School Bulletin

Week of December 20, 2014


2014-15 School Calendar

Classroom/Teacher assignments (PDF) 


Last Call for the upcoming EP contest online sign-up

Our annual EP contest, which will be held in the school on January 31, 2015 from 2:00-3:50, continues accepting sign-up at This is an excellent 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 (for example, Reading Aloud in Chinese).   Please encourage your students to participate. For detailed information about the EP contest categories and age groups, please refer to the following online sign-up link.

School web site:

Sign-up URL:   

Sign-up Deadline:       December 20, 2014

Download Read-Aloud Text:  Traditional PinYin   Simplified PinYin

Congratulation to the Top Two Classes & Students in Scrip Gift Card Sales (Sept.-Dec.)!

1st place  - 2A (Teacher Mindy Lo) $3,190
2nd place - 5AB (Teacher Wen Chun Lee) $1,506

These classrooms will receive a special treat for the whole class (Pizza, Ice Cream, or Popsicle). The top two students with the most scrip sales are Kaden Cho (1AB-AM) and Elise Chang (5AB). These students will also receive a special prize.

The next scrip contest will resume in January.

Pick up your Scrip Gift Card Orders this Saturday (12/20)

Come by the snack bar between 1:30p-3p and see Mary Chang to pick up your scrip order. Thank you for your generous support!

School-wide Chinese New Year Potluck and Fundraiser on Feb 07, 2015

To celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, we will have our school-wide potluck and fundraiser on 02/07/2015 from 4:15 - 6:30pm.

If you are attending, please RSVP at:
If you would like to help the fundraising team, please contact

Holidays and Winter Recess

We will have two weekends of winter recess (12/27/2014) (1/03/2015).  No schools during these weekends.  The school will re-open on Saturday January 10, 2015.

Have a safe winter recess, and Happy Holidays!

Online EP Contest Sign-up Details

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:

Pencil Writing:

> 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)

Chinese Calligraphy:

> 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

Western Painting:

> 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

Chinese Composition:

> A topic will be provided and the writing is done in Chinese characters and/or its
pin-yin equivalent

> 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

Reading Comprehension:

> 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

> Download Read-Aloud Text:  Traditional PinYin   Simplified PinYin

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 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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