Head of School Updates, May 10 2019

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Friends,

I start today’s blog with an important announcement about student safety primarily intended for parents of Upper School students – and helpful to share with everyone.

As the end of the year approaches, it is an exciting time for celebrations and social events. It’s also provides an opportunity to talk to your child about their choices during some of these events which could include drugs and alcohol. While each family will have different norms around a child’s social life, we are all living in China. The following information applies to everyone. We share it in the hopes that it helps you have a discussion with your child to help ensure understanding. 

Recently, we have received important information from discussions with other international schools. There have been reports of international students all around Shanghai being pulled aside by police at clubs/bars and administered random drug tests. An article from That’s Shanghai provides more detail on the situation. Our own SCIS Government Relations Office verified this information and identified additional information. They report:

In cases such as this, if the individual is in possession or tests positive, the police are requiring that the individual share a list of names of other suspected users.  The police will then sometimes show up at the person’s home, and in some cases may even request an on-the-spot drug test. Should this happen, it is advised for everyone to remain calm and becooperative and in no way confrontational. 

While we trust you will find this message helpful, we are also aware that you may have additional questions. To support you in answering these questions, SCIS will welcome a representative from the US Consulate, Mr. Owen Johns. While a representative from the US, his presentation is to help clarify the legal requirements of China. This will include an explanation of the typical consequences of any violation and the actions that Consulates can take (and not take) in helping students and families. The presentation for students and parents is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 from 11:30-12:10. 

Specifically for parents, we have added an additional option for this important discussion:

  • Part 1: On Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 am during the PAFA meeting, we will be sharing key slides from the Consulate presentation to preview the information and help answer any parent questions. We can also share additional advice we have from our SCIS Government Relations Office.
  • Part 2: We have requested a Parent-Only Q&A session with Mr. Johns following his presentation to students. The Parent Session will take place on May 21 from 12:15-12:45.

Parents are invited to attend both sessions. If you need any additional support or advice for how to approach this topic with your child, please feel free to reach out to our Upper School Counselor, Maja Kelly (mkelly@scis-china.org).

At SCIS, we are thankful to have wonderful students who benefit from the support of our community.  Proactive opportunities like the visit above help us all continue to educate and guide our students on such important matters.

Derek Luebbe

PAFA Leadership Team Survey

Our next General PAFA Meeting is Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00. During the meeting, we will be welcoming the new PAFA Leadership Team. Earlier, we posted our PAFA Leadership Survey on the PAFA website . If you not completed the short survey already, please do so.

I also want to share a collective “THANK YOU” to our current PAFA Leadership Team for the their service to the school in 2018-19.
– PRESIDENT – Vanessa Thomas
– TREASURER- Roshni Shah
– COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR – Bharti Singh
– EVENTS COORDINATOR – Trish Castillo
– FOOD & BEVERAGE COORDINATOR – Isabel Pinaud

and a shout out to some of the other PAFA contributors which included:
– Booster and Swim Team Chairs: Gitte Thomasen, Preeti Shah, and Christina Hui
– MaiTian Charity – Therese Malmgren, and Cris Borio
– PAFA Post – Sandra Machan

And, one more thank to each of the PAFA Grade Level representatives!

We are a better school because of the efforts that each of these individuals give to the SCIS Community. Thank you!

We hope you can attend the next PAFA meeting on May 14 at 10:00 am. The agenda is posted on the PAFA Website

PAFA Invites You To…

Element Fresh Supports IB 12th Students

We’re grateful to Element Fresh for supporting our IB 12th Graders prepare for their upcoming IB Exams. What better way to counteract the anxiety of the IB tests than to enjoy a stack of pancakes while you study! Our 12th grade IB Science students joined Mr. Bilz and Ms. Sculerati in a weekend study session at Element Fresh, with free food and drinks to fuel everyone’s brain power ! In addition to the academics, I want to thank our teachers and students for coming together on a Saturday to dig a little deeper into the material. A big thank you to owner (and SCIS parent!) Scott Minoie for his help and support. It’s a great example of our community coming together to help our students.

Our Seniors Prepare for IB Exams at Element Fresh


Upcoming Events

  • Monday to Friday, May 13:
    • IB Exams
    • US MAP Testing
  • Tuesday, May 14:
    • US Counselor’s Coffee, 9:00am-10:00am, Library Conference Room (Notes:Information Session for parents on applying to University in the United States. )
    • PAFA General Meeting, 10:00am-11:00am
    • Middle School Basketball vs SMIC, 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday, May 16:
    • G11 Group 4 Project
    • K-5 Lower School Assembly,8:15am-9:15am, Blackbox (Notes: Grade 4 students present this month’s Lower School Assembly.)
    • US Counselor’s Coffee, 10:00am-11:00am, Library Conference Room (Notes: Information session for parents on applying to University in Canada, UK and the Netherlands. )
    • Middle School Boys Basketball Green @ Wellington, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Away
    • Middle School Boys Basketball White vs NAIS, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Home
  • Friday, May 17:
    • G11 Group 4 Project
    • Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, 7:30am-8:30am
    • Due day to sign up for the LS Variety Show with Mrs. Luebbe. (See her for permission form)
  • Saturday, May 18, Middle School River Event Basketball, 9:00am-10:00am

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