Flash April 17 2017

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Reaching Out, Touching Lives

The foundation of any successful school is the close bond shared between students and teachers. With their commitment of learning from one another and a passion for making a difference, the CDNIS family is achieving excellence all around the world! This week, we celebrate CDNIS history, as our T-Wolves football team were crowned champions of the 2016-2017 All HK Schools Jing Ying Tournament. To learn all about it, read this article and watch this video.

CIS/WASC Parent Survey

An important part of the CIS/WASC Accreditation process is the upcoming Endicott Parent Survey. This 15 minute online survey is a valuable way for parents to share their perspective on many different aspects of our school. Your feedback provides an opportunity to identify areas that are strengths of CDNIS and where we can improve. Please see the letter from Jon Adams in the coming days with more information. As always, if you have any questions about the CIS/WASC Accreditation process, please email Jon Adams.

Update: University Offers

Just before the break, the Interim Head of School shared a list of post-secondary schools members of the Class of 2017 and students who took a Gap Year had been accepted into. The list is still changing and the most recent list can be found right here. Congratulations to our students and thank you to our staff and parents who have been so supportive.

Summer Programme Sign Up is Open

CDNIS Summer School has the reputation as the place to be! We're proud of the range of choices and excited about being the Hong Kong host of both the Vienna Boys Choir Summer programme (open to both boys and girls ages 8 - 17), Camp BizSmart direct from Silicon Valley (Ages 11- 16) and the Cambridge Summer School (Ages 15+). Check out the programmes here and sign up today!

Summer Holiday Chinese Programmes in Taipei and Beijing

Activities that are available this year include the Taipei Language A Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (for G4-11 Mandarin A / MHL students); Beijing Language B Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (for G4-11 MFL / MSL students). Details can be found here.

Weather Policy

Please take a moment to review the school's weather policySchool closures are communicated via the main school website and mobile app. The weather policy can also be found in the Parent Information Handbook (pg 46) and on the mobile app under Contacts - Brochures - Weather Policy. Additional information is also listed on the EDB website.

No Smoking

Just a reminder that CDNIS is a no smoking zone. We ask that parents and other school guests please refrain from smoking along the sidewalk between the main school entrance and LLAC entrance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Traffic and Safety

We work hard to make CDNIS a safe environment. Since there is no public parking at CDNIS and no parking along Nam Long Shan Road, we encourage students/parents to use the school bus or other public transportation. But if you do have to drive, please refrain from honking your car horn, please follow the directions of our security guards/police, and please do not block neighbouring driveways. Thank you for your cooperation.

CDNIS Water Bottles

The Business Club is launching new student-designed products! Show off your school spirit with the Business Club's new CDNIS school-themed water bottles! All profits will go to supporting KIVA loans and student initiatives. Click here to order. Happy shopping!

ASA Survey

Parents whose children are enrolled in ASAs at CDNIS would have received a link to the 2017 ASA Survey ahead of the break. The goal of this survey is to evaluate, celebrate and improve our After School Activities programme. It is important to get quality feedback from our parents on both the overall programme and individual ASA providers. Everyone who completes the ASA survey is entered in the draw to win a free ASA for the year. ASA Parents Survey or ASA Grade 4-6 Students Survey. The survey is open until April 30.

The Reading Tree

Do you have any old iPads/tablets or MP3/CD players that you don't use? From April 24-28, you can donate your unwanted electronics to The Reading Tree! Simply bring them to room 513 or the 9/F reception. The Reading Tree needs these devices to develop an auditory reading for children in the developing world. Please visit this link to follow our progress.

Lower School News

Macbook Info Session for Grade 3 Parents

Grade 4 students require their own MacBook as part of their learning journey. This is used to develop digital literacy, become real world writers/publishers, and to widen areas of inquiry and collaboration. Current Grade 3 parents are invited to join an information session on Tuesday May 9, 2017 from 6pm-7:30pm in the Library to learn about how the laptop is used in the curriculum and the ordering procedure for 2017/2018 school year. Sign up here.

iPad Info Session for Prep Parents

Grades 1 and 2 students have been using their iPads for their online portfolio to share their learning journey. Next year the 1:1 iPad programme will be extended to Grade 3. Current Prep parents are invited to join an information session on Thursday May 11, from 6pm-7:30pm in the Library to learn more about how the iPad is used in the curriculum and the ordering procedure for 2017/2018 school year. Sign up here.

Student Led Learning Reviews

Please watch this video to learning about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

Rescheduling SLLRs

Please note that due to the setting up of resources in the classroom and time allotted in the school calendar, there is no rescheduling of SLLRs. Students must come and can bring other family members, a helper or even another teacher can assist. Please refrain from asking teachers to reschedule.

Wanted: Picture Books and More

Grade 6 students Rhys and Ananya are taking action on behalf of refugees in Hong Kong as part of their PYP Exhibition. Please support their cause by donating picture books, games, puzzles or flash cards on the 9/F from April 24-28.

Use of Pool Changing Rooms

Please note that in accordance with local Hong Kong regulations, we have adjusted the maximum age that students can change in either changing room from seven to five years old. Also, there have been a few instances of students misbehaving in the changing room during after-school times, so please remind your children about changing quickly and leaving the changing rooms, as they are not a play area. Thank you.

Class lists for 2017-18 school year

We will soon start assembling class lists for 2017-18. If there are any extenuating circumstances relating to your child's needs that could impact his/her class placement please complete this form before Friday April 21. Respectfully, we ask that you refrain from making personal requests to select or avoid certain teachers. Such requests will not be considered. We ask that you refrain from contacting Senior Administrators and Teachers directly.

Upper School News

Grade 7-8 CAS Week Travel Documents Collection

Please submit your child's original travel documents (passport+HKID/or China Home Permit Card+HKID) by Friday, April 28 to your child's homeroom teacher. Trip leaders will be checking the issued ticket against the original travel document and verifying visas (when applicable). Trip leaders will bring the travel documents to the airport for your child on the departure day, and they will secure all travel documents for the duration of the trip. Original documents will be returned to students on arrival back to Hong Kong. If you plan to be away for the 3-day weekend (April 29-May 1) and need your travel documents, please send an email to Veronica Tse and submit the original travel documents no later than Tuesday, May 2 at 7:45am.

Grade 9-11 Exam Schedule

The schedule for Grade 9 - 11 final exams is now available. A more detailed schedule, including specific room assignments for Grade 9 and 10 exams, will follow.

Parent Workshop

Do you have a teen (or pre-teen) in your house who is silent, sometimes moody and tuned out Wishing you could communicate better with that maturing young adult in your home? This is the workshop for YOU! US counsellors Becky Stewart and Lolita Schmalenberg will lead a workshop that will foster better communication between you and your teen on Monday, May 8 from 5:30pm-8:30pm in the library. Click here to register.

Jockey Club Scholarship

The Jockey Club Scholarship is an annual award donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The scholarship will be presented to three Grade 11 students who will be completing Grade 11 in June this year and attending CDNIS in their graduating year. The scholarship will be the Tuition Fee for the 2017/2018 academic year. Criteria for the award include academic achievement as well as leadership and contribution to the CDNIS community. Applicants must submit a signed and completed Application Form by Monday, May 8.

Grade 11: U.S. Personal Statement Workshops

US Guidance will be holding workshops this week on writing an effective U.S. personal statement. Workshops will be held after school (2:30pm) on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20. Grade 11 students intending to apply to the U.S. must attend one of the PS workshops.

Oxford Information Session

Oxford University will be hosting an information session from 7pm-9pm on April 24 at St. Paul's Co-ed College, 33 McDonnell Road, Midlevels. Students and parents from all Hong Kong schools are welcome to attend. No RSVP is necessary.

SCAD Hong Kong Summer Programmes Event

SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Deisgn) in Hong Kong offers summer and pre-college programmes for students interested in art and design. An information session will be held April 22 from 2pm-3pm. To learn more, visit the SCAD summer programme website.

CAS Experience Week Websites

Educational Excursions is the company that helps us organise our CAS Experience Week trips. This company has put together a detailed website for each trip. Please click on each for more details. YangshuoHainanInner MongoliaTaiwan and Sabah.


April 19 2017
School Resumes for Students

April 27 2017
Grade 6 PYP Exhibition

April 27 2017
SLLRs (Pre Rec-Rec)

April 28 2017
Grade 6 PYP Exhibition

April 28 2017
SLLRs (Pre Rec-Grade 5)

May 1 2017
NO SCHOOL - Labour Day

May 3 2017
NO SCHOOL - Buddha's Birthday

May 9 2017
Grade 3 MacBook Information Evening

May 11 2017
Prep iPad Information Evening

June 8 2017
Last Day of School - Students

June 9 2017
Last Day of School - Faculty