CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

January 11th, 2019

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

I hope all of you had a restful winter break and a joyful holiday season. It was wonderful to see students return on Monday looking happy, rejuvenated, and ready for Term 3!

This week, students jumped right back into action with the Term 3 assembly, volleyball and table tennis orientations, and a fundraising effort to subsidize the cost of textbooks for students in need at a school in the Philippines.

There are many events on the horizon in Term 3 including volleyball & table tennis season, a 5th grade indoor soccer tournament, National History Day, NWEA MAP testing, the Winter Writing Competitions (English & Korean), KIMEA events, and more. Please find details within the newsletter.

In closing, we are pleased this week to welcome 2 new students to our CDS community. We look forward to getting to know them and their families better in the coming months.

5th Grade:

(5A) Kim, Sungwon (Dave)

8th Grade:

(8B) Lee, Gangjoon (Ryan)

Have a great weekend!

Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

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PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support)

CDS teachers, students, and the community continue to be impressed by the amazing things our students do and create. During a stage in life where there is so much change and growth, it is important to understand what is expected in order to maintain a positive school community.

The PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) Team at CDS introduced four expectations that students should exhibit in all areas of the school during the Term 3 Assembly: be Respectful, have Integrity, be Safe, and be Engaged. Like a phoenix, CDS students will RISE to help create a supportive and positive school community. In the next few weeks, we will be discussing each expectation during morning house with the students and students will become familiar with each expectation and what it should look like in the classroom, hallways, and community areas of the school.

CDS 교사, 학생 그리고 전체 커뮤니티는 지난 학기동안 학생들이 보인 성과에 대해 감명받았습니다. 그리고, 지속하여 이러한 긍정적인 학교생활이 유지되기 위해 학생들에게 요구되는 점이 있어야한다고 생각합니다.

이에 PBIS Team은 Term 3 Assembly에서 학생들이 학교에서 보여야하는 태도와 관련하여 공지하였습니다. Be Respectful (존중하기), Have Integrity (정직하기), Be Safe (안전하게 생활하기) 그리고 Be Engaged (몰두하기)를 중심으로, CDS의 상징인 불사조처럼 학생들이 긍정적인 마음가짐으로 'RISE'하기를 바랍니다. 다음주를 시작으로 Morning House 시간에 각각의 기대점에 대해 학생들이 생각하고, 이를 학교 생활에서 어떤 방식으로 지켜야 할 지에 대해 알아보는 시간을 가질 예정입니다.

- PBIS Team

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Student Council Update

The CDS Middle School completed their last stage of the Fill the Sleigh fundraiser over winter break. Our president, Sophia Seo, vice president, Han Na Shin, and Treasurer, Erica Jeon, delivered the essential items that were collected to Happy Home Orphanage in Incheon. There, they had the opportunity see the facility and meet with some of the people that work with the children who live there. Happy Home was very appreciative of the items that were raised and we hope to continue to work with them in the future!

- Student Council

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Library Night

On January 23, the CDS Library will be hosting its annual Library Night. This year's theme is Greek Mythology!

Activities will include an Olympian escape room, an Ancient Greek engineering (STEM) challenge, crafts, games, a Greek-themed dinner, and a charity raffle drawing to benefit a school in need.

Students can purchase tickets for a chance to win gift certificates to What the Book, cozy reading kits, Olympian graphic novels, and a Kindle Fire! As a change from last year, this year's schedule will be moved to an earlier time (2:45-6:30) to allow more students to participate. Therefore, all students should sign up with the linked Google Form to indicate if they will be attending for some or all of the festivities. See you there!

CDS Library

- Rachel Menzel & Linda Choo

Library Night Sign-up Form

Students must be logged into their Dalton email accounts to access the form.

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After Hours Policy / 방과후 교내 체류 정책

All non-dorm students who wish to stay after school to participate in clubs and other school related activities must complete a permission slip. The After Hours Permission Slip is available in the MS Office and also on the middle school website: This document must be signed by the supervising teacher and a parent/guardian before 12:00pm on the day the student plans to stay after school. Non-dorm students must arrange their own ride home and may not stay on campus after 5:50pm.

기숙사 학생을 제외한 모든 학생은 방과 후에 교내에 남아있기 위해 After School Permission Slip을 작성하여 제출해야합니다. ‘After School Permission Slip’은 MS Office와 CDS 중학교 웹사이트: cdsmiddleschool.weebly.com에서 찾으실 수 있습니다. 해당 동의서에는 학생이 남아있는 시간동안 학생을 감독할 교사학부모님의 서명이 있어야하며, 학생이 방과 후에 남아있을 당일 낮 12시까지 MS Office로 반드시 제출해주셔야합니다. CDS 규정상 기숙사 학생을 제외한 모든 학생은 5:50pm 이후에 교내에 남아있을 수 없습니다.

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<This week, around CDS MS>

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Math with Mrs. Hinds

If you have ever wondered how you can support your child in middle school math, this article, linked here, has some helpful suggestions.

It mentions simple things you can do at home to help boost your child in math class. Some of the ideas discussed in the article include: making sure your child brings their textbook or notes home to have them out as a reference while they work on homework; resist giving your child the answer as soon as they start to struggle because that struggle is part of the learning process; and have your child discuss with you what they thought the important concepts were of the lesson after they have finished an assignment.

This is only a small sample of the ideas. For more information on these ideas and several others be sure to read the article and I hope you find it helpful.

- Mrs. Hinds

Art with Mrs. Koetje

LAB Time - 5th Grade's Basketball playing

Term 3 Assembly - Minute-to-Win-it 'Hanky Panky'
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< MS Athletics >

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Upcoming Events

  • 1/21 - 1/23 - Winter MAP Testing

  • 1/23 - Library Night 2:45 - 6:30 pm

  • 1/28 - 2/1 - Chinese New Year / Spring Festival

  • 1/24 - MS KIMEA Honor Choir @ GSIS

  • 1/30 - Korean Writing Competition (CC Time)

  • 1/31 - MS KIMEA Honor Band @ Chadwick

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