2018/2019 Start of School Guide - It's Here!
The 2018/2019 Start of School Guide can be found in the School Brochures section of the the main school website. Everything you need to know - uniforms, bussing, new student/parent orientation events and more - all these details are in the Start of School Guide. New parents, please make special note of the new parent/student orientation events and register. Questions, email Winnie McCarthy for the Lower School or Winnie Kong for the Upper School.
2018-2019 Parent Information Handbook
The 2018-2019 Parent Information Handbook is available now under the School Brochures section of the main school website. Everything you need to know - the school calendar, how to order uniforms, bussing details and more - can be found in the guide. A hard copy will be sent home to each family the first week of school.
CDNIS Timberwolves Sport Programme at the Starting Line
We are proud of our Timberwolves Sports programme at CDNIS. To find out more about the structure of our seasons, sports, teams, and schedule please click here. Season 1 try-outs will start Tuesday, August 21. To view the schedule for try-outs and the full lay-out of our Athletics programme, please view the Timberwolves website.
After School Chinese Culture Academy (ASCCA) Registration
If you are interested in enrolling your child in ASCCA for Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Dance, or Chinese Painting, please click here to register, by Saturday, August 25.
Updates to School Bus Service
For those of you whose children use the school bus service, please take a moment to read the email sent on August 7 which explains the swipe card system, volunteer bus passes and revisions to swapping buses for playdates (48 hours notice MUST be given to KCM) as teachers/EAs will no longer be able to facilitate these changes. Thank you for your attention to these changes and touch base with KCM with questions.
Ordering School Lunch
The lunch menus and order forms for August to October are available now under the School Brochures section of the main school website. Maxim's Group is the school's catering provider and they can be contacted via email. Please register before the deadline, Friday, August 17.
The CDNIS Uniform Shop will relocate all services to the small gym (August 13-17). Opening times will be August 13-15 @ 10am-4pm and August 16-17 @ 8am-4pm. Students will be able to try on and purchase items in the small gym during this time. The Uniform Shop will return to its 5/F location on August 20. As the majority of parents purchase uniforms during the Lower School Open House, please stop by and purchase uniform items a few days earlier if possible to avoid the last minute rush. Payment can be made by cash, cheque and EPS. As the 2018/19 school year will be a transition year for school uniforms, both current and new uniform items can be worn.
Congratulations to all members of the Class of 2018
In case you missed it, members of the Class of 2018 posted some stellar IB results. Along with a 100% pass rate, the average score was 37 – the highest average in the school’s history. We also had 43 students score 40 points or higher, and one student, James Chow, record a perfect 45. Another example of their standing is evident in the more than HK$16million in scholarships members of our Class of 2018 were offered for post-secondary institutions around the globe. Way to go!
Parent ID Passes
New parents are welcome to stop by the 10/F library the next time they are on campus to have their photo taken for their Parent ID pass. Cards will be ready approximately two weeks after your photo has been taken. Parents are asked to please wear their Parent ID pass at all times when they are on campus. The card can also be used as a library card as parents are welcome to check out books from the library.
Guardian ID Passes
All adults on campus are required to wear an identification badge and ensure it is clearly visible at all times. This includes helpers and grandparents who are in school to pick up students. For families who have changed helpers, please return the old guardian ID pass to the main office and have your new helper apply for a new one. For returning and new families who require guardian ID passes, please pay attention to Flash next week for further details on how to apply.
Chinese Studies New Parents Coffee Morning
The Chinese Studies new parents coffee morning will be held at 7:30am-8:30am on Monday, August 20 in the LLAC Lobby. Director of Chinese Penny Pan will give a talk on the CDNIS Chinese programme and answer any questions over coffee and pastries. No sign-up is needed, just come over after dropping off your children.
New Initiatives: Student Information Management System
The school will soon roll out a new student information management system called Veracross. Some of the modules are already up and running and we will introduce the new Parent Portal in about a month. Parents will receive an email to their school account inviting them to sign in. Watch this space for details.
Attention Returning Parents: Progress Reports
With the new Parent Portal set to roll out in the coming weeks, the old Parent Portal will be deactivated. Please take a moment to go into the portal and download your child's past progress reports as these reports will not carry forward to the new portal. Parents will have until end of day Monday, August 27 to download the reports. Having trouble logging in, please email OneDoor.
Summer Renovations at CDNIS
Many thanks to our facilities team, who worked tirelessly over the summer on more than 60 projects to improve the learning environment around school. The new and improved areas include a new D&T studio, bistro, re-flooring of the LLAC stage, non-slip treatment around the swimming pool, a workshop on the 7/F, renovations in the main office and Upper School Guidance and more. We would like to recognise CISPA, whose generous support made it possible to purchase the new furniture in the bistro area on the 6/F.
Order CDNIS Mooncakes for charity
Please consider purchasing mooncakes for your friends and family from the CDNIS Mooncake fund, which will fund the annual exchange trip for rural students in Hainan, China, to CDNIS later this year.
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. If you are driving to school, please follow the directions of our security guards. Lower School students get dropped @ 9/F entrance, Upper School students/taxis @ LLAC.
Please take a moment to review the school's weather policy, which can also be found on pages 47-49 of the Parent Information Handbook. School closures are communicated via the main school website and mobile app. Additional information is also listed on the EDB website.
The school is looking to install solar panels, and also introduce a carbon offset programme and a composting programme. If there are parents who have connections with solar panel companies or are involved in the industry, we would love to hear from you. A few years back our school had a proposal for up to HK$1million to install solar panels, however the grant was for a company which has changed hands, so the grant is no longer valid. It’s important to show our students that a carbon-based future is not viable and to encourage them to research other options. Please let our Head of School know if you can help out.
CDNIS Sailing and Rowing Teams return
We are excited to announce we will be opening LS Sailing on Thursdays and will continue to have US Sailing and Rowing on Tuesdays this season. The programme will be delivered by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) at Middle Island. Please contact the Athletics Office to learn more about the teams.
No School - have you marked your calendar?
Just a reminder there is no school for students on Tuesday, September 25 (Day after Mid-Autumn Festival), Monday, October 1 (National Day of PRC) and the Mid Term Break takes place October 15-19, while Monday, October 22 is a Professional Development Day for staff. Please mark these dates on your calendar. The full school calendar is also available in the Parent Handbook and on the main school website.
Save the Date - CDNIS Golf Day
Join us for the 3rd Annual CDNIS Golf Day on Friday, November 30 at Shek O Country Club. All funds raised will go to support the CDNIS Annual Giving Campaign. Details will be released soon. Enjoy a great afternoon of golf and all skill levels are welcome. Watch this space!
Summer Travels 2018 - Send us your postcards
There is still time! Where did you go during your summer vacation? Take part in the CDNIS Summer Travels 2018 Postcard project. Thank you for the post cards and pictures sent to us so far. Please keep them coming! Drop us a postcard to: CDNIS Summer Travels 2018, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong or take a picture (don't forget to tell us where the picture was taken) and email it to us. We will post the post cards and images on a BIG world map when school resumes.
Shuttle Bus Service Refunds
Due to the low ridership of the shuttle bus service between the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and CDNIS, the service was suspended at the end of the 2017/2018 school year. A refund will be available for all un-used shuttle bus tickets until Friday, August 31. Please bring your un-used tickets to the 9/F office for a refund.
Wednesday, Aug 15: Upper School New Parent Orientation
Friday, Aug 17: Lower School New Parent Orientation