Flash August 9 2021

All School news

HOS Letter to All Parents: Face-to-Face School Update

On Friday, August 6, Head of School Jane Camblin sent an email to all parents updating them on the resumption of classes on campus. Please look for an email from your respective principals this week for further details.


Attention: Student Health and Travel Declaration Form

As part of our ongoing health and safety measures, and in preparation for the school year, all parents are asked to please complete the Student Health and Travel Declaration Form to indicate the health and travel history of your child. If you have not done so already, please complete and submit one per student before the end of today - Monday, August 9.


Class Start and End Times

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the class start and end times for the 2021/2022 school year.

  • Early Years (am): 7:50am-10:20am;
  • Early Years (pm): 11:50am-2:20pm;
  • Lower School (Prep - Gr 5): 7:50am-2:20pm;
  • Upper School (Gr 6-12): 8:55am-3:55pm.

No Private Vehicles on Campus

A reminder as we approach the first day of school that for safety and efficiency, with only exceptions for Early Years students, staff, and students with ambulatory issues, we will not be able to accommodate private vehicles in the school's turnarounds, parking spaces and driveways. We strongly encourage students to use the city's public transportation systems and/or the school bus service. Police will ticket vehicles which stop along Nam Long Shan Road and may resort to preventing private vehicles from accessing the road altogether.


School Bus & Free Shuttle Bus Service

A reminder that if you have not already done so, please register your child for the school bus service via the KCM website. Students wishing to use the free morning shuttle bus service from the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station to CDNIS must also pre-register via the KCM website. Shuttle buses will depart from WCH at 7:25am for Grade 4-5 students and 8:25am for Grade 6-12 students but students must pre-register to use this service via the KCM website. Take a moment to learn more about our bussing programme.


School Uniforms

Parents looking to buy school uniform items may do so using the Uniform Station website, or by visiting the off-campus uniform shop in Jordan: 2/F, Will Strong Development Building, 59 Parkes Street, Jordan. No uniform items are available on campus and there will be no second hand uniform sale at this time. Parents can exchange their newly purchased uniforms if the size does not fit but the uniform cannot be washed or worn. The exchange policy is listed on their website. Click here for ordering information: Early Years, Prep to Grade 2, Grade 3-5, Grade 6-12 and size chart. Items will normally be delivered within 3 business days. Please note that the uniform shop currently only has a limited supply of skorts, as the design of them is still under review. Skirts are readily available and can be worn with a pair of cycling shorts underneath if desired.


Whole School Collection of MacBooks, iPads or Accessories

Parents who have purchased a MacBook, an iPad, or other accessories from Senco-Masslink and have received a notification letter from Senco can join the pick-up session on August 10-11 in the LLAC Lobby. Please check the details on the email sent from Senco-Masslink. All persons attending must fill out the Health, Travel and Quarantine Form within 3 days of the pick up time.


Whole School Pre-owned iPad and MacBook First Time Registration

If you plan to use a pre-owned MacBook or iPad for the new school year and it has not been registered with the school’s device management system, please bring your device (labeled with the student’s name and grade) to the school’s 9/F security desk from August 2-11 from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Please make sure your own data is backed-up to another location before bringing the device to school. OneDoor will inform you about individual pick-up time and usually on the next business day of drop-off.


Weather-Related Suspension of Classes

The safety of our students and staff is our priority, so in the event of extreme weather it may be necessary to modify our school schedules on occasion. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our weather policy. While we endeavour to communicate school closures via the urgent messaging system on our website and mobile app before 6am, parents should also pay close attention to television/radio announcements, as well as government websites during inclement weather.


Attention New Parents - Activate your @cdnis.hk Email Account

Every CDNIS parent is provided with their own, unique @CDNIS email address which is for communication with the school and other CDNIS parents. All official school communication including emails from the Head of School, principals, homeroom teachers and others is sent solely to the @CDNIS email account. If you have not activated your @CDNIS email address or have any questions, please contact OneDoor


MTR Student Travel Scheme Renewal (2021/2022)

Eligible students (aged 12 and above) can use the MTR online platform to renew the “Student Status” on their Personalized Octopus starting Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This video explains the process and further details are on the the MTR website. Please note that any applications submitted before September 1 will only be valid until August 31, 2021 and not the current 2021/2022 school year.


Updated and Current Contact Information

If your family has recently moved or if any of your contact details have changed, please let us know by updating your contact details in the Parent Portal. Once you log in, click on Family Profile (red box to the right of the screen). Under Family Information click on "change primary address" and then "edit".


Summer Travels Postcard and Timba Adventures

What did you do this summer? We want to know! Back by popular demand, it's the CDNIS Summer Travels Postcard and Timba Adventures! The last few summers, Timba (and the CDNIS teddy bear) have collected a lot of stamps in their passports. Wherever you were this summer and whatever you did - we hope Timba tagged along. Drop us a postcard at: CDNIS Summer Travels 2021, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, or email us a photo (tell us where the picture was taken). We will post all the postcards and images on a BIG world map when school resumes. Check out some of the places the CDNIS Teddy and Timba visited in 2018 and 2019.


Library Books

If your family borrowed any library books over the summer, you can return them by depositing them in a drop box at the main school entrance.

Lower School News

Grade 1-5 iPad and MacBook Orientation

Students and parents can learn how to prepare their devices with the Student Essential Skills Checklist. Please note that new student Google accounts (Gr. 3-5) will be activated by August 6. Seesaw accounts will be activated by August 11. During the Lower School New Parent Orientation on August 13, there is a drop-in session at the school’s Digital Services Center (OneDoor) from 10:30am for parents to ask questions about the student devices and accounts. As Digital Literacy is integrated throughout the curriculum, all Lower School students will gradually learn about these digital skills in classes.


Find out who your teacher is

EY1 and EY2 parents should have received an email to their @CDNIS account on August 5 from the Lower School detailing who their child's homeroom teacher will be this year. Prep to Grade 5 parents will receive the email later today. If you do not receive an email by Tuesday, please drop us an email and let us know.


EY1 and EY2: New Families - Meet the Teacher

For EY1 and EY2 families new to CDNIS, you are able to have a brief visit with your child’s teacher/s in their classroom on Friday, August 13 at a pre-registered time slot. Please check your @CDNIS email for a message which was sent on Thursday, August 5 for further details, including links to the Health, Travel and Quarantine Forms (student form and parent form). Please note that due to current health restrictions, this visit is for students new to CDNIS only.


Prep - Grade 5: New Families - Meet the Teacher

For Prep - Grade 5 families new to CDNIS, you are able to have a brief visit with your child’s teacher/s in their classroom on Friday, August 13. Please refer to the email being sent later today to your @CDNIS account for further details and timings. Please note that parents and students must fill out the Health and Travel Declaration Forms (student form and parent form).  Please note that due to current health restrictions, this visit is for students new to CDNIS only.


PE School Uniforms and House Assignments for New EY2 to Grade 5 Students

Homeroom teachers will let new families know by the end of this week which "house" their child has been assigned to and so you may purchase the corresponding PE uniform.

Upper School News

Transition Years Students Schedules and First Day of School

Students in grades 6 to 8, and their parents, will have access to their schedules, as of 3pm on Friday, August 13 via the student and parent portals. On their schedules, students will see the names of all their teachers and in particular their homeroom teacher. Students can also expect to begin receiving invitations to join their teachers' Google Classrooms. On Monday, August 16, the first day of school, students should go to their homerooms by 8:45am, students will find their homerooms on the following floors: Grade 6 - 8/F, Grade 7 - 7/F and Grade 8 - 6/F.


Grade 9 - 12 Student Schedules and First Day of School

Students in grades 9 to 12, and their parents, will have access to their schedules, as of 3pm on Friday, August 13 via the student and parent portals. Students can also expect to begin receiving invitations to join their teachers' Google Classrooms. On Monday, August 16, the first day of school, students can also go to the Cafeteria to confirm their homerooms. Class will begin at 8:55am.


Grade 6-11 MacBook Orientation

There will be a Zoom drop-in session on Thursday, August 12 from 2pm-3pm for Grade 6-12 new students who have questions after completing the Student Essential Skills Checklist. Please note that new student Google accounts will be activated by August 6. The password for each Zoom meeting will be: cdnis2021 Zoom links: Gr 6 Zoom, Gr 7 Zoom, Gr 8 Zoom, Gr 9 Zoom, Gr 10/11 Zoom.


Student Cards

All returning students are reminded that they are to continue using their student cards issued during the last academic year as the cards contain a smart chip and will be reused. Students who lose their cards over the summer will be charged for a replacement card in August. New students will be issued a student card during the first few weeks of school.

CISPA

Join CISPA on Facebook

The CISPA Pinboard on Facebook is a place to meet other parents, share information about the school, and buy/sell second hand items. To join, you must answer the member questions, so please take a moment to check your message folder and reply.


Nominations for the 2021-2022 CISPA Board

CISPA welcomes all CDNIS parents to join the 2020-2021 CISPA Board of Directors. Nominees with an interest in community building and enriching the lives of our students are invited to submit a Nomination Form. If you have any questions about CISPA or the nomination process, please send us an email.

Dates

Aug 12, 2021
Early Years Virtual New Parent Orientation


Aug 12, 2021
New Student Orientation: Grade 9-11


Aug 13, 2021
Lower School Virtual Meet and Greet and New Parent Orientation


Aug 13, 2021
Early Years Classroom Visits


Aug 13, 2021
New Student Orientation: Grade 6-8


Aug 16, 2021
First Day of School