We would like to extend our best wishes to our community for enduring and supporting each other and the school during Typhoon Mangkhut. A number of our parents lost large windows in their homes, furniture and other items. Numerous stories have been coming out in the last few days about some families waiting in stairwells for the storm to subside. We were lucky at CDNIS, with no windows broken and only minor damage. There was a small part of the roof torn off on the LLAC and some water damage to the LLAC walls. We will be repairing this area in the next two weeks. We would like to extend our thanks to our Facilities Team, Cleaners, and Security Guards for looking after the School during the storm and getting the School back up and running including clearing Nam Long Shan Road.
Student Online Medical Forms
Medical forms are updated yearly and it is essential that parents do this as a matter of priority, if you haven't already done so. Due to safety issues, children will not be able to participate in ASAs or field trips until the form has been completed. Please log in to the Parent Portal and click on "School Policies" on the menu to complete the Emergency Medical Treatment Authorization form. For further questions, please contact the School Nurses.
Project Innovate Coffee Morning featuring Inquiry and Project Based Learning
Parents, join LS Principal Helen Kelly and the PYP and MYP Coordinators in the 6/F Design Studio on Wednesday September 26 from 8am-9am, to learn more about inquiry and project based learning. These approaches develop critical and creative thinking, communication and social skills, as well as persistence and agency. Come and learn how this looks and feels in learning about science in Grades 1 to 9 during this interactive, hands-on session. Please RSVP here.
Happy "Canadian" Thanksgiving
In honour of Canadian Thanksgiving (October 8), a collection of paper maple leaves will be available in the 9/F lobby from Wednesday for students, staff and parents to write what they are thankful for. The leaves will be displayed in the 9/F lobby after Mid-Term break until Halloween.
Google Classroom no longer in use
As the school finalises parent access to digital classrooms through Veracross and Google we will need to discontinue the Google Classroom parent access feature for the time being. If you need to check your child's learning process, please ask your child to log into their Google accounts and show you. We will keep you informed once digital classroom access is finalised. If you have any queries please contact John Turner in Room 701.
71st Hong Kong Music Festival - Registration Open
LS and US students interested in participating in the 71st HK Schools Music Festival can find the forms here. Please submit completed forms with payment to Mrs. Kimberly Butler (LS) or Ms. Jessy Po (US). Fees must be paid by cheque to CDNIS. The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, October 2. For more information regarding fees for duo and solo performances, please access the festival syllabus.
No School - have you marked your calendar?
Just a reminder there is no school for students on Tuesday, September 25 (Day after Mid-Autumn Festival), Monday, October 1 (National Day of PRC) and the Mid Term Break takes place October 15-19, while Monday, October 22 is a Professional Development Day for staff. Please mark these dates on your calendar. The full school calendar is also available in the Parent Handbook and on the main school website.
Application Deadline for 2019/2020 School Year
Please note the application deadline for Pre Reception to Grade 2 has been brought forward to Tuesday, October 2, 2018 for 2018/2019 school entry. Admissions assessments will begin in December for applicants who apply on or before October 2. Please contact the Admissions Office via email or by phone (2240 6363) for further assistance or information.
Flash Next Week
Please note that Flash will be sent next week on Tuesday, October 2. This is because there is no school the day before due to the National Day of the PRC.
New Initiatives: Student Information Management System
The school is rolling out a new student information management system called Veracross. All parents received an email to their @CDNIS parent email account inviting them to sign in. Parents are encourage to visit the Parent Portal FAQ before logging into the new Parent Portal.
CDNIS Mobile App
The CDNIS app is here! The CDNIS mobile app provides vital information and notifications on the go. Please download it via the App Store or Google Play by searching for "CDNIS" to keep up to date with what is happening at school, including urgent messages such as school closures due to weather. While the app has an Absent Form, please note that the form is not fully operational and parents will be asked to submit all absent requests via the Parent Portal in the coming weeks.
Save the date: Terry Fox Run Hong Kong
The 6th Annual Terry Fox Run in Hong Kong is coming up on Saturday, November 3! CDNIS continues to be a strong supporter of this fun, non-competitive, and meaningful event to raise awareness of those who persevere through cancer while raising money for local cancer research. All the money that is raised by the Hong Kong Terry Fox Run stays in Hong Kong, supporting researchers at HKU and CUHK, over $3.5 million over the years! Further details coming soon.
This year, the entire school will mark the occasion on Friday, November 2. Students from Pre Reception to Grade 12, staff and parents are encouraged to dress up! It's never too early to plan your costume, but please remember that our school is "weapons-free" in terms of costumes and related props (i.e. no swords, knives, etc). We also request that - with students at CDNIS being as young as 4-years old - you are mindful of the use of "gore" and scary costumes. Check out some of the costumes from last year right here!
Parent Liaison Committee
This is the fourth year since the Board of Governors has re-established the Parent Liaison Committee (PLC). The 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.
Monday, September 24: US Music Rehearsal (Theatre)
Wednesday, September 26: Student Advisory - IB Exam Candidate Registration (Lobby)
Thursday, September 27: Grade 9 Preparing for Oxbridge Presentation (Lobby), USA Women's College Evening Presentation (Lobby)