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Helpful “Holiday Hampers”

Dear Parents,                                              

As the holidays are approaching, Grade 6 would like to support one of our school service learning partners: PCF (Philippine Community Fund). This organization works to improve the quality of life for families living in the poorest Filipino communities.

 

We want to continue the sixth grade tradition of supporting and caring for needy families by providing them with “Holiday Hampers” of basic food. Every advisory class will sponsor two families and this year, teachers will work in pairs to support one family. Advisories will be divided into two teams. Each team will take on the responsibility for providing for one family. In total, the sixth grade community will provide “Holiday Hampers” to 41 families.

 

Below is a prescribed list of food items that each of the 40 families will receive. We want to keep the hampers the same so that there is equity between families. Each team will work together to come up with a plan of how to divide the required food items and their value evenly. We will spend time in Math to demonstrate how to apply fraction skills in real-life situation.

 

We will try to personalize the experience by providing the profile of the family that each team will be supporting. We would like our students to develop empathy for those families that are not as fortunate and realize that they have the ability to make a difference in their lives. We ask that you let your child shop with you for these items, so that they can become active participants in this service learning experience.

 

We ask that you please stay within the criteria for food items, paying close attention to the size of each item.

# Item (Approximate food supplies for 1 families of 4-6 people)
6 Canned meat products (~150 grams each can) i.e. Corned Beef, Sardines, Tuna, Ham, Turkey and/or Spam  ~ 40P per can
4 UHT carton of whole milk (1 liter each carton)  ~P per carton
3 Bags of rice (2 kilos each bag) 6 kilos all together   ~160P per bag
3 Packages of coffee 3-in-1 mixture (~10 servings per bag) – i.e. Nescafe  ~60P per pkg
15 Instant noodles (small packets) – i.e. Lucky Me brand   ~10P per packet
2 Bottles of cooking oil (1 liter each bottle)  ~100P per bottle
1 Bags of Sugar (1 kilo per bag)   ~50P per bag
2 Jars/bags of Spaghetti Sauce  (1 kilo each bag)   ~65P per bag
2 Bags of dried spaghetti pasta (1 kilo each bag)   ~100P per bag
1 Containers of grated parmesan cheese (~85 grams each) – i.e. Kraft   ~100P each
3 Packages of cookies   ~50-100P each
2 New, small stuffed animals – under 100 pesos

 

We appreciate your generosity and guidance with this service project. Your children and their teachers are excited about making a real difference in the lives of others during this holiday season. Thank you!

With kindest regards,

The Grade 6 Community

 

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents,

Parent Teacher Conferences (PTCs) in the Middle School are scheduled for Wednesday October 14, Monday October 19, and Tuesday October 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We will use an online reservation system for making appointments, and the system will open to parents at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 5. Here is a  step-by-step guide on how to make appointments for Parent Teacher Conferences.

In some instances a pre-booked conference time may be visible when you log onto PowerParent to schedule your conferences for October 14, 19 and October 20. The pre-booking was made upon the request of your child’s teacher. If a pre-booking has been made, you may change the given time slot to suit your availability but please do not delete it as this is a priority request. If you wish to know more about this request, please email your child’s teacher. In order to reserve an appointment, you will need your PowerSchool username and password. If you have misplaced or forgotten your PowerSchool login details, please call the MS Office at 840-8550 or 840-8575. You may also email Kristine Fong (fongkr@ismanila.org) or MS office (ms@ismanila.org).

This year, you will notice that we have acted upon parent and teacher feedback from last year’s PTCs and have added in an extra afternoon. There is now a sufficient number of time slots to allow parents to meet with the teachers they wish to talk with. During the three PTC afternoons, all teachers are available and so this makes it easier for parents to meet with numerous teachers on the same day or over the course of the three days. We respectfully request that parents endeavor to amend their schedules so they can attend the PTCs. This is the only time we can coordinate all of the teachers’ schedules and our ability to reschedule conferences will be limited.

News Updates

Dear Parents,

  1. CWW 

Our CWW  field trip is just around the corner. A lot of time has been invested to ensure a meaningful experience for all. After considering travel time and traffic congestion, we have decided that all students must be at school at 6:45 for a 7:00 a.m. departure time on Thursday, September 17.

For those students who take the bus, that will mean finding an alternate means of transportation to school so that your child arrives on time. Please make the necessary arrangements to ensure that your child is at school by 6:45.

Since we do not have a lot of storage space on the bus, please use the smallest piece of luggage or duffle bag to pack your child’s clothes and belongings. We also have sports, art and team building equipment that must fit within the limited storage space.

  1. July, August, September Birthday Celebrations – Monday, September 21

We have scheduled five days throughout the year to celebrate birthdays in the 6th grade.  Our first celebration is on Monday 21 September at 2:30pm.  We are asking parents of students with birthdays in July, August and September to bring in a plate of food. It can be a plate of fruit or something sweet, such as cupcakes or donuts, for about 20 students (No soft drinks, please!)

In order to avoid having too much of one food item, please click on the following link and indicate what you will provide:

Here is a link to the sign up:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445afac28abf49-birthday2

You will receive a reminder email the day before.

For further information, please contact one of the Grade 6 Parent Representatives, Eva Jordon (evajordan30@gmail.com) or Cindy Bryson (cindymbryson@gmail.com).

  1. Facebook Page

The PCA has started a Grade 6 Facebook page. Please take the time to join the group.

The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/514677628686268/

Have a great weekend!

 

Kind Regards,

Wayne Hamaguchi

Grade 6 Program Leader

 

 

 

 

Open House

The Sixth Grade Team is looking forward to meeting parents at tomorrow’s Open House. We hope to see as many parents as possible in our classrooms. Please remember to print out your child’s schedule so you can follow their routine for a normal day.

See you tomorrow