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Counting Sheep Opens in Sanlitun
The Counting Sheep we know and love is back with new management, new stock and a new store. The faces behind this revamped baby-friendly enterprise are Eyee Hsu, host of CCTV-9’s "Up Close" and Michelle Hemsin, owner of Bodhi. Following the Sanlitun store’s grand opening party on December 5, they promise to bring us more green-friendly baby merchandise and will even provide custom baby shower gifts. For Shunyi-siders, Counting Sheep is still selling their products inside Blueberry Owl.

Sun-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. Counting Sheep Boutique. 17 Gongtibeilu (opposite Worker’s Stadium North Gate, inside the same building as Bodhi spa), Chaoyang District (6417 7622,


We Like … Klinko Kids’ Furniture 
Established by Chadwick Parker, Klinko makes eco-friendly children’s furniture on the outskirts of Beijing. We chatted with the man behind the designs.

Why kid’s furniture?
When I was growing up, my mother operated a daycare center that had 70 kids a day. I loved looking at the creative kids’ furniture and playground catalogs that sales reps would give her. I’ve been pursuing and working in design related fields ever since. I believe that when children enjoy the place they are studying and playing in, it is hard to get them to stop.

How did Klinko get started?
Our company started with a volunteer interior design project: I was asked to design a creative classroom that would inspire Grade 1 Chinese students to learn English. I designed the entire classroom from top to bottom and began looking for a manufacturer that could create the custom desk pieces for the classroom.

What about community involvement?
We want to transform basic classrooms into truly amazing and creative spaces for students. We are currently working with Compassion for Migrant Children (CMC) on a project that takes this concept to an entire community.

Where can people buy your furniture from?
We are currently doing sales from our warehouse and delivering around Beijing. We have started approaching stores around Beijing and will hopefully have our kids furniture in multiple locations very soon.

Klinko products are available at BabyGro in Central Park. See Directory for listing. For more information,visit


New Kids on the Block
Daystar Academy welcomes Kate and Terrence Millie to the school’s teaching team. The Canadian couple have lived and taught in Beijing from 2005-2008 and have returned this semester as lead teachers at Daystar. The Millie’s are avid travelersand have returned to Beijingvia Bergamo, Italy where Terry studied Montessori pedagogy and Kate worked as an AMI course assistant.


Free Stuff!
Two lucky beijingkids readers have a chance to win a Hilton Kids Cooking Class voucher. Vouchers include a kids cooking class, a cup of hot chocolate, and of course, children get to take their creations home. E-mail the name of your favorite Beijing family-friendly restaurant for your chance to win. Send your responses

Hilton Kids Cooking Class held every Saturday 3-5pm. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 89 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District (5812 8888).

WAB’s Prized Teacher
Congratulations is in order for Western Academy of Beijing’s (WAB) High School Counselor, Peter Hauet. The National Association for College Counseling (NACAC) honored him with the prestigious Margaret E. Addis Award. The Addis Award recognizes  a NACAC member who has provided the association with unique and outstanding service.

YCIS Beijing Raises RMB 38,000
Students, teachers and parents at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) raised RMB 38,000 for the school’s annual Terry Fox Foundation fundraiser. The non-profit organizationraises money for cancer research.  

ISB Hits an Ace
International School of Beijing’s (ISB) season one varsity sports teams can pat themselves on the back after an impressive winning streak. The ISB boys rugby team was undefeated in round-robin play, winning their first Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) championship. Meanwhile, the boys tennis team captured the APAC championship held in Seoul, Korea. In Hong Kong, the ISB boys volleyball team convincingly claimed their third APAC championship. To wrap things up, the ISB golf team took first place in the Autumn Beijing International Schools Championship at the Pine Valley Golf Club.



In the November 2010 edition of beijingkids,the article "Taking the international kindergarten class ‘local’" (p48-49) was not clearly identified as an advertorial.This was not written by beijingkids editors. All content was supplied by YCIS Beijing. 

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