Head of School Updates, November 1, 2019

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Friends

As you hopefully know, there will no school for students on Monday, November 4th and Tuesday, November 5th. Enjoy your long weekend!

SHORT INVITE: I’m looking forward to tonight’s Upper School Java Jam starting at 6:00 pm. It features student (and faculty!) performances in a relaxed atmosphere. We do our best to transform the 3rd floor lobby into the SCIS Coffee House for a few short hours to provide a platform for our students to showcase their talents. As a parent of a teenager myself, I know that parent attendance at such events is not always overtly appreciated by your child. Yet, I know that deep down, they appreciate your support and interest. So, if you’re in the mood come join us for food, drink, and performances at 6:00 pm. (You can sit behind a plant if you wish to hide !)

Last weekend we celebrated the Lower School Halloween celebration on Saturday and this week the Upper School students and faculty showed off their costume choices. Both were fun events – with a healthy dose of creativity and fun.

You can see few more Halloween photos at the bottom of this post, but if you’re really looking to relive the experience, check out the PAFA webpage where you can find so many more memories of the day!

Winter Festival, and…

Save the date for the upcoming Winter Festival at Pudong on Nov. 30. This day will be coupled with an Open House for new families. Invite your friends and neighbors to experience the SCIS Community with some food, drinks, and laughter…

US Musical: The Addams Family

… Then move right from the Winter Festival and stay for the 3:00 pm showing of our Upper School Musical, The Addams Family. We have some truly talented students who have been rehearsing since August. Come out to see and hear their performance at 3:00 pm in our auditorium.

November’s Parent Focus Group

On November 7th at 10:30 am, we invite all parents to our November Parent Focus Group. Our monthly Focus Groups are an important way we want to hear from parents to help us better understand your needs.

Each month we take a topic from our Monthly Parent Satisfaction Survey to talk in more detail. Last month’s topic was “Understanding Academic Rigor in the IB Program.” Thank you to the 54 parents who have already completed October’s Parent Satisfaction Survey. If you have not yet completed this One-Question Parent Satisfaction Survey, please do so now. It only takes two minutes.

The 10:30 am Focus Group will be held after our 9:30 am Parent Coffee Morning which is an informational session for parents to better understand your children’s MAP Test data. MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress, and it is a computerized standardized assessment used by SCIS two times each year. Come learn more about what it measures, what it does not measure, and how it can be useful as one piece of data in better understanding your child as a learner.

Wish you and your family a restful 4-day weekend.

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, Nov. 7:
    • Lower School Assembly, 3rd floor theater, 8:15am
    • Principals’ Coffee: MAP Testing, 9:30am
    • Schoolwide Parent Focus Group, room 208, 10:30am
    • PAFA Board Meeting, 12:30pm
    • G7/8 Arts Performance, 2:15pm
    • MS Girls Soccer vs WCIS1, Home, 4pm
  • Friday to Sunday, Nov. 8-10, West Lake MUN, Hangzhou International School
  • Saturday, Nov. 9:
    • Dragon Cup Basketball @ SCIS-HZ
    • SCIS Family Fun Day: NCAA PAC-12 Basketball Game, 9am

Photos From Around Campus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.