Observation Sessions

Dear Parents,

Assessment is an integral part of the Early Years Teaching and Learning Programme and feedback is continuous. Reporting on student progress includes portfolios (Seesaw), anecdotal notes, informal conversations, and more formal conferences.

We recognise the importance of maintaining our partnership with you, the parents, in order to communicate effectively regarding your individual child’s development and learning.

In order to facilitate this, during the month of October you are invited to attend an observation session here at school, during which you will have the opportunity to observe your child’s engagement in the programme and take some notes. Due to classroom space as well as distractions to the children, we request that only one parent per family attend these sessions. A parent observation checklist will be provided to help guide you in your observations.

Please sign up at your earliest convenience and contact your class teacher if you are experiencing any difficulty.

Following on from the observations, our Learning Conversations (parent/teacher conferences) will be scheduled for 16th and 19th November. Please note: there will be no classes on these days and students do not attend this conference. This is a time for parents and teachers to discuss our observations of your child’s learning and development. The sign-up sheets are linked below.

AM Class

PM Class

We look forward to seeing you in school soon.

Kind regards,

Kat & Alice

Each of your children has brought such joy and happiness to our classroom. I was so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of students this past year. I hope as the years go by you will all keep in touch. Alice and I will be in the same classroom next year so please pop by and say hello! If you are leaving CDNIS we will miss you, but I love the fact that with today’s technology we can continue the relationships we have built!! 

I would also like to thank you for the beautiful gifts, cards and kind words, it really means a lot to me. 

Over the summer break, I strongly encourage you to play and read to your child every day!

Please keep in touch over the summer I love hearing about your adventures.

Ms. Kat xx

Thank you for subscribing to my website this year, as we are closing this academic year and getting ready for the new school term, I recommend you unsubscribe from my website so that you won’t receive updates intended for next year’s class.  Please follow these steps to unsubscribe to a teacher’s website. I highly recommend you subscribe to your child’s new teachers’ sites next school year.  

Thanks for your attention.

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