Parent Activities

PTSA organizes a wide range of activities for YIS parents. Take a look at the activities described below to find something that matches your interests and fits your schedule. Let's stay active and continue to build a strong YIS community!

Do you have any suggestions or would you like to organize an activity? Contact one of our Parent Activity Coordinators, Raju Mankani, Mohita Mansingh Varma, Satomi Shimura or Chikako Watanabe.

Reminder: If the venue is YCAC, please note that non-members of YCAC should use the changing rooms next to the sports bar. YCAC's changing rooms are supposed be used by YCAC members only.

Parent Activities Calendar

February 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, Jan 28
Mon, Jan 29
Tue, Jan 30
Yoga & Fitness
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YCAC
Wed, Jan 31
Tai Chi
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YCAC
Thu, Feb 1
Fri, Feb 2
Book Club
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ICJC
Sat, Feb 3
Sun, Feb 4
Mon, Feb 5
Tue, Feb 6
Yoga & Fitness
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YCAC
Wed, Feb 7
Tai Chi
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YCAC
Thu, Feb 8
Fri, Feb 9
Sat, Feb 10
Sun, Feb 11
Mon, Feb 12
Tue, Feb 13
Ikebana
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YIS Cafeteria
Yoga & Fitness
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YCAC
Wed, Feb 14
Tai Chi
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YCAC
Thu, Feb 15
Fri, Feb 16
Sat, Feb 17
Sun, Feb 18
Mon, Feb 19
Tue, Feb 20
Yoga & Fitness
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YCAC
Mexican Cooking Class
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ICJC
Wed, Feb 21
Tai Chi
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YCAC
Thu, Feb 22
Reiki
YCAC Bayview Room
Mexican Cooking Class
ICJC
Fri, Feb 23
Sat, Feb 24
Maker Saturdays
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Library (entry via the Playground Gate)
Sun, Feb 25
Mon, Feb 26
Tue, Feb 27
Ikebana
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YIS Cafeteria
Yoga & Fitness
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YCAC
Wed, Feb 28
Tai Chi
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YCAC
Thu, Mar 1
Sat, Mar 3

Calendar & Category Legend:

  • Parent Activities Calendar

Tea Box Class

Tea Box Class

Originally known as "Chabako," the Japanese Tea Box is used in the Japanese tea ceremony. However, it can also be an attractive and functional home decoration used to store valuables or other personal items. How can you own a Japanese Tea Box? Join Grace in her Tea Box class and learn the craft yourself. It's a great way to make your stay in Japan unforgettable! Your Tea Box will be custom-designed to suit your particular needs. Grace has been teaching tea box for more than 10 years and has displayed her creations around various events in Yokohama and Tokyo, including the TAC International Bazaar.

When: by appointment, please contact the instructor. Scheduled classes are shown in the PTSA calendar.

Where: instructor's home (Honmoku area)

Fee: The cost for two classes (one class for making, second class for lacquering) is 3500 yen + material cost (from 900 yen depending on box size).

Instructor: Grace Hartoyo

Email: gracehartoyo@gmail.com

Phone: 090-2487 2351

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is one of the ‘soft’ martial arts developed by the ancient Chinese. It is practiced increasingly in the West as a means of stress management and exercise. Tai Chi is a series of slow, controlled movements or postures, usually practiced outdoors to take advantage of the surrounding energy of nature. Central to Tai Chi is the belief in the life essence, or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), that flows through invisible channels or meridians in the body. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, illness is the result. The regular practice of Tai Chi is said to strengthen and improve Qi. According to scientific studies, Tai Chi is an effective healing tool for a range of disorders, particularly chronic (for example, arthritis and heart disease) and stress related conditions. Ayako Oguri is an expert Tai chi master and is passionate about teaching Tai chi to everyone.

When: Wednesday's 9:30 - 11:00

Where: YCAC

Fee: 1,500 yen per class

Instructor: Ayako Oguri

Phone: 080 3718 4828

English Conversation Group

Hello YIS parents!

Are you interested in improving your English? Do you need help with your English-language fluency and understanding? There is no better way than to spend time speaking English! Please join us for an introductory meeting of the English Conversation Class!

Introductory Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday , October 3 rd.

Time: 8:45 a.m.

Where: ICJC

Cost: Free!

Weekly Conversation Class Details

Class Days: Tuesday and/or Thursday

Time: 8:45-10:00 a.m.

Where: YIS or ICJC

Cost: 1500yen per 75 minutes

**(If there is a large number of interested students, I may split the class based on current English language level.)

About the Instructor

My name is Rory Pickett, YIS mom of two elementary school children. I have a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College. I am a certified teacher in the United States and am very excited to bring my love of teaching and learning to the YIS community. I look forward to meeting and learning about the many English-learners in our community! While I am new to Japan, I hope I can help others by improving their English skills so everyone feels welcome and confident speaking at school (and in the world)!

About the Classes

Learning happens best when it is meaningful and useful. Weekly topics will be based on student interest and current events, with class time built in for questions and review. Students will improve their grammar and expand their vocabulary through regular use and correction, and occasional reading assignments. I look forward to lively discussion with this international community!


Yoga and Fitness

YOGA & FITNESS with SINA

When: 9am on every Tuesday

Where: YCAC

Fee: 1000 yen per class

Instructor: Sina Krickhahn sinakrickhahn@gmail.com / 080-94552507

Tuesday Class

What to expect?

A balanced and mindful yoga class that focuses on gaining flexibility and detoxing your body & mind. We will gain a deeper sense of body awareness while practising breathing/relaxation techniques. Over time your body will become stronger and tone up. Classes are aimed to make you feel good about yourself.

Who can attend?

Everybody! All levels welcome.

About myself

In January 2016, I moved to Yokohama after living in Bangalore/India for 4 years with my husband and my two daughters. I am an accredited Hatha Yoga and Children's Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance. In 2015 I turned my passion into my profession. I truly believe that we have to nurture and acknowledge the needs of our body and mind. The aim in my yoga classes is to support YOUR needs by providing a safe and fun environment.

Sina Krickhahn


Workshops

Essential Oils Introduction and Make & Take

When: Mon, Jan 22, 10:30~12:30

Where: ICJC

Fee: ¥1500 includes the essential oils and 3 items that you make & take with you.

Instructor: Blanka Kobayashi

Please email to rajumankani@yahoo.com, ptsapactivities@yis.ac.jp for sign-up

  • Learn how you can use essential oils to benefit your health, your beauty regime and your family's life.
  • Learn the basics about essential oils, why it is so important to choose the right oils and how to use them safely and responsibly.
  • Includes a demonstration of how quickly you can make your own products with essential oils and you will take some of these products home for your personal use.


Strategic Sabbaticals Workshop

When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Fee: ¥1,500

Instructor: Janice pica Scholl

Please email to picaschool@gmail.com for sign-up

Did you say sayonara to your career to become a trailing spouse in Japan? Are you taking time out of the workforce to raise children? This workshop is aimed at those currently on break from their career who anticipate returning to work one day. Whether you’ve been out of the workforce for five weeks or five years, in any career path, we will discuss strategies to remain active, re-engage, and/or develop new skills for an eventual return to work.

Purposefully designing your time away from the workforce
It’s often a tough decision to leave the security and consistency of a successful career. Many of us plan our exit thoughtfully, but spend little time planning our return once we get busy within our new lives.

Returning to the workforce can be challenging. Those on break worry about financial penalties for time away, dramatic changes in technology, de-skilling, and limited flexible work arrangements upon their return.

We will cover:

  • ● Staying connected to your professional network
  • ● Maintaining your professional skills
  • ● Developing new skills


Japanese Etiquette: Social and Professional Rules and Manners

When/Where:

Wendesday, September 20, 9 - 11am in the Loft

Tuesday, October 3, 7-9pm in the Cafeteria

Instructor: Benedicte Franchot

Please email to

ptsapactivities@yis.ac.jp for inquiry


Conversations About the Gig Economy

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Fee: ¥1,500

Where: Loft or Auditorium

Instructor: Janice pica Scholl

Please email to picaschool@gmail.com for sign-up

When you return to the workforce, will you pursue a traditional employment path or an unconventional one? The world of employment is changing rapidly. According to McKinsey Global Institute, approximately 20-30% of the working age population in the US and Europe are engaged in some form of independent work. This number is expected to continue to grow. What do you need for a successful career in this new employment world? What we will cover:

  • What is the Gig Economy?
  • Why is it important?
  • How does one find gigs?
  • What are the best ways to market yourself?


Resume Writing Workshop

This Workshop is postpone. The revised date will be notified soon.

Instructor: Janice pica Scholl

Please email to picaschool@gmail.com for sign-up

Will you be in the job market soon? Writing an updated resume is often the first step in any job search. A clear and concise resume is essential, since we only have seconds to capture the interest of a potential employer in our quest to secure an interview.

What we will cover:

  • Commonsectionsfoundinaresume
  • Bestwritingformat
  • Resumeactionwords
  • Sampleresumes
  • Difference between a resume and C.V

French conversation class

French & Speak : conversation classes.

Introductory Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday, February 6th.

Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Where: ICJC

Cost: Free!

Weekly Conversation Class Details

Class Day: Tuesday or Monday (depending on registered students' availability and preference)

Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Level : beginner/pre-intermediate

Where: YIS or ICJC

Cost: 2000 yen per 90 minutes

Number of participants : class size minimum of 4 participants is required.

After the trial lesson, the students register for 1 session (10 lessons).

**(If there is a large number of interested students, I may split the class based on current French language level.)

If you would like to sign up, please send me an e-mail: linda.graeble@yahoo.com

Learn French differently! I believe that people learn when they are actively involved in their learning. That is why my lessons are based on daily situations, to make my students actively participate in class!

All together we learn the language using many different supports, authentic documents such as texts, videos, recordings, art pictures, books, newspapers and magazines. We bring you close real life situations and practice the language through intensive role play.

About me :

My name is Linda Graeble and I am a French native. I started my career as a translator in Europe where I worked for 10 years. After moving to Asia, I decided to make a mid-career change to teaching to share my passion for foreign languages with others and went through professional certification programs to become a certified language teacher in French and English.

I have been working as a language teacher for the last 6 years in Asia, offering private and corporate lessons, and have truly enjoyed teaching and sharing with my students.

"Learning by doing" is my motto!

I believe that people learn better if they get involved in their learning and following an active "learning by doing" approach helps them develop learning strategies to steadily improve their knowledge of the language and their communication skills.

What matters to me is that my learners gain on confidence and enjoy learning and my wish is to see them become independent learners.

I'm looking forward to meeting you soon!

Ikebana

Ikebana is the art of traditional Japanese flower arranging. It originated and developed in Japan several centuries ago with various schools, each with its own rules. Ms. Kamata teaches the Koryu and Ichiyo styles. Ms. Kamata is a certified Ikebana instructor and received her licenses from both the Koryu and Ichiyo schools. She has been teaching for the last 20 years.

When: 8:30-10:30 am on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month

Where: YIS Canteen or ICJC (please check the PTSA Calendar)

Fee: 2,000 yen per class

Instructor: Sakiko Kamata

Email: amatasakiko@gmail.com


Reiki Treatment

I would like to invite you to my charity therapy sessions which I will dedicate again to help the kids in high Andes with some materials in need and also for project for promoting the Eco-tourism of those regions, to protect their traditional culture.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered through hand movements and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us. The treatment allows you to feel a wonderful glow that radiates from within and around you. Reiki treats the whole person, including body and emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.

My charity Reiki sessions are more deeper combining Auric field cleansing and Chakra balancing: for 30 minutes 2000 yen minimum for donation.

When: Fourth Thursday of every month (Nov 23rd, Jan 25th, Feb 22nd, April 26th and May 24th)

  • Previous appointment is required. Please contact me to:
  • Please note our 3-day cancellation policy. If you cannot attend your booked session please notify Ayako 3 days in advance. Otherwise the fee must be paid in full.

Duration of a session: 30-minute session per person (time slots: 9:30-10:00, 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30)

Where: YCAC, Bay View Room

Instructor: Ayako Oguri

Cooking Classes

Each month you have an opportunity to participate in a cooking class and sample a different international cuisine. The recipes are provided so you can take the ideas home and tantalize your family's taste buds. They will think you are amazing! Please see the PTSA News on the PTSA homepage or the parent activity calendar to find out more about upcoming cooking classes.

January

Chinese Cooking: 10am~ on Jan 29th at ICJC

Feburary

Mexican Cooking: 10am~ on Feb 22th at ICJC

Please email to

ptsapactivities@yis.ac.jp for sign-up.

Please check PTSA News or PTSA Parent Activity Calendar for details

Fee: up to 2500 yen

BOOK CLUB

It’s a group that will get together to read and discuss books. A fabulous occasion to meet new people, exchange ideas, make new creative connections and get the brain juices running. It also helps us to widen our reading as it motivates us to pick up books which are outside our comfort zones. While at the same time helps us to appreciate different perspectives. A great occasion to recommend and share your favorite books to the club.

When: The Book Club meet once a month: Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 2, Mar 9

Time: 9-10:30

Where: ICJC

Organizer: Corinne Hatakeyama, Mohita Mansingh Varma


HIKING CLUB

It is a great way to connect and meet new people. It gives you an opportunity to explore the local area near you and enjoy the outdoors. The hiking involved is moderate to easy, and anyone ready to walk can do it.

The hiking is once a month during the weekdays and between the school time. Check the PTSA Calendar or PTSA News for the schedule.


Organizer: Corinne Hatakeyama, Mohita Mansingh Varma

Felting

When: 10am - 12pm, a Thursday every month depending on the venue availability

Where: ICJC

Instructor: Rina Ito, Owner of a handcraft shop in Tokyo

Fee: ¥2500 including materials

Pre-booking needed. Please contact PTSA Parents Activities Team for inquiry and sign-up.



Home Health Care

I would like to invite you to my charity Home Health Care sessions, including teaching massage, energy healing, energy exercise etc. by using aroma.

I will dedicate your donation again to help the kids in high Andes with some materials in need and also for project for promoting the Eco-tourism of those regions, to protect their traditional culture.

When: 9~11:00am, 2nd Tuesdays (March 8th, April 12th, May 10th)

  • Previous appointment is required. Please contact me to:
  • Please note our 3-day cancellation policy. If you cannot attend your booked session please notify Ayako 3 days in advance. Otherwise the fee must be paid in full.

Duration of a session: 30-minute session per person (time slots: 9-9:30, 9:30-10:00, 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00)

Where: YCAC, Bay View Room

Fee: Min 3000 yen for donation

Instructor: Ayako Oguri

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