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2008-09 Speech Contest

Posted by Tommy Lu on October 4, 2008

The speech contest rules have changed a little bit this year based on last year’s feedback. For the whole school contest, in addition to the first three places from each grade all interested students are encouraged to participate.

The junior group’s age has changed to 11 years and below so there will be no lower age limit. By the same token, senior group’s age has changed to 12 years and older.

Track B is not separated from track A this year because we only have two track B classes eligible: 3B and 5B.

The speech contest information is available at the wiki site: http://chineseschoolde.wikispaces.com

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10A connection to Advanced Class

Posted by Tommy Lu on October 4, 2008

From the wiki posting, 10A students should be able to move on to the Advanced Class without problems. Advanced Class has written exercise every week. I assume this writing is using pencil and paper. This could be a gap because I have asked 10A students focused on typing instead of writing. In order to have a smooth transition to the Advanced Class should students choose to do so, I need to start to assign written homeworks.

10A students should have enough vocabulary and necessary culture background for entering the Advanced Class. Currently, 10A is using Book 9 due to the connection issue when we switched text books. We don’t have 9A this year (2008-09) so we will continue to use Book 9 for next year.

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10A connection to 9A

Posted by Tommy Lu on October 4, 2008

There is no 9A syllabus available.

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Syllabi Considerations

Posted by Tommy Lu on September 24, 2008

Dear teachers:
 
Thank you all for providing your current syllabi. Now we have syllabi posted on our wiki, I think we can start next step. Pleaset of  check and compare the grade you are currently teaching, the grade before and the grade after. For example, if you are teaching grade 4B, please check and compare the syllabi for grade 3B and grade 5B to see if they are aligned.
Please do not make any changes but make a note of the changes you would like to have and either post it on the wiki on the current grade you are teaching or post it on the blog at https://chineseschoolde.wordpress.com
 
When we have collective information after this practice, we should have a pretty good picture on what kind of changes we would like to make at our next meeting.

I noticed that several teachers have posted new information for her classes. That’s great! If you have some successful strategies or stories, please share them also on the wiki or the blog.

In case you have not noticed, there are two new links: Learning Resources and Teaching Material that contain some useful stuff for you to use.

Thanks.
 
Tommy,

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Classroom arrangement

Posted by Tommy Lu on September 24, 2008

From principal Tang:

Dear boarad members,
 
I would like to call for your attention on one major issue: classroom shortage next school year.
 
We need to act fast to solve this issue because next year we definitely have classroom shortage problems.
 
This year we managed to combine PReK A and B classes to share one classroom.  So far, the teachers have been struggling to teach two classes during 2nd period.
 
CSD administrators will discuss with two teachers on Sunday to help their problems.  However I can assure you that teachers do NOT like the idea of combining classes to share one classroom.
 
Before we made such adjustment, all was talk.  No teacher has actually taught in such a scenario.  Now two teachers are actually teaching such combination classes and so far, they really do have problems.  They have expressed the wishes to either find another classroom or move up A class to 1 pM.
 
I  think in the next board meeting, board members should really look into next year’s classroom arrangement first.
 
Thanks n regards,
Fancia

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Montessori School Complaints

Posted by Tommy Lu on September 20, 2008

From: Nancy Pu-Chou
I am in favor of Phoebe’s suggestion for now.
If you have further communications, please post it on CACC Blog at http://caccboard.wordpress.com.  However, you need to first give your email address to Tommy at lu@dtcc.edu.  So he can regeister you and give the username and password to you. 

Tommy. my email: npchou88@aol.com

 

Nancy Pu-Chou
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—–Original Message—–
Sent: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:09 pm
Subject: Re: Montessori School complaints

Hi, I like to share some thoughts – 

We will need to get their buy in from both of the two Chinese schools to make this solution work.  My major concern is whether they have the funding available, it sounded not easy to get the other Chinese School to pay their rent up front at the last Board meeting.  It will be fair to listen to what they have to say about the complaints.  An open discussion with all three schools hopefully will come up with some feasible ideas.& nbsp;

Invite the two Chinese School principals to the next meeting, and make it clear if they do not attend we will then implement a solution.  I think that are appropriate steps to take procedurally.  Thanks.

Phoebe 

—–Original Message—–
Sent: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 4:59 pm
Subject: Re: Montessori School complaints

We definitely need to work on the problem. However, I don’t think the Chinese Schools will accept easily our proposal of depositing $2,000 with CACC at the beginning of each school year. I think we need to find a diplomatic way to communicate with them. How about we ask them if they have any pro posed solutions for the problem? We can work through the alternatives with the Chinese schools. If they can’t come up with a better solution, we can, then, impose a deposit from each school. This is my 2 cents.
I’ll be out of town on September 27, 28 and Oct 4, 5 for 2 weddings. Please carry on with=2 0the meeting without me. I am supporting any solution that will solve the problem.
Shirley
—– Original Message —-
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 7:56:56 AM
Subject: Re: Montessori School complaints 

Kai,

Is it okay if you can please post your suggestion on CC’s Blog http://caccboard.wordpress.com? ; We can then respond on there with each of our own thoughts and ideas.
Nancy

—–Original Message—–
Sent: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 8:08 pm
Subject: RE: Montessori School compl aints

I hope we can get together first to put in $ amounts for the proposal and come up with ideas on how to a sk each school to accept the proposal.  Then we meet the principal individually on a weekend (during Chinese School hours) to finalize the proposal. 
  

I donʼt think we need the principals to come to our next CCC board meeting; especially they might cancel at the last minute.  Hopefully, we have something to report back to Elizabeth at our next CCC board meeting on Oct.. 20.
 
The week of Sep. 29 is good for me to meet.
 
Any other ideas?

0A

 
Kai
 


Subject: Re: Montessori School complaints
 
It is worth a try. When we have the 2 principals of Chinese Schools to attend the next CCC board meeting, we certainly should propose it as one of the alternatives unless they have a better solution.
Shirley
 

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Why track B students have to pay for their text books?

Posted by Tommy Lu on September 17, 2008

Few parents have raised the question regarding text book fee for track B students. Here are the answer:

On the registration forms, there is a message stating the textbooks are not included in the tuition. 
 
Our students start using textbooks from Grade 1 and up.  In PreK and K classes, there is no textbook and teacher will use their own teaching materials.
 
From this semester, Kindergarten students will start using books as well.
For B track students, the books are more expensive than A track students because we can receive free textbooks for A track students from Taiwanese government.
 
For B track students, we have tried different publishing houses before.  Mainly the textbooks are determined by the teachers and the administration.  We choose books based upon the content and usefullness for our students.  The price is also an issue.  In the past, we have selected the American publishing houses to purchase our B track textbooks. 
 
They actually cost more than the new books that we are using now.
I am enclosing what I found on the website below this message for your reference .
 
When we decided to switch to this textbook, we also hoped to lower down the cost for B track parents.  The entire set of new textbooks come with the textbook, work book A and B, EPen disk and Cd.  The entire set costs $24 while last year’s book everyday Chinese cost $24.5 for textbook alone.
 
As for the field trip, it is a voluntary field trip.  You can choose not to participate.  Last year’s field trip was free because it was a free event sponsored by Delaware Art Museum.  This field trip to Longwood Garden is not a free event.

Far East Chinese for Youth : Simplified Character Level 1
by S.C. Wang, Weiling Wu
March 2004, Paperback
List Price: $24.95
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Traditional Character Level 3
by Weiling Wu
June 2003, Paperback
List Price: $24.95
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Traditional Character Level 3
by Weiling Wu
June 2003, Paperback
List Price: $7.95
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Traditional Character Level 3
by Weiling Wu
June 2003, Paperback
List Price: $9.95
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Level 3, Character Book
by Weiling Wu
June 2003, Paperback
List Price: $9.95
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Level 3, Simplified Character
by Weiling Wu
June 2003, Paperback
List Price: $24.95
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Level 3, CD for text
by Weiling Wu (Editor)
January 2003, CD-ROM
List Price: $12.00
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Workbook Level 3 CD
by Weiling Wu (Editor)
January 2003, Hardcover
List Price: $15.00
 
 Far East Chinese for Youth : Traditional Character Level 3
by Weiling Wu
June 2002, Paperback
List Price: $24.95
 
Far East Chinese For Youth : Level 2 (Simplified Character)
by Weiling Wu, Hai-lan Tsai, Qing Yang
June 2002, Paperback
List Price: $24.95
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Traditional Character Level 3
by Weiling Wu
June 1999, Paperback
List Price: $16.50
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Level 3
by Weiling Wu
January 1999, Paperback
List Price: $7.95
 
Far East Chinese for Youth : Traditional Character Level 3
by Weiling Wu, Hai-lan Tsai
January 1999, Paperback
List Price: $9.95
 
Chinese for Youth : Character Book
by Weiling Wu
June 1998, Paperback
List Price: $16.95
 
Chinese for Youth
by Weiling Wu
June 1997, Paperback
List Price: $12.95
 
 Chinese for Youth : Level 1
by Weiling Wu
June 1997, Paperback
List Price: $24.95

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Chinese Festival

Posted by Tommy Lu on August 7, 2008

This posting highlights our discussion at our last faculty meeting regarding next year’s Chinese Festival preparation. Please share your thoughts and provide your input. Thanks.

Chinese School of Delaware is proposing to take charge of children’s activites, upon requested by CACC, and all profit/loss will be abosorbed by Chinese School. Also, Chinese School will sign up for a food table to sell food and provide meals for Chinese School of Delaware volunteers. Chinese School of Delaware will not accept if only fruit can be sold as it was two years ago.

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Chinese School bulletin board

Posted by Tommy Lu on June 17, 2008

Our bulletin board is used to provide a space for each class to demonstrate students’ learning and promote Chinese language and culture education. Needlessly to say, it needs constant update. In the past, CACC has critized our bulletin board not able to “up keep” its content as well as appearance. It does not look good for Chinese school.  We have way more classes than the spaces allowed. Any idea on how to improve this area?

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What makes them want to learn?

Posted by Tommy Lu on May 19, 2008

Thanks to Jia-Ni, our second grade (2A) teacher, for sharing this article:
http://books.google.com/books?id=jz0Vjx7LKmYC&pg=PA187&dq=中文書&lr=&sig=FmLb6lIFjXQ5wfqkgTLqb5Yzsdo#PPA4,M1
It would be teachers, school administrators, and parents all participate together to attract our students for their learning desire.

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