GREEN DAY

NO dress up clothes please (princess dresses or superheroes are not appropriate on this occasion)

Attention AM Pre Reception and Reception Parents – No School
Please note Pre Reception AM and Reception AM students do not come to school on Friday, May 11. This only applies to the AM classes. Students in the PM sessions have school as normal.
 

Please send in items to take apart!

We would like you to send in 1-2 old items from home that we can take apart. The children will learn through this exercise how to safely use hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers and hammers, and work in teams to completely dismantle an object, building resilience.

Suggested recycled / broken / old items to send in:

Toy remote controlled cars, helicopters, drones.

Toys that are electric / battery operated with moving parts, sounds or lights.

Small battery or solar powered items like fans, a torch, small clocks.

Hand held electrical items such as kitchen appliances, a kettle, hair dryer, mixers etc.

(Please label your toys)

Please do not send in:

Old phones (very hard to get into and screens are glass)

Items where the batteries have corroded or are acidic

Larger items like dehumidifiers, TV’s, printers etc.

We look forward to keeping your informed of our process and discoveries.

Performing Art end of year celebration!

We would like to invite all parents to our end of year Performing Arts celebration!

Rec AM – Wednesday May 16 – 8:30am

Rec PM – Wednesday May 16 – 12:30pm
 
Reception students have been learning many different songs and dances in performing arts throughout the year.  Please come and have fun singing and dancing with your child altogether! We will enjoy morning/afternoon in the LLAC lobby afterwards. We will be asking families to bring a small plate of food to share, more information on this to follow. 
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Reception team.

April 16th, 2018

Dear Reception Parents,

In recent weeks our Reception students have been visiting The Hive, our new Science & innovation Lab on the 12th floor, to look more closely into “parts”.

As a part of exploring the complex world around them children inherently want to know how things work in order to make sense of it. It is what makes this wonderful age group naturally so curious, inquisitive and inquiring!

Although these sessions appear to be quite simple, i.e. looking at old pieces of dismantled computer parts, electrical items or the insides of a toy for example… these are actually incorporated into sophisticated learning routines that have been developed by Harvard’s Project Zero for educational research. Many of our CDNIS teachers have studied the renowned Thinking & Learning in a Maker-centred Classroom course through Harvard and connected with hundreds of educators worldwide to share, and largely affirm the overwhelming benefits of hands-on learning. We have witnessed our Reception students explode with ideas, language and excitement with through this way of learning.

In the coming weeks after the break, the next step is to take apart a human-made object such as an old electrical item, an unused toy or broken item from home. So we would like you to send in 1-2 old items from home that we can take apart. The children will learn through this exercise how to safely use hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers and hammers, and work in teams to completely dismantle an object, building resilience.

Suggested recycled / broken / old items to send in:

Toy remote controlled cars, helicopters, drones.

Toys that are electric / battery operated with moving parts, sounds or lights.

Small battery or solar powered items like fans, a torch, small clocks.

Hand held electrical items such as kitchen appliances, a kettle, hair dryer, mixers etc.

Please do not send in:

Old phones (very hard to get into and screens are glass)

Items where the batteries have corroded or are acidic

Larger items like dehumidifiers, TV’s, printers etc.

We look forward to keeping your informed of our process and discoveries.

Sincerely,

Ay Trezise

LS Leader for Making & Innovation

 


Please join the Early Years teachers for the upcoming Risky Play workshop to find out more about how risky play develops resilience, self esteem, builds confidence and teaches children how to develop good decision making skills to keep themselves safe. This will be held in the Library Pit on Thursday, March 15, from 9am-10am. Please sign up here.

CISPA Flower Fair for CNY –  13th February 

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.

“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. 

RSVP

How we express ourselves Unit of inquiry- Please take a look at the PDF link below:

HWOO parent Letter

Dear Parents,
We are really looking forward to our trip to the theatre to see Hairy Maclary on Wednesday 17th January.  All students will meet at the Academy of Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai) at 11:30 AM with an adult who will stay with their child for the duration of the show.  Students are to wear their school uniform please. All students go home from the APA with their adult after the show finishes, please note there will be  no school on Wednesday. 
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Warmest regards,
The Early Years Team
A gentle reminder
CDNIS strictly enforces the Fever Free Policy, as recommended by the Centre for Health Protection. Therefore, students who are sick or feverish should stay home until they are fever free. Also please note Pre Rec to Grade 2 students should be fever free for 48 hours before returning to school. Please check your child is fit for school before they leave home!
Cooler weather and uniforms

A few gentle reminders:
Mindfulness and Wellbeing Parent Morning
“Let’s Talk About Mindfulness” a presentation on Tuesday, November 28 from 8am-9:30am in the LLAC by Cathy Ziengs MBSR Teacher, Mindfulness Facilitator. Learn why mindfulness concepts and practices are being introduced to enhance well-being for students and teachers, and how can parents engage too. Please wear something comfortable. RSVP here.
 
Fever and Mask Policy
CDNIS strictly enforces the Fever Free Policy, as recommended by the Centre for Health Protection. Therefore, students who are sick or feverish should stay home until they are fever free. Also please note Pre Rec to Grade 2 students should be fever free for 48 hours before returning to school. 
Cooler weather and uniforms
With the cooler weather we are seeing more students wearing non-uniform sweaters/hoodies/leggings etc. Students with non-uniform items will be asked to remove them during school hours. Please also note girls should be wearing white socks or tights, leggings are not part of the uniform. It gets very warm in the playground so please do not place sweaters, t’shirts etc under your child’s uniform, Thank you.
Pre Reception AM and Reception AM students do not come to school on Friday, November 24. This is to allow for staff professional development and to be equitable for all students as the PM classes will not have school due to the early dismissal ahead of the Christmas Break.
Class Christmas Party
Parents welcome!
Friday 8th December 
AM –  8:00am
PM – 12:00pm
 

Shelter Drill

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. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks Kat & Alice

We are looking forward to seeing you at school tomorrow for our Halloween celebration.
Thank you to our fabulous class mums  and volunteers who have been busy planning this event and helping us get the classroom ready for this exciting day. Please meet us on the 9th floor playground at 8am for some singing before we enjoy the parent led activities in the classroom! Due to the size of our classroom please note that the celebration is not open to siblings, thank you for understanding!
To find out more information on parent workshops please, click on the  link to access the lower school guidance Counsellor’s  blog.  
Please pack a healthy snack for your child that they can manage themselves. As we are encouraging the children to make healthy choices can we ask that they are given at least ONE healthy option. Thank you.