• Thursday, November 30, 2017

Auxiliary Program Newsletter - Autumn 2017

Dear CAIS Community,

I hope you all enjoyed the nice long Thanksgiving holiday and are looking forward to more festivities in the upcoming month. Don’t forget about the Holiday Faire on December 2! Please note the following important dates for Auxiliary Programs:

Important Auxiliary Program Dates Coming Up:

* December 5: Spring Enrichment Catalog emailed to parents
* December 12: Spring Enrichment Registration Opens (via Ultra Camp)
* January 16: First day of enrichment class for spring 2018
* January 20: Summer Program Registration Opens
* February 5: February Mini Camp Registration Opens (via Ultra Camp)
* February 20-23: February Break Mini Camp
* February 28: In-Service Mini Camp Registration Opens (via Ultra Camp) 
* March 12 & 13: In-Service Mini Camp


(unless otherwise stated or if a class was cancelled)

* Monday classes end on December 18
* Tuesday classes end on December 19
* Wednesday classes end on December 20
* Thursday classes end on December 21
* Friday classes end on December 15

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 415-865-6010 or k_lee@cais.org.


Kevin Lee
Auxiliary Program Director


  • Spotlight on Auxiliary Program Staff

    April Watson

    April Watson, Auxiliary Program StaffPassionate about helping others, Ms. Watson has a background in elderly home care and school-aged childcare. She worked as a nanny for several years and volunteers at her son’s school events.

    She shares, “I’m currently pursuing classes for early childhood development at SF City College for the upcoming semester and plan on getting my Child Development Assistant permit soon after. I’m so excited to be a part of the team and getting hands-on experience. CAIS has been so welcoming since the day I stepped foot in the door. Everyone was so nice, very resourceful and respectful. Kevin Lee has helped me advance in my career in so many ways in such a short period of time. He’s given me the freedom to share my ideas about an after school class offering even when I doubted myself. With the freedom to share and explore, CAIS has given me the opportunity to teach my own enrichment class, ‘Little Scientist,’ where I can teach and share ideas and experiments with the students. Experimenting with chemicals on my grandma’s carpets when I was growing up has finally paid off!” 

  • Afterschool Enrichment Program Highlights

    STEM Happenings at 888

    We have been building the after school STEM offerings to take advantage of the Phanachet Design Lab at the 888 Campus and develop student interest in coding, engineering, and technology.

    * The CAIS robotics team (FLL #24392) just completed its second season, participating in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition. This year our young team (known as the “Eightinators”) went shoulder to shoulder at Lowell High School with some much more experienced teams to compete in a robotics obstacle course challenge and a design project about the human water cycle. It was a very gratifying experience for coaches Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher Matt Olsen and Phanachet Design Lab Director Jason Mickelson to watch the team develop collaboration and problem-solving skills through several rounds of competition during the day.

    * Again this year, there will be a spring Robotics class after school open to grades 5-8. Taught by Mr. Olsen, this class will focus on the fundamentals of robot building and programming (construction, coding movement, and sensors) and will include building and coding challenges for the more experienced roboticist.

    * EdTech Director Kerri Willa and a coding mentor from Facebook will continue to shepherd the Girls Who Code class this spring. Mr. Mickelson will teach a 3D Dynamo class in the Design Lab to work with more advanced 3D modeling tools and techniques to develop students’ skills and creativity with digital fabrication.

    * This spring we are also excited to partner with the expert faculty at Maker Studio SF to host a Fashioneering class for students grades 5-8 in the Phanachet Design Lab. This Fashion Engineering course is an excellent opportunity for young designers to grow their interests in design and technology through an arts and engineering approach that includes sewing, 3D printing, graphic design, and design thinking.

    We are delighted to offer such an exciting lineup of after school STEM programming this spring and can’t wait to see what our students make!


    By Dee Dee Bundy, owner of Playball San Francisco

    Playball was thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the CAIS ECD campus and has been teaching weekly sports and movement classes there this fall. We were also invited to lead a mini camp which was a big hit with the kids as well. During our Playball classes our experience at ECD has been absolutely fantastic. We have also been impressed with the teachers’ interaction and attention to detail with the children. It is so apparent to us that the teachers are extremely knowledgeable and well trained and this shows in how the kids present in our Playball classes. Playball works with many other preschools in San Francisco and we really have been impressed with the facilities for the children at CAIS as well. The large room in which Playball is taught has more than enough space for the children to move around and keep up with the active nature of our program. It is our pleasure to be a part of this center and we look forward to working with CAIS ECD more in the future.”



  • Chinese American International School


    Early Childhood Division (Preschool) | Alice A. Carnes Center
    42/52 Waller Street 

    Early Childhood Division (K-1)
    and Lower School (2-5)
    150 Oak Street 

    Middle School (6-8)
    888 Turk Street 

    San Francisco, CA 94102