LSSC Announces Next Year’s Representatives…

by Karen Carmen on June 3, 2011

Congratulations to 5E’s Evan E. and Samuel H., as well as to all the other candidates, for their successful campaigns in running for positions in the Lower School Student Council!

We all look forward to Grade 6 under their leadership!

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End of Year Activities!

by Karen Carmen on June 3, 2011

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

As we prepare for the end of the year, there are many reasons to celebrate your child’s successes in Grade 5!

The last week of school will be full of exciting activities, including:

Tuesday, June 14th – transition day where the students spend some time in the Grade 6 classrooms
Wednesday, June 15th – Grade 5 BEACH DAY – all day!
Thursday, June 16th - final Gr. 5/6 assembly, yearbook signing + portfolios go home, followed by a traditional Grade Level Party on the 8th floor

For the BEACH DAY, June 15th, we ask that you please participate by joining us at the beach if possible and or sending some party supplies/food/drink to school with your child. For planning this party we will be using a google spreadsheet which can be accessed through this link:

End of Year Beach Party Spreadsheet

In the picture I have added some ‘example’ entries to help get you started. Please state what you can send/bring and the quantity. Also please RSVP if you or any family members are going to meet us at the beach. On the day, the students will walk from school to Deep Water Bay Beach. At the beach we will meet families and friends and set up a BBQ/food/drink area. The students will be swimming and playing games on the beach for the main portion of the day. Please advise your me directly if you have any concerns about your child swimming. Deep Water Bay Beach is a lifeguarded beach. Also, some teachers will also swim with the students and are very strong/experienced swimmers. Permission forms for this activity have been sent home earlier this week.

For the final day of school, June 16th, please send a small snack/drink to school with your child to contribute to the Grade Level Party. This party will wrap up the day and you can expect your child to come home with a CDNIS yearbook and their progress report + portfolio. This is not an early dismissal day and buses will leave at 2:45 as usual.

Please don’t hesitate to email me with questions about the Google Spreadsheet or any other matters concerning the last week’s activities.

Thanks and kind regards,

Ms. C.

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Digital Citizenship over the Holidays

by Karen Carmen on June 1, 2011

Take a second look at the clips we watched in the LLAC today.

Please  write a comment explaining your experience with your MacBook so far this year.

Over the summer:
-How will you use online networking to communicate with others?
-What kind of image do you plan to portray to the world?
-How do you plan to avoid negative online experiences and protect youself?

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Amnesty International PSA

by Karen Carmen on May 31, 2011

Title: Amnesty International – 50 Years
Director: Carlos Lascano
Music: Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
PSA Source Credit: http://vimeo.com/24146622

Check out the making of this PSA at:  http://www.carloslascano.com/carloslascano/amnesty_making.html

Amnesty International is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) whose stated mission is “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.”

Source Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amnesty_International

Did you know that there is an Amnesty International Group for Upper School students at CDNIS?

Amnesty International

How has this PSA related to our past unit on Sharing the Planet and our central idea that actions can support or deny access to children’s rights and equal opportunities?

This PSA is rife with symbolism. Explain the images and ideas you see represented.

How might Amnesty International change access to equal opportunities?

How can Amnesty International help you to take responsibility for your own rights and the rights of others?

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Nervous System Practise Quiz

by Karen Carmen on May 30, 2011

Okay! You’ve tried yet another study strategy! Have a go at the quizzes below!

Quiz #1

Quiz #2

Please comment on how successful this strategy was for you!

Image Source: http://solacesystems.com/blog/company/news-release/evolving-the-digital-nervous-system/

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Advice For The Aspiring Writer

by Karen Carmen on May 27, 2011

“The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think:  Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

~ William Saroyan

Image Source: http://www.pslib.cz/anna.lhotova/prazdniny/saroyan.html

What do you think Saroyan means by this? How would this advice help a writer?

What advice would YOU give to an aspiring writer?  What approaches work for you?

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DDD on Friday!

by Karen Carmen on May 23, 2011

Leave your school uniform in the closet and participate in our monthly Dress Down Day. For just $20, you can wear sports-themed clothes to school on Friday, May 27th. Money raised will go to Alive and Kicking.

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Kudos for Kids4Kids!

by Karen Carmen on May 20, 2011

Get your own autographed copy of this year’s Kids4Kids winning title, The Story of the Rainforest!

Congratulations to our newly-published author/illustrator team Caitlin Cormie and Isabel Brogsitter-Finck of 6C! Their book, The Story of the Rainforest, was published by Kids4Kids and launched on Sunday, May 8; a limited number of autographed copies are now available for purchase in the library for $100 each.  Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Bring Me a Book Hong Kong and The Changing Young Lives Foundation, two local children’s charities.

Also available are sets of all five Kids4Kids Writing for a Cause Competition winning entries from different schools around Hong Kong (including our CDNIS winner). These are selling for $500/set.

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Studying with iMovie!

by Karen Carmen on May 19, 2011

This afternoon’s study strategy assignment #2:  Movie Madness!

1. Research as much as you can about the Immune System.
Use the following websites:

Brainpop! – Immune System
Brainpop!- Boogers
Brainpop! – Vaccines
Brainpop! – AIDS

Bitesize – Immunity
Kidshealth – The Immune System
The Immune System
Kidskonnect.com – The Immune System – scroll down to ‘Immune System’

2. Create an iMovie to educate others about the Immune System (and also to help you study!).

The movie must be:

- less than 2 minutes long
- creative and exciting
- educational and informative
- the hard work and effort of exactly 2 people

As we want to investigate whether or not this is a viable study strategy, you will have only 2 periods to complete this task.

GO!


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Study Tips

by Karen Carmen on May 18, 2011

As a student, from Lower School through to university, you will study! It is important to set routines and study habits now so that you will be a successful student.  There are many way s to study and it’s essential that you choose the style that works for you and your learning style.

Below are some ways that you can help you to study effectively:

- Take responsibility for you!
Recognize that in order to succeed you need to make decisions about your priorities, your time and your resources.

- Find the best time and place to study.
Morning, afternoon, or evening?
Find spaces where you can be the most focused and productive.

- Look for better solutions to problems.
For example, if you don’t understand something after re-reading it, try something else.  Ask your teacher, a classmate, or someone else who is knowledgeable.

- Look to continually challenge yourself!
There’s no point in studying something you already know! Seek out related concepts and new information that interests you!

- Keep a positive approach!
You can do it!

Consider the many different ways that you can study:

- Make a checklist (this helps you to keep track of what to study).
- Summarize your notes, making sure you have the most relevant information.
- Create flash cards.
- Work with a partner.

Can you think of other ways to study?

Image Source: http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/jha/lowres/jhan377l.jpg

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Cheung Chau Camp – May 11th-13th

May 4, 2011

The Cheung Chau camp is approaching! Below is some additional information for camp, attached for your reference. Camp Packing List ‘11 Camp Permission CDNIS Parent Letter * PLEASE NOTE – 3 items that are not included in the packing list but must brought to camp: -1 bathing suit -1 extra towel for swimming purposes -1 […]

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Dear Ten-Year-Old Me…

May 4, 2011

Check it out: www.dcmf.ca

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Celebrating Student Led Learning Reviews

May 3, 2011

The Student Led Learning Reviews were a huge success! After a year of exploring concepts, challenging and deepening understandings, refining skills, maturing and working hard, the 5E Extra-Terrestrials demonstrated their learning journey in Grade 5.  All parents had the opportunity  to see the ownership their son or daughter has in his or her learning, as […]

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Tuning In to Who We Are…

May 3, 2011

The human body is comprised of systems that are continually changing. What body systems do you see represented? Animation: Dimitri Stankowicz Music: Innocence by Björk

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SLLR on Friday, DDD on Thursday

April 27, 2011

Dear Parents, Welcome back! The final stretch towards summer break is upon us… Our Student Led Learning Review is on Friday. This is one of the highlights of the assessment and reporting schedule during the school year. It provides your child with a voice in his/her learning and we need to respect and listen to that […]

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Ai Weiwei Detained

April 27, 2011

On April 3rd, internationally acclaimed Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei was detained at the Beijing airport while en route to Hong Kong, and his papers and computers were seized from his studio compound.  Ai Weiwei has spoken out against human rights offenses taking place in China. BBC News Story on Ai Wei Wei’s Detainment Last week, […]

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Wake Up, World.

April 26, 2011

Pale Blue Dot – Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo. “I’ve been enrolled in illustration at Sheridan College for the the last 4 years and this is my final thesis project. I have always thought of Carl Sagan’s writings as “scientific poetry” since they lack the cold touch that science is often cursed for having. I […]

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Red Shoe Dance at CDNIS!

April 13, 2011

During the Week of the Arts, my class had two forty minute visits from Jacqui Roberts, the founder and director of Red Shoe Dance Company. Red Shoe is a dance organization that do after school ECAs at CDNIS. When my class went to the  studio, we warmed up and learned three short sections of a […]

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Grade 5/6 Sports Day on Tuesday!

April 10, 2011

Greetings Parents, Students and Caregivers, We are planning to hold the 2011 CDNIS Grade 5/6 Sports Day on Tuesday April 12.  The staff and grade 5 and 6 students will be participating in a variety of athletic activities at the Stanley Ho Sports Complex in Sandy Bay.  We will be leaving the school at 8:00 a.m […]

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Get Ready for Student Led Learning Reviews!

April 8, 2011

To learn more about SLLRs, please watch the following informative, teacher-produced podcast (2010) about the role of the SLLR in your child’s learning journey. 

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Student Volunteers Needed!

April 8, 2011

Dear 5E students, Principled volunteers needed on April 29th! On April 29th, students in Prep-Grade 6 will be participating in Student Led Learning Reviews.  In order for each student to enjoy the experience and have the full attention of their parent(s), we will organize caregivers to watch over younger siblings who require minding in the Alan […]

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Reminder – Parent Info Night for Camp!

April 5, 2011

A reminder of our camp that will be held in May on Cheung Chau Island and our  parent info night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. See you there! Image source: http://sunventuretours.com/Camping%20Tent.gif

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SLLR Sign Up

March 30, 2011

Dear 5E Parents, As parents of one child at CDNIS, you now have the opportunity to schedule your child’s Student Led Learning Review appointment.  Please  click on the link below and follow the instruction carefully to sign up for your time slot with the online system VolunteerSpot, a new web service we are using to […]

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Dress Down Day in Support of Japan Earthquake Relief

March 28, 2011

We will hold a special Dress Down Day on Thursday 7 April with all funds raised going to help those affected by the 11 March earthquake in Japan. Students are asked to please donate a minimum $20 on this day and to wear either their P.E. kit (as we are on our Dig Day field trip) […]

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The 6th Annual CDNIS Blood Drive

March 28, 2011

When: Thursday April 7th, any time between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where: LLAC lobby Who: Anyone over the age of 16 (staff, students, parents, relatives – please bring your HKID) It takes approximately 30 minutes to give the gift of life! There will be home-baked cookies and brownies to help replenish […]

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Friday Update – March 25th (by Audrey)

March 27, 2011

This week we had lots of different activities, this is what we did: -My buried artifact project (sculpture) -Alan Dick Memorial Walk -Finishing off our mosaics -Last swimming class -Mathematics: Coordinates -Auditions for the Evening of the Arts and Student Showcase -Last T-Ball class -French presentation/play -Library literary genres lesson This week we had our […]

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Show Your Support! Sustain The Planet!

March 26, 2011

This Earth Hour 2011: 8.30pm, Saturday 26 March, celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world, and add more to your Earth Hour. From its inception as a single-city initiative — Sydney, Australia – in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour […]

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EARCOS Keynote Speaker – Geoff Green: “Inspiring Generation G”

March 25, 2011

Wondering what Ms. C is up to this morning? Checking out Generation G – Global, Generous, Grateful & Green in the experiential classroom of the Arctic and Antarctic! Check out Geoff Green’s bio and an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos on The Hour: Geoff Green on The Hour (CBC) Website:  http://www.geoffgreen.ca/ A truly inspirational speaker!

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Such A Small World!

March 25, 2011

Remember our Definition Poetry Competition? Well, guess who I bumped into at the EARCOS conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia yesterday? Sarah Holbrook and Michael Salinger! We’ve been mentioned in Michael Salinger‘s blog! http://www.michaelsalinger.com/

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The Importance of Clean Water

March 24, 2011

Another powerful PSA example… Water ink _ BDDP Unlimited and Solidarités International – UK from BDDP Unlimited on Vimeo. To mark World Water Day, on March 22nd Solidarités International and its agency BDDP Unlimited rolled out a campaign to build awareness of the scourge of undrinkable water. Today, it is estimated that 3.6 million people, […]

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Reminder: Friday is DDD!

March 24, 2011

Friday, March 25th is DDD! The theme is the environment and we would like students to come dressed in GREEN. All donations go to the World Wildlife Fund.

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For Fun!

March 23, 2011

Don’t you just love what some people do with their spare time? The Cyclotrope from tim Wheatley on Vimeo.

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Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR)

March 22, 2011

Dear Prep-Grade 6 Parents, You will have already received an email from the School outlining the purpose and aims for Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR) on 29 April.  Please be reminded this is an important learning experience for your child and that student and parent attendance is mandatory on this day. The first appointment may begin […]

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Grade 5 Camp Reminder!

March 22, 2011

A reminder of our camp that will be held in May on Cheung Chau Island. A parent info night is scheduled for April 6. More details to follow. Getting ready for Grade 5 Camp! Title: The Amazing Race Date: May 11-13, 2011 Location: Cheng Chau Island Camp Organization: Dragonfly – Outdoor & Experiential Learning Coordinators […]

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Congratulations, Yan Yan & Chance!

March 22, 2011

Congratulations on all of your fabulous entries into Sarah Brennan’s Rabbit Poem Competition to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit! There was an amazing response, with entries from 140 kids from a total of 18 schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Taiwan, London and even one from India! There was every kind of poem: acrostics, […]

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Reminder: Alan Dick Memorial Walk – Tuesday, March 22nd

March 21, 2011

Tomorrow, students will need to wear their P.E. kit and sports shoes to school. A hotdog lunch plus a piece of fruit and a cookie will be provided by the school. Students should bring: – a reusable water bottle – a hat – a pink shirt and/or accessories (as a tribute to Mr. Dick – have fun with […]

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Diaper Drive For Charity (April 4th-8th)

March 21, 2011

This year CDNIS will hold its first ever Diaper Drive to support the needs of refugee families in Hong Kong. What is a refugee? “According to article 1A(2) of the Geneva Convention, a refugee is a person who ‘owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a […]

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Speaking With Conviction

March 21, 2011

Be a communicator and a risk-taker with integrity! ‎”…Contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker, It is not enough these days to simply question authority; You have to speak with it too.” Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

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April 5th: Go Without Shoes – An example of student action!

March 21, 2011

Millions of children grow up without shoes and at risk of infection and disease. One Day Without Shoes is the day we take off our shoes to raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/splash Thank you to Rachel Leung for bringing this to light!

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Friday Update – March 18th (by Yan Yan)

March 19, 2011

Weekly Update: – Chance Fortune and The Outlaws – Grade 7/8 performance in the LLAC – Hong Kong History Museum Field Trip – Started Mosaics – Sarah Brennan Poetry Competition – Mathematics: Angles – Prepared My Buried Artifact Project This week we were really going into our new Unit Of Inquiry (UOI) Where We Are […]

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Student Led Learning Review (SLLR) – Friday, April 29th

March 18, 2011

Dear Prep-Grade 6 Parents: Our student-centered reporting cycle continues with the Student Led Learning Review (SLLR) on Friday 29 April. Normal school and class schedules will be suspended. Students from Prep-Grade 6 classes will only attend school on this day specifically to complete the SLLR. Students should be in school uniform for their appointment. The […]

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Donations needed!

March 18, 2011

Grade 5 China Trip, Guizhou Province Dear parents and students, On April 1st, twenty-two Grade 5 students will travel to Guizhou in collaboration with the Zigen Fund. On this trip students will pair up with a buddy from the local community as they engage in a variety of cultural activities. Each year we donate stationery […]

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If they can do it, what’s our excuse?

March 11, 2011
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Guidance Workshop For Parents

March 10, 2011

for parents of children in Grade 5 – 8 The internet and associated electronics has changed the way people operate in their daily lives, from the work place to the home and everywhere in between. Parents often struggle to make sense of their children’s relationship to cyberspace and are therefore posed with challenges in their […]

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For Fun!

March 5, 2011

It’s the Year of the Rabbit! So what better way to start off the celebrations than to write a poem about that beastie with floppy ears and fluffy tail and cute and cuddly features! It could be a mischievous bunny, like Rhonda Rabbit; it could be a gentle one that wouldn’t harm a flea; it […]

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Festival of the Arts

February 28, 2011

Dear Parents, Your child will have the opportunity to participate in Festival of the Arts (FOA) activities very soon. Information on the FOA, please click to fond out more information. I would especially like to highlight 3 opportunities for students: 1. Community Art – Our Kaleidoscope of Colour & Culture Individual students may participate in Grades 1-6. See […]

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

February 28, 2011
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Friday Update – February 25th (by Katherine)

February 25, 2011

- Literature circles continue… – Summative recounts – Grade 5 and 6 assembly – Storyteller: Lynne Kirk – Mathematics: ratio and proportion – Pajama and Pancake Day for Spring Into Reading We had a grade 5 and 6 assembly on Thursday. We started off with our 2 national anthems, the Canadian one and the Chinese […]

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Spring Into Reading Update

February 23, 2011

Dear Parents, One of our favourite days during Spring into Reading each year is Pancake & Pajama Day, which is coming this Friday, 25 February! Students are invited to come to school in their pajamas in support of Heifer International Hong Kong (www.heiferhk.org).  Heifer is one of the three charities students can choose to read […]

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Literary Recounts

February 22, 2011

A Brush with a Shark We were camping at a beach near Mallacoota. It was a beautiful day — the sky was blue and the water sparkling. We wanted to go body surfing, but the locals warned us that there could be sharks around. In we went, and the waves were big, but something funny […]

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How To Write a Recount

February 21, 2011

Recount Writing View more presentations from LynleyJ.

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Portfolios & Reminders…

February 19, 2011

Portfolios go home today! The students have put a lot of time and effort into their Grade 5 portfolios, and are happy to share them with you.  Their portfolios are a reflection of their progress as a learner and the students have selected some of what has been included. The portfolios will be home for […]

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Friday Update – February 18th (by Elliot)

February 18, 2011

- CDNIS Book Fair in the LLAC – Badminton in P.E. – Brought portfolios home – Child heroes research and presentations – Watched the Grade 3 Let’s Make It Happen dress rehearsal – ECAs started – Our Grade 2 reading buddies performed for us – Literature circles continue… This week we watched our grade 2 […]

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Young Post 2010/2011 Winter Fiction Competition Results Are In!

February 14, 2011

Another 5E student has done it again! Yan Yan L. is one of the finalists in the Young Post 2010/2011 Winter Fiction Competition! The theme of the competition is: “I found a book.” Yan Yan’s story is about a girl who is spoiled by her parents and when on Christmas morning is horrified to find […]

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Up and Coming… World Maths Day!

February 11, 2011

World Maths Day is an online international mathematics competition. World Maths Day 2011 will be held on Tuesday 1 March. Registrations open on 1 February 2011, however any student who has a Mathletics account is automatically registered. Question sets have come under five categories: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and simple equations. In each game, the […]

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Spring Into Reading 2011!

February 11, 2011

We had an exciting assembly on Thursday morning to kick off our Spring Into Reading event. The Lower School Teacher-Librarians and CISPA’s World of Words Literacy Committee have planned numerous activities for Lower School students from February 14 to March 4. Please view the calendar to ensure you do not miss out on any of […]

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Recount Example

February 9, 2011

In this National Film Board of Canada animated short, Roch Carrier recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. At a time when all his friends worshipped Maurice “Rocket” Richard and wore his number 9 Canadiens hockey jersey, the boy was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton’s. Unable to convince his mother […]

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The Most Unusual Christmas Story Competition Winners!

February 8, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS! There were 33 entries from 7 schools in Hong Kong and Singapore, with stories about everything from witches to flying socks, zombie giants and  hamster elves! As for poor old Santa…there were Santas dressed in very strange outfits, Santas riding Harley Davidsons, missing Santas and wicked thieving Santas. But most of all, there were aliens… There […]

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Adora Svitak: The Importance of Providing Children with Opportunites

February 8, 2011

“In order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.” “No matter your position or place in life, it is imperative to create opportunities for children so that we can grow up to blow you away.”

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Happy Lunar New Year!

January 27, 2011

Check out the Lower School Dragon Dance! Special thanks goes to Sarah Hodgeson for the video!

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Iqbal – Chapter 3 & 4 Reflections

January 26, 2011

Please reflect on one of the following topics: Topic A: At this point in the story, you should be starting to get an insight into just how hard and desperate the lives of these children are. How does knowing about these children and the difficulties that they endure impact your thoughts about your own life? […]

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Grade 5 & 6 Definition Poetry Competition!

January 25, 2011

Do you love learning new words?  Well, here’s the contest for you! Open to all grade 5 & 6 CDNIS students! This contest is inspired by last week’s guest poet, Michael Salinger, and his book of poems entitled Well Defined: Vocabulary in Rhyme (available in our library). His poems comically define baffling vocabulary that we see […]

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The Better Blogging Battle Begins…

January 24, 2011

Challenge #1 Part A: Sign-Up If you’d like to participate in the Better Blogging Battle as a classroom blog or an individual student blog, then the first thing you must do is sign up. Within 24 hours of signing up, you will receive a message from Ms. Cahusac to confirm that you are registered and […]

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20th Anniversary Logo Competition!

January 21, 2011

As CDNIS will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in the 2011/2012 school year, the Organising Committee is in the midst of planning a host of events to be held throughout the year, for which we need a logo to be used with the events, the school website and related material. Are you a budding designer, […]

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Friday Update – January 21st (by Rohaan)

January 21, 2011

- 12 minute run and sit up test – Literacy: started recounts – Class novel: Iqbal – Field trip: SENT landfill – Poetry workshop with Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger – Mathematics: fractions to decimals (to the thousandths) - “This is it” in Performing Arts. – Chance’s Birthday One important thing that we did this week […]

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China Trip Date Change!

January 20, 2011

After careful consideration the organizers of the China Trip have decided to change the dates of the annual Zigen Trip due to scheduling conflicts, weather concerns and time away from school. The new dates are April 1st-5th, the 5th being a no-school day (Ching Ming Festival) for students. We realize that this may cause new […]

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January 17, 2011

The Best Question in the World View more presentations from Betsy Streeter.

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Friday Update – January 14th (by Chance)

January 15, 2011

Some things we did this week were: New Reading Buddies Let’s make it Happen Concert Handball Intramurals China Trip Session in LLAC Switched blogs to WordPress P.E.: Beep Test Literacy: Simile Poems – Fractions are like… Mathematics: Fractions & Decimal Fractions Discussion About Children’s Rights and Literature Circle Novels On Friday, we went to our […]

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Important Dates and Information…

January 14, 2011

*Monday, Jan. 17th Early Dismissal Day – 11 a.m. *Monday, Jan. 17th Parent Information Session for the ZIGEN China Trip, 5:30-6:30 @ CDNIS Library *Tuesday, January 18th We have a LTT Parental Control training for Gr.5-6 parents – 8:30-10:30am (LLAC lobby) and 6:30-8:30pm (Library).  RSVP Priya Bharwani <priya@gexpt.com> *Wednesday, January 19th Lower School Student Council […]

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Promoting Equal Opportunities in Education for Children in Rural China

January 12, 2011

Annual Grade 5 Trip to Guizhou Province, March 11th – 15th, 2011 Each year, in association with the Zigen Fund of Hong Kong, a group of teachers, parents and Grade 5 students from CDNIS embark on a 5-day trip to rural China. We travel to remote communities of Guizhou province to meet and visit with […]

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Friday Update – January 7th (by Keona)

January 8, 2011

Events: –  If Poetry competition winners + new contest –  Finished A Christmas Carol (book and the video) –  Finished Found Poetry and started simile poems –  3 Little Pigs in French Class –  Began playing Hand Ball in P.E. –  Field trip to the Eco Park –  First rehearsal for “Lets Make It Happen” […]

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CISPA Chinese New Year Flower Fair Info

January 7, 2011

Message from CISPA Chinese New Year Flower Fair organiser: In keeping with this year’s environmental initiative, the Chinese New Year Fair communication has been as paperless as possible. We will NOT be distributing the usual token pre-order form for each student to bring home. Instead, online ordering is available through the new LLAC ticketing office […]

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A Most Unusual Christmas Short Story Writing Competition!

January 7, 2011

I know – Christmas has come and gone, but it is a time of year that has inspired some of the most memorable stories in the world, by some of the world’s greatest authors! Think of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (which we read in class) or How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss. So, […]

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“Let’s Make It Happen” Celebration – Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 4, 2011

Ticket Information: This week, students will receive two tickets each for the “Let’s Make It Happen” Celebration.  Students requiring additional tickets need to make their requests directly to the LLAC box office. Distribution of additional tickets will be based on availability. Please return any spare tickets to Ms. Carmen. Student Expectations on Wednesday evening: 5E students should […]

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If Poetry Competition Results!

January 4, 2011

Sarah Brennan’s If Poetry Competition had a huge response from schools in Hong Kong and Singapore, with a total of 86 entries from 68 very talented kids, from 8 different schools! Congratulations to the following 20 students from 5E for their participation and great efforts in the competition: Sincere, Katherine, Keona, Jasmine, Samuel, Sophia, Nicholas L., Nicolas […]

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Rock On! Deck the Halls with the Grade 5 Team!

December 15, 2010

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab! Merry Christmas!

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If Poetry Competition Deadline – This Wednesday!

December 14, 2010

The Sarah Brennan If Poetry Competition ends this Wednesday, December 15th! Here are a few examples of If poems that have been inspired by our current unit of inquiry – How We Organize Ourselves. If I Were a Floating Plastic Bag If I were a floating plastic bag in the sea, I’d be sailing the […]

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Please Read – Next Friday, December 17th…

December 10, 2010

Dear Parents and Students, Next Friday is one busy day for the 5E extra-terrestrials! Things to note for next Friday: 1.)   5E will be performing a unique version of  Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby at the assembly, hosted by 5B class from 8:00 to 9:20 a.m. in the Alan Dick Forum.  The students wrote this parody […]

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Xylophone Madness!

December 8, 2010

Some of the 5E extra-terrestrials prepare for their Let’s Make It Happen Celebration on Wednesday, January 12 with their performance of Twinkle, Twinkle Variations. Bravo for playing a tricky variation on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Arr. by Marshall Shaw), especially for the 2nd soprano xylophones in the second section. The Altos played a bouncy ostinato […]

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Blogging Basics for Parents

December 8, 2010

Recently, John D’Arcy and Aloni Cahusac co-hosted a CISPA parent information session about our new CDNIS Lower School blogs. New to CDNIS this year, a WordPress platform is being used by all classrooms, teachers, Grade 5/6 students, parents, administrators and specialist teachers. It has been a huge learning curve, setting up individual access points, interconnected and […]

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Friday Update – December 3rd (by Rael)

December 3, 2010

Events: Our class started sourcing materials for our found poems We started our Fractions math Unit of Inquiry It was the last day of swimming We listened to the first round of CDNIS Has Got Talent through our classroom window We bought things from the Grade 6 Marketplace as an end to their UOI about […]

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Landfill Focus on Pearl Report Tonight!

November 29, 2010

At 8 p.m. tonight “Landfills in Hong Kong” will be the half hour focus of Pearl Report on ATV Pearl. This is directly connected to our current unit of inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves. This would serve as an excellent chance for students to become further acquainted with this method of solid waste disposal.  Students will […]

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Kids4Kids Competition: Writing for a Cause

November 29, 2010

Reminder: The deadline for all stories (text and illustrations) for the Kids4Kids: Writing for a Cause competition is Tuesday, November 30. Since there have been several requests for an extension on the deadline for illustrations, Ms. Holm will accept entries until Monday, December 6 at the latest. If you are interested in helping illustrate a […]

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Reminder…Tomorrow is a DDD!

November 25, 2010

Tomorrow, Friday, November 26th is Dress Down Day! Please be sure remember your $20 and to wear black, brown and blue in support of Habitat For Humanity!

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Friday Update – November 19th (by Nicolas C.)

November 19, 2010

Our first class rep meeting Sherryl Clark talks about narrative writing Solid waste posters on different methods of disposal 3 Way Learning Review preparation Division activities for Mathematics Box of Hope Capture the Flag in P.E. On Thursday afternoon, Sherryl Clark, a well known author who published over 20 books, came to our school to […]

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Friday Update – November 12th (by Sincere)

November 16, 2010

This Week: Remembrance Day Service in the LLAC Mr. Dave & Audrey’s Birthdays Cybersafety Sessions with Robyn Treyvaud Our 1st Swimming Class LEAP Van Spelling Programme Begins Terra Master Green Roof Entry in Love Ideas Contest New Unit in P.E. – Hockey “If” Poems for Poetry Contest (on Mother Ship) This week, my most memorable […]

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3 Way Learning Reviews

November 11, 2010

Last year, the Lower School implemented a student-centred approach to assessment and a transition in the ways we report student achievement. As a means of supporting the development of parents’ understanding of our purpose and approach, a committee of teachers created a podcast which articulated the role of student, parent and teacher in the 3 […]

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Vote for CDNIS’ Green Roof Submission before Nov. 21!

November 10, 2010

5E extra-terrestrials, parents and all of you out there in our digital community, CDNIS’ has submitted an application for sponsorship to build a GREEN ROOF on top of our library in The Li Ka-Shing Foundation’s Love Ideas Hong Kong Civic Improvement Competition, where we are eligible to receive a grant of up to HK$300,000!  The […]

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‘If’ Poetry Competition

November 10, 2010

The word ‘if’ is all about letting the imagination run wild!  Imagine what it would be like to be someone, or something, other than you – you might be a dog or an elephant; you might be an alien or a werewolf; you might be the principal; you might be a television or a plastic bag! […]

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Grade 5 Volunteers Needed!

November 9, 2010

Hello Grade 5 Students! The Lower School requires 6-8 volunteers to ring bells during 3 Way Learning Reviews on Friday, November 19 and Monday, November 22. These are non-school days for students, except for your scheduled appointment with your parent(s) for your own 3 Way Learning Review. You may volunteer for the following sessions Friday, […]

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Swimming Classes Begin!

November 8, 2010

Swimming classes begin this week! For the next 4 weeks 5E will have a double block of swimming every Friday between 9:35-10:55.  We will also continue to have one period of regular of P.E. with Mr. Steiner on Tuesdays. What should you bring? -swimsuit (change at recess) -goggles -towel -a separate water-tight bag to keep […]

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Living The Low Carbon Life!

November 8, 2010

Congratulations to Yan Yan, who did a presentation yesterday in the GIG Competition at the HKAPA. She got the “Best Story Commendation” out of over 800 submissions as well as the “People’s Choice Award” in the Primary Section! Yan Yan has successfully delivered her message of a “Low Carbon Life” (also the title of her […]

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In Remembrance…

November 8, 2010

Brevity is a unique quality to have in writing these days. When it comes to poetry, it’s not unusual to find poems that are two or three pages long. While there’s nothing wrong with free form poems, there’s much to be said about being concise in poetry. Like a haiku, a diamante poem challenges the poet […]

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Friday, November 5th – Grade 5 Portrait Exhibit 2010

November 2, 2010

EVENT: Portrait Exhibit Invite ‘10 (check the link!) DATE: Friday, November 5th TIME: 3:00-5:00 p.m. PLACE: LLAC Lobby Please come and see the masterpieces that the grade 5s created during their Art Jam sessions! All portraits are on display in the LLAC! Enjoy a little socializing at the end of the school week! Snacks and […]

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Haunted Haiku Winners!

November 2, 2010

Congratulations are in order!  Sarah Brennan has just announced the results of the Haunted Haiku Poetry Contest and I’m proud to announce that 5E did very well indeed! We landed the top three places out of 62 entries, with several runner-ups to boot! 1st Place: Jasmine Y. (who won an autographed copy of one of […]

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Recognition Certificates

November 2, 2010

Congratulations to the students below who were awarded recognition certificates at our last assembly! Literacy:  Sophia K. French:  Evan E. Effort: Elliot W. Global Citizenship: Stefanie K. & Rael B. Well done!

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Kids4Kids Writing Competition Reminder

November 2, 2010

Authors: Many students who have submitted a first draft of their story have already met with Ms. Holm and are working on revisions. Those who have not yet arranged a meeting with Ms. Holm need to do so as soon as possible. She is available from 12:00-12:30 at the small tables in the back of […]

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Term 1 Intramural Finals: DJs vs. Extra-Terrestrials! Check out the slideshow!

November 2, 2010

Touch the pictures and they’ll change even faster!

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Grade 5 Gets Cheerful!

November 2, 2010
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Halloween Reminder…

October 28, 2010

Just a quick reminder that we will be celebrating Halloween tomorrow – Friday, October 29th!  Festivities will include a Halloween assembly during first period where we will be judging costumes for the following categories: The Scariest, The Funniest, and The Most Original. After lunch, students will enjoy a Grade-wide party on the 8th floor!  Oh, […]

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