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MIDDLE SCHOOL

Friday Bulletin
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents

ISSUE # 37
WEEK OF MAY 25 TO 29, 2009

From the Middle School Office
Dear Parents: The days ahead will be an exciting one for our grade 8 students. In English and Social Studies the students have been busily preparing, researching and devising solutions to global issues. The project will culminate in the Global Issues Network (G.I.N.) Forum on Tuesday, May 26 when the students will present their issues and solutions to a panel of teachers, administrators and parents. The discussions will occur throughout the day during regular class periods. If you are available, you are welcome to attend any of the sessions. As the senior students of the Middle School, the grade 8 students enjoy the privilege of a few special events. On Friday, May 29 the students will enjoy a Dinner Dance in the Little Theater. The Trip Day will be on Monday, June 1. On June 2, the students will have a morning rehearsal for the Moving On ceremony followed by an awards assembly in the afternoon. Finally, the Moving On Ceremony will take place on June 3 in the Fine Arts Theater from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. Letters detailing the activities were sent home through Homebase. If you did not receive the information, please contact your child’s grade 8 Homebase teacher. As we move into the last two weeks of school, we encourage you to talk to your child about any major projects and deadlines that may be due and to check Powerschool to monitor your child’s progress to date. Please be informed that Powerschool will be closed from Wednesday, May 27 to Thursday, June 4. During this time teachers will be finalizing grades and comments. Powerschool will reopen on Friday, June 5 so that second semester reports can be viewed. Report card distribution will begin on Monday, June 8. Looking ahead…the last day of school for students is Thursday, June 4 and students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. Please make the necessary transportation arrangements so that your child is picked up on time. Have a relaxing weekend! Sincerely, Danielle Fredericks Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events
May June 26 29 01 03 04 08 Global Issues Network (G.I.N.) Grade 8 Dinner Dance (7:00 P.M., LT) Grade 8 Trip Day Grade 8 Moving On (3:00 P.M., FAT) Last Day of School (Early Release) Fourth Quarter Report Card Distribution (via courier)

PowerSchool Grade Update

May 27 - PowerSchool closes June 05 - PowerSchool opens for 2nd semester reports

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Scout Troop 351 Wraps Up Exciting Scout Year
Boy Scouts of America Troop 351 wrapped up an exciting Scout year with its Court of Honor held at ISM on May 16th. ISM High School history teacher, Mr. Dale Hutchison, was the guest speaker. During the ceremony, three Scouts were awarded the rank of Tenderfoot while five Scouts advanced to First Class and many merit badges were presented for archery, environmental science, fingerprinting, music, personal management, photography and swimming. Scouts moved a vote of thanks for all the adult volunteers who supported them in 2008/2009 including ISM's Ms. LaRita Hamilton, MS English teacher, and Ms. Karen Stewart, MS librarian, who assisted as merit badge counselors for Communications and Reading, and Mr. Michael Flynn, charter organization representative. Troop 351 enjoyed five camp outs during the past year, capped off with a twonighter on historic Corregidor Island (see photo). During the summer break fun will continue off campus with activities for Lifesaving, Hiking, Computers and Reading merit badge. Troop 351 would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the ISM community who supported Scouting in the past year. Boys of any nationality, between the ages of 11 and 17, are welcomed to join Boy Scouts of America Troop 351. For information on joining contact the Scoutmaster, Mr. Terrence Thompson (thompson.terrence@gmail.com).

Scouts of Troop 351 inspect the big guns on historic Corregidor Island.

Announcements
DATES TO REMEMBER:
DATE
Aug. 3 Aug. 3 Aug. 4 Aug. 4 Aug.5

TIME
8:00-11:00 A.M. 12:00-3:00 P.M. 8:00-11:00 A.M. 12:00-3:00 P.M. 8:00-11:00 A.M. 12:00-3:00 P.M.

VENUE
MS Gym MS Gym MS Gym MS Gym MS Guidance Office Gr. 5 Schedule Pick-Up Gr. 6 Schedule Pick-Up Gr. 7 Schedule & Locker Pick-Up Gr. 8 Schedule & Locker Pick-Up Grade 5, 6, 7, & 8 Locker & Schedule Pick-up

Congratulations to

Miguel Tabuena
for his achievements in the 30th AsiaPacific Junior Golf Championship held in Thailand. 2nd Place in his age group (boys’ 13-14 years old division) 3rd Place Over-all ages The Philippine Team places 2nd

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Aug. 6

First Day of School

SY 2009-2010 One-Page School Calendar
is now available in the ISM Website. Please visit www.ismanila.org and click on News & Calendar to download the file or you may type this url in your web browser:
http://www.ismanila.org/_Rainbow/images/default/FINAL_2009_2010_Calendar_(12May2009).pdf

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From the Operations & Security Department
I. IDs for the New School Year Parent IDs Current parent IDs will continue to be valid for the new school year 2009-2010. Parents who require replacement school IDs due to loss or damage can acquire these from the Security Office upon payment of Php100.00 to the Cashier. Student IDs All students will be issued with new ID cards at the beginning of the new school year. To facilitate this they should visit the security office before the end of the current school year for the taking of their photograph. School Passes School passes issued to parent’s employees and representatives need to be replaced for next school year. As of August 31, 2009 the blue bordered passes will be invalid. The security office is now accepting applications for new school passes, however the cards will not be available for collection before July 1, 2009. Each family will be given two free school passes. Additional school passes may be obtained after paying a processing fee of Php100.00 each to the Cashier’s Office. 2, Car Stickers for the New School Year The car stickers for school year 2009/2010 will be available from the security office beginning July 1, 2009. For vehicles already displaying an existing sticker, parents should submit a completed renewal form with a copy of a current LTO official receipt. For new vehicles, parents are reminded that a copy of the vehicle’s certificate of registration and a current official receipt need to be submitted with the application. Applications for vehicles registered with companies or other institutions should be supported by a letter of assignment. Each ISM family will be issued one vehicle sticker free of charge. Any additional stickers will be issued following payment of P100 to the cashier’s office. I would like to thank all members of the ISM community for their cooperation across this school year in helping us maintain ISM as a safe and secure environment for our children. MIKE FLYNN Director of Operations and Security

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From the Admissions Office
Dear ISM Parents, Greetings from the Admission Office! The Re-Enrollment Requirements for School Year 2009-10 are available for pick-up in the Admission Office. All of the generic reenrollment forms are ALSO available on the website if you wish to download and print the forms from there. The forms can be found under Admission and then under the ReEnrollment & Withdrawal tab. The complete Re-Enrollment Packet will include the…

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Re-Enrollment Clearance Form for SY2009-10 (2-pages) for each child in the family. Health Clinic Clearance Procedure (1-page) letter Health Clinic Updating Form (2-pages) for each child in the family Tuberculosis Screening Form (2-pages) for students entering Grades 1, 5, or 9 Parent and School Shared Agreements (4-pages) form for each child in the family OPTIONAL Board Proxy Form (1-page) for each family OPTIONAL PTA Directory Form (1-page) for each family

URGENT…if you know that your child(ren) will not be returning to ISM for the 2009-10 school year, please inform the Admission Office as soon as possible if you have not already done so. We currently have very few families indicating that they will not be returning and consequently there are an ever growing number of applicants in a WAITPOOL for possible openings. This is causing great distress and anxiety in those families (and in the Admission Office). If you are sure that your child will be leaving ISM, please submit a Withdrawal Notification Form or contact and verify with the Admission Office (840-8488) that he/she is listed as not returning for SY2009-10. The Withdrawal Notification Form can be obtained from the Admission Office or from the ISM website under the Admission tab and then click on Re-Enrollment & Withdrawal. This will be a great help for our planning and to the many families waiting to be admitted to the school. Thank you. Regards, Gary W. Jerome Director of Admission Margie Endelman Deputy Director of Admission EMAIL: admission@ismanila.org Admission Office: 840-8488

From the Treasury Office
Dear Parents: Please note a change in the payment of the $1,000 deposit for company sponsored Students under Re-enrollment Clearance Form for SY09-10 for STEP2 – Deposit Payment: Step 2: DEPOSIT PAYMENT. To guarantee a place for the coming school year, the Cashier must receive $1,000 or its equivalent payment, on or before May 15, 2009. This deposit will be applied to the tuition for the first semester. Except for US Embassy & ADB (Cashier’s signature still required), parents and other companies with sponsored students are directly responsible for the payment. If the student subsequently withdraws, the enrollment deposit will be refunded via a graduated refund guideline (available at the Cashier’s Office for review). No refund is available within two weeks prior to the opening day of school.

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From the ATAC OFFICE

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