The Scholastic Readers Cup is an inter-school competition recognizing different schools’ personnel in improving literacy among their school children.This advocacy is geared to help make our students globally competitive and be able to attain creative, analytical and educated minds where endless possibilities can be opened.

It was on August 12, 2015 when the different exemplary efforts of educators in improving the literacy level of their schools were recognized in the 2nd Scholastic Readers Cup. Given recognitions were participating schools and the teachers, librarians, principals, schools and their students. Winners were chosen among two literacy programs: Scholastic’s Assessment and Enrichment Program (AEP) and Independent Reading Program (IRP). Both literacy programs proved instrumental in producing significant improvements in the reading abilities of the students. The competition ran from February 2014 to April 2015.

As a tribute to teachers, librarians, principals and school administrators who ah e inspired students to become better readers and learners, The Readers Cup is a fitting tribute for their hard work, leadership and dedication to their profession.

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The 2nd Readers Cup awards were given to the following educational institutions:
• OSJ – Sto. Rosario Academy,
• OSJ – Holy Family Academy,
• St. Thomas Academy,
• Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc.,
• St. Paul College, Balayan,
• Iloilo Scholastic Academy,
• OSJ – Saint Joseph Institute,
• Saint Mary’s Angels College of Valenzuela,
• OSJ – Saint James Academy,
• OSJ – Joseph Marello Institute,
• Sta. Teresa College,
• Notre Dame of Greater Manila,
• MGC New Life Academy and
• Falcon School.

“Our teachers, librarians, principals and school admistrators are doing a fine job at helping us raise a nation of readers, and we should all be grateful to them. The Scholastic Readers Cup is just one way of giving recognition to these noble educators. They are the real heroes in our quest for a more globally competitive Philippines. We hope to continue this tradition every year. By shining the spotlight on these individuals and institutions, we hope to inspire other educators to raise more and better readers and good learners too” says Fritzie Salem-Cruz, General Manager of Scholastic in the Philippines.

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Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of over 600 original titles annually. It was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Since then, Scholastic has since grown into a global organization serving tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes in 165 countries and in 45 languages through its publishing and education arms.

For more info on Scholastic products and programs, email educteam@scholastic.com.ph, you may also contact (02) 944READ (7323) or visit http://scholastic.asia/en today.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen these almost everywhere: at the bookstores, on Social Media posts, on your officemate’s desk and maybe even in your sister’s room. If you guessed that what “these” are being referred to as coloring books, then yes, you are right. Coloring books are what people are going crazy about these days.

To be precise, these coloring books are called adult coloring books. The designs of these adult coloring books vary, from botanicals, flower gardens, under-the-sea creatures, and even cities all over the world. Unlike when you were still in school and there were “right and wrong” ways to color things, this time, you can let your imagination run wild and you get to choose the colors you fancy.

Materials: coloring books or pages, colored pencils, colored pens.

Bloom Where You Are Planted

There are other activities we can indulge in to bring out the artist in us.

Doodling
Doodling seems like a mindless task but it isn’t so. To doodle is to draw while doing another task like listening to a lecture or music. Although doodles are usually simpler versions of objects, they may be as creative as other artistic pursuits. Doodle designs are used as wall paper and gift wrap designs among others. Doodle books are also popular as coloring books.

Materials: sketch pad or sheets of paper, pens or pencils.

Hand-drawing
Artists who draw are content providers for those who love to color. Drawing by hand gives the artist a purpose, a vision and an outlet for creative energy. Hand-drawing requires concentration, creativity and imagination to be able to present ideas in images that will be understood by others.

Materials: sketch pad, a variety of pens for different strokes, colored pencils or pens

Zentangling
Zentangling is not like doodling because it has specific styles and structured patterns. Zentangles are easy-to-learn, fun and relaxing. This art form was founded by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

Materials: sketch pad, pens, Zentangle book for reference

Paper-cutting
Paper cutting is one of the more difficult art forms to master because it needs precision and control especially when using the sharp blades of cutters and scalpels. This art, though a bit difficult, can be rewarding too. The wonderful images and messages being cut are awesome to behold.

Materials: Cutting mat, metal ruler, pencil, scalpel, blades, tracing paper, backing material

Painting
Painting is an artistic pursuit that may be difficult for some. This entails a considerable amount of concentration, planning and organization of ideas. It is worth the time and effort, however, when one is able to execute a masterpiece or two.

Materials: easel, chair, canvas, brushes, oil paints, acrylic, watercolor, mixing disn

Chalk art
Chalk art is writing on dark surfaces or at times, on streets and outdoors. These days, newer restaurants and cafes have their special menu for the day written on a small blackboard that the clients can easily see.

Materials: blackboard, different colors of chalk

Mandala
A mandala is a word derived from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Translated to mean “circle,” this is more than a simple shape with intricate designs stemming out from one focal point.

Mandalas represent wholeness and is illustrated as a model for the organizational structure of life itself showing our relation to the infinite beyond our bodies and minds. In various religious beliefs a mandala symbolizes different things: timekeeping, visions, beliefs and religious expressions as well as meditation.

There are several coloring books featuring the mandalas which are deemed therapeutic to draw and color. Many attest it relaxes the mind.

Materials: sketch pad, pencils, pens, ruler, pencil compass

Art stamping
Stamps are fun because these have already been crafted and ready to be put together to create a vision. Stamps can be made up of letters, words and things. There are artists who make their own stamps using rubbers erasers where they carve their designs. These can be incorporated in different art forms like calligraphy, journaling,and drawing.

Materials: pre-made rubber stamps, ink, paper, colored pens, pens.

Calligraphy
Calligraphy is the art of decorative handwriting. Mostly used to write quotations, these can be interspersed with drawings. Hand-written invitations are usually made using calligraphy.

Materials: calligraphy pens, ink, papers or sketch pad, pencils, erasers, ruler, calligraphy books as reference.

Journaling or journal-writing
Journaling is akin to diary writing, only better. Journaling is like a visual board where dreams and goals can be put in written perspective. One doesn’t have to write in these journals daily, but regularly updating is a must.

Materials: a good journal notebook, stamps, colored pens, fabric tapes, colored papers, stickers

It is apparent that people these days want a break from digital stimulation and would rather work using their hands while at the same time honing their imagination and creativity. They are also able to relax and meditate while doing so.

Benefits of Relaxation and a few words of caution…

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.

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.

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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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