CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

November 24, 2017

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear Parents,

The Thanksgiving holiday has arrived and I hope everyone is feeling a bit of gratitude for the many good things in our lives. Research has shown that gratitude can enhance our relationships, improve our physical and mental health, increase our empathy, and even help us sleep better at night. Today, I'm grateful that our CDS community continues to learn and grow and stay positive even as winter begins and final exams approach.

In this week's newsletter, you can read about the importance of sleep, see some active learning in Mr. Lyke's physical science class, and hear about Thanksgiving activities planned by the Student Council.

Important Cafeteria Information: Beginning next week, CDS will offer both a Korean and an international lunch option just as we had before. However, students will be required to tap their Dalton ID cards to indicate which option they chose. This will help us to plan better and reduce waste.

* Please remind your children to bring their Dalton ID cards to school on Monday. We need to collect all ID cards from students on Monday to prepare them for the new system. Cards will be returned to students on Tuesday morning. New ID cards have been made for all students who had said they lost them in the Google form we sent out last week.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me:

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round - Forbes

I hope all of you have restful Thanksgiving break!

Parent Information Session - Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Thursday, Nov. 30th, 3-4pm

CDS High School Conference Room

"For a growing number of schools and districts, Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) has become a coordinating framework for how educators, families, and communities partner to promote students’ social, emotional, and academic learning."

- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

In this session we will focus on how CDS Middle School fosters SEL "success skills" and how parents can support their children’s social and emotional growth at home. We will also discuss the concept of Growth Mindset.

The session will be led by Mr. Scoville. Ms. Jennifer Kim will be present to support with Korean interpretation.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The Importance of Sleep

How important is a good night’s sleep?

For students it is extremely important! Studies show that a continued lack of sleep will result in poor grades, decreased concentration, irritability and leads to illness to name only a few of the consequences resulting from not receiving a solid night's sleep.

It is very important that students receive an average of 8-10 hours of continuous sleep a night in order to have a productive day at school. The benefits of sleep far out weigh the consequences of not getting enough sleep. In today's society we are always busy with things that need to get done or have distractions that pull us away from the well deserved sleep that we need.

However, parents and teachers must take the time to show our students and children that a solid 8-10 (more for younger children) hours of sleep is not only recommended but a necessity to be functional and productive.

After speaking with many students about their sleep patterns and hearing what other teachers have to say about their concerns for their student’s lack of sleep, I felt that that a challenge should be given!

It takes 21 days to form a habit. So I would like to challenge the student’s of CDS (with the help of CDS parents) to take the next 21 days and form the habit of getting a good and solid night of sleep. Simply have your student track how much sleep they are getting a night (I, personally, use a Fitbit for this purpose) for the next 21 days and see how much of a difference that it truly makes! For more information please feel free to visit

-Mr. Frankie Hinds

Learning Support

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CDS Teachers Attended the 2017 KORCOS International Education Conference

On Saturday, November 18th all CDS teachers headed to Chadwick in Songdo for an active day of professional learning. Great discussions always happen when we can connect with other educators in Korea to share ideas and best practices on helping students achieve. We're especially proud of the 14 CDS teachers who either presented for others at the conference or hosted job-a-likes.

Winter Season Co-Curricular (CCs) Roster

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Winter Season - After School Programs (ASPs)

Mathletes: In response to the increased number of Mathletes participants for this session we have added an additional coach, Ms. Jennifer Hinds. Mathletes participants will be divided into two groups based on the grade ranges of the teams for the monthly High Four contest. 5th grade students will meet with Ms. Hinds in her room (#205) and 6th - 8th grade students will meet with Mr. Lyke in his room, the middle school science lab. As always, please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to another fun session of Mathletes!

Beginning Band: Any students who wish to join Beginning Band are encouraged to do so. If interested, please speak with Ms. Van Liew who can be reached in the Orchestra room, or at

STAMP: Season 2 starts next Monday (Nov 27th) and takes place in the CDS library from 4:10 - 5:00 p.m. Please contact MS Office if you have any questions or concerns.

Student Council Thanksgiving Activity

This week, the Student Council planned a Thanksgiving activity for CDS MS students to show their gratitude to all the teachers, office staff, janitors, and lunch staff who work hard to make our school great. Following lunch, students gathered in their House classrooms to write sincere thank you cards. After finishing their letters, students created Christmas decorations for the MS Lounge.
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SCBS - Student Council News

SCBS News coverage of our Science Fair winners, this week's SC Tributes, Kayla Kim's holiday plans, recognition of the Swimming Team for their efforts @ KIS, and wrapping up with this week's riddle and teacher joke. Well done Student Council!

Upcoming Events

11/27 - Winter CCs & ASPs Begin

11/30 - Parent Information Session - Social & Emotional Learning

12/11 - 12 Final Exams

12/14 MS/HS Winter Concert

12/1 Grade 7 PBL TEDx Presentations

12/2 Swimming @ SFS

12/15 Candlelight Ceremony