Lower School Principal’s Post #40

June 11, 2021

Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony

On Wednesday, the grade 5 students and their families gathered together in celebration of their transition from grade 5 and the PYP to grade 6 and the MYP. The students performed the song “Count on Me,” followed by student speeches from Ms. Katelyn Qu and Mr. Junseong Kwak, who both spoke about their memorable experiences at SCIS-Pudong; their friendships, hardships, and good times. This was followed by each student being called off to receive a certificate and shake hands with Dr. Volpe, the Upper School Priincipal. Of course, students and parents had the opportunity to thank their grade 5 teachers and we are also very grateful for the dedication and hard work to ensure these students had an amazing year of learning and growing into the young men and women they have become. Thank you to Mr. Kelly, Dr. Myers and our grade 5 teachers and a to all parents for attending the ceremony and for your support this year. A special thank you to Freda Ching Yee Yui, Louise Hellestam, and Judit Varnai for helping with the celebration (decorations, video, cake, photo album, and teacher gifts).

End of Year Farewell Assembly

Thank you to Dr. Molly Myers who led yesterday’s End of Year Farewell Assembly. It was a beautiful opportunity to celebrate this year while also taking the time to say goodbye to those who will be at different schools, cities, and countries next year.

We are truly a close community and I, for one, am very grateful to have been part of it. Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing summer and a wonderful 2021-2022 school year. Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon!

Build Your Farewell RAFT

During the assembly, Dr. Myers spoke of the importance of building a RAFT during times like these when we need to say goodbye to our friends and colleagues. Whether it is a transition to a new grade, change in school, saying goodbye to friends, making new friends, or moving to a new country, everyone will be experiencing change in one form or another.  At SCIS-Pudong, we refer to the R.A.F.T acronym, developed by the late David Pollack, to help children and families transition smoothly to new environments throughout their international lifestyle. 

  • Reconciliation: Making the relationship with someone right again
  • Affirmation: Letting those important and special people in your life know how much they mean to you
  • Farewell: Saying goodbye to your home
  • Think Destination: Thinking about the place you’re going next

During the RAFTing process, it is important that children and adults make time to reflect on their positive memories in SCIS-Pudong.  The “R” and the “A” in RAFT stand for “Reconciliation” and “Affirmation”.  After Reconciliation (making the relationship with someone right again) and Affirmation (letting those important and special people in your life know how much they mean to you), the next two concepts in the RAFT’ing process are: “Farewell” (Saying goodbye to your home, people, places and things) and “Think Destination” (Thinking about the place you’re going next).

Farewell is the third term and Think Destination is the fourth, but not necessarily the final steps, in the RAFT’ing process.   These four concepts (Reconciliation, Affirmation, Farwell, and Think Destination) are sometimes happening simultaneously and repeatedly throughout the final months/weeks.  Additionally, the process and timing of these concepts can vary for each individual family member.   

Children who will not be returning to SCIS next year will need the adults in their lives to help them think of how to best say their farewells to different people in Shanghai and to plan and schedule time for special gatherings, playdates, or events.  Saying goodbye to their favorite places and things that they are parting from is also important as it will help children have a sense of control about the departure and the opportunity to become excited about their new beginning in their next destination.

Think Destination is what drives the change and helps your family to be motivated about the upcoming destination.  Thinking about the place you are moving to helps children stay positive, become excited, and ideally, feel less angst about the upcoming changes.  Parents can engage children in a discussion about how their new destination will differ and how it might be the same.  Families can also research and read information to discuss what they are looking forward to and what they might miss about SCIS or their home in Shanghai. Ultimately, it is completely normal to have a variety of feelings about leaving as the departure comes closer.

Message from Dawn Brews, Lower School Principal

Speaking of RAFTing, I would also like to take this opportunity to say my own farewell.

As most of you know, this past year has been an incredibly challenging time for our family, with my husband, Darren, being unable to join us in Shanghai. We have persevered in the hopes that things would open up, and I am in awe of how our son, Dylan, has handled the separation from his father for so long. 

With borders still closed to many countries and no sign of them opening up in the immediate future, we have had to make the difficult decision to return to the United States and reunite as a family. We have exhausted all options, and unfortunately, we cannot continue being separated for what could be an indefinite amount of time. This was one of the toughest decisions that we’ve ever had to make, but ultimately, being together as a family is what is most important to us. 

I have sincerely learned more in the past year from working with everyone at SCIS than I did in all my previous schools. It has been a privilege and an honor to have worked with such talented and dedicated faculty and staff and to get to know so many of our families. Thank you for welcoming me into this very special community. I look forward to keeping in touch and am wishing everyone a wonderful summer and year ahead.

As you know, we are very fortunate to have the SCIS Hongqiao ECE Vice Principal, Ms. Heather Knight serve in the capacity of SCIS-Pudong Interim Lower School Principal for the 2021-2022 school year.  Heather would like to share the following message.

“I look forward to joining the SCIS Pudong community next year as the Lower School Interim Principal. For the last nine years, I have worked at the SCIS Hongqiao ECE campus. During this time, I’ve had the opportunity to come over to the Pudong Lower school on many occasions.  I have found a caring, dedicated learning community. I am looking forward to getting to know you all as we work together next year.”

End of Year Message from Dr. Gale, Head of School – Pudong Campus / SCIS Deputy Director of Schools

Dear SCIS-Pudong Dragons,

We’ve made it!  The incredible 2020-2021 school year has officially concluded.  While this year has undoubtedly been characterized by ongoing challenges related to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also been a year that has been characterized by tremendous strength, resilience, perseverance, and compassion.  These traits have permeated every aspect of our community over the course of the school year and have served as a foundation surrounding our commitment to supporting each other and doing our utmost to persevere and ultimately prevail during the challenges we have faced this school year.

Our ability to overcome the difficulties encountered this year have repeatedly proven that SCIS-Pudong is a world-class environment where teachers, parents, and the administration continually work together to provide students with meaningful experiences and 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 relevant new skills and knowledge, accept responsibility, work collaboratively with others, and most importantly laugh and enjoy their learning journey each day.

As we prepare to head into the summer holiday, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you.  Thank you to our amazing 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 SCIS-Pudong teachers who have repeatedly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring each and every student experiences success and develops a life-long passion for learning.  Thank you to our support staff who play a vital role in the success of the SCIS-Pudong campus and supporting the achievement of our mission.  And thank you to the SCIS administration for dedicating countless hours to ensuring all stakeholders are supported and have the resources needed to provide an exceptional student experience each day.

I would specifically like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Frank Volpe for the tremendous work he has done for the SCIS Pudong Upper School program and community over the past five years.  Dr. Volpe’s vast knowledge, commitment to research-based best practice, and quest for continuous improvement has allowed for the ongoing growth and development of an exceptional Upper School program.   While we will miss Dr. Volpe and his family tremendously, we are very excited for him as he takes on a new position as Director General at the American School of Quito.

Additionally, I would also like to thank Mrs. Dawn Brews for her contributions and commitment this year as the Lower School Principal.  Despite the challenges Mrs. Brews has encountered this year being separated from her family, she has demonstrated incredible flexibility, organization, a deep knowledge of curriculum, and a “positive can-do attitude.” She has shown great strength, determination, and resilience throughout the entire year and the SCIS-Pudong Lower School has grown under her leadership.  

For our departing faculty (Mr. Johnson, Mr. Shearer, Ms. Williams, Mrs. Caban, Coach Caban, Mr. Demas, Ms. Broad, and Ms. Jauch), as well as our departing staff (Mr. Justin Zhu, Ms. Liz Wang, and Ms. Xinyi Wang) we are so appreciative of your contributions and commitment to the SCIS-Pudong community and wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.

For all departing students and families, whether you have been at SCIS for one year or many, you will always be part of the SCIS-Pudong dragon community.  We wish you the best of luck as you embark on exciting learning adventures in new schools, cities, and countries.  

For all returning students and families, I hope you have a fantastic summer, and I look forward to seeing you when we return to school in August. 

It has been an honor and privilege to serve the SCIS-Pudong community as the Head of School this year.  I look forward to the 2021-2022 school year and collaboratively carrying forward our relentless commitment to developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.

Go Dragons! Dr. Gale

Lower School Academy

There is exciting news in Pudong Lower School in the 2021-22 school year! In August, we will be welcoming a new Learning Support Academy program for students in grades Kindergarten through five who need highly modified curriculum and instruction in order to achieve educational success. At SCIS Pudong, we believe that student learning is maximized in a diverse and collaborative environment where all students feel a sense of belonging.

The Academy program provides students with developmental or intellectual disabilities a positive learning experience that builds on individual strengths to create increased self-advocacy, social competence and independence. Students enrolled in the Academy receive instruction in a combination of a specialized classroom setting and the grade level classroom setting depending on the student’s individual needs. A goal for each student in the Academy is to be integrated with typically developing peers to the greatest extent possible. Specially trained learning support staff create instructional programs focused on functional academics, social, emotional and life skill development. Academy staff also support students in grade level classrooms through regular collaboration with subject teachers and/or direct support in the classroom

We are excited about the Academy for our school community because it offers many opportunities for students, faculty and families:

  • Typically developing students are exposed to all types of learners and have the opportunity to develop caring and flexible social skills with peers who learn differently. 
  • Opportunities are provided for students to act as positive role models and offer natural support for peers.
  • The school will have more access to specialized resources for the community, e.g. a full-time speech and language therapist and additional educational psychology support.
  • Specialized Learning Support faculty will have increased opportunity to collaborate with teachers for differentiation designed to accommodate all students including students requiring enrichment opportunities.
  • Families will have a program option for students with disabilities that is not currently available in any other international school in Shanghai.
  • Families with a child with a disability will have the option to send all of their children to the same school rather than separating the child in a special school.

We thank you in advance for your support as we continue to promote our inclusive school community that celebrates each student for the unique gifts they bring as we support all students to fulfill their greatest potential.

Lower School Principal’s Post #39

June 4, 2021

Lower School Community Announcement from Dr. Gale, SCIS Deputy Director of Schools / Head of School – Pudong Campus

Dear SCIS-Pudong Lower School Parents,  

We recently received notification that current Lower School Principal, Mrs. Dawn Brews will not be returning to SCIS for the 2021-2022 school year.  As many of you are aware Mrs. Brews joined SCIS-Pudong this past August with her son Dylan who was in fourth grade this year.  Unfortunately, Mrs. Brews’ husband Darren was unable to accompany his family to Shanghai in August, and at that time, it was assumed he would be able to enter China within a few weeks following his family’s arrival.  Sadly, Mr. Brews was never able to secure a visa to enter China this year despite the many attempts SCIS has made to bring him into the country.  Therefore, Mrs. Brews has decided to return to the States. 

While we are very sad to see Mrs. Brews depart SCIS-Pudong, as a school and community we understand and fully support her decision to ensure the reunification of her family in the coming weeks.  We are extremely appreciative of all that Mrs. Brews has contributed to the SCIS-Pudong community and specifically to our Lower School program serving Nursery through Grade 5 students, teachers, and families over the course of the 2020-2021 school year.  She has demonstrated incredible strength, determination, commitment, and resilience throughout this difficult year, and we wish her all the very best for the future.

Given the timing of this announcement, as well as the continued uncertainty we face surrounding the challenges associated with acquiring a Chinese Visa for overseas candidates, we will not be opening a search for the Lower School Principal Position at Pudong for the 2021-2022 school year.  However, we are fully committed to providing strong leadership for the SCIS-Pudong Lower School while also ensuring the sustainability and continuity of the Lower School program.  For this reason, SCIS Hongqiao ECE Vice Principal, Ms. Heather Knight will serve in the capacity of SCIS-Pudong Interim Lower School Principal for the 2021-2022 school year.  

Ms. Knight’s extensive experience as a member of the SCIS Senior Leadership Team, as well as her 8-year tenure as the Hongqiao ECE Vice-Principal has undoubtedly provided her with the knowledge, skill set, and capacity required to lead and support the implementation and continuous improvement of our Lower School programs, as well as the processes and procedures that are currently in place.  Additionally, Ms. Knight’s expertise as a Reading Specialist, certified ESL Teacher, Elementary and Early Childhood Practitioner will greatly contribute to further supporting our dedication to meeting the needs of all students and ensuring the implementation of developmentally appropriate, research-based practice throughout the Lower School.  In the weeks ahead Ms. Knight will be working closely with Mrs. Brews and me (former SCIS-Pudong Lower School Principal between 2016-2020) to ensure the necessary processes and procedures are in place that will support a smooth transition into and throughout the 2021-2022 school year.   

To learn more about Ms. Knight, click here to read her faculty biography located on the SCIS website.

As a system of schools, we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to capitalize on the current leadership and expertise of those within SCIS to quickly resolve the unfortunate situation we are faced with.  Additionally, by having Ms. Knight serve in the role of SCIS-Pudong Lower School Interim Principal for the 2021-2022 school year, we are provided with the opportunity to immediately open an extensive Principal search in August for the 2022-2023 school year that will involve faculty, students, parents, and the administration. 

While I recognize the news of Mrs. Brews departure, as well as her replacement has been very sudden, I greatly appreciate your understanding and support of our approach to resolving the situation in a way that ensures sustainability, continuity, and support for meeting the needs of SCIS-Pudong students, faculty, and the community.  

In next week’s Principal’s Post expect to hear more about Ms. Knight as we welcome her to the SCIS-Pudong community. As always, please feel free to connect with me directly with any questions you may have. Thank you for your support and understanding.

With Appreciation,

Liz Gale, Ed.D
SCIS Deputy Director of Schools
Head of School – Pudong Campus
Shanghai Community International School
198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu, Shanghai, China 201318
Phone:  86-21-5812-9888 Ext. 6888
Email:  egale@scis-china.org   Website:  www.scis-china.org

Grade 5 and the PYP Exhibition

A huge round of applause goes to all Grade 5 students for the hard work and commitment they have shown in order to prepare for the PYP Exhibition.  On June 1st, the Grade 5 students demonstrated the process they undertook throughout their inquiry. They proudly shared their research surrounding real-world problems and issues and they did this through various creative mediums such as through the Arts and TedTalk-style presentations. They also shared ideas surrounding the types of actions people can take to help solve these issues. Our students live the SCIS mission: “To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities” and we are very proud of them.

A BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Bart Kelly, Dr. Molly Myers, Ms. Briton Coombs, as well as all community members (teachers, mentors, and parents) who came out to support students and take part in this fantastic learning celebration!  

Once a Dragon… Always a Dragon

As we prepare to wrap up the 2020-2021 school year and begin planning and preparations for the next school year, we’d like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to two of our incredible teachers who will be leaving us this year. We wish you both safe travel and happy adventures. Once a dragon…always a dragon.

Ms. Emily Williams – This is her fifth year at SCIS-Pudong and she has masterly managed the Lower School and Upper School Library. Her love for literacy is contagious and she will be missed dearly.

Ms. Amy Jauch – This is her second year at SCIS-Pudong. She was first in ECE and this year was one of our Kindergarten teachers. Her ability to relate to children is spectacular. She chose the photo – always young at heart!

Lower School Field Day 

Field Day for the Lower School will take place on Tuesday, June 8th.  On this day, all students in Nursery through Grade 5 will participate in a variety of fun outdoor activities where they will use their physical and collaborative skills to complete an assortment of challenging tasks.   Students will move freely with peer groups through activity stations that will be set up around the soccer field.  

Farewell Assembly

Please join our Lower School End of Year Assembly at 8:15 a.m. via Livestream.

Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony

SCIS 25th Anniversary Celebration

Spring Concert Recordings

If you would like to enjoy the Grade 2-5 Spring Concert, you can see this edited version which does not require a VPN. Additionally, you may always view the Livestream recording. Thank you again, to Ms. Mabel and all those who supported to ensure the concert was such a success!

Important Dates

  • June 8 – Field Day
  • June 9 – Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony, 3:15 p.m.
  • June 10 – End of Year Assembly, 8:15 a.m.

A Message From our Director of Schools – Mr. Dan Eschtruth

Greetings SCIS Community, 

We have just completed a thorough review of the factors influencing a potential change to our 2021-22 school year. This review was instigated, in part, due to the impact of the ongoing border restrictions and the increase from a 14 to a 21-day quarantine process. These factors were measured against our firm commitment to providing a high-quality on-campus program of learning in August, regardless of start date and the potential delay of some incoming faculty. As such, it has been determined that in the best interest of the entire community we will proceed with a change to the 2021-22 school year calendar. Please find the updated calendar here, and read through the list of significant changes and important notes below: 

  • Calendar Adjustments and Notes: 
    • Oct. 6, 7, & 8 were made into holidays 
    • Shifted February 25 Inservice to Feb 26
    • April 14 is now a full day of Student Led Conferences (no school for students)
    • April 6, 7, & 8 were made into holidays 
    • Final day of school is now June 15
    • The calendar represents 180 student contact days, achieving policy guideline. 
    • This represents an effort to return to our traditional, pre-pandemic SCIS calendar.

In addition to the changes identified above, SCIS will reserve the option of shifting our winter holiday schedule based on the conditions surrounding international travel and border exit/entry restrictions at that time. While this leaves some uncertainty in the published calendar please know, you will be informed no later than November 12, 2021 and, if there is clarity on the restrictions beforehand, we will announce as soon as possible. Given this understanding, we strongly suggest that any early plans for the winter holiday period are booked with the greatest level of flexibility in mind. The two prevailing scenarios to be considered will be:

  1. If restrictions remain in place, the third week of the winter break (Jan. 3-7) would be shifted to support an earlier end to the school year as next summer would then stand to be our first opportunity for international travel. 
  2. If restrictions are cleared, we will make adjustments to the holiday period that will support international travel and the quarantine requirements in place at that time.

A final important note to guide your understanding is that SCIS is working off the premise that any community member returning from travel outside of Shanghai, who is permitted to enter campus, will still be required to complete the Traveler Health Declaration form online for 14 continuous days. Therefore, we do not have a mandate requiring physical presence in Shanghai for 14 to 21 days prior to entering campus as the health form can be completed from any location within China. As always, anyone coming from or through a medium- or high-risk zone will have to adhere to those specific requirements. Further, we must take this opportunity to remind you that we could still receive a change in directives from the government at any time and, should that be the case, we will communicate all significant changes as soon as possible. 

We hope that in taking the significant step of changing our calendar, we are meeting our purpose of supporting our entire community with a more balanced calendar. We now turn our focus to celebrating our 25th Anniversary this weekend, successfully closing out this school year, and taking the opportunity to enjoy the summer holiday ahead. Once again, thank you for your understanding and support.

Lower School Principal’s Post #38

May 28, 2021

Lower School is Rockin’ It

This Wednesday afternoon, students in Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 completely ‘Rocked it’ in the Spring Concert “We Will Rock You!” It was truly amazing to see what students have learned this year from recorders to xylophones and singing! The song choices were fun and uplifting – perfect to help celebrate these final couple of weeks of school. Huge thank you to Ms. Mabel and Ms. Abhilasha, plus many many more including our dedicated teachers who all helped to support and make this event truly magical.

Invitation to the PYP Exhibition

All community members are invited to the PYP Exhibition held on Tuesday, June 1st. Please see the invitation below for full details and the schedule. Parents may attend on-campus only during the hours of 3:15-5:30 p.m. Thank you and we hope to see you then!

Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony

End of Year Assembly

The Lower School End of Year Assembly will be held on Thursday, June 10th. Families may join us remotely by watching our Livestream channel. Hope to see you then!

Introducing the New Parent Portal!

2021-2022 PAFA

Parents play an active role in the school community at SCIS. Our parent association is known as the Parents and Friends Association (PAFA) and all parents are automatically members.  PAFA coordinates parent involvement with the school and is a source of strength and support, knowledge, experience and a place where many of our families find lifelong friends.  We are currently seeking parent volunteers to serve on our SCIS-Pudong PAFA Executive Board for the 2021-2022 school year.   If you are interested in undertaking one of the below roles, or would like to nominate an SCIS-Pudong parent please complete this 2021-2022 PAFA Executive Board Nominations survey.  Once the survey has been submitted, Dr. David Mazer, the School Community Relations Officer will follow up with each parent directly.  We will be accepting nominations until next Friday, June 4th.   If you have any questions about this process or the below positions please connect with Dr. Mazer at dmazer@scis-china.org.   

Once nominations or volunteers have been received the campus administration will oversee a voting process if needed, and the PAFA executive team will be set for the 2021-2022 school year.   Below is an overview of the open positions.  For additional information on the position, descriptions please the SCIS-Pudong PAFA Website.

President: Working closely with the SCIS Faculty Representative, the PAFA President is responsible for chairing monthly Executive Committee Meetings and PAFA General Meetings.  The President sets agendas and supports all other PAFA Executive Committee members in fulfilling their roles. 

Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for attending and keeping accurate records of all Executive Committee Meetings and General Meetings, make such records available to members, submit Executive Committee minutes for a school publication, and model the Code of Conduct. 

Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for tracking and managing income and expenses.

25th Anniversary Celebration – Please Join Us!

Positive Behavior Support Parent Workshop

We are pleased to announce a workshop for parents on emotional regulation that will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2021, via Microsoft Teams from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The link to the workshop and its details are here. This workshop will cover practical skills and strategies in the area of positive behavior support and is appropriate for parents of Lower School-aged children. The virtual workshop will cover the following:

  1. Helping your child to identify and manage their emotions
  2. Ways to elicit more cooperation
  3. Importance of language with your child 

Important Dates

  • June 1 – PYP Exhibition
  • June 8 – Field Day
  • June 9 – Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony
  • June 10 – End of Year Assembly

Repeated Announcements

School Photographs

The school pictures taken during Pret-a-Portrait’s recent visit are now available. If you haven’t already, please use the card that your child brought home to view the lovely range of pictures taken.  

Orders placed before May 31st will receive a 25% discount. Orders placed for digital images will be emailed to you within 5 working days; orders placed for prints will be shipped to your home address within 21 working days. If the card did not make it home for any reason, you can contact Pret-a-Portrait directly for assistance. 

Pret-a-Portrait
Telephone: 131 2078 2068
WeChat: Pret-a-Portrait
Email:  chinasupport@pret-a-portrait.net

Calling all Students – Show Us Your Talent!

Lower School Principal’s Post #37

May 21, 2021

It has been another busy week here at SCIS-Pudong! Yesterday, we held a very special Lower School Assembly featuring our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students! Two mini-musicals were enjoyed by all. Kindergarten students performed first – showcasing their musical talents connected to two of their units of inquiry: “Our Relationship with Animals” and “Create”! Grade 1 students then demonstrated their understanding that ‘readers perform their characters’. Grade 1 students even wrote a playbill with character background information! These very talented students reminded us of our connections to the Earth and all its creatures as well as our responsibilities for taking care of our environment. Thank you to all the Kindergarten and Grade 1 students and teachers. Here is the LiveStream Link if you would like to watch the recording.

In addition, SCIS had their IB/WASC visit, which happens to be an outstanding process of reflection, celebration, and a means to develop our next steps towards improvement. Today, all community members will receive an email from Dr. Gale surrounding this process. Her letter is also found at the end of this post.

Grade 2-5 Spring Concert

Please join us virtually for the G2-G5 Spring Concert to be held on Wednesday, May 26th at 1:30 p.m. by clicking on this LiveStream Link

MAP Testing

The Lower School will begin the third round of NWEA MAP testing starting May 24th, 2021. We will be conducting a reading, language, and math test. The testing is meant to support data-driven decision-making within the teaching and learning as well as differentiate instruction to best support your child’s growth. The information from this assessment will also help us understand the overall growth of student achievement. There is no need for test preparation or studying for this test. The only thing required is a healthy dinner the night before with a good night’s sleep, followed by a healthy breakfast.

Important Dates

  • May 26 – G2-G5 Spring Concert, 1:30 p.m.
  • June 1 – PYP Exhibition
  • June 8 – Field Day
  • June 9 – Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony

Calling all Students – Show Us Your Talent!

Message from Dr. Elizabeth Gale

Dear SCIS Community,

This IB/WASC Synchronized Virtual Visit served as the culmination of the SCIS IB/WASC self-study, an ongoing school improvement process that assisted SCIS administration, faculty, support staff, students, and parents in looking in-depth at what currently exists and what needs to be improved throughout the organization in relation to student learning, as well as the school’s program. Basic concepts addressed in this process focus upon student success in meeting the SCIS mission, schoolwide learner outcomes, and academic standards. The process centered on inquiring into the following questions:

  1. How well are the students achieving?
  2. Is the school doing everything possible to support high achievement for all its students?

Through the self-study process, SCIS fulfills the requirements for accreditation and uses the findings to form the basis for the school’s strategic action plan through the use of research-based criteria from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Below you will find some examples of the feedback received from the IB and WASC Visiting Teams:

  • The school demonstrates a clear commitment to and affirmation of a holistic approach to education.
  • The school demonstrates a clear purpose and commitment to learning that is grounded in the school mission and schoolwide learner outcomes.
  • The school embodies and upholds the mission, values, and principles of an IB education as evidenced by the daily experiences of students, parents, and faculty, as well as through cohesive and clear documentation (learning handbooks, policies, planners, etc.).
  • The school culture is one that is collaborative and there is a shared drive to foster a fully inclusive program that enables all students to access the programme(s) and achieve success.
  • There is clear evidence that supports the existence of a strong, coherent, and united school community.
  • Strong relationships and communication channels have been established between parents, students, and the school, and parents understand and appreciate the IB programmes. Similarly, the WASC Visiting Team reiterated sentiments expressed from the IB Team and highlighted the fact that the “C” in SCIS is a distinctive attribute that permeates every aspect of the school. The WASC Visiting Team findings confirmed that SCIS is truly a vibrant, robust learning community that is characterized by a caring, supportive, and inclusive school culture, a dedicated staff of teachers, those who serve in support roles, and a leadership team that is committed to empowering others to achieve.”

In closing, the IB/WASC Visiting Team acknowledged the school for the extraordinary context in which the self-study and visit has taken place and commended faculty for the resilience, strength, and perseverance demonstrated by conducting the self-study during a period that was incredibly challenging given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The team also extended their congratulatory wishes to the entire SCIS community for accomplishing such a significant and important milestone in the school’s history.

Go SCIS Dragons!

Liz Gale, Ed.D

Repeated Announcements

School Photographs

The school pictures taken during Pret-a-Portrait’s recent visit are now available. If you haven’t already, please use the card that your child brought home to view the lovely range of pictures taken.  

Orders placed before May 31st will receive a 25% discount. Orders placed for digital images will be emailed to you within 5 working days; orders placed for prints will be shipped to your home address within 21 working days. If the card did not make it home for any reason, you can contact Pret-a-Portrait directly for assistance. 

Pret-a-Portrait
Telephone: 131 2078 2068
WeChat: Pret-a-Portrait
Email:  chinasupport@pret-a-portrait.net

Class Placement

As mentioned last week, we are already beginning preparations for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. A major component of this preparation is to establish classroom groups for the new school year. When forming classes, Lower School teachers and I will take many factors into consideration. Our priority each school year is to establish balanced classes that will maximize learning opportunities for all students.

To do that, we are unable to consider parent requests for specific teachers. We are also unable to accept requests for students to be placed in the same class with a particular child. Please do not submit such requests, as they will not be considered.

We will, however, accept emails in which you may share particular information about your child and his/her academic and social needs that you think the school should take into consideration when formulating class lists as described above. While we accept such correspondence, it should be noted that we believe that all our teachers are well placed to meet the needs of our students and it will be more important to meet with your child’s teacher at the commencement of the new school year to discuss your child’s individual circumstances. Should you wish to share specific information regarding your child’s needs, please email me at dbrews@scis-china.org before May 28th using the subject line: 2021-2022 Academic/Social Placement thoughts for (Student Name).  Thank you for your support

Travel Reminder

Just a reminder – if your family plans on traveling outside of Shanghai this weekend please ensure that you have informed the school by completing the SCIS Traveler Health Declaration Form.

Lower School Principal’s Post #36

March 14, 2021

ECE students are Climbing the Walls… and More!

Today, ECE students participated in their own special sports day in which they completed several activities to work on their developing skills such as gross and fine motor, collaboration, thinking,, and social! They were true risk-takers as they challenged themselves with new activities, worked together, and took turns with each other all while having a great time!

Grade 5 Transition Parent Presentation

Wednesday evening, the grade 5 parents attended an informative presentation on what to expect as our current grade 5 students transition to grade 6 and the Upper School. It was very well attended and informative. Thank you to Dr. Volpe, Ms. Shanks, and Ms. Kelly for facilitating this session. As was stated, the grade 5 students, parents, and our faculty are ready!

Girl Scouts go Camping!

Over the May holiday, the SCIS Pudong Girl Scouts went on a camping adventure!  More than 30 Girl Scouts from the Daisies (K-1), Brownies (2-3), and Juniors (4-5), along with their leaders and parent chaperones spent the night sleeping in tents under the stars at Camp Greenwoods on Sun Island in Songjiang district.  The Girl Scouts spent time working on camping badges, playing outdoor laser tag, setting up their own tents, playing outdoor games, and so much more.  Highlights for the girls included learning how to make a fire and partaking in the age-old Girl Scout tradition of cooking a tin-foil dinner over the fire.  The oldest girls (Juniors, 4th and 5th grade) challenged themselves on the high ropes course and were rewarded with a ride down the zip line.  To wrap up the fun, all the girls went on a nature walk to see different nature and wildlife without even leaving Shanghai.

Of course, this trip could not have been made possible without the amazing teachers and parent volunteers. Thank you to our SCIS-Pudong teachers: Ms. Mount, Miss Meidinger, Ms. Poncia, Dr. Myers, Ms. Sculerati, and our parent volunteers: Fiona Khoo, Connie Liu, Phoebe Change, Silvia Gatti, Athina Ferpozzi, Judit Varnai, and Hailey Kim.

Lower School Special Assembly Featuring Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students

We are very happy to invite you to a special assembly on Thursday, May 20th at 8:30 am. featuring the kindergarten and grade 1 students who will be performing two short musicals! It will be an entertaining and joyful event so please join us by clicking on our LiveStream Link.

School Photographs

The school pictures taken during Pret-a-Portrait’s recent visit are now available. If you haven’t already, please use the card that your child brought home to view the lovely range of pictures taken.  

Orders placed before May 31st will receive a 25% discount. Orders placed for digital images will be emailed to you within 5 working days; orders placed for prints will be shipped to your home address within 21 working days. If the card did not make it home for any reason, you can contact Pret-a-Portrait directly for assistance. 

Pret-a-Portrait
Telephone: 131 2078 2068
WeChat: Pret-a-Portrait
Email:  chinasupport@pret-a-portrait.net

Repeated Announcements

Class Placement for 2021-2022

As mentioned last week, we are already beginning preparations for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. A major component of this preparation is to establish classroom groups for the new school year. When forming classes, Lower School teachers and I will take many factors into consideration. Our priority each school year is to establish balanced classes that will maximize learning opportunities for all students.

To do that, we are unable to consider parent requests for specific teachers. We are also unable to accept requests for students to be placed in the same class with a particular child. Please do not submit such requests, as they will not be considered.  

We will, however, accept emails in which you may share particular information about your child and his/her academic and social needs that you think the school should take into consideration when formulating class lists as described above. While we accept such correspondence, it should be noted that we believe that all our teachers are well placed to meet the needs of our students and it will be more important to meet with your child’s teacher at the commencement of the new school year to discuss your child’s individual circumstances. Should you wish to share specific information regarding your child’s needs, please email me at dbrews@scis-china.org before May 28th using the subject line: 2021-2022 Academic/Social Placement thoughts for (Student Name).  Thank you for your support.

Lower School Field Day 

Field Day for the Lower School will take place on Tuesday, June 8th.  On this day, all students in Nursery through Grade 5 will participate in a variety of fun outdoor activities where they will use their physical and collaborative skills to complete an assortment of challenging tasks.   Students will move freely with peer groups through activity stations that will be set up around the soccer field.  Please ensure your child has a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen on that day.

Travel Reminder

Just a reminder – if your family plans on traveling outside of Shanghai this weekend please ensure that you have informed the school by completing the SCIS Traveler Health Declaration Form. 

Important Dates

  • May 20 – Kindergarten to Grade 1 Special Musical Performance, 8:30 a.m.
  • May 26 – G2-G5 Spring Concert, 1:30 p.m.
  • June 1 – PYP Exhibition
  • June 8 – Field Day
  • June 9 – Grade 5 Stepping Up Celebration

Lower School Principal’s Post #35

May 7, 2021

The end-of-the-year countdown has begun, and all grade levels have a variety of fun events planned over the next few weeks to reflect upon and celebrate the incredible amount of learning that has taken place throughout the school year.   

The incredible learning experiences that children encounter each and every day is the result of an amazing Lower School Faculty who dedicate countless hours to ensuring the implementation of best practices across subject areas and disciplines; practices that nurture the development of curious inquirers and ultimately children who love to learn.  As educators, we also love to learn and are on a continual quest to improve our practices in order to meet the needs of all students.   

In addition to both internal and external professional development that is provided for faculty throughout the year, the vast majority of the Lower School faculty also participate as members of one or more of the Lower School Curricular Teams.  These teams have been instrumental in shaping the direction of the curriculum to ensure the consistent implementation of research-based best practices in Literacy, Mathematics, Early Childhood, and Technology.   Additionally, the Lower School Core Leadership Team has been extremely influential in providing insightful input into the ways in which we can better our processes and procedures in order to meet the needs of students and encourage the development of caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all Lower School Faculty who dedicated extra time this year to participate as a member of one or more of these teams as we continue our quest to provide an exceptional learning experience for students and families.  

Lower School Field Day 

Field Day for the Lower School will take place on Tuesday, June 8th.  On this day, all students in Nursery through Grade 5 will participate in a variety of fun outdoor activities where they will use their physical and collaborative skills to complete an assortment of challenging tasks.   Students will move freely with peer groups through activity stations that will be set up around the soccer field.  This year, it is particularly special as we will have Upper School students helping to run the field day activities and our Design students running indoor games that they have created themselves on the same day. What a great way to continue to strengthen our community and serve others – living our Mission Statement to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities!

Class Placement for 2021-2022

We are already beginning preparations for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. A major component of this preparation is to establish classroom groups for the new school year. Teacher assignment is often a topic of great interest and discussion amongst parents in schools, thus it is important to ensure you understand the process and what you should do if you have a placement concern. 

Our priority each school year is to establish balanced classes that will maximize learning opportunities for all students. In an international setting like ours, our classes must be well balanced with respect to cultural backgrounds, English language proficiency, and of course, student learning styles and abilities. 

When forming classes, Lower School teachers and I will take into account both positive and negative peer relationships and will strive to create positive and familiar groups within each new class group. This does not mean that each student is placed in a class with his or her closest friends even though this may ultimately occur in the overall placement process. 

The procedure for establishing class placements is as follows: 

  1. The teachers at each grade level distribute students into balanced classes taking into account information regarding nationality, cultural backgrounds, English language proficiency, peer relationships, student learning styles, and abilities. 
  2. Teachers are tentatively assigned to a class group over the summer and I will review legitimate placement concerns to make sure that each student has an appropriate placement. 
  3. In August, I will review the class lists with teachers and place all new students into classes based on their enrollment information.  
  4. Class placements will be posted in the lobby of the school during new and returning family orientation. 

To establish balanced classes, we are unable to consider parent requests for specific teachers. We are also unable to accept requests for students to be placed in the same class with a particular child. Please do not submit such requests, as they will not be considered.  

We will, however, accept emails in which you may share particular information about your child and his/her academic and social needs that you think the school should take into consideration when formulating class lists as described above. While we accept such correspondence, it should be noted that we believe that all our teachers are well placed to meet the needs of our students and it will be more important to meet with your child’s teacher at the commencement of the new school year to discuss your child’s individual circumstances. Should you wish to share specific information regarding your child’s needs, please email me at dbrews@scis-china.org before May 28th using the subject line:  

2021-2022 Academic/Social Placement thoughts for (Student Name). 

Please do not approach teachers, admissions staff, or other administration expecting them to be able to influence class placements on your behalf; as they are not in a position to do so. 

I trust that you can appreciate the challenges of this task, and I thank you for being respectful and understanding of the overall process.  As the Lower School Principal, I am committed to maximizing all community members’ learning opportunities and feel that this process is the fairest and equitable way of doing so. 

Important Dates

  • May 20 – Kindergarten to Grade 1 Special Musical Performance, 8:30 a.m.
  • May 12 – Grade 5 Parent Meeting at 4:00 p.m.
  • May 26 – G2-G5 Spring Concert, 1:30 p.m.
  • June 1 – PYP Exhibition
  • June 8 – Field Day
  • June 9 – Grade 5 Stepping Up Celebration

Repeated Announcements

Travel Reminder

Just a reminder – if your family plans on traveling outside of Shanghai this weekend please ensure that you have informed the school by completing the SCIS Traveler Health Declaration Form. 

Re-enrollment Update

Re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is well underway and seats are filling up quickly across grade levels.  In fact, several grade levels are currently close to capacity.

As such, if you are confident that you would like your child(ren) to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible.  Additionally, if you have friends or acquaintances who are interested in enrolling their child(ren) in SCIS-Pudong, please encourage them to connect with our admissions department as soon as possible. 

Despite the challenges we have faced surrounding the tightened border restrictions and the impact that has had on welcoming new families from abroad, we continue to attract new students and families from across Shanghai who have heard about SCIS-Pudong and the exceptional student-centered experience we provide.  We are grateful for the continued support from our parent community and appreciate the ways in which you constantly advocate and champion for our world-class and forward-thinking school. Your support and belief in our ability to provide a personalized and holistic educational environment is truly appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

SCIS Summer Camp 2021

Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) is excited to offer a specialized summer camp designed with the whole child in mind.  This year, our SCIS-Pudong summer camp program will be a non-academic, thematic experience filled with action-packed fun for children in the ECE through grade 5. Enrolling your child in the summer program will ensure that their days are filled with games, sports, outdoor exploration, water activities, art, music, drama, Mandarin language/culture fun, and more!  All ECE through Grade 5 students at SCIS-Pudong are welcome to enroll.  Summer camp offers flexible weekly enrollment options for families with limited availability or travel plans.  For more information on Summer Camp please contact the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Lower School Principal’s Post #34

April 29, 2021

Lower School Assembly

Yesterday, the grade 5 students gave us a glimpse into their PYP Exhibition. They shared their central ideas and lines of inquiry surrounding their selected topic or concept. Students also learned a little bit about action and how taking action does not need to be a big thing. No matter what age, anyone can take action and it can be as simple as changing one’s own behavior or thoughts. If you would like to see the recording, please click on this Livestream Link.

Grade 5 Update – Preparing for Grade 6

To ensure a successful and smooth transition to the Upper School and MYP. SCIS prepares grade 5 students for grade 6 in many ways. Throughout the primary years, students are building their knowledge, skills, and attributes to be successful after completing the Primary Years Program or last year of the Lower School.

Particularly in the months of April and May, grade 5 students are busy preparing for grade 6. Below are just a few of those events:

  • The Primary Years Programme Exhibition (PYPX) – action groups inquire into and share information related to an in-depth inquiry they have undertaken over the course of the past 7-8 weeks that is related to personal interest and extends into a real-world issue – Exhibition Day is June 1st
  • Co-ed and same-gender discussions surrounding puberty and development. Thank you to Ms. Brews, Dr. Myers, Ms. Berezowski, and Mr. Kelly for facilitating the discussions – April 30th
  • Grade 6 Experience – students spend a half-day as a grade 6 student – May 13th
  • Parent Information Session, May 12th, 4:00 p.m.
  • Grade 5 Moving Up Celebration – June 9th

The parent information session, facilitated by the Upper School Administration, is designed to provide families with an understanding of what your child’s Grade 6 year will look like, and to introduce the supports they will have for this transition.  Topics will include an introduction to the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), the SCIS Advisory program, after school activities in the Middle School, China Go! Trips, and the daily schedule structure for middle schoolers!

Grade 5 students and teachers are certainly busy and they have so much to be proud of. We look forward to celebrating together as grade 5 students transition to grade 6.

Ordering Photographs

The pictures taken during Pret-a-Portraits’ recent visit will soon be ready.  If you haven’t already, please use the card that your child brought home to pre-register your interest in the school pictures and you will be sent an email the moment your pictures become available. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, Please contact Pret-a-Portrait directly via:
* WeChat: Pret-a-Portrait
* Phone: 131 2078 2068
* Email: chinasupport@pret-a-portrait.net

Spring Concerts Rescheduled

Ms. Mabel is back at school and she is beginning to feel much better. Everyone is still eager to present their musical performances and we are very happy to confirm those dates below. All performances will be live-streamed so family members can join us either at the time or view the recordings later. Livestream Link

  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 Musicals – May 20th, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 Spring Concert – May 26th, 1:30 p.m

Important Dates

  • May 20 – Kindergarten to Grade 1 Special Musical Performance, 8:30 a.m.
  • May 26 – G2-G5 Spring Concert, 1:30 p.m.
  • June 1 – PYP Exhibition
  • June 8 – Field Day

Supporting Breast Cancer Family Event

Update from Liz Gale, SCIS Deputy Director of Schools / Head of SCIS-Pudong

Dear SCIS-Families,

It has been another incredible week of learning and celebration at SCIS-Pudong that included the Upper School Spring Arts Night, a Lower School Assembly, grade-level learning celebrations, and more!  It is hard to believe that following the coming 3-day weekend we will be entering the final 6-week stretch before the end of the school year.   As you know, the end of the school year is always filled with fun events and happenings for students, and I encourage you to continue to carefully read through the weekly Principal’s Posts, as well as other information sent from the school to ensure you’re kept up to date on the upcoming events as the end of the year draws near.  As always, if you have any immediate questions, please feel free to connect with any member of the administrative team or the divisional secretaries Ms. Vicki Xu for Lower School (vxu@scis-china.org) or Ms. Jelly Ling for Upper School (jling@scis-china.org).

BINGO NIGHT SUCCESS

A huge thank you to the members of the PAFA Executive Committee, as well as the parent volunteers for planning and organizing a wonderful BINGO night celebration last Saturday evening, April 24th at the Pudong Marriot East Hotel.  Approximately 160 members of the SCIS-Pudong community joined the event, which not only served as a symbol of the communal commitment our families have to SCIS-Pudong, but it actually represented much more than that in year that has been characterized by many hardships and challenges due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.  It was an event that symbolized our strength and resilience as a community, as well as our dedication to supporting each other and doing our utmost to persevere and ultimately prevail during the challenges we have faced this school year. 

A BIG DRAGON THANK YOU to the members of the PAFA Executive Committee for your efforts in making this night possible.

  • Freda Yiu
  • Loewe Lu
  • Preeti Shah
  • Queenie Wong
  • Sammy Yi
  • Sanna Korsstrom
  • Silvia Gatti

I would also like to thank the following parent volunteers, Athina Ferpozzi and Judith Varnai, as well as the following student volunteers, Allison Peng, Ellen Kim, Francesca Cordischi, Gunit Rana, Jazmin Varnai, Johanna Schultz, Veera Kortelainen, Zazu Varnai who all devoted their time and creative energy to this event. 

In addition to all of the preparations that went into planning BINGO night, our PAFA team has done a phenomenal job this year creating opportunities to bring parents and families together outside of school given the continued restrictions we face surrounding parental access to campus.  The cultural lunch celebrations and grade level outings have been a huge success and certainly had a very positive impact on our community.  Thank you PAFA!

SCIS SCHOOL ACCREDITATION UPDATE

Over the past 24 months, administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents across all three SCIS campuses have engaged in the IB / WASC self-study process.  The “Focus on Learning” self-study is an ongoing school improvement process that assists a school in examining in-depth what currently exists, as well as what needs to be improved in relation to student learning and the school’s program.  Basic concepts addressed in this process focus upon student success in meeting the school-wide learner outcomes and academic standards.  This includes critical reflection on the following questions:

  • How well are students achieving?
  • Is the school doing everything possible to support high achievement for all its students?

The accreditation process is a perpetual cycle of reflection, assessment, designing, and planning, implementing, monitoring, and reassessment:  the process is guided and assisted by tools and structures within the self-study, visit, and follow-up.  

At this time, the school has completed the self-study process by ensuring communal engagement in the following five tasks:

  • Task 1:  Analyze and reflect upon the school’s progress and the impact on student learning since the previous SCIS full self-study in 2013.
  • Task 2:  Refine the student and community profile based upon analyzed and disaggregated data; clarify the schoolwide learner outcomes.
  • Task 3:  Evaluate the quality of the school program in relation to the IB / WASC criteria.  Synthesize the information, determine strength and growth needs.
  • Task 4:  Summarize identified student critical learning needs based on the profile, progress and focus group analysis and findings.
  • Task 5:  Revise or create a comprehensive schoolwide action plan that will drive achievement of the schoolwide learner outcomes and academic standards.

All of the work that was accomplished as a result of the above tasks was compiled and organized into a self-study report that has been submitted to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in preparation for the SCIS IB/WASC synchronized visit that will take place during the week of May 17th-21st.  During the visit, a team of 18 educators and leaders from around the world will engage in dialogue with SCIS faculty, staff, students, and parents surrounding the self-study process and accompanying findings and provide an outside perspective of the school’s ability to effectively meet the established WASC criteria that defines organizational excellence.

Due to the thorough nature of the SCIS self-study process, we are very confident that both WASC, as well as the IB Visiting Teams will affirm the school’s findings, as well as the new 2021-2024 systemwide strategic action plan that has been developed as a result.  The 2021-2024 SCIS systemwide strategic plan will guide the work of the systemwide Educational Administration Team, as well as the systemwide Operational Team until completion and/or refinement of the action plan in preparation for the next self-study in 2027.  More information on the IB / WASC synchronized visit, as well as the findings from the visiting team will be shared in the coming weeks.  

If you have any questions surrounding the SCIS IB/WASC self-study process, please feel free to connect with me at egale@scis-china.org.  We greatly appreciate the support we have received from the community surrounding the IB/WASC self-study process this year.

TRAVEL REMINDER

Just a reminder – if your family plans on travelling outside of Shanghai this weekend please ensure that you have informed the school by completing the SCIS Traveler Health Declaration Form. 

RE-ENROLLEMENT UPDATE

Re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is well underway and seats are filling up quickly across grade levels.  In fact, several grade levels are currently close to capacity.

As such, if you are confident that you would like your child(ren) to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible.  Additionally, if you have friends or acquaintances who are interested in enrolling their child(ren) in SCIS-Pudong, please encourage them to connect with our admissions department as soon as possible. 

Despite the challenges we have faced surrounding the tightened border restrictions and the impact that has had on welcoming new families from abroad, we continue to attract new students and families from across Shanghai who have heard about SCIS-Pudong and the exceptional student-centered experience we provide.  We are grateful for the continued support from our parent community and appreciate the ways in which you constantly advocate and champion for our world-class and forward-thinking school. Your support and belief in our ability to provide a personalized and holistic educational environment is truly appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Summer Camp 2021

Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) is excited to offer a specialized summer camp designed with the whole child in mind.  This year, our SCIS-Pudong summer camp program will be a non-academic, thematic experience filled with action-packed fun for children in the ECE through grade 5.  Enrolling your child in the summer program will ensure that their days are filled with games, sports, outdoor exploration, water activities, art, music, drama, Mandarin language/culture fun, and more!  All ECE through Grade 5 students at SCIS-Pudong are welcome to enroll.  Summer camp offers flexible weekly enrollment options for families with limited availability or travel plans.  For more information on Summer Camp please contact the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Lower School Principal’s Post #33

April 23, 2021

Poetry Week

This week, SCIS Lower School celebrated Poetry Week in honor of April being Poetry Month.  A Poetry Peddler (AKA Ms. Williams) visited our classes daily and hand-delivered the poem of the day.  All week, classes were encouraged to seek out poems. Today, as the last poem was delivered, students were encouraged to participate in “Carry a Poem in Your Pocket” to share a chosen poem with friends throughout the day.  Thank you to Ms. Williams, Ms. Emily J., and Ms. Kridl for organizing such a fun week!

Hear our Dragon Spirit Roar!

Lower School students enthusiastically participated in Spirit Week! It was great to see such creativity and excitement. Enjoy the photos!

Swimming in PE Grades 1-5 – A Message from Ms. Abhilasha Rana

Here at SCIS, we believe that confidence in the water and the ability to swim are essential for all students, leading to greater water safety, life enjoyment, and a healthy lifestyle. As part of our Lower School PYP Physical Education Program, we are offering swimming sessions for students in grades 1-5 at two different points during the school year. The first session has already been offered back in September. The second session will begin on Monday, April 26th, and end on Friday, May 28th. The unit will last for 5 weeks, which allows for each class to complete approximately 12 swim lessons.

We ask that you help support the implementation of this unit by ensuring that on the days your child has Physical Education class between April 26th through May 28, he/she brings the following items to school. It would be greatly appreciated if you could remind your child each morning on PE days, to bring everything needed for swimming class.

  1. Comfortable swimsuit 
  2. Towel with their name written clearly on the tag in permanent marker
  3. Swim goggles
  4. Swim cap
  5. Underwear (if your child wears his/her swimsuit to school under his/her uniform)

Note:  Please send all of the above items in a separate swim bag (a plastic bag is usually more effective to use as wet swimsuits and towels will be coming home).  Please mark all your children’s belongings with their name or initials. This will help prevent any mix-ups and allow children to easily identify their items in the event they are misplaced.

If for any reason your child is not able to swim during this period of time, or any day during the course of our unit, please let me (not the front office) know in advance. If your child is sent to school on a day they are scheduled to swim, and they approach me during class telling me that they have permission from their parents to sit out of swim during that day, they will not be excused from participation in swim class unless they have a note from a parent, and/or I receive an email from a parent before class, notifying me that their child is excused from swim of that day.

Finally, please know that safety in the pool is of the utmost importance. To ensure your child remains safe, there will always be an adult support teacher in the pool, as well as a certified lifeguard on duty. Please contact Ms. Abhilasha Rana if you have any questions at all.

SCIS-Pudong Swimmers

Speaking of swimming, on Monday, Lower School and Upper School swimmers participated in the fourth Shanghai Swim League (SSL) at the SCIS-PD swimming pool. The event Many of our swimmers continue to set their personal best swim times!

In addition, our swimmers have been invited to participate in the Rocket Science Sports Long Course Swim Meet which will be held at the Oriental Sports Center tomorrow, Saturday, April 24th, 2021. This is a long-standing Shanghai event in which our swimmers will be given the opportunity to race in a 50m pool that has hosted professional and international level competitions. All of our swimmers will be registered to compete and participate in this unique experience. For the sake of clarity, the organizer, Rocket Science Sports, has been given permission from the Shanghai governmental authorities to host the event. It should be very exciting for everyone!  Thank you to Coach Oscar, Coach Larisa, and Coach Vic for organizing!

Health and Safety Update

This is to inform families that we are no longer required to take temperatures as students, faculty, staff, and parents exit campus. As you would have read, we are also no longer required to collect green health cards. We will continue to take temperatures and check QR codes as people enter the building. Thank you for your continued support in following our health and safety protocols.

Help Support Breast Cancer Awareness, Prevention, and Recovery by Joining a Fun Family Run!

Reminders

Photos – April 26th and 27th

Lower School class and individual photos will take place on April 26th and 27th. Below is the schedule. Students should wear their regular uniforms on that day (no PE shirt). Thank you.

We are excited to inform you that Pret-a-Portrait will be visiting the school on Monday, April 26th, and Tuesday, April 27th to take fun, professional pictures of the students. Pret-a-Portrait is an international schools photography company that has been working in China for many years. 

The Lower School photography session schedule is below:

  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 – April 26th
  • ECE, Grades 2-5 – April 27th.

The day your child has their pictures taken, they will bring home a slip that tells you how you can view your pictures. Pre-register your details when you receive this slip and Pret-a-Portrait will email you the moment your pictures are ready.  Orders can be placed via their website or via WeChat with the assistance of their customer service team based in Shanghai. 

Images will be available a week or so after their visit, a 25% discount period will be available to all parents and any orders placed for physical prints will be shipped directly to your home address, digital image orders will be emailed to you.  Should you wish to take a look, Pret-a-Portraits website is: www.pret-a-portrait.net. If you have any questions for Pret-a-Portrait at this stage you can contact them via: 

Important Dates

  • Photo Day – April 26th and 27th
  • Field Day – May 21st

Lower School Principal’s Post #32

April 16, 2021

Student-Led Conferences

A BIG thank you to all parents that attended student-led conferences.  It was truly a magical day and many of the children are saying that their SLC and being able to show their parents around campus was a major highlight of the year.  It was wonderful to see everyone celebrating all the learning that has taken place this year and to finally have parents with children together in school! There was overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents regarding their SLC experience with their child as evidenced through the compilation of the 77 responses from the Parent Feedback Form on the back of the student “passports”.  Below are the results of that survey.

  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed – “My Child was Prepared and Interested in taking part in their student-led Conference.”
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed – “My Child was engaged while sharing their work and able to reflect upon the pieces they selected to share.”
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed – “My Child’s portfolio demonstrated careful thought and preparation.”
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed – “The conference provided me with a greater sense of my child as a learner as well as their strengths and areas for growth.”
  • 99% agreed or strongly agreed – “I was given enough information so I was prepared for the conference.”

If you have any additional suggestions or feedback to improve student-led conferences, please let us know by emailing the Lower School Principal! We look forward to being able to continue to strengthen our school-parent partnerships and welcome parents on campus more in the near future.

Learning Walk

SCIS-Pudong participated in their fourth learning walk of the year. Faculty/staff representing different roles within the school walked to observe students who demonstrated being “Positive Contributors,” one of our Schoolwide Learner Outcomes.

Within all learning environments (PS/PK, Grade 2, and Grade 6 science) that were visited during this morning’s learning walk, there were multiple examples of students demonstrating their ability to be effective communicators and open-minded to the ideas and thoughts of others.  Additionally, there were numerous observations made of students working collaboratively with each other in a kind and respectful manner.  Evidence of community and belonging was seen in abundance across all classrooms. Common themes that emerged from this learning walk or areas that were evident across classrooms included:

  • A high level of student engagement and collaboration.
  • Opportunities for student reflection.
  • A high degree of student voice and input into the learning experience.
  • Students as caring and open-minded communicators.

Photos – April 26th and 27th

Lower School class and individual photos will take place on April 26th and 27th. Below is the schedule. Students should wear their regular uniforms on that day (no PE shirt). Thank you.

We are excited to inform you that Pret-a-Portrait will be visiting the school on Monday, April 26th and Tuesday, April 27th to take fun, professional pictures of the students. Pret-a-Portrait is an international schools photography company that has been working in China for many years. 

The Lower School photography session schedule is below:

  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 – April 26th
  • ECE, Grades 2-5 – April 27th.

The day your child has their pictures taken, they will bring home a slip that tells you how you can view your pictures. Pre-register your details when you receive this slip and Pret-a-Portrait will email you the moment your pictures are ready.  Orders can be placed via their website or via WeChat with the assistance of their customer service team based in Shanghai. 

Images will be available a week or so after their visit, a 25% discount period will be available to all parents and any orders placed for physical prints will be shipped directly to your home address, digital image orders will be emailed to you.  Should you wish to take a look, Pret-a-Portraits website is: www.pret-a-portrait.net. If you have any questions for Pret-a-Portrait at this stage you can contact them via: 

New Buses!

Pudong campus is replacing all older buses (15 in total). Starting next week, all of our buses will be the new blue ones!

Ms. Mabel Update

Ms. Mabel Garcia, the Lower School music teacher is now recovering from surgery. She is doing well and would like to thank all community members for their kind words and thoughts. She loves all the cards and the canvas made by her students which is beautifully displayed in her home.

We will look into rescheduling the concerts for later dates this year, once she is well enough to return to school. Thank you for your patience and thank you to Ms. Preeti for all her hard work to ensure children continue to enjoy music class.

PYP Exhibition

Thank you to all the grade 5 parents who attended last week’s Principal’s Meeting on the PYP Exhibition. Mr. Kelly has shared the presentation slides with all grade 5 families. We look forward to celebrating this learning journey with the grade 5 students and attending the Exhibition in late May.

Spirit Week This Week – April 19th-23rd

Thank you to the student council representatives who have decided on the upcoming Spirit Week themes. During the week of April 19th-23rd, Lower School students may dress according to the schedule below. Have fun and let’s hear the dragons’ roar!

  • Monday – Free Dress! (dress any way you like, pajamas, superhero, athlete…)
  • Tuesday – Twins/Triplets! (dress like a friend or form a group)
  • Wednesday – Wacky Hair! (how crazy can you get?)
  • Thursday – Wacky Tourist! (look like a crazy tourist!)
  • Friday – Jeans and Greens Spirit Day! (show your school spirit!)

Important Dates

  • April 19th-23rd – Spirit Week!
  • Photo Day – April 26th and 27th

Lower School Principal’s Post #31

April 9, 2021

ECE Disco Party

Today, the Nursery, Preschool, and Prekindergarten students celebrated the end of their unit on “movement” by having a disco party! Students had a blast demonstrating the moves they inquired into over the past few weeks and even taught the teachers some new and very fancy moves! ECE literally ROCKS!

Lower School Assembly

Congratulations to the students in Ms. Cat’s grade 4 class! Thursday, they performed a short skit on ways we can all be guardians of our Earth by following the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It was mentioned that April 22nd is Earth Day and our community has been challenged with finding ways to help our Earth by making some changes here at school. Thank you to the grade 4 students for these important reminders of how we can all be caring and responsible community members.

Mid-Progress Report

Mid-progress reports were published today. Please check your school email address for the link to your child’s mid-progress report on Managebac.

Spirit Week – April 19th-23rd

Thank you to the student council representatives who have decided on the upcoming Spirit Week themes. During the week of April 19th-23rd, Lower School students may dress according to the schedule below. Have fun and let’s hear the dragons’ roar!

  • Monday – Free Dress! (dress any way you like, pajamas, superhero, athlete…)
  • Tuesday – Twins/Triplets! (dress like a friend or form a group)
  • Wednesday – Wacky Hair! (how crazy can you get?)
  • Thursday – Wacky Tourist! (look like a crazy tourist!)
  • Friday – Jeans and Greens Spirit Day! (show your school spirit!)

Student-Led Conferences

Thank you to all families who have already signed up for Student-Led Conferences. Below is a repeated reminder to please sign up for a conference time if you have not done so already. It is confirmed that Student-Led Conferences held on April 14th will take place with parents and students on campus. On that day, all students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Please note that the first Lower School sign-up time is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. and the first Upper School sign-up time is 12:30. These times are purposefully staggered to allow parents time to transition if they have children in both divisions. All students will be asked to take the bus home and return with their parents for conferences. As a parent, if you would like to pick up your child at 11:30, go to lunch in the local area and return for the conference, please be sure to notify the divisional secretaries via email. Finally, for students taking the bus home and returning back to school, please take your child’s transportation time into account when signing up for your conference time. Please don’t hesitate to contact the divisional secretaries or administration with questions. 

Below are the links to sign up for conferences for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5. Nursery, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten homeroom teachers communicate directly with parents to sign up for a conference time.

Kindergarten – Malika Meidinger & Amy Jauch
Grade 1 – Leanne Kridl
Grade 1 – Larisa Mount
Grade 2 – Stacey Poncia & Emily Johnson
Grade 3 – Arelle Gutierrez
Grade 3 Marlene Muy
Grade 4 – Ryan Brown
Grade 4 – Cat Harstad
Grade 5 – Bart Kelly

Photographers will take professional class and individual photos on April 26th and 27th. Your child’s teacher will confirm which day your child will have photos taken. Children should wear their regular uniform on that day. Thank you.

Repeated Announcements

Positive Discipline Parent Workshop – Register Now!

Dr. Myers and Olive Sun are offering another series of weekend parent workshops on Positive Discipline and registration is now open! There is an English and Chinese version available. Please see the below flyer for details and a QR code for registration.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, April 14th – Student-Led Conferences (11:30 a.m. dismissal) 
  • April 19th-23rd – Spirit Week!
  • Photo Day – April 26th and 27th