Category Archives: 校長的話 / Principal’s Notes

NWCS Spring’20 – Newsletter – Final week – 6/20

Dear NWCS families,
This is the final week of Chinese school!  This semester would go down as the most unusual one for all of us.  We all try our best to cope with the uncertain time and make sure our children continue to progress with their academic learning.  Everyone deserves a break to enjoy the summer.  Wish all a joyful and healthy summer time off!
 
Couple items to mention:
 
1). Teachers will prepare summer work for kids to practice.  Please try to keep them engaged with the language.  When returning to school in the fall, students submit their summer home work will receive 10 raffle tickets.
2). Early registration is open from NWCS web site.  Please take a few minutes to register next year’s class and help us spread the word.
  • Registration – will open up 06/13. Early registration discount of $50 if registered and paid in full by 07/17.
  • Language Classes – no change – $700 per year.
  • General Electives – INCLUDED in language class fee – please select an elective when you register. If we need to start the fall semester online, we will do our best to provide electives that can be taught online. Please send us your suggestions!
  • Calligraphy – mandatory for H7 and CSL 6 for one semester, open to others as well if space is available.
  • Special Electives – no change – $300 per semester (SAT, Coding)
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone in the fall – hopefully in class and cafeteria.
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Spring’20 – Newsletter Week 14 – Fall’20 early registration opens 6/13/20 to 7/17/20

Dear NWCS Families,
Thank you for those who joined our online general assembly last weekend.  Last day of Chinese school is 6/20/20.  Students will have their final exams either this week or last day of school.
1). Due to the virus outbreak, we will mail out certificates to speech contest winners by the end of semester instead of handing out trophies in person like previous years.  For Pre-K and Kindergarten students, we will mail out moving up certificates as well.
2). As mentioned in last week’s general assembly, we stay close dialogue with Briarcliff school district about school facility reopening.  Although no specific decision has been made yet, we still work to prepare ourselves for both online and physical classrooms in the coming semester.
Below are details for early registration.  Please spread the word for Chinese school among your social circle.
  • Registration – will open up 06/13. Early registration discount of $50 if registered and paid in full by 07/17.
  • Language Classes – no change – $700 per year.
  • General Electives – INCLUDED in language class fee – please select an elective when you register. If we need to start the fall semester online, we will do our best to provide electives that can be taught online. Please send us your suggestions!
  • Calligraphy – mandatory for H7 and CSL 6 for one semester, open to others as well if space is available.
  • Special Electives – no change – $300 per semester (SAT, Coding)
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Spring ’20 – Newsletter, Week 13 – General Assembly, Calendar

Dear NWCS Families,
I hope this letter finds you healthy and safe.  Can’t believe this semester is near the end.  Towards the end of the semester, we have a couple events on the calendar.  I would like to invite every family to join the online Town Hall meeting this Saturday (June 6th, 2020) at 9:30 AM - details below
Topic: NWCS Spring General Assembly
Time: Jun 6, 2020 09:30 AM EST

Join Zoom Meeting
<Please see principal’s email>

6/20/20 – Last day of the semester.
6/13/20 or 6/20/20 – Final Exam.
Online Summer Tutoring
Our senior students, Meilee Kry and Claudia Strollo, are very helpful and agree to assist with online tutoring this summer.  If anyone is interested in online tutoring for Chinese, please feel free to reach out and inquire about their schedule and cost:
Meilee Kry <Please see principal’s email>
David Strollo (Claudia Strollo) <Please see principal’s email>
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Spring ’20 – Newsletter – Week 12

Dear NWS Families,
Happy Friday and hope all is well.  Many thanks to our volunteers with their help to make the speech contest a success.  Overall, it’s a very encouraging outcome to see how much preparation students have worked for this annual event.
With ongoing online learning throughout this semester,  I have the opportunity, along with some school personnel,  to observe various classes for online learning environment, student participation, and teaching materials.  We want to make sure we are providing an adequate environment and material we can to improve each student’s language skill.  One positive takeaway is that our students appear more comfortable and willing to practice Mandarin during class sessions.
To take advantage of this opportunity, we like to expand our online tutoring during the 3rd hour period in the regular semester. Currently, two senior students will join our regular tutoring teacher Miss. Fu to offer online tutoring.  If you kids would like to sign up for practice, please feel free to let me know. I can get students connected and arrange the ZOOM communication.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Spring ’20 – Newsletter – Week 11 – Speech Contest Continues

Dear NWCS Families,
Finally, we can feel the spring weather around our neighborhood!  Hope everyone is doing well and gets a chance to step outside of the house.  We had our 1st round of speech contest done last week.  More classes will continue their contests this weekend.  Please help us to supervise with the practice from home.  I like to express my special thanks to our volunteers who kindly serve as a judge in this annual event.
There is no Chinese school for the weekend of 05/23/20 to observe Memorial Day.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Spring ’20 – Newsletter – Week 9 – Online Speech Contest on 5/9/20 & 5/16/20

Dear NWCS Families,
As the weather gets warmer, I miss outdoor activities and the interaction with friends and everyone from Chinese school.  I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well during this tough time.
We set the date to host a two-week speech contest on 5/9/20 and 5/16/20.  Participation in this contest is mandatory for every student.  Teachers have been working with students to choose a topic and practice.  Please encourage your kids to practice their speech.  If additional assistance is needed, please feel free to reach out to teachers for more practice.
Since this contest will be conducted online, we are looking for volunteers to be a judge.  If you are fluent with Mandarian and have extra device from home to access internet, I really appreciate your support to be one of the judges.  I am looking for 12~18 volunteers for 14 different classes with 3 judges per class.  Please send me a separate email by the end of this week to join the judging panel. 
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

*** Online Class Etiquette

Dear NWCS Families,

It looks like it’s going to be the new norm for students attending online classes for a lot longer during this uncertain period. To align online study practice with the public school system, I’d like to use this opportunity to outline some class etiquette for our students to follow when attending classes from home. Your help from home to reinforce the following is greatly appreciated.

1). Classes will start at 9:00 AM. Please log on to ZOOM or Google Meet a few minutes before class.
2). Although studying from home, the dress code is informal but no pajamas.
3). No learning from his/her own bed. Each student should have his/her own quiet studying area so there is little interruption especially external sound from the house.
4). No food when class in session. Please arrange kids’ breakfast before class starts.
5). Please show respect to class teachers and fellow classmates.

I will make some class visits and observe learning as well as teaching each week to make sure our students absorb and enjoy online learning format. If you or your child(ren) have any suggestions, please feel free to contact me. We will try our best to adress.

Keep safe and well!

Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Spring ’20 – Newsletter – Week 6

Dear NWCS Families,

Hope this email finds you well. Our online learning classes have been in operation for 2-3 weeks. Hopefully, we have ironed out most major challenges in terms of connection virtually. We will continue to offer online learning classes until further notice. Attached is the spring semester calendar. Class midterm exam will be scheduled after Spring Break (4/11)

Congratulations to our senior student, Rebecca Lim, winning 1st place in ACS Region II poster competition.

Rebecca’s award winning poster http://www.nwcsny.org/?p=2602

Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Spring ’20 – Newsletter – Week 4 – Start 3rd Hour Online Tutoring

Dear NWCS Families,

Hope everyone is well and spend good quality time with family members. As the virus outbreak continues to spread, we will continue to offer online language learning course throughout this challenging period. Our online classes will be open at 9:00AM, and each teacher will sign in a 5~10 minutes before hand. Please supervise your child(ren) to finish their homework assignment and assist with the submission if needed.

Starting this week, we will offer online tutoring during 3rd hour period – from 11:00 ~ 12:00. In order to attend, you child will join ZOOM meeting room. Miss Fu is very kind to assist and will spend more time to help with pronunciation, speech, and listening.

If like to join her tutoring class, please use the following ZOOM meeting ID to join at 11:00 am on Saturday.

ID = 886-926-xxxx (blanked for privacy reasons; please see email from Principal)

Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Spring’20 – Newsletters – Week 3

Dear NWCS Families,

Hope you are doing well. With a lot of information passing through about virus outbreak at any media outlets, we all have to exercise extra caution when going to public places. We took extra time to plan our first web learning session this Saturday. We will start our web classroom at 9:00 AM on 3/14/20. Please have your kids ready and situated in your home before class time. Below are the web platforms for our classes. Please follow each teacher’s web learning instruction to join the remote class. For those classes using ZOOM, first time user will be asked to download and install ZOOM software. For elementary school classes, we recommend parents’ assistance to join the web class.

Class teacher will share with you about web class meeting ID (10-digit number for ZOOM) or Google Meet/Hangouts web link. If you don’t receive such information by midday on Friday, please contact your class teacher and request meeting information.

We expect some issues and delays from technology connection. If you are familiar with video conferencing, please join your class teacher to help with the connection. If any questions regarding this try out session, please contact your teacher or reach out to school management members.

remotelearningplan

Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

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