Vol. XXI • Issue 24 • February 15, 2019 •


Message From The Principal

Dear ELC & LS Parents,

It was a very exciting two days of House Spelling Bee last Thursday and Friday.  Congratulations to all our Grade Level House Champions!!!

Grade LevelSpelling Bee ChampionHouse
1Yebyeol “Jennifer” KimGold
2Yeonhoo “Hugh” ParkGold
3Mohini Krishna LalwaniEmerald
4Pearl Herrera-LimGold
5Jacob LeeGold

This coming Monday, February 18, we are having our very first Grade 5 TEDx Manila Speech Competition. Join us to see and hear our fifth grade finalists take center stage and deliver their speeches in the Theater from 8-9:30 a.m.

Our Grade 4 and Grade 5 Camps are happening next week.  To all fourth and fifth grade parents, please guide your children in packing their own things. It is best that their belongings are properly labeled. Also, please make sure to contact the Clinic or your child’s Homeroom Teacher for any medications that need to be administered during Camp.

Lastly, Brent is hosting APAC Dance where we will have delegates from our APAC counterpart schools around Asia come for three days of dance workshops from Thursday to Saturday. They have a culminating dance presentation on Saturday afternoon, February 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Theater. Come support our dance troupe and visiting students.

Have a wonderful weekend!

May Godspeed,


Michelle R. Jingco


Important Dates

18 G5 TEDx Talk
20-22 Grades 4 & 5 Camp
25 No School
(EDSA Anniversary)
1 ELC Parent Talk: Literacy
9 Release of Report Cards/
Progress Reports
11 Parent-Teacher Conference Day
16 International Food Festival



No Make Overs

Teacher: You look very handsome in your hairdo today.

6-year old: Oh, I woke up like this.

How Old Are You?

“You don’t have to dress up as a 100 year old person,

Mrs. Madrid. You already look like a grandma.”

– KE Student

Cause and Effect

“My mom also takes my dad’s blood pressure at home.
She says it’s sometimes because of her.”

– 7 years old

Rock and Roll

“I like building rock towers; just don’t tell my mom. ”

– 3-year old


Online Version of Mid-Progress Reports and Report Cards

An online version of the Mid-Progress Report and Report Card will now be available through the BASIS Parent and Student Portal for Grades 4 – 12 and we hope to include Nursery to Grade 3 at a later date. This feature will be launched on March 8, 2019. Hardcopies will continue to be sent home for the third and fourth quarters this school year. Starting the 2019-2020 school year, Report Cards will only be available online and hardcopies will only be available upon request.


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.


FOODFEST Talent Show Auditions Set

Mark your calendars! Auditions for the International Food Festival Talent Show is happening from February 26-March 1. Auditions will be held at S119 and the Dance Room. For more information, please see or email Mrs. Lulu Floresca (lfloresca@brent.edu.ph).


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.