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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - November 27, 2015

 

In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Service Bus
Winter Bazaar
Primary News
Primary Movie Night
Secondary News
Photo Days
After-School & Saturday Clubs
From the Counselor

Coming Events

December

11 Ed-Ex: Swimming Races at MEFIS Istanbul
12 Tea Time with Principal
12 Ed-Ex - Year 1
13 Secondary Science Fair Y7-11
14 Ed-Ex: Secondary French Students
19 1.Trimester Report Cards
20 Winter Holiday (Dec 20 - Jan 02)

January

03 First day of Trimester 2

December Menu

Menu

Salad Bar

 

 

 

Message from the Principal

This time of the year is busy with student examinations in Upper Secondary, and report card preparation for all of the students. When progress reports are issued at the end of the trimester, you may note improvements suggested by our review committee to articulate a clearer expectation of student outcomes. If your child will not be able to attend for the last day of term, and you wish to receive a scanned progress report by email, please contact Ms Selin. The print copy can be collected in Trimester 2. In January we facilitate parent conferences, which offer an opportunity to discuss student learning face to face, or parents can request special meetings, by appointment, though Ms Selin.

Service Bus

This week Deputy Principal Ersoy Filiz and Assistant Business Manager Sercan Özer met with the bus hostesses to reinforce the bus safety rules. Hostesses were reminded of basic service bus rules as well as expectations in terms of providing a comfortable and safe journey for our students.They also completed several case studies especially focusing on different emergency situation scenarios. This meeting will be conducted twice a month throughout the school year.

Winter Bazaar

Parent Council is working hard to organise fun events for students to enjoy. As well as a wider range of parent run activities, there will be stalls selling food and gifts, student led activities and opportunities to buy raffle tickets with great prizes: Sun Express has donated a national air ticket; the Swiss Hotel offers a spa day and a lunch for two people. The tea-towel is going into production next week!

A kind reminder that your donations to the tombola stall are much appreciated. Suitable items are, for example, a bottle, chocolates and sweets, new toys, things in cans or jars, soaps and lotions, new books and seasonal gifts. If you can gift wrap your donation, even better!

Primary News

This is the time when teachers start reflecting on student achievement in order to write their reports. We have three reporting sessions: Trimester 1 in December , Trimester 2 in March and Trimester 3 in June.

During each trimester, teachers assess the students in a variety of ways in class; they evaluate their knowledge through written projects, oral presentations, class and group discussions, quizzes and unit assessments. In the core subjects of English/English Support, Maths and Science, at the end of each unit of study, teachers administer a unit test which gives them feedback on how the students are progressing and that informs their future planning. All data is recorded by the teachers through subject specific progress tracking sheets and shared with me regularly to identify students in danger of falling behind. Next week I will be meeting with Ms Tracey to look at the ES test results, and decide which students are ready to exit only the Additional English Support programme and join an Additional Language (French, Spanish or Turkish); which ones are ready to also exit the English Support programme and join the First Language classes; which ones need to continue with the ES programme. A letter will be sent home the last week of school with our recommendations.

This week in Primary English Support some of the classes have been learning how to read and write instructions. They looked at the words necessary to use when writing instructions; some of them include the following: put, place, first, next ,then, after, finally. The children wrote a recipe for a Friendship Pie and then actually made Jam Sandwiches in class. They were really yummy to eat judging form the photo! 

Primary Movie Night

The Parent Council and the Primary Student Council are excited to announce that we will have a Primary Movie Night this Thursday, December, 3rd for students in Years 1 to 6. The movie, ‘The Minions Movie’, will run from 4:30pm to 7:00pm with a pizza and popcorn break in the middle. 

Students who are not in after-school clubs on Friday will take part in some organised and supervised activities from 3:15 pm until 4:30 pm. For details, see the letter coming home today with your child or contact Mr Angus at kinga@mefis.k12.tr .

Secondary News

Examinations: Trimester examinations are now complete. Next week, students will receive the results of their examinations with specific guidelines from their teachers on how they can improve during the next trimester. 

Subject focus - Geography:

In Geography class, students learn about the physical features of the Earth as well as human demographics and movement. 

Year 7 students have been studying settlement, investigating the geographical and human factors that influence the choice of site and the growth and development of the settlement

Year 8 students are studying urban and rural environments.  They have created posters representing their interpretation of these environments.

Year 9 students have been studying urban design and have designed a city around natural features such as "Lake Nicopolis", according to theory on urban zoning.

At IGCSE level as part of the 'Industrial and Agricultural Systems' modules, students produced posters about a product of their choice, exploring inputs, processes, outputs and supply chain management.

At AS level, students are discussing migration, year 12 students produced UNHCR advertisements calling for funding amidst the Syrian refugee influx.

 

Photo Days

Photographs of students and their classes will be taken on Tuesday, December 2 and Friday, December 4.   Individual, class and sibling pictures will be taken both days according to a schedule. These pictures will be used in the school yearbook as well as other school publications.  If you also wish to purchase photographs from the photographer, please be aware that information and the form will be sent home on Monday with your child. To purchase the photo package for your child/ren, please  send the form back to Selin Belik (Academic Assistant) through your child no later than December 3rd.  If your child is absent on photo days in December, then in March we will be taking new photographs. Thank you!

After-School & Saturday Clubs

Last Friday, the Trimester 2 After-School and Saturday Clubs letter sent home with your child. We are pleased to announce that we will one again be offering a variety of sport and art activities: Drama, Football, Floor Ball, Gymnastics, Elite Competitive Swim Training, Swimming lessons, Basketball, Google Science Fair Club, Hawaiian Hula, Craft, Psychology and the Teenage Brain Study Group, Circus Skills: having fun with juggling, Zumba Kids, Film Making.

After-School Clubs will start on January 18th and will continue until March 22nd. Saturday Clubs will start on the January 16th and will finish on the March 19th. Reply forms must be received by Ms Selin Belik no later than Friday, December 4th. Families will be informed of confirmed club registrations the week of Monday, December 14th. If you have any questions, please contact the Clubs Coordinator, Ms Didem Budaĝycı at budagycid@mefis.k12.tr . 

After-School and Saturday Clubs booklet 

From the Counselor

Help Your Child Get Organized

This week I would like to share the article “Help your child get organized”, published by the website KidsHealth.org. Below you can find some highlights and my comments and suggestions on this topic. The full article can be found at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/<wbr></wbr>growth/learning/child_<wbr></wbr>organized.html#.

Easy as 1-2-3

For kids, all tasks can be broken down into a 1-2-3 process. Once kids know these steps — and how to apply them — they can start tackling tasks more independently. That means homework, chores, and other tasks will get done with increasing consistency and efficiency. This will help your child feel more competent and effective. Kids feel self-confident and proud when they're able to accomplish their tasks and responsibilities. They're also sure to be pleased when they find they have some extra free time to do what they'd like to do.

1. Getting Organized means a kid gets where he or she needs to be and gathers the supplies needed to complete the task. Explain that this step is all about getting ready. It's about figuring out what kids need to do and gathering any necessary items. You can help the child make and use a list to check off what's already done and get ready for what's next.

Counselor’s tip: To show steps needed to start on a task you can make lists using short sentences, words and/or visual cues such as pictures or drawings. Even better if you make this a fun moment with your child and involve him/her in this task and actively sharing ideas of what he/she thinks would be the best reminders for him/her.

2. Staying Focused: Explain that this part is about doing it and sticking with the job. Tell kids this means doing what you're supposed to do, following what's on the list, and sticking with it. It also means focusing when there's something else your child would rather be doing — the hardest part of all! Help kids learn how to handle and resist these inevitable temptations.

Counselor’s tip: You know your child better than anyone. We want this to be developmentally appropriate and accomplishable so your child can be successful. Start slow, with short tasks, and include short scheduled breaks in between. Another suggestion is to use a clock or timer to guide the child. Also, remember to structure the environment so it avoids unnecessary distractions that would make it harder for your child to focus. Again, aim for short tasks and steps, and then increase the time or number of steps as your child progresses.

3. Getting it Done: Explain that this is the part when kids will be finishing up the job. Coach your child to take those important final steps, such as checking the work, reviewing the steps taken, and putting on the finishing touches.

How to Start

Introduce the Idea: Start the conversation by using the examples of tasks, or show your child the kids' article Organize, Focus, Get It Done. Read it together and ask for reactions. Will it be easy or hard? Is he or she already doing some of it? Is there something he or she would like to get better at?

Get Buy-In: Brainstorm about what might be easier or better if your child was more organized and focused. Maybe homework would get done faster, there would be more play time, and there would be less nagging about chores. Then there's the added bonus of your child feeling proud and you being proud, too.

Set Expectations: Be clear, in a kind way, that you expect your kids to work on these skills and that you'll be there to help along the way.

Counselor’s tip: Setting the example and modelling positive behavior is a powerful tool. Show your child how you use some of these strategies in your everyday life. Make the steps you take for completing tasks visible to your child by saying it out loud while you are doing it. It shows your child how learning and practicing organization skills will be important for him/her for their entire life and how all of us had to learn it to become better at doing our jobs. Depending on your child’s age, you can also discuss how people learn differently and there are many ways to apply strategies, so it is all about finding what works best for you.

Make a Plan: Decide on one thing to focus on first. You can come up with three things and let your child choose one. Or if homework or a particular chore has been a problem, that's the natural place to begin.

Things to Remember

It will take time to teach kids how to break down tasks into steps. It also will take time for them to learn how to apply these skills to what needs to be done. Sometimes, it will seem simpler just to do it for them. It certainly would take less time.

But the trouble is that kids don't learn how to be independent and successful if their parents swoop in every time a situation is challenging or complex.

Here's why it's worth your time and effort:

-       Kids learn new skills that they'll need

-       They'll develop a sense of independence. It's a good feeling that will deepen over time as they learn to do even more without help. From these good feelings, kids begin to form a belief about themselves — "I can do it."

-       Your firm but kind expectations that your kids should start tackling certain jobs on their own send a strong message. You reinforce their independence and encourage them to accept a certain level of responsibility. Kids learn that others will set expectations and that they can meet them.

-       This kind of teaching can be a very loving gesture. You're taking the time to show your kids how to do something — with interest, patience, love, kindness, and their best interests at heart. This will make kids feel cared for and loved. Think of it as filling up a child's toolbox with crucial life tools.

Full article can be found at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/<wbr></wbr>growth/learning/child_<wbr></wbr>organized.html#

 

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