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FEBRUARY 17 to 21
SY 2013 –2014
Inside this issue:
Saturday Service Learning Academic Bowl Athletics & Activities Eco Council Admissions & Advancement ISM Upcoming Events
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
Dear Parents: This week some of our students travelled to distant sites while others remained in Manila. Regardless of where the students went, they all participated in activities that exposed them to the life of local Filipino communities. Through their CWW experience we hope your child has developed a deeper appreciation of the diversity of people’s experiences and will be motivated to more actively support others in need and participate in service learning opportunities. We also hope that your child returns home with a stronger sense of self-awareness and how they can continue to grow as independent, responsible adolescents. Please take some time to engage your child and discuss ways that your child can build on the experience. It’s important that the learning does not end with the conclusion of the CWW week but that the spirit of service continues to be nurtured. We thank all the teachers for their dedication and efforts to provide a range of enriching experiences for the students. It was a week well spent! Please note that the school photographer will be on campus on Tuesday, February 18 for retakes of students that were absent during the first round. New students will also be photographed on this day. On Thursday, February 20 at 7:45 A.M. in the Little Theater we will be hosting a Parent Coffee. 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. For parents of grade 8 students… This week the transition to High School activities begin for our eighth graders. Steve Ayling and Doug McQueen, two counselors from the high school, will be spending a block of time with the students to introduce themselves and share some basic information about life in high school. Our students will also have opportunities to ask questions and participate in small group discussions. Looking ahead, a High School Course Selection Meeting for parents is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5 from 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. in the Little Theater. Please plan to attend so that you can hear more about high school and what lies ahead for your child. Middle School course registration for school year 2014-2015 will take place the week of March 3. One new course offering, Robotics - Advanced, will be available to Grade 7 and 8 students who have or will have taken the introductory Robotics course. Information will soon be available online for all students and will be shared during Advisory time. Reminder…there will be no classes on February 24 and 25. Classes resume on February 26. Have a fabulous weekend! Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal
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Events & Activities:
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Parent Coffee No Classes National Holiday
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Course Registration Spirit Week MS Party
SALINLAHI YEARBOOK PHOTO RETAKES:
FAT Changing Room
MS Saturday Service Dates
March 1 March 8 March 15 March 22 March 29 April 5
Habitat for Humanity Love2Learn Philippine Community Fund (PCF) CRIBS Foundation Chosen Children’s Village (CCV) Papaya Academy Philippine Animal Welfare Society Tzu Chi Foundation Recycling Center
To sign up, get a Permission Slip in the MS Office and prepare to… [Get awesome!]
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. 2
What a great IASAS week for ISM, our teams and coaches. 5 medals out of 8 on offer in team sports along with 5 bronze medals in swimming and 4 new school swimming records broken. Well done to everyone involved.
Results: Overall medal tally- 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 Bronze team medals.
Our MS Boys C and MS Girls A and B tennis teams played finals last weekend also. The boys came in 3rd place and the A & B girls played each other in the final after dispatching their opponents in the morning semi finals. Congratulations to MS Girls Green (team B) who won a very close final over the MS Girls Gold team 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 information on the ATAC blog and in the regular Friday parent bulletins.
Tennis boys and girls win GOLD (3 peat for boys and 4 peat for girls) Basketball girls SILVER, boys BRONZE Rugby Boys BRONZE, Girls Touch 4th Swimming Boys 5th, Girls 6th Daiki Kuriyama 200 breastroke Bronze medal Boys (Lucas, Sturla, Daiki, Jae Woo) and Girls (Mattie,Luna, Sophia, Sophia) 4x100m medley relay Bronze medals Boys 4x50m Freestyle relay (Steve, Ben, Avi, Rom) Bronze medal
GAME SCHEDULE PDF: (access to game schedule information): Information about all mid-week/weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found via the ATAC Boys 4x100m freestyle relay (Rom, Sturla, Harry, Jae blog. Please note the game schedule does change often due to involvement with many local schools so please Woo) Bronze medal check the page regularly to find out the latest information 2nd season sports awards are Thursday, February 20th : of where and when the Bearcats teams are playing. Click on schedules tab or the Bearcat logo to be directed to the MS awards at LT; from 3:15 to 4:00 P.M. power school secure site (http:// HS awards at Lofthouse; from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. powerschool.ismanila.org/public/) You will need your The season 3 tryouts have now concluded and we are into power school user name and password to access the game the 3rd season practice schedule for MS/HS students. The schedule pdf. schedule is now posted on the schedules pages of the The Bearcat Den (http://atac.ism-online.org/bearcat(ATAC blog) and on notice boards around school. den/) is open for business, please drop by to check out the Saturday Community Tennis resumed last week February range of Bearcat products. We have a great team of volunteers who run the den and are always looking for more 15th through until the end of May…. see the flyer on the blog for dates and details. This is open to ISM community people to help out. If you are interested in joining a fantastic group please contact any of our den members durmembers only, outside guests are not allowed. Contact Coach Czarina to book lessons with our ISM Tennis Acade- ing den opening hours or please contact Carolyn Ching for details email@example.com. We are always looking my coaches (http://atac.ism-online.org/atac/saturdayfor new volunteers and encourage parents from ES/MS community-tennis/) to join our group. The Bearcat den is now calling for volunTHANK YOU ISM Community for housing our visiting swim- teers to take on POR's (positions of responsibility) for next mers . They felt very well looked after and your support is school year '14-15) as secretary, treasurer, volunteer coordinator, inventory/merchandise and snacks purchasing. If greatly appreciated. you are interested drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org The MS boys basketball Gold team played their league final vs. CSA last week and lost to a very strong CSA team. Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! Congratulations on a great season to all players and coaches and well done for claiming the runners-up trophy Regards, Mark Pekin this year. Director of Athletics/Activities 3
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ECo Movie Night
A little while back, the high school ECo council was approached by Eve Hartley, a 4th grader who had found a cause to fight for. Eve, who is passionate about sharks would like to see the ISM community come together to support this noble purpose. Friday the 21st of February at 3:00 in room P045, the ECo council will be hosting a movie night in which we will showcase Eve's passion through the documentary "Sharkwater". Students, parents and teachers are invited to join. Food sales will be conducted by cooking club and proceeds from these will be going to charity. So come spend your Friday with ECo, Eve, and Sharkwater! 4
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.
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