CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

October 19th, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

Term 1 has come to successful end. I'm so proud of our middle school students for reaching this milestone while maintaining an eagerness to learn, and good will toward one another. It's wonderful to be a part of a true community of learners!

This week students persevered through end of term exams and other unit performance tasks. The student council has been busy preparing for the upcoming Halloween Party, and many students have been generating ideas for next month's Science Fair.

The week ended on Thursday with our Term 2 assembly, in which many students won AR reading awards, and others were recognized for exemplifying our school values. We also enjoyed samulnori drum performances from the 6th graders. As we move into winter, our fall athletic seasons are wrapping up, and Swimming season is about to begin.

I look forward to all the growth and opportunity that awaits us in Term 2!

Have a great weekend!

Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

- Upcoming Events -

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Parent Information Session #2 - NWEA MAP Testing

Friday, Oct. 26th, 1:30-2:30pm

CDS Middle School Conference Rm

NWEA MAP Testing:

(Mr. Scoville과 Ms. Jennifer Kim이 동시에 진행합니다.)

- Why does CDS use NWEA MAP? How is MAP different from other standardized tests? How do I interpret my child's MAP scores? What is a RIT score? How can I know if my child is on track to be college and career ready? How does my child's score compare with other students in East Asia? How do teachers use students' scores to guide their instruction? How can I have productive conversations with my child about their MAP scores?

- 왜 CDS는 학생평가에 NWEA MAP 프로그램을 사용하는가? 어떻게 MAP이 다른 평가시스템과 다른가? 자녀의 MAP 성적을 어떻게 분석해야하는가? RIT 점수는 무엇인가? 어떻게 내 자녀가 대학진학에 유리한 조건에 있는지 판단할 수 있는가? 아시아의 학생들과 비교했을 때 내 자녀의 성적은 어떠한가? 교사들은 학생의 MAP 성적을 수업시간에 어떻게 반영하여 교수하는가? 내 자녀와 MAP 성적과 관련하여 어찌 대화해야하는가?

We hope to see many parents in attendance on Friday, October 26th.

유용한 정보이기에 10/26(금요일)에 많은 학부모님의 참여바랍니다.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the MS Office.

Thank you,

Mr. Scoville

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CDS Math Competition - Intro Meeting 10/22

Hi guys! The CDS math competition is back. This year like last year will be middle school only so students will have great opportunities to be involved.

In addition we have revamped the competition to make it accessible to students of all levels and turn it into a showcase of your interests and creativity. Anyone who may be interested please come to the library for CC on Monday 10/22 and let’s have a great competition!

- Mr. Coward

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Acting Workshop Sign-up Form

This special opportunity will happen on Nov. 5 from 4:00 - 5:00pm. Click the button to sign up!

Professional Drama Group to Perform at CDS - Including Acting Workshop -

The American Drama Group Europe (ADGE), which was formed in Munich, Germany 40 years ago, now tours in many countries across Europe and Asia. This year, they are bringing their production of Shakespeare's Macbeth to South Korea, and CDS is happy to be a special stop on their tour.

The group will perform for all middle and high school students and teachers on NOVEMBER 5 at 1:25PM.

Right after the play there will be an ACTING WORKSHOP from 4:00-5:30pm. The workshop will be run by professional actors from the production. There is no cost, but there are limited spots available.

The workshop will include characterization, ensemble work, movement, and improvisation through acting techniques and exercises, as well as voice technique for acting. And if students show an interest in advance it can also include principles of set design and costumes.

* Students who wish to participate in the Acting Workshop may be excused from athletic practices and other After School Programs on 11/5.

<This week, Around CDS MS>

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ELL with Ms. Montelibano

One of our six "C"s is Communication, and all of the students at CDS possess the valuable ability to communicate more than one language. Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Sometimes, when a students begins at CDS, they require support in developing their academic English skills so that they can be successful in all of their classes.

In Middle School, these students take English as an Additional Language. Once students show proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English, they transition from English as an Additional Language to another world language, Spanish or Chinese.

This week, we were so proud to celebrate Jisoo Choi and Yerin Shin's growth and dedication to improving their English. Starting Term 2, they will begin the journey of learning yet another language! Congratulations Jisoo and Yerin!

- Ms. Montelibano

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Korean with Mr. Kim

In Korean class this week, the sixth graders read novels and drew important scenes in cartoons. Students selected the most impressive part in the novel and expressed it as a four-cut cartoon. The cartoons not only express the words and actions of the characters in each scene, but also explained directly what students wanted to express in the cartoon. Through this activity, students were able to understand the novel more specifically and re-construct it more deeply.

한국어 수업에서 이번 주 6학년은 소설을 읽고 중요 장면을 만화로 그리는 활동을 하였다. 학생들은 소설에서 가장 인상 깊은 부분을 정하고, 이것을 4컷 만화로 표현하였다. 만화에는 각 장면에서 인물의 말과 행동만 표현한 것이 아니라, 학생들이 이 만화에서 표현하고 싶은 내용이 무엇인지 직접 설명하는 활동도 함께 하였다. 이 활동을 통하여 학생들은 소설 작품을 좀 더 적극적으로 받아들이고, 또 새롭게 재구성하면서 좀 더 깊이 이해할 수 있었다.

- Mr. Kim

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Science Fair Preparation from Mr. Keel

Students participating in CDS Science Fair got together during C.C. time on Wednesday to refine their experiment ideas and layout plans for the upcoming science fair on November 21st.

Students will be conducting a range of experiments at home using real-world problems and their interest in various fields of science as inspiration. Groups from all grade levels were motivated and the creative brainstorm and planning session yielded some very exciting proposals and project plans!

- Mr. Keel

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Math with Mrs. Hinds

The 6th graders ended their study of ratios and proportions by learning about the Golden Ratio. They learned that this ratio was discovered by a man named Fibonacci and that it is found in nature, art, architecture, and even the human body. They were given five choices of how they wanted to further their understanding of the ratio. One option was to create a drawing that represented the Golden Ratio. There were some excellent drawings created!

- Mrs. Hinds

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Grade 5 Shadow Puppet Folk Tales

X-Country End of Season Bonfire

On Thursday night the X-country team had an evening of bonding and reflection at the CDS Fire Pit. We're so proud of their accomplishments this season!

Dalton Cup Season 1 Wraps up with Dalton in the Lead!

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< MS Athletics >

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Boys Soccer Bus Form - (YISS) - 10/27/2018

Please click the button and indicate your transportation needs for 10/27

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What Sleep is and Why all Kids Need it!

"Sleep is more important than you may think. Can you think of a time when you didn't get enough sleep? That heavy, groggy feeling is awful and, when you feel that way, you're not at your best. So if you're not too tired, let's talk about sleep.

Why You Need Sleep

The average kid has a busy day. There's school, taking care of your pets, running around with friends, going to sports practice or other activities, and doing your homework. By the end of the day, your body needs a break. Sleep allows your body to rest for the next day.

Everything that's alive needs sleep to survive. Even your dog or cat curls up for naps. Animals sleep for the same reason you do — to give your body a tiny vacation.

Your Brain Needs Zzzzzs

Your body and your brain need sleep. Though no one is exactly sure what work the brain does when you're sleeping, some scientists think that the brain sorts through and stores information, replaces chemicals, and solves problems while you snooze.

Most kids between 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hours a night, but experts agree that most need 10 or 11 hours each night. Sleep is an individual thing and some kids need more than others.

When your body doesn't have enough hours to rest, you may feel tired or cranky, or you may be unable to think clearly. You might have a hard time following directions, or you might have an argument with a friend over something really stupid. A school assignment that's normally easy may feel impossible, or you may feel clumsy playing your favorite sport or instrument.

One more reason to get enough sleep: If you don't, you may not grow as well. That's right, researchers believe too little sleep can affect growth and your immune system — which keeps you from getting sick.

The Stages of Sleep

As you're drifting off to sleep, it doesn't seem like much is happening . . . the room is getting fuzzy and your eyelids feel heavier and heavier. But what happens next? A lot!

Your brain swings into action, telling your body how to sleep. As you slowly fall asleep, you begin to enter the five different stages of sleep:

Stage 1

In this stage of light sleep, your body starts to feel a bit drowsy. You can still be woken up easily during this stage. For example, if your sister pokes you or you hear a car horn outside, you'll probably wake up right away.

Stage 2

After a little while, you enter stage 2, which is a slightly deeper sleep. Your brain gives the signal to your muscles to relax. It also tells your heart to beat a little slower and your breathing to slow down. Even your body temperature drops a bit.

Stage 3

When you're in this stage, you're in an even deeper sleep, also called slow-wave sleep. Your brain sends a message to your blood pressure to get lower. Your body isn't sensitive to the temperature of the air around you, which means that you won't notice if it's a little hot or cold in your room. It's much harder to be awakened when you're in this stage, but some people may sleepwalk or talk in their sleep at this point.

Stage 4

This is the deepest sleep yet and is also considered slow-wave sleep. It's very hard to wake up from this stage of sleep, and if you do wake up, you're sure to be out of it and confused for at least a few minutes. Like they do in stage 3, some people may sleepwalk or talk in their sleep when going from stage 4 to a lighter stage of sleep.


R.E.M. stands for rapid eye movement. Even though the muscles in the rest of your body are totally relaxed, your eyes move back and forth very quickly beneath your eyelids. The R.E.M. stage is when your heart beats faster and your breathing is less regular. This is also the stage when people dream!

While you're asleep, you repeat stages 2, 3, 4, and R.E.M. about every 90 minutes until you wake up in the morning. For most kids, that's about four or five times a night. Who said sleep was boring?

Dream a Little Dream

You're walking down the street and you pass a monkey eating a donut. Suddenly you're in school — but why does your teacher have such big teeth?

No, this isn't a scene from a scary movie — it's a dream!

People dream during R.E.M. sleep, the period that follows the deepest stage of sleep. Everybody has dreams, although some people have a tough time remembering them. When you wake up can affect whether you can remember your dreams. If you wake up during R.E.M. sleep, you might remember everything about your dream. If you wake up during another stage of sleep, you might not remember a thing.

No one knows for sure why people dream. Many scientists today think that dreams are linked to how our brains organize memories and emotions. Some scientists think that dreams are your brain's way of making sense of what happened during the day. Others think that dreams allow your brain to sort through the events of the day, storing the important stuff and getting rid of the junk. Some scientists say that dreams are a clue to what you're worried about or thinking about.

How to Catch Your ZZZs

For most kids, sleeping comes pretty naturally. Here are some tips to help you catch all the ZZZs you need:

  • Try to go to bed at the same time every night; this helps your body get into a routine.
  • Follow a bedtime routine that is calming, such as taking a warm bath or reading.
  • Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine. These include some sodas and other drinks, like ice tea.
  • Don't have a TV in your room. Research shows that kids who have one in their rooms sleep less. If you have a TV, turn it off when it's time to sleep.
  • Don't watch scary TV shows or movies close to bedtime because these can sometimes make it hard to fall asleep.
  • Don't exercise just before going to bed. Do exercise earlier in the day — it helps a person sleep better.
  • Use your bed just for sleeping — not doing homework, reading, playing games, or talking on the phone. That way, you'll train your body to associate your bed with sleep.

If you have a hard time falling asleep for more than one or two nights or have worries that are keeping you from sleeping, tell your mom or dad. They can help you solve your sleep problems. In fact, just talking about it with them could help you relax just enough (yawn) that you'll be ready to sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz."

Reviewed by: Rupal Christine Gupta, MD

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Upcoming Events

10/22 - CDS Math Competition Begins @CC time

10/25 - CDS Spanish Comic Competition

10/26 - Parents Information Session #2 (MAP testing)

10/27 - Boys Soccer @YISS

10/27 - Badminton @CDS

10/31 - MS Halloween Party

11/2 - Parent Teacher Conferences