Reminders

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.  PM classes as usual.

Class Christmas Party:  Thursday 7th December

Parents are very welcome!  The students will be singing holiday songs from Music and Movement class.  Class parents will be in touch regarding potluck.  Please no siblings.
AM –  8:15am
PM – 12:pm

Mindfulness Session

“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.

RSVP

Interesting article from the SCMP about children taking extra classes

IMPORTANT DATES
November 15- Parent Workshop- Sensory Processing Disorder

November 21- Parent Workshop on Kelso in LLAC Lobby.

November 24- No AM classes.

December 7- Christmas Party 8am-10am, 12pm -2pm

December 13- No PM classes.  Last day before Xmas holidays

January 2- Back to school

January 24- Parent Workshop in Library Pit 9-10am

March 15- Parent Workshop in Library Pit 9-10am

Help us with:

Loose parts.  Here is a list of items we would welcome all year long.  If you or someone you know has any type of factory and discards interesting loose parts, please let us know!  Thank you for sending items in.

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 Workshop- Pre Rec- Prep

Please join  Ms Lisa Kipfer, LS Vice principal and Ms Shelly Chutke, LS Counselor for a talk on Student support and coping strategies: Importance of Building Resilience, Kelso’s choices and Zones of Regulation.

Kelso’s Choices is a program based on the premise that all children are capable of being peacemakers and solving their small problems independently.

Come learn the vocabulary we use in school to solve problems so these strategies can be continued to be used at home.

When:  Nov 21  8:00 am – 9:00 am

Where:  LLAC Lobby

Who: Anyone involved in raising your child… including helpers.

Please RSVP

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.

Terry Fox Run, Halloween and Learning Conversations!

What a week!  Here is another video Ms Alice from Reception put together from the Terry Fox run on Monday.
Thank you to all the parents who came to help us on Halloween.  It was lovely to have so many of you in.  The children loved singing the special songs with you there.
We have had some very informative conversations today about your lovely children.  We look forward to meeting the rest of the parents on Monday.  They have been useful for us to hear about how your child is at home and how we can work together.  It really is a partnership we share with you.  We are also available for further discussions and feel free to pop into the classroom from time to time.
Student Pick-Up Cards
All parents whose children are in Pre Reception to Grade 1 will receive two student pick-up cards. Starting Monday, November 6, anyone who is picking up a Pre Reception to Grade 1 child from the school or off the school bus will be required to present a Student Pick-Up card. If a parent/guardian does not have the card when collecting a child, they will be asked to provide photo identification. Further details are in David Baird’s letter.
Box of Hope
CDNIS is once again supporting the charity “Box of Hope”, which aims to provide educational and fun gifts for children in need throughout Asia. Collection Week for 2017 is November 6-10. A drop-off area will be set up in the 9/F Lobby. Please refer to this link for details.  I always like this one because it is something that younger children can contribute to easily.
IMPORTANT DATES
November 9- Police Museum Field Trip
November 24- No AM classes.

November 21- Parent Workshop on Kelso in LLAC Lobby.

December 7- Christmas Party 8am-10am, 12pm -2pm

December 13- No PM classes.  Last day before Xmas holidays

January 2- Back to school

January 24- Parent Workshop in Library Pit 9-10am

March 15- Parent Workshop in Library Pit 9-10am

Help us with:

Loose parts.  Here is a list of items we would welcome all year long.  If you or someone you know has any type of factory and discards interesting loose parts, please let us know!  Thank you for sending items in.

Halloween is Coming!

Thank you for coming in for observations.  We hope they were beneficial and meaningful.  We look forward to our upcoming learning conversations.

We are excited about the upcoming Halloween Party.  It is a big CDNIS tradition.  There are activities and games line up.  Please sign up for an activity if you have not had a chance to.  AM class and PM class

The Early Years Terry Fox run is on Monday as part of our local and global engagement component.  We had a short discussion about Terry Fox’s life without going into much depth for young learners.  We will be doing our own mini 20 minute marathons on the field at school and thinking about how caring Terry Fox was when he did his run.  This week’s dress down day donations were donated to the Terry Fox Foundation.  Maxim’s have kindly donated bananas for our run and the children will need to bring their usual water bottles. Please ensure that your child wears PE uniform and suitable footwear.  Parents are not required for this event.  However, the 2017 Terry Fox Run HK is on Saturday, November 4 at Renaissance College in Ma On Shan.  You can register for our school team at the official website using this guide.

We are looking for creative people.  If you do something creative and would like to share with our students, please let us know.  Maybe we have some dancers, artists, creators around us.  One of our moms has agreed to come in to talk about designing clothing.  Exciting!

IMPORTANT DATES
October 30 – Early Years Terry Fox Run (students only).  Sports Uniform.
October 31- Halloween. AM class and PM class activities as follows.

December 7- Christmas Party 8am-10am, 12pm -2pm

November 24- No AM classes.

November 21- Parent Workshop on Kelso in LLAC Lobby.

December 13- No PM classes.  Last day before Xmas holidays

January 24- Parent Workshop in Library Pit 9-10am

March 15- Parent Workshop in Library Pit 9-10am

Help us with:

Loose parts.  Here is a list of items we would welcome all year long.  If you or someone you know has any type of factory and discards interesting loose parts, please let us know!  Thank you for sending items in.

Learning Conversation Sign Ups

Thank you for coming to observations.  We have had one week of observations and the students are getting used to having some parents come in.  These will be useful in our upcoming Learning Conversations. The Online Booking System for Learning Conversations on either November 3 or November 6  are now open.  The learning conversations are for parents only so children do not attend.

You can log on with your child’s 6-digit student ID and date of birth in DDMMYY format.  Please click HERE for the sign up instructions.

If you need assistance with this process, please contact WinnieMcCarthy@cdnis.edu.hk .

Halloween Costumes
Join us for our Halloween celebration on Tuesday, October 31. Students from Pre Reception to Grade 12, staff and parents are encouraged to dress up! It’s never too early to plan your costume, but please remember that our school is “weapons-free” in terms of costumes and related props (i.e. no swords, knives, etc). We also request that you are mindful of the use of “gore” and scary costumes. Check out some of the fun from last year !
IMPORTANT DATES
October 27- Dress Down Day.  Our October Dress Down Day theme is sportswear/activewear and all proceeds ($20) will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation.

October 30 – Early Years Terry Fox Run (students only).  Sports Uniform.

October 31- Halloween. AM class and PM class activities as follows.

November 24- No AM classes.

November 21- Parent Workshop on Kelso in LLAC Lobby.

December 13- No PM classes.

January 24- Parent Workshop in Library Pit 9-10am

March 15- Parent Workshop in Library Pit 9-10am

Help us with:

Loose parts.  Here is a list of items we would welcome all year long.  If you or someone you know has any type of factory and discards interesting loose parts, please let us know!  Thank you for sending items in.  We would love some fabrics and scarves for our upcoming creativity unit of inquiry.  There is so much we can do with them.