Flash January 9 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! In the fall, Jane Goodall's visit to CDNIS was certainly a highlight for everyone in our community and this week we follow up with the parents and staff who worked together on the Jane Goodall Silent Auction and how the funds they raised benefited the school's Roots & Shoots Club and the Jane Goodall Institute.


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!


Shuttle Bus Service

The school is continuing to investigate the possibility of operating a shuttle bus service between Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and the school. CDNIS has been in touch with SIS and VSA, both of whom will not be offering a bus service. The school has also approached different bus companies to discuss the cost effectiveness of operating a shuttle bus service. We will update our community with more details when they become available. Thank you for your patience.


Parent Coffee Morning - CIS/WASC

Next week, CDNIS will host members of the CIS/WASC accreditation team as part of the initial visit. CIS/WASC Accreditation Chair Jon Adams will be sending an email to all parents later this week to give a brief overview of the process CDNIS will go through as part of the accreditation. On Wednesday, January 18, Interim Head of School David Baird, 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 specific questions they would like to see addressed on the morning, please enter them on the form or touch base with Jon Adams.


Session 2 ASA Starts Today - Late Sign Up Open

ASAs for session 2 start today. If you missed the opportunity to sign up, it is not too late, if you sign up this week via the Activities Site, your son/daughter will be able to start their ASA next Monday, January 16. If you need any help at any time, contact Activities.


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.


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.


2016 Alumni Winter Reception

Alumni from early and recent years enjoyed the festive fun at the annual Alumni Winter Reception held in late December. Events Manager Pamm Kwok '02 kept attendees laughing during some party games which, among other things, tested the artistic skills of alumni. See pictures on the alumni website.


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.


ASA Programme and Providers

Every two years we review providers for almost all* of our After School Activities. Our goal is to have the best programme/best providers. If you have feedback about any of our current ASA providers or if you would like to recommend a new provider, or a new ASA, contact James Lovegrove. The review/tender process runs Jan-Feb for an August start. (*Gymnastics/Football ASA providers are reviewed January, 2018).


Winter Uniforms

A gentle reminder that as the weather begins to chill, students are expected to still be in full uniform. If they arrive wearing sweaters and jackets that are not CDNIS uniform, they are expected to keep them in the lockers/cubbies during the day. Please take a moment to review the school uniform policy on page 39 of the Parent Information handbook. The campus uniform shop is open Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8am-4pm.


Christmas Tree Decorations

If you have a few Christmas tree decorations and lights that are in great shape, but that you may no longer need, please consider donating them to CDNIS for our Christmas tree. A donation box has been set up in the 9/F lobby until Friday, January 13. We will put the decorations in storage and use them next year. Again, please only consider donating decorations that are in good shape and not broken.


CISPA - Chinese Cooking Class

Join the Chinese Cooking Class on Thursday, January 12 at 9am-3pm and learn how to make dumplings! Six skilled Chinese mothers have volunteered to teach, and a tasting lunch will follow. The event will be held in Repulse Bay (the address will be communicated upon registration). RSVP by Tuesday, January 10 to Lucia Delvita.


CISPA - 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. This year's fair will be held on Tuesday, January 24 from 8am-2:10pm. There will also be a Dumpling Eating Competition for Grades 5-12 that will take place from 10:50am-1pm. Please click here to volunteer some of your time to help bring in a rousing Year of the Rooster.


LLAC Marquee

Monday, Jan 9
CNY Rehearsal

Tuesday, Jan 10
CNY Rehearsal
Gr 4 Spotlight Show
CISPA Board Meeting
Gr 10 Parent Information Night

Wednesday, Jan 11
CNY Rehearsal
Student Advisory
Gr 4 Spotlight Show
US Drummers Rehearsal
Gr 8 Parent Information Night

Thursday, Jan 12
CNY Rehearsal
Gr 4 Spotlight Show
Gr 9 Parent Information Night
DP Shop-Around

Friday, Jan 13
CNY Workshop
CNY Rehearsal


Lower School News

Attention Grade 1-6 Parents: Progress Reports

The first Progress Reports for the school year for Grades 1-6 students have been published via the Parent Portal. The system does not archive reports, so please remember to download and save a copy for future reference. Grade 5 Teacher, Ms. Susie Heinrich, is hosting a presentation for parents about reframing thinking in relation to progress reports and how parents discuss them with their children. The presentation takes place today (Monday, January 9) in the LLAC Lobby at 2:45pm.


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 4 Spotlight Performances

All parents are invited to attend the Grade 4 spotlight performances from January 10-12 in the LLAC Theatre. Each homeroom has been assigned a day/time when they will be performing. Please check the timings here. Everyone is welcome!


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.


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.


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.


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.


Lower School Student Leadership Workshop

The LSSC is teaming up with our Local and Global Engagement Coordinators and organizing a Leadership, Education and Action Programme 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 and enhance our school community through interactions with our house NGOs should apply. Details will be out soon. Stay tuned!


House Days

In order to build House spirit and identity in the Lower School, we are beginning LS House Days in the middle Friday of each month. Students are asked to wear their PE uniform and house shirts, and at lunch time the cafeterias will be organized so that students can eat with others in their Houses. We look forward to the first LS House Day on this Friday, January 13.


Upper School News

Student Course Selections

Next week, students in Grades 8-10 will be 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. More details will be shared at the upcoming Parent Information Nights. 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.


Upcoming University Visits

The US Guidance Team is pleased to advise the following visitors to CDNIS (Parents and students welcome): January 10 @ 2:30pm: Study in London (UCL, Imperial College, SOAS, King's College London), January 17 @ 2:30pm: St. Leo's College, January 19 @ 2:30pm: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.


Grade 10 Parent Night

All current Grade 10 Parents are invited to join us in the LLAC on January 10 at 6:45pm-8:15pm for an information session focused on the transition from Grade 10 to Grade 11. Please RSVP using this link. 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.


Grade 8 Parent Night

All current Grade 8 Parents are invited to join us in the LLAC on January 11 at 6:45pm-8:15pm for an information session focused on the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9. Please RSVP using this link. Please note this event has been re-scheduled to January 11 from January 5. 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.


Grade 9 Parent Night

All current Grade 9 Parents are invited to join us in the LLAC on January 12 at 6:45pm-8:15pm for an information session focused on the transition from Grade 9 to Grade 10. Please RSVP using this link. 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.


Grade 11 Parent Night

All current Grade 11 Parents are invited to join us in the LLAC on January 17 at 6:45pm-8pm for an information session focused on the transition from Grade 11 to Grade 12. Please RSVP using this link. 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.


Dates

January 9 2017
Parent Presentation: Progress Reports


January 10 2017
University Visits: Study in London


January 10 2017
Grade 4 Spotlight Performances


January 10 2017
Grade 10 Parent Night


January 11 2017
Grade 8 Parent Night


January 12 2017
Grade 9 Parent Night


January 13 2017
LS House Days


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


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


January 17 2017
Grade 11 Parent Night


January 18 2017
Parent Coffee Morning - CIS/WASC


January 18 2017
Grade 5-6 Sports Day


January 19 2017
Grade 6 Parent Night


January 19 2017
Parent Morning – Internet Addiction


January 19 2017
University Visits: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland


January 24 2017
CNY Fair


January 25 2017
LS CNY Concert


January 26 2017
US CNY Concert


January 26 2017
Regular Dismissal @ 2:30pm


February 6 2017
NO SCHOOL - PDD


February 7 2017
School Resumes for Students after CNY Holiday


February 21 2017
LS Student Leadership Workshop - Leadership, Education and Action Programme


February 23 2017
LS Student Leadership Workshop - Leadership, Education and Action Programme


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