Vol. XXI • Issue 18 • December 7, 2018 •


Message From The Principal

Dear ELC & LS Parents,

What a wonderful way for Lower School to kick off the Christmas season with the staging of the Candy Cane Lane! Seeing the children on stage was a sight to behold but truth be told, seeing your faces light up with every song and act was a sight to behold as well. Congratulations!!!

Next week, it will be the Early Learning Center’s turn to shine on stage with Hallelujah Christmas Cruise! We have two shows for parents—one on December 12 and the other on December 13, both at 9AM. If you have not gotten your tickets yet, you may buy them at the Spirit Shop.

This coming Monday, December 10, we are having our school-wide Christmas Eucharistin Gym 1, starting at 1:10 p.m. This is open to the whole community. Come and join us as we come together and celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Lastly, we will start our Early Dismissal Scheduleon Tuesday next week. Please take note of the times each grade level groups are being dismissed from December 11-13 and on December 14. We will only be having one bus run on December 14 for all students from Nursery to Grade 12. We strongly suggest that Nursery and Pre-Kinder bus riders be picked up by car on this day.

Lower School Early Dismissal Schedule
(11-14 December 2018)

Grade LevelsDecember 11-13 (T-Th)December 14 (F)
Nursery - Pre-Kinder11:20 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Kinder - Grade 21:05 p.m.10:35 a.m.
Grades 3 - 51:10 p.m.10:40 a.m.
Buses Leave (Main)1:30 p.m.11:00 a.m.

This will be our final newsletter for the semester. Classes will resume on the 7thof January 2019.

Have a safe and wonderful Christmas break! I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

May Godspeed,


Michelle R. Jingco



A Lesson for Santa

“No, Santa can’t eat all the cookies. Otherwise, he’d get diabetes.”

– Fourth grader

Just Wondering

“I don’t get it. How come every year I’m a sheep?”

– First Grader

First Aid

“I have a massive headache! I need a massage.”

– 5 years old

A Fun Run Thought

“It doesn’t matter if it’s November. This is like the best summer ever!”

– 7 years old


Message from the Admissions

Limited Slots in Some Grade Levels for New Students

Slots for new ELC students are limited for the 2019-2020 school year since their grade levels are full this year. If you are considering enrolling a child in grades 2 and below in August, it is recommended to submit the required admissions documents in November and December and set the appointments for January.

The Admissions Committee starts considering new ELC, LS, and MS students for 2019-2020 after the Christmas break. New Upper School students have been considered since October.

If you’d like all of your children to be a part of the Brent Family next school year, do not delay the admissions process–especially for your ELC-age children. Visit Brent’s website for more information (http://brent.edu.ph/admissions/admissions-process/), stop by the Admissions Office, or email admissions@brent.edu.ph.


Candy Cane Lane Photo Gallery


Hallelujah Christmas Cruise Photo Gallery


Calendar of Activities


News and Notes

•  Birthday parties of any type are NOT ALLOWED in classrooms nor in the Cafeteria. Parties that are acceptable throughout the year, and in general, should only include Christmas and end of the school year parties.

If a student wishes to distribute invitations for a private party they must be given to all students in the class or to none at all. If they wish to only invite select students/part of the class the invitations must be distributed in another manner or mailed to the invitees. Addresses and phone numbers of students in a particular homeroom class may be obtained
via the homeroom contact information sheet and for other classes by the student recording them from friends during recess time. Due to personal privacy the school is unable to release this information without permission from parents.


  • Birthdays are recognized in class and during Chapel.
  • Handing out of tokens or ‘goodie bags’ to classmates is allowed but they need to be reasonably minimal, mostly composed of pens/pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. Food in ‘goodie bags’ are discouraged as we have a number of students with severe allergies to various food items/ingredients.
  • Bringing in of cupcakes (at the most, and not whole cakes that will have to be sliced and served) to share with classmates is permissible. Again, please be aware of food allergies.
  • For the ELC, parents of children this young often want to have a blowing of candles as part of their memento of their child’s birthday. Bringing in of a small cake with candles for the sake of candle blowing will be allowed however, this cake is not to be consumed in school and therefore will have to be brought back home.
  • No other food is to be bought at (such as pizza) or brought to school to celebrate a student’s birthday. Parents, yayas or drivers will be told to bring them back home. If this is refused, the food will not be served in the classroom but instead will be placed in the Faculty Lounge for teachers to share.

•  Please be sure to send a healthy snack daily for your child’s afternoon recess break.  We strongly discourage the drinking of soda in the Lower School.  ID Account deposits will not be accepted in the school offices.  Please send your deposits to the Main Cafeteria or Cashier.

•  Brent International School requires all parents/visitors to sign in and get a visitor’s ID card. Permanent ID cards are available for all parents through the Security Office in the Administration building. When displaying a permanent ID card, parents are no longer required to get a visitor ID card each visit.

•  For Bus Services/Concerns you can contact the Transportation Office at (049) 511-4354 or Trunk Line (049) 511-4330 to 33 or (02) 779-5140 to 46 ext. 518. Any Transportation concerns after 4:30 pm, please call the following: Zusie 0918-912-4230 or Meng 0918-913-2756.

 •  Attendance is checked at the beginning of each day. If you know that your child will not be in school, please call the ELC (Verna) at (049) 511-4330 to 33 or (02) 779-5140 to 46 ext. 711 or Lower School (Abby) at ext. 111 by 9:00 A.M.  We view absences as “explained” or “unexplained,” so please send in a note/excuse letter ahead of time for planned student absences, going out of town, etc., for consideration/approval.

Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. Mondays to Fridays except Thursdays at 8:40 a.m. are considered tardy and should not be permitted in to class without a pass from the ELC/Lower School Office.  Exceptions are made for late buses and heavy traffic days (accidents/out of the ordinary) on the south super highway, etc.

Please note that five or more tardiness per semester will eliminate a student for consideration of the Annual Perfect Attendance Award.

•  If your children are leaving early, before the end of the school day, a parent/guardian must come by the school office to sign them out and secure a student pass.  Also any changes to your child’s dismissal pattern (going home with a friend, car instead of bus, etc.) must be submitted in writing (with parent signature) at least one day prior to the change.  The homeroom teacher and bus coordinator (if they ride) need to be informed.  This is for children’s safety and security.  We appreciate your assistance in knowing their whereabouts during dismissal and mode of transport home.

•  Cellular Phones, Electronics, and Other Valuables. Parents and guardians are requested to help make sure that students do not bring valuables to school such as cellular phones, electronic devices, large amount of cash, and expensive jewelry. When the children are swimming or involved in sports, remember that all jewelry and watches are removed for safety purposes.  Students are not allowed to wear valuables on sporting/P.E. days.  These items are very difficult to find once they have gone missing and there is no need for them in the ELC and Lower School.

•  Temporary Change in Contact Information.  For general information as well as security, medical and legal reasons, we ask for your support in completing our Temporary Contact Information form if travels require you temporarily leave a student in the care of another individual. Copies of the form are currently available in each of the school offices and can be downloaded from our website. We ask that you please submit the completed form to your child’s school office before your travels take place.