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Donations Stationery and Sports Equipment

The students going on the Guizhou on trip week are collecting items to give to the local primary school.

We don’t need or want to buy new things. Please look around your house for an extras

  • Notebooks (if a few pages are used, please rip them out).
  • Basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls or any other sports equipment that are still in good condition.
  • Pen, pencils, colouring pencils, crayons or any other stationary that is still in good condition.

You can drop these items in the donation box outside the library.

Thanks a lot!!!

Maria Bahilo and the Guizhou Trip Week Team


No slip? No Trip!

Please return Trip Waivers and Passport or ID ASAP to:

  • Gr 5 students – Homeroom teachers
  • Gr 6-7 students – Ruth Clarke
  • Gr 8-9 students – Danny Clarke
  • Gr 10-11 students – Katie Ham

Speech and Debate MS and HS

The Speecheasy is a speech and debate tournament that will take place on Saturday, January 19, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Beijing World Youth Academy. 

In the category of Speech, there are two events: Impromptu and Original Oratory.

In the category of Performance, there are two events: Duet Acting and Oral Interpretation.

In the category of Debate, there is only one event: Debate (this includes both prepared and impromptu debates).

If you are interested sign up on Veracross and speak to Mr Hammond before Friday, October 19th.

Costs to be determined.


2019 Cultural Convention in Xiamen

On March 8th – 9th MS Cultural Convention will take place in Xiamen. There will be workshops in Taiko Drumming, ACAMIS Big Band, Fashion Design, Robot Challenge, Latin Dance, and Devised Theatre. 3900 RMB. Please sign up before Oct 22nd on Veracross and pay the cashier by Oct. 30. Come to the Activities office for a letter and payment form. For more information:


ASAs/Clubs – odds and ends

Apologies for the late notice of thanks! Thank you for your patience and understanding as we got the after school program running. Still a few things to tweak but it’s going well.

Cycle 1 ends on Oct 26th and Cycle 2 only begins on Nov 5th. If you would like to offer an activity in Cycle 2 but didn’t get a chance to inform me, you can email me and I’ll make it happen.

If you run an ASAs for the PS children AND you are away on Discover China, please inform the parents that you will be away and that the ASA will be cancelled. 

If you are absent on a day you run an activity (for whatever reason, PD, sick etc), you have 2 choices: 1) ask a kind colleague to cover for you. 2) cancel the ASA/club by emailing the parents and cc’ing me.

Please be mindful of the finishing time. Let’s make sure the bus students get on the bus! On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, the bus leaves at 4.30 pm and on Tuesday it leaves at 4:00 pm.

Thanks for you support.

Anna Y.


Book Drive – CAS project

For my CAS project I am organising a Book Drive. We accepts books in any language. 

When: October 15 – November 3

Where: Leave your books in a Box that says “book donation’ in Center Foyer

Do you have any books that you’ve finished reading and have no idea what to do with them? Don’t throw it away or keep it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to the the Qingdaolu Community Center! They will use the books to educate the people on different cultures, so it doesn’t matter if the books are not in English. Not looking for magazines or graphic novels, those you can keep yourself. To donate, simply find the plain brown box sitting in the Center Foyer at the front of the school, and leave your donated books in the box.

Thank you, Mu-Yen, Grade 12.


Discover China Photo Contest!

When you are on Discover China, one of the only times you can take out your phone is when you take photos….so take a photo or two and try you luck with the DC PHOTO CONTEST.



  1. Strength & growth
  2. Challenge & skills
  3. Initiative & planning
  4. Working collaboratively
  5. Showing perseverance & commitment
  6. Global significance
  7. Recognize & consider the ethics of choices & actions
  • Photos must be have been taken during DC 2018.
  • Photos must be a minimum size of 800 kB.
  • Maximum of one entry/category/person.
  • Deadline Monday, November 5th
  • Submission via email or WeChat to Ms. Anna
  • Winners announced Friday, November 30th
  • Prizes to be confirmed or it will be a piece of carrot cake.

Autumn Festival Helpers-Oct 19th

The PTA needs you! All of you! Friday October 19th,

They have 88 volunteer positions. Students in grades 11-12 must sign up for 2 sessions. Everyone else can sign up just for one session……(CAS proposal forms are needed for students in grade 10-12….)

Session 1 – 3 pm – 5pm – Set up (20 students)

Session 2 – 5 pm – 7pm – Finish set up, run the games or front of house or food and beverages (30 students)

Session 3 – 7 pm – 9pm – Run the games or front of house or food and beverages AND clean up/take down (30 students)

Specific jobs 5.45-7.45pm

4 face painters

2 photographers (bring your own device)

2 Korean speakers to help with Korean Food Stall

Check Veracross CAREFULLY! Registration will open at 1pm.

See Ms Stine for more information.

Swim Meet Helpers

5-7 PRO-ACTIVE helpers are needed for this week’s NIS 100s swim meet. You will either be marshalling or timing. You will need to email Ms Anna before you can sign up on Veracross. Thursday, Sept 27th from 3.10 – 5.30.

Possible learning outcomes:

1. Identify your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth.

2. Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

4. Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences.

5. Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.

7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.

ManageBac entries

Please ask your advisory students to label their experiences with the grade that they completed the service. This allows for proper archiving. More importantly, this means that we can quickly spot the entries that we need to read. Thank you!

ManageBac Entries

Dear Students,

There are 373 of you and only 1 of me….it would really help me if you labelled your experiences with the grade that you completed the service. In this way, we can properly archive your experiences. More importantly, this means that we (your teachers) will only be reading entries for the current school year.



MS/US club vacancies

If you missed signing up for a Club, please have a look at the list below to see what is still available. Due to some low numbers, we have changed some of the grade levels to allow for higher student participation. Please check the catalog on your Veracross for start dates during Semester 1. If you are interested in joining, please contact Ms Anna today, D236 or via email.

ACAMIS Chinese New Year Greeting Card Challenge

ACAMIS Chinese New Year Greeting Card Challenge

The Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) component of ACAMIS hosts an annual Chinese New Year Greeting Card Challenge. All member schools are invited to participate! A winner will be selected from each grade level and the artworks displayed on the ACAMIS website. Here is how to participate:

  1. Open to all grades and classes (not just art!) from K-12.
  2. Participating schools will select a single submission for up to three grade levels (Primary, Middle, and Secondary).
  3. Submissions should be medium resolution for digital viewing (around 120 ppi).
  4. Submissions should be in either jpeg or pdf format.
  5. No student or school names should appear in the greeting card.
  6. Please include the words: “ACAMIS” and a positive, new year greeting in the design.
  7. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 8th.

Send your submission to or drop them off in D236.

See attachment for last year’s winners. Two were from NIS!


After School Activities Start Today!

Students in grades 1-2 will be collected for their ASA by the activity leader.

Students in grades 3-5 should leave their bags outside their ASA classroom and play outside, Tech Free until 3.14pm.

Lists are available on Veracross.

Teachers, could you please help direct/redirect any lost souls? Elaine and I will be stationed in the hallways from 3-3.20pm to assist.

Congrats to the 11th graders!!!

They’ve all turned in their travel docs for Discover China!

A week without walls! Will you be hiking? or fishing? or renovating houses? camping? painting? shopping? teaching? learning kung fu? If you want to go, you have got to turn in your travel documentation TODAY, Friday, Sept 7th before 1pm.  Just get on the phone and phone home!  Send your info to annayuen@nanjing-school.


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