Important Dates

Grade Level Guides
Parents interested in learning more about grade level expectations, programmes of inquiry, mathematics, literacy, Chinese studies and more are encouraged to check out the Grade Level brochures, available on the main school website under “Brochures”.

3-Way Learning Conversations: September 28 and 29
Please don’t forget that we have our Learning Conversations next week. This will be a casual conversation with the goal to help students understand themselves as learners better as well as for parents and teachers to be more informed about how to help the learning process. Parents and teachers will be helping to develop the metacognitive processes, dispositions and skills needed to support life-long learning.

This message is to all students and parents in the Lower School. When students arrive to school in the morning, they must keep their phones in their locker. They don’t need their phone during the day. We have other devices that do what we need. Our personal devices aren’t needed unless we find a purpose for them and a teacher gives permission. We appreciate parent support in this matter. Please don’t ask your child to call you before or during the school day.

Parenting the Digital Native- a workshop for parents of students G3-10
CDNIS welcomes Dr Mark Gandolfi from the St. John’s Cathedral Counseling Team Wednesday, September 27 at 7pm-8:30 pm in the LLAC Lobby. This parent workshop will focus on how to parent children in a digital world. The Internet is a vital part of our world and an important tool in education and research shows young people are spending an average 44.5 hours per week online. Do you have the skills to parent against that type of influence? Please RSVP here.

September 27: Pancake and Pajama Day
September 28 and 29: 3-Way Learning Conversations (Students wear their summer uniforms)
October 2- 9: October Break
October 13: House Day (Students wear P.E uniform)

Terry Fox Run HK: Saturday Nov 4 at RCHK

The details:
Hosted at RCHK on Saturday Nov 4th.

Organized by the Terry Fox Run HK organization
3, 5 and 10-km distances, family friendly
Registration 10am, run at 11am
All funds raised remain in HK and are donated to cancer research that is approved by Terry Fox International

The goal:
Organizers hope to have 2000 runners this year, and raise $1million HKD
At CDNIS we hope to boost our involvement and support for this important and inspiring event

The Plan at CDNIS:
T-shirt sales and other initiatives around the school to boost awareness
Free busses will run from Paterson St in CWB to the event for all who RSVP (closer to the date)

The links:
Here’s the website if you want to show it in your class or sign up for the run:

Here is a link to the event Facebook page ( for updated info.

More info will be shared as it comes available.

Home Learning


NOTE: You do not need to complete the Design Thinking Inquiry. You will be finishing your personalised Dancing Dumpling for our class door instead.

The Learning Grid should be taped into each students agenda.

Personal well-being may be completed on the grid.

Don’t forget you can use the words from class when completing your Word inquiry task

Due to the  Professional Development Day this Friday, all home learning is due on Monday.

You will need this to complete your math Inquiry…

Important Dates

Important Dates
September 11: Curriculum Night
September 12: Library International Day- come dressed as your culture/country
September 15: No School for students
September 20: 5D to visit Lit Blitz Book Fair
September 20: Parent Information Session 6:30pm in the Library Pit.
September 22: Mid Autumn Festival Celebration organised by Class Mom
September 27: Pancake and Pyjama Day
September 28 and 29: 3-Way Learning Conversations
October 2- 9: October Break
October 11-13: Grade 5 Camp
October 20: 5D’s Assembly


Book Fair
5D will go to the Book Fair in the LLAC on Wednesday, September 20. Children who wish to purchase books can bring some money. There is also the option of reserving a book and paying for it the next day.

3-Way Learning Conversations – September 28-29
You are invited by the Lower School of Canadian International School of Hong Kong to participate in 3-Way Learning Conversations. Please follow the user guide that will be emailed to you on Thursday, September 14 to access our online scheduling system.

  • Please be reminded that the student is present (wearing normal school uniform) and is an active participant in the 3-Way Learning Conversations.
  • These reviews are for Grades 1 to 6 students only.
  • Regularly-scheduled classes will not take place on these two days
  • The focus of the 3-Way Learning Conversations is an opportunity to discuss settling in, progress in learning and social development.
  • Following the 3-Way Learning Conversation, teachers and students will collaborate within the classroom programme to set goals that will be shared with parents in the Portfolio.
    Should you have any issues signing up, please contact Winnie McCarthy 

Message from CISPA – Scholastic Book Club
Scholastic Book Club is launching anew at CDNIS!  The book club allows students to order quality books, especially those that are hard to find in HK bookshops.  This book club replaces Paddyfield, which has since stopped selling books via schools. Being part of the book club also allows CISPA to organize great events for the students and parents, such as author visits and literacy expert speakers. Order forms were distributed this week and are due on September 13th.  Books will be delivered to school shortly after the Oct break.

We’re providing the catalogues to all LS students so parents and students can read them together and choose the appropriate books.  In the interests of being more green, only grade related leaflets will be distributed. In the future if you would prefer to view these online and save on paper, let us know and we’ll send you the links instead.  Please email

How to order:

  • Books are themed by age and topic
  • Books for emerging readers have a graded reading level (GRL).  Texts are levelled from A-Z  from beginning readers to mature readers)
  • Prices in the catalogue are in US$
  • Prices on the order form are in HK$ (already converted and includes shipping/handling)
  • Simply tick off the books you’d like and fill out the form and leave in an envelope with the class teacher

We will have 4 order periods during the year.

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night, 2017
Monday, September 11, Grades 4-6

Light refreshments will be served in the LLAC Lobby for parents from 6pm-6:30pm

5:30pm-6:20pm – Library and Chinese Cultural Centre
Optional Chinese Teachers’ Presentations and Meet and Greet

6:00pm-6:20pm – LLAC Lobby
Optional Single Subject Teachers’ Meet and Greet

6:30pm-7:00pm – LLAC Auditorium
Grade Level Teachers and Educational Assistants introduced
Project Innovate
Mathematics at CDNIS

7:00pm-7:15pm – Parents/Guardians move to classrooms

7:15pm-8:00pm – Homeroom Presentations

8:00pm-8:30pm – Light Refreshments – 9/F Lobby

8:35pm – Buses Depart
Buses: Grades 4-6 Curriculum Night

Pickup: 5pm Admiralty (for Chinese Studies presentations)
Admiralty Centre 海富中心, G/F Concourse, MTR Exit A

Pickup:5:30pm Admiralty Centre 海富中心, G/F Concourse, MTR Exit A

Depart: 9:10pm CDNIS 9/F to Golden Dragon, Admiralty, Central Pier

Pickup: 5:45pm
Sham Wan Towers, South Horizons (1 bus), Wong Chuk Hang MTR @ Heung Yip Road (opposite exit A2)

Depart: 9:10pm
CDNIS to Wong Chuk Hang MTR, Sham Wan Tower, South Horizon (1 bus)

Pickup: 5:30pm
33 Tai Tam Road (Back Gate), 101 Repulse Bay Road, 109 Repulse Bay Road (1 bus)

Depart: 8:35pm
CDNIS 9/F to 22 Tai Tam Road (Back Gate), 101 Repulse Bay Road, 109 Repulse Bay Road (1 bus)

Green Roof Gardening

Do you like green? Do you like getting dirty, working with soil? Come and join the Green Roof Gardening Club with Miss Koo, Mr T. Brown, and Ms Sandra on Tuesdays from 2:45 – 3:45. We will be weeding, planting, watering, and of course, enjoying the space and fruits of our labour. If you are interested and can attend every Tuesday, please send an email to or to, sharing your interest, your name and class.  Our first meeting will be on October 10th. Please meet in the library and wait for either Mr Brown or Miss Koo by the MakerSpace.

This is Me!


This week we shared our “This is Me!” presentations. All of the students have now posted a reflective piece of writing about them on their blogs. Please try and find some time to comment on your child’s work. They are listed down the left hand of this blog for easy access.

We expect the students will write full answers to these questions so please take note of where they have answered the Why? Who? When? Where? and What? questions.

Below are some examples of the “Reflective Questions” the Grade 5 teachers have supplied them with to choose from. We will be using this model for Reflective writing throughout the year so it was useful to model this strategy to them today first.


What process did you go through to produce this piece?
In what ways have you gotten better at this kind of work?
In what ways do you think you need to improve?
Does this work tell a story?


How do you feel about this piece of work? What parts of it do you particularly like? Dislike? Why? What did/do you enjoy about this piece of work?
What did/do you find frustrating about ?


Did you do your work the way other people did theirs?
If you were the teacher, what comments would you make about this piece?


One thing I wold like to improve on it…
What would you change

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend after all that MAP testing!



Home Learning: Due 28th August

On Monday we discussed Home Learning in 5D. All students have a Home Learning Grid (LINK) to work through this week. Each section needs to be completed and signed by a parent.

As part of the reading component, we have started Book Club this week. Each student is in a group and has a book relating to the current unit “How We Express Ourselves”. ONce they have read their assigned number of pages/chapters, the need to complete a CSI Visible thinking routine (Colour- Symbol- Image) and a “Making Connections” sheet. There are examples on the Class Presentation (LINK)


First Week.

What a fabulous week. Thank you to all of the 5Dancing Dumplings for their energy,  wonderful ideas and help with setting up our class. This week was all about building a learning community and getting to know each other.

If you are wondering what has been going on this week and what is coming up next, please have a look through our Class Presentation titled “Welcome back to School” (Please click on the link or the image below to access)

If you would like to see photos of the students in action, please have a look at our twitter feed #cdnishk_5d.

Students are bringing home Health Forms to be completed and returned to school by 8th September.

Please also have a look at the  PA blog  and don’t forget we have a Seussical Theatre Blog

Home Learning and Book Club will begin next week. If you have any spare plastic Home Learning zip up envelopes from last year, could students bring them to school on Monday as we will use them again this year.

Have a fabulous weekend!