Risky Play

Parent Presentation for PreRec and Rec Parents

Do you find yourself shouting “Be careful!” when your child runs fast, attempts to climb something, or picks up a sharp stick in the park? Does it raise your heart rate when they dangle from the monkey bars that look far too high? As parents it’s only natural for us to want to do everything in our power to keep our children safe, but more and more research is showing that eliminating all risk from children’s lives actually has a negative impact on their healthy development. Please join the Early Years teachers for our upcoming Risky Play workshop to find out more about how risky play develops resilience, builds confidence and self-esteem, and helps children use their own decision-making skills to keep themselves safe.

Library Pit, Thursday, March 15th, 9am. Please sign up here.


Book Swap

CISPA – Book Swaps
CISPA Book Swaps are back this month! Bring in your old books to trade for another. The Upper School book swap will be on Tuesday, March 13 during the lunch period. Lower School Pre Reception to Grade 2 will be on Tuesday, March 20 and Lower School Grade 3 to 6 on Thursday March 22 from 7:15am to 8:30am.

CNY Flower Fair

Dear Parents,

Celebrating Chinese New Year is an important tradition at CDNIS!  Every year the school community looks forward to the fantastic CISPA Flower Fair.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their child. Please let us know if you are unable to attend so we can pair your child with another family.

9:15-9:50 ~ AM Class (meet in the classroom at 9:10am)

12:15-12:50 ~ PM Class (meet in the classroom at 12:10pm)

Avoid lining up to buy tokens at the Chinese New Year Flower Fair. The pre-sales for tokens are now available at the CISPA website to purchase with PayPal or your credit card. We will distribute the tokens to your child/children the day before the fair in class.

A Message from Shelly Chutke

“I want my child to be happy” The wish and reality.

 LS coffee morning, 8 Feb at LLAC, 8-9: 30 am.

 As parents, we want the best for our child, rush to help, soothe, and fix, it’s only natural. In this talk, Dr. Minna Chau will share her insight and research findings on how a certain kind of devotion to happiness creed hurts in long run, rather than help.


Shelly Chutke

Lower School Guidance Counsellor

Let’s Talk About Mindfullness

“Let’s Talk About Mindfulness” on 28 Nov,8am-9:30 am at LLAC with Cathy Ziengs, MBSR Teacher, Mindfulness Facilitator.
What? How? Why? are mindfulness concepts and practices being introduced into school communities to enhance well-being for the students, the teachers and how can parents engage in this learning space too?Please wear something comfortable, Cathy will have you do some practices  – lots of fun, lots of access to the learning.


Shelter Drill

Dear Parents,

This week we will be practising our Shelter Drill. We will be explaining to the children that just as we sometimes practice fire drills so that we’ll know what to do in case there is a fire, we are now going to practice staying inside to protect us from any trouble outside the classroom. Should questions arise about why we would need to do this, we will make sure we use age appropriate responses. When the announcement is made that a shelter Drill is in place we will ask the children to come and sit down in a corner of the room  whilst we read a story very quietly.
Kind Regards,
Gill and Val

Sensory Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder

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.

Parent Talk: Emotional Resilience

Emotional resilience refers to a person’s ability to adapt, manage and overcome stressful situations. A child who is emotionally resilient is better equipped to cope with adversity and recover from hardship. Fortunately, emotional resilience can be fostered and nurtured and in this parenting talk, Dr Ying Kan will share the latest research on emotional resilience and suggest practical strategies to support your child. Join us Wednesday, October 18 from 12:30-2:00pm in the LLAC Lobby. RSVP here.

Observation Checklist

Dear Parents,

Thank you for signing up for a session to observe your child’s engagement in our programme. A parent observation checklist will be provided to help guide you in your observations. If you would like to have a look at this prior to your observation session, it can be found here. We will use this checklist as a starting point for our learning conversations that will take place in early November. Due to classroom space as well as distractions to the children, we request that only one parent per family attend these sessions. 

Kind regards,

Gill and Val