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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - May 12, 2017


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
Parent Council
Message from the Counselor

Coming Events


29 Performing Art Show 13:00 - 14:30
30 Primary Science Fair @ 14:10 for Years 1 to 6
30 R1 assembly @ 9:00 in the gym


01 Ed-Ex: Year 6
07 Year 13 Graduation @ 18:00
08 Year 6 Graduation @ 14:10
11 R2 Graduation @ 14:15
12 Talent Show @ 13:00 in the gym
12 Gymnastics Display @ 15:00 (CLUB)
13 Last Day of the Students & Final Report Cards @ 13:00

May Menu


Salad Bar





IWAI - International Food Festival postponed to Autumn 2017 due to the Ramadan this month.


Dear Parents

Re-Registration Form

If you are re-registering for the 2017/2018 Academic Year, please ensure that you have returned to me your re-registration form.  This is now a Ministry of Education regulation so I would be very grateful of your support.

Placement Fee

Further to my previous communication I would like to remind you all that if you pay the placement fee by 15 June there will be no increment to the tuition fees next year.  If the placement fee is received after 15 June there is a 1% increment.

Alison Yeşildağ


Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I want to draw your attention to the wonderful piece of art produced by our primary students during Earth Day. It is made from recycled floppy discs and now hangs proudly in our school cafeteria.

Secondly, please see below for more information from our Parent Council about their involvement in our Spring Fair. One of the events they are doing is “Stick the Principal to the Wall”. I can’t say that I am actually looking forward to it but as the Principal I do need to support fundraising! You can get an idea of what will happen to me from the picture on the right. Help!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you at our Spring Fair tomorrow,

Ulfet Okbay

R2 Zoo Excursion

Primary News

Just a reminder about the Cambridge Progression Tests, which students in Years 3 to 6 will be sitting between May 22-26. These tests assess the progress made by the child throughout the whole year in English/English as a Second Language (ESL), Maths and Science. They provide teachers and parents with valuable feedback on which learning objectives have been met. The tests are marked internally by the classroom teachers; a report is then generated through Cambridge on the basis of their results and sent home to families in June prior to the Trimester 3 report cards.

There are two papers for Science, three papers for Maths (including a Mental Maths test) and two papers for English and ESL. Students scoring between 0-39% (bronze certificate) demonstrate to have a basic grasp of the curriculum content and have achieved a few of their year level learning objectives and are working towards achieving others. Students scoring between 40-79% (silver certificate) demonstrate to have a sound grasp of the curriculum content and have achieved many of the learning objectives as expected for their year level. Students scoring 80%-100% (gold certificate) have an excellent grasp of the curriculum content and have successfully achieved the majority of the objectives taught that year.

To view the schedule, please, click on this link. Do not hesitate to contact me and/or your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions. 

Sara BorgarelliDeputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

On Thursday 11th May all students in Lower Seconday, Year 7, 8 and 9, had the chance to visit Izmir Kuş Cenneti (Birds Sanctuary) in Sasali. Kuş Cenneti is a lovely setting, with lagoons and Mediterranean vegetation. More than 5,000 birds can be found there. Around 295 different bird species and others stop off temporarily at different times throughout the year.

Students started the excursion by attending an interactive presentation made by Dr. Ömer Döndürena (biologist and ornithologist) where they learned about the numbers of different species and the birds' migration that brings them to the park. In addition, they had the opportunity to watch flamingos dance ‘live’. Afterwards, they went through the park, hosted by Dr. Ömer, where they were fortunate to see flamingos, oystercatchers and sanderling birds as well as wild horses. 

This field trip was organized by the Secondary Science Department to provide students an opportunity to see wild species in their natural habitat  and a moment to appreciate the relevance of biology and the diversity of this region as well as learning in a different context.

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal (Secondary)

Parent Council

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to welcoming you tomorrow at our MEFIS Spring Fair. There will be a lot of fun games for our children. To name only one, we will be having a water balloon fight at one o clock on the red pitch. If your child wishes to participate in this activity, you might want to bring clothes to change into or bathing suits .

Please don't forget to fill out and return the invite to the breakfast on Sunday, 28th May. These invitation letters were distributed to your children yesterday in school. A set breakfast and tea is provided for free. It is an invitation to celebrate the past school year and to thank all of you for your help and support. It will be in Vera Melissa in Urla Iskele.

Please click here for a map.

Address: İskele Mahallesi, 2018/11 Sokak No:4, 35340 Urla/İzmir

Phone: (0232) 752 00 98

See you tomorrow!

Parent Council

Message from the Counselor

Children’s Emotional Well-Being: Eight Practical Tips for Parents

(by Joanne Foster, EdD for the website The Creativity Post)

I came across this excellent article to share with you today. Enjoy the highlights below and check the website for the complete article!

“Kids who have a positive perspective about the ups and downs of daily life are better able to stretch themselves cognitively, creatively, productively, and socially. Those who are able to manage their emotions are stronger for it. They’re ready to welcome learning experiences; to ask questions; and to discover new, creative, and comprehensive ways of thinking about the world around them.

Regardless of age, personal growth is about competencies and opportunities—but it’s also about how a person feels when doing things (...). And, because there’s a harmonious interplay between how kids feel and what they do, their emotional needs should not be overlooked when thinking about how to support their intellectual development, skill-building efforts, creativity, or overall well-being.

Emotional literacy is a fundamental aspect of healthy child development. The following suggestions are for parents who are seeking to help kids strengthen their emotional capacities:  

1. Be aware. Pay attention to children’s reactions and behaviors (…)

2. Identify causes. Help kids recognize the causes that underlie the feelings they’re experiencing. Encourage them to name and to acknowledge those feelings in order to gain self-awareness.

3. Communicate. Talking about emotions with others can be an effective way to deal with them. (…) Be patient. Don’t rush, or attempt to diminish children’s concerns, or gloss over them.

4. Value self-reflection. Model and reiterate the benefits of thinking things through. (…) Children may need relaxation, unstructured play, fewer demands, music, or alone time in order to calm down, get a handle on what they’re feeling, and consolidate their thoughts.

5. Encourage resilience. Help children develop the ability to deal effectively—and creatively—with setbacks, and also with changes and transition times. (…) Children may require extra support to know that it’s okay to have these feelings, and that they can be reconciled.  

6. Foster relationships. (…) Because relationships with family and friends affect the way we feel, it’s important to encourage children to forge solid connections, to learn about give-and-take and conflict resolution, and to develop and use strategies that will keep interactions on an even keel.

7. Consider self-esteem. Children often face uncertainties, have to cope with competitive environments or situations, or meet difficult expectations. Many kids struggle with confidence. Help them believe in themselves. Reinforcement and encouragement from parents can go a long way toward strengthening children’s self-esteem, and instilling feelings such as optimism and relief.

8. Remember the givens. There are certain non-negotiables that fortify children’s emotional development and sustain their well-being. For example: safety, unconditional love, connectivity, honesty, understanding of and respect for their feelings, and sensible and fair guidance, .”

To read the full article click here

Carolina Zambom Barboza

School Counsellor




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