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M I D D L E S C H O O L

F R I D A Y
BULLETIN
WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR PARENTS

Issue # 16 Week of December 18 to January 5  SY1718

perch to claim this year’s Sports Day shield. Congratula-
tions Tarsiers!
Dear Parents,
 1st place = Tarsiers
Well, the last day of the semester has come and gone and it’s  2nd Pace = Whale Sharks
now time for the ISM family to enjoy the upcoming three-week  3rd Place = Hornbills
vacations! We hope that each of our families has a wonderful
holiday that’s filled with love and laughter. Stay safe and we
look forward to seeing you all again on Monday, January 8th

What’s
2018.

Inside?
While there isn’t a lot of news to share with you, there are a
few key announcements that you need to know about. Please
read on to learn about a huge upset that happened yesterday…

MS SPORTS DAY:
Our annual MS Sports Day is one of the highlights of the MS
calendar and yesterday’s event was fun-filled from start to
Campus Card Corner 2
finish! Alumni News 2
Students participated in a wide array of rotating activities in Athletics & Athletics 3
the morning and congregated as an entire MS community on
the HS field in the afternoon. Throughout the day students AMIS Honor Choir Festival 4
collected house points and teachers and House Captains rec-
orded scores. Admissions & Advancement 5
For the past 7 years, the Eagles have been the su- ISM Upcoming Events 6
preme champions of this event. However, as you can
see from the accompanying photograph, the Tarsiers
knocked the mighty Eagles from their sporting
Many thanks go out to the MS PE Department - Jason Juteau, Thursday, January 18th:
Jenna Child, Dave Allen, Erick Richardson, Dassah Castro, MJ  Parent Coffee:
Durkin and Jackson Pierce for organising and hosting this  Presenter: Matt Glover (International Consultant)
event. A special shout out also goes to the ATAC team for their  Time: 7:45 - 9:15 a.m.
support and assistance with this event.
 Venue: Little Theater (LT)
 Focus: Literacy (Reading and Writing)
IMPORTANT DATES:
Wednesday, January 24th:
Monday, December 18th - Friday, January 5th  MS/HS Report Cards
 No School - Vacations!  The MS report cards are uploaded to PowerSchool
and will be open for parent access on Wednesday,
Monday, January 8th: January 24th.
 Return to school!  Please make sure your PowerSchool access code is
 Time: 7:30 - 3:00 p.m. up and running and all fees have been paid so you
 Please make sure that your vacation plans do not don’t experience any difficulty accessing your
include a late flight on Sunday as your child will not child’s report card.
be set up for success as he/she returns to school. We would like to take this opportunity to thank
 Please set aside some time for your child to prepare all parents for their continued support and
logistically for school - uniform, backpack, supplies engagement in our school. We very much
etc. appreciate all that you do and feel
 Also give your child/children the mentally space honored to work in a school community
they need to get into the right frame of mind for that holds the process of learning in
their return to class. such high regard.
Monday, January 8th - Thursday, January 11th: Best Regards,
 Ms. Harrington Out of School Rachel and Amanda
 Ms. Harrington will be attending the SEARCH Associ-
ates International Recruitment Fair in Bangkok.
 Divisional Principals’ attend this fair each year to
start the search for new faculty members for the
TUTORIAL FOR PARENTS:
2018 - 2019 school year. LEARN HOW TO USE THE
 Rachel will be back at school on Friday, January PARENT PORTAL HERE!
12th.

CAMPUS CARD CORNER ALUMNI NEWS

Family Account vs. Individual Accounts

By default, your ISM Campus Account is a family
account but you can request for individual ac-
counts. Here’s how:

Send an email to campuscard@ismanila.org and re-
quest for individual accounts of your children. The Budding artist, Paulina Luz Sotto-Llanes ‘11 opened her
parents’ accounts are attached/linked to one of the third solo exhibit last October. She graduated Cum Laude
children’s accounts. If you wish to have a separate from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in com-
account from your child, kindly include it in your munications. It was only in 2015 however, that she un-
email request. covered her love for abstract art despite having art in
her blood. Her grandfather, Arturo Luz is the Philippine
For more information, visit: National Artist for Visual Arts. Please click HERE to view
http://campusonline.ismanila.org her work.
For questions/concerns, email: Please contact Maica Cruz of the Alumni Office at alum-
campuscard@ismanila.org ni@ismanila.org to share your Alumni Bearcat News!
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ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
For upcoming IASAS events….Season 2 and 3 ISM proudly hosts  Dec 9 Touch Rd #4 at Faith/Rugby Rd #4 at Faith
Tennis in S2 and Track&Field/Golf in S3.  Dec 9 HS Tennis at CSA/MS Tennis at ISM
 Dec 9 HS/MS local league Basketball at ISM
Housing forms for hosting IASAS tennis players Jan 31-Feb 4 is  Dec 9 Aquazorb Gymnastics meet at Club Gymnas-
available here. If you are participating in our tennis program tica Pasig
S2 or were housed at a S1 IASAS event in Bangkok or Singapore  Dec 13 and 16 Asian u/19 International Rugby Se-
please help out by housing a pair of tennis players. Bearcat ries at ISM. Wed 4:45/6:30 games and Sat Dec 16-
community support is encouraged and needed to support these 12, 2 and 4pm games
events.
 Feb 1-3 IASAS S2 Championships- Tennis at ISM/
Basketball at ISB/Rugby and Touch at TAS/
Good luck to our gymnasts who will be competing at the
Swimming at JIS
Aquazorb meet this coming Saturday in Pasig.
Information on our ES/MS Activities program is available on the
Next week ISM hosts a u/19 International Rugby Series, See
ES and MS Activities blogs. Links to these blogs are on the help-
schedule below. Congratulations to ISM varsity players Ryan,
ful shortcuts menu on the home page of the ATAC blog or ac-
Wiremu, Imaan and Bryan who have made the Philippines Na-
cessible via the ISM website.
tional u/19 squad for these games.
For our Sailfish swim team program please check information
Dec 13
about tryouts at Sailfish blog
5.00pm - Philippines vs Korea
6.45pm - Malaysia vs UAE
For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics
blog Look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym when
Dec 16
attending training sessions.
12pm - Philippines NDT vs Hong Kong Warriors (National Devel-
opment Series, not U19s)
Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 17-18
2pm Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2
are as follows:
4pm Winner SF1 vs SF2
 All year round team team training sessions are – 3:15-4:30.
The S2 practice schedule is posted (see link below) and is on See schedule for our All year round teams program here…
the ATAC blog schedules page and are posted on notice boards  See Sailfish blog for swim squad start and finish times after
around school. S2 sports SY ’17-18: (MS- Basketball/Touch/ the tryouts period has concluded and squads have been
Rugby/Tennis)(HS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis&Varsity finalised.
Swim team)  Gymnastics team training is 3:10-4:50pm every M,W,F

2nd season practice sched 17-18 All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm.
MS seasonal teams practice 3:15-4:40pm.
For our year round teams practice schedules are posted on no- In order to clear the campus prior to 5pm all after school pro-
tice boards around the school and on the schedules page of the grams will conclude by 4:50pm or earlier. The last bus
ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in the ink below. is 4:55pm this is due to the ever increasing traffic concerns in
our area.
All season sports sched 17-18.xls – 17-18 Parents and students please take some time to peruse the
ATAC blog it has a wide variety of information and links to our
Please take the time to navigate the ATAC blog as it is our one sports and activities program. If you have any questions re-
stop shop for all information related to the competitive ISM garding the competitive program of sports at ISM after reading
sports program. the information on the blog please send an email
to pekinm@ismanila.org and I will assist you as best I can.
Upcoming Events:*matches at ISM unless specified as *away
venue. Check ATAC game schedule at the parent portal for all Bearcat Den- drop by our fantastic spirit store. There is a a
the midweek and weekend matches upcoming. Please check on range of new products and items to purchase including items
a regular basis as venues and time do change at short notice. from our service partners.
Players will always be informed by their coaches if times/
venues change. Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.
 Dec 8 HS Basketball teams vs Faith at home
from 4:15pm- HS Gym VBoys vs Faith followed by Best Regards,
VGirls vs Faith. At MS gym JVGirls vs Faith fol- Mark Pekin
lowed by JVBoys vs Faith. Director of Athletics & Activities
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AMIS Honor Choir Festival
AMIS Asian Middle AMIS Asian Middle
School Honor Boys’ Choir School Honor Girls’ Choir
Festival Festival
 International School  International School
Bangkok Bangkok
 4-8 April 2018  4-8 April 2018
 Melissa Richardson,  Dinah Helgeson, Guest
Guest Conductor Conductor
 Betty Chang, Accompa-  Kate Meininger, Accom-
nist panist
website link  website link

Dear Parents, pocket money for some snack food. A flight to Bangkok is around 350
-400USD for the times we want to travel, but it is too early to give an
The ISM Music Department is delighted to invite all grades 6, 7, & 8
exact price.
male and female singers to audition for the 2017-2018 Honor Choir
Festivals in Bangkok, Thailand! The festivals are hosted by the Associ-
Some additional important details:
ation for Music in International Schools (AMIS – pronounced like the
 AMIS is a prestigious event. Once your son or daughter is select-
French word for ‘friends’ – “ah-mee”). This is a once-in-a-lifetime
ed to attend and signs the commitment form, he/she is com-
opportunity to participate with some of the best young voices
mitted to attend all rehearsals prior to the event. We will be
throughout Asia.
rehearsing on Wednesdays after school, starting in January, as
What is an Honor Choir Festival? well as 1-2 Saturday intensive rehearsals.
An Honor Choir Festival is a chance for like-minded students to come
together for three days of rigorous and fulfilling music-making. Stu-  Accepted students will be required to spend time on their own
dents will attend from throughout Asia, and will rehearse, learn, and learning and perfecting their music. Practice tracks will be made
play with top-tiered talent and leadership. The culminating perfor- available.
mance or "Gala Concert" will take place on Saturday, April 7th, at  An experience such as an honor choir festival can be life-
6:00pm in the International School Bangkok's Chevron Theater. changing, and we highly recommend that all members of choir
Who will attend? and other choral students try out for this opportunity! Although
Twelve students (6 boys and 6 girls) will be invited to attend the festi- only six girls and six boys will be chosen, the act of auditioning
val, based on auditions to be held in December (see details below), alone builds confidence and experience, and is an important part
consisting of a 1-minute solo of the student's choice, singing exercises of growth as a performer. Students may begin signing up for 10-
led by the teachers, and the singing of repertoire excerpts provided minute audition slots next week on Ms. Grev's classroom door
by the teachers. (1149) for one of the following time blocks or, for 7/8 students
currently in choir, during class:
Where will the festivals be held?
The festivals themselves will be held simultaneously at International  Monday, December 4, 12:40-1:15
School Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand. The girls' choir will be under  Wednesday, December 6, 11:00-11:40
the direction of Dinah Helgeson, and the boys' choir will be under the  Thursday, December 7, 12:40-1:15
direction of Melissa Richardson. The students, Ms. Grev, and Ms.  Friday, December 8, 12:40-1:15
Provencher will leave from ISM on Wednesday, April 4th, and return  callback session on Wednesday, December 13th - 3:00-
on Sunday, April 8th. 4:00pm
Where will the students stay? Please feel free to email Ms. Grev (grevc@ismanila.org) or Ms. Pro-
The students will be housed with host families from International vencher (provenchera@ismanila.org) with any questions, comments,
School Bangkok. They will likely (though not definitely) be paired or or concerns you might have. We look forward to hearing many fan-
grouped with other students from our school, and will no doubt have tastic auditions, and appreciate your support of your daughter/son
a wonderful time with their host family! and the arts at ISM.
What is the cost? Best Regards,
The festival fee is 170GBP. The other two costs are the flight and Ms. Grev & Ms. Provencher 4
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ADMISSIONS & ADVANCEMENT
Leaving ISM?

Students Leaving During the School Year:
Parents are obliged to officially inform the Admissions Office through a Withdrawal Notification Form
at least (15) days prior to your child’s last day of school.

Students Leaving at the End of the School Year:
Parents are obliged to officially inform the Admissions Office through a Withdrawal Notification Form
on or before the second Friday of May.

The Withdrawal Notification Form and complete Withdrawal Procedure can be down-
loaded from HERE and submitted to the Admissions Office.

Instructions for Demographic Update
We encourage all families to check their demographic information and make necessary
updates. CLICK HERE for the step-by-step instructions on how to do this.
Please contact your School Office for PowerSchool log-in information.

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ISM UPCOMING EVENTS

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