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MARCH 17 TO 21
SY 2013 –2014
Inside this issue:
Student Led Conferences MAP Testing Treasury Department Superintendent’s Office High School Guidance Service Learning No Impact Week Athletics & Activities Admissions & Advancement ISM Upcoming Events
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
Dear Parents: Today we held Robolucion, a robot maker fair, in the Little Theater for our Middle and High School students to showcase the robots they constructed and programmed during class. Seeing the students and robots in action was amazing. There were dogs walking, elephants picking up a bar, robots climbing stairs and games to be played…just to name a few. The atmosphere of excitement was a clear indication that lots of learning had taken place over the past weeks, and a positive sign that our fledgling robotics program has taken hold of student interest and creativity. Thanks to Matthew Chadwick and Ringo Dingrando, the Middle School and High School Robotics teachers, for organizing this event. This week the second round of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing began. In the event that your child misses a testing session, we will hold make up sessions on Wednesdays starting at 7:30 A.M. If your child requires a make up session, the MS Office will notify you and we ask that you make the necessary arrangements to bring your child to school early on Wednesday. On Thursday, March 20 students will be released early at 12:00 noon, and we will have an afternoon of Student-Led Conferences, which provides an opportunity for students to share their learning with their parents. Information was emailed to all parents about the afternoon, questions you can ask your child during the conferences, and a goal setting sheet. On Thursday afternoon parents will accompany their child to each class for approximately ten minutes and have the opportunity to discuss samples of work. There will be two sessions, 12:30 – 2:30 and 3:00- 5:00, with students divided according to the alphabet. It is recommended that students with surnames A -K attend the first session, and students with surnames L -Z attend the second session; however, this is flexible. If you are unable to attend the recommended session time, you are welcome to participate in the alternate session. For student-led conferences, parents will not need to schedule appointments. Please note that if both parents are unable to attend the student -led conference, your child is expected to go home at dismissal and not remain on campus. On Friday, March 21 the Middle School will join the Elementary School International Day and watch the flag ceremony in the morning. Our afternoon assembly will also highlight other cultures. On Friday students are encouraged to dress in attire that represents their home country. We look forward to everyone getting involved and celebrating the diversity of the ISM community. At this point of the semester we often see students who are starting to get tired and stressed and are ready for a break from school. This is often evident in their moods and the tensions that may arise with friends and other peers. We recognize that this is part of the natural cycle of the school year and watch out for students who may be showing signs of fatigue or anxiety. If you notice any of these signs in your child, please take some time to connect with them and talk about how they are feeling. Sometimes all it takes to get a child back on track is a listening ear from a trusted adult. Have a fabulous weekend! Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal
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Events & Activities:
MARCH Student-Led Conferences MAP Testing Grade 5/12 All Strings Concert
20 25 - 31 27
Grade 5/12 All Bands Concert Grade 5/12 All Choirs Concert
Dear Students and Parents, Welcome to our Middle School student-led conferences. We hope that you find this time together sharing your learning to be a worthwhile experience. The purpose of this student-led conference is to provide students with an opportunity to share their learning with their parents and teachers in their classrooms. The goals of a student-led conference include the following: Encourage students to accept responsibility for their learning and progress. Help students recognize and take ownership for the things that interfered with their learning success. Teach students the process of self-evaluation. Facilitate the development of students’ oral communication skills and self -confidence. Enhance communication between student and parents. During the afternoon of March 20, you will take part in one of two sessions (12:30 – 2:30 p.m. or 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) together with your child going around to each of their classrooms. The schedule for each session is included in this program guide. We encourage you to attend the first session if your surname begins with the letters A-K, and the second session if your surname begins with the letters L-Z (If you need to attend the other time because of conflicts, this is acceptable). During each class that you visit your child has prepared a presentation of their learning for you. They will be sharing work samples and their reflections, and we encourage you during this time to engage in a conversation. Included in this guide are some suggested questions that you may ask your child to facilitate the process. On the back page of this guide is a worksheet for you and your child to complete at the end of your session. This time is an opportunity for you to sit down and reflect together on the afternoon and to set goals for the remainder of the school year. Thank you for taking time to participate in your child’s learning during our Middle School student -led conferences. We hope that this has given you additional insight into your child’s learning, and an opportunity to understand what happens on a daily basis in our classes at International School Manila. Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal 2
Please attend one of the following two sessions – 12:30 – 2:30 or 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. You will begin in your child’s advisory where an overview will be provided. Then go in order of your child’s schedule spending approximately 10 minutes in each room (the time is flexible). Your child should know their schedule and where to go, but if you need an individual copy of their schedule or a map of the Middle School, please stop by the Middle School Office.
Guiding Questions for parents to ask students during and after the conference: 1. What has been the most difficult part of this class? 2. What has been you favorite assignment this year? 3. What assignment did you learn the most from this year? 4. Which subject do you feel is the most difficult for you? Why? 5. How do you think I could help you in this subject? 6. Do you feel that I am helpful to you, in your studies? 7. How do you manage your time when you have assignments that are large? 8. What inspired you to.....? 9. When you're given a choice, what type of assignment would you choose? 10. How do you communicate with your teacher for help? 11. Do you use the tutorial time after school? 12. Do you challenge yourself to try new things? 13. Do you take risks with your assignments? 14. How do you learn best? 15. What study habits do you need to improve? Why? 16. How will you use what you know about your learning styles to improve? 17. How well do you manage your time? What do you need to work on? 3
To All ISM Parents: Important Advisory : US dollar Checks from Citibank NA - Philippine Branch
In accordance with the recent advisory made by Citibank N.A. Philippines, please be informed that starting January 01,2014 , CITIBANK US Dollar Account checks drawn from Citibank N.A. Philippine Branch will no longer be cleared through Citibank N.A. Agana Guam. In effect, CITIBANK checks deposited to a local bank or bank abroad will be treated as collection checks with clearing period of not less than 45 days. The said checks will no longer be acceptable for outright credit to both foreign currency deposit unit (FCDU) and PESO account until the receipt of credit advice from Citibank NA Philippines. A collection fee will also be imposed by depository banks (please see charges from BPI and HSBC below). BPI charges 1/4 of 1% for every Php 1.00 or a fraction thereof plus a fixed postage fee of Php 6.50 and minimum charge for outward bills for collection is Php 100.00 excluding postage fee.
HSBC charges USD$3 for credit to USD account and Php100 for credit to Peso plus other additional processing fee that maybe charged by the receiving bank. Furthermore, the student's account paid by the Citibank check will not be considered as settled / paid for until such time the check is advised to have been cleared by Citibank. Additional surcharge maybe computed at the time that the check has not yet cleared and already falls after the due date. In this regard, we would like to advise our parents to deposit CITIBANK checks directly to the ISM CITIBANK account. Please DO NOT DEPOSIT CITIBANK Checks toother ISM local banks such as HSBC and BPI to prevent above-mentioned problems. Also remember to use your new set of dollar checks as advised by Citibank to you. As per Citibank, they have previously issued notification letters to their account holders regarding this change. For any query on your payment , please contact our Treasury Department - Cashiers ( Elmer Esguerra and Nerissa Felipe) 840-85-12, for billing ( Rhoda Villa 840-85-22 ) or Marissa Dulay at 840-8506 USD Check Clearing Services Please be advised that effective January 01,2014, US Dollar checks issued from your Citibank, N.A Philippine Branch Dollar Checking Account can no longer be presented and cleared through Citibank, N.A. Agana, Guam, U.S.A. under US Federal Reserve System. All US Dollar Account checks drawn from Citibank N.A. Philippine Branch, which are deposited in a local bank or in a bank abroad, will be treated as a collection item by presenting bank. The clearing period will thus change from 15 days to estimated 45 days depending on the process of the presenting bank on collection items. in addition, beginning December 15, 2013, please refrain from issuing any unused existing US Dollar Checks to your payees. We encourage you to order a new set of US Dollar check books for future use. Should you have any questions please contact Citi Service at 802-6000.
Important Advisory : HSBC Bank Charge for HSBC Check Deposits
Please be informed that starting January 01,2014 , HSBC has imposed a $4.00 bank charge for each HSBC check deposit . Over the counter HSBC check deposits from parents and company sponsors are also covered and charged by the same amount. In this regard, we would like to remind all our parents and sponsoring companies to please add $4.00 when paying HSBC check(s) or demand draft to ISM Cashier's Office or for direct deposits, to HSBC. For your reference and guidance.
Re-enrollment: SY14-15 Returning Students Medical Update
Dear Parents: As you may know, for a number of years we have had required medical check-ups for students at different stages in their school lives: G1; G5; G9. In recognition of the increasing concern about heart health, especially in conjunction with physical exercise in a tropical climate, we shall be introducing a mandatory Electro-Cardiogram (ECG) test for older students. Sudden Cardiac Death in Adolescents, especially during sporting activity, is a recognized syndrome and well over 100 children a year die of this in the USA. Medical advice is that it makes sense to test only students who are 12 years old and beyond. In light of this, we shall now have two thresholds for medical examinations instead of the present three. These will be in Grade 1 and Grade 6. At Grade 1, there will be a physical examination performed by a duly accredited doctor as is the case at present. At Grade 6, there will be a similar physical examination but with the added component of an ECG. All new students between G1 and G5 will have a physical examination; all new students from G6 onward will have a physical examination and the ECG. In order to "grandfather out" our present cohort of students, please note: · Incoming G6 students will have an ECG, but will not need a physical examination, since this was done when they entered G5 · Incoming G9 students will have the full medical examination and an ECG. · Incoming G7 and G8 will have the full medical examination and an ECG when they enter G9. · We shall continue to encourage very strongly all athletes participating in Varsity sports to take an ECG. Over the course of the next years, this will mean that all ISM students from G6 onwards will have had a basic heart check-up. The ECG is not definitive, and there is a more sophisticated check that the doctor will recommend if anything in the ECG causes concern. The test itself is very reasonably priced and is readily available at St Luke’s and Makati Medical Center as well as other hospitals. Please take a moment to review our re-enrollment time-line and procedures for all students returning for school year 2014-2015: RE-ENROLLMENT I do understand that adding this requirement of an ECG may be seen as an additional chore for parents and students at the time of re-enrollment, but if such a test saves even one life then it will be well worth the extra effort. Sincerely, David Toze Superintendent
Dear Parents, It is that time of year again to recruit companies for our annual Bearcat Career Experience...a one week "internship -like" program (June 9 to 13) to help our high school sophomores and juniors gain valuable insight into the world of careers outside of the academic classroom. Currently in its fourth year, the program has been very successful, mainly in part to the incredible participation of the ISM community in providing these worthwhile placements. We annually placed between 120 and 160 students each June with numerous reputable companies in the Metro Manila area. For a some basic information on what the Bearcat Career Experience is all about, please see our website. http://bearcat-careers.ism-online.org/ If you or someone you know is willing to HOST some of our students for a one week placement in June, the next step is to FILL OUT the application. Please see this link below http://bearcat-careers.ism-online.org/how-to-apply/ Keep in mind, when you go to this "how to apply" link, there are TWO forms to fill out. One is the Company Application and then also further down the page is a Company/School Partnership agreement...essentially these are the same two forms as last year. We would like these TWO forms completed by April 21, 2014 at the absolute latest...however, the earlier, the better :) Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime. Best Regards, Doug McQueen HS Grade 9/10 Guidance Counselor (632) 840-8664 9
MS Saturday Service Dates
March 22 March 29 April 5 Philippine Community Fund (PCF) Philippine Animal Welfare Society Tzu Chi Foundation Recycling Center
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ATTENTION ISM! One of our school goals for our upcoming No Impact Week (March 24 - March 28) is to involve our community in decreasing the environmental impact of ISM. To help achieve this goal, we are asking students who can walk to school to do so and students who are already signed up to ride the bus to ride the bus as much as possible throughout the week-particularly on Wednesday the 26th! Please do your part to support our efforts to become a more sustainable school!
3rd season practice schedule for MS/HS students weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found via is posted on the schedules pages of the (ATAC the ATAC blog. Please note the game schedule blog) and on notice boards around school. does change often due to involvement with many local schools so please check the page regSaturday Community Tennis has resumed and ularly to find out the latest information of where will run through until the end of May…. see the and when the Bearcats teams are playing. Click flyer on the blog for exact dates and details. This on schedules tab or the Bearcat logo to be diis open to ISM community members only, outrected to the power school secure site (http:// side guests are not allowed. Contact Coach Cza- powerschool.ismanila.org/public/) You will rina to book lessons with our ISM Tennis Acade- need your power school user name and passmy coaches (http://atac.ism-online.org/atac/ word to access the game schedule pdf. saturday-community-tennis/). The Bearcat Den (http://atac.ism-online.org/ Well done to all our MS/HS track athletes who bearcat-den/) is open for business, please drop competed at the annual ISM twilight track meet by to check out the range of Bearcat products. last Friday. It was great to see many MS/HS par- We have a great team of volunteers who run the ents out supporting our athletes. The next meet den and are always looking for more people to at ISM is March 29thand the final local meet for help out. If you are interested in joining a fantasseason will be April 5th at Brent. tic group please contact any of our den members during den opening hours or please contact Meet results can be found here http://atac.ism- Carolyn Ching for details email@example.com. We are always looking results/ for new volunteers and encourage parents from Congratulations to our Varsity Girls softball team ES/MS to join our group. The Bearcat den is now for winning the local Co-ed League championcalling for volunteers to take on POR's (positions ship last Sunday against DeLalle Salle. of responsibility) for next school year '14-15) as secretary, treasurer, volunteer coordinator, inNew families please take some time to peruse ventory/merchandise and snacks purchasing. If the ATAC blog as this will help orientate you you are interested drop an email with the wide variety of co-curricular programs to firstname.lastname@example.org ISM offers. Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! A great way to stay in touch with the ISM ATAC program is to subscribe via RSS feed to the ATAC Regards, blog and also to follow via twitter (see twitter Mark Pekin feed on the blog home page). Director of Athletics/Activities 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/
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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