TIPS Journal December 1, 2021

on the school year so far

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Greetings from Tokyo International Progressive School

Dear Parent Community of TIPS,

Hello, and I hope you and your families are well!

To those who could make it to the Autumn Days Mixer, we thank you for coming out and participating. Some families could not attend but sent a refreshment instead. Relationships have to be fed, and we did a good job doing that!

Thanks in advance for your support for our International Day, planned for December 17, and for signing up to send a dish that represents your culture. International Day is a time to recognize our various backgrounds as we feast on a meal like no other. We also recognize with respect the differences of outlooks and cultures of our community. You are invited to come by and share a plate of food with us. We'll get started eating at 11:30 a.m.

At this point, our annual Ski Trip in February is a "go". Your son or daughter is invited along on the three-night trip beginning February 8. We ask that you respond to our email communication this month to confirm their attendance on the four-day trip. For those families that forego the trip, students will be under parental supervision starting around noon February 8 for the rest of the week.

As we have been doing since the pandemic started, in regards to the ski trip, we hope for the best while planning for it, too.

I encourage you to send your son or daughter on this ski and snowboard trip! If they haven't skied or snowboarded before, the instructors there do a good job of instilling confidence. We'll have alternative activities such as snowshoeing, a craft and a nature walk starting on Wednesday for those who prefer to get off the slopes for a while.

Have a bright holiday season and best wishes in the new year. Thanks for reading. Any questions, please ask!


Lyn Sato

TIPS Principal

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PSA activities

Our PSA leadership outdid themselves with the Autumn Days Mixer planning and delivery. Thanks everyone for coming out last Friday to get to know each other better. Below are some pictures from the event. Our next PSA meeting has been moved to Monday, December 6 from 2 p.m. As usual, you may attend in person or online. A link to the meeting will be sent to you.
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Upcoming Special Dates (through January 14, 2022)

Friday, December 3: LEAP Swim Day

Monday, December 6: PSA meeting 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 7: PE in gym

Friday, December 10: Quarter 2 Sports Day, Altered Schedule, dismissal as usual (rain date is Dec 14). Deadline to respond to ski trip invitation.

Monday, December 13: Robotics for grades 4 - 7. Lifelong Wellness Field Trip to Kinokuniya.

Tuesday, December 14: volleyball game at German School.

Wednesday, December 15: Soccer match at Ohashi Junction for youngest players.

Thursday, December 16: Student Council Matinee.

Friday, December 17: International Day. 2 p.m. dismissal for Winter Break.

Monday, January 10: Classes resume from Winter Break.

Tuesday, January 11: PE in gym.

Wednesday, January 12: PSA hybrid meeting 2 p.m.

Friday, January 14: Athletic banquet for volleyball team. Good Learning Habits for Home and School online presentation by Mr. Jessen-Petersen on Executive Functioning 7 - 8 p.m.


On November 29th, the Student council presented a fundraiser in which there were various activities. This fundraiser was to raise funds for a surround system soundbar, and an electronic payment system called "SQUARE". This system would be for students and teachers who use suica or PASMO to purchase things from the store and lunches. We thank parents for giving funds to their children, in order to purchase tokens and play the games on this day. Tokens were used as entry to play and participate in activities, such as Trivia, card games, and bingo. We found this event will be enjoyable for all students at TIPS, as you can see in the photos below.
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Our volleyball team is more active than ever this year, playing matches at several schools.

After a three-year absence from the International Schools of Tokyo Athletic Association (ISTAA), the TIPS Wolverines are back in action with a boys volleyball team this season. Though play is limited due to Covid restrictions, the team is playing games against KIST, CIS and a first-time match against DSTY (the German international school).

It's proving to be a steep learning curve since most players are new to the sport but in the second match of the season, the Wolverines did win a game against KIST although they lost the match.

"It's been a great experience and the team has learned to work together," said senior captain Pierce Goodman.

Future games include one at the German school on December 14.

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Volleyball Coach Brock gives instructions to players between games at KIST. Appreciation to Kate Soda for the photos.

Tokyo International Progressive School

TIPS is the small school in the Futako-Tamagawa area

that specializes in learning differences and learning support.

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