G11: 4/29 (Monday) P5
G10: 5/1 (Wednesday) P5
Please bring your mailing (home) address for the session
G12: 4/26 (Friday) P4
G11: 4/29 (Monday) P5
G10: 5/1 (Wednesday) P5
Please bring your mailing (home) address for the session
The weekly parent teacher forums kicked off two weeks ago, and they have been very successful. The goal of these forums is to build a solid foundation and relationship between the parents and teachers in our community and, ultimately, to create a strong and lasting Parent Teacher Association. It is critical that parents and teachers participate in these discussions as they are the first steps towards building a stronger community that can help positively shape and influence the lives of our students and children.
Over the past two weeks five parents and six teachers have come together to discuss the issue of sleep deprivation. The group explored the issue from all perspectives and came to a better understanding of the issue in general. Ultimately, this is a complex issue that greatly impacts the academic success of our students and their long term health. Topics such as homework, time management, academies, biological and social/emotional factors were explored and discussed on the first day.
On the second day the forum discussed what suggestions we would like to make for all stakeholders in our community (students, teachers, parents and administrators). You can find all the notes from these meetings HERE in both English and Korean. The teachers and administrators will start taking those suggestions seriously and turning them into actions. We would like the parents and students to do the same as a collective effort that will help guarantee the desired outcome: more sleep, less stress and healthier, happier students!
The next forum will be about homework and will held on Tuesday April 23rd from 3-4pm. If you are interested in joining please contact Mr. Musselman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or PTO leader Lock-Young Chung (email@example.com) or simply show up!
주간 학부모 포럼이 지난 주 부터 성공적으로 시작되었습니다. 아시다시피 이 포럼의 목표는 학부모님과 교사들 사이의 관계를 보다 돈독히 하여, 앞으로도 힘있게 지속될 수 있는 학부모 교사 협회를 만드는 것 입니다.
학부모님과 교사들이 작은 그룹으로 함께 모여 토론을 하는것을 첫 시작으로 우리 학생들의 삶을 긍정적으로 형성하고 좋은 영향을 줄 수 있는 더 강력한 커뮤니티를 구축할 수 있을 것입니다. 때문에 학부모님들의 적극적인 참여가 매우 중요합니다.
지난 2주 동안 5명의 학부모님과 6명의 교사가 모여 수면 부족 문제에 대해 논의했습니다. 우리는 모든 관점에서 문제를 탐구했고, 그 문제에 대해 전반적으로 더 잘 이해하게 되었습니다. 학생들의 수면부족 현상은 장기적으로 봤을때 우리 학생들의 학업 성공과 건강에 큰 영향을 미치는 복잡한 사안이다보니 여러 측면에서 문제점을 탐구하고 논의 하였습니다.
지난주, 첫 포럼에서 토론한 주제는 숙제, 시간 관리, 학원, 생물학 및 사회/감정적 요인 등이었습니다. 이번 주, 두번째 열린 포럼에서는 학생, 교사, 학부모 및 관리자에게 어떤 제안을 하고 싶은지에 대해 이야기를 나누었습니다. 미팅노트를 클릭하시면 영어와 한국어로 된 미팅노트를 보실 수 있습니다.
저희 교사들과 관리자들은 포럼에서 제안된 내용들을 진지하게 받아들여 행동으로 옮길 예정입니다. 우리는 학부모님들과 학생들도 함께 노력을 하여 더 많은 수면을 취하며 스트레스를 적게 받아 더 건강하고 행복한 학생이 될 수 있기를 바랍니다.
다음 포럼은 숙제에 관한 것으로 4월 23일 화요일 오후 3시부터 4시까지 진행됩니다.
오실 수 있는분은 Musselman 선생님 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 또는 PTO 리더인 Lock-Young Chung님께 (email@example.com) 연락하시거나 그냥 오셔도 됩니다!
다음주 포럼에서 뵙겠습니다
As PT Conferences ended at 4:00 on Friday, so did the 6th Annual Silent Art Auction- with teachers hovering eagerly at the bid table, and student volunteers Zion Chang and Sebastian Shen closing out the official bid window (see video for snapshots of those final few moments).
Although this year we had fewer artworks than in our previous two years, we set records across the board: this year saw the most staff submissions [Mr. Cavasin (2), Ms. Pantano (2), Mr. Menzel (1), Mr. Riniker (1)], the highest amount of student bids AND student purchase work, the longest bidding war for a single piece [Mr. Cavasin's with nearly 20 counter-bids], and once again 100% of pieces purchased!
I am happy to say that this year the auction results totaled out with KRW1,044,000 raised for the TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees) organization!
Thank you everyone who participated this year. I am really proud of our community for raising so much for charity, and making this event one of the most successful years yet. The Silent Art Auction really embodies the CDS motto "Pioneering to Serve" and is one of the few events the allows FP, MS, and HS members to engage in this act of giving. So, thank you if you made work, bought work, bid on work, or just looked at the work! Special thanks to the student volunteers who worked the PTC auction day (Linda Hwang, Yoonho Myoung, Sebastian Shen, Wilson Shen, Zion Chang, and Eric Lee).
If you were the highest bidder for a piece of artwork, this upcoming week one of the three art teachers (Mr. Read, Ms. Pantano, Mrs. Koetje) will be reaching out via email or text soon soon to inform you of the results, and to collect payment. After you have been contacted by one of the art teachers you can then arrange to pay and pick up your artwork to take home.
- Ms. Pantano
Mr. Musselman: Hey everyone! We are fresh off of our trip to Thailand and we thought we would share with the community all the great things we did!
Mrs. Laders: Right, 12 students gave up their spring break to serve a small community in Thailand and we had an incredible time.
Mr. Musselman: We thought we would simply have a conversation about the purpose of the trip, what we did and most importantly, what we learned.
Mrs. Laders: Not only that, but this is something we hope to do EVERY YEAR! So, we’ll share some information about our hopes for next year and how you can get involved! Trust me… you will want to join us.
Mr. Musselman: So, where do we begin… Why did we go in the first place Mrs. Laders?
PURPOSE OF TRIP
Mrs. Laders: The purpose of the trip was multifaceted, as a service learning trip, as well as an authentic cultural Thai experience. In school we talk a lot about 3rd world countries and the need to help. But often times our vocabulary surrounding these people is (most of the time, unintentionally) filled with pity and sadness. This was an opportunity for our students to see first hand how people outside of Korea live, and what people from other cultures value. Many times these values are drastically different from our own, and that can be very eye opening for students as well as chaperones.
WHAT WE DID
Mr. Musselman: Yes, exactly Mrs. Laders. So, let me tell you a bit about what we did. One of the most fulfilling service projects we did was to build a wall around a local elementary school that has problems keeping stray dogs off the property. Mixing cement and laying bricks in the hot Thai sun is extremely hard work, but over the course of three days we built about 10 sections of wall, completing the project! We also put our construction hats on in order to build a greenhouse structure that would block the sun so a family could grow peppers to help support their family.
In addition to this project, we really came together teaching the local youth english and the important life skill of swimming. In northern Thailand, the number one cause of childhood death is drowning. Through the lessons that we provided, it is hoped that we can ensure that statistic is drastically reduced. As a teacher, I was amazed by our students ability to engage the students despite the language barrier.
On a few other occasions we cooked and delivered meals to those in need. We purchased food from the local markets, chopped and cooked traditional thai food and then hand delivered it to the community. This allowed us a rare opportunity to see how the Thai people lived and converse with those receiving our donation.
When we weren’t working the team got a lot of down time to swim in our private swimming pool, play sports or relax. The food was out of this world as a private cook prepared all of our meals! We also got a taste of the culture. We had a question and answer session with a Buddhist monk, learned to become Muay Thai champions, and enjoyed several markets!
You can see our pictures here!
WHAT WE LEARNED
Mrs. Laders: On the last night we shared what we learned with the group. Some students shared that they were really happy they got to meet Thai people around the neighborhood we were in, and got to ask questions. Many were surprised to learn how happy and upbeat the locals were, even though they live much different lifestyles than many of us do. Students were also happy to learn some new stuff about Thai culture, like the language, the silkworm process, the different types of food (especially crickets and frog!), religion, etc. Finally, students learned that they could push through the hard work, and many commented on those hard times making the rest of the trip more memorable and significant. The work we did was not easy, especially in the heat; some days were 40 degrees! But students had the opportunity to experience what people who do this for a living go through on a daily basis, and how difficult it can be.
Mr. Musselman: Yeah, it was great to hear about everyone’s experience and something that they took away from the week. One of my favorites that you didn’t mention though, was that one student hoped that the group would still be friends when they went back to CDS. I know that I’ve been able to reach out to more people this first week back than I have before, so I hope students have as well!
Mrs. Laders: Oh, I forgot that one! That was a good one. So, what comes next, Mr. Musselman?
Mr. Musselman:In 2019-2020 we hope to get more people involved! We want YOU to join us!
Mr. Musselman: We will be looking into having two trips next year. One to Thailand (yet again), and the other to Fiji. However, instead of traveling during spring break, we will travel during the 4th week of winter break!
Mrs. Laders: You heard him right, the fourth week. That means, there can be no excuses about having to go to academies, or that the APs and SATs are approaching. You’ll have three FULL weeks to go to academy before joining us on this incredible week long vacation.
Mr. Musselman: So mark your calendars, we are looking at going January 4th - January 10th of 2020!
Also, on April 18th, a Rustic Pathways representative will be at our school to help us plan for the future. This would be a great time to ask questions if you have any about what next years trip might entail.
Mr. Musselman: If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Mr. Musselman) and email@example.com (Mrs. Laders). We love these trips, and believe that they are incredible valuable and worthy experiences that you should be considering when thinking about your future. A majority of students who have gone on these trips write about them in their college essays as they are incredibly impactful.
Mrs. Laders: That is all! Thank you all for joining us, and have a great day!
On Friday, April 12th we will hold our first Parent Teacher Conference of the school year. The times available will vary for each teacher, but in general, the High School Conference will take place from 9am - 4pm (lunch break from 12-1).
On this day, we encourage you to visit your child's teachers to discuss your child's progress thus far. You may make reservations with up to 3 teachers.
To reserve a time with a teacher, please click on the teacher's name and complete the required information. Sign-ups will close on Wednesday, April 11th, at 9am.
* If for any reason, you have trouble booking an appointment, please contact the HS Office so we can help.
Teachers will meet with you in their classrooms unless stated otherwise on the booking form. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the HS Office for more information. We look forward to meeting with you on April 12th.
Mr. Jiho Park
High School Director
On behalf of the Korea Council of Overseas Schools (KORCOS), we are excited to invite your school to participate in the 2019 International Youth Leadership Conference, or IYLC, being held on May 25th, 2019 at Chadwick International (CI).
The 2019 IYLC will bring together youth leaders from international and local schools around Korea - and potentially beyond - for a learning and intensive day of leadership training and community service. This year the conference theme is: Lead to Serve: Serve to Lead, and it will have as keynote speaker Elijah Christopher DeVaughn, Jr.
The 2019 International Youth Leadership Conference hopes to bring together over 200 young people to work on developing leadership skills and to encourage them to bring back the ideals of community service to their respective communities. The lessons, speeches, and workshops in which the students will participate will all focus on this year’s theme: Lead to Serve: Serve to Lead. The keynote speakers will speak to the students about their experiences as youth leaders and about their involvement in working to improve the issues facing their communities. Students will also have a chance to present their projects and share their stories; call for presentations will be out in the beginning of April.
Attention 11th grade students!
Every year, the organization Harvard Global WE (Harvard Alumni for Global Women's Empowerment) holds an annual essay contest for 11th grade students, with there being one winner for each school. This year marks the first year CDS will be participating, and the contest will be open from April 1st to April 30th, with the winner announced on May 28th.
The essay topic is: "What is the biggest challenge facing women and girls in your country today?" and the word limit is 750 words. More information on where to submit your entries and about the organization in general can be seen in the posters below.
Please take advantage of this opportunity and submit an essay!
10A | Gods' Plan:
10B | The Last Station:
10C | The Crowned Clown:
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