For the past 7 years, Tsukuba International School has been located in two rooms graciously provided by Shuei High School. It has been a relationship from which TIS has benefited greatly, and we wish to thank Shuei for its kindness over the years. TIS's new location will be in the southern part of the city near the border with Ushiku. Academia Kindergarten has a couple of very nice "log cabin" style buildings on its property, and TIS will be using part of the "Chopin House". The facilities there are very nice and will give TIS the possibility of further expansion.
For AT readers not familiar with TIS, the school began in 1992 as a "one-room school house" for elementary school-aged children to be educated with an international curriculum in English. Beginning with just 6 students and 1 teacher, TIS had 14 students for the 2002-03 school year with 3 teachers (1 full-time and 2 part-time), along with several volunteers who taught specific subjects, such as music, art and Japanese. A similar format is planned for the next school year, beginning in September. For further information on TIS, please check out the school web site at http://www.tsukubainternationalschool.org.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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