CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

March 23rd, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,


We've made it to Spring Break! I hope everyone can find time next week for some well deserved rest.


April will be a very busy month for CDS Middle School. The long awaited Spring CCs and ASPs will begin on the Monday we return from break. During the first weekend in April our 5th graders will complete in this year's Battle of the Books, and our Boys & Girls Basketball teams will compete in their first jamborees of the season. Students are also getting excited for the Talent Show coming up on April 11th.


In this week's MS Newsletter you will find information about the upcoming Parent Teacher Conference, the 8th Grade High School Orientation, and our MS Outdoor Education Trip planned for April 26th-27th.


Ms. Jennifer Kim and I would like thank all the parents who showed up for the Parent Information Session yesterday. Many good questions were asked and I'm sure those who attended have a better understanding of how CDS Middle School is preparing students for success in the 21st century.


Have a safe and restful break!

8th Grade High School Orientation

April 11th at 6:00pm we will hold a High School Orientation for 8th grade students and their parents. The high school National Honor Society will attend to share their high school experiences with 8th graders to support their successful transition to 9th grade. This is something 8th grade students and parents will not want to miss!
https://youtu.be/EL1irIyWvPM
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Parent Information on PBL Part II PPT

Click Below to view the slide presentation for PBL II Parent Info Session
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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conference (PTC) is coming up on April 13th from 9:00AM - 4:00PM.


* Individual teacher booking forms will be sent out the first week of April.


Attending PTCs in the Spring is a great way to learn about your child's academic growth over the course of the school year. At this point, teachers have spent significant time observing and interacting with your children in and outside of the classroom. As such, they can also provide helpful insights about your child's social and emotional development.


Excellent student work will be exhibited in the Middle School Lounge on PTC day, and the High School Interpreter Club will be available to help with Korean/English communication. We can also arrange Spanish and Chinese interpreters if necessary.


We encourage all parents to attend this important event on April 13th.


Adventure Korea - Outdoor Education Trip - April 26-27

Grades 5 & 6 - Yongin & Suwon City

Adventure Korea (click link to learn more)


CDS Program Objective: Build teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and community through outdoor challenges and experiential learning.


Supporting Teachers: Mrs. Hinds, Mr. Harris, Mr. Biarje, Mr. Howell, Mr. Kim, and Mr. Brennan


* We will provide more information the first week of April including final itinerary and price, packing list, etc. For an overview and estimated price please refer to the information below:


Program Highlights:

Zipline & Ropes Course

Making Handicrafts

Kite Flying

Archery

Scavenger Hunt at Suwon Palace


Approximate Price: 175,000 - 190,000 won per student

Includes:

Transportation

Accommodation

All activity and entry fees

Trip Consulting & Guide fees

Meals

Travel Insurance


* To see a tentative itinerary, please click the button below

Tentative Grade 5 & 6 Itinerary - Adventure Korea

Click the button to view the tentative itinerary

Grades 7 & 8 - Yangpyeong & Chuncheon

Adventure Korea (click link to learn more)


CDS Program Objective: Build teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and community through outdoor challenges and experiential learning.


Supporting Teachers: Ms. Van Liew, Ms. Wang, Mr. Lyke, Mr. Coward, Mr. Cavasin, Mr. Monette, Mr. Menzel, and Mr. Drews


* We will provide more information the first week of April including final itinerary and price, packing list, etc. For an overview and estimated price please refer to the information below:


Program Highlights:

Glamping - Learning to start a fire and cook your own meal

Ropes Course

Team Building Challenge Course

Paintball


Approximate Price: 220,000 - 235,000 won per student

Includes:

Transportation

Accommodation

All activity and entry fees

Trip Consulting & Guide fees

Meals

Travel Insurance


* To see a tentative itinerary, please click the button below

Tentative Grade 7 & 8 Itinerary - Adventure Korea

Click the button to view the tentative itinerary

March Music in Our Schools Month

Week 3: Music Through the Generations

The theme for this week's Music In Our Schools Month was Music ​through the Generations​. Students can still send in pictures for Week ​3​!


This weekend, encourage your student to participate ​by learning a song or instrument from an adult or teaching a younger sibling or friend a song or instrument.

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Week 4: Music without Borders

During Spring Break, listen, participate in, or engage in music from a culture that is different than your own!


Find a music performance that is performed by someone of a different culture. If you are going out of Korea for Spring Break, go to a local music performance. If you are staying in Korea, explore other types of music that you would typically not listen to that are performed in the area.


Make sure you take a picture of the activity and email it to Ms. Van Liew at kvanliew@daltonschool.kr to receive a Character Card and promote music!

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https://youtu.be/hRGe3Xj0MDE

Upcoming Events

3/26 - 3/30 - Spring Break

4/2 - Spring CCs and ASPs Begin

4/7 - Battle of the Books @KIS Pangyo

4/7 - MS Boys Basketball @KIS

4/7 - MS Girls Basketball @SIS

4/11 - CDS MS Talent Show

4/11 - 8th Grade High School Orientation @6:00pm

4/13 - Parent Teacher Conference