Mass Greeting Celebrates Year of the Dog

February 15, 2018

The CAIS community gathered February 15 for one of the most exciting traditions at CAIS, Mass Greeting to celebrate Chinese New Year. Parents, grandparents, special elders, and even local politicians gathered in the gymnasium to watch students in Kindergarten through eighth grade dazzle with dance, music, and auspicious greetings. Enjoy highlights of the program below and a complete video of the performances.

Many thanks to Chinese Program Director Kevin Chang, the Chinese Program teachers, Music and Movement teachers Susan Kennedy and Nia Womack-Freeman, Gangqin Zhao, and Fan Yang for the enormous work that goes into preparing the Mass Greeting performances. Special thanks to our eighth grade emcees for the program as well: Jace B., Alice C., Callum D., Hetti H., Cameron K., Anu T., Kai W., Valerie W., Jamie W., and Alyssa Y.!

 Spring Drum Roll by the Black Pearl Music Ensemble

击鼓迎春 Spring Drum Roll 

There was no mistaking that Mass Greeting had begun once the Black Pearl Music Ensemble began its traditional Spring Drum Roll.

 Head of School Jeff Bissell welcomes local politicians

校长致词  Welcome from Head of School

Head of School Jeff Bissell greeted all guests and introduced California State Assemblymember David Chiu and San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Katy Tang, Jeff Sheehy, and Jane Kim. Assemblymember Chiu (third from the left) presented CAIS with a Certificate of Appreciation from the California State Legislature.

Assemblymember David Chiu presents CAIS a Certificate of Appreciation

 Students and teachers exchange auspicious greetings

学生向校长、老师拜年 Students greet Head of School, Teachers, Parents and Elders

老师回拜 Teachers greet all


庆祝节目开始 Celebration Program Begins

Everyone joins in on the Chinese New Year song, Gong Xi Gong Xi 年歌合唱:《恭喜恭喜》 Chinese New Year Song:《Gong Xi Gong Xi
全体大合唱 All School
The Snail and the Yellowbird by Beginner Chinese Music Ensemble 《蜗牛与黄鹂鸟》Chinese Instrumental Music: 《The Snail and the Yellowbird》
中美国乐少年班 Beginne Chinese Music Ensemble
Picking Tea Leaves - Chasing Butterflies by Intermediate Chinese Music Ensemble 《采茶扑蝶》Chinese Instrumental Music:《Picking Tea Leaves and Chasing Butterflies》
中美国乐中级班 Intermediate Chinese Music Ensemble
Jasmine Flowers by Fifth Grade Guzheng Ensemble 《茉莉花》Chinese Instrumental Music:《Jasmine Flowers》
五年级古筝组 5th Grade Guzheng Ensemble
Beautiful Flowers - Full Moon by Advanced Chinese Music Ensemble 《花好月圆》Chinese Instrumental Music:《Beautiful Flowers and Full Moon》
中美国乐高级班 Advanced Chinese Music Ensemble
Tumbling Walnuts by Seventh Grade 打击乐器:“翻滚的核桃” Percussion Piece: “Tumbling Walnuts”
七年级 7th Grade
Mongolian Dance by enrichment dance class 1st and 2nd graders 中美舞蹈团 Dance Performance from CAIS after school dance class:
《蒙古舞蹈》Mongolian Dance
一、二年级 1st & 2nd graders

Fan Dance by enrichment dance class 4th and 5th graders

Ribbon Dance by enrichment dance class 4th and 5th graders

中美舞蹈团 Dance Performance from CAIS after school dance class:
《扇子舞和长绸舞》Fan and Ribbon Dance 
四、五年级 4th & 5th graders 
Kindergarten sings Bai Long Ma 诗歌表演:《白龙马》Singing: 《Bai Long Ma
幼稚班 Kindergarten
First Grade sings New Year Is Here, Celebrate the New Year  说唱表演:《新年到》、《过新年》Singing:《New Year is Here》,《Celebrate the New Year》
一年级 1st Grade
Second Grade sings the Chinese Zodiac song 说唱表演:《十二生肖》“说说唱唱贺新年” Celebrating the New Year Song:《 Chinese Zodiac》
二年级 2nd Grade
Third Grade chants Celebrating Chinese New Year 新诗朗诵:《过新年》Chanting:《Celebrating Chinese New Year》
三年级 3rd Grade
Fourth Grade sings Tong Yi Shou Ge 合唱:《同一首歌》Singing together:《Tong Yi Shou Ge
 四年级 4th Grade
Fifth Grade sings Clapping Song and Happy Face  歌舞表演:《拍手歌与幸福的脸》Singing & Movement: 《Clapping Song and Happy Face》
五年级 5th Grade
Seventh Grade performs the Chinese Zodiac 歌舞表演:《十二生肖》Singing & Movement:《Chinese Zodiac》 
七年级 7th Grade
Eighth Grade performs Little Apple 歌舞表演:《小苹果》Singing & Movement:《Little Apple》
八年级 8th Grade

Preparing the audience with bubble wrap "firecrackers" to ward off bad spirits

Sixth Grade brought the program to a rousing finale with the Lion Dance


舞狮表演 Auspicious Lion Dance
六年级 6th Grade