• Thursday, April 19, 2018

Auxiliary Program Newsletter - Spring 2018

Dear CAIS Families,            

Multitasking! A quick chess lesson before after school cooking classHappy Spring! I hope everyone enjoyed great family time over break. We know that we certainly enjoy spending time with your children and we’re grateful for how much the community participates in Auxiliary Programs. Thanks to your support and input our program has:

* added 6 new After School Enrichment classes

* added 3 new Summer Program Courses (more info below)

* reached full or near capacity attendance at Mini-Camps each session!

There is always lots going on with Auxiliary Program offerings, so be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming events and registration deadlines. See dates below for what’s coming up first.

We always welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to email me at k_lee@cais.org.


Kevin Lee
Director of Auxiliary Programs 

Important Auxiliary Program Dates Coming Up

June 18

Start of CAIS Summer Camp: “Playing with Chinese”

June 25

Fall 2018 Enrichment Catalog will be posted

(currently displaying fall 2017 offerings, which are a handy guide for what will be offered and on which days of the week in fall 2018)

July 9

Fall 2018 After School Enrichment Registration begins at 7:00am. Click Here To Register. New CAIS families must create accounts in UltraCamp prior to registration.

September 7

Mini-Camp Registration begins.

October 4-5

Mini-Camp (In Service Day)

  • After School Enrichment Program Highlight

    Debate Club Preparing Engaged Citizens

    Researching support for argumentsThis January CAIS invited Sachin Jain to administer a new debate program for our middle school students, helping to build the skills required of a modern citizen. Debate Club helps students learn to think critically, communicate confidently, and reason with analytical precision, all skills that align with our mission. We are thrilled and proud to offer this high-quality debate program. 

    Already this year, students have accomplished a great deal by learning how to write a formal debate case, deliver impactful rebuttals, utilize a specialized note-taking skill to keep track of arguments, research and apply evidence from primary sources, incorporate advanced political philosophy from authors like Locke, Rawls, and Mill, and even write “Presidential Style” speeches. Students have debated on a variety of topics ranging from universal basic income, gun control, and moral obligations involved with accepting refugees to more playful topics such as “Who would win in a fight: Lord Voldemort or Darth Vader.”

    Students have been particularly excited by the educational games Sachin prepares. In “debate baseball” students are “pitched” a controversial statement and asked to “hit the pitch” by delivering as many rebuttals as they can with only three seconds of preparation time. In Sachin’s “tournament of debate games,” students rotate through eight stations to complete games related to logic, moral philosophy, ethical dilemmas, logic puzzles, political philosophy, argument construction, debate note taking, high-speed reading, and more! Through innovative games, practice debates, mini-lectures, and a new robust online platform for debate material, students are blazing through their debate education. Debate has a steep learning curve and is a multi-year process, but we are thrilled to see their great progress. Students will have the opportunity to flex their debate muscles in May at their first debate tournament in San Jose. We wish them the best of luck!

    We are also proud to announce that Sachin will be administering four debate camp sessions at CAIS this summer (more details below and at CAIS Summer Camps). Spots are filling up quickly, so be sure to enroll online at the UltraCamp portal.


  • Sizzling Summer Camp Line-up

    CAIS Immersion Camp Summer 2018


    Three-week long, day camps for the following:

    Session 1: Dates June 18-July 6 (No camp on Wednesday, July 4 to observe Independence Day)
    Session 2: Dates July 9-July 27

    From 毽子 jianzi (the traditional Chinese game that predates hacky sack by centuries) to 风筝 feng zheng (kites), children will be immersed in Chinese to learn about traditional toys and games. Campers will use design thinking tools, gaining proficiency with Chinese while exercising their creative muscles.

    For a glimpse of the fun from last year, enjoy a gallery of photos (password: cais150) from CAIS Summer Camp and a video created by Wang Laoshi.


    New Additions to Summer Programs Line-up

    In addition to our flagship immersion camp, we have added three more camp offerings by popular demand:

    Speech and Debate Summer Camp


    Week-long, day camps from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for the following:

    Session A  June 18 - June 29
    Session B  July 1 - July 13

    Session C  July 15 - July 27
    Session D  July 29 - August 10

    Please note: Students may mix-and-match sessions (e.g. one week in the first week of Session A and one in the second week of Session D). Contact Sachin Jain to coordinate this at sajain@gmail.com

    While keeping an eye firmly fixed on fun, Debate Campers will learn a lot through debate-related games. Campers will explore multiple speech and debate events, including: Lincoln-Douglas debate, Parliamentary debate, Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Oratorial Interpretation, and Expository speaking. Starting in the fall of 2018, students will have the choice to join multiple speech and debate events. This camp will give students a great introduction to those events. 

    The Art of Student Organizing


    One week, day camp from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3 

    CAIS is proud to offering a new one-week camp centered around student organizing and activism. This five-day camp is for those who want to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to become public leaders. Students will learn how to run smart campaigns, how to write rhetorically powerful speeches, how to conduct grassroots organization, how to develop digital media strategies, and ultimately how to empower their own voices to create the change they want to see in the world. Sorry adults, this class is only for our MS students!

    Sprouts Cooking Camp 


    Week-long, half-day camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during the following weeks:

    * June 18-22
    * June 25-29

    * July 2, 3, 5 and 6 (not the 7th)
    * July 9-13

    Campers will be learn where our food comes from, when it is in season, and how to utilize the amazing local produce of the Bay Area. Sprouts’ Classroom Chefs are thrilled to share their love for wholesome food and hands-on cooking with your aspiring chefs. As we examine how and when our local food is grown, your young chef will do everything themselves, from prep work and cooking to tasting enjoying the recipe that they created! All of our menus will be determined by the season’s best and inspired by local favorite flavors. We’ll be cooking with Riverdog Farms and Bluehouse Farms produce and Straus and Organic Pastures dairy to rediscover the flavors and food culture of where we live, and gain confidence to cook for family and friends.


  • Spotlight on Auxiliary Program Staff

    Erma Kyriakos 
    Private Lesson Coordinator and Private Music Instructor

    Erma KyriakosErma joined CAIS in 2012 after moving to San Francisco to become a performing and teaching musician. “I enjoy working at CAIS because of the kids’ energy and spirit most of all. They do not realize that they teach me just as much as I teach them. I am continuously surprised and excited by the capacity of these children. It’s an honor to be the person who can introduce music in an in depth way to these students, many of whom have never played an instrument before.”

    In addition to teaching violin and piano, Erma performs music in venues all over the Bay Area including Yoshi’s San Francisco, The Great American Music Hall, The Fillmore’s Poster Room, Slim’s, Cafe du Nord, the Castro Theater, and The Freight and Salvage. “As a performing musician, I continue to believe that performance and playing music for and with others gives music meaning beyond notes. I try to bring that message to all my students. Music is a way to connect within and with others.”

    Erma holds a recital at the end of every school year for the students to perform with each other and for all the parents. You can give a listen to Miss Erma’s (her stage name AND teacher name) album, Bambina, on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, and Bandcamp.


  • 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