Flash August 21 2017

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All School news

School Bus Service

CDNIS staff are available to take your call. Parents needing help to troubleshoot any issues with the school bus service can call and speak with a CDNIS staff member. Please visit the "Bus Service at CDNIS" on the main school website, and check out the letter by Interim Head of School David Baird that was sent out yesterday evening. This page will be updated frequently over the coming few weeks.

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. Please note that all drivers must turn left when exiting the school roundabouts.

Weather Policy

Please take a moment to review the school's weather policy. School closures are communicated via the main school website by 6am. When launched, the weather policy will also be available in the soon-to-be released mobile app. Additional information is also listed on the EDB website.

New Staff

The CDNIS family continues to grow as we welcome new staff members who will be teaching in both the Lower School and Upper School! To learn more about the new CDNIS staff, check out their bios (Lower School, Upper School and Schoolwide). Also, visit the "Staff Profiles" page on the new school website to view bios of all teachers in CDNIS.   

MAP Testing Parent Information Session

Please join us on Tuesday, August 29 from 8am-9am in the LLAC Lobby to learn more about the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing. After trialing MAP last year, the school is switching from ISA testing to MAP testing this year. Join us to learn what you and your child should expect this year with MAP testing. For the parents of Grades 3-10. Sign up here to attend.

Chinese Studies Parents Coffee Morning

The Chinese Studies Parents Coffee morning will be held at the LLAC Lobby from 7:30am - 8:30am on Tuesday, September 12. Director of Chinese Studies Penny Pan will give a talk about the CDNIS Reception-Grade 12 Chinese programme and answer questions from parents. Coffee and pastries will be served! No sign-up is needed, just drop by the LLAC after you've dropped off your children.

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 this Friday, August 25! Please note that the theme for both Upper School and Lower School DDD this Friday is house colours. Students are free to dress up in clothing that match the theme. As with previous years, money raised from DDDs will be donated to various charities. 

Timberwolves Pride

We are proud of our Timberwolves Sports programme at CDNIS. To find out more about the structure of our Seasons, the sports and teams, and the coaches who lead our programme please click on the links in this message. Season 1 starts next week. For full information view the new Timberwolves site. 

Sailing and Rowing - new CDNIS sports

We are excited to announce the addition of Sailing and Rowing as official CDNIS sports. In Season 1, these are open to Upper School students only, but we hope to extend this sport to the Lower School in 2018. The programme will be delivered by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) at Middle Island on Tuesdays. Thanks too, to David Baird, our passionate Sailing Head of School, who will lead this activity. Click on the following links for information about registering for the Sailing team or the Rowing team.

ASA Session 1 Started

After School Activities (ASA) Season 1 kicked off on this past weekend on Saturday, August 19. Information about class locations can be found on the Parent Portal and the ASA website.

Taking Action at CDNIS

A new school year means that it's time for Local & Global Engagement to unveil their new website, "Taking Action" a place that highlights all the ways in which CDNIS students, staff and parents alike can engage in hands-on, minds-on and hearts-on initiatives to create positive influence in the community. The 'Stories' page is a great place to start! Read about what our coordinators of Local & Global Engagement, Kim Campbell and Smriti Safaya developed last school year in our Year-End Community Report

Placing Orders for CDNIS Mooncake

CDNIS is selling mooncakes to help support 10 students living in rural Hainan, China. If you are thinking about buying mooncakes for friends and family, in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival on October 4, please consider supporting the CDNIS Mooncake fund raising effort. Please place your order by filling in this online ordering form.

ASCCA Registration Deadline August 25

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.

Parent ID Cards

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 card. Cards will be ready approximately two weeks after your photo has been taken. Parents are asked to please wear their Parent ID card 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.

Student Octopus Cards

Students looking to activate or renew their personalised student Octopus cards are asked to please do so via the MTR website starting in September. Applications need to be completed by a parent/guardian. Parents also need to upload a photo of the child and pay the application fee/card deposit with a credit card. Please contact the MTR with questions.

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. 

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.

Student Absences

If your child is ill and won't be at school, please let the school nurses know via email. For Lower School absences, please also inform your child's homeroom teacher if he or she is unfit to come to school. Grade 7-8 absences should also be sent to Veronica Tse and Grade 9-12 absences to Elsa Fung.

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.

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.

No School - have you marked your calendar?

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

Flags in the 9/F Lobby

The flags hanging in the 9/F Lobby represents the various nationalities of our students, which are declared when a student applies to the school. However, we know that some students may hold multiple citizenships, which we may not know about. Please email the Communications Department if your country's flag is missing. We will update the flags accordingly.

CISPA - The Peak Walk

All parents, are invited to join the traditional Peak Walk on Monday, August 28 at 9:30am. The Peak Walk is an informal event where you will get the opportunity to meet old and new Lower and Upper School parents alike in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. No special skills are required. Please meet at the Peak, just outside Pacific Coffee. Event participants are recommended to dress comfortably in walking shoes, and bring with them a hat, sun glass, sun screen and plenty of water! More information can be found on the CISPA website and interested parents can contact Lucia Delvita to RSVP.

CISPA - International Library Day needs you!

CISPA will be holding International Library Day on Tuesday, September 12. The event will showcase children's books from around the world. If you would be interested in finding out how you can help, click here.

CISPA - Outreach Committee

Interested in helping our children and school community to be involved in more charitable and environmentally friendly projects? Please join CISPA's Outreach Committee, which will help fund numerous charity-, service- or environmentally conscious-related initiatives led by students and teachers alike. Each project is considered on its merits by the Committee; meetings will be held on a bi-monthly basis. Please contact Amy Ng if you are keen to join.


LLAC Marquee

Monday, August 21: US Musical Audition; Tuesday, August 22: US Musical Rehearsal; Wednesday, August 23: Student Advisory; and Thursday, August 24: US Musical Rehearsal.

Lower School News

Pre Reception to Prep Curriculum Days Feedback

Thank you to all those who attended the Curriculum Days this week. Please let us know your thoughts about these Curriculum Days by filling out the following feedback form so we can continue to make improvements each year. This feedback form should only take five minutes to finish. Thanks again!

Class Blogs

The classroom blog is used to share information and keep parents informed about the class programme. Teachers update the blog weekly to ensure information is timely and accurate. The blog is a means for us to streamline communications so that families are not inundated with numerous emails. Please remember to visit your child's teachers blog regularly. All blog links can be found on the Lower School website

Parent Communication

In order to ensure that teachers have sufficient time to deal with important communications from parents related to student learning or well-being, we respectfully ask that parents refrain from requesting teachers' help in making social arrangements, such as play dates and parties.

Nut Allergies

We have a few students with specific food allergies including nuts. CDNIS is not a nut-free school. However, some classrooms have been designated as nut free. If your child's class is a "Nut Free Zone", please do not pack any nut products in your child's snack bag/lunch box. Your child's homeroom teacher will communicate in their blog if their class is a Nut Free Zone.


Please note that students are expected to bring their lunch to school in the morning or participate in school lunch. Parents and helpers are not allowed to bring lunch to students or sit with them in the cafeteria. Thank you for your understanding.

Sign-up to Perform in Lower School Assemblies

Calling all musicians! Students in the Lower School are invited to audition and perform a short solo or small ensemble in their grade level assemblies. For more information and to sign-up, please fill out the form found here for Prep, Grade 1-Grade 3 or Grade 4-Grade 6. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis!

Join the CDNIS Timbertones!

The Lower School choir, the CDNIS Timbertones, will be open to Grade 3-6 students. To sign up, application forms can be found outside of Ms. Cheung's room (Room 809). Auditions will be held during lunch times the week of August 21. The first practice is on Thursday, August 31. Practices will be held every week on Thursdays from 2:45pm-4pm. For any questions, please contact Ms. Cheung

Announcing the Lower School 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 on 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 Lower School Strings Ensemble!

The Lower School Performing Arts Department is excited to offer students in Grade 3-6 who are already studying a string instrument outside of school to join the Lower School 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.

Grades 5 and 6 Beginning Band

Do you want to learn how to play a band instrument?  Students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to sign up for the Beginning Band here. Please log in to your CDNIS parent email account to access the form. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 6 from 2:45pm until 4pm. From August 21-31, interested students will be given a day/time to try out the instruments and choose one. Please email Kimberly Butler for more information.   

Uniform Policy

Please be reminded of the CDNIS Lower School Uniform Policy. You can find the detailed policy in pages 50-52 of the Parent Information Handbook. Note that unless students are in PE uniform, they are expected to wear shoes that are a minimum of 50% black.

Upper School News

Experience Week Online Registration & Registration Package Submission Day

The Experience Week Online Registration deadline for Grade 9-12 students has now passed. Students who haven't registered will not be involved in the first round of placements.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.

Grade 12 Parent Information Night

Grade 12 parents, mark your calendar! The US Guidance Department will hold an information evening on Thursday, August 31 at 6:30pm in the LLAC Lobby for Grade 12 Parents to outline the year ahead, regarding university application deadlines and procedures. Buses to/from the school will be arranged from Admiralty Exit A at 5:30pm. Return service at 8:30pm to CWB and Admiralty. Light refreshments from 6pm in LLAC Lobby.

Grade 9 Oxbridge Prep Seminar

The US Guidance Office (Mr. Aldridge) will deliver a session for parents of, and students in Grade 9 regarding suggested preparation for a future application to Oxford or Cambridge University. These two universities are unique in Higher Education and there are several types of preparation that can enhance a candidates suitability. Mr. Aldridge will provide information about Oxbridge education and suggest suitable methods to develop ones abilities. This is aimed at Grade 9 students and parents but students/parents from Grade 10 are most welcome. Wednesday, August 30 at 3pm in the LLAC Lobby. Register here to attend.

Cornell, University of Chicago, Rice University to visit CDNIS

CDNIS will host Cornell, the University of Chicago, and Rice University for an information session that is open to all Hong Kong students and parents. It will take place on Saturday, September 2 from 1pm-2:30pm in the LLAC. To reserve your place, please complete this RSVP form

SAT Test Date and Registration Deadline

CDNIS will host the SAT (SAT, SAT with essay, and Subject Tests) on Saturday, October 7. Registration deadline is Friday, September 8. To register, visit The College Board website


U.S. Universities Application Workshops for Grade 12

Scott Atherton, US Guidance Counsellor, will hold informal workshops on Wednesday and Thursday after school beginning at 2:45pm for Grade 12 students applying, or considering applying, to U.S. universities. We will explore the Common App, and learn how to connect the Common App to one's Naviance account. Students applying to the U.S. are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.

University visits next two weeks

The following universities will be visiting CDNIS during the next two weeks: Simmons College (U.S.) on Monday, August 21 at 12:15pm; Colby College and Wesleyan University (U.S.) on Thursday, August 24 at 12:10pm; University of Durham (Law) on Monday, August 28 at 2:30pm; University of British Columbia on Tuesday, August 29 at 12:15pm; and Chapman University (U.S.) on Wednesday, August 30 at 12:25pm. All visits will be held in the Guidance Office.

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.

UK Medicine as a student

Adrienne Lee (Grad '13) will deliver a small group discussion to interested students about "Life as a UK Med Student" on Monday, August 28 at 3pm in the Guidance Office (Room 510). Miss. Lee will graduate from the University of Bristol Med course in 2018 and is thus in a great position to advise on applications and expectations. Those interested in attending should contact Rob Aldridge.

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.  


Aug 21, 2017
CDNIS Timbertones Auditions

Aug 22, 2017
Season 1 ISSFHK Try Outs

Aug 25, 2017
Dress Down Day (DDD)

Aug 25, 2017
USSC Leadership Retreat

Aug 28, 2017
LS Strings Auditions

Aug 29, 2017
MAP Testing Parent Info Session

Aug 29, 2017
LS Strings Auditions

Aug 30, 2017
LS Strings Auditions

Aug 31, 2017
Grade 12 University Night

Sep 5, 2017
US Curriculum Night

Sep 11, 2017
Grades 4-6 Curriculum Night

Sep 12, 2017
Parent Coffee Morning: Chinese Studies

Sep 12, 2017
Grade 11 Parent Information Night

Sep 13, 2017
Grades 1-3 Curriculum Night

Sep 15, 2017
PDD: No School for Students