Dear Lower School Families,
We made it! The incredible 2019-2020 school year has officially concluded. While this year has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years I have ever encountered in my 17 years in education, it has also been one of the most rewarding.
As the Lower School Principal, one of my goals each day is to ensure that students are safe, happy and learning. This year that goal was truly put to the test, as teachers, students, and parents were forced to quickly shift from our traditional face-to-face learning environment to an online setting. Although we were given little time to prepare for our new virtual reality, our group of passionate and dedicated teachers, assistant teachers, and support staff worked tirelessly to ensure that students continued to have an exceptional school experience where both academic and social-emotional progress was made.
Our incredible parent community undoubtedly also played an integral part of the success of our Virtual Program. Without the continued encouragement and support from parents we would not have been able to achieve the level of success and growth that our students demonstrated both online, as well as upon their return to campus. The unwavering commitment from our parent community to the school is truly appreciated and signifies the strength of the SCIS home-school connection.
As we prepare to officially end the school year, I find myself feeling extremely proud and honoured to be part of this school and community. The experiences encountered this year have repeatedly proven that SCIS-Pudong is a unique place where teachers, parents, and the administration continually work together to provide students with meaningful, real-world opportunities. Opportunities that constantly foster the development of the SCIS schoolwide learner outcomes; students who are innovative thinkers, knowledgeable inquirers, self-directed learners, and positive contributors. Students who learn new skills and knowledge, accept responsibility, work collaboratively with others, and most importantly laugh and enjoy their learning journey each and every day.
Before we close out the school year and begin the summer program, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to our wonderful parents for your support this year and always. Thank you to our extremely talented students for your ongoing enthusiasm, positivity, open-mindedness and ability to be resilient and adaptable learners. A huge thank you to our incredible Lower School faculty who have an unwavering commitment to ensuring each and every student experiences success and develops a life-long passion for learning both online and face-to-face. Undoubtedly, we should all be very proud of our accomplishments this year!
I’d also like to say good-bye to all departing families. Whether you have been at SCIS for one year or many, you will always be part of the SCIS Dragon community. I wish all students and their families the best of luck as you embark on exciting learning adventures in new schools, cities and countries. For all returning families, I hope you have a fantastic summer and I look forward to seeing you when we return to school.
End of the Year Community Videos
A big thank you to Dr. David Mazer for putting together this compilation of end-of-the-year videos from students, parents, faculty, and administration. Please take some time to view this collection of thank-you’s, well wishes, and memories by clicking this link.
Semester 2 Reports
Please note that access to Semester 2 Reports will be sent home via scis-parent email accounts today, Thursday, June 11th. Please know that report comments were based both on the period of Virtual Learning, as well as on campus learning. As you know, Virtual Learning occurred during the majority of Semester 2. As such, if your child had limited participation in a subject area during the period of virtual learning, they will likely receive the achievement indicator “IE” on their report. “IE” stands for Insufficient Evidence and this means that the teacher did not have enough evidence to assess a student’s progress on grade level content due to the student’s limited participation. If your child receives an IE, they are not being academically penalized, rather this indicator will provide valuable information for their future teacher on areas that will need to be revisited in the coming year to determine if students are meeting grade level expectations.
Thank you and Good-Bye to our Departing Faculty:
I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our departing lower school faculty for their tremendous contributions to the school during their tenure at SCIS-Pudong. Some of our departing faculty will be moving on to new positions both in China and around the world, while others will be returning to school to pursue a master’s degree, or taking the year off. I would like to thank all departing faculty and wish the below teachers the very best as they embark on their next adventure.
- Ian Sylvester (PYP Coordinator) – 1 year at SCIS
- DeVeor Rainey (Music Teacher) – 2 years at SCIS
- Gina Zhang (Mandarin) – 2 years at SCIS
- Yang Liu (Mandarin) – 3 years at SCIS
- Matthew Ruf (Gr. 4) – 3 years at SCIS
- Ethan Schultz (Gr. 2) – 3 years at SCIS
- Emilee Van De Laarschot (Gr. 3) – 3 years at SCIS
- Whitney Ruf (Gr. 5) – 4 years at SCIS
- Laurie Luebbe (Lower School Counselor) – 4 years at SCIS
- Aleksa Moss (PS/PK) – 5 years at SCIS
- Tiffany Johnson (Gr. 3) – 5 years at SCIS
I’d also like to thank our Head of School, Mr. Derek Luebbe for an incredible four years. Derek has been an inspiring and motivating leader who has definitely left a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of the entire SCIS-Pudong community.
As we draw near to the end of the school year, it is important to remember that your child may be experiencing both feelings of excitement for the summer holiday, as well as feelings of sadness or worry about leaving their friends, teachers, and their daily routines behind. It is likely that this year especially, will bring about a range of feelings considering the challenging situations students, parents, and the community have faced. With so many elements of this year being truly unexpected, it is important for children to have an opportunity to bring closure to the school year so they can head into the summer feeling happy and settled. In order to support your child’s transition into the summer holiday, below are some ways to help your child bring closure to the end of the school year:
- Look Back and Reflect: It is important to make time to connect as a family and process through the different emotions that were likely experienced at various points throughout the school year. Reflect on the progress that your child has made and help them acknowledge new skills they acquired during the period of campus closure. Here are some examples of questions you may ask:
- What did you learn this year?
- What did you enjoy the most about the year?
- What challenges were you able to overcome?
- What were some of your favorite activities or learning assignments?
- Keep in Touch: Quality friendships are very important for each child’s overall wellbeing. Create opportunities for your child to stay in touch with their classmates whether this is in person or through various online platforms. Exchange contact information with other parents and look for ways to help your child maintain friendships with their peers.
- Restructure Your Day Together: Work with your child to create a plan of new activities you can do over the summer holidays. Ask what they miss the most about being at school and brainstorm ways you could bring those experiences into the home environment.
Grade 5 Moving On Event
On Tuesday, grade 5 students participated in a Moving On event which honored the completion of Lower School and the Primary Years Programme and marked the transition to Upper School and the Middle Years Programme. During the event, students shared words of gratitude about their time in Lower School and what they will miss the most. Students also played a game, and watched a music video they created based upon the song “Memories” by Maroon 5. During the event, students were commended for their ability to be resilient, flexible, innovative and open-minded learners who continually demonstrate their ability to see the “glass half full.” A huge thank you to Mrs. Luebbe for coordinating the event, to Mr. Johnson for providing tech support, and to Mr. Kelly and Mrs. Ruf for their support of the Grade 5 students this year. Congratulations to all the Grade 5 students on their tremendous accomplishment!
Please click the below link to access the video of the Moving On event, as well as individual photos of our Grade 5 students receiving their certificate of completion:
SCIS-Pudong Lower School Summer Program
On Monday, June 15th we will begin our 2-week summer program. If you have enrolled your child(ren) in the summer program you should have received information from Miss Malika Meidinger surrounding the structure of the program. Over the course of the next two weeks students will be participating in a variety of activities that will support their continued academic, physical and social-emotional growth and development. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will participate in a full-day summer program, while students in Nursery, Preschool, and Prekindergarten will be provided with a half-day program. Student Health and Safety forms will still need to be completed each day and brought to school. If you require more daily Health and Safety Forms please contact the Lower School Secretary, Ms. Vicki Xu at email@example.com.
All Lower School Parents are encouraged to carefully read through the information provided in the SCIS-Pudong Return to Campus Webpage. In addition to return to campus procedures there is also information about the necessary steps families must take in the event a child has a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea during the school day or outside of school hours. Students who develop a fever will only be allowed to return to campus with a doctor’s report that clearly states the diagnosis and prescribed action. Additionally the student must be fever free for 48hrs without the use of fever reducing medication. Additionally, students must receive approval from the school nurse. In the event a child has vomiting or diarrhea the student will only be allowed to return to campus with a doctor’s report that clearly states the diagnosis and prescribed action. Additionally the student must be free of vomiting / diarrhea for 72 hours and receive approval from the school nurse prior to being allowed to return to school. If you have any questions surrounding illness protocols please connect with Nurse Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org