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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.

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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

NWCS 2019 Fall – Newletter – Week 13

Dear NWCS families,
 
Welcome to Week 13 – the final week of 2019! As most classes are preparing for or having the final exam in coming New year, kindly remind the students to review and study. After this Saturday, we will have our holiday season break and classes will resume on Jan. 4th, which is scheduled for final exam for most classes but follow each teacher’s schedule accordingly.
 
NWCS New Year Celebration on January 11th from 10:00am-3pm - If snow day, then it will be on January 18th
  • School will be open at 9:00 am in the morning of 1/11 for final hour rehearsal or class exam if any and the performances will start at 10:00am.
  • Rehearsals will begin this Saturday. We need volunteers to help with stage setup, performance orchestration, and session control. Please come by the high school auditorium to lend us a hand if you have not signed up yet. 
  • This week we will be continuing to sell luncheon and raffle tickets.  Please feel free to stop by cafeteria to purchase or let me know if you want me reserve tickets for you.
  • Show off your culinary skill at our Chinese New Year celebration luncheon – you are invited to sign up and bring your traditional dishes to share with everyone.
 
Come out and support our craft program
Our Chinese knotting teacher, Ms. Wang, and her students would like to invite everyone to stop by cafeteria and showcase their beautiful art work and raise funding for Chinese school.  They have been busy at work to prepare this event since beginning of the semester.  Many pieces of art work come from our students directly with teacher’s supervision.  Many items would make a wonderful addition to your holiday decoration.
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Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS – Fall’19 Week 12 – Newsletter

Dear NWCS Families,
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  As heading into year end, every class has been preparing for the Chines New Year program.  Tentatively, Jan. 11 is scheduled for the celebration.  In order to have a successful celebration, we rely on our volunteers to help with different events.  Breakfast moms are always front center for all the yummy food.  We also need volunteers to get backstage ready and decorated the night before.  Our vice principal, Francine Fang, has been busy at work preparing and planning this annual celebration.  Please reach out to Francine for other volunteer opportunities.
General Assembly Meeting
We will have a general assembly meeting this weekend (12/7).  Please join us at the middle school cafeteria.
Remind Notification and Email Distribution

To better communicate school closing or other emergency announcements, if you have not yet subscribed to Remind for NWCS, please follow the below instructions to join:
 
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

NWCS – Fall’19 Week 11 – Newsletter

Dear Families,
One week before Thanksgiving!!  School will be closed on 11/30, but we need to get through 11/23 class first.  My special thanks to all teaching staff, breakfast club moms, and all volunteers to make Chinese school operate smoothly and provide an excellent learning environment and experience for our children.  I wish all NWCS families a happy Thanksgiving.
Raffle Donation
As holiday season around the corner, we are making a raffle donation for this year’s New Year celebration preparation.  Items like new toys, gift cards, spa, flight tickets or restaurant vouchers are some examples to choose.  If you like to make a contribution, please feel free to contact NWCS Chairperson – Wei Lin for any questions.
General Assembly
When school reconvenes on 12/7, we will hold a general assembly meeting at middle school cafeteria.  Please feel free to join us that day
Student Report
School is more than halfway through the semester.  You may log on to NWCS web site and check your child(ren) reports.  Some classes may or may not post complete information on the web site.  Please feel free to contact teachers on student’s progress.
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Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS – Fall’19 Week 10 – Newsletter

Dear Families,
Iteration about School Policy
Please remind our child(ren) about no food or drink in the classroom policy.  We rent the school facility from Briarcliff School District, and this is the responsibility of everyone at NWCS to keep the school facility clean and safe.  We have worked hard to build a good partnership with the District and hope to stay like this for many years to come.
Also, our classes start at 9:00 AM.  Please make sure our child(ren) arrive at school on time for their classes.
Class Picture Day
Many thanks to Kenny Soohoo, our school consuel, for being the class photographer last week! We will have to retake some classes this week. Once done, we will share these great pictures with you.
 
Designate NWCS at the AmazonSmile program
For your holiday shopping, please designate NWCS as your charitable organization of choice via AmazonSmile or shop on Amazon.com via www.nwcsny.org website. This is an easy way to support our school (school gets a small donation for each purchase made via the link).
 
School Calendar
Before planning your holiday getaway, please refer to school website and check the holiday schedule or find attached.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS – Fall 2019 Week 9 Newsletter

Dear Families,
Picture Day
We will be taking class pictures this weekend. Please have your kids come prepared.  If you like photography and can help with our school picture day.  Please let me know.  Currently, our custodian, Kenny Soohoo, will help.  If possible, 2 more volunteers will be ideal.
 
Congratulations to Rebecca Lim for receivingConEd Scholar Athlete Award! – Advanced Chinese Study class
Rebecca was named CondEd’s Westchester scholar athlete of the week with impressive 44-0 undefeated record during the regular season.
 
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Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

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