SY 2013 –2014

Friday Bulletin
Inside this issue:
Admissions & Advancement Security Office Drama Department MS Media Center ATAC Office Academic Bowl ISM Upcoming Events

Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents

Dear Parents, On Thursday, September 12 a parent workshop, conducted by Erma Anderson, on the topic of Math will be held in the Little Theater starting at 7:30. Erma has been working with math teachers across the three divisions to review curriculum and practices. If you are available, please take advantage of the opportunity to hear how you can support your child’s mathematical thinking and skills development. From September 16 - 20 we welcome two consultants from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) Educational Services. FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools and colleges in the United States and around the world. For the duration of their stay, FCD presenters will meet with students, counselors, wellness teachers and administrators. We are also pleased that the FCD consultants are previous visitors to ISM so they are familiar with the school and community. Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages. Their mission is to:       Provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention Educate students, parents, teachers, and school administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs Promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic and often fatal disease Teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years.

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Powerschool Update:
Progress Reports Access

Events & Activities:

A parent meeting on Thursday, September 19 starting at 7:45 A.M. in the Little Theater has been scheduled and all parents are invited to attend. Looking ahead…Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing begins on September 23; more details will follow. September Classroom Without Wall (CWW) activities will take place on September 26 and 27. Grade 5 students will remain on campus and parent volunteers are needed to assist with the Amazing Race on Thursday, September 26 from 7:30 – 10:30. If you would like to volunteer and support students at a race checkpoint, please contact your child’s grade 5 Advisor. Have a fabulous weekend! Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal

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Parent Workshop FCD Parent Coffee Courtyard Event MAP Testing

Dear Parents, Please be reminded that keeping your contact information updated is vital to facilitating communication with the school. If you would like to view/change any of the details on your current record, simply follow the steps below:


Dear Parents,

Operations and Security
Access and parking within the campus are important security and safety issues. For the well -being of all members of the ISM community, those entering the school campus are requested to take note of the information and procedures outlined below.

Parent IDs
We will be issuing new parent IDs for the school year 2013/14. To reduce the inconvenience to parents of this replacement program, the old parent ID cards will be valid for school access until the end of the first semester on December 18th, 2013. The standard new parent cards will be issued free of charge. Parents may, however, elect to apply for a smartcard ID which will be usable with the new cashless payment system being introduced into the school for SY 2013 14. There will be a fee of P250.00 for a smartcard which covers in part the registration fee the school is required to pay for each card issued. The security office is now processing applications for the new parent IDs. As we require new photographs for the cards parents are asked to visit the security office for the taking of their picture.

School Passes
School passes issued to parent’s employees and representatives need to be replaced for next school year. As of August 31, 2013 the orange bordered passes will be invalid. The security office is now accepting applications for new school passes. These passes will not be compatible with the cashless payment system. 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.

Visitors’ Passes
All visitors must secure a pass from the guardhouse at Gate 3. Before entry will be allowed, a telephone check will be made with the relevant office to confirm the visitor’s business within the school. Visitors will need to surrender a photo -ID upon entry to campus.

Car Stickers
The car stickers for school year 2013/2014 are available from the security office. 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. In order to facilitate the easy recognition of authorized cars at the gates, the stickers should be affixed to the top right corner of the windshield. Further to this, old ISM stickers issued in previous years should be removed.


In order to facilitate the easy recognition of authorized cars at the gates, the stickers should be affixed to the top right corner of the windshield. Further to this, old ISM stickers issued in previous years should be removed. Vehicles not displaying a current car sticker will not be allowed access from August 31, 2013. During peak hours (drop off and pick-up times), all vehicles without valid stickers and randomly selected vehicles with stickers will be asked to undergo an examination. Whether an examination is conducted or not, it is important that the security staff at the gates are able to identify the occupants of vehicles entering the campus; therefore IDs must be clearly displayed. Vehicles with tinted windows must roll down windows to allow a clear view of the interior of the vehicle.

Drivers, Helpers and Bodyguards
Drivers, helpers and bodyguards should not wait on campus for students throughout the school day. After dropping off students they should exit the school grounds and not return more than 30 minutes before dismissal time. Those who repeatedly fail to comply with the regulation will have their access privilege suspended. Only those vehicles carrying parents or other people with business within the school will be allowed to return to the campus before the scheduled pick up time. There are designated areas for unaccompanied drivers, yayas, helpers and security escorts to wait for parents and students. Unless specifically authorized, they may not enter any other area. In the interest of security, and to prevent congestion at the pedestrian entrances to the covered parking area, parents are requested to emphasize to their employees the importance of cooperating with the security staff and remaining in the appropriate areas.

All members of the ISM community are reminded that it is strictly forbidden for firearms to be brought onto the campus. This includes concealed weapons carried by bodyguards for close protection. Any person arriving at the school with a firearm should inform the gate guard and arrangements will be made for the weapon to be safely and securely stored during the visitor’s stay.

Security staff directions
Our security team is endeavoring to make the school as safe and secure an environment as possible for all members of our community. We ask that everybody cooperate with us in this important task. In particular, all those entering our campus are requested to comply with any directions given to them by members of our guard force. If you are confused or unclear as to the purpose of such instructions, please seek clarification from the security office. Please note that it is the parents’ responsibility to advise their staff accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation. We are looking forward to another great year at International School Manila.

Best wishes, MICHAEL FLYNN Director of Operations


Opportunity for 7th & 8th Graders Interested in Theater Experience!!!

ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association) PRESENTS....

Chinese superheroes and landscapes from classical to modern

Guangzhou Middle School Festival:

When: November 22 - November 24 2013 (not including travel days) Where: Guangzhou, People's Republic of China (Check out the website for more details: Auditions will be held on Monday, September 23rd, and Wednesday, September 25th, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1149. Plan to attend ONE SESSION, where you will play improv games and do acting exercises with individual components. Sign up with Ms. Grev and Ms. Rankin, and pick up an audition form! Thank You, Ms. Carrie M. Grev Theater & Music Educator


Dear Students in grades 8 and 9 and their families: We have 3 New York Times Bestselling authors visiting ISM on September 12th! Through a special arrangement with National Bookstore, on September 12th, 2013, our 8th and 9th graders will have the opportunity to listen to, and engage with: Margaret Stohl- featured book- Icons #1 of the seriesAlison Noel- featured book- Mystic #3 of the seriesMelissa De La Cruz- featured book- Frozen #1 of the seriesThese writers of Young Adult fiction will discuss their motivation and inspiration for writing, as well as answer questions during an assembly on 12 September from 7:45 am until 8:45 am. The targeted audience age group for these dystopian fiction novels is from upper Middle School through High School age. Some of the books deal with more mature ideas and concepts. National Bookstore has copies of all of these, and there are limited copies available in the MS and HS Media Centers for pre-reading. National Bookstore will also be selling pre-signed copies of their latest publications during the day of the assembly, plus copies of some of the authors’ other titles at a 20% discounted rate! If your student would like to purchase one of the newest releases, the costs for the newest releases are:

Title Icons- paperback Mystic- paperback Frozen- paperback

20% discounted rate from National Bookstore Php 319.20 Php 372.00 Php 396.00

It is very exciting to have these authors visit our school; I am sure they will be an inspiration to many promising authors here in the Middle School and High School! Kind regards, Meg Parry and Alicia Duell MSMC and HSMC Teacher/Librarians


The first RIFA Soccer Festival for all ES teams, MS C teams (9 aside) and MS girls teams (7 aside) will be held on Saturday, September 14th. Check the ATAC blog and ES/MS notice boards for this announcement. The August 31st postponed festival has been rescheduled for October 5th. All up to date information about our ES/MS soccer teams, the RIFA festivals etc., can always be found here: For Elementary School: For Middle School:

Parents please note: Permission slips will be issued to all players via the coaches at training prior to each festival with all festival details for our ES and MS teams.
The 1st season practice schedule which runs from August 19th to October 11th is posted on notice boards around school, and is also available on the ATAC blog. Our annual HS Friday Night Lights twilight opening season soccer and volleyball matches was a great success. Many thanks to our HS student ambassadors for all the work they did to promote the event and ensure we had lots of people out to support our soccer and volleyball teams. The ISM XCountry teams raced at Brent last Saturday for the first race of the season. Race results can be found here: This Friday, September 6th, we will host the ISM twilight Xcountry race around our school 3.2 and 5km courses. Teams from Faith and Brent will be here to race against our ISM runners. MS race starts at 5pm and the HS race at 5:30pm. For new families take some time to peruse the ATAC blog as this will help orientate you with the wide variety of co-curricular programs ISM offers. 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 twitter (see twitter feed on the blog home page).

Each Monday, I will post the week’s happenings and highlight important events for students and parents information on the ATAC blog and in the regular Friday parent bulletins. GAME SCHEDULE PDF (access to game schedule information): Information about all mid-week/ weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found via the ATAC blog. Please note that the game schedule does change often due to involvement with many local schools, so please check the page regularly to find out the latest information 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: You will need your power school user name and password to access the game schedule pdf. BEARCAT DEN: The Bearcat Den is open for business. Please drop by to check out the range of Bearcat products. We have a great team of volunteers who run the den and are always looking for more people to help out. If you are interested in joining a fantastic group please contact any of our den members during den opening hours or please contact Carolyn Ching for details We are always looking for new volunteers and encourage parents from ES/MS to join our group. Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! Regards, Mark Pekin Director of Athletics/Activities


Do you know lots of interesting facts and general knowledge? Are you fast on the buzzers? Do you like ‘Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader’? THEN COME TO…

Middle School Academic Bowl TRYOUTS/Practices!!!
WHERE: Room P046 (Mrs. Birchenall’s classroom) WHEN: Every Thursday 3 pm - starting Thursday 12th September.

The successful students will represent ISM at the next Academic Bowl competition which is to be held here at ISM on Wednesday 6th November. . All Middle School students are very welcome to come to the tryout/practice sessions.




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