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ISSUE # 33

SY 2014 2015

MIDDLE SCHOOL
WEEK OF:
MAY 11 TO 15

Friday Bulletin

Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents

Inside this issue:


Dear Middle School Parents,
We hope to see many of you this weekend with our Middle School Musical - it is
great when a production can involve over 100 students in various roles whether it be
acting, dancing, playing an instrument, in the technical booth, along with HS students
who have been learning the craft of directing and stage design. A production of this
size involves many in the community and we thank everyone for creating a memorable and entertaining production of Wind in the Willows.
This coming week we will continue our transition work with grade 4 students who
will be moving to grade 5 in our Middle School next year. Students will take part in a
tour and talk, and we have invited parents to join us on Friday morning May 15 at
7:30 a.m. to learn more and to interact with teachers, counselors and leadership. We will meet in the grade 5 corridor and classrooms.
We are now in the final 4 weeks of the school year... May 20, the MS Media Center
is requesting all books to be returned by students and parents so they can conduct
their inventory and updates to the catalog system. Please also ensure you are completing re-enrollment procedures and if you have any questions you can contact the
MS Office.
Yours in Education,
Simon Gillespie, Middle School Principal
Amanda Pekin, Middle School Assistant Principal

Clinic

Athletics and Activities

Sailfish News

Project Awesome
Superintendents Office

Admissions & Advancement

ISM Upcoming Events

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Events & Activities:


MAY

4-14

MS Art Exhibition

7-9

MS Play

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MS Concert

15

Grade 4 - 5 Parent
Transition Meeting

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Grade 8
Advocating for Change

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Grade 8
Service Day

After-School Activities Office:


Fourth Season Dates:
April 13 - May 29, 2015
May 16: K-12 Dance Recital
May 29: Last day of AFAC

TIME TO SIGN UP FOR THE


2015 INFLUENZA
VACCINATIONS

(available at the Cashier office and the Clinic) and


make your payment to the Cashier. Payment must
be made not later than Thursday, May 21. The vaccines will then be ordered and no further registrations can be accepted.
Fill in and sign one Influenza Vaccination Consent
Form per person (for download from the ISM website, https://drive.google.com/file/
d/0B2mMyxNYLHq8d1VUSnk2ZEh4YXc/view?
usp=sharing or at the clinic) and present both documents on the vaccination date.
If you have any questions please contact Jowell
Custodio or Dorothee Binsfeld at the clinic:

Vaccination Day
Wednesday, May 27

Clinic numbers: 840 8581 (Dorothee)/82 (Jowell)


Clinic email: BinsfeldD@ismanila.org
Please note:

Last day to sign up/pay


Thursday, May 21
Price Php - 500.00
Vaccine: Vaxigrip (Sanofi-Pasteur)

Influenza, commonly known as flu or trangkaso is

caused by the influenza virus, and is easily transmitted through our hands or the air we breathe.

To be protected against influenza you should get

the flu shot annually because the circulating strains


of the influenza virus change each year, hence the
composition of the vaccine is updated annually. For

tropical countries the flu is present yearround with

peaks during the months of July until September.


Everyone with a valid ISM ID, teachers and their
children may participate in this vaccination session.
Please complete the vaccination payment form

Influenza and Tetanus (Tdap) vaccines can be


given simultaneously.
Influenza virus shots do not protect against
common cold, sometimes also referred to as
flu.
The minimum age for the vaccination in school is
3 years. Infants 6 month and older may be vaccinated by their pediatrician.
Children (9 years or younger) with no prior flu
shot will need a second shot after 28 days.
Pregnant women should get their shot from the
second trimester onwards.
The Southern hemisphere vaccine, which we
apply, covers all relevant strains of the Northern hemisphere as well.
Please refrain in case of egg protein allergy.
Vaccines will be solely administered at the clinic
and cannot be handed out. All unused vaccines
will be forfeited.

Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination

Sign up for the 2015 vaccinations:


Tetanus (Tdap)
Vaccine ADACEL (Sanofi-Pasteur)
Cost: 1,000.00 Php
Vaccination Day Wednesday, May 27
Last day to sign up/pay Thursday, May 21
Tetanus (Lockjaw) is caused by the Clostridium Bacterium. Their spores are resistant permanent forms
which are found worldwide in garden soil or dust.
The disease causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking"
of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or
swallow. Tetanus leads to death in 50% or more of all
cases.

To be protected against tetanus it needs a booster


every 10 years, after completing a series of 5 shots
during childhood. You should get the Tdap vaccine
(the tetanus booster that also protects against pertussis) in any case as soon as possible if you have not yet
received it.

Everyone with a valid ISM ID, teachers and their children may participate in this vaccination session.
Please complete the vaccination payment form
As a teen or adult, do I need this vaccine?
(available at the Cashier office and the Clinic) and
Everyone needs protection from tetanus. If you
make your payment to the Cashier (open Mo Fr
have not had a booster shot in 10 years or more, you 7:00am 3:15 pm). Payment must be made not later
should receive a tetanus shot. However, you should
than Thursday, May 21. The vaccines will then be orget the Tdap vaccine (the tetanus booster that also
dered and no further registrations can be accepted.
protects against pertussis) as soon as possible if you
Fill in and sign one Tetanus Vaccination Consent Form
have not yet received it. You can get Tdap no matter
per person: (https://drive.google.com/file/
when you last got a Td booster shot.
d/0B2mMyxNYLHq8emcwZHVDVUNLdzF4LTNzVGxYQ
It is good practice and clinic routine to give a boost- k9MZXc0OTVF/view?usp=sharing, also available for
er shot without delay after the slightest scratch acdownload from the ISM website, the cashiers office or
quired outdoor, if the person is not protected. This
the clinic) and present both documents on the vaccan be quite disruptive if travelling. Smaller hospitals cination date.
outside the NCR often do not carry the vaccine.
If you have any questions please contact Jowell CusWith any medicine, including vaccines, there is a
todio or Dorothee Binsfeld at the clinic:
chance of side effects. These are usually mild and go
away on their own. Serious reactions are also possible
Clinic numbers: 840 85-81 (Dorothee) / -82 (Jowell)
but are rare.
Email: binsfeldd@ismanila.org

The practice schedule for HS season 4 is posted on notice


boards and on the ATAC blog. Season 4 runs from Apr 13th
to June 3 and is an opportunity for some 'off season' training
opportunities for the HS teams in readiness for next SY. Not
all sports are catered for however quite a few of the coaches
are keen to get started and see the students getting involved
and prepared. Current gr. 8's who will be freshman next SY
are welcome to join. All HS athletes intending to tryout for
teams are encouraged to attend during 4th season however
training is not compulsory and cannot be mandated by
coaches.
Well done to our ISM Bearcat Gymnasts who traveled to Singapore to compete at the SACAC Gymnastics meet. This was
a great preparation meet for our own Goodwill meet May
9th here at ISM. See results at http://atac.ism-online.org/
atac/gymnastics/ism-goodwill-meet-top-results-summary/
This Saturday the ISM Gymnastics team will be hosting the
ISM Goodwill Gymnastics Meet at the MS gym. Come on out
to support our gymnasts as it will be a great day of competition. See meet schedule below-

ROTATION 1 SCHEDULE
7:00AM - 7:45AM GENERAL WARM-UP WAG LEVEL 1 JUNIOR
& SENIOR
AND APPARATUS WARM-UP
7:45AM CLEAR GYM TO PREPARE FOR PARADE
7:55AM - 8:15AM PARADE OF GYMNASTS / OPENING CEREMONIES
8:15AM - 11:15AM COMPETITION WAG LEVEL 1 JUNIOR &
SENIOR-Awarding Ceremony follows at the Little Theater as
soon as results are collated.
ROTATION 2 SCHEDULE
11:00AM - 11:15 GENERAL WARM-UP MAG (ALL LEVELS) &
WAG LEVEL 2
11:15AM - 11:30AM APPARATUS WARM-UP
11:30 AM CLEAR GYM TO PREPARE FOR PARADE
11:35 AM - 11:45AM PARADE OF GYMNASTS / OPENING CEREMONIES
11:45AM - 2:00PM COMPETITION MAG (ALL LEVELS) & WAG
LEVEL 2- Awarding Ceremony follows at the Little Theater as
soon as results are collated.
ROTATION 3 SCHEDULE
1:45PM - 2:15PM GENERAL WARM-UP WAG LEVEL 3 & 4
2:00PM - 2:15PM APPARATUS WARM-UP
2:15PM CLEAR GYM TO PREPARE FOR PARADE
2:20PM - 2:30PM PARADE OF GYMNASTS / OPENING CEREMONIES
2:30PM - 4:30PM COMPETITION WAG LEVEL 3 & 4-Awarding

Ceremony follows at the Little Theater as soon as results are


collated.
Upcoming dates:
May 8-10 MS Mixed Touch trip to Jakarta
May 9 ISM Goodwill Gymnastics Meet
May 16 ISM Judo Meet
Saturday Community Tennis for semester 2 is ongoing. See
link for information on dates and how to book. Use of the
courts is only available to ISM community members. Outside
guests are not allowed http://atac.ism-online.org/atac/
saturday-community-tennis/
Please note the practice times for the following ATAC programs: ATAC all year round teams- 3:15-4:30. Sailfish/
Gymnastics and all HS seasonal teams now conclude practice
at 4:50pm each day. MS seasonal teams 3:10-4:45pm. The
last bus is now 4:55pm and all after school programs will conclude by 4:50pm in order to try and clear the campus prior
to 5pm due to the ever increasing traffic concerns in our area.
Parents and students please take some time to peruse the
ATAC blog it has a wide variety of information and links to
our sports and activities program. If you have any questions
regarding the competitive program of sports at ISM after
reading the information on the blog please send an email
to pekinm@ismanila.org and I will endeavor to assist you as
best I can.
Bearcat Den- drop by our fantastic spirit store. There is a
range of new products and items to purchase including items
from our service partners. Bearcat Den hours of operation7am-4pm Mon-Fri.
The ATAC game schedule pdf which is updated regularly by
Triz Gonzalez (ATAC Athletics Coordinator) gives the most up
to date information on where/when and who our Bearcat
teams will be playing throughout the school year. Access to
the game schedule is via the ISM parent portal. Use this link
to access the parent portal, log in with your user name/
password and look for the ATAC Game Schedule tab. Remember to refresh the page when the pdf schedule appears so
you view the most current schedule.
GO BEARCATS!!!
Best Regards,
Mark Pekin
Director of Athletics and Activities

Aquathon II - Saturday AM, May 16th


Due to the popularity of the Aquathon (Run-Swim-Run) we are holding a second slightly
harder event this year. For those new to Sailfish it is a great event, raising money for our
designated ChildHope charity and Sailfish activities. There is no training requirement for this
event and all family, friends and teachers are welcome to participate!
Open to all ISM Student/Faculty/Staff/Parent Community along with BSM & MJS.
RACE 1 - 8:00am Start
13/14 yrs 15-18yrs Adult
Run 1km - Swim 400m (16 lengths) - Run 1.9km
RACE 2 - 8:30am Start
9/10yrs and 11/12yrs
Run 600m - Swim 300m (12 lengths) Run 1.6km
RACE 3 9:15am Start
Under 8yrs
Run 600m - Swim 200m (8 Lengths) Run 1km
RACE 4 9:45am Start
Relay 2 or 3 people and Individual
Run 1km - Swim 800m (32 Lengths) Run 2.2km
Awards Ceremony 11:00am
Entry Fee - 300 pesos per race on race
day check in.
VIEW FULL COURSE DETAILS HERE
CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE ENTRY FORM
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Dear Parents,
I do want to remind you of the importance of completing the registration process for your children before the deadline date of May
22nd. PowerSchool closes on that date, and our assumption will be that a student who has not registered by then is leaving at the end
of the school year. We have many applicants at every Grade level on our Waiting List, and on May 25th we shall begin the process of
offering all available slots. As I am sure you understand, for those people relocating to the Philippines, their plans are on hold unless
and until they have guaranteed places in school for their children.
If you know already that you are departing in June, please inform Admissions of this as soon as possible. By doing so, you are making
life much easier for incoming families. The deadline for informing us of your planned departure is May 22nd. Please note that past
practice is that those who let us know they are leaving after this date will forfeit $1000 of their Facilities Upgrade Deposit.
The school year is galloping toward the finishing line, and we are looking forward to examinations, performances and graduations. I
hope these next seven weeks bring your children all that they hope for.
Best wishes,
David Toze
Superintendent

Leaving ISM?
Please be reminded that parents are obliged to officially inform the School in writing through a WITHDRAWAL NOTIFICATION FORM if their children will not be returning in August for School Year 201516. Families are encouraged to submit the Withdrawal Notification Form, stating the student's final
date of attendance, immediately. Forms must be submitted on or before May 8. Failure to submit the
form by that date may lead to a deduction of US$1,000 from the Facilities Upgrade Deposit (FUD), in
compensation for having held a space for your child, preventing the School from offering that space
to another candidate.
The Withdrawal Notification Form can be obtained from the Admissions Office or directly from the
ISM website under Admission > Re-Enrollment & Withdrawal > Withdrawals
Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 840.8601 for questions or clarifications.

Important information on Re-Enrollment for SY 2015-16


Dear Parents:
We will begin on-line Re-enrollment for school year 2015-16 on Monday, March 16. As before, parents will have to log into PowerSchool in order to
do this. Below are instructions to help. If you are not sure of your PowerSchool log-in or need support, please contact your school office.
Please note that you must complete re-enrollment by May 22nd at the latest. PowerSchool will close on that date until the start of the new school
year. We have over 500 students on our waitlist, and we will assume that your children are leaving if you have not completed the re-enrollment process.
Step 1: Log-in to PowerSchool
Step 2: Look for the Re-enrollment Clearance icon on the left hand panel. Click on the icon.
Step 3: Create your Re-enrollment Clearance Form. You will receive an email notification verifying that you have been successful updating your childs
record.
Students entering Grade 6 will be required to
download and complete the Physical Examination Form
(including ECG results) which should be submitted to
the ISM Health Clinic
Students entering Grade 7 will be required to
download and sign the Drug Policy Form which should
be submitted to the MS Office.
Step 4: Tuition and Fees: Please settle your accounts
through our Cashiers Office.
You must settle your accounts for SY14-15 and pay the
first quota of tuition fees for SY15-16 to receive your
Final Clearance Notification for your child to attend class
on August 6, 2015.
Re-enrollment must be complete in order to receive a
students Class Schedule.
Class Schedule distribution dates are as follows:

August 03, 2015: Grade 5 and 6


August 04, 2015: Grade 7 and 8
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Sign up to host grade 10 and 11 students for the week of June 8 12th. For Career Experience Week to be successful it will need the
support of the ISM community, please sign up today!
Sign ups are easier than ever before, just contact me and fill out the
survey with basic information regarding your company or organization!
Google Sign up form: http://goo.gl/forms/2z6tncYDOR
Or contact Crystal Cappuccio at cappuccioc@ismanila.org

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