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Lunar New Year Reflections for Year of the Rabbit

In mainland China, where I lived from 1999 to 2010, school children enjoy a month-long Lunar New Year holiday. Because I worked in a school during those years, I always…

Jan 18, 2023

CAIS Co-Hosting Sixth Annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum

Six years ago, CAIS spearheaded the creation of a conference for early childhood educators to share best practices and innovations in Mandarin immersion. Working once again with our outstanding peer…

Jan 11, 2023

Eight Things to Know About Mass Greeting 2023 at CAIS (兔年团拜及迎春大会)

1. Lunar New Year is also called Spring Festival (Chūn jié) in Chinese tradition. It means the first day of the lunar calendar that cycles through 12 signs of the…

Jan 11, 2023

Keeping Our Focus on Chinese Current Events

Like many of you, I have been spending more time thinking about China lately, based on recent events there.  This would include the apparent unsustainability of China’s “Zero Covid” policy,…

Dec 16, 2022

No Mandarin (Yet)? No Problem

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a limited number of openings for qualified 6th-8th students through a Mandarin World Language Pathway at Middle School beginning next…

Dec 13, 2022

Classes of 2015-2022, Join Us for Cookies & Cocoa

We are overjoyed to be able to welcome alumni back to campus once again. We have lots of pent up hugs and smiles post-pandemic and can’t wait to share the…

Nov 16, 2022

Our Distinctive Approach to Math Across Languages

Since last school year, we have been working to refine and implement a math curriculum that combines the advantages of learning and teaching mathematics from both Chinese and American languages…

Nov 15, 2022

Who Am I? Who Are You?

Play and socialization are the most important “work” of early childhood as they are essential to healthy development for children. Research shows that 75% of brain development occurs after birth….

Nov 14, 2022

Sharing Our Best Practices

Second/Third Grade Green Chinese Teacher ChiChi Su, Third Grade Red/Gold Chinese Teacher Wei Song and I presented at a national forum in October, sharing our expertise with ground-breaking work on “Standards-Based Reading and Writing…

Nov 11, 2022

The Journey to 19th Avenue

“Yesterday’s News” (spoiler alert, scroll down if you want today’s news):October 7, 2020“机不可失时不再来” I receive an email notifying me that the Sisters of Mercy have put the campus of recently shuttered Mercy…

Nov 10, 2022