Flash April 3 2017

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Have a Wonderful Break

Have a wonderful and safe Easter holiday. Flash returns Monday, April 17. Staff return on Tuesday, April 18 and students on Wednesday, April 19. Just a reminder there are a few no school days which fall mid-week. Please make note that students do not come to school Tuesday, April 4Monday, April 10 to Tuesday, April 18Monday, May 1Wednesday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 30. The 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 (draft) calendars can be found on the main school website and mobile app.

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 experience that several of our Upper School students had last month, when they taught art to the children in Prep. To learn all about it, read this article and watch this video.

This Week - Evening of the Arts

Get ready for a magical evening, as CDNIS proudly presents "Evening of the Arts" on Thursday, April 6 at 7pm. The event will take place in the LLAC Theatre, featuring musical performances by the CDNIS Stage Band, Concert Band, Wind Philharmonic, Symphonic Winds, as well as the LLAC Lobby, which will showcase the grade 9/10 Visual Art Exhibition. Admission is free and tickets are available at the Box Office.

Update: University Offers

In late February, the Upper School Guidance team shared a list of universities that had extended offers to members of the Class of 2017. Not surprisingly that this list has grown over the last five weeks. This current list is continuing to change as April 1-2 was a big weekend for USA school admissions decisions. Congratulations to our students and thank you to our staff and parents who have been so supportive.

Parent Liaison Committee

This is the second year since the Board of Governors re-established the Parent Liaison Committee (PLC). The PLC is a multi-stakeholder Committee, comprised of Governors, Parents, and School Administrators. The PLC serves as a communication channel between parents and the Board of Governors. To contact the PLC, please email parentliaisoncommittee@cdnis.hk.

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. Yangshuo, ChinaHainan, ChinaInner Mongolia, ChinaTaiwan and Sabah, Malaysia.

Summer School Sign Up launches this Friday

CDNIS Summer School has the reputation as the place to be in June/July. We're proud of the range of choices and super excited about being the HK host of both the Vienna Boys Choir Summer programme (open to both boys and girls) and the Cambridge Summer School. Our favourite programmes are also back including everything from Multi Activity to Mandarin to Makers Space. Check out the programmes here; Sign Up opens this Friday!

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.

GreenWeek 2017

GreenWeek 2017 is less than a month away (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, pre-order buying local organic produce at our "Farmers Market" event, a "Swap, Not Shop!" clothing exchange for adult clothes, a GreenWeek Cinema in the Forum & OneDoor, even a Green DDD and more! Start signing up!

Local Organic Veggies: Pre-order

As part of GreenWeek 2017, we are excited to partner with Evergreens Republic to offer the CDNIS community the chance to purchase fresh local and organic produce! Evergreens Republic is a local, organic aquaponics farm, that is managed by a CDNIS alum, who has also helped CDNIS students study aquaponics systems for their Personal Projects! Pre-order now on this form by April 7. Pick up on April 27.

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 cutting up fabrics for our Lower School art community days (May 11-12) where we will sew them into patches for a quilt. No sewing experience necessary! Please email Liz Chow if you are interested.

ASA Survey - We Need Your Feedback

The 2017 ASA Survey is open from April 3-30. 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 will be entered into a draw to win a Free ASA for the year. ASA Parents SurveyASA Grade 4-6 Students Survey.

CDNIS Equestrian Team in the Interschool Equestrian Challenge Finals

Good luck to our Higher Division Equestrian Team who qualified in 2nd position for the Inter School Equestrian Finals on April 22. For a full report and some incredible photos of the team in action check out the Timberwolves website. There is nothing like a feisty horse standing up on his hind legs in the middle of the Dressage section to build resilience and composure in our riders.

ISSFHK Track and Field Championship Report - TWolves Gold/Silver/Bronze

CDNIS hosted the recent ISSFHK T&F Championships at Siu Sai Wan Stadium. 21 schools and close to 1000 athletes took part. We had a strong team of 83 TWolves athletes from Grade 4-12. We also had a super team of coaches and CDNIS staff leading the organisation. For all the results, photos and a list of Gold/Silver/Bronze medalists, who contributed to CDNIS' overall 2nd place position, check out the Timberwolves News.

SEASAC Gold, Silver, Bronze in Badminton, Gymnastics and Softball

Congratulations to our SEASAC Badminton, Softball and Gymnastic Teams who represented CDNIS so well over the weekend in Singapore/Jakarta/Bangkok. We are proud of your results, but more importantly of how you played and performed; you represented CDNIS with pride and you grew the reputation of our school. CDNIS is now the strongest Badminton School in SEASAC.  Please enjoy a full report, photos and results on the Timberwolves site.

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!

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.

Ordering School Lunch

The April to June lunch order forms menus are available on the CDNIS mobile app under Contacts-CDNIS Brochures-Cafeteria. Please contact Maxim's directly for more information.

Lost and Found - Valuable Items

Please stop by the 9/F office this week if you have lost a valuable item. A number of items have been turned into the 9/F office including iPhones, wallets, watches, glasses, Kindles, Octopus cards and more. If you or your child has lost anything of significant value at school, office staff might have it.

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, please do not block neighbouring driveways and please do not make 3-point turns along the road. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.

CISPA - Meditation Classes

Meditation classes for parents will be organised by CISPA every Friday morning, 9am-10am, starting after Easter break. 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 confirm your interest and/or for inquiries. More info can also be found on the CISPA website.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, April 3
MYP Visual Arts Exhibition

Wednesday, April 5
MYP Visual Arts Exhibition
Stage Band Rehearsal
Student Advisory

Thursday, April 6
MYP Visual Arts Exhibition
US Evening of the Arts
CISPA Board Meeting

Lower School News

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.

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.

LS House Day

In order to build House spirit and identity in the Lower School, we are holding LS House Days in the middle Friday of each month. Students are asked to wear their PE uniform and house shirts, and at lunch time the cafeterias will be organized so that students can eat with others in their Houses. We look forward to our next LS House Day on Friday, April 7.

LS Website: Eyes on Learning

In this week's post to Eyes on Learning, Director of Learning Jon Field writes about adopting the '5 Rules of Improvisation' in school leadership.

Easter Holiday Programme

Still looking for something to keep your children busy over the school break? Enrol your little bunnies in the eggciting Easter Holiday Programme from April 10 to April 13. Choose from football, gymnastics, swimming and netball! Please visit the After School Activities website to enrol online. The programme is open to both CDNIS and non-CDNIS students.

Upper School News

MYP Arts Exhibition

Come explore the expressive world of art creations by Grade 9 and 10 Visual Artists. Students find their voice with focused work featuring topics such as A Social Issues Response, A Contemporary Italian Renaissance, Photographic Series, Grotesque Sculptures, Protest and Propaganda Prints and Career Projects. This show is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week until our closing celebration prior to the Upper School Musical Performances during The Evening of the Arts, April 6.

Upcoming University Visits

The US Guidance Team is pleased to advise the following visitors to CDNIS (Parents and students welcome): Univ of Leeds (UK) School of Design, Monday April 3 @ 12:15pm, Denison University and Fordham University, Thursday, April 6 @2:30pm, as well as University of Kent (Architecture), Friday, April 28 @ 2:30pm. Parent and students are welcome to all visits. Room 510.

SAT May Registration Deadline

Students wishing to sit the Saturday, May 6 SAT at CDNIS are reminded that the deadline for registering for the test is Friday, April 7. Students may register online at www.collegeboard.org using the CDNIS test centre number of 62149.


April 3 2017
SEA Band Festival

April 3 2017
MYP Art Exhibition Opens

April 4 2017
No School

April 5 2017
Student Showcases

April 6 2017
Student Showcases

April 6 2017
Evening of the Arts

April 7 2017
Student Showcases

April 7 2017
LS House Day

April 10 2017
No School - Spring Break

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