• Thursday, August 23, 2018

Auxiliary Program Newsletter - Autumn 2018

Dear CAIS Community,

I hope you are having a great summer break with your families. We’re looking forward to having everyone back at school and wanted to share some Auxiliary Program reminders and announcements.

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


* Registration is still open for a few after school enrichment classes (registration link).

* If your child is signed up for an enrichment class or private lesson that begins later than the end of the school day, the fee for study hall is waived during that time.

* Extended Care and Study Hall begin on the first full day of school.

* Please take a moment to review the Extended Day Handbook.

Last Day of After School Classes by Class Day

Unless otherwise stated in the class description:

* Monday classes end on December 17
* Tuesday classes end on December 18
* Wednesday classes end on December 19
* Thursday classes end on December 20
* Friday classes end on December 14

Mini Camps

Mini Camp Dates For Registration Begins
October 4 and 5 In-Service Days September 7
November 2 and 9 Professional Development at ECD October 9
November 2 and 9 Parent / Teacher Conferences at LS / MS October 9
  • Staff Spotlight

    Kelsey Jeter, Auxiliary Program Staff

    Kelsey Jeter, Auxiliary Program Staff

    Building on my previous work at schools and nonprofits focused on childhood education and development, I joined CAIS this year and knew this would be a good fit for me. I enjoy working at CAIS because of the inclusive atmosphere, the connections we get to make, and the variety of possibilities the school has to offer.

    I try to bring some fun and positivity to work every day and to pass on a little piece of that. At CAIS I have been able to bring my ideas and experience and incorporate a portion of me in everything that I do. Working with the students and staff in Auxiliary and at the Summer Camp, I have been able to make great connections with the kids. I support them emotionally and physically and enjoy seeing them grow and growing along with them. I have been able to implement fun activities that support and promote positive behavior and education. In addition I have been able to help in a variety of areas, whether covering the front desk, assisting administrators, or providing organization and structure wherever needed.

    I enjoy being able to see the impact of the work teachers do and see the appreciation from the parents, students, and staff. This is an amazing experience and a definite inspiration to keep doing great work.

  • After School Enrichment Highlight 1


    Play-Well’s LEGO®-inspired STEM programsIn 1997, an engineer had an idea to get kids engaged in engineering by using LEGO®. Twenty years later, over half a million kids have participated in Play-Well’s LEGO®-inspired STEM programs. Play-Well has offered programs with CAIS since September 2008.

    Play-Well believes that kids are already naturally gifted creators who get added inspiration from Play-Well’s specially trained instructors. Students dive into Play-Well’s massive collections of LEGO®. While they build elaborate structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful and the impact is long-lasting.


  • After School Enrichment Highlight 2

    Olympic Math

    Olympic Math Instructor Xiangjun KongInstructor Xiangjun Kong hails from Hangzhou. Writing about our  Olympic Math after school offering, he shares: 

    Some of the students in the class call me ‘Mr. Dinosaur.’ I have been teaching Olympic Math in China for five years. I was very excited to learn that I was chosen to teach Olympic Math to American students who are learning Chinese. We have made some adjustments to make sure this class is fun and engaging for CAIS students. I also looked for interesting and relevant concepts for students to learn in the class.

    After completing the six pilot classes, we have found that CAIS students are very engaged. They loved games and the challenge quizzes. Moving forward I will continue to design more hands-on games for 3rd and 4th grade students. The following will be new additions added to the 2018-19 after school class:

    * graph counting
    * cycle problem
    * cross-river issues
    * grab the card strategy
    * call the coin problem
    * group computation Math games
    * individual competitions, such as Sudoku, Digital Huarong Road, and other puzzle games

    I look forward to seeing all the students in the upcoming school year!”


  • 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