ISSUE # 14

MIDDLE SCHOOL
WEEK OF:
NOVEMBER 25 to 29

SY 2013 –2014

Friday Bulletin
Inside this issue:
Fine Arts Office Athletics & Activities Parent Teacher Association Operations & Securit7 Admissions & Advancement ISM Upcoming Events

Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents

Dear Parents: Unbelievably there are only three and a half weeks until the end of the first semester. Every year the time seems to speed by faster and faster! This past month during Advisory we have focused on the concepts of well-being and living a balanced life. In our Advisory groups we have talked about five ways to well-being. They are to: Connect, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Be Active. Engage your child in a conversation and see what they have to say about their own well-being. With this in mind, over the next few weeks your child may begin work on performance tasks in class and we encourage you to talk with your child about how they are managing their time and their activities. In the lead up to the December holiday, we would like to see everyone remain in good health and spirits. On Friday, November 29, there will be a Middle School Party for grades 5 – 8. Information and permission slips will be available next week and we look forward to having a grand time. Please encourage your child to attend the party and have some fun with friends. Have a restful weekend!

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Events & Activities:
NOVEMBER

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DECEMBER

Parent Coffee MS Party

Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal

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Art Exhibit G 7/8 Music Concert

The Campus Card Kiosk is now accepting donations for the Disaster Relief Fund. Students and staff holding campus cards with cash can now donate with a touch of just a couple of buttons. Every little bit helps and we hope that each and every one of us can do away with that extra doughnut or coffee during the day and donate to the fund instead.

Saturday Service Dates:
11/30 La Mesa Watershed CRIBS 12/7 Love 2 Learn Rotary Ready Club 12/14 Tzu Chi Foundation Habitat for Humanity

ISM to host AMIS Asian MS Honor Orchestra- host families needed!
ISM will be hosting he Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Asian Middle School Honor Orchestra Festival between January 22nd and 26th, 2014. The festival involves workshops for students that have been selected by audition from all across Asia and culminates in a wonderful concert that the whole ISM community can enjoy for free. One of the most important aspects of organizing the event is providing home -stays for the 71 visiting Middle School musicians. Hosting is an excellent opportunity for ISM students: the most positive aspect of this process is most certainly the forging of international friendships. These friendship networks often last well beyond middle school into high school and even college where international students often connect in various social and musical organizations. In addition to the social benefits, hosting also has a very practical purpose: it keeps the costs of running the event at a manageable level for families. Many ISM students have already benefited (or will do so in the future) from home-stays in other countries for events such as ISTA, AMIS and IASAS trips. Therefore, hosting an AMIS Orchestra student is a chance to repay past and future kindnesses as well as make new international friends! Audition results for the festival have just been announced this week and ISM has proven themselves worthy hosts in terms of talent with 9 of the 80 coveted orchestra seats being offered to our students. However, you don't need to have a musician in your family to offer ISM hospitality; any MS family is welcome to host. If you feel hosting is something your family would enjoy, please open the attached letter and registration form, which provide more specific details of what hosting will involve. Fill out the form and return it to the ISM Fine Arts Office by Monday, November 25th. If you need any additional information, don't hesitate to email or call me at the fine Arts Office.

Marsha Hillman Fine and Performing Arts Director
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The 2nd season practice schedule which runs from Octoco-curricular programs ISM offers. ber 23 to February 7 is posted on notice boards around school, and is available on the ATAC blog. http://atac.ism- A great way to stay in touch with the ISM ATAC program is online.org/schedules/hs/ to subscribe via RSS feed to the ATAC blog and also to follow via twitter (see twitter feed on the blog home page). Thank you to all who joined in with Friday night lights last Each Monday, I will post the week’s happenings and highweek. It was a great atmosphere around the venues and light important events for student’s and parent’s inforour Bearcats played very well winning most encounters mation on the ATAC blog and in the regular Friday parent v.s. Faith/Brent at both JV and Varsity level. A big thanks bulletins. to HS student ambassadors and the Bearcat Council for coordinating this event. We also raised 35,000 pesos with GAME SCHEDULE PDF (access to game schedule inforcontributions to the Typhoon Yolanda boxes. This money mation): Information about all mid-week/weekend fixwill go into the ISM disaster relief fund. tures for ISM teams can be found via the ATAC blog. Please note the game schedule does change often due to ISM will host the Pre-IASAS Basketball exchange this week- involvement with many local schools so please check the end, November 22-24. The schedule is included in this page regularly to find out the latest information of where bulletin and is posted on notice boards around school with and when the Bearcats teams are playing. Click on schedgames v.s. ISKL on Friday, then matches all day Saturday at ules tab or the Bearcat logo to be directed to the power both gyms v.s. JIS and ISB. The two top teams after the school secure site: http://powerschool.ismanila.org/ round robin will play a final on Sunday morning at 9:30 public/ a.m. It is sure to be a valuable experience for our teams as they prepare for IASAS in early February. You will need your power school user name and password to access the game schedule pdf. Best of luck to our ISM traveling teams this weekend. Rugby plays at ISKL, Swimmers go to ISB and Touch go to Sin- The Bearcat Den is open for business. Please drop by to gapore. We hope it is a great experience for team memcheck out the range of Bearcat products. We have a great bers and coaches to go up against the IASAS schools early team of volunteers who run the den and are always lookin the season. ing for more people to help out. If you are interested in joining a fantastic group please contact any of our den ISM proudly hosts IASAS swimming from February 5 to9, members during den opening hours or please contact Car2014 and host families are required to house the visiting olyn Ching for details at: carolynqching@yahoo.com. We IASAS swimmers. The housing letter is available via the are always looking for new volunteers and encourage parATAC blog and via the Sailfish blog. Please assist us to ents from ES/MS to join our group. make this a wonderful event for our community by housing a pair of swimmers for IASAS. http://atac.ismBEARCAT DEN: http://atac.ism-online.org/bearcat-den/ online.org/iasas/iasas-housing/iasas-swim-meet-housing -letter/ Please print, complete and return the slip to the Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! ATAC office. Regards, New families please take some time to peruse the ATAC Mark Pekin blog as this will help orientate you with the wide variety of Director of Athletics/Activities
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Parent IDs
We are now 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.

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.

Termination of Employment
In the event of the termination of service of a family employee, parents are asked to secure the former employee’s ISM ID card and return it to the Security office. If this is not possible, it is important that the Security Office is still informed of the change of circumstances.

Firearms
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. Thank you. Michael Flynn Director of Operations & Security
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UPDATE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS THROUGH THE ISM PARENT PORTAL
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:

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Leaving ISM?
For those students that will be withdrawing from International School Manila this school year (SY 13 -14), the following procedure applies: Parents are obliged to officially inform the Admissions Office in writing through a Withdrawal Notification Form at least fifteen (15) days prior to your child’s last day of school.

For those leaving at the end of the school year, you MUST submit a Withdrawal Notification Form on or before May 09, 2014.
Failure to do so will lead to a deduction of US$1,000 from the Facilities Upgrade Deposit (FUD) in compensation for having held a space for the child and thus preventing the School from offering that space to another child prior to the summer holiday break. The Withdrawal Notification Form can be obtained from the Admissions Office or downloaded from the ISM website here. We hope that your child has had an enriching stay at ISM and wish you and your family the very best in the future.
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