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Dear Parents, We are excited to welcome all our new and returning families to CDNIS for the 2012/2013 academic year. Despite the disruptive weather that prevented Open House from taking place, the school year is in progress and moving at the speed of life! Students and teachers are energized from the holidays and excited about the new adventures and challenges that lie ahead. Schools can benefit from developing positive partnerships with parents. AT CDNIS, we are fortunate to have a committed and supportive parent community who want to be involved with the educational programme. On Friday 24 August we hosted a very successful New Parent Breakfast and spoke about essential topics to support new families. In September we will begin a series of three Curriculum Night sessions. I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us for your child's Curriculum Night. The core aim of Curriculum Nights is to initiate communication between the school and home. Our Curriculum Nights are designed for you to meet with your child's teachers and gain insight into the educational programmes offered at CDNIS. This year we will use Curriculum Night as the platform to profile the Lower School Blogs and communicate the written curriculum. This is also a great opportunity to meet with other parents in your child's class and the wider school community. Curriculum Nights begin at 6:30pm and are scheduled as follows: Tuesday 11 September: Single Subject & Specialist Teachers Thursday, 13 September: Grades 3, 4 5 and 6 Tuesday, 18 September: Pre Reception, Reception, Preparatory, Grades 1 & 2 Single Subject Curriculum Night: Pick up: 5:30pm - Admiralty MTR Exit A (3 buses) 5:30pm - Tai Tam (Black Gate) & Repulse Bay Rd (1 bus) 5:45pm - Sham Wan Towers & South Horizons (2 buses) Leave CDNIS:

9:00pm - 2 buses to Causeway Bay and Admiralty MTR Exit A 9:00pm - 1 bus to Sham Wan Towers & South Horizons 9:00pm - 1 bus Repulse Bay & Tai Tam (Back Gate)

Homeroom Curriculum Nights: Pick up: 5:30pm - Admiralty MTR Exit A(2 buses) 5:30pm – Tai Tam & 101 Repulse Bay Rd (1 bus) 5:45pm - Sham Wan Towers & South Horizons (1 bus) Leave CDNIS:

9:00pm - 2 buses to Causeway Bay and Admiralty MTR Exit A 9:00pm - 1 bus to Sham Wan Towers & South Horizons 9:00pm – 1 bus to Repulse Bay & Tai Tam (Back Gate)

Further information, including evening programmes and room locations, will be posted later this week. Please check the school website for updates. On behalf of the entire Lower School staff, we are looking forward to a great year with your child/children and I look forward to meeting you at Curriculum Night. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Lo at jeanlo@cdnis.edu.hk. Yours sincerely, Dylan Hughes Lower School Principal


Curriculum Nights Homeroom Teachers, 2012 Thursday, 13 September: Grades 3, 4 5 and 6 Tuesday, 18 September: Pre Reception, Reception, Preparatory, Grades 1 & 2 o Light refreshments will be served in the LLAC lobby for parents from 6 - 6:30PM o Staff should proceed to the 6th floor cafeteria for dinner starting at 5:00PM 6:30– 7:15 PM LLAC Auditorium Welcome – Dylan Hughes  Introduce Lower School Leadership Team  Format, purpose and aims for the evening  Our Goals – 2012/2013  The written curriculum  Lower School Blogs  Grade Level teachers introduced along with Classroom Assistants 7:15 – 7:30 PM Parents/Guardians move to classrooms 7:30 – 8:30 PM Homeroom presentations Welcome & Introductions  Getting to know each other  Key Grade level events  Written curriculum - overview o Units of Inquiry o Literacy o Math o Home Learning  Key expectations and routines  Communication and Blog 8:30-9:00 PM

Drinks & refreshments - 9th floor Lobby Buses depart 9th floor at 9:00 PM


Curriculum Night Single Subject and Specialist Teachers Tuesday 11 September 2012 6:30 – 7:00 PM LLAC Auditorium Welcome – Dylan Hughes • • •

Introduce Lower School Leadership Team Format, purpose and aims for the evening Introduce team members & share core focus for the evening • Order for introductions: Chinese, French, Learning Services, Math, LTT, Teacher Librarians, PE and Arts – Performing and Visual

7.00 – 7:15 PM Move to Chinese Studies and Single Subject Breakout Sessions

7:15 – 8:30PM Breakout sessions begin During this time parents are invited to attend breakout sessions for Chinese, French, Learning Services, Math, LTT/Teacher Librarians, PE and Arts – Performing and Visual Session One: 7:15pm – 7:30pm Session Three: 7:55pm – 8:10pm

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Session Two: 7:35pm – 7:50pm Session Four: 8:15pm – 8:30pm

All breakout sessions (Chinese and Single Subject/Specialist Teachers) are 15 minutes in duration Each break out session will be repeated 4 times Parents may choose the 4 breakout sessions. Please be reminded that seating may be limited for some subjects. There is 5 minutes transition time between each session

8:30 – 9:00

Drinks & refreshments - 9th Floor Lobby

Buses depart 9th floor @ 9:00 PM


Homeroom Teachers and Classroom Assistants Homeroom

Homeroom Teacher

Class Assistants

Room No.

Pre Reception

Gill Little

Val Little / Agnes Chu

925

Reception A

Stacey Usher

Alice Woo

920

Reception B

Lia Macoritto

Winifred Lam

921

Reception C

Carla Giesbrecht

Joanne Siu

922

Preparatory Homeroom

Homeroom Teacher

Class Assistants

Room No.

Preparatory A

Deborah Pih

Aman Brar

923

Preparatory B

Rachel Rendall

Louisa Lee

924

Preparatory C

Andrea Edwards

Barbara Kam

926

Preparatory D

Fredda McNally

Jennifer Salvador

927

Preparatory E

Heather Bogador

Dora Choi

1027

Preparatory F

Soshima Safaya

Marcia Sun

1026

Grade One Homeroom

Homeroom Teacher

Class Assistants

Room No.

1A

Shelley Arnold

Ken Chinn

1020

1B

Connie Cheung

Tim Brown

1021

1C

Shannon Eves

Ronald Vallecer

1022

1D

Karen Kam

Anne Chen

1023

1E

Sara Taverner

Flora Hui

1024


Homeroom Teachers and Classroom Assistants Grade Two Homeroom

Homeroom Teacher

Class Assistants

Room No.

2A

Brendan Kean

2B

Joely Ann Mafnas

2C

Stephanie Hudswell

2D

Natalie Pretty

1326

2E

Sunhae Parker

1320

1325 Matt Gibbs Beatrice Cheung

1321 1322

Grade Three Homeroom

Homeroom Teacher

Class Assistants

Room No.

3A

Kumiko Imai

3B

Andrea Tessier

3C

Holly Bradburn

1327

3D

Sarah Robertson Burd

1424

3E

Nikki Petyanski

1426

1323 Andrea Uhlir Annie Au Yeung

1324

Grade Four Homeroom

Homeroom Teacher

Class Assistants

Room No.

4A

Jeff Reynolds

4B

Robert Minor

4C

Maya Contreras

1422

4D

Jennifer Fenton

1423

4E

Deborah Jabalee

1425

1420 Carole Turner

1421


Homeroom Teachers and Classroom Assistants Grade Five Homeroom

Homeroom Teacher

Class Assistants

Room No.

5A

Jeffrey-Dean Cain

5B

Joanne Boyle

5C

Sanjay Lalwani

803

5D

Mike Hansen

806

5E

Steve Brown

807

801 David Swanston

802

Grade 6 Homeroom

Homeroom Teacher

Class Assistants

6A

JoAnne Sandul

6B 6C

Marc Deragon Donald (DJ) Macpherson

6D

Paul Humphrey

814

6E

Melissa Kinsinger

809

811 Joy Tan

812 813

Lower School Leadership Team: Lower School Principal Vice Principal (Pre Reception - Grade 2) Vice Principal (Grades 3-6) Director of Chinese IB PYP Coordinator IB PYP Coordinator

Room No.

Dylan Hughes Dean Croy Linda Parnsalu Penny Pan Pauline Doolette-Cox Tom Woods


ROOM LOCATIONS – Chinese Teachers Single Subject and Specialist Teachers Tuesday 11 September 2012 Room Location

7:15 – 7:30 Session 1

Karen Kee

1024

Reception B

Jackie Zhao

1020

Christina Wu Suning & Lucy

916

PreReception (AM) Reception C Yvonne Cheng G5 MSL5 JingBai Song

Jenny Zeng

1023

Peihua Liu

1022

Lili Guo

1026

Prep B Connie Zeng Prep C Ava Jiang Prep F

Annie Yip

1027

Yun Huang

801

Sandy Tse

809

Susan Lee

1021

Winnie Yu

802

Geoff Ko

803

Lu Chen

807

Maggie Chen

806

G1 MHL 1 G1 MHL 1 Ava Jiang G1 MFL 1 G2 MHL 2 G4 MSL 4 Yvonne Cheng G4 MSL 4 Prep D Vera Chen G4 MA Prep 4 G4 MA Prep 4 G4 MSL 4 Vera Chen G4 MSL 4

Miyan Zhang

813

G1 MHL 1 G3 MSL 3 G1 MFL1 Connie Zeng Reception A G3 MHL 3

G3 MSL 3 Vera Chen PreReception (PM) JingBai Song G3 MSL3 Connie Zeng

7:35 – 7:50 Session 2

Prep A Yvonne Cheng Prep G JingBai Song

G4 MSL 4 Connie Zeng

7:55 – 8:10 Session 3 Prep E

8:15 – 8:30 Session 4 G2 MSL2 Lucy Tsai

G1 MFL 1 Yvonne Cheng G1 MA 1 JingBai Song G2 MSL 2 G2 MHL 2 G2 MHL 2 G4 MHL4 G5 MHL 5 G5 MHL(S) 5 G1 MFL 1 Vera Chen G5 MA Prep 5 G5 MA Prep 5 G5 MSL5 Vera Chen G5 MHL5

G2 MSL 2 Yvonne Cheng

G5 MSL 5

G6 MSL 6 Connie Zeng

Connie Zeng

G2 MSL 2 JingBai Song G3 MHL 3 G3 MA Prep 3 G3 MA Prep 3 G5 MHL5 G6 MHL 6 G6 MHL(S) 6 G2 MFL2 Lucy Tsai G6 MHL6 G6 MA Prep 6 G6 MSL6 Vera Chen G6 MHL 6


ROOM LOCATIONS – Single Subject/Specialist Teachers Single Subject and Specialist Teachers Tuesday 11 September 2012

Session One: 7:15pm – 7:30pm Session Three: 7:55pm – 8:10pm

Performing Arts

Session Two: 7:35pm – 7:50pm Session Four: 8:15pm – 8:30pm

Staff Marshall Shaw Jason Kennedy Sarah Hodgson June Chung (Classroom Assistant) Staff

Visual Arts

Teacher Librarians & Learning Technology

Peggy Murray Staff Myrna Holm (Grades 3-6) Tanja Kerbs (Pre Rec - Grade 2) Makky Fung (Learning Technology) David Larson (Learning Technology)

Math

Ellen Manson

Physical Education

Marc Steiner Trenton Dean

Languages – French

Learning Services – Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6

Subject Learning Services – Prep – Grade 2

Location Alan Dick Forum – level 6

Location Room 1025 Location Library Pit – level 10

Staff

Location Library

Staff

Location 812A

Staff Elizabeth Lum (Grades 5-6)

Location Room 811

Staff Lolita Schmalengberg Louise Archer Anne Robbins

Location

Staff Denise Cox Jacqueline Stewart Michelle Moskowitz

Room 814

Location Room 812


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