Flash November 8 2021

All School news

Timberwolves U20 Boys Football Invitational

Congratulations to the U20 Boys Football Team who beat ICS 3-1 on Friday to win the inaugural Timberwolves U20 Boys Football Invitational at King’s Park. The four team tournament also featured two teams from HKIS. Way to go, T-Wolves!


Halloween

When Halloween rolls around at CDNIS, everyone shows up – in costumes. Here’s a look at the fun we had celebrating Halloween this year.


Extra Safety and Security Measures at WCH MTR Station

The safety and well-being of everyone in our community is of utmost importance. It is with this in mind we’d like to remind our families who drop-off/pick-up their children from the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station of a few safety precautions.

  1. Do not double park or prevent school buses from alighting near the sidewalk. School buses will not allow students to board/disembark if private vehicles prevent buses from properly parking.
  2. Remind your child to look both ways before crossing the street and do not let them walk into traffic.
  3. Please ask your child to reduce distractions, such as putting their mobile phone in their pocket/backpack and removing their headsets until they are safely inside your vehicle.

Starting today, a security guard will be stationed at the WCH MTR station to ensure proper safety protocols are being followed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and please ensure these safety protocols are shared with any other household members who may drop off/pick-up your child during the school day.


Save the Date - Donor Appreciation Reception

Thank you to all the families that have supported our first annual giving appeal of the year! Please Save the Date so we can express our appreciation for your contributions with a special on-campus donor reception the evening of Thursday, November 25 from 6pm to 8pm. Your invitation, RSVP instructions, and COVID-19 event protocols will be emailed to you soon. Thank you again for helping us to honour the past while inspiring the future!


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 by Wednesday, November 10 to alumni@cdnis.edu.hk.


The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth specializes in recognizing and developing the academic talents of advanced elementary, middle, and high school students. Families looking to learn more about the programme may join the virtual information session on Thursday, November 18 at 8:30am. Click here to register.


After-School Activities: Session 2 Registration

Session 2 sign up is coming your way later this month. Can't decide on an ASA for your child? Please email activities@cdnis.edu.hk for a trial lesson. Please note trial lessons are limited and available with select providers.


Message from the ASA Department: ASA Supplies and Schedule Changes

ASA are underway! Just a friendly reminder that we don't have drop off/pick up service for ASA supplies on the 2/F. Please make sure that your child has ASA related materials when they come to school in the morning. Changes in your child's ASA Schedule? Please email your child's homeroom teacher/EA, the ASA Department activities@cdnis.edu.hk and Kwoon Chung Motors, cdnis@kcm.com.hk.


How to set language for Google Form

Google sets the default language of Google Forms according to the location of the users. Sometimes, even when school Google Forms are in English, they switch to Chinese. If you notice this on a Google Form you receive, you can change the language of the form by the methods listed here on the OneDoor site.


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. This year also marks the centenary of the Royal Canadian Legion's poppy appeal.


Habitat For Humanity's Paint Your Tote Bag

CDNIS' HFH club is pleased to be able to host our annual Paint Your Tote Event providing an opportunity to demonstrate creativity while supporting Habitat for Humanity's work in Hong Kong. Location: 6/F cafeteria from November 22 - 26. Grades 1 - 8 at 7am and Grades 9 - 12 at 1:40pm. $120 donation (proceeds will be donated to HFH). Learn more about our event here.


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.


School Uniform

Please be reminded that as the weather becomes cooler, students are expected to wear CDNIS-issued sweaters/jumpers/school jackets. Students will be asked to remove non-CDNIS issued clothing worn between 7:50am-3:55pm. Items can be purchased online with the Uniform Shop. Details are also available in the Parent Portal.


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

Parent Sessions: Recordings

Lower School Principal Lief Erickson held grade level Zoom sessions last week. If you were not able to attend the sessions, you may view the recordings using the following links. Please remember to enter the necessary passcode. 
Early Years Passcode: Hceh=Y%9
Prep, Passcode: +J3^ztmX
Grade 1, Passcode: 8Zx?x9zB
Grade 2, Passcode: #iP@2C#b
Grade 3, Passcode: !CW34%!K
Grade 4, Passcode: qd30!+PP
Grade 5, Passcode: 85$6=S0Z


Parent Sessions: Resources

Here is a list of resources that the counsellors and the Leader of Digital Learning shared during the presentations. Wellness Hub, Kelso’s choices - Parent Page, Secondstep, Common Sense Media, 10 Ways for Parents to Bring Social-Emotional Learning at Home, Building Social and Emotional Skills at Home, SEL Book List - Empathy, Kindness, Talking to your child about Squid Game, Care Package Booklet, Think U Know and OneDoor - Digital Life.


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.


Dress Down Day

Friday, November 26 is our next Dress Down Day. Wear something to show where you are from! Don't forget your $20 for Bear house's Room to Read Charity!

Upper School News

Grade 9-12 Report Cards

Grade 9-12 report cards (including MYP, DB, and OSSD versions) will be available to parents via the Parent Portal from Thursday, November 25 at 3pm.


Grade 9-12 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Grade 9-12 PTSCs will run on December 2 and 3. Parents invited to interview by teachers (via the report cards) will have priority booking starting on November 25; all parents will be able to making bookings starting on November 27. Appointments will be for 13-minute conferences and students should also participate. The available timings are: Thursday, December 2: 2:30pm - 7pm and Friday, December 3: 9am - 5pm.


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.


Grade 9-12 Practice Virtual Day on December 2

On Thursday, December 2, Grades 9-12 will run a practice Virtual Day. Students will not come to school and will connect to their block 1-3 classes using remote learning. This will allow teachers and students to practice the routines of teaching and learning online in the event of an unexpected school closure, and allow an earlier start to PTSCs on that day, creating more interview slots for parents. Note that, per the school calendar, there are no Grade 9-12 classes on Friday, December 3. Students should use this time to join their parents in conferencing with teachers.


MYP and DP Communicators

Looking to learn more about the MYP and DP at CDNIS? Look no further than the MYP and DP Communicators accessible via the Upper School website. The goal of these sites, maintained by our IB Coordinators, is for them to be a "one-stop-shop" for all things MYP and DP. Learn more by visiting the MYP Communicator and DP Communicator.


Monthly DP Newsletters

A reminder for Grade 11 and 12 parents to check out the monthly DP newsletters. The most recent issue was emailed to parents last week. In case you missed the email, you can read the newsletters by clicking on the following links: Grade 11 newsletter and Grade 12 newsletter.


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.


Upcoming University Virtual Visits

November 13: NUS Undergraduate Admissions; November 13: U of T Foundation Scholarship Info Session; November 16: EDHEC Business School (HK Visit).


College Clinic

College Clinic has been expanded, and will now run from 4pm - 5pm every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the 5/F Guidance Office. Students are encouraged to drop in with post-secondary questions, or to work on applications.

CISPA

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 you rmessage folder and reply. 

Dates

Nov 8, 2021
EY1 and EY2 Learning Conversations


Nov 11, 2021
Remembrance Day


Nov 13, 2021
University Virtual Visit: NUS Undergraduate Admissions


Nov 13, 2021
University Visit: U of T Foundation Scholarship Info Session


Nov 16, 2021
Virtual University Visit: EDHEC Business School (Hong Kong Visit)


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


Nov 18, 2021
CTY Parent Information Session


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


Nov 22, 2021
HfH Paint Your Tote Bag (all week)


Nov 25, 2021
Donor Appreciation Reception


Nov 25, 2021
Grade 9-12 Report Cards


Dec 2, 2021
Grade 9-12 Practice Virtual Day


Dec 2, 2021
Grade 9-12 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences


Dec 3, 2021
Grade 9-12 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences