School Bulletin

Week of May 16, 2015


2014-15 School Calendar

Classroom/Teacher assignments (PDF) 

Lunch- Hour Meet and Eat Social

A Great Opportunity for You and Your Child(ren) to Make New Friends!

Join us for CCCS’s first Meet and Eat social on this Saturday, May 16th, 12:00 – 12:50 PM (see attachment 1)

Don’t miss our first Meet and Eat social at the grass area between LA building and parking lot #7.  Bring your lunch and join other Contra Costa Chinese School families.  Parents and children can have a fun playdate lunch, while getting to know other families.  Free ice cream will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Class Representatives Meeting on this Saturday (5/23)

The last CR meeting will be held at 1:15PM on this Saturday @ Room LA 107.

Among many other subjects in the agenda, the primary goal of the meeting is the annual election for Parent Association Chair.  Class Representatives (CR) from all language classes will elect the 2015-2016 Parent Association Chair.  CRs’ attendance at this meeting is essential in order to make this democratic election meaningful.

IQ- Series Exam First Re-take on May 30

Congratulations to those students who have successfully passed the IQ-Series Exam- an important step toward their next level’s challenge. They will all receive a “Certificate of Achievement” on May 30 for their success.

May 30 will be the first re-take opportunity for those students who may need a little more study.  Please discuss with your class teacher and ask for help, if needed.  Good luck!

Final Exam is on May 30

May 30 will be the school’s final exam of the first semester.  If your students need assistance in preparing for their exams, please contact their teachers for arranging an off-class help.  Good luck to all!

May 23 is Memorial Holiday- No School.

Help Distribute School’s Flyers

Please help post, distribute, or otherwise disseminate the school’s flyers (attachments 2 and 3) to your local community.  Typical locations for posting are: local libraries, shopping markets, Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee, Chinese and local restaurants, etc.  Naturally, by disseminating the flyers to your friends, colleagues, and neighbors would be another productive way to marketing our school programs. Thank you very much for your help and support!

Enjoy an Early-bird Tuition Fee by Registering Before May 31

Our online registration starts on May 1.  The early-bird tuition ends on May 31.  Don’t miss out!

1)    Online Registration anywhere at

2)    Online Registration at School:  You may bring in your laptop, tablets, or use the laptops provided by the school at Room LA 112 from 1:00PM through 3:50PM.  Our registration team will help you to go through the registration process.  Don’t forget to bring your credit card or check book with you.


Election for the Chair of the Parents Association on May 16

We will have our annual election for the Chairmanship of CCCS’ Parents Association on May 16.  The election will be conducted through an assembly of Class Representatives (CR) from all language classes.  If you would like to serve in this honorary position, please submit a short Statement of Volunteering Interest (not longer than one page), including your name, email address, phone number, number of years that you have served the school and in what capacity and department, and a brief description of your service objectives and plan to by May 2nd (Saturday).

The prospective candidate shall be a parent of a currently registered student, and will return to school next year 2015-2016. You will be invited to the Class Reps Meeting on May 16 to present a brief campaign speech.

The Chair of CCCS Parents Association is an honorary volunteer position with no monetary compensation for a one year term, renewable annually.  He/she will manage the Parents Association staff in supporting school activities and functions, and fund raising.  He/she will also be a member of the Board of Directors during his/her Chairmanship tenure.

Summer Program:

Dates:  Eight Day Program:     Mon. 6/15 - Thur. 6/18; and Mon. 6/22 – Thur 6/25
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 1st, 2nd, or 3rd  grades in Fall 2015.

 - Students who want to learn and/or improve their Chinese language skills.

-  Limited seats are available in both AM and PM classes.

Interested students please register at,  or inquire at email

Noon-time Pre-Class Tutoring Session is available.

        Time: 12:00PM- 12:50PM

        Room: LA 112

Sign-up:  The complimentary limited seats tutoring service will be on the “first- come- first- serve” basis. Online sign-up at for this complimentary tutoring session is required.


To help make our school the best learning environment possible, we ask that parents observe the following requests:

       Parent Classroom Observation:  Based on parents’ feedback and teachers’ recommendations, we will only allow Kindergarten parents to stay in the classrooms during class. For all others, there are several scheduled Parent Observation days where parents are welcome into the classroom to observe.   Please refer to the School Calendar for details.

       Timeliness:  Please bring your children to school on time every week.  This shows your commitment to their education and will reinforce their learning. When the scheduled class/activity is over, you must arrange to pick up your student on time.  The school will not be held liable for unattended children after classes/activities.

      Volunteerism:  We need your active participation throughout the year.  As you know, this school is entirely run by volunteers. We are particularly in need of specialists for Web Design, and Desk-top Publishing.   So, please stop by the office (LA 112) and share your time, talents and expertise!

       Communication:  If you have not submitted or changed your email address, please stop by the office (LA 112) and let us know your (new) email address.  The use of email correspondence will help us promptly communicate all school information, notices, and announcements.  In addition, please visit our school web site for up to date information on school activities.

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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