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THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF KUALA LUMPUR BE ALL YOU ARE

Panther in Your Pocket. ISKL Essential Pocket Guide


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Contents. ISKL Essential Pocket Guide

Section 1: Welcome to ISKL

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Section 2: Head of School, Divisional Principals, and Assistant Principals

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Section 3: ISKL Floor Plan

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Section 4: ​ Essential Contacts

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Section 5: School Schedule, Hours, Campus Access and Cafeterias 10 Section 6: Must Read - Student Handbook

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Section 7: ISKL Key Terms, Acronyms, and Abbreviation​s

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Section 8: ISKL Connectivity Tools

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Section 9: ISKL Educational Tools

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Section 10: How to Stay Informed

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Section 11:​​Do You Have Questions about KL and the ISKL community?

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Section 12: Local Tips and Contacts

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Section 13: You are almost a Malaysian when ...

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Welcome to ISKL. When your children join ISKL, you and your family are welcomed into a warm and dynamic community. We are so glad you are joining us. We have all been new parents, so we appreciate that you may have questions regarding ISKL and/or about living in Malaysia in general. We are here to help! Please feel free to ask us about anything, from uniforms to doctors, shopping to entertainment. You should already have been contacted by a member of our Welcome Committee. If you haven’t, you can contact us at isklpta@iskl.edu.my. Once again, welcome to ISKL! Best wishes, Your PTA Welcome Committee


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Head of School, Divisional Principals, and Assistant Principals Head of School (HoS) Office Rami Madani HoSOffice@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 500 Elementary School (ES) Office Julie Olson (Principal) Azra Pathan (Assistant Principal) esoffice@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5001 Middle School (MS) Office Peter Casey (Principal) Doug Woodward (Assistant Principal) msoffice@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5002 High School (HS) Office Jeff Farrington (Principal) Jeff Harwood (Assistant Principal) hsoffice@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5003

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ISKL Floor Plan.

BASKETBALL & VOLLEYBALL COURTS

MAIN ENTRANCE

HOUSE OF TASTE FIELD

Legend:

MO TO R CYCL

E PAR K IN

COVERED WALKWAY

Nothern Spine - Administration, Middle and High School G

PAC Entrance

ASIAN TIGERS FIELD

HS Entrance

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MS Entrance Melawati Theatre - L1 Robert B. Gaw Theatre - GF 25m Swimming Pool

MS/HS Cafeteria - GF

ES Gym

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Panther Hut - GF

PAR K IN G

MS/HS Nurse's Office - L1

Art Room EYC Science/ Cookery

MS/HS Busing Office - GF Exit - Jalan Ampang Hilir BU S PA RK IN G

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Legend: Southern Spine - Elementary School BASKETBALL & VOLLEYBALL COURTS

Main Entrance - Lorong Kelab Polo Di Raja ES Entrance

ES Cafeteria - L3

ES Nurse's Office

ES Busing Office - GF

COVERED WALKWAY

TENNIS COURTS

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TAN

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PAC Shack Gym Fitness & Weights

Gym Fitness / Dance

The Jungle

ZURICH FIELD SPORTS PITCH 1

50m Swimming Pool

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Studio Theatre

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MS/HS Canteen

Recital Hall

Dr. Norma J. Hudson Amphitheatre

Pretz n’ Beans

DROPOFF

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Essential Contacts. Elementary School (ES)

Middle School (MS)

Activities & Athletics

Activities & Athletics

Gail Smith (Director) gsmith@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5043 Counseling Office uesvaran@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5030 Nurse’s Office e ​ snurse@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5015 Busing Office e ​ sbusing@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5824/5825

Brian Foudy (Director) b ​ foudy@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5095 Counseling Office t​ cheelathurai@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5256 Nurse’s Office m ​ snurse@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5223/5224/5225 Busing Office b ​ using@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5070/5071


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High School (HS) Activities & Athletics Ryan Naughton (Director) r​ naughton@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5093 Counseling Office dedvad@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5292

Admissions admissions@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5004 Finance finance@iskl.edu.my b ​ illing@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5236/5240 Security/Guard House 603 4813 5816/5817 Technology

Nurse’s Office h ​ snurse@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5223/5224/5225 Busing Office busing@iskl.edu.my ​​ 603 4813 5070/5071

PTA i​sklpta@iskl.edu.my Human Resources ​h ​ r@iskl.edu.my Marketing ​c​ ommunications@iskl.edu.my Public And Government Relations ​h ​ alposilva@iskl.edu.my

pantherapps@iskl.edu.my Student Services/Security 603 4813 5040 (ES) ​​m ​ mazzarol@iskl.edu.my 603 4813 5222 (MS/HS) Panther Hut (Uniform and Spirit (ISKL merchandise) Shop) 603 4813 5040


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School Schedule, Hours, Campus Access and Cafeterias 8-Day Class Schedule ISKL operates on a rotating 8-day school schedule which is designed to maximize student learning. This 8-day cycle is repeated throughout the academic year. As shown overleaf, the school calendar indicates the day number.


Sunday

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19

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5

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Day 5

Day 8

Day 3

Day 6

Day 1

Monday

School Schedule

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20

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Day 6

Day 1

Day 4

Day 7

Day 2

Tuesday

28

21

14

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Day 7

Day 2

Day 5

Day 8

Day 3

29

22

15

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Apr 1

Wednesday

Day 8

Day 3

Day 6

Day 1

Day 4

Thursday

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Day 4

Day 7

Day 2

Day 5

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May 1

Friday

Saturday

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Hours ISKL Campus The safety of ISKL community members is our top priority. Where campus access is concerned, we maintain a balance between providing a totally open and accessible campus and ensuring that there is proper supervision for our students while on campus. Supervised hours (Operational Hours)

Unsupervised hours (Accessible Hours)

Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 6:00pm

Monday - Friday: 5:30am-7am, 6pm-10pm Saturday - Sunday: 5:30am - 10:00pm

Faculty and Staff provide varying levels of supervision

No direct supervision for students unless they are participating in a supervised activity

Facility Access As an additional measure of security, the ISKL Community will have access to the weight room, Aquatic Center, and climbing wall only when there is a supervisor or lifeguard on duty.

Facility Access Hours Days

Weight Room

Aquatic Center

Monday

5:30am - 7am, 6pm - 10pm

3:15pm - 4:30pm

Tuesday

5:30am - 7am, 6pm - 10pm

6:30am - 7:30am

Wednesday

5:30am - 7am, 6pm - 10pm

3:15pm - 4:30pm

Thursday

5:30am - 7am, 6pm - 10pm

6:30am - 7:30am, 3:15pm - 4:30pm

Friday

5:30am - 7am, 6pm - 10pm

N/A

Saturday

7am - 4pm

N/A

N/A

Sunday

12pm - 4pm

N/A

N/A

Climbing Wall

Library

8:00am - 4:00pm Scheduled events only


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Campus Access Quick Guide by Group Group

Operational Hours (7am - 6pm)

Accessible Hours (5:30am - 7am, 6pm - 10pm)

Closed Hours

ES Students

Yes (with parent)

No

No

MS Students

Yes

Activity Participant / Spectator or With Waiver

No

HS Students

Yes

Activity Participant / Spectator or With Waiver

No

Parents

Yes

Yes

No

Faculty/Staff

Yes

Yes

Yes (sign in/out)

Normal School Hours (Monday - Friday) Elementary School (ES) ES Office: 7:30 am - 4:15 pm ES Nurse’s Office: 7:30am - 4:00pm

Middle and High School (MS/HS) MS/HS Offices: 7:30am - 4:40pm MS/HS Nurses's Office: 7:30am - 4:00pm


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ISKL Cafeterias Our school cafeterias provide delicious, high quality, healthy, and well-balanced meals to all ISKL students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Our ES Cafeteria, Early Childhood Cafeteria, and MS/HS Cafeteria offer a wide variety of international cuisines. The meals are prepared based on international health guidelines on nutritional value and age appropriateness. Our cafeterias are nut and pork free. You can find monthly menus and more information about our cafeterias on the food services ​website​. Cafeteria Operation Times Early Childhood Cafeteria: Morning Snack served from 10:00 am - 10:35 am. Lunch served from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm. ES Cafeteria: Morning Snack served from 9:20 am - 10:30 am. Lunch served from 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm. MS/HS Cafeteria: Operates continually from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Coffee Shop ISKL has a coffee shop available to all Parents, Faculty, Staff and High School Students. The coffee shop serves a varied menu including non-caffeinated beverages. Coffee Shop operation times open from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm.


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Must Read - Student Handbook Links to Students Handbooks by Division: ISKL QR Code Simply point the camera on your phone at the QR code apps to be scanned and you're done! From left to right: 1) ES Student Handbook 2) MS Student Handbook 3) HS Student Handbook


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ISKL Key Terms, Acronyms, and Abbreviations Abbreviation

English

ACT

American College Test

AEO

American Education Opportunities College Fair

AGM

Annual General Meeting run by ISKL’s Board of Directors. All parents are encouraged to attend.

AMIS

Association for Music in International Schools

AP

Advanced Placement is a US program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to High School students

AP(s)

Assistant Principal(s)

ASA

After School Activities for which you register on PowerSchool

Be All You Are

ISKL’s tagline encouraging students to fulfill their potential.

Booster Club

Parent organization dedicated to raising funds to support ISKL Arts and Athletics, through money raised via PAC Shack and Panther Hut Sales.

BYOD

Bring your own device - HS students are expected to bring their own laptop to school.

CAS

Creativity, Activity, Service - a mandatory component of the IB.

CIS

Council of International Schools

Decal

A security sticker for your vehicle, issued by the Administration Office.

Division

There are 3 divisions: Elementary, Middle and High School

EAL

English As An Additional Language

EAP

English for Academic Purposes

EARCOS

East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools

EC

Early Childhood


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Abbreviation

English

EE

Extended Essay - a mandatory component of the IB. Grade 11 students are required to complete the EE in school in the first week of school holidays in June.

ELLs

English Language Learners

ES

Elementary School

Faculty Appreciation Lunch

PTA hosted lunch for all faculty (parents volunteer to bring in food and serve lunch to teachers).

FCD

Freedom from chemical dependency

Free Dress Days/TAG Days

Students are allowed to wear free dress or come to school dressed in a theme. Monetary donations to participate in this are given to set charities (optional for ES/MS. No monetary donations involved for HS).

GAP

Global Action Program designed to increase student awareness of emerging global issues by involving them in a range of cultural, environmental, and service opportunities within Southeast Asia. Participation is a compulsory graduation requirement for all students in Grades 9, 10, and 11.

Grade Level Coffee

Coffee mornings sponsored by individual grades to socialize and discuss relevant topics for each grade.

H4H

Habitat for Humanity, fundraising by High School students to raise money for charity.

Harimau (tiger)

Name of High School yearbook.

Haze

Poor air quality which periodically affects KL.

HoS

Head of School

Houses

Each home group is part of 4 different houses (colours) that are organized for Spirit Days. House shirts can be purchased at the MS Office and are worn on special events and Spirit Days. Middle School only.

HS

High School

IASAS

Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools is an association of six schools in Southeast Asia including ISKL. High level competitions (High School) and events involving teams from IASAS schools are held throughout the year encompassing three different athletic seasons with 13 international tournaments as well as three different Cultural Conventions featuring Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Film, Debate, and Forensics.

IB

International Baccalaureate. Grade 11 and 12 students may choose to pursue the 2-year IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at ISKL by taking IB designated courses and meeting other IB requirements (CAS, EE and TOK).

IBDP

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.


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English

International Fest

Annual PTA fundraising event which involves the entire ISKL community and celebrates cultural diversity.

ISA

International Schools Assessment

ISAC

International Schools’ Athletics Conference

ISAKL

International Schools Association of Kuala Lumpur

ISB

International School Bangkok (IASAS member)

ISKL

The International School of Kuala Lumpur (IASAS member)

ISKL Celebrates

Name of ISKL’s annual dinner and dance which is organised by the PTA.

ISM

International School Manila (IASAS member)

ISTA

International Schools Theater Association - holds drama festivals worldwide. ISKL participates at MS and HS Levels.

JIS

Jakarta Intercultural School (IASAS member)

JV

Junior Varsity - sports team for High School students

Kancil (mouse deer)

Name of Elementary School yearbook.

LCE

Life Centered Education - program supporting students with a diagnosed intellectual or developmental differences.

Magnus Health

Online portal within Panther Apps that records health information about each student.

Malaysia Week (MW)

Grades 6, 7 and 8 go off-site for a five day trip away from home either at Ocean or Forest locations within Malaysia. It’s an adventure, action, and activity packed trip.

MAP

Measures of Academic Progress - standardized tests for students in Grade 3 - Grade 9

Melawati Way

Elementary School code of behavior

Monyet (monkey)

Name of Middle School yearbook

MPR

Multi Purpose Room

MS

Middle School

MUN

Model United Nations

NPR

New Parent Reception, an information session hosted by the PTA at the beginning of each semester to welcome new parents


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Abbreviation

English

NHS

National Honor Society - High School students are selected for their combination of academic excellence, commitment to service, active leadership, and good character.

Open House

An information evening held at the beginning of each school year which enables parents to familiarize themselves with teachers, the curriculum, and facilities.

Our Take

Online magazine produced by High School students.

PAC Shack

Panther Activities Center, a monthly food stand provided for MS/HS students by ISKL parents to raise money for the Booster Grants Fund. Parents are invited to help cook and serve food.

Panther Apps

The ISKL electronic portal using Google Apps for Education to provide mail, calendars, documents, sites and more. A must for ALL parents.

Panther Hut

On campus shop selling ISKL uniform, themed merchandise, books etc.

Panther News

ISKL’s weekly online newsletter covering all school news, issued on a Friday via email link on Panther Apps.

Panther Pay

A smart card for student use which can be preloaded with money for students to purchase food and items from the Panther Hut. Activities and excursions must be paid for via Panther Pay.

Panther Post

ISKL’s official blog

Peer Helpers

New students in each division are paired with a buddy to support them in their transition to ISKL.

PowerSchool

An online application used by Middle school and High school students and teachers to keep track of courses, grades and attendance. Parents have access as well.

Prep R - S

Prep Reception - Prep Senior (Early Childhood)

PSAT

Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test

PT (Conference)

Parent Teacher Conference

PTA

The Parent Teacher Association. By being a member of the ISKL community, all parents are members of the PTA.

Red Hat

A Grade 5 service learning program.

SAS

Singapore American School (IASAS member)

SAT

Scholastic Aptitude Test

SBAR

Standards Based Assessment & Reporting

SCSOA

Special Children’s School of Ampang


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SEA Forensics

Southeast Asia Forensics - competition hosted by ISKL each year. This competition includes debate, speech and drama.

SIE

Social Instructional English is a trimester long course for English Language Learners (ELLs) at the beginner level taken at the same time as English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The aim of the course is to aid in the adjustment to English language instruction and understanding of the culture of international schools.

SLRs

School-wide Learning Results - Think Creatively, Reason Critically, Communicate Effectively, Collaborate Constructively, Learn Enthusiastically, and Live Ethically.

SLT

Student Leadership Team (High School)

SPCA

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Spirit Week

A week in Middle School which focuses on building ISKL’s team spirit. The week includes free dress/tag days and other fun activities for students. Fundraising for charity also takes place during Spirit Week.

Staff Appreciation Breakfast

PTA hosted breakfast for all staff (Admin, maintenance, cleaners, bus drivers, canteen).

STARs

Student Admissions Representatives provide campus tours to prospective families.

STUCO

Student Council comprises elected students from each grade of MS and represents the voice of Middle School. STUCO supports and initiates activities such as MS parties, tag days and fundraising.

Tardies

Notification on Power School that a student has been late for class.

TAS

Taipei American School (IASAS member)

The Jungle

The name of ISKL’s main gym.

TOK

Theory of Knowledge - a mandatory component of the IB.

Tri-M

Modern Music Masters

Trimester

In Middle School the school year is divided into three equal terms for activities and end of term progress reports.

UCAS

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UK)

Varsity

Elite sports team for High School students

VP

Vice President - a voluntary position on the PTA. There are VPs for ES, MS and HS.


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ISKL Connectivity tools. Wifi When you are on campus you can access wifi using your login details which is your “Panther Key” password (see overleaf). Always select the “ISKL” Network: The ​ISKL​ssid is for Faculty, Staff, Parents & Students: Note: you can always sign into our Guest Wifi but it is not as fast.


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Calendars Calendars​will give you a view of the school calendars and important dates to help you stay on top of events you need to know about. A one-stop view of each school day (1-8), public holidays, school holidays, and Elementary/ Middle/High school events. To synchronise calendars to your phone, when you see a calendar on an ISKL internal website, click ​Add All Calendars​near the bottom and you are all set. HS students, teachers and counselors will add appointments onto your calendar by invitation, so look for these on your calendar and the invitation in your email. If you need further help to synchronise your calendar to your phone, please contact the E ​ S Tech Office or the MS/HS Tech Office. Drive Google Drive is an online service included with your Panther Apps account. Google Drive allows you to create, edit and share online documents. The online file storage platform allows you to work with files including text documents (like MS Word), spreadsheets (like MS Excel) and presentations (like MS Powerpoint), online forms, and others. It is the primary online file application suite used at ISKL because it allows sharing between multiple users. This makes collaborating on projects and sharing with teachers fast and easy. Email ISKL exclusively uses the Panther Apps Gmail accounts for communication between faculty, staff, parents, and students. You should always use this account when sending emails to others in the ISKL community. Teachers will only send information to your ISKL Panther Apps Gmail account. Please make sure you check your email regularly. ISKL Panther Pathway The ISKL Panther Pathway App for Android and Apple iOS devices offers a simple way to access campus maps by floor along with directions to key areas. The Blue Dot will show you where you are and accessing the directory will provide you with a list of places to go. The App will provide you with proper routing and follow you along the way. PantherPay PantherPay is the online system parents can use to add money to their child’s ID Card to pay for food and Panther Hut items on campus. PantherPay can be accessed using your Panther Apps email address and password.


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The online portal available to parents can be used to top up funds, distribute funds between accounts, get reports of account activity, and pay for events and trips online. Each family is automatically issued with a PantherPay accounts. For ES students, it is the only way they can pay for food in the ISKL cafeteria. Panther Apps Panther Apps​- upon acceptance to ISKL, each parent and child is issued with their own Panther Apps email account (G Suite account). ​This account will be the only email address used to communicate with parents​about your child and school, for parents to communicate with school, teachers and other ISKL parents. The school will not send emails to your personal email address and we ask that you use your Panther Apps when communicating with the school. You will need to be logged into Panther Apps to access ISKL’s internal sites (Parent site, Athletics, PTA, Board of Director site etc.) Other tools that you will use with your Panther Apps account include Google Drive, Google Calendar, and other G Suite tools. (See ISKL QR Code below) Panther Key Panther Key​- is your personal login details which enable you to login to your ISKL Panther Apps account and other ISKL online services. If your name is Panthera (First Name) Wired (Family name) your email would be pwired@ iskl.edu.my. If you are unsure of these details or have forgotten them, you can reset your password​. (See ISKL QR Code below) Parent Site Parent site​: this is a link to the main ISKL website for parents to access all information related to your child/ren’s learning life at ISKL. It can only be accessed by ISKL parents who are logged in to Panther Apps. Here you will find links to the school calendars, handbook, Panther News, PTA and Board website, etc. (See ISKL QR Code below)

ISKL QR Code Simply point the camera on your phone at the QR code apps to be scanned and you're done! From left to right: 1) Panther Apps 2) Panther Key 3) Panther Site


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ISKL Educational Tools Whole School PowerSchool PowerSchool​ is ISKL’s primary Student Information System. It is a web portal that ISKL uses to store personal details relating to your child/ren which only you can see. It is separate from ISKL’s internal websites and holds information such as school report cards, student schedules, after school activities, parent teacher conferences, and busing information. PowerSchool has been developed by ISKL to be a multi-functional online tool used by all parents. iPanther iPanther: this site has many helpful links for parents, including Acceptable Use Policies and links to tutorials.


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ES Learning Connection Learning Connection: this site contains information and resources which have been compiled for ES parents and community members seeking to know more about how to support their child/children at home. Supporting literacy, Supporting mathematics, Approaches to learning and ES Counseling resources are all in one place creating a teacher-student-parent connection. ES Class Websites (Grade 3 - 5) ES Class Websites - for Grade 3 through 5 only. Each week your child’s homeroom teacher will communicate key information relating to the previous and coming weeks via a class blog. The information in the blog will vary depending on grade and teacher, however all will cover key information to give parents an understanding of what their child is currently working on, any home learning, and upcoming events you need to be aware of. If you “Follow by email,” you will be sent a notification when the teacher has published a new blog post - this way you get it hot off the press. If you need further help, please contact your child’s teacher.

Seesaw (Prep Senior - Grade 2) The Seesaw App is used in Prep Senior - Grade 2 and you will want to download it for ​iOS​or Android​. It is used by teachers and students to communicate with parents. Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning and teachers will use Seesaw to send you messages and reminders. Seesaw is private so you will only see posts created by your child and you can reply by leaving a comment or a voice recording. Your teacher will send you an invitation to join Seesaw and can help you get set up. Please make sure you sign up with your ISKL email address.


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Middle School & High School

Google Classroom Google Classroom is the primary learning management system (LMS) used by students and teachers in the Middle and High School Divisions. Google Classroom is used to share resources and provided a platform for disseminating classroom content and collecting student work. Google Classroom is another online service included with the PantherApps account. Laptop Program (Middle School) Middle School (MS) students are provided with a MacBook Air laptop for use during the course of the school day 1.​Middle School 1:1 Laptop Program FAQ’s 2.​Middle School 1:1 Laptop Program Policies If you need further help, please contact your child’s teacher.

Cialfo (High School) The counselors will provide you with more details about this platform which helps students align their interests to long-term university and career goals. There are many tools in Cialfo that help guide students on their path to postsecondary education.


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Turnitin (High School) Students use Turnitin to submit assignments when requested to do so by their teachers. Turnitin quickly checks that the work submitted is original. Other features allow teachers to provide feedback and peers to review their classmates’ submissions. There are also useful links along the left side menu. Key links include: • Course Guide • IB program • AP program • Counseling page • Daily Bulletin - daily information from Administration • iPanther Tech page - useful tech specific information

ISKL QR Code Simply point the camera on your phone at the QR code apps to be scanned and you're done! From left to right: 1) Power School 2) iPanther 3) Learning Connection 4) ES Class Websites 5) Seesaw App IOS 6) Seesaw App Android 7) Laptop Program FAQ's 8) Laptop Program Policies


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How to Stay Informed Panther News Panther News​is a newsletter issued weekly which covers a range of topics including the Head of School news, School-wide news, PTA news, Marketing highlights, School calendar, and Elementary, Middle and High School highlights. It also has links to a wealth of information from all departments of the school. You will receive an email to your ISKL email address notifying you that it has been issued. It is always posted on the first page of the parent site. Visit https://sites. google.com/iskl.edu.my/panthernews/home PTA PTA​website: this is your one stop for all things relating to the PTA. Here you will meet the PTA and learn about what their roles entail. You will also find announcements, upcoming events, the PTA calendar, committee information, guidelines etc. There are loads of opportunities to get involved with the school and to volunteer with the PTA. They need your help and are here to welcome you to the ISKL community. Visit https://sites.google.com/a/iskl.edu.my/pta/


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Social Media Connect with ISKL social media to see what is happening on campus any given time. Follow us @ISKLofficial and be #ISKLProud Facebook: h ​ ttps://www.youtube.com/c/ISKLOfficialChannel​/ Instagram: h ​ ttps://www.instagram.com/isklofficial/ Twitter: h ​ ttps://twitter.com/isklofficial​/ LinkedIn:​https://www.linkedin.com/school/the-international-school-of- kuala-lumpur/ Youtube: h ​ ttps://www.youtube.com/c/ISKLOfficialChannel Livestream The International School of Kuala Lumpur's main live streaming channel is https://livestream.com/iskl OUR TAKE Online Magazine High School online magazine.​https://ourtake.iskl.edu.my/ Open House ISKL’s open houses are held every August for each grade. This series of presentations allows parents to become familiar with their child's teachers, the school program and the facilities. Parent Coffees and workshops Whatever you are interested in; from emotional intelligence to sleep patterns of adolescents, meeting with Head of School and our Principals, or understanding our assessment system, we are working on offering you a wide range of topics related to our learning and teaching philosophy as well as an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff on a regular basis.


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Do you have Questions about KL and the ISKL community?

Welcome to ISKL. We, (the PTA Welcome Committee) have made a list of all our favorite things to do in this vibrant city - and beyond. So, don’t sit at home. Get out there and explore. Email your Welcome Committee contact or another new friend and try out some or all of the recommendations below. We’re all used to being new and making new friends so don’t be shy, give it a try! Please make sure to follow or join: • Join E ​ xpats in Ampang Facebook group​and follow K ​ L East Side Stories t​ o find out more about the cool places and things to do in Ampang (which is our ISKL neighborhood).

• https://happygokl.com/​: Happy Go KL is the go-to site for families in KL: what to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids, the latest KL attractions and family travel in Asia. • https://www.theyumlist.net/​: all food, cocktails and spa recommendations. An absolute must to check when you fancy something new or just want to explore what KL has to offer on the food scene.


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The Best of Kuala Lumpur and our Surroundings

Cultural • The Batu Caves: good all year but especially at Thaipusam (October) to see the Hindu devotees carrying Kavadis up the 272 steps on their backs, attached by fish hooks! • Merdeka (Freedom) Square for stunning Islamic architecture. Free Heritage guided tours every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:45 am. Starting point KL City Gallery. You can also take a Heritage Trail ride in a horse drawn carriage. • Visit the Thean Hou temple at Chinese New Year to be blown away by thousands of red lanterns. This is close to Brickfields.

• Free Little India guided tour. Every Saturday 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Starting point Vivekananda Ashram, Brickfields. Register on w ​ ww.visitkl.gov.my • Don’t forget to visit Little India during Deepavali (The Hindu Festival of Light). • Visit Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque) in central for stunning islamic architecture. They will lend ladies a cover up robe and are very friendly so don’t be shy but do be respectful. • See also the cultural Temple of Fine Arts in Brickfields. Historical • The National Museum: learn some of the history of your host country. If you have six months, you can also train to be a museum guide. ​ http://www.muziumnegara.gov.my/

• Take a free tour at Royal Selangor Visitor Centre and learn about the history of tin and pewter and its current uses. See the factory floor. If you have an hour


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and are so inclined, you can hammer your own small bowl at Hard Knocks. Book in advance, it’s fun for the entire family! • A trip to the old Portuguese Port of Malacca with its old Fort, Church, Temples and Mosque, and many Nonya and Baba antique furniture and antique porcelain shops. Being able to distinguish the genuine antiques from the imitations comes in handy here as well as bargaining skills. It’s do-able in a day as it’s only two hours from KL. • There is also”Mini Malaysia” on the way to Malacca which has miniature models for the different types of old traditional Malay Long Houses set in a park. http://www.minimalaysiaasean.com/v1/#

Adventure / Outdoors / Family • Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage - little over an hour from KL. You can feed the elephants and bathe them in the river. Wonderful for the whole family. • Camp 5, 1 Utama Shopping Mall - climbing walls. • Sunway Lagoon - great water and theme park in Petaling Jaya, an hour from KL. • Skytrex - flying fox in Shah Alam. • Kuala Selangor fireflies - a magical nighttime boat ride little over an hour from KL. The trees light up like Christmas trees. F ​ irefly park​+603-3260 1208. • Check out the local macaque monkeys and wild boars behind the KDE Golf and Country Club in Taman Tar 15 minutes from the city centre. It's an easy hike. • The Divers Den and w ​ ww.divescubamikes.com​has experienced instructors that provide excellent courses for PADI certification. They use their center in Redang Island for the Open Water part of the qualification. Redang Island is great for snorkeling too. Six hours drive east of KL. Scuba Mike is also an ISKL alumni!


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Activities to do by Area Lake Gardens : • The Bird Park: feed birds by hand and have photos taken with exotic birds. • Butterfly Park and Orchid Garden: close to the Bird Park and ‘do-able’ in one day. • The National Planetarium of Malaysia is a blue-domed structure that is situated on top of a hill in the Lake Gardens. • The Dinosaur playground is in Lake Gardens for younger kids. You can take a ride on the tram.

KLCC & Petronas Twin Towers : • The Petronas Towers - you need to buy tickets from 8:00 am to ensure you get a spot. Only go on a clear day to get a good view. • KLCC Aquarium is a must for all kids and marine life lovers. • KLCC Petrosains, The Discovery Centre is great fun for the whole family. Located on the 4th floor, of Suria KLCC. h ​ ttp://www.petrosains.com.my/visitors/ operating-hours.php • Kinokunya in Suria KLCC is the biggest and most varied bookstore in Malaysia also on the 4th Floor opposite the Petrosains, The Discovery Centre. ​ http://www.kinokuniya.com/my/ • The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) has many wonderful performances for the family. h ​ ttp://www.mpo.com.my/​No jeans, t-shirts, shorts or flip flops allowed. • Join the early morning joggers in the gardens outside KLCC.


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Local Tips and Contacts ​ he following list is based on the personal experiences of PTA members. If you T have a positive experience with a supplier or activity not on this list, please let us know so we can add them. Similarly, please advise us if you have a negative experience. However, before you jump in here's the fine print: ​ISKL (including the PTA) does not endorse or warrant, expressly or implied, any product, service, vendor or supplier appearing on this list. You are advised to conduct your own due diligence and you use this list at your own risk. ISKL and will not be liable for any losses and/or damage arising from the use of this list and you agree not to hold ISKL responsible for, and hereby release ISKL from, any damages or losses resulting directly or indirectly from your use of this list.


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Clubs / Associations in Kuala Lumpur There are a number of associations that you may join and some are listed here. You will find further information about clubs in KL in the Expat magazine. • AFM- Association Francaise en Malaisie ​https://www.afm-kuala.com/ • American Association of Malaysia (AAM) ​ www.americanassociationofmy.com/ • Association of British Women in Malaysia (ABWM) ​www.abwm.com.my • AFM- Association Francaise en Malaisie ​https://www.afm-kuala.com/ • Bharat Club for Indian Expats ​http://www.bharatclub.org/ • Canadian Association of Malaysia​ ​www.canadians-in-kl.com/ • IBU Family Resource Group ​for ladies with young children i​bufamily.org • Japan Club KL ​クアラルンプール日本人会 • Korean Women Association ​Tel:(603) 4252 5585 • Latin Ladies Association of Malaysia ​https://www.latinwam.org/ • Malaysian Australian New Zealand Association (MANZA) www.manza.org • Malaysian Culture Group ​this is a group for all nationalities. Their aim is to share interesting cultural information about Malaysia and Southeast Asia (history, art, travel, food, book groups, religion etc.). You can find out more at http://www.mcgkl.org/ • Scandinavian Society ​www.scandinaviansocietymalaysia.com • South Africans in Malaysia ​www.internations.org/ • St David's Society (Welsh)​Tel:(603) 6730 0155 • St Patrick's Society (Irish) ​www.stpatsoc.org/​T ​ el: (603) 2053 8557 Medical Services Hospitals • Gleneagles Hospital, 282 & 286, Jalan Ampang (603) 414 1300/ (603) 4257 1300 www.gleneagleskl.com.my • Prince Court Medical​C ​ entre, 39 Jalan Kia Peng (603) 2160 0000 ​ www.princecourt.com • Pantai Hospital​, ​8, Jalan Bukit Pantai​​(603) 2296 0888​ ​www.pantai.com.my/kuala-lumpur • Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre Hospital, (​ 603) 2096 1033 http://klsmc.com


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Pet Care Vets • One Ampang Veterinary Clinic. Ampang Jaya, Selangor. • Hayward Animal Clinic. Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. • Animal Medical Center. Wisma Medivet, Kuala Lumpur. Boarding pets • Stephanie at ‘Boarding Buddies’ w ​ ww.boardingbuddies.com • Boarding for dogs - also highly recommended by ISKL families is http://www.doghousebroga.com/facilities-services Dog Walking/Friendly neighborhoods • Tip from ISKL parent with dogs: There are dog parks next to 1Utama and Desa Park City. Desa Park City has a lovely park, with lots of joggers and dogs. You can let your dogs loose on one of the fields. On weekends there are lots of dogs and it’s a nice place to meet people, mainly locals. Some of the cafes also allow you to sit on their terrace with your dog and have coffee. There are also dog training groups in several places in KL (​www.puppy.com.my​) Even if you don't feel you need to train your dog much, it's a nice social venue, and a good place to make local friends. • Ukay Heights / Taman Tar are good places to walk dogs with safe sidewalks. Lots of ISKL families walk their dogs together in the mornings. Very sociable. Grooming • Mobile Pet Groomer ​Spontaneous recommendation from an ISKL parent in the Ampang area. “We have been very pleased with a lady called Felicia who does a lovely job with our old Retriever. She LOVES dogs, and it shows in everything she does. Her number is 016 685 9938. She works in the Ampang area. Not sure how willing/able she is to travel outside this area.”


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Domestic Help One of the wonderful things about living in Asia is the availability of reasonably priced domestic help. Most families employ a domestic helper/ maid to help with the housework. This frees up your time to enjoy other aspects of KL life. Domestic helpers here are mainly Filipino or Indonesian. You can arrange for them to live in or live out. They will clean, cook, look after children and pets and generally manage your house. Starting salaries are around RM1,800 per month but good domestic helpers can command as much as double that. As an employer you will be expected to provide a safe working environment, agreed upon holiday leave, specified working hours and other pre-agreed conditions. They should be legally permitted to be in Malaysia. You can use an agent to help you through this paperwork. Personal recommend​ations take a lot of the guesswork out of hiring a maid/domestic helper. Check out the ISKL ‘Want Ads’ for helpers recommended by families who are leaving Malaysia looking to place their maid with another family. • Adat Premium Management Services​- run by Ismail Abdul Rahman (6012) 295 8985. He is a quiet, efficient gentleman who charges a reasonable price to arrange all legal paperwork to help you hire a domestic helper, and renew visas in a timely fashion. • Anne Hindun -​​agensi Pekerjaan Asuhan Budi Sdn Bhd (6012) 213 9186 Anne is very professional. • For Expat to Expat transfer, Mr Rhyann is extremely reliable, professional and reasonably priced (6012) 373 9519. Shopping There are a number of associations that you may join and some are listed here. You will find further information about clubs in KL in the Expat magazine. Malls • Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens Mall – Near KL Sentral • IKEA in two locations: The IKANO/Curve shopping Mall – Mutiara Damansara, and Cheras in MyTown shopping mall. • Publika, Solaris Dutamas • 1 Mont Kiara - Mont Kiara • Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur


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• Pavilion – City Centre • BB Plaza – Bukit Bintang (you can also get fancy dress items here too! • Great Eastern Mall – Ampang • MyTown Shopping Centre, Cheras • Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas • Bangsar Village and Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar • 1 Utama, Bandar Utama • Low Yat Plaza, Bukit Bintang - specializes in electronics, computers, laptops, mobile phones and accessories Food Shopping • Jaya Grocer, Jalan Ampang at bottom of Intermark Hotel • Mercato - Pavilion and Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas • Village Grocer - Ampang • Ampang Grocer - Ampang • Hock Choon - Ampang • Cold Storage - Great Eastern Mall • BIG (Ben's International Grocer) – The Linc (Ampang), Publika (Sri Hartamas) • Jason’s Bangsar Shopping Centre • Tesco- Ampang Water It is not recommended to drink the tap water. Instead, many people choose to have their water delivered or filtered. Water delivery services: • Coway 1 800 888 111 • Cactus (6016) 920 2336


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• Happy Water (603) 4043 4090 • Spitzer Water Service 1 ​ 800 88 3111 Electrical Goods - Harvey Norman Computers and Mobiles - Low Yat Plaza in Bukit Bintang Restaurants There are a lot of great restaurants in KL. Here are a few of the popular ones: • Suzy’s Corner – Ampang cheap but good quality steaks • Jalan Alor – City Centre near Bukit Bintang • Souled Out – Ampang and Desa Sri Hartamas – stylish family restaurant • WIP – Bangsar Shopping Centre • Las Carretas - Ampang • La Risata - Ampang • Daily Grind - Ampang • Fireplace - coffee shop in Ampang • Finnegans – Bukit Bintang and Desa Sri Hartamas • Din Tai Fung - Pavilion, Suria KLCC and The Curve – excellent Chinese dumplings, great experience, and value. Michelin starred. • Byblos - Best Lebanese Restaurant in KL. Located at Trec, KLCC • Chutney Mary - Bangsar • Steam Boat – Everywhere • Nasi Kandar – great cheap Indian food found everywhere • ‘The Bakery’ is a French bakery / cafe only a few minutes away from ISKL where you can buy a variety of great freshly baked breads, cakes, or chat with friends over a coffee or a meal.


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Entertainment and Clubs For Kids there are many activities available, some examples are: • Ice Skating – Sunway and The Curve • Kidzania (younger kids) – at the Curve – kids playing at ‘careers’ • Sunway Lagoon – water and theme park • Horse Riding – Polo Club, Mont Kiara etc. • Jump Street - Petaling Jaya (jumping on trampolines) • District 21- post-apocalyptic themed sports and recreation park. • Super Park - Avenue K (KLCC) Football • KLYS is the biggest and most popular football club for boys and girls from ages five - 18. Contact Audry at 601 6337 7531 for details. • International Soccer Camp KL: Contact Coach Arber at 601 6674 6133 for details. • 1 Malaysia Cardiff City football club for boys. Practice is at Garden International School in Mont Kiara. Call 603 6201 8115. • Little League Malaysia, soccer club runs the soccer program at our Elementary School after school activities. For Adults • Fitness First, Celebrity Fitness and True Fitness are the biggest clubs that offer classes, personal training, and a gym. • The HIIT Garage - Caliber located on Jalan Ritchie, Off Ampang Hilir (6019) 688 8012 • F45 Training Ampang 601 2440 5504 • KDE near the school offers the above plus golf, tennis, swimming etc • Raintree Club is similar to KDE without the golf and is close to school. • ISKL’s gyms available for school parents when classes are not in session.


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School Supplies • ISKL Panther Hut • Miami Baby – at Naan Corner. Has all necessary stationery supplies. Ask for an ISKL discount if you buy a lot of supplies. • William Service Centre - above Hock Choon Supermarket, Jalan Ampang School supplies, photocopying services, business cards, office supplies, lamination, postal and courier service, stationery, Fedex, TNT, greeting cards, wrapping paper, etc. Great and friendly service. Miscellaneous Contacts Pampering • Foot massages are available in almost every mall. • Thai Odyssey are a wonderful chain of spas that specialize in massage and reflexology. Find the location nearest you at t​ haiodyssey.com. Scrupulously clean, beautiful, atmospheric Thai decor, and reasonably priced. • Have your hair blow dried from RM30 in most local salons depending on how much hair you have and how fancy the salon is! • Manicures and pedicures from about MR80 again depending on how fancy the salon is. Furniture Repair • Nauman Farooq 601 2930 1707 repairs furniture and sells Middle Eastern carpets and rosewood furniture. Reasonably priced and good service. • CL Kwok (6017) 879 4281 Good furniture repairs. Painter • Patrick Benjamin (6012) 203 1573 • Dominic (6012) 346 1573 *General tip for painters, ask the contractor not to add water to the paint as it can bubble later.


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Picture Hanger • Brendan Tan (6012) 325 0084 Reasonably priced. A busy man, book in advance. • Francis (6016) 608 6218 Very reliable Picture Framer • Boon (603) 2144 3895 or (6012) 648 3895. Upstairs from Hock Choon Supermarket, 241-1 Jalan Ampang. They custom frame any article. Your artwork, photography, mirrors etc. They have even made framed boxes for displaying small ceramic items. Reasonably priced. Pleasant to deal with and work usually completed in a week. • Mr. Heng, located in Melawati - good prices and nice work. Family business. (6012) 651 9013 Crafting and Supplies • Spotlight Stores (from Australia) have a wide selection of craft supplies, party supplies, kitchenware and household goods. • Cottage Patch - opposite Ampang Point. You can buy craft supplies, hand-made quilts or pay to learn how to make your own and use their know-how and machines. Contact Alice (603) 4256 3106. Air Conditioning Services • It’s a humid climate. Air conditioners tend to need to be serviced 2 to 3 times a year (add water, clean filters etc). Luggage Repair • Don’t throw out that suitcase that just lost a wheel or the one with the dodgy lock. Bring it to the Luggage Repair shop at 39 Jalan Jejeka Tuhuh (7), Taman Maluri, Cheras. They will do superb repairs for a very reasonable cost. Taxi Services Always insist on a metered Taxi. The Blue ones are always safest. There are other taxi services. You can download the very popular Grab app on your smartphone for free. Under Grab, you can choose different taxi services based on your budget.


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Driving Tips • Driver’s Licen​se: It is recommended that you carry your drivers license with you at all times. http://www.jpj.gov.my/en/web/main-site/semakan- pertukaran-lesen-memandu-luar-negara • You will probably need a GPS for most trips in KL until you become familiar with the roads. “WAZE” is a GPS App that is ‘live’. You have the ability to report traffic conditions, accidents and police sightings. Best of all, it’s completely FREE. • UK and Irish driving license holders try to renew your license before you leave. It is difficult to renew when you are not a UK/Irish resident. Also, once here, photocopy and laminate it and carry it in place of your real one in case of theft or loss. • Another tip, keep a photocopy of your passport in your car. Police have been known to fine drivers without it. • Get a Touch and Go card to pay for toll roads. The cards can also be used parking fees at most public car parks. Pest Control • If you find tiny ants in your kitchen or other parts of your house. Buy some Pandan leaves (0.50c a pack) and put the leaves around the affected area. It smells great but they don’t like it and will move out! • NLC PEST CONTROL (603) 780 39333 • Thomas at Blue Leafs Pest control (6019) 656 5440. He uses gel (non- toxic to kids/pets etc), which is extremely efficient. • Anti Pest (6012) 205 3459


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You are almost a Malaysian when ... • You can eat an entire meal with your right hand. • You naturally point with your thumb and not your forefinger. • You remove your shoes before entering any house. • You end every sentence in ‘lah’. • You celebrate every major faiths’ religious festivals and love all the public holidays they bring.

• You have snacks, drinks, a book and at least a quarter tank of petrol in your car for the anticipated traffic jams. • If you are over 5’5” and you feel really tall. • Motorcyclists are always right, no matter how wrong they are. • Your right hand automatically comes forward to receive or give anything to anyone. • You are an expert at bargaining for a fair price in the markets.


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• You know the potholes in the road by heart. • You carry an umbrella for the rain and the sun. • Strangers call you “brother”, “sister”, “Aunty'' or “Uncle” (depending on your age !) • You recognise signs: ‘Pusat Bandaraya’ (city centre), ‘Lebuhraya Persekutuan’ (Federal Highway), ‘Sehala’ (one-way), ‘Keluar’ (exit), ‘Masuk’ (enter), ‘Tolak’ (push), ‘Tarik’ (pull). • You have at least one kebaya nyonya, baju kurung, cheongsam and shalwar kameez in your wardrobe. • You have stopped converting everything from ringgits to your home currency. • As a national pastime, you stop to eat at the next stall even though you’ve just eaten; and you drive to a shopping mall though you’ve nothing to buy, because it’s air conditioned, and a ‘national pastime, lah’. • Geckos in your bedroom are welcome guests to welcome. Invited or not, they help keep insect populations down. • “Malaysia boleh!” (“Malaysia can!”) • You can laugh at this list because you understand it!


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