Flash August 20 2018

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All School news

Reminder - Chinese Studies New Parents Coffee Morning Today

The Chinese Studies new parents coffee morning takes place from 7:30am-8:30am today in the LLAC Lobby. Director of Chinese Penny Pan will give a talk on the CDNIS Chinese programme and answer any questions over coffee and pastries. No sign-up is needed, just come over after dropping off your children.

2018/2019 Start of School Guide - It's Here!

The 2018/2019 Start of School Guide can be found in the School Brochures section of the the main school website. Everything you need to know - uniforms, bussing and more - all these details are in the Start of School Guide. Questions, email Winnie McCarthy for the Lower School or Winnie Kong for the Upper School.

2018-2019 Parent Information Handbook

The 2018-2019 Parent Information Handbook is available now under the School Brochures section of the main school website. Everything you need to know - the school calendar, how to order uniforms, bussing details, CDNIS acronyms and more - can be found in the guide. A hard copy will be sent home to each family this week.

Bus Changes

For those of you whose children use the school bus service, if your child takes a different bus due to an ASA or another school related activity, please let KCM know by sending them a quick email. While the school does share the names of children registered in ASAs with KCM, it would also be helpful for parents to let KCM know as well if their child is not taking their normal 2:35pm bus. Thank you for your cooperation. Parents are also welcome to use the school bus service, with priority going to those volunteering at the school.

Parent ID Passes

New parents are welcome to stop by the 10/F library the next time they are on campus to have their photo taken for their Parent ID pass. Cards will be ready approximately two weeks after your photo has been taken. Parents must wear their Parent ID pass at all times when they are on campus. This is for security reasons, and all adults present in school are required to display their ID pass with the correct colour lanyard. Parents with old red lanyards can get a new blue ones at the 9/F office.

Guardian ID Passes

All adults on campus are required to wear an identification badge and ensure it is clearly visible at all times. This includes helpers and grandparents who are in school to pick up students. For families who have changed helpers, please return the old guardian ID pass to the main office and have your new helper apply for a new one. For returning and new families who require guardian ID passes, please fill out this application form. Guardians can have their photos taken for their ID pass tentatively the week of August 27. Please read Flash next week for details.

Dengue Fever in Hong Kong

As some of you may have heard, the Lion Rock Country Park has been closed for 30 days to clear mosquitoes due to reported cases of Dengue Fever in Hong Kong. The Dengue virus is spread by several species of mosquitoes of the Aedes genus. At the school, we will take an active role in monitoring areas around the campus and will keep in contact with Health Authorities for further steps, if necessary.  Meanwhile, all our teachers are taking additional precautions when planning outside field trips. Here is a link for additional information on Dengue.

Local & Global Engagement: what we do

We are really pleased to share with you our annual 2017-2018 year-end community report for Local & Global Engagement at CDNIS. This report includes how we practice experiential & environmental education, service learning and international mindedness in Hong Kong and beyond. We look forward to this new school year as we aim even higher!

Update on Environmental Sustainability at CDNIS

In the 2017-2018 school year, we reduced our energy consumption by 3.9% through the use of awareness campaigns and the Winter AC policy, compared to the 2016-2017 school year! You can always see how we are doing by accessing the CDNIS Entrak website with the username "cdnisuser", password "cdnis888". Interested in environmental issues? Contact Smriti Safaya.

CDNIS Timberwolves Sport Programme at the Starting Line

We are proud of our Timberwolves Sports programme at CDNIS. To find out more about the structure of our seasons, sports, teams, and schedule please click here. Season 1 try-outs will start Tuesday, August 21. To view the schedule for try-outs and the full lay-out of our Athletics programme, please view the Timberwolves website. 

Good Luck to Timberwolves Athletes This Week!

2018 Season 1 try-outs are finally here! Good luck to all athletes who are trying out for the Timberwolves team. If you are interested in joining a team, please visit the Timberwolves Website under News or Calendar to find our try-out/ practice schedule for Season 1. Participation. Enjoyment. Success.

Join the CDNIS Yoga Team!

LS and US Students can end Wednesdays in a Peaceful Manner. Yoga offers many benefits including flexibility, decrease of stress, balance of wellness, and most importantly it is FUN! The Yoga Teams will meet every Wednesday starting August 29. US students will meet in the Fitness Room from 3-4 while the LS students (Grades 4-6) will meet from 2:45-3:30 in the Dance Studio. Sign up here

CDNIS Sailing and Rowing Teams return

We are excited to announce we will be opening LS Sailing on Thursdays and will continue to have US Sailing and Rowing on Tuesdays this season. The programme will be delivered by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) at Middle Island. Please contact the Athletics Office to learn more about the teams. 

After School Chinese Culture Academy (ASCCA) Registration

If you are interested in enrolling your child in ASCCA for Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Dance, or Chinese Painting, please click here to register, by Saturday, August 25

Calling all Makers, Creators & Innovators!

The Blueprint Club, the CDNIS incubator for community innovation is calling all students, staff or parents who want to learn or share skills in any kind of making practice such as woodworking, coding, robotics, textiles, 3D printing, designing, crafts or cool ideas, come along the information session on Thursday, August 30 at 2:45pm in the new 6/F Makerspace (behind the Maple Cafe).

After School Activities - not too late to sign up

After School Activities kick off on Saturday, August 25. It's not too late to enroll, late registration is open from August 21-24 via the ASA Website. Please note children who register late may attend their activity from Monday, September 3.

Ordering School Lunch

The lunch menus and order forms for August to October are available now under the School Brochures section of the main school website. Maxim's Group is the school's catering provider and they can be contacted via email.

CDNIS College Clinic

The CDNIS US Guidance Team are offering a College Clinic every Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm-5pm for any member of the CDNIS Community. All consultations are confidential and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Just stop by, no appointment necessary. For more information, please contact Rob Aldridge or Scott Atherton in the US Guidance Office. 

Keynote Speakers wanted for an Upper School Leadership Retreat

We are looking for a dynamic speaker from our CDNIS community to share their experiences and inspire our Upper School students in aspects related to philanthropy, using talents for the greater good and finding creative solutions for community issues, for a Leadership Retreat on Saturday, September 22. If interested, contact us on this form, and we'll be in touch by early September.

Order CDNIS Mooncakes for charity

Please consider purchasing mooncakes for your friends and family from the CDNIS Mooncake fund, which will fund the annual exchange trip for rural students in Hainan, China, to CDNIS later this year. The deadline for ordering is Monday, September 10.

CDNIS Switzerland Ski Trip CNY 2019

CDNIS is going back to Switzerland in February 2019! We have a limited amount of spots left. It is open from Grades 4-12, and all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Please find relevant information for the trip here. If you are interested, please contact Alex Wright or Keren Glazier. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Traffic and Safety

We work hard to make CDNIS a safe environment. Since there is no public parking at CDNIS and no parking along Nam Long Shan Road, we encourage students/parents to use the school bus. If you are driving to school, please follow the directions of our security guards. Lower School students get dropped @ 9/F entrance, Upper School students/taxis @ LLAC.

Weather Policy

Please take a moment to review the school's weather policy, which can also be found on pages 47-49 of the Parent Information Handbook. School closures are communicated via the main school website and mobile app. Additional information is also listed on the EDB website.

Solar Panels

The school is looking to install solar panels, and also introduce a carbon offset programme and a composting programme. If there are parents who have connections with solar panel companies or are involved in the industry, we would love to hear from you. A few years back our school had a proposal for up to HK$1million to install solar panels, however the grant was for a company which has changed hands, so the grant is no longer valid. It’s important to show our students that a carbon-based future is not viable and to encourage them to research other options. Please let our Head of School know if you can help out.

New Initiatives: Student Information Management System

The school will soon roll out a new student information management system called Veracross. Some of the modules are already up and running and we will introduce the new Parent Portal in about a month. Parents will receive an email to their school account inviting them to sign in. Watch this space for details.

Attention Returning Parents: Progress Reports

With the new Parent Portal set to roll out in the coming weeks, the old Parent Portal will be deactivated. Please take a moment to go into the portal and download your child's past progress reports as these reports will not carry forward to the new portal. Parents will have until end of day Monday, August 27 to download the reports. Having trouble logging in, please email OneDoor.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Aug 20: Chinese Studies New Parents Coffee Morning, Global Goals Club Introductory Meeting
Wednesday, Aug 22: Student Advisory
Thursday, Aug 23: CISPA Board Meeting
Friday, Aug 24: New Grade 7 & 8 Student Luncheon

Lower School News

Attention: Prep Parents

Just a reminder that all Prep students will be dismissed at 11:30am all this week starting Monday, August 20. However, on Wednesday, August 22 Prep A, D, and E will stay for lunch (parents to join.) Curriculum Day will finish at 1:10pm, when parents and children make their own way home. On Thursday, August 23 Prep B, C and F stay, following same plan as above. If you will not be attending your Curriculum Day, please make sure your child takes their 11:30am bus home. (There will be a shuttle bus to Wong Chuk Hang MTR at 1:20pm on Curriculum Day for families who require this service).

Attention: Pre Reception and Reception Parents

Friday, August 24 is Curriculum Day in the EYs. Pre Reception and Reception students do not attend school on this day. AM parents should come to the Alan Dick Forum ready for an 8am start. Your Curriculum Day presentations will be finished by approximately 9:10am. PM parents should be in the Alan Dick Forum ready for a 12noon start. Your session will finish at approximately 1:10pm.

Lower School Uniforms

2018-19 is a transition year, during which either/both the existing and incoming school uniforms may be worn. Due to overwhelming demand for the new ones, the uniform shop is running out/has run of some of next year's items already. Please send your child to school in any combination of uniform you currently have, until new items become available later in the school year. Thank you for your patience.

Reminder - Changing Buses for Playdates

Just a reminder for those of you whose children use the school bus service, if you wish to have your child take a different bus home so they may go on a playdate, 48 hours notice MUST be given to KCM as teachers/EAs will no longer be able to facilitate these changes. Thank you for your attention to these changes and touch base with KCM with questions.

New Parent Orientation Presentation

If you missed the New Parent Orientation on Friday or wish to review the presentation, you can access it at this link

Join the LS Strings Ensemble

The LS Performing Arts Department is excited to offer an opportunity for students in Grade 3-6 who are already studying a string instrument outside of school to join the LS Strings Ensemble. Auditions will be held throughout the week of August 27. For more information and to sign-up for auditions check out the Strings page.

Join the Dance Squad!

The LS Performing Arts Department is excited to offer an opportunity for students in Grade 4-6 to join the Dance Squad on Thursdays from 2:45pm-4:00 pm. Students will be invited to learn some dance and choreographic techniques with the possibility of performances. All are welcome! Dance Squad starts Thursday, September 6. Interested students are invited to sign up here.

Join the Intermediate Band

Do you already play a wind or percussion instrument? All students in Grades 3-6 are invited to join the new Lower School Intermediate Band. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays from 2:45pm-3:55pm after school starting on Wednesday, September 5. Auditions will take place from August 21-31. If interested, please complete this sign-up form in order to join! Contact Kimberly Butler for more information.

Join Beginning Band

Do you want to learn how to play a band instrument? Students in Grades 4 to 6 are invited to sign up for the Beginning Band here. No experience necessary! Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 6 from 2:45pm-3:55pm. Between August 20-31, interested students will select a given a day/time to try out the instruments and make their selection. Please email Kimberly Butler for more information.

Join the CDNIS Timbertones!

Do you love to sing? Are you in Grade 3-6? The Lower School choir, the CDNIS Timbertones, is looking for you! This year-long ensemble will practice every week on Tuesdays after school. Auditions will be held during lunch times the week of August 27. For more information and to sign-up for auditions check out the CDNIS Timbertones page.

Season 1 Timberwolves Netball Team

Timberwolves Season 1 Netball Team will start practicing in Wong Chuk Hang every Tuesday from 2:45pm-3:45pm. Grade 3-6 students who are interested in joining the school team please meet on the 7/F on Tuesday, August 21 at 2:30pm to bus down to Wong Chuk Hang and there will be a bus back to school at 4pm

Upper School News

Parent Coffee AM - US Science

Parents interested in learning more about science education in Grades 7 to 10 are welcome to attend a session with Head of Science, Mr. Darrell Sharp, on Monday, August 27, from 7:30am to 8:30am in the LLAC Lobby. We will be exploring the role of Project Based Learning in the Middle Years Programme Sciences, and how MYP Sciences connect the PYP and the DP. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing Ms. Winnie Kong.

Upper School Uniforms - Availability 2018/2019

The 2018/19 school year will be a transition year in terms of the Upper School uniforms: both current and new uniform items can be worn. While many uniform items remain the same, there are design and fabric changes of the shirts/blouses, pants, shorts and skirts/skorts. Not all new items will be available at the beginning of the school year and some may not be available until November or December due to student feedback which indicates further design modifications are required. This is especially the case with the girl’s blouse. Girls entering Grade 7 should purchase the current blouse which can be worn for the entire year. Please see the following link for more information about US Uniforms.

Upper School Absences

If your child will be absent from school, please email either of these two Upper School administrative assistants: Grades 7-8: Veronica Tse, Grades 9-12: Elsa Fung. You may also wish to copy teachers, vice-principals, or principal, but please make sure that you inform one of these two individuals and they will record and communicate the information as required.

Experience Week Fair - August 22, 2018

Please be reminded that the Experience Week Fair will take place this Wednesday, August 22. Grade 9-12 students will have the opportunity to visit three of their Experience Week Options to learn more about the specific programmes before they make their final choices. Interested parents are welcome to attend from 10:25am-11:05am. The Experience Week 2018 Registration Form needs to be submitted online from August 23-26 and the Experience Week Registration Package Submission will take place at CDNIS from August 27-28. Also, please review the Experience Week Announcement Letter which was sent out in June. 

Students and Lockers

Grade 7-8 : All students will be assigned lockers through their homeroom but will be required to bring their own combination lock. Any model will suffice as long as it has a combination. Grade 9-12: Students can choose to sign up for a locker and will be required to bring their own combination lock. Any model will suffice as long as it has a combination. To sign up, please fill out this form.

Upcoming University Visits

The following institutions are on campus on these days:
UCL - Friday, August 24 from 2.30pm-3.30pm 
Dickinson College, Mount Holyoke College, Sewanee (UOTS) - Thursday, August 30 at 12:15pm

Northwestern, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Princeton and Vanderbilt - public information session

There will be a public information session in the auditorium at Diocesan Boys' School on Sunday, September 9 from 1pm-3pm. Admissions directors from the six universities will give a brief presentation about their institution’s undergraduate programs and provide an overview of admission and financial aid policies and procedures. The admission directors will be available to answer specific questions at the end of the program. Registration is required.

Presentation Slides from New Grade 7 Parent Meeting

It was great to see the new US parents on Wednesday, August 15. Slides from the presentation to new Grade 7 parents are linked here and are available on the MYP Communicator website. This a similar presentation to the one given to Grade 6 parents last February, but tailored more to parents new to CDNIS and Grade 7.


Fresh looking bistro furniture from CISPA

The 6/F bistro area behind the Maple Cafe is looking extra fresh and comfortable this year, in part because of the stylish new furniture donated by CISPA. We encourage everyone to pop down, kick back, and enjoy our contribution to the CDNIS school community.

More used uniform sales!

Are you missing a few uniform items but they are not available yet through the uniform shop? CISPA is holding Used Uniform sales this week in the 9/F lobby. Pick up what you need for just $20 a piece. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bag.

CISPA Annual Peak Walk for Parents

The CISPA Welcome Committee warmly invites new and returning parents to join our annual back-to-school hike on Monday, August 27 starting at 9:30 am. This easy hike will take you around Hong Kong’s picturesque Peak walk. It’s a flat, paved trail with beautiful views and offers a great opportunity to meet up with other parents in a friendly atmosphere. To RSVP and for more information, visit the CISPA website.

CISPA Parents’ Drink Night

All parents are invited to the CISPA Parents Drink Night on Thursday, August 30 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. It's a great way to meet other CDNIS parents in a friendly atmosphere. Our school is well known for its warm community, so come meet and mingle with old friends, and new ones you haven’t met yet!

The CISPA Calendar is coming soon!

The CISPA Calendar lists holidays, professional development days, curriculum nights, performance dates, exam dates, sports tournaments and much more. We organized it all so you don't have to. Check your child's backpack during the first week of school for your calendar, compliments of CISPA.

Join CISPA on Facebook

All parents and guardians of CDNIS students are invited to join the CISPA Parent Pinboard on Facebook. The Pinboard is a friendly online meeting place to help build community among CDNIS parents. To join the Pinboard, simply apply to join, and then CHECK YOUR MESSAGE BOX to answer a quick question from CISPA Administrators.


Aug 20, 2018
First Day for Lower School

Aug 20, 2018
Parent Coffee Morning (Chinese – new parents)

Aug 22, 2018
Prep A, D and E - Curriculum Day

Aug 23, 2018
Prep B, C and F - Curriculum Day

Aug 24, 2018
Pre Reception and Reception Curriculum Day

Aug 27, 2018
Parent Coffee Morning (Upper School Science)

Aug 30, 2018
Grade 12 Parent Evening (University Night)

Aug 31, 2018
Dress Down Day (DDD)

Sep 3, 2018
Elevate Education Parents (US Event)

Sep 4, 2018
Grade 11 Parent Information Night - IBDP Focus

Sep 6, 2018
US Curriculum Night

Sep 11, 2018
Grades 1-3 Curriculum Night

Sep 13, 2018
Grade 1 Immunizations

Sep 13, 2018
Grades 4-6 Curriculum Night

Sep 21, 2018
Dress Down Day (DDD)

Sep 25, 2018
NO SCHOOL - Day After Mid-Autumn Festival

Sep 27, 2018
Grades 1-6 3-Way Learning Conversations

Sep 28, 2018
Grades 1-6 3-Way Learning Conversations

Oct 1, 2018
NO SCHOOL - National Day of PRC