Flash August 14 2017

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Flash and Email Delays

We are aware that Flash is arriving in parent inboxes and posted on the school website later than the scheduled Monday @ 8am. The delay is due to a glitch in the coding of our new school website. Our developer is aware of the issue and is working to find a solution. Thank you in advance for your patience.

New Parent CDNIS Email Addresses Now Activated

If you received this issue of Flash via your CDNIS parent email account, congratulations, you have successfully activated your CDNIS email. Every CDNIS parent is provided with their own, unique CDNIS email address which is used for communication with the school and other CDNIS parents. This system ensures that all parents have an email account that is current, accurate, and functional. All school information is sent to the CDNIS email account and can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Any questions can be directed to OneDoor.

Parent Contact Details

Are your contact details up to date with the school? If you recently changed your mobile number, or moved to a new flat, please let the school know. Parents can always check and update their contact details via the Parent Portal - Profile Update - Contact Info Update. Please contact OneDoor if you are unable to log in to the Parent Portal.

2017-2018 Parent Information Handbook

Get the school year off to a great start with the 2017-2018 Parent Information Handbook. Everything you need to know - how to order uniform, bussing details and more - can be found in the guide, which is published on the main school website, and Parent Portal.

Shuttle Bus in Service

The CDNIS Shuttle Bus service between Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and CDNIS runs from 6:55am to 5pm during school days and costs just HK$4 per trip. The time schedule can be found here. The bus stop at CDNIS is at the LLAC. Kindly purchase your tickets from the 9/F General Office before boarding. 

Summer Travels 2017 Postcard and CDNIS Teddy Bear Adventures

Where did everyone go? The CDNIS Summer Travels 2017 Postcard and Teddy's Summer Adventures project was once again a great success. Thank you to everyone who sent us post cards and pictures. We have posted the post cards and images on a BIG world map at the 9th floor. Check out this video for even more!

Term 1 ASA Sign-up

Late registration for ASA is running from August 10-15. Late registrants attend activities the week of August 28. Visit the ASA website for more information. Don't miss out!

Season 1 Try Outs for Upper School Teams this Week

Eleven sports, 22 teams, and over 300 opportunities for Upper School Timberwolves athletes in Season 1. Please view the Season 1 try out schedule for the week. This document also lists practice days, locations, coaches and games. It is going to be another fantastic year for the Timberwolves teams. All information about the CDNIS Sports programme can be found on the new Timberwovles website

Season 1 Sports Opportunities for Lower School Teams

In Season 1 (Aug 21 - Nov 3), Lower School students have the opportunity to join Netball teams (Girls Grade 3-6), Yoga (Grade 4-6), Swimming (Grade 5-6), Gymnastics (ASA) and Golf (Grade 5-6 with prior experience in golf). Try Out times and information can be found here. Further opportunities in other sports are available in Season 2/3/4. For all information about sporting opportunities, seasons and teams for Lower School students, check out the new Timberwolves website or email athletics@cdnis.edu.hk

2017-2018 ASCCA Registration

Registration for the 2017-2018 ASCCA (After School Chinese Culture Academy) is now open. If you are interested in registering your child for the 2017-2018 ASCCA activities, including Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Choir, Chinese Dance and Chinese painting, please go to this link to register online.

Golf Day - Register Now

Last year's Golf Day proved to be a great success and we're pleased to announced that it's coming back again this year! The CDNIS Annual Golf Day will be held at the Shek O Country Club on November 21, 2017.  Entrance to this event starts at $5,000 for individuals and $25,000 for teams of four. Interested parties can click here to register for the event. Details can also be found on our school website. Enjoy a great afternoon of golf and all skill levels are welcome.

Experience Week Online Registration & Registration Package Submission Day

The Experience Week Online Registration deadline has been extended until August 15, 2017 (8AM) for Grade 9-12 students who haven't signed-up as of yet. Students who haven't registered by that time will not be involved in the first round of placements. Additionally, the Experience Week Registration Package Submission will take place online from August 21-22, 2017. Please note that passports, or other official travel documents, must be valid until April 28, 2018. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that documents expiring prior to this date be renewed with the appropriate authorities. For more information, please visit the Experience Week 2017 Website.

Medical Forms

Please log in to the Parent Portal Medical forms are updated yearly and must be completed before a child starts school. Due to safety issues, children will not be able to participate in ASAs, Experience Week or field trips until the form has been completed. If you are unable to log in to the Parent Portal, please contact OneDoor.

Weather Policy

Please take a moment to review the school's weather policy. School closures are communicated via the main school website. The weather policy can also be found on the mobile app under Contacts - Brochures - Weather Policy. Additional information is also listed on the EDB website.

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. But if you do have to drive, please follow the directions of our security guards/police. LS students get dropped @ 9/F entrance, US students/taxis @ LLAC.

Dress Down Day

Dress Down Day (DDD) will take place on the last Friday of every month, with the first one of the new school year to kick off on August 25! Each DDD will be themed, and students are free to dress up in clothing that match those themes. As with previous years, money raised from DDDs will be donated to various charities. 

Ordering School Lunch

The August to October lunch order form and menus (August, September, October) are now available. Students in Prep to Grade 6 please order lunch using the lunch order form by August 9. You can order lunch on a quarterly or yearly basis. Please contact Maxim's for more information. Maxim's will also be happy to assist parents and provide additional information on August 7-11. Upper School students can purchase lunches at the cafeteria on a daily basis. Upper School students can purchase lunches at the cafeteria on a daily basis. Any questions can be directed to Maxim's via email or by calling 22406052 or 22406053.

CDNIS Ski Trip to Switzerland

CDNIS returns to Switzerland and to Crans-Montana, one of the best ski schools in the world in February 2018 during the CNY holiday. We have 19 students and four teachers signed up and confirmed so far.  We have 3-4 spaces remaining, if your children are in Grades 5 to 12 and are interested in joining the trip, please contact James Lovegrove. For information about dates, flights, itinerary and cost, please view the CDNIS Ski Trip Presentation. 

Term 1 Tuition Fee Payment Past Due

Please remember the 1st term tuition fee and capital levy payment was due June 30. We have a few parents who still need to settle their child's outstanding account balance. Please login to the Parent Portal to access any account information. Further inquiries can be directed at our Accounts Department.

CDNIS Mobile App – Coming Soon

The CDNIS mobile app is an important communications tool for the school community and provides vital information and notifications on the go. As a new version of the app is currently in the works, please note that urgent messages - such as school closures due to weather - will be communicated via the main school website until further notice. The old version of the app is NO LONGER IN USE. We look forward to unveiling the new CDNIS mobile app in the coming weeks.

Testimonials for new CDNIS website

The main homepage on the new CDNIS website features a section dedicated to testimonials by our community. We would greatly appreciate it if student, staff and parents alike send us short testimonials about CDNIS. In addition, it would be great if you could send us a picture of yourself – please send all of this to Clement Huang

Photo Permission

We are fortunate that CDNIS is a sought after educational establishment. As such, we often like to tell people about the success of our programmes, staff and students. This means we may, from time to time, take photographs and/or video of our activities to publish in various forms of media to promote the positive aspects of our community. We want you to be aware that your child may be photographed or filmed at some point in school activities as part of our promotional and/or informational efforts. This includes but is not limited to school blogs/websites, school prospectus, and school events such as Habitat for Humanity events, Family Fun Fair, etc. Please contact the Communications Department if you have any questions or concerns.

No School - have you marked your calendar?

Just a reminder there is no school for students on Friday, September 15 (PDD for staff), the Mid Term Break takes place October 2-6, while Monday, October 9 is another PDD for staff. Please mark these dates on your calendar.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Aug 14
Grade 3 Welcome
Videography Team Training

Wednesday, Aug 16
Student Advisory

Friday, Aug 18
"Survival 101" Orientation

Lower School News

"Survival 101" Orientation - August 18, 2017

Due to a conflict in schedule, the event time has been changed from 8am-11am to 9am-12pm.  This new arrangement is to ensure that our Early Years Parents (Pre Reception and Reception) can attend the "Survival 101" Orientation before or after their Curriculum Day sessions, which is 8am for the AM classes and 12pm for the PM classes. If you have already signed up for the "Survival 101" Orientation and are unable to attend at its new time (9am-12pm), please kindly email Winnie McCarthy to remove your RSVP from our record. If you would like to sign up for the "Survival 101" Orientation , please click here.

Pre Rec & Rec's Curriculum Day Schedule - Friday, August 18

The Pre Reception and Reception Curriculum Day will take place on Friday, August 18. There will be no school for students of those grades on this day. The Curriculum Day will be split into two sessions – 8am to 9:10am for AM parents, and 12pm to 1:10pm for PM parents. A single shuttle bus service will depart from the 9/F at 1:15pm for Wong Chuk Hang MTR, Golden Dragon (Causeway Bay), Admiralty and the Central GPO. Seats are on a first come first serve basis.

Prep's Curriculum Day Schedule

Prep A, D and E will have their Curriculum Day on August 16 from 11:30am to 1:10pm. During this day, Prep B, C and F will be dismissed at 11:30am. Then on August 17 from 11:30am to 1:10pm, Prep B, C and F will have their Curriculum Day. On this day, Prep A, D and E will be dismissed at 11:30am. Curriculum Day for ALL Prep classes will start with students having lunch (parents are invited to join to), which will be followed by classroom presentations by teachers for parents (students will be supervised at the playground during this time). A single shuttle bus service will depart from the 9/F at 1:15pm for Wong Chuk Hang MTR, Golden Dragon (Causeway Bay), Admiralty and the Central GPO. Seats are on a first come first serve basis.

Season 1 Golf Club for Grade 4 and up

The CDNIS Golf Club is an excellent opportunity for experienced (at least a basic level of experience) golfers to attend weekly range sessions at the South China Athletic Association with friends, coaches and golf pro, Todd Roach. A mandatory tryout will be held on August 21 from 5pm to 6pm. Email Jon Adams to confirm your child’s attendance, ask any questions or for more information.

Announcing the LS Musical this Year

The Lower School Performing Arts Department is excited to announce the LS Music for 2017-2018 will be Seussical Jr.! Performances will take place March 27 and 28, 2018. In preparation for auditions in November, an optional drama workshop will be offered on select Fridays after school. You can find more information about the production on the LS Musical Blog here.

Join the LS Strings Ensemble

The LS Performing Arts Department is excited to offer an opportunity for students in Grade 3-6 who are already studying a string instrument outside of school to join the LS Strings Ensemble. Auditions will be held throughout the week of August 28. For more information and to sign-up for auditions check out the Strings page on Ms. Benusa's PA blog.

No Hat, No Play

It is hot and sunny outside! Please remember to send your child to school everyday with a hat, labelled with their first and last name. Wearing a hat while outdoors protects your child from daily sun exposure. Stop by the uniform shop and purchase one today.

1:1 MacBook and iPad Programme

CDNIS is an Apple school. The use of an iPad and MacBook is a core feature of our school’s learning and teaching experience.  All students in Grade 1 will receive their iPads in the week of August 14-18. Meanwhile, Grade 4 students can obtain their new MacBooks during the Lower School Open Day on Friday, August 11. For Grade 2 to 3 students, and those from Grade 5 to 6, please remember to bring your iPads and MacBooks back for the new school year. Full details can be found here: Grade 1, Grade 2 to 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5 to 6.

Upper School News

Upper School Website

The Upper School website is a one stop shop for parents. Here you will find details about the IB and OSSD programmes, courses, Chinese Studies, Guidance, LTT, Library, policies, Experience Week and more. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the Upper School website.

Save the Dates

Upper School parents and students are reminded to note down the following important dates. Thursday, August 31 has been designated as "University Night", and this is open to all Grade 12 parents. Then on Tuesday, September 5 is "Curriculum Night" for the entire Upper School. Rounding things off is "Parent Info Night" for Grade 11s on Tuesday, September 12. More information about the three events will be released closer to those dates.  

Grade 11 IB Diploma Programme Retreat

Grade 11 students have a two-day retreat at the beginning of the school year to build a sense of community and shared vision amongst their fellow DP students. They will also be introduced to the importance of goal setting, year-long planning, study skills and other aspects pertinent to the DP such as the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge Essay. Further details about the retreat and the permission form can be found on the Upper School website.  

MYP and DP Communicators

The MYP Communicator and DP Communicator are filled with valuable information about the MYP and DP programmes. Parents are encouraged to visit these sites regularly as they include details about exams, general regulations and more. You can get to the Communicators via the US website.

Presentation Slides from New Grade 7 Parent Meeting

It was great to see the new US parents on Wednesday, August 9. Slides from the presentation to new Grade 7 parents are linked here and are available on the MYP Communicator website

Experience Week

Every year, grade 9-12 students venture off to explore all corners of the globe as part of Experience Week. The Experience Week website offers detailed information about this year's 22 programmes. This year's Experience Week will take place October 23-27. Please ensure that all travel documents (passports) are up-to-date and valid through to April 28, 2018. Contact Sherina Hathiramani with questions.

University of Cambridge Undergraduate Admissions Talk

CDNIS is hosting a University of Cambridge Undergraduate Admissions Talk by Dr. Andrew Murray (Admissions Tutor, Trinity Hall, Cambridge) on Thursday, September 14  from 6pm-7:30pm. The event, which will be held in the Leo Lee Arts Centre, is open to the public. Dr. Murray will speak for around one hour on all areas pertaining to undergraduate admissions at the University of Cambridge, before following this with a 30-minute Q&A session. Complete this RSVP form to reserve your seat.

Upcoming University Visits

Over the following two weeks we have visits from the following universities: Loyola Marymount University (US) on August 16 @12:25pm, Simmons College (US) on August 21 @12:15pm, Colby College (US) on August 24 @12:05pm. To see all visitors please follow this link.


University Visitors Calendar

Every year CDNIS receives hundreds of representatives from top universities globally. To access and add our Visit Calendar, simply follow this link and then click the "add calendar" icon in the bottom right of the screen.

Grade 11-12: SAT Test Dates 2017-18

CDNIS will host the SAT on the following dates in 2017/2018 (all Saturdays) for CDNIS students only: October 7, December 2, March 10 and May 5. All test dates offer both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests with the exception of the March date which is SAT only (no Subject Tests). Information about registration (including deadlines) may be found at sat.org/international

Sun Bus Schedule For Grade 11 & 12 Students

CDNIS is operating a longer day for the Grade 11s and 12s for the 2017/2018 school year.  In order to accommodate the later 2:45pm dismissal of these two grades, Sun Bus will be operating three dedicated buses at 3pm. The finalization of the 4:10/4:20pm and 5:10/5:20pm bus routes and stops is being worked out but will be very similar to what we have traditionally offered. Please read a letter by Upper School Principal Tim Kaiser and refer to last year's schedule for your reference. For more information, email Tracia Yeung


Aug 14, 2017
Lower School Starts

Aug 16, 2017
Prep A, D & E "Curriculum Day"

Aug 17, 2017
Prep B, C & D "Curriculum Day"

Aug 18, 2017
Pre Rec & Rec "Curriculum Day"

Aug 18, 2017
Lower School New Parent Orientation - 'Survival 101'

Aug 19, 2017
ASAs Begin

Aug 22, 2017
Season 1 ISSFHK Try Outs

Aug 25, 2017
Dress Down Day (DDD)

Aug 25, 2017
USSC Leadership Retreat

Aug 31, 2017
Grade 12 University Night

Sep 5, 2017
US Curriculum Night

Sep 11, 2017
Grades 4-6 Curriculum Night

Sep 12, 2017
Grade 11 Parent Information Night

Sep 13, 2017
Grades 1-3 Curriculum Night

Sep 15, 2017
PDD: No School for Students