Weekly Update 2017.3.3
Posted 03/03/2017 03:49PM

NIS Weekly Update - March 3, 2017

Inquire Inspire Impact 


  • Kidzuna  (3/5)
  • MYP Personal Project Presentation (Gr. 10)  (3/8)
  • PTA Staff Appreciation Day  (3/8)
  • Secondary 3-Way Conferences  (3/9, 5:30 pm)
  • Gr. 4 Sleepover (3/10)

Dolphin SPORTS

  • Haiku Sports Pages
  • 3/2-4: MS Boys Soccer @ CA (Kobe)
  • 3/3-4: MS Girls Basketball @ MBIS (Kobe)
  • 3/4: HS Girls Soccer vs. Marist @ NIS
  • 3/9-11: HS Girls Soccer @ MCPerry (Iwakuni)
  • 3/10-11: HS Boys Soccer @ NIS


Welcome Ms. Willis as Acting Secondary School Principal
I hope that parents have read in a separate email today about the departure of Mr. Klymow to join his family in Vietnam. We wish him well and are incredibly grateful for the impact he had on so many students, staff and parents. This week we welcomed Ms. Willis (already serving as Director of Teaching, Learning and Inclusion) to the role of Acting Secondary School Principal. She will hold this post until the transition to our new administrative team in the new school year (from August) at which time we will be joined by Mr. Aubrey Curran, currently the Principal at the International School of the Port of Spain. We thank Ms. Willis for her safe pair of hands and I encourage all parents and students to reach out to her if needed. (A more detailed letter explaining this was sent to all parents earlier today as a separate mailing)

- Matthew Parr, Head of School


Enrollment Survey
Please complete this survey about your intentions for 2017-18 by March 15. We appreciate your time with this, and we also understand that you may not have a definitive answer but it will help us gain a clearer understanding about movements in the student enrollment figures. Thank you for your ongoing support of NIS!

Minimum Down-Payment Due
NIS will require a minimum down-payment to confirm your child's enrollment place in 2017-18. Invoices will be sent in early April to all families, and a minimum payment of ¥130,000 (equivalent of the Capital Assessment Fee) will be due by April 30, with the balance due on June 30. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please contact Carol Walter if you have any questions.

  • Please note that some buses are also full (Bus #3 & #5).  The deposit also secures your bus seat placement for 2017/18.

Author Visit & Book Sale - March 3 & 5
The Library sponsored an author visit today by Amya Miller, who will also come on Sunday in conjunction with Kidzuna. "The Extraordinary Voyage of Kanome - A Tsunami Boat Comes Home", told bilingually, is a book about friendships forged after a chance encounter following the Tohoku earthquake almost six years ago, and is available for sale at the NIS Library for ¥1,500. Miller worked with primary classes in the morning and presented to secondary students after lunch.

Yearbook Sale - Final Sale Price
The discounted price of ¥7500 ends this month. After March 31, anyone buying the book will be charged ¥8,000. Now that the order is finalized, personalization is no longer available for yearbooks ordered online. There will be a limited quantity available, so hurry and buy your yearbook before it's gone! - Yearbook Staff

Are Your Child’s Immunizations Up To Date?
March 1-7  is Vaccine Awareness Week in Japan. Please check your child's immunization records to see if your child is up to date. Immunizations are an important part of child’s health. Vaccines reduce the chance of infection and outbreaks of disease in schools and communities. If your child is not up to date, we recommend you to schedule an appointment with your child’s health care provider to discuss the immunization status and obtain the vaccination. If you need information on English-speaking pediatricians, please contact the health office. Thank you for helping to keep your child and the NIS community healthy!


  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day (Mar. 8)
  • 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!

IB Learner Profile for March:  Open-Minded

Grade 11 Theater
Grade 11 Theater students performed a courageous piece of theater of Tuesday, with some powerful performances. The audience was encouraged to share constructive feedback to support the performer in reviewing how their work. This is an important part of the IB Diploma Theater course and excellent preparation for the work they will need to do in Grade 12.

Gr. 10 Personal Project (March 8)
Join the Grade 10 to celebrate the culmination of their Personal Project. The exhibition is a showcase of the students' talent, hard work and perseverance and will last all day and finish with an evening event with parents.

Mock Exams
The Grade 12 students have been busy, focused on completing their mock exams, this is their last chance to practice their exam skills before the IB exams in May.

Secondary 3-Way Conferences (Mar 9)
Next Thursday afternoon (March 9), from 5:30-7:30 pm, the Secondary school is having "Invitation only" Parent Teacher Conferences. It is not intended that all Gr. 6-12 parents attend. The core purpose is for teachers to approach specific parents to request a conference. Your child's teacher will contact you by early next week if it is felt that a conference is needed. However, if you feel the need to do schedule a conference, parents are also invited to make appointments with their children's teachers. Appointments can be made between 5:30pm and 7pm. If you would like to make an appointment with any of your child's teachers please contact before 5pm March 6 (Monday).



Season-ending Tournaments for MS Athletes
Good luck MS sports teams! Girls are at Marist, boys are at CA. Go Dolphins!

Come Out and Cheer! (March 10-11)
Next week, NIS will be hosting the WJAA HS Boys Soccer Tournament (the girls will be in Iwakuni). We would love to see the entire NIS community out cheering the dolphins on at the games. NIS plays EJ King at 9 am and Kyoto at 3 pm on Friday, and 10 am on Saturday against Marist, with more games on Saturday afternoon.-

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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