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President-Elect Position Open

Dear Membership,

As we welcome your new TAIP President, Kathryne Imabayashi, there will be a vacant slot for President-Elect.  The President-Elect’s duties are:

To assist the President, to preside at meetings in the absence of the President, and to maintain and update the membership list by category of membership.  He or she will also compile and archive the data from the annual membership survey, and be the co-owner of the web-based membership contact data of all the member schools.  At the Annual General meeting of his/her year as President-Elect, he or she shall nominate the other members of the Executive Board who will serve during his/her term as President.

Nominations may be made by any association member with the prior permission of the person to be nominated.  The Executive Board shall receive the nominations by February 9, 2017.

One of our nominees is Alex Batten:

Alex Batten is an administrative officer at Komazawa Park International School, where he has worked since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Early Childhood Education, and a Masters of Business Administration, Education. He has been on the TAIP Board of Directors since 2013. He is most proud of his work with TAIP with regards to bringing professional development opportunities, including last year’s well-received Fall Conference with Lisa Murphy.

He hopes to use the opportunity to lead the organization from 2018, furthering its goals and in particular bringing even more exciting professional development events to all our member schools and their teachers. Until that time, he looks forward to supporting Kathryne Imabayashi during her tenure as president this year.

Annual General Meeting Invitation!

Dear TAIP Members,

It’s about that time of the year for our Annual General Meeting(AGM). This is a great opportunity to catch up with what TAIP has been doing over the past year as well as reconnecting with directors and administrators of other member schools. Also, it’s a great time to meet and welcome your new President, Ms. Katheryn Imabayashi. Ms. Katheryn is the Director of Summerhill International School.
This year the AGM will be held at the Early Learning Center in Roppongi.

Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 18:30-20:30

ASIJ Early Learning Center
6-16-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel: 03-5771-4344

Register Here: https://tokyopreschools.org/event-registration/

By train
2 minute walk from Exit 1C of Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
5 minute walk from Exit 3 of Roppongi Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line
6 minute walk from Exit 7 of Azabu Juban Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line
9 minute walk from Exit 4 of Azabu Juban Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
Please look over the attached budget and the minutes from last year’s AGM. This will help expedite formalities and increase our discussion time.

Don’t hesitate to sign up and come join us for an evening of reporting and
socializing. See you there!

Best regards,
Bruce Gomez, TAIP President

2016 Bowling Tournament Reminder

Dear TAIP Family,

Just a reminder this Saturday will be our Annual Bowling Tournament.  If you haven’t already signed up you have until December 7th to do so.  Please visit the TAIP website to sign-up.  Come out and have some fun!

Best regards,

Bruce Gomez, TAIP President

TAIP Bowling Tournament

TAIP is excited to announce the 4th Annual Membership Bowling Tournament! Up for grabs is the Association Trophy to place in your school display case for a year and gloating rights to exercise at will! Who will dethrone Mitsui Gardens or will it be a three-peat?

Sign-Up Here: https://tokyopreschools.org/event-registration/

Location: Tokyo Dome City Bowling

Date: December 10th

Start Time: 10:00 am Please arrive by 09:30 to take care of checking in and shoe rental and ball choice.

Finish Time: 12:00

Each Associate Member and Institutional School Member can field a team of 2 persons to compete for the Trophy.

Team makeup: Each team needs to consist of 2 persons. They can be teachers, admin, office personnel or leadership group members. Please register your team members online.

All expenses for bowling, lane costs and shoe rental will be paid by TAIP. **Anyone wishing to have more drinks or snacks other than the complimentary ones provided after the elimination rounds, please bring your own. Each school or team member will be responsible for that cost.

**Tournament rules and specifics will be announced at the bowling alley.

TAIP Fall Conference Registration Open

Dear Members,

We are thrilled to announce the opening of registration for our October 8th Fall Annual Conference at The Montessori School of Tokyo. You can find the details and description in our original post HERE.

Both these incredible presenters will provide an excellent opportunity for professional development. We are doing our best to make as much space as possible for participants, but we believe this event will be popular and would like to encourage members to sign-up ASAP. Seats are limited!

You may sign up at our Event Registration Page. You should receive a confirmation email shortly afterward.

Principals, directors and administrators…PLEASE share this info with your teachers. We are frequently contacted by teachers from member schools asking about these events.

Once again, HERE is the event info and HERE is the registration page. Please don’t delay!

Thank you, and we hope as many of you as possible will find the time to come.



TAIP Board of Directors

2016 TAIP Annual Fall Conference

Dear Members,

We are thrilled to announce the details of our 2016 Fall Annual Conference. We have been hard at work preparing something very special this year, and hope as many of you as possible will try and find the time to attend. The details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, October 8th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Montessori School of Tokyo

Price: Full-day: 5,000 yen with TAIP membership (10,000 yen for non-members). Half-day: 2,500 with TAIP membership (5,000 yen for non-members)


Lisa Murphy

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Lisa Murphy, founder of Ooey Goey, has been leading seminars in the early childhood education education community for nearly 20 years. She has presented at schools and events all over the world, including NAEYC, where our staff found her. Her sessions are energetic, informative and highly applicable to the preschool classroom. The focus will be on creating a child-centered environment at school as well as a plethora of ideas and strategies for the preschool classroom. She will be running a full day seminar (there is no half-day option) that promises to be a very special event indeed.


Covenant Players


For over forty years, Covenant Players has used the dramatic arts to support the work of educators and social workers throughout the world. They use drama in the classroom to develop confidence and coordination, build teamwork and help students address the universal themes that address the universal human condition. This workshop will focus on helping teachers to effectively implement drama in the preschool classroom and engage students of all personalities and backgrounds. Participants should come prepared to have fun, participate and experience the wonderful world of imagination and how it can be used as an educational resource. This will be a half-day seminar available in both the morning and afternoon.


A flyer and instructions for registration will be coming soon. We hope as many of you as possible will take this opportunity to join TAIP’s 2016 Fall Annual Conference.



TAIP Board of Directors