Weekly Update 2017.2.3
Posted 02/03/2017 06:38PM

NIS Weekly Update - Feb 3, 2017

Inquire Inspire Impact 


  • Weekend Kids Sports (2/5)
  • PYP Coordinator/ Principal Tea (2/6)
  • Talent Show POSTPONED (2/10)
  • College Information Session (Gr. 11) (2/16)
  • PTA Winter Welcome Potluck & Community Raffle Draw (2/17)

Dolphin SPORTS

  • Haiku Sports Pages
  • 2/3-7 HS Girls & Boys Basketball Hokkaido Snow Tournament (Live Streaming)
  • 2/18: HS Boys & Girls Soccer @ Marist (Kobe)
  • 2/18: MS Girls Basketball @ SOIS (Osaka)
  • 2/18: MS Boys Futsal @ SOIS (Osaka)


Good Luck to Our Dolphin Athletes . . and more!

We wish our high school athletes luck today as they head off to the  Hokkaido Snow Festival Classic Tournament.  This is always one of the highlights of our athletics season as it includes the chance to see one of the most interesting festivals in Japan - the Sapporo snow festival.

Meanwhile, in the PYP we are in the middle of  Open Campus Month  - a time for parents to see their child within the PYP setting. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

We also look forward to seeing parents at our all-school  Winter Welcome Pot-Luck and Raffle Draw  on February 17. With so many new families to welcome, we hope everyone will come and enjoy the evening and hopefully win a great door prize (courtesy of the many class basket door-prizes). Never a dull moment at NIS!

- Matthew Parr, Head of School


Raffle Baskets on Display!
Special thanks to all of the many classroom parents for creating the amazing Raffle Baskets! These are the prizes that ticket holders can win if they are at the  Winter Welcome Pot-luck and Raffle Draw  on Feb. 17. (The other prizes printed on the ticket DO NOT require you to be present to win!). We hope to see everyone there!

ELC 4 is still in the lead!
As of today, the ELC 3/4 is STILL in the lead for the tickets sold!

Casual English Conversation Class  (Feb. 8, 9-10 am)
Topic will be "Idioms". All languages and cultures invited. Please don't let language be a barrier to joining. Some translations/translators will be available. This is a casual conversation class intended to be informational and fun! Come see what it's all about (PTA Cultural Center).

Cookie Decorating Class (Feb. 14, 10-12 pm)
Please bring an apron and a container to take your 5 decorated cookies home in. 4,500 yen per person. (PTA Cultural Center)

Winter Welcome Dinner/Raffle Draw (Feb. 17, 6 pm)
More details to come about this special event, but please note that child care WILL BE available before the potluck. Thanks everyone for the support for the Class Baskets! (NIS Commons Cafeteria)

Kasugai Botanical Garden & Hike (Mar. 2, 9:30-2 pm)
Hike is up to Mt. Miroku. Cost is free.  Please bring a lunch/snacks and plenty of water for along the way!
More info HERE and HERE.

Sushi Making Class (Mar. 15, 11-1 pm)
Cost is 1,500 yen. (NIS Commons Cafeteria Stage)

Japanese Calligraphy (Apr. 21, 10:00-2:00)
Location to be Announced

All upcoming event details can be seen on our Facebook page!


Stomach Flu Alert
Cases of the stomach flu are spiking both locally and nationally, so the Japanese Ministry of Education is alerting all schools. Stomach flu is contagious and spread easily. Main symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The affected person may also have a headache, fever or abdominal cramps. For more information including prevention and treatment, go HERE.

Influenza Update
NIS Influenza Cases (1/27 - 2/2) = ELC: 0, ES: 2, MS: 0, HS: 4

We continue to ask for your cooperation:
  • If your child is confirmed to have influenza, please report it to school and follow the NIS flu guidelines (Haiku link).
  • If your child is absent due to illness, please include his/her symptoms in your email or note.
  • If your child has fever or other Influenza-like symptoms, please keep her/him home and seek the advise of a doctor.
We appreciate your cooperation to keep the school safe and healthy!

Looking for Local Health Information?  
Nagoya International Center provides useful health information found HERE.

10 Eggs (10 for ¥400)
Eggs laid by our own NIS hens are available at Cezars! They are fresh and come in various colors and sizes, part of a recycling and fundraising project maintained by G5 students.

Baker Books Available to Order Online
We have books available for sale from Baker Books in the UK. View the online catalogue and pay by credit card by Feb 17. With this service your child can enjoy reading a great book and a small contribution is made to the NIS library, too. A limited number of catalogues are available at the Library. Elementary school students are also receiving the separate catalog for Scholastic Books. - Librarians

Oni Visits the ELC!
Students celebrated "Setsu-bun" (first day of spring) by throwing beans at an Oni (demon) and driving away evil spirits. ELC students were very brave and they chased away the Oni with a scary face (but familiar growl) and pointed horns. See photos from both Thursday and Friday HERE.

PYP Coordinator/Principal Tea (Feb 6, 9:00 am)
Parents are invited to the PYP Coordinator/Primary Principal Tea with a focus on “Why we WANT your child to FAIL at NIS”... a look at the importance of failure in learning and how, when we give students the chance to fail and encourage them to keep trying, we build resilience and enable them to meet challenges. We will also talk about the effects that praise and feedback can have and how a shift in mindset in the home and classroom can affect learning. Please go HERE to sign-up.

Primary Pajama Day (Feb. 9)
(sponsored by the Room to Read Group)
We are a group of 4th and 5th graders who support "Room to Read". To raise awareness of how special reading is we will have a primary school Pajama Day next Thursday (Feb 9) with the theme "Cuddle up with a good book." Students should come to school in their pajamas on that day. We will also hold a small bake sale. Please support us by having your child bring a little bit of money for the bake sale. Thank you.

Reading Challenge Ends Feb. 13!
The Reading Challenge book-log ends on Feb 13 so we can determine which grade 2-5 students will qualify for an invitation to the Library Sleepover on Feb 24-25. We hoping to offer Child Care in cooperation with the PTA who continues to support this event each year. However, with over 100 participants expected to attend, we need to ask 2 volunteers per grade to stay overnight as chaperones. Please e-mail us if you are interested in helping. . - Librarians

Winter Welcome/Raffle Potluck Childcare Sign-Up!
The PTA Winter Welcome/Raffle Potluck is on Feb 17 (Fri) from 6 pm, and the PTA (with help from the HS Student Council) will host after school care from 3:20-5:50 with a snack before this event. Sign-up HERE. Students must check-in and be picked up by their parents at the library. Payment is due by Feb 15 (Wed). Please send the exact amount of cash to school with your child in a sealed envelope (child’s name and total cash on the front). Price for care (including snack from Cezar's):
  • PTA members = 700 yen/1-child, 450 yen/additional sibling
  • Non-PTA members = 1,200 yen/1-child, 700 yen/sibling

The IB Learner Profile for February is:   RISK-TAKER



ISA Results
We have received the International School Assessment results and they have been uploaded to student ManageBac accounts. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

IBDP Mock Examinations
Grade 12  IBDP Mock Exams will begin on Feb 23-March 2. Good luck seniors.


Hokkaido Snow Festival Basketball Live Streaming
Go HERE to see our Dolphins in Hokkaido! NIS girls play at 4:30 TODAY, and the boys play at 5:45 TODAY, and at 9:45 & 2:45 on Saturday. Go Dolphins!

Thank You!
We are pleased that you are part of the school community and look forward to working with you throughout the year. Should you have any questions, please call the school (052-736-2025). We will be happy to assist you.

Matthew Parr, Head of School (
Paul Ketko, Elementary/ELC Principal (
Robin Klymow, Secondary Principal (
Erik Olson-Kikuchi, Director of Admissions & Development (
Carol Walter, Director of Business & Operations (
Luci Willis, Director of Teaching, Learning and Inclusion (
Yuko Spachuk, School Counselor (
Marika Farrell, Athletic Director (

Contacting NIS:

If you wish to contact the NIS office (student absence, messages, change of address, personal information, etc.), we encourage you to use the following email address:
    or you may call NIS at 052-736-2025

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