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MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School
From the Middle School Office
Dear Parents:

Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents

ISSUE # 25
WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22 TO 26, 2010

This week has been an eye-opening, mind-broadening experience for the Middle School students. As they return from their Classroom Without Walls (CWW) trips, we hope the memories will live on and motivate the students to think more carefully about how they can contribute to the community. Our students have a wealth of talents and energy, and we encourage them to commit to sharing their time with others in need. We thank all the teachers for their dedication and efforts to provide a range of enriching experiences for the students. It was a week well spent! Please take some time to engage your child and discuss ways that your child can build on the experience. It’s important that the learning does not end with the conclusion of the CWW week but that the spirit of service continues to be nurtured. For parents of Grade 8 students there is a meeting regarding the Transition to High School on February 23 from 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. in the Little Theater. High School Guidance will be presenting useful information and we encourage you to attend. This week during assembly your child will hear about course offerings for next school year. Starting on Monday, March 1st, course registration will begin and will be completed by Friday, March 5th. Please discuss with your child the elective choices in which they have an interest. If you have any questions about course choices, please talk to either Ms. Katz or Mr. St. Laurent in MS Guidance. Please be reminded that there are no classes on Monday, February 22 in honor of the Edsa Revolution. Classes resume on Tuesday, February 23. Please note that the Parent Coffee on February 25 has been postponed until March 9. More details to follow. Have a relaxing weekend! Sincerely, Danielle Fredericks Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events
March 01 to 03 01 to 05 06 09 16 19 19 to 21 25 Grade 8 Course Registration MS Online Course Registration Service Learning: CCV & Gawad Kalinga MS Parent Coffee (9:30 A.M., LT) Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Student Release MS Courtyard Activity (3:00 P.M.) ISTA Middle School Festival Student Early Release (12:00 P.M.)

PowerSchool Grade Update

Feb. 26 - Grade Update Mar. 12 - MS Progress Reports Mar. 25 - Grade Update

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A Very Mild Case of Measles in Grade 5
Dear Parents: There has been one confirmed case of measles in Grade 5. The child has a very mild case of measles and, as all children should have been vaccinated against measles, we would expect any further cases also to be mild. Symptoms were recognized earlier in the week the child was sent home. This reduces the possibility of the illness spreading amongst the other children. We do not expect an outbreak of measles in school but we would like to advise you of the following information as a precaution. What is Measles? Measles, also called rubeola, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that's caused by a virus. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. Since measles is caused by a virus, there is no specific medical treatment and the virus has to run its course. But a child who is sick should be sure to receive plenty of fluids and rest, and be kept from spreading the infection to others. Signs and Symptoms While measles is probably best known for the full-body rash it causes, the first symptoms of the infection are usually a hacking cough, runny nose, high fever, and red eyes. A characteristic marker of measles is Koplik's spots, small red spots with blue-white centers that appear inside the mouth. The measles body rash typically has a red or reddish brown blotchy appearance, and first usually shows up on the forehead, then spreads downward over the face, neck, and body, then down to the arms and feet. How does measles spread? Measles is spread when someone comes in direct contact with infected droplets or when someone with measles sneezes or coughs and spreads virus droplets through the air. A person with measles is contagious from 1 to 2 days before symptoms start until about 4 days after the rash appears. If you suspect that you child is displaying signs and symptoms of measles, please ring your doctor for advise. Please do not bring you child to school or take them to the doctor’s surgery without first talking to the doctor. If you have any further questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact the school clinic or your pediatrician. Sincerely,

Danielle Fredericks Middle School Principal

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From the Board of Trustees
22 February 2010 Dear Parents: First of all, we would like to thank you for your continuing support of International School Manila, Inc. (the ‘Corporation’). The Corporation is a non-stock, non-profit membership organization whose business, property, and affairs are managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of ten (10) Members. Our By-laws give you a central role in the governance of the Corporation, with five of the ten Board seats being allocated to Associate Members. This year, there will be two (2) vacancies from the rank of Associate Membership. With this in mind, we seek your nominations for these posts, which must be submitted to the Corporate Secretary (at Room P089, Administration Office, ISM Campus) on or before 08 April 2010. All Associate Member candidates, who are members in good standing, will be interviewed by the Committee on Trustees, and those whose skill-sets and profiles best meet the needs of the School will be endorsed to the community for election. Voting may be done in advance of, or at, the Annual General Meeting (AGM). From 11 May to 19 May 2010, a ballot box will be established in the administrative office area near the Corporate Secretary’s office for those who wish to vote in advance of the AGM. Proxy Forms which you submitted at the beginning of this year (enclosed in your Enrollment Packet) will be used solely for attendance purposes and to determine presence of quorum at the AGM, and cannot be used to vote. The AGM will be held on 20 May 2010 in the Fine Arts Theater, and members of the community who have not voted should cast their ballots at that meeting. Results will be announced as soon as the assigned auditing firm has concluded the count. Prospective candidates for the Board should read the attached nomination and election procedure and guidelines in full. The nomination and election procedure and guidelines may also be viewed at the ISM website (www.ismanila.org). THE COMMITTEE ON TRUSTEES Board of Trustees

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NOMINATION/ELECTION GUIDELINES

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Activity Equipment
Activity equipment is 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 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.

Art & Music Convention: Housing Still Required
With under 2 weeks to go, we still require 40 housing slots to house the 160 visiting IASAS Art and Music delegates. If you have travelled to an IASAS event this year, it is your responsibility to house when we host IASAS events. Please get a housing form from the ATAC or Fine Arts office or print page 4 of this bulletin and return it ASAP.

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IASAS ART & MUSIC HOST FAMILIES: If you have submitted a form agreeing to host for IASAS Art & Music THANK –YOU very much! You will receive an information letter including name of guests and pick up times etc on February 24-26th. Letters will be distributed via students so please ask your child if they have received/collected the housing information letter to be taken home. You will also receive a phone call Monday or Tuesday, March 1 or 2, to ensure the letter has reached you and for confirmation that everything is ok regards hosting. We still require more housing for this event. If you have ISM friends that are interested and can house some wonderful artists/musicians, please have them contact the ATAC or Fine Arts office ASAP for details. Regards, Mark Pekin Athletics & Activities Office

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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 the 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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IASAS ART EXHIBITION OPENING & FESTIVAL CONCERT On Friday, March 5
Dear ISM Community Members, The IASAS Art and Music Festival is fast approaching and planning is well underway for what will be a truly special ISM community event. The feature event of the 3-day festival of Art and Music is the Art Exhibition Opening and Festival Concert on Friday evening at the ISM Fine Arts Theatre. The Art exhibit is from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the Fine Arts Theatre Gallery and you will have the opportunity to view a wide range of art pieces and talk with the IASAS art delegates about their individual works and the motivation/inspiration behind the design and artistic process. Immediately following the art opening the doors will be open for the Festival Music Concert featuring the IASAS Music delegates from Band, Strings, Piano and Choir under the guidance of guest conductors, Mr. Jerry Luckhardt (band), Mr. Hernan Constantino (strings) and Mr. Joel Navarro (choir). ISM community members can get tickets for this event from the Fine Arts office, ATAC office or at the door on Friday, March 5th. Tickets are free and will go fast for this event so please get in early to your secure seats to what will be a memorable art and music experience of the highest quality. ISM families who are housing a visiting IASAS delegate will get 2 tickets when they receive their guest housing information the week leading up to the festival. Friday concert program: Festival String Orchestra Divertimenti, Three, K.136, K.137 & K.138 by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756 - 1791 Roman Carnival Overture by HECTOR BERLIOZ Piano Soloist Festival Band Repertoire As Summer Was Just Beginning by LARRY DAEHN Flourish for Glorious John by RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Children's March by PERCY GRAINGER/MARK ROGERS Festal Scenes by YASUDE ITO Piano Soloist Festival Choir Repertoire Io Mi Son Giovinetta by CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI Da Coconut Nut by RYAN CAYABYAB Wings of the Morning by JOHN RUTTER Dances to Life by MACK WILBERG I: Wonder II: Here I Stand III. If Clarions

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ISM Aquathon 2010

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GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP

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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
3rd SEASON UPDATES: February 27 February 26-28 March 12-14 March 12-14 March 13 March 19 April 7-11 April 10 April 12 April 13 April 24 Swim meet in ISM Boys Softball exchange in Bangkok Nike track meet in Bangkok Girls softball exchange in Taipei Track meet in Brent Twilight track meet in ISM IASAS (Track in SAS, Softball/Badminton in ISB) JV Badminton in ISM HS Academic Bowl in Brent MS Academic Bowl in Brent Swim meet in Brent

We’re on the web! www.ismanila.org

IF YOU HAVEN’T LOGGED ON TO POWERSCHOOL…
please call the Guidance Office at 840-8555 or email [email protected] to obtain your username and password.

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