Category Archives: 校長的話 / Principal’s Notes

No school on Dec 9

No school tomorrow due to expected snow.

Be safe all!!

Your principal,
Francine M. Fang 方敏

NWCS Fall 2017 Newsletter – Week 12

Dear NWCS families,
Chinese New Year performance rehearsal starting this week
Our vice principal, Mr. Rick Chan, has organized rehearsal schedules for each class at the high school auditorium this Saturday. We are requesting volunteers to help with stage setup, performance orchestration, and session control. Please come by to lend us a hand and watch our kids’ rehearsals. We are looking forwarding to hosting the celebration and luncheon as scheduled on January 6. Luncheon tickets can be purchased starting this Saturday.
Award photos of calligraphy competition posted
Co-board chair, Ms. Weifang Lin and I went to Stamford, CT to receive the calligraphy awards on behalf of our students. We presented the awards to Rebecca, Juliet and Derek last week with our calligraphy teacher Ms. Daisy Rose. Please see the photos here
Light snow in the forecast for this Saturday
Light snow may start as early as mid morning on Saturday. We are expecting to operate as a normal school day but please check your email in the morning in case that changes.
Your prinicpal,
Francine Fang 方敏

NWCS Fall 2017 Newsletter – Week 11

Dear NWCS families,
Want to win some cool prizes like an Xbox, gift certificates for Dai Sushi or Aberdeen, plus more? Please support NWCS’ annual raffle-ticket fund raiser event. We will be selling tickets starting this Saturday. If you have prizes to donate, please let me know!
For the spring semester, Mr. Huang will be offering an Advanced Coding elective. See below for class description and prerequisites. We will announce the opening of registration soon.
Advanced Coding with Python: Minecraft Hacking (prerequisite: Python Level 1) (Spring semester only)
Use your Python skills to make Minecraft hacks! We will learn how to use an API (Application Programming Interface) to build new applications on top of existing technology. Students must have taken the Introduction to Python Level 1 class or equivalent. Working knowledge of the Python programming language is required. The ability to touch type (typing without looking at the keyboard) is also highly recommended. In addition to attending classes, students are expected to complete homework assignments. Each student must bring their own laptop and mouse to class. Mac, Windows, or Linux laptops are acceptable. Chromebooks and tablets are not allowed. The instructor will need administrator rights to set up the programming environment on each computer at the start of the semester. We will be using Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson as our textbook. Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students. Registration cost is for 1 semester only. Material fee includes an individual license to Minecraft for Windows/Mac/Linux.
Class cost: $275
Book fee: $27
Material fee: $37
See you all tomorrow!
Your principal,
Francine Fang 方敏

NWCS Fall 2017 Newsletter – Week 10

Dear NWCS families,

General Assembly
We will be holding a General Assembly in the cafeteria at 9:15 am this Saturday. You will be hearing updates about the school operations, activities, finance and registration from myself, chairpersons, and treasurer. We will have time for Q&A so please attend and voice your thoughts with us!

Picture Day
We are taking class pictures this week. Kindly ask your kids to come prepared and bring their bright smiles. We need more parent volunteers skilled in photography to go to classes and take pictures. Please let us know if you can help.

Partnership with Harvey
Through the support and connection of our board co-chair Mr. David Quinn and his wife Diane, NWCS has the pleasure of having Chinese students from The Harvey School joining us on Saturdays. At such young age, they left their families in China to come to the US for high school education. We are thrilled that they are willing to spend time with our kids to practice speaking and listening skills. Special thanks to Ms. Alex Lindquist, International Program Director at Harvey, for her support of these visits. Please make our Harvey guests feel welcome at NWCS. As you can see from the photos, we started our friendship building with dumplings and Chinese knotting

Support NWCS by shopping at AmazonSmile program
For your holiday shopping, please consider designating NWCS as your charitable organization of choice via AmazonSmile or shop on via website. As of August 2017, NWCS has received $467.66 from AmazonSmile. You can see our collective impact on Thank you all in advance for your support!

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Your principal,
​Francine Fang 方敏

NWCS Fall 2017 Newsletter – Week 9

Dear NWCS families,
Thank you all for participating in the fire drill! We are grateful to receive guidance from former New York City EMS chief, Mr. MacNeil Cross (aka Evan’s dad), on this exercise. While we successfully completed the evacuation within five minutes, we’ve identified a few areas for improvement in our post drill review. We plan to conduct another drill in the spring to reinforce the school safety and emergency evacuation protocol. 
NWCS students won 1st place and honorable mentions at regional Chinese Calligraphy competition
Congratulations to our high schooler 林詠雯, Rebecca Lim, for winning the 1st  place award in Chinese Calligraphy competition organized by ACS Region 2 schools. Two other entries from 朱莉雅 Juliet Weglarz, and 陳運華 Derek Tan received honorable mentions. The award ceremony will be held in Stamford, CT on November 18. The long winning streak in recent years reflects not only the academic excellence of our students, but also the dedication of our Calligraphy teacher, 沈道茜老師, Ms. Daisy Rose. A sincerely thank you from all of us to you 沈老師!!
NWCS’ Knitting Circle
Thank you Christine and Diane for leading an informal gathering every Saturday for people that are interested in knitting! We posted photos of these smiling knitters and their work online. Clearly knitting makes them happy and please join them to knit for yourself and family.
Your principal,
Francine Fang 方敏

NWCS Fall 2017 Newsletter – Week 8

Dear NWCS families,
Hope everyone had a Happy and Safe Halloween! Thank you all for a successful and festive Halloween bake sale for the school last week! Our school secretary, Mr. Yuan-Chi  Chang, has kindly posted some photos on the school website here
Fire Drill This Saturday
We will have a fire drill from 10:45-11am this Saturday. The teachers will lead the students to the designated meeting area outside during the drill. All adults, including Chorus and Line Dance members will also need to evacuate the school when the alarm bell rings please. Kindly review the attached evacuation plan in advance, so that you are familiar with what your evacuation route is. There will be staff in the corridors to direct you to the right place, but it would be very helpful if you know where to go as well. We are aiming to complete the evaluation in less than 5 minutes so please help us make that happen!
Thank you in advance for your assistance!
Your principal,
Francine Fang 方敏

NWCS 2017 Fall Newsletter – Week 7

Dear NWCS families,

Happy Halloween!! 萬聖節快樂!!

Spootacular costume parade and bake sale

It’s our annual Halloween celebration this Saturday. Everyone is welcome to wear a costume! We will be selling savory and sweet treats to raise money for the school. Kindly support NWCS by buying delicious scallion pancakes and/or other baked goods that our families will be making. To parents who signed up to make treats, thank you and we look forward to eating them all up!

Email distribution

NWCS relies on email communication to families on school news and upcoming activities. If you know people who are not getting this email, kindly have them contact our webmaster at please.

Your principal,

Francine Fang 方敏

NWCS 2017 Fall Newsletter – Week 6

Greetings NWCS families, 大家好,
A few quick reminders about Week 6.
Parent teacher conference
Most classes are having their parent teacher conferences this Saturday. Kindly reserve a time slot with your child’s teachers to exchange feedback. Please also feel free to reach out to any school officers if you have any suggestions for school operations and curriculum. We aim to continuously make improvements but need your inputs and involvement to make them happen!
NWCS’ Knitting Circle
Thank you Christine and Diane for leading an informal gathering every Saturday for people that are interested in knitting! Beginner package is $20 if you are new to knitting (includes needles, yarn, and your first lesson). Donation of $5/week is suggested to raise funds for the school. Please come and join the circle from 9-11am in the cafeteria!
NWCS Chorus
Love singing? NWCS Chorus is welcoming new members. If interested please email or just come to their rehearsals from Saturdays 9:15 -11 AM at Briarcliff Manor Middle School. See NWCS Chorus for more information.
Support NWCS by shopping at AmazonSmile program
Please consider designating NWCS as your charitable organization of choice via AmazonSmile or shop on via website. Thank you in advance for your support!
Your principal,
Francine Fang 方敏

NWCS 2017 Fall Newsletter – Week 5

Dear NWCS families, 

Welcome to Week 5!  Thank you all for keeping up with our classroom etiquette and safety rules!

As a friendly reminder, here is the code of conduct for our school:
1. No food or beverage is allowed in the classroom. 
2. NEVER erase anything left on the whiteboard from Briarcliff Middle School classes. Write on the whiteboard only when instructed by your teachers. 
3. NEVER touch or move any object(s) on the shelves, teachers’ or students’ desks. NEVER open any drawers. 
4. Keep the desks and classroom clean. 
5. NEVER play with window shades, sit on the windowsill, or lean your body out of the window. 
6. NEVER touch circuit breakers, gas valves, or microwave ovens. 
7. When class is in session, students should stay in their classroom. Anyone who does not have class should stay in the cafeteria or designated rooms when the cafeteria is not available. 
8. Do not run, play, or shout in the hallway and stairs. 
9. Cooperate with and pay respect to the teachers, staff and on-duty parents. 
10. No fighting or chatting in the classroom.

Come and Join NWCS’ Knitting Circle
Knitting Circle is a fun way to knit, learn to knit, and to give back to NWCSNY too! Christine and Diane, experienced knitters, will lead an informal group each Saturday from 9-11am. No experience needed, we can get you started knitting and purling. No needles?  No worries! Beginner package is $20, includes needles, yarn, and your first lesson. To raise funds for the school, suggested donation of $5/week buys fellowship and lesson/help with knitting (you are welcome to bring your knitting and join us but please do support our efforts for the school) We can learn to make a scarf, a hat, shawl, even mittens and socks. Be daring! Time to make woolly things to keep your loved ones warm. Come join Christine and Diane in the cafeteria this Saturday!

Harvey students’ visit on Dumpling Day
Thank you all for making last Saturday’s Dumpling Day another great success! Special thanks to our Vice Principal, Mr. Rick Chan, and his wife, Ms. Shufen Kan (also our Heritage VII teacher) for the stuffing and handmade dough. We also welcomed several Harvey students, who came from China to attend high school here, to this culture event. We are grateful for our board co-chair, Mr. David Quinn, and his wife, Diane, for championing this collaboration between the two schools. These Harvey students are looking forward to be part of our community,​ and to assist our students in learning Chinese. We are hopeful for a wonderful start to a great ​partnership. Stay tuned for more!

Your principal,
Francine Fang 方敏

NWCS 2017 Fall Newsletter – Week 4

Dear NWCS families,Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! May the full moon bring you much happiness and success. 祝福中秋佳節快樂,月圓人圓事事圓滿!

Dumpling Day
Our wonderful Breakfast Club and Vice Principal is hosting a dumpling day this Saturday. Please join us for dumpling making in the cafeteria from 9-10am. We aim to have the dumplings cooked and ready for our hungry kids by the 10ambreak time.

Kung Fu elective now available
I am very happy to announce Miss Shannon Louie, NWCS alumna and daughter of our Chairman Emeritus Benson, is returning to teach Kung Fu. For students who have not signed up for an elective and want to get active, please join the Kung Fu class!

Book Signing Event with Dr. Ifay Chang
Dr. Ifay Chang, our esteemed chess teacher, has published his third book “The Changing Giants, The U.S. and China”. He will be at the cafeteria from 10:15-11am this Saturday to sign copies of his book and have a Q&A session with NWCS parents. He has kindly offered to donate $10 to our school for every book purchased. Please stop by and learn something about this timely topic. More details to follow later.

Photos from Chinese painting demonstration online
Many thanks to Ms. Yang from Kaohsiung, Taiwan for her beautiful Chinese painting demonstration last Saturday. The foundation of Chinese painting is built on calligraphy. If interested, please join the calligraphy elective to start an artistic journey. We have posted photos from Ms. Yang’s visit here.

Your principal,
Francine Fang 方敏

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