Great to see everyone back after our impromptu three-day weekend! Hopefully it was a fun day for your child, they were very excited to share their experiences in class!
Just a note about later this week, starting tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 31) midday through Friday, Feb. 2, I will be absent. I am the upper school girls’ basketball coach and we have our end of the season tournament in Taiwan. I have informed my class, but just wanted to give all the parents a head’s up, since my email communication will be limited. If any changes in transportation occur, please notify Lisa or Sarah, the lower school secretaries.
I will be back on Monday, Feb. 5. I’m disappointed the tournament falls on the 100th day of the school, as I would have liked to celebrate with my students, but they have many fun activities planned with the substitute that day!
Also, a new Seesaw post went out yesterday! Please let me know if you need assistance with setting up your account!
Please note that we have the first day of PE swimming this Friday, Feb. 2. I have more information below.
Update: The Snow Day Assembly has been rescheduled for Friday, March 2. For various reasons, we were unable to schedule it before the Chinese New Year break.
Our Latest Unit of Inquiry:
Transdisciplinary Theme: Where we are in Place and Time
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
Traditions help us learn about the past
Lines of Inquiry:
-An inquiry into the purpose of traditions (function)
-An inquiry into different perspectives through traditions (perspective)
-An inquiry into how we connect to the past (connection)
We are focusing on the following Approaches to Learning:
Learner Profile attributes: Communicators, Open-minded
PYP Attitudes: Respect, Tolerance, Appreciation
Transdisciplinary Skills: Research Skills
Our new Unit of Inquiry began with a provocation about different types of traditions. We rotated through three classes for an introduction to a traditional tale, a traditional game and a traditional dance. Ask your child to share something they learned.
Students have already begun to make connections to traditions here in China and in their home countries.
International-mindedness: PARENT ACTION REQUESTED
As we begin tuning in to our new unit of inquiry into traditions and the past, we would love to tap into our amazing international community. Please let me know if you would be willing to come in for a short period to share a tradition or knowledge from your home country. It could be a story, an artifact, a snack, etc.
PE: Swim Unit- A message from Coach Barrs
Swimming for Mr. Barrs’ PE Classes will start on Friday, February 2 and continue through Wednesday, February 14th.
The swimming classes will take place on their normally scheduled Physical Education days. The lessons will focus on water safety and swimming stroke development. This will be in a safe environment with three instructors per class and a dedicated lifeguard on duty at all times.
Our annual Swim Fest will take place after Chinese New Year on:
1.Tuesday, March 13th for grades 2 and 4
Swimming is a key part of the Physical Education program offered by the combined PE and Swimming Staff at SCIS. Parents may watch the classes from the viewing area by the windows but are not permitted on the pool deck or in the change rooms. Our staff do a great job of supervising the pool and change room areas. If you have special concerns, please let the homeroom teacher know what they are.
It is important that your child brings the following each PE day during the swimming unit:
cap (impermeable latex is best)
flip-flops or sandals
plastic bag for wet suits
Please be sure to label all belongings with the student’s name in permanent marker.
If there is cold weather, students will wait in the indoor heated pool area before and after changing into their swimsuits. They will only be exposed to the cold outside during transition between the aquatics center and the main building.
This will be our third of four swimming units for the year.
100 Days of School
For home learning this week, we have the 100th Day Project:
Coming up on Thursday, February 1st is the 100thDay of School! To celebrate the 100th
day of school, students are asked to collect and count out 100 items. Students are to arrange and display the 100 items in an interesting and creative way. The items may range from Legos, stickers, stamps, marbles, or any other objects your child chooses to use. It can be presented in groups of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 or 100. It does not have to be all of the same item or color. It can be presented on a poster, hat, bag, in a book, within a container. Please keep displays to a reasonable size (not huge) for
they will be displayed around the classroom.
Students will get an opportunity to present to their classmates on Monday, February 5.
Some past project ideas:
Hanging 100 paper airplanes on a string
Gluing 100 feathers to make a bird
Writing a story with 100 words
Building a house with 100 popsicle sticks
SCIS Lower School Homeroom Photos are now available for purchase!
Individual student make-up photos are also available.
Simply go to:
Follow the “Order” link on the top right corner of page.
Use the password: scishq0917
Within the galleries you will find links to both your Class Group Photos and Individual Portraits.
Galleries are organized by Grade and Homeroom/Advisor/Teacher.
All online orders will be shipped to your school for distribution.
Please provide your full name (name on passport) when prompted on final order page.
ORDER TODAY! Prints Only Available Through February 10th 2018
(Digital Downloads will still be available after the date above)
We’d like to request that parents do not share the homeroom photos they purchase with other homeroom families, as we like to honor our photographer’s copyright and professional relationship with SCIS.
February 1: 100th Day of School (projects due Monday, Feb. 5)
February 2: PE Swimming Starts
February 6: Passport Club
February 8: Market Day
February 9: Change of date Chinese New Year Assembly at 10:00 am in the Theatre
February 14: Last Day of PE Swimming
February 14: Valentine’s Day
February 12-14: No ASAs after school this week
February 15-25: Chinese New Year Holiday
March 2: “Snow day” Assembly 2 pm, Theatre