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MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School
From the Middle School Office
Dear Parents:

Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents

ISSUE # 23
WEEK OF FEBRUARY 08 TO 12, 2010

On Tuesday, we were extremely fortunate to have Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year, speak to the Middle School students. His message was an inspiring one and he encouraged each of us to find the hero within and unleash it. We encourage you to ask your child about Mr. Penaflorida’s message and discuss ways that they can make a difference in this world – no matter how big or small. We hope that by hearing his story the students will reflect on ways they can show responsibility in action. As of this Friday, we are five weeks into the second semester, and it’s time to reflect on student progress. For individuals who are currently earning a C- or below, a progress report will be sent home. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please contact your child’s classroom teacher or guidance counselor. Looking ahead…The Middle School Classroom Without Walls (CWW) activities will get underway the week of February 15. The teachers and students have been busily preparing for the week-long activity and excitement has been building. Please take some time to talk to your child about their grade level’s destination and activities. If you have any questions about the activities, please contact your child’s Homebase teacher. Have a relaxing weekend and see you at Family Fun Day! Sincerely, Danielle Fredericks Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events
February 10 10 12 15 to 19 22 23 to 26 23 25 Grade 4 to 5 Student Transition Assembly (1:00 P.M., LT) Grade 4 to 5 Parent Transition Assembly (5:00 P.M., LT) All (MS & HS) Choirs Concert Classroom Without Walls (CWW) School Holiday (EDSA Revolution Day) Middle School Course Registration Information Grade 8 Parent Meeting—Transition to High School Middle School Parent Coffee (7:45 A.M., LT)

PowerSchool Grade Update

Feb. 12 - MS Progress Reports Feb. 26 - Grade Update Mar. 12 - MS Progress Reports

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Middle School Media Center Reading Week & Bearcat Awards
• Last week, all students participated in MSMC Reading Week. Students had the opportunity to read in class time each day, and to join in several competitions related to the theme, “Book Banquet.” The Aroma Test winners were: Kelvin Minguell and Aastha Dora. Both students guessed 14/20 smells correctly. All students who participated received a prize. The Team Tasting Challenge was held on Tuesday 26th January at lunch time. Around 100 students were happily blindfolded and tasted a variety of food, including broccoli, vegemite and avocado. After 10 courses there was a tie between two teams from Grade 5 and Grade 7. Prizes were given to the winners and all participants. • The Creative Writing Competition continues until Friday 12th February. Parents are encouraged to enter the adult division, and can pick up the entry form at the MSMC. The prize is a P1000 Gift Certificate from National Book Store. Entries will be judged by a panel. Winners will be announced before Spring Break. Please visit the MSMC to collect a brochure containing the MSMC Bearcat Award List for Grades 5 & 6, and Grades 7 & 8 for 2009-10. All Middle School students have time to read before casting an electronic vote (in March) for the book they think is the best. Books from previous years have become popular choices for borrowing.







Karen Stewart MSMC Librarian

Change the World
The Grade 5 to 12 All Choirs Concert is this Friday, February 12, 2010 at 5:30 P.M. in the Little Theater. Activity Equipment
As of Monday, February 8, activity equipment will be available for borrowing during break and lunch. Your child has the opportunity to use the courtyard and equipment for physical activity. Equipment will be rotated for over the upcoming four weeks.

Middle School Photos If you purchased your child’s school photos, they are available for pick up in the MS Office.

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ISM GOODWILL GYMNASTICS MEET
Our ISM varsity gymnastic team will be proudly representing ISM on February 13th at the ISM Goodwill Gymnastics Meet. Meet starts at 8am and runs all day and with over 200 gymnasts competing in bars, beam, floor and vault you are sure to see some great action. Please stop in and see the MS gym transformed with gymnasts twisting/tumbling and paparazzi of photo taking parents a plenty. This day is the biggest on the calendar for our gymnastics team and the gymnastics parent booster club who assist greatly in the set-up and organization of the meet. Hope you can come on Saturday Feb 13th to cheer and support our ISM gymnastics team. Please see below the program for the day.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP

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IASAS Art & Music Festival Housing Need
Dear ISM Parents, IASAS Art/Music Festival is fast approaching! March 37th! Please see sign up letter and information included in this bulletin. I would like to ask for your assistance with housing for a visiting IASAS Art/Music student. We require 160 housing placements for this event. If you have not housed before it is great chance to meet fantastic students from our IASAS schools. Requirements are listed to give you an idea of what is needed if you say yes. IASAS Art and Music Festival: Housing requirements/details: Housing needed from Wednesday night, 3rd March until Sunday morning, 7th March (4 nights). • A bed/futon/fold-out couch or comfortable place for guest to sleep. • Provide transportation to and from ISM each day. • Provide a breakfast each morning. • Provide one or two evening meals (Wed and Thursday most likely. Evening meals not required on Friday or Saturday. • Be at home in evenings (coaches will make curfew calls each night at 10pm to check students are at home). • Treat and welcome your guest as you would like your own child treated if they were attending an event at another IASAS school and being housed. If you can assist with housing visiting students please print out the letter attached, fill it in and return the slip to ATAC or Fine Arts office. Please call/email Joan in ATAC office or Rochelle in the Fine Arts office if you have any further questions. In addition there will be a fantastic event for ISM community and lovers of the Fine Arts to attend on Friday, March 5th. The Art Exhibition opening in the FAT Gallery and then the Festival Concert in our FAT on Friday afternoon/evening will be a great showcase of all the hard work done by the IASAS participants. All art pieces from IASAS delegates will be on display for viewing prior to the festival concert featuring all IASAS Strings, Band, Piano and Vocal delegates under the direction of our visiting conductors. The high quality of artwork on display and the incredible musical talents of the IASAS participants will make for a great evening of arts and music at this year’s ISM Art & Music Cultural Convention. Tickets for this art exhibition/concert will go fast and will be available soon. More details to come in upcoming bulletins. I look forward to your support to make this a great ISM community event. Mark Pekin Athletics & Activities Director

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IASAS ART & MUSIC HOUSING FORM

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Materials for Recycling
The ES art department would like to request your assistance in the collection of recyclables to be used in art projects. Plastic bottles, caps, lids (plastic and metal), gift wrap, broken or unwanted toys, tins, small boxes, Styrofoam trays, packaging, ribbon, yarn, keys, broken tools and anything else you imagine we could make use of. Please ensure all donations are clean and safe. If you have any questions please refer them to [email protected] . Donations can be taken to room 1189 opposite the ES gym. Thanks in anticipation, Olivia Jones. *** KEEP ON RECYCLING AND BRINGING IN THOSE RING PULLS! PCF needs us so whenever you come across a ring pull or glossy magazine, remember to bring it to you Homebase teacher.

From the Athletics and Activities Office
Congratulations to our varsity teams for their efforts at IASAS last week. RESULTS: Girls Touch – GOLD Girls Tennis – 4th Boys Tennis – 5th Rugby – 5th Swimming 6th Basketball girls/boys – 5th 3rd SEASON UPDATES: Boys Softball ASSL league games in February 7 Ateneo February 13 ISM Goodwill Gymnastics Meet in MS Gym at 8:00 A.M. February 13 Badminton in Brent February 13 MS Boys B Tennis vs. Ateneo B in CSA at 8:00 A.M. February 13 Track invitational in Brent HS/MS at 7:30 A.M. February 14 Boys Softball ASSL league games in Ateneo February 20 Track meet in ISM HS/MS from 7:30 A.M. February 20 Badminton in ISM February 21 Boys Softball ASSL league games in Ateneo February 27 Swim meet in ISM February 26-28 Boys Softball exchange in Bangkok March 12-14 Nike track meet in Bangkok March 12-14 Girls softball exchange in Taipei March 13 Track meet in Brent March 19 Twilight track meet in ISM April 7-11 IASAS (Track in SAS, Softball/ Badminton in ISB) April 10 JV Badminton in ISM April 12 HS Academic Bowl in Brent April 13 MS Academic Bowl in Brent April 24 Swim meet in Brent

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