Flash May 1 2017

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All School news

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 ex-CDNIS student Maya, who is now pursuing her dream in ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. To learn all about it, read this article and watch this video.

CIS/WASC Parent Survey - Closing May 3

We need your help! Having your input is extremely important for the success of our accreditation Self-Study. If you have not yet completed the Endicott Survey, please consider using 15 minutes of your time for this valuable part of identifying areas that are strengths of CDNIS and where we can improve. While both parents are welcome to take the survey, we ask that at least one parent per household participate in the survey which will be open until Wednesday, May 3. You may find the survey at www.endicottresearchcenter.net and the code is CNP2017205. For more information, please see the letter sent by Jon Adams two weeks ago. If you have any questions about the CIS/WASC Accreditation process, please email Jon Adams.

Tutoring Policy

Just a reminder that outside tutors are not permitted to tutor on the school premises. If you have any questions about the school's tutoring policy, please refer to page 51 of the Parent Information Handbook available on the mobile app under CDNIS Brochures and the Parent Portal. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Parent Liaison Committee

This is the second year since the Board of Governors re-established the Parent Liaison Committee (PLC). The PLC is a multi-stakeholder Committee, comprised of Governors, Parents, and School Administrators. The PLC serves as a communication channel between parents and the Board of Governors. To contact the PLC, please email parentliaisoncommittee@cdnis.hk.

New OneDoor Website and Support System

OneDoor is introducing a new website and support system. Find answers, articles and updates on onedoor.cdnis.edu.hk. Need help? Send us a request at onedoor@cdnis.edu.hk. The new support portal allows us to identify trends, collect data, and most importantly, serve you better. Engagement tells us where technology is needed most, allowing us to resolve issues quicker. Better yet, you can now use your parent Google account (@cdnis.hk) to login. Try it now at support.cdnis.edu.hk.

Ordering School Lunch

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

Maxim’s Chef Station Special

Maxims will be hosting a "Chef Station" promotion throughout the month of May, which will see the caterer serve up a Japanese dish every week. The first week of the new month for instance, will feature a Japanese Pork Cutler Curry special. For more information about meal choices, check out this poster.

Environmental News: Green Monday and Foodlink

Maxims, our food services provider, continues working with Green Monday and Foodlink. Foodlink, an NGO, delivers leftovers of certain foods from our cafeteria to local charities, thereby reducing food waste and feeding the needy. In March, CDNIS contributed 99kgs toward this effort. Green Monday, held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, aims to improve personal health and the health of the planet by serving only non-meat-based foods.

Summer Programme Sign Up is Open

CDNIS Summer School has the reputation as the place to be! We're proud of the range of choices and excited about being the Hong Kong host of both the Vienna Boys Choir Summer programme (open to both boys and girls ages 8 - 17), Camp BizSmart direct from Silicon Valley (Ages 11- 16) and the Cambridge Summer School (Ages 15+). Check out the programmes here and sign up today!

Summer Holiday Chinese Programmes in Taipei and Beijing

Activities that are available this year include the Taipei Language A Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (for G4-11 Mandarin A / MHL students); Beijing Language B Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (for G4-11 MFL / MSL students). Details can be found here.

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. Silver is sold out, just the white bottles remain. Happy shopping!

CISPA - SUP at Stanley

Come and join CISPA for lot of fun! Standing-up paddle boarding for parents, tomorrow, Tuesday 2 May, from 9am to 10am at Stanley Main Beach. Contact Lucia Delvita to register, and find more info on the CISPA website.

CISPA Meditation Classes at School

Meditation classes for parents are organised by CISPA every Friday morning at school, from 8:10am-9:10am - meeting point: 7:50am at the 9/F lobby. Please come and join us this Friday May 5! Sharon Leng, a healing therapist and health educator, as well as a CDNIS alumni parent, will guide us through this practice. Please register with Lucia Delvita. More info can be found on CISPA website.

LLAC Marquee

Tuesday, May 2
Grade 7 Parents Coffee Morning
Grade 5 Spotlight Rehearsal - 5A & 5C
USSC Election
LS Strings Rehearsal

Thursday, May 4
Grade 1 Spotlight Rehearsal
Grade 11 Student Film Recording

Friday, May 5
Meditation Class
Grade 11 Assembly
Grade 11 Film Workshop
Grade 5 Spotlight Rehearsal - 5D & 5B
Grade 1 Spotlight Rehearsal

Lower School News

Parent Feedback: Student Led Learning Reviews

Please take a moment to to provide feedback on the Student Led Learning Reviews. Your feedback assists in forward planning regarding the purpose and structure of this event. Please access the form here.

Rec to Prep Transition Parent Presentation

Curious about next year? Do you want to know more about your child's transition from a half day to a full day at school? Please join us at Thursday, May 11 a the Library Pit from 8am - 9am to learn more about how CDNIS is focused on making this transition as smooth as possible for each individual child and family. Please sign up by Friday, May 5. Hope to see you there!

Prep to Gr 1 Transition Parent Presentation

If you have been wondering about the transition from Prep into Gr 1, please join us on Friday, May 12 at 8am - 9am in the Library Pit for a parent presentation to learn more. The Prep and Gr 1 teams along with administration and the PYP Coordinators have been planning this transition and are excited to share the plans for a smooth transition for each child. Please sign up here by Friday, May 5. Hope to see you there!

Macbook Info Session for Grade 3 Parents

Grade 4 students require their own MacBook as part of their learning journey. This is used to develop digital literacy, become real world writers/publishers, and to widen areas of inquiry and collaboration. Current Grade 3 parents are invited to join an information session on Tuesday, May 9 from 6pm-7:30pm in the Library to learn about how the laptop is used in the curriculum and the ordering procedure for 2017/2018 school year. Sign up here.

iPad Info Session for Prep Parents

Grades 1 and 2 students have been using their iPads for their online portfolio to share their learning journey. Next year the 1:1 iPad programme will be extended to Grade 3. Current Prep parents are invited to join an information session on Thursday May 11, from 6pm-7:30pm in the Library to learn more about how the iPad is used in the curriculum and the ordering procedure for 2017/2018 school year. Sign up here.

Talking Mathematics with Dr. Marian Small

Dr. Marian Small will host a parent presentation on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30pm in the Library. Please click here for more information and to RSVP

Upper School News

Grade 12 Students - Best of Luck!

A big shout out to our grade 12 students, who began writing their IB DP exams last Friday, April 28. We wish you all the best of luck and look forward to celebrating your success in the coming weeks. Click here for the full IB DP exam schedule.

Attention Current Grade 7 Parents

Please note that there will be some changes to the Upper School Timetable structure next year, including student choice regarding their Grade 8 Fine Arts course. Parents of Grade 7 students can watch this video to get details, and are invited to attend a Coffee Morning on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30am if they have any questions.

Teen Speak

Do you have a teen or pre-teen in your house who is silent, sometimes moody and tuned out. Wishing you could communicate better with that maturing young adult in your home? Join US counsellors Becky Stewart and Lolita Schmalenberg as they lead a workshop about ways to foster better communication between you and your teen on Monday, May 8 from 5:30pm-8:30pm in the library. Click here to register.

Gr 11: UK Personal Statement Workshops

For those Gr 11 students intending to apply to UK universities, Mr. Aldridge will be holding UK personal statement workshops this week, on Thursday and Friday after school in the Guidance office. All students aplying to the UK are required to attend one of the workshops.

SAT this Saturday

A reminder to Grade 11 students sitting the SAT this Saturday, May 5: please arrive at CDNIS by 7:15am and proceed to the Forum. Please bring your SAT ticket, and two forms of identification from the following: CDNIS student card, HKID, or passport. Other items to bring: at least two #2 pencils, calculator, water bottle, snacks, and a sweater or light cover in case the room is chilly.

Jockey Club Scholarship

The Jockey Club Scholarship is an annual award donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The scholarship will be presented to three Grade 11 students who will be completing Grade 11 in June this year and attending CDNIS in their graduating year. The scholarship will be the Tuition Fee for the 2017/2018 academic year. Criteria for the award include academic achievement as well as leadership and contribution to the CDNIS community. Applicants must submit a signed and completed Application Form by Monday, May 8.

University of Sydney Open House

The University of Sydney will hold an info day for HK students and parents on Sunday, May 7 from 1pm-4pm. It will take place at the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. For more information and to register, visit this site.

Grade 9-11 Exam Schedule

The schedule for Grade 9 - 11 final exams is now available. A more detailed schedule, including specific room assignments for Grade 9 and 10 exams, will follow.


May 1 2017
NO SCHOOL - Labour Day

May 2 2017
Grade 7 Parents Coffee Morning

May 3 2017
NO SCHOOL - Buddha's Birthday

May 3 2017
Parent Endicott Survey Closes

May 8 2017
Jockey Club Scholarship Deadline

May 8 2017
Teen Speak

May 9 2017
Grade 3 MacBook Information Evening

May 11 2017
Prep iPad Information Evening

May 11 2017
Rec to Prep Transition Parent Presentation

May 12 2017
Prep to Gr 1 Transition Parent Presentation

May 24 2017
Talking Mathematics with Dr. Marian Small

June 8 2017
Last Day of School - Students

June 9 2017
Last Day of School - Faculty

June 12 2017
Summer Programme Starts