School Bulletin

Week of Sept. 20, 2014


2014-15 School Calendar

Classroom/Teacher assignments (PDF) 

1)  Last Call for Late Registration!- Saturday, 9/20/2014

If your friends or relatives, who may be interested in learning Chinese language and culture, have not yet registered/enrolled in our school, please encourage them to do so before this Saturday, September 20- Last Chance!

                  Online registration at

                  Walk-in online registration at LA112.

It is also your chance to win an iPad mini by referring your friends/classmates to CCCS!  You will have an opportunity to win an iPad mini at the Carnival- Autumn Festival on the November 01.  Your referrals are the best compliments that our teachers and volunteers can receive for their year-long passion and hard work!  

2)   Complimentary Pre- and after-class Homework Tutoring

As a value-added service to the special learning need families for the CCCS school homework, we will resume our pre- and after- class tutoring sessions every school Saturdays, unless otherwise announced.

>  Place: LA 112

>  Time: 12:00PM- 12:50PM; 3:00PM- 3:50PM

>  Fee:    FREE for registered students

The pre- and after-class tutoring sessions are not designed to do homework for your students, rather to assist them to better comprehend their homework/ class materials.  Your students will still have to complete all their homework.

For this Saturday (9/20) only, you can just drop in @LA112 during the tutoring hours.  You will then need to sign-up to reserve a seat for your student(s) thereafter.  The service will be cancelled if and when there are two consecutive weeks showing that no students show up in the tutoring sessions.

We thank in advance to those DVC student volunteers and volunteer parents for their passion and contribution to CCCS!

3)   Snack Bar Cards for Sale!

Now you can purchase a pre-paid Snack Bar Card (SBC) to use at the school’s Snack Bar outside of room LA107.  SBCs are convenient and easy to use for students and parents alike.  Purchase multiple cards for a discounted rate and support Contra Costa Chinese School.  Most items at the Snack Bar are $1.00 or less!


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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