Home Learning

This week I have posted the Home Learning to Google Classroom. Most pieces have been started in class time to ensure students understand the task. Some tasks are things we are working in class but need to be finished off at home. Everything is due Friday.

Asbury Methodist Social Services Trip

Asbury Methodist Social Services Field Trip

Grade 5 has an exciting trip planned to visit Asbury Methodist Social Services. Asbury works with 300+ families in different capacities. We will be specifically visiting their sheltered homes provided for new immigrants in Tsuen Wan. We have been looking at a range of social issues in Hong Kong and this trip will allow us to see how an organisation has responded to the needs of new immigrants.


What are some of the problems new immigrants are facing in Hong Kong? What are organisations like Asbury doing to help? What could we do to help? This field trip not only connects to our current unit of Sharing the Planet but also leads into our How We Organise Ourselves unit of inquiry. During our visit to the Ashbury Service centre students will have a chance to understand the function of an organisation and how all the parts work together to serve a purpose.


As part the visit, students will be learning about the needs of immigrant families from social workers at Asbury. Once we have learned about the organisation and the people it serves, the Asbury social workers will lead small groups of students with a parent volunteer or teacher to go to a market and buy some provisions for one of the families.


Asbury has found some families that are willing to open their homes to visitors. We will be delivering the supplies that we purchase to one of these families as part of our action. Students will see first-hand the living conditions of a family and be able to interact with them. It’s also a great chance for them to practice their Mandarin since the immigrant families are from mainland China.


We ask that parents send $20 with their child as a donation. The students will use this money to purchase the supplies at a market.


For more information about Asbury, you can visit http://www.asbury.org.hk/.


Weekly Post

Seussical Jr.: Audition Packs Available for Download

Information about auditions and the audition pack for the LS Musical Production: Seussical Jr. is now available on the musical blog. Sign-ups for auditions will start November 6 (with a link that will be posted on the same blog). Auditions for the production will be the week of November 20. For more information please contact Ms. Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Pathways to Success information evening

Dear Parents,

The Guidance Team is pleased to invite you to the “Pathways to Success”  information evening on Thursday, November 9th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the LLAC (with refreshments at 6:00p.m.).

 This evening will outline the Upper School Guidance program, which helps prepare students for their postsecondary and career goals. The Guidance Team will discuss goal setting, academic planning and success, service and extracurricular opportunities as they all relate to the Upper School and post-secondary options. Included in this presentation will be specific information about the university application process, gap year, internships and careers.

Grade 3-6 parents are welcome to attend, but the presentation is most relevant to parents of Upper School children.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 7 so that we can ensure there is enough seating and/or communicate any updates.

 Kindly RSVP here.

Parenting Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder

Does your child find everyday tasks challenging? Are they distracted by touch/sounds/lights? Do they find it challenging to sit still for a short while? These are just some of the symptoms which might stand out to you. In this parenting talk on November 15 from 8am-9:30 am in the LLAC, Lorena Kastner will provide an understanding of SPD and strategies for you to understand and assist your child. RSVP here.

Box of Hope

CDNIS is once again supporting the charity “Box of Hope”, which aims to provide educational and fun gifts for children in need throughout Asia. Collection Week for 2017 is November 6-10. A drop-off area will be set up in the 9/F Lobby. Please refer to this link for details.

 Habitat for Humanity: Paint Your House

Please refer to the links below for the announcements from the Habitat for Humanity Club, who are running the Paint Your House event next week, November 6-10.

Remembrance Day Assemblies

Friday, November 10 in the LLAC Theatre – Seating for parents in the LLAC Theatre is limited to the balcony only.

  • 8:00-8:40am Grades 4-6

  • 9:40-10:20am Grades 1-3

Scholastic Book Club Webpage Link 

Here the instructions for parents to order the Scholastic books.  The order forms went out on Tuesday, October 31 please use  this link.

Food Collection Drive by UNICEF Club

The Upper School CDNIS UNICEF club is hosting a school-wide food drive this week from Monday, October 30, to Friday, November 3. All donations will  go to Feeding Hong Kong, a Hong Kong-based NGO which distributes donated and surplus food to those in need. Drop off points for donations can be found on the 9th, 6th (bridge), 4th and 3rd floors. Please view the attached poster for more information on what items are especially beneficial. We’re grateful for any help you can give!

Sign up deadline for the Terry Fox Run is TODAY!!

Here is the Terry Fox Run sign up procedure , and this link to the bus sign-up will close at noon today. Hope to see you there!

Weekly Post

Talks by Upper School students to Gr. 5s about refugees & taking action

Grade 5 talks on our taking action stories page including reflections from the US students who presented last week.

Invitation to Audition – Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Dear Parents,

Hong Kong Shax Theatre Group (香港莎士比亞戲劇團) is delighted to invite your child to our audition for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Our 11th production, Macbeth, is scheduled to perform at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts on April 14, 2018 (Saturday). We are staging the play in its original, Shakespearean language at 7:30pm at the Drama Theatre, with a possible matinee show at 3:30pm. We are now recruiting child actors aged 8-12 for our scheduled evening show.

The Hong Kong Shax Theatre Group is a registered society under the Society Ordinance in Hong Kong. We are affiliated with the University of Hong Kong as most of our members are undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni of the University. We have been receiving support from the University for rehearsal venues and publicity channels since our establishment in 2010. You may find more information about the group on our website www.hkstg.org. You may also visit www.shaxspeakershk.com for more information about our founder and artistic director, Rosalind Wong.

The audition for child actors will take place at the University of Hong Kong on October 28, 2017 (Saturday). The exact location and its details will be sent to you after we receive the completed audition form.

Please kindly read through the documents attached in this email before returning the audition form. Should you have any questions regarding the production or the audition, please feel free to contact us and we shall answer your questions the best we can.

We look forward to seeing you at the audition!

Yours faithfully,
Simon Sharma

on behalf of
Rosalind Wong
Artistic Director

What is going on in 5D?

Don’t forget to check out the class presentation for the current unit to view the learning engagements and resources that we are using to understand the Central Idea: Circumstances and actions can support or deny access to rights and opportunities.

Also, we have our Google Classroom which is our online space to post our work, comments and questions. Your child will be able to show you.

A big thank you to parents that are commenting on the student blogs. Your feedback is very useful and makes our work more authentic when we know people are actually reading it!

5D Assembly


A big thank you to all the wonderful students in 5D for your wonderful presentation about the camp and Etymology today. So proud of you- putting the whole thing together in a week!

Goal Setting

Students have now completed their goals. The have filed them into their private folder and shared those folders with you. They have also written a post about it today.

Each week, we will set aside time to write down examples and evidence of how we are progressing towards achieving these goals. I will be commenting on them in the students progress reports and I look forward to seeing parents in January the discuss their progress in the Learning Reviews.

Coffee Morning – Bilingualism in Children: Separating Fact from Fiction

Join us for a presentation focuses on the nature of bilingual development; ESL & language delay; the benefits of bilingualism; and common myths & misconceptions.” Join us on Tuesday, October 24  (8am-10am) in the LLAC with Arthur Fang, a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. Please RSVP.

Lora lee

Lower School Guidance Counsellor Grade 3-Grade 6

Room 809B