We are so excited to welcome you to Student-Led Conferences next Thursday, March 21st. Students across grade levels and subject areas have been enthusiastically preparing to share their learning journey with you next week. It is important to remember that Student-led Conferences are a celebration of learning and this is truly your child’s opportunity to shine! During the conference, please provide your child with positive feedback surrounding their progress and encourage them to share with you the ways in which they feel you can support them with achieving their learning goals.
If you have not yet signed up for a Student-Led Conference time slot, please do so immediately by accessing the sign-up genius link sent by your child’s teacher through Seesaw or scroll down to last week’s Principal’s Post where you will find the links to the sign-up pages for all Homeroom Teachers. As a reminder, students should be brought to school for their student-led conference during their scheduled conference time and return home with their parent(s) at the conclusion of their conference. Families who have more than one child participating in a student-led conference are welcome to have their child(ren) who are not participating in the conference wait patiently in the library until their sibling concludes his or her conference.
Additionally, please be on the look-out for the SCIS-Pudong Student-Led Conference Handbook which will be sent home with the youngest child in each family next Monday. This valuable resource will provide insight into the student-led conference process at SCIS-Pudong, as well as the ways in which you can support your child before, during, and after the conference. Thank you for your support in helping make Student-led Conferences a very special event for your child.
Mathematical Learning with Erma Anderson
On Wednesday and Thursday, Lower School Nursery through Grade 5 Homeroom Teachers had the opportunity to meet with international mathematics consultant and guru Erma Anderson to formulate a deeper understanding of how to develop students’ conceptual understanding in mathematics through an inquiry-based workshop approach. During her work with teachers, Ms. Anderson stressed the importance of providing engaging and meaningful opportunities for students to develop number sense, as it is the foundation for all higher-level mathematics (Feikes & Schwingendorf, 2008). Past and current research has shown children’s initial understanding of mathematical concepts and their ability to conceptualize and explain their mathematical reasoning at an early age has long-term implications for their success in school and in life (Clements & Sarama, 2011).
Thank you to all parents who attended Wednesday afternoon’s Parent Education Event where Ms. Anderson discussed the instructional shifts in mathematical teaching that are occurring within schools around the world. During her talk, she emphasized that it is no longer acceptable for children to only be taught mathematical procedures. Instead, they need to understand why the procedures work and communicate their reasoning by constructing a viable argument. Ms. Anderson referenced the work of Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University who has written an excellent article titled, “Fluency without Fear” that provides information on how children develop number sense and ways parents and teachers can support mathematical understanding. Additionally, Jo Boaler’s books, Mathematical Mindsets and What’s Math Got to Do With It? offer ideas on how to help children develop a growth mindset and appreciate the ways in which mathematics helps us understand the world around us. You can also access other useful mathematics resources on the right side of this blog page under the section “Mathematics Learning at Home.”
Over the course of the two days Ms. Anderson had the opportunity to participate in cross-grade level lab-site visits and debriefs where teachers collaborated surrounding the planning of a lesson and then gathered together at the conclusion of the lesson to reflect upon students’ ability to meet the intended learning outcomes. A HUGE thank you to Lower School Teachers, Malika Meidinger and Bart Kelly for facilitating this process.
Positive Discipline Parent Education Opportunity
Due to the tremendous success of our positive discipline parenting workshops, we have decided to provide all SCIS parents and friends with an additional opportunity to participate in this valuable course prior to the end of the school year. Below are the dates and times of the workshops that will be offered in April and May. The workshops will be led by First Grade Teacher and Certified Positive Discipline Educator and Trainer, Dr. Molly Myers.
Parents are highly encouraged to attend all four sessions. We hope you are able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn about strategies and techniques to encourage positive discipline in the home environment. Please contact Ms. Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending this valuable parent education course that will be offered at the discounted price of 500RMB. Parents who have attended previous courses are also encouraged to attend.
Session 1: Thursday, April 11th from 8:30am-11:30am
Session 2: Thursday, April 18th from 8:30am-11:30am
Session 3: Thursday, April 25th from 8:30am-11:30am
Session 4: Thursday, May 2nd from 8:30am-11:30am
Be sure to check-out Mrs. Luebbe’s new article on the right side of this blog post titled, “Solution Focused Problem Solving and Your Child.” The article references the work of Jane Nielson, founder of the Positive Discipline approach and provides parents with a variety of strategies that can be used to help children solve daily problems that occur in their lives.
After School Activities
Please note that this is the final week of Session #2 After School Activities for the Lower School. A BIG THANK YOU to all teachers for providing such wonderful, fun and engaging sessions for students. Session #3 will begin on Monday, April 15th and conclude on Friday, May 31st. Please be on the look-out for the Session 3 ASA Guide in the coming weeks. If you have any questions surrounding ASAs at SCIS-Pudong please contact Coach Vic Caban at email@example.com
Mid-Semester Progress Reports will be distributed through a link received in your SCIS-Parent email account on Friday, March 22nd. The purpose of the Mid-Semester progress report is to provide students, parents and teachers with an opportunity to reflect on students’ attitudes and actions that lead to academic success at mid-semester. At this point in the school year, the formal assessment and reporting focus will be on the Student-Led Conference and the growth that children have made over the course of the school year.
Literacy Week: March 25th-29th
Over the course of the past several months, the Lower School Literacy Team has been working hard to plan a Lower School Literacy Week that will take place from Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th. Throughout the week, students will participate in a variety of fun activities and learning experiences focused on various aspects of literacy. Friday, March 29th will be Read Around the World Day and we are seeking parent volunteers to come to school between 2:20-3:00pm to read a story in your home language. During this time students will have the option to move between classes listening to stories read in different languages. If you would be interested in volunteering to share a 10-15 minute story in your Mother Tongue please contact Ms. Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We greatly appreciate your support with this wonderful event.
We would appreciate your support with helping us tighten up our safety protocols by letting the school know, no later than 2:00pm each day if there are changes to your child’s departure plan. Last minute requests have the potential to result in safety concerns surrounding miscommunication. If there are changes to your child’s departure plan please contact the Lower School Secretary, Ms. Vicki Xu at email@example.com or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.
International Festival: Saturday, April 27th
Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year
Over the past few weeks, all SCIS families should have received several emails from the SCIS Admissions Department regarding re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. Please note that seats are filling 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 2019-2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp 2019
Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campuses 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 Wonderful Week!