Flash March 20 2017

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iHOS Email to Parents

Last week, iHOS David Baird reached out to parents to share some of the exciting things he has observed around the school, as well as announce several new initiatives including details surrounding the school bus provider, Project Innovate, summer renovations and a parent coffee morning (which happens today). In case you missed his message in your @ CDNIS parent email account, you can find his note right here.

Urgent: Deadline March 22 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.

Chess Club Championships!

CDNIS were recently crowned champions at the ISF international school chess tournament. Congratulations to Grade 12 students Keith, Steven, Sam, and Arsen, along with Henry (Grade 8), Sean and Woody (Grade 7) who did CDNIS proud. From a field of 21 schools, the CDNIS team won first place in the secondary section of the tournament. This was an improvement over last year's 3rd place finish. The beautiful trophy is currently on display in the 9/F office with the rest of our CDNIS trophies. Great job!

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 celebrate the many musical talents within our community, who recently performed at the Morgan Lam's Hope Through Music Concert. To learn more, check out this article and watch this video.

IB/CIS/WASC Accreditation Self-Study Committees

Thank you to the parents who have signed up for the IB/CIS/WASC Self-Study committees. While it is important to attend as many of the committee meetings as possible, we would like to encourage all interested parents to sign up on the form here by Wednesday, March 22. If you cannot attend on April 18 but are still interested in joining a specific committee please email Jon Adams. Please see the letter sent out last week for more information and if you have any questions about the IB/CIS/WASC committees, please contact Jon Adams.

School Bus 2017/2018 School Year

As David Baird mentioned in his email to parents last week, Sun Bus will be the school's bus provider starting in August 2017. Sun Bus will not increase bus fares for the coming school year, they expect to operate the same routes/timings and are working to obtain the proper license to operate a circular service between the school and Wong Chuk Hang MTR station. As in years past, and to help Sun Bus properly plan for the required service and routes, we will be asking families to register their children for the school bus service before June 30, 2017. If you have any questions about the new service provider or bus schedule/timings, please let us know via this CDNIS School Bus Service Form before March 24, 2017. The school will share your questions with Sun Bus later this month.

Coffee with the iHOS

Parents are welcome to join iHOS David Baird for a coffee at Starbucks today - Monday, March 20 between 10am-12noon. Please join him at the Starbucks at Alexandra House, Shop 201, 2/F, 16-20 Chater Road. Come out for a coffee and a casual chat.

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!

10% Electricity Reduction Initiative

Congratulations CDNIS! Since March 1, we've reduced our electricity consumption by 9.7%! This initiative started on March 1, and will compare usage from March-June 2017 to that of 2016. Usage can be observed on our online energy monitoring system, En-trak. Use cdnisstudent and cdnis888 on the login page. See graphs and screenshots from the system on our EcoSmart site to understand where we have reduced usage. Stay tuned for updates.

Symphonic Winds - Three Performances in Six Days

Members of the Symphonic Winds are busy performing for audiences all over the city. On Saturday, April 1, they are thrilled to be performing at Hong Kong Disney. Two days later the Symphonic Winds and Wind Philharmonic will perform Monday, April 3 at the annual Southeast Asia Band Festival hosted by CDNIS. Then, on Thursday, April 6, Symphonic Winds, Stage Band, Wind Philharmonic, and Concert Band will perform at our Evening of the Arts held in the LLAC. Videos of past performances by the Symphonic Winds and others can be found here and here on the CDNIS YouTube channel.

U12 Rugby Finish the Season Undefeated

The U12 Mixed Team have had a fantastic season.  Our squad made up of Grade 4/5/6 Twovles played 12 games winning 11 and drawing one. Most importantly they played with incredible spirit and sportsmanship. The future of Rugby looks bright at CDNIS. For a full report and team photo, check out the Timberwolves Site.

Season 2 Athletic Awards

The Timberwolves celebrated Season 2 success at the Upper School Athletic Awards last week. The teams and sports acknowledged included Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Touch Rugby, Ball Hockey, Rugby and Cross Country. It was also nice to have the opportunity to present the SEASAC Sportsmanship trophies to Tennis, Basketball and Cross Country. For a summary of the team and individaul success check out the Timberwovles site.

Register Now: Canada Rugby 7s Team

The Canadian Men's Rugby 7s team is returning to CDNIS. On Sunday, April 2, the team will hold a practice, followed by a skills clinic for rugby players of all ages and an autograph/photo session. The event is open to CDNIS and non-CDNIS families, so please help to spread the word! We ask that all families please pre-register so we can plan the skills clinic accordingly. The cost is HK$100/family with all funds raised going to the Canadian Rugby Team. We will also host a family BBQ with proceeds going to the team. Please click here to pre-register.

CDNIS Bus/Tickets to Friday at the HK7s (Rugby)

One of the best CDNIS HK Rugby 7s traditions is the CDNIS bus to the HK7s (Friday afternoon). On Friday, April 7 students have the opportunity to travel to the stadium and sit together to cheer Team Canada, HK or their own team. We have limited tickets (free) for the Friday afternoon/evening session. All information is on the Timberwolves site. Open to Grade 5/6 and US students. Sign up asap.


The Reading Tree

Do you have any old MP3 or CD players that 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.

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).

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.

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 - Healthy Cooking Class at Home

This time the CISPA cooking class will be fun - as usual - and healthy. Sharon Leng, our favorite Diet & Lifestyle Counsellor, will cook up a number of easy and healthy recipes that your children will definitely love! Where: At Lucia's home, Ridge Court, Apt D1, Repulse Bay Rd. 21. When: Friday, March 24, from 10am-1:30pm. Cost: approx $50 (just the shared cost of the ingredients). More info can be found here.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Mar 20
Prep Spotlight Show
US Music Rehearsal

Tuesday, Mar 21
DP Visual Art Exhibit Opening Night
Prep Spotlight Show

Wednesday, Mar 22
DP Visual Art Exhibit

Thursday, Mar 23
DP Visual Art Exhibit

Friday, Mar 24
DP Visual Art Exhibit
Gr 5 Spotlight Rehearsal

Lower School News

Parents in School: Requests from the Administration Team

We welcome and encourage a high degree of parent involvement at our school and we always appreciate seeing parents in the building and at various school events. However, there are a few things that we would like parents to please keep in mind, so as to not disrupt the learning going on during the day. Please click here to learn more and feel free to contact a Lower School Principal with questions.

Attention Lower School Parents: Fifth Disease

A number of Lower School students have recently been diagnosed with Fifth Disease. A common childhoold viral infaction, Fifth Disease is typically known as "Slapped Cheek Syndrome" due to the distinctive red rash that it appears on the face. Early symptoms also include low-grade fever, headache and mild cold-like symptoms. CDNIS encourages parents to be aware of the symptoms of Fifth Disease and to be watchful at home. We are monitoring the situation closely, and being proactive with extra disinfecting and cleaning in the school to reduce all risk of further cases. For more information, please contact the Lower School nurse, Gloria Ng.

Class lists for 2017-18 School Year

We will soon start assembling class lists for 2017-18. If there are any extenuating circumstances relating to your child's needs that could impact his/her class placement please complete this form before Friday, April 21. Respectfully, we ask that you refrain from making personal requests to select or avoid certain teachers. Such requests will not be considered. We ask that you refrain from contacting senior administrators and teachers directly.

Football U12's Tryouts

The Boys U12 tryouts take place Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23 at Happy Valley. 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 6/F pitch. Students may take the activity buses home after practice. Please contact Coach Ching.

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

Upcoming University Visits

The US Guidance Team is pleased to welcome the following visitors to CDNIS (parents and students welcome): CUHK Faculty of Medicine, Wednesday, March 22 @ 12:15pm; Loyola University Chicago, Thursday March 23 @ 12:15pm; American University, Monday, March 27 @ 12:15pm; University of Kent, Tuesday March 28 @ 2:30 pm; George Washington University, Friday, March 31 @ 12:15pm; University of Leeds, Monday, April 3 @ 12:15pm.

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.

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.

Only a few weeks left to sign up for Camp Biz

Disrupt. Dream. Innovate. Create. Share. April 10-15: 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.


March 21 2017
IB Graduation Art Show

March 21 2017
ISSFHK Track and Field Champs at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground - LS and US T&F Teams attending

March 22 2017
ISSFHK Track and Field Champs at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground - LS and US T&F Teams attending

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