August Orientation Day

Orientation Day for New YIS Students and Families

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Welcome to YIS! We have organized an orientation program for new students and their families on Thursday, August 16th, just before the start of school, to take care of practical matters and give you a chance to get to know classmates, teachers and others in our school community. Information sessions and activities are arranged by section (ELC, elementary school, middle & high school); please see the details below.

Lunch, provided by Dragon Dining in the cafeteria at the times noted below, is free of charge and open to all new parents and students. (Note: high school students will be having lunch separately). Dragon Dining staff will be on hand throughout the day to process new cafeteria accounts.

The school store will be open from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for purchase of PE uniforms and other supplies.

Please be prepared for hot and humid weather. We encourage students to bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle. If you have any questions regarding the orientation day, please feel free to contact Susan Chen or Sophie Kitayama in our admissions office (045-622-0084).

Middle & High School Orientation (grades 6 - 12)

Information session starts at 9:30 am in the auditorium

All new middle and high school families should meet in the auditorium (located on the second floor of our Early Learning Center) at 9:30 am for a general information session, followed by an orientation to our Connected Learning Community, including details regarding the 1:1 laptop program. Around 11:15 am students will go off for a tour of the campus led by student council members, and parents will be free to set up cafeteria accounts, purchase items from the school store, or go on a campus tour.

Lunch and Afternoon
Middle school and high school parents are welcome to join us for lunch in the cafeteria from 11:45 am – 12:30 pm.

High School Students (grades 9 – 12)
High school students will meet in the Loft for lunch at 12:15 pm, after which they will depart for an off-campus outing in Yokohama. They will return to the main building at 4:00 pm and be dismissed at that time.

Note: Students whose parents have approved independent travel to/from off-campus school events may return directly home from the outing.

Middle School Students (grades 6 – 8) and Families
Middle school students will gather in the cafeteria at 11:45 am for lunch. After lunch, students and their families are invited to spend the afternoon at the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club (YC&AC), which is located near Yamate Station about two kilometers from school. Swimming and other activities will be arranged for students, and parents will have an opportunity to tour the facility and also enjoy the amenities.

Note: We will arrange transportation (taxis) for families going to YC&AC directly from school. Admission and use of the club’s facilities for the afternoon are free of charge for new YIS families. However, food and beverages must be paid for individually.

Elementary School Orientation (grades K – 5)

Information session starts at 1:30 pm in the cafeteria

No activities planned

Lunch and Afternoon
Elementary school students and their parents are welcome to join us for lunch in the school cafeteria between 12:30 and 1:15 pm. Those having lunch on their own off campus should meet in the cafeteria at 1:30 pm for the start of the elementary orientation. After a few brief introductions, homeroom teachers will take the students on a brief tour and to their classrooms, where they will have a chance to get to know one another and learn about the year ahead. During this time we will have a general information session for parents. The orientation will end around 2:15 pm.

Early Learning Center Orientation (grades ELC1 & ELC2)

Information session starts at 11:30 am in the ELC

Early Learning Center students and parents should meet at the ELC at 11:30 am. There will be a brief information session and the children will have a chance to get to know their teachers and classmates. The orientation will conclude about 12:00 noon.

Lunch and Afternoon
Following the session at the Early Learning Center, new ELC families who wish to join us for lunch in the school cafeteria are welcome to do so. They are also welcome to stay for the elementary information session. (See above.)

Thank you to the YIS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) for generously supporting the new family orientation!