Vol. XXI • Issue 29 • March 22, 2019 •

 

Message From The Principal

Dear ELC & LS Parents,

We are heading to the field once again on Tuesday, March 26, for House Kickball! Combining soccer and baseball in one game is the perfect combination to get parents screaming with excitement. So, come join us and cheer for your child and his or her team! Here are the playing times of the different grade levels:

HOUSE KICKBALL TIMES

GR. LEVELBLOCKTIME
N/PK/KBlock 18:10 – 8:50
Grades 1 & 2Block 29:30 – 10:45
Grades 3 & 4Block 311:35 – 12:55
Grade 5Block 41:15 – 2:35

The Tech Festival is happening this coming week as well from March 26-28. The students have been working hard in Computer class to enhance their technology skills. A major highlight for Lower School is the LS Robotics Club’s RoboFest on Wednesday, March 27, from 2:35-3:30 p.m. at the Atrium. They will have three events, particularly featuring the SumoBots, RaceBots and Robot Showcase competitions.

Our visiting author, Steve Swinburne, is finally coming this Wednesday and Thursday, March 27-28, to Lower School. He will be with the ELC students on Wednesday and with the LS students on Thursday. We still have a few of Steve Swinburne books for sale. Drop by the ELC and LS Libraries to check them out and have them signed by Steve Swinburne.

As next week is the last week March, we are sharing with you the first draft of our April Calendar of Activities, highlighting the upcoming Annual Festival of the Arts from April 24-30. Other than the art exhibit, our ELC and LS students will also be showcased in various performances throughout the week. Check out the specific dates and times in the calendar below.

Finally, the 2019 Philippine Senate Elections will be conducted on May 13 (Monday). We will not have school on this day nor would offices be open. Please be guided accordingly.

May Godspeed,

admin-mjingco

Michelle R. Jingco
Principal

 

Important Dates

March
26 House Kickball
26-28 Tech Festival
27-28 Author Visit: Steve Swinburne
April
9 No School: Araw ng Kagitingan
12 N/PK/K Easter Egg Hunt
15-19 Easter Break
22 Easter Eucharist, 8:15am
23 Start of Spring MAP Testing (G3-5)
24-30 Festival of the Arts Week

 

KIDISMS

A Mint of Its Own

6-yr Old: Why don’t we buy this one, Mom?

Mother: We don’t have that kind of money, dear.

6-yr Old: I know! Let’s go home so you can get on your computer and print some!

Sharp as a Sharpie™

6-yr Old: Mom, can I have a Sharpie™?

Mother: What do you need a Sharpie™ for?

6-yr Old: This toy is almost a thousand. I only have a hundred.

If Only…

5-yr Old:  What’s an operation?

Miss Jingco:  It’s when the doctor would open you up, fix your insides and then stitch you back together again.

5-yr Old:  Ah. So it’s just one big ‘ouchie’.

School DNA

Fr. Jance:  “Where did you get all that singing and dancing talent?

K-2 Students:     “From Mrs. L!

 

Author Visit 2019

 

Tech Festival

 

Brent Plays the Olympic Anthem

As part of our Christmas Concert, Brent collaborated with the International Olympic Committee to perform the Olympic Anthem.

 

Reservation and Re-enrollment for SY 2019-2020

By April 22, 2019: Reserve a slot for the 2019-2020 school year, or withdraw

The Reservation and Re-Enrollment Form has been sent home with report cards. Please submit the form to Brent’s Cashier, and pay the fee, by April 22, 2019. This ensures that your child has a slot for the 2019-2020 school year, and that we can clearly communicate to inquiring families how many slots are available for new students.

A 100% refund of the Reservation Fee is available until June 14, 2019. If you are unsure of your plans for the 2019-2020 school year, pay the fee by the April 22, 2019 deadline to reserve the slot and then contact Brent’s Accounting Office for a refund at a later date, if needed.

If your child will not return in August, please visit the Registrar’s Office by April 22 to complete the withdrawal paperwork. We’re sorry to see you go, and wish you the best of luck!

The Cashier has extra Reservation and Re-Enrollment forms. It can be printed from the website in the “About” section, too.

Thank you for making an effort to meet the April 22 deadline to reserve or withdraw. It is important, and appreciated.

(This does not apply to current students in Brent’s Grade 12, or to students applying to Brent.)

 

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.

Guidelines

  • 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.