Weekly Newsletter September 9, 2023

Message from Principal


Welcome to PCLS!  Hope everyone has a great start to the school year.


Sunday, September 10 is the first day of school. All language (2:30 – 4:15 PM) and culture classes (4:20 – 5:00 PM) will be in person at Princeton Day School (PDS, Address: Address: 650 Great Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540).  Refer to our school calendar for a listing of school events and closing for SY23-24.


If you are new to PDS, please come early to find your ways around. Enter the building through the Main Entrance (see attached map).  Other doors are locked for security purposes.  Maps & classroom listing will be posted near the main entrance.  A copy is also attached in this email for your convenience.


If your child is new or on the younger side, please stick around during the first 3 weeks to make sure he/she knows how to get to the language/culture classes.


Cindy (Academic Director), Sophia (Culture Director) and myself will be at the Admin Table area.  Please stop by and say hi!  If you have any questions, we are here to help.



Parents, please don’t park in the closest 2 rows to the building (see the yellow lines on the attached map) and save these parking spots for teachers.  Our teachers have a lot of class material to carry every week.  Please use “parents parking” instead. Thank you in advance for your understanding & cooperation.


PDS Facility Protocols

  1. No eating inside the building except for younger kids during recess. Younger kids are allowed to eat in the cafeteria during recess time.

  2. Absolutely no eating inside the classrooms.

  3. Self-screening for COVID and cold symptoms. If you are not well, stay home.


PCLS Student Guidelines

PCLS strive to build a supportive, nurturing and safe learning environment. It is the responsibility of the parents to review the Student Code of Conduct with your child(ren) and make sure they understand the behavioral expectations.   NO LANGUAGE OR ACTS OF VIOLENCE will be tolerated.


Registration & Check Deposit

Our registration numbers are similar to last year.  A BIG THANK YOU to ALL registered families. We will finish depositing your checks in September.

If you have registered your child(ren) but did not pay the tuition, please bring a check on the first day of the school and give it to registration staff at the admin tables. You do not need to mail the check.

If you have friends interested in joining our school, please ask them to check out our website and follow the steps on the registration page. They are welcome to send us inquiries via hello@pcls.org.


Message from Academic Director


Textbooks will be distributed to registered and paid students on the first day of school in class. If you haven’t paid the tuition, please bring in your check (NO cash please as we can’t track it) this Sunday. I’ll give you the textbooks once we receive the tuition.


Language Class Changes

On the first day (9/10), please attend the language class listed in your confirmation email. Each student has ONE chance to switch language class between the 2nd and 3rd week. After the 3rd week (9/25), NO change to the language class is allowed. If you have any questions regarding the class placement, please reach out to me (I’ll be at the “administration table” near the main entrance this Sunday, or you can email me at academic@pcls.org).


Trial Class

If any of your friends would like to try out a language class, please have your friend contact me (academic@pcls.org) first. Please do not bring your friend directly to the class.


Message from Culture Director


Culture Class Changes 

On the first day (9/10), please attend the culture class listed in your confirmation email. Each student has ONE chance to switch culture class between the 2nd and 3rd week. Please check the Principal’s weekly update email next week for the Google form link to request change.


Class Waivers

Students in the following classes are required to sign a waiver: Taekwondo / YoYo / Dance / Basketball. An email will also be sent to the students with a link to a Google form for electronic sign-off. Please take a moment to complete the waiver when you receive it.


Adult Activities

The following activities are available for adults.  Please note that a facility fee applies to participation in all adult activities ($100 for parents / $150 for non-parents), but you only need to pay once for the year. (i.e. you can participate in basketball at 2:30 – 4:00 and Lion Dance at 4:20 and pay the facility fee only once!)


Please complete the waiver form before you begin participating in the activities.





Registration / Waiver


Zumba *

2:50 – 3:50

Lower gym


Waiver required




2:30 – 4:00

Upper gym

Waiver required




2:30 – 4:00


Waiver required



Lion dance

4:20 – 5:00

Upper gym

Waiver required

Culture Director


Erhu club **

4:20 – 5:00

Classroom TBD

Email culture director

Culture Director



* Facility & activity apply. Please complete registration and payment before 9/8/2023 to secure your spot.  We will open registration to non – PCLS parents afterwards.


** This is an opportunity for Erhu enthusiasts to get together and play for fun.  There will be no instructor but there will be a TA and students with some Erhu experience. This would be a peer-assistance type of program.  You would be required to bring your own instrument.  If you are interested in participating, please email culture director (culture@pcls.org) before 9/9/2023 so we can determine if this program will run this year.


PTA Update


Welcome back PCLS family!

To ensure that all events and activities run smoothly throughout the year, please sign up for at least 2 parent duties. Only if the 2 duties are fulfilled, will the deposit be refunded. If you are able to spare more time to our community, we would be very thankful. There are currently over 30 parent duty slots available for sign up still.

Please note, if any events/parent duty signups are canceled/moved, it is the family’s responsibility to sign up for another parent duty or the rescheduled time to fulfill the requirement in order to receive the deposit. It is also the parents’ responsibility to sign in at the event/duty to log the completion of your duty, otherwise, the deposit may not be refunded.

To check or change your parent duty sign ups, please click this SignupGenius link.  Any questions about your parent duties, please reach out to Suet Horhota, PCLS PTA Lead, while at school or at PTA@pcls.org.


Vendor Update


Join us at LINE group: “PCLS – Food and Vendors 普林斯頓中文學校美食團” to get the latest information about food ordering and delivery.  http://line.me/ti/g/uefDIBC_L5  (click the link to join)


Bao and Dumpling (渤海村) on Sunday 9/11/2022

11:30 pm – 1:00 pm at WWP-HS North, 90 Grovers Mill Rd, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.
No pre-order. Call 917-714-9993 for questions.



阿扁美食團 09/17/2023(Sun)Delivery


Order by 9/14/2023 (Thu)10:00 pm

Pickup on 9/17/2023 (Sunday)

3:30pm ~ 4:00pm at Princeton Day School parking lot next to the main entrance (650 Great Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540)

4:30 pm ~ 4:45 pm at 美東超市 parking lot (10 Schalks Crossing Rd, Plainsboro Township, NJ 08536)

Golden Buns 金華包子 9/24(Sun) delivery

Order by 9/20/2022 (Wed) 8 pm

Pickup on 9/24/2022 (Sunday)
1:30 pm ~ 2:00 pm at 美東超市 parking lot (10 Schalks Crossing Rd, Plainsboro Township, NJ 08536)
2:30 pm ~ 3:00 pm at  Princeton Day School parking lot next to the main entrance (650 Great Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540)
Cash upon pickup. 只收現金.. Call or text at 732-762-0935 for questions



謝姐食堂 10/1/2023 Delivery

David Kao ZongZi 粽子10/10 & 10/11/2023 Delivery

Spread the word for Princeton Chinese Language School.  Invite your friends to visit our school and join our community!!

Veronica Chen, 校長 Principal