Category Archives: 校長的話 / Principal’s Notes

NWCS Fall’20 Newsletter – 10/10/20 – Week 5

Dear NWCS Families,
Autumn is upon us.  Hope all is well with you and loved ones.
Parent Teacher Conference & Midterm Exam
Each class will conduct a parent teacher conference in the next week or two. The scheduled meeting will be on 10/17/20 and followed by midterm exam.  However, some classes will reannage
the timing somewhat.  Our teachers will send out a communication email for their respective classes.
 
Withdraw Deadline
10/10/20 is the last day of withdrawal with 50% refund (less materials and processing fees).
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Newsletter – Week 4 – 10/3/20

Dear NWCS Families,
Happy mid-autumn moon festival (中秋節快樂)!  According to Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese people would celebrate and share their autumn harvest with family, relatives and friends.  This tradition was started more than 2,000 years ago and has been one of the biggest holidays in Chinese community.  Families reunite together and enjoy the moon cake, BBQ, and other local delicacies.  Here, I like share with a short video on the story about mid autumn festival and one favorite song to celebrate this holiday.
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Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Newsletter – Week 3 – Fall’20

Dear NWCS families,Thank you all to help our kids ease their way into the online learning mode and making runs to pick up textbooks and class materials.  By now, almost all students should have  their textbooks, workbooks, and other accessories assigned by each class teacher.  If you child has anything missing, please let the class teacher or me know.  I plan to hold textbooks with me for another week or two.  After that, they will go back to the school storage room, and the accessibility will become not so easy due to safety and security reasons from the pandemic on campus.

A few items to share:

Registration – Classes and Electives
Language Classes - Some of you may not have the time to complete the registration yet, please take a moment and log on to NWCS web site and complete the enrollment process.  As teachers evaluate their classes, we will let families know if any changes are recommended.  If your child(ren) speaks with you about the current level being too difficult or too easy, please let your teacher, Dean, and myself know so that we can assess right away.

Electives - We offer culture electives in the 3rd hour.  Please encourage your kids to visit and sign up.  If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact our registrar, Ms. David Chan, at registrar@nwcsny.org.

Remind Notification and Email Distribution

 
NWCS will broadcast school closings or emergency notifications by text via Remind (thanks to Mr. Harry Villareal, our Webmaster and Board member)!  This service is extra helpful in the winter months before driving kids to school on Saturday morning.
 
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


NWCS also communicates over emails on school news and activities. If you know people, especially new families, who are not getting this email, please have them contact our webmaster at webmaster@nwcsny.org

Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Newsletter Week 2: 9/19/20

Dear NWCS Families,
It was great to see everyone virtually on Day 1 – Opening Assembly last week.  Although we miss a lot of fun interaction in person when students and parents meet for the first time after a long summer break, this is a true group effort to have our school opening this way.  As I am making the final batch of textbook distribution this week, students will slowly settle into the routine in the near future.  I appreciate any feedback you might have to help our online learning better and fun for our students.  Below are some items to share:
School Calendar and Important Date:
You may find our school calendar online.  The last date to withdraw (less books and registration fee) with 100% refund is 9/26/20.  Last date withdrawn with a 50% refund is 10/10/20.
Reward Station:

We created a reward station last year for students to redeem their prize after earning sufficient stickers (performance based) in their class.  This is one way to incentivize participation and learning.  Due to the online learning format, the teacher in the participating class will create a sticker sheet to record students’ collection.  By the end of semester, the result will be shared with parents and students.  We will create an online catalog with pictures and number the quantity available to select.  Further detailed information will be available as the semester moves forward.

Support NWCS by shopping at AmazonSmile program
For your shopping experience, please consider designating NWCS as your charitable organization of choice via AmazonSmile or shop on Amazon.com via www.nwcsny.org website. Thank you in advance for your support!
 
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Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Newsletter Week 1: Start of School Welcome – Fall 2020

Dear NWCS families,

歡迎大家來到北威中文學校!

This Saturday, September 12th, is the first day of Chinese school for the Fall 2020 semester.

Due to the pandemic this year, we will conduct virtual classroom via ZOOM or Google Meet this semester and evaluate later in the year for spring semester.  I want to take this opportunity to thank our teachers, board members, and staff for their contributions to our school smooth operation and for laying the foundation for our continued success.

In preparation for the first day of school, please see below for a few important announcements.

Open assembly
We will start school’s opening assembly at 9am sharp via ZOOM. Kindly remember to join with your child(ren).  Students will join their respective teachers via per-communicated ZOOM invite. We aim to have the students in their classrooms by 9:15am after reviewing school safety policy and classroom etiquette. Break as usual is at 10am and our languages classes end at 11 am and followed by electives until 12:00.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: General Assembly Zoom Meeting

We will start on 9/12/20 with a ZOOM general assembly from 9-9:15am. After this, each student should sign into their respective classes. Please use this link for the general assembly.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84990147401?pwd=N0IvWWNFa294MnN2YkFKY3RjSmF3Zz09

Meeting ID: 849 9014 7401

Passcode: Ni Hao

Electives

We have added more electives and bring more culture experience for our students to learn something new, and do something fun.   Besides those electives in the email from Chairperson, Wei, we are excited to offer the Yoga class for kids (age 10+) and adults. All students are welcomed to take or tour the electives from 11am to noon.

Be our class parent
Each teacher has been asked to elect a class parent to help with events coordination and school communication chain. Please consider nominating yourself! This school depends on volunteers. Your active participation would be greatly appreciated.

Summer homework assignment
In preparation of the first day of class, kindly remind the kids to finish their summer work assignments and review what was learnt last year. For kids that have completed their summer homework assignments, they will be awarded 10 raffle tickets (pending teacher’s verification).

You can find the 2020-2021 school calendar here. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact our registrar, Mr. David Chan, at  registrar@nwcsny.org or me directly.

Best Regards,

Rick Chan 詹文芳
NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

Preparation for new school year 2020-2021

Dear NWCS Families,
Can not believe we are near September so soon.  As we prepare for school opening, this year will be somewhat different from past years.  Because of online learning, some students will continue to use their textbooks from last semester.  Some will need new textbooks.  I plan to distribute textbooks at Briarcliff Public Library this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).  I will send another detailed email to families who will need to come and pick up textbooks.  For those who already know your child(ren) needs textbooks and will not be able to pick up due to Labor Day weekend travel, please let me know in advance so I can rearrange another pick up date during the week.
Below is the address for Briarcliff public library:
1 Library Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
Also, please take a look at our third hour elective course and encourage your kids to take sign up one culture class since this is already included in the tuition for the year.
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS – 2020/2021 Announcement and Calendar

Dear NWCS Families,
Hope this letter finds you resting, relaxing and enjoying plenty of special family time this summer.  To prepare the new school year opening, we have decided to stay online learning via ZOOM or Google Meet this fall semester and reassess in spring.  At this present time, the information I have gathered from Briarcliff School District is to prepare “full” in-person re-opening in the middle school.  After consulting with some family members and teaching staff, we think it’s safer to remain virtual learning.
First day of fall semester will be 9/12/20.  If you have not enrolled, please take a few moments to register at NWCS web site and help us spread the words.  As announced before, starting this year, 3rd hour culture class fee (exclude handling /material fee) will be included in the regular tuition with the exception of SAT Prep and Coding class.  We are still working to add more culture classes in the offering list.  Due to the limitation of online learning, we may change the format for 3rd hour elective or rearrange students to participate in different classes.  For example, calligraphy most likely will be conducted as a penmanship program.
- For Kung Fu class, we will have an instructor, who is ranked 3rd place in TKD nationally and 1st in NY state, to teach students self defense and personal fitness.  Who wants to be in?!
- We are very pleased to invite our long time NWCS friend, Terry Taylor, back to teach our kids sewing/craft class.  Her class was well received by many of our students.  When enrolling this class, material lists will be communicated and purchased by parents in advance.  This class has been added to NWCS registration list recently.
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Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Spring’20 – Newsletter – Final week – 6/20

Dear NWCS families,
This is the final week of Chinese school!  This semester would go down as the most unusual one for all of us.  We all try our best to cope with the uncertain time and make sure our children continue to progress with their academic learning.  Everyone deserves a break to enjoy the summer.  Wish all a joyful and healthy summer time off!
 
Couple items to mention:
 
1). Teachers will prepare summer work for kids to practice.  Please try to keep them engaged with the language.  When returning to school in the fall, students submit their summer home work will receive 10 raffle tickets.
2). Early registration is open from NWCS web site.  Please take a few minutes to register next year’s class and help us spread the word.
  • Registration – will open up 06/13. Early registration discount of $50 if registered and paid in full by 07/17.
  • Language Classes – no change – $700 per year.
  • General Electives – INCLUDED in language class fee – please select an elective when you register. If we need to start the fall semester online, we will do our best to provide electives that can be taught online. Please send us your suggestions!
  • Calligraphy – mandatory for H7 and CSL 6 for one semester, open to others as well if space is available.
  • Special Electives – no change – $300 per semester (SAT, Coding)
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone in the fall – hopefully in class and cafeteria.
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal

NWCS Spring’20 – Newsletter Week 14 – Fall’20 early registration opens 6/13/20 to 7/17/20

Dear NWCS Families,
Thank you for those who joined our online general assembly last weekend.  Last day of Chinese school is 6/20/20.  Students will have their final exams either this week or last day of school.
1). Due to the virus outbreak, we will mail out certificates to speech contest winners by the end of semester instead of handing out trophies in person like previous years.  For Pre-K and Kindergarten students, we will mail out moving up certificates as well.
2). As mentioned in last week’s general assembly, we stay close dialogue with Briarcliff school district about school facility reopening.  Although no specific decision has been made yet, we still work to prepare ourselves for both online and physical classrooms in the coming semester.
Below are details for early registration.  Please spread the word for Chinese school among your social circle.
  • Registration – will open up 06/13. Early registration discount of $50 if registered and paid in full by 07/17.
  • Language Classes – no change – $700 per year.
  • General Electives – INCLUDED in language class fee – please select an elective when you register. If we need to start the fall semester online, we will do our best to provide electives that can be taught online. Please send us your suggestions!
  • Calligraphy – mandatory for H7 and CSL 6 for one semester, open to others as well if space is available.
  • Special Electives – no change – $300 per semester (SAT, Coding)
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

NWCS Spring ’20 – Newsletter, Week 13 – General Assembly, Calendar

Dear NWCS Families,
I hope this letter finds you healthy and safe.  Can’t believe this semester is near the end.  Towards the end of the semester, we have a couple events on the calendar.  I would like to invite every family to join the online Town Hall meeting this Saturday (June 6th, 2020) at 9:30 AM - details below
Topic: NWCS Spring General Assembly
Time: Jun 6, 2020 09:30 AM EST

Join Zoom Meeting
<Please see principal’s email>

6/20/20 – Last day of the semester.
6/13/20 or 6/20/20 – Final Exam.
Online Summer Tutoring
Our senior students, Meilee Kry and Claudia Strollo, are very helpful and agree to assist with online tutoring this summer.  If anyone is interested in online tutoring for Chinese, please feel free to reach out and inquire about their schedule and cost:
Meilee Kry <Please see principal’s email>
David Strollo (Claudia Strollo) <Please see principal’s email>
Best Regards,
Rick Chan 詹文芳

NWCS Principal
principal@nwcsny.org

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