School Bulletin

Week of November 19, 2016

 Celebrating 41st Anniversary

2016-17 School Calendar

Teachers-Classroom Assignment

Map of First Floor Classrooms

Map of Second Floor Classrooms


EP Contest Online Sign-up Starts Now

  1. School Website
  2. Sign-up URL
  3. Sign-up Window: Now through December 31, 2016

Parent Association Kicks off Holiday Scrip Sales

The PA is taking orders for the holiday scrip sales. We purchase the cards at a discounted price so when you purchase them at face value, we receive a small percentage from the stores. For example, for every $100 gift card that you purchase from 99 Ranch, the school receives $6.00. Funds that the PA raises will go towards the wonderful programs each year such as the Back-to-School Picnic, Meet and Eats, Halloween Ice Cream Social, Chinese New Year Parade & Celebrations, Mother's Day celebration, EP contest prizes, and many other activities/functions that are made financially possible by the PA through our fundraising programs.

Ordering is easy! Fill out the ordering form and return it to the PA Snack Bar (outside of LA107) with the payment (checks are preferable). All orders must be returned to the PA by Dec. 3rd and the cards will be distributed on Dec. 10th and Dec. 17th. The top class with the most purchases (in $ amount) will be awarded with a pizza party.

Thank you for making the Carnival a great success!

A special thank you to all the CRs, parents, teachers, volunteers, and vendors for making this year's Carnival a fun-filled event for the CCCS community. There were lots of delicious food and drinks, entertaining games and prizes, and spectacular performances. Thank you for making the Carnival a great success!

Thanksgiving Holiday

Next week from 11/20 through 12/2 will be our Thanksgiving holiday recess. No classes will be on Friday evening (11/25) and Saturday (11/26). We wish you all a happy and joyous holiday!

Complimentary Noon-time Pre-Class Homework Tutoring Session is Available (12:00PM @ LA112)

Time: 12:00PM - 12:50PM
Room: LA 112





Instructions for Mac Users to be able to read a PC (Win) CD in Mac machine

A. Check the system requirements for the PC disc that you want to use.  This information is found on the packaging for that program.  If you no longer have the packaging, go to the software manufacturer's website to get the requirements.  It may require a certain processor speed, graphics card or a certain amount of RAM. It will also require a certain operating system. Some discs can be used on both PCs and Macs, while some cannot.

B. Check that your Mac has those system requirements. You can do that by clicking the Apple, then "About This Mac" and "More Info."

C. Install Windows on your Mac if the system requirements will work but a Windows operating system is needed.  There are a few ways to do this. New Macs come with Mac OS X 10.5, which includes Boot Camp.  Boot Camp allows you to install Windows Vista or Windows XY with Service Pack 2 on your new Mac (see Resources).  After installation, Windows will run a separate partition on your hard drive.

D. Install a software package like VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop if you have an older Mac that does not have Boot Camp (see Resources).  These applications give you the flexibility to run both Mac OS X and Windows at the same time without rebooting.

E. Install virus protection on the Mac if you choose to install Windows.  Norton and Intego both make dual virus protection software that covers the Mac and Windows operating systems at the same time.

Good Luck!




“Contra Costa Chinese School stands out as the best Chinese school in the East Bay. With its wonderful array of festivals and EP classes, CCCS really emphasizes the importance of the cultural, as well as language, importance in the Chinese learning experience.”
10th Grade student

“After a twenty year hiatus from studying Chinese, Contra Costa Chinese School once again afforded me the opportunity of studying Chinese. Though I am not Chinese and am 44 years old, I was not turned away by the administration and felt very welcome at the school. The opportunity to study Chinese is open to all.”
Adult Student/Parent

 “There were some characteristics of CCCS….student body is made up of students from a variety of different backgrounds….students can learn writing in either the traditional or simplified Chinese characters…..One other strength this school has is the teachers. The teachers I have met and spoken with truly care about their students and really do want to help them master the material. They use a variety of innovative and interactive methods to not only teach the material, but make it interesting and keep the students engaged.….I like all the different elements of Chinese culture that they teach – not only painting and dancing, but also ping pong and yoyo.….lead me to believe that this school is the ideal choice for our family.”
Parent of transfer student

 "As a non-Chinese speaking parent, after four years with the school I can say with confidence that the school has been a delight. My child continues to learn the language along with the needed confidence to use it (such as during her travels in Taiwan). For myself I have learned some of the language and culture along the way.  The staff, other parents, and teachers being so welcome I recommend this school to other households, both for itself and also to augment the Monday-to-Friday school."

"I love to teach at CCCS, and I will continue to teach there for many more happy years... It is a blessing to help the younger generation grow up. As a teacher, I whole-heartedly and mindfully guide my students in not only Chinese language learning, but in many other cultural subjects as well. Their knowledge and skills will continue to bloom in later years as they continue to practice and learn Chinese. Like a mother with her own children, I dedicate my spare time and personal devotion to teaching my students with all my love, passion, and patience."
A veteran CCCS teacher
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