Sakura Books (which can be found in the library). We would also like to thank Rita Kar and Katy Vance for all the work that went into hosting this event. Our auditorium was full with students, parents and teachers from all over Tokyo. Sakura Book Bowl

Grade 5 Exhibition

Our Grade 5 students held their Exhibition this week. The Exhibition is held in the last year of the PYP and for our students at YIS, this is Grade 5. You can read more about Exhibition here on our Website. We would like to congratulate our students who have worked extremely hard over the past six weeks in the lead up to the Exhibition. It has required them to research, work in groups, pairs and as individuals, go out into the community, find experts, find experiences, take action and put together a presentation in a creative, and informative manner. Wednesday evening was the opening of Exhibition, where our students welcomed their family and teachers. On Thursday, our school community, along with visitors from other International Schools in Tokyo came to visit. We are all very proud of their work. Of course, this would not be possible without the support, guidance and encouragement from their teachers. Many thanks to our Grade 5 teachers and Single Subject teachers for all their support.

Photos from the Exhibition can be found Here .

ES Sports Day

Thankfully the weather held out last Friday for the ES Sports Day. It was great to see so many families come out to support their children and enjoy the day. It was a great day and the children certainly enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to our PE staff for all the preparation and organization that goes into Sports day. We would also like to thank the Middle School students who did an amazing job in leading the various stations throughout the day. Photos of the day can be found Here

Student-Led Conferences 2016

In March 2016, YIS held its annual Student-led Conferences for ELC-Grade 5 students. The day was well attended by families who enjoyed spending time in the classroom. While positive feedback was overwhelming shared in the parent feedback survey, here is some further clarification regarding Student-led Conferences at YIS.

Definition of Student-led Conference (from Making it Happen in the PYP, 2009):

"Student-led conferences involve the student and the parent. The students are responsible for leading the conference, and also take responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with their parents. It may involve students demonstrating their understanding through a variety of different learning situations. There may be several conferences taking place simultaneously. The conference will involve the students discussing and reflecting upon samples of work that they have previously chosen to share with their parents. These samples have been previously selected with guidance and support from the teacher, and could be from the student's portfolio. The student identifies strengths and areas for improvement. It enables parents to gain a clear insight into the kind of work their child is doing and offers an opportunity for them to discuss it with their child. The conferences must be carefully prepared, and time must be set aside for the students to practise their presentations. The format of this conference will depend on the age of the student and all of the participants must understand the format and their roles prior to the conference."

What is the Purpose of SLC?:

Through Student-led Conferences, students are able to share with their parents their learning and give a true picture of the program at YIS. The Student-led Conference gives the parents an opportunity to experience what it is like to be a PYP learner at YIS. Therefore, the purpose of Student-led Conferences, is not to focus on standards and how students meet these.

When can I have a Parent/Teacher Conference to talk about my child?

Parent/teacher conferences can happen ANYTIME throughout the school year! There does not need to be a special day set aside to discuss your child's progress. Parents can make contact with the relevant teacher to organise a confidential meeting at a mutually agreed time. Likewise, a teacher can contact a parent at anytime to request a meeting.

Staff and Parent Art Exhibition ~ May 6-13 2016 YIS Library

Staff+Parent Art Exhibition 2016 poster FINAL version.jpg


ES Grade 3-5 Dance

This year the ES Student Council and the PTSA are working together to organise an ES Grade 3-5 Dance. As this is the first time they are collaborating, the dance will be smaller this year, open to Grade 3-5 children only. We hope that it will be a great success and we can expand to include lower grades next year!

Date: ES Grade 3-5 School Dance Friday May 20th Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Cafeteria.

Entrances: Grade 3 and Grade 4 enter at the front of the cafeteria. Grade 5 will enter at the side entrance.

Cost: The cost will be 500 Yen. This includes a snack and then all profits will go to donations for Kumamoto Earthquake Relief.

PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS from the CAFETERIA STORE on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before school or at morning recess. Thank you Mrs. Angela Coutts for your kind support.

Please send any queries to G5 Students:

Polina -23bryanp@yis.ac.jp

Karthik- 23vairavank@yis.ac.jp

For those parents who have holidays this week, we hope you enjoy Golden Week.


Many thanks,


Jacqueline Pender and Shanel Catasti

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