September 29 Update

Dear Parents,

Just some quick snapshots from recent events.

Earlier today, we shared a PAFA Post with lots of information on upcoming events. Click the image to see the full post.

(Personal) Space Camp

The KG-M explored the concept of “personal space” today with their very own Personal Space Camp!  Different activities focused on how to keep your own personal space as you interact with each other, keeping your hands to yourself or not overwhelming the person you are talking to. The students completed different “missions” to complete their quest.

At the end of the day, after their “mission” was complete, the students received their own astronaut suit to prove ‘mission accomplished’.

(Personal) Space Camp
Ms. Meidinger and class

LunchTime Karaoke

Today, the Upper School lunch featured about 10 karaoke artists – both students and staff. The big highlight included our Upper School Vice Principal singing a student-requested German heavy metal song (quite well!).  All in all, a

Steve and Frank

very fun way to celebrate before vacation. Catch a few highlights:

Watch Ms. Bolden and Kevin sing “The Final Countdown”

 

Sophie and Raz

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing October Break.

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

 

September 18 Update

Alex. Grade 11 in Kangding Sichuan

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our Upper School students (and faculty!) who are returning from their China Go trips. Some fantastic experiences and great memories were built – and hopefully a stronger SCIS community as well.

In the previous week, we completed our MAP testing (Measures of Academic Progress) session for grades 3-9. The MAP assessment not only gives our teachers valuable information to better understand each child’s learning strengths, it also allows our school to benchmark ourselves against other schools around the world. Typically, we fall at approximately the 70th percentile. The data also helps us better understand which sub-skills represent our relative strengths and areas of improvement.

Please keep in mind, that we view the MAP assessment as one piece of data. Whether we look at student learning on the individual level or the system level, standardized assessments represents one perspective for one point in time. On the individual student level, we have other data points as well such as IB assessments, teacher-created assessments, more detailed standardized reading assessments (ex. Fountis and Pinnell), and teacher observations.  Equally important, please keep in mind the wise statement: “All that is tested is not necessarily important, and all the is important is not necessarily tested.”

Below are some reminders of events on the horizon.

 

UNIDOP: United Nations International Day Of Peace
Friday Sept. 22 at 1:30

With over 40 nationalities here at SCIS Pudong, we hope you join us in celebrating that diversity in our UNIDOP Assembly. SCIS offers a special environment to celebrate such a day – understanding the unique traits and perspectives that each of brings to school is an important part of what we do. The world can sometimes seem as if it is in continuous conflict, and we can easily be divided by our differences. We use the platform of UNIDOP to highlight the special opportunity we have in helping to raise the future generation to better prevent and overcome these conflicts. Indeed, SCIS represents the perfect such environment to make this happen.

Students will represent their country, dressing in traditional colors or styles, and marching behind their chosen country’s flag. Our parade of students represents a very tangible way that we can help every child feel valued about who they are as individuals, and how they fit into the mosaic of SCIS. Unlike last year, we will not have our international festival of food on this date. We have moved that festival to a later event in the spring, and we look forward to tasting all the fantastic international dishes that are created by parents during our International Day in March.

Parents are encouraged to attend and help us celebrate.

 

PAFA Parents Night Out !

Interested parents can learn more or RSVP to Vanessa at pdpafa.eventco@scis-china.org by September 20th.

 

 

Parent Coffee and Question & Answer Session with the Head of School
When? Tuesday, September 19 at 9:00 am
Where? Room 210
What?  The Coffee Question & Answer Session is a way that parents can learn more about the school program and hopefully get answers to their questions.  We will host a Coffee Morning at least one time each quarter. It’s meant to be a good way to facilitate communication between the parents and school.  Questions should be submitted in advance to the PAFA President, Trish Castillo. (pdpafa.president@scis-china.org). Please send your questions to Trish by Sept. 15 so that they can be compiled and shared with Mr. Luebbe in advance.

So far, we have received the following questions:

  • How can I understand and use ManageBac? 
  • How does the school monitor air quality in regards to materials used in the construction process over the summer?  On a day-to-day basis, how does the school monitor air quality?
  • Why did the planned Grade 12 spring trip change?
  •  How can parents and the school use WeChat to communicate better?

 

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing weekend.

Derek Luebbe
Head of School
SCIS – Pudong Campus

 

Coffee Q & A with the Head of School

As we wrap up the week, and the Upper School prepares for their upcoming China Go! Trips, I wanted to share an invitation for all of you to attend.

Parent Coffee and Question & Answer Session with the Head of School
When? Tuesday, September 19 at 9:00 am
Where? Room 210
What?  The Coffee Question & Answer Session is a way that parents can learn more about the school program and hopefully get answers to their questions.  We will host a Coffee Morning at least one time each quarter. It’s meant to be a good way to facilitate communication between the parents and school.  Questions should be submitted in advance to the PAFA President, Trish Castillo. (pdpafa.president@scis-china.org). Please send your questions to Trish by Sept. 15 so that they can be compiled and shared with Mr. Luebbe in advance.

So far, we have received the following questions:

  • How can I understand and use ManageBac?
  •  How does the school monitor air quality in regards to materials used in the construction process over the summer?  On a day-to-day basis, how does the school monitor air quality?
  • How can parents and the school use WeChat to communicate better?

If you have a question to add, please share it with Trish via the link above.

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Individual Student Photos are available to be viewed and ordered.  To view your child(ren)’s school photo simply go to

www.intlphotography.com

and use the password:  scispd0817

Within the galleries, you will find links to individual student photos.  Galleries are organized by Grade Level and Advisory/Homeroom Teacher.

All online orders will be shipped to SCIS for distribution.   The due date for orders is September 30. Parents are encouraged to provide your full name when prompted on the final order page.

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Earlier today, Lower School Principal Liz Gale and I were interviewed by the Kindergarten class. We had a great time finding out what they thought our jobs entailed, and then doing our best to summarize what we do within our roles. ( I never knew how hard it was to answer this question to a 5 year old:  “What happens if there was no Head of School?“)

Needless to say, it was a learning experience for all ! 

Wishing you all a restful weekend, and a special bon voyage to our Upper School students as they prepare for their China trips!

Mr. Luebbe
Head of School

Sept 6 Updates and PAFA Parents Night Out

Dear Parents, Students, and Faculty,

Just to keep everyone informed on some recent happenings.

  1. Mark your calendars for September 23rd for our PAFA Parents Night Out. Come out and celebrate our community. Details are below.

Scenes from last year’s PAFA night out

 

 2. Volleyball Today (Home) 4:30 vs. NAIS. Come cheer on the Dragons !  If you can’t make it to school, you can catch the LiveStream via our school’s website (http://pd.scis-his.net/) so you don’t miss the action.

 3. PAFA Welcome Meeting:  We wish to thank all the parents who came out to our first PAFA (Parents and Friends Association) meeting on Sept. 5. And, we offer an even bigger thank you to the large group of PAFA volunteers who are already gearing up to make the year a great one with a host of events. We are fortunate to have such a community! Please know that we are always on the lookout for new ideas and new people who can help contribute to making SCIS a great experience for the students. If you’d like to get involved – or just learn more about PAFA – contact Trish Castillo at pdpafa.president@scis-china.org

 

 4. Morning Bus Pick-Up Reminders:   The bus will not wait for students who are late in the morning. Doing so causes all the students on the bus to arrive late for school. To help keep us on schedule, I have instructed to drivers to leave the bus stop promptly on time. To prevent problems, please be sure that your child arrives at the bus stop  prior to his/her scheduled departure. If you have any bus questions, contact our transportation coordinator Stu Ren at pd-transportation@scis-china.org .  Thank you for your help in keeping our bus times on schedule.

5. Student Individual Photos have now finished. Soon, parents will receive information about how to review and order photos.  

6. What’s happening around SCIS? Check out a few photos. 

 

As always, let us know how we can work together to support students. If you have feedback or questions about any information in this update,  feel free to email me at dluebbe@scis-china.org . 

Enjoy your evening.

Derek Luebbe
Head of School
SCIS – Pudong Campus