International School Manila

ES PARENT BULLETIN
Volume 8 6 December 2013

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
DEC
7 11, 18 10 13 18 19 - Jan 3
K-12 Dance Recital (FAT) Wednesday Morning Student Late Start, 8.30AM Confirmation of AFAC 2nd semester activities Last day of AFAC for 1st semester Parent Bulletin Early Student Release, 12NN

From the ES Administration
Dear Parents,  Transi on at ISM The Oxford dic onary defines transi on as “the process or a period of changing from one state or condi on to another.” Over the next days and weeks we have a number of students and families who are going through their own unique journey involving moving from one school to another and, in many cases, one country, to another. As adults, many of us crave consistency, rou nes and are comfortable in the known. Some mes it can be difficult to imagine the emo ons that our children who are in this state of transi on, are actually going through. We do know that it is cri cal to acknowledge these feelings, to not ignore them or suppress them, and to give us all the space to discuss them. As adults, we can talk about the fact that we may have some mixed feelings about a poten al move. Equally, for those that remain and may have their best friend moving on, it is also important to talk about the fact that we will miss our friends. These are natural emo ons to experience and we do need to talk openly about what is happening. We are in a privileged posi on at ISM in that we have two wonderful guidance counselors who are here for all of us, to support these transi ons which are a part of life in an Interna onal School. Over the next weeks, they will be working with groups of students who are moving to another place and talking about some of these feelings. We know that life in an Interna onal School offers so many benefits and opportuni es. We have truly interna onal classrooms, with diversity of na onality and creed that offers so much richness in our learning, with mul ple perspec ves on many issues. With this however, comes a transient popula on and we know that there are mes when friends leave or we ourselves may be moving.

No Classes: Semester Break

JAN
6 8, 15, 22, 29 14 17 29 30
Classes resume 1st day of 2nd Semester AFAC Wednesday Morning Student Late Start, 8.30AM New Parent Coffee, 730 - 830AM (LT) Parent Bulletin K-12 Counselling Parent Workshop, 830 1030AM (LT) ES 3rd Quarter Assembly, 8 - 9AM (FAT)

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

6 December 2013

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From the ES Administration
Hopefully, we can con nue to support our students in these situa ons, recognize what is happening, and how we all may be feeling. If you would like to meet with one of our guidance counselors to discuss transi on or anything else, please do not hesitate to make an appointment ‐ Eugene Comer (Preschool to Grade 2) comere@ismanila.org and Ce Unite (Grades 3 and 4), unitec@ismanila.org. For those who are leaving ISM, we hope that your memories of us linger long and hard. Wherever you end up, we trust there will s ll be some of the wonderful Filipino spirit, humor and friendships in your heart.
Have a safe weekend.

From the Operations and Security Office

Adam Campbell
Elementary Principal

Michael Rourke
Elementary Assistant Principal

International School Manila ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (ES-AFAC)
Confirmation of after-school activities for 2nd semester will be sent out on December 10 through the homeroom teachers. K-12 Dance Recital: December 7 First-Day of 2nd Semester AFAC: January 6

From ES PE Team
Parents can help in PE by labelling all PE uniforms, swimsuits and towels for elementary physical educa on. Children learn self management skills and grow more independent by taking responsibility for their belongings at school. This task is made much easier for your child (and teachers) when misplaced items such as PE shirts, towels and goggles are labeled. They can easily be returned to their owner if labeled. Some mes children accidentally pick up the wrong shirt when in the change rooms a er swimming lessons, however we can easily clarify the mix up if the items are labeled.

Amanda Pekin
ES PE Program Leader 2

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

6 December 2013

From Operations and Security Office
Parent IDs  We are now issuing new parent IDs for the school year 2013/14. To reduce the inconvenience to parents of this replacement pro‐ gram, the old parent ID cards will be valid for school access un l the end of the first semester on December 18th, 2013. The stand‐ ard 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 smart‐ card which covers in part the registra on fee the school is required to pay for each card issued. The security office is now processing applica ons 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. Thank you,

Michael Flynn
Director, Operations & Security

From Human Resources Office
Campus Card Update: Se ng up Individual Accounts vs. Family Account 
As you may know, for all those using the Campus Card, money that is loaded onto the individual cards are stored ini ally in your family account. We have been able to work with the developer of the program to allow students to have individual accounts, this will allow students to manage their own accounts and not be connected to another sibling. Please do keep in mind that this will require individual login’s and individual loading of cards. Should you prefer this sort of set up for your family kindly let us know on or before December 15, 2013 so this can be set up in the system and be ready by January 6, 2014. To request, please send an email to campuscard@ismanila.org. With an individual account, parents with campus cards will be a ached to the youngest child's account. Once this is set up, any remaining fund balance will be retained in the youngest child's account, therefore you will need to top up the other children's accounts so they can con nue using the campus card. Please also keep in mind that all purchase history prior to the change will be listed under your youngest child in campus card reports. A notification will be sent to your email once the individual accounts have been set up with the new log-in details.

Michelle Mapua
HR Director

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Elementary School Parent Bulletin

6 December 2013

From the Admissions & Advancement Office
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 informa on on school events, useful links, as well as child‐specific academic blogs and student por olios. Should you need to make any changes to your contact informa on, visit the Parent Portal and follow the steps below: 

STEP 1: GO TO www.ismanila.org 

Note: PowerSchool opens in a new tab, allowing   users to return to the Parent Portal any me.

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Elementary School Parent Bulletin
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6 December 2013

From the Admissions & Advancement Office

Note: An email no fica on will be sent to your   registered email address regarding the changes made on   PowerSchool.

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Elementary School Parent Bulletin

6 December 2013

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From the Admissions & Advancement Office
Leaving ISM? For those students that will be withdrawing from Interna onal School Manila this school year (SY 13‐14), the following procedure applies: Parents are obliged to officially inform the Admissions Office in wri ng through a Withdrawal No fica on Form at least fi een (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 No fica on Form on or before May 09, 2014.   Failure to do so will lead to a deduc on of US$1,000 from the Facili es Upgrade Deposit (FUD) in compensa on for having held a space for the child and thus preven ng the School from offering that space to another child prior to the summer holiday break. The Withdrawal No fica on Form can be obtained from the Admissions Office or downloaded from the ISM website here. Admis‐ sions > Re‐Enrollment & Withdrawal > Withdrawal  We hope that your child has had an enriching stay at ISM and wish you and your family the very best in the future. Regards,

Stephanie Hagedorn
Director, Admissions & Advancement

From the ATAC Office
The 2nd season prac ce schedule which runs from Oct 23 to Feb 7 is posted on no ce boards around school, and is available on the ATAC blog. h p://atac.ism‐online.org/schedules/hs/ ISM proudly hosts IASAS swimming Feb 5‐9, 2014 and host families are required to house the visi ng IASAS swimmers. The housing le er is available via the ATAC blog and via the Sailfish blog. Please assist us to make this a wonderful event for our community by housing a pair of swimmers for IASAS. We need to house 120 swimmers from the IASAS Schools. h p://atac.ism‐online.org/iasas/iasas‐housing/iasas‐swim‐meet‐housing‐le er/ Please print, complete and return the slip to the ATAC office. ISM hosted a great Fall swim meet last Saturday Nov 30th. Well done to our Sailfish swimmers and coaches for a great day. There were many personal best mes swum and a great atmosphere around the swimming pool. Thanks also to the sailfish parents who helped out with snack booths during the day. Please note HS families during ICARE week JV teams will not have training from Tues‐Friday Dec 9‐13. Varsity teams whose coach is available and for players that are on local sites training sessions will be held as normal. Good luck this Saturday to our Bearcat Wall Climbing team. ISM will be hos ng a wall/speed climbing compe climbing area. Should be a great morning of exci ng climbing ac on. on at the MS gym

Our MS Tennis teams all have matches this coming Saturday at ISM . A reminder to all players for morning matches you must be at the courts by7:40am and for a ernoon matches by 12:40pm. New families please take some me to peruse the ATAC blog as this will help orientate you with the wide variety of co‐curricular programs ISM offers.

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Elementary School Parent Bulletin

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From the ATAC Office
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 fol‐ low via twi er (see twi er feed on the blog home page) Each Monday 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 infor‐ ma 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://powerschool.ismanila.org/public/ You will need your power school user name and password to access the game schedule pdf. BEARCAT DEN: h p://atac.ism‐online.org/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 fantas c group please contact any of our den members during den opening hours or please contact Carolyn Ching for details carolynqching@yahoo.com. We are always look‐ ing for new volunteers and encourage parents from ES/MS to join our group. Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats!

From the Fine Arts Office

Mark Pekin
Athletic Director

From the Art Department
The ES Art team is having a very produc ve start to the year. We would like to ask for your support in dona ng any newspapers or magazines you have at home as well as center tubes from toilet ssue and kitchen paper rolls. This will be used for a special project! Also, if you have any old shirts or t‐shirts that you no longer use we would really appreciate them to use as extra smocks for par cularly messy projects!
Thanks,

ES Art Team
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