Flash March 27 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 talk to DP Physics teacher Marios Mantzoukis, who recently competed in the Tokyo Marathon to help raise funds for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. To learn more about Mr. Mantzhoukis admirable actions, read this article and watch this video.

Message from Principals

Due to an IB Conference this week in Japan, Dr. Helen Kelly and Mr. Tim Kaiser will be away from the school. In their absence, Mr. DJ MacPherson will be Acting Lower School Principal March 28-31 and Mrs. Barb Dacho will be Acting Upper School Principal March 27-31.

Time is Running Out - DP Visual Arts Exhibition

You have until Wednesday, March 29 to take part in the Grade 12 Visual Art students showcase in the LLAC Lobby. Check out the amazing works of art created by our talented students. We would like to show off some of the spectacular pieces via Flash, but unfortunately the IB states that no student work may be published publicly due to plagiarism risks until all assessment dates have closed - which is April 21. All the more reason to visit the show this week between 8am-4pm.

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 to 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.

Traffic and Safety

We work hard to make CDNIS a safe environment. Since there is no public parking at CDNIS and no parking along Nam Long Shan Road, we encourage students/parents to use the school bus or other public transportation. But if you do have to drive, please refrain from honking your car horn, please follow the directions of our security guards/police, please do not block neighbouring driveways and please do not make 3-point turns along the road. Thank you for your cooperation.

Evening of the Arts

Get ready for a magical evening, as CDNIS proudly presents "Evening of the Arts" on Thursday, April 6 at 7pm. The event will take place in the LLAC Theatre, featuring musical performances by the CDNIS Stage Band, Concert Band, Wind Philharmonic, Symphonic Winds, as well as the LLAC Lobby, which will showcase the grade 9/10 Visual Art Exhibition. Admission is free and tickets are available at the Box Office.

School Bus 2017/2018 School Year

Thank you to all parents who have taken the time to provide their questions and feedback regarding the school bus service for the upcoming school year. As mentioned, the school will share all parent feedback with Sun Bus later this month. To ensure all parents have a chance to provide their comments, this CDNIS School Bus Service Form will remain open until 4pm on Tuesday, March 28. Please take the time to enter your comments and/or questions before that time.

10% Electricity Reduction Initiative

Keep it up, CDNIS...since March 1, we've reduced our electricity consumption by 8.8%! This initiative started on March 1, and will compare usage from March-June 2017 to that of 2016. Observe usage 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.

GreenWeek 2017

GreenWeek 2017 is one month away (April 24-28) and the whole community can engage in all things environmental in various ways (see schedule)! GreenWeek includes a Plastic Free Seas boat experience, pre-order buying local organic produce at our "Farmers Market" event, a "Swap, Not Shop!" clothing exchange for adult clothes, a GreenWeek Cinema in the Forum & OneDoor, even a green DDD and much more! Stay tuned for updates!

Upcycling Activity: Call for Volunteers

Help us to upcycle unused uniforms and turn them into artwork! We are in need of volunteers during Green Week (April 24-28) to help students of all ages with the cutting up of fabrics. This will continue during our Lower School art community days (May 11 and 12) where we will sew them into patches for a quilt. No sewing experience necessary! Please email Liz Chow if you'd be interested.

CDNIS Water Bottles

The Business Club is launching new student-designed products! Show off your school spirit with the Business Club's new CDNIS school-themed water bottles! All profits will go to supporting KIVA loans and student initiatives. Click here to order. If you have any questions, please contact Josie Ku. Happy shopping!

Another HK Title for the Timberwolves

The TWolves Touch Rugby teams entered the HK Schools Championship last Monday as defending champions. Our Timberwolves teams won the G14 Championship, they won the G16 Championship and also won the Senior Girls Competition! The Senior Boys team continued the great day by winning the Boys Senior Competition. These results meant the TWovles retained their Overall Champion School Touch Rugby Trophy. For more info/photos check out the Timberwolves site.

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, Hong Kong 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.

BOG Announcement Regarding iHOS

Last week, the Board of Governors announced that they voted unanimously to extend David Baird's contract as Interim Head of School through to June, 30, 2019. You may find the announcement and David's letter to the community here.

Parent Contact Details

Are your contact details up to date with the school? If you recently changed your mobile number, or moved to a new flat, please let the school know. The school recently discovered that mobile numbers on record for some parents are incorrect. Parents can always check and update their contact details via the Parent Portal - Profile Update - Contact Info Update, or fill out this form to update your details.

Ordering School Lunch

The April to June lunch order forms menus are available on the CDNIS mobile app under Contacts-CDNIS Brochures-Cafeteria. Please contact Maxim's directly for more information.

Lost and Found - Valuable Items

Please stop by the 9/F office this week if you have lost a valuable item. A number of items have been turned into the 9/F office including phones, wallets, watches, glasses, Kindles, Octopus cards and more. If you or your child has lost anything of significant value at school, office staff might have it.

Reminder - Parent Communication

To stay up-to-date with the most important school news and announcements, upcoming activities and events, and student life, please be sure to read the Flash newsletter every Monday. The Flash is also available on the mobile app and school website, where it is archived for easy reference. Please review all the communication options for parents, and never miss an important update again.

CISPA - Introducing the 2017/18 CISPA Board

We are pleased to announce that the following parents have been elected/re-elected to the board of CISPA for 2016/17 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of March 16, 2017.  Their respective roles will be announced at the end of the school year. In addition, the AGM has approved the audited accounts for 2015/16. These will be made public soon. Please contact CISPA with any questions.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Mar 27
US Music Rehearsal
DP Visual Art Exhibit

Tuesday, Mar 28
DP Visual Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Mar 29
DP Visual Art Exhibit
Student Advisory

Thursday, Mar 30
A4AC video Screening

Lower School News

Student Led Learning Reviews

Online bookings for Student Led Learning Reviews begin today. Please access this link for all the information you need to sign up. Read a letter from the Lower School Administration about SLLRs here.

LS Website: Eyes on Learning

In this week's post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School Vice Principal Ms. Lisa Kipfer writes about her experience with resilience and practical ways to build resilience in children.

Attention All Lower School Parents

We would like to share a few reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there area few things we'd like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day. Please take a moment to read this letter from the Lower School Administration Team or refer to our Parent Code of Conduct.

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.

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.

CISPA - LS Book Swaps this Week

The Lower School Books Swaps are happening this week. The Grade 3-6 Book Swap will be held Tuesday, March 28 from 7:15am to 8:30am in the 12/F cafeteria. The Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap will be held Thursday, March 30 at the same time/place. Please check here for more info.  If you can volunteer, please contact Christina.

Upper School News

Upcoming University Visits

The US Guidance Team is pleased to welcome the following visitors to CDNIS (parents and students welcome): American University, Monday, March 27 @ 12:15pm; University of Kent, Tuesday, March 28 @ 2:30pm; George Washington University, Friday, March 31 @ 12:15pm; University of Leeds, Monday, April 3 @ 12:15pm; Fordham and Denison Universities, Thursday, April 6 @ 2:30pm.

University of Cambridge Summer School Update

We are pleased to announce two new courses available during the Cambridge Summer School. One is related to ToK and would be valuable to Grade 11 students and the other is Psychology. More details are available here. One of the courses is already full and the others are close to capacity. This is the only official UoC summer school on the planet. The programme runs July 22 to July 28 and offers 15-hour courses covering a range of disciplines.


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 5 2017
Student Showcases

April 6 2017
Student Showcases

April 7 2017
Student Showcases

April 10 2017
No School - Spring Break

April 19 2017
School Resumes for Students