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 


More Photos From Around The Campus


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