April is Poetry Month and here at CISM, we celebrated it one bright and early Wednesday morning with performances by our very own faculty and staff.
The Upper School Library transformed into an Open Mic Poetry Cafe, hosting an event called EVOKE, which means to elicit a response; to stir up, awaken—precisely what we hoped the spoken poetry and song numbers would do.
Everyone was wearing pink to honor the school declaring that particular Wednesday, April 11, as the International Day of Pink: symbolizing our stand against bullying, and rude and disrespectful behavior.
This event once again proved that time flies when you’re having fun. 45 minutes was waaay too short for all our talented faculty and staff! Keep an eye out for round two!
“Today you are you, that is truer than true!
There is no one alive that is Youer than You!” – Dr. Suess
Last March 1, the CISM library hosted a small celebration for the 114th birthday of the iconic children’s book author Dr. Seuss. The event focused on the author himself and the children’s books that he wrote.
The Lower School library invited classes to experience various fun-filled activities.
Early Years and the Elementary students had read aloud classes of Dr. Seuss’ children’s books. Students love the stories specially the Green Eggs and Ham and Lorax.
Students had the chance to compete with their classmates in the Cat’s hat Tower Challenge and Cat’s hat Balancing Relay Race. They were all competitive and determined to win the game.
1 minute to win it! Teams in the Cat’s hat Tower Challenge had to build the tallest tower made of paper cups in 1 minute. Members of the winning team received a small gift from the library.
In the Dr. Seuss Memory Game, kindergarten students enjoyed flipping and finding pair of cards with characters from Dr. Seuss’ children’s books.
Grades 1 and 2 had fun learning facts about Dr.Seuss and characters from his books in the Dr. Seuss game using Kahoot! Grade 1 students even asked to play Kahoot! again the following week.
A lot of students tried their luck in the Estimation Game. They were all curious about the prize even before the start of the game. Each student had a chance to make one guess.
Someone got the right answer, can you guess who?
A student from Grade 1 TR gave the exact guess of 84! Her guess won her a brand new backpack with school supplies and Dr. Seuss’ activity book.
We also invited the students to try the Dr. Seuss Photo booth.
We know the celebration is short and we need to hurry.
But still we hope you had fun and we made you happy!
As you might have seen in our last post, we had quite a number of activities lined up for February And while we were busy executing all the plans we had, the students were even busier hurriedly taking part in all of it!
For example, for this Post-It! activity, students were very eager to share the name/s of book characters they would want to meet if given the chance.
We also had Who Said That? — another interactive activity where students paired lines from literary classics with their respective book titles.
First two participants who were able to pair everything correctly got to take home backpacks from National Book Store!
Towards mid-February, in celebration of Chinese New Year, we had red lantern riddles—
These were such a big hit among the students! You could see they really enjoyed exercising their brains and beating each other to it
And finally, for Upper School students specifically, we had Book Tasting: a whole period that each class got to spend inside the library sampling books from different genres with the purpose of helping them discover reads outside their comfort zone, and awakening new interests.
We had a fancy-looking buffet (of books, of course!), complete with soft instrumental bossa nova playing in the background to make it even more ambient.
Definitely something we’d like to repeat!! Until next time!
The holiday season has come to an end but we still have lots to celebrate here at CISM!
For February, we have Chinese New Year, Valentine’s, AND Library Lovers’ Month.
Mark your calendars and make sure to drop by your Upper and Lower School Libraries sometime! We have the following activities lined up for you
Happy Friday, all!
It is officially one week since Book Week 2017 came to a close. This year’s theme from the International Association of School Librarianship is Connecting Communities & Cultures. In line with this, we invited a handful of administrators and faculty members to tell stories to different classes, each story originating from or discussing different countries.
For China, we had our School President, Ms. Felicia Atienza
Head of Schools, Mr. Tim Boulton, for Canada
Faculty members: Ms. Madhu Saini, Ms. Iris Morga, Ms. Hazel Wong, and Mr. Juan Jose Del Alamo representing India, Philippines, China, and Spain respectively.
Aside from this, we had an International Bookmark Exchange Program. The students were asked to design bookmarks and we sent these out to our partner schools in China and Guatemala. We also received bookmarks from said partner schools and we distributed these among CISM students.
Our biggest event for Book Week was Book Character Dress Up Competition for Early Years/Elementary School, and a Book Trailer Competition for Upper School.
Each winning class received a giant ribbon and a pizza party to celebrate their victory
We are so thankful for everyone’s participation—Book Week turned out to be a big success! We are definitely looking forward to the next!
Celebrate United Nations Day with these books about countries and cultures around the world!
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The World Factbook :https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Unied Nations Lessons: http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/united_nations_day_resources.shtml
United Nations Day History and Activities: https://www.teachervision.com/united-nations/united-nations-day-history-activities
Culture Crossing: a Basic Guide to Countries: http://www.cultureready.org/blog/culture-crossing-basic-guide-countries
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These are just a few of great spooky books that you may borrow from the library:
- The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine - we just got a whole new set of this series in the library.
- Cirque du freak series by Darren Shan
- Bites : scary stories to sink your teeth into., edited by Lois Metzger
- Scary fairy tales series, comp. by Vic Parker
- Monsters series by Peter Castellano
- Ghost hunters series by Cornelia Funke
- and more
We are thrilled to share with you some exciting opportunities in store for your child in our library program this year :
Our program will be promoting the very best of children’s literature to your child with activities designed to help student’s enjoy the stories even more.
We will be doing our very best to get (or keep) your children “hooked on reading” by recommending specific reading materials to each individual.
We have added more or less 800 new titles this year of the latest and most exciting new books for our students, including quality non-fiction to help meet the Common Core requirements
Students from each grade level will be learning information literacy skills specifically suited to their developmental needs.
We will be working with classroom teachers to help them find materials especially suited to the individual interests and abilities of your child.
Library lessons will stress good Digital Citizenship, helping your child make safe and ethical decisions when using the Internet.
0ur Fiction collection is now classified by genre, making it easier for our students find what they want to read according to their interests.
We have a lot of special events being planned, such as our annual Book week celebration, book fairs, and reading contests.
The library team is ready and excited about this year and is committed to helping your child become a critical thinker, enthusiastic reader, skillful researcher, and ethical user of information.
It is the privilege of the Library Team to launch the new books collection during a “Coffee With New Books” event held last Wednesday morning, 18 April 2017.
We were thrilled to showcase the Eric Carle and Patricia Polacco collection, debuting authors of fiction books such as Dave Eggers, Maria Davana Headley, Cassandara Clare, and Pierce Brown to name a few for the fiction section. We also have multicultural titles, self-help books and numerous non-fiction materials for research.
Our esteemed faculty from the Early Years, Elementary, Middle School and High School levels graced the launch. Here are some of the snapshots during the event.
The Library and English Department would like to thank Mr. Marlo Cabrera for being our honored speaker in the Spoken Word Workshop for the CISM Middle School students held on the 14th of March 2017.
Mr. Marlo Cabrera is a third year Entrepreneurship student who enjoys writing poetry and making art. He is an Executive Director of Risen Collective, an art organization composed of college students from McKinley Hill. Mr. Marlo has also been part of multiple organizations namely Logos, The Upward Project and a Folio called Ampersand.
Mr. Marlo guided the MS students as they wrote their own pieces. Some students did poems about food, war, the beach, and the CISM family. In his short history overview, he mentioned the presence of Spoken Word in the Philippines as early as the staging of “Balagtasan.” As event highlights, Mr. Cabrera showcased his skills in Spoken Word poetry when he performed his original pieces on “anti-bullying” and the complex matter called “love.”
Here are some snapshots during the Poetry Workshop:
A student performs a poem made by some of her classmates.
Students consult with Mr. Marlo their chosen topics.
Students were asked to narrow down their topics and use similes, hyperboles, and metaphors as they write their pieces.
Mr. Cabrera’s Poetry Workshop with the next batch of CISM students at the Upper School Library.
After writing, some of the writers were called in front to share what they have created.
Mr. Cabrera also shared tips and reminders when doing your Spoken Word Performance.