CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

December 1st, 2017

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear Parents,

As Term 2 winds down, students have been busy wrapping up project work and preparing for their upcoming final exams (December 11th and 12th). Students can find the exam schedule posted outside the MS Office on Monday 12/4.

In this week's newsletter, please find information about Battle of the Books, an exciting Robotics Camp opportunity, PBL TEDx presentations, and photos of students enjoying their new Winter CCs and ASPs.

The CDS Swimming team will be competing at SFS on Saturday morning. If you can make it, I'm sure they'd love to see you there cheering them on!

We have much to look forward to in the coming weeks including the MS/HS Winter Concert, Candle Lighting Ceremony, and the long winter break.

Please stay warm and have a great weekend!

Parent Information Session - Social & Emotional Learning

I'd like to thank everyone who attended Thursday's Parent Information Session on Social & Emotional Learning. If you weren't able to make it, please take a look at the slide presentation below to learn how you can help your children develop a Growth Mindset at home.

I've also included a short TED talk (Korean subtitles available) summarizing what a Growth Mindset is and why it's so important to have one.

Winter Co-curriculars & After School Programs

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Battle of the Books!

The time of year has come for 4th & 5th grade students to sign up for Battle of the Books!

Battle of the Books is a book competition among international schools in South Korea. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to enhance their reading skills and immerse themselves in reading a variety of imaginative books, as well as gaining experience in a team competition. It is also a lot of fun for the students!

If your child is interested in signing up for the Battle of the Books, s/he should fill out the Battle of the Books Sign-Up Form by Friday, December 8, 2017. Practices will begin on Monday, January 8, 2018, just after winter break.

*Students must be logged in to their Dalton email to complete the sign up form.

For more information please click on the file attached below.

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PBL TEDx Presentations - 7th Grade

Today during 4th and 5th period our 7th grade students gave presentations on global and local issues and conflicts that they found interesting. They worked incredibly hard over the last few months to make their presentations engaging and informative.

7th grade teachers have been mentoring these students along the way focusing on developing their inquiry and process skills.

It was wonderful to see many teachers show up today to celebrate students' work and offer summative feedback.

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CDS Winter Concert

The CDS Winter Concert is right around the corner! The performance is on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm in Dalton Hall. The performance will feature Beginning Strings, Beginning Band, MS Choir (ALL 5th, 6th, and 7th graders), HS Choir, and CDS Orchestra.

Please help your student prepare their concert dress clothes. Students may wear the following items:

-Black dress shirt or white dress shirt (No CDS uniform polos)

-Black pants or modest black skirt

-Black dress shoes and black socks/black tights

The concert is not a time to make a fashion statement, it is a time to blend into the group, so please support your student with the correct clothing.

Students will be served dinner at 5:00pm. Then, they need to be dressed and ready to go in Dalton Hall by 5:30pm. We are excited to share some music with you! If you have any questions or concern, please contact Ms. Van Liew!

6th Grade Music Performances

During Term 2, the 6th graders have been learning about Traditional Korean Music by playing janggu rhythms and learning a mask dance.

We would like to invite you to an informal performance to share what the students learned. The dates and times for the performances are below for each 6th grade class. During the first 15 minutes, students will be performing, and during the last 15 minutes, you can walk around the room and listen to students as they share their Gugak Photo Journals.

6학년 학부모님들께 알립니다.

6학년 학생들은 Term 2 동안 장구와 탈춤을 통해 한국 전통 음악을 배워왔습니다. 학생들이 그동안 배운 내용을 여러분과 함께 나누고 싶습니다. 자세한 날짜와 시간은 6학년 각 반별로 아래 안내되어있습니다. 첫 15분 동안 학생들은 연주를 하게되고 후반 15분 동안은 학생들이 만든 국악 사진집을 보면서 학생들의 이야기를 자유롭게 들어보실 수 있습니다.


6B: Tuesday, December 5 at 3:30pm in the Orchestra Room

6A: Thursday, December 7 at 1:30pm in the Orchestra Room

We hope you can join us to see and hear some of the work that students have completed. We are excited to share with an audience. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Global Robot Camp 2017~18 Opportunity

The Korea Institute for the Advancement of the Robotics Industry is sponsoring a camp for students aged 10-12 from February 10th, 2018 (Sat) ~ February 13th, 2018 (Tue).

The camp will be held at Kangwon National University in Chuncheon. There is no fee for registration; however, only 100 Korean students and 100 foreign students will be accepted.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to learn more about robotics from experts in the field, and even experiment with making robots of their own. Participating students will also have the chance to visit the site of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

The application period began on November 24th and will close on December 25th. For more information please click on the button below.

Global Robot Camp - Information and Registration Form

Click the button for more information regarding the camp

Upcoming Events

12/2 Swimming @ SFS

12/11 - 12 Final Exams

12/14 MS/HS Winter Concert

12/15 Candlelight Ceremony