Weekly Update: May 21-25


  • I have updated pictures for January, February, March, and May. (April coming soon!) Please take a look and download any pictures you would like to keep!
  • We finished our swimming unit last week! Thank you again to all of the parents who volunteered to help students get changed before and after swimming. We couldn’t have done it without you!
  • In Writing Workshop students are writing a realistic fictional series! We will celebrate the end of the unit by creating boxed sets of our book series. Please send in an empty cereal box or granola bar box with your child to use as their “box” for their book series by Monday, May 28.
  • All leveled books from our classroom library (sent home each Monday in a blue zippy pouch with Pete the Cat on the front) must be returned to school by Monday, May 28. There is a 50 RMB replacement fee for any missing books. All SCIS ECE library books (normally sent home in a big red zippy pouch) must be returned to school by Friday, June 1.
  • SCIS ECE Field Day will take place on Friday, June 8! Please see the post below for more information, including your child’s team.


  • Wednesday, May 23—Library
  • Friday, May 25—Yearbook Orders Due
  • Saturday, May 26—SCIS Spring Picnic (Main Campus)
  • May 28June 1Last week of Session 3 ASAs
  • Monday, May 28—All Classroom Library Books (in blue zippy pouch) Due
  • Tuesday, May 29—Library
  • Friday, June 1—All SCIS ECE Library Books Due
  • Friday, June 8–Field Day (see post below for team information)

Field Day Team Colors

SCIS ECE Field Day will take place on Friday, June 8!

Please have your child wear a shirt that is their team color on this day. They should also bring a change of clothes because they will get wet during the field day activities.

Parent Volunteers for Field Day!

Our ECE Field Day will take place on Friday, June 8th!

We are looking for parent volunteers to help run fun-filled activities for Pre-K, Kinder, and Grade 1 students. If interested, please sign up by clicking on the following link:

Field Day Volunteer Sign Up

Thanks for your help and support.  Field Day is not possible without our wonderful parent volunteers!


The ECE Motor Skills Committee

Weekly Update: May 14-18


  • Swimming started this week! Today students’ swimming levels were assessed; they will be swimming in small groups for the rest of this week. Thursday is our last day of swimming and parents are invited to watch. Please note, there are no seats at this swimming pool so if you do come you will be standing. We also ask that you do not call students’ attention for photographs or videos so that they can focus on their lesson. If you have any questions please let me know!


  • Monday-Thursday, May 14-17—P.E. Swimming Unit
  • Thursday, May 17—Parents invited to watch swimming (Please Note: No seating available.)
  • Thursday, May 17—Library
  • Friday, May 18—PAFA Movie Night (5:30 pm, ECE Campus)
  • Tuesday, May 22—Passport Club
  • Wednesday, May 23—Library
  • Friday, May 25–Yearbook Orders Due
  • Saturday, May 26—SCIS Spring Picnic (Main Campus)
  • Friday, June 8 – Field Day (more information coming soon!)

Weekly Update: May 7-11


  • Our PE swimming unit is quickly approaching! We will be swimming Monday-Thursday during the week of May 14-17. We are looking for two parent volunteers for each day to help students change in and out of their clothes. More information about parent volunteers can be found in this previous post. If you are available to volunteer, please sign up here. 
  • For swimming, please be sure to send in the following items with your child next Monday-Thursday: bathing suit, swim cap, towel, goggles, flip flips, bag for wet things. Parents are welcome to watch the swimming on Thursday.
  • Our Spring Concert is this Thursday, May 10 at 6:00 pm at the Main Campus. Please drop off students at 5:45 pm in the hallways beside the theater. We look forward to seeing you there! (Reminder: Students should be dressed in blue jeans and a solid color shirt that is any shade of red, green, orange, yellow, purple, or pink. Students may wear shoes of their choosing.)
  • ECE ART AUCTION: Time is running out! Be sure to get your tickets for a fun evening with our SCIS community at the ECE Art Auction. Beautiful art pieces created by our own ECE artists will be auctioned off live by our emcee for the evening, Melanie McClure. Silent auction packages include a four-day cruise to Japan, Shanghai Insiders jeep tour, brunch packages, hotels stays and more. Spa treatments & lunch at the Westin, vouchers for Sherpas and Din Tai Fung will be raffled off throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased at the ECE front desk or Thursday, May 10 at the K/1 Music Concert. Be sure to get your tickets so you don’t miss this fun filled evening!
  • Here is the piece of art created by our class which will be auctioned off that night. We hope one of our families can buy it! The first image shows what the art piece looks like matted and framed (click to enlarge.) The second picture (click to enlarge) shows more details of the art piece.

  • We are beginning our final unit of inquiry focusing on the central idea: Homes are built in different ways around the world. Please send in a photo of your family home here in Shanghai, plus photos of any homes you have in other countries. Thank you!


  • Thursday, May 10—K/1 Spring Concert (6:00 pm, Main Campus) Students dropped off at 5:45 pm!
  • Friday, May 11—Library
  • Saturday, May 12—Art Auction (7:00 pm, ECE Campus)
  • Monday-Thursday, May 14-17—P.E. Swimming Unit
  • Thursday, May 17—Parents invited to watch swimming
  • Thursday, May 17—Library
  • Friday, May 18—PAFA Movie Night (5:30 pm, ECE Campus)
  • Tuesday, May 22—Passport Club
  • Wednesday, May 23—Library
  • Saturday, May 26—SCIS Spring Picnic (Main Campus)

Parent Swim Volunteers

Dear First Grade Families,

Our PE Swimming Unit will be from Monday, May 14 – Thursday, May 17! Each day, we will need two parent volunteers to help students get changed in the locker rooms before and after swimming. Parent volunteers will be allowed to watch the swim lessons on the day they help. Our swim schedule is:

  • 11:00-Depart ECE
  • 11:30-12:15-Pool Time
  • 12:30-Depart Pool
  • 12:45-Arrive at ECE

Parent volunteers can arrive at the ECE campus at 10:50 and ride the school buses with us, or they can meet us at the pool between 11:10-11:15. (Please keep in mind that pool compound has very limited parking.) Volunteers may leave straight from the pool or return to the ECE with us.

On Thursday May 17th, all parents are invited to come watch. Due to limited space on the buses, parents who are not signed up to volunteer that day will need to meet us at the pool.

To sign up as a parent volunteer, please click here: Swim Volunteer Sign Up

Weekly Update: April 16-20


** We are very excited to welcome Yoora from South Korea to our class! **

SESSION THREE ASAs: Session Three ASAs begin this week and end the week of June 1st. There will be no ASAs on May 10th because of the K/1 Music Concert.


  • Tuesday & Wednesday, April 17-18—Obido Book Fair (see post below for more details)
  • Tuesday, April 17—Passport Club
  • Wednesday, April 18—Library
  • Saturday, April 21—Cultural Craft Fair (see post below)
  • Tuesday, April 24—Library
  • Tuesday, April 24—ECE Math Learning Night, 5-6 pm (see post below)
  • Thursday, April 26—Transition BBQ at Hongqiao Main Campus (5:00-6:30 pm)
  • Monday, April 30—Library