Dear Lower School Families,
As we wrap up the 3rd week of virtual learning, I’d like to take this opportunity to share a realization I had while visiting class Seesaw accounts this week. While perusing journal feeds, I came across videos of a few students responding to the question, “what do you miss the most about school?” While I initially experienced feelings of sadness as I listened to students describe how much they missed their friends and teachers, these emotions were quickly taken over by feelings of pride and gratitude. I am so proud to be part of a community where students consistency feel safe, are happy, and engaged in meaningful learning. While virtual learning is certainly not a substitute for face-to-face learning, I am grateful for our incredible teachers who are working tirelessly to continue to build classroom communities where students feel comfortable and confident to take risks as communicators, collaborators and virtual learners.
As you have likely seen from the Lower School community message surrounding the launch of Live Learning Sessions that was sent to your scis-parent inbox, we are making an adjustment to our Virtual Learning Program to include Live Learning Sessions for students each week. These sessions led by Homeroom Teachers could take various forms depending upon student needs. For example, the session may be framed as an opportunity for students to ask specific questions surrounding a particular assignment or virtual learning in general. Teachers may also use the session as an opportunity to run a class meeting or provide specific instruction on an identified learning target. Ultimately, our hope is that through the implementation of live learning sessions, we will be able to further support students during the virtual learning period and ensure they maintain a sense of connection and community to their teachers and classmates.
Implementation of Live Learning Sessions
In order to implement the Live Learning Sessions, the Microsoft Teams platform will be used consistently across grade levels. We understand that for many parents this is likely a new platform that you may or may not have experience with using. As such, we have done our best to provide you with step-by-step guides and a video tutorial detailing how to get your child connected to the Microsoft Teams platform.
To ensure your child is able to access Microsoft Teams, parents will need to review and follow the below or attached instructions based upon the age of their child(ren).
Additionally, please view the parent video tutorial on joining a live session.
Members of the Lower School Faculty in collaboration with the IT Department have done our very best to make this transition to Live Learning as simple as possible for students and parents. However, we recognize that you may experience complications or difficulties during set up. In the event that you are unable to sign-in to your child’s Microsoft Team please connect with Barry Johnson in our IT Department at email@example.com
Week #3 Virtual Learning Parent Feedback:
We continue to appreciate the support of families during this virtual learning period. We hope you recognize that based upon your feedback, as well as that which has been received from students and teachers, we have been modifications to our Virtual Learning program to better meet the needs of students during this Virtual Learning period. As you can imagine there are many challenges related to virtual learning that unfortunately are out of our control (i.e. internet connectivity).
As such, we seek your continued feedback on what you believe is going well, and the ways in which we can improve our effort to optimize virtual learning for all students. Please take a few minutes to provide your valuable feedback by completing the SCIS-Pudong Lower School Week #3 Virtual Learning Parent Feedback Survey. Please note the survey will close on Monday, February 24th at 3:00pm.
February 28th Announcement: Please note that next Friday, February 28th will continue as an instructional day (it was previously scheduled as a teacher professional development day). February 28th will be a Day 3. The reason for it being a Day 3 is to make up for the Day 3 that was missed on Monday, February 3rd.
Resources for Academic and Emotional Well-being:
During this times of uncertainty, such as that which we are currently experiencing it is very common to experience a range of strong emotions including feelings of ambiguity, fear, frustration, and anxiety. As a way to support students and parents the SCIS Counseling Department has put together a Virtual Learning Survival Guide in effort to provide some connection, communication, and resources that will support you and your child during this time.
This extremely useful guide provides resources on the following for parents and students:
- Anxiety and Fear
- Organization, Time Management, and Self-Regulation
- Transitions and Changes
In addition to the above, there are also IT Virtual Learning Resources for Parents that include information on:
- Reading Resources
- Login information to sites such as: Brainpop and Flipgrid
Coronavirus: Community Updates and FAQs Page:
Please take time to regularly visit the SCIS Coronavirus: Community Updates and FAQs page on the SCIS school website which provides detailed information on the school closure in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak.
IT Support with Virtual Learning
Given various challenges related to technology access and internet reliability please feel free to reach out to our SCIS-Pudong IT Department at firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any issues or complications with Seesaw and/or other technology platforms. We appreciate your support and are here to help you make virtual learning a success in any way we can.
Seesaw Videos and Live Learning Session Etiquette:
While we understand that the vast majority of our students are either in the comfort of their own home or in an environment that allows them an opportunity to be dressed very casually, please remember that when children post a video to Seesaw as a response to an assignment they should be appropriately clothed. This includes the covering of shoulders, midriffs (stomachs), and the wearing of shorts or skirts that are a suitable length. Additionally, students and parents should be mindful of the environment in which they are posting to ensure that other individuals who may be unaware that a video is being recorded are not mistakenly seen or heard in the background.
School Attendance and Student Participation:
During the Virtual Learning period student attendance will not be taken; however, assignment completion will be used to validate student participation and progress in virtual learning. Students will be afforded a flexible 48-hour window in order to participate in a way that allows them to complete assignments. Students / parents should communicate with their teacher(s) if more time is needed surrounding specific assignments.
Additionally, we recognize that students may not be able to complete all assignments due to families varying circumstances including access to appropriate technology and internet reliability. Please know that while students will not be penalized academically, lack of participation in the online learning platform may hinder progress against the grade level core or subject area standards. As such, if students do not partake in the learning experiences it will be difficult for teachers to assess and report on student progress which may potentially result in students receiving the achievement indicator IE (insufficient evidence), AE (approaching grade level expectation), or NME (not meeting grade level expectation) on the student’s semester report.
Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year
Last week, all SCIS families should have received an email via your scis-parent email account providing instructions regarding re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please note that seats are likely to fill up quickly and we have multiple grade levels in the Lower School that are currently at capacity. As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible.
Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website. If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at email@example.com.