CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

March 23, 2020

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,


I hope all of you have a safe and restful spring break!


Students---please take some time away from your screens this week----seriously----after the last several weeks of e-learning you really need it! Enjoy the sunshine and beautiful spring weather. Although we must continue to social distance, we can still take walks in the park, go for bike rides around Cheongna, and maybe even go hiking with our families! Give your eyes and brains a break this week!


You may remember that before winter break the librarians put out a survey, and now they have acted on your suggestions. When students return from the long campus closure, the library will be transformed into a space much more conducive to learning. Thank you for sharing your voices!


I look forward to seeing you all digitally on March 30th when synchronous e-learning continues. Stay safe and enjoy yourselves!


Best regards,


Mr. Scoville

Director of Middle School

Letter to community - 3.18

3 - 18 - 2020 - CDS Community Update

Please click the button to review our 3.18 community update and Continuity of Learning Plan


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

**자녀분의 온라인 학습계획과 관련하여 아래 링크를 클릭해주세요.

CDS Continuity of Learning Plan

Click the button to review our plans to ensure learning continues despite campus closure

**Our Continuity of Learning Plan (linked above) was adapted from the collective best practices of several international schools in Asia including The American School in Japan. We thank these schools for making their plans public.

Attendance Expectations for E-Learning

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E-Learning Class Schedules 5A - 8B

Click to see the e-learning schedule for your House for March 2020

Distance Learning Plans 3.30-4.3

Click to see assignments and expectations for each House 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B

Adventure Korea - Outdoor Education Trip (April 29th - May 1st)

Dear Parents,


It is very likely that our annual outdoor education trip will be canceled this year as a result of COVID-19. As of now (3/23), students are scheduled to return to campus on April 6th following Spring Break. We will reevaluate at that time and make a final decision about whether to cancel Adventure Korea.


In the meantime, we will move forward with planning the two night/three day Outdoor Education experience scheduled for April 29th - May 1st. We will be partnering again this year with Adventure Korea, an organization that has provided high quality experiential learning opportunities to several international schools in Korea over the last 18 years. Last year's trip was a big success and we expect this year to be even better!


The purpose of this program is to help students build teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and community through outdoor challenges and activities. CDS teachers will work closely with Adventure Korea staff to ensure a safe and positive learning experience for everyone.


For more information, please click the link above, watch the video clip below, and review the itineraries and approximate budget within this newsletter.


- Mr. Scoville

Adventure Korea

Grade 5 & 6 - Youngin & Gosan

Adventure Korea (click link to learn more)


CDS Program Objective:

Build teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and community through outdoor challenges and experiential learning.


Supporting Teachers (tentative):

Ms. Montelibano, Mr. Biare, Mr. Thach, Mrs. Wang, Mr. Drews, Mr. Reed, Mrs. Hinds, Mr. Kim


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


Accommodation: Boramwon Training Center in Gosan


Program Highlights:

Youngin Zip-lining & Rope Courses (7 Zip-line courses)

Handicraft Experience

Challenge Course & Archery

Hiking & Rafting

Bonfire & Skits

Learn about Nanta Performance


Approximate Price: 350,000 won

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

Grade 7 & 8 - Hongcheon, Inje and Sokcho

Adventure Korea (click link to learn more)


CDS Program Objective:

Build teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and community through outdoor challenges and experiential learning.


Supporting Teachers:

Mr. Baker, Ms. Van Liew, Mr. Howell, Mr. Cavasin, Ms. Black, Mr. Keel, Ms. Kim


Accommodation: Manhae Hostel


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


Program Highlights:

Forest Adventure & Zip-lining

Cooking Class

Pottery Making Experience

Hiking Mt. Seorak - Ulsanbawi

Beach Time

Rock Climbing

Talent Show


Approximate Price: 350,000 won

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

[This week around CDS MS]

MHS Library Remodel!

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Give Us Hope!

As Covid-19 continues to spread across the globe, I want our students to send a message of hope to others. For Music, students will be taking part in the "Give Us Hope Project" where they will collaborate to create a virtual choir. You can read more instructions about the project here. Essentially, students will take a video recording singing through their designated part (Treble 1, 2 or 3) and then the videos will be put together to create a choir.


Students will be singing part of the song in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese because we want to reach as many people with this message of hope! Please encourage and support your student as they work on this project. Ms. Van Liew has synced the video recordings together so you can hear how the song will basically work. We want students to commit to this project and do their absolute best job so that when the videos are put together it will all work.


- Ms. Van Liew

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[Upcoming Events]

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Distance Learning Plan 3.30-4.3

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[CDS MS Announcements & Reminders]

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Event Schedules

4/10 - G5-8 Math Kangaroo Competition @CDS

4/29-5/1 Experiential Learning Trips (Adventure Korea)

5/29 & 5/30 - CDS MS Musical 'Just One Heart'