Dear Parents and Families,
Welcome to Second Grade! I hope you all had an amazing summer break.
I am Maritoni Roxas and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this school year. I am excited for the opportunity to get to know you and your child, and to be able to aid in their holistic development. I also look forward to the meaningful learning activities that I have planned for our classes. I am thankful to have your child in my class, and I believe our partnership will result in an engaging and fruitful learning experience to achieve your child’s highest potential.
On the following pages are the class schedule, distance learning expectations, and a brief introduction of your child’s teachers.
I believe that communication is the key to your child’s success and to a great parent-teacher relationship. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or if you want to provide any feedback you feel would enhance the process and allow for balance during this challenging time. You may email me at email@example.com. I look forward to meeting you and working with you in ensuring your child’s success this year.
Ms. Marie Antoinette C. Roxas
Grade 2MR Homeroom Teacher
Grade 2 Distance Learning Schedule
Note: Library and Guidance alternate weeks. Library will have classes on the 1st and 3rd week of the month and Guidance will have classes on the 2nd and 4th week of the month.
EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS
- Work with their peers and teachers to help maximize learning.
- Keep track of the class schedule. Be present and punctual for all classes.
- Prepare an appropriate work area conducive for learning to avoid distractions.
- Have all learning materials ready as necessary for each session.
- Dress appropriately in street clothes (no pajamas).
- Follow class rules and etiquette.
- Uphold academic honesty at all times.
- Meet submission deadlines
EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENTS
- Partner with the school to maximise the opportunities for learning of their child
- Create a home routine for their child that allows them to be ready to participate in class.
- Provide access to a device and the internet for their child.
- Assign an appropriate work area conducive for learning for their child to avoid distraction.
- Ensure availability of resources to facilitate their child’s learning.
- Ensure that their child is dressed appropriately in street clothes (no pajamas).
- Assign an adult to check on their child in terms of class attendance, work submission, and/or technical concerns.
HOMEROOM TEACHER: Ms. Marie Antoinette Roxas (Ms. Maritoni)
Ms. Maritoni is the homeroom teacher of Grade 2MR. This is her fourth year of teaching in Chinese International School Manila. Prior to CISM, she also worked as a school teacher in various levels in Australian International School. She graduated from De La Salle University with a degree in BS-Early Childhood Education and received her Teaching License in 2011. She has also acquired Masteral Units in Educational Leadership and Management from the same University.
MANDARIN TEACHER: Ms. Shaira Anne A. Catungal (Ms. Shaira/林老师 lín lǎo shī)
Ms. Shaira graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from De La Salle University-Manila in 2016. She got her teaching license the same year. She loves working with children; in fact, she started leading Girl Scouts at 14 years old. She has been teaching for four years and this school year will be her fourth year at CISM.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER: Mr. Zuriel Castro (Coach Zuriel)
Coach Zuriel handles the Physical Education class. He holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and is taking his Master’s degree in Human Movement Science from the same university. He has been teaching Physical Education for 6 years, and it will be his 2nd year teaching at Chinese International School Manila.
DIGITAL LITERACY TEACHER: Ms. Zen Martinez
Zen Martinez is the current Elementary School Digital Literacy Teacher for Grades 2 to 5. She graduated from University of the Philippines. Zen taught Digital Literacy in the Upper School division of Chinese International School Manila (CISM) from 2016 to 2019. She is a Google Certified Educator. Zen loves teaching and learning about Digital Citizenship, Google Apps, Scratch, Makey Makey, Robotics, and MIT App Inventor and more. Last school year, she co-moderated the CISM FIRST LEGO League (FLL) afternoon club who won the Rising Star Award in the FLL Philippines competition.
ART TEACHER: Mr. Nelson Suarez
Mr. Nelson immigrated to the Philippines about two years ago to live with his Filipina wife here. He’s lived in California, USA most of his life but he was born and spent his childhood in a small South American country, Ecuador.
Mr. Nelson is very passionate about Art and has been creating artwork since he can remember. He is also very curious about how things and nature work in general. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering to help satisfy that curiosity and worked in the field for some years, but he is very happy and feels very fortunate to now be teaching Art at CISM. Mr. Nelson specializes in painting but also practices lots of drawing and design periodically and has experience in clay sculpting.
He loves teaching elementary school because of the level of enthusiasm and engagement the kids have. He also believes that he can have a great impact in their lives at this stage. He learns and is motivated by the kids as much as they learn and are motivated by him.
MUSIC TEACHER: Ronald Peter T. Palma (Mr. Ronald)
Ronald holds a Bachelor of Music Major in Guitar degree from Centro Escolar University. In 2014, he earned his Master of Music in Performance: Guitar Arranging and Orchestration degree at IISF Nagoya Japan. Ronald has been teaching music for more than 15 years. This will be his second year teaching at CISM, and he is very excited to share his knowledge and God given talents with his students. He is married and has a son and a daughter.
GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: Ms. Grace Orden
Mary Grace (Gracie) Orden is in her third year with CISM and is in her 10th year as a Counselor. She will be working with Nursery-Grade 12 students. Prior to CISM, she was Counselor/Research Head for eight (8) years at a private school in Metro Manila. At the age of eighteen, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, majoring in Guidance and Counseling with units in Mathematics, while simultaneously obtaining her license as a teacher. After a year of practice, she acquired her Master’s degree in School Counseling and two years later, she passed the Philippine Licensure Examination for Guidance Counselors. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Clinical Counseling at De La Salle University Manila. Outside school, Gracie loves to travel and hike. To express her creative side, she does origami, video edits, and photography.