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International School Manila

Volume 05 07 October 2011


10 - 11 12, 19 21 Parent Teacher Conferences Early Student Release @ 12pm Wednesday Morning Student Late Start @ 8.30am ES Assembly, Fine Arts Theatre ES Parent Bulletin

From the ES Administration

Dear Elementary School Parents, How to make learning stick? This week saw our culminating simulation for our Grade 4 students based on their first unit of inquiry on migration. It involved a large amount of parent support and involvement in creating an immigration simulation in the Little Theatre: Immigration Island. Brain research tells us that when learning is purposeful and contextual, it is more likely to be retained and more readily transferred into new situations and scenarios. Emotional stimulus helps the brain learn, so wherever possible, we need to create scenarios where we are engaging our students in such a way. At Immigration Island it is evident that all of the above was achieved as our students were placed in the role of a migrant and subject to a variety of scenarios, in very realistic conditions. Thank you to all our parents, who volunteered and visited, for supporting this learning and making it so realistic for our students. Conferences Monday and Tuesday, we are holding our parent teacher conferences. These are an opportunity for you to discuss your childs learning with your teacher. Our purpose is to provide you with some feedback on your childs learning strengths and also to set some goals for their learning in the areas where they are developing. These conversations are invaluable in ensuring that there is a strong connection between what is taking place at home and at school. It is also to gain a greater insight into your perspective about your childs learning and how we can work together to support them. This meeting should form part of an on-going discussion with your class teacher, focused on supporting your child to achieve their potential in all areas of their development
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24 School Holiday - No Classes Nov 1

2, 9, 16, 23 11 12 15 Wednesday Morning Student Late Start @ 8.30am ES Parent Bulletin K-12 Dance Recital ES Parent Coffee @ 7.30am, Little Theatre

21 - 24 PTA New Book Fair, FAT Lobby 25 30 Filipiniana Bonifacio Day Holiday - No Classes


In order to best serve the ISM Parent Community, it is essential that information be quickly disseminated when necessary. For this reason, the accuracy of your contact details in our database is of the utmost importance. Please note that Parent Contact Information must be updated online by the parent. To make any changes or verification in contact information, please access one of your childrens data file via the ISM website ( 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 demographic information.

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From the ES Administration

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From the Art Department

ES Art Department needs your junk!
We have been so busy creating amazing art this semester that we have used up a lot of the resources you sent at the beginning of the year. We would hugely appreciate your help in providing any of the flowing items: Boxes, toilet and kitchen roll tubes, newspapers and magazines, egg cartons, yogurt pots, polystyrene and plastic takeaway boxes, old and even broken toys and dolls, cds, wrapping paper, ribbons, fabric, beads and unwanted costume jewelry, old shoes and bags. These items can be brought to room 11891191 at anytime or you can get your children to bring them in with them to their art class. If you do not have any items now we hope you will collect them for us and bring them in the future. Many thanks for you continued support,

academic and social / emotional. For families who do not speak English as their first language, you have an open invitation to speak your mother tongue where appropriate. Specialist teachers will be available for drop in visits on both days. Directions to the specialists rooms will be posted outside the ES Office. In addition, please do feel free to visit either of us on Monday or Tuesday while you are on campus. We look forward to welcoming you on campus next week.

Adam Campbell Michael Rourke

Elementary Principal Elementary Assistant Principal

From the Music Department

The ES Art Team


Are you in Grade 4? Do you like to: Sing? Dance? Act? Are you interested in costume or set design? Would you like to help with lights and sound, assistant directing, playing in the orchestra or backstage support? Or maybe you have another creative talent you would like to share! Would you like to take part in an amazing and creative journey that ends in a spectacular stage performance? Then Childrens Musical Theater is the activity for you!!! This is your chance to express your creativity, have fun and SHINE!!! Childrens Musical Theater: Mon., Oct. 10 Fri., Oct. 21 Nov. 2 Feb. 1 (Wednesdays) Mon., Feb. 6 and Tues., Feb. 7 Wed. Feb. 8 Thurs., Feb. 9 Registration with Ms. Toni in ES Office Rehearsals in FAT 2:30-4 Rehearsals in FAT 2:30-5 Dress Rehearsal in FAT 2:30-5 School Performance 1:00pm Evening Performance 6:00pm

If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email at, or come by my room before or after school. I hope to see many of you involved in this very special activity!!!!! Sincerely,

Ms. Marnie
Room 1164 2

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

07 October 2011

From the PE Department

ES PE facility change October 10th November 18th Coach Coach Coach Coach Pekins classes Swimming. Nolis classes Gymnastics Blankenships classes ES gym Chapmans classes ES Field (hat, athletic shoes and water bottle required)

Refer to the PE Blogs for more detailed information.

From Fine & Performing Arts

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

07 October 2011

From the ATAC Office

Due to early release for Parent/Teacher conferences Monday and Tuesday Oct 10/11 there will not be any ATAC team practices or AFAC activities on those days. Normal schedule will resume on Wed Oct 12th. ES/MS Soccer Festivals: Check the links in helpful shortcuts on the ATAC blog for exact details regards the ES and MS RIFA 7 aside soccer festivals. the 3rd festival for C, E and G teams is this Saturday Oct 8th (same times/venues as previous festivals). The finals participants for C, E and G teams will be announced after this coming Saturdays last round of matches. Stay tuned for an update next week.. The following week Oct 15th the RIFA finals will be held at Xavier School, Greenhills for the boys in the morning and the MS girls finals is also Oct 15th at Xavier in the afternoon from1pm-5pm, all ISM MS girls teams have qualified to play in the finals. RIFA Girls HS Soccer: The semi finals for the Varsity girls soccer divisions took place last Saturday and ISM varsity girls defeated Poveda and will now play Miriam College tomorrow in the final at 3pm on the HS field. The ISM JV girls soccer team will play their semi final tomorrow Oct 8th vs La Salle Antilpolo at 1pm and then the finals on Oct 15th at MS field. 1st Season IASAS Information: Travel packets have been distributed for 1st season athletes. Please ensure passports have been submitted to Joan at ATAC office and all documentation should now have been completed and returned! Cross Country news: Results from last Fridays twilight meet at ISM are now posted to the Cross Country meet results page. Thanks to all those who came to support the runners for our first twilight race last Friday it was a terrific success. The last local race of the season will be held tomorrow, Saturday Oct 8th at Brent for our MS and HS Cross Country teams. Gymnastics: Our gymnastics team/coaches and PE faculty had a wonderful opportunity last week to spend time with Mr. Duncan Myers from Gymnastics Australia. Duncan was here for 3 days and conducted specialist workshops/coaching sessions for our PE faculty on current methods, best practice teaching for gymnastics in PE classes. He also spent time with our coaches and gymnastics and was an exciting presenter who engaged the gymnasts fully in all his sessions. I am sure our team learned a wide variety of new information and skills during his visit. Mr. Myers runs a gym with over 1800 gymnasts in Melbourne, Australia, he is a presenter for Gymnastics Australia and has over 50 gymnasts from his gym involved in the national gymnastics team for Australia. We hope to be able to get Mr. Myers back in the future for further expert coaching and assistance to our program. 2nd SEASON SPORTS: Tryouts flyers have now been posted on notice boards around school and are available on the tryouts page on the ATAC blog. MS and HS students interested please take note of the information. See flyers in this bulletin also. For those parents interested in the 1st Season IASAS championships at Singapore you can now access the full tournament draw with details of all events on the ATAC blog. Our teams will depart for Singapore Wednesday Oct 19 and return to Manila Sunday Oct 23.\ IASAS Send of assembly is Wed Oct 12th during HS assembly time and following the assembly the athletes will have their send off lunch sponsored by the parents at HS courtyard from 11:35am. All 1st season traveling IASAS athletes are required to attend. The ATAC Blog ( is the one stop shop for information related to the sports/activities programplease take some time to peruse the blog for information. GAME SCHEDULE PDF: (access to game schedule information) Information about all mid week/weekend fixtures for ISM teams can be found via the ATAC blog. 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. Click on schedules tab or the Bearcat logo to be directed to the You will need your power school user name and password to access the game schedule pdf. BEARCAT DEN: Regular Opening Hours for the Bearcat Den: Mon, Wed and Fridays from 11:30am 1:00pm and 2:30pm 4:00pm. Tues and Thurs afternoons from 2:304pm. If you are interested in joining our group of volunteers in the Bearcat Den please contact our BCD volunteers coordinator Radhika or pop in to the Den near the HS Cafeteria and talk with one of our volunteers they will be very happy to make you welcome.

Mark Pekin
Director of Athletics/Activities International School Manila E-mail: ISM Website: ATAC Blog:

Elementary School Parent Bulletin

07 October 2011