Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.


Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

Busy Times in Elementary!

Busy Times in Elementary!
Sandra Mulligan

Sports, service and songs. It has been a busy week in Elementary.

Dear Elementary Parents & Guardians,

It's been a rather full and busy time at Seisen recently! A quick update...

Sports Day - May 16th
We'd like to sincerely thank all elementary parents who came along to Kinuta Park last Wednesday, May 16th to support the Elementary students during our annual Sports Day; particular appreciation to those who acted as chaperones during our time in the park. 

We're particularly proud of our grade 6 students and Elementary House Captains who were our leaders for the day supporting and encouraging younger students throughout the events, running to bathrooms, ensuring students were hydrated and keeping spirits high! If your daughter is in grade 6, congratulate her on a job well done! Congratulations to all students in Iwaki also, the winners of the Sports Day House event!

Photos from Sports Day and all other events can be found in the Parent Portal.

St. Raphaela's Day - Friday, May 18thWe celebrated St. Raphaela's Day, founder of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart and patron Saint of our Seisen Sisters with a day of Service on Friday, May 18th.

Grades 1 and 2 visited Care Homes in the neighbourhood sharing cards, making origami with residents and providing performances of song and dance. Grades 2, 4 and 5 participated in a sponsored walk / run / skip along the river bank in Futakotamagawa raising funds for Refugees International Japan (RIJ). We'd like to thank all parents for their contributions. We were also very fortunate to host two members from RIJ who shared stories and photos of their work with students. 

In the afternoon, grade 2 listened to stories read by High School student volunteers and heard about the High School Service Trip to Vietnam. Grade 4 participated in building Eco-Kits consisting of stationery and first aid supplies for students less fortunate and created bracelets to support charity fund-raising.

Teams of Grade 5 students spent the day helping to clean Kinuta Park and planting in Setagaya Flower Park. Grade 6 joined Middle and High School events and participated off-campus in a range of activities.

Elementary Choral Festival - Monday, May 18th 

Today we were happy to host visiting choirs from the International School Sacred Heart, British School in Tokyo, St. Mary's International School and the Christian Academy Japan for the Elementary Choral Festival. After sharing rousing and inspiring choral pieces with each other covering a range of musicality, school joined together to sing Thula Klizeo, the soulful African piece by Joseph Shabalala, best known best for his collaboration with Paul Simon.  

Guest Clinician Ms. Megan Ofstedal offered advice and guidance to each choir after their individual pieces. 

With over 300 additional students on campus for the event, students visited the Jungle Gym and Futsal Field for a picnic lunch before buses left to return to their respective campuses. We thank all the schools and their choral and music directors who joined us at Seisen today.

Here is the full performance from the Seisen Grade 5/6 Choir.

Photos from Choral and all other events can be found in the Parent Portal.

More from the Seisen PYP Corner Blog

Today we welcomed parents whose daughters will be starting in first grade next August. We talked about teaching and learning in grade 1 and explored the PYP framework together. 

Winter MAP Testing

On Friday 6th April we held a second MAP Testing Coffee Morning.  This session focused on how to interpret the Winter Progress Report and indications of growth since Fall. 

Student PYP Exhibition Surveys

Please consider supporting our PYP Exhibition students by filling out a short survey.  This will enable them to collect and interpret data from a large sample size. 

New Units Of Inquiry Starting After Spring Break

The penultimate units of inquiry of the school year will begin after the holidays.  Click here to find out what your daughter will be inquiring into.  It may even give you some ideas for day-trips during the Spring Break so you can help support your daughter's learning! 

New Units of Inquiry with a Science Focus

Read about the upcoming units of inquiry which all have a scientific inquiry focus.  This post contains links to the unit learning outcomes to help you support your daughter. 

PYP Coffee Morning - Assessment in the ES

An overview of some of the qualitative and quantitative assessments used in the elementary school to determine students' levels of achievement and to identify next steps in learning. 

New Units of Inquiry Learning Outcomes

A brief summary of the current homeroom units of inquiry, along with detailed learning progressions and vocabulary lists for each unit to help you support your daughter's learning. 

K-12 House Day 2017

Read about our annual House Day, held at the school and Kinuta Park on Monday November 6th.