Head of School Update, September 21 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Friends,

The rainy weather contrasts against the bright and vibrant colors of today’s United Nations International Day of Peace celebration, followed by our Varsity Volleyball Big Game / Senior Night.  (Many of the photos of these events will have to wait until next week’s blog post.)

A big thank you to all of parents who attended (and those who helped support the day with preparations!).  Enjoying the diversity of 40+ nations walking across the stage is a humbling event, and one that we should not take for granted. Because of the diversity of SCIS, our students benefit from being uniquely prepared to understand and solve global and regional problems that require a high degree of cultural and inter-personal understanding.  Whether it’s watching the Parade of Nations, listening to our musicians, or taking part in our Early Childhood Ceremony in the morning, it is rewarding to see how much each student benefits from the simple exposure to and awareness of those that are different.  It’s another way that our community strengthens the experience that each of our children receive.  If you were unable to attend our assembly, the entire event has been shared as a Live-Streamed event.

If you are a parent looking to get more involved with the school and/or you know someone who could help,  we are seeking help with two initiatives.

  1. Our Parent-School Volunteer Initiative highlighted a number of different ways that parents can help give our students and better experience.
  2. We are currently looking to expand our list of possible substitute teachers. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Naomi Shanks (nshanks@scis-china.org ) for more information.

And lastly, this blog post will likely sent out at the same time that our Varsity Boys and Girls are playing in the Big Game Night / Senior Night matches. Both of these volleyball matches will be Live-Streamed at this link. I do want to give a special shout-out to our Varsity Girls Team who has gone undefeated thus far in city play. Tonight’s match against SMIC is the last regular season SISAC (Shanghai schools) match, and a victory would give SCIS-PD it’s first Girls Volleyball championship!  Additionally it will place the team as the #1 seeds heading into the October 13 tournament against all other Shanghai schools.  As a school, we have not won a Varsity Girls SISAC Championship before. Congratulations to Coach Vic, Coach Riann (Caban), and the girls on a potentially record-settting season. And, best of luck to the Boys and Girls teams in this afternoon’s matches and the upcoming October tournaments!

As you all know, Monday is a holiday. I hope you are able to enjoy some rest and relaxation with family and friends.

Warm regards,

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

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