ISSUE # 11


SY 2013 –2014

Friday Bulletin
Inside this issue:
Staff Service Day 2013 Service Learning

Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents

Dear Parents: Your active involvement in Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTCs) on Monday and Tuesday was greatly appreciated. We hope that the conversations offered you insight into your child as a learner and the progress they are making. As the school year continues, we hope the connections made during the PTCs continue and strengthen communication between home and school. If a concern or issue with your child's progress or school life arises, please contact your child's teacher, advisor or guidance counselor so that we can offer support. We want your child to feel confident and successful at school. Today we celebrated Filipiniana and had a fantastic time enjoying the barrio fiesta lunch, dance presentations and musical performances. We also enjoyed an afternoon of activities that helped us learn a little bit more about games (sipa and tumbang preso), kakanin (rice cakes) and the Tinikling dance in the Philippines. Everyone who had a hand in planning this event has done a commendable job and is to be applauded.

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Admissions & Advancement Academic Bowl Athletics & Activities ISM Upcoming Events

Events & Activities:

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY Academic Bowl ISTA Festival Parent Coffee MS Party

The school break starts on October 26 and classes resume on Monday, November 4. We wish everyone a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday! Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal

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Powerschool Update:
Good News! The Campus Card Kiosk is now accepting the new Philippine Peso bills.


Progress Reports

We are looking for student and parent performers for the International Family Fun Day on Saturday, November 16. If you are interested to get up on stage and delight the crowd with your musical abilities, please come see Mr. St. Laurent in MS Guidance for details.

On October 5, Middle School staff got together for a day of community service and fun. Over 50 teachers and staff, along with their friends and family, spent the morning working with three local service partners. One group got busy crushing cans and separating recyclables for the Tzu Chi Foundation in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Another visited the SPECS Home for Boys in Pasay City to lead learning activities, including a cooking demo, art project and soccer challenge. A third group hosted the Monica San Jose and Monika D'Aquale take a break Papaya Academy on the ISM campus, treating them to from stripping plastic bottles at the Tzu Chi Foundation. a morning of fun games, delicious food, and a pool party. The day culminated with a barbeque in the MS courtyard. Grade 7 teacher, Craig Wislang, said of the event, “It was a rewarding and heart-warming experience, and I got to know colleagues that I didn’t know beforehand.”

ISM Staff and Papaya Academy students having some fun in the sun.

Here are some unofficial statistics from the day:
52 ISM staff, friends and family-member volunteers 726 cans crushed 452 plastic bottles stripped 25 happy, chlorinated, well-fed Papaya Academy students 21 SPECS Boys treated Therese Mouatt’s famous Rotini alla Puttanesca 62 headed soccer balls and 14 works of modern art (auction details to follow) 62 burgers and 27 hotdogs downed during the BBQ 5,237 total smiles

Seven Ways Students Can Get Involved in Service Learning
All of us have experienced the ethical conflict that arises when a homeless child knocks on our car window at an intersection. Adolescence is a time when many students start to grapple with their response to poverty, climate change, and other issues facing our world. The problems seem so big, that sometimes students feel helpless to affect change. That’s one way to look at it. The other way is to do something about it! As the Dalai Lama said, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” The Middle School Service Learning Program offers students a diversity of opportunities to give to others and help safeguard our environment. Here are seven ways that your child can get involved in service and environmental projects: 1. Saturday Service Beginning on October 19, eight different service opportunities will be offered on Saturdays. Some events involve a trip to visit a service partner, such as La Mesa Watershed and Chosen Children’s Village (CCV) near Tagaytay. Other events involve hosting a local education program, such as Love 2 Learn, on the ISM campus. Along with the joy of giving, students benefit by interacting with children from different backgrounds and getting to know the Philippines beyond Makati and Taguig. See the inset Saturday Service Calendar and discuss which trips interest them most. To participate, students simply pick up a Permission Slip from the MS Office on the Monday before the trip. Once it’s been signed and returned to the office, a student can sign up on the roster. Some trips fill up quickly so encourage them to sign up early. And yes, parents are welcome to attend!

their trips. For details about specific CWW plans, contact your child’s Grade Level Coordinator. 3. ECO Council ECO stands for Environmental and Community Outreach. This club is open to all MS students and meets regularly to plan and promote Saturday Service projects, special events ,such as, No Impact Week, and assist with community building activities around our campus. There are also smaller service clubs associated with service partners, such as CCV. Students can see Mr. Willey or Mr. Cook to get involved. 4. M.Y.O. Service Trip Students can make their own service trip. All they need is a teacher chaperone and a plan. Some Advisories create service projects together. Sports teams can get involved through events such as the Homeless World Cup. Of course, there are also a lot of opportunities for students to get involved in service activities through a parent’s employer, religious group, and out-of-school clubs. 5. Start a Family Tradition Many ISM families have forged their own ties with service partners. Some students even celebrate their birthdays by visiting their favorite service partner site. It’s easy to arrange family visits. If you’d like assistance organizing a family visit, contact me at the email address provided below. 6. Random Acts of Kindness Service is more than one-off events. There are lots of ways students can help others, and our planet, through their daily actions. Encourage students to practice “Random Acts of Kindness” such as writing a letter to a grandparent, conserving resources at home, inviting a new student to a sleepover, or reaching out to students who need a friend. Studies have shown that such activities often benefit the giver even more than the receiver. 7. “Walk the Walk” This is perhaps the greatest challenge of working with adolescents, whether you are a parent or an educator. It’s also one of the most important. Share your own struggles with issues such as poverty, the environment, and inequality. Model empathy and compassion. Get involved in service projects that suit your own interests and concerns. Research shows that a respected adult role model is one of the most powerful instructional tools.

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International School Manila holds Service as one of its core values. Those of you who have been here for a while, know how integral service learning is to our commitment to educating the 2. Classroom Without Walls whole child. There are lots of ways for students (and parents) to For two days in late September and a week in February, students get involved. Encourage your child to pick activities they are take part in our Classroom Without Walls (CWW) prointerested in and try new things. If you have any questions, don’t gram. Activities range from teambuilding activities to hands-on hesitate to email me at service projects. Some trips are run from campus on a daily basis, while others involve an overnight trip. All of them offer rich All the best, opportunities for experiential learning, bonding with classmates, Cory Willey and helping others. In some cases, students run fundraisers and Student Advisory Coordinator supply drives to support CWW service partners running up to


Dear Parents, We are pleased to inform you that your child’s PowerSchool account may be accessed through the ISM Parent Portal. Aside from being a gateway to PowerSchool, the Parent Portal also provides information on school events, useful links, as well as child-specific academic blogs and student portfolios. Should you need to make any changes to your contact information, visit the Parent Portal and follow the steps below:



The RIFA soccer festival finals concluded last Saturday October 19th at ISM/BSM. Congratulations to all our players and coaches for your efforts during the season and at the finals on Saturday. Festival Finals Results: Mig G Coach Mike’s team 1st place Div1 Champions! CONGRATULATIONS Mid G Coach Issa’s team 4th place Div 2 Mid E Coach Francis’s team 3rd Div 2 (9-16 qualifiers) Mid E Coach Popoy’s team 3rd Div 2 (1-8 qualifiers) MS Girls Coach Kleng’s team 2nd Div 1 born ’00 MS Girls Coach Rudy’s team 4th Div 2 born’00 MS Girls Coach Issa’s team 3rd Div 1 born ’02

For families new and old please 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) 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 student’s and parent’s information on the ATAC blog and in the regular Friday parent bulletins.

The HS Soccer program also concluded last weekend with finals GAME SCHEDULE PDF (access to game schedule information): Information about all mid-week/weekend fixtures for ISM matches for our teams. Well done to all teams and coaches, teams can be found via the ATAC blog. Please note the game results below… schedule does change often due to involvement with many CONGRATULATIONS Varsity boys for winning the Rifa League local schools so please check the page regularly to find out the Cup this year with a 2-1 away win over FEU. What a great relatest information of where and when the Bearcats teams are sult! playing. Click on schedules tab or the Bearcat logo to be directed to the power school secure site: http:// CONGRATULATIONS to the JV girls soccer team for defeating La Salle Antipolo 2-0 in the battle for 3rd final to take 3rd place in the Div 2 League this year. You will need your power school user name and password to Aspirants boys lost a heart breaker semi final last Friday night vs LaSalle on penalties access the game schedule pdf.

The Bearcat Den is open for business. Please drop by to check out the range of Bearcat products. We have a great team of Mid A lost their semi final to Xavier and Mid B lost in the semi volunteers who run the den and are always looking for more final to CSA . people to help out. If you are interested in joining a fantastic The 2nd season tryouts will conclude today for MS teams and group please contact any of our den members during den the season practice schedule which runs from Oct 23 to Feb 7 is opening hours or please contact Carolyn Ching for details at: posted on notice boards around school, and is also now availa- We are always looking for new ble on the ATAC blog. 2nd season sports are Basketball, Tennis, volunteers and encourage parents from ES/MS to join our Varsity swim team, Rugby and Touch http://atac.ismgroup. BEARCAT DEN: ISM will host the Pre-IASAS Basketball exchange on November 22-24. We need host families for 72 (36 boy/36 girl) players from ISB/JIS/ISKL. Please assist us with this important preparation for our basketball teams. Go to this link http://atac.ism print and complete the sign up and return to ATAC office by the deadline. Many thanks! Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! Regards, Mark Pekin Director of Athletics/Activities




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