Celebrating Excellence in Teaching
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Director Search Committee Status ! In June the CIS Board established a Search Committee consisting of 5 Board members to recruit a successor for Peter Wellby as of August 2010. The Committee has done preparatory work during the summer break and placed advertisements in August and September in various international media in the education sector. By mid October, we received 75 applications from all over the world. The Search Committee supported by Heikki Soini and Simon Watson and in particular by Audrey Amos-Frederiksen, reviewed all applications and established a proposal for a short-list.
Letter from the Director Primary School News Inside the Primary School Secondary School News UN Day Development News School Board Musical Notes Greening CIS PTA Athletics Programme Team Peru Community News
Pam Winthrop This proposal was reviewed, discussed and finalized in a structured session with all Board members, representatives from the administration, faculty, PTA and students. The final short-list candidates are now invited for interviews, which are planned around mid November.! I’ll keep you posted… ! Jens Alder Chair Director Search Committee !
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In the primary school Simon Watkin has formed the Greenies, who are set on gaining the EcoSchools’ Green Flag award. Meeting weekly and having a weekly blog, they interview staff, monitor practices, visit industries and raise awareness throughout CIS through schoolwide campaigns. Greening is embedded in their curriculum.
Peter Wellby Director
The green background of our new website is not coincidental. Of the eight drop-down menus, one is devoted solely to all that the school is doing in terms of greening. This is an indicator of the seriousness with which we take sustainability at CIS. For us this is not a voguish fad on the coat-tails of COP 15, but a serious and long-term commitment to embed sustainability in our curriculum deeper and deeper every year at every level in the school. For a beneficent impulse to turn into a positive practice requires enthusiasm, energy, organization and commitment. Students have a natural interest in their environment and an equally natural idealistic drive to create a better future. The catalyst for action is the staff commitment and example. We have many staff who care deeply about these issues. Four in particular have an interest and commitment that is outstanding, and which galvanizes us all into action and awareness.
Simon grew up in a small village in Staffordshire where all the food was local and much homegrown. He early wondered why there was so much packaging on food and became more and more aware of the way his lifestyle impacted the environment. He changed the way he shopped and lived. Reducing energy costs reduced his bills. Much greening is simply common sense. Melissa McDonald, a PreK teacher, has also been a fervent supporter of greening throughout the school, having absorbed such practices from servicelearning at her own school. Her university promoted reducing, reusing and recycling as part of daily life, where she was part of HEAL, Helping Earth and Learning. At CIS she is involved with Go on Green and the Climate Summit Conference. In the middle school Faye McAuley has joined CIS to Roots and Shoots, inspired by the ideals of Dame Jane Goodall, who has devoted much of her life to the study of chimpanzees. The organisation’s core belief is that when informed and inspired, when they realise that what they do truly makes a difference, young people can indeed change the world.
Ever since she was old enough to move independently, Faye has done volunteer work with the environment: turtle conservation in Crete; tapirs in Malaysia; jaguars in Belize and harvest mice in England. She then worked in education in zoos to cut down on the travel. She found teaching and working with animals very similar. Roots and Shoots lets her work with young people with similar passion and interest sharing a common goal of conservation.
For CIS, sustainability is a “serious long-term commitment to embed sustainability in our curriculum deeper and deeper every year at every level in the school.” Fintan Keenan is a passionate environmentalist and a marathon recycler. He is a man who has mastered enough practical skills to leave most exhausted. Fintan has been a driver of trucks, welder, mechanic, excavator, painter and an agricultural mechanic. He is currently pursuing an MSc in architecture specializing in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Studying with other likeminded people has really stoked his fire to make a difference. Fintan is the motor behind our drive to gain accreditation through the Eco-Management and Awards Scheme. He is in CIS even at weekends with students to gather the necessary data. The green background of our website is not coincidental.
Heikki Soini Primary School Principal
I think we have great teachers at the Primary School and I know that many people would agree with me. However, I often wonder exactly what it is that makes a good teacher? Education? Experience or personal qualities? What about professional development? Everyone has an opinion on teachers as we often have on doctors and lawyers. Is everyone up to the job? I was having a cup of coffee with a colleague, when a couple sitting next to us overheard our discussion. After expressing how excited this elderly couple were about the fact that we worked in the field of international education they announced that an international teaching job would suit them perfectly as they were both retiring soon. We couldn’t help admiring their enthusiasm to continue working and consequently travel around the world. We were interviewed about our exciting profession and were answering questions like “Are we sent around the world like missionaries or do we get to choose our next destination?” Finally, they reached the key question: “Do you need credentials in order to get a teaching job at your school ?” Credentials?
I am still relatively new to this community, but I am rather taken by the level of professionalism at CIS. The primary school teachers are expected to have a university degree and teaching qualification; demonstrate understanding of constructivist theory and practice; attend PYP training and pursue ongoing professional growth as well as translate their professional development into practice in a multicultural and mixed ability class room. I am far more impressed, however, with the level of caring for each individual student, and the commitment and appreciation demonstrated towards the job.
I frequently see evidence that teachers at CIS are real experts in their field and are basing their reflections and choices of practice on the most recent research. The results I observe daily speak for themselves. Our children at CIS are truly provided with amazing learning opportunities. In observing for example the Pre-
kindergarten students demonstrating skillfully how to listen to others, manage their own space, take turns and develop other essential learning skills; or PYP 1 students giving a detailed descriptions of their decoding and comprehension strategies in reading; or PYP 5 students having a dialogue and an in-depth analysis of the range of mathematical thinking strategies they are using, I appreciate why the school receives plenty of CVs from prospective teachers before we even advertise positions. Teachers around the world know the great things about our school. and want to join us. Those prospective teachers are often experienced in the IB PYP or otherwise highly regarded experts who are seeking an opportunity for professional growth. Among many other things successful recruitment and cutting edge professional development has a lot to do with the quality of our teachers at CIS. However, I believe it is in the school community and the spirit of caring and excellence that allows our teachers to thrive. The sense of community in a school is often very unique and can be fragile. It takes a long time to build and is easier to break than maintain. We should keep that in mind whenever we are appointing a new director, teacher, assistant or janitor. Yes, you do need credentials in order to get a teaching job at CIS!
Samantha Fern Deputy Principal of Primary and PYP Coordinator
What has been happening in Primary? Teaching and learning at CIS develops within a partnership of support and trust between student, teacher and parent. Children who are engaged and enthusiastic are happy to come to school and when that is a consistent response, parents are more than happy to bring them! Teachers who are supported and encouraged have the confidence to try out new ideas and explore new methods and approaches to teaching. They take the opportunity to develop classes with a positive culture of creative thinking, where students and teachers alike enjoy their environments for learning. This month’s news from Primary is an illustration of just how strong our partnership has become. I would like to express my appreciation for all the hard work during this last month and congratulate the students, teachers and parents on everything that has been accomplished in such a short time. On 30 September 2009 the primary children geared up for their contribution to the COP 15 art with climate change as the theme. The MYP and DP students did it on the first day of school with
impressive results and we had a group of them come along to our assembly to help us understand the purpose and process. The primary children grasped the concept and set to work creating wonderful pieces of art depicting the ‘good, the bad and the ugly’ of what is happening to our environment. Some of the pieces are on display around the school but we were also invited to create a display in Frederiksberg Town Hall for KUKS (Cultural Confederation of Foreign Societies). Along with a presentation from our choir to open the KUKS event on 23 October, the inclusion of our children’s art was an honour, as we were the only school being represented. On 7-8 October we held our first Parent / Teacher Conferences where the teachers shared the children’s portfolios and explained how the process of inquiry period reporting has evolved at CIS. Parents were then given the chance to share with their own children at home, including written reflections from both students and parents. What is most heartening for the teachers is how fully and enthusiastically the primary parents participated in the process, providing
detailed and positive feedback that could be shared among colleagues and for that we all thank you. Motionsdag on 9 October was a huge success. Most of the school went to the Deer Park to participate in physical activity, while at the same time supporting Team Peru. PYP 2, having recently visited the Park for unit related team building activities came up with an innovative alternative for their participation in Motionsdag. They took a walking tour of local business in Hellerup. The students presented themselves and handed over a letter explaining how they had been looking at waste reduction as part of their unit. They will be visiting the same businesses again over the coming weeks, to carry out a waste audit and recommend areas where waste can be reduced. Check out their blog at "http://www.cispyp2.blogspot.co m" where you can also see a link for the Greenies. The new CIS logo was launched on 19 October with a raising of the logo flags accompanied by the chanting of enthusiastic students in the courtyard. Later the children were presented with appropriately green coloured rulers made out of recycled CD covers – when asked what a ruler is used for, one Pre K student was heard to say “It is used for ruling!”
MYP 1 students thinking about energy, including renewable and alternative sources of energy, during their UN Day activities.
UN Day Celebrations Assembly
Simon Watson Secondary School Principal
On Monday, 23 October the whole school held its UN Day Celebrations. The theme for the day was sustainability and climate change, inspired by the fast approaching COP 15 Conference in December 2009. This type of event is characteristic of what makes CIS such a stimulating environment for all the community. It provides students with opportunities to develop important skills they will require later in life. The pace of change in the world is much faster than ever previously experienced, and it is the responsibility of schools and the role of educators to ensure students can confidently and successfully navigate their way in life. Some of you will already have seen the clip from YouTube, ‘Did you know?’ which gives an interesting perspective on change in the world. If you have not then I would recommend you seize 5 minutes to take a look: "http://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=bKZEP-xruH4"
In the Secondary School, each grade level participated in a specific activity related to climate change. The Diploma students Charlotte Daman Willems, Marc Attallah, Soomin Yim and Will Allen organized the annual Model United Nations Youth Conference, overseen by Kristjan Jespersen. Guest speakers for the conference were Simon Daman Willems (Dansk Shell), Anders Hasselager (Energistyrelsen)!and Jean Thierry (Grønne Parti Danmark). After the morning presentations, the students debated many issues relating to climate change. For example, one topic discussed was, “The world is running out of energy! We can no longer sustain the development of developing countries.” We were again privileged to have representatives from the European Environment Agency (EEA) at CIS to work with students from the MYP, together with representatives from Kobenhavns Kommune, responsible for the environment.
MYP 2 students looked at the issues surrounding Sustainable Consumption, ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, culminating in costumes created out of recycled material. Early next semester, Roots and Shoots will take this a stage further as they will organize a Trashion Show! Sustainable Cities, in the context of the urban explosion which has, and is, taking place around the world, is the topic MYP 3 students spent their time exploring. They have been working on models of Sustainable Cities in their Humanities classes and completed these during the day, discussing their ideas on new urban environments with the EEA. One of the alarming aspects of climate change is the disappearance of species and habitats. Climate change affects ecosystems, and species within ecosystems need to adapt quickly to their new environment. Whether each species has the tolerance to change is not understood fully. Students in MYP 4 looked at the complex issues around biodiversity.
UN Day Celebrations across the School Primary School As part of the School’s Climate Change theme for UN Day, the Primary School welcomed Caren Trafford, aka ‘the worm poo lady’, www.planetkids.biz who conducted workshops for Pre K MYP 3. The workshops were all about waste, sustainability and how important worms are to the environment because they eat waste and produce a substance that enriches the soil – they are a natural and sustainable solution to the problem of waste. She also discussed perspectives of the different groups attending COP 15 in December as well as media and corporate influences on consumerism with the older children. They were encouraged to be analytical about the motivations and choices we and others make when it comes to the environment. It was a tremendous contribution to our learning about the future of our planet and we are told that many of the children, aside from ‘not being able to stop talking about worms’, appreciated the opportunity for thought provoking discussions about environmental solutions.
MYP 1-5 UN Day was an opportunity for our MYP students to explore topics in the Sciences, Humanities, Arts and Technology in greater depth. They developed their understanding of sustainability as it applied to energy (MYP 1) Reusing and Recycling (MYP 2) urban planning (MYP 3)
biodiversity (MYP 4) and communication (MYP 5). The school was very fortunate to partner with the European Environment Agency. Its Education and Multimedia specialist, Karolina Slowinska, provided materials and participated in planning. On Friday, she came accompanied by three experts, Nicolaj Bock, Giacomo del’Iguori and Elisabetta Scialanca, who interacted with the students and for example critiqued their sustainable cities models, guided their research on biomes and answered questions on energy. Our visitors were impressed by the knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm of our students. One of them said “ I don’t have any children yet, but when I do, this is the school for them!” What better vote of confidence? ! Another partner was the founder of København Kommune’s world climate community, Christina Anderskov and her team, Casper and Simon. They gave our MYP 5 students the challenge to mobilize public opinion, and their age group in particular, around action and personal responsibility. In small groups,
students wrote, planned and shot a short video. While some encountered technical difficulties, six videos were shown at the end of the day. Christina’s team was amazed at the creative genius of the MYP 5 students. “Normally we would pay 25,000 DKK for films of that quality” said one of them. The videos will be posted on www.worldclimatecommunity.c om and our school website. We will also post photographs and computer generated designs of the sustainable cities models on the school’s website, as well as the MYP 4 broadcasts. Students were also very proud to see COP Art canvases displayed in the Gym. The panels are now going up all over the school and will stay there until the end of the climate conference. Thanks to all the MYP teachers for their energy and enthusiasm. Many special thanks to Josee Band, Fintan Keenan, Darren Davies, Faye McAuley, Maire Duffy and Daniel Cooper for creating, coordinating and leading UN day activities.
The School’s first alumnus, John Therman ’63, (pictured at right, center) traveled from Finland to attend the reunion in London.
Development Office Pam Winthrop Development Director
Alumni Reunion in London On Thursday, 8 October 2009, MP Nick Palmer '67 welcomed 60 alumni, faculty and a parent of alumni to his house - The New Palace of Westminster, also known as The Houses of Parliament. Attendees ranged from the Classes of 1963 - 2008. Though the room had been booked until 22:00, the group was still going
strong at 23:00. Director Peter Wellby spoke about CIS today and invited all alumni back to Copenhagen to visit the school. Former Senior School Principal Jim Keson introduced a slideshow he made which included photos of every alumnus in attendance. Finally, DP English teacher Bheka Pierce warmed hearts with a trip back through time and rememberances of CIS at its various locations.
New Logo and Website! On Monday, 19 October, Director Peter Wellby introduced the new school logo, and on Friday, 23 October, we launched the longawaited website. We are so pleased to introduce the new website, and will be adding parent portals in January, to serve the parent community even better. If you would like a “tour” of the new website from its creators, please come to the PTA Meeting on Monday, 9 November at 9:00 in the conference room. Also, feel free to email me ([email protected]
) or Dan Palomares ([email protected]
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Kristjan Sverrisson Development Committee Chair School Board member
This month, we focus on the efforts of the Development Committee of the School Board. The Development Committee is comprised of: Kristjan Sverrisson (chair), Jens Alder, Johannah Townsend and Isabella Smith. The committee is staffed by Pam Winthrop, Development Director, and Peter Wellby also attends each meeting.
Developmental Goals CIS needs philanthropic support to ensure that the creative and broadening aspects of this unique educational experience are available to current and future generations of CIS students, as the School continues to educate globally-responsible and active citizens. Our Development and Communications Program is aimed at: • providing a framework which maximizes the opportunities for CIS to accept charitable contributions from the broadest possible donor base, locally as well as globally. • Addressing the changing needs of the School’s worldwide community through the revision and reconsideration of our
print and web-based publications. The newsletter and newly launched website are examples of this work. • Beginning the process of establishing a school-wide climate of philanthropy through communication/education and by formalizing a system of cultivation and stewardship (individuals, corporations and foundations/trusts). • Strengthening relationships between the School and its constituents (faculty and staff, parents, alumni, friends, corporations) • Introducing an annual fundraising drive, The Fund for Excellence, and other giving opportunities.
How are Things Going? Pam Winthrop joined the CIS community in August 2008 and established the Development program. She works with the Director and the Development Committee to create strategies to achieve the above mentioned goals. The Development Committee’s role is to establish fundraising goals, approve the development plan, identify ways for trustees to be involved in development work, lead by supporting the school financially, and identify and assist with the recruitment of volunteers. Much has already been achieved by the Development Office and we see great things ahead for CIS. Every year, the School receives wonderful support from throughout the CIS community. Last year was no exception, we launched The Fund for Excellence, our first annual fund, and it achieved very impressive results including participation from 12% of parents and almost 100% of
Administration and School Board members, totaling 127,000 kr. We will build on this foundation. These funds were used to improve the acoustics in the Atrium, which has just been completed over the Autumn Break. The Atrium is a critical central space at CIS, the funds raised for these improvements will benefit the entire school community for years to come.
The Fund for Excellence Shortly, all parents will receive an email asking us to make a gift to The Fund for Excellence. The Fund for Excellence is a way to support the school through a direct appeal to all parents and key individual supporters of CIS. It provides us an opportunity to have an immediate impact on the education our current students receive, as funds will be used this academic year. We sincerely hope that you will consider donating to the fund. The 2009-2010 Fund for Excellence will be devoted to Faculty Professional Development. As our Strategic Plan states, “for CIS to achieve its core goal of educational excellence it needs to attract, employ and retain passionate educators and administrative staff who are able to provide a nurturing environment – within a technologically innovative, environmentally progressive and financially secure and independent framework.” Professional, innovative faculty, devoted to the students and their subjects, are the backbone to our school and it is critical that we are able to nurture them and help them develop further. This will have direct impact on the quality of our children´s teaching. The ability to provide an excellent education for our students depends on all of us.
The Primary School Choir represented CIS at the Cultural Confederation of Foreign Societies UN Day festival in Frederiksberg.
Musical Notes Choir, Band and Strings are off to a great start! Students in PYP, MYP and DP alike are showing off their musical talent in after-school ensembles. Ensemble participation is helping these students to develop cooperative skills and listening skills, as well as confidence and self-expression. Many of these students have already begun performing for audiences both in and out of school. Our United Nations Day assembly featured many musical performances, including a performance by the Primary Choir.
Performance Opportunities The Primary Choir was again invited to sing at the KUKS (Cultural Confederation of Foreign Societies) UN Day festival, this year themed The International Gala Festival of National Fare. On Friday, 23 October, the choir traveled to Frederiksberg Town Hall, where they opened the festival with a Liberian folk song.
This month the students are busy preparing for their winter concerts. The MYP and DP will hold their winter concert on Thursday, 19 November, in the Performing Arts Centre. The Senior Primary School winter concert is on Friday, 27 November, at Vanløse Kulturhus. All students in PYP 25 will spend the day in Vanløse, rehearsing and preparing for the afternoon concert.
Would your child like to sing in a choir or play an instrument in the Concert Band, Jazz Band or String Ensemble? Openings are available. Please see Mr. Howard, Mrs. Eriksson or Mrs. Larsen to find out more.
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If you can help by being a model, designing and making costumes, ticket design, lighting, music and commentary then please contact Miss McAuley at [email protected]
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Greening CIS Go on Green was given a massive boost by the whole school effort of UN day with the theme of sustainability. MYP 2 did an excellent job of helping the Roots & Shoots group design and make costumes out of rubbish! First they watched the ‘The Story of Stuff’ a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. Then they began the design cycle! We were helped by Mette Jessen a local Danish dress maker by trade, as well as Copenhagen Commune and EEA. The results were brilliant, with almost six completed costumes ready to be exhibited on the runway in January at the Roots & Shoots charity Trashion Show! Only another 34 to go! Roots & Shoots will be running one day workshops over forthcoming weekends to get ready for the Trashion Show in January, as time is running out. "7 and 8 November and 29 November "28 and 13 December "12 More dates after the holidays to be confirmed.
The Greenies will be collaborating with different grade levels during the units that have an environmental focus or where one of the lines of inquiry may be of interest. All these are being mapped out into the various topics designated by ECO schools. This will form a Green Flag curriculum document which will be presented to ECO schools in a Green Flag application. During UN Day as a follow-up to Caren Trafford’s visit, PYP 2W started a flash mob in the primary play area. They formed a human worm at the start of the music and went back to what they were doing as soon as the music stopped. There were many other students who joined in, not really knowing what just happened. They went back to their classrooms with questions as to the significance of the worm.
You can see this on the Greenies blog. The Greenies have been checking classrooms in the Primary Building, and noticed that there is still aluminum foil being used for snacks and lunches. As foil is not recyclable, The Greenies held a foil free week and visited classrooms giving ideas of alternative packaging. Thirteen dedicated students came into school on Saturday 24 October from 10-14 with Mr. Keenan. They assessed the school in accordance with the EMAS criteria for a helicopter view of the school building. The categories are as follows; Water; Energy use; Air, Odour and Dust; Waste Prevention; Soil Storage and Risk Evaluation and Management. The results will be sorted carefully to arrive at achievable strategies to improve the environmental performance and sustainability of the school. Watch this space for the targets that each and every one of us will need to do to become anywhere near to a sustainable school. Don’t forget to check out the greening pages on the new school website and look out for the links and fun facts each month!
CIS parents and students carved pumpkins which were used to decorate houses along the Trick or Treat route. Thanks to Lynn Hilberdink for the photo at right.
Ra Chel Moran and Kerry Carswell PTA Co-Presidents
We are excited to announce that the money raised through PTA fundraising this year will go towards purchasing new microscopes. These will be a fantastic addition to the CIS Science Department. The next few months are full of events! The first PTA event of the fall was our Halloween Trick or Treat night with close to 300 children in costume enjoying Halloween night. A big thanks to the Halloween committee for doing a spooktacular job! Get ready for the party of the year! A Seventies Theme Party for all parents and staff, Saturday, 7 November at 19:30. Hosted by Peter and Marlene Lundy at the Canadian Ambassador’s Residence. Tickets may still be available for 300 Dkk each. Don’t miss out on our fundraising extravaganza! With winter drawing near, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Come visit the Book Fair on
17-18 November in the Atrium. The Book Fair is a great opportunity to stock up on children’s books for birthdays and holidays.
STILL AVAILABLE Boys and girls vintage CIS logo t-shirts. Sizes from 5 years old - 11 years old. Available in navy blue, pink, and white. 50 Dkk each.
Please contact Jill Millnor ([email protected]
) if you are interested. All proceeds from the Book Fair will be donated to the CIS library. Last but not least, save the date for the annual PTA Holiday Fair on Saturday, 5 December from 13:00-16:00. There will be crafts for the kids, vendors, and tasty treats for all. This is a holiday event you won’t want to miss!
PTA Meeting Dates 9 November 7 December 18 January 1 February 8 March 19 April 10 May 7 June
Dan Palomares and Pam Winthrop will offer an introduction to the website. Come to the PTA meeting 9 November, 9 am.
Imagine a place . . .
TRAVEL THE WORLD OF BOOKS
BOOK FAIR 17 - 18 November 2009 9 to 16:30 in the Atrium Sponsored by the PTA. All profits will be donated to the CIS Library.
Copenhagen International School Hellerupvej 22-26 2900 Hellerup www.cis-edu.dk
fact, I will be out seeking Track and Field athletes in the near future! Robert Reynolds Athletics Director
NECIS Soccer and Volleyball Tournaments are Imminent NECIS Volleyball and Soccer tournaments are looming, and our athletes and coaches are in the final preparations as they focus on fine-tuning skills and fostering team spirit on the pitch and in the Sports Hall. I look forward to reporting back on the results in December.
Academics are essential! All athletes who try out for NECIS teams must maintain effort and grades to ensure participation. If any academic problem arises, athletes need to immediately communicate the issue with both coaches and me. By remaining vigilant, we will guarantee all athletes the ability to fully participate. Please remember that the school library is open until 17:00 so athletes should work on homework when waiting for a late practice. Thanks, and see you at the games!
As you peruse this newsletter, the Hamburg games on 30-31 October will have been completed, and the results will also be reported in the December issue.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Swimmers remain steadfast! Swimmers are maintaining their amazing discipline, braving the cool pool waters twice a week from 7:00-8:00 am. Such commitment is inspiring!
We need you Track and Fielders! Track and Field preparations are in full swing. With potentially up to 400 athletes and coaches visiting us in May, the organization has been daunting but finally completed. In January the Athletics Department will begin early training as we hope to have full participation at the meet in 28-29 May 2010. Since CIS will be hosting the meet, the cost to our athletes is zero so we hope to see more students able to show their prowess on the track and in the field. In
12-15 November U12 and U14 Soccer and Volleyball teams will compete in the final NECIS tournament in Luxembourg. 11-15 November JV and Varsity Soccer and Volleyball teams will compete in the final NECIS tournament in Amsterdam. 23 November Basketball season begins.
News from Team Peru ! Motionsdag Sponsored Walk—a smashing success! ¡Gracias a todos los estudiantes, profesores y padres, para hacer Motionsdag verdaderamente especial! Thank you to all the students, teachers and parents, for making Motionsdag truly special! ! What a day Friday, 9 October was.! Students from PYP 1 through MYP 5 enjoyed the crisp autumn air as they came together in support of children in need in Peru, on Motionsdag.! It was a day which held all the elements of service-learning that the Team Peru programme strives for at CIS:! practice, education and support.! Students reached around the world for sponsors—from Denmark to the U.S. to Germany, to Namibia and beyond— and took the message of the day to friends and family around the globe. ! The enthusiasm of the students was obvious, as the smiles and laughter echoed throughout Dyrehaven.! We had runners and walkers, skippers and even some climbers—their energy pulsing through and out of the park.! It was, at once, extraordinary and humbling.! Team Peru thanks you.! The School thanks you.! Most importantly, the Peruvian children thank you for your genuine and thoughtful support. ! There’s no better way to express the full effect of the day than through pictures and the words of some MYP and PYP students and parents . . . !
“It was a fun day, being with friends and doing something for a good cause.” ! “Motionsdag, is such a vital importance to Team Peru, because so many people getting out and being active for one cause, is truly remarkable and fantastic.” ! “Through Motionsdag, anybody can get out there and raise money for such a notable cause.” “Being a part of such a great atmosphere and huge movement really is special because everyone came together through Motionsdag, to support such a great cause: which is absolutely fantastic.” ! “It was thrilling.” ! “I loved how Ben was greeting my class with high-fives for our walking. Really cool.” ! “We walked so far. How far do the children of Peru have to walk?” ! “I thought the Motionsdag Sponsored Walk is a great project. I have no idea, how many kids did participate, but I can tell you that my daughter is still calling families and friends to collect money for "poor kids in Peru" and to give them an update about Motionsdag. She is very enthusiastic about it and I find it an excellent project for first graders to make them use their skills in writing, reading, math, communication, caring etc. For example, she received sponsor pledges in US dollars, Euros and Kroner and she worked out the currency conversions.! Really excellent!” !
Another terrific part of Motionsdag was that it served as the kickoff for From Copenhagen to Lima, with Love—a sponsored bike ride to benefit Peruvian children helped by Team Peru and Kiya Survivors.!! CIS’ very own Pete Butler is riding an incredible 11,081 kilometers—the equivalent distance from Copenhagen to Lima—by May 2010.! Pete kicked off his ride with students in Dyrehaven on Motionsdag.! ! Please look for information on upcoming Team Peru events and activities here, or visit us on the web at www.teamperu.dk. ! Gracias por su apoyo continuo.!! Juntos estamos haciendo una diferencia! Thank you for your continual support.! Together we are making a difference! !
Community News The PYP Student Council offers a quote of the month: “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” -George Eliot PYP Student Council Back row, Left to Right: Iris Ljungkvist, Communications Manager; Rachel Townsend, Vice President; Nandni Verma, President; Rose Andersen, Communications Manager. Front row: McCall Moran.
Congratulations to gymnasts, Rebecca Curti, PYP 2 (above photo, front center) and Josefine Mariell Fenne, PYP 5, (right photo, front left) for their recent wins! Rebecca and her team won the gold medal in the regional Copenhagen championship, level 3. Josefine and her team won the Skjelland Championship in gymnastics, level 4 on 3 October. Ida Kronbaek, MYP 1, also won with her team, level 6.
Financial Support for Public Transit CIS annually, in line with other schools, receives a sum of money from a Danish agency (Fordelingssekretariatet) to help families pay for the public transport cost for their child/children - i.e. children coming to school using bus, train and/or Metro. Typically, we do not know the exact amount available until the new year. Until then we would like to invite any eligible family with children in grade K3 – MYP 5 to apply for a grant. The grant is meant for those with the greatest financial need and the
applicants should be prepared to fill out a Financial Means form with supporting documentation. If you wish to apply please send an email to the Business Office ([email protected]
) explaining why you feel you should be considered for a grant. The application should also contain name(s), CPR no., grade, home address, and no. of zones travelled. The relatively modest amount CIS is granted will be distributed as fairly as possible. There are separate rules for students in DP 1 and DP 2. Please contact Lesley MacDonald if you have questions.