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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

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

NWCS Spring ’20 – Newsletter – Week 2

Dear NWCS Families,

We had a smooth opening of our spring semester last week. That said, we can’t let our guard down with the Coronavirus. We stay in close communication with our local school district to ensure our information sharing channel stay open.

(1). NWCS class will be canceled this weekend due to concerns about the virus spread.

(2). We are putting a contingency plan. We will provide either remote learning via web based service like Google Hangouts / ZOOM or direct 1-on-1 FaceTime / Skype once a week for 15 minutes in case of school closure. Some teachers have GoogleClass in place for homework assignment and learning materials. We will continue to expand digital for our classes.

(3). Encourage your children to wash their hands frequently and cover their mouth should they cough. These simple precautions have proven effective in combating a virus as is staying home when feeling sick. In fact, we ask that if your child is ill with a fever and/or cough, that your child stay home from school. A child should remain home until fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. If possible, measure temperature morning and evening. In fact, we encourage parents to consider exercising additional caution should a child exhibit cough or flu-like symptoms and keep them home.

Please find below guidance from government health departments. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health, please feel free to contact me or class teachers directly.

Additional Information

CDC’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website
NYSDOH’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website
NYSDOH directory of local health departments
New York State Center for School Health website

Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Spring 2020 Newsletter – Week 1 – 02/29/2020

Dear NWCS families,

Hope you are having a pleasant winter break.
Please note that our Spring 2020 semester starts Next Saturday, February 29th.
Kindly remind the kid(s) to finish their winter break homework!

This newsletter comes out earlier than usual because I would like to share with you some concerns we all might have about the novel coronavirus outbreak over these past few weeks. As we turn on the TV, browse internet news outlets, this is definitely enough to catch our attention and concern.

At the time of this writing, there is no confirmed case reported in our area although there is a report indicating some being asked to administer in-house self isolation for 2 weeks. We are monitoring the development very closely and will take proactive measurement if the situation is deemed necessary. Please take a few moments to visit CDC web site regarding things you should know, situation update, and information about the virus.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Here are some additional suggestions I’d like to suggest all families to follow:

(1). For families who have traveled abroad (to any countries, not just specific to certain Asian countries) or layover at foreign international airports, from the day of returning home, please administer in-house self isolation for at least 14 days and wait for the passing of virus incubation period. This extra precaution measure is to protect our community members for a healthy learning environment. Also, NWCS shares school facility with Briarcliff public school. We need to set standard high to make sure everyone is safe and healthy.

(2). Because of many common symptoms with regular flu, it is easy to miss the early treatment. If there is any sign of flu like symptom, please seek for professional medical opinion immediately.

(3). You probably have read some discriminatory incidences in the media. I couldn’t emphasize enough how important this is for our community. At this unusual time, please take a few minutes to discuss related matter with your child(ren). I have communicated with each teacher to make sure our students follow this policy. As a school community, we will support each other and make sure everyone is welcome.

(4). The outbreak is fluid and changes everyday. A dynamic and flexible policy is our goal to keep our students’ learning going. We will keep a close communication with local school health department and follow their medical guidance. We will actively explore ways to offer remote teaching if the situation requires.

(5). This year’s flu season seems has wider and longer impact than previous years. If you or your kid(s) catch a flu during school time, please follow school guide lines and inform teachers or me directly.

With all these guidance, I hope every family will take this into your own heart and follow. Our family’s health should be the priority. I am open for any suggestions to safe guard our community.

Finally, in case there is a weather related issue, NWCS will broadcast school closings or emergency notifications by text via Remind , in addition to emails.
If you have not yet subscribed to Remind for NWCS, please follow the below instructions to join.

Remind Notification Signup
Sending a text to 81010 with message text @nwcsnotify
You’ll receive a welcome text from Remind.
If having trouble texting to 81010, then try texting to (478) 225-3884 with message text @nwcsnotify

Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

*** Important Notice – NWCS 2020 Chinese New Year Celebration & Performance Program – 1/11/20

Dear NWCS Families,
This Saturday is the Chinese New Year celebration at NWCS! Vice principal, Francine, and several volunteers have been working hard on this project for more than 1 month to bring this traditional event live.  We’d like to have your participation in the following:

1. Please have your child practice their performance at home!
2. Students should report to their classroom at 9:00 AM for rehearsal. Teachers will bring them to the high school theater when ready.
3. Please bring the assigned supply for your kid’s class or cooked food to the middle school cafeteria (see below for the assignments).
4. Please bring basketball, badminton, Ping Pong paddles and balls if you wish to play at the reserved middles school gym.
5. Luncheon and raffle tickets will be available for sale on Sat (cash and check only) at high school auditorium & cafeteria reception area

Thank you to the people that have volunteered to help! We will reach out to you shortly.  Please let our vice principal, Francine, know if you can offer a hand.

P.S. New Year celebration program is attached below.
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NWCS 2019 Fall – Newsletter – Week 14 – 01/04/20

Dear NWCS families,
Hope you have a great holiday break and enjoy the time spent with families.  Wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!  When returning to school this weekend, we have a few items for this week:
(1).  Classes will have their final exam – Study time!
(2).  There will be NO 3rd hour electives this weekend.  Teachers may use this hour to help students practice their Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration programs if needed.
(3).  We will have one more round of CNY performance rehearsal at High School auditorium this weekend starting at 9:15 am.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

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