CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

April 12, 2020

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner! This is a great opportunity to hear more about your child’s academic performance, find out how you can best support them, and receive answers to any questions you might have. This year's conferences will be held digitally using a platform our students use called Zoom. Meetings will take place from 4-7pm daily on April 20th - 23rd. More information concerning sign-ups will be sent out shortly.

The middle school would also like to announce that students will not follow the synchronous schedule on April 24th. Under normal circumstances this is the day when we would have held physical Parent Teacher Conferences and students would have stayed home. Students should use this day to catch up on any missing work and, if possible, spend time on activities away from screens like reading a good book, exercising, making art, or practicing an instrument.

Sadly, CDS’ third season of KAIAC sports has been canceled, bringing our MS basketball season to a premature close. I know this is tough to hear and I wish it were not so. Let's look forward to our soccer season in the fall. Thank you to all our athletes for your dedication to our programs and the character you show on and off the court and field.

I hope you take some time to engage with the content in this week's newsletter. I'm so proud of our faculty for continuing to provide opportunities for students to learn and feel a sense of community even though we are physically separate.

Ms. Carley has organized a weekly library book pick up/drop off schedule. Ms. Stant is launching a unity project to brighten our collective spirits. Ms. Van Liew has organized an "E-Learning Expert of the Week" feature to acknowledge exemplary e-learning behaviors. House 7B had an Easter egg decorating contest. Mr. Reed has his students developing life skills (cooking) while also learning about nutrition and film editing. The best part is that our wonderful students show up every day ready to learn and engage. We're all so glad to be a part of this community of learners.

Please stay safe and healthy and have a great week!

Best regards,

Mr. Scoville

Director of Middle School

Resources for Reading and Learning at Home / 온라인 무료 독서 사이트

Resources for Reading and Learning

Please click the button for more information / 자세한 정보를 위해 버튼을 클릭해주세요

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

**자녀분의 온라인 학습계획과 관련하여 아래 링크를 클릭해주세요.

[Announcement / 공지사항]

Whole School Unity Project - Lip Sync Video!

Hello Cheongna Dalton School!

We are excited to announce that our school will be participating in a whole school (First Program, Middle School, and High School) unity project. Students from Pre-K all the way to Grade 12, teachers, staff and parents, will be invited to participate in this exciting Lip Sync Video! Our faculty have brainstormed various song choices and have chosen the upbeat and positive song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," by Bobby McFerrin. We are asking for participants to: lip sing to all or part of the song, dance to part of the song, play a pretend instrument (i.e. an air guitar or air drum set), wave to the camera, or even smile to the camera for a few seconds. Any idea is a great idea!

FP students will be creating their videos in Mr. Fejes' Music class this week on Seesaw. Middle and High School students will be creating their videos this week and submitting them to their House teacher by Friday.

Parents can submit their videos directly to our Drama teacher, Ms. Desiree Stant, at: by Friday April 17th.

We have included a link to the Roll Out Video that some of our on-campus FP students made for the whole school. We have also included a link to the original music video for your review.

We hope you are as excited as we are to participate in this uplifting and fun unity project at CDS!

- Ms. Statnt

CDS Lip Sync Video Roll Out
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy (Official Video)

Library Book Pick-Up


I am thrilled that you all will be checking out books...they have been lonely at school without you! To check out books, please fill out this form. Make sure to read all the instructions, like which day you are allowed to come and pick up your books. Also, when you do come, return the books that you currently have. Many students want to read the same books so once you have finished one, return it so someone else can read it!

The picture below shows how you will pick up your books. Come in through the main doors and you will immediately see a table with the books. The big blue box is where you should drop off your return books. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me an email (

Happy reading!

- Ms. Carley

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Morning Calm Activity from the library

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Give Us Hope Project

This past week, students submitted their initial videos for their Give Us Hope Virtual Choir project and received feedback on their videos. Students can continue practicing their parts in order to re-record their video in 2-3 weeks to have a higher quality recording. We will be sending all the videos for a professional audio engineer to put together the final video. We want this to be a special and positive message of music that we can share with others! Please continue to support your student with practicing. New instructions will be shared with students next week! Stay tuned!

- Ms. Van Liew

2019-20 CDS MS - Give Us Hope Project (G7 Suyon Hwang)
2019-20 CDS MS - Give Us Hope Project (G6 Cailyn Park)

[This week at CDS MS / 이번주 CDS MS]

E-learning Expert of the Week

The "E-learning Expert of the Week" is a selected student who has been doing an outstanding job with our E-learning environment. An E-learning Expert is prompt to virtual classes, consistently completes his/her's work on time, demonstrates a positive and interactive attitude, and shines during this difficult situation. We ask the selected student to share some tips on his/her's success.

This week, our E-learning Expert of the Week is Eric Jung from 7B!

Take a look at Eric's tips for being a successful E-learner:

"Hello, my name is Eric Jung from 7B and I will share three tips on how to improve your E-learning abilities. First, I recommend you to have breakfast before online learning even if that means getting up early or else you won't have enough energy. Second, I recommend you to clean up your surroundings before online learning starts or in between lessons. And third, I think it's best for you to take a little exercise before your next class. For me, I usually jump on the trampoline. I hope my tips will help you to have a better E-learning time."

- 7B Eric Jung

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Learning about nutrition in Health Class

In grades 7 & 8 as part of our nutrition unit, we researched recipes that we wanted to make, and then made a video of our work. From apple pies to Chop-jae, many different delicious foods were made. This project shows one exciting way out CDS students are learning through E-learning, and still getting a break from "screen-time".

- Mr. Reed

2019-20 CDS Middle School - Health Class 'Nutrition Unit' #1
2019-20 CDS MS - Health Class 'Nutrition Unit' #2

Easter Egg Decorating Competition in 7B

In order to brighten the mood and have a fun community-building activity during House, the 7B class had an Easter Egg Decorating Competition. Students prepared eggs and markers, then had 10 minutes to decorate their eggs. We each showed off our eggs. Then, the class voted on the best egg based on three criteria: Creativity, Neatness, and Relevance to the Season. Our class winner was Sieon Park with the hamburger egg! It was an enjoyable way to do an activity together as a class and look at something other than a screen!

- Ms. Van Liew & Mr. Howell

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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 April 2020

Distance Learning Plan 3.30-4.3

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[CDS MS Announcements & Reminders]

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