Flash September 20 2021

All School news

HOS Letter to All Parents: Full Face-to-Face Classes

On Friday, September 17, Head of School Jane Camblin sent an email to all parents updating them on full face-to-face classes on campus.


Bilingual Track Early Years Programme: Starting in August 2022

There are some exciting changes our Lower School is putting in place for the next academic year. Starting in August 2022, families will have the opportunity to enrol their EY children in a bilingual class and the possibility to enrol into a full day programme in EY2. Details can be found by clicking here. A reminder the application deadline for those looking to join EY1 to Grade 2 in August 2022 is Saturday, October 2, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.


School Photos: This Week

School photos for children in EY1 to Grade 10 take place this week. If you are not sure when your child's photo will be taken, please email your child's homeroom teacher (Lower School) or ask your child directly (Upper School). Students wear their regular school uniform for the photos.


Google Classroom Update

A number of parents are not receiving their child's Google Classroom Guardian Email Summary and have reached out to OneDoor for assistance. Details on how to accept the guardian invitation can be found here. Google Support and their internal product team are aware of the on-going issues and will inform OneDoor when updates are available.


Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

We will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 20 and 21. Lower School and Transition years students will design lanterns using eco-friendly materials and incorporate the school’s 30th anniversary theme. Lower School parents are also invited to design lanterns with their children at home. Upper School students will write stories and riddles using traditional Chinese calligraphy and Chinese style comics. Details have been shared with students. Happy Mid-Autumn! 中秋快樂!


No School: Mid-Autumn Festival

A reminder that there is no school for students and staff on Wednesday, September 22 due to the Mid-Autumn Festival.


30th Anniversary

CDNIS turns 30 this year and we are looking forward to celebrating! Thank you to all those parents who answered our call in Flash last week to join our 30th Anniversary Committee - we will be in touch very soon. Working with the Parent Liaison Committee (PLC), the 30th Anniversary Committee will be rolling out a series of events focused on enriching the student experience. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute, please email the 30th Anniversary Committee.


30th Anniversary: Polo Shirts

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we are releasing our first piece of commemorative merchandise in collaboration with the Athletics Department. Check out our limited edition polo shirt available through September 20 on the Timberwolves Online Boutique. Available in men's, women's and junior sizes. Orders must be received by Monday, September 20 at 9am. Items will be delivered to the school after the Mid-Term Break.


Parent Liaison Committee (PLC)

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. The PLC always welcomes constructive suggestions and recommendations from our parent community and ensures that strategic matters raised by parents are communicated appropriately to the Board. The PLC will receive correspondence via email at the following address: parentliaisoncommittee@cdnis.hk. Where and when appropriate, the PLC may direct correspondence to other relevant persons or groups for further consideration or action according to their roles and responsibilities. In order for the PLC to process the received comments effectively, please note that the PLC will only accept individual correspondence from parents through their official @CDNIS email accounts and will not entertain any petitions or anonymous communications.


Nurse's Office: CHP Seasonal Influenza Vaccination-Outreach Programme

CDNIS is hosting two seasonal flu vaccine clinics on campus for all interested students. EY students may attend on Saturday, October 9 from 8:30am-12:30pm in the LLAC Lobby. In line with social-distancing guidelines, one parent will be allowed to accompany their child. Parents will be required to fill in the Visitor Declaration Form closer to the day. A reminder the clinic for Prep to Grade 12 students will be set up on Friday, November 12. Dedicare Medical Centre is the service provider.


Nespresso Capsule Collection continues

After a successful spring launch, our capsule collection partnership with Nespresso will continue. Please bring to campus or send with your student your used Nespresso Capsule for collection and recycling. Special collection bins are located at the 9/F entrance and 8/F recycling area. In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we will continue the program and expand our sustainability partnership with Nespresso. We look forward to sharing more details on our new initiatives soon.


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.

Lower School News

3-Way Learning Conversations: This Week

A reminder that the Lower School will host our Prep to Grade 5 3-Way Learning Conversations on Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24 via Zoom. Prep to Grade 5 students do not attend school on these two days. Students in EY1 and EY2 will follow their school schedule as normal.


Smartwatches at School

Please do not send your child to school with a smart watch (i.e. Apple Watch). As with mobile phones, we aim to limit the distractions to learning caused by these devices. CDNIS staff will instruct students to keep smart watches in their bags. These devices are not to be used during the school day.


Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP)

The Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) will be administered to students in Grades 3–5 earlier this month. If you missed the parent Zoom session last week, you can view the presentation here. Passcode: U9Qcx!Hs


Dress Down Day

The next dress down day has been revised to Friday, October 8. The theme is monochrome or rainbow - you choose! Participating students should bring $20, which will be collected during homeroom. Funds raised will be divided equally between the four house charities.

Upper School News

Leaving School Early

Upper School students are permitted to leave school early provided a parent has submitted the leave request in the Attendance section of the Parent Portal. If a student needs to be collected by a private vehicle, parents need to include this information in the "additional information box" when submitting their child's leave request. Pick up or drop off must occur at least 30 minutes prior to any CDNIS arrival and dismissal time. Thank you for your cooperation.


Dress Down Day

The next dress down day has been revised to Friday, October 8. The theme is yet to be determined and will be announced next week. Participating students should bring $20, which will be collected during homeroom and donated towards a charity group determined by our student council.


Upcoming University Virtual Visits

Sept 20 - Jacobs University (Germany). Sept 20 - 25 - Study UK Week. Sept 22 - UCLA; and East vs West: USC, Pepperdine, Chapman, Emerson, Suffolk, and Northeastern. Sept 23 - Liberal Arts College Fair (USA); University of Toronto; and Study in Scotland. Sept 24 - Northeast Public University Fair (USA). Sept 25 - HKUST. Sept 25 - UCLA.


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.


Grade 7 & 8 Experience Week

For parents in grades 7 & 8 who were not able to attend the Experience Week Parent Information Session here is a recording of the webinar. Passcode: Ae0y4#0T

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 question, so please take a moment to check your message folder and reply. 

Dates

Sep 20, 2021
School Photos This Week


Sep 22, 2021
NO SCHOOL: Mid-Autumn Festival


Sep 22, 2021
University Virtual Visits: UCLA


Sep 23, 2021
3-Way Learning Conversations (Prep to Grade 5 students do not attend school)


Sep 24, 2021
3-Way Learning Conversations (Prep to Grade 5 students do not attend school)


Sep 25, 2021
University Virtual Visits: HKUST


Sep 29, 2021
University Virtual Visits: Northeastern and NYU


Oct 8, 2021
Dress Down Day


Oct 9, 2021
Season Flu Vaccine Clinic: EY students