Thursday, August 23, 2007

Faculty and Staff Development Program SY2007-2008 Second Quarter

  • August 23 – 25, 2007

Ms. Edna Taganile (Science teacher) will attend a seminar-workshop organized by the Department of Education Regional Office on High School Physics in Iloilo City.

  • August 24, 2007

Ms. May Santillan (Librarian) and Ms. Anabelle Ortega (Library Assistant) will attend a seminar-workshop organized by the NOPSSCEA (Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association, Inc.) on “Classification and Cataloging Made Simple” in Bacolod City.

Ms. Emily Sales Diaz (Guidance counselor) will attend a seminar organized by he NOPSSCEA on “Healing through the Developmental Stages” in Bacolod City.

  • August 30, 2007

Ms. Edna Taganile (Science teacher) will attend a seminar organized by the Department of Education Regional Office on “Orientation on Safety Measures in Science Laboratory” in Iloilo City.

  • September 7, 2007

Mrs. Haydee Casiple, Mrs. Janice Caspe and Sir Matthew Ledesma will attend the seminar organized by NOPSSCEA on Instructional Learning Competencies in Bacolod City. Resource speaker is Dr. Allan de Guzman.

  • September 7 – 8, 2007

Ms. May Santillan (Librarian) will attend a seminar-workshop organized by the PRISSAAP (Private Secondary Schools Administrators Association of the Philippines) on library work in Bacolod City.

  • September 11, 2007

Mrs. Sheila Buenconsejo and Sir Armando Gayatenia, Jr. will attend a seminar-workshop on Cheer Dance Techniques organized by the PE Department of the Univ. of St. La Salle-Bacolod City.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A Filipino in New York Supports our Cause

Ms. Golez,
Hi. I found out about you thru an article in a Philippine newspaper and was really impressed on your organization’s projects. I have always believed education is the key in improving a person's life. Not only it gives them the tools in building their future but strengthens one's character and self respect.

I am a Manileno but studied college in Bacolod (La Salle) and worked a few years with the now closed Manila bank before migrating here in New York. However, Negros have always been close to my heart and come home to Bacolod now and then just to visit. I was there last Feb 2007 and was amazed how it changed. I will be coming back in October this year and I can bring used (but in excellent condition) children's books, cd's , toys etc and maybe other stuffs that your organization or school needs. Any other donations (in terms of goods or money) can be arranged when I get there. Any little thing could help. It can be picked up or delivered to you. Keep up the good work, They will need all the help they can get and I hope I can contribute even in a small way in changing their lives. Please feel free to e-mail me if they will need something else and maybe I can arrange for something. Best regards to your family and more power.

It's amazing how God's Spirit is moving ... in people I don't know, in places thousands of miles away from where I am, and in different ways I could not have thought of. If only we allow ourselves to be empowered and used by the Spirit, imagine how much goodness can reign in our world today!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I dream of becoming an Accountant someday!

A pleasant day to you! I am Julie Ann L. Estardo. My friends call me Jul. I am now a Grade 9 student at St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City. I was born on August 7, 1992. I am now 14 years old.

My father is Danilo J. Estardo and my mother is Luzviminda L. Estardo. I have 1 brother and 3 sisters. They are Jerome, Jessica, Joice Ann, and Jelaine. I am the second among my siblings.

During my free time, I like to go along with my friends. My favorite subject in school is Mathematics because I can do well in this subject and I learn faster.

I dream of becoming an accountant because as what I have mentioned I'm good in numbers and besides, this course is what I really want to study when I will be in college.

Thank you for your time in reading this. I hope you were able to know me a little better through it. Thank you also for sending me to school. Because of you, I am now closer to my dream of becoming an accountant someday. God bless you.


Julie Ann L. Estardo

Young Explorers' Club Field Trip

The Young Explorers' Club visited the grade school and high school Science laboratories of the University of St. La Salle last August 15, 2007.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Kawanggawang Tapulanga, Handog ng Pamilya Ledesma!

A friend of mine texted me the other night. She said that she was helping her Grade 3 daughter study in her Social Studies subject. They had to read their Current Events Digest. To her surprise, I was in the front page!

I borrowed her copy and scanned it. Check it out! It’s so cool! --- Kawanggawang Tapulanga, Handog ng Pamilya Ledesma!

Current Events Digest is a Dept. of Education approved supplementary material for Social Studies in elementary.

A busy week in school!

The week isn’t over yet but so much has happened in school already. We just finished our First Quarter Examinations (Monday and Tuesday). Yesterday, thanks to the help of our USLS Supervisor, Ms. Tina Navarro, who facilitated these 2 activities, the members of the Young Explorers’ Club and the Book Lovers Club went on a field trip to La Salle’s grade school and high school Science laboratories and student libraries, respectively.

I spoke with the moderator of the Young Explorers’ Club today and she shared that the students enjoyed a lot and learned some interesting things that we can follow in school. For example, they learned that flowers can be preserved! This will be their next project!

In the same afternoon, the Campus Ministry members visited the elderly of Hda. Tinihaban. They entertained the “lolos” and “lolas”, shared some snacks with them and got to know them.

Today, the 2nd year students together with their adviser, Ms. Edna Taganile, attended a recollection for the day at the CICM Retreat Center in Talisay City.

SFAS artists made it to the top 20!

SFAS was represented by 3 students (Ydsan Dongon Grade 6, Raquel Medina 3rd year, and Juan Cesar Lim 4th year) in the SM City Bacolod Poster-Making contest last August 11, 2007 as part of their celebration of Buwan ng Wika. The theme was “Maraming Wika, Matatag na Bansa.” Of the 110 participants, Ydsan and Raquel made it to the top 20! Incidentally, Ydsan’s and Raquel’s groups won 1st prize in the school’s own on-the-spot poster-making contest held last Aug. 1, 2007.

We’re so proud of all of you!

Search-In Circle 1 in SFAS

Search-In Retreat is coming to SFAS. The first circle of 20 4th year students will be held on August 24 - 26, 2007 in the campus. USLS 4th year and college students will be helping out. For those who wish to write a palanca, feel free to email me at

FYI, I am circle 1 of St. Scholastica's Academy in 1984 while my brother JR is circle 49 of La Salle Bacolod in 1996. Other classmates of JR in high school who are Search-inners as well will be visiting and helping out. My batchmate who is Circle 2, Dean Ervie Gallespen, will be giving a talk.

Please include the success of the Search-In in your prayers. And we're open for donations as well to cover for the meals of the facilitators and other expenses of the retreat.

Teacher Awards for the 1st Quarter SY07-08

We started it this school year ... as administrator, I chose to give Teacher/s for the Quarter award based on the teacher's performance as a subject teacher and as a homeroom adviser. Three teachers deserved the award: Ms. Elena Coja, Grade 1 adviser and Filipino/Social Studies 1 - 3 teacher; Sir Ariel Gabino, Grade 6 adviser and Social Studies/Math/Science teacher in grade school and high school teacher; and Sir JR Abello, 3rd year adviser and Science/Math/Economics and Music & Arts teacher in grade school and high school. As winners, they will be awarded Php500 gift certificates from Robinson's.

The teachers also nominated among themselves the following "special" awards and the winners for these awards for the first quarter are: Ms. Congeniality and English Proficiency - Lina Gabino, Most Outstanding Homeroom Adviser, Well-Groomed and Most Industrious - Ariel Gabino, Most Outstanding Subject Teacher - JR Abello, Most Improved - Haydee Casiple and Armando Gayatenia, Jr., and Most Cooperative - Emily Sales Diaz. The awardees were given certificates of recognition!

Congratulations and keep up the good work!