This school year’s first Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC) afternoon will be on October 7th, Tuesday, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for not only the student’s parent(s) and subject teachers but also for the student, who is welcome to attend, to discuss the best ways for the child to move forward with his/her academic performance during the 2nd quarter of this semester. Those of us teaching at CISM are looking forward to a fruitful meeting with our High School parents on that day.
Mid-Autumn Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies. The ancient Chinese observed that the movement of the moon had a close relationship with changes of the seasons and agricultural production. Hence, to express their thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest, they offered a sacrifice to the moon on autumn days.This custom could be traced back to the Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 256 BC) and was more often practiced by the royal class on the Autumnal Equinox. At that time, the custom had no festival background at all. Later in the Sui (581 – 618 AD) and Tang (618 – 907 AD) dynasties, social prosperity inspired the custom of appreciating the moon on the moon sacrifice ceremony day among common people and the two merged. The people expressed their faith more liberally than the royal class and so they did not strictly hold their activities on the Autumnal Equinox. So August 15th of the Chinese lunar calendar, the closest full moon day to the Autumnal Equinox, turned out to be a better choice and was set as a fixed festival.
–from Travel Guide China