The latest from CAIS
As the school year comes to a close, so do our accounting books. We all love neat and tidy records, so please submit your donations and pledge payments before you leave for summer break. The last day of our fiscal year is June 30, 2013.
The outpouring of support and overwhelming generosity from our community led ShowCAIS 2013: Rare Indigo to unprecedented levels. Attendance at the event was an all time high of nearly 420 guests, participation in the raffle and online auctions was enthusiastic and the artwork and exciting donations made a stellar live auction. Gross proceeds for the event came to over $680,000, and this could not have happened had it not been for the leadership of our co-chairs Helina Au, Juliet Bergh and Ida Kwan.
A significant portion of the funds raised by ShowCAIS are attributed to the inauguration of the Shirley Lee Memorial Fund for Teaching Excellence. Shirley was the beloved founding head of school and a teacher, and this memorial fund is dedicated to her memory for recruiting, retaining and developing CAIS faculty. Close to $220,000 was raised for this fund with contributions from current families, former trustees, alumni parents and CAIS’s extended family. The board is organizing a task force to look into the allocation of the fund that will be in line with the vision and long term strategy of the school.
The Advancement department will send out invoices for winners of silent and live auctions. If you have auction items to pick up, please contact the advancement office at ShowCAIS@cais.org.
We thought ShowCAIS 2013: Rare Indigo was a great community event, but it’s always nice to see what media have to say. This year’s coverage includes several Chinese language newspaper websites as well as a mention in the San Francisco Chronicle.
China Press with photos
San Francisco Chronicle
Sina.com (traditional script)
Sina.com (simplified script)
Before the seventh grade class departs for their three-week CAIS-SYA adventure in Beijing, they will perform at CAIS. The seventh grade brush painting and renaissance music and dance sharing is happening tomorrow, Friday, May 24 in the lower café of our Oak Street campus. The program starts at 2:15 p.m. with music and dance, followed by a Chinese brush painting demo at 2:50 p.m.
Please join our seventh graders Friday, May 24 starting at 2:15 p.m. in the lower café.
Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta, who teach a writing class through our after school enrichment program, are taking submissions for all CAIS lower and middle school students who are interested in entering a writing contest. The contest is open to kids throughout the Bay Area and the subject matter is adventures in time travel and there are some great prizes involved. Deadline for submission is Monday, June 10 and winners will be invited to do readings at a celebration event in September 2013.
Details about the writing contest
What: 2013 Story Writing Contest for Bay Area Young Writers & Teen Writers--The Adventures of Time Travel (Sponsored by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta, Beyond the Box Learning)
Who: All young writers (ages 7-18) are invited to submit original, unpublished stories that are set in the past or the future (historical fiction or science fiction).
Rules and How to Enter
First place winner will receive $100 cash prize.
Second place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Linden Tree Books in Los Altos.
Third place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park.
All winners will be published in our 2014 Story Anthologies. (These books will be sold on Amazon.)
In order to get a head start on the high school application process for next year, CAIS will host a high school information night for seventh grade parents on Tuesday, May 28. At this meeting we will review the timeline for the high school application process that happens in eighth grade and what to expect in terms of the high school admissions process.
- What: High School Information Night
- When: Tuesday, May 28
- Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
- Where: Room 57 A/B
- Please note that due to space limitations, this meeting is for seventh grade parents only.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Jake Sproull.
While most of us were sleeping last Sunday, Mark Churchill our Dean of Middle School Life was competing in the quirky and quintessential SF race Bay to Breakers.
Mark finished the race 91st overall out of more than 22,000 registered runners. When asked what he thought of the race, he replied "Only in San Francisco."
The last few days have been busy for quite a few enrichment classes at CAIS. The after school hip hop group performed during the lower school assembly last Friday; the Black Pearl Music Ensemble performed for commuters at the Van Ness MUNI station this week; and the CAIS Rock Band performed their original song titled “The Broken Compass” during their last after school class of the year. Check out the hip hop, music ensemble and rock band performances. We think you’ll be impressed!
Chloe Lukins and Stacey Ng want to thank the dozens of wonderful room parents for their volunteer efforts this school year. The room parent coordinators are also bidding a fond farewell after running this program the last few years. The RP program will be transitioning to a new pair of coordinators for the 2013-2014 school year. Carla Capelli and Shirley Tse have volunteered to take on this significant responsibility for next school year.
If you are interested in serving as a room parent next year, please email Carla Capelli at email@example.com by May 31, so the list can start being compiled over the summer. Please indicate which grade you want to volunteer for (if more than one grade, list the order you prefer). When classroom assignments are announced in August, Carla and Shirley will match up volunteers and classrooms and compile the room parent list for fall.
Thanks to all who choose to volunteer to assist in classroom activities, field trips and luncheons as a room parent! It’s a fun and rewarding volunteer position and we hope you consider becoming part of the room parent program next school year.
The middle school Green Team has come up with a genius idea to help reduce waste on campus. Green Team member Novia K. sums up the project eloquently.
The CAIS Green Team has decided to sell “sporknives” as a way to make our community more green. Using the sporknives will reduce the plastic waste of our CAIS community by eliminating plastic utensils from our school. We will be selling them at Science Symposium on Thursday, May 23 (tonight!) and at the Wednesday bun sale next week for $5 each. The money raised will go towards future projects sponsored by the Green Team. The sporknives feature a picture of the CAIS logo and the words 保护环境 which means protect the environment.
Remember to pick up a sporknife (or two) before they sell out.