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Fei Tian Academy

Newsletter
January 30th, 2017

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Dear Parents,
Happy Chinese New Year!

During the first month of our 2017 Spring Semester, we are excited to start some new courses as we step into the Year of the Rooster.
 
Many of our new courses and training programs, from Health Education and College Planning to Tea Ceremony and Di Zi Gui (Standards for being a Good Pupil and Child), focus on life skills. In a constantly changing environment, having these skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life.

Skills for Success

During the winter break, our school guidance counselor Dr. Alice Chen conducted two sessions of life skills training on December 23 and 25, 2016 and on January 7 to 8, 2017. These sessions helped students to find new ways of thinking and problem-solving; to recognize the impact of their actions and take responsibility for what they do rather than blame others; to build confidence both in speaking skills and in group collaboration and cooperation; to analyze options, make decisions and understand why they make certain choices outside the classroom; to develop a greater sense of self-awareness and appreciation for others.

The responses from participating students and parents were overwhelmingly appreciative. One student wrote, “Everything we did affects those who are around us. Thank you, Dr. Chen, and thank you those who attended the class, for making these days very meaningful and useful for me. I feel that I can be a better and more morally upright person.”

A parent wrote, “Students learned how to be active, creative, and cooperative by starting a cookie company. Students enjoyed the relaxed study environment and got more involved. The skills they learned from Dr. Chen's lectures can’t be found in any public school curriculum. Achieving these skills is critical to be successful in the future.”

Holding Hands

Our advisory program has been fully implemented. Every school day your child will meet with his or her advisor. The advisor listens, observes, responds, and supports your child’s general wellbeing and is the go-to person for general student needs, questions, and sharing. The advisor supports your child’s overall preparedness for school and class, provides timely information about what is coming up at school, and supports academic achievement. The advisor will also refer your child for services or counseling as needed.

Click here for the Advisor’s Checklist » 
 
The goal of advising is to foster a warm, supportive, nurturing environment where students can discuss the day-to-day academic, social, or personal challenges they encounter. The advisor provides a means for students to feel heard, and offers advice and tips on how to deal with everyday issues.
 
Our advisory program will personalize the school experience through a conversational structure and incorporate short, light activities such as icebreakers to stimulate thought and interaction.

Serving the Community

Fei Tian will start a Student Community Service Program for students to volunteer their time and talent for the betterment of the community, both inside and outside our school. The school will identify opportunities and offer a number of choices to meet our students’ interests.
 
In early February, FTAA will launch our first module under the Community Service Program (CSP) umbrella, the Peer Tutor Project (PTP). PTP is a system in which students help each other academically. Volunteer tutors are paired with students in need of help. PTP will benefit all students involved. 

 

Knowing Your Kids

Gtade 6 Boys

Sigfried Wu, grade 6 (left) and Johannes Reissmann, grade 7 (right), playing base drum and timpani during orchestra practice.

Our mission at Fei Tian is to help our students achieve their unique potentials, and in order to do that, we need parents to work with us as a team. To face this challenge, there will be times when parents will need to be open-minded and understanding. We are on a journey to discover your children’s best potential. We cannot control this journey, we can only control the attitude and effort we put into it. 

To keep the school and parents on the same page, beginning with this newsletter, we will introduce some of the benefits of our courses and programs as well as provide information for parenting your children in their different developmental stages.

Part 1. The 6th Graders 

Parents are encouraged to be positive toward these children’s behavior, whether they are appropriate or not. Parents are welcome to give feedback on your needs to us. Let us work together for a bright future. 

Sixth graders are 11 to 12 year olds and this is the later stages of childhood. Girls' physical development is faster than boys. But girls and boys should:

  1. Get a good amount of bodily activity, including running, jumping, and throwing, which can maintain body coordination and balance.
  2. Consider learning gymnastics, sports, dance, swimming, etc.
  3. Achieve hand-eye coordination and engage in detail-oriented activities, such as piano, writing, sculpture, drawing, etc. 


The development of 6th graders’ cognitive system means they:
  1.  follow the logical way of solving problems but the reasoning ability is often limited to what they have seen or are familiar with.
  2. often have misperceptions and ignore important factors. This easily leads to the wrong interpretation of the situation.
  3. begin to develop reversible thinking ability.
  4. have a more mature classification ability.
  5. begin to break through the framework of self-centered ideology. 6) have enough language skills to interact with people for daily needs.
  6. are willing to help others.
  7. obviously exhibit the ability to self-manage.
  8. can take care of basic life needs (cooking, maintaining him/herself and the environment’s hygiene).
  9. have self-discipline based on morality, not just material reward.


--Dr. Alice Chen, Guidance Counselor 
 

School Happenings 

Ice Skaing

I fell on the ice 4 times, laughed, then got right back up. Ice skating wasn't as scary anymore once you actually have the experience of falling. You get rid of the fear. I still can't maintain my balance, but at least I can glide on the ice now. --Julia T Zhu, 8th Grade  

After-School Dance and Music

Fei Tian has launched its first after-school dance class series and pipa class. We hope our classical Chinese dance and music programs can benefit the local community and the traditional values will be passed down to coming generations. Our Summer Academy program design is also underway.

Click here to download the after-school program brochure »   


Spring Break & Travel

During the Spring Break March 11-19, we will provide activities for students who stay, including a Mini-Golf trip on Sunday, March 12, and watching Shen Yun performances in Connecticut March 18-19. 

For those students traveling home, the school will provide transportation service to Newark (EWR) airport. Before booking tickets, we ask parents to check out our new policies, including the service time and fee schedule. 


East Meets West in Café

Food

Our café staff have been working extremely hard to accommodate the taste of our students from multicultural backgrounds. They are constantly improving their international food menus. Western food specialists are invited to come to provide teaching and training.

Click here for an updated Chinese and a simple Western food menu » 


Chromebook Solutions

As we all know, the school laptop Chromebook has been deployed. Some of students may encounter technical challenges. If your child has difficulty doing homework with internet research on the Chromebook at home or in a hosting family, or if your child has trouble communicating with you via Skype, please click here for solutions.


Tracking Grades

Parents and students may check the student grades online regularly. Starting this semester, our faculty will record all the grades in the Gradebook on Classe365 on a regular basis, including grades for all homework, quizzes, exams, and any assignments that may count toward the final grades.


Parenting Lecture Series

Fei Tian’s PTA is happy to announce its next online seminar: Financial Planning for Your Child's College Education at 8 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, February 4. We all know that college is costly, and is only getting more expensive each year. So what can we do about it? This online seminar will cover some of our main concerns such as:

  • Why do some families with $200,000 incomes get $20,000 in financial aid while other families with less than $150,000 income get zero financial aid?
  • What can you do to maximize your college financial aid?
  • What are the most effective investment strategies for preparing for college funding?
  • How to minimize your investment risk?
  • The speaker is a certified specialist in this area.
 

This newsletter is brought to you by the Office of Admissions at Fei Tian Middletown. For admissions and student record issues, please contact our office at admissions-ny@feitianacademy.org 

For questions related to student services, please contact Student Affairs at howardj@feitianacademy.org 

Thank you for your support!