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Eagle's Nest

April 19, 2024

Principal's Pen

ECC & Elementary

Dear Parents,

As we enter into the final quarter of the school year, we have a lot of great fun events, so please watch each class's ClassDojo. This coming week, we will have our final ISCOT soccer exchange. We are excited to join with 60 other students at IST. Parents are invited to come and watch their kids play soccer. We are looking forward to a great showing of TIS spirit and good sportsmanship.

Next week, we are also starting our final MAP testing of the year. MAP testing is a test that allows teachers to see the growth of students and how best to support them in their growth. Please make sure your child gets good rest and has a good breakfast before they come to school.

The spring weather is a great opportunity for students to get outside and play in this great weather. Playing outside is great for students’ health and mental wellbeing. Please take time to be outside and encourage your child to go outside and enjoy the flowers, sunshine, and warmer weather.

Miss Barsalou


Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying the warm sun as much as I am. As we enter the last quarter, I’d encourage you to join us for some great coffee and snacks next Wednesday for Principals' Coffee. We will be talking about how TIS continues to improve its quality of education. This will be a great opportunity to become aware of these things and fellowship with other parents as well. I hope to see you there!

AP Tests are just around the corner. As an AP teacher for 10 years, I’d like to offer some advice on how students can maximize their grade in a few weeks.

  1. Study over a period of time. When there is a big test, the temptation can be to try to study all the information you can the last few days before the exam. But this would be a mistake. Our brains are like sponges. Though they fill up, there is a maximum amount of information we can take in. We reach a point where there is too much cramming and no more information can be absorbed. Like a sponge that is full, our brains get full. However, if you study 30 minutes a day for 2 weeks, you will retain more information, because your brain can convert this information to long-term memory, saving space for when you need to quickly review before the exam. Study a little each day. Don’t study everything only two days before the exam.

  2. Get good rest. Another temptation of studying is to stay up incredibly late. We tend to think that at midnight, an extra hour of studying is better than an extra hour of sleep, but this is not the case. When your brain is tired, like the morning after not sleeping much, its efficiency is greatly hampered. Though you studied longer, you won’t be able to recall what you studied, because in a contest between exhaustion and memory, exhaustion wins every time. So, get plenty of rest the night before, and you will do great.

  3. Eat well. Eating good nutritious food will help you feel and perform better on exam day. Your body needs a good balance of nutritious foods to fuel you to the finish line. I like ice cream and junk food just as much as anybody, but don’t eat these leading up to the exam. Save those foods, instead, for a celebration rather than part of your daily study diet.

  4. Lastly, take a deep breath in and let it out slowly. Trust your teachers. Trust your hard work all year. You’ve been trained well, now it is just time to show the world all that you know. When you're stressed, trust your training.

We believe in holistic education and know that academics are an important part of that. But don’t forget that you are so much more than a test score! Hang in there, Eagles! We are here to support you and are already so proud of you!

Mr. Way

School Wide Announcements

Re-enrollment begins

Re-enrollment packets have been distributed to your child today. For families with more than one child, the packet has been given to the youngest child. Please ask them for it or check their backpacks.

To ensure you don’t miss the early-bird discount, please pay the re-enrollment deposit of ¥35,000 per student by Friday, May 10, 2024. If you need help with the re-enrollment process, please contact the Admissions office.

Principals' Coffee

Wednesday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Do you want to know more about the school’s strategic planning and how teacher observation data is being used to support our instructional quality? If so, come hear from Mr. Witt and Mr. Sarsalejo as they provide a high-level viewpoint of the work being done to move the school's education forward strategically.

As always, there will be a wide spread of refreshments, coffee, and tea during coffee time. For busing and catering needs, please register your attendance by Monday, April 22, 12:00 p.m. by scanning the QR code below.

Lost and Found

If your child has lost items at school, please check out the Lost and Found area near the cafeteria entrance. With the seasonal change, there is a large amount of winter clothing.

Documentation updates

With spring trips coming up, please ensure your child’s documentation details are up to date, such as passports and visas. Please email admissions@tiseagles.com with updated details.

Divisional News


The competition will be held after school on Thursday, May 16 in Ms. Gilbert’s room, A342. The competition is 25 questions long, all multiple choice, and to be completed on paper. You will have one hour to work, and may use a four-function or scientific calculator to help. If you are interested, please go to the form to sign up. Click here. Contact Ms. Gilbert with any questions. Deadline for sign-ups is Friday, May 2.

If you wish to practice, you can view past contests and their solutions below.

Grade 6 & 7: Past contests and Solutions
Grade 8: Past contests and Solutions

Guidance Counselor

AP May 6-17 Exam schedule: Click [here]
May 4 SAT: Sign up here
Senior Presentations: June 3-5

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Secondary House Points

Elementary House Points

What’s Happening at TIS

Date Event
Apr. 18-20 LifePlus HS Soccer in Wuhan
Apr. 24 Principals' Coffee
Apr. 25-27 LifePlus MS Basketball in Tianjin
Apr. 26 ISCOT Elementary Soccer
May 1 May Day Holiday
May 3 SAT
May 6-17 AP Tests
May 10 ISCOT MS Table Tennis
May 11 ISAC MS Basketball
May 17 Elementary Spring Concert
ISCOT ES/SS Track & Field
May 24 Secondary Spring Concert
May 27-31 Secondary Spring Trips

Lunch Menu – April 22 - April 26

Day Menu
Monday Hotdogs. French Fries. Yuxiang Pork. Stir-fried Beans with Garlic. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today’s Noodles: Beef Noodle in Clear Soup.
Tuesday Pizza. Curry Puff. Cantonese-style Stew Beef Brisket. Sautéed Cabbage. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today’s Noodles: Wonton Noodle.
Wednesday Malaysian Grilled Chicken. Mashed Potato with Chicken Sauce. Creamy Bacon Fusilli. Mixed Assorted Vegetables. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Braised Beef Noodle.
Thursday German Sausage & Sauerkraut. Waffle Fries. Roast Duck Breast & Spring Pancake. Dry Pot Baked Cauliflower. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Satay Beef Noodle.
Friday Taco. Corn Chips. Stew Pork Ribs. Cabbage, Glass Noodles, & Potatoes. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Sliced Beef Noodle.

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