CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

March 1, 2020

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Families,


Thank you for your patience and understanding during our first week of school closure. This week our faculty stayed on campus and worked hard to create distance learning plans, discover new e-learning tools, and communicate with students about their assignments and projects. Although CDS teachers are no longer in the building, we will continue to be available online during regular school hours to answer questions and provide support.


Real-time Google Meet classes will begin on Thursday, March 5th and will continue for the time being. Students will receive links via Google Classrooms to join classes online. As we finish Term 3 and head into Term 4, students will be moving from class to class digitally on a shortened schedule. Attendance will be monitored (determined by students' engagement in class activities), so it is critical that students are present and active in virtual spaces at the designated times.


Students who have left Korea and are currently in other countries are expected to follow through with the learning outlined by their teachers in their respective distance learning plans. Students who've left Korea should reach out to their teachers individually and make arrangements if they are unable to attend real-time virtual classes due to time differences.


A highlight at CDS Middle School this week was our first virtual House on Friday. This provided all of us with practice holding real time meetings using Google Meet. Teachers were so happy to see students' faces and talk with them about how they're getting along at home---not just in terms of academics, but also in terms of their social and emotional wellbeing. We know it's not easy to be cooped up at home all day with no face-to-face contact with classmates. In the weeks ahead, we will continue to hold virtual House at designated times to support student well-being during this challenging period. Students-----please make sure to take periodic breaks from screens this week. Also, try to get some exercise each day and maintain a healthy diet and sleep cycle.


I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. We all greatly miss the students and look forward to seeing you digitally later this week and physically in the near future when we return!


Best regards,


Mr. Scoville

Director of Middle School



****I've including our message from last week's MS Newsletter as it still applies:

지난주에 보내드린 뉴스레터의 메세지는 지금도 유효합니다. 아래에 첨부합니다.


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Message from MS Newsletter 2.25.2020


Dear CDS Families / MS 학부모님께,


CDS Middle School is committed to ensuring that learning continues during this unfortunate period of school closure. With this goal in mind, CDS teachers have outlined what students are expected to learn and accomplish from home in each of their classes each day. Teachers will be checking email and Google Classrooms several times each day in order to respond to inquiries. Students are encouraged to reach out at any time if they have questions.

CDS 중등은 학교가 문을 닫은 이런 불가피한 상황에도 학생들의 학습이 지속되어야 한다고 생각합니다. 이에 CDS 교사들은 학생들이 가정에서 매일 어떤 학습을 해야하는지에 대해 정리하였습니다. 학생들의 질문에 교사들은 이메일과 Google Classroom을 통해 연락을 취할 예정이며, 질문이 있을 경우에는 언제든지 교사들에게 이메일로 연락을 하길 권장합니다.


Please click the corresponding link below in order to review your child’s online learning plan. Teachers will continuously update these documents, so please review it with your child each day and support us in facilitating learning from home.

자녀분의 온라인 학습을 위해 아래 House를 클릭하여 링크로 들어가주세요. 해당 링크의 문서는 교사들로부터 매일 업데이트 될 예정이니 매일 이를 확인해주시기 바랍니다.


Staying healthy is of paramount importance. We strongly recommend that students do not meet in physical spaces to collaborate at work; instead we encourage students to make use of Google tools to collaborate in virtual spaces. We encourage students to avoid gatherings of any kind - social or otherwise - during this critical period.

건강하게 지내는 것이 현재 무엇보다 가장 중요합니다. 그러므로 친구들과 같이 프로젝트를 해야할 경우에는 직접 만나서하기보다 Google tools를 이용하여 숙제를 하기 바랍니다. 또, 현재 심각한 상황임을 인지하고 친구들을 만나는 것도, 외부출입도 자제하기 바랍니다.


If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, or your child’s teachers at any time.

온라인 학습과 관련하여 궁금한 점이 있으시면 Mr. Scoville또는 자녀분의 교사에게 직접 연락해주시기 바랍니다.


Best regards,


Mr. Scoville

Director of Middle School


**Please scroll down for links to your child’s online learning plans

**자녀분의 온라인 학습계획과 관련하여 아래 링크를 클릭해주세요.

March Music Wall

March is Music in our Schools Month. Our community will be sharing music with one another on the March Music Wall padlet (https://padlet.com/kvanliew/d5z19wf67gjg). Help spread some positivity and encouragement by sharing a favorite song or a piece of music you have been listening to recently. You can post music, listen to other people's songs, like posts, and make comments! Let's build the spirit of our community by sharing some music!


- Ms. Van Liew

March Music Wall Instruction from Ms. Van Liew

Please click the button to get more information

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Distance Learning Plan 3.2 - 3.6

Real-time e-learning will begin on Thursday, March 5th. Please see the timetable for each House below.


**Students are expected to continue engaging with distance learning plans Monday through Wednesday and begin real-time e-learning on 3/5/2029 -- links for the learning plan for the week ahead (3.2-3-6) can also be found below.

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[This week around CDS MS]

Planning for Distance Learning

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Materials Pick--Up

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Virtual House Class

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[CDS MS Announcements & Reminders]

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[Upcoming Events]

Library Night

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March Book Madness - Graphic Novel Edition

For the month of March, the CDS Library is holding a March Book Madness - Graphic Novel Edition. Students can read these 16 graphic novels and vote on their favorites. Voting will be held on Mondays during the month until the final novel is picked. Let's see which graphic novel will be the champion! Start reading now!
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Upcoming Events

3/11 Term 4 Assembly

3/11 Library Night

3/11 Mathletes - High Four Competition

3/12 KIMEA Honor Orchestra Festival

3/17 Grade 8 - Leeum Art Museum Field Trip

3/20 Winter CCs & ASPs end

3/23 - 27 Spring Break

3/30 Spring CCs & ASPs begin