Flash September 24 2018

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All School news

Typhoon Cleanup

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.

Halloween Celebrations

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.

LLAC Marquee

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)

Lower School News

3-Way Learning Conversations

Grades 1-6 will host 3-Way Learning Conversations on Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28. Please note there will be no regular classes and ASAs on these two days. To learn more about 3WLCs and how to sign up, please click here

Mid Term Holiday Camp

Celebrate Autumn at CDNIS! The Mid-term holiday camp will run from Monday, October 15 - Tuesday, October 16, and Thursday, October 18 - Friday, October 19. Please visit the ASA website for more information.

Upper School News

University visits this week

The invasion of university reps continues this week! Come meet the reps! All visits take place in US Guidance unless noted otherwise.
Monday, September 24: USC, Colby College (12:20pm-1:15pm); Waterloo, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (attn, aspiring pilots!, 2:45pm)
Wednesday, September 26: Simon Fraser, Chapman University (12:25pm-1:20pm); School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Quest University (2:45pm)
Thursday, September 27: Trinity Western University (3pm)
Friday, September 28: Queen's University (12:15pm-1:15pm); University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Brescia University College (2:45pm)

U.S. Women's Colleges Evening Presentation

CDNIS will host a panel presentation on women's colleges in the U.S. on Thursday, September 27 from 6:30-8pm in the LLAC Lobby. Recent graduates from six top women's colleges will discuss their experiences, and explain why they chose to attend a women's college. The event is open to students and parents from all HK schools. Bus service to/from CDNIS will be provided. Click here for more information and to register. 

UC Berkeley, Notre Dame, University of Virginia info session

UC Berkeley, Notre Dame, and UVA will hold a public info session on Wednesday, September 26 from 5:30-7pm at Diocesan Boys School (DBS). For more information and to register, visit this website

HKUST Info Day

On Saturday, September 29 from 9am-6pm, HKUST will hold an information day for interested students and parents on the UST campus. For further information, please visit this website.

Dutch Universities Workshop - studying in the Netherlands

On Wednesday, September 26 from 6pm-8pm at King George V School, four Dutch universities will give a workshop on studying in the Netherlands. The event is open at all HK students and parents. For more information, visit this website.

Ivy League Fair

The annual Ivy League Fair will take place on Friday, September 28 from 7pm-9pm at St. Paul's College in Sai Wan. Interested students and parents are invited to come and speak with alumni from the Ivy universities plus Stanford. See this link for more info, and register at this site

University of Calgary Information Session

The University of Calgary is hosting an Information Session for students interested in four year undergraduate bachelor degree programs. This event will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 3pm-4pm. For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

EduCanada Fair

On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, the Consulate General of Canada in HK and Macao will hold its annual EduCanada Fair at the Excelsior Hotel. For details and more information, visit the event website.


SUP with CISPA again at Stanley Beach

You asked, so we delivered! By popular demand, CISPA will hold three more stand up paddleboard mornings for CDNIS parents on Thursday, September 27, October 11, and October 25. No experience necessary, and beginners welcome!

More used uniform sales!

Are you missing a few uniform items? Come to the CISPA Used Uniform Sale in the 9/F lobby on Thursday, September 27 from 11am-2:30pm, and Friday, September 28 from 7:30am-1pm.

Order books from Scholastic Book Club

When children are given the opportunity to choose their own books, they are more likely to read them! CISPA makes it easy for CDNIS students to pick from the latest titles with the Scholastic Book Club. Book orders are due Friday, September 28.

Join the Storybook Pumpkin Showcase

Grab a pumpkin and some paint! This is a fun, creative event for all students and families. Painted pumpkins (no carving please) will be displayed in the library from October 2 -12 as a part of all the great Lit Blitz festivities.

It’s the CDNIS Book Fair

From Tuesday, October 2 to Friday, October 5, the LLAC Lobby will turn into a big book store with all the most popular and up-and-coming titles in kids’ literature brought to CDNIS by three respected vendors! Students will visit the Fair to purchase books with their classes or can pop by at recess and lunch time. It's all a part of Lit Blitz festivities .

International Library Day needs you

This year International Library Day takes place on Tuesday, October 9. The CISPA Literacy Committee is looking for volunteers to host country tables at the event, showcasing the beloved books and authors from that nation. Come and represent your country!

More delicious dim sum with CISPA

We just can’t get enough dim sum! Join CISPA and other CDNIS parents for another delicious dumpling lunch on Thursday, October 11 at 12 noon at the Hong Kong Country Club.

Outreach Committee Meeting

Join the Outreach Committee meeting on Thursday, October 11 starting at 8am. This Committee provides funds, support and mentorship to members of our community who are leading charitable initiatives.

LIGHTS//OUT private boxing class for CDNIS parents

LIGHTS//OUT is an immersive boxing group class under ever changing playlists and lights. Join the CISPA Welcome Committee for a special private class on Thursday, October 25, just for CDNIS parents. Only 18 spots available on a first come, first served basis. Book your spot today!

Projects supported by the Outreach Committee

The CISPA Outreach Committee supports projects that have a service, charitable or environmentally conscious element. Here are three projects that CISPA funded recently that are contributing to our local and global community.

Calling all vendors for the Family Fun Fair!

Do you have a product or service that CDNIS families would enjoy or appreciate? The shopping area at the CISPA Family Fun Fair is the place for you. Booth spaces are limited and go very quickly, so make sure to apply as soon as possible. The application period closes on Friday, October 5.

Bring us your books!

Give your unwanted books a new life by donating them to CISPA. Simply drop them off in the red box in the 9/F lobby. Thank you!


Sep 25, 2018
NO SCHOOL - Day After Mid-Autumn Festival

Sep 26, 2018
Project Based Learning Coffee Morning

Sep 27, 2018
No ASA on Sept 27 - 28

Sep 27, 2018
Grades 1-6 3-Way Learning Conversations

Sep 28, 2018
Grades 1-6 3-Way Learning Conversations

Oct 1, 2018
NO SCHOOL - National Day of PRC

Oct 10, 2018
LS Parent Coffee Morning

Oct 11, 2018
Grade 11 Parent Information Night - Post Secondary Process

Oct 15, 2018
Mid-Term Break October 15-19

Oct 22, 2018
NO SCHOOL - Professional Learning Day

Nov 3, 2018
Terry Fox Run Hong Kong