Flash October 30 2017

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Security Badges

We have been increasing our security protocols at the school. Not only is this to ensure we are in good shape for our IB/CIS visits, but most importantly, to ensure effective safeguards are in place for our students. Please take a moment to read David Baird's letter about Security ID badges and Student Pick-Up Cards, which will come into effect Monday, November 6. Families which require a guardian pass must fill out this form before their helper/driver/grandparent has their photo taken.

Guardian ID Passes - Photo Sessions Extended

Thank you to all guardians who came to the school last week to have their photo taken for their ID card. Any guardians who still need to have their photo taken, can stop by the library this week, Monday to Friday, at the following times: 10:15am-10:45am, 11:30am-12noon or 2pm-2:30pm. Families which require a guardian pass must fill out this form before their guardian has their photo taken. Passes can be collected from the library one week after a photo has been taken.

Student Pick-Up Cards

All parents whose children are in Pre Reception to Grade 1 will receive two student pick-up cards. Starting Monday, November 6, anyone who is picking up a Pre Reception to Grade 1 child from the school or off the school bus will be required to present a Student Pick-Up card. If a parent/guardian does not have the card when collecting a child, they will be asked to provide photo identification. Further details are in David Baird's letter.

Class of 2018: Early Offers to UK Universities

Just days after the UK application deadline, members of the Class of 2018 UK applicants received offers from the following universities: King's College London (6+1 Gap student), Newcastle University (1), The University of Edinburgh (1), University of Bristol (1), University of Nottingham (1), University of Exeter (4), University of Leeds (1), University of Lincoln (1), University of Surrey (3), University of Southampton (1),  and University of York (1). So many offers so soon in the year is amazing and speaks to our great students. We will continue to update you in the weeks ahead.

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​.

Attention Grade 3-11 Parents: Pathways to Success Evening

Save-the-date for the US Guidance "Pathways to Success" presentation on Thursday, November 9 @ 6:30pm in the LLAC. During this evening, counsellors will outline the Guidance programme in US and discuss goal setting, academic planning and service and extra-curricular opportunities related to universities and careers. The presentation is most relevant to US Parents, but interested LS parents are also welcome. Please see next week’s Flash for registration.

Important Reminder: Parent Supervision at The Terry Fox Run

We hope many students and parents will join the 2017 Terry Fox Run on Saturday, November 4. Please note CDNIS is not providing student supervision at this event. All Lower School and Gr 7 and 8 students must have an accompanying adult. You can register online using this guide. Please complete the bus signup form to ride the CDNIS bus from Causeway Bay to the Run. Deadline is Thursday at 12noon. Thank you.

Buy a T-shirt in Support of the Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox is a heroic Canadian who ran 42km a day for over three months to raise money for cancer research. Today, over $750 million has been raised worldwide in Terry’s name. Show your support for the 2017 Terry Fox Run by purchasing a t-shirt - proceeds will fund local cancer research. Details on how to order a t-shirt are found right here.

International Mindedness @ CDNIS

International Mindedness (IM) is a vital concept in all IB schools from PYP to MYP to DP. While vital, the IBO does not provide a concrete definition of IM, preferring schools to come up with their own definition that suits their context, purpose, or aims. Like most schools, CDNIS has developed its own multi-layered definition of IM to best capture its nuances in context. Take a moment to learn about the five pathways for the CDNIS community to pursue International Mindedness by clicking here.

IB Evaluation Visit

On November 6-8, the International Baccalaureate will send a team to evaluate the implementation of all three IB programmes at CDNIS. An important part of this visit is an opportunity to meet with parents to discuss the IB at CDNIS. Thank you to all the parents who signed up. For more information about the visit or to ask any questions, please email Jon Adams.

Project Innovate Parents Coffee Morning

Roll-up your sleeves and get ready for some hands-on learning. Please join us for our Project Innovate Parents Coffee in the LLAC Lobby from 7:30am-8:30am on Tuesday, November 7. Take part in the Robotics Workshop led by Viv Fung, Darrell Sharp and Makky Fung. Please RSVP here.

Taking Action @ CDNIS

Talks by US students about refugee support to Grade 5 students, knowing your world flags, fundraising with sustainability in mind for Green Halloween by the LS Roots & Shoots Club, raising awareness with Habitat For Humanity's bake-sale... read all about how CDNIS students are taking action for causes they hold dear on our "Taking Action website" - "Stories" page.

HFH Paint Your House

Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce that our annual fundraising event will take place from November 6 to November 10. Here are videos of the event from previous years. To see how the funds are used view the photos of last year’s trip to build houses in Thailand on our Facebook page. The event is open to all primary students; further information can be found here.

ISSFHK Season 1 Finals Week and Planning for Season 2

A super successful Season 1 comes to an end this week with ISSFHK Finals Week. For the finals schedule for Volleyball and Football see the Timberwolves site. Season 1 finish means Season 2 is about to start. For the try out schedule and practice/game schedule please check out this summary.

Tickets Tickets Tickets

Tickets for the Upper School Musical go on sale Monday, November 13 and are just $100 each. Please note the show might not be for all due to the mature themes involving puberty, hormones and teenage angst! Action from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" dress rehearsals can be found on the CDNIS Facebook page. The show takes place November 30-December 1.

New Pricing on Business Club Merchandise

New pricing! The Upper School student-run Business Club is looking to order new merchandise, but first they need to clear out their current stock. Prices have been slashed on all items - compact umbrella ($150), pennants ($20 or $10), drawstring bags ($50 or $70) and presentation folders ($10). Order your items here. Payment can be dropped off at the 9/F office. Items will be delivered to homerooms.

Second Term School Tuition Fee Deadline

The 2017/18 second term tuition fee is 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 - Ticket Sale, Volunteers Needed, Prizes Sought

Join the Family Fun Fair on Sunday, November 26 from 11am-4pm. Tickets on sale in the 9/F lobby Halloween morning for $120. Volunteer: If you have 30 minutes+ to spare on the day of the FFF, please volunteer to help with stalls and games. Sign up at here http://signup.com/go/QwOUMOC. Doante: If you have access to prizes big or small, please contact Sabrina McGuire, Anita Shum or Grady Lam.

CISPA - 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 click this link. Questions? Contact CISPA.

CISPA - Food Around the World

The International Food Fair at the Family Fun Fair this year is looking for volunteers, it's a good opportunity to meet other parents from your home country. We are looking for help with the following tables: Hong Kong, Taiwan/China, Australia/New Zealand, India, Russia, Israel, Scandinavia and India. Come get involved at one of the fair's most popular sections! Email Amy Ng. Thanks in advance.

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Monday, Oct 30: Grade 2 Spotlight Rehearsal, US Music Rehearsal
Tuesday, Oct 31: Prep C - Class Party, US Musical Rehearsal
Wednesday, Nov 1: Grade 2 Spotlight Rehearsal
Thursday, Nov 2: Grade 2 Spotlight Rehearsal, US Musical Rehearsal
Friday, Nov 3: Meditation Sessions for Parents at School, Special Seussical Sessions

Lower School News

Parent Presentation: 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 and Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30pm-8pm in the LLAC Lobby. Please click here for more information and to RSVP.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off To Camp, Grade 6 Go!  

Yes, it is true! Grade 6 Camp will be here before you know it! Come and find out more about your child's adventures, what they need to bring, what they will do, eat, learn and how they will survive and have fun away from home and electronics! Join us for the parent information session on Wednesday, November 1 at 8am in the Library Pit.

Parent Meeting: Seussical the Musical

Parents of Grades 3-6 students interested in auditioning for the school musical, are invited to attend an important parent meeting for information about the audition process, rehearsal schedule, and expectations for cast members. The meetings run from 3:40pm-4pm on the following Fridays: November 3 (LLAC Theatre), or November 10 (LLAC 613). You need only attend one meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kimberly Butler.

Box of Hope

CDNIS is once again supporting the charity "Box of Hope", which aims to provide educational and fun gifts for children in need throughout Asia. Collection Week for 2017 is November 6-10. A drop-off area will be set up in the 9/F Lobby. Please refer to this link for details.

Upper School News

Meet the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) in Hong Kong

Dr. Gavan and Dr. Popescu will be assessing students' portfolios and providing feedback. They will also be lecturing about courses on Thursday, November 2 from 6:30pm-8pm at the TKP Conference Centre, Euro Trade Centre, 23/F 21-23 Des Voeux Rd Central. Kindly register your attendance.

Registration Deadline for the ACT

The deadline for the December 9 ACT is drawing near: Friday, November 3. Registration is simple and available through the online site, ACT. Students must create a free ACT web account. As CDNIS is an 'unlisted' test centre only students currently enrolled in CDNIS may register under the school's code. Please contact Ms. Lolita Schmalenberg directly if you are planning to sit this standardized test.

SAT Registration Deadline

The registration deadline for the December 2 SAT at CDNIS is Thursday, November 2. To register, your child should visit The College Board website and/or speak with his or her Guidance Counsellor.


Oct 31, 2017

Oct 31, 2017
Second Term School Tuition Fee Deadline

Nov 1, 2017
Grade 6 Camp Parent Meeting

Nov 4, 2017
Terry Fox Run

Nov 6, 2017
Grade 2 Spotlight

Nov 6, 2017
CISPA Welcome Committee: Cycling Day Trip from Shatin to Tai Po

Nov 7, 2017
Parent Coffee Morning - Project Innovate

Nov 7, 2017
Grade 2 Spotlight

Nov 10, 2017
Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University

Nov 21, 2017
2nd Annual CDNIS Golf Day