As temperature drops, the autumn starts to color the edge of leaves. Soon we will have a full spectrum of fall, the best season of the year.
Going into the third week of Chinese School, I hope most of you now have finalized registrations for your child. There are a dozen families who still have balance due probably due to changes of classes. Please make your final decisions and have the balance cleared before the third class. Beginning the next class, all teachers will start to check roster and confirm class size.
I have a few other things to share with you regarding coming events.
1. Youth Team Election
The Youth Team election will happen this Sunday 2:30PM to 3PM at room C206. The members of youth team need to notify their teachers
for earlier dismissal to be able to participate in the election. The deadline for candidacy is end of this Friday 9/19. If you plan to run for a position in the executive team, please send me resumes of you and your running mate if you have one. A sketch of 2014-2015 plan is also required. If you need help to put together a plan, I can share with you activities organized by previous committee.
2. New Culture Class - Fence for Beginners
I am happy to announce that a beginner’s fence class will be offered beginning this Sunday. It will be taught by Dr. Ricky Leung, an assistant professor of SUNY-Albany. Dr. Leung had competed on behalf of Hong Kong Fencing team and won many championships and awards. He also participated in World
University Games (Universiade) in 1995. Dr. Leung is a certified Fence coach and has had many years of coaching experience for both children and adults.
The equipment cost is less than $60. If we have enough kids to sign up, we may consider a group purchase that may significantly lower the price.
The fence class is now open for registration on school website. Please sign it up if you are interested. According to Dr. Leung, fencing is a physical “game of chess.” It will train your coordination, improve your ability to calmly observe, analyze and respond to dynamic situations. It requires strategic thinking, quick reflexes and endurance to succeed. It is a fun and team sport for children and teenagers.
3. Seminars on How to Learning Chinese
Learning Chinese whether as a heritage speaker or as a second language in an English environment is always a huge challenge, because Chinese is fundamentally different from English as the former is ideographic and the latter is alphabetic. We, as parents, should all appreciate the effort our children have put into the language study and be proud of the
progress they are making. In the meantime, we need to knowledge the challenges, many times the struggles we have in keeping our children on track of language study.
A lot of parents have asked for help how to motivate their children to learn and practice Chinese in a sustainable way. As a response to this outcry, the school starts to organize a series of seminars on topics of how to help our children learn Chinese. We hope to inspire discussions, deeper thinking and actions among ourselves. The details of seminars
will be announced once we finalize all the logistics. The tentative dates as of now are 10/5 and 10/19 respectively. Please book your calendar and stay tuned.
4. School Operations
I’d like to remind everyone of school operation time. School opens its door at 12:45PM and needs to close by 4PM sharply. If you need help from School staff after 4PM, please use email or phone to contact us. We must vacate the building by 4:00PM on time. Otherwise additional rental charge may incur and we will need to pay a bigger bill next year. All classes need to end by 3:40PM so there is enough time to clean and re-organize the classroom back to original state.
5. Clubs for Parents
For parents who join badminton club, basketball club, ping pong club, dance club and drum club, please complete your registration at http://dreamschool.com/albany/. The Chinese School is held responsible for facility usage with certain insurance coverage. It is imperative that each of users register and be protected by the umbrella policy in case of emergency.
6. Council Meeting
The school council will hold its first meeting this Sunday from 3PM to 3:50PM, to discuss and vote this year’s operational budget before a penny can be spent. This is an important meeting that requires commitment from all school staff, teacher representatives and PTA members. Therefore, most of us will not be available during the third class. If you have any questions or need help, please stop by school tables earlier.
I hope all of you have a good weekend.
Principal, Chinese School 2014-2015