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NWCS Spring ’22 – Newsletter, Week 2 (03/12/22)

ear NWCS Families,
It looks like we are going to have some wet weather Saturday morning.  Teachers have been informed to communicate with students/parents if the class teacher would like to move from in-person to remote due to weather concerns in the afternoon.  Please check email communication directly from the class teacher.  Chinese school will be open for in-person sessions this weekend!
School Registration Record
There was a small technical issue with our school enrollment system before the semester started.  Now, the system has been fixed and functioning properly.  Please sign in and check if your child’s/children’s enrollment record(s) are correctly reflected in the system.  Also, if any tuition balance is still outstanding, please take a moment to double check with Treasurer (Mrs. Grace Liu).  Soon, we will start working on the financial planning for the new calendar year.  Your help is much appreciated.
Some Events in Future Calendar
(1). Briarcliff Middle School is chosen to host NYSSMA music festival on the weekend of 4/2 & 4/3 & school building will not be available for Chinese School.  We will conduct remote learning that weekend
(2). The annual ACS Conference will be held on 5/28 & 5/29 (Memorial Weekend) in-person in East Brunswick, NJ this year.  There are several competitive events related to language and culture for students (different age groups) as well as seminars for teachers to participate.  We will work with class teachers on nomination and organization.  Application deadline is 4/17.
(3). The annual Chinese writing contest deadline is 4/15 – please see attached.  Middle school to high school students are the age groups to participate.
2022 writing contest - english2022 writing contest - chinese
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal

SAT Prep Elective: registration is open

Dear NWCS Families,
Hope you are having a great Sat!
Friendly reminder that we are offering “SAT Prep” as our special electives this spring semester again. If you’re interested, please sign up here as soon as possible. We will need to order the materials by the end of this coming week!
Best Regards,
Francine Fang 方敏
NWCS Vice Principal

NWCS Spring Semester Week 1 News Letter 3/5/22

Dear NWCS Families,

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the winter break.  This weekend (3/5) will be the first day of spring semester.  Classes will start at 9:00 am.  Please check email communication from each teacher whether in-person or remote learning.
New York State health department just announced new Covid guidelines very recently.  Briarcliff school district has announced the policy changes to make mask wearing as optional on school campus and kept social distancing policy is place.  Since our school has been in winter recess for most part of the uptick in Covid cases since late last December and many families commute from other parts of the tri-state area, I think it’s prudent to maintain the mask on and social distancing policy at least for early part of the spring semester and allow us to access the situation.
We really appreciate your continuous  support in every way to  support a healthy learning environment.  If any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal

No school on January 8th

Dear NWCS families,

Happy New Year to everyone.  Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.  Since we decided to postpone the Chinese New Year celebration and graduation until late Spring semester, school will not meet this Saturday (1/8).
Our 1st day in Spring semester is 3/5.  Teachers will communicate and assign some winter recess work to students.  Please supervise your kids to continue the learning during the break.
Wish you a healthy and safe winter break!
Best Regards,
Rick Chan
NWCS Principal

 

Postpone New Year Celebration

Dear NWCS families,

Hope everyone is well and has a wonderful holiday.  It’s a very difficult decision to inform you about the postponement of the Chinese New Year celebration on the last days of the year.  As you know, the rising Covid cases spread quickly throughout the country.  We will try to re-schedule this celebration and graduation towards the end of Spring semester.
With that said, there will be no school on January 8th.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely.  The first day of Spring semester is March 5th,2022.  Teachers will communicate via emails about homework assignment during winter recess.
Wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!  See you all in 2022.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal

NWCS Fall ’21 – Newsletter, Week 13 (12/11/21) – General Assembly

Dear NWCS Families,
I hope this letter finds you healthy and safe.  Towards the end of the semester, we have a couple events on the calendar.  I would like to invite every family to join the Town Hall meeting this Saturday (December 11th, 2021) at Briarcliff Middle School auditorium @9:15 AM.
12/18/21 – Final Exam date
01/08/22 – Last day of the semester & Chinese New Year Celebration performance.  More details in the email in the next several days.
 
Class Parents Volunteer
If you like to volunteer to be the class parent for your kid’s class, please contact the Vice Principal, Mrs Francine Fang.  Class teachers are busy with the Chinese New Year celebration program for their classes.  Your assistance with the class is greatly appreciated!
Online Tutoring
If anyone is interested in online tutoring for Chinese, please feel free to reach out to me.  We have a couple of senior students interested in providing online tutoring sessions.
Support NWCS through your holiday shopping on Amazon
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support NWCS every time you shop from Amazon at no additional cost to you.  Simply go to smile.amazon.com  NWCS will then receive 0.5% of eligible purchases when you shop AmazonSmile.
Breakfast Club
Our breakfast club members have done a fantastic job to provide warm steam buns & yummy snacks.   Traditional Xiao Long Bao will be prepared this weekend.  Please feel free to stop by and get your morning coffee/tea and breakfast!
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal

NWCS Fall 2021 Newsletter – week 12 – 12/04/21

Dear NWCS parents,
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving break!  As we move along into December, the world is on paying close attention again about the new strain of COVID virus.  I like to reiterate the importance of mask covering and social distancing.  Because of everyone’s cooperation, we are very fortunate to be able to keep our school open and provide the best in-person learning experience for every student.  Really appreciate the effort by all of you!
This weekend, we will have the picture day for classes.  Counselor Kenneth Soohoo will visit each class to take some photos during the class.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal

Letter to NWCS Families

Dear NWCS Families,

I thought it important to let you know that our goal is to keep information flow transparent in a timely fashion.  I was informed that one of the parents had been tested positive with COVID this past Saturday.  The family was at school on the weekend of Oct 30 with masks on throughout the 2~3 hours inside the school building and didn’t come to school on Nov. 6th.  The PCR result for the rest of the family came back negative.  The family will undergo another round of PCR tests this Tuesday and self quarantine.

First, it is important to be aware that the mask mandate does prevent the spread of viruses.  With more knowledge and understanding of the virus, I urge everyone to stay cautious and exercise all steps necessary when entering into school building.  Now, we are entering the flu season so it can be hard to differentiate whether it’s a flu or something else in the early stage.  If not feeling well, please stay home and seek medical assistance when necessary.

At this point, because of the mask mandate and other measures in place, we will continue to keep the school open and keep monitoring the situation closely.   Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly either in person or via email.

Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal

NWCS Fall 2021 Newsletter – week 9 – 11/06/21

Dear NWCS Families,
Fall foliage is in full swing, and I am sure everyone is feeling the drop in temperature….  Hope everyone stays warm and healthy.  If you are not feeling well, please let the class teacher know in advance and stay home.  COVID-19 protocol remains in place for anyone entering into the school building.  Your continuous support and cooperation is really appreciated!
Breakfast club is preparing the special yummy soup dumplings along with steam buns this weekend.  Please come and enjoy a warm breakfast and support the Chinese school.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal

NWCS Fall 2021 Newsletter – week 8 – 10/30/21

Dear NWCS Families,
Many thanks for our volunteers last weekend to help out with the annual fire drill.  Overall, everyone was able to follow the preassigned evacuation route to exit the building orderly and effectively.  One point to keep in mind:  Fire drill is to let everyone know where the exit is in case of an emergency.  Teachers and students have the chance to practice the drill.  Each teacher is responsible for the entire class’ student count and makes sure everyone returns to the classroom when the drill is completed before the class is dismissed.  Parents would expect the same before picking up your kids.
Halloween fun this weekend
We will kick off Halloween weekend with a visit by story book author, David Quinn, also our NWCS long time friend and former co-chairperson.  Pre-K to second grade classes will join David’s story telling session at the cafeteria.  Parents and students are encouraged to dress up when coming to school.  We also prepare Halloween candy!!
Halloween bake sale - bring your baked goods – cookies, cupcakes, etc to donate & help feed our hungry trick-or-treaters this Saturday!
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal

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