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TASIS The American School in England, London, UK. IB School: 2015 Parent eNews

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Welcome to the new school year and our first Parent eNews. For new families, the weekly Parent eNews is designed to inform you of all-school events, divisional news and downloads, and Parent Association announcements. Please take a moment to read through your divisional news and some upcoming events.

Audition and Theater Information for Upcoming Productions –  Alice in Wonderland Jr. and The Government Inspector.

LMS Directory Reminder – All parents should verify that their contact details in the LMS Parent Directory are correct no later than Tuesday, September 6. TASIS England is legally required to hold all contact information for students; please ensure that your details have been updated, if necessary. If you have difficulty entering updates, please contact the Admissions Office.  

To update your contact information and directory preference:
  1. Log in to myTasis 
  2. Click the LMS button
  3. Click My Family

Lower School News   |   Middle School News   |   Upper School News |   Sports & Activities

TPA & PIRC News

TPA Executive Board Meeting – The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) is holding an open TPA Executive Board Meeting for all parents on Wednesday, September 7, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Fleming Theatre. This meeting will be a great opportunity to hear about the OFSTED report and resulting changes on campus. We will review the new improvements and security policies.

Join our TPA Facebook Page – Become a member of our closed group Facebook page TASIS England Parents AssociationJust another great way to hear about TPA Activities or ask questions to our TASIS parents’ community.      

Lower School News

Message from Interim Head of Lower School Head, Debbie Faasee

Welcome back to all of our new and returning families! What an amazing group of students we have in the Lower School. As I have watched them over the last couple of days, I have been impressed by the way they conduct themselves. Our students are articulate, polite and kind. What a pleasure it is having them at TASIS. We can't thank you enough for sharing your children with us! Read this week's blog to find out more information.

Middle School News   

Message from Middle School Head, Cynthia Erickson

Welcome to the new school year! With the first week of school behind us, life in the Middle School is starting to settle down. By next week, school will begin to feel more “normal,” and routines will be put into place. There are always a lot of schedule changes in the first week or so as we finalize placements in foreign language and math, and balance the class sizes as much as possible. If your child needs to make a schedule change of any kind, please encourage them to come to the office to speak to Ms. Erickson, who can explain whether the change is possible. Students in Grades 7 and 8 will have different specials and electives in the second semester, and shouldn’t panic if the class they were hoping for is not on their schedule. In all likelihood, it will be there next semester. READ MORE

Upper School News

Message from Anthony Jones, Head of Upper School Academics and Jason Tait, Head of Upper School Student Life

Welcome to new and returning families. In the coming weeks we will provide information about the routines and processes that we all need to follow to support our students in the day-to-day running of the school and some of the changes to school life that we are introducing this year.  The first of which, is the introduction of a grade-specific Personal, Social, Heath and Economic Education program (PSHEE). Starting on Monday, all Upper School students, along with their advisor, will attend classes in this area. The program will be centered around the themes of Health and Well Being, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World. Topics will include drug and alcohol education, e-safety, coping with stress and anxiety, anti-bullying and conflict resolution, culture, community, society, and discrimination and prejudice.

We hope to see many of our Upper School students take part in the upcoming sports team try outs and auditions for our theater productions. These elements of school life are a great way for our students to integrate and get to know each other outside of the classroom. Lifelong friendships are made through the arts, on the playing fields, and in the gymnasium.

SAVE THE DATE – The Upper School Parents' Weekend will take place October 6-7.  Events include individual parent/teacher conferences, presentations, and the 40th Celebration Family Day on Friday, October 7.

Sports & Activities

Message from Interim Director of Sports and Activities, Mark Hurst

The sun is shining, the fields are marked, the volleyball courts sparkling, the Fitness Center refurbished and the tennis courts are newly resurfaced and resplendent with the TASIS colours. Let the games begin! I trust that your start to the new school year has gone smoothly, and a busy week of gathering school-based information has been productive. I hope that you have had time to acquaint yourself with the many and varied extracurricular activities that are available throughout the school. More importantly, you should have received information from the sports/activities office on how your children may avail themselves of these opportunities. If you have not received any information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Students should have completed the sports/activities sign up procedure by now, or be ready for the auditions this week and try outs for team sports next week.

Middle School auditions for Alice in Wonderland Junior by Lewis Carroll take place next Monday to Wednesday (September 5-7). The fall sports season commences on Monday, September 5 with the Upper School Fall Season Try-Outs. There are varsity and junior varsity girls and boys teams in soccer, volleyball and cross- country. The try-outs schedule is posted below, and students are encouraged to attend the try-outs of their choice. Although it is only possible to participate in one TASIS team during the season, students may wish to try out for different sports during the try-out period. If they do so, it is important that they communicate with the coaches. The try-outs are also open to eighth grade students, and they take place Monday to Wednesday next week (September 5-7). Upper School students who elect not to try out for a Fall season team sport or audition for the Fall theatre production have received an email with a link to the sport/activity sign up process. The Fall trimester of sports/activities for Upper, Middle, and Lower School commences on September 12.

Thank you to the Middle School families who have already submitted their sport/activity sign up forms on line. The Fall trimester commences on September 12. The Middle School team sports are also soccer, volleyball, and cross-country. There is no selection process for Middle School Sports teams and the students will be included in the team sport of their choice. Students who elect not to participate in team sports have a choice of recreational sports and activities, including the very popular Middle School Fall theatre production (please note that recreational sports may have limited numbers due to facility restrictions.)

The Lower School activities program will commence on September 12. Lower School students should have received information on their club assignments via email.

The Saturday Intramural Soccer Program for grades FH-8 and Tennis for grades 3-8 commences on September 10 on the North Campus.  The Intramural Sports Program is separate from the school's sports/activities programs.  There is a small registration fee for the participants, and the program takes place on a Saturday throughout the school year. If you have any questions please contact Sharon Hudgens.



 
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The TASIS England community celebrated the start of the new academic year with an all-school Convocation on Wednesday, August 31. Following the vibrant procession of class banners and the national flags representing student home countries, Student Council President, Patrick Coe, welcomed the audience with an inspiring and fitting speech reflecting on the commonalities shared within our international community.
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TASIS England welcomed 20 new faculty and staff members to campus this week with a three-day orientation that introduced them to grading policies, advising, dorm life and more.
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