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MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents ISSUE # 14
WEEK OF NOV. 15 TO 19, 2010

From the Middle School Office


Inside this issue:
Superintendent’s Letter regarding Nov. 16 2
Dear Parents: Service & Environmental Learning News 3
MS Yearbook Photo Session
Updating Parent Contact Information
PTA New Book Fair 4
Progress reports for students with a C- or below will be distributed
Dutch School Initiative 5
during the week of November 15. As we head into the final six Withdrawal Procedures from Admissions 6
Sailfish Swim Club News 8
weeks of the first semester, please talk to your child about ways to
ATAC & ISTA Announcements 9
stay focused and manage assignments. If a concern arises, Calendar for SY 2011-2012 11

encourage your child to take initiative for his/her own learning and
UPCOMING EVENTS
see a teacher for assistance.
NOVEMBER
18-22 MS ISTA
22-26 PTA New Book Fair
Please note that ISM will run a normal school schedule on Tuesday, 25 MS Concert
(5:30 P.M., FAT)
November 16.
29 School Holiday
(Bonifacio Day)
30-Dec. 10 MS Art Exhibition
Looking ahead…the PTA New Book Fair will be held in the FAT DECEMBER

02 MS Parent Coffee
lobby during the week of November 22. Please come in to browse (7:45 A.M., Rm.1057)
02 MS Art Exhibit Opening
the books when you have some time. A book trivia contest has (3:00 P.M., FAT Lobby)
07 PTA General Assembly &
also been planned so please encourage your child to look for the Holiday Bazaar
(7:30 A.M., LT)
daily question in the MSMC and submit an answer. Besides having
07 MS Beginners Recital
(5:30 P.M., LT)
the chance to win a prize, your child could be inspired to discover
07-13 MS Spirit Week
some great stories and read some new books! 10 Grade 7 & 8 Holiday Ball
(5:00 P.M., MS Courtyard)

POWERSCHOOL GRADE UPDATE

Danielle Fredericks Clarissa Sayson Nov. 26 Progress Reports


Dec. 10 Grade Update
Middle School Principal Middle School Assistant Principal Jan. 10 PowerSchool Closes
Jan. 21 PowerSchool Opens for
Semester 1 Reports
Jan. 24 Semester 1 Report Card
Distribution (via courier)
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From the Superintendent

Dear Parents:

As you may know, yesterday there was a proclamation that November 16th would be a non
-working holiday to celebrate Eid’l-Adha. This was a holiday new to the Philippines last
year, which the then President declared and then un-declared, denominating it instead as
a regional holiday for Mindanao.

Like most well organized institutions and companies, we arrange our calendar many
months in advance in order to allow for proper planning of the school year. Unforeseen
holidays announced with minimal notice are disruptive in the extreme. In view of this, I
have decided that we shall remain open next Tuesday and run a normal school day. I note
that our counterparts at the British School Manila are also planning to hold classes. Of
course, out of respect for Eid’l-Adha, any Muslim student who does not attend school on
that day will not be marked absent.

Yours sincerely,

David Toze
Superintendent
IS Manila

IF YOU HAVEN’T LOGGED ON TO POWERSCHOOL…


We’re on the web! please call the Guidance Office at 840-8555
or email msguidance@ismanila.org
www.ismanila.org
to obtain your username and password.
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Service and Environmental Learning News


PAWS Saturday Service trip- 27th November- Already FULL- Please return permission slips to MS
Guidance office.
Eco Explorers Saturday Service trip- December 4th Permission slips now available at MS Guidance.
Plant seedlings and learn how to grow trees that will be planted in our new ISM sponsored 2 hec-
tares of forest! See Mr. Pasamba for more details.
CCV Diaper Drive – Starts Monday, November 22nd and concludes Saturday, December 10th. Please
bring donations to your Homebase. The home base with the most diapers gets a Free Dress Day!
CCV Saturday, 11th December- Permission slips now available at MS Guidance.

MS/HS Visual Art- 1169


MS Service and Environmental Learning Coordinator
bartont@ismanila.org

Middle School Yearbook Photo Shoot


If your child missed the Middle School Yearbook
Photo Session last October, he/she can have
his/her picture taken from November 15 to 19
(except Wednesday) in Room 1118 – Changing
Room (beside the AMR). Photo order envelopes
are available in the Middle School Office.

Updating Parent Contact Information


In order to best serve the ISM Parent Community it is essential that information be quickly dissemi-
nated when necessary. For this reason, the accuracy of your contact details in our data base is of
the utmost importance. Please note that Parent Contact Information must be updated online by
the parent. However submitted information will be screened for correct format and the parent
may be called for clarification. To make any changes or verification in contact information, please
access one of your children’s data file via the ISM website (www.ismanila.org) and then under
Login, click on Powerschool Public Access and enter your Username and Password.

On the page that opens, click on the Demographic Update icon for changing or updating demo-
graphic information. Note that if there are siblings also enrolled in ISM, changes will automatically
be made in the data files of all other enrolled siblings in the same family at the same time.
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PTA NEW BOOK FAIR


Start your Thanksgiving early with ISM-PTA’s Book Trivia Contests: Question of the Day
NEW BOOK FAIR 2010: Different questions of the day will be prepared for ES, MS
“FEAST WITH BOOKS THIS THANKSGIVING!” and HS students. The questions will be posted at the dif-
November 22 – 26, 2010 (Fine Arts Theater Lobby) ferent school boards and at the Book Fair venue. Answers
7:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. may be submitted at designated drop-boxes, via SMS or
email. Winners will be announced the following
A Turkey Breakfast Sampler day. Check out posters and succeeding bulletins and
Join us as we open this event with a Turkey Breakfast email blasts for details. Premium items await the lucky
sampler – turkey, canapes, apple cider and cranberry winners!
juice! At the same time, get ideas on how to celebrate
Thanksgiving from the various books available at the New Don’t miss this much-anticipated event, and find early
Book Fair! November 22, 2010 (Monday) @ 7:30 A.M., at stocking stuffers at the New Book Fair! We look forward
the FAT façade. to seeing you there!

Launch of The Thanksgiving Corner -- New Book Fair Committee


Yedda Romualdez
“WHAT AM I GRATEFUL FOR?” Poster Boards Lia Te
One- or two-liners from our ES kids on what they are Mabel Manalac
grateful for. Be fascinated with out of the ordinary and Frances Kramer
remarkable quotes straight from our own kids! Liza Van Klaveren
Yvonne Mutuc
“WHERE THE CHILDREN ARE” Eva Woodruff
A Photo Exhibit
By Ms. Gizela Gonzalez-Montinola, an ISM Parent
Where the Children Are started out with a wish to get to
know better the children of our country, the Philippines.
We felt it important to be able to listen to children, often
unheard, and in so doing allow them to tell their stories:
a girl who dances in the mountains, a boy who embroiders
piña cloth, children who sell sampaguita, who scavenge
for trash, who dive for coins, but also who play classical
violin under the trees. The majority of the children here
live under trying conditions. Yet they face each day with
a steadiness and lack of resentment many adults would be
hard-pressed to muster.

THANKSGIVING TRUNK
For every P1000 purchase made, National Bookstore and
the PTA will donate a study kit (with you named as Do-
nor), to the ISM Service Learning Program. A total of 600
study kits is allocated for this project.

All these plus….

Discounts
For every purchase you make, you get either get a 10%
discount for cash purchases or 5% discount for credit card
purchases on all non-consignment items.

Special Orders
If the book that you want is not available at the Book
Fair, you may request for it from the Customer Service
Desk at the FAT Lobby. You may also opt to send a list
and we’ll process a cost estimate for you. If available in
any of their branches, National Bookstore will be happy to
source it for you and bring it to the New Book Fair so you
can avail of the discount! So hurry, and make your list
now! (NBS will only accept lists or special orders until
Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Last day of pick up of
books ordered will be on November 26, 2010.)
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Dutch School Initiative

Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur

Vind je het leuk als je kinderen de kans krijgen om op een leuke en educatieve manier
bezig te zijn met de Nederlands Taal en Cultuur?

Wij zijn op zoek naar gezinnen die met ons een Nederlandse naschoolse activiteit willen
starten op ISM.
Als er genoeg belangstelling is kan dit worden uitgebreid naar een officiële NTC school.
www.stichtingnob.nl

Wij zoeken ook enthousiaste en/of gekwalificeerd mensen die ons daar mee kunnen
helpen.

We horen graag van je voor 19 November!

Dutch Language and Culture

Would you like your kids to get a chance to learn Dutch Language and Culture in a
Creative and Educational way?

We are looking for Dutch & Belgium Families interested to start a Dutch Language and
Culture After School Activity at ISM.
If there is enough interest it could be expanded to an official NTC school.
www.stichtingnob.nl

We are also looking for enthusiastic and/or qualified people to help us.

We like to hear from you before November 19!

Virginie Vlaminck: 0917 447 2293 (virdoka@yahoo.fr)


Nelleke Zuiderwijk: 0915 324 0192 (nellekez@zonnet.nl)
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Withdrawal Procedures from the Admissions Office


Dear Parents,

If you will be withdrawing your child(ren) before the start of the second semester or at some other time
before the close of this school year, please read the following information carefully.

Withdrawing from International School Manila

First of all, we are sorry that you will be withdrawing, or not re-enrolling, your child in International
School Manila. We hope, however, that their stay, whether for one semester or for many years, was en-
riching and rewarding academically, socially and emotionally.

In order to make the withdrawal process go as smoothly as possible, we would like to remind you of the
following:

STEP 1: Please come by the Admission Office to fill out, sign and return a Withdrawal Notification
Form. The form is also available on the ISM website to download and print and it can also be faxed back to
the Admission Office at 840-8489.

STEP 2: If the student will be withdrawing BEFORE the last day of this school year, parents or stu-
dents need to pick up the following forms from the Admission Office (or download and print the appropriate
form):
♦ The Withdrawal Clearance Slip should be taken to the indicated teachers and offices for
signatures.
High School Student Withdrawal Clearance Slip (Grades 9-12)
Middle School Student Withdrawal Clearance Slip (Grades 6-8)
♦ For elementary students, the elementary office will handle the withdrawal clearance form
for them.
♦ To receive the child’s YEARBOOK, if withdrawing before the end of the school year, com-
plete and return the correct form to the child’s school office for follow-up.
Elementary School Yearbook: ALAALA
Middle School Yearbook: SALINLAHI
High School Yearbook: KAWAYAN
♦ Note that school transcripts and records will be available from the particular school office
approximately 5-working days after the child’s last day of attendance at ISM. Please coor-
dinate directly with the particular school office if you require other arrangements.
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STEP 3: When completed, the Withdrawal Clearance Slip must be taken to the Accounting Office
Cashier. Only after the Accounting Office Cashier has received and signed the completed Withdrawal Clear-
ance Slip will the child’s transcript or school records be released from the Elementary, Middle or High
School Office. Please note that one copy of the transcript is provided free of charge, additional copies cost
P100 each, payable at the Cashier’s Office before release. Please coordinate directly with the particular
school office if you require more than one copy of school records.

STEP 4: The refund of the Facilities Upgrade Deposit (FUD) will be available approximately 15-
working days after the signed Withdrawal Notification Form, by the parent, is given into the Admission
Office. However, in any event, it cannot be released before the child’s last day of attendance at ISM and
the completed Withdrawal Clearance Slip is signed by the Cashier. The refund check can be picked up from
the Accounting Office Cashier only upon return of the original signed FUD certificate. Note that the refund
of the deposit shall only be made to the person or authorized company representative whose name appears
as the certificate holder on the certificate. Please call the Cashier if you have any question about this.

Please allow the withdrawal process to go smoothly by starting the process early. Thank you for your help
and understanding.

If you need help searching for a school at your next location, please try one of the following websites:
http://www.ecis.org/
http://www.nais.org/index.cfm
http://www.internationalschools.net/
http://www.eteach.com/hosted/schoolList.asp?list=international

or use a search engine and query ‘independent school search’ or ‘international school search’ or ‘private
school search’ for example

Again, we hope that your child has had a successful and enriching stay at International School Manila and we
wish you and your family the very best in the future. If you have any suggestions or comments about Admis-
sion, School Life, and/or Withdrawal, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Gary W. Jerome Margie Endelman


Director of Admission Deputy Director of Admission
admission@ismanila.org admission@ismanila.org
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Sailfish Swim Club News


The annual Swimathon was run on Saturday, November 6th, with participants swimming a total of 308 Kilometers.
Elementary School swimmers swam – 43 Kilometers or 1,752 laps
Middle school Swimmers swam – 59 Kilometers or 2,391 laps
High School Swimmers swam – 176 kilometers or 7,049 laps
ISM Adult Community swam – 28 Kilometers or 1,144 Laps

Andy Astfalck
Head Coach
ISM Swimming
ISM Swimming Blog
http://sailfish.ism-online.org
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From the Athletics and Activities Office


IMPORTANT: GATE 3 Road closure November 13 until 9:00 A.M.

Due to a fun run being held on the above date there will be no access to ISM campus via Gate 3 from 10:00
P.M. on November 12 until 9:00 A.M. on November 13.

If you are coming to ISM at the above times access to the campus will be via Gate 2. Only limited parking will
be available on the Power Center Car Park (between The HS and MS fields) until the road to Gate 3 reopens
at approximately 9:00 A.M.

Parents/Drivers coming to drop students off for the following events please take note of the above and allow
for this in your planning regards campus access and limited parking options for the early part of Saturday
morning November 13th:
♦ Swim meet at Brent
♦ Touch tournament at Brent
♦ MS ISTA tennis competition
♦ PRADA Table Tennis/Chess competition

ATAC ANNOUNCEMENTS:

GAME SCHEDULE INFORMATION:


Information about all mid week/weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found by going to the GAME SCHED-
ULE tab on the ATAC page of the ISM website. You can also access this information via the ES/MS/HS divi-
sional web pages. Please note the game schedule does change often due to involvement with many local
schools so please check the page regularly to find out the latest information of where and when the Bearcats
teams are playing. Access to the game schedule page is also available via the ATAC blog. Click on the Bearcat
logo to be directed to the game schedule page. http://atac.ism-online.org

ATAC HIGHLIGHTS/UPDATES - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: (for ALL match/schedule details check game schedule
page as above)
Basketball/Rugby/Touch season opener vs. Brent in ISM - November 12
Touch vs. Brent in Brent - November 13
ISTA Tennis Season starts for MS/HS teams from November 13
Swim meet in Brent November 13 - CANCELLED
PRADA Table Tennis/Chess in ISM - November 13
Nov 18-21 weekend:
IASAS Golf exchange in Bangkok - November 18-21
Touch Championships in Singapore - November 19-21
Rugby exchange in Jakarta - November 19-21
Tennis exchange in ISM (SAS/JIS are coming and housing placements are needed-HS tennis teams need to
house for this exchange. Please get forms in asap or collect from ATAC office) - November 19-20
Swim Meet in ISM - November 20
GRADE 9/10 EXAM WEEK - November 24-26 (Note no practice for 9/10 graders (Tues 23rd, 24th and 25th) play-
ers resume practice Friday, November 26th!
Varsity Basketball Tournament in ISM - November 26/27
Rugby and Touch - December 4
Last Day of School for 2010 December 15th, Noon dismissal

BEARCAT DEN:
Regular Opening Hours for the Bearcat Den:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Please note after the October Break the den will be opening on Tuesday and Thursday af-
ternoons as well from 2:30 - 4:00 P.M. Thanks to all our great volunteers.
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ISTA Drama Festival Update


ISTA DRAMA FESTIVAL: UPDATE: We still require 2 placements for the ISTA Drama housing..see below for
details.
ISM is excited to be hosting this year’s ISTA Middle School Theatre Festival! The International Schools Theatre Associa-
tion (ISTA) facilitates two MS festivals each year in Asia, which provide an amazing opportunity for international stu-
dents from around the world to engage in new theatrical experiences and to develop skills that will deepen their pas-
sion for performance. As a school, ISM has been a proud supporter and participator of ISTA, and we now have the op-
portunity to give the participants an experience they will never forget! We will be hosting the first ever Musical Thea-
tre ISTA festival, and we are very excited about welcoming other international students to the Philippines and to our
wonderful school.

The ISM ISTA Festival will take place November 19-21 (Friday to Sunday), and will involve as many as 100 students from
other countries, as well as our own ISM participants. As with any event, the whole ISM community has the opportunity
to get involved in this Middle School event. The most significant way for the ISM community to get involved is to pro-
vide housing for the visiting students. If you are able to host some students, you may contact the ATAC Office and/or
the Fine Arts Office at badiangoj@ismanila.org and/or talense@ismanila.org . Most guests will arrive on November 18th
and will depart on either November 21st or 22nd. If you would like to help out with organization or facilitation during
the ISTA Festival, you may also contact Vicki Close in the Fine Arts Office (closev@ismanila.org) for more details on how
you can help.

More information about ISTA can be found at http://www.ista.co.uk/

We look forward to this fantastic event, and this excellent opportunity for ISM to “show Manila proud”!

Vicki Close John Mulhall Mark Pekin


Performing Arts Director MS Drama Faculty ATAC Director
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Calendar for School Year 2011-2012