Flash November 1 2021

All School news

Halloween Celebrations

Happy Halloween! We had a great time celebrating Halloween on Friday. There were sing-alongs, trick-or-treating, costume competitions, door decorating competitions and special treats in celebration of our 30th anniversary. Keep an eye out on our social media pages later this week for video highlighting the festivities.

Alumni Playground Day - Sunday, November 14

As part of our 30th Anniversary celebration, we invite our current parents who are alumni and their children "Back to School". This is the first of many alumni events being planned for this momentous year. On Sunday, November 14 from 10am to 1pm, alumni and their children are invited to access our amazing 9/F playground, visit our state of the art Early Years Environment, and reminisce while enjoying a BYOP (bring your own picnic). All CDNIS Covid-19 Visitor protocols apply. Please RSVP to alumni@cdnis.edu.hk.

Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future - Annual Giving Appeal

THANK YOU to all the families that have donated to our first giving appeal! Your support has been very generous and a valuable contribution to this year's resources. Please watch your CDNIS inbox for an invitation to our on campus Donor Recognition Reception in late November. If you have been meaning to donate but haven't yet, please review the attached appeal and give online or by returning the reply card.


Timberwolves Season 2 Information and Tryouts

Timberwolves Season 2 is just around the corner, with some awesome new programmes. Alongside our prestigious season 2 sports, basketball, tennis, ball hockey, touch rugby and rugby kicks off as well. To our rugby family, join coaches Laurent and Kayla, and enjoy this true authentic local game. Details can be found by visiting: 2021/22 Timberwolves Season 2 Sports Information and 2021/22 Timberwolves Season 2 Athletes Participation Agreement Form (compulsory). Tryouts take place November 8 and onwards, check it out! Participation, Enjoyment, Success.


Poppy Drive

Remembrance Day is coming up and CDNIS will commemorate this historic day on Thursday, November 11. We will take time during the day to remember those families who have been affected by war. Poppies will be distributed to students and we will also be collecting money to support elderly ex-service personnel in Hong Kong and Canada who are struggling financially and in need of financial and medical assistance.

Yearbook Cover Contest

The Yearbook Club is holding a schoolwide competition for the 2022 yearbook cover. The theme this year is "Year of Tiger". Deadline to submit your entry is Monday, December 13. More information can be found by clicking here. Digital entries can be uploaded here while hard copies can be dropped off at the main office. Remember to include your full name and homeroom on your entry.

Campus Visitor Policy

CDNIS has updated its policy for visitors who are invited onto campus. If you are invited to attend a meeting or another event on campus, please note that you will now need to complete the Visitor Health and Travel Declaration Form and provide proof of vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated, proof of a COVID-negative test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival on campus will need to be shown before entry to campus will be permitted. The test must be a nasal and throat swab for COVID-19 nucleic acid test that is government approved. Self-testing kits are not acceptable.

Parent Liaison Committee

The Parent Liaison Committee (PLC) is a multi-stakeholder Committee, comprised of Governors, Parents, and School Administrators. The PLC serves as a communication channel between parents and the Board of Governors. To contact the PLC, please send them an email.

Lower School News

Dismissal following ASAs

For ASAs we have made a small change to our dismissal procedure and are encouraging all students to use the bus service at 4:10pm after their ASA, but a few students have requested to walk or be picked up by private vehicle. Therefore, we will allow all ages to take the shuttle bus at 4:10pm, and our ASA coordinator will provide a member of staff to supervise the pickup down at the MTR.

Parent Sessions

Lower School Principal Lief Erickson is hosting grade level Zoom sesions this week. Parents may submit questions through this Google Form or ask them during the sessions, which will be recorded and shared for those who can not attend. Dates, times and Zoom links are as follows: EY - November 2 @ 8:30–9:15am, Prep - November 2 @ 9:30–10:15am, Grade 1 - November 2 @ 1pm–1:45pm, Grade 2 - November 3 @ 8:30–9:15am, Grade 3 - November 3 @ 1:00–1:45pm, Grade 4 - November 4 @ 8:30–9:15am and Grade 5 - November 4 @ 1pm–1:45pm.

EY1 and EY2 Learning Conversations

These will take place on Friday, November 5 and Monday, November 8. Early Years parents will have the opportunity to meet their child's teacher (via Zoom) to discuss the year so far. You should have received a sign up sheet from your child's teacher. Please note that there is no school for EY1 or EY2 students on either of those dates. School continues as normal for Prep to Grade 5. If you have an EYs car sticker you may still drop off your older child on those two days.

Box of Hope

The Lower School is once again proud to support the Box of Hope drive, to provide presents and smiles to disadvantaged young people this festive season. Students are asked to complete the boxes at home and drop at the 9/F near the guard station between November 1-5. More information on what to put in boxes is listed here. This is a great activity to reflect on and be gracious for all we have and to take action to help others. Teachers will be given stickers to distribute to label boxes soon.

Student Council Bear House Book Donation Drive

Student Council are gratefully accepting donations of gently loved books for their Bear House Book Donation Drive. These books will go to students in low income areas in Hong Kong who can't afford to buy English books. Put your books in the CISPA book bin outside the 9/F during November.

Upper School News

Transition Years Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

PTSC's for parents and students in Transition Years will be held on November 17 to 19. There will be no classes on these days for students but all students will be expected to join their homeroom teachers on Zoom on the morning of November 17 from 8am to 8:30am during which time they will create their independent learning schedule. PTSC sign up procedures for parents are included here.

Save the Date: Pathways to Success Seminar

Parents of all grades are welcome to join the US Guidance Team for their Pathways to Success Seminar on Thursday, November 18 from 5pm-7pm. The team will outline the pathways programme on how they assist students to prepare for post-secondary options. The session is aimed at Grade 9 and 10 parents in particular, but other parents may find it of interest. Please RSVP for a Zoom link.


Join CISPA on Facebook

The CISPA Pin board 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 question, so please take a moment to check your message folder and reply.

Successful Used Uniform Sale

A huge thank you to all the volunteers that came to sort and sell the used uniforms and books! We sold hundreds of uniforms and books to total $17,752. It was great for the environment, and even better to see familiar faces coming together after so long!


Nov 1, 2021
Box of Hope (first day to drop off donations)

Nov 5, 2021
Box of Hope (last day to drop off donations)

Nov 5, 2021
EY1 and EY2 Learning Conversations

Nov 8, 2021
EY1 and EY2 Learning Conversations

Nov 11, 2021
Remembrance Day

Nov 17, 2021
Grade 6-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Nov 19, 2021
Grade 6-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Nov 25, 2021
Grade 9-12 Report Cards