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6th Grade Lion Dancers Perform for ECD Students

Middle School Students Bring the Lion Dance to Pre-K

February 10, 2017 Enjoy this video of the performance from CAIS parent Sandy Chen!  CAIS’s commitment to Chinese immersion goes deeper than just language. If we truly want our students to “Embrace Chinese,” we recognize that there’s a critical element of cullture that must be present. One... » read more
Bill Frederick of Lodestone Safety International

Building Best Practices for International Trip Safety

February 10, 2017 On Friday, February 10, CAIS hosted a one-day workshop called Navigating Health, Safety and Security Abroad, facilitated by Bill Frederick of Lodestone Safety International, a scenario-based training for leaders of student programs abroad. Thirteen CAIS international program chaperones... » read more
CAIS Middle School Students Select Award Worthy Books

Middle School Students Create CAISbery Award for Great Books

February 02, 2017 You may have heard of the Newbery Award, the American Library Association award given each year to the most distinguished book written by an American author for readers under 14, but have you heard of the CAISbery? A committee of 18 dedicated middle school readers and two teachers have chosen... » read more
Fifth Graders Toured Chinatown to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Global Celebration, Local Resources

January 30, 2017 Hsu Laoshi and Liu Laoshi tapped into the many offerings of nearby Chinatown to provide a rich context for classroom studies of the Chinese New Year traditions.  Beginning at the Chinese Historical Society of America, students enjoyed a “History Alive” presentation by singer/... » read more
Shining a light on the science of climate change

Shining a Light on Cool Critters and Science

January 28, 2017 Second graders participated in the Aquarium of the Bay’s mobile program, Our Future’s So Bright, and learned about the science of climate change and ways to take care of our planet.  Students observed how humans have affected the balance of natural cycles on Earth, and then... » read more
Mass Greeting knits together the CAIS Community

Bringing Us All Together

January 26, 2017 We are approaching the biggest holiday of the year in China and in many other parts of Asia—the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, as it is sometimes called. This holiday is steeped in traditions, some hundreds—perhaps thousands—of years old and some more recent.  Many Lunar... » read more
Students 3D-printed their own terracotta warriors

High-Tech Terracotta Warriors

January 25, 2017 3D printers offer the potential of almost limitless opportunities to integrate technology into any part of the curriculum such as Mr. Mickelson and Tang Laoshi’s Terracotta Warrior Project. Reimagining Qin Shi Huang’s terracotta army that guards his tomb in the afterlife, seventh-grade... » read more
CAIS Chinese New Year Cooking Class

Cooking Up a Storm to Get Ready for Chinese New Year

January 18, 2017 On Wednesday afternoon the Oak Campus was infused with scrumptious aromas as CAIS teachers and staff gave cooking lessons to colleagues. Recognizing that food is one of the most delightful ways to prepare for Chinese New Year, Chinese Program Director Kevin Chang organized the second annual CAIS... » read more
This year's Winter Program told stories of peace through song and dance

Winter Program Spotlights Stories of Peace and Gratitude

January 04, 2017 Collecting uplifting narratives from around the globe and across cultures, Lower School Music and Movement Teacher Amanda Hahn worked throughout the semester with students in third, fourth, and fifth grade to create the inspiring, heartfelt Winter Program. Students incorporated a variety of... » read more
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