Prep C News 19th May 2017

Prep C News 19th May 2017

 Sports Day – what an amazing time!
Parents – this was a brilliant day and watching our blossoms as they marched, skated, skipped and bounced to each activity was great. Please check under the photo tab for pictures taken by teachers and, if you have taken photos yourself, it would be fabulous if you added them to the tab. Thank you so much to all our volunteers. CDNIS is truly blessed to have so much support.
Learning never takes a back seat and this week our students worked on word understanding, reading and writing. They also looked at the history of flight and the many ways in which people tried to get into the air. This innovation most certainly changed lives, one of our lines of inquiry. Mathematically, our students looked at how time elapsed and how we measure our day by time blocks.
Coming up:
May 31st we have our end of year celebration. We will be in the LLAC from 8.30 am. After this we invite all parents back to class so that our children can express their gratitude to you for all you have done this year. (Yes, we have plans)!

From our class parents:

The end of year party for Prep students is on June 7 from 11:30-1:30 at the Aberdeen Marina Club in the Adventure Zone on the 4th floor.
It will include lunch for the kids.
We plan on leaving the school at 11:10 to give us ample time to get there. It’s about a 10 minute walk.  I would like seven to nine parents to walk down with us to the party for safety reasons. Please let me know if you are able to walk down (and also if you can walk back up the hill at the end of the day, leaving around 1.35pm from the AMC).
Costs: 220 HKD to be given to SWATI PANDIT (Arjun’s mother). If any money comes via the classroom, please ensure it is in a sealed envelope and addressed to Swati.
A permission slip for the AMC visit was included in your child’s folder – please ensure it is returned by this coming Tuesday.

A big thank you to the class parents for putting this together!

From Mrs Lovegrove in the library:
Hi everyone,

The last day for borrowing books is 19th May (today).

All books need to be returned by next Friday: 26th May.

Have a great week!

Please also check around the house for any books borrowed from the classroom and send them back.

From Ms Kipfer:

Rec and Prep Parents–Feedback about Transition Presentations

Thank you to the parents that took time away from busy schedules to join us for the Transition Workshops (Rec to Prep and Prep to Rec). Please let us know how we can improve these presentations for next school year and any additional questions you may have so we can answer them early next school year. Thank you in advance for filling out this 5 minute survey. Here is the survey.

Some of you have asked for the resources so here is the Rec to Prep, Prep to Gr 1 and Resilience. Please click on name to go to the resources.

Have a lovely weekend!

Carole and Joanne

Transition Presentations

Rec and Prep Parents–Feedback about Transition Presentations

Thank you to the parents that took time away from busy schedules to join us for the Transition Workshops (Rec to Prep and Prep to Rec). Please let us know how we can improve these presentations for next school year and any additional questions you may have so we can answer them early next school year. Thank you in advance for filling out this 5 minute survey. Here is the survey.

Some of you have asked for the resources so here is the Rec to Prep, Prep to Gr 1 and Resilience. Please click on name to go to the resources.

Prep C News 12th May 2017

Prep C News 12th May 2017

It’s Friday!

Happy Mother’s Day for those who celebrate this weekend (I know there are several dates, depending on where you are from – here is a link that gives a list of all those Mother’s Days out there……

The highlight of the week was our class trip!  Thank you to all those parents for their assistance and willingness to help the children understand the differences between old Hong Kong and the Hong Kong they know today.

Literacy groups and Mathematical groups and UOI investigations were as usual this week – lots of skills practice for our little ones!

Today students went to see their buddies’ assembly – thank you for A and Miss Brown for such an opportunity! Our little ones loved it!

Next week:

Sports Day is coming up May 17.

May 31 is the LLAC end of year assembly/performance

Stay tuned for information on the AMC visit!

Note: one child lost her shoes after the class trip yesterday. So far, they have not turned up. They went missing during a class tidy up in preparation for home time. Could you please check to see if they somehow made it to your home? I suspect a zealous tidy-upper has placed them somewhere safe without checking to see whose they were. We will continue to check and recheck lost property.

Have a great weekend!

Carole and Joanne





Prep C 5th of May 2017

Prep C 5th of May 2017

I hope your Labour Day went well on May the 1st, Buddha’s birthday was blessed on May the 3rd and the Force was with you on May the 4th.

This week:

Our three days included swimming where our students continued to impress, literacy games where their knowledge of rhyming words and letter blends showed a positive jump, mathematical games where the work on patterns paid off as they sequenced larger strings of numbers with greater success and where they delved into their understandings on Time, and some interesting thinking on the Unit of Inquiry Where We Are in Time and Place. Play showed deeper levels of planning and a sense of narrative.

Coming up:

Our wonderful class parents are working on a special class event to happen in the last week of school. This is very exciting – I look forward to hearing about the details! Also, on the last day of May we have a final End of year Prep Assembly from 8 to around 9 am, where our children will share some of their thoughts on the year with you. This is followed by a shared lunch – more on that soon – where our students will be saying thank you to YOU for all your help this year.

Class trip next week! At the time of writing I am still looking for some parent helpers. The museum is large and we would like a low adult-child ratio on this day. Please contact me if you would like to join us.

There is a new sticker on the communication book – this is from Ms Makky Fung from One Door, and is in relation to the coming presentation about ipads for grade one. This is on the 11th of May at 5.30 pm in the Library Pit. I will send out further information very soon.

Finally, earlier this week I posed myself this question: “When a child has richer play/social-emotional skill experiences, how does this affect the physical (not emotional) brain?” While wandering around the internet looking for answers, I found the link below. (It doesn’t answer my question but was an interesting read). I hope you enjoy it!

Have a lovely weekend!

Carole and Joanne



Brain Architecture


Prep C News 28th of April

Prep C News 28th of April

It was lovely to see all parents today!

The Student Led Learning Reviews were the high point of the week, with the children planning and preparing what they wanted to share with their parents. After reaching some common agreements, the children further developed their plans by deciding on personal areas of growth and pride. I was particularly impressed with the ways in which they shared today, demonstrating their learning in multiple languages and describing their strategies to parents. Well done to our young learners – and thank you parents, for allowing your children to take the lead in sharing their understandings.

The week was still packed with learning goodies! Our Unit of Inquiry Where We Are in Time and Place has begun and earlier in the week, Mr Graeme Still came in and shared what life was like in Hong Kong in the sixties and seventies. The children were keenly interested – as were the teachers. Miss Joanne followed up in class sharing photos of her life as a young girl in Hong Kong. Mathematically, our students have started learning about the measurement concept of time. They shared what they already know and made their own clocks for use in coming investigations. Literacy wise, they continued to grow through reading and writing activities and during the preparations for their SLLRs, they became very excited when they realised their writing samples from August and April showed significant progress.


Just a reminder that when children swim, they take off their shoes, so naming them to avoid later confusions is important.

Hats! Please ensure your children come to school with their hats.

Coming up:

May 11 – Class Trip! We leave school at ten for the Hong Kong Museum of History and should be back at school around 1.45pm. Parents are, as always, welcome!

May 18 – Sports Day! A letter went home this week asking for volunteers. The more we can have the better!

End of MayEnd of Year Prep Assembly in the LLAC! More details to come.

Have a lovely long weekend everyone! Happy Isra’a Wal Miraj to those who celebrated earlier this week and have a great Labour Day on Monday.

Carole and Joanne

Prep C News 21st April 2017

Prep C News 21st April 2017

The week was short but as usual, we squeezed as much as we could into it!

Our new unit Where We Are in Time and Place officially starts this week and we spent some of this week exploring the related concepts, particularly that of CHANGE. We also started preparing for the SLLRs (next week) with the children deciding what they wanted to share with you as part of their learning journey and creating a list of what they wanted to share, then what they needed to make sharing with you feasible. Mathematically we revisited some basic algebra, and played number games to explore patterns in numbers to twenty and above.

Today’s Dress Down Day was popular with bankers, managers, doctors, teachers, fathers, animal rescuers, martial arts masters and authors filling the room, along with a princess and a flower.

Two forms went into the folder today. One is a Health Services Appointment letter which is only for those families who signed up for the dental service. The other went to everyone and is a field trip form. We are planning on visiting the Hong Kong Museum of History on May 11th as they show a lot of what HK used to look like, and this fits into our Unit of Inquiry.  We need some volunteers and hope for a minimum of ten. We have spaces for up to five on the bus, so some parents will need to meet us at the museum. Please email me if you would like to be part of this trip, and if you would like to travel on the bus, let me know and I can sort that out on a first come first served basis. We will leave at CDNIS at 10 am and return to school around 1.45pm.


On Tuesday Mr Still will be talking to students about Hong Kong in the “olden days”.

Friday – it’s the big one! –  SLLRs. There is no school on that day. Please do not be late to your appointment time as you are sharing the time with other families and space is tight. If you have not made an appointment, you need to let me know as the booking system is closed and arrangements will have to be made via me.

Prep to Gr 1 Transition Parent Presentation

If you have been wondering about the transition from Prep into Gr 1, please join us for the parent presentation to learn more.  The Prep and Gr 1 teams along with administration and the PYP Coordinators have been planning this transition and are excited to share the plans for a smooth transition for each child.  Please sign up here by Friday, May 5th.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, May 12th

Location: Library Pit

Time: 8-9am

And that’s all! Have a lovely weekend!

Carole and Joanne


URGENT:  April 21st Parent Workshop Cancelled
It is a busy time and unfortunately, we did not have enough parents sign up to be able to offer the extensive parent workshop we had planned for this Friday, April 21st.
We have a Prep to Gr1 and Rec to Prep Transition Parent Workshop in May so will add an optional 20 minute session afterwards that addresses resilience and social and emotional learning. Please look for a sign up soon for this upcoming workshop.

Prep C News 7th April 2017

Prep C News 7th April 2017

It’s the holidays!!

Although we are slowing down for our well needed break, this week our students continued to think, to question, to explore and to learn. Our UOI wraps up this week and children interviewed with me and talked about why we tell stories, how stories are shared, things that make a “good” story, and the feelings evoked by stories. After the break, we will leaping into our unit Where We Are In Time and Place.

This week our special event was our Easter egg hunt with our fourth grade buddies showing us how to find eggs using coordinates. We shared a lovely snack at the top of the hill next to the school. Thanks to Caroline Brown and 4A for all of their planning! The Preppies absolutely love that time with their heroes!

On Friday we attended a showcase for LS – like a series of spotlights, students were able to show us their talents. Our blossoms were rapt!


The portfolios have been trickling back in – please make sure they come back as we continue to collect work for our final stretch.

Student Led Learning Reviews!  When we come back, SSLRs will be the focus. Included below is a message from our PYP Coordinators.

Please watch this video to learning about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review. 

Children have been forgetting their hats lately. Please ensure your child has their hat (clearly named) at school every day.

Parent Workshop– Please join us on the 21st April 2017 at LLAC lobby from 8:00am-9:30am.

We will be sharing information on following topics:
-Conflict management
-Resilience and Self regulation
-Friendship issues and the role teachers and parents play.
-What is safe play?
-Respecting differences and self respect

Each topic will run for ten minutes and you will have the opportunity to attend all of them.

Coming DDD!

There are TWO!

One on April 21st, theme to be announced.

There is a separate DDD for April 24th – please see the enclosed.

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Have a wonderful break!

Carole and Joanne

Prep C News 31st March

Prep C News 31st March

And the week is over!

Swimming started this week. Our blossoms were changed and in the pool in record time. They were reassessed and their groups organised. The children were extremely excited. This session they are expected to undress and dress themselves, and you will be pleased to know they managed really well. They are also taller – seeing them standing against the lockers for the first time since the last session made it quite noticeable!

Parent groups this week included Michaela and Moustafa, with our mystery reader being Moustafa.  We have quite a few spaces free in the coming weeks for parent groups, so please sign up! The children not only practice social skills and play with mathematical and language ideas, they love seeing you!

Book swap happened this week, and some excited children shared the books they had swapped or bought. A big thank you to the school parents for taking the time to do this!

The children have been reflecting on what stories are, how they are shared and what makes a good story this week, in line with the Lines of Inquiry in our UOI. They focused on silent stories that use art to communicate, and watched some short (5 minute) animated movies, trying to work out what the message was in each. They also investigated story through song in some more detail. Patterns and simple mathematical addition and subtraction related activities have also been on the agenda.

Mr March, author of the book “The Dog Who Chased His Tail” came to the school today with our students, sharing his book and answering questions about his story. The book was written up on the South China Morning Post: . Mr March can be contacted at  and here is his Facebook He has kindly given permission for his details to be shared in case you would like to buy a signed copy of his book. Thanks to Rebecca Tupling for organising this.

Coming up:

Public holiday – the Qing Ming Festival on Tuesday. No school!

Easter party – Prep C is having an Easter party with their grade four buddies. The party is on Wednesday at 11.40. Weather permitting, we will be going up the hill and having fun and games at the playground up there. This promises to be a lovely occasion! A wet weather plan will be in place, hopefully we will not need it!

Friday April 7 is the last day of school before our week’s break where I hope everyone gets a much needed rest.

Parent Workshop– Please join us on the 21st April 2017 at LLAC lobby from 8:00am-9:30am.

We will be sharing information on following topics:
-Conflict management
-Resilience and Self regulation
-Friendship issues and the role teachers and parents play.
-What is safe play?
-Respecting differences and self respect

Each topic will run for ten minutes and you will have the opportunity to attend all of them.
And I think that’s it!
Prep C News 25th March 2017

Prep C News 25th March 2017

A week with a lot of extra opportunities and fun. We also have some important messages below – please take the time to read them.

SPOTLIGHT was absolutely lovely and our children really enjoyed sharing their talents with you. As someone who is a dance teacher, I was impressed with how our blossoms showed their learning in Music and Movement, and I look forward to seeing how that develops over the next few years.

Ms Benusa came in on Tuesday to sing songs that are stories with our young ones which had the children rapt. This week we also focused on tall tales (John Henry, Thunder Rose and Captain Stormalong being favourites).  Ms Kipfer came in on Friday and read a story about a quilt, and the children were able to create kindness quilts. The children continued to build on their understanding of patterns in mathematics, and they demonstrated growing understanding of the narrative with their use of role play and puppet play.

Tamie Nakamora was our visiting artist this week and the children worked on mosaics with her, creating some lovely pieces. Many thanks to Ms Kim Campbell for organising this opportunity.

The SPLAT troupe came this week and our children were treated to dramatised poetry, which was both extremely funny and highly captivating. Thanks to Mrs Jenny Lovegrove for organising this.

Razkids – We have been setting up for each Prep C child their Raz kids account. This is to expand their reading opportunities at home. We encourage students to first listen to a story, and then read it for themselves. There is the option to record their voice if they wish. Some stories have quizzes attached, and this is an optional feature. Gaining points to build a robot is also an optional feature. It is important that the children see this as another reading option as well as their take home readers, library books (and class books are still available for children to read at home); parents are encouraged to enjoy this extra opportunity with their children.

Next Thursday after parent groups we will be having coffee and tea in the classroom. The times are slightly different for coffee – 8.50-9.10.

Messages from the school:

The Book Swap for Pre Rec-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria! Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one.  If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use their leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! So please come to the 12th floor cafeteria before school on Thursday 30th March for the Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap!


Session 2 of Swimming will commence on March 28th. 

Swimming lessons for Prep C students will be 10:30-11:30am in the CDNIS pool on Tuesdays:

Your child will need the following things on swimming days:

  • Bathing suit and goggles
  • Towel
  • Swimming cap
  • A bag to hold wet items and a separate labeled bag to hold all these swimming items.

During Session 2, parents and helpers are invited to watch from the 2nd floor gallery but are asked to refrain from helping with the changing process. We encourage you to help your child learn to dress themselves independently between the 2 sessions.

Session 2 dates: Mar 28/ Apr 25 / May 2, 9, 16, 23 / June 6

Kindly note that swimming is part of the Physical Education curriculum and children are expected to participate. If on the swim day your child is unable to participate due to illness or any other reason, please send us a message in your child’s communication book with a doctor’s note.


We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there are a few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.


  • The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.

  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.

  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.

  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.

  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.


Lower School Admin Team

Have a wonderful weekend everyone