Flash March 13 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 speak with members of the Literary Club and learn how they are helping their fellow students publish their poems, short stories and artwork in Scope and elsewhere.


Jing Ying Football Champions

Today the entire school will celebrate the U20 Boys Football team's recent All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Football Championship. The squad beat football powerhouse YCH Yung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School 6-5 on sudden death penalties to win the title. Video highlights from the game can be found on our CDNIS YouTube channel, while pictures from today will be shared on the CDNIS Facebook page.


Just Over a Week to Re-enroll for 2017/2018

Parents have until March 22, 2017 to reserve their child's space for the upcoming 2017/2018 school year. The goal of re-enrollment is simply to protect the seats of current students who want to return in 2017/2018, and to predict the number of seats we can offer to waiting applicants. If you know you will be leaving at the end of this school year, we are sorry to see your family go. The tuition fee deposit for 2017/18 is due for all returning students on March 22, 2017. Invoices have been posted to the Parent Portal under NetClassroom>Billing. 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.


CIS/WASC Accreditation Self-Study Committees

The next step in our accreditation process is the formation of various committees to look at several areas within our school. Beginning on April 18 through to January, 2018, several committees will review what we do well and what we need to improve on to have the largest positive impact on the learning of all of our students. Parent participation on these committees is an important aspect of the process. An email in the coming days will share more information about how you can sign up to represent the parent's perspective on these committees. If you have any questions about the CIS/WASC committees, please contact Jon Adams.


Thank You for Celebrating With Us

Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate Alan Dick Community Day and the school's 25th Anniversary last week. Alan Dick had an impact on so many lives and we are so proud his legacy lives on at CDNIS. The Upper School Photography Team captured some great pictures which are part of this video. Or visit the CDNIS Facebook Page for more great pics from the day.


SEASAC Swimming - Individual Golds, Silvers and Bronzes

Our Swim team travelled to Singapore last weekend to compete in the SEASAC Swimming Championships. The hard working team earned some great individual results with special congratulations going to Dana (all round champion) and to Anson and Samantha for SEASAC Gold. Check out photos and results from SEASAC Swimming, on the T-wovles site.


IB Graduation Art Show

The Visual Arts Class of 2017 warmly welcomes you to ELYSIAN, the IB Graduation Art Show. Opening night is March 21 from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the LLAC. The artists will be present and refreshments will be served. The show will run daily from March 22-29 from 8am-4pm. This is a talented group of young artists who have expressed themselves through a myriad of artistic mediums. Come and celebrate the arts!


Easter Holiday Chinese Studies Programmes

There are still spots if you'd like to participate in the 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).


Spring into Reading Recap

The Upper School library held a Spring into Reading celebration February 27-March 3. We kicked off the celebration with two performances and a workshop by author Valerie Bloom, followed by CISPA's annual US Book Swap. We also celebrated the Golden Dragon Award nominees and hosted a birthday party for Dr. Seuss in the library! (A huge "thank you" to Lucy Chin for creating an incredible Seuss-themed birthday cake!) Our wind-up activity, a Book Bee quiz involving teachers and students, was postponed due to CDNIS' participation in the historic Jing Ying Football championship game and will take place March 24.


The Reading Tree

Do you have any old MP3 or CD players you are not using? From April 24-28, you can donate your unwanted electronics to The Reading Tree! Simply place them in boxes located on the 6/F, 7/F and 9/F. The Reading Tree needs these devices to develop an auditory reading programme. The programme will be used to help children in the developing world. Please visit this link to follow our progress.


CDNIS Social Media

We are now on Instagram! Are you? Have a look at what goes on at CDNIS. Use the hashtag #cdnishk, #cdnisls or #cdnishkalumni. See us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube as well, in order to catch the latest highlights of the fun and colourful activities that our school's community has been up to, including the Alan Dick Community Day, celebrating our recent successes in Math and Chess, and the AYP Hike.


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. We are also working to organize a skills clinic for rugby players of all ages, an autograph/photo session and family BBQ. We will be asking families to pre-register for the skills clinic via Flash next week. The event will be open to both CDNIS and non-CDNIS families. Watch this space for more details.


No School: Reminder

There are a few no school days which fall mid-week in the coming few months. Please make note that students do not come to school Tuesday, April 4Monday, April 10 to Tuesday, April 18Monday, May 1Wednesday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 30. The 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 (draft) calendars can be found on the main school website and mobile app.


CISPA - AGM March 16 @ 8am LLAC

Please join us at CISPA's Annual General Meeting this Thursday, March 16 at 8am in the LLAC Auditorium. Parents will receive reports of the Board, consider accounts, and be introduced to next year's Board.


CISPA - Healthy Eating for Kids and Teenagers

Sharon Leng, a practicing Healing Therapist and Diet & Lifestyle Counsellor, will share with CDNIS parents some practical nutrition guidelines for kids, through an inspiring presentation. Please join us in the Library Pit on Friday, March 17 from 11am to 12:30pm. The following Friday, March 24 from 10am-1:30pm, a practical demonstration (4-5 dishes, hands-on) will be held at Lucia's home in Repulse Bay. RSVP by March 15Click here for more details.


CISPA - 50km Hike

On Monday, March 13, the CISPA hiking group will be walking the entire 50km of the Hong Kong Trail. Your support along the way is appreciated, and if you can, come and join us for some or all of the walk, or for a celebratory drink at the end at Big Wave Bay! Please send Anne a Whatsapp at 9688 2755 for more information.


LLAC Marquee

Monday, Mar 13
Prep Spotlight Rehearsal
US Music Rehearsal

Tuesday, Mar 14
Prep Spotlight Rehearsal
LEAP Lunch

Wednesday, Mar 15
Prep - HWEO

Thursday, Mar 16
CISPA AGM

Friday, Mar 17
DP Visual Art Exhibit Setup


Lower School News

Lower School Website: Eyes on Learning

In this week's post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School Principal Dr. Helen Kelly writes about transition programmes at CDNIS and the steps the school is taking to improving these programmes.


Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR)

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR) will be be hosted on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 (Pre Reception and Reception), and Friday, April 28 (Prep to Grade 5) . Parents can begin making their SLLR appointments Monday, March 27 (families with 2+ children in the LS) and Wednesday, March 29 (other LS families). Please click here to learn more from the Lower School Administration.


Football U12's Tryouts

The Boys U12 tryouts take place Tuesday, March 21 at Happy Valley. There will be a bus from CDNIS to Happy Valley at 2:40pm. Parents must pick their child up from the HKFC at 4pm. Please contact Coach Wah for information. The Girls U12 Football tryouts take place Thursday, March 23 on the 6/F pitch. Students may take the activity buses home after practice. Please contact Coach Ching. How great is it that both these teams are coached by our Jing Ying Football Champion coaches!


Easter Holiday Programme

Still looking for something to keep your children busy over the school break? 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. The programme is open to both CDNIS and non-CDNIS students.


Upper School News

Reminder: Parent Teacher Conference Registration

The Parent Teacher Conference Online Appointment System opened Monday, March 6 and parents have until Tuesday, March 14 @ 12noon to accept invitations from individual teachers. The website will be available for open bookings Thursday, March 9 to Tuesday, March 14. More details can be found on the US website under "Quick Links" or on the mobile app under Contacts-CDNIS Brochures-Notices This Week.


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test - Friday March 31

Please note that all Grade 10 students will be writing the Literacy Test on the morning of Friday, March 31, along with some Grade 11 students that have not yet taken the test. Passing the OSSLT is a requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and even if a student is unsuccessful, they will have opportunities to re-take the test later. This is a skills-based test, so there is no benefit to students studying for it. the best preparation is to have a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break. Parents can learn more about the OSSLT here.


Visa Letters for Grade 7/8 CAS Week

If your child needs a visa for their Grade 7&8 CAS Week trip, you were contacted via email by Ms. Veronica Tse. The visa letters required by the embassies were handed to students in early March. You can double check to see if your child needs a visa on this site or on the embassy website directly. Visas on arrival are not permitted on CAS Week trips. If you think your child needs a visa but has not received a visa letter, please contact Laurie Stone or Veronique Nobert.


Upcoming University Visits

The US Guidance Team is pleased to advise the following visitors to CDNIS (Parents and students welcome): Monday, March 13 @ 2:30pm, Law at King's College London (KCL); Chapman University Wednesday, March 15 @ 12:15pm, HKU (Law and Medicine) Wednesday, March 15 @ 2:45pm, Durham University Thursday, March 16 @ 2:30pm, CUHK Faculty of Medicine Wednesday, March 22 @ 12:15pm, Loyola University Chicago March 23 @ 12:15pm, American University Monday, March 27 @ 12:15pm.


Higher Education Fair - Thank You!

The US Guidance Department would like to thank all the students and parents who attended the Higher Education Fair on Friday making it a tremendous success! Each year the university reps remark on the seriousness with which our students undertake their post-secondary research and the thoughtfulness of the students' questions and interactions. Please save the date for next year's HE Fair scheduled for March 16, 2018.


May SAT Test

For Grade 11 students applying to the United States next year, CDNIS will host the May 6 SAT test; deadline for registration (collegeboard.org) is April 7. The CDNIS test centre # is 62149.


ACT (US University Admissions Test)

CDNIS has created an arrangement by which students wishing to sit the ACT may do so at Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA). VSA will offer the ACT in June, Sept, and Dec each year. Interested students must see their guidance counsellor for instructions on how to register.


SCAD Workshop Day

Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong (SCAD) will hold an open house, Saturday, March 18 from 2pm-5pm. Learn about SCAD and its programmes, and speak with professors and admissions staff. Register here for the event.


SAT Test Dates for 2017/2018

CDNIS will offer the SAT in October, December, March, and May during 2017-18 (1st Sat of each month). Please note that the October test falls on the second weekend of the CDNIS autumn break, so Grade 11 students applying to the U.S. may wish to consider this when making holiday plans. The March date is SAT only (subject tests not offered); all other dates offer both SAT and Subject tests.


Cambridge Summer School - Register Today

A reminder that the unique University of Cambridge Summer School is now open. This is the only official UoC summer school on the planet. Please see this page for details and to sign up. The programme runs July 22 to July 28 and offers 15-hour courses covering a range of disciplines. Students from 37 different schools across Hong Kong and the world have registered so far. Register today. Some courses are very close to full.


Camp BizSmart from Silicon Valley is Coming to CDNIS!

Disrupt. Dream. Innovate. Create. Share. Spend six full days being coached by a young, experienced and passionate entrepreneur flying in from the US. Compete for a summer scholarship to Camp Biz in Silicon Valley. Apply: Easter workshop - website. Watch video: CEOs talk about Camp BizSmart.


Dates

March 16 2017
US Parent Teacher Conferences


March 17 2017
US Parent Teacher Conferences


March 21 2017
IB Graduation Art Show


March 22 2017
Tuition Fee Deposit for 2017/2018 School Year Due


March 27 2017
SLLR Bookings (2+ children) Open


March 29 2017
SLLR Bookings (1 child) Open


April 2 2017
Canada Rugby 7s Team @ CDNIS


April 4 2017
No School


April 10 2017
No School - Spring Break


April 19 2017
School Resumes for Students