Flash January 23 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! The CDNIS family is known for its strong community bond - so strong in fact, that they never want to leave! Many former students give back to the school in various ways including volunteering their time to mentor current students, participate as special guest speakers at school events, sit as Committee or Board Members, while some return to teach. This week we meet the students who are now proud members of our world-class faculty.

Head of School and US Principal

Starting the afternoon of Wednesday, January 25, Interim Head of School David Baird and Upper School Principal Tim Kaiser will be out of school and travelling to Canada for the Queen's Recruitment Fair. In their absence, Helen Kelly will be the acting Head of School and Barb Dacho the Acting Upper School Principal.

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 24Sign up to volunteer. Tokens are just $100 for 20 and will be available for sale on the day. Here's a quick glimpse of the celebrations you don't want to miss!

Join us at the CNY Flower Fair!

Come join in the CISPA CNY Flower Fair festivities on Tuesday on the 11/F! Check your teacher's blog to find out when your child's class is scheduled to visit. Please send in a recycled bag with your child for purchases and prizes. Tokens will be available for purchase on the day. Get your Chinese outfit on and have a family photo taken at the photo booth!

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!

HOS Search: Parent Listening Sessions

On Friday, the Search Committee emailed all parents updating them on the search for the permanent Head of School (HOS). As the Board communicated in December, the Board began by assembling a Search Committee to oversee this process and selected a Search Consultant, Triangle Associates/HeadsUp, to work with us. This is the same Search Consultant that worked with us on our Interim Head search and knows our community intimately. Please take a moment to read the letter which includes details about the listening/input sessions. There will also be an online survey after CNY for those of you unable to attend a session. Please contact the Search Committee with questions.

2nd-hand Uniforms for Sale

Members of the USSC will be selling gently used school uniforms during the CNY Flower Fair in the 9/F lobby on Tuesday, January 24. Each item is just $20 each.

Student Bus Stop at Wong Chuk Hang MTR

With the commencement of operations of the South Island Line in December 2016, the school has been working with KCM to add a morning student bus stop at the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station. Effective February 16, KCM will operate a regular school bus for students between the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and CDNIS. Parents can register their child online via the KCM website for this service.

CDNIS on Instagram

We are now on Instagram! Are you? Check CDNIS out on Instagram and share any pictures you may take around our campus. Use the hashtag #cdnishk or #cdnisls. We'd love to see what our students, staff and parents are doing at school events, in classes, on the court, on the field, on the stage, and anywhere else the CDNIS community is active. You can also check us out on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

Student Letter of Recommendation Requests

The process for letters of recommendations can be found on pages 51-52 of the Parent Handbook. The policy, finalized at the end of last year, is that the letters of recommendation are processed through our Guidance Counselors. Our school has a designated form for such purposes and it is our practice that no other form will be submitted on behalf of students. Please review the information in the handbook.

Two Alumni Succeeding in Competitive Industries

Grassroots Pantry owner and Executive Chef, Peggy Chan '02, appeared in a recent SCMP article discussing about the effort required to succeed in the competitive Hong Kong restaurant industry. Film director and producer, Kristie Ko '12, will premiere her new movie, Red Hot Frog, nominated for best comedy, at the Asians on Film Festival this Friday in California. The movie won the Best Comedy Award at the festival's Summer Quarter mini-festival. Visit the CDNIS alumi website to learn more about our alumni.

Applause for a Cause - Save the Date

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.

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!

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. Details can be found right here.

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.

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.

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 and tickets are on the LLAC website.

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.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Jan 23
CNY Rehearsal
IB Recording

Tuesday, Jan 24
CNY Concert Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, Jan 25
CNY Concert for LS

Thursday, Jan 26
CNY Concert for US

Lower School News

ASAs Cancelled - January 23-24

Just a quick reminder that there will be no basketball or mini tennis ASAs on January 23, while inline skating/hockey and taekwondo classes have been cancelled on January 24 due to the CNY Flower Fair. All other activities will run as scheduled. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

CNY Holiday Camp

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

Grade 6 Slide Presentation

The Grade 6-7 Transition slide presentation shown at the parent evening on January 19 is now posted on the Upper School website, available via the Parent Information Sessions link on the right hand side of the page. The slideshow is also available through the Middle Years Communicator website via the Parent Information Evenings link at the top.

Ocean Awareness Poster Competition

A Grade 5 student is taking action and leading a Lower School 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.

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 9/F Reception and the application deadline is January 24.

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.

Upper School News

MYP and DP Communicators

Middle Years Programme Communicator and Diploma Programme Communicator websites contain valuable information for Upper School parents about the calendars, curriculum, programme and more. The parent night presentation slide shows can also be found on these websites, which are linked to the Upper School Site.

Message from US Principal

Upper School Principal Tim Kaiser shared some great news from our Upper School Guidance department last week. His message to parents included an updated snapshot of the university acceptances to date. It's great to see our students attracting attention from many top universities. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and to the faculty and parents for their unwavering support during their journey.

Attention: Grade 11 Parents

Please save the date for a parent information evening on Thursday, February 16. This session will focus on the topics of university preparation and applications. The bus service will now include pick up and drop off at Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, in addition to the regularly scheduled stops. Kindly RSVP for the event and bus service here.

Pathway to HKU Event

Thursday, February 2: designed especially for non-JUPAS students, this will be a great opportunity to understand HKU programmes and requirements through Admissions Talks, Faculty Talks and Consultation Sessions. There will also be faculty information booths and campus tours. RSVP in advance here.

University of York (UK) Visit

University of York will be visiting the Guidance office on Tuesday, January 24 at 2:30pm. All students are welcome to attend and ask questions.

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 24 2017
CNY Fair

January 25 2017
LS CNY Concert

January 26 2017
Regular Dismissal @ 2:30pm

January 26 2017
US CNY Concert

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