CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

March 16th, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,


I hope everyone has been enjoying the warmer weather! Spring seems to be having a positive effect on everyone within the middle school. Our halls and classrooms have been buzzing with energy and activity.


This week students visited the Spring Book Fair and hopefully found some great books to read. Students also learned about our exciting new co-curricular options at the CC Introduction on Tuesday. The highlight of my week was visiting classrooms and seeing so many kids joyfully engaged in the learning process.


Looking ahead, we have MS Basketball Orientations, Week 3 of March Music in our Schools and then a week long Spring Break!


On Saturday, our Table Tennis team, and Girls and Boys Volleyball teams will wrap up the season with their final jamborees at Korea International School. We hope their hard work and training pays off tomorrow!


Several of our 5th graders will also have the opportunity to compete in a basketball tournament at Seoul Foreign School tomorrow. Go Pheonix!


Have a great weekend!

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Spring CC & ASP Presentation

You can also find this presentation on the CDS Middle School Website

Spring After School Programs (ASPs)

Sign-up Deadline - 3/19 Monday 4 p.m.


This morning students began signing up for the Spring After School Program Season. The following information has been shared with them via the ASP Sign-up Google Form:


If you choose to participate in more than one club, the clubs must not overlap, and you must submit a separate form for each club.


* Students ALREADY enrolled in Beginning Band do not need to sign up again.


* Mathlete members must have a minimum math GPA of 3.00 and maintain it throughout the ASP season. Current Mathletes who want to continue MUST sign up again for the Spring Season. Prices for Mathletes will not exceed 10,000 won per student per class session.


* Current S.T.A.M.P. members who want to continue MUST sign up again for the Spring Season


* Fencing students can choose Monday only, Wednesday only, or both Monday and Wednesday.


* We can offer Advanced Swimming on Tuesdays if enough students are interested.


There are four choices:


Mon/Wed - 4:10-5:10 - Fencing - available G 5-8 18 or 9 classes (₩25,000)


Mon/Wed - 4:10-5:10 - Beginning Band - available G 5-8 26 or 18 classes (No Fee)


Mon - Thur - 4:10-5:00 - S.T.A.M.P - available for G 5-8 (No Fee)


Fri - 3:00-4:00 - Mathletes - available for G 5-8 - (8) classes (will not exceed ₩10,000)

After School Program (ASP) - Sign-up Form

Click button to sign-up for Spring After School Programs: Deadline 3/19 4PM

Adventure Korea - Outdoor Education Trip - April 26th - 27th

Dear Parents,


We are happy to inform you that CDS Middle Students will participate in a one night/two day Outdoor Education experience on April 26th - 27th. We are working with an organization called Adventure Korea, which has provided high quality experiential learning opportunities to several international schools in Korea over the last 18 years.


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.


We are now finalizing details and will share information on specific locations, activities, and pricing next week.


For more information on Adventure Korea, please click on the link above, or watch the video clip below.


- Mr. Scoville

https://youtu.be/zED4wJjsFIk
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March Music in Our Schools Month

Week 2: Music in our Community


The theme for this week's Music In Our Schools Month was Music in the Community. Students can still send in pictures for Week 2! This weekend, encourage your student to participate in a music activity in the Community, such as attending a concert, going to a rehearsal or music lesson, or going to 노레방 (karaoke room).

Week 3: Music through the Generations

Teach a younger sibling/friend a favorite song or instrument or learn something musical from a parent or grandparent.


Do you have a favorite song, music game, or know how to play an instrument that you can teach to a younger sibling/friend? Teach the music to someone who is younger than you!

Do you have an adult, parent, or grandparent who would be willing to teach you a new song or how to play something on an instrument? Ask someone older than you to teach you some music!


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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CDS MS Basketball Team Orientation

Girls Orientation


1. It will be on Monday, March 19th from 4:05-5:30 PM in the OLD gym.


2. Students who decide to commit to the team should bring 55,000 won (cash only) for the uniform to the MS Office by 8:10am on Friday, March 23rd. Our first game will be on April 7th and we want to ensure all students receive a uniform in time.


* If you already have a CDS MS basketball uniform from last year, you do not need to purchase a new one.


If you have any questions, please contact Coach Parmar: jiteshparmar@daltonschool.kr


Boys Orientation


1. It will be on Wednesday, March 21st from 4:05-5:30 PM in the NEW gym.


2. Students who decide to commit to the team should bring 65,000 won (cash only) for the uniform to the MS Office by 8:10am on Friday, March 23rd. Our first game will be on April 7th and we want to ensure all students receive a uniform in time.


* If you already have a CDS MS basketball uniform from last year, you do not need to purchase a new one.


4. Friday 3/23 will be an optional practice due to students leaving for the holiday (but we will normally hold mandatory practice on Friday's in the OLD gym). Friday practices will be from 2:45-4:15 p.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Coach Clem: dclem@daltonschool.kr

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5th Annual Silent Art Auction

Art + Action + Auction


The CDS Visual Arts program would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming Silent Art Auction in March! For the last four years, CDS students in the First Program, Middle School, and High School have donated pieces of artwork to be sold to raise funds for a charitable cause. Last year we raised over ₩1,500,000 collectively for charity!


This year all proceeds from the auction will be donated to “TNKR” (Teach North Korean Refugees) in Seoul. TNKR is “...a nonprofit organization that aims to assist North Korean refugees in preparing for their future and transitioning to life outside of North Korea by providing them with free English learning opportunities.”


Donating work to the Silent Art Auction is a fantastic opportunity to not only showcase your skills but to utilize those skills in a way that will impact and improve the lives of others.


FAQ


Q: What kind of artwork can be submitted?

A: You can submit any 2D artwork that you have created in the last two years! These can be work from CDS, artwork created at home and in your free time, etc… Preference is given to 2D pieces (drawings, paintings, collage, photographs, reliefs, etc…)


Q: Do I need to do anything special to the artwork before donating it?
A: Yes! You will need to fill out the “Art Auction Info Sheet” found below and you must prepare your artwork for display. All drawings, prints, and paper works need to be framed, matted or mounted. If you have artwork on canvas, you are not required to frame it.


Q: How much should my starting bid be?
A: Between ₩10,000-₩50,000.


Q: Can I submit multiple pieces?
A: Yes!


Q: I am not in an art class right now, but I would still like to participate. Can I?

A: Yes, absolutely! Even if you are not currently enrolled in an art class, you are open to donate work to the auction.


Q: When do I need to submit by?

A: The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 1st.

Mr. Biarje Presented a Workshop at Hong Kong University

We are proud of CDS Middle School Spanish teacher, Mr. Biarje, for presenting at a workshop at Hong Kong University earlier this month.


The conference was the Spanish Teacher Training Conference of Hong Kong. This event attracted more than a hundred people with four plenary lectures and 21 workshops and talks given by academics, experts and educators from all over the world.


Mr. Biarje presented a workshop on Differentiation in the Foreign Language Classroom.

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https://youtu.be/8z8YpK_noEw
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Upcoming Events

3/16 - 3/19 Spring ASP Sign-ups

4/17 - Boy/Girls Volleyball & Table Tennis @KIS

3/18 - Spring CC Sign-ups - Sunday @8:00pm

3/19 - MS Girls Basketball Orientation

3/21 - MS Boys Basketball Orientation

3/22 - Parent Information Session - Intro to Project Based Learning (PBL) Part II

3/26 - 3/30 - Spring Break