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The first principals’ coffee is coming up on Wednesday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Please submit your questions or topics to our Admissions Liaisons or fill out a suggestion box form outside the admission’s office. Principals ask that parents submit questions or topics ahead of time. Principals will then use the questions you submit to speak to issues that are important to you. The principals look forward to seeing many parents next Wednesday!
International Day – Friday, 12th October
Please mark your calendar for our Annual International Day, when classes stop to celebrate our cultural diversity here within our TIS Community. This year’s focus country is New Zealand, however, we do most definitely welcome dances, songs and instrumental Pieces from other countries too.
So if you are a singer, dancer, musician, know martial arts or any other form of cultural entertainment which highlights your country, and its culture, please do contact Mrs. Williams ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Request: In honour of our focus country, there will be a Haka. This is a traditional Maori dance which you may have seen if you watch Rugby. The NZ team, the All Blacks perform this dance before every game.
- https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/haka/ ~ All Blacks Haka
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5cHElD5cf8 ~ An easy tutorial
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0nEHPZNdjI ~ An easy tutorial so that you may begin learning
Hope that you will indeed be interested in learning this well-known Maori tradition.
We are looking for additional people, and invite both parents and students alike to come and learn the Haka and experience a little piece of the Maori culture. Please do contact Mrs. Williams.
Fine Arts Celebration
This year’s Fine Arts Celebration will be Friday, November 9th. We’re looking for students in grades 3-12 who would like to sing, dance, or play an instrument. Pairs and groups are welcome. Artwork may also be submitted to your art teacher.
Please see a music teacher for more information and a form to sign up for a performance Preview Day. These forms are due Tuesday, September 11th.
From the TIS Health Clinic
Welcome to the new school year! This year Mrs. Christine Gilbert, RN, will be on campus Mondays and Wednesday mornings and will serve as our Head Nurse. Mr. Luke Jeon will be on campus at all other times. The campus clinic is open to students Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. It is located on the first floor hallway across from the locker rooms. We look forward to working together with you to build a strong and healthy community.
For all new students, and for returning students entering grades 5 and 9, TIS requires a physical examination performed by a physician, a parent-completed health history questionnaire, and a copy of your student’s immunization record. We request that you use the Student Medical Exam form provided through the TIS Admissions Office.
For all returning students, TIS requires that parents complete the Annual Health Update for their student(s) provided in PowerSchool.
We kindly request that all medical updates and forms be submitted no later than Friday, August 31st. For questions or support, please contact us at email@example.com
Healthy Life Fair and Back to School BBQ
We are pleased to invite you, along with AmCham China, Tianjin, to the very first “Healthy Life” Fair and Back to School BBQ on September 15. Please join us here, at Tianjin International School, as we celebrate the start of a new school year with an action-packed day of games, live music, delicious food, and a raffle with amazing prizes.
- Adult: RMB 120
- Children (4-12): RMB 80
- Children (0-4): Free
***Entry fee includes lunch and beverages (including beer), activities for whole family. Tickets should be ordered and paid for in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Click here to purchase your tickets: https://amcham.eventbank.cn/event/18315/register/
For detailed information on sponsorship or booking tickets, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amanda He at 022-23185072.
Click the link to view announcement in web browser: https://amcham.eventbank.cn/event/18315/#
Weekly AQI/PM2.5 Readings
- Outside Average Reading = 129 / 47
- Inside Average Reading = 12 / 3
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Please join us for our first Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, September 5th. We will begin in the Auditorium at 10 a.m. Come and hear an update on our ECC program.
Next week, kindergarten students will take the MAP Growth test from NWEA using a computer. MAP Growth tests are used to determine student instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, language, and math. We are excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.
After School Play Time
Please note that our ECC lobby is open after school until 4:00 p.m. with parents supervising their children during that time. The ECC outdoor play area will not be open after school.
The Tree House Playgroup has started meeting every Wednesday morning! Through this event we hope to create opportunities for moms to make connections, children to play in a rich and stimulating environment, and for all to enjoy our beautiful Tree House room! Please note: Parents must accompany their children during the playtime. Please come join us and also bring a friend!
Wednesday Bus Information:
- 9:15 a.m YG100 – 9:20 a.m. Aocheng – 9:35 a.m. HYCZ – 9:40 a.m. BDHT – TIS
- 9:15 a.m. Olympic Towers — 9:25 a.m. Ai Ming Hospital – TIS
- 1:00 p.m. Return
Please join us for our Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, September 5th. We will begin in the Auditorium at 10 a.m. Come and hear an update on our elementary program.
Next week, elementary students will take the MAP Growth test from NWEA using a computer. MAP Growth tests are used to determine student instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, language, and math. We are excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.
Super Saturday Soccer Coaches In Need
We are in need of coaches for Super Saturday Soccer! If you are interested in coaching a team this year, please contact Miss Barsalou (email@example.com) by Wednesday, September 5th. We need coaches for boys and girls teams in both age brackets: 1st – 2nd grade (9:00-10:00 a.m.) and 3rd – 5th grade (10:00-11:00 a.m.). Super Saturday Soccer is scheduled for the following dates: Sept. 22nd, Oct.13th, 20th, and 27th.
After School Clubs
Elementary After School Clubs will start the week of September 17th. More information about what club your child will be participating in will be sent home next week.
I look forward to meeting all the parents at our first Principals’ Coffee this year. It will be held on Wednesday, September 5th at 10am. Principal Coffee’s are a time when you can hear all about TIS, the current news and programs available to support students in their learning.
Next week, middle school students will take the MAP Growth test from NWEA using their computer. MAP Growth tests are used to determine student instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, language, and math. We are excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.
Kids Read! is a program where middle school students read, practice quizzing, and compete with other students from other international schools. The team will go to Beijing for a competition in February. There is still time to join the activity, please contact Mrs. Wang, the school librarian, for more information.
Fall Camp is coming up quick
Parents, mark your calendars for September 19-21. Middle school students will be traveling to the outskirts of Tianjin for our annual Fall Camp. This is an opportunity for the students to grow deeper relationships with their classmates and teachers. The activities revolve around middle school House competitions and learning more about ourselves and others.
Middle Autumn Festival
Monday, September 24th is Mid Autumn Festival. There will be no school on that day.
MAP Growth Testing – Next week, the 9th and 10th grade students will take the MAP Growth test from NWEA on a computer. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, language, and math. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.
These tests will happen during the specific subject being assessed and will not impact classroom instruction of other disciplines.
Out of the office – Mr. Witt will be participating in the ISC Principal meetings from September 11th – 15th.
Fall Camp – The dates for fall camp this year are September 19th – September 21 with Seniors leaving on the 18th. We are very excited about the plans that Mr. Luman and Mr. Sickler are preparing for camp this year.
Moon Festival – School will be closed September 24th for the Moon Festival.
Student Service Projects – Proposals are due no later than September 7.
Spirit Week – The first week after the National Day Holiday is our high school spirit week. The dates are from the October 8 – 12. Please be looking for more information about those days.
On October 10, 2018, all tenth and eleventh grade students will be taking the PSAT at school. A PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide was sent home on Monday of this week. This guide contains helpful information for how to best succeed at the test as well as provides a practice exam to take. We highly recommend that your child takes the practice exam as it is the best way to prepare for the exam in October.
Please do not hesitate to contact the guidance office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Reminder: The deadline to register for the October 6th SAT is September 7th.
Season 1 of TIS Athletics is underway and we are excited for the High School Volleyball and Middle School Soccer Seasons. All High School and Middle School students are welcome to play sports at TIS.
As the Athletic Director I will be responsible for organizing all aspects of TIS Athletics. At the beginning of each Season I will send home information for both parents and student-athletes regarding the upcoming seasons. Once the teams are established please feel free to communicate with the coaches of your son/daughter’s team as they will be working closely with your son/daughter.
Important High School Volleyball Dates:
- Saturday, September 1st – Ladies Volleyball Tri-Match
- 9:00 a.m. – TIS vs IST
- 10:20 a.m. – IST vs. TEDA
- 11:40 a.m. – TEDA vs. TIS
- Monday, September 3rd – Mens Volleyball Home Game
- 3:50 p.m. – TIS vs. IST
- Wednesday, September 5th – Volleyball Practice
- Friday, September 7th – Mens Volleyball Away Game
- TIS vs. TEDA at TEDA International School
- Depart TIS at 2:30 p.m. to travel to TEDA
- Monday, September 10th – Volleyball Practice
- Wednesday, September 12th – Volleyball Practice
- Friday, September 14th – Volleyball Practice
- Saturday, September 15th
- ISCOT HS Volleyball Tournaments
- Mens Volleyball at TIS
- Ladies Volleyball at IST
- ISCOT HS Volleyball Tournaments
High School Volleyball Coaches
- Mens Varsity Volleyball Team
- Coach Sung Hwe Kim – Head Coach
- Coach Lee Williams – Assistant Coach
- Ladies Varsity Volleyball Team
- Coach Trish Emerson – Head Coach
- Coach Grace Kim – Assistant Coach
Important MS Soccer Dates:
- Tuesday, September 4th – Soccer Practice
- Thursday, September 6th – Soccer Practice
- Saturday, September 8th – ISAC MS Soccer Exchanges
- U14 Boys travel to BSB in Beijing
- U14 Girls travel to THIS in Beijing
- Both teams will leave around 6:00 a.m. and return to To Tianjin around 5:00 p.m.
- Once bus and exchange schedules are confirmed they will be communicated by the TIS coaches.
- Tuesday, September 11th
- Girls Soccer Practice
- Boys Away Soccer Game at TEDA
- School bus will leave at 2:30 p.m.
- Bus will depart TEDa at approximately 5:15 p.m.
- Bus will drop off in the following order: TEDA – BDHT – HYCZ – AC – YG100
- Thursday, September 13th – Soccer Practice
Middle School Soccer Coaches
- U14 Boys Soccer Team
- Coach Nicholas Strong – Head Coach
- Assistant Coach is To Be Determined
- HyoBeom Lee – Student Assistant Coach
- U14 Girls Soccer Team
- Coach Emily Wuest – Head Coach
- Coach David Fagerland – Assistant Coach
We want to invite you to come out to the soccer field or into the gymnasium to cheer on our TIS Athletics teams as they compete in soccer and volleyball against the various teams in Tianjin and Beijing.
Mr. Nicholas Strong
TIS Athletic Director
Dear TIS Parents,
- This year, we have a new parents lounge located on the 2nd floor, adjacent to the upper-school library. It will be open to all parents during school hours. Feel free to utilize and enjoy the facilities inside throughout the school year.
- PTO Classes will commence on Wed, 12 Sept 2018. Class signup sheets will be available throughout the principal’s coffee for registration.
- Tree House Playgroup has started on Wed, 29 Aug, 2018. For details, please contact the ECC secretary.