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Parent Bulletin Issue 3 SY1314

Parent Bulletin Issue 3 SY1314

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Parent Bulletin Issue 3 SY1314
Parent Bulletin Issue 3 SY1314

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Published by: International School Manila on Aug 30, 2013
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Progress Reports Access
SY 2013 –2014
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents 
Friday Bulletin 
Inside this issue:
Events & Acvies:
Admissions & Advancement
Drama Department
MS Media Center
ISM Upcoming Events
Bearcat Welcome
MS Open House
Middle School Oce
Powerschool Update:
Parent Workshop
Dear Parents,
On Tuesday, September 3 is the Middle School Back to School Night. Beginning at4:30 P.M., refreshments will be available in the Fine Arts Theater lobby, and we willocially open the evening in the FAT at 5:00 P.M. with a brief introducon. Theneach parent will have the opportunity to experience the day in the life of their child.Using your child’s class schedule, you will have the chance to meet each teacher andhear an overview about the course and the Advisory program. Please plan to aendthis event…we are hoping for 100% parcipaon!
With three weeks under our belt, school is denitely up and running and the stu-dents are more seled into rounes. The aer school clubs and acvies began thispast week, and we appreciated everyone’s understanding and paence as weworked out a few kinks. This year we trialed an online sign
up system, which we willreview in order to improve the process. With the start of acvies, please makesure that the appropriate transportaon arrangements are made for your child. If your child is not parcipang in a scheduled, supervised acvity, we do expect thatstudents go home at the end of the school day. If your child must stay on campus towait for a sibling and to be picked up, then they can go to the Middle School MediaCenter or Cafeteria to wait.
We are pleased to see most students demonstrang a strong sense of responsibilityfor themselves. With the new locker system in place, the sixth to eighth graders areremembering to bring their ID cards to school and taking care of their lockers. Stu-dents are arriving at school in proper uniform, geng to class on me, and makinguse of their planners to track homework and assignments. Starng next week inAdvisory, all students will be asked to set some goals for themselves. With this inmind, we encourage all parents to discuss with their child the goals they plan to setand the plans they will put in place to achieve them.Looking ahead…Preparaons are underway for the September Classroom WithoutWall (CWW) acvies which will take place on September 26 and 27. Grade 5 stu-dents will remain on campus while grades 6 to 8 venture out on overnight trips.Informaon and permission slips will be sent home through Advisory so please keepan eye out for the handouts.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Yours in Educaon,
Simon Gillespie
Clarissa Sayson
Middle School Principal
Middle School Assistant Principal
Parent Coee
Dear Parents,
Research conrms that strong and supporve community is a foundaonal component of eecve learning and social
emoonal development. In other words, great schools build an environment where students feel safe, challenged, andsupported. Consequently, over the past several years, we have made the social
emoonal component of our programa priority. We've expanded our guidance program, iniated the Student Ambassador program, and emphasized indi-vidualized student support at all levels of teaching and learning. This year, we have taken several new strides towardssupporng our students as they navigate the challenging and complex years of adolescence.First, we've reframed and renamed the former Homebase program with the aim to build a robust Advisory program.Twice a week, students will meet with a small group of students (typically 9
12) and a teacher
advisor. This provides anopportunity for students to connect with an adult advocate and strengthen relaonship, organizaonal, and communi-caon skills. Second, we have revamped the House system by creang eight new houses. This will create new oppor-tunies for vercal interacon between grade levels and provide a fun and acve context to build school spirit. Thesechanges add to our already dynamic student acvies, service learning, and pastoral care programs. Finally, the admin-istraon team has created my new posion, the Student Advisory Coordinator. I’ll be organizing Advisory themes andprofessional development for teachers, as well as coordinang service learning, student council and various other as-pects of student life in the Middle School.
We rmly believe that the condions under which teaching and learning take place are as important as the contentbeing delivered. When students feel connected to a strong and supporve community, all aspects of learning and per-sonal growth are enriched. We're excited about these changes as we strive to create the very best school communityfor our students. Should you have quesons or feedback about these changes, don’t hesitate to contact meat
Cory Willey
MS Student Advisory Coordinator
Dear Parents,
Please be reminded that keeping your contact informaon updated is vital to facilitang communicaon with theschool. If you would like to view/change any of the details on your current record, simply follow the steps below:

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