ISSUE # 19

JANUARY 20 to 24

SY 2013 –2014

Friday Bulletin
Inside this issue:
Clinic Textbook Center HS Guidance Office Academic Bowl Fine Arts Office Athletics and Activities Admissions & Advancement ISM Upcoming Events

Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents

Dear Parents: On Monday, January 20 at 8:00 A.M. PowerSchool reopens and you will be able to access your child’s first semester report card. Please take some time to review the teachers’ comments with your child, identifying areas of strength and areas for growth. As part of the discussion, consider helping your child set shortterm, attainable goals that enable them to take initiative for their own learning and make steady progress. Other areas and skills worth honing may be time management and organization skills. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s level of achievement, please contact the appropriate subject area teacher or guidance counselor. Additionally, if you have misplaced or forgotten the login details for your PowerSchool account, please contact the MS Guidance Office at 840-8555. This week we are hosting international school students who will be participating in the AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools) Middle School Honor Orchestra Festival. Students from 12 different schools will arrive on Wednesday and be involved in workshops and rehearsals over the following days. We thank all the families that have opened their homes and are hosting our visitors. The festival culminates in a concert on January 25 at 6:00 P.M. in the FAT and all members of the school community are welcome to attend. Next school year we are implementing a Bring Your Own Device initiative for grades 7 and 8 and we would like to see all students bring a personal laptop to school. We have discussed this initiative on a few occasions in Parent Coffee meetings since the start of the year and information is also available through the Middle School blog. Please review the information on the ISM Connect pages which can be accessed through the link byod/home. If you have additional questions or need clarification, please feel free to contact the Middle School IT Program Leader, Matthew Chadwick at Looking ahead…On Thursday, January 30 at 7:45 A.M. we are hosting a Middle School New Parent Coffee. Please join us. Have a wonderful weekend! Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal

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Events & Activities:

22 - 26 30

AMIS New Parent Coffee

5 10 - 14 20

G4 Transition Meeting CWW Parent Coffee

PowerSchool Update:
Please be informed that PowerSchool is temporarily closed. It will re-open on January 20, Monday at 8:00 A.M.

The yearbook photos are available for pick -up in the MS Office.

Measles on the rise in Manila
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and remains an important cause of death among young children globally. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Initial symptoms, which usually appear 10–12 days after infection, include high fever, a runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth. Several days later, a rash develops, starting on the face and upper neck and gradually spreading downwards. A sick person is infectious five days before until four days after the appearance of rashes. Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, or whose immune systems have been weakened. The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhea and related dehydration, and severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia. 2013 has seen an outbreak of measles in several cities, in particular in the Capital region, with 1724 confirmed cases (and 21 fatalities), after only 25 cases were confirmed in 2012. The measles vaccine has been in use since the 1960s. It is safe, effective and inexpensive. WHO recommends immunization for all susceptible children and adults for whom measles vaccination is not contraindicated (severe allergic reaction after a previous dose, severe immunodeficiency, pregnancy). The vaccine usually comes in combination with mumps and rubella (German measles) vaccine and is then called MMR. 2 shots are needed to ensure a lifetime immunization, which are normally given at the toddler age. In 1-2% the immune system does not produce antibodies; therefore the individual can still fall sick with measles. Or mumps. Or rubella. Should a child not have received 2 shots within an interval of 4 weeks or more, they need a second shot. Should an adult (18 years and above, born 1970 or later) not have documented evidence of receiving 2 shots of measles-containing vaccine in their childhood they should be immunized with one single dose of MMR. Women should delay pregnancy by 4 weeks following vaccination with MMR. Adults born before 1970 are presumed to have acquired natural immunity and do not need vaccine neither as a routine nor in case of an outbreak. They are only vaccinated in case of a confirmed exposure to the virus. The vaccine is available at Market!Market Healthway and other branches (phone 751 4929) for 900 PHP+ 400 PHP consultation fee, CoHess in St. Luke’s (phone 789 7700 x 7038) for 710 PHP + 500 PHP administration fee, or the Corporate Health department in Makati Med (phone 999 9888 x 2187) for 850 PHP+850 PHP consultation and administration fee, to name a few. Should you have any questions or concern please contact us by phone at 840 8581 or per mail at or Dorothee Binsfeld Clinic Administarator 2

Refund for LOST, PAID and Returned Textbook/s

Hello Bearcat Parents, I hope all is well. As you may or may not know, every JANUARY we have a career-focused week at International School Manila called Bearcat Career Exploration Week. It is a week dedicated to helping our high school students learn more about themselves and the vast array of careers that exist and continue to be created in our world. (Click here if you would like more information on the week: This year the Bearcat Career Exploration week is January 20-24, 2014. There are a number of special activities going on this week, but some of the more popular ones are the Career Talks that are given by various professionals from the ISM community. I was hoping some of you Bearcat parents might be interested in giving a short (20 minutes to 30 minutes) talk about your career area to some of our high school students during that week. If you are interested in giving a careerfocused talk during that week, please click the link below and fill out the Google form. I will then be in touch shortly to confirm your participation. In the meantime, if you have questions about the week, please feel free to email me anytime at Best regards, Doug McQueen HS Grade 9/10 Guidance Counselor


Middle School Academic Bowl TRYOUTS/Practices
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… Academic Bowl Tryouts/ Practices!! WHERE - Room P046 (Mrs. Birchenall’s classroom) WHEN - Every Thursday, 3:00 P.M. –to 4:00 P.M., starting Thursday, 16th January 2014 The successful students will represent ISM at the second semester Academic Bowl competition which is to be held at Faith International School in March. All Middle School students are very welcome to come to the tryout/practice sessions.

Festival Concert Saturday, January 25th 6:00pm Fine Arts Theater


Season 2 is rapidly coming to a close with the IASAS Championships two and a half weeks away. Our teams are preparing themselves and training hard and I am sure they will all (athletes and coaches) represent ISM to the very best of their abilities at Jakarta for Basketball, Rugby/Touch at Singapore (*note venue change due to political uncertainty in Bangkok), Tennis at Kuala Lumpur and at ISM for swimming.

New families 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).

Each Monday, I will post the week’s happenings and highlight important events for students and parents Please note Rugby/Touch will now be held at SAS not information on the ATAC blog and in the reguISB. This decision was made by the school head on lar Friday parent bulletins. Wednesday of this week due to political uncertainty in Bangkok at the moment. GAME SCHEDULE PDF: (access to game schedule information): Information about all mid-week/ The season 3 tryouts schedule and season practice weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found via the schedule is now posted on the schedules page (ATAC ATAC blog. Please note the game schedule does blog). change often due to involvement with many local schools so please check the page regularly to find out The 2nd season practice schedule which runs the latest information of where and when the Bearfrom Oct 23 to Feb 7 is posted on notice boards cats teams are playing. Click on schedules tab or the around school, and is available on the ATAC Bearcat logo to be directed to the power school seblog. cure site ( You will need your power school user name and PLEASE HELP! ISM proudly hosts IASAS swimpassword to access the game schedule pdf. ming from February 5 to 9, 2014 and host families are required to house the visiting IASAS swimmers. The housing letter is available via the ATAC blog and The Bearcat Den ( via the Sailfish blog. Please assist us to make this a -den/) is open for business, please drop by to check wonderful event for our community by housing a out the range of Bearcat products. We have a great pair of swimmers for IASAS. Currently we still need team of volunteers who run the den and are always to house 25 swimmers! looking for more people to help out. If you are interested in joining a fantastic group please contact any Please print, complete and return the slip to the of our den members during den opening hours or ATAC office. ( please contact Carolyn Ching for details carhousing/iasas-swim-meet-housing-letter/) We are always looking for new volunteers and encourage parents from ES/MS This Friday our Varsity Basketball teams play away at to join our group. Faith. Our jv basketball teams play Brent at home starting at 4:00 P.M.. We are hosting Touch this Sat- Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! urday at the MS field, along with MS tennis on the roof and our usual array of local league basketball Regards, games in the gyms. Mark Pekin Director of Athletics/Activities

MS/HS Sailfish Squads 5-7 have a shortened training schedule until IASAS. Training will be from 3:15 to 4:00 P.M. until Feb 9th.

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:


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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