Flash November 13 2017

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Shelter Drill on November 16 @ 8:25am

Ahead of our CIS visit, we have been increasing our security protocols at the school. On Thursday, November 16 at 8:25am, the school will hold a Shelter Drill. This protocol is initiated when a situation requires the isolation of students/staff/visitors and will involve everyone who is on campus. Any visitors who are on campus during the Shelter Drill will need to take part. Please note no one will be allowed to enter/exit the campus during the Shelter Drill, which will last for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Details about the Shelter Drill are in this letter from HOS David Baird.

ID Badges

Please remember that all non-student members of the CDNIS community are required to present a CDNIS ID Badge when entering the campus and must wear the badge at all times on campus with an official lanyard. Parents/Guardians who forget their cards will be required to sign in as visitors. Any guardians who still need to have their photo taken, can stop by the 9/F office on Friday, November 17 from 2pm-3:30pm. Families which require a guardian badge must fill out this form before their guardian has their photo taken. Parents can have their photo taken in the library for their pass.

Update Following IB Visit

Last week, CDNIS hosted six visitors from the IB for a visit to review our teaching and learning. This visit was part of an important year of reflection and growth for CDNIS  as we complete both the IB Evaluation and an initial CIS/WASC Accreditation. For more information about where we are in both of these processes, see this letter from Jon Adams.

Save the Date: Christmas Cheer with Senior Admin

Parents are invited to join our Senior Leadership Team on Monday, December 4 for some Christmas cheer. It will be for parents only (no children please). The event will be held at Wahtiki Island Lounge @ 3/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central (a block behind behind Mark's and Spencer) from 6pm-7:30pm. Help us to get our numbers right by RSVPing here.

Project Innovate Parents Coffee Morning

Parents learned the joys of robotics through our wonderful student teachers during the recent Project Innovate Coffee Morning. Take a moment to see the fun had by all in this short video. Make sure you join us for our next hands-on Project Innovate Coffee Morning Tuesday, December 5 when we will explore the new Science and Innovation Lab on the 12/F. Please note RSVP will be capped at only 25 parents. Details in the next Flash.

ASA Session 2 Registration

Get in on the action. Registration kicks off Monday, November 20. Check out our new classes including photography, and Reception gymnastics! The CDNIS ASA Programme is open to both CDNIS and non-CDNIS students. Visit the ASA website for all the details. Registration via the Parent Portal will close on Wednesday, December 13.

Timberwolves Equestrian Programme

CDNIS has a strong Equestrian programme, please visit the Timberwolves site to find out all about the training, commitment and experience needed to join the team.  For further information please contact Karma Wilson.

US Elite Level College Admissions

We are always looking for opportunities to provide additional support and guidance to our students and parents as they navigate their way through the college admissions process. We are delighted to welcome to CDNIS in late November, Mr Jim Wickenden, former Princeton University Dean of Admission and founder of Wickenden Associates, and Ms Nancy Kanach, recently retired Senior Associate Dean/Director of International Programs of Princeton University.  For more information regarding this visit and opportunities to meet with Jim and Nancy, please click here​.

Class of 2018: Early Offers to UK Universities

Members of the Class of 2018 are continuing to receive great news from various leading UK schools. Take a moment to review the offers our students have received so far (as of November 9). And remember to watch this space for further updates!

Yearbook Cover Contest

Our Yearbook Club is holding a school-wide competition for Yearbook Cover 2018. The title this year is "Year of Dog". You will also have the chance to win a prize! For more information, please see this poster or email Iris Chang. Deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018. You may email your submission or pass a digital file/hard copy in person in Room 519 or 929. Looking forward to receiving your submissions. Good luck!

CDNIS Appathon - CDNIS First Coding Competition

Want to change the world through technology and turn your big ideas into an app? Fill in this form to join the CDNIS Appathon! Mentors will be assigned and all apps built will be submitted to AppJamming, an Asian competition and Technovation, a world wide competition to encourage girls in coding. Deadline for app submission is January 22, 2018. Contact John Stringer or Vivian Fung for details.

Tickets Tickets Tickets

Tickets for the Upper School's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee go on sale Monday, November 13 and are $100 each. Performances will be November 30 and December 1 at 7pm. Please note this show may not be suitable for Lower School students due to mature content. Get your tickets on the LLAC website.

Win Tickets to the US Musical and More!

Submit your words (real or made-up) with funny definitions (even better if they relate to CDNIS or Hong Kong) here by November 20 for a chance to win tickets to the musical or other prizes. For example: Word: Octopus. Definition: Large tentacled sea creature... or... a means to ride the MTR, buy noodles or get a 10-minute haircut.

CDNIS Gets Social

While The Flash is your one-stop spot to learn about what is going on at CDNIS, don't forget to check out (and share!) what goes on at CDNIS via our social media channels. CDNIS can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and SnapChat. Did you miss our epic Halloween celebrations? Curious to find out who won the Staff vs. Students Vollleyball game or how our students got engaged locally and globally during their Experience Week trips? Or do you want to see who had more fun building robots during our Project Innovate Parents Coffee Morning? Visit our social media pages to find out!

Second Term School Tuition Fee Deadline

The 2017/18 second term tuition fee was due on Tuesday, October 31. Invoices are posted to the Parent Portal under NetClassroom>Billing. For any parents who wish to pay the tuition fee through direct debit arrangement, please take a moment to fill out this Direct Debit Authorization Form from HSBC. Any inquiries can be directed to our Accounts Department.

CISPA - Goes to Da Fen

Please join us on Tuesday, November 14 to explore the artworks in Da Fen. Need something framing? Looking for something to adorn your walls? Need art supplies? Da Fen has it all. If you would like to know, contact Clare Arnold.

CISPA - Outreach Committee Meeting: November 21

Please join us for Outreach's third meeting of this academic year. A great chance to learn what Outreach does. We will be meeting at 6pm at One Island South on Tuesday, November 21. Please contact Clare Arnold if you would like to come along.

CISPA - It is Not Too Late! Volunteer at the Family Fun Fair 2017: A Winter Wonderland

There are many committees who are working hard to make this a memorable event. They would love some help to sort books, put up posters, set up for the fair, and the list goes on. If you have just 30 minutes to spare on the day or plenty of time to dedicate beforehand, please complete this link. Questions? Contact CISPA.

CISPA - Looking for Australian, New Zealander and Scandinavian Foodies

The International Food Fair at the Family Fun Fair will have food from around the world including; Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Indian, Russian and Israel. And we're still looking for those from the following countries to help at their country tables; Australia/New Zealand, and Sweden/Scandinavian countries. Come volunteer, it's a great way to meet other CDNIS parents. Please email Amy Ng if you are interested.

CISPA - Mindfulness Sessions @ New Location

All parents are invited to join in mindfulness sessions with Susan Hargreaves, which take place weekly every Friday from 8:15am – 9:30am. New Location as of November 3 is 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, with onsite parking available. Please contact Lucia Delvita to sign up or get more information.

CISPA - Find your Lost Property in November

The next display of lost property shall be on Friday, November 24 from 7:30am to 1pm at 6/F Bridge. If you can help sort the lost property bins on Wednesday, November 22 from 7:30am, please contact Clare Arnold.

CISPA - Let's Get Festive with the Annual Tree Trimming

Please join us from 10am-12noon on November 25 to decorate the giant Christmas tree on the 9/F. Hang baubles, write a letter to Father Christmas, eat, drink (hot chocolate) and be merry! RSVP using sign up so that we can cater accordingly.

CISPA - Invites You to Dance

All levels welcome, whether you are an absolute beginner or need to polish up your moves. Tentative Dates: November 17, December 1, January 12...with more dates to follow through to May 2018. Please contact Lucia Delvita for more details


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Tuesday, Nov 14: Marian Small Mathematics Parent Workshop
Wednesday, Nov 15: Parenting Talk - Sensory Processing Disorder, US Musical Rehearsal
Thursday, Nov 16: CISPA Board Meeting
Friday, Nov 17: Poetry Slam, US Musical Rehearsal
Saturday, Nov 18: US Musical Rehearsal

Lower School News

Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Lower School: Meeting the Needs of all Learners

Dr. Marian Small will host a parent presentation on Tuesday, November 14 from 8am - 9am in the LLAC Lobby. Please click here for more information and to RSVP.

Marian Small: Wednesday Evening Session Cancelled

Please note that due to a low number of RSVPs the Wednesday, November 15 Marion Small session has been cancelled. The Tuesday session, Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Lower School: Meeting the Needs of all Learners, will continue as planned.

Parenting Talk: Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder: Wednesday, November 15 @ 8am-9:30am at LLAC. Have you noticed that your child finds everyday tasks challenging? Is easily distracted? Finds it challenging to sit still for a short while? These are just some of the symptoms which might stand out to you. In this parenting talk, Lorena Kastner will provide an understanding of SPD and strategies for you to understand and assist your child. RSVP.

Attention Pre Reception to Prep Parents: Parent Workshop

Please join us on Tuesday, November 21, 8am-9am at LLAC for a talk by Ms Lisa Kipfer, LS Vice Principal and Ms Shelly Chutke, LS Counsellor on Resilience, Kelso's choices, Student Support and Coping Strategies, Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation. Please RSVP.

Lower School House Days

Show your house spirit by participating in the Lower School House Days around the middle Friday of each month. Students can wear their PE uniforms and sit with others from their Houses at lunch. It’s an enjoyable and positive way to connect and build House community and we look forward to a full showing of colours at the first Lower School House Day on Friday, ​November 17.

Attention: Pre Reception AM and Reception AM Parents

Please note that Pre Reception AM and Reception AM students do not come to school on Friday, November 24. This is to allow for staff professional development and to be equitable for all students as the PM classes will not have school due to the early dismissal ahead of the Christmas Break on Wednesday, December 13.

Upper School News

Habitat for Humanity - Philippines Build Trip

Only two weeks until Habitat’s annual build trip! The trip will take place from November 29 to December 3, allowing students aged 15+ the opportunity to build houses in the Philippines and make a difference for those living in substandard housing. Visit our Facebook page to view photos of last year’s Thailand trip. Be sure to stay updated with our page for further information about the trip.

University visits this week

The following universities will be visiting CDNIS this week (all visits take place in Upper School Guidance, 5/F, unless otherwise noted: Hong Kong University (HKU) - Monday, November 13 @ 12:15pm and University of Queensland, St Leo's College - Thursday, November 16 @ 12:15pm.


Nov 14, 2017
Parent Talk - Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Lower School

Nov 14, 2017
CISPA goes to Da Fen

Nov 15, 2017
Parent Talk - Sensory Processing Disorder

Nov 17, 2017
CISPA Ballroom Dancing

Nov 17, 2017
CISPA Mindfulness Session

Nov 20, 2017
LS Musical Auditions

Nov 21, 2017
LS Musical Auditions

Nov 21, 2017
2nd Annual CDNIS Golf Day

Nov 21, 2017
Parent Workshop - Pre Reception to Prep Parents

Nov 22, 2017
CISPA - Lost Property Bin Sorting

Nov 22, 2017
LS Musical Auditions

Nov 23, 2017
LS Musical Auditions

Nov 23, 2017
US Report Cards Published

Nov 24, 2017
Dress Down Day (DDD)

Nov 24, 2017
Pre Reception AM and Reception Classes AM - NO SCHOOL

Nov 24, 2017
Lost Property on Display

Nov 25, 2017
Annual Tree Trimming

Nov 30, 2017
US Musical

Dec 1, 2017
US Musical

Dec 4, 2017
Christmas Cheer with Senior Admin

Dec 6, 2017
US Parent/Teacher Conferences

Dec 7, 2017
US Parent/Teacher Conferences

Dec 8, 2017
US Winter Concert

Dec 13, 2017
Early Dismissal Day @ 11am

Jan 2, 2018