Life is like a box of chocolates.

December 30, 2013
by misaoakashi

Japanese Standard – introduction 2

Japanese Standard class has been working very hard not only as a school subject but also to use Japanese as a communication tool. Students work will be published here to appreciate and share their success.

In unit 1, students wrote short introduction of themselves with healthy choice in mind in Unit 1. Enjoy reading!




















December 27, 2013
by AM
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New Year coming up!

Hi everybody. We hope you are enjoying your vacation wherever you are in the world! There are only a few days left in 2013, and now is a great time to reflect on your year in Grades 3 and 4. What are some of the things that you are proud of? What are some of the things you know you did well? How about the things you want to improve?

It’s tough to remember everything that happened in the 365 days in a year. Sometimes it helps to look at a calendar or your collection of photos to see what kind of a person you were throughout the year. Can you remember what you did on January 1st, 2013?

In the first day back to school for us  — January 6, 2014 — we will be asking you to write down something we call “New Year’s Resolutions.” A resolution is like a decision. A decision you make for yourself to improve. What do you want to improve or accomplish next year?


December 24, 2013
by misaoakashi

Japanese Standard class – introduction 1

Japanese Standard class has been working very hard not only as a school subject but also to use Japanese as a communication tool. Students work will be published here to appreciate and share their success.

In unit 1, students wrote short introduction of themselves with healthy choice in mind in Unit 1. Enjoy reading!








December 12, 2013
by AM

Winter Break! Class party

What a day! The last day before Winter Break was a bit sad because we had to say goodbye to three awesome kids: Marissa, Kritish, and Flynn (sniff, sniff…). But we also got to celebrate the end of the calendar year, have some holiday treats and play a few games. Huge thanks to our class parents Rhoe and Kris who organized everything today for 4A and 4B. It was a perfect send-off for our departing students and a perfect send-off to a special year for TIS. 2014, here we come!

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December 11, 2013
by AM

Connecting with former students

One of the hardest parts about going to an international school is how often students leave. Luckily it is easier than ever to stay in contact with each other through video calls and chat. When tw of our students left in October, we told them that we would see them again later in the year. This week, we checked in with them at their new homes in the U.S. and Sweden. It was so cool to see them again!



December 10, 2013
by AM
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Inquiry day

Our last week of school before the Winter Break is short: only three days. We call it Winter Week.

Today was Inquiry Day and the Grade Four students had a chance to pursue their own questions to find out more about the things that interest them. Some students chose to make videos, others shared Google Docs about art that interested them, others looked into computer games.

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December 10, 2013
by AM
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Artistic Communication

The central idea for our current Unit of inquiry on Artistic Communication is “We communicate feelings and ideas through art.” Today, we had one of our students communicate to us through his music. Ryo brought in his guitar and played three classical songs for us. Wow! Great work, Ryo.

December 6, 2013
by AM

Grade Four News — Dec 6

Grade 4 students Flynn, Marissa and Kritish on Friday, December 6th. These three students are moving on to other schools in January. Good luck and keep in touch!

Grade Four News

December 6, 2013




This week, we started our new Unit of Inquiry called Art Communication. We started with two field trips to art museums to spark some interest in art. The students had some interesting reactions to the paintings we saw from Europe. After the Winter Break, we will be looking at Asian art.


Thanks to all who signed up for Parent-Teacher Conferences next Monday. These are what we call “student-led” conferences. Your child will show some of the work they did since the beginning of the year in some subjects. Make sure you are on time as our appointment times are short!


A reminder to dress warm for recess and lunch recess. The location of our old school allowed a lot of sunlight during the winter but we are finding here that there is not as much sunlight on the school grounds. If you are feeling cold, be sure to bring warm clothes in the next few months!


Thanks, as always, for your support at home.


Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers


During math this term, we are working with multiplication and reviewing addition and subtraction. Please feel free to quiz your child on the times tables (What is 7 x 8 ? etc.) They should be getting quicker and more accurate!


Reader’s workshop:  We have been reading poetry this week. We made a list of reasons why people write poetry and heard Roald Dahl speak about his ‘revolting rhymes’. We also listened to a fantastic poem “Walking with my Iguana” by Brian Moses.


Writer’s Workshop: In this unit, students are learning about persuasive writing. They are learning about fact vs. opinion and how to form an argument on paper.

We had a great time visiting the galleries this week, we learnt about Divisionism and Turner. Grade 4 were also outstandingly well behaved on our field trips.

Current Unit of Inquiry: Art Communication

Central Idea: We communicate feelings and ideas through art.


Lines of Inquiry:

Messages and ideas portrayed through visual art (causation and perspective)

Our opinion about visual art (perspective)

Styles of visual art (form)


Concept Questions:

What and how messages and ideas are expressed through art.

What is your opinion about this……?

What are the different types of art forms?


Summative Assessment:

You are an art critic. Choose a piece of artwork you have strong feelings about. Write a four-part critique of this piece of art: Description, Analysis, Interpretation and Judgment.

Description: Describe what you see: The subject matter: portrait, landscape, still life, object, other? The style: realism, abstract, cubism, impressionism, surrealism, pop art, fauvism, primitivism, etc. Use the specific characteristics of the styles of art. Be objective: List the facts, not your opinion.

Analysis: Describe how this piece of art is organized in terms of line, color, texture, shape, forms and space. What skills did the artist use to create this piece of art?

Interpretation: What message does this piece of piece of art communicate? What feeling do you have when you look at it?  What emotions do you experience or feel when you look at it?

Judgment: Do you like or dislike this piece of art? Why?


No homework next week


Monday, December 9, 2013.

Parent-Teacher Conferences.

We will contact you about scheduling


Winter Week activities- 500 yen for the week

Tuesday- inquiry day.

Wednesday- pajamas, popcorn and movie day.

Thursday- casual clothes day.

Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Winter break starts at 3:20.