Head of School Updates, December 14 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends

Semester One officially ended today, and it is always a bittersweet experience. The excitement of vacation lies directly ahead of everyone, but we also acknowledge that 20 SCIS Dragons will say goodbye to start new adventures. This is one of the realities of living in an international community, and I’m so proud of the way all of our students step up and are able to share their feelings – a difficult skill indeed. During our Upper School Assembly, Counselor, Maja Kelly talked about the need to build a transition “RAFT”: 

R- Reconcilation
A – Affirmation
F- Farewell
T- Think Destination

The RAFT process is important for students and families – whether you are staying or going. The premise behind the RAFT strategy is that we sometimes limit our effectiveness in our new destination if we have not resolved and brought healthy closure to our past relationships. Whether that means expressing the feelings to a close friend or trying to resolve past problems, leaving on the right foot is an important. I’m proud of our school and students for sharing these skills with students, when so often it is easier to build habits of avoidance. You can learn more about the RAFT process here.

When we return in 2019, we will welcome close to 35 new students into SCIS, and I’m sure our current students will show the same sense of maturity in welcoming them into the SCIS family.

Parents and students at the PS-PK Learning Celebration

This week, we had a number of Learning Celebrations and special events to celebrate the completion of our first half. Some special recognition goes out to our PS/PK teachers and parents who showcased their students’ work within a Learning Celebration that was extremely well attended by all the parents. It was great to see such a huge turnout for the BlackBox event. It’s the type of experience that not only builds our community but provides a more authentic learning experience for our students.  You can see a number of photos from that event below.

Holiday songs welcome students this morning.

Along with that, today the Upper School celebrated with morning holiday songs, an international breakfast, and a celebratory assembly of first semester accomplishments to recap the year thus far.

 

 

As a reminder, students start school Monday, January 7th.  I’m sure we are looking forward to the next couple of weeks of vacation, and I hope to see everyone back fresh and re-charged for a productive 2nd Semester.

Best wishes to all within our community for a safe and restful vacation with family and friends.

Go Dragons,
Derek Luebbe
Head of School

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Head of School Updates, December 7, 2018

Dear Parents, Teachers, Students, and Friends

Our Gratitude Board

It’s been a very rewarding and successful first semester. In November, we shared a Thankfulness Board, and the messages left by students, parents, and faculty are a great reminder of what we have. Personally, I’m thankful to be a place where students and adults say hello and good-bye with high fives. It’s a small symbol of something that I think is really special about SCIS.

Last week we had our Upper School Winter Arts Night. Today’s Lower School Winter Concert was another showcase for our students, allowing them to stretch their comfort zone and take chances. Kudos to Ms. Deveor and our students for a fantastic performance of original music compositions.

 

Last weekend, we celebrated our Pudong Winter Festival, and the campus

was certainly alive with action. Special crafts, performances, vendors, and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus all came together to make it a memorable day for students. An event like this doesn’t happen without a lot of planning from our PAFA, led by Vanessa Thomas which includes our MaiTian Mamas. I’m also grateful to the community of parents who make up our WeChat Fantastic Parents. The group has been extremely helpful in helping us share information and success stories; I am appreciative of the fact that everyone in the group has stayed true to the WeChat norms we shared in the beginning of the year. For an experiment that started in earnest last year, it has been a big success in building our community.

I also want to take a moment to give thanks for our vibrant parent community. From Athletic Boosters, to Lego Robotics, to Positive Discipline class, to community-building events like Winter Festival and Bingo Night, we are all fortunate to have such an active parent body, who add to our students’ experience.

Speaking of Bingo Night and parents, a special thank you go Dieter Hildt for sharing the fantastic photos many of you have seen on the Fantastic Parents WeChat group. In this post, I am sharing a link for all of Dieter’s photos from our Bingo Night. Check out some of the fantastic shots.

I encourage you to be a part of our  Positive Discipline Parent Course in English. The Positive Discipline philosophy is an approach we are advocating and using in order to provide students with the skills they need to navigate emotions and conflict. As educators and parents, it also provides some extremely effective best-practices in navigating the childrens’ behavior. We want to move beyond rewards and punishments and try to help students understand the reasons for their actions, and the strategies for understanding and learning how to take more effective actions. You can learn more about Positive Discipline here or contact Liz Gale to learn more about joining the SCIS Parent Study Group starting in 2019.
NOTE: If you are a beginning English speaker, you will not have not have any language trouble understanding the content. Trust me, you will love it.

As we approach our last week, please keep in mind that students dismiss at 11:30 on Friday December 14.

Enjoy your weekend.

Warm regards
Derek Luebbe

Passport to Broadway: Reserve Your Spot!

There will be an event next Saturday in Shanghai, where Passport to Broadway Program Director Amy Weinstein presents the program and answers questions via Skype directly from the heart of Broadway. This is followed by a dance improvisation from artists based here. The important dates are listed below. For more information contact SCIS parent Renata Sommer.

  Q&A session + dance improvization in Shanghai: Dec 8th

– Early Bird deadline: Dec 10th

– Workshop date: Spring Break 2019

Please find both flyers below (Q&A event and workshop), to have all details. Scan the QR Code to register for the Q&A. For more information please click here: www.passporttobroadway.com 

 

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Head of School Updates, November 30 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Friends,

We were lucky enough this week to be hosting math expert Erma Anderson. Erma worked with our Pudong faculty on Thursday, and then worked with a group of 30 educators from around Asia (including 7 SCIS teachers) who are in pursuing a two-year course as Math Specialists for International Schools.

Congratulations go out to our Upper School Arts students and teachers for a great Arts Night on Thursday. Our students are fortunate to be led by such a dynamic, versatile group of faculty. A special shout-out needs to go to the 20 students and Mr. Demas for launching our newly formed MS Jazz Band! They did a fantastic job!

On Sunday, all families are invited to join the SCIS Pudong Winter Festival from 11:00-3:00 pm. Food, drinks, activities, crafts, games, shopping and vendors will await you. If you’re lucky, you may even get a special chance to visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus! A special thank you goes out to our dedicated PAFA MaiTian Parents who transformed our cafeteria into a Winter Wonderland in preparation for Sunday’s Festival.

As the first semester comes nears an end, I want to share three reminders.

  • The last day of school is Friday, December 14 and it will be a half-day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30.
  • Because of the government holiday in October, we will return to school on Monday, January 7.
  • December and January are typical times when families transition. We have a growing wait list, and therefore it’s important for us to try to get accurate, timely information. If your chid is leaving SCIS, please notify Laurie Luebbe (lluebbe@scis-china.org) so that we can prepare any necessary paperwork to ensure a smooth transition. It also allows us to proactively communicate with incoming families for January.

As always, we believe we are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with parents in support of children. We appreciate your trust and our relationship. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 

Respectfully,

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

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Head of School Updates, November 23 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

Bingo Night Planning Committee with our MCs

Initially, a huge thank you to everyone who was a part of SCIS Bingo Night 2018. What a fantastic event! Trish Castillo and the PAFA Bingo Planning Committee led the efforts for a turnout of over 300 parents, students, and faculty. Our MCs for the night (Mr. Kelly and Coach Vic) kept it moving – and somehow managed a wardrobe change every 30 minutes. And, a special thank you to all the behind-the-scenes people who just make the event run smoothly and leave us a with a great memory. Those of you on the WeChat Fantastic Parents group know that a big thank you goes to Dieter for sharing such fantastic photographs of the night!

Bingo Night: Food, Fun, and Community

As we approach the end of the first semester, the activity level at school increases significantly.

Teachers collaborate on Concept-Based Learning.

Professionally, our big highlight this week included a 3-day visit from Concept-Based Learning expert Tania Lattanzio. She worked with the staff in small groups to further their understanding in this area, and today (Friday) were were fortunate to have her work with our entire faculty together. It’s been a great week of professional collaboration.

SCIS Teachers engage in a day of learning with Tania Lattanzio.

As you can see the from the photos below, the school is buzzing as well. I want to thank all the parents who joined us for the SCIS Turkey Trot Swim Meet, basketball games today

Dragon Swimmers compete in the Turkey Trot.

and tomorrow (SCIS Dragon Cup at SCIS HQ) and the various Lower School Learning Celebrations where students showcased their learning. When our students see us involved in their efforts, learning and growth is more connected and authentic.

Operationally, I want to announce that we will return from the Winter Holiday in the midst of a main lobby re-design! Working in collaboration with PAFA and with the special help of parent Victor Ngo (whose design expertise has been invaluable!), we will begin a re-design of the Illy Cafe and main floor central corridor to make it more inviting, collaborative, and create additional meeting spaces for parents and students.

Strategically, the planning for 2019-20 has already begun. The short story is that SCIS Pudong continues to grow! Our year-on-year school tours continue to increase – and so much of that is because of the large number of parent referrals we get from all of you. (Thank you.) While we have reached capacity at a few grade levels this year, we anticipate that next year there will be many grade levels near capacity, especially in the lower grades. Sadly, with each break we must say goodbye to a few families who make up our SCIS Community. If your family is relocating, please reach out to SCIS so that we can prepare your departure packet. Know that you are always welcome to come back and visit. “Once a Dragon; always a Dragon.”

To meet our anticipated enrollment growth, our Board of Directors have already approved additional teachers to be hired for August of 2019, and we have already started the hiring process. Because we’re located in Shanghai and we now have an established IB Program (PYP, MYP, DP), SCIS remains an attractive place to work and grow professionally.  Our reputation and SCIS community is well-known by teachers internationally, and this allows us an added advantage in the hiring process.

As you know, Friday December 14 is the last day of the first semester. Students are dismissed at 11:30 am on this day.

This week, all new families to SCIS in 2018-19 should have received an email survey from me to hear. If you did not receive this email, contact Joanna at jzhou@scis-china.org . Whether you are a new family or a long-term Dragon, your feedback helps us improve. We remain open to your suggestions and encourage you to communicate with PAFA to plan ways that we can better serve students and families.

This weekend, we have the SCIS (Hongqiao) Winter Festival on Saturday from 11:00-4:00 pm. Our Pudong Winter Festival is Sunday, December 2nd from 11:00 – 3:00 pm. We encourage you to join these festive events – and share in the SCIS Community!

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Respectfully,

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

 

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Head of School Updates, November 16, 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

Parents prepare for Bingo Night

If you were lucky enough to visit the school this week, you no doubt saw a dedicated group of parents in the lobby preparing for Saturday’s Bingo Night. You will see a few more photos later in the blog to showcase the great work that is being done.

The finished product! Two of our beautiful bingo baskets are just waiting for a lucky winner!

As of 2:00 pm Friday, the Black Box has been transformed into the SCIS Bingo Hall, and we’re expecting over 300 parents, students, and faculty to join the fun. It’ll be great night of fun, food, drinks, and prizes.

 

 

 

Boys and Girls Volleyball bring home some trophies!

 

 

 

 

 

The week was a little calmer than last week’s ACAMIS Volleyball Tournament Congratulations go out to everyone in the

SCIS community for making the weekend such a great experience for our students. The Dragon Spirit was alive and well. Our SCIS boys captured 3rd Place in the tournament, and our girls team left the weekend undefeated as ACAMIS champions! 

Another big shout out goes to our returning MUN (Model United Nations) students who took part in the Model United Nations Conference in Hangzhou. While the MUN Conference doesn’t give our trophies or award winners, our students to developed diplomatic problem-solving skills while tackling global issues – a skill the world badly needs!

Next week, our faculty is gearing up with for three special days of fantastic professional development. We will be visited by renowned expert, Tania Lattanzio, who has helped support schools around the world in their development of teaching IB units with a Conceptual Understanding. Tania will be working in small-groups with faculty throughtout Wednesday and Thursday, and we will take advantage of our Professional Development Day on Friday to have Tania work with our entire staff. REMINDER: Students do not have school on November 23.

Lastly, as you can see from the fliers below, there are many community-building activities coming up in the near future. We have two different Winter Festivals! Our SCIS Pudong Festival is on Sunday Dec. 2. The SCIS system (representing all three campuses, Pudong, Hongqiao, and Hongqiao ECE Campus) is planning a Winter Festival for all families within the SCIS system on November 24. The System Festival is held at our Hongqiao Campus. These are special events and we will provide parent bussing to both of them, to help encourage your attendance! Stay tuned for bussing sign-up information.

I’m sure I will see many of you this Saturday. I must admit, I am feeling lucky and plan to win a few of the bingo baskets!

Wishing each of you a relaxing weekend.
Warm regards,

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

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Head of School Updates, November 9 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Friends,

Boys in action – with heavy support from the SCIS student body.

Today (and yesterday) we’ve been in the midst of the ACAMIS Volleyball Tournament as 7 other teams from around China and Mongolia have descended upon SCIS. The atmosphere in the gym has been electric, and it’s as loud as I’ve ever heard it. As of this writing, the round-robin portion is completed with the boys team taking 2nd place and the girls 1st in their division. Starting this afternoon, the knock-out stage of the tournament is set to begin; both teams are in action today and tomorrow as they strive to become ACAMIS champs.

A huge event like this couldn’t happen without the planning of our AD Coach Vic, and lots of other individuals. A big congratulations to our PAFA Booster Parents who have run the all-important concession stand throughout the 3-day tournament. And, and thank you to all of the parents who have donated baked goods to raise money and sell to the athletes and fans.

Boosters keep up the energy level!
Sanni and Lexi lead the Lower School Cheerleaders.

The tournament started at 11:30 on Thursday with an Opening Ceremony that included speeches, music from students and the first appearance from our Lower School Dragon Cheerleaders to kick off the event.

The cheerleaders were led by two Upper School students (Sanni and Lexi) who ran an ASA the last quarter with the Lower School students as part of their CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) Project. They should all be proud of what they have accomplished.

Yale Basketball practice at SCIS

As Thursday wasn’t busy enough, in the morning, we welcomed the Men’s Basketball Team from Yale University (USA) to practice in our gym.  Yale plays Cal (California) on Saturday in Shanghai. It was a fantastic experience for some of our students to witness, as they saw the intensity and dedication from these student-athletes from the most competitive level of university athletics.

 

I also want to thank Dr. Volpe and Ms. Gale for Wednesday’s Parent Session to help develop understanding in the recent NWEA MAP test results. Approximately, 20 parents were in attendance, and the Q&A was very informative. If you have questions your about your child’s results, please contact your child’s teacher. If you have questions about the MAP test in general, feel free to reach out to Dr. Volpe or Ms. Gale.

Lastly, upon returning to school on Wednesday, we were greeted by the hard work within our Indian community, who spent part of their weekend coming into school to help our students understand and celebrate Diwali – the Indian festival of lights. Our parents made a traditional sand-art rangoli display, adding so much to the experience of all of our students. Thank you!

Our Diwali rangoli transforms the main lobby!

Although it was a short week, it was a busy one. Having all of these experiences – along with the upcoming ones shared below – reiterates how important the contributions of community are in helping our students access these types learning experiences. Getting caught up in the daily details, it’s too easy to take for granted the student experiences we all  make possible.  Our students are lucky to be part of such an inclusive, involved community. I know I speak for the faculty when I say we are fortunate to be a part of such a community as well.

Wishing each of you relaxing weekend. (Wear some green, and come out to school on Saturday to support our Dragon Volleyball Teams!)

Go Dragons,

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

Save The Date: SCIS Pudong Bingo, November 17

Join us on November 17 for a family-fun night of laughter, food, drinks, and prizes.  Download and fill out your Bingo Registration Form 2018 .

Reserve your space!  Questions? Contact Trish Castillo at pdpafa.eventco@scis-china.org

Save the Date: SCIS Winter Carnival at HQ Campus, November 24

You are cordially invited to join us for the Second Annual SCIS Winter Carnival hosted at the Hongqiao Main Campus on Saturday, November 24th from 11am – 4pm.

We have partnered with the Community Center Shanghai (CCS) who will host their annual Winter Bazaar full of great holiday shopping, delicious foods, and warming winter drinks. SCIS will provide the fun, including games, activities, and entertainment for the entire family, with a few winter surprises and special gifts you won’t want to miss.

Admission is FREE and ALL family and friends of SCIS are encouraged to join us for an exciting day of fun. We hope to see you there! Please look for more details coming soon!

Save The Date: SCIS Pudong Winter Festival, Sunday December 2

Photos This Week From Around Campus

 

 

 

Head of School Updates, November 2 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

It was a busy and fun-filled Spirit Week at SCIS Pudong. A collective thanks to your Student Council for the fun events, and it’s not over yet. Friday afternoon will also include a Student-Staff Volleyball game where we shall all see who shall win between youth and wisdom…  

Tonight, the Upper School hosts our Annual Java Jam on the 3rd Floor Gallery – an open mic celebration of music, poetry, and skits from our students and faculty.

Student groups presenting re-design ideas to parents and faculty

For the last two days, I was fortunate to be part of an audience of parents and Dr. Volpe who were able to hear eight different student-groups from our MYP Design Class share their ideas for a potential re-design of our 4th Floor HS Lounge space. There were some great ideas shared, all with rationale and 3D software to help us better envision the student ideas. Congratulations to our Design Teacher, Mr. Willauer for all his work with the students in preparation. It’s the kind of real-world learning that we strive to provide – an environment where there are clear goals but no clear pathways. It’s a project with an authentic purpose, aimed at a specific audience, where the achievement level is not judged by right-wrong answers but by the quality of ideas and the effectiveness of the communication. In short, it’s how learning should be.  I know the audience members were impressed by how far the students developed their ideas, and we’re all eager to continue to work with the students to make the eventual re-design a reality. Lastly, I want to share a special thank you to the parents who took time to be a part of the audience and ask such probing questions. Students need authentic audiences – and when parents can help support our program by making the audience more authentic, the level of learning is increased significantly

Authentic audiences were also on display on Thursday after school in the auditorium where IB Music Teacher Mr. Demas led the IB Diploma Music Students in their semi-annual IB Recital for an audience of teachers, parents, and students. Thank you to those who came out to support (and enjoy) some fantastic music. It’s another example of how learning and the assessment of learning is more authentic when it’s presented to a natural audience. These performances are recorded, and will be submitted to the IB as part of a formal assessment. 

We’re lucky in many ways to have such a small school filled with dedicated people who are willing to give their time to provide these types of opportunities. Our students benefit from it.

Lastly, our administration team was fortunate enough to meet this week with a representative of the US Consulate who came to learn more about what our school has to offer. Listening and sharing to that explanation was a rewarding experience in and of itself, as it showcased how our day-to-day experience is shaped by our educational beliefs. These include:

  • Our belief in a research-based best practices curriculum using the IB’s PYP, MYP, and DP framework to provide a personalized and rigorous environment.
  • Our belief in a personalized, inclusive approach to helping each child reach their potential. Children need to feel safe, happy, and comfortable within a nurturing relationship before they will take academic risks and share personal opinions.
  • Our belief in a collaborative, instead of competitive, environment. We value supporting all students into the rigor of the IB DP Program over being selective and only allowing our top students to experience such a program. (Research, again, reinforces this approach.)
  • Our belief in maintaining and leveraging our diversity so that students learn from and with one another – not only a teacher.

There are so many photos from this week (including the hugely successful weekend Halloween event on Saturday – Thank you PAFA! and the MS Halloween Dance on Friday night) that I can’t fit them all in.  Suffice it to say, many more are on the Fantastic Parents WeChat.

As you know, there will be no school on Monday or Tuesday. On behalf of all the faculty, enjoy the long weekend. We will see everyone back on Wednesday, fired up for SCIS to host the Boys and Girls ACAMIS Volleyball Tournaments on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Go Dragons!

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

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Head of School Updates, October 26 2018

Dear Parents, Faculty, Students, and Friends,

It was certainly a busy week. Today’s Halloween festivities meant the campus was fulled with action, fun, and a lot of costumes. And, the Halloween fun won’t stop today – Saturday from 12:00-3:00 all families are invited to take part more Halloween games, food, drink, prizes and the SCIS Haunted House.

Bus pick-ups and drop-offs are available to assist in your travel. (See previous post.) Families who reserved a space have a spot reserved and other spaces on the bus will be on a first-come, first serve basis.

It promises to be a fun-filled day. And, it would not be right to not recognize our wonderful PAFA group of parents who have dedicated their time the last few days to transform the basement into the games, booths, and Haunted House that will provide all the Saturday fun. Thank you PAFA!

 

On Thursday, we concluded our Fall Semester Parent-Teacher Conferences. We had approximately 80% of parents attend this important event. If you were unable to attend, please reach out to your child’s teachers. This event is one of the best ways that we can partner with parents to help ensure a successful year for children. You will see some of the photos from Thursday below.

Lastly, during part of today’s Halloween celebration, I was able to have some fun with students as well Below, you will see a few photos of me dressed as crazy dentist. My goal was to try to convince students to let me do an inspection on their teeth with my outdated tools and methods. I’m proud to say that all students had the common sense to not let me work on their teeth.

Wishing you a relaxing weekend, as we prepare for next week’s Spirit Week!

Warm regards

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

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Head of School Update, Oct 22

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

I share this special Head of School Update with some important information on recent events.

Kitchen & Food Service

As many of you know, there have been recent reports sharing violations that the government has noticed with regards to health and safety of food preparation in some international schools. This is not true for SCIS. Please see an important email which was sent today at 12:56 pm to all parents from SCIS Director of Schools, Dan Eschtruth. The email should go a long ways towards keeping you informed of the situation. As always, the health and safety of our students is our number one concern.  We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more information.

Halloween Invitation: All Are Welcome for a Day of Fun!

Our Halloween Festival is this Saturday from noon to 3:00 pm. All families are invited. The event should be a fun day of games, activities, and a haunted house.  We are seeking the help of parents (and some of our older students) to help volunteer in running some of the activities.  If you can help out, visit this link to preview the activities and sign up to help out with 45 minutes of your time for the activity of your choice! 

We are running busses from pick-up / drop-off points on the day. See below. Sign-ups can be made by emailing Stu Ren at pd-transportation@scis-china.org by Thursday at 5:00 pm.

REMINDER: Parent Teacher Conferences, Thursday Oct. 25

No school for students on this day. We look forward to seeing you.

 

SCIS Spirit Week October 29 – November 2

Each day is a special dress day. Show your creativity and school spirit! Plan ahead.

Head of School Updates, October 19 2018

 

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

An important email was shared on October 15. If you somehow did not get that email, please read below and ensure that you set up your SCIS parent email account correctly.

Dear SCIS Families,
SCIS has officially received the directive to close school on all of our campuses (Pudong, Hongqiao Main, & Hongqiao ECE) on November 5th & 6th in support of the China International Import Expo. As such, all After School Activities (ASA), athletics, performances, mother tongue language programs, and extra-curricular activities will also be canceled on those days.  We will re-open with all operations on Wednesday,November 7th.
The SCIS school calendar is built to support one missed day of school per academic year, but as this government directive requires us to cancel two school days, SCIS will make up one school day. As such, we will now hold a full day of school with students on Monday, January 7th, 2019.

Morning Bagels For Sale!

Today started with a bang, as students and teachers were greeted by PAFA’s MaiTian group Bagel-A-Thon.  Twenty

Bagels For Sale. Look how happy Coach Vic is!

 

RMB brought some happiness and a great way to start the day.

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences (No School) Oct. 25

Today, all families can access the Mid-Semester Progress Report for each child. After reviewing the Progress Report, the next step is to schedule a conference with your child’s teachers for October 25.

There will be no school for students on this day.

Each division has provided a link to help you sign-up for a conferences. Conferences are an important part of helping your child have a successful year. Working together, teachers and parents better understand each child and work towards future success. In order to use our time most effectively, we are sharing a “Tipsheet for Parents” from the Harvard Family Research Project

 

Positive Discipline (in Mandarin) Classes at SCIS

Many thanks to the parents who are taking part in our weekend Positive Discipline sessions in Mandarin. Our first of four sessions started Saturday October 13. A special thank you to Liz Gale for kick-starting this initiative. Parents who attended yesterday’s Lower School Assembly saw our 1st Grade students showcasing the Positive Discipline strategies. Ultimately, that’s at the heart of Positive Discipline – instead of simply providing rewards or punishments, we want to help build skills in our children so that they learn to be independent problem-solvers. This philosophy and the strategies they share are great resources for every educator and parent to have. It’s one example of how we can better serve students when school and families are working together with consistent messages. You can learn more about Positive Discipline at their website.

Halloween Festival at SCIS, Saturday October 27 12:00 – 3:00

We hope you’re looking for a little family fun to celebrate Halloween! Join us on Saturday – in costume! – for games, events, and treats. Everyone is invited to attend. A huge thank you PAFA Events Coordinator, Trish Castillo for planning the day. She is already busy changing ideas into resources and volunteers to make this a great day for students. To make the day a success, we are asking for volunteers (parents and US students) to help out in Haunted House, help run games, or just add to the fun by looking scary! 

We are running busses from pick-up / drop-off points on the day. See below. Sign-ups can be made by emailing Stu Ren at pd-transportation@scis-china.org by Thursday at 5:00 pm.

Stay on the lookout for a sign-up sheet listing the activities (and ways that you can help out).

It promises to be a fun-filled day. We look forward to seeing you there.

Math Workshop Leader Erma Anderson to Speak with Parents, Nov. 29

Last weekend, Erma Anderson came to SCIS Pudong for 3 days of mathematics workshops with 25 educators around Asia. These educators are pursuing their certificate as K-8 Math Specialists in International Schools. The next session scheduled for late November, and we are thrilled to announce that Erma will be able to present to parents November 29 (time pending). Erma’s presentation will challenge and change the way you think about mathematics and mathematics instruction.

SCIS Hosting High School ACAMIS Volleyball Tournament: Nov. 8, 9, 10

Don’t forget to set aside some time to support our Varsity Dragon Volleyball Teams when we host teams from all over China as SCIS Pudong hosts the 2018 ACAMIS Volleyball Tournament. Leading up to the tournament, students will get to take part in Spirit Week from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Stay tuned for more information from the Student Council.

We get to do some great things with children each and every day.  Enjoy the photos below – they speak well to the energy and learning that is happening throughout the building.  

Wishing you and your family a relaxing weekend.

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

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