Update December 14

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

I wanted to share this blog a day early to ensure that parents know that tomorrow is a Green and Jeans Day!  Students are dismissed at 11:30.

The first semester has truly flown by. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your children.

Enjoy your long break and we will see you back in 2018!

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

Welcoming New Families

SCIS Pudong will welcome over 20 new students in January – the most in the last four years.  So, we want to make sure that all the new families are supported in joining the SCIS Community. This includes the opportunity to learn all about the details of living in a dynamic city like Shanghai !  We are putting together a new WeChat group for the new families. (It is optional for them to join.)  On the group, they can ask all the little questions that each of us had when we first moved to Shanghai. We are looking for a few of our current parents to join this WeChat group and support our new families in their transition by sharing information and helping to answer questions. If you are interested in helping out, email Laurie Luebbe at lluebbe@scis-china.org and she will add you to the group.  (Thank you!)


December 8 Update

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

Let me start by saying congratulations to all of our Lower School students for their performances today. It was a day to showcase the Performing Arts.

Our PK students (and parents!) started the day off right with an Art and Artists Gallery Walk. The PK artists shared their work and were able to explain what made it special to them. A big thank you to Ms. Aleksa and Ms. Emily who put so much time into preparing the Gallery Walk so that authentic learning could happen. And, a thank you to the parents and faculty who joined to appreciate and hear from our artists – making the experience an authentic expression of sharing.

Later in the day, three Lower School performances were shared to packed houses in the auditorium. The N/PS class performed an excited dance number followed the Grade PK-1 performance of the “The Mitten”. At 1:30 students in Grades 2-5 shared a lively “The Holly Jolly Pirates of Pinataville” for students and families.

These shows were live-streamed, so if you could not make the live performance, check it out online.

Pudong Winter Festival – Sunday, Dec. 10th 11:00am-3:00 pm

All families are welcome to join our SCIS Winter Festival with a German Market theme to celebrate the holidays.  Our PAFA have worked tirelessly to provide a festive winter environment – come out, relax, shop, and enjoy the SCIS community!

Dragon Cup Basketball – Saturday @ SCIS HQ

Good luck to our Boys and Girls Basketball teams as they are take part in the Dragon Cup on Saturday at Hongqiao Campus of SCIS. We always need more fans, so come out and support the Green Dragons!

Student Transitions

The life of an international school community is transient. The only thing stable is change. As we approach the end of the first semester, we know we will say goodbye to a few families and friends. If you are departing or if you know someone who is, please allow your children the time to say goodbye to classmates and teachers.   Sometimes, saying goodbye is not easy, but it is an important part of a healthy transition process.  If you are leaving, know that you will “always be a Dragon.”  You have left your mark on our SCIS community;  I hope you leave SCIS as a happier, healthier person knowing that SCIS has left a mark on you as well.

Part of the transition process is welcoming our new students – and there should be quite a few of them in January. We can all remember what it felt like to be the family or the new student.  Let’s do all we can to transition these newest members into the SCIS community.

Enjoy today’s photos and the rest of your weekend.

Derek Luebbe
Head of School


G2-5 Winter Concert 1
G2-5 Winter Concert 3
G2-5 Winter Concert 2



PK Art and Artists Learning Celebration set up (Thanks Ms. Aleksa and Ms. Emily!)


Ms. Gale adds to the fun


Lucas shares the day.


Frank and Cody and explore and explain.


PK-G1 Winter Concert

Winter Festival Busing, Broadway Live Deadline

Good morning everyone,

Winter Festival Transportation

Just a reminder of our SCIS Winter Festival this Sunday from 11am-3pm. This is a family-friendly event, and we invite your family and friends to attend in the festivities. We will provide free busing to and from the event at the following locations. For the return trip, all buses will depart SCIS at 3:00 pm. Space on the bus is only for those who reserve in advance. To do so, contact Stu Ren at sren@scis-china.org

  • Shimao Riviera(1 Weifang Road Gate)世茂滨江(潍坊西路1号大门): Depart 10:20
  • Green Court(777 Biyun Road, Lan’an road gate)碧云花园(碧云路777号蓝桉路大门): Depart 10:30
  • Emerald(Emerald Club House)绿宝园会所: Depart 10:45

PAFA Meeting and Broadway Live (15 days left for SCIS discount!) Q&A

Today at 10:00 am there is a PAFA meeting in the main conference room. This is followed by a 2nd Question and Answer Session at 11:00 am about the visiting Broadway Live Theater Experience coming to SCIS Pudong. There are only 15 days left for SCIS parents to secure a discount.

This is a fantastic opportunity to have professionals from Broadway come to Shanghai and work with dedicated theater students from all over Shanghai. We hope you can spread the word (and the website !) to other families in Shanghai.

If you are unable to make the Q&A session but wish to find out more information, contact Laurie Luebbe at lluebbe@scis-china.org

December 1 Update


Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

As we near the near the end of 2017, we have much to be thankful for in our SCIS Community. Enjoy a few pictures from some of the many SCIS events, and be sure to review our divisional bulletins for more detailed information.

Lower School Bulletin            Upper School Bulletin

Enjoy the weekend.

Derek Luebbe, Head of School 

18 Days (and counting) for SCIS Parents to Receive Broadway Live Discount!


Did you know Broadway is coming to Shanghai?   Professionals from Broadway NYC will be leading an intensive nine-day theater experience at SCIS.  SCIS is working hard to make this a reality in Shanghai and promote this unique

opportunity, with a deadline for sign-ups of December 20.  More information can be found here.

Benefits for SCIS families?

  • Receive a $500 discount
  • One child can receive a 50% discount in exchange for some marketing support
  • Spaces are limited. Contact Laurie Luebbe if you are interested.
  • Broadway Live provides access to top-tier universities in the USA, with potential for  visits and possible scholarships in performing arts.

We will host a Q&A for any interested parents on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 11:00 am.

(That’s right after the PAFA meeting at 10:00 am)  If you know of other parents – SCIS or not – please invite them to contact us to learn more!

Bus Safety

Please read the blog post from Nov. 28 regarding changes to our bus procedures that are beginning Monday to enhance safety and help improve bus behavior.

SCIS Celebrates Arts Night

Performing arts plays a very important role in the development of children  – allowing them to express who they are. Ultimately, performing isn’t really performing without an audience. And, that’s where I want to thank all the parents who came out to share in what was a great evening for our SCIS community, and – thanks to all of you – provided an authentic experience for our students expressing themselves!


SCIS Band, led by Mr. Demas
Break-out sessions in the foyer featuring our beginner band students.
Parents socialize and peruse IB Art / Design student work.
A fantastic parent community makes this a great event!

Maitian Giving Tree Delivers Donations to Jiangxi Province

Thanks to our dedicated Maitian parents, we collected donations and were able to deliver those (and other purchased supplies) to students in Jiangxi Province on November 26.

Students in Jiangxi Province welcome SCIS
Maitian Donations: Ready to Go









SCIS gives!
saying Thank You










Maitian spreads the (bagel) love to brighten up the morning. (Proceeds helped fund the donations.)

Boys Basketball Go 2-0

With victories over SCIS-HQ and SAS, the boys varsity basketball team continued improving during the action this weekend.

Coach Volpe and the Varsity Boys, leading at half vs. SAS.


SCIS Faculty – Life Long Learners

Friday, November 24 was a free day for students, but a professional development day for faculty. Pictured below, small groups analyze research on the changing role of assessment during our morning sessions.

Small groups debate and discuss best practices in assessment to help our students.