Vol. XX • Issue 23 • February 15, 2018

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2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Next years school calendar can be viewed on our website here: http://brent.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/school-calendar-sy-2018-2019.pdf

 

GRADE 10 IB COURSE SELECTION PROCESS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

After the orientation meetings about the IB Diploma Programme to parents in September to November and the IB course specific orientation sessions for students in January and February, the IB course selection process is the next step.  We are inviting parents of our grade 10 students to attend the meeting on Wednesday, March 7 at 1:25 PM to be held at the main hall of the Media Center.  An invitation will be sent to you through your grade 10 students to confirm your attendance or you can register online here.

 

GRADE 9 COURSE SELECTIONS

Our current Grade 9 students will be given their copies of the 2018-2019 Course Offerings booklet on Wednesday, February 28 during their Homeroom together with their Pre-Registration Form for next school year. Parents, ask your Grade 9 student to show you these materials because your signature is also needed on the form. Students need to select courses, complete the form, and turn it in to the Guidance Office by Friday, March 16th.

 

GRADE 8 COURSE SELECTIONS

The grade 8 orientation to Upper School is scheduled for Friday, March 9. Students will be given registration forms that day, which are due back signed by students, parents and teachers by Friday, March 16th.

 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES – MIDTERM PROGRESS REPORTS

Second semester Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, March 12 in Gym 1. Sign-ups will open Friday, February 23 online. All reservations are made on a first-come, first served basis.

We will also be collecting student progress information from every teacher effective Wednesday, February 28, collating it, and then sending home Midterm Progress Reports by Friday, March 9. A copy will also be given to you. The information contained in these reports as well as your student’s course selections for next school year will help focus the discussions during Parent Teacher Conferences on March 12.

 

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN VISITING ON MARCH 19

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be visiting us on March 19th at 8:00 am in U101 to talk about their degree and summer programs.  The SCAD representative will be presenting on the degrees in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, Hong Kong, and online via eLearning.  In addition, he will also share information on the summer programs available on all three campuses.

 

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FEST UPDATE!

Our International Food Fest is going to be soon: March 17!

Thanks to the parents who already volunteered to have food from their countries included in our giant food buffet!

We already have table heads for:

• USA
• Philippines
• France
• Korea
• Japan
• Switzerland
• Italy
• Thailand
• Indonesia
• India
• China
• Brazil
• Netherlands
• Turkey

Didn’t see your country on the list? Hurry! Email us & let folks enjoy some delicious food from your home country: iffbrent2018@gmail.com

All country tables get a food budget from the PTA. Hear from you soon!

 

NEW STUDENTS FOR 2018 – 2019

If a child of yours is not currently attending Brent but you are considering enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year, please submit an application to the Admissions Office. Applications are now being collected for all grade levels.

Some grade levels for August already have a Wait Pool in place. Completing the admissions process as soon as possible is ideal.

Application documents can be printed from Brent’s website, or a booklet can be picked up from the Admissions Office. As soon as the needed documents are submitted, the entrance exams and interviews can be scheduled.

If you have any questions please contact the friendly, helpful people in the Admissions Office.

 

GRADE 10 IB SUBJECT SPECIFIC ORIENTATION SESSIONS

March 7 marks the day when the official course selection happens. You will have to select IB courses that you will study for the last two years of high school. The school offer History and Geography in Grades 9 and 10. You will need to choose at least one (the most two) from Group 3 that opens up to six different IB courses. The sciences offers the three lab sciences, but in the IB grouping of subjects, there are two courses that have been added as offerings. There are also courses that you might want to participate but have not been part of grades 9 and 10 offerings.

To help you gain insights about the additional IB courses, we have designed a timetable that you can choose to attend. Both parents and students are welcome to attend the orientation sessions. I hope that this activity will help you decide the different courses that will comprise your IB Diploma package. It is important that you make realistic choices.

The schedule is as follows:

Interested parents are welcome to attend the session.

 

MANDATORY JUNIOR PARENT INTERVIEW WITH COUNSELOR

Reminder to all Junior parents. Please be sure to sign up for you Junior parent interview with your student and his/her counselor.  This is a very important part of the college and university application process.  Talk with your student and have them sign up outside of the guidance office.  Also, remember to bring your completed Parent Interview Questionnaire to the meeting.

 

2017-2018 COUNSELOR COFFEE TALK SCHEDULE

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

 

NEWS FROM THE ACTIVITIES OFFICE

 

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.

 

IB CALENDAR OF DEADLINES

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.

 

NOTICE ON EXPECTED STUDENT ATTIRE

Recently, we have noticed a proliferation of non-Brent tops, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, etc. being worn by Upper School students.

Students are reminded that as stated on page 43 of the BISM Student-Parent Handbook “students may only wear Brent-issued outer garments”.

Beginning on Monday, January 15, Upper School principals will begin confiscating all non-Brent tops that are spotted whether worn, carried, tied around the waste, slung over the shoulder, etc.

Any non-Brent top that is visible from the time students come on to campus until dismissal each school day will be taken.

Confiscated tops will be released to the student after the school day – only – and must be picked up directly from an US principal at their office.

The US office secretaries and staff will not be involved in keeping or releasing any clothing.

Students who have had a top taken on more than one occasion will have their tops kept for one calendar week.

There is a selection of school-issued tops available for sale in the Brent Tailoring Shop and the Activities Office.

We look forward to the compliance of all Upper School students.

 

UPDATE TO POS ACCOUNT

Please be reminded that textbooks and library books that have not yet been returned will be charged to your child’s POS account.

If in case a book has already been paid but found at a later date, it may still be returned to the Media Center and refunded at the Cashier.

 

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