Flash April 24 2017

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All School news

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 learn all about the Grade 8 Service Day and the importance of "Service Learning". To learn all about it, read this article and watch this video.


Reminder: No ASAs April 27

Just a reminder that there are no ASAs on Thursday, April 27 due to the SLLRs. ASAs will continue as normal on Friday, April 28. Sorry for any confusion caused.


CIS/WASC Parent Survey

Thank you to the parents that have completed the Endicott 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. While both parents are welcome to take the survey, we ask that at least one parent per household participate in the survey which will be open until Wednesday, May 3. You may find the survey at www.endicottresearchcenter.net and the code is CNP2017205. For more information, please see the letter sent by Jon Adams last week. If you have any questions about the CIS/WASC Accreditation process, please email Jon Adams.


PYP Exhibition

The PYP Exhibition will be taking place at CDNIS on the April 27-28. All parents and visitors at the school are invited to visit both the LLAC Lobby and Library over the two days between the hours of 8am until 1:30pm. The exhibition is a significant event for Grade 6 students as it is a culminating unit which showcases skills and knowledge learnt throughout their PYP journey. This years Transdisciplinary Theme is Sharing the Planet and we welcome you to view the students creative solutions.


GreenWeek 2017

GreenWeek 2017 is happening this week (April 24-28) and the whole community can engage in all things environmental in various ways (see schedule)! GreenWeek includes a Plastic Free Seas boat experience, hands-on CDNIS uniform upcycling workshops, a "Swap, Not Shop!" clothing exchange for adult clothes, a GreenWeek Cinema in the Forum & OneDoor, even a Green DDD and more! See you at the events!


Upcycling Activity: Call for Volunteers

Help us to upcycle unused uniforms and turn them into artwork! We are in need of volunteers during Green Week (April 24-28) to help students of all ages with the cutting up of fabrics. This will continue during our Lower School art community days (May 11 and 12) where we will sew them into patches for a quilt. No sewing experience necessary! Please email Liz Chow if you'd be interested.


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!


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. Silver is sold out, just the white bottles remain. Happy shopping!


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.


CISPA - Meditation Classes at School

Meditation classes for parents are organised by CISPA every Friday morning, on the CDNIS Green Roof, from 8:10am-9:10am. Please come and join us for the second session, this Friday, April 28! Sharon Leng, a healing therapist and health educator, as well as a CDNIS alumni parent, will guide us through this practice. Please register with Lucia Delvita to register and/or for inquiries. More info can be found on CISPA website.


LLAC Marquee

Monday, April 24
PYP Exhibition Rehearsal
Green Week

Tuesday, April 25
PYP Exhibition Rehearsal
Networking Session for HK VPs
Gr 1 Spotlight Rehearsal

Wednesday, April 26
PYP Exhibition Rehearsal
Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 27
PYP Exhibition
Gr 1 Spotlight Rehearsal

Friday, April 28
PYP Exhibition


Lower School News

Make.Create.Collaborate

All LS students will participate in this community building event, celebrating creativity through visual and performing arts. May 11 and 12 in the LLAC lobby. Drum circle, giant knitting projects, sound wall, weaving and more! Parents are welcome to join us for the Closing Ceremony on Friday, May 12 from 3-4pm in the LLAC theatre, featuring the Beginning Band, LS Strings Ensemble, and Treble Timbertones. See you there!


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 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.


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.


Upper School News

Attention Current Grade 7 Parents

Please note that there will be some changes to the Upper School Timetable structure next year, including student choice regarding their Grade 8 Fine Arts course. Parents of Grade 7 students can watch this video to get details, and are invited to attend a Coffee Morning on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30am if they have any questions.


Reminder: 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.


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.


University of Kent - School of Architecture - Portfolio Session

Students interested in studying architecture are invited to the portfolio session on Friday, April 28 at 2:30pm in the Guidance Office.


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.


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.


Dates

April 27 2017
No ASAs


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 2 2017
Grade 7 Parents Coffee Morning


May 3 2017
NO SCHOOL - Buddha's Birthday


May 3 2017
Parent Endicott Survey Closes


May 8 2017
Jockey Club Scholarship Deadline


May 9 2017
Grade 3 MacBook Information Evening


May 11 2017
Prep iPad Information Evening


May 11 2017
Make.Create.Collaborate


June 8 2017
Last Day of School - Students


June 9 2017
Last Day of School - Faculty