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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - May 27, 2016

 

In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Survey
Yearbook
Primary News
Secondary News
Parent Council Lunch
From the Counselor

Coming Events

October

17 Ed-Ex: Year 3
17 Principal's drop in session @ 14:15
18 Ed-Ex: Year 1
19 Parent Consultation Evening
20 Parent Consultation Day
24 Ed-Ex: HCS Year 5 & 6
26 Autumn Holiday (Oct 26-29)

November

07 Sports Day at the Gaziemir Municipality Athletics Track

June Menu

Menu

Salad Bar

 

 

 

Message from the Principal

In October 2015, our Geography teacher Mr Nico, set up the  Praxis Initiative which has provided over 50 hours of instruction to a group of 15-20 refugee children.  A team of 25 volunteers - all teachers and students from MEFIS Izmir - have been organising weekly activities for the children. The activities are creative and are inspired by the philosophy that all children, irrespective of their background, have an innate curiosity and desire to build. As the year comes to a close, the Praxis team proposed to take the children to the carnival in Izmir Fuar. Faculty and Student Council fundraisers this week raised a total of 350tl, making the field trip possible. We are proud of everyone in our community who has been involved. 

Survey

This week teachers, parents and students (Year 5 - 13) have been filling in a survey that helps to guide our planning for the upcoming year. If you have filled it in we thank you; if you haven't the forms are open until midnight tonight. 

Yearbook

In the past, families have been asked to order and pay for the Yearbook. This year, our Yearbooks are being produced in Istanbul and each child in the school will receive a copy as a gift at the end of the school year. 

Primary News

Our Early Years students did a fantastic job during their class presentations. Last Monday, May 23rd, Reception 2 students presented in front of their peers and families what they have learnt so far in Literacy and Numeracy. They performed two stories: The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk; they also talked about their learning centers and explained what they liked best doing in school. 

On Wednesday, May 25th, it was the Reception 1 class' s turn to present; the students sang a few of the rhymes and songs learnt throughout the year both in the classroom and during their Performing Arts lessons. Repetition of vocabulary through singing helps with language development, and we were all very impressed by the progress made by these students since the beginning of the year.

Special thanks go to Ms Banu, Ms Becca, Ms Didem and Ms Şirin for their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment in teaching our youngest learners.

R1 Assemby
R2 Assembly

Secondary News

Textbooks
Students who have finished their examinations may begin returning textbooks to the library.  Returning students who wish to keep textbooks or reading books over the summer must see our librarian to have them reissued. 

IGCSE, AS and A level examinations
The following examinations will take place this week.

Parent Council Lunch

From the Counselor

Values

There are many different definitions and interpretations about values, what values are and how to go about them. One way of understanding values is thinking about what is important in our lives and what gives us direction. Values help us make choices and deal with difficult situations. Values can guide our behavior and the life style we choose.

While thinking about and openly talking about your personal and family values, we learn a lot about what matters by observing daily attitudes. You may have seen the video widely promoted on social media called “Children see, children do” (https://youtu.be/7d4gmdl3zNQ). When we speak and act in coherent ways, we can promote a positive message to the ones around us.

Your beliefs and the importance you give to areas of your life such as family, friends, work, learning and education, the environment, fitness and health, fun, spirituality and religion, community and social work, material goods and physical appearance, moral values and manners, just to name a few examples, can add to the common values of your family. Being aware of these values and how they influence your life can help you reflect on the values you would like to pass along to your children.

What matters the most in your family? What actions do you take to promote and live by these values? Are there any values you wish you were investing more on? What can you do today about it?

Here is a suggestion of how to explore some of these questions about your personal values: http://media.psychology.tools/worksheets/english_us/values_en-us.pdf. There are many other tools available online, if you are interested in the topic.

Below you can also find some parenting articles about values. Hope the reflection is worth it!

Ms. Carol

barbozac@mefis.k12.tr

15 ways to raise a child with great values

http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/character/values

Values matter: using your values to raise caring, responsible, resilient children

http://centerforparentingeducation.org/library-of-articles/indulgence-values/values-matter-using-your-values-to-raise-caring-responsible-resilient-children-what-are-values/

 

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