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WEEK OF: APRIL 7 TO 11
SY 2013 –2014
Inside this issue:
Admissions & Advancement Treasury Department Superintendent’s Office High School Guidance Athletics & Activities GK Summer Camps Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal ISM Upcoming Events
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
Dear Parents: We would like to applaud all the students who participated in the All Bands Concert and All Choirs Concert this past week. They delighted the audiences with their performances and skillful work. Thank you to our music teachers Ms. Hausman, Mr. Howrey and Mr. Odendaal for all their efforts in guiding and nurturing our young musicians. On Tuesday our MAP testing window closes. In the event that your child missed a testing session, we will hold make-up sessions during class time as needed. The upcoming school holiday begins on Wednesday, April 9 and classes will resume on Monday, April 21. We wish everyone a restful and relaxing break from school. Yours in Education, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal
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Dear Parents, Please take a moment to review the re-enrollment procedure for your child to attend classes on August 7, 2014. APRIL
9 - 18 School Holiday STEP 1 - Please complete this step immediately. You are required to log-in to POWERSCHOOL beginning March 17th to complete STEP 1 of the process. After May 22nd you will not have access to POWERSCHOOL and this may result in a delay for your child to attend classes on the first day of school for school year 2014 -2015.
Please follow this link for the detailed step-by-step guide and required forms for students entering Grade 1, 6 and 9. To access the Parent Portal and PowerSchool, please download the PDF instructions here. The forms should be completed and submitted to the appropriate offices at any time prior to the start of school in the Fall. We encourage you do start this process NOW to avoid long lines. For information regarding your POWERSCHOOL access information please contact the school in which your child is currently enrolled. For information regarding our Health Clinic Clearance procedures, please contact the Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding billing or tuition and fees, please contact our Treasury department at email@example.com (for billing) and firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (for tuition and fees).
May we request that if you are NOT RETURNING that you send the Admissions Office your official WITHDRAWAL NOTIFICATION FORM immediately as this will help us to clear student account(s) in a timely manner. We request one form per child. Please note: Parents who fail to notify the school by Friday, 9th May that their children are leaving ISM will forfeit US$1,000 from each Facilities Upgrade Deposit. We appreciate your assistance with this procedure as we have many anxious families awaiting word regarding spaces for their children for school year 2014-2015. Sincerely, Stephanie H. Hagedorn Director of Admissions & Advancement
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 840-85-06 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. 3
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 5
Please note the 4th season schedule for team training and field use from April 21- June 3 will be posted next week. Training sessions for our 1st season teams (volleyball/soccer) and for other groups will be on this schedule. 4th season training is open for current grade 8 through grade 11 students. Current grade 8′s who are keen on trying out for 1st season sports in August should come along to these sessions to meet the coaches and show them your skills.
The final local Track & Field meet for season will be this Saturday April 5th at Brent. Meet results can be found here: http://atac.ism-online.org/atac/3rdseason/track-meet-results/ Varsity and JV girls softball teams take on Brent on Friday after school this week. Games will begin at 4pm.
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 Saturday Community Tennis runs through until the the blog home page). end of May…. see the flyer on the blog for exact Each Monday, I will post the week’s happenings dates and details. Please note there will not be any and highlight important events for students and tennis on April 12 and 19 during the school holiparents information on the ATAC blog and in the days. This is open to ISM community members only, regular Friday parent bulletins. outside guests are not allowed. Contact Coach Czarina to book lessons with our ISM Tennis Academy GAME SCHEDULE PDF: (access to game schedule coaches (http://atac.ism-online.org/atac/saturday information): Information about all mid-week/ -community-tennis/). weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found via the ATAC blog. Please note the game schedule does IASAS 3rd season championships are April 9 to 13, change often due to involvement with many local Softball/Badminton at SAS, Track at JIS and Golf at schools so please check the page regularly to find TAS. Check out www.iasas.asia for all the links/ out the latest information of where and when the results/live stream access. Thanks so much to Mrs. Bearcats teams are playing. Click on schedules tab Terri Madrigal for being the parent coordinator for or the Bearcat logo to be directed to the power the athletics send off lunches this year. The athletes school secure site (http:// and coaches always look forward to the great food powerschool.ismanila.org/public/) You will need and final send off before IASAS. your power school user name and password to access the game schedule pdf. 3rd season Sports awards are Monday, April 28th at 3:15 pm for MS Badminton/Track at the Little Thea- The Bearcat Den (http://atac.ism-online.org/ tre and 5:30 pm for HS awards at the Lofthouse. bearcat-den/) is open for business, please drop by to check out the range of Bearcat products. Head Coaches will meet on Monday, April 28th at 3:00 P.M. to decide the Athletics major awards win- Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! ners for this school year. Outstanding athletes for each grade level male and female and sportsman- Regards, ship award for one male and one female athlete Mark Pekin across HS will be decided at this meeting. Director of Athletics/Activities
Congratulations to ISM's MS girls tennis players for their great results at the Cebuana Lhuillier-Dunlop Tournament recently! Mariana Po (Gr. 5). 1st Runner-up 12 and under girls Jackie Tan Ho (Gr. 8). Champion 14 and under girls Li-Jian Thean (Gr. 7). 1st Runner-up 16 and under girls
Dear Parents: We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a new summer camp program at the GK Enchanted Farm Village University in Angat, Bulacan. Our International Farm VillageCamps are designed to inspire future generations of leaders, social entrepreneurs and innovators by engaging young people through fun and exciting hands -on learning experiences. The GK Enchanted Farm Village is a 34-hectare prototype farm of Gawad Kalinga. Located an hour away from Manila, the farm is designed to become a Destination for Social Tourism, an Incubator for Social Business and a Community Platform for Social Education. Built and co-managed by an international team of social entrepreneurs and innovators coming from different parts of the world, the farm is an avenue for learning about the realities on the ground beyond the classroom where people get to interact with other nationalities and cultures; learn about present and future issues and create viable solutions with others. Three camp programs will be offered this Summer 2014: International Farm Village Kids' Camp (for children ages 6 to 12) International Farm Village Career Camp (for high school students) Social Business Start-up Camp (for college students) Space will be limited so we encourage you to register today. For registration and inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0916) 225 3363 I hope the students of ISM will be interested about our programs. Feel free to ask any questions. Nicholas Durand General Manager Enchanted Farm Cafe
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