Newsflash: February 8, 2024

Principal’s Corner

by Ms. Maureen Juanson, ES Principal

As a school that values a joyful and safe learning environment, CIS is dedicated to nurturing positive behaviors within and beyond the classroom. In addition to implementing Kelso’s Choice conflict-resolution framework, elementary school teachers have also begun integrating the Harmony SEL curriculum, aligned with the CASEL framework. Through this approach, we hope to be able to equip students with the necessary skills to confidently navigate conflicts with empathy, fostering a culture of respect and understanding.

Research demonstrates the significant role of social-emotional learning (SEL) in promoting the healthy development and academic achievement of all students. According to the research that was published in Panorama Education, schools with well-implemented and comprehensive SEL programs show an increase in students’ academic performance, a decrease in conduct or behavioral problems, and a positive impact on student well-being. This underpins the importance of integrating conflict-resolution strategies and Harmony SEL into our curriculum to support students’ SEL development.

CIS emphasizes the importance of the “Five Respects” in all we think, say, and do.  The elementary teachers guide students to demonstrate these values in their daily interactions. This commitment to social-emotional learning not only enhances academic engagement but also contributes to a positive classroom environment conducive to personal growth. It allows us to create a learning environment where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued.

We encourage families to extend these practices at home. Simple activities like active listening and empathy-building exercises provide opportunities for children to apply conflict-resolution skills in real-life situations. Asking students to reflect on the way their words and actions align with the “Five Respects” holds them accountable for the choices they make. We are hopeful that through our combined efforts at home and school, we will be able to foster a culture of compassion and responsibility within the broader community.

Upcoming events of note

  • Feb 8-18: G11/G12 Art Exhibition
  • Feb 9 (Fri): School Holiday
  • Feb 10 (Sat): Chinese New Year
  • Feb 12 (Mon 9-9:45 am): Chinese New Year Assembly (parents/guardians and family members are welcome to join us!)
  • Feb 15-23: G12 Mock Exams
  • Feb 20-23: Week Without Walls
  • Feb 24 (Sat): Public Holiday (Cebu Charter Day)
  • Feb 25 (Sun): Public Holiday (EDSA)
  • Feb 27 (Tue): G5 Students & Parents Info Session
  • Feb 27 (Tue, 7:30): PTA Coffee Morning

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

Make sure to check out the Art Exhibit from our Grade 11 & 12 DP Visual Arts Students on February 8 to 23 at the Canteen Annex!


Baz and Thor from Kinder/Grade 1, two of our young athletes who are members of the Makati Football Club x CIS ASA shone brightly over the weekend, clinching victory in the Ateneo Cup U6 division! Baz and Thor demonstrated amazing teamwork and skill on the field together with their teammates and embodying the spirit of the sport.

Congratulations to Baz for also being awarded the MVP of the U6 division!

Read more on Cebu Daily News: MFC Cebu highlights program via wins in SHS-AdC Football Cup

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor



February 13, 2024
March 12, 2024
Link to register

Luiss University – Rome (Italy)
Parents’ Role in Choosing a College –  This session is to assist students in making informed decisions about their career paths and to provide parents with the tools for guiding them in this choice.

February 15, 2024
10:00PM (PH time)
Link to register

Ask the Professor: Why Study AI and Financial Analytics at TrentU? These sessions are for undergraduate applicants, parents and counselors who want to learn more about Trent University.

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
March 9, 2024 February 23, 2024
May 4, 2024 April 19, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at

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