Flash May 22 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 catch up with CDNIS alumna Wendy Li who was a member of the inaugural graduating class. We find out what she has been up to since graduating from CDNIS and why she choose to enrol her child at CDNIS.

Project Innovate

CDNIS has been pushing the boundaries of innovation since it was established in 1991. For the last 25 years, an exceptional culture of innovative practice has flourished at the school, across all areas of learning. For those parents who were unable to attend the Coffee Morning last week about Project Innovate, you will find information about the whole-school initiative on our school website.

Annual Giving Campaign

CDNIS has re-launched the Annual Giving Campaign, and is seeking donations, large and small, to help support programmes and new opportunities for the school's community. Click here to read a letter by iHOS David Baird, as he shares more details about the new initiative.

Sun Bus - Registration Now Open

CDNIS will be working with a new school bus provider, Sun Bus, starting August 2017. The school has shared all parent feedback received regarding the school bus service with Sun Bus. Please see the welcome letter from Sun Bus here. As in past years, and to help Sun Bus to properly plan for the required service and routes, parents MUST register their children for the school bus service before Friday, June 30, in order to guarantee seating. Please click here for online registration starting at 12noon today.

Summer Programme Sign Up is Open

CDNIS Summer School has the reputation as the place to be! This Summer we are exited to offer new classes such as Innovation Lab(7-13yrs), Merry Mandarin(3-5yrs), Young Mad Scientists (10-13yrs) and IOS App Development (12+) Check out the programmes here and sign up today! The summer brochure is also on the CDNIS mobile app!

ASA registration for Session 1 17/18

Ready, Set... Register! Enrolment for Session 1 2017-2018 starts today. The Session 1 Brochure is available on the CDNIS App and the ASA Website. We are happy to announce Top Flight as our new basketball provider as well as new activities such as filmmaking, Drama/Musical Theatre for Upper School and computer coding for kids! Registration ends on June 16th.

Save the Date - CDNIS Golf Day

Join us for the 2nd Annual CDNIS Golf Day on Tuesday, November 21 at Shek O Country Club. All funds raised will go to support the CDNIS Annual Giving Campaign. Details will be released soon. Enjoy a great afternoon of golf and all skill levels are welcome. Watch this space!

Speaker Request (Finance or HR)

The US Guidance Office would love to hear from any parent who feels able and willing to speak in a keynote address and/or workshop for the grad class around topics of budgeting/finance and developing a compelling resume. Sessions would be Wednesday, May 31. Please contact Rob Aldridge.

Fifth Annual CDNIS Student Film Festival

The Film Department is proud to present the 5th annual CDNIS Student Film Festival "LUMIERE" on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm in the LLAC. It's a great opportunity for the Grade 12s to share some of the quality work they've done over the past two years in the IB Diploma Programme. The Grade 11s will also present some of the excellent films they've been working on.

Wanted: Lego and Duplo

Do you have bucket loads of Lego and Duplo that your kids no longer play with?! Well our Makers programme would love more Lego and Dulpo. Lego and Duplo are some of the best educational tools kids can use for creative design and invention, especially when it is mashed with new technologies. If you can donate a little or a lot, it would be a highly treasured resource for our students... so have your kids go dig through that mountain in their bedrooms now! Collections on the 9/F.

No School - Tuesday, May 30

Please note there is no school for students and staff on Tuesday, May 30 due to the Tuen Ng holiday.

Testimonials for New Website

The new CDNIS website is currently being beta tested and the school is aiming to launch it in the coming weeks. The main homepage will feature a section dedicated to testimonials by our community. We would greatly appreciate it if students, staff and parents alike could fill in this Google Form, and provide us with a short testimonial about CDNIS. In addition, it would be great if you could send us a picture of yourself to accompany your testimonial – please send this to Clement Huang. Questions may also be directed to Clement Huang.

Important Library Dates

As the end of the year is quickly approaching there are some important Library dates to note. May 19 is the last date to check out books. On May 26 all books must be returned for inventory. We appreciate your help with getting everything back to the library on time! You can still read e-books over the summer via OverDrive, Big Universe and TumbleBooks! Check out this blog post for details.

25th Anniversary Whole School Photo

The 25th Anniversary Whole School Photo is on sale! Families interested in purchasing it may do so by filling in the attached order form, and sending it to Techni Photo. The address is included in the attachment.

Ordering School Lunch

The May and June lunch order forms, as well as the May and June lunch menus are attached. They can also be found on the CDNIS mobile app under Contacts-CDNIS Brochures-Cafeteria. Please contact Maxim's directly for more information.

Maxims Food and Cafeteria Survey

Have your say about the food your child eats and what food options you would like to see offered at the school via Maxim's survey. Your feedback will assist Maxims in providing the services and products you would like to see at school. Staff and students are asked to fill the survey out, but parents may also take part on behalf of their child.

Summer Travels Postcard and Teddy Bear Adventures

Back by popular demand, it's the CDNIS Summer Travels Postcard and Teddy Bear Adventures! Last summer, the CDNIS Teddy Bear collected a lot of stamps in his passport over the summer - Norway, Abu Dhabi, Iceland and more! Wherever you are this summer, drop us a postcard at: CDNIS Summer Travels 2017, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong or take a picture (tell us where the picture was taken) and email it to us. We will post all the postcards and images on a BIG world map when school resumes.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, May 22
Pre-Reception Spotlight Rehearsal
Grade 10 History
Film Festival Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 24
Prep Celebration Rehearsal
Graduation Preparation and Rehearsal
Film Festival

Friday, May 26
Lower School Student Council Elections

Lower School News

Marian Small Evening Session on May 24: Transportation

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. A bus will leave for CDNIS at 5:30pm from the GPO (Central), 5:35pm from the Admiralty MTR (Exit A) and 5:42pm at the Wong Chuk Hang MTR (Exit A2). At 8:45pm a bus will leave for Wong Chuk Hong, the Golden Dragon (Morrison Hill Road), Admiralty MTR and the GPO.

DDD Friday

This week's DDD theme is "dress as your favourite animal" with all proceeds being donated to the NGO Kristen's Zoo.

Lower School Transition Day

Progression to the next grade marks an emotional time for many of our students, as they say goodbye to their fellow classmates and teachers. To ease them through the process, CDNIS is offering a 'Transition Day' on Thursday, June 1 for all grades from Pre Reception to Grade 5. Please check out this letter by our Lower School Counsellors to learn more about what students and parents can experience from the day itself.

Rec and Prep Parents - Feedback about Transition Presentations

Thank you to the parents that took time away from busy schedules to join us for the Transition Workshops (Rec to Prep and Prep to Rec). Please let us know how we can improve these presentations for next school year and any additional questions you may have so we can answer them early next school year. Thank you in advance for filling out this 5 minute survey. Here is the survey.

Attention Prep and Grade 3 Parents: iPad and MacBook

Students who will be in Grade 1 and Grade 4 next year require their own iPad (Grade 1) or MacBook (Grade 4) as part of their learning journey. Parents may order these items now. Detailed information of the 1:1 iPad and MacBook programmes and online ordering procedures can be found right here. Please order your devices by Wednesday, May 31.

Application Deadline for 2018/2019 School Year

Please note the application deadline for Pre Reception to Grade 2 has been brought forward to Saturday, October 14, 2017 for 2018/2019 school entry. Admissions assesments for the aforementioned grades will begin in December of the preceding school year for applicants who successfully apply on or before October 14. Please contact the Admissions Office via email or by phone (2240 6363) for further assistance or information.

Upper School News

Gr 11: registration deadline for Sept ACT

As noted elsewhere in this week's US Flash, CDNIS will now host the ACT for our students beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Please note that the registration deadline for the September 9 ACT is August 4, prior to students' return to school. To register, visit www.act.org.

CDNIS is now an official ACT Test Centre!

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, CDNIS will host the ACT, as we have the SAT, exclusively for our students. Dates, registration deadlines, and when one should consider sitting either test may be found in this document. Differences between the two tests, and how to decide which to sit, may be found in this document. See your guidance counsellor if you have questions.

Upcoming University Visits

The US Guidance Team is pleased to advise the following visitors to CDNIS (Parents and students welcome): University of Guelph, Canada Monday, May 22 at 2:30pm in Room 510. Students and parents welcome.

Live Stream of Graduation

Do you have a child graduating this year, and would you like friends and family overseas to see the Graduation Ceremony? We will once again be streaming the ceremony live on Friday, May 26, 7pm Hong Kong time. The stream is available on the CDNIS Ustream channel, where you can also see last year's ceremony.


May 22 2017
Athletics Awards Banquet

May 23 2017

May 24 2017
Grade 2 Sports Day

May 24 2017
Talking Mathematics with Dr. Marian Small

May 25 2017
Grade 9-11 Exams Begin

May 26 2017
Lower School Dress Down Day

May 26 2017

May 30 2017
NO SCHOOL - Tuen Ng Holiday

June 2 2017
Lower School Transition Day

June 8 2017
Upper School Dress Down Day

June 8 2017
Last Day of School - Students

June 9 2017
Last Day of School - Faculty

June 12 2017
Summer Programme Starts