Flash February 27 2017

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CDNIS Advances to Jing Ying Semi Finals

Congratulations to 'Wahs Wolves' (B20 Football team) who beat a very strong HKIS team 1-0 in a massive game of soccer to advance to the Jing Ying semi-finals. The Jing Ying is the top level of school football competition in Hong Kong and open to all Local/International schools who qualify through the HKSSF season; similar to a 'Champions League' format. To be one of the top four schools in this all-Hong Kong competition is an incredible achievement. CDNIS will face DBS in the semi-finals this Wednesday, March 1 at 10:30am in Diamond Hill at Pokon Village. Go Timberwolves!

25th Anniversary Event - Hope Through Music Charity Concert

CDNIS is proud to host the Hope Through Music Charity Concert on Friday, March 3 at 7pm. This charity provides free musical instruments/education to children from low-income families. Funds raised will be used to buy instruments and to recruit musicians to teach the children. The CDNIS Chinese Orchestra, Treble Timbertones Choir, Stage Band and Symphonic Winds will also perform. Details on the LLAC website. Tickets available now.

Alan Dick Community Day & 25th Birthday Party!

Please join us for this extra-special day as we celebrate Alan Dick and the school's 25th Anniversary on Thursday, March 9 from 8:30am-10:30am. This is a whole-school event and we hope to see many parents joining in. Please wear pink! This year we will enjoy birthday cupcakes and the cake competition, and students will move through a range of activities in Houses. The event will go ahead rain or shine.

Tuition Fee Deposit for 2017/2018 School Year

The tuition fee deposit for 2017/18 is due for all returning students on March 22, 2017. Invoices will be posted to the Parent Portal under NetClassroom>Billing starting March 1, 2017. To secure your seats, all returning students must pay a deposit of HK$20,000. Please check your Parent Portal account for more information. Tuition deposits are fully refundable by official written notice given before May 8, 2017. Any inquiries can be directed to our Accounts Department.

From Little Things, Big Things Grow

In an effort to help the Grade 12's manage stress after their practice exams, the Upper School Guidance team arranged a "From Little Things, Big Things Grow" activity which provided the 12's with an opportunity to hang out with the Prep and Reception kids for just over an hour last week. As always, it was lovely seeing the big and little kids interacting. The pictures speak for themselves - a good time was had by all!

Update: University Offers

At a recent Upper School Parent Evening, the Upper School Guidance team shared a list of universities that have extended offers to members of the Class of 2017. We know other parents may also be interested in this information. I think you'll agree the list is pretty outstanding. Congratulations to our students and thank you to our staff and parents who have been so supportive.

Hong Kong Southern District Annual Concert

Symphonic Winds has been invited to perform in the Hong Kong Southern District Annual Concert at City Hall on Sunday, March 5 at 7:30pm. This concert is also part of the HKSAR 20th Anniversary celebration. Free tickets are available at City Hall. Please come support 52 members of Symphonic Winds at this important concert.

25th Anniversary Event - Birthday Cake Competition

The 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee will hold a Birthday Cake Competition on Thursday, March 9 to commemorate CDNIS' special year. As part of the competition, the committee is encouraging both family and staff entries. A sample cake is on display at the 9/F Lobby, made by one of our own parents, Lucy Chin. The categories are: Most Popular, Most Creative and Tastiest Cake. For more details, please refer to the sign up form. Entry Deadline: Friday, March 3.

Deadline This Week: Parent Input Needed: IB Surveys

There is still time to give your thoughts regarding the IB Programme at our school. The school is looking for parent perspectives on how you think our programmes are meeting your needs and the needs of your child. Please click on these links to participate in the survey in which your children are in the corresponding grades - IB PYP Survey (Pre Reception to Grade 6), IB MYP Survey (Grade 7-10) and IB DP Survey (Grades 11-12). The surveys will be open until Tuesday, February 28.

Food Drive by Heifer Club

Heifer club - one of 11 that comprise the Upper School Global Issues Network - is committed to the NGO's mission to eradicate hunger and poverty. Therefore, in the upcoming weeks the Heifer team have organised a food drive in collaboration with the local food bank Feeding HK. The collection of non-perishable foods will take place from Monday, February 27 - Monday, March 13, with red Feeding HK bins located on the 9th, 7th and 3rd floors. Many thanks for your support of this worthy cause! Please contact Ms. Eileen Jong and Mr. Scott Atherton for more information.

Give us your old clothes and save some pandas

Until Friday, March 10 the trash to treasure organization will be collecting old clothes,boxes and materials on the 9/F lobby. The materials will be used to make other items which will be sold for money to symbolically adopt a panda! Click here for more information or email us.

Save the Date: Canada Rugby 7s Team

The Canadian Men's Rugby 7s team is returning to CDNIS. The team will hold a practice at CDNIS on Sunday, April 2. Details are still being worked out, and we are working to organize a skills clinic for rugby players of all ages, an autograph/photo session and family BBQ. Watch this space for more details.

Red & White

The inaugural issue of Red & White has arrived. Learn about and celebrate the amazing achievements of the members of our CDNIS community. Students, staff, parents and alumni. Copies of the magazine went home last week (one per family via youngest child). Please stop by the 9/F office if you'd like another copy. The magazine is also on the CDNIS website.

10% Electricity Reduction Initiative

At November's Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Youth Summit, iHOS David Baird offered to reduce our electricity consumption by 10%. This initiative will start on March 1, and will compare usage from March-June 2017 to that of 2016. Usage can be observed on our online energy monitoring system, En-trak. Use cdnisstudent and cdnis888 on the login page. See our 5-year consumption graph for our past patterns. Stay tuned for updates.

Using Sports to Support Refugees in HK

Free to Run is an NGO that helps refugees overcome trauma and build confidence through sports. Virginie Goethals (Free to Run board member & CDNIS parent) and two refugees will give a talk, hosted by its CDNIS club on March 1 in the Alan Dick Forum at 12:20pm-1pm. Sporting equipment donations are accepted throughout this week with donation boxes around school. Parents are encouraged to attend and donate.

Action at CDNIS

Happy Chinese New Year! With a new year ahead, it's time to look back at the variety of ways CDNIS students have taken action in the latter half of 2016. Enjoy the stories and photos on the Student Advocacy blog here. Have some ideas for getting involved? Contact the coordinators of Local and Global Engagement, Ms. Smriti Safaya and Ms. Kim Campbell.

Glass Bottle and Household Plastics Collection for Recycling

As part of our EcoSmart movement, CDNIS has been designated as a permanent collection point for glass and household plastics recycling. Working with HKIS and Green Glass Green, collected glass will be recycled into pavement bricks. Blue bins are placed at the main entrance for depositing your glass. A large brown bin is located on the 7/F for plastics. Thanks for helping to make our community environmentally friendly.

Ordering School Lunch

The March and revised April Lunch order forms and menus (March and April menus) are available on the CDNIS mobile app under Contacts-CDNIS Brochures-Cafeteria. Due to technical issues, parents can order lunch using the paper form. The PD Day was omitted in the last April Lunch order form. Maxim's apologizes for any inconvenience caused. Any excess payment for April will be carried forward to May as credits. Please contact Maxim's directly for more information.

Easter Holiday Chinese Studies Programmes

You might wish to start planning for your Easter holiday Chinese Studies programme. This includes an exchange programme with Siyuan Primary School in Hainan, which will see 15 grade 4-6 students visit the school in China from April 9-15 (details can be found right here); as well as a number of IB Chinese Exam Prep courses for current G11/G12 MFL/MSL/MHL students during the Easter break (contact Penny Pan for more information).

Easter Holiday Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshop

See what leading CEOs are saying about Camp BizSmart's programming by watching this video. The workshop will be run by an experienced Camp BizSmart faculty member from Silicon Valley, for students ages 11-16, from April 10-15. For more details and to apply, please click on the website.

Summer Holiday Chinese Studies Programmes

During your Chinese New Year break, you might wish to start planning for your Summer holiday Chinese Studies programme. Activities that are available this year include the Beijing Language B Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (20 places for G4-11 students), Please click here for detailed info; Taipei Language A Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (30 places for G4-11 Mandarin A/MHL students), Please click here; and the CDNIS on-campus Mandarin courses for Prep-G11 students that will be held between June and August.

CISPA - Notice of CISPA Annual General Meeting

CISPA's AGM will take place on March 16 at 8am in the LLAC. Parents will receive reports of the Board, consider accounts, and participate in an election (if required). Current directors who have indicated they may seek re-election are: Sébastien Evrard, Lucia delVita, Grady Lam, Sabrina Maguire, Christina Matula-Häkli, Amy Ng, Mariette Rinck and Debbie Waugh. We encourage parents to apply for any and all 15 Board seats: here.

CISPA - Join the 2017/2018 Board

We've made things simpler! Just send us an email or drop us a note (CISPA mailbox 9/F Office) letting us know you would like to join the Board for 2017/18. Nominations are due March 1st. Elections are only required if the number of nominees exceed 15 (only held twice in the last 20 years!). The new Board will be announced at CISPA's AGM on March 16 (8am LLAC).

CISPA - US Book Swap

The Upper School Book Swap will be held on Tuesday, February 28 in the Forum. If you would like to volunteer for book sorting or manning the tables at the swap, please contact Kathrin from the Literacy Committee.

CISPA - Parent Workshop

Join us for a parent workshop on conversational reading by US-based literacy consultant Diane Frankenstein. Learn how you can help your children gain a deeper understanding of what they are reading by thinking and reflecting. Read a book, ask a question, start a conversation. The workshop will be on March 13 at 8:30am. Please check here for more information.

CISPA - Parent Drinks at Oolaa

Drop by and meet other parents at "Oolaa" while having a cocktail or a beer, in a very informal atmosphere. Join us Thursday, March 2, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Oolaa (G/F, Bridges Street, Centre Stage, Soho). Please contact Lucia Del Vita with questions (no need to register). More details here.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Feb 27
Val Boom Author Visit
Gr 3 Spotlight Show
US Music Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb 28
IB Recording

Wednesday, Mar 1

Thursday, Mar 2
Gr 3 Spotlight Show

Friday, Mar 3
Hope Through Music Concert

Lower School News

Eyes on Learning

Lower School Vice Principal DJ MacPherson reflects on the recent visit of the Young Americans to CDNIS and how students were challenged to leap from their comfort zones to their learning zones. You can find the article here.

Grade 3-4 Sports Day

The Grade 3-4 Sports Day will take place on Tuesday, February 28 at the Stanley Ho Sports Ground in Sandy Bay. For more information please click here.

Easter Holiday Programme

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.

Grade 4-6 Timba Swim Invitational

The Grade 4-6 Timba Swim invitational will take place on Thursday, March 2 at CDNIS from 12noon-2:20pm. For more information on this event please click here.

Upper School News

University Visits

The upcoming visits from universities include: American University of Rome - March 1 @ 12:15pm, ICHM - March 1 @ 2:30pm, King's College London (School of Law) March 13 @ 2:30pm Click here for the calendar to see all upcoming visits.

Higher Education Fair

The US Guidance Team invites all interested students and their parents to our flagship event, the global Higher Education Fair on Friday, March 10. This fair is an excellent opportunity for students and their parents to research their university options, no matter what stage they are in the university selection process. The event is open to members of the CDNIS community and to the general public.

Spring into Reading

The Upper School library is planning an exciting week of activities for all readers! Join us this week (February 27-March 3) for a visiting author's performance, the CISPA book swap, a book bee (pub quiz-style), and more!! Check out the Upper School Library website for updated details, or contact Myrna Holm.

MS String Musicians invited to Honor Orchestra Festival

CDNIS String Instrument musicians are invited to attend the South East Asia Honor Orchestra Festival at the American International School in Guangzhou during April. Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass students are encouraged to attend the Orchestra Festival that brings talented and enthusiastic string musicians from regional International Schools under the baton of a Guest Conductor. String musicians in Grade 7 – 10 see this link for information. Contact Michelle Lovette for details.

Cambridge Summer School - Registration is Now Open

The University of Cambridge Summer School Hong Kong, running from July 22 to July 28 offering 15-hour courses covering a range of disciplines is now open. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and are open to the public. Visit the CDNIS website to be a part of this programme. Some courses are very close to full.


February 28 2017
Grade 3-4 Sports Day

February 28 2017
Deadline: IB Surveys

March 1 2017
Student Showcase Auditions

March 2 2017
Grade 4-6 Timba Swim Invitational

March 2 2017
Student Showcase Auditions

March 3 2017
25th Anniversary Event - Hope Through Music Charity Concert

March 9 2017
Alan Dick Community Day

March 10 2017
Higher Education Fair