ISSUE # 22
FEBRUARY 10 to 14
SY 2013 –2014
Inside this issue:
Academic Bowl Saturday Service Learning Athletics & Activities Admissions & Advancement ISM Upcoming Events
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
Dear Parents: Our much anticipated week of Classroom Without Walls has arrived. Beginning on Monday, February 10 until February 14, all of the Middle School students will be involved in activities that will raise their awareness about the Philippines and engage them with our service learning partners. In addition to learning about culture, the students interact with children and adults from local communities and discover ways that they can be active, empathetic citizens. During the weekend, please insure that your child is prepared for their particular trip. When they return, also take time to engage your child and discuss ways that your child can build on the experience. In November students had school pictures taken. The photographer will be back on Tuesday, February 18 for retakes of students that were absent during the first round. New students will also be photographed on this day. Our next parent coffee is on Thursday, February 20 starting at 7:45 A.M. We look forward to meeting with you and sharing more about developments with how we assess and grade students, along with changes to technology and how we use laptops in the middle school. Have a wonderful weekend!
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Events & Activities:
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CWW Parent Coffee No Classes National Holiday
Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal
Course Registration Spirit Week
SALINLAHI YEARBOOK PHOTO RETAKES:
Refund for LOST, PAID and Returned Textbook/s
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, PAYMENTS MADE FOR LOST TEXTBOOKS WILL ONLY BE REFUNDED, IF THE BOOK IS RETURNED WITHIN THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR OR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR, AT THE LATEST. For questions, please email email@example.com or call 840-8517.
February 18, 2014
No regular after-school activities during CWW Week (February 10 to 14). The yearbook photos are available for pick -up in the MS Office.
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. 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.
SATURDAY SERVICE DATES (TENTATIVE)
March 1 — Habitat for Humanity & Love2Learn March 8 — Philippines Children’s Fund (PCF) & CRIBS Foundation March 15 — Chosen Children’s Village (CCV) March 22 — Papaya Academy March 29 — PAWS April 5 — Tzu Chi Foundation
To participate, students need to 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. Parents are welcome to join! All the best, Cory Willey MS Student Advisory Coordinator 2
It is IASAS week and our teams are in the thick of the action right now giving their all at IASAS. Best wishes to all players and coaches for your progress so far and for the final day tomorrow. Go Bearcats! Venues for IASAS 2nd season championships are as follows…. Jakarta for Basketball, Rugby/Touch at Singapore, Tennis at Kuala Lumpur and ISM for swimming. Visit www.iasas.asia. to keep up with the action at the IASAS venues (results and live stream links).
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 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 The season 3 tryouts schedule and the 3rd season schedules tab or the Bearcat logo to be directed practice schedule for MS/HS students is now to the power school secure site (http:// posted on the tryouts and schedules pages of the powerschool.ismanila.org/public/) You will need (ATAC blog) and on notice boards around school. your power school user name and password to access the game schedule pdf. Saturday Community Tennis resumes next Saturday February 15th through until the The Bearcat Den (http://atac.ism-online.org/ end of May…. see the flyer on the blog for dates bearcat-den/) is open for business, please drop and details. This is open to ISM community mem- by to check out the range of Bearcat products. bers only, outside guests are not allowed. ConWe have a great team of volunteers who run the tact Coach Czarina to book lessons with our ISM den and are always looking for more people to Tennis Academy coaches http://atac.ismhelp out. If you are interested in joining a fantasonline.org/atac/saturday-community-tennis/ tic group please contact any of our den members during den opening hours or please contact CarGood luck to our MS C Boys and MS A and B girls olyn Ching for details cartennis teams who play in finals tomorrow at ISM firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking on the final day of the ISTA League tennis season. for new volunteers and encourage parents from ES/MS to join our group. The Bearcat den is now New families please take some time to peruse calling for volunteers to take on POR's (positions the ATAC blog as this will help orientate you with of responsibility) for next school year '14-15) as the wide variety of co-curricular programs ISM secretary, treasurer, volunteer coordinator, inoffers. The MS boys basketball Gold team play ventory/merchandise and snacks purchasing. If their league final vs CSA on Friday. Best of luck to you are interested drop an email all players and coaches. to email@example.com 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). Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! Regards, 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.
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:
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.