Week #23, Feb. 12-14

Hi Families,

It’s amazing that Chinese New Year is already upon us! The kids did a wonderful job in their assembly last Friday! I’ve included some photos below.I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with friends and family, whether you are off to an exotic place or having a comfortable stay-cation in Shanghai!

Learning Engagements this week:

We are continuing with our unit of inquiry: Where We are in Place and Time- Traditions help us learn about the past. Celebrating Chinese New Year perfectly relates to our unit, and I hope that wherever you celebrate the holiday, you help your child connect the traditions and holidays they see with what they are learning about in class!

Please let me know if you would also 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. Also, I would be thrilled to have students share photos and artifacts that communicate your family traditions. Please let me know if you would like to share with us!

This week, we are finishing learning about double-digit addition with word problems. We are continuing our focus on fiction story elements in reading and writing our our “pourquoi” stories in writing. In word study this week, we will be identifying the -l blend in words like, blizzard, glass, float, place, slide.

No ASA

***Please be aware that there are no ASAs after school next week. Let me and hq-transportation@scis-china.org know if your child will not be taking the bus for another reason.

Also, please let me know if your child will be missing any days before or after the holiday, so I can plan accordingly.

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)

We will be discussing the history and tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day in class.

Students are welcome to bring in a card or candy for classmates if they choose to, but not required to. If your child does bring in something, please ensure there is one for each classmate. We have 18 students (10 girls and 8 boys). Leaving cards blank simplifies the process of passing out items.

If there is a treat, it needs to be wrapped and easily sent home. Three students will already be on holiday by Wednesday, so please only send in things that can save over a week in the classroom.

Upcoming Dates:

February 12-14: No ASAs after school this week

February 15-25: Chinese New Year Holiday

March 2: Celebration of Learning Assembly (Snow Day makeup day) 2:00 – 2:45

March 13: Grade 2 Swim Fest

March 15: Author visit- Julia Cook

March 22: Student-Led Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal

Week #22, Feb. 5-9

Hi Families,

It is great getting back into the classroom and seeing each child’s hard work on their 100th day of school project! They had a fun time sharing their projects in front of the class today. We had a nice variety of projects! My upper school girls’ basketball team won first place at the ACAMIS tournament, which was an exciting opportunity as their coach. The class was very interested in hearing about the weekend as well!

This week, we continue with our unit of inquiry: Traditions help us learn about the past. As this unit progresses, I would love for families to send in a picture of them celebrating a tradition or holiday. I will send more information out on Friday, but feel free to send a photo earlier.

In reading, we are learning about folk tales, fables, and “por quoi” (why) stories that have morals, lessons, and explanations of how something occurred in nature. In writing, we are starting to write our own “por quoi'” stories using our creativity to explain why things are the way they are, for example “why a cheetah has spots” or “why is the sun in the sky?”. Our word study this week will take us to breaking down words into individual syllables and identifying how many are in each word. In math, we continue with double digit addition, but are finding the solutions within word problems.

Chinese New Year (CNY) Assembly Information (Friday, Feb. 9):

This is such great timing for us, as it aligns perfectly with our second line of inquiry: A inquiry into perspectives through traditions (perspective).

Families, you are invited to join us on the field for the Lion dance at 9:20- 9:40 am on Friday, February 9. Afterwards, at 10:00 am, please join us to watch the children participate in the Chinese New Year Assembly in the Theatre. The students have been practicing and preparing in their Mandarin classes to delight you with a variety of performances including songs and dances.

Clothing: All Grade 2 students are asked to wear either traditional Chinese clothing or the color red. The Mandarin teachers will be providing individual costumes for the performance.

PE: Swim Unit-

Swimming for Mr. Barrs’ PE Classes will continue through Wednesday, February 14th. (on designated PE days (odd-numbered days in the schedule)).

Our annual Swim Fest will take place after Chinese New Year on: Tuesday, March 13th

It is important that your child brings the following each PE day during the swimming unit:

swimsuit

goggles

swim

cap (impermeable latex is best)

towel

flip-flops or sandals

plastic bag for wet suits

***

Please be sure to label all belongings with the student’s name in permanent marker.

Photos available

SCIS Lower School Homeroom Photos are now available for purchase!

Individual student make-up photos are also available.

Simply go to:

www.intlphotography.com

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.

Dates:

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

March 13: Swim-fest for Grade 2

Week #21, Jan 29- Feb. 2

Hi Families,

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.

Central Idea:

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:

swimsuit

goggles

swim

cap (impermeable latex is best)

towel

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:

Student-Created 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

Photos available

SCIS Lower School Homeroom Photos are now available for purchase!

Individual student make-up photos are also available.

Simply go to:

www.intlphotography.com

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.

Dates:

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

Week #20, Jan. 22-26

Hi Families,

This week, we are wrapping up and reflecting on our learning about How We Express Ourselves through the central idea: Art reflects personal feelings and experiences. We spent time preparing for our Art Gallery, testing with Fountas and Pinnell Reading and NWEA MAP tests.

We continue to practice double digit addition with regrouping by learning new strategies. In Writer’s Workshop, we will continue to work on Poetry. In word study, we will be finding words that have a double-end consonant (buzz, pull, puff).

Learning Assembly – Friday, January 26, 2-2:45 pm

Our class will be presenting an acrostic poem that we created during class. All students in 2A will be participating. We welcome any parents or family members that would like to see us present at the assembly in the theatre between 2-2:45 pm. We will be on the earlier time slot of the assembly. Please notify myself and transportation if any student is to be picked up by a parent after the assembly.

Upcoming Unit of Inquiry

After we share our learning with the upcoming Art Gallery and reflect on our current unit, How We Express Ourselves, will begin our provocation into our new unit of inquiry, Where We Are In Place and Time. Please stay tuned for more in depth information in next week’s newsletter about this new and exciting Unit of Inquiry!

Communication

I hope you all have had a chance to view your child’s first post on Seesaw. If you have any technical trouble, please email our Technology department at hq-technology@scis-china.org. Please note that this application is being gradually introduced to the SCIS Hongqiao community through the Grade 2 team. It will be a deliberate and careful introduction as we collaborate to learn the application’s functions and optimal usefulness to you in the parent community. You can expect about one post per each 2-week period during this pilot period. Thank you so much for supporting this awesome platform for communication of learning!

Ms. Stacey’s Music blog

Please enjoy exploring Ms. Stacey’s blog. There are links to the videos of the Winter Concerts in the most recent post.

https://teachersh.scis-his.net/sstoltz/.

Dates:

January 22: Grade 2 Art Gallery, 2:15 – 2:45 pm in the Grade 2 homerooms

January 26: Celebration of Learning Assembly 2:00 – 2:45

February 1: 100th Day of School!

February 2: First Day of Swimming (Ends Feb. 14)

February 6: Passport Club

February 8: Market Day

February 12-14: No ASA’s after school this week

February 14: Chinese New Year Assembly

February 15-25: Chinese New Year Holiday

Week #19, Jan. 15-19

Dear families,

 

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather we had this weekend!

 

Please note the Seesaw QR code and signup that was sent home in today’s home learning folder. For more information, please see below!


Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Art reflects personal feelings and experiences.

 

We are in the final inquiry stages of our arts and feelings unit. Students are reflecting on all the forms of art learned, and deciding which to use to create a piece that shows a specific feeling or experience and share it in our art exhibit.

 

This week in math, we will continue to focus on double-digit addition with regrouping and reading word problems. In writing, we are writing poems, focusing on simile poems this week. In reading, we are continuing to explore different forms of poetry and how to read them. In word study, we will look at words that end in “-ck”.

 

Seesaw – shared learning app
Today in the home learning, I sent home your child’s Seesaw QR code. Please follow the directions on the page to help log-in and see your child’s page. This will be a new learning tool to be used to help share pictures, videos, and class learning directly to the parents from the students and teachers. I will continue to use Smore and my class website for information, but will start using Seesaw as another form of communication. This is a school-wide change that will be occurring throughout this year, but Grade 2 gets to be the trial grade level starting this month! There will be 1 post every 2 weeks on your child’s profile. We welcome your feedback as we gradually introduce this learning tool. 

 

 

NWEA Growth Testing

This month, we will take the second round of NWEA MAP Growth tests in Reading, Language, and Mathematics. There is no need to prepare for these tests at home. The data that comes with the results of the tests will be used to inform programs and practices at SCIS.

 

We are taking the following tests on these dates:

Thursday, January 18 – Math

Monday, January 22 – Language

 

At home, you can help by ensuring your child gets plenty of rest and healthy meals. You can discuss staying calm, choosing the best guess, and other test-taking strategies, but please help minimize pressure and stress.

 

Here’s a simple, entertaining MAP tutorial video for students, if you would like to reinforce at home:http://warmup.nwea.org/warmup_start_educators_mpg.html

 

Students by now are used to using a computer mouse, keyboard, and headphones.

Thank you for your support, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Art Exhibit – Monday, January 22

2:15-2:45 pm, Room 201C

We would like to invite you to the grade 2 art exhibit Monday, January 22nd from 2:15-2:45 pm starting in Room C201. Our unit of inquiry is Art reflects personal experiences and feelings and students have been learning a variety of styles of art over the past number of weeks. Students will present and respond to a piece of art they have created. Parents and family members are welcome to join in the viewing!

 

As a reminder, please let me know in advance if you will be taking your child home rather than using bus transportation on that day.

 

Please meet in the lower school lobby and a student will lead you to the classroom at 2:15. We hope you can attend!

 

Dates:

January 15: ASA Session 2 begins (signup will be sent when available)

January 18: Growth MAP Testing- Math

January 22: Growth MAP Testing – Language

January 22: Grade 2 Art Exhibit – 2:15-2:45 pm, Grade 2 classrooms

January 26: Lower School Assembly, 2pm

February 1: 100th Day of School!

February 2: First Day of Swimming (Ends Feb. 14)

February 8: PAFA Market Day

February 12-14: No ASA

February 15-25: Chinese New Year Holiday, NO SCHOOL

 

Week #18, January 9-12, 2018

Hi Families!

 Happy New Year and welcome back from the winter holiday! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break, whether you traveled far or stayed close to home. We are back in full swing in Grade 2 and it was wonderful to see all the students’ smiling faces this morning.

*Grade 2 teachers decided we will postpone home learning until next week to give everyone a chance to settle back in. The reading log will be the only assigned homework, but Raz-Kids and Math IXL are always encouraged!

Transdisciplinary ThemeHow We Express Ourselves
Central Idea: Art reflects personal feelings and experiences.

Students are continuing to learn about different forms of art, various artists, and explore what feelings and experiences can lead to different artistic expressions!

This week in math, we will focus on double-digit addition with regrouping. In writing, we are writing poems, focusing on acrostic poems this week. In reading, we are continuing to explore different forms of poetry and how to read them. In word study, we will continue to focus on compound words.

Seesaw – shared learning app
This Friday, I will be sending home your child’s Seesaw QR code. Please follow the directions on the page to help log-in and see your child’s page. This will be a new learning tool to be used to help share pictures, videos, and class learning directly to the parents from the students and teachers. I will continue to use Smore and my class website for information, but will start using Seesaw as another form of communication. This is a school-wide change that will be occurring throughout this year, but Grade 2 gets to be the trial grade level starting this month! Please look for more information on Friday regarding Seesaw!

Class Photo Day – Friday, January 12

Students will be taking a class, group photo this Friday. Please ensure they are wearing their LIGHT BLUE top and NAVY BLUE bottoms for the pictures (no other clothing alternatives).

NWEA Growth Testing

This month, we will take the second round of NWEA MAP Growth tests in Reading, Language, and Mathematics. There is no need to prepare for these tests at home. The data that comes with the results of the tests will be used to inform programs and practices at SCIS.

We are taking the following tests on these dates:

Friday, January 12 – Reading

Thursday, January 18 – Math

Monday, January 22 – Language

At home, you can help by ensuring your child gets plenty of rest and healthy meals. You can discuss staying calm, choosing the best guess, and other test-taking strategies, but please help minimize pressure and stress.

Here’s a simple, entertaining MAP tutorial video for students, if you would like to reinforce at home:http://warmup.nwea.org/warmup_start_educators_mpg.html

Students by now are used to using a computer mouse, keyboard, and headphones.

Thank you for your support, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Art Exhibit – Monday, January 22
2:15-2:45 pm, Room 201C

We would like to invite you to the grade 2 art exhibit Monday, January 22nd from 2:15-2:45 pm starting in Room C201. Our unit of inquiry is Art reflects personal experiences and feelings and students have been learning a variety of styles of art over the past number of weeks. Students will present and respond to a piece of art they have created. Parents and family members are welcome to join in the viewing! 

As a reminder, please let me know in advance if you will be taking your child home rather than using bus transportation on that day.

Please meet in the lower school lobby and a student will lead you to the classroom at 2:15. We hope you can attend!

Dates:

January 12: Class Photo Day – Wear LIGHT blue top and NAVY blue bottoms

January 12: Growth MAP Testing – Reading

January 15: ASA Session 2 begins (signup will be sent when available)

January 18: Growth MAP Testing- Math

January 22:  Growth MAP Testing – Language

January 22: Grade 2 Art Exhibit – 2:15-2:45 pm, Grade 2 classrooms

January 26: Lower School Assembly, 2pm

February 1: 100th Day of School!

February 2: First Day of Swimming (Ends Feb. 14)

February 8: PAFA Market Day

February 12-14: No ASA

February 15-25: Chinese New Year Holiday, NO SCHOOL

Week #17, Dec. 11-15

Dear families,

There is no Home Learning this week other than the reading log. Happy Holidays!

Over this past week and the current week, we explored many different forms of art: dance, music, drama, animation, and storytelling, to name a few! As your child which is their favorite form of art and why. The Winter Concert was a wonderful way to share the expression of music with our SCIS community. Congratulations, student performers!

As we head into the last week before the holiday, we have lots of learning to engage in! Students will be taking their learning about feelings and art further as they begin to think about how they will share their learning about different art forms, feelings, and reflection. Stay tuned for a Grade 2 art showcase in January.

As you plan your winter excursions, consider an art museum! Your child should be able to connect to elements of art and impress their relatives! We have been finding out where many amazing works of art by Da Vinci, Picasso, Pollock, Van Gogh, etc can be found all over the world. Please send me photos of any connections your child makes to our UOI during the break!

Transdisciplinary ThemeHow We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature,culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central IdeaArt reflects personal feelings and experiences.

This week in math, we will review shapes and symmetry. In writing, we are continuing to look at objects through our “poet eyes” and start writing poems. In reading, we are exploring different forms of poetry and how to read them.

Winter Holiday Party

On Thursday, Dec. 14, we will have our class winter party. We’ll have some crafts and snacks during the party, as well as our book exchange. Please send your child with an UNWRAPPED gender-neutral book (100 rmb max) to exchange at the party. It will be a kids-only party.

NWEA Growth Testing

In January, we will take the second round of NWEA MAP Growth tests in Reading, Language, and Mathematics. There is no need to prepare for these tests at home. The data that comes with the results of the tests will be used to inform programs and practices at SCIS.

My aim is to help students feel at ease during the tests so they can simply show their learning at this point in time.

At home, you can help by ensuring your child gets plenty of rest and healthy meals. You can discuss staying calm, choosing the best guess, and other test-taking strategies, but please help minimize pressure and stress.

Here’s a simple, entertaining MAP tutorial video for students, if you would like to reinforce at home:http://warmup.nwea.org/warmup_start_educators_mpg.html

Students by now are used to using a computer mouse, keyboard, and headphones.

Thank you for your support, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

ASA Sign-ups

Don’t forget to sign up for ASA on Tuesday, Dec. 12!

Student Dress Up Day – WINTER/HOLIDAY DRESS UP DAY – Thursday, Dec. 14
Dress in your favorite winter/holiday clothes and accessories! If students do not want to participate, they should be in regular school uniform.

Dates:

December 12: Passport Club

December 12: Grade 2/3 Sign-up for ASA 9:00am

December 14: 2A Winter Holiday Party and Book Exchange

December 14: Student Council Dress up Day: Winter/Holiday Dress

December 14: Assembly

December 15: Last Day of School Before the Break

December 15: Semester 1 Progress reports released

January 9: First Day Back at School (Tuesday)

January 15: ASA Session 2 begins (signup will be sent when available)

Week #16, Dec. 4-10

Dear Families,

This week, our inquiry into How We Express Ourselves was very active, with plenty of opportunities to connect to our wider SCIS community and local Shanghai community.

Special thanks to the parents who accompanied our class to the Jing’an Sculpture Park, where students observed and reflected on impressive pieces of art made of bronze, stone, glass, etc. We reflected on perspective and elements of art (color, form/shape, value, texture, line, space).

We are reading lots of biographies about famous artists, and creating our own pieces of artistic expressions inspired by their works. Ask your child about some of their favorite artists.

As you plan your winter excursions, consider an art museum! Your child should be able to connect to elements of art and impress their relatives! We have been finding out where many amazing works of art by Da Vinci, Picasso, Pollock, Van Gogh, etc can be found all over the world.

In writing, we are just starting a Writers’ Workshop poetry unit, and students will be encouraged to see through the eyes of a poet as they connect to feelings and nature in their writing. We are exploring plurals in word study. We are continuing to focus on symmetry and rotational symmetry in math.

Transdisciplinary ThemeHow We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature,culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central IdeaArt reflects personal feelings and experiences.

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into different forms of art (form)

An inquiry into how feelings and experiences influence art (perspective)

An inquiry into responses to art (reflection)

We will focus on the following Approaches to Learning:

Learner Profile attributes: Knowledgeable, Open-minded, Reflective

PYP Attitudes: Appreciation, Creativity

Transdisciplinary Skills: Thinking Skills, Communication Skills

Winter Holiday Party

On Thursday, Dec. 14, we will have our class winter party. We’ll have some crafts and snacks during the party, as well as our book exchange. Please send your child with an UNWRAPPED gender-neutral book (100 rmb max) to exchange at the party.

2nd and 3rd grade Music Concert

The 2nd and 3rd grade winter concert, Winter Fun! will be held on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 in the SCIS theater. Students will meet in their homeroom classrooms before the show at 6:15 sharp. The show starts in the theatre at 6:30. Please do not leave children unattended before the drop-off time in classrooms. Teachers will arrive on duty at 6:15 to organize and lead students to the theatre.

Dress:

Please have the kids wear nice clothes.

Girls: Dresses, skirts or nice pants

Boys: suits ties, and/or nice pants and a collared shirt

Boys and Girls: Please no jeans or shirts with writing on them.

In addition, please have the students choose one winter accessory to wear (Gloves or mittens, a scarf, or a hat- keep in mind that our concert will be inside and we don’t want them to get overheated!).

Please check Ms. Stacey’s blog for winter concert information and songs for practicing at home. https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ sstoltz/

Dates:

December 7: Winter Concert (classroom 6:15, curtain 6:30)

December 12: Passport Club

December 14: 2A Winter Holiday Party

December 14: Student Council Dress up Day: Winter/Holiday Dress

December 14: Assembly

December 15: Last Day of School Before the Break, 11:30 Dismissal

December 15: Semester 1 Progress reports released

January 9: First Day Back at School (Tuesday)

January 15: ASA Session 2 begins (signup will be sent when available)

Week #15, Nov. 27- Dec. 1

Dear families,

Last week, we have begun a new Unit of Inquiry (UOI) into the connection between the arts and our feelings and experiences.

Transdisciplinary ThemeHow We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central IdeaArt reflects personal feelings and experiences.

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into different forms of art (form)

An inquiry into how feelings and experiences influence art (perspective)

An inquiry into responses to art (reflection)

We will focus on the following Approaches to Learning:

Learner Profile attributes: Knowledgeable, Open-minded, Reflective

PYP Attitudes: Appreciation, Creativity

Transdisciplinary Skills: Thinking Skills, Communication Skills

As a provocation, for our UOI, students were given various materials and opportunities to inquire into artistic expression: Playdough, costumes, origami paper, craft supplies, a designated space for movement, and musical instruments. Students were asked to reflect on the feelings they were able to convey using the materials and spaces in the room. We went into the Upper School art display to have an “Art Talk” with Ms. Jules White, and later reflected on our favorite sculptures and paintings. Students have already shared so much knowledge about art and feelings, and I am excited to go deep with them about elements of art, artists’ perspectives, and how we view and respond to different kinds of art.

In math, we are linking our art inquiry with a look into symmetry of shapes. In word study, we are reviewing the digraph blends /th/, /sh/, and /ch/. In reading and writing ,we are starting a poetry unit and examine how writers can express themselves in the written form.

HWEO Field trip

Connecting to our current inquiry into How We Express Ourselves, children in Grade 2 will be taking an outdoor walking tour of the sculptures in the Jing’an Sculpture Park.

Aim: We will view and discuss the different sculptures found in the Jing’an Sculpture Park with a focus on our central idea: Art reflects personal experiences and feelings. Upon our return to school we will creatively reflect and respond to the sculptures.

When: Wednesday, November 29

We will depart school following lunch at 12:15 pm and return to school by 2:30 pm.

Where: The Jing’an Sculpture Park (located outside the Natural History Museum).

128 Shimen Er Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu (石门二路128号, 近北京西路). 
Nearest Metro stop: Shanghai Natural History Museum (Line 13)

Need: Coat, water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, dressed for the cooler weather

2nd and 3rd grade Music Concert

The 2nd and 3rd grade winter concert, Winter Fun! will be held on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 in the SCIS theater. Students will meet in their homeroom classrooms before the show at 6:15 sharp. The show starts in the theatre at 6:30. Please do not leave children unattended before the drop-off time in classrooms. Teachers will arrive on duty at 6:15 to organize and lead students to the theatre.

Dress:

Please have the kids wear nice clothes.

Girls: Dresses, skirts or nice pants

Boys: suits ties, and/or nice pants and a collared shirt

Boys and Girls: Please no jeans or shirts with writing on them.

In addition, please have the students choose one winter accessory to wear (Gloves or mittens, a scarf, or a hat- keep in mind that our concert will be inside and we don’t want them to get overheated!).

Please check Ms. Stacey’s blog for winter concert information and songs for practicing at home.https://teachersh.scis-his.net/ sstoltz/

Student Enterprise Bazaar- Thursday, Nov. 30

The SCIS Upper School will host their 6th Student Enterprise Bazaar this Thursday. It will run like Market Day, but with the aim of giving students the opportunity to raise awareness of the organizations/projects they support/lead. It is also the only time in the month that students are allowed to sell food/items to raise money for their organization/project. Food items will be simple and relatively cheap.

Grade 2 will be allowed to question the high school students and purchase items during Lunch recess. If you would like to provide a modest allowance for your child, please do so with a reflection on making informed financial choices.

Thanks for helping us support our friends in the Upper School!

Blue Mountain Book Sale- November 28

On Tuesday, November 28 to Friday, December 1 the Lower School Library will be hosting a Blue Fountain Book Sale from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Students may view and purchase the books during their library and recess time. Parents, you may decide to take your child to the sale after school if you prefer.

Dates:

November 27: Field Trip to the Jing’an Sculpture Park permission form due

November 28 – December 1: Blue Fountain Book Sale in the Lower School Library

November 29: Field Trip to the Jing’an Sculpture Park

November 30: Student Enterprise Bazaar

December 1: Assembly

December 7: Winter Concert (classroom 6:15, curtain 6:30)

December 12: Passport Club

December 14: Student Council Dress up Day: Winter/Holiday Dress

December 14: Assembly

December 15: Last Day of School, 11:30 am Dismissal

December 15: Semester 1 Progress reports released

January 9: First Day Back at School (Tuesday)

January 15: ASA Session 2 begins (signup will be sent when available)

Week #14, Nov. 20-23

Hi Families,

*Reminder: NO SCHOOL this Friday, November 24th! 

*Swimming begins Tuesday, November 21st!

The students had a great time exploring different activities throughout Wellness Week! I’ve included some pictures from the week below. We got our fitness on during lunch recess with some boxing, dance, Fitfam, and Crossfit. We had guest teachers come in to lead us through mindful meditation and yoga movement. Keep encouraging your child to explore different ways they can stay active and healthy!

During the final week of our Machines unit, we created machines that could help solve a problem. We had to brainstorm some problems, plan out a machine’s purpose and function, then transform our written design into a 3-D model! The results were very innovative and I look forward to them becoming “real” machines in the future! Pictures below.

We are starting a new Unit of Inquiry this week. The transdisciplinary theme is How We Express Ourselves. Students will be discovering what our central idea is by exploring different activities and linking the activities together to find a common theme! I’ll give a hint, it’s a unit filled with hands-on exploration and lots of creativity!

This week in writing, we will be adding the final touches to our non-fiction teaching books, editing and revising to get ready for readers. In math, we continue to focus on 3-D shapes and their attributes (sides, edges, and corners/vertices). In word study, we will focus on the /ch/ beginning and ending sound, as in “chew and “munch”.

2nd and 3rd grade Winter Concert
Mark your calendar! The 2nd and 3rd grade winter concert, Winter Fun! will be held on Thursday, December 7th 2017 in the SCIS theater.

Dress: Please have the kids wear nice clothes.

Girls: Dresses, skirts or nice pants
Boys: suits ties, and/or nice pants and a collared shirt
Boys and Girls: Please no blue jeans or shirts with writing on them.

In addition, please have the students choose one winter accessory to wear (Gloves or mittens, a scarf, or a hat- keep in mind that our concert will be inside and we don’t want them to get overheated!).

Student Dress Up Day – ANIMAL DAY – Thursday, November 23
Dress as your favorite animal (ears, tails, clothing, even full costume). Students may dress as any animal (up to their interpretation to show it). If they do not want to participate, they should be in regular Day 3 light blue uniforms.

First Annual SCIS Winter Carnival 
Saturday, November 25, 11 am-4 pm, HQ Main Campus. 
SCIS will be holding its first annual Winter Carnival. Partnering with the Community Center, we will host their Winter Bazaar. This will be a bigger and more festive affair for everyone. There will be food, drinks, carnival games, performances, holiday shopping, and more!

Dates:

November 20: Visiting Dutch Children’s Author Tosca Menten, 2pm

November 21: Swimming Begins

November 23 – Student Free Dress Up Day – ANIMAL DAY

November 24: Faculty in-service, No School for students

November 25: Winter Carnival, 11am – 4 pm

November 30: Holiday Market Day

December 7: Gr. 2/3 Winter Music Concert, 6:30 pm

December 12: Passport Club

December 14: Student Free Dress Up Day – WINTER/HOLIDAY DAY

December 15: 11:30 am Dismissal- Winter Break

January 9: School Resumes for Semester 2