Head of School Updates, February 1 2019

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

We head into Chinese New Years with a fantastic celebration of our host country culture. Our students celebrated with an assembly featuring a number of student and outside performances to celebrate our host country. This was followed up by a Temple Fair where Lower School students were able to take part in cultural activities and crafts.

A special thank you goes out to our fantastic Mandarin Department who planned the day so well. Once again, we are so appreciative of the 20 parents who volunteered their time and creativity to help run some of the Temple Fair activities. It’s another example of how our students benefit from a generous parent community.

All of this is made even more special by celebrating this event with such a diverse group of nationalities in the middle of one of the most vibrant and important cities in the world!   I must say, when I was 20 years old, I never could have predicted that I would be a part of a day like today.

Below, you will see a few photos of our Chinese New Year activities to prepare for the celebration.

Additionally, you will find some mind-bending photos from our Grade 4 Learning Celebration to their Light and Sound Unit. I was able to visit the groups and have them explain their inquiry into the concepts of light and sound. Their ability to explain and answer (what I thought) were tough questions, truly surprised me. The photos are interesting, but the learning was outstanding. Congratulations to our Grade 4s!

As you all know, Chinese New Year is a special time to connect with family and celebrate. I am excited to be returning to the USA to visit my eldest daughter in university. I hope that you too are able to spend your holiday with family and friends.

Warm regards,

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, February 4 to February 8, Chinese New Year Holiday (No School)
  • Tuesday, February 12,

     PAFA General Meeting, 10:00am-11:00am

     HS Soccer Try-outs, 4:00pm-6:00pm

     Wednesday, February 13, HS Soccer Try-outs, 4:00pm-6:00pm

  • Friday, February 15, HS Winter Formal 6:00pm-8:30pm, Black Box
  • Saturday, February 16, First Lego Junior Event, 8:30am-12:30pm, SAS Pudong Campus

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