School Bulletin

Week of July 31, 2016

 Celebrating 40th Anniversary

2015-16 School Calendar

Teachers-Classroom Assignment

Map of First Floor Classrooms

Map of Second Floor Classrooms


Back to School Picnic on August 27, 2016

CoCoCs invites you to a “Back to School Picnic” !  Meet teachers, new/ returning families, school administrators and volunteers while enjoying complimentary food and drinks.  Come and join us for a fun afternoon!

Date: Saturday, August 27th

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Orinda Community Center Park & Tennis Courts - Gazebo Picnic Area

              28 Orinda Way

              Orinda, CA 94563

              Location Map

RSVP: Let us know you are coming by signing-up by August 15th at (this will help us ensure we have enough food for everyone)


The picnic will have:

  • Complimentary food, drinks, etc.
  • Meet teachers (Language and EP classes), staffs, volunteers, new and old friends/family
  • EP program demonstrations
  • Group games for children and adults
  • Fun, social and relax time!


We have reserved the Gazebo area and there are 2 play areas;

  • One play area is for younger children with sand coverings, water feature in sand pit, tire swing, swings, bouncy teeter-totter like structure, and a play structure. 
  • The other play area is for bigger kids with two zip lines, tall play structure, small climbing wall with a rope, small tunnel, spiral slide, and fire fighter's pole.
  • Parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Center or on the street level in front of the park on Orinda Way.  Additional parking is available at the Orinda Library ( other side of Community Center). 
  • While the Gazebo does offer picnic table seating, for added comfort, we encourage you to bring your own chairs

 Click here for the Picnic flyer.


Another Successful and Memorable School Year!

Hooray! Together, we made it again!  We have another successful, exciting and memorable year in CCCS’ 40 years school history.  Saturday, June 11 was the final school day for the 2015-2016 school year.  On behalf of the school, we want to express our sincere gratitude to all - teachers, volunteers, supporters, and parents - for their continuing support and help throughout the school year.  You have helped CCCS become a great Chinese language and culture learning school, and we will continue it for another 40 years! 

CCCS' 40th Anniversary eYearbook Will Be Published During the 2016 Summer  
We are still in the process of editing and finalizing our first e-yearbook in celebration of our 40th anniversary.  As soon as we are ready to publish it, we will email you with the link to the site where you can download a free copy of the same.
School Online Registration Continues  
Our online registration continues at  The regular registration will end on July 31. See the registration information summary for details. 
Preliminary 2016-17 school calendar will be published on the school web site upon confirmation with DVC’s facility management.
Have a Safe and Relaxing Summer Break!
  ** Summer recess:  June 12 through September 9, 2016
  ** The School will re-open on Saturday, September 10, 2016 
  ** Stay tuned by visiting the school web site for school news, announcements, and updates.
  ** Have a safe and restful summer vacation!


New Chair of the Parents Association for 2016-2017
Congratulations to Kim Huynh- our new Chair of Parents Association for 2016-2017.  She was duly elected by the Class Representatives on May 21. Subsequently, Lisa Chu was appointed as the new PA Vice Chair.  Please give them your full support and cooperation for the coming new school year.

We are indebted to Quyen King and Lin King, our current PA Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, for their unselfish and passionate contributions of their time and efforts to CCCS.  We know that they will continue to help and support to the PA and school as needed.  


Introducing Three New EP Classes
As we constantly strive to enhance our enrichment programs (EP), we are excited to introduce three new EP classes for the coming school year.  Please review the attached brief class synopsis for details.  If you already have enrolled your students into a different EP class and you like to switch to one of these classes, you may request for class transfer to the new EP class of your choice.

   A)    Exploring Classical Chinese Values – “Dizigui”
          Instructor: Seanan Fong
         A second-generation Chinese American and graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University.  At a young age, he studied Dizigui and was  a student of Contra Costa Chinese School.
       Dizigui Class Description

   B)    Shaolin Kungfu
        Instructors: Kungfu masters from Shaolin Temple, China.
        Shaolin Kungfu Class Description

   C)    Advanced Chinese Go
        Instructor:   Wan Chen
        2002, 2006, and 2010 American Pair Go Champion
        Chinese Go Class Description
        Top Ten Reasons To Play Go


Summer Program: 

Summer School Information

Dates:    Eight Day Program:      Mon. 6/20 - Thur. 6/23; and Mon. 6/27 – Thur. 6/30
Time:    AM Program Hours:            9:00 AM   -    12:10 PM  
           Lunch (bring your own):    12:10 PM    -     1:00 PM  
           PM Program Hours:             1:00 PM    -     4:10 PM  
Location:    Diablo Valley College, classrooms to be announced.

Who Will Benefit From the Program?

  • Students entering K, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grades in Fall 2016.
  • Students who want to learn and/or improve their Chinese language skills.
  • Limited seats are available in both AM and PM classes.

If you are interested, please register at, or inquire at email


Help Distribute School’s Flyers
Please help post, distribute, or otherwise disseminate school flyers to your local community.  Typical locations for posting are: local libraries, shopping markets, Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee, Chinese and local restaurants, etc.  Certainly, by disseminating the flyers to your friends, colleagues, and neighbors would be another effective way to marketing our school programs. Thank you very much for your help and support!





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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