TIPS Journal February 19, 2021
keeping our families in the school loop
Greetings from Tokyo International Progressive School
Hello from the principal's desk.
Many thanks to Mr. Mondino for organizing our vibrant club activity this semester. Although we are not traveling out of town this month, after school has never been so much fun.
As a reminder, clubs this semester include:
Monday: Change for Good, Weightlifting
Tuesday: Art, Board Game, Guitar
Thursday: Programming Club sponsored by Tokyo Coding Club
Friday: Singing, Weightlifting, Wire Art, French, Soccer
Ms. Batnini directed the whole-school assembly yesterday featuring Dr. Tom Lomax, a virus specialist in Tokyo who presented some data about contagion and took student's questions. He was impressed with our questions! And I was impressed with our students' engagement in the presentation. Thank you Dr. Lomax and Ms. Batnini.
Any questions, please ask!
I hope to see everyone at our next PSA meeting, which will be online Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. I will attend from 11 a.m. with the principal's report. You will receive a link from the PSA to attend.
The PSA Spirit Wear will be delivered soon! Watch for an email from the PSA with details of the Lands' End items you may choose from. In the meantime, here is a sample of the goods, all embroidered with the TIPS logo :
Upcoming Special Dates (through March 5 )
Friday, Feb 19: PE in gym. Ms. Kakimoto counsels.
Tuesday, Feb 23: Robotics for grades 4 - 7, P1 -2.
Friday, Feb 26: PE in gym. Ms. Kakimoto counsels. Deadline to submit re-enrollment forms.
Tuesday, Mar 2: PE in gym.
Wednesday, Mar 3: Robotics for grades 4 - 7, P1 -2. PSA meeting online at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Mar 5: Ms. Kakimoto counsels.
Two eager French speakers with brains engaged in Ms. Batnini's French club.
Merci beaucoup, Ms. Batnini!
Our ACE Class Offerings
As a reminder, the ACE lunch offerings are now:
Monday: Jerk Chicken plate or sandwich
Tuesday: Coco Curry
Wednesday: Thai bowl
Thursday: Kabob sandwich or bowl
Global Citizenship Course
New Campus Update
Below are a few photos of the construction site of the new campus, taken between February 6 and February 13. Our projected move date remains unchanged, June 21 - June 23.
A Note about Eyes
Spring allergy season (pollen) is starting early this year. My eyes have already begun to feel really itchy. Over the counter allergy medication (available at pharmacies) can be really helpful to reduce symptoms. It is important to take care of springtime allergies as it helps prevent and reduce touching of the face (eyes, nose, etc.) which the pandemic precautions discourage. Here is a link that shares about the different available OTC medications: https://lifeabroad.jp/html/medical_health/allergy.html
Art Contest Entrants
In November, nine students submitted creative, futuristic art pieces to an art competition called “Children’s Art for the Science of Tomorrow Competition”. All students received a gift of participation from the organization, shown below. Well done everyone!!