Head of School Updates, March 29 2019

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

On Thursday, March 28, all parents received an important email from the school regarding a child safety incident which occurred just outside of our campus. (The email was sent at 4:06 pm.) The email is great reminder of the important role that both the school and home play in communicating to children about interactions with strangers.

The email included resources for parents on how to talk to children about the interactions with strangers.  We will continue to monitor children’s perceptions and stay diligent in ensuring a safe environment.

If you did not receive this email, the event should serve as important reminder that all emails are sent to your SCIS Parent Email Accounts. We can help you set up your SCIS email account to automatically forward  to your personal account so that you will not miss future important emails. Contact the divisional secretary to make an appointment with our Technology Support who can assist you.

I also want to draw your attention to the upcoming elections for the PAFA Executive Board for the 2019-20 school year. Our current PAFA Executive Board has been working diligently to revise our election process. Our goal is to provide avenues for multiple roles for parents who wish to get involved.

For 19-20, we are moving forward with one change in our election process – online voting. In preparation, I want to encourage parents to consider stepping up and encouraging friends to help lead next year’s PAFA by contributing to the following positions on the Executive Board.

2019-20 PAFA Board Positions

Communication Coordinator
Events Coordinator
Food & Beverage Supply Manager
Country Ambassador Coordinator / Volunteer Outreach (NEW)

Non-Board PAFA Positions
Divisional Coordinators (Lower School, Middle School, High School)
Aquatics Booster Club Representative
Bingo Night: Lead Organizer
Halloween Lead Organizer
Winter Festival: Lead Organizer
International Festival: Lead Organizer

Our process leading up to the election is shared below, and we invite you to take an active part in helping continue the strong tradition of community at SCIS Pudong into the 2019-20 school year!

April 9: Job Descriptions Released, Nominations Open
April 16: PAFA General Meeting (update)
April 24: Nominations Close
April 26: Online Voting Opens
May 2: Voting Ends
May 6: New PAFA Board for 2019-20 Announced and transition meetings with current board begin.

Please consider supporting the school. You can learn more about these positions by speaking with a PAFA representative or Laurie Luebbe (lluebbe@scischina.org)

Lastly, I want to leave you with some Photos From Around Campus which feature our Literacy Week and our annual March Madness Ping Pong Tournament. One of the highlights of our Literacy Week was hearing our newly formed Teacher Band (Ms. Williams, Ms. Mount, and Mr. Schultz) play an original song written by Ms. Williams called “Just Right Books.” It was shared in our assembly and was just one highlight of many in a special week celebrating reading and literacy.

Our ping pong tournament will finalize when we return – much like the NCAA Basketball Tournament in the USA it is named after. But the lunchtime competition has been a fun way that teachers and our students come together as doubles team for some fun, laughter and friendly competition.

Wishing you all a restful Spring Break!

Derek Luebbe
Head of School


Upcoming Events

Monday, April 8, HS Badminton Practice, 4pm-6pm, Dragons Lair

Wednesday, April 10:

  • PSAT, 8am-11:30am, Black Box
  • Girls Varsity Soccer @ SMIC, 4:15pm-5:15pm, SMIC
  • HS Boys JV Soccer @ SMIC, 4:15pm-5:15pm, SMIC

Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13, ACAMIS Badminton (Tentative)

Saturday, April 11:

  • SISAC Soccer 7-aside D1 Tournament, Boys and Girls Sites TBD
  • Swim Meet – East Sprints DCS, Dulwich Jinqiao

Save The Date for International Festival

In order to help support the International Festival, we are still seeking parent volunteers to share food and culture from your home country. The list below represents the countries represented thus far. If you would like to help support your country, reach out to the Country Head or contact pdpafa.eventco@scis-china.org to add your name (and country!) to our celebration on April 27.


Consider joining the next Positive Discipline Parent Cohort. You will not regret it.

Photos From Around Campus

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