TIPS Journal January 10 , 2022

on the school year so far

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Greetings from Tokyo International Progressive School

Dear Parent Community of TIPS,

Our International Day in December was one like no other, a unique day dedicated to the cultures of our families this year. I really appreciate the thought and care families contributed to the day. For those of you who could not attend, below are photos that attempt to capture the mood and theme of the day, one that celebrates our diversity.

Our mentorship program is thriving this year, thanks to Mr. Jessen-Petersen and Ms. Muntz, who have paired a younger student and an older student for weekly Monday sessions at 3:25 p.m. We are continually impressed by the wise, supportive and kind comments we overhear.

Mr. Jessen-Petersen will present "Developing Executive Functioning Skills" to all who are interested this Friday, January 14 at 7 p.m. Register for free for this important piece of Mr. Jessen-Petersen's popular series, "Good Learning Habits for Home and School".

Sign up for free to listen and attend Mr. Jessen-Petersen's presentation at

Mr. Kurtis Tomlinson, classroom teacher, is heeding his city's request to quarantine until January 18. Mr. Tomlinson was exposed to COVID-19, tested negative and has no symptoms. He is using Google Meets to instruct and observe his students until January 18.

Thanks for reading. Any questions, please ask!


Lyn Sato

TIPS Principal

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Our next PSA hybrid meeting will be this Wednesday, January 19 at 2 p.m. You may choose to attend in the school building or at home on zoom. Topics will include Valentine's Day festivities at school, Ms. Sato's principal report, and a community service project of preparing Valentine Day Goodie bags for young people who live in an orphanage. We hope to see you!

Upcoming Special Dates (through January 28, 2022)

Tuesday, January 11: PE in gym.

Friday, January 14: Athletic banquet 3:25 p.m. Good Learning Habits for Home and School online session by Mr. Jessen-Petersen 7 - 8 p.m. on zoom.

Tuesday, January 18: PE in gym.

Wednesday, January 19: PSA meeting 2 p.m.

Friday, January 21: LEAP class swimming afternoon.

Monday, January 24: Robotics for grades 4 - 7.

Tuesday, January 25: Last day of Semester 1. PE in gym.

Wednesday, January 26: First day of Semester 2.


The TIPS student council has recently purchased a soundbar called the Sonos Beam Generation 2. The Beam is a top-of-the-line surround sound system that uses the latest technology to detect the acoustics of a room and adapt the speaker sound to the room specifications. The soundbar can be used for a wide variety of purposes, such as movie days or watching a documentary about the effects of climate change.

- submitted by Pierce Goodman, Student Council Representative


Our club activities occur on Tuesdays and Fridays, 3:25 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Students are invited - but not required - to participate in a Tuesday and a Friday club.

There is no charge for participation in clubs, with the exception of the Tuesday coding, by Tokyo Coding Club, which delivers fun coding and robotics activities by their knowledgeable and creative staff.

Some club offerings may be changing in the new semester. As always, club content is based on student interest. More to come on this subject!

Tokyo International Progressive School

TIPS is the small and supportive international school in the Futako-Tamagawa area.

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