Tsukuba International School began the 2006-2007 school year in a new location. For the previous three years, TIS was located in rented space within the Academia Kindergarten complex located near JICA, several kilometers to the southwest of downtown Tsukuba. The new location is much closer to the center of the city in Takezono, near the intersection of Higashi Odori and Minami Odori.
TIS occupies the entire 2nd floor of the Ai Kenchiku Jimusho Building as well as having use of part of the 3rd floor. This building faces Higashi Odori and is the 3rd one up from Minami Odori next to the Yamaha Music Building.
TIS's two full-time teachers, Christine Bzdel (B.Ed., University of Alberta) and Michelle Seyller (B.A, University of California, San Diego; Teaching Credentials, California State University), worked hard the latter half of August to set up the new classrooms, and the rooms look really nice. All 14 of the students TIS ended the year with are continuing this year, and so while the setting has changed, the faces have not.
There is room for only a few more students, particularly in the upper grades, and with the much more convenient location, there have been several inquiries, with prospects of a least a few new faces in the next few weeks.
If you have an elementary school-aged child and are interested in considering TIS for his or her schooling needs, please contact the school for further information.
The school's website is http://www.tsukubainternationalschool.org.
If you place an order through the Foreign Buyers' Club (http://www.fbcusa.com/) between September 24 and 30, 2006, the company will donate 5% of the proceeds from your order to Tsukuba International School. Add the name "Tsukuba International School" to the "OTHER NOTES" section of the checkout page. The Foreign Buyers' Club offers many items (from the U.S, U.K, Australia, etc.) that can't be found locally. And, if you place an order over 3000 yen, you will get free shipping!
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