Flash January 22 2018

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All School news

Sick Students - Please Stay Home

Please do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell, especially if their temperature is 37.5C or higher, or if they have a cough, runny nose, diarrhea or rash. As recommended by the CHP, Department of Health, we strongly advise parents to check their child's temperature before going to school. Please remember to email the school nurse if your child does not come to school because they are ill. Many thanks for helping us maintain a safe and healthy environment at CDNIS.


School Measures to Tackle Bouts of Sickness

The following measures have been put in place: the lift buttons are sanitised every hour. Toys in Lower School classrooms are washed by cleaners daily. Hand sanitiser dispensers are in each classroom. Three infra-red cameras are operational at school entrances to check the temperatures of those entering the school. The campus is deep cleaned every weekend. Please also ensure that your contact information with the school is updated (please check/update via the Parent Portal), and if the school nurse calls to inform that your child is sick, pick them up from school promptly.


Smart Safe School Partnership

Last week, David Baird sent a letter to all parents about a new partnership CDNIS has been working on over the pat few months. Back in early August, a number of our students attended a week-long Tencent Camp which opened the door to building a relationship with them. Details about the "Smart Safe School Partnership," including how you can take part in a parent survey next week, are in David's letter.


Success at 6 Nations Timberwolves Tournament

Congratulations to the the Girls and Boys U20 basketball teams for their success in the 6 Nations Tournament, hosted at school. The Girls U20 overcame a nail-biting finish in overtime to be crowned champions, The Boys U20 endured a tough semi-final loss, but bounced back to win the 3rd place trophy. Thanks to the Athletics Council, the CDNIS Media Team for providing a high quality stream and images of the event, and the Athletics Department for making the tournament possible. Go TWolves!


Class of 2018: Offers to Universities

Members of the Class of 2018 are continuing to receive great news from various leading universities. Take a moment to review the offers our students have received so far (as of January 19). Remember to watch this space for further updates!


U14 Teams in the Basketball Playoffs

Best of luck to our G14 and B14 Basketball Teams who have made the ISSFHK Playoffs! G14 have gone through the season undefeated so far, they play ISF in the Semi Finals @ ICS next Tuesday, January 23. B14 have a 5-1 record, qualifying 2nd, they play HKIS @ CDNIS at 5pm on Tuesday, January 23. Supporters welcome. Championship games are the following Tuesday, January 30. Go TWolves!


CDNIS Appathon Deadline Postponed

CDNIS' first coding competition is ongoing, with Lower School and Upper School teams completing their plans and drafts. We have decided to give all teams more time to code their app and will therefore postpone the deadline of the app submission date to Monday, April 9, the first day back from Spring Break. Examples of apps last year include a pregnancy tracking app which placed in the top 20 in Hong Kong, and an app featured in the SCMP Young Post combating human trafficking.


CDNIS Gets Social

While The Flash is your one-stop spot to learn about what is going on at CDNIS, don't forget to check out (and share!) what goes on at CDNIS via our social media channels. CDNIS can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and SnapChat. Did you catch the video of international educators learning about the maker culture in the school on our Facebook page?  Have you seen the videos of the incredible art our Visual Arts students have created on the CDNIS YouTube channel? Or view the slithery snakes on our Instagram? Visit our social media pages to find out!


Ordering School Lunch

The February to April lunch order form and menus (February, March, April) are available on the main school website, in School Brochures. Parents can order meals by filling out the form and dropping it off, with payment, in the 6/F Cafeteria or by mail to CDNIS by Friday, January 26. Any questions can be directed to Maxim's via email or by calling 2240 6052.


CNY Festivities

We are busy preparing to welcome the Year of the Dog. Celebrate with us! Parents are welcome to attend our CNY Concert Dress Rehearsals Friday, February 9. Everyone is encouraged to participate in our DDD February 12-14 for the LS and Wednesday, February 14 for the US. And you don't want to miss the CISPA CNY Flower Fair on Tuesday, February 13. All the details can be found right here.


Lunar New Year Holiday - No EDD

Just a reminder - Wednesday, February 14 is a regular day, so students will be dismissed at their normal time. Please note the holiday period runs February 15-February 26 for students, with classes resuming Tuesday, February 27. Kung Hei Fat Choy!


CDNIS Monopoly

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the CDNIS bespoke Monopoly game, which is set to arrive before Chinese New Year. There is still time to order your game. The CDNIS Monopoly game features a totem pole, maple leaf and even Timba as tokens. Choose your token, place it on GO! and roll the dice as you make your way around the board which features the amazing CDNIS facilities. But don't get stuck in traffic along Nam Long Shan Road or you will be late for class. Games cost $400 each with proceeds going to the Annual Giving Campaign. Order your game today before it sells out!


London Alumni Dinner

David Baird was delighted to host a dinner for CDNIS alumni based in London on Wednesday, January 17. With many alumni choosing to pursue their studies in the UK, the event was extremely well attended. To see photos, visit the Alumni Facebook group.


CISPA - Scholastic Book Club Orders

Time to stock up on books for the new year! The Scholastic Book Club 2017/2018 penultimate order period is upon us. Order forms have been distributed and are due on Wednesday, January 24. Books will be delivered to school shortly after the CNY break. Please click here for details.


CISPA - Who We Are and What We Do

CISPA is the CDNIS Parents’ Association. Powered solely by parent volunteers, CISPA works throughout the year to enrich the CDNIS experience by offering a wide variety of social and educational opportunities for our community, and supporting the educational and social aims of the school, working directly with the administration, teachers and students. To learn more and to volunteer, please go to our website or contact us here.


CISPA - Uniform Shop Sales

Ahead of the rollout of new uniforms in April, CDNIS and the Uniform Shop trying to ensure limited waste by watching stock closely. As there is limited stock, if they do not have what you want they may need to order it, which may take a bit of time. Please be patient with the process, and we apologise for any inconvenience. The uniform shop is located on the 5/F, and open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 4pm.


CISPA - Wellness Discussion and Workshop

The first wellness discussion on Thursday, January 11 was a fabulous treat of health snacks and discussion. The next session is on Thursday, February 1. Please come along!


CISPA - Follow Us on Social Media

As well as CISPA news in the weekly Flash, you can also find out what is happening in CISPA's monthly newsletter The Beat. Please also check our social media channels: CISPA can be found on Facebook and Instagram


LLAC Marquee

Monday, Jan 22: IBDP "Shop-Around" (Lobby), US Music Rehearsal (Theatre)
Tuesday, Jan 23: Chinese Dance Rehearsal (Lobby), LS Musical Rehearsal (Theatre)
Wednesday, Jan 24: Grade 5A & 5B Spotlight Show (Lobby and Theatre), Chinese Orchestra Rehearsal (Theatre)
Thursday, Jan 25: CISPA Board Meeting (Lobby), Grade 5C, 5D & 5E Spotlight Show (Lobby and Theatre), LS Musical Rehearsal (Theatre)
Friday, Jan 26: CNY Dance Rehearsal (Theatre)

Lower School News

G3-G6 Friday Fun in the Forum

Grade 3-6 Students: Do you like to sing? Dance? Tell jokes? Join the PA Department's Friday Fun in the Forum on DDD from 11:10am-11:35am. The next event takes place on Friday, January 26. Please complete the sign up form to participate. All performers must donate $20 to perform with proceeds going to the DDD charity sponsored that week.


Friday, January 26 is Dress Down Day

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! This month's DDD theme is to dress as your favourite animal. All donations will be given to Kirsten's Zoo, an animal rescue organization that provides shelter and medical care to abandoned or neglected animals in Hong Kong. More information can be found here.


Sports Days for Grades 3-6

The Grade 5/6 sports day will take place on Tuesday, January 23 and the Grade 3/4 sports day will take place on Thursday, January 25. Both Sports Days will be held at the Stanley Ho Sports Centre in Sandy Bay, Pok Fu Lam. Parents are welcome to attend and cheer for their children.


Reporting in the Lower School (Grades 1-6): Parent Feedback

This year marks the introduction of a revised reporting ecosystem in Grades 1-6. Click this link to have an opportunity to offer your feedback on how your child's learning is communicated to you.


Parent Presentation for Pre Reception and Reception Parents

The Early Years teachers will be hosting a workshop about our PreRec and Rec learning programmes. There will be discussions about play-based learning and loose parts as well as an introduction to our newly designed Early Years Environment opening in the 2018-19 school year. Please join us on Wednesday, January 24 from 9am-10am in the Library Pit by clicking here to sign up.


Parent Presentation about Reading in Prep

Prep teachers will be presenting on reading and how Prep promotes the joy of reading. There will be specific examples of activities from the classes and how to promote a child’s reading development at home. Please join us on Wednesday, January 24 from 8am-9am in the Library Pit by clicking here to sign up.

 


Downloading Progress Reports

Lower School Progress Reports were published on Friday, January 5. Please click here for instructions on how to download the report. Please remember that reports are not archived in the system.

Upper School News

Real Experiences in Virtual Reality

Find out how the Design and LTT departments are advancing technology and thinking in the Upper School curriculum by reading about a Grade 7 Design unit here.


Upcoming University Visits

The following universities will be visiting CDNIS in the near future. All visits will take place in US Guidance (5/F) unless otherwise noted: 
Monday, January 22: University of Liverpool (2:30pm-4pm)
Thursday, January 25: Royal Veterinary College (3pm-4pm)
Friday, January 26: University of Surrey (3:00pm)
Monday, January 29: University of Exeter, Neuroscience/Medical Science (3pm-4pm)
Tuesday, January 30: University of St. Andrews (Medicine); Temple University, Japan (both 3pm-4pm)
Wednesday, January 31: Brock University (12:15pm-1:15pm)


Cambridge Summer School

University of Cambridge staff have agreed to return this summer to run more summer school programmes. The course details are being finalized but will be broadly similar to previous years. There is an opportunity to sign up to be notified when courses open for registration. Please see this website for more information and to sign up.


Grades 8 to 9 and 9 to 10 Transition Parent Presentations available

All current grade 8 and 9 parents may be interested in viewing the presentations slides from our parent meetings on Tuesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 11. Please use this link to access the MYP Communicator Website where they are posted under Parent Information Evenings, at the top of the main page.


The Young Investment Banker Programme

The Young Investment Banker Programme brings executives from around the world to give students aged 15-18 a 360-degree experience of the world of an investment banker. It will take place on Sunday, March 11, at One Island East. For details and registration, click here.


US Guidance Facebook Page

Did you know that the US Guidance Team have a Facebook page? We post lots of interesting and relevant articles and events on the page. If you have a Facebook account why not visit the page and "like" it.

Dates

Jan 23, 2018
Grade 5 and 6 Sports Day


Jan 24, 2018
Parent Presentation for Pre Reception and Reception Parents


Jan 24, 2018
Parent Presentation about Reading in Prep


Jan 25, 2018
Grade 3 and 4 Sports Day


Jan 26, 2018
Dress Down Day


Feb 6, 2018
Grade 11 Parent Info Night


Feb 9, 2018
CNY Concert Dress Rehearsals


Feb 13, 2018
Chinese New Year Flower Fair


Feb 14, 2018
Regular Dismissal @ 2:30pm


Feb 15, 2018
NO SCHOOL - Start of Lunar New Year Break


Feb 26, 2018
NO SCHOOL - Last day of Lunar New Year Break


Feb 26, 2018
NO SCHOOL - PDD


Feb 27, 2018
SCHOOL BEGINS