Friday, 22 February 2019





Gardening Help Needed
Wednesday, February 26 at 9:00
If anyone would be interested in helping us start clearing the land outside our Multi Function Room, please come along and lend a hand! It will be the start of phase two, developing our outdoor space into a great place for the children to play.

Carnival
February 28th, 9.00am
On Thursday, February 28th, we are going to celebrate German Carnival with the whole school! We are looking forward to having this event with students and parents from 9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. starting in the Multi Purpose Room.

Students are encouraged to come to school dressed up on that day or they can change when they arrive at school. As there is no theme for the German Carnival, any costume is fine, but keep in mind that the students have to be able to follow their regular class schedules after 10:40 a.m. (Students need to change for P.E.!) Parents are highly encouraged to dress up, too!

The school day will begin as usual at 8:45 a.m. From 9:00 a.m., all students and parents will meet in the Multi-Purpose Room. There will be an introduction to the German Carnival followed by a dance. To round off the celebration there will be some games offered upstairs for Grades 1-6 and in Early Years for Pre-KG to Preschool. Parents are welcome to join their kids for these activities! At the end, the PTA will provide a traditional Carnival snack in the form of Berliner (donuts) before the students return to their classrooms to continue with the school day.

Assembly
February 27th 3.00pm, Multi Function Room
Grade 2 will be hosting a Drama Assembly, all welcome.


Parent Cafe
How to Talk About Mathematics
March 6th, 9.00am with Justin Rich
How does the way we talk about mathematics influence our thinking? How should we talk about mathematics in order to best encourage learners? How can you talk to your children at home about mathematics so they see the real-world value of study? Come along and lets discuss.

Class Exhibitions
We would like to introduce to you our class exhibitions. Each grade will take turns to showcase the work they have been doing in one of their units of inquiry. Please come along and enjoy our presentations, and see individual class blogs for more information.
Class
Exhibition Theme
Date
(From 9.00am)
Pre-School
Check Your Healthy Habits
March 6th
Grade 3/4
Museum of the Ancients
March 4th
Grade 5/6
Graduation Exhibition
April 23 - 25th
Early Years
Museum: Toys Made out of Used Materials
April 10th
Grade 1/2
End of Year Drama Presentation
June 20th

Friday, 15 February 2019



Carnival
February 28th, 9.00am
On Thursday, February 28th, we are going to celebrate German Carnival with the whole school!
We are looking forward to having this event with students and parents from 9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. starting in the Multi Purpose Room.
In Germany the highlight of Carnival is Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), with parades through the streets and celebrations in public squares. Carnival music is played and lots of candy thrown into the crowds. While we cannot mimic the festivities perfectly, we will have some child-friendly indoor activities with lots of fun, balloons, and candy!

Students are encouraged to come to school dressed up on that day or they can change when they arrive at school. As there is no theme for the German Carnival, any costume is fine, but keep in mind that the students have to be able to follow their regular class schedules after 10:40 a.m. (Students need to change for P.E.!)
Parents are highly encouraged to dress up, too!

The school day will begin as usual at 8:45 a.m. From 9:00 a.m., all students and parents will meet
in the Multi-Purpose Room. There will be an introduction to the German Carnival followed by a dance.
To round off the celebration there will be some games offered upstairs for Grades 1-6 and in Early Years for Pre-KG to Preschool. Parents are welcome to join their kids for these activities!
At the end, the PTA will provide a traditional Carnival snack in the form of Berliner (donuts) before the students return to their classrooms to continue with the school day.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Carnival this year!
Helau, Narri Narro und Alaaf!

The Carnival Team

Flute Recital
20th February, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
We are very please to announce we will be hosting Ms. Helene Boul├Ęgue at our school who will be perfoming a flute recital. She is a leading flutist from Germany and currently the leading flute player at Stuttgarts Radio Orchestra. She is in Japan for some performances and we are lucky to have her visit us. It will unfortunately be during our ski trip week, but all parents are very welcome to come along and enjoy the show.

Foreign Schools in Hyogo Music Performance
February 23rd, 10.00am
Kobe Chinese School
Our school is invited to the annual music event for the foreign schools in Hyogo Prefecture and Grade 3 & 4 students will represent our school this year.

Please do come along and support them if you are free!

Assembly
February 27th 3.00pm, Multi Function Room
Grade 2 will be hosting a Drama Assembly, all welcome.

Book and Culture Week 2019
11th - 15th of March
The Book and Culture Week Planning Team would like to enlist the help and support of the school community for the organisation of a few special events.

Event 1 - Cultural Wake-Up / Shake-Up
We would like parent/s to teach the students a cultural dance during our daily wake-up/shake-up (just one morning).

Event 2 - Cultural Museum
We would like to invite parents to set-up stations to introduce their culture to the students.

Event 3 - Lullabies
We would like to invite parents to present lullabies in their native language (at our mass pyjama party)

Please watch the organising team's presentation for more information.

Feel free to form groups or teams for these events. We only need one representative/ leader's name on the sign-up form

Visiting Author - Rebecca Ottowa
We have exciting news to share with you about an upcoming visit from a local author - Rebecca Ottowa. She will be visiting our school on 13 March at 3.00 PM as part of our Book and Culture Week. We will send you further details of her visit. She will be selling copies of her book - My Awesome Japan Adventure and we will be holding a book signing event as well.
We will be pre-ordering copies of her book to sell during the event. If you would like to buy a copy and have her autograph it, please order here.
This book is also the perfect present for friends back home as it showcases a very unique Japanese culture. So do consider buying a few copies to give away as presents! 

School Yard
We would like to ask if anyone in our community has experience or knows anyone who may be able to help us with a good resurfacing option? We would prefer to have a recommendation. Please email alex.inman@dskobe.org

School Bus Routes
If any parents would like to have an amendment to our school bus routes we are happy to receive feedback, please contact sekretariat@dskobe.org

Friday, 8 February 2019





Scholastic Orders are Open!
The next scholastic order is open until Friday, February 8th - TODAY!
Please check the backpack of your child for the flyer of books offered this month. 

To save paper we have not included the order guide in printing this time, but it can be accessed here

Flea Market
Monday 11th - Wednesday 14th February
Next Monday - Wednesday, we will have the grade 1/2 Flea Market. Thank you to those who brought in things for us to sell. The students will take turns helping at the table for 15 minutes during snack, lunch and after school. You are welcomed to come and take a look after school in case you'd like to do some shopping. Students can shop during these times as well.


Parent Cafe
February the 13th, 9.00am Library
Developing Real-World Skills Through the PYP Exhibition
In the PYP, students are encouraged to be curious and caring lifelong learners with the capacity to take responsible action. A crucial part of the programme is the exhibition, a culminating in-depth and collaborative project held during the final year of the programme. Through this session, we hope to share you how this culminating experience is the pinnacle of PYP education.


Flute Recital
20th February, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
We are very please to announce we will be hosting Ms. Helene Boul├Ęgue at our school who will be perfoming a flute recital. She is a leading flutist from Germany and currently the leading flute player at Stuttgarts Radio Orchestra. She is in Japan for some performances and we are lucky to have her visit us. It will unfortunately be during our ski trip week, but all parents are very welcome to come along and enjoy the show.
Book and Culture Week 2019
11th - 15th of March
The Book and Culture Week Planning Team would like to enlist the help and support of the school community for the organisation of a few special events.

Event 1 - Cultural Wake-Up / Shake-Up
We would like parent/s to teach the students a cultural dance during our daily wake-up/shake-up (just one morning).

Event 2 - Cultural Museum
We would like to invite parents to set-up stations to introduce their culture to the students.

Event 3 - Lullabies
We would like to invite parents to present lullabies in their native language (at our mass pyjama party)

Please watch the organising team's presentation for more information.

Feel free to form groups or teams for these events. We only need one representative/ leader's name on the sign-up form

Visiting Author - Rebecca Ottowa
We have exciting news to share with you about an upcoming visit from a local author - Rebecca Ottowa. She will be visiting our school on 13 March at 3.00 PM as part of our Book and Culture Week. We will send you further details of her visit. She will be selling copies of her book - My Awesome Japan Adventure and we will be holding a book signing event as well.
We will be pre-ordering copies of her book to sell during the event. If you would like to buy a copy and have her autograph it, please order here.
This book is also the perfect present for friends back home as it showcases a very unique Japanese culture. So do consider buying a few copies to give away as presents! 

Construction Next to the School
We have received some questions about the building work next door, regarding when it will be completed. The scheduled date is end of March. Once again, apologies for any inconvenience.






Friday, 1 February 2019



DSKI Clubs for Term 2
Today we have introduced the new DSKI club programme to all students. It will start from Monday, February 11th.
From now we would like to ask you to use the online application form to register.

Please use the link to find the programme and the application form.

Deadline to register: Friday, February 1st (TODAY!)
For further questions please contact Mr Brabant: lance.brabant@dskobe.org


Art Exhibition
February the 4th
We are very happy to announce our students art work will be displayed in the Kobe city office on the 2nd floor. Please see the attached flyer for details but please go along and enjoy the work!


Scholastic orders are open!
The next scholastic order is open until Friday, February 8th.
Please check the backpack of your child for the flyer of books offered this month. 
To save paper we have not included the order guide in printing this time, but it can be accessed here


Parent Cafe
February the 13th, 9.00am Library
Developing Real-World Skills Through the PYP Exhibition
In the PYP, students are encouraged to be curious and caring lifelong learners with the capacity to take responsible action. A crucial part of the programme is the exhibition, a culminating in-depth and collaborative project held during the final year of the programme. Through this session, we hope to share you how this culminating experience is the pinnacle of PYP education.




School Reports
We will be sending out our student report cards on today. We will be making a change this year by sending them as a pdf document and not as a printed report. This is due to our move to becoming a more paperless school and of course it is better for the environment.

We do understand that reports are needed for applications to schools and so any family who needs a signed and stamped paper copy can ask at the school office and we will provide one.