Week of November 22, 2014
Coffee Social with the Principal on This Saturday(11/22)
Please join us in our first Coffee Social with Principal John from 1:30PM to 2:50PM at room LA114, on this Saturday (11/22). This is a great opportunity for all parents and volunteers to engage a dialogue with Principal John regarding all aspects of school/class matters that may concern you, or you may offer any suggestions, ideas, etc. for making school improvements. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
Online Sign-up for EP Contest is Now Available
It is time of the year for the annual Contra Costa Chinese School EP contest which will be held this school year on January 31, 2015 from 2:00-3:50. This is an opportunity for all students to show their talents and skills and also to promote some aspects of Chinese culture that is not usually emphasized in language or EP class (ie, Reading Aloud in Chinese). The contest sign-up will be processed online at the school web site, www.cococs.org , or via the link URL http://goo.gl/forms/FiuGTkAQM0 from now through December 20, 2014.
As of November 22, it is uncertain if the annual ANCCS Academic Contest will be held this academic school year. Additionally, the CCCS Chinese Cultural Essay contest will not be held this year.
Each student can only sign up for ONE contest; each contest’s grouping is by student’s attained age as of December 31, 2014.
Here is a brief description of the EP contests:
> Contestants write onto the contest form Chinese words, copying from contest
page. Contest to be judged by style, strokes and uniformity of the words.
> Each student has a choice of competing in simplified characters or traditional
characters (contest sheets for both will be provided)
> Contestants write in Chinese brush calligraphy of prepared texts
> Contestants judged by style, strokes, uniformity of characters and neatness
> School will provide calligraphy paper, student to provide ink and brush
> Topic to be announced on day of contest by proctor
> Student to provide media (crayon or color pencils)
> School will provide drawing paper
Chinese Brush Painting:
> Free style, choice of topic
> School will provide Chinese painting paper, student to provide paint and brush
> A topic will be provided and the writing is done in Chinese characters and/or its
> May bring a dictionary
Chinese Pin Yin:
> Contestants write the word or phrases in pin yin (with appropriate tones) as
dictated by the proctor
> Contest is judged on accuracy of the pin yin and appropriate tones
> Contestants read 6-9 short texts in Chinese and multiple choice questions
follow each text from which the correct answers will be found
> An English text to be translated into Chinese
> A Chinese text to be translated into English
Reading Aloud in Chinese:
> From four texts provided, contestant will prepare in advance and then read
aloud during the contest the compulsory text and one other from the remaining
three. The text material, in pin yin and available in both traditional and simplified
characters will be made available as a down load from the School’s website.
> Contestants will be judged on poise, annunciation, demeanor and delivery
Bryan Wong, M.D.
CCCS EP Director
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.