Posted by teacherjulie @ 5:19 pm

The opening of the school year is something families anticipate and prepare for every year. Families do not just save for the tuition fees but also for related stuff like uniforms, books, school supplies, and dorm fees for those who study far from home. There are as well unforeseen expenses which should also be reckoned with by the astute budgeter.

Yes, it takes the whole family to help in financial management when it comes to school-related expenses. It is practical to involve even the young ones in this understaking for them to understand why some things need to be cut back or why  certain supplies have to be reused.

The dilemma is how families can save or get their money’s worth during these times  prices of commodities are high and there is just enough leftover money after the tuition fees have been paid?

Here are a few ways families can stretch their budgets without scrimping on those that are important in the process of educating their children:

  1. Used books
  2. Bags
  3. Shoes
  4. Uniforms
  5. School Supplies

Read more here…

QualiMed Clinic recently opened a branch at the UP Town Center along Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. This clinic is the 7th among QualiMed Centers.

QualiMed Clinic UP Town Center

 

The newest addition to the QualiMed Health Network, a network of clinics, surgery centers and hospitals owned and operated by the Mercado General Hospital, Inc and in partnership with Ayala Land, Inc, QualiMed Clinic UP Town Center aims to give quality services to the neighboring communities and villages in the area. UP Town Center’s QualiMed Clinic is a 186-sqm clinic located at the ground level. It focuses on providing preventative and promotive primary care for families. Family Wellness is one of its main services along with medical consultations, diagnostic checkups, pediatric checkups and vaccinations, geriatric checkups, adult vaccinations and maternal wellness packages. A special clinic is opening too to promote overall mental health through the psychiatric counseling services.

QualiMed Health Network operated under three facility formats: (1) mall-based multispecialty clinics, (2) ambulatory or day surgery centers and (3) full-service general hospitals.

QualiMed Clinic

The multi-specialty clinics serve as primary care provider for preventive and promotive care with features like doctors’ clinics, laboratory, radiology, ECG, drug testing and vaccination services among other services.

To cater to a wider array of patients, the QualiMed Health Network is devoted to giving services with 3As : Affordable and predictable rates, Accessible services and Appropriate, quality and genuine care.

QualiMed data for doctors and patients are in a Centralized Information System where Electronic Medical Records (EMR), X-ray and Lab results can be accessed using the QualiMed health portal in any facility. This means patients can go to another QualiMed branch and still be able to access his/her medical record even if these were recorded from another branch.

PARTNERS:

QualiMed Clinics has partnered with the following doctor practice groups:

1. AlphaHealth Professionals, Inc (AHP) a practice group composed of medical specialists who offer their expertise to health organizations.

QualiMed

2. Asian Eye Institute, a world-class ambulatory eye center with international health care accreditation.

QualiMed

3. MetroDental, a pioneering dental chain in the Philippines offering a wide range of dental services with trained and board certified specialists committed to high quality service in the latest dental treatment and procedures.

QualiMed Clinic X-ray Room

4. ImageDX Radiology Consultants, a group of radiologists committed to providing top-notch medical service in the fields of Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Oncology.

5. UPSI or University Pathologists Specialists, Inc. is a group of pathologists working in various specialization like cytology, head and neck, hematopathology, breast, female genital tract, bone and soft tissue, gastrointestinal, lung, molecular and forensics.

Contact Details:

QualiMed Clinic, lower ground floor UP Town Center, Diliman, QC

Tel: (02) 904-1406

clinic hours: 7am – 9pm

Other QualiMed Clinic locations:

1. Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center in the Calabarzon Area

2. QualiMed Surgery Center in Manila

3. QualiMed Clinic in Trinoma Mall

4. QualiMed Surgery Center in Fairview Terraces

5. QualiMed Clinic in McKinley Exchange Corporate Center in Makati

6. QualiMed Hospital in Iloilo

Exploreum’s 3-Day Summer Camp 2015 is a learn-through-play experience which aims to stimulate children’s curiosity through memorable activities while encouraging camaraderie through interactions with other explorers in the summer camp program, and exposing the children to the wonderful world of Science particularly Marine Biology.

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For this year’s Exploreum Summer Camp, the children participants got the privilege to be Marine Explorers by earning badges for each quest that they accomplish. For three afternoons, the children learned,, through different activities, concepts about the ocean and everything related to it. They were able to utilize the different SM Lifestyle venues like the IMAX, XD:4D cinema, and the skating rink. They did a lot of exciting activities to enhance their learning experiences: painting, playing, skating, watching movies, solving puzzles and catching fish, all these geared towards learning the foundations of Marine Biology.

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Some of the Exploreum’s jam packed activities were the following:

1. Deep Dark Sea Painting – painting posters using glow in the dark paints
2. Away From Home – fishing fishes stuck in slime-o-mania and putting them back to where they should be
3. Feed the Marine Creature – getting to know the food web and apply your knowledge by feeing the sea creatures
4. Aquarium Secret Message – looking for hidden messages in the aquarium and putting these together to find out what it says by using a spy camera
5. Into the Deep Treasure Hunt – completing the time list by searching in the dark room with minimum light
6. Water World Obstacle Course – jump, climb, reach,many crawl to find “EXPLOREUM” letters around the course
7. Save the Whale – fill the pool with balls so the whale can roll back into the ocean

The Different Sea Creatures: the Exploreum Summer Camp 2015 is divided to three different groups, depending on the children’s needs and learning capabilities:

1. The Dolphins – ages 4 – 6 years old
2. The Orcas – 7 – 9 years old
3. The Sharks – ages 10 – 12 years old

The Marine Explorer’s Kit

Marine explorers get to take home the following:

1. Amazing Race Passes
2. Take-home Experiment Kits
3. An Exploreum Summer Camp Shirt
4. Microscope for 7-12 years old
5. Marine Explorer Badge
6. SpongeBob Poster

 

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Upcoming Activities for Exploreum
The Exploreum Quiz Bee is a nationwide competition engaging about 90 schools per level in a test of wit, intellect and speed. The Exploreum’s National Quiz Bee will run from July 2015 to February 2016. The winning school gets Php 1 million to fund and encourage varied school programs.

Today I finally took the time to sort though our school supplies plastic box to see what I can put back and what I will consider as trash.

So far we still have a lot of these things:

• Pencils and erasers
• Unopened big box of crayons
• Art/colored/construction paper
• ¼ and ½ sized lined papers
• A pack each of long & short envelopes and long & short folders
• Colored folders
• A lot of used but still ok to recycle folders and envelopes
• A few graphing or Math papers
• Long and short bond papers (we use A4 so we still need to buy these sizes)
• Folder fasteners, staple wires and a few rolls of tapes
• 1/8 illustration boards
• poster paints that dried up a little but can be remedied with some water
• Paint brushes
• 1 drawing book
• 1 ruler
• index cards
• 2 pairs of scissors but one had to go to trash because it just got broken the other day
• 2 file folders

Into the trash went dried up markers, crayons that look tired and worn, scrap papers, broken rulers/scissors, almost empty tape rolls and other stuff.

The plastic envelopes for art supplies just need to be cleaned, otherwise these are still ok to use. TIP: do not scrimp on these, buy the ones that look sturdy even if these are a bit more expensive than others.

For the coming school year, we need to take note of whatever stuff we still have to avoid overbuying. The stuff listed above pretty much sums up what children need for school, unless the teachers ask for specific things like a here folder or a notebook with pink cover. As for the “color coding” notebooks, no sweat for these, just use colored papers to wrap the cover to complete that requirement.

As I have written in another post, having your own school supplies at home, though at first seems a bit too expensive to invest in, would surely make a big difference once the school year starts. Why? You just need to get that long brown folder from your supply rather than go out of your way to buy one from the bookstore or the nearest store that probably sells it. This way, you not only saved on resources you will use for that ONE folder or envelope, you save your sanity too.

It has been months since I’ve written anything in this blog. I’ve been busy with family matters and catching up on my reading and watching of missed TV series favorites.

There are so many changes that has happened in our family and these, like when we used to answer scrapbook questions, are just too many to elaborate.

Blogging, though at a standstill as opposed to real life events that are not posted online, is not a forgotten passion. I still write. I still submit published articles online. Truth be told, I don’t like to call myself a blogger anymore because in some instances, others tend to attach something negative to this “title”.

Year after year, I tell myself I will write more. I still have a lot of ideas and I really have to find time to write because I am bursting with ideas I want to share and not because I have a deadline or a blogging event press release that has a time table.

I like to think I can challenge those few people who come across my blog reading not just about special education but about how to be good parents to their children or how to bring change to themselves and the people around them.

Pretty big to aspire for, right? Right.

Anyway… for this coming school year, I don’t have a child in elementary school anymore and because of that special event, I wrote about Graduation and the Pinoy Family in this article. The son is an incoming 9th grader under the new Philippines K-12 program. The eldest is an incoming Junior in another university. Yep, my children all go to a university that has basic education level.

Professionally, I have several former students who are now college graduates and even a few have PRC licenses. I currently have three former students in college. For this development in the lives of my students and in my standing as a special Ed teacher, I wrote an article on the alternative courses for college students.

I promise to write more and hope to inspire myself to do just that.

Posted by julie @ 9:39 pm

Last year I wanted to dwell on one word that will help me throughout the year. I decided on the word INSPIRE to well, inspire me to do better and bigger things.

“I long to write, to inspire myself and others as well…

I long to “move the earth” with a few woven words, stringed in a few sentences in not so many paragraphs that will melt the hardened resolve, tug at heartstrings and make the mind wonder and wander.”

Did I inspire? Did I become an inspiration last year? I can’t answer that personally but I feel I did. From others telling me they replicated my simple recipes, to people who tell me that being a special education teacher is a noble profession to others who tell me that being a mom of three is difficult but I make it look easy, I think I inspired the few who took time to tell me these things.

This year, I want to focus again on one word that will define my actions and decisions for 2015: SIMPLIFY.

Simplify for me means…

  • Choosing my “battles”, those that are worthy of my time and effort
  • Zeroing on doing more work than doing more talk: Less Talk, More Action
  • Choosing to talk more sensibly 
  • De-cluttering by removing emotional baggage that makes the heart heavy and worries the mind
  • De-cluttering by removing things that invariably are deemed worthless except for taking up space
  • Not buying things that are not important (this we have been doing for a few years now that the children are older) that end up as clutter
  • Having achievable goals to lessen disappointments
  • Lessen artificial ingredients, both in food and in life. I don’t need fake food and fake people.
  • Give more importance to offline connections than online ones.
  • Write blog posts that will inspire others to feel better, do better and become better persons.

I can’t hold on to a lot of things that divide my time and make me lose focus on my goals.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius

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