Flash January 16 2017

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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're highlighting some the fun activities and events that CDNIS students can look forward to during the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations.

Students To Remain At Home When Ill

In view of the current cool weather in Hong Kong, we have noticed an increase in the number of ill students coming to school. To safeguard health of our school community, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell, especially if their temperature is 37.5 C or higher, or if they have cough, runny nose, diarrhea or rash. Many thanks for helping us maintain a safe and healthy environment at CDNIS.


We at SCOPE would like to welcome all students! The latest SCOPE bulletin includes short stories, visual art, creative non-fiction and music album recommendations by our Upper School students. Check out the latest issue right here.

CNY Festivities

Celebrate with us as we welcome in the Year of the Rooster. Parents are welcome to attend our CNY Concert Dress Rehearsals (January 24 at 2:45-3:45pm). Everyone is also encouraged to participate in our DDD January 23-26 for the LS and January 26 for the US. And you don't want to miss the CISPA CNY Flower Fair on Tuesday, January 24.

Lunar New Year Holiday - No EDD

Just a reminder - Thursday, January 26 is a regular day, so students will be dismissed at their normal time. Please note the CISPA calendar incorrectly marked this day as an Early Dismissal Day - January 26 is not an EDD. The holiday period runs January 27-February 6 for students, with classes resuming Tuesday, February 7. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Ordering School Lunch

The February Menu and Lunch Order Form are available on the CDNIS mobile app under Contacts-CDNIS Brochures-Cafeteria. Due to technical issues, parents can only order lunch via paper form (cut-off date - January 23). Maxim's apologizes for any inconvenience caused. The paper ordering for January meals is open until January 26. You may also order meals for a few months or a whole year. Please contact Maxim's directly for more information.

Parent Coffee Morning - CIS/WASC

This week, CDNIS is hosting members of the CIS/WASC accreditation team as part of the initial visit. On Wednesday, January 18, Interim Head of School David Baird, CIS/WASC Accreditation Chair Jon Adams and CIS/WASC officials will host a Parent Coffee Morning to discuss the CIS/WASC accreditation process. Parents who wish to attend may RSVP here. If parents have any questions on how the process works in school that they would like to see addressed on the morning, please enter them on the form or touch base with Jon Adams.

Applause for a Cause

Applause for a Cause - February 24, 7pm, LLAC Auditorium. Allow some of our most talented students to take you on a whistle stop tour through some of the best songs from a variety of musicals from classic to modern, tragic to funny! All proceeds will go directly to charity too. Tickets will be on sale mid-February.

Softball - CDNIS Parents Softball Team

SEASAC Boys/Girls Softball Teams play their SEASAC competition in late March. However, we don't have a local league. We're organizing a mixed softball competition with a staff/parents team(s) and the SEASAC Boys/Girls Team; great preparation for our SEASAC event. Games March 7/14, 4-6pm @ HKU Sandy Bay. If you'd like to join the Parents team, please complete this form. Dads/moms/alumni welcome.

Survey for the Business Club

The Business Club needs your help! Please take a few minutes to fill in this form to voice your opinion on what products you want to see next. Don't forget to also check out our Facebook page to keep up with our latest announcements!

25th Anniversary Merchandise Sale

Our 25th Anniversary merchandise sale continues to be a hit, with all USBs, Suction Mugs and Macarons completely sold out! However, everything must go and so the Merchandise Cart will once again be set up outside the General Office on level 9 during the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations week (January 23-26). Check out this order form to view our exciting catalogue. Hoodies, power banks and Octopus cards are all available for sale!

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 will go on sale soon.

Easter Holiday Chinese Studies Programmes

During your Chinese New Year break, you might wish to start planning for your Easter holiday Chinese Studies programmes. 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; as well as a number of IB Chinese Exam Prep courses for current G11/G12 MFL/MSL/MHL students during the Easter break.

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); Taiwan Language A Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (30 places for G4-11 Mandarin A/MHL students); and the CDNIS on-campus Mandarin courses for Prep-G11 students that will be held between June and August.

CISPA - Get you CNY Tokens

The CNY FF tokens are on sale now! There will be lots of toys, food, and flowers on sale, as well as lots of crafts to make and games to play. Only tokens can be used as payment on the day. Get yours here. Tokens will be delivered to your child's homeroom the day of the Flower Fair.

CISPA - Let's bring in the Rooster New Year together

The CISPA Chinese New Year Flower Fair needs you! The CNY Flower Fair is a day with lots of games, food, and a mini flower market. The fair will be on Tuesday, January 24 from 8am-2:10pm. Please click here to volunteer some of your time to help bring in a rousing Year of the Rooster.

CISPA - Art Gallery Visit

Join us on January 20 for a private tour of renowned art and auction gallery Macey & Sons. An expert will guide us through dozens of classic and contemporary paintings and sculptures. More info here. RSVP by contacting Lucia Delvita by January 18.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Jan 16
CNY Rehearsal

Tuesday, Jan 17
CNY Rehearsal
Math Continuum Parent Workshop
Gr 11 Parent Information Night

Wednesday, Jan 18
CNY Rehearsal
Student Advisory
US Drummers Rehearsal
Self-Study Workshop

Thursday, Jan 19
CNY Rehearsal
LS Parenting Workshop
Gr 6 transition to Gr 7 Parents Information Evening

Friday, Jan 20
CNY Rehearsal

Lower School News

CNY Holiday Camp

Are your kids having a staycation for Chinese New Year? Give them something to do, sign-up today for the CNY Holiday Programme! The programme will run from January 30 - February 3. Click here for more information.

Reminder to LS Parents; respecting our hallways as learning spaces

We have noted an increase of parents coming to meet their children at classroom at the end of the day, particularly on the 10/F, as opposed to waiting to meet as requested on the 9/F. Please bear in mind that we use our hallways for various purposes with students, and also to avoid congestion parents are requested to await their children at the 9/F foyer. Thank you for your understanding.

Visiting Students

Please note that if a former student wishes to visit CDNIS, permission from the Vice Principal must first be secured. Visitors can only come during lunch or after school and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Students cannot stay for the day while classes are in session.

Grades 1-6 Parent Workshop: The Math Continuum

On Tuesday, January 17 at 9am Lower School Vice Principal, DJ MacPherson, will lead a workshop to assist parents in reading and understanding the Math Continuum. The workshop will take place in the LLAC Lobby. All Grades 1-6 parents are welcome.  Please click here to RSVP.

Grade 5-6 Sports Day

The Grade 5-6 Sports Day will take place on Wednesday, January 18 at the Stanley Ho Sports Ground in Sandy Bay. More details will be shared on the Flash closer to the date.

Gr 6 transition to Gr 7 Parents Information Evening

Moving into the Upper School marks an exciting time in your child's academic life. Grade 6 parents are invited to an information night on Thursday, January 19 from 6:45pm-8:15pm in the LLAC Lobby to prepare for the upcoming changes. Bus service from Admiralty MTR Exit A (Admiralty Centre on Drake Street outside McDonald's) will depart for the school at 6pm. Return service will include a stop at Wong Chuk Hang MTR. Please RSVP here by Monday, January 16.

Parent Coffee Morning: Internet Addiction

Internet is a vital part of our world and important tool in education. Research shows that, students are spending an average 44.5 hours per week online. Nearly 23% of youth report that they feel "addicted to video games" Join us on Thursday, January 19 at 8am-9:30am for a talk by Dr. Gandolfi, the Executive Director for St. John's Cathedral Counselling Service and learn more about Internet-Addiction. Click here to sign up.

Lower School Student Leadership Workshop

We are excited to offer LEAP 2017, (Leadership, Education and Action Program) on February 21 and 23. The event will take place during the school day. Grade 4-6 students who want to develop their leadership skills in collaboration with their peers, and enhance our school community through interactions with our House NGOs should apply. Application forms are available at the 9F Reception and the application deadline is January 24.

Ocean Awareness Poster Competition

A Grade 5 student is taking action and leading a poster competition to raise awareness about marine pollution and conservation. All Lower School students can enter by following these guidelines and submit their poster before the February 20 deadline. Prizes include a trip aboard the Plastic Free Seas educational boat during Green Week and an environmentally friendly reusable utensils kit.

Join the Lower School String 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 during lunch recess on the week of January 16. For more information and to sign-up for auditions, check out the Strings page on Ms. Benusa's PA blog.

Sign-up to Perform in LS Assemblies

Calling all musicians! Students in the Lower School are invited to audition to perform a short solo or small ensemble in their grade level assemblies. There are still some spots available but they are going fast! For more information and to sign-up, please fill out the form found here for Prep-Grade 2 or Grade 3-Grade 5. Sign-ups are first come, first serve!

Upper School News

Grade 11 Parent Night - Postponed

Rather than run two separate Grade 11 Parent events, we are cancelling the event originally scheduled for January 17. We will instead share those announcements with parents at the upcoming Grade 11 University Information Night (February 16 at 6:45pm).

New Name for CAS Week

The students and staff have spoken and the new name for "CAS Week" is "Experience Week". For those of you who have been associated with the school for a while, you have likely noted that "Experience Week" was the old name of this week. While creativity, activity and service will still be the focus of the trips, the new name better captures the spirit and intent of these experiential learning opportunities.

University Visits

The following universities are visiting CDNIS this week. All visits are in the Guidance office: Tuesday, January 17: St. Leo's College, University of Queensland (2:30pm); Thursday, January 19: National University of Singapore (12:15pm); Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland (2:30pm); Friday, January 20: University of California at Santa Barbara (12:15pm); Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan (12:15pm); Royal Veterinary College, Univiversity of London (2:30pm).

SAT Exam: January 21

A reminder to students who have registered or are on the wait list for the SAT this Saturday, January 21: please arrive at CDNIS (Alan Dick Forum) no later than 7:15am. Remember to bring your SAT admissions ticket, two forms of ID (school ID, HKID, passport, etc.), some #2 pencils, calculator, light sweater/hoodie, water bottle and snacks.

UK University Fair, British Council

This Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22, from 1pm-7pm each day, the British Council's annual UK University Fair will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 3G in Wan Chai. Over 100 institutions and their representatives will be present to meet with students and parents. For more information, visit this link.

Student Course Selections

Students in Grades 8-10 are now able to register for their 2017/2018 courses online. Please discuss these selections with your children. The deadline for course selection for all grades is Monday, February 6 at 8am. As always our guidance team is ready and willing to help you with any questions about the courses or the selection process.

MYP Personal Project Exhibition, February 23-24

Grade 10 parents, family and friends are invited to attend the opening night of the MYP Personal Project Exhibition from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, February 23 (not January 23-24 as listed in CISPA calendar) in the library. Grade 9 students and parents are also invited to attend this event to see what awaits next year. Grade 10 students will be in the library on Thursday preparing for the opening of the exhibition that evening (we will provide them with a pizza dinner). The exhibition will run until 2pm on Friday, February 24.


January 17 2017
Grades 1-6 Parent Workshop: The Math Continuum

January 17 2017
University Visits: St. Leo's College

January 18 2017
Parent Coffee Morning - CIS/WASC

January 18 2017
Grade 5-6 Sports Day

January 19 2017
Parent Coffee Morning – Internet Addiction

January 19 2017
University Visits: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

January 19 2017
Gr 6 transition to Gr 7 Parents Information Evening

January 24 2017
CNY Fair

January 25 2017
LS CNY Concert

January 26 2017
US CNY Concert

January 26 2017
Regular Dismissal @ 2:30pm

January 30 2017
CNY Holiday Camp Begins

February 3 2017
CNY Holiday Camp Ends

February 6 2017

February 7 2017
School Resumes for Students after CNY Holiday

February 21 2017
Lower School Student Leadership Workshop

February 23 2017
Lower School Student Leadership Workshop

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