Vol. XX • Issue 13 • November 17, 2017

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FOURTEEN MORE SCHOOL DAYS

Effective today, there are only fourteen instructional days until First Semester Final Examinations begin on Tuesday, December 12. That’s seven Day “1” and seven Day “2” classes. Students really need to be focused on their academic responsibilities over the next four weeks. Stay academically focused!

 

ATTENTION ALL JUNIOR PARENTS

The counselors will be hosting a Junior parent presentation specifically for you.  Junior parents are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 22nd at 8:30am in U101 to discuss the college application process and the specifics about Junior and Senior year.

 

NO EARLY FINAL EXAMINATIONS

As a rule, we offer early examinations only to students who are withdrawing from our school at the end of the semester and in addition will be leaving the Philippines before the end of the final exam period. Students who want to leave the country in advance of the end of the semester on Friday, December 15, and who will be returning for the beginning of the second semester on Monday, January 8, 2018, will not be allowed to take examinations early. Instead, they will sit their semester exams in January when they return to school.

We publish our school-year calendar in February of every year thereby allowing all families to plan excursions that do not impact important instruction and testing days. If you have any questions or require additional information on this or any other Upper School matter, please ask. Thank you for supporting the Upper School.

 

 

NEW STUDENTS FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

If friends or family members are not yet part of the Brent Family, let them know that applicants can be considered now for Upper School for the 2018-2019 school year. (Middle, Lower, and ELC applicants will be considered as of January.)

Application documents can be printed from Brent’s website, or picked up directly from the Admissions Office. Please see the Application Checklist for complete information about the admissions process.

It is recommended to start the process as soon as possible. Slots in some grade levels will be competitive, and waiting could result in no available spaces for August.

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND ART EXHIBIT

On Monday morning, November 27, we are proud to present the Sixteenth Annual Art Exhibition. It will officially open at 9:30 a.m. in the Atrium with the band and string ensemble performing alongside our Ribbon Cutting. The following Tuesday evening, November 28, we are proud to present the Annual Christmas Concert featuring our Upper and Middle School students. Interested parents and students can come to the concert early and carefully view all of the pieces in the hallways surrounding the art rooms. The concert will start at 5:00 p.m. in Gym 1. All of our bands, our string orchestra, choirs and music classes will be participating in this musical extravaganza. Please save the evening and plan on attending, it promises to be some great Christmas cheer!

 

2017-2018 COUNSELOR COFFEE TALK SCHEDULE

Counselor Presentations in U101 from 8:30 – 9:30.

 

COLLEGE VISITS

Throughout the year various universities that give presentations about their school and the university admissions process in general visit us. Juniors and Seniors as well as their parents may be interested in attending the following presentations.

 

NEWS FROM THE ACTIVITIES OFFICE

 

IB CALENDAR OF DEADLINES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

All deadlines for the various IB projects, orals, research papers, EE, etc. are noted below. Parents please help our students stay organized with their IB assignments and due dates throughout the upcoming year.

 

SAT TEST DATES

Register early since usually the slots are full a few weeks before the deadline to register.

 

CLOSING OF SCHOOL – CANCELLATION OF CLASSES

Brent International School Manila adheres to the Storm Signal Guidelines established by PAGASA – (the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration). Accordingly, when storm signals are posted over Biñan, Laguna, classes will be affected as follows:

  • Storm Signal #1 Normal Operation: All Brent classes will proceed as scheduled.
  • Storm Signal #2 No Classes or Activities: No students or teachers are to report, however the school offices will remain open for the day. Administrators and office support staff report as usual if it is safe to do so.
  • Storm Signal #3 and #4 No School: The entire school operation will be closed. No classes, offices or activities will take place.

Please be aware that the storm signal for Laguna is not the same as that of Metro Manila. Weather reports regarding Manila, therefore, may not apply to the conditions at Brent.

Every attempt will be made to contact parents, students and teachers in the event of a cancellation of classes. When available and applicable, we use corporate texts to inform those whose cell phone numbers are registered in our system. If you have not heard from the school, you can assume that classes will happen as scheduled.

If you are still unsure, calling the school at +63-2-697-9043 or +63-49-511-4330 to 33 after 6:00 a.m. or checking to see if there is a notice on our website (www.brent.edu.ph) may help.

Finally, we realize that parents have the ultimate responsibility for determining whether or not their children go to school. Even if no order for the suspension of classes has been issued, if parents feel that traveling to or from school will place their children at risk, we certainly understand and will honor their decision.

 

COMMUNICATING WITH HOME

If there is anything else we in the Upper School can do to help you better understand our school, please feel to call us or stop by the Upper School Office. We thank you all for your continued support of the people and the programs in our Upper School.

Please also note that we have provided the names of all Upper School faculty on our website for ease of communication: http://brent.edu.ph/academics/upper-school/faculty/ For the most part Faculty emails are their first initial and last name followed by @brent.edu.ph.

Thank you, in advance for your support of the people and programs in our Upper School. Our doors are open and we welcome your presence. Working together, respecting one another, we will have an outstanding year. We wish you all the best, this school year!

Sonia Bustamante

SONIA BUSTAMANTE
Upper School Principal

Todd Wyks

TODD WYKS
Upper School Assistant Principal