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NLIS Handbook

 

 Welcome to New Life International School!  NLIS encourages the love of learning, and teachers work hard to inspire happy, healthy children to follow God and teach the students to serve each other in love. This handbook explains the school’s basic plan, policies, and regulations.

VISION To provide quality Christian education in a safe, loving, family atmosphere.

 

MISSION We equip students to be active, independent, expressive, and loving.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:14 

NLIS students are:

God-centered

Outreaching

Actively expressive   

Loving learning 

God-centered

-love and serve God with all our hearts.

 

Outreaching

-always welcome everyone warmly and help those around us

-show our families love and respect daily

-be good citizens and respect other cultures 

 

Actively expressive

-participate in classes by communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing

-summarize, analyze, and evaluate information effectively

-use critical thinking and problem-solving in class discussions and in writing

-utilize tools of technology skillfully

 

Loving learning

-study responsibly and pursue learning independently

-read fluently in various genres

-eagerly prepare for higher levels of education

School policies and procedures curriculum: 

We are a Christian school, so we endeavor to teach a worldview seen through the Bible. The curriculum at NLIS is English-based with mostly American texts and teacher-made units. The curriculum is chosen for each grade by the principal and teachers. 

The curriculum throughout our school from kindergarten through high school uses the following standards:

  • Common Core Curriculum in America for language arts, math, and social studies

  • National Arts Standards for fine arts

  • Shape America Standards for Physical Education

  • Christian Schools International Curriculum for Bible

  • National Science Standards for science classes from kindergarten through sixth

  • Next Generation Science Standards for secondary classes  ​

Subjects taught at NLIS in grades K-6 include the following:

  • Mathematics:  Singapore Math, world-known and high-level math curriculum

  • Science and Health:  K-3 McRuffy hands-on experiments, including use of STEM, projects, research from grade 3, and personal safety week with a study on stranger danger and safety lessons

  • Science and Health:  4-6 BJU Science textbooks, labs, and unit tests, projects, research, and personal safety week with a study on puberty, stranger danger, and abuse

  • Bible: Positive Action Curriculum, NIV Bibles used daily (chapel on Fridays)

  • Language Arts:  English grammar, phonics in grades K-2, spelling, writing, reading, literature, poetry

  • Social Studies: community, history, economics, geography, and culture 

  • Japanese literature: Students study grade-level kanji from trained, native Japanese teachers using the National textbook and other texts

  • Art:  History, crafts, paints, sculptures, drawing

  • Drama: Students usually perform one drama at least every other year; they sing or present poetry, projects, and research annually

  • Music: songs and dances in grades K-2, handbells in grades 3 and 4, ukuleles in grades 5 and 6; annual Christmas concerts are held

  • Physical Education in all grades from grade one through six, twice a week for 30 minutes

  • Daily recess for grades K-6, Kindergarten has several recess times a day 

  • Computer Skills in all grades from grade one 

  • Keyboarding in all grades from grade three and up

Subjects taught at NLIS in Junior High include the following:

  • Singapore Math, a world-known and high-level math curriculum

  • Kesler Earth Science and Health, including personal safety week, focused on puberty, stranger danger, abuse, a study of the Endocrine system, a study on drugs and their harm

  • Language Arts:  English and grammar with interactive notebooks, at least 4 novel studies a year, short stories, including O Henry and other famous writers from around the world, newspaper studies, and current events

  • Asian history, geography, culture, politics, and government

Subjects taught at NLIS in Junior High and High School include the following:

  • Bible:  Route 66, a survey of the Bible, a study on Proverbs, and the book of John, chapel on Fridays

  • Japanese 4 days a week:  Grade level Japanese National Textbook, kanji workbooks, texts

  • Introduction to Art Elective:  Drawing and sketching with lines, contour, shading, perspective, elements of art, principles of design, sculpture, painting, and mixed media  

  • Musical Theatre Group​ Elective:  Students combine acting, singing, and movement. They learn favorite songs out of musicals and create short scenes which combine performing, voice, and a few dance steps. 

  • Pop Choir Elective:  Students learn basic techniques to improve their voice and have fun learning how to sing both solos and in a group. They learn about control, pitch, rhythm, and more while singing a range of pop songs.  

  • Keyboard band:  Learn the chords for your favorite songs and play along with others! Learn how to read and understand music and improve your rhythm, sight-reading, dynamics, and understanding of chords/music notation

  • Physical Education Elective: Fitness testing, four-square, basketball, jump rope, soccer, volleyball, badminton

  • Computer Elective: Keyboard, coding, Google Drive, Word Processing using Google Docs, Slideshow presentations (Google Slides),  Online Surveys (Google Forms), Spreadsheets (Google Sheets) Drive, Excel, and coding

Subjects taught at NLIS in the High School include the following:

  • English: British Literature, American Literature, World Literature, and Literary Criticism

  • Mathematics: Algebra 1, Geometry, and other courses depending on the program chosen

  • Science: Biology and Physical Science, and other courses depending on the program chosen

  • Social Studies: World Geography, World History, Economics (one-half credit), U.S. or Japanese History (one-half credit), Asian Government

  • *Other World Languages offered:​ Other languages are available through Sevenstar Academy, including Spanish, French, Chinese, and American Sign Language

  • *Advanced Placement Courses and Honors classes: Students are encouraged to take advanced placement courses.  AP is recognized for credit and placement around the world.  Qualifying AP Exam scores earn credit, advanced placement, or both in nearly all universities in the United States and Canada, and are recognized in over 100 other countries worldwide, including Japan.  Advanced Placement is very similar to the IB program, but AP is used more overall in the world.  All AP courses are done online in the classroom.

*extra fees required 

NLIS High School Programs

There are 3 choices of studies:

  • Minimum High School Program

  • Recommended High School Program

  • Distinguished High School Program​

Program 1:  Minimum High School Graduation Program

To graduate from NLIS with the minimum program, students must take the following:

English 4 credits

  • British Literature

  • American Literature

  • World Literature

  • Literary Criticism

Mathematics 3 credits

  • Algebra 1

  • Geometry

  • Math course of choice

Science 2 credits

  • Biology

  • Physical Science

Social Studies 2 credits

  • Asian Studies

  • World History

Community Project 1 credit

Physical Education 1 credit

Japanese 3 credits

 

Fine Arts 1 credit

Computer 1 credit

Bible 4 credits

Electives: As needed to complete the graduation requirements for the Minimum High School Graduation Program

 

Total Credits: 31

Program 2:  Recommended High School Graduation Program

To graduate from NLIS with the recommended program, students must take the following:

 

English 4 credits

  • British Literature

  • American Literature

  • World Literature

  • Literary Criticism

Mathematics 3 credits

  • Algebra 1

  • Algebra 2

  • Geometry

Science 3 credits

  • Biology

  • Physical Science

  • Chemistry or Physics

Social Studies  3 credits

  • Asian Studies

  • World History

  • Current Events/Government

Community Project 1 credit

Physical Education 1 credit

 

Japanese  3 credits

Fine Arts 1 credit

Computer 1 credit

Bible 4 credits 

Electives: As needed to complete the graduation requirements for the Recommended High School Graduation Program

 

Total Credits: 31

Program 3: Distinguished High School Graduation Program

To graduate from NLIS with the Distinguished Program, students must take the following:

 

English 4 credits

  • British Literature

  • American Literature

  • World Literature

  • Literary Criticism

Mathematics 4 credits

  • Algebra 1

  • Algebra 2

  • Geometry

  • Choice of advanced math

Science 4 credits

  • Biology

  • Physical Science

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

Social Studies 3 credits

  • Asian Studies

  • World History

  • Current Events/Government

Community Project 1 credit

Physical Education 1 credit 

Japanese 4 credits

Fine Arts 1 credit

Computer 1 credit

Bible 4 credits

Electives: As needed to complete the graduation requirements for the Distinguished High School Graduation Program

Total Credits: 32

 

•One-half credit is usually earned per semester.  NLIS has 2 semesters of classes a year.

 

• Exceptions to the first statement are PE.  P.E. is awarded one-half credit per school year. To earn the one-half credit, a student must engage in physical activity for 30-45 minutes 4 days per week.

 

• Transferring seniors must take at least five full-credit courses from NLIS toward graduation.

 

Computers:  The school provides one computer for every student in elementary and junior high. The students are encouraged to use the computers for research, to improve their typing and computer skills several days a week, and occasionally play learning games. High school students are asked to buy their computers since some of their classwork will be done daily on their computers. 

School language:   The school language is English, thus Japanese is not used in the classrooms except for Japanese class. By focusing on English in the classroom, the students learn much quicker. Immersion is an amazing tool for language. All languages are used and encouraged in their playtime and at lunch. The goal at NLIS is for the students to be bilingual since both languages are equally important.

Calendar:  NLIS follows the Japanese calendar by starting the school year in early April and finishing in early March.  NLIS observes all Japanese national holidays. Students meet for 183 class days a year, plus one day for a student-led conference with the parents.  Another day is scheduled for a teacher/parent meeting that is held without the student.  A separate detailed yearly calendar is issued with exact dates of class days and holidays each year.  Important school dates can also be found on the school website.

School cancellations and make-up days:  School may be canceled due to bad weather or emergencies. In case of heavy snow, dangerous typhoons, or other emergencies, your child's teacher will call you or email you to inform you whether your child should go to school. If the school is canceled a day during a given school year, the students will not have to make up that day of cancellation. However, if more than one day is canceled within the school year, the second day and all the following canceled days must be made up to six days. For example, in one year if one day is canceled, no makeup day is necessary. If two days are canceled, one day of makeup classes is necessary. And if three days are canceled, two days of makeup classes are necessary.  However, if more than six days are canceled due to snow, or any other emergency, only 5 days of makeup classes are necessary.  

School Hours:   

*Regular school hours are as follows, Monday through Friday: 

 

K-2nd grade:      9:00 am to 3:00 pm   (from April 2022)       

3rd - 6th grade:  9:00 am to 3:15 pm             " 

7th-12th grade    8:50 am to 3:30 pm            "

*This allows the parking lots not to become too crowded.  Please be on time when picking up your child.  Please do not stay more than ten minutes unless you have a meeting with a teacher.

To encourage family times together and to allow for church attendance, the school will not hold clubs, sports events, festivals, or other events on Sundays.

Arrival and departure times  

For the safety of the children, all children should only be on school grounds when faculty and staff are present to watch and protect them. As a result, children should come to the school grounds no earlier than 8:40 and they should leave the school grounds within 30 minutes of dismissal unless the parents are paying for after-school care or if the student is involved in an extra-curricular activity.  If a student commutes on his or her own, the school cannot guarantee their safety so NLIS asks parents to be aware of when and where their child is traveling.  If a child is still on the school grounds 30 minutes after his or her class has been dismissed, there is a fee of 300 yen per hour. The teachers need the time after school to grade papers, visit with parents, and prepare for the next day's lessons.  Please inform your child's teacher if you will be late by calling the school office at 287-9577.

Lunches 

Students bring their lunches. Since each family will prepare their own child’s lunch, the school has no food rules. We believe that parents have the right to choose their children’s food every day. However, we ask parents to provide balanced meals. We suggest fruits and vegetables, protein, dairy, grain, and drink. Parents may also include a dessert.  The lunches are usually very simple leftovers from the night before or something from a convenience store.  There are no comments about each other's lunches so there is no pressure on parents to prepare obento boxes that take hours to make. 

Parties, field trips, special days, and special speakers

NLIS has 3 class parties each year, fall, Christmas, and Valentine's parties.  There are also school-wide parties during the year, including summer water relays and the end-of-the-year minute-to-win-it relays.  Some parent volunteers are asked to bring snacks for the class parties and activities. We also have special days which focus on themes: Beach Day, Camp Literacy Day, 100 Days, Opposite Day, Christianity Week (with special guests), and special days during the last week of school. These events reward the students for their diligent work and help to increase motivation in school learning.

 

Two field trips are taken so the students can explore their community.  Please look at our school website on the calendar for a detailed list of special days and activities. 

 

Special speakers come and share their talents several times a year.  Policemen, dentists, train conductors, a ventriloquist, artists, world travelers, and many more have come to speak in either English or Japanese. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come and share their talents and teach the students about their jobs or their interests. The students learn a lot from the community and families.

Recess and physical education 

Each class will be given a playtime called “recess,” in which students play outside in the front parking area (a gate is used to block off cars), the local park, or in the gym for 30 minutes each day.  The students also have 30 to 50 minutes of physical education at least twice a week. They learn rules of cooperation with teams doing sports like soccer, basketball, volleyball, and kickball, and learn about fitness and health through various exercises.

Kindergarten has at least three recess times a day in the park and the gym. The students alternate playing with studying all day.

Transportation

Students may walk, ride a bicycle, take a bus or train, or parents may drive the student directly to the school by car. Students may choose any type of bicycle that they wish to use but must wear a helmet at all times going to and from school.  NLIS is only 800 meters from Kofu station and many students take the train or bus and walk together to and from school.

Clubs and extracurricular activities

ESL (English as a second language), JSL (Japanese as a second language), and Eiken classes are available after school.  Student Council meets once a week during lunch and once a week after school.  Please see Aiko Veale for more information about our after-school classes.  Almost all NLIS students are involved in local after-school and weekend clubs and activities, including gym, piano, violin, karate, sculpture, art, ballet, swimming, Lego clubs, and tennis.  Please see the school for more information on these activities. 

 

Pro-family 

New Life International School's policy is that the school assists the parents in raising children, thus the teachers and staff are here to help parents raise their children. Parents are asked to help the teacher as he or she trains and disciplines his or her child by supporting our decisions. NLIS encourages parents to spend quality time with their children, teach them morals and social skills at home, and communicate freely and frequently with the child about his or her feelings and experiences at school and with friends.

Christian teaching

Bible is taught in the classrooms daily, and a chaplain comes to the school every Friday to provide a small chapel service with singing, games, and a Bible story. All teachers are Christians. Prayer is said in the mornings and before lunch each day. Students are not required to follow the Christian religion, but they must agree to take part in the chapel singing, prayers, and Bible teaching. All students, regardless of religion, feel accepted in our school.  

Use of heaters and air-conditioners

Students focus better when they are comfortable and not stressed from heat or cold. Therefore, each classroom will be heated in cold months and cooled in hot months. The average temperature setting for cold months will be 20-23 degrees. The average temperature setting for hot months will be 25 degrees.

Grades 

Students will be issued grade cards 4 times a year to let parents know how each student is progressing. Parents will be asked to read the grade cards, sign them, and send them back to the teacher.  Please see "What is a Christian, Western-Style Education" on our website. NLIS recognizes that grades are important, but doesn't overemphasize one grade or skill above another. NLIS teachers push the students to do their very best and celebrate their unique talents. Students’ grades come from daily work, both written and verbal, projects, and portfolios, as well as tests. No single test should make up more than 20% of a student’s semester grade. A passing grade is considered 60% and students must make an average of 60% on their assignments and test grades to pass. Because of the school's small teacher-student ratio, teachers are keenly aware of each student's abilities and work hard to ensure every student's success. If there is a problem, the teachers call the parents and ask for the parent's assistance with homework. The teachers are all invested in the students and want them to succeed.  There are two days scheduled each year, one in June and one in October for parent/teacher conference days.  Parents are asked to come to the school to meet with their child's teacher and discuss the child's achievements on these days.  

Retaining students  

NLIS does not encourage retaining students because research shows that students who repeat a year of classes usually do not improve, and students who continue onto the next grade level do as well as those retained.  However, in the case of developmentally slow, very young students, or delayed English learning, students may need to repeat a grade level to succeed in school.  If needed, the parents would be a part of this decision.  It is usually only done in the early grades and not done in later grades.

Attendance  

Students must attend 90% of their classes to pass their school year.  Since NLIS meets about 183 days, students may be absent for a maximum of 18 days.  A student who transfers from another school should provide grades and proof of attendance from his previous school. Those attendance numbers and grades will be calculated as part of the year’s attendance and grades for NLIS to pass the final grade level.

Lateness: 

School begins at 8:50 am for 7-12 grades and 9:00 am for K-6 grades. Students who arrive after the class starting time are considered late to class. Students who are late to class 5 times in 6 weeks may have to stay after school or stay inside for recess to make up the lost time.

Standardized tests

NLIS uses curriculum-based measurement standardized testing.  It is done throughout the year in grades K through 8. Most are done on the computer and are not timed.  These tests are norm-referenced, thus we can see how our students compare to American students and other students in international schools. A chart is available with each child's academic growth throughout the year in reading comprehension, fluency, and math skills. Parents see these results on Parent/Teacher Conference Days.  

Grade 9 takes a practice PRESAT test online.  

Grade 10 takes the PRESAT test.

Grade 11 may take the SAT to help students apply to universities in America, Canada, and more than 800 universities worldwide, including some universities in Japan.

Uniforms

To keep clothes competition down and to help students feel unified, students must wear only black, navy, white, off-white, beige, or gray tops and bottoms. Dresses, skirts, trousers, short pants, jackets, and sweaters should all follow the uniform colors.  No t-shirts, blue jeans, sweat pants, or yoga pants, please.  The uniform should be followed Monday through Thursday of every week.  The exception is the school t-shirt.  This may be worn daily.  Friday is considered a free day.   

 

Shirts

Shirts must have no logos, designs, ribbons, ruffles, or stripes, but be a solid color.  Boys' shirts must have a collar, either button-up or polo style.  Girls may wear nice blouses or sweaters. T-shirts are only allowed during physical education classes and on Fridays, except for the NLIS t-shirt.

 

Dresses, skirts, and shorts

Girls may wear dresses, skirts, and trousers, but all must be in the school colors, and skirts and shorts must not be shorter than 15 centimeters above the top of the kneecap, and underwear cannot show.  Dark leggings are allowed. 

Secondary students

Girls in grades seven and up must wear the above colors and may also wear plaid trousers or skirts.

Boys may wear plaid trousers or knee-length shorts.  No sweat or yoga pants are allowed except in P.E. and on Fridays, except for the NLIS t-shirt.  

 

Badges

All students must wear the school badge to school to help the community identify the child as part of our school.  It should be pinned onto the shirt above the front left pocket, or in that position if there is no pocket.  Students receive one school badge free of charge.  If parents want more badges they may purchase a badge for 300 yen. 

Shoes

Students are free to wear any kind of shoes, boots, sandals, etc., as long as they are safe and useful for school.  Students are also asked to bring one pair of indoor shoes to be kept at school for use in case of rainy weather.  Indoor shoes are not typically worn in the school.

Fridays

Fridays are "free days".  Students may wear any color and style of clothes they desire as long as they are respectable. 

Physical education uniform

All children from Grade 7 must wear separate clothes for physical education classes.  These should also be in the school colors.  A time and a place will be given for the students to change.  Students should take the P.E. clothes home every week to wash. 

Other fashions

Though NLIS requires uniform colors, students are given some freedom in their hair length and body fashion; therefore, things such as perms, dyed hair, nail polish, etc. are left to the parents’ choice as long as they are not so extreme as to distract from learning, and the fashion is not distracting to others' learning. Elementary girls may wear lipgloss and small, post-earrings, and girls in secondary girls from 8th grade may wear light makeup and wire earrings. However, the biblical teaching of 1 Peter 3:3-4 is encouraged: Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (NIV)

Fashion Rules

Students should not wear any clothing or fashion that distracts them or others from learning, that appears immoral or that is unsafe. The word immoral implies something that might cause sexual temptation or encourage sin according to Christian teachings. A distracting fashion would be something so noticeable or shocking as to distract students from focusing their eyes and ears on learning in the classroom. In line with our policy regarding learning, morality, and safety, NLIS clothing and fashion rules at school or even on the way to and from school are:

  1. No brightly colored hair (green, pink, yellow, etc.) or distractive face paint. (Face paint may be worn during parties with the teacher’s permission.)  Dyed hair is allowed in natural colors (brown, auburn, black, blond).

  2. Boys and girls must keep their hair out of their faces. They must either cut the hair above the eyes or keep it away from the face by putting it behind the ears, or fastening it in some way. Having hair over the eyes can distract the student from studying and causes one to emotionally hide from others. We want the students to have every advantage to learn well, mentally and emotionally. 

  3. No bags, jewelry, or clothing with a bad message: bad language, offensive pictures, evil or immoral themes in pictures or words, or pro-alcohol, pro-tobacco, or pro-drug messages.

  4. Head coverings are not to be worn inside the classroom.

  5. No rolling up, unbuttoning, or loosening clothes so that the stomach, back, shoulders, mid-chest, or upper thighs can be seen.

  6. Showing any part of underpants or underclothes.

  7. No visible tattoo should be seen at the school or on the way to and from school.

  8. No earrings on boys since these are so controversial for males. For safety purposes girls’ earrings must be small (e.g., small studs or very small hoops) so that they cannot be easily pulled off.  Earrings may need to be removed during physical education for safety's sake.

  9. Crossdressing, that is boys dressing like girls, and girls dressing like boys.

 

We request that parents not allow their children to bring expensive jewelry or clothes to school. We will not take responsibility if such items are damaged, lost, or stolen.

School rules for student behavior   

Students should take a positive view of school in the following ways:

        1.  Follow the instructions of all teachers and school leaders.

        2.  Do all homework and complete all class assignments with a positive attitude.

        3.  Attend classes every day and come to school and to class events on time.

        4.  Follow NLIS dress regulations.

        5.  Love and show respect to all classmates, teachers, and school staff. 

Students must not do the following:

  • Cheat on tests, copy others’ homework, have someone else do the homework, or turn in a written essay or research paper that is copied from books or other sources without the teacher’s approval.

  • Use bad words or vulgar language (including talk about sex or very rude things) in any language.

  • Break the school clothing regulations or wear clothing or other body fashion that disrupts learning, appears immoral or is unsafe. 

  • Use cell phones or computers without the school’s permission. All cell phones must be put on manner mode and may not be used during class at any time. NLIS will not be responsible for the loss or damage of any cell phone brought from home. Teachers may confiscate a cell phone if wrongly used, but it will be returned after school.

  • Damage things that belong to other students, teachers, or the school. Example: draw pictures on the wall, break a student’s pen, hurt someone’s clothes, etc.  Students will be asked to restore or replace any damaged item.

  • Harass and bully: gossiping, teasing, making bad gestures, touching, hitting, pushing, kicking, taking items from a child, sending bad computer messages, telling lies about a child, etc. We will not allow one student to lead others to refuse to play with or communicate with another child or lead others to reject a child in any way. Also, no jokes or insults about race, religion, culture, family, etc. Please see NLIS's bullying policy below.

  • Be involved in sexually related behaviors, including talking about or writing notes about sex, carrying or looking at pornography, drawing pictures containing naked bodies, or being sexually suggestive. Also, no sexual harassment: teasing about the body, sexual jokes, inappropriate touching, pointing, talking, or sexually suggestive actions, etc. Students may also not take part in kissing, holding hands, etc. at school or on the way to and from school.

  • Take or "borrow" anything without the owner’s permission.

  • Take part in any illegal activity, including under-aged participation with alcohol or illegal use of drugs, possession of drugs, or smoking cigarettes.

  • Attempt to encourage others to use alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs, or encourage others to break the law in any way.

  • Commit violence: Hit or kick a teacher or student.  Carry or use weapons.

  • Threaten to harm another student or teacher in any way—physically, socially, or emotionally.

 

NLIS bullying policy

No child may be bullied, teased, or insulted no matter how different that child may dress, talk, act, or think. A child may not be bullied no matter the child’s religion, race, culture, language background, family, or anything else that makes the child seem different. We do not accept the support of bullies for any reason from a child or parent, and all bullying will be dealt with firmly. If you feel that your child is being bullied, please contact us immediately.

Christian discipline

The following was taken from the school handbook of the Christian Academy of Japan in Tokyo. It is appropriate, so we have adopted this stance regarding our punishment and discipline policy: 

Because of sin in our lives, there are times when the law of love and mutual respect is broken, school rules are violated, and disputes arise among students, teachers, staff, and parents. We all have sinful inclinations, but what must be different about those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ is the way we deal with sin and its effects. The Bible is our guide for dealing with sin. The Biblical process for dealing with sin includes:

-Admonition in love ("Did you have permission to take that from Yuko’s locker?")

-Confession of wrong (“I'm sorry. It was wrong of me to do that.")

-Restitution (“I'll put it back right now.")

-Reconciliation (“I forgive you; let's be friends.")

 

When we follow this pattern, we can grow toward Christian maturity through our mistakes.  

Consequences 

Whenever something is done wrong there are consequences. NLIS follows the following guidelines when a student makes a wrong choice. Because growth and change are the goals, the consequences of doing wrong should correct or repair the harm that has been done. Reconciliation requires personal confession, apology, and forgiveness. Abuse of property may require restitution. For example, if a student makes a mess, he or she may have to spend extra time at school cleaning; if he or she wastes time in class, or is frequently late, he or she may have to skip recess; if a privilege is abused, that privilege may be lost for a while. If doing wrong seems to be a habit or a pattern, or if the deed seems especially willful or serious, the parents will be contacted and a conference may be requested with the parents to discuss the problem and possible solutions.  Proactive communication between parents and teachers is encouraged.

In addition to this process of admonition, confession, restitution, and reconciliation, each teacher might also have his or her system of rewards, warnings, and punishments to train the children. A teacher might find it necessary to punish a child to strengthen the child’s sense of sorrow and willingness to change. The following consequences are used for all children of NLIS who break rules:

  • The student may be removed from other children, primarily for purposes of concentrating on the lesson or to give the student a little space.

  • The student may write a letter of apology.

  • The student may have to eat alone.

  • Parent conferences will be made when a student has a very serious problem or a repeated problem that cannot be easily solved.

Approved disciplinary measures

NLIS approves the use of "pulling tags" in the classroom with clear rules and consequences discussed, written, and explained to the students and the parents. When a child breaks a classroom rule, the child pulls a cardboard-colored tag below his or her name. This is not done in an angry or threatening manner. It's just a clear reminder to the students to follow the rules. 

 

1. The first tag pulled is a warning.

2. The second tag requires the student to write a letter of apology.*

3. The third tag requires the student to eat alone at lunch.

4. The fourth tag requires a meeting with the head of school and possibly a parent.

 

*The letter of apology is a handwritten note from the student acknowledging that he or she understands that they have disrupted learning and that they will try to not do it again. The younger ages have a form letter that the teacher reads and has the student sign. The teachers keep the note until the end of the year. If the child doesn't have many, the teacher will tear them up and dispose of them. If the child has a lot, the teacher may show the parent to discuss ways to help the student improve his or her behavior.  

 

Other forms of disciplinary measurements may include student disciplinary or behavioral probation and/or suspension of student attendance. These would be used in cases such as repeated fighting, stealing, or cheating.  Corporal punishment shall never be used; however, reasonable physical restraint to protect persons and property shall be permitted. For instance, if a fight occurs, a teacher has the right to pull apart the individuals to protect them.

Expulsion from school 

It is possible, when all other attempts have failed, that a child may be permanently removed from the school so that he or she is no longer enrolled as a student. English schools in the Kofu area are limited, so this would be a last resort. NLIS will not allow one very troubled child to destroy the school. However, NLIS will deal with troubled children using love, strong actions, and much patience in all cases.  So far, there haven't been any of these cases at NLIS. 

Open door policy

All parents may come and observe the classes at any time.  However, it will help the teachers if the parent calls the school ahead of time so the teacher can prepare a seat, and so that the parent can be sure that a regular lesson will be taught at that time. If you would like to volunteer regularly, please talk with your teacher.  We love our parents to come and get involved by helping in the classes. 

Parent-teacher conferences

There are two scheduled conferences and several observation days for parents during the year. However, if questions or problems arise at any time, parents are asked to contact the child’s teacher for discussion after class hours. If contact with the teacher has been made, but the problem is not solved, parents may further appeal to the principal regarding dissatisfactory issues.  NLIS invites parent-teacher dialogue to build a stronger school.

 

Pray for the school 

Please pray for God to bless your child and this school every day. Pray that God will guide us, give us wisdom, and give peace to the students, teachers, staff, and parents of NLIS. Pray for your child each day that God will bless him or her on the way to school and in our halls with physical protection, learning, friendships, healthy emotional development, and most of all, love and faith in God. Thank you for your support and prayers!