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International School Manila

ES PARENT BULLETIN
29 January 2016

Volume 11

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER


FEB
2

Parent Coffee with Kathy Collins


7:45 - 9AM, Little Theater

Grade 4 - 5 Parent Transition Meeting


5 - 6 PM, Little Theater

3, 10, 17,
24

Wednesday Morning Student Late Start


8:30AM

NATIONAL HOLIDAY:
Lunar New Year

12

Parent Bulletin

16, 17

Parent Teacher Conferences,


Early Student Release @ 12PM

19

Sports Day

23

Parent Coffee with Bonnie Singer


7:45 - 9AM, Little Theater

25

NATIONAL HOLIDAY:
EDSA Revolution

26

SCHOOL HOLIDAY: No Classes

From the ES Administration


Reading and Wri ng at ISM

Thismorningweheldourthirdquarterassemblyfor2015/16and
hadthepleasureofanumberofguestreadersplayingastarring
roleinDearFairyGodmotherbyMichaelRosenandNick
Sharre .Ourpurpose,asalways,istomodelaloveofgreat
literatureforourcommunityandasenseoffunthatcomeswith
readinggreatstories.Oneofthecornerstoneresearchpapers
whichwehaveusedtoconstructsomeagreementsaboutwhat
thedailyreadingandwri ngexperienceinourElementarySchool
isatISM,isEveryChild,EveryDaybyRichardAllingtonand
RachelGabriel(2012).Init,theyoutlinesixresearchbased
elementswhichourstudentsshouldexperience,everyday.They
are:

1. Everychildreadssomethingtheychoose.
2. Everychildreadsaccurately.
3. Everychildreadssomethingtheyunderstand.
4. Everychildwritesaboutsomethingpersonallymeaningful.
5. Everychildtalkswiththeirpeersaboutreadingandwri ng.
6. Everychildlistenstoafluentadultreadaloud.

Fromthesestatementswehavecra edasetofliteracy
agreementsforourstudents,whichweusetoguidetheirdaily
readingandwri ngexperienceatISMandourteachers
planning.Theyare:

EVERY DAY in this room, we all will.


Read something we have
Read accurately

chosen ourselves

Reads something we understand

Write about something that is meaningful to us


Talk with our friends about reading and writing
Listens to an adult read aloud

So,ifyouhappenedtobeintheFineArtsTheaterthismorningandseeaFairyGodmother,awolf,li leredridinghood,a
rabbit,atortoiseorvariousothercharactersonstage,pleaseknow,therewassomemethodtothemadnesstakingplace.

Alignedwiththismadness,wearehonoredtoonceagainbejoinedbyleadingliteracyconsultantKathyCollinsoverthe
nextweek.SheistheauthorofIAmReading:NudgeChildrentoMakeMeaningandEngageJoyfullyWithAny
Book(Heinemann,2015),inaddi ontovariousotherbooksonliteracydevelopment.Kathyhasworkedcloselywiththe

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TeachersCollegeReadingandWri ngProjectatColumbiaUniversity,andwasateacherinBrooklyn,NewYork.She
willbespendingfourdaysinourclassrooms,coplanningandteachingwithourteachersoncertainaspectsofreading
andwri ng,aswellasconduc ngtwofulldaysoflearningthisweekend,withover100teachersatISM.NextTuesday
morning,from7:45to9:00amintheLi leTheater,Kathywillbehos ngaparentcoeemorningonliteracy
developmentpleasedojoinus.

Haveagreatweekend.

Adam Campbell

Michael Rourke

Elementary Principal

Elementary Assistant Principal

FROM THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

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From the ATAC Office

S2concludesthisweekwithourIASASteamsototheIASAS
Championships.Goodlucktoallteamsandcoachesasthey
strivetorepresentISMandbringhomesomemedals.Keepin
touchwiththeBearcatsprogressviawww.iasas.asiaforalllive
streamanduptodateresultsfromhostvenues.Basketballat
ISKL,TennisatISB,SwimmingatSASandRugby/Touchhereat
ISM

ISMishos ngRugby/TouchduetothebombinginJakartatwo
weeksago.Thankstoallourcommunitywhohavesteppedup
atshortno cetohousethe140athletesthatareherecom
pe ngthisweekend
Comeonoutandwatchtheac on.
Welldonetoourvarsitygirlsbasketballteamwhoplaced2ndat
theHardemanCupthispastweekend.Theyalsoplaced2ndin
thelocalleaguefinalvsChangKaiShekplayedlastMonday
evening.
Alsocongratula onstotheMSboysrugbyteamwhoplaced2nd
andtheJVgreenandgoldrugbyteamswhoplaced3rdand2nd
inthePSLlocalrugbyfinalsonSaturday.Agreatdayofrugby
forISMteams.
Season3(S3)tryoutswillbeginfirstweekofFeb,announce
mentsarenowpostedonno ceboardsandonATACblog
schedulespagefortryoutsandtheseasonprac ceschedules.
ATACS3sportsforMSareBadminton,Track&Field,MixedTouchandCoedSo ball.ForHSS3sportsareGolf,Track&Field,So
ballandBadminton.
Congratula onstoourVGirlsTouchandVBoysRugbyteamswhobothwontheirlocalleaguecompe
eortallseasonfromplayersandcoaches.

onslastweekend.Agreat

Upcoming events:
Jan2731IASASTennisatISB,SwimmingatSAS,BasketballatISKL
Jan2830IASASRugby/TouchatISM
Jan30ISMinvita onalTableTennismeetCoveredCourt
Feb15S3tryoutsweekforMS/HSteams(seeschedulesonno ceboardsandonschedulespageofATACblog)
Feb58ISMClimbingteamtriptoCebu
Feb11S2HSsportsawardsnight(forallSeason2HSteamsV&JV)
Feb13ISMTrackmeet/Mar12Brenttrackmeet/Mar18ISMtwilighttrackmeetcon

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Feb1214Gymnas csmeetatBangkok/Feb2021PhilippineCupGymnas csatRizalStadium/Mar12BSMGymnas csmeet


May7ISMGoodwillGymnas csmeet.
Mar46BangkokSplashmeetswimmingforSailfishteam.
May1315MixedTouchTournamentatJakarta
ForourSailfishswimteamprogrampleasechecktheSailfishblogforinforma on.h p://sailfish.ismonline.org/
BearcatDendropbyourfantas cspiritstore.BearcatDenhoursofopera on7am4pmMonFri.

Regards,

Mark Pekin
Athletic Director

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29 January 2016

A few reminders from Operations and Security

Accessandparkingwithinthecampusareimportantsecurityandsafetyissues.ForthewellbeingofallmembersoftheISMcom
munity,thoseenteringtheschoolcampusarerequestedtotakenoteoftheinforma onandproceduresoutlinedbelow.

Vehicular Access

Duringdropoandpickup mes,vehiclesmayenterthecampusthroughGates2and3.ThoseenteringthroughGate2should
proceedtothedropoareaand,oncethestudenthasalightedorboarded,theyshouldexitviaGate1.Thosevehiclesentering
throughGate3mustturnintothecoveredparkingareaandusethedesignateddropoareas.AllvehiclesmustexitthroughGate
1.

PleasenotethatGate2mayonlybeusedbythosedriversandpassengerswhohaveanISMIDcardandwhoareinavehicledis
playingavalidISMvehicles cker.

Alterna vely,vehiclesenteringthroughGate3mayparkinthecoveredcarpark.Thespacesreservedforparentdrivencars
shouldonlybeusedbythosevehicleswhicharedrivenbyparentsthemselves.Vehiclesinwhichparentsaretraveling,butwhich
aredrivenbyadriver,shouldnotusethesespaces.Rather,theyshouldparkelsewhereinthecoveredcarparkormakeuseofthe
outsidespacesnexttothepowercenter.

VisitorstoISMmustenterthroughGate3.ThereisanareaforshortstayvisitorparkingnearGate1.

The Pedestrian Gate

ThepedestriangateislocatedintheperimeterfencemidwaybetweenGate1andGate2.Thereisapavedareabetweenthe
roadandtheperimeterfence,allowingeasyaccesstothegate.ThepedestriangateissolelyfortheentryofmembersoftheISM
Communityatthebeginningoftheschoolday.Itwillonlybeopenbetween7:00amand7:45am(8:00amto8:45amon
Wednesdays).Duetoparkingrestric ons,andintheinterestsofsecurity,itwillnotbeopeninthea ernoonforpickups.During
the meitisopen,itwillbeunderthesupervisionofmembersoftheISMGuardForce.

Driversshouldstopadjacenttothepavedareaandstudentsshouldalightfromtherightsideoftheirvehicle.Thedrivershould
thenmoveo,clearingthespaceforothervehiclesdroppingostudents.Undernocircumstancesshouldastudentbedropped
ofromthemiddlelane.Thisisdangerousasthestudentwouldneedtowalkinfrontofanothervehicle.Driversarereminded
thattracregula onsforbidparkingontheroadsaroundISM.Therefore,vehiclesshouldonlybestoppingforthebrief meit
takesforastudenttoalight.Driversmustnotwaitforanybodytoreturntothevehicle.

ID Cards

IDcardsshouldbewornatall meswhileoncampus.IfyouhavenotbeenissuedanIDcard,oryouhavelostit,youshouldobtain
onebyvisi ngthesecurityoceandcomple ngtheappropriateapplica onform.

VehicleChecks

Theprac ceofinspec ngvehicleswillcon nue.Duringopeakhours,allvehicleswillbecheckedbeforetheyareallowedtoen


terthecampus.

Duringpeakhours(dropoandpickup mes),allvehicleswithoutvalids ckersandrandomlyselectedvehicleswiths ckerswill


beaskedtoundergoanexamina on.

Whetheranexamina onisconductedornot,itisimportantthatthesecuritystaatthegatesareabletoiden fytheoccupantsof


vehiclesenteringthecampus;thereforeIDsmustbeclearlydisplayed.Vehicleswith ntedwindowsmustrolldownwindowsto
allowaclearviewoftheinteriorofthevehicle.

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Drivers, Helpers and Bodyguards

Drivers,helpersandbodyguardsshouldnotwaitoncampusforstudentsthroughouttheschoolday.A erdroppingostudents
theyshouldexittheschoolgroundsandnotreturnearlierthan30minutesbeforedismissal me.Thosewhorepeatedlyfailto
complywiththeregula onwillhavetheiraccessprivilegesuspended.

Onlythosevehiclescarryingparentsorotherpeoplewithbusinesswithintheschoolwillbeallowedtoreturntothecampusbefore
thescheduledpickup me.

Therearedesignatedareasforunaccompanieddrivers,yayas,helpersandsecurityescortstowaitforparentsandstudents.Unless
specificallyauthorized,theymaynotenteranyotherarea.Intheinterestofsecurity,andtopreventconges onatthepedestrian
entrancestothecoveredparkingarea,parentsarerequestedtoemphasizetotheiremployeestheimportanceofcoopera ngwith
thesecuritystaandremainingintheappropriateareas.

Termina on of Employment

Intheeventofthetermina onofserviceofafamilyemployee,parentsareaskedtosecuretheformeremployeesISMIDcardand
returnittotheSecurityoce.Ifthisisnotpossible,itisimportantthattheSecurityOceiss llinformedofthechangeofcircum
stances.

Firearms

AllmembersoftheISMcommunityareremindedthatitisstrictlyforbiddenforfirearmstobebroughtontothecampus.Thisin
cludesconcealedweaponscarriedbybodyguardsforcloseprotec on.Anypersonarrivingattheschoolwithafirearmshouldin
formthegateguard,andarrangementswillbemadefortheweapontobesafelyandsecurelystoredduringthevisitorsstay.

Security Sta Direc ons

Oursecurityteamisendeavoringtomaketheschoolassafeandsecureanenvironmentaspossibleforallmembersofourcommu
nity.

Weaskthateverybodycooperatewithusinthisimportanttask.Inpar cular,allthoseenteringourcampusarerequestedtocom
plywithanydirec onsgiventothembymembersofourguardforce.

Ifyouareconfusedorunclearastothepurposeofsuchinstruc ons,pleaseseekclarifica onfromthesecurityoce.Pleasenote


thatitistheparentsresponsibilitytoadvisetheirstaaccordingly.

Thankyouforyourcoopera on.WearelookingforwardtoanothergreatyearatInterna onalSchoolManila.

Bestwishes,

Mike Flynn

Director
Opera ons & Security

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Campus Card Corner


Lost Campus Card
Ifyouloseyourcampuscard,reportitimmedi
atelytotheSecurityOcesotheycanblockyour
cardfrombeingused.Ifitisnotreturnedand
youarerequiredtogetanewone,dontworry
aboutyouraccountbalancebecauseitremains
intactinthesystemandwills llreflectonceyou
getanewcard.

Formoreinforma on,visit:

h p://campusonline.ismanila.org

Forques ons/concerns,email:
campuscard@ismanila.org

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FROM THE PCA OFFICE