TIPS Journal October 1, 2021

on the school year so far

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Greetings from Tokyo International Progressive School

Dear Parent Community of TIPS,

The TIPS Journal is one way of staying connected with TIPS families about once a month this school year.

The first Sports Day of the year will be on October 8. We hope to have one each quarter this year. There is no change to arrival and dismissal times. We will have an altered schedule that allows us to play sports in the afternoon in our big backyard. The rain date for Sports Day is October 15.

Our Hallowe'en festivities will be on Friday, October 29. The annual costume contest will be amazing if it is anything like years past. Last year the costumes were so exquisite we created new categories for the contest. Students in costume will get a treat from me. The PSA is also very giving of their time to make the day memorable. For those of you who come from countries that do not celebrate Hallowe'en, think of it as a costume party with candy on the menu. For those of you who do not include sugar in your child's diet, a sticker pack will be the alternative from me. Let me know who you are if I don't know this about you already.

Our school has been invited to the Ex-Pat Expo in Hamamatsu-cho November 5 - 6. The location is the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center. We will be there promoting TIPS and would love to see you if your family has free time that Saturday. Artwork from some of our art students will be on display. You may read (in Japanese and English) more about the expo here:

Thanks for reading. Any questions, please ask!


Lyn Sato

TIPS Principal

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PSA Report

Submitted by Ms. Iris Yamanaka

PSA is happy to announce the 2021/22 PSA Leadership Team

Eiko Yellen: Grade 4/5 Class Parent and Chofu/Setagaya Village Coordinator

Nimm Khumbahn: Grade 6/7 Class Parent and Higashi/Kita/Meguro/Shibuya Village Coordinator

Naho Pipe: Grade 8/9 Class Parent and Yokohama Village Coordinator

Regina Salathe: Grade 10/11 Class Parent

Iris Yamanaka: Minato Village Coordinator

Fanny Wong: Grade 12 Class Parent and Kawasaki/Ota/Shinagawa Village Coordinator

Rory Tibbals: PSA Social Media Coordinator

From the end of October, the Khumbahn family will be leaving Tokyo. Nimm Khumbahn has generously offered her time to support PSA in the meantime, but if there are any 6th or 7th grade parent who would like to step into Nimm's role, please let us know!

Most families should have received emails from their respective Class Parent Representative and Village Coordinator. Please feel free to contact them with any questions you may have.

We'd also like to thank families who have made their 10,000 yen donations to PSA. In the coming week, we will be asking for volunteers and contributions for TIPS Halloween festivities.

We will be posting information on TIPS PSA social media (Facebook and Instagram). Please request to join these private groups, so you can continue to be updated with any school related news and interests.

The next PSA meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6, from 2pm. Zoom link will be provided.

Upcoming Special Dates (through November 12, 2021)

Tuesday, October 5: PE in gym. No TAP.

Wednesday, Oct 6: PSA meeting 2 p.m. in Meeting Room or online.

Friday, October 8: Sports Day, Altered Schedule. Arrival and dismissal as usual.

Monday, October 11: Robotics for Grades 4 - 7.

Tuesday, October 12: PE in gym, no TAP.

Tuesday, October 19: PE in gym, no TAP.

Wednesday, October 20: Student Council Barbecue P5 - P6. Dismissal time as usual for Fall Break.

Thursday, October 21: Fall Break begins.

Monday, October 25: Classes resume from Fall Break.

Thursday, October 28: Last day of Quarter 1.

Friday, October 29: Hallowe'en festivities, sponsored by Student Council and PSA.

Monday, November 1: Quarter 1 Report Cards published.

Tuesday, November 2: PE in gym, no TAP.

Wednesday, November 3: PSA meeting 2 p.m. in meeting room or online. Deadline to sign up for Parent-Student-Teacher Interveiws.

Monday, November 8: Robotics for grades 4 - 7.

Tuesday, November 9: PE in gym.

Wednesday, November 10: Parent/Student/ Teacher Interviews 4 - 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 11: Parent/Student/ Teacher Interviews 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. No class for students.

Friday, November 12: No school for students, Teacher Professional Development.


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Above: Students attend our service club and board game clubs on Tuesdays.

Student Council Report

This year was the first year marking the return of the Student council. Previously, ACE (action committee entrepreneurship) was in charge of internal fairs including taking care of the ACE student store, organizing school events, and raising funds for an end-of-the-year trip. Marking the first 1 month of the student council’s debut, we have teamed up with the PSA to organize a Halloween event on October 29th, that will include a surprise Halloween festivity. We have also started a new lunch menu which has choices from Futakotamagawa’s prominent lunch spots, such as Shake shack, Yoshizawa Bento, and Big boy. This is only the start of many achievements that the Student Council hopes to achieve.
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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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