Friday, 18 December 2020

 

Happy Holidays to all
We wish you season's happyness and a relaxing break! Its been a very nice first term, given the circumstances everything has gone very well with all students safe and happy.

Many thanks to our fantastic PTA for organizing our last day Christmas extravaganza!


Kinderpunsch
If you are interested to make a traditional seasonal German fruit drink for your child, click the image below. 
We will leave it to your imagination what you can add for the adult version!





Teacher Information
Kindergarten
We are sad to say goodbye to Anne Barton today, as she will be leaving us. This is because Pam Ureta will be arriving at the start of January to take up her position as the new permanent teacher for kindergarten yellow team and also the Head of Early Years. Anne has done a great job, its been really nice having her here and we look forward to the next time she is in school helping us out.

We are also happy to say that Ms Hanna Moriguchi will be joining us as a teaching assistant in Early Years. She is well known to us and to many parents as she is also the daughter of Anita, our Pre-Kindergarten teacher and she is also a former student of DSKI!

Primary School
We are pleased that Mr Stefan Mayr will continue with us in the new term. As well as teaching German to the lower primary school students, from January he will also be working with the lower primary school as a support teacher in the unit of inquiry lessons.


Calendar 2021/2022 
Thankyou to the PTA class representatives for giving feedback about next years school calendar. You can see it below and we will add it to our website shortly.

You can see that there is a slight change with two additional half days, in October and February. These will be for the parent teacher conferences, when we will close at 1.00pm and meetings will be scheduled in the afternoon. As the classes are getting bigger, its harder for teachers to squeeze the meetings in during the week, so we hope this will make life a bit easier. We do understand that some families need their children looked after until 3.30pm due to work, so we will run a child care system.

Another change is that there will be no teacher training day for 2021/2022 as we have introduced a two year staff training cycle. 

The first year of the cycle we run an in-school training event run by a educational institution such as we did this year. 

The second year we will send some staff one by one to external workshops. For example the International Baccalaureate runs many excellent workshops throughout the year at various locations in Asia and the rest of the world. When travel reopens, we want our staff to be able to go and join these. Not just for the training but also for the opportunity to network with other IB teachers and exchange ideas about good practise, which they can also bring back to DSKI.




Friday, 11 December 2020

 

Orders closing today!!
Dont forget to pick up your childs specially decorated cup or plate!


Specially created by the PTA and students for good causes. Thankyou to those who have already ordered. Please note, Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten Yellow Team and Grade 5/6 will do theirs in January, when the rest of the stock arrives.
Just a note about care - please dont microwave or use washing machines with gold stickers. It is also not recommended to put the crayon stickers in washing machines.


School Lunches

Deadline - December 16, 2021

We will continue to have a catered school lunch from Pizzeria del Rokko.

This time the lunch period will be between January 12 – March 31, 2021.

Orders can only be processed after payment has been made and confirmed.

Please be aware that in case of the absences or sickness of the child during the period the fee cannot be refunded.

The lunch will not come with chopsticks or forks. Your children need to bring them from home.

 

Early Years and Pre-School 

The Early Years and Pre-School children’s lunch is Y500 each, total cost Y24,500.

Click here to register

 

Grades 1 - 6

The G 1 ~ G 6 children’s lunch is Y600 each, total cost Y29,400.

Click here to register

 

If you would like to order the lunch for your child, please submit an order form

and make a payment by December 16, 2020

 

Deutsche Schule Kobe International                                        学校法人神戸ドイツ学院

Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Rokko Island branch                          三井住友銀行六甲アイランド支店  

Account No. 3393642 (Saving Account)                                  普通口座 3393642

Swift Code: SMBCJPJT



End of Term
18th December
3.30pm
Just a reminder that next Friday is the end of term and that we wll have a full day programme, instead of our usual half day. This is because we will have our special visitor ging round each class in the afternoon!


Emergency Routines and Practise
This week DSKI joined the staff of the American Consulate and Canadian Academy to role play disaster exercises to test out our policy and responses. We are happy to say that the role plays were sucessful and that it also gave us some good ideas for how we can continue to develop our natural disaster responses.

We take prior preparation and planning very seriously here at DSKI and will keep you fully informed about how we develop our policies.




Friday, 4 December 2020

 
Winter Camp
21-24th December

Last call, registration closing soon!



School Lunches

Deadline - December 16, 2021

We will continue to have a catered school lunch from Pizzeria del Rokko.

This time the lunch period will be between January 12 – March 31, 2021.

Orders can only be processed after payment has been made and confirmed.

Please be aware that in case of the absences or sickness of the child during the period the fee cannot be refunded.

The lunch will not come with chopsticks or forks. Your children need to bring them from home.

 

Early Years and Pre-School 

The Early Years and Pre-School children’s lunch is Y500 each, total cost Y24,500.

Click here to register

 

Grades 1 - 6

The G 1 ~ G 6 children’s lunch is Y600 each, total cost Y29,400.

Click here to register

 

If you would like to order the lunch for your child, please submit an order form

and make a payment by December 16, 2020

 

Deutsche Schule Kobe International                                        学校法人神戸ドイツ学院

Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Rokko Island branch                          三井住友銀行六甲アイランド支店  

Account No. 3393642 (Saving Account)                                  普通口座 3393642

Swift Code: SMBCJPJT



Big Thankyou
To our PTA for the really nice day today for our Christmas and St Nicholas celebrations, photos to follow soon on your class blogs!

Reminder - dont forget to pick up your childs specially decorated cup or plate!


Specially created by the PTA and students for good causes.





Friday, 27 November 2020

 

Teacher Training Days
27/28th November
Our teachers are all hard at work today, looking at how we can improve and develop literacy through the lens of cultural diversity.  Very important for us in an international school context.


St Nicholas and Christmas Tree Light Switching On
4th December
We are still celebrating St Nicolas combining it with a Christmas Tree light switching on event.
Our school choir will also once again perform via Youtube, we will share the video via our Youtube channel.


IB Primary Years Programme Survey Results
We had a 57% response rate from our families (79 families in school/104 children),
so many thanks for the feedback.

Questions were replied to on the scale - 
1 - I don't agree
5 - I agree

Forms response chart. Question title: Which grade is your child in?. Number of responses: 45 responses.


Forms response chart. Question title: You chose DSKI because it is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Number of responses: 45 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI is committed to offering the IB programme to my child. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: You are happy with the way you are informed about the IB programme through the class and office blogs. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI provides parents with an understanding of the IB and school philosophy. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI provides parents with an understanding of the units of inquiry. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI provides parents with an understanding of the IB learner profile. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI IB Primary Years Programme recognizes all cultures throughout the school community. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI provides opportunities for students to become independent learners. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI provides opportunities for students to broaden their understanding of local and global issues. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI provides opportunities for students to become technologically advanced. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI promotes responsible action within and beyond the community. Number of responses: 45 responses.Forms response chart. Question title: DSKI promotes open communication. Number of responses: 45 responses.




Friday, 20 November 2020

 
School Closed Reminder
27th November
Please dont forget we will be closed for teacher training next Friday.


Last Day on the 18th December - Information
We will have a very special day on the 18th with a suprise visitor for the children! Hint - red clothes, big sack etc. And coronavirus health and safety policy compliant. To allow time to get round all classes we will have a full day programme so the school day this year will end at 3.30pm. 

If any families have already made travel plans for the afternoon, please just let your homeroom teacher know your child will leave at 1.00pm. They will miss the visitor though.

Important - lunches
We have not ordered school lunches for the 18th so all families please supply your child with a lunch.


Coronavirus Update
You may have seen that the number of Coronavirus cases in Japan is rising steeply at the moment. We just want to let you know we are fully informed and making sure our health policy is still working properly to keep all the students safe. We are also in touch with our school doctor regarding the situation.


Parent Survey
Tick box only, no writing needed, takes about 1 minute!


Online Learning Software
We are reviewing our online learning policy right now to prepare for any school closure that may happen again due to Coronavirus. 
We have postive experiences with Seesaw and think it would be a good idea to use this instead of Google Classrooms, but we would like to hear your opinion about this.

Big Thankyou!
To our PTA for the work in helping us remodel our red sofa corner!






Friday, 13 November 2020


Teacher Training Day
27th November
Just a reminder that the school will be closed on Friday the 27th November for teacher training. We are very happy to be working with a well known international schools training organisation looking at cultural awareness and inquiry taught through literacy. 

Winter Holiday Camp
21st - 24th December
9.00am - 3.30pm
4 - 12 years old
It will run for the first 4 days of the holidays as the Friday is the 25th and our teachers need to be at home to wait for Santa and gifts! A full day programme of art, games and play. All ages welcome, numbers are limited though. 50, 000 yen per child, all lunches and materials included plus a special christmas lunch on the 24th!

Parent Survey
Tick box only, no writing needed, takes about 1 minute!




Monday, 9 November 2020

Teacher Training Day
27th November
Just a reminder that the school will be closed on Friday the 27th November for teacher training. We are very happy to be working with a well known international schools training organisation looking at cultural awareness and inquiry taught through literacy. 


Online Learning Software
We are reviewing our online learning policy right now to prepare for any school closure that may happen again due to Coronavirus. 
We have postive experiences with Seesaw and think it would be a good idea to use this instead of Google Classrooms, but we would like to hear your opinion about this.

Friday, 23 October 2020

 
Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays!
We all had a great day here celebrating Halloween, thanks again to the PTA for doing such a great job putting it together!

Please have a restful vacation and we look forward to seeing you all back here on the 2nd November.


Japanese TV
1st November 
9.00pm
We are happy to let you know that our school will be on Japanese TV on a feature about international schools in Japan. They will show some pictures and talk about our programme, you can see us on BS channel 7 at 9.00pm. 

Friday, 16 October 2020

 
Coronavirus and Communication to the Community
We would like to thank all our community members for their patience and support this week due to our coronavirus experience. We have learnt a lot and updated our policy which we will publish again this week.

One of the biggest points from parents feeding back to us was about information. We held back due to our concerns about personal privacy, however we see that people need to know more details and it is our responsibility to communicate this. In future we will send out more details to the community.

And please remember, we only want essential visitors onto the campus. Lets not get too relaxed.

Parent Teacher Conferences
12th - 23rd October

Grade 4 Assembly
21st October
Online

Next week will be our first assembly of the year. To avoid visitors on campus, we will pre-record the assembly and next week we will upload it to our  YouTube channel.

Halloween
23rd October

We will have our Halloween next week as the real halloween is actually in the school vacation. Once again our PTA have done a great job!

Just a reminder dont forget costumes!

Friday, 9 October 2020


Parent Teacher Conferences
19th - 23rd October
Online
You will receive invitations for our PTCs shortly, when you will be able to meet with your homeroom teacher and see how your child has settled into the new school year. 

Please note - we will hold all meetings online. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Glücklicher Oktoberfesttag!
We had a lot of fun today with our traditional Oktoberfest/typhoon combination! The students were all able to enjoy activities and our special lunch time choir video and pretzels.

A big thankyou to our PTA for organizing the event, getting the pretzels and decorating our school so the students could enjoy the day. 

And please enjoy watching our school choir - click here!















Thursday, 8 October 2020

 Getting ready for Oktoberfest!






Friday, 2 October 2020

 

Oktoberfest
9th October

Our PTA is busy preparing for Oktoberfest next week. Music from our choir, pretzels and activities in class.

Please dont forget -
  • To dress your child in the Oktoberfest colours of blue and white!
  • For meals from home families, please send in a German food theme lunch box (sausage, potato, salad). School bento familes, the restaurant will take care.

The school choir - we will send out viewing information in next weeks blog.



Schools to Schools
We had fun this week in Grade 3 and 4 with a video converence to a school in Jakarta exchanging unit of inquiry information.
See our Primary Years Programme Information page for more details!


Flu Vaccines
20th or 22nd October
2.30pm - 4.30pm
Our school doctor, Dr. Adachi will offer to administer flu vaccines here in school. 
Please note the fee is 4,000 yen per child.
Deadline for registration is 16th October


Friday, 25 September 2020

Scholastic Book Club
Deadline 2nd October - Order Now!
Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! 


For every $1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards.
Please place your order online by Friday, October 2, 2020.

Oktoberfest
9th October 
Our plans are continuing for Oktoberfest, it wont be a big outdoor festival this year but we do plan to mark the event as a day for the students in school.

We are very happy that the PTA will take charge. They will provide a pretzel for each child (please let us know if your child has any allergy) and decorate the school for the day! We will also have activities for the students in class during the day and the school choir will perform online.

Students clothing
Please send your child to school in either traditional Oktoberfest costume
or
Oktoberfest colours - clothes of blue and white, or German flag colours - black, red, gold.

Lunches
For home prepared lunches, if possible please send in a bento box of Oktoberfest themed food for your child. Potato, sausage, salad theme food.

We will take lots of photos, so you can see what happened.


School Choir Uniform
We are very happy to announce that this week we received a very generous sponsorship for our new school choir uniforms from Yamaoka Memorial Foundation, supported by Yanmar. We think they look great and you will be able to see the students wearing them at our online Oktoberfest concert!


The New School Board
Thankyou to all those who attended our Annual General Meeting, we are very happy to announce the new school board for school year 2020-2021.

Chair: Ms Steiners
Vice-Chair: MsPalmer
Treasurer: Ms Tabuchi Gardiner-Elko
Vice-treasurer: Mr de Montfort
Secretary: Ms Medina
Vice-secretary/HR: Ms Kruegel
Bus and Building: Mr Morineau
Marketing: Ms Phan Tran

Parent Teacher Association
We have had our first PTA meetings, you can follow the meetings by reading the minutes on our PTA page of our blog.


Friday, 18 September 2020


School Days 
21st 22nd September
Just to confirm we will be open next week on the public holidays, school as normal.

Annual General Meeting
23rd September 7.00pm
Online
You will have received a pdf invitation from the school board to join the school association Annual General Meeting on the 23rd of September at 7.00pm.

When you join the school your family becomes part of the association and we would be very happy to see you all at the online meeting!

If you havent received the invitation, please let us know.


Scholastic Book Club
Deadline 2nd October
Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! 


For every $1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards.
Please place your order online by Friday, October 2, 2020.


Oktoberfest
Friday 9th October
We had our first PTA meeting this week and we discussed our Oktoberfest. We cant run it as normal, but also we dont want to cancel it. 

So we are planning to run a Oktoberfest theme day in school on Friday 9th (So no Saturday event). Students can come in dressed up, we will have some activities, our school choir will perform live via zoom to the school community and we will have some Oktoberfest theme bread for each child at lunchtime!
More information closer to the date. 

Spring Carnival
10th April
This will be our big event of the year taking over from the reduced Oktoberfest, we will hopefully be clear of the current situation and can celebrate in style!


School Events
We have published our events for the school year, you can see them on the Important Dates page of this blog.

Sports Day
Please note the change of date for Sports Day, it will be 29th April so we dont have problems with typhoons and high temperatures.

Assemblies
We have listed all the assemblies for the year on the School Events page, so you can book your time off work if needed.


Tracker Days
Well spotted some parents and thanks for asking! You will see on our events calendar Tracker Days. This is a staff event, but you can read about it on the Primary Years Programme Information page of this blog.


 

Friday, 11 September 2020

 

Earthquake Practise Drils

Yesterday we had our first earthquake drill and tsunami evacuation practise. We are happy to report that everything went smoothly and from start of drill to end of evacuation. We will continue to hold practise sessions through the year to make sure that we are fully prepared to act immediately if anything should every happen.


Annual General Meeting

23rd September, 7.00pm 

Online

You will soon receive a letter from the board inviting you to register for the online AGM. We will be using Zoom for the meeting, so we hope all parents are comfortable with that.


Rental Accomodation (Flyer attached to weekly email)

Looking for a great place to live in Kobe? I have several houses, apartments and rooms available to rent, on a short-, mid-, and long-term basis. Many of our properties are in the Hankyu Mikage area and ideal to commute to DSKI. Have a look at the PDF with our properties! For more information, contact Anna at akschrade@gmail.com 


International Scarecrow Designing Competition

Join Peace and Nature scarecrow designing competition!

Japanese application page

English application page


Girl Scouts 
Entente
5 - 17years old
We are happy to promote the Girl Scouts which is starting soon at the Entente building on Rokko Island Please see the flyer attached to the weekly email. First meeting will be Staurday the 26th September.


School Hat Sale
If you are interested in our school hat sale, please click here to buy for your child!








Friday, 4 September 2020


Annual General Meeting
23rd September 7.00pm
Online
We are please to announce the date of our next AGM, you will receive a letter of invitation from our chair of the board so we look forward to seeing you there.

It is also a time to elect new board members, if you are interested in standing for the school board, just let us know!


Parent Handbook
We have recently updated our parent handbook, it is linked to the blog under Our Links and you can also access it here

If you would prefer a pdf please just ask the office.

Car Parking and our Neighbours
Just a reminder to please drop and go outside our school. For longer term stays, please use the car parks.

School Cap Sale
We are happy to announce a special discount on the school caps, due to the ongoing hot weather. Please contact the office for details or see the flyer attached to todays email.

Early Arrival and After School Care
We understand that some families rely on care until 4.30pm, so we are happy to say that we
have early arrival supervision

7.50am - 8.45am and after school supervision from 3.30pm until 4.30pm.

Please note that the numbers are very limited to avoid running a big group with a higher risk
of cross infection.
Applications will be assessed on a need basis. There will also be a small charge for the
service which would need to be
booked for the semester  -
Morning supervision 2,000 yen per family per session
After school supervision 2,000 yen per family per session

Both morning and afternoon supervision 3, 000 yen per family per day

Please note only full weeks can be requested, not individual days or dates. This is so we
can properly secure a supervisor.




Friday, 28 August 2020



Our New Programme of Inquiry for 2020-21
We are happy to publish our new programme of inquiry, if you goto the School Programme and Information tab at the top of the blog you can access it there.

At our parent meetings tonight your homeroom teacher will go through the units and we will also give you information before each unit starts.


Clubs
We are really sorry to say that we will be stepping back from our intention to run clubs for semester 1, 
based on the recent experiences you may have seen in the local news about clubs being an easy way
to transmit CV19. We want to make sure our students are as safe as possible, so we apologize for the inconvenience.
We are still hoping to run clubs later in the school year.


Early Arrival and After School Care
We understand that some families rely on care until 4.30pm, so we are happy to say that we have early arrival supervision
7.50am - 8.45am and after school supervision from 3.30pm until 4.30pm.

Please note that the numbers are very limited to avoid running a big group with a higher risk of cross infection.
Applications will be assessed on a need basis. There will also be a small charge for the service which would need to be
booked for the semester  -
Morning supervision 2,000 yen per family per session
After school supervision 2,000 yen per family per session
Both morning and afternoon supervision 3, 000 yen per family per day

Please note only full weeks can be requested, not individual days or dates. This is so we can properly secure a

supervisor.

Please click here to register


Mr Kanase
We are very sorry to say that our new Japanese teacher Mr Kanase will be leaving us from today. Due to sudden personal reasons he wont be able to continue. We are happpy to announce that Mr Furuta will rejoin us until a permanent replacement is hired.