Flash November 20 2017

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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.

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.

School Uniforms - Time to Update

The CDNIS school uniform has gone through a few minor changes over the years and we will once again be looking to revamp the uniform ahead of the 2019/2020 school year.  The planned changes are based on input from relevant stakeholders and will continue to reflect the current identity of the school. To learn more, please read this letter.

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. RSVP here.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth - Missed the Presention?

To provide additional testing options for CDNIS students, Johns Hopkins CTY will offer the following paper-based School and College Ability Test (SCAT) session for students in Grades 2-8 at CDNIS on Tuesday, December 5 from 3:15pm-4:30pm. Fee: USD$156. Location: TBD. RSVP here.

Mindfulness and Wellbeing Parent Morning

"Let's Talk About Mindfulness" a presentation on Tuesday, November 28 from 8am-9:30am in the LLAC by Cathy Ziengs MBSR Teacher, Mindfulness Facilitator. Learn why mindfulness concepts and practices are being introduced to enhance well-being for students and teachers, and how can parents engage too. Please wear something comfortable. RSVP here.

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 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 universities. Take a moment to review the offers our students have received so far (as of November 16). And remember to watch this space for further updates!

ISSFHK Champions

Congratulations to the Boys Senior Swim Team who were crowned ISSFHK champions last week! Check out the Timberwolves website for all the gold, silver and bronze details.

New Student Bus Passes

New bus passes for students who have paid for the school bus service will be issued this week and come into effect Monday, November 27. Passes will be distributed by homeroom teachers November 16 to 24. If your child takes the school bus but has not been given a new pass, please contact Tracia Yeung

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 on 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.

Yearbook Cover Contest

Our Yearbook Club is holding a school-wide competition for Yearbook Cover 2018. The title this year is "Year of the Dog". YThere will be a prize for the winner! 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!

Blocking of Emergency Vehicles

Recently, emergency services vehicles have reported cases of congestion along Nam Long Shan Road. While we always encourage students/parents to use the school bus service in order to reduce the number of private vehicles along Nam Long Shan Road, we understand that some families prefer to use private vehicles. We kindly ask that if you do drive, please do not block public driveways. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Bus Schedules, Lunch Menus and More

If you are looking for the shuttle bus schedule, curious as to what is on the lunch menu this week, or want to review the Lower School Grade Level Guides, look no further than the Brochures section of the main school website. All school brochures are uploaded and shared right here.

Fever and Mask Policy

CDNIS strictly enforces the Fever Free Policy, as recommended by the Centre for Health Protection. Therefore, students who are sick or feverish should not be in school whether they are wearing a mask or not. Pre Rec to Grade 2 students should be fever free for 48 hours and Grade 3 and above students should be fever free for 24 hours before they can resume school. Please contact the nurse with questions.

25th Anniversary Commemorative Book

This beautiful coffee table book tells the story of Canadian International School of Hong Kong's first 25 years, from the first campus on Eastern Hospital Road up through to today. Filled with lots of photos, it's an important keepsake for current families, faculty, staff, alumni, Governor's, Members - anyone who has been part of CDNIS. If you would like a copy, please pick up a copy from the 9/F office.

Alumni Winter Reception

Calling all alumni! Join us for our annual Alumni Winter Reception on Thursday, December 21 at Billidarts in Wan Chai. Are you looking to get involved at CDNIS? We would love to hear from you! Contact Alumni Coordinator Chris Niem for details.

I Bake You Bake We All Bake to Support the Scout Bake Sale

The 1st Hong Kong Canadian Scout Group is asking for your generous help to donate yummy baked goods to help make our Bake Sale table a success! Cupcakes, muffins, whole cakes, scones, pies... you name it and be creative. For details, click here or email Scouter Yvonne Cheang if you have questions. See you on Sunday, November 26.

CISPA - Family Fun Fair 2017: Volunteers Needed

It is not too late to volunteer to help at Winter Wonderland. Please complete to sign up. Questions? Please contact Sabrina Maguire.

CISPA - Tree Trimming and Christmas Carol Sing-a-long!

Join us on Saturday, November 25 from 10am to 12noon on the 9/F to decorate the giant tree. There will also be a craft, a letter to Santa station and delicious home made goodies. And “spontaneous” Christmas carol sing-a-longs at 10:45am and again at 11:30am. Song sheets will be provided, we just need carolers!

CISPA - Outreach Committee Meeting

Please join us for Outreach's third meeting of this academic year, which will be 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 - Find your Lost Property in November

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

CISPA - Mindfulness Sessions

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

CISPA - Invites You to Dance

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

CISPA - Now on Instagram

Follow us on cispa_hk for insta-worthy photos of CISPA activities!

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Nov 20: US Musical Rehearsal
Tuesday, Nov 21: Early Year Parent Workshop, US Musical Rehearsal
Wednesday, Nov 22: Student Advisory, US Musical Rehearsal
Thursday, Nov 23: CDNIS Talks, US Musical Rehearsal
Friday, Nov 24: US Musical Rehearsal
Saturday, Nov 25: US Musical Tech Weekend

Lower School News

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.

Making Math Fun

Last week, CDNIS welcomed back Dr. Marian Small who worked with staff and parents all week on how to teach math more effectively. In case you missed her parent session, you can review Dr. Small's presentation here.

November 24 Dress Down Day

Our Lower School Dress Down Day theme this month is your future/dream job! The money collected will be donated to Kids4Kids. This is one of our house charities that help children reach their goals. They are focused on literacy development and youth empowerment.

Friday Fun in the Forum

Grade 3-6 Students: Do you like to sing? Dance? Tell jokes? Join the PA Department's Friday Fun in the Forum on DDD from 11:10am-11:35am. The next event takes place on Friday, November 24. Please complete the sign up form to participate. All performers must donate $20 to perform with proceeds going to the DDD charity sponsored that week.

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.

Lower School Student Leadership Workshop

We are excited to offer LEAP 2018, (Leadership, Education and Action Program) on January 30 and February 5. Grade 4-6 students (including those who participated last year) who want to develop their leadership skills and interact with our House NGOs should apply. Students can find application forms at 9F Reception and the application deadline is December 1.

Upper School News

Habitat for Humanity - Annual Build Trip

We leave next week for CDNIS 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. Stay updated with our page for further information about the trip.

Internal University Deadlines

Just a quick reminder to students and parents that Friday, December 1 is the internal deadline for all university applications not yet submitted. The exceptions to this are Art & Design applications with a portfolio requirement and later deadline, and also Australian university applications.

University of Warwick Public Seminar

The University of Warwick is holding a public info session at the British Council at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 23. Seats need to be reserved and you can do so with this online form.

University Visits This Week

The following universities will be visiting CDNIS in the near future. All visits will take place in US Guidance (5/F) unless otherwise noted. University of Toronto - Monday, November 20 at 3pm. 


Nov 20, 2017
ASA Session 2 Registration Opens

Nov 20, 2017
LS Musical Auditions

Nov 21, 2017
2nd Annual CDNIS Golf Day

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

Nov 21, 2017
CISPA Outreach Committee Meeting

Nov 21, 2017
LS Musical Auditions

Nov 22, 2017
LS Musical Auditions

Nov 22, 2017
Lost Property Bin Sorting

Nov 23, 2017
LS Musical Auditions

Nov 23, 2017
US Report Cards Published

Nov 24, 2017
Lost Property on Display

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

Nov 24, 2017
Dress Down Day (DDD)

Nov 24, 2017
CISPA Mindfulness Session

Nov 25, 2017
CISPA Annual Christmas Tree Decoration and sing-a-long

Nov 26, 2017
Family Fun Fair: A Winter Wonderland

Nov 30, 2017
US Musical

Dec 1, 2017
US Musical

Dec 4, 2017
Christmas Cheer with Senior Admin

Dec 5, 2017
Parents Coffee Morning - Project Innovate

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

Dec 13, 2017
ASA Session 2 Registration Closes

Jan 2, 2018