School Bulletin

Week of October 25, 2014

 


2014-15 School Calendar

Classroom/Teacher assignments (PDF) 

 

Corrections on School Calendar: EP Classes for this Week; NO EP Classes for Next Week

We will have EP classes following the mid-term exams in this week, while we’ll enjoy the fun time at school Carnival and there is NO EP class next week.


Mid-Term Exam

This week (10/25) will be the school’s mid-term exam of the first semester.  If your students need assistance in preparing for their exams, please contact their teachers for arranging off-class help.  Good luck to all!


Class Representative Meeting

The Class Representative meeting will be this Saturday, October 25th from 1:10 – 1:50 PM in LA107.


Raffle Tickets on Sale for Carnival Drawing!

There will be a raffle drawing during Carnival!  Tickets for the raffle can be purchased this Saturday, October 25th in the courtyard and during Carnival. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10 or 13 for $20.   We are also accepting donations for the raffle.  Please contact cccs.parentassocation@gmail.com about donations.


Come in and Show Off Your Costume during Carnival

Don’t put away those costumes yet!  Children (and adults) are welcomed to come dressed in costumes during Carnival.


Display Your Decorated Pumpkins

Decorations are needed for Carnival. Show off your carved or decorated pumpkins at Carnival!

Calling all Vendors

Know a business that would be interested in having a booth at Carnival?  Vendor booths are available for a fee of $50.  To reserve a space, please contact cccs.parentassocation@gmail.com.


Canopies Needed For Carnival!

If you have a canopy we can borrow, please sign up online at Signup Genius:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4DADAF2E5-autumn1/12117839


Performing Artists - It is your chance to shine at CCCS Carnival

Would you like to showcase your artistic talent at our Autumn Festival Carnival? We are looking for performers (magicians, musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, artists, etc.) to entertain our Carnival participants on November 1st. Acts should be limited to 3 minutes and are open to all students & family members. If you are interested, please e-mail cccs.parentassociation@gmail.com with the following information by Oct 25, 2014.

Type of Performance (Briefly describe your act)

Name(s) of Participants

List any requirements


Healthy Snack Options Available at the Snack Bar!

For a limited time, the Snack Bar will be offering healthy snack options.  If you would like to keep these healthy snacks available on a regular basis, please show your support by encouraging your child to purchase these items or by purchasing them yourself over the next few weeks.

 
Scrip Gift Card Orders are due this Saturday, October 25th

Scrip Gift Card forms submitted by this Saturday will be distributed in approximately 2 weeks. Visit the Snack Bar to order.  Top 2 classes in Scrip sales will receive a choice of Pizza, Ice Cream, or Popsicles for the entire class!

CCCS Gift Card Form

 
School T-shirts are on sale at the Snack Bar – Support our school & show your spirit
For Adults:                          $15.00 Each.       Available in S and M sizes
For Youths:                         $12.00 Each.       Available in XS, S, M, and XL sizes


 

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 www.cococs.org 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!

Testimonials

“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."
Parent

"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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