End of Year Date

Hi Parents!

It seems like a just a few weeks ago it was August and I was just getting to know your wonderful children – it’s hard to believe that Summer Holidays are just around the corner. The end of the year is a busy time – here are some important dates to keep in mind these last two weeks:
Wednesday, June 6th – Please have all classroom books returned by this date. These books have a barcode on the back ‘ECE WAREHOUSE’ and a colored dot sticker.
Friday, June 8th – PreK-G1 Field Day. Please check the list in a previous post to make sure your child has a colored shirt in their team color.
Monday, June 11th – Character Day! Grade 1 has been learning all about book characters. On Monday, students are invited to dress up like their favorite book character. They may bring ONE prop (for example, a stuffed animal, a toy, etc.) that relates to their character.
Wednesday, June 13th – Class Party! All Parents are invited to come celebrate a wonderful year with a party organized by our fabulous Room Moms, Zsuzsanna and Heidi! The party will take place in the classroom between 2:00 and 3:00. Please inform the Transportation Staff if you will be taking your child home after the party rather than using the bus.
Thursday, June 14th – Last Day! Students will be dismissed at 11:30

Swimming Tomorrow

Hi Parents,

Everybody is invited to come watch our final swimming class of the year tomorrow. Our pool time is 10:00 – 10:45. Please refer to the instructions below for parking at the pool area.

Parents can park in the business center across the street from the pool compound. It is called WuZhong Mansion it will cost 10rmb per hour and parents can walk over to the pool from there. The pool compound has very little parking available. Parents can walk past the guard at the gate.The pool is a straight walk to the very back of the compound.

Pool Address

MingShen Swimming Pool

No. 633 Wu Zhong Road


明申游泳馆 (吴中路633弄)

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Field Day Teams!

Hi Parents!

Field Day is coming up on Friday, June 8th. Your child will need to be wearing a shirt that is their team colour on this day. Please find the teams below:

G1 – Kate Ross Team
Emil Blue A
Ethan Blue B
Balint Green A
Kate Green A
Ellis Orange A
Anais Orange B
Steven Orange B
Sophie Purple A
Chia Chia Purple A
Heddy Purple B
Alex Z. Purple B
Oscar Red A
Irmak Red A
Lucas Red B
Yeju Red B
Ricky Yellow A
Alex G. Yellow A
Liam Yellow B
Sissi Yellow B

Swimming Week!

Hi Parents!

Our swimming week starts on MONDAY. Students will be swimming every day next week. 

Every day next week, students will need to bring the following things in a separate bag:

The items your child will need to bring on swim days are:

1. bathing suit

2. swim cap

3. towel

4. goggles

5. flip flops

6. plastic bag for wet things

We will be departing every morning from the ECE at 9:30 and returning at 11:15. Parents volunteers will be riding the bus with us to help with supervision.

On Friday the 25th, you are ALL invited to come watch! The pool is located at No. 633 Wu Zhong Rd. Ming Hang District Ming Sheng Garden. We ask the parents park at WuZhong Mansion nearby- it will cost 10rmb per hour and you can walk over to the pool from there.

Thank you for your support and looking forward to this exciting week!


May Learning

It’s hard to believe, but we are almost at the end of the year – check out below to see what we are up to this month in the classroom!

WRITING WORKSHOP: From Scenes to Series (Realistic Fiction)

  • Invent characters that go on small moment adventures
  • Write endings that satisfy readers; make something happen through action, dialogue, or feeling to get characters out of trouble
  • Write series books, including thinking of more than one story for a favorite character
  • Make characters speak in many ways, including speech bubbles, and for different purposes, such as to show a character’s thoughts or feelings
  • Include tiny, realistic details to the stories- show, not tell- to help the readers picture the story in their minds
  • Divide stories into chapters and stretch out each chapter so it includes a beginning, a middle, and an end

 READING WORKSHOPStudying Characters and Their Stories

  • Study character before, during, and after reading
  • Make predictions and read with these in mind, thinking, “what’s going to happen?” “was I right?” “should I change my mind?”
  • Reread the first chapter for fluency. On a second read, smooth out voices- as they already know what their characters are doing and saying, so it’s easier to match voices to what’s happening and read expressively
  • Get to know the personality of a character by paying attention to how the character reacts to the events in the story
  • Pay special attention to the pictures in the book, and read often to make a picture in their mind
  • Use everything they know to solve tricky words, beginning with using the pictures, and thinking about what’s happening in the story to figure out what makes sense. Then, they can look closely through the whole word, looking for all the parts they know to figure out the word

 UNIT OF INQUIRY Where we are in Place and TimeHomes are built in different ways around the world

  • Inquire into different types of homes
  • Look at the similarities and differences of homes around the world
  • Inquire into why homes change based on location



Math: Unit 9

  • Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem
  • Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6, 7 = 8 – 1, 5 + 2 = 2 + 5, 4 + 1 = 5 + 2
  • Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral
  • Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks



  • Continue to practice printing lower case letters and numbers.
  • Continue to practice reading and writing high frequency words and “sight words.”
  • Using ending punctuation
  • Using uppercase letters to start sentences and for people’s names

Pictures of Homes

Hi Parents!

Grade 1 is starting our last Unit this week. Our Central Idea is: Homes are built in different places around the world. As we tune in to this unit, we would love to have some photographs of your homes! Please send in photos of the inside OR the outside of your homes; both in Shanghai and in other parts of the world to support our discussions and provoke inquiry.

Art Auction

A Message from PAFA: ECE Art Auction- May 12

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 Kindergarten and Grade 1 concert on the Hongqiao main campus. Be sure to get your tickets so you don’t miss this fun filled evening!

Upcoming Events

K/1 Concert May 10th 6:00 pm on the Main Campus Stage 

After 5:45, Please drop off K children in the cafeteria of the main campus and please drop off grade 1 children in the hallways beside the theaters – signs will be posted to point you in the right direction

Costume information for K/1

A sold color shirt, blue jeans, and shoes of your choosing. Any shade of red, green, orange, yellow, purple or pink.

Art Auction

Art Auction is coming up! Plan to attend this great community event and purchase some beautiful art! Tickets can be purchased from the front lobby of building A.


Our swimming week is coming up! You should have all received information via your SCIS Parent Account about the location of the swimming venue. We will be swimming the week of MAY 21 – MAY 25; leaving ECE at 9:30 and arriving back at 11:15.

We will need two parent volunteers Monday – Thursday to help with change rooms, busses, and transitions – please contact me if you would like to help out with your date preferences. All parents are invited to come and participate in the swim lesson on Friday the 25th.

Upcoming Events

Hi Parents!

Here are some important dates coming up:

Tuesday, April 17: Passport Club
Wednesday, April 18: SCIS book fair
Saturday, April 21: SCIS ECE Cultural Fair 10:00-2:00PM
Tuesday, April 24: SCIS ECE Math Night 5:00-6:00PM
Thursday, April 26: SCIS HQ Welcome BBQ (check your SCIS email for an invitation from LS staff)