Category Archives: 校長的話 / Principal’s Notes

NWCS – 2021 Spring Semester Newsletter – Week 13 – 06/05/21

Dear NWCS Families,
Can’t believe we are near the end of the semester.  Some classes will start their final tests this week and finish the last session next week before the start of summer long vacation.  A few items to keep in mind here:
General Assembly
This weekend 06/05/21 at 9:30 AM via Zoom. The meeting link is listed below.  Please come and join us at the virtual meeting from your comfortable living room!
Please see principal email for Zoom info.
Online Summer Tutoring
NWCS alumna , Meilee Kry and senior student, Claudia Strollo, are very kind and agree to assist with online tutoring this summer.  If anyone is interested in online learning for Chinese, please feel free to reach out and inquire about their schedule and cost:
Please see principal email for contact info.
Early Registration
Fall’21 early registration will be open for enrollment from NWCS website starting 6/12/21 until 7/10/21.  Please help to spread the word of our language school and enjoy a $50 early bird enrollment discount (pay in full by 7/10/21).  Your early action will help us in teacher assignment and class management during summer recess.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS – 2021 Spring Semester Newsletter – Week 12 – 05/22/21

Dear NWCS Families,
Many thanks to our volunteers for judging the speech contest during the past three weekends.  The effort by our teachers to prepare our students for this annual event is greatly appreciated.  After finalizing each class’ score, award winning certificates will be mailed out in the next week or two.  Couple important dates to keep in mind - No school on 5/29 (Memorial Day) and last day of school on 6/12.
We have reached out to the Briarcliff school district in preparation for in-person learning in the fall semester if the situation allows.  The intention is to have all options available for us to choose from when the external factors are right.  As we move forward to summer, we will have a better picture if this fall will be in person, remote, or some type of hybrid.
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Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS – 2021 Spring Semester Newsletter – Week 8 – 4/24/21

Dear NWCS Families,
Hope all is well.  Speech contest will start this week.  Please help with your child/children practice before their contest date.
I like to share the wonderful news that Brenda Horan from our Advanced Chinese Study class has been awarded a full scholarship to go to Taiwan for a year to study Chinese. She will study at a University in New Taipei City.  It is a program that is supported by the National Security Department of the United States in order to foster critical language acquisition among our youth.  She is one of the 35 recipients from nearly 4,000 applications to attend the program in Taiwan.  Big congratulations to Brenda and wish her all the best for this wonderful opportunity.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS – 2021 Spring Semester Newsletter – Week 7 – 4/17/21

Dear NWCSn Families,
Nice spring weather has finally arrived!!  This week is the midterm exam.  Please help your child(ren) with their review if possible.  Starting next week, we will host our annual speech contest.  This will probably take 2-3 weekends to go through each class given a limited time schedule.  Volunteers are needed to be the judges.  Please send me a reply if you like to volunteer.
I am proud to share that alumni Vicky Wu (NWCS ’04) published her first bilingual Chinese and English children’s book, called Patty Panda Gets a Potty. The book is written with traditional characters, zhuyin and pinyin so readers of all levels can enjoy it! It is the perfect gift and addition to the multilingual bookshelf. Please support her by ordering a book through Amazon Smile or sharing the link with friends that might be interested.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

Spring Break – 4/3/21 – No school

Dear NWCS Families,
It’s been a while since last communication.  Hope all is well and safe with you.  Attached is the latest version of the school calendar.  Also, You may download the calendar on NWCS website.
1). A parent-teacher conference will be organized accordingly after returning from the break.
2). Due to pandemic, the annual ACS conference in late May is canceled.  However, we will still organize the speech contest to give students more chances to practice their speech.
3). Please use this break to catch up with their school work and prepare your child/children’s speech contest materials.
Lastly, I have received some enquiries regarding the outlook of returning to in-person class in the fall.  At this present time, I don’t have enough information needed to make the call but actively monitor the situation.  We will reach out to Briarcliff school district in the near term and explore the possibility.  This early preparation will enable us to formulate the strategy in early summer and decide the learning format for the fall semester.  Of course, we can always roll back to on-line learning if the health situation poses a big concern.
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Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS – 2021 Spring Newsletter – Semester begins 2/27/21 @ 9:00 AM

Dear NWCS Families,
Hope you have a safe and warm winter break!  The spring semester will begin with online sessions via Zoom starting this Saturday (2/27/21) at 9:00 AM.  Each class teacher (including 3rd hour elective) will send out an email invitation with a Zoom link.  Here are some items I’d like to get help from parents:
1). A student should attend class independently.  With a rare occasion for pre-K class, parents’ presence in the online classroom should be avoided.
2). Provide a dedicated and quiet space to attend class, just like regular school.
3). Our goal is to provide the Mandarin learning environment for our students to immerse in the language and culture.  Testing score or grade is just a guide for school to evaluate which aspect of the skill set would be needed to improve student proficiency.  Please let your child(ren) know it is ok to make a mistake when speaking in the class.  Online learning is a great place for our students to practice more.
4). Please prepare your child(ren) be on time for class with casual dress code.
I will inform some families in a separate email to pick up some class material like new text books or penmanship practice booklets.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Fall’20 Newsletter – 01/09/21 – Week 15

Dear NWCS Families,

Happy New Year!  Hope everyone have a great holiday season.
This weekend is the last session of Chinese school for the semester.  We will tweak the format of our annual Chinese New Year celebration.  To celebrate the year of Ox, Each language class will host their own New Year celebration during the class hour.  Teachers will send out the Zoom invitations with specific time frame for their class performance.
If you still have not received your child (children) performance time schedule, please feel free to reach out to teacher(s) for more information.
At 11:00 AM on 1/9, chairperson, Wei Lin, will host a quick town hall meeting via Zoom and have the raffle drawing afterwards.  Please feel free to join us and see who the lucky winner is for the grand prize!


Best Regards,
Rick Chan

NWCS Principal

 

NWCS Fall’20 Newsletter – 12/19/20 – Week 14

Dear NWCS Families,
Hope all is well.  The year of 2020 has been a challenge in many aspects for everyone.  I hope we will see the light in the end of the tunnel soon.  Looking back this year, we were able to make some quick decisions to keep our community safe and healthy by switching to online learning, thanks to many parents’ suggestion and assistance with the technology learning.  For most, I want to express my gratitude to our teachers for their passionate dedication and hard work to teach language and culture activities so every student can continue to learn without interruption.  Although not meeting in person every weekend, we still keep the communication in place with school staff, their volunteer is also greatly appreciated to keep our school functioning.
For the remaining two  sessions this semester,  there are few items to keep in mind:
1). 12/19/20 – It’s final week of 3rd electives.  For language class, final exam will be held starting this week.  Some may be held on 1/9/21 depending on class teacher’s schedule.
2). 12/26/20 & 1/2/21 – no school.
3). 1/9/21 – This year’s Chinese New Year celebration will be quite different from previous ones.  Each class (or combined classes) will host own performance segment during the class.  This is going to be brief and give our students the opportunity to practice what they have learned.  Please refer to the online invitation information from each class teacher.
4). You probably seen couple email communication regarding raffle drawing.  We have a great list of prizes – special thanks to generous donation from many of you.  Raffle tickets can be purchased at NWCS web site or contact NWCS Chairperson or Carolyn Koo .  Raffle drawing / general assembly will be held on 1/9/21 at 11:00 ~11:30 am.  Everyone is welcome to join via Zoom invite (detail to follow).
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Finally, wish all a very happy holiday and safe and healthy New Year!
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Fall’20 Newsletter – 11/07/20 – Week 9

Dear NWCS families,
 
Class Picture Day this Saturday
With the help from our school counselors Kenny Soohoo, Peter Seissler, and Addi Hou, they will visit each class on Zoom and take class pictures this Saturday.
 
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Fall’20 Newsletter – 10/31/20 – Week 8

Dear NWCS families, 
 
Dress up for Halloween this Saturday
We will be celebrating Halloween via Zoom this Saturday. Everyone is welcome to wear your favorite costume! 
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 Amazon.com via www.nwcsny.org website.  Thank you all in advance for your support!
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

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