NCLS Weekly Newsletter 15-Jan-2015

Dear Parents:

– Spring Registration

This coming Sunday will be the last class for fall semester.  If you have not registered the spring classes, please do so as soon as possible.  If you make the tuition payment before 1/18/2015, you will get registration fee waiver.  Please see detailed spring registration procedure here:

– Math Teacher and Parent Forum

In order to provide more opportunity for NCLS math teachers to introduce math program to all parents, and to create opportunity for all parents to speak out their suggestions and expectations, the math group will host the teacher and parent forum this coming Sunday (1/18/2015) at room 323 from 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm. Through such platform, we would understand more on both sides and make our math program successful.

– New Classes for spring semester :

Chinese Yoyo Class:  12:30-1:45pm

Upon the request from many parents, NCLS will open a new Chinese YoYo class (抖空竹)in 2015 spring semester from 12:30 – 1:45 pm at classroom 222. The fee is $145. The teacher will be Ms. Wangju Chen (陈望菊老师) . For 2015 spring semester, this class won’t be in school register system. You can either send email to or come to the library to register this new class. We still have a few spots open for this class, please register as soon as possible.

Chyten classes     12:30-1:45pm

This coming spring semester, Newton Chinese school will form a partnership with Chyten (  to offer couple of classes at the time period 12:30-1:45pm on Sundays.  The class fee is $265/semester.  If you would like to register your child to the classes, please come to the library to register.  These classes will not be shown in the system.

1.   Shark Tank, Jr.:  two levels  2nd – 3rd grade,  4th -5th  grade

In Shark Tank Jr. students play the role of young entrepreneurs as they start with the germ of an idea for a product and business then take it through the entire entrepreneurial process. Students will be working to formulate a business plan, devise a marketing strategy and understand the concepts of wages and profits. The class concludes with our young executives pitching their ideas to a celebrity panel of “sharks”. These young executives will really be taking care of business!

2. Imagination Authors:  two levels   2nd – 3rd grade, 4th -5th grade

In Imagination Authors Chyten teachers foster a love of writing by helping students write and publish their own real book! Teachers continually guide the students, providing contextual lessons on writing techniques.  Chyten instructors then synthesize the collective works into one class-wide novel. Each class designs a fantasy world that includes major and minor characters, settings and locales and plot twists. At the end of the course, the students receive their first real novel—published, bound and signed by our Imagination Authors.

– Chinese New Year Gala 2015 (1/31/2015)

NCLS is going to host 2015 Chinese New Year Gala on 1/31/2015 at Regis College (235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. During this biggest event, the performers from NCLS students, teachers, as well as some invited professional artists will present singing, dancing, and other programs. The ticket selling will start this Sunday at the library PCC desk, $3.00/each.


Community News

-Help and Support Needed For A Little Boy(帮帮小世伟和他的家)

Last Sunday,  there was a 8 years old boy, Shiwei Liu, visited our school. He is from China and suffered from massive burning injury when he was very young. Through the sponsor of A Life A time Foundation, he came to US for skin transplant several times. During his several times tough journey, many families offered generous heart warming support for this little life. He recently just passed another skin transplant, he is now living in one NCLS family. In a few school days, he will be visiting our school and stay at Library. If you want stop by and say Hi to Shiwei, that will be very appreciated. During his stay in Boston, we also set up a donation box at the Library for Shiwei, if you would like to show your love for this brave boy, any amount will be appreciated. All the collected money will be used to support Shiwei’s family.

Here is the link for the donation to Shiwei:

– Seminar

Time: 3:45pm to 5:00pm      Place: Room #227     Speaker: Rachel Blankstein

Title of the topic:  How the Most Selective U.S. Colleges and Universities Make Admissions Decisions

Short introduction of topic

Harvard doctorate Rachel Rubin completed a study on How the Most Selective U.S. Colleges and Universities Make Admissions Decisions. This research is considered the largest study to date on how selective colleges and universities make admissions decisions. This research has gained worldwide press coverage in TIMECNN and The Wall Street Journal.

I will present this research and also share my top suggestions for college preparation over the course of high school and spend plenty of time on Q & A from the group. Dr. Rubin and I are co-founders of Newton-based college admissions consulting firm Spark Admissions. Of note, I predominantly work with students of Chinese background and am therefore very familiar with this population.

Short introduction of speaker:

Rachel Blankstein is a co-founder of Spark Admissions, having worked for several years in the field of college and graduate school admissions.   Rachel works with students to help them gain admission to Ivy League and other selective U.S. colleges and universities. In addition, Rachel is a member of the University of Chicago Alumni Admissions Committee.

For more info, please contact:

Name: Rachel Blankstein    Phone: 617-417-9810


Or visit website:

– Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) will host Chinese new year gala on 1/24/2015

Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL), with Cary Memorial Library and the town of Lexington, is hosting a free Chinese New Year Festival this year on 1/24/2015. The festival will start first in the afternoon from 1:00pm to 3:30pm at Cary Memorial Library for a Chinese Culture Fair, featuring an artistic Chinese calligraphy demonstration, an interactive Chinese musical instrument exhibition, arts and crafts tables, and food sampling. In the evening, there will be a performance at Lexington High from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, with a range of entertaining and beautiful performances. The door opens at 6:30pm. Best of all, both events are free of charge for all. Don’t miss it.

-Needham Chinese New Year celebration 1/24

Message from Needham Chinese New Year Event Organizer:

Happy Spring Festival!

We sincerely invite you and your family to the Chinese New Year Celebration on January 24, 2015 at Newman Elementary School. The event is organized by Chinese Friends of Needham (CFN) and sponsored by our generous donors. We hope you enjoy a joyful and relaxing night with delicious potluck dinner, versatile talent shows, and fun kids’ games.

Details about the event:   Time: January 24, 2015, 4:30-9 pm

4:30-6:00 pm: registration, kids game

6:00-7:00 pm: pot luck dinner

7:00-7:30 pm: pot luck dinner cleaning up

5:00-7:15 pm: rehearsal

7:30-9:00 pm: talent show.

Location: Newman Elementary School

Registration: please register online at

Check out the CFN website  for all information regarding this event and further updates.

We invite you to take this opportunity to catch up with existing friends and make new friends. 让我们一起喜洋洋的迎接和祝福欣欣向荣的羊年!

CFN Volunteers Committee

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