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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - September 9, 2016

 

In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
Parent Council Coffee Moment
Parent Volunteers
From the Counselor

Coming Events

September

21 Parent Council Coffee Morning @ 10:00

Reminders

- Students will be dismissed every day at 15:15; parents are kindly reminded to wait outside B block, unless raining or cold, to avoid congestion in the corridor. Reception 1 and 2 students will be exiting the building from the back exit through the Early Years garden. Thank you for your cooperation.

- For all the newly registered students, if you have not already done so, please submit the following hardcopy passport size pictures to Alison in the Admissions Office.

    Student: 4 passport size pictures

    Parents: 2 of each mother and father.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

I would like to ask for your support on three issues this week.

The first issue concerns families using the school bus company. The bus behaviour contracts were distributed to your children today. These contracts must be read and signed by you and your child and then returned to school. (We do not expect a signature from students below year 3.) You may access a soft copy of the bus behaviour contract HERE. I would appreciate it if you could go through the rules with your children to ensure that they understand them. Consequences for students who do not abide by the rules are stated on the bus behaviour contract.

The second issue concerns our secondary students. There has been a dress code for our secondary school students for some years now. To view the dress code click HERE.  We have a dress code because we believe that students should dress in a manner that is safe, conducive to learning and aligned with the cultural values of our school and its host country.

Unfortunately, I have noticed that many students have been reluctant to follow it. This week, I have spoken with all our secondary students to ensure that all misunderstandings are removed and that everyone is aware of the dress code. I have also explained that after our return from the holiday there will be consequences for those students who come to school in the wrong apparel. These start with asking the student to change into their PE clothing. If they do not have their PE kit or other appropriate clothing at school, we shall be phoning you, the parents, to bring them appropriate clothes. The student will not be able to join his or her class until they have the correct attire.

Thirdly, I would like to ask for volunteers for our nutrition committee. This committee, chaired by Ms. Sara, consists of teachers, parents, our nutritionist and chef. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 3.30 pm. If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions, please email Ms. Sara.

Wishing you all a happy holiday,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

The first 'real' week of school has gone by and students have started getting used to their class routines and teachers' expectations. I hope your children are coming home excited and happy, and not too tired. 

Assessments have been carried out and English Support placements have been made. If you have a question regarding these initial diagnostic tests, please speak to your child's teacher or myself (borgarellis@mefis.k12.tr ). After the bayram holiday our new Primary English Support teacher will be able to start; I remind you that English Support (ES) lessons are in place of First Language English/Literacy lessons, and Additional English Support lessons (AES) are in place of Additional Language lessons (French, Spanish and Turkish). Our Reception 1 teacher will also be able to join us after the holiday, while our new Learning Support teacher will be coming towards the end of the month. 

After the Bayram holiday, teachers will also start to give weekly homework; once accessible, please check your child's Google site for more information. According to our policy, students are required to spend the following amounts of time on weekly homework: 30 minutes per week at Years 1/2; 45 minutes per week at Years 3/4; and 60 minutes per week at Years 5/6.  Students will also receive daily reading, mental maths and spelling to complete. At any time, if you think your child is receiving too much or too little homework, please let their teacher and/or myself know.

Soon your children will be issues with PE kits but in the meantime, please provide them with a change of clothes and a pair of clean sports shoes on PE days. From October, once a week students in Years 2-4 will be doing swimming and students in Years 3-6 will be learning personal survival skills in the swimming pool. Younger students from Reception 1 to Year 1 will start swimming lessons in trimester 3. If you have any questions about the PE programme, or swimming specifically, please contact our PE teacher at bayiks@mefis.k12.tr .

I wish all of you a pleasant and relaxing holiday; see you all back refreshed on Monday, September 19th.

Secondary News

Upper Secondary Course changes

The last day for students to make course changes is September 23. Students should seek advice before changing courses to ensure they will meet the requirements for their chosen further education. 

Statements of grades

Statement of grade certificates for students who entered IGCSE AS or A level examinations in June, can be collected by arrangement from Ms Selin Belik

Preparing for a successful year

In order to achieve results that reflect their ability, it is essential for students to make a good start to the year and maintain good work habits throughout the year. Here are some guidelines to ensure a successful year: 

Students should: 

·  Have the right equipment for each class and bringing it to each lesson. 

·  Plan their week to ensure they have sufficient time for both study and leisure activities. 

·  Keep class notes neat and in order.

·  Ask for help when they first have difficulties.

School Supplies 

Calculators - All students taking a mathematics or science course should have a basic scientific calculator. Calculators must NOT have a graphing display, show working or calculate indefinite integrals. If you are unsure whether your child's calculator is suitable please check with their Mathematics or science teacher. 

Dictionaries - Students are encouraged to use translation dictionaries in class as needed. Translation dictionaries can also used in some IGCSE examinations.

Electronic translation devices are permitted in class but as they are not permitted in examinations, a paper dictionary will also be necessary. 

 

 

Parent Council Coffee Moment

During the year the PC organises also monthly coffee mornings for all parents. The coffee mornings are organised all over Izmir and locations vary during the year. During these coffee mornings, parents have the opportunity to meet other parents and also share their ideas, comments and questions. The PC uses this input for the official meetings with the school management in Izmir. We would like to invite you all for our first coffee moment at Friday September 23rd at 13.30 at the Early Years garden (playground on the right side of the school).

Please remember that you're all invited PC Coffee Moment on Friday September 23rd at 13.30 at the Early Years garden, let us spend a love time get to know parents,  welcome new parents, and get to know our new Principal Ulfet Okbay,  looking forward to see all of you!

Parent Council

Parent Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer your time to help in the library or during special activities or events, especially in Primary, please contact Sara Borgarelli, Volunteer Liaison, at borgarellis@mefis.k12.tr .

From the Counselor

Student Leadership and Student Council

This week we have started talking about the MEFIS Izmir Student Council (STUCO). This year, Mr. Angus and Ms. Carolina will be running the STUCO differently: there will be one united group of students representing both Primary and Secondary school, working together for our common goals of helping the school, helping the community and having fun as a school. 

All classes from Year 2 all the way up to Year 13 will choose a Class Representative, a class leader that will be in charge of maintaining open and clear communication between all students in the group and the STUCO. They will be assigned tasks and participate in weekly meetings during lunch recess time.

In addition to the class representatives, Upper Secondary students will have the opportunity to run for an officer position. The officers have different roles and responsibilities and will be the ones actually running the STUCO, with guidance from the teachers. Officer candidates must apply for a position and prepare a campaign, including posters and a speech, and participate in the election process (voting will take place on September 26th for all Y2-13 students). 

HERE you can find more information about STUCO and the important dates that are coming up soon!

 

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