This fall has been busy at Tsukuba International School. At the end of September, TIS students showed their work to parents at the Back-to-School Night. Then, at the beginning of October, students took achievement tests. At TIS, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills is given to all students both in the fall and in the spring. The TIS booths at both the Jazz Festival in September and the Tsukuba Festival held in late October were big hits. This year, the Tsukuba Festival booth featured a bake sale, face painting, shogi and chess with Fred Loeper taking on all comers, musical "street performers" and a soccer kick/dunking booth.
In November, TIS students will take a field trip to NASDA. TIS students will also have a joint school day with a local elementary school. One of the items on the agenda for that day is to make "mochi"! The TIS winter program will be held the evening of December 11. (Call the school office at 47-0330 for info concerning time and place). The TIS Board of Advisors will meet on November 1. All meetings are open to the public.
It's not too early to think about enrollment for the Spring Entry Program. This program is designed for students who have graduated from Japanese kindergarten and do not want to wait until September to enter TIS. Perspective students must be 5 1/2 years old by March 31st in order to participate in this program. Call the school office to make an appointment for a school visit and/or to have an application form mailed to you.
Again, a great big thank you for your continued support of TIS. If you would like more information about TIS, please contact the school office in Japanese or English at 47-0330 or by e-mail at melissa[at]sicembears.com
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