It’s been another fun week of learning at SCIS-Pudong.
This week during our Lower School professional development meeting, teachers spent time reflecting on challenges and learnings from 2018, while participating in a goal-setting exercise where they selected “one word” they will focus on as a means to inspire and transform their life and/or work in 2019. As educational philosopher John Dewey states, “we do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.” As educators, it is important that we take the time to share our challenges, work together to brainstorm solutions, and provide support to one another to ensure we continue to foster a nurturing and collaborative environment for teachers and students.
At this point in the school year, many grade levels are well on their way to finishing up their 3rd unit of inquiry and are getting ready to delve into their fourth unit. Prior to the beginning of each unit, teachers and specialists participate in a PYP Kick-off meeting where they reflect on the overarching goals of the unit and determine the best learning path forward that will spark curiosity and enthusiasm with their current students.
As parents, we continue to encourage you to travel alongside your child in their learning journey by frequently visiting the class Seesaw journal and asking your child questions related to the pictures and postings you see. Additionally, please take some time to provide a positive comment or feedback to your child related to their learning experiences. Research shows that feedback is one of the most powerful influences on student learning and achievement.
Likewise, positive feedback that promotes a growth mindset has the power to motivate children to ensure they remain persistent, resilient and focused on the process of learning. Below are some examples of feedback that promote the development of a growth mindset:
- I’m so proud of the effort you put forth with _________.
- I’m very proud of you for not giving up, and look what you have to show for it!
- All that hard work and effort paid off!
- What choices did you make that you think contributed to your success?
- I can see you really enjoyed learning _________.
Professional Development with Kath Murdoch
This weekend over 150 educators from around the world will be attending a workshop at SCIS-Pudong with international inquiry expert Kath Murdoch. Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, America and Europe. She is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry based learning and integrative curriculum in which she has taught, researched and published for well over 25 years.
On Friday, six SCIS-Pudong teachers had an opportunity to work directly with Kath Murdoch and collaborate with teachers from the HQ Main and ECE campus on developing an understanding of how to cultivate curiosity in the classroom. According to Kath “curiosity is the heart of inquiry,” and as educators we have an obligation to constantly provide children with daily opportunities to ask questions, wonder and delve into topics that peak curiosity. In addition to cultivating inner motivation to learn, and a passion for learning, current research links curiosity to higher levels of student achievement. As a parent, you can also cultivate curiosity in the home environment by providing your child(ren) with opportunities to continuously explore and experiment with materials, participate in active discussions surrounding your child’s learning and always taking the time to answer their questions– even if their question is simply “why?”
After School Activity Session #2
Please note, that next Monday, January 21st Session #2 of our SCIS After School Activities program will begin. Throughout this session, please remember that children will not be allowed to “skip” or miss their ASA, unless the school has received a direct email or phone call from a parent. Once a student has signed up for an ASA they are making a commitment to attending all sessions of that ASA, unless the school has been notified otherwise by a parent. While we want to encourage students to take risks and try a variety of After School Activities, we also want to help them understand the importance of following through with their commitment as a member of the ASAs they sign up for.
Change of Date for School Class Photos:
Please note that the date for class photos, individual student re-takes, and new student photos has changed and will now take place next Wednesday, January 23rd. Students will need to wear their SCIS light blue polo shirt for their class photo. PE uniforms can be brought to school that day. If you would like your child to have a school photo re-take, please inform your child’s Homeroom Teacher.
It’s COLD Outside
While students across grade levels continue to enjoy outdoor recess and exploration, please remind your child(ren) to dress appropriately for the cold weather by sending them to school with warm coats, hats, mittens or gloves. Also, please remember to label all your child’s personal belongings with their name to ensure their items can be returned in the event they are misplaced.
Lower School Assembly
The next Lower School Assembly featuring Kindergarten will be on Thursday, January 24th starting at 8:15am in the Black Box. All parents are welcome to attend Lower School assemblies. We will also be welcoming the new K-5 students and recognizing them for being risk-takers as they have courageously made the transition to a new school and community.
With the ongoing cold weather, also comes the potential of student illness. To help stop the spread and lesson the duration of student illnesses at school please be sure your child receives plenty of rest, is eating a balanced diet, and drinking plenty of water. Sending your child to school if they are ill can be very frustrating to families, as well as teachers as we do our best to keep children, parents and teachers healthy. Please remember one of the BEST ways to prevent the spread of illness is to wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap. Please review our parent handbook, page 17, for more information on Student Illness Policies.
As a reminder children should not attend school if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever (over 100F/37.2c)
- Diarrhea or more than 2 loose bowel movements within 12 hours
- Discharge from eyes or ears
- Heavy nasal discharge
- Persistent cough
- Unidentified rash
Substitute Teachers Needed
If you or someone you know has experience as a teacher or would be interested in gaining experience through being a substitute teacher, please connect with Ms. Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org. While teaching experience or certification is not necessary, a passion for working and learning with children is essential.
Chinese New Year Assembly and Temple Fair
Over the course of the next few weeks Mandarin Department will be very busy preparing for this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Similar to past years, there will be a Chinese New Year Assembly for the whole school that will begin at 1:00pm in the Theater. Additionally, similar to last year, the assembly will be followed by a Chinese Temple Fair for Lower School students. The Temple fair will provide students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of fun Chinese cultural activities. The temple fair, which will be located in and around the Black Box will take place from 1:40-2:40pm. At 2:40pm students will return to their classrooms to prepare for dismissal. In order for the Temple Fair to be a success we need parent volunteers to help assist running the sessions. If you are interested in helping run a station for 30 or 60 minutes, please contact Ms. Linda Zhang at email@example.com.
Multi-Sport is now offering swimming lessons at SCIS on Saturday mornings. Please see the schedule below for more information. This is a great opportunity to improve your child’s swimming and water safety skills. Register at http://www.multisport.com.cn/.
Summer Camp 2019
Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campus’ from June 17 – July 12, 2019.
Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) is excited to offer specialized summer camp designed with the whole child in mind. Our summer camp programs are non-academic, thematic programs filled with action-packed fun for children in the ECE through grade 5. Your child’s summer will be filled with fun days of games, sports, outdoor exploration, water activities, field trips, art, music, drama, Mandarin language/culture fun, and more! All students from the Shanghai community are welcome to enroll. Summer camp offers flexible weekly enrollment options for families with limited availability or travel plans. More information to come in the new year!
More Photos from a FANTASTIC week of learning and fun!