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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - December 04, 2015


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary Student Council
Winter Fair
Secondary News
Primary News
From The Counselor

Coming Events

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December Menu


Salad Bar




Message from the Principal

This week the Student Councils of Primary and Secondary School have organised social events after school. Such opportunities for the students to be together socialising are important for building a sense of community. I would like to thank the teachers and staff who have helped to facilitate, especially Mr Angus, Ms Meral, Ms Sara and Ms Edria. Students who hold a position on Student Council benefit by developing leadership and organisational skills, as well as seeing the enjoyment their efforts give the other students.

Primary Student Council

Primary Student Council, with help from Parent Council, hosted a Movie Night on Thursday, which was a resounding success. Fifty-five Primary students had a wonderful time watching, Minions, playing some games, and eating pizza. The students had a great time, as did the volunteers. Thank you to all of those who helped to make this a success, and thanks to all of the students who participated. We are looking forward to doing it again in the New Year.

Winter Fair

Today your (oldest) child will have brought home a plate for the cake walk, and some raffle tickets. We would appreciate your participation but please do not feel that it is mandatory. There are some spectacular raffle prizes this year! Donations for the tombola are still being accepted too. 

Please find the Winter Bazaar Food & Drink Menu and Activity Price List

Secondary News

Internet Safety

Our Upper Secondary assembly focused on the importance of internet safety. Our ICT teacher, Mr Imran, asked students to compare their online actions with offline ones. The presentation covered illegally downloading music and software, knowing the identity of online friends and sharing information on social media.  For lower secondary students this information is taught during their ICT lessons.

Parents are encouraged to discuss information safety with their children. As an introduction to this subject for you, the assembly presentation can be found here.  

Subject Focus - Economics

Understanding the principles of economics is important for future global citizens and is important in many careers including sales, marketing and engineering. To develop global citizens, we expose students to economic realities around the world.

In economics classes students have been learning about the fundamental relationship between supply and demand  at IGCSE level  and economic systems and globalisation at AS and A level. 

On Thursday 3 December, Mr. Tomi Vainionpaa, Program Director at Swedish communication pioneer Ericsson, visited AS and A Level Economics classes to inspire young minds. He made a presentation about his educational  background and past experiences. He shared his memories with the students about his expat life that took place in the Middle East for the past ten years. He spoke about the challenges of running a business including recruiting and managing personnel and projects.

The presentation was followed by a question & answer session which allowed the learners to find out more about Mr. Vainionpaa's business life and experiences. The students were eager to ask questions and had a lively discussion at the end of the lesson.

Primary News

Last Thursday, December 3rd the Reception 1 students had the opportunity to go and visit the Izmir Zoo in Çiĝli with their teachers. The students experienced the animals and the habitats they live in. The Reception 1 unit theme for this second half of trimester 1 has been 'Animals', and students have been doing and will continue doing a variety of activities, such as: in literacy,  reading books about land and sea animals, listening and responding to stories about animals living in different habitats; in Maths, counting animals, sorting and grouping animals by habitat, creating geometric insects using their knowledge of shapes; in Performing Arts, exploring dances and songs from the ocean, the  grasslands, the rivers and the deserts.

From The Counselor

Problem-solving and decision-making are vital skills to help children be successful academically and socially. Below you can find an article from Parents Magazine with some ideas to help foster the development of these skills. As your child masters it, you can also discuss important and more complex issues such as what to do when someone is doing something they know is wrong or are not comfortable with, how to stand up for what they believe in, and understanding other people’s perspectives and respecting their decisions. Hope you enjoy it!

Ms. Carol

Teaching Your Kid to Make Good Decisions

By Tamekia Reece from Parents Magazine (Full article at

"It's normal for 5- and 6-year-olds to make snap judgments about certain things.  Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., a child psychologist and author of Freeing Your Child From Anxiety. The reason is their lack of experience. "Until now, parents made most of the decisions, but when kids enter school, their world expands and there are more opportunities for them to voice their preference," she says.

Learning to make their own choices helps children be more independent, responsible, and confident, so decision-making is a good skill to emphasize. While your child won't become decisive overnight, there's plenty you can do to help him work through the "yes, no, maybes."

Put On a Show
The next time you're pondering a situation-whether it's what to make for dinner or when to take the dog for a walk—go through the process aloud with your child, suggests Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D., a child psychologist at Children's Medical Center Dallas. "Describe the pros and cons of each option, compare them with one another, and talk about anything else that will help you reach the decision," he says.

Allowing your child to see how you arrive at your conclusions will help him understand the effort that's required and give him a road map to follow when making decisions of his own.


Limit the Options
"Research shows that if we have too many choices, we get overwhelmed because we don't want to reject too many things," says Dr. Chansky. Narrow down the choices to a few and then let your child pick. Kids need experience becoming good decision makers, so practice helps.

Size It Up
Children often get stuck trying to decide something because they think every decision is a huge deal. Helping your child learn the different levels of decisions can ease his worry—and save you both a lot of time. Explain that small decisions, like what snack to take to school, can be made quickly; medium decisions, such as which book to get from the library, require a little more thought; and larger, more important ones, like choosing a sport to participate in, call for more time and consideration.

Play the "What If" Game
When kids ask themselves questions or make compare-and-contrast evaluations, they're actually slowing down their thought process, so they are better able to think things through, says Michelle P. Maidenberg, Ph.D., clinical director of the Westchester Group Works, in Harrison, New York. You can help your child get used to this way of thinking by giving her scenarios that require choices and fundamental problem solving. Asking how she would handle it if two classmates invited her to super-cool birthday parties at the same time on the same day or what she would buy if she won $10 in the school raffle are interesting ways to engage her critical-thinking skills and sharpen her decision-making abilities, says Dr. Maidenberg.

Allow Poor Decisions
Of course, you know what could happen if your kindergartner takes his entire allowance to school. But if he still insists after you warn him that he could lose the money, let him carry it to school. "As long as it isn't a matter of health or safety, it's important for children to make some bad decisions because it helps them learn to consider consequences," says Dr. Stavinoha. When your son comes home crying because he dropped a dollar in the playground at recess, you can bet that he won't fight you about leaving most of his money at home next time.

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