International School Manila

Volume 04 20 September 2012

21 Faculty In-service - No Classes ES Parent Book Group @ 7.45 - 10am, Lofthouse Information on page 3

From the ES Administration
Dear Elementary School Parents, Metacognition and John Joseph Metacognition is being able to ‘think about your thinking.’ As teachers we model this extensively, and teach it explicitly to our students, such that this becomes part of their learning process. We want our classrooms to have a culture where thinking is respected and expected. Specifically this will involve:
 Using a language of thinking  Developing thinking ‘routines’ within our


24 ~ Measures of Academic Progress Oct 17 (MAP) Testing for Grades 3 & 4 26 Wednesday Morning Student Late Start @ 8.30am

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 5, 19 Wednesday Morning Student Late Start @ 8.30am ES Parent Bulletin Early Student Release @ 12pm (ES only) 10, 11 Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 12.30 - 5pm Appointments will be set up in advance by the class teacher, and a letter will be sent home. ES Meet & Greet Cocktail @ 5.30pm, Little Theater Information on page 8 K-12 Counseling Workshop: Understanding Third Culture Kids @ 9am, Little Theater Filipiniana (Celebration of Philippine Culture) More information to follow ES Assembly @ 8am, Fine Arts Theater School Holiday

 Exploring multiple perspectives whenever

examining events, concepts and ideas
 Questioning that invites intellectual risk-taking  Exploring authentic, real-life problems or tasks


We often talk about the notion of a ‘parallel curriculum,’ whereby our students will focus on a particular concept, but during this learning process will ‘press pause’ and ask themselves questions such as: How do I know I have learned this? What helped me learn this? How has my understanding changed?


25 26 ~ Nov 4

This week we have been fortunate to have John Joseph, a visiting educational consultant, work with
(Continued on page 2)

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

20 September 2012

From the ES Administration
(Continued from page 1)

our students, faculty and parents on various concepts, but particularly on the idea of ‘learning to learn.’ The more we can empower our students to know themselves as a learner and begin to recognizes how, when and why they do their best learning, the more we can set them up for success as they grow older. Part of this are the critical attitudes of perseverance and understanding; that there are some things which will require hard work and practice. Please refer to for more details of the workshops which John has presented to parents, students and teachers at ISM. Within this site there are numerous articles discussing various aspects of ‘learning with the brain in mind’. Friday ‘Night Lights’ 28th September

In order to best serve the ISM Parent Community, it is essential that information be quickly disseminated when necessary. For this reason, the accuracy of your contact details in our database is of the utmost importance. Please note that Parent Contact Information must be updated online by the parent. To make any changes or verification in contact information, please access one of your children’s data file via the ISM website ( and then under Login, click on Powerschool Public Access and enter your Username and Password. On the page that opens, click on the Demographic Update icon for changing or updating demographic information.

Next Friday afternoon is an open invitation by our High School Student Ambassadors to come and be a part of the ISM community to support some of our Middle and High School sports teams. All Elementary students and families are invited, but please note that supervision of Elementary students is the responsibility of individual families. Please refer to the individual flyer later in this bulletin. Parent Teacher Conferences (Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th October) The purpose of these individual conferences will be to discuss the progress of your child’s learning, celebrating their successes and setting some goals for the future. Individual appointment letters will be sent home in the coming week from your classroom teacher. Please note that on these days, it will be an early student release for Elementary only, at 12pm, allowing time for the teachers to conduct their conferences on these afternoons.

Adam Campbell
Elementary Principal

Michael Rourke
Elementary Assistant Principal


Elementary School Parent Bulletin

20 September 2012

From the Guidance Office
Elementary School Parent Book Group for Fall 2012 A en on Parents!
Welcome back to the 2012‐13 school year! During the first semester the ES Counseling Department will be hos ng yet another Parent Book Group open to ALL Elementary School parents. These sessions will begin Tuesday,  September 25, from 7:45 un l 10 am, and con nue each Tuesday for 8 sessions. We are excited to be reading the Whole‐Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson. In the past we have used Siegel’s book Paren ng from the Inside  Out, which combines social science with neuroscience. The Whole‐Brain Child con nues by bringing together these two perspec ves while providing clear, easy to use strategies. Please see the announcement below to find out more about the book:

The Whole‐Brain Child:  
12 Revolu onary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind,  Survive Everyday Paren ng Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive   Your  toddler  throws  a  tantrum  in  the  middle  of  a  store.  Your  preschooler  refuses  to  get  dressed.  Your  fi h‐grader  sulks  on  the  bench  instead  of  playing  on  the  field.  Do  children  conspire  to  make  their  parents’  lives  endlessly  challenging?  No—it’s  just  their  developing brain calling the shots!   In  this  pioneering,  prac cal  book,  Daniel  J.  Siegel,  neuropsychiatrist  and  author  of  the  bestselling  book  Mindsight,  and  paren ng  expert  Tina  Payne  Bryson  demys fy  the  meltdowns  and  aggrava on,  explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it  matures.  The  “upstairs  brain,”  which  makes  decisions  and  balances  emo ons, is under construc on un l the mid‐twen es. And especially  in  young  children,  the  right  brain  and  its  emo ons  tend  to  rule  over  the logic of the le  brain. No wonder kids can seem—and feel—so out  of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday paren ng, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a  chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.   Complete with clear explana ons, age‐appropriate strategies for dealing with day‐to‐day struggles, and illustra ons  that  will  help  you  explain  these  concepts  to  your  child,  The  Whole‐Brain  Child  shows  you  how  to  cul vate  healthy  emo onal and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.  Addi onally, check out co‐author Tina Bryson’s blog Paren ng Ma ers. If you are interested in joining the group, or have any ques ons, please email Derek Selander We hope to see you there!

Derek & Ce

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

20 September 2012

From the Music Department

Are you in Grade 4? Do you like to: Sing? Dance? Act? Are you interested in costume, props or set design? Would you like to help with lights and sound, assistant direc ng, playing in the “orchestra” or backstage sup‐ port? Or maybe you have another crea ve talent you would like to share! Would you like to take part in an amazing and crea ve journey that ends in a spectacular stage performance? Then Children’s Musical Theater is the ac vity for you!!! This is your chance to express your crea vity, have fun and SHINE!!! Registra on/Sign‐up: Mon., Sept. 24 – Fri., Oct. 5 Audi ons: Wed., Oct. 17 Wed., Oct. 24 Rehearsals:  All non‐holiday Wednesdays Nov. 7 – Jan. 23 Mon. ‐ Wed., Jan. 28 – 30 Fine Arts Theater Technical/Dress Rehearsals in FAT Performances: Thurs., Jan. 31 School Performance Evening Performance 1:00pm 6:00pm 2:15‐4:40 2:15‐3:45 Ms. Marnie’s Room Li le Theater 2:15‐3:45 2:15‐3:45 ES Office with Ms. Fong

If you have any ques ons please feel free to send me an email at, or come by my room before or a er school. We hope to see many of you involved in this very special ac vity!!!!! Sincerely,

Ms. Marnie, Ms. Hartley and Mr. Petr

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

20 September 2012

If you are in Grade 4 and love to create stories, please join our Writer’s Workshop sessions. Together we will create the script for the upcoming Children’s Musical Theater production. There will be two writing sessions. All you need to bring is yourself and your wonderfully creative ideas! We will be creating a musical play based on a children’s book called “The Talking Parcel” by Gerald Durell. Spaces in the workshops are limited, so be sure to sign up with Ms. Kristine in the ES Office as soon as possible. Hope to see you there! Writer’s Workshop Sessions (both sessions will be held in Ms. Marnie’s room – 1164) Session 1: Wednesday, September 26, 2:15-3:45pm Session 2: Wednesday, October 3, 2:15-3:45pm Sincerely,

Ms. Marnie, Ms. Hartley and Mr. Petr

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

20 September 2012

From the ATAC Office
IMPORTANT: Parents please note the venues for the 7 a side C, E, G and MS Girls fes vals on Sept 22. Please check the venues and mes below carefully. Permission slips have and will be issued to all players via the coaches at training prior to each fes val. Please consult the ES and MS Rifa League links below to get the latest informa on. IMPORTANT: Please note due to the cancella on of soccer  fes vals last Saturday the Sept 15th fes val has now been  rescheduled to Oct 6th. Venues s ll to be confirmed!  Saturday  Sept 22nd – Boys Fes val #2 and Girls Fes val #1  Midgets C teams (C1, C2, C3 and C4 Coach Eric/Chris/Kleng and Jay’s teams) at Ateneo kick‐off at 10 am. Midgets E teams (E1 and E2 Coach Popoy and Coach Francis’ teams) at ISM HS Field kick off at 8am Midgets G teams (G1 and G2 Coach Mike and Coach Isa’s teams) at ISM HS Field kick‐off at 1pm. MS Girls 7 a side fes val at Ateneo 1pm kick off Saturday Oct 6th – Boys Fes val #3 and Girls  Fes val #2 (rescheduled date due to Sept  15th cancella on!)   Midgets C teams (C1, C2, C3 and C4 Coach Eric/Chris/Kleng and Jay’s teams) Venue and me to be decided! Midgets E teams (E1 and E2 Coach Popoy and Coach Francis’ teams) Venue and me to be decided! Midgets G teams (G1 and G2 Coach Mike and Coach Isa’s teams) Venue and me to be de‐ cided! MS Girls 7 a side fes vals Venue and me to be decided! Rifa Fes val Finals will be played at Ateneo on  Oct 13th for teams that qualify via results from the earlier fes vals. Informa on about our ES soccer teams and the RIFA fes vals can be found here h p:// atac.ism‐‐season/es‐soccer ‐rifa‐league‐fes vals/ and flyers have been posted on ES no ce board and on the no ce board located under the tent at the ES field. The informa on link for the MS C teams and MS Girls 7 a side soccer teams is available at 6 h p://atac.ism‐‐season/ms‐soccer‐rifa‐ league‐fes vals/   The IASAS venues for the Season one championships Oct 10‐ 14 are – Soccer at Bangkok, Volleyball & Cross Country at Kuala Lumpur. Schedules for the Soccer and Volleyball games are now available on the blog at the following link h p:// atac.ism‐‐1st‐season‐schedules/ New Tennis Facility: Many parents have expressed interest  in the new roof top development being constructed at  school. This new construc on will be the home of ISM ten‐ nis with 8 new ITF ar ficial grass courts, new locker rooms,  bleachers and the area will also serve as a mul purpose 

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

20 September 2012

sports facility to improve our available teaching space for PE  classes. The project is well underway with comple on set  for early October. There will be an opening ceremony on  Thursday Oct 4th, any interested parents are invited to  watch a student exhibi on game and if you are a tennis  player please bring your racquet and come dressed in your  tennis a re as you will also be able to have a game on the  new courts on this day. The opening func on will begin at  4:45 pm with a ceremonial cu ng of the ribbon by Mr.  Toze, followed by two student exhibi on games 5‐ 5:30pm  and then the courts will be open for parents to have a game  un l 7pm on this day. Please contact  the ATAC office to  register if you would like to a end this event. See the flyer  in this bulle n for details.    Our Sailfish team had their first official meet of the year last Saturday at Brent with over 100 swimmers racing. Results

can be found via Coach Andy’s Sailfish blog. The All year round program for Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Aikido, Table Tennis, Chess, Gymnas cs and Wall Climbing is now in full swing. For detailed informa on about our Sailfish Swim Team program please visit the Sailfish blog h p://sailfish.ism‐ or get in contact with Coach Andy. Students can join our all year round teams at any me, just go and talk with the coaches at the venues a er school if you are inter‐ ested. A great way to stay in touch with the ISM ATAC program is to subscribe via RSS feed to the ATAC blog and also to follow via twi er (see twi er feed on the blog home page). Each Mon‐ day I will post the weeks happenings and highlight important events for students and parents informa on on the ATAC blog and in the regular Friday parent bulle ns. GAME SCHEDULE PDF: (access to game schedule informa on) Informa on about all mid‐week/ weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found via the ATAC blog. Please note the game schedule does change o en due to involvement with many local schools so please check the page regularly to find out the latest informa on of where and when the Bearcats teams are playing. Click on schedules tab or the Bearcat logo to be directed to the power school secure site h p:// public/ You will need your power school user name and password to access the game schedule pdf. BEARCAT DEN: h p://atac.ism‐‐ den/ Our Bearcat Den is up and running and open for business, please drop by to check out the range of Bearcat products. We have a great team of volun‐ teers who run the den and are always looking for more people to help out. If you are interested in joining a fantas c group please contact Melanie Ball at our volunteer coordi‐ nator. We have a new range of dri fit t‐shirts now available along with new Bearcat bags Regular Opening Hours for the Bearcat Den: Wed and Fridays from 11:30am – 1:00pm and each a er‐ noon from 2:30‐4pm.

Mark Pekin
Athle c Dire ctor 7

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

20 September 2012

From the PTA

ISM KOREAN PARENTS Community Annual meeting
To the Korea Parents,
한국 학부모님들께

In 2012 we began the start of the school year 2012-2013. 2012년도 새학기가 시작되었읍니다. The annual ISM Korean Parent’s Meeting will share inISM 한국 어머니 모임에서는 우리 자녀들이 좀 더 formation between each other and our children better in 나은 환경에서 생활하도록 유익한 정보와 서로간의 의 an environment beneficial to life. We hope that all new Korean parents will attend to spend 견을 나누고자 정기총회를 갖고자 합니다. more time together as a community.
  특히 신입생 학부모님께서는 한분도 빠짐없이 참석하

Date: September 24th 2012, Monday 9:00am11:00am Venue: Little Theater

시어 정보교류에 좋은 시간이 되시길 바랍니다.   일시: 2012년 9월 24일 (월) ,오전 9시~11시 장소: Little Theater

We wish you a good time to promote fellowship among parents in the ISM community. We hope that you will attend. Korean PTA Representative, Park, Min Joung (0917 560 6146)

많이 참석하시어 한국 학부모님들간의 친목도모에 좋은 시간이 되시길 바랍니다. 한국 학부모 대표 박 민정 (0917 560 6146)드림 8

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

20 September 2012

Traffic Re-routing Advisory from the Bonifacio Estate Service Corporation:
Dear BGC Locators and BGCEA Members, This is regarding the collapsed road along 11th Avenue near the corner of 11th and 36th Street, which happened at around 6pm of Sunday, September 16. The collapsed portion of the road is adjacent to the excavation works being undertaken by Megaworld Properties located at the former "Napolcom" area. Please note that the Napolcom area is not part of Bonifacio Global City (BGC). The investigation of the cause and remedial action to be undertaken are still ongoing. Initial assessment is that it would take weeks, if not months, before the road is restored. As a precautionary measure, and for the safety of everyone, we have completely sealed the collapsed portion of 11th Avenue from all motorists and pedestrians. In the meantime, Megaworld Properties and BCDA (its lessor) have decided that additional portions of 36th Street will be opened in order to connect to 8th Avenue and help ease the traffic, particularly for those going to and from the international schools. Additional marshals will also be deployed. Please see attached map for your reference. We request your understanding for the inconvenience that this incident has and will cause. We are coordinating with Megaworld and BCDA to ensure that this road is restored in the soonest possible time. TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING PLAN