June 2, 2011
June 2, 2011
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Upcoming Important Dates
MS End of Third Trimester
Eighth Grade Performance - A Midsummer Night's Dream
PA End of Year Picnic
Incoming Kindergarten Transition Event
Eighth Grade Graduation Dinner
Last Day of School, Noon Dismissal
Eighth Grade Graduation/Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony
Summer Camp Session One Begins
Please check our school calendar for details about upcoming events. The calendar is updated on a regular basis as events are created. Please check back regularly.
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Classroom Liaisons Revamping into 'Room Parents'
For the next school year, the Classroom Liaison role is being renamed as Room Parents. This more accurately reflects the role of parents assisting teachers in direct classroom needs. The coordinators of the Room Parent program are parents Chloe Lukins and Stacey Ng. Every classroom in the school will have between two and four Room Parents to help organize our parents who are interested in volunteering their time and energy into things that impact their children very directly, including coordination of Thanksgiving and Chinese New Year luncheons, classroom parties, field trip chaperones, reading to younger grades, art projects and more.
We encourage parents who have never volunteered in the classroom before to wade in and give it a try. Please email Chloe Lukins directly by June 8 if you want to throw your name into the pool for the fall.
If you have more than one child at CAIS, please list the grades for fall in the order in which you want to volunteer. If there are over-subscriptions for individual classrooms once classroom assignments are made over the summer, there will be a lottery. All parent volunteering desires will try to be accommodated, whether or not you are a Room Parent. For the 2011-12 school year, a goal of the Room Parents is to create as many parent volunteering opportunities as there is a parent desire and a teacher need (depending on the grade).
Tuition Assistance Offered for Pre-K
We are happy to announce that starting in the 2012-13 school year, tuition assistance will be offered at the Pre-K grade level. More information on how to apply for tuition assistance will be available at the information sessions scheduled for the fall and we'll let you know dates and times when we grow closer to the date.
The Bilingual Advantage
Below is an interesting article featured in the New York Times that highlights a cognitive neuroscientist's findings that bilingualism sharpens the mind.
Click here to read the article.
Join the CAIS Pride Parade Group
On Sunday, June 26, CAIS will participate in the SF Pride Parade with a contingent of other area independent schools. Come join LGBT families and supporters from CAIS including teachers, staff and CAIS families. We will be marching as one of the many schools that are part of the Bay Area Independent School contingent. Luckily, that means we'll be one of the first groups to march and one of the first to finish!
Esther Lee from the Development office is organizing a lunch afterwards at the Asian Art Museum. If you are interested in joining the CAIS contingent and would like to take part in this fun San Francisco event and hold the CAIS banner throughout the parade, please contact Esther Lee. Thanks to our supporters at the AAM for their help to accommodate CAIS families.
Some other schools marching near us are:
Taking the Ride of a Lifetime
Next week, JP Lor, CAIS Development Officer, takes off on a seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from here to Los Angeles as a participant of the 10th Annual AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC). This marathon ride will pass through Santa Cruz, King City, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Ventura before arriving in Santa Monica for the closing ceremonies. For months, JP has been preparing for the epic trek by taking long rides around the Bay, including a ride with a group of Pre-K Dads as part of his 'Bike Across the Bay' ShowCAIS Party.
A major part of JP's participation in ALC was fundraising for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness about HIV prevention and improving the lives of those living with HIV. In January, JP hosted a fundraising at The Mint Karaoke Bar, which was attended by CAIS faculty and staff. With the funds raised there and the support of his friends, family and the CAIS community, he was able to raise over $3,000 for the foundation.
JP would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions as he prepares to ride to LA on Sunday.
A Wonderful Year in Fundraising
The Development Office would like to send a heartfelt thank to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts this year. It was very successful, and we have you, our community, to thank.
Thanks to all the families who have helped us reach 86% parent participation with $615,028 in contributions in this year's Annual Fund. Officially, the Annual Fund for this school year ends on June 30, and with just 53 families away, we could reach 100%! A gift in ANY amount will make a difference at CAIS. Before any other giving opportunity, please think of the Annual Fund First: Give Now.
Thank you to everyone who participated in ShowCAIS 2011: The Five Elements. On May 7, 2011, our community came together to raise $310,000 net in much needed funds for the school. These record-breaking numbers indicate that the culture of giving at CAIS is strong and moving in the right direction.
We hope you all have a wonderful summer and look forward to our 30th Anniversary celebration next year.
Middle School Gets an Aesthetic Revamp
The middle school "open space" gets a lot of action throughout the school day. Just ask any middle school students, faculty or staff who witness and participate in the wrestling matches, studying, rehearsing, lunch eating and various other adolescent activities that takes place in the middle school open space. With all the daily wear and tear, the space is in need of a serious makeover.
Middle School Director Elizabeth Larose has enlisted the help of eighth graders Octavia Geraghty and Nicole Kimzey to create the perfect space to design for the soon-to-be sixth, seventh and eighth graders to enjoy next school year.
The group of eighth grade interior designers have thought through the use of the space and design and presented their ideas, which includes new couches, carpet, benches with storage and a new paint job. The group is excited to leave behind a legacy for future middle schools to utilize. The work will take place over the summer. Stay tuned for before and after pictures of the transformation in the fall!
Middle School Music Ensemble Peforms MUNI Station Concert