Lower School Principal’s Post #23

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 pd-technology@scis-china.org 

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
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivation
  • Transitions and Changes
  • Resilience

In addition to the above, there are also IT Virtual Learning Resources for Parents that include information on:

  • Seesaw
  • 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 pd-technology@scis-china.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 admissions@scis-china.org.

Lower School Principal’s Post #22

Dear Families,

As we conclude the second week of virtual learning, I’d once again like to express my sincere thanks to all members of our Lower School learning community for another fantastic week filled with risk-taking, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaborating.  I continue to be amazed by the tremendous creativity demonstrated by both teachers and students surrounding the creation and completion of learning assignments.  As I scroll through the Virtual Class Blogs each day, I can’t help but be inspired and motivated by the extraordinary learning that is taking place across grade levels and subject areas.

I’m also beyond grateful to the Lower School parents and caregivers that have unfailingly dedicated time, resources, and space to ensure your child(ren) are able to continue their learning despite the inevitable challenges we have faced in the move to an online learning platform.   Your support, patience, and understanding over the course of the past two weeks is truly appreciated.

Week #2 Virtual Learning Parent Feedback:

As mentioned above, we greatly appreciate the support of families during this virtual learning period.   Please know that our goal for your child(ren) moving forward is to not only to provide a continuity of rigorous and engaging learning, but more importantly, we aim to create a safe and collaborative virtual learning space where students can maintain ongoing and positive daily interactions with their teachers and peers while being inspired and motivated to continue their learning journey over the course of upcoming weeks.

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 #2 Virtual Learning Parent Feedback SurveyPlease note the survey will close on Monday, February 17th at 3:00pm.

Resources for Academic and Emotional Well-being

During 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 connection, communication, and resources that will support you and your child(ren) 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
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivation
  • Transitions and Changes
  • Resilience

In addition to the above, there are also IT Virtual Learning Resources for Parents that include information on:

  • Seesaw
  • 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 pd-technology@scis-china.org if you experience any issues or complications with Seesaw and/or other technology platforms being used.  We appreciate your support and want you to know we are here to help you make virtual learning a success in any way we can.

Seesaw Video Images:

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.

Re-enrollment has begun for the 2020-2021 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 admissions@scis-china.org.

Lower School Principal’s Post #21

Dear Families,

As our first week of virtual learning comes to an end, I’d like to begin this post by saying thank you to all members of our learning community. 

Thank you to all students for demonstrating your ability to be risk-takers, problem-solvers and virtual communicators.  I have truly been amazed by the ways in which you have engaged with online learning.  I am so proud of each and every one of you for showing your independence, enthusiasm, and imagination as you work hard to complete your learning assignments each day.  Keep up the great work!

Thank you to all parents for your tremendous support as we navigate the complexities of our Virtual Learning program.  Your willingness to embrace this new educational medium, provide ongoing support to your child(ren), and collaborate with teachers is sincerely appreciated and vital to the ongoing success of virtual learning within the Lower School.  Additionally, we recognize that implementing a consistent daily routine and providing an environment that meets the needs of your child(ren) and allows them to fully participate in the virtual learning program is not easy.  Please know we are here and eager to support you however we can.   Thank you for your open-mindedness and patience.  You are appreciated!

Thank you to all teachers for your incredible dedication to ensuring the success of the virtual learning program.  I am humbled and honored to be working with such a phenomenal group of educators whose creativity, commitment, collaborative approach to online teaching and learning, and willingness to wholeheartedly embrace change has been exceptional.  I am in awe of the variety of ways in which Lower School teachers have engaged students virtually through the design of interactive and meaningful learning experiences.  In addition, it has been remarkable to see how teachers have maintained personal connections and continued to develop a virtual classroom community.  It is an absolute privilege working with and learning from a truly extraordinary Lower School Faculty.  You are amazing!

Seeking Parent Feedback:

We greatly appreciate the support of families during this virtual learning period.   Please know that our goal for your child(ren) moving forward is to not only to provide a continuity of rigorous and engaging learning, but more importantly, we aim to create a safe and collaborative virtual learning space where students can maintain ongoing and positive daily interactions with their teachers and peers while being inspired and motivated to continue their learning journey over the course of upcoming weeks.

As such, we would appreciate your 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 Lower School Virtual Learning Parent Feedback Survey Thank you for your time.

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.

Virtual Learning with Seesaw

At this point, all students / families should be connected to the Seesaw Class App.   If you haven’t had an opportunity to download the class app please go directly to the Seesaw site or use the web-based version:

Once you download the Class App, you will then be able to scan the QR code for your child’s Homeroom Class in order to ensure they have access to and are participating in the Virtual Learning program.  If you experience any issues or complications with Seesaw and/or other technology platforms students / families are beings asked to use, please immediately reach out to your child’s Homeroom Teacher or our SCIS-Pudong IT Department at pd-technology@scis-china.org

Seesaw Video Images:

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.

Re-enrollment has begun for the 2020 – 2021 School Year

In January, 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 admissions@scis-china.org.

Lower School Principal’s Post #20

Dear Families,

It’s been a wonderful week of celebration and learning at SCIS-Pudong! 

Ms. Sun led a session on Positive Discipline during Monday’s TTT for Mandarin speakers.

On Monday afternoon all Lower School Teachers participated in two TTT (Teaching Teachers Teaching) sessions on various topics led by Ms. Adika, Ms. Hunt, Ms. Mount, Mrs. Ruf, Dr. Myers, Mr. Sylvester and Ms. Gale.  Teachers were able to learn from colleagues surrounding topics such as inclusion, citizen science and the (new) scientific method, positive discipline, consequences, interactive read-alouds, effective meeting structures, and the SCARF model.  Through TTTs teachers are able to share expertise and facilitate discussions on important topics related to their professional work. In addition, research shows that providing structures for ongoing collaboration and professional dialogue is directly correlated to enhancing and increasing student learning and achievement.  

Grade 4 students worked in groups to create light exhibits through which they explored and explained the different properties of light.

On Thursday afternoon students in Grade 4R revealed a fabulous Light Sound exhibit that showcased student learning as a result of their current unit of inquiry on Light and Sound.  During this unit students explored the properties of light and sound and how these properties can be used and manipulated to create different effects.  During the exhibit, students share the properties of light they used to create their display and discussed the ways that light can be used for dramatic effect.

Several Mandarin Assistant Teachers performed at the CNY Assembly.

The final celebration of the week was the Chinese New Year Assembly and Lower School Chinese Temple Fair that took place on Thursday afternoon from 1:00-3:00pm.  Both events were a huge success as students participated in a variety of traditional Chinese cultural activities.  I would like to take this opportunity to say, congratulations and thank you to our Mandarin Department and specifically to Ms. Olive Sun, Ms. Yang Liu and Ms. Gina Zhang for their excellent work surrounding the planning, preparation and organization of the Temple Fair and Chinese New Year Assembly.  An incredible amount of effort went into making this event a success and it certainly served as a marvelous tribute to our host country, China.  Also, a huge thank-you to all parent volunteers and teachers who assisted with running the Temple Fair stations.  What a memorable and fun event for the entire SCIS community!

Students of all ages enjoying the Lower School Temple Fair activities with family members and friends.

Please note the Chinese New Year holiday will begin on January 24th and end on February 2nd.   School will resume on February 3rd.

I wish all families a fantastic Chinese New Year Holiday and happiness and success in the Year of the Rat!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

Xīnnián kuàilè!

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 admissions@scis-china.org.

Flu Season

4B enjoying snack and sharing stories after recess.

With the ongoing cold weather, also comes the potential of student illness.  To help stop the spread and lessen the duration of student illnesses at school please be sure your child receives plenty of rest, is eating a balanced diet, and drinking plenty of water.  Sending your child to school if they are ill can be very frustrating to families, as well as teachers as we do our best to keep children, parents and teachers healthy.  Please remember one of the BEST ways to prevent the spread of illness is to wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap.  Please review our parent handbook, page 17, for more information on Student Illness Policies.

As a reminder, children should not attend school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (over 100F/37.2c)
  • Diarrhea or more than 2 loose bowel movements within 12 hours
  • Vomiting
  • Discharge from eyes or ears
  • Heavy nasal discharge
  • Persistent cough
  • Unidentified rash
Valentina in 2S enjoying reading.

Semester 2 Parent Coffee Morning Topics:  COME AND LEARN WITH US!

Please mark your calendar for the following Parent Coffee Mornings where members of our Lower School Pedagogical Leadership Team will provide insight into various aspects of the curriculum including how and why of teaching and learning at SCIS-Pudong!

Lower School Principal’s Post #19

Dear Families,

It’s been another fun week of learning at SCIS-Pudong. 

Teachers reflecting on what it means to collaborate and belong.

This week during our Lower School professional development meeting, teachers spent time reflecting on challenges and learnings from 2019, while participating in a goal-setting exercise where they selected “one word” they will focus on as a means to inspire and transform their life and/or work in 2020.  As educational philosopher John Dewey states, “we do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.”  As educators, it is important that we take the time to share our challenges, work together to brainstorm solutions, and provide support to one another to ensure we continue to foster a nurturing and collaborative environment for teachers and students. 

Students in 2S collaborating on a reading project and uploading their work to Seesaw.

At this point in the school year, many grade levels are well on their way to finishing up their 3rd unit of inquiry and are getting ready to delve into their fourth unit.  Prior to the beginning of each unit, teachers and specialists participate in a PYP Kick-off meeting where they reflect on the overarching goals of the unit and determine the best learning path forward that will spark curiosity and enthusiasm with their current students.

Students in 2M work with Mrs. Lawrence.

As parents, we continue to encourage you to travel alongside your child in their learning journey by frequently visiting the class Seesaw journal and asking your child questions related to the pictures and postings you see.  Additionally, please take some time to provide a positive comment or feedback to your child related to the learning experiences.  Research shows that feedback is one of the most powerful influences on student learning and achievement.

Likewise, positive feedback that promotes a growth mindset has the power to motivate children to ensure they remain persistent, resilient and focused on the process of learning.  Below are some examples of feedback that promote the development of a growth mindset:

  • I’m so proud of the effort you put forth with _________.
  • I’m very proud of you for not giving up, and look what you have to show for it!
  • All that hard work and effort paid off!
  • What choices did you make that you think contributed to your success?
  • I can see you really enjoyed learning _________.

After School Activity Session #2

Julie and Liv showcase some of their Hula-Hoop skills at Thursday’s Assembly.

Please note, that next Monday, January 20th, Session #2 of our SCIS After School Activities program will begin.  Throughout this session, please remember that children will not be allowed to “skip” or miss their ASA, unless the school has received a direct email or phone call from a parent.   Once a student has signed up for an ASA they are making a commitment to attending all sessions of that ASA, unless the school has been notified otherwise by a parent.   While we want to encourage students to take risks and try a variety of After School Activities, we also want to help them understand the importance of following through with their commitment as a member of the ASAs they sign up for. 

Chinese New Year Assembly and Temple Fair

Students in Ms. Adika’s class learn how to write numbers 1-5 using Chinese characters.

Over the course of the next few weeks Mandarin Department will be very busy preparing for this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.   Similar to past years, there will be a Chinese New Year Assembly for the whole school that will begin at 1:00pm in the Theater.   Additionally, similar to last year, the assembly will be followed by a Chinese Temple Fair for Lower School students.  The Temple fair will provide students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of fun Chinese cultural activities.  The temple fair, which will be located in and around the Black Box will take place from 1:40-2:40pm.  At 2:40pm students will return to their classrooms to prepare for dismissal.  In order for the Temple Fair to be a success we need parent volunteers to help assist running the sessions.  If you are interested in helping run a station for 30 or 60 minutes, please contact Ms. Yang Liu at yliu@scis-china.org or scan the below QR code to join the volunteer WeChat Group.

It’s COLD Outside

Grade 2 students get ready to play outside for morning recess.

While students across grade levels continue to enjoy outdoor recess and exploration, please remind your child(ren) to dress appropriately for the cold weather by sending them to school with warm coats, hats, mittens or gloves.  Also, please remember to label all your child’s personal belongings with their name to ensure their items can be returned in the event they are misplaced. 

Flu Season

With the ongoing cold weather, also comes the potential of student illness.  To help stop the spread and lessen the duration of student illnesses at school please be sure your child receives plenty of rest, is eating a balanced diet, and drinking plenty of water.  Sending your child to school if they are ill can be very frustrating to families, as well as teachers as we do our best to keep children, parents and teachers healthy.  Please remember one of the BEST ways to prevent the spread of illness is to wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap.  Please review the health and safety section of the parent-student handbook for more information on Student Illness Policies.

As a reminder, children should not attend school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (over 100F/37.2c)
  • Diarrhea or more than 2 loose bowel movements within 12 hours
  • Vomiting
  • Discharge from eyes or ears
  • Heavy nasal discharge
  • Persistent cough
  • Unidentified rash

Professional Development with Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams working with Grade 3-5 teachers and specialists on Friday morning.

This weekend 20 educators from around the Shanghai will be attending a workshop at SCIS-Pudong with international educational and communications consultant Jennifer Abrams.  Jennifer trains and coaches teachers and administrators on a variety of topics including being generationally savvy, having hard conversations and collaboration skills.  Jennifer has been recognized as one of “21 Women All K-12 Educators Need to Know” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’ blog, and the International Academy of Educational Entrepreneurship. Jennifer considers herself a “voice coach,” helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of an audience, coaching a colleague, and supervising an employee. For more information on Jennifer visit www.jenniferabrams.com

All Lower School faculty had an opportunity to work with Jennifer in the afternoon on the importance of Building Community.

On Friday, the entire SCIS-Pudong Lower School Faculty including Mandarin Assistants and Assistant Teachers had an opportunity to work with Jennifer Abrams to deepen our collective understanding of how to effectively engage in having “hard conversations” and develop our capacity to function as a progressive and collaborative professional learning community.   According to Michael Fullan, “Improving schools requires collaborative cultures . . . Without collaborative skills and relationships, it is not possible to learn and to continue to learn as much as you need to know to improve.”  Additionally, creating a collaborative cultures is the single most important factor for successful school improvement initiatives (Eastwood & Lewis).  As we move forward with the IB and WASC Self-Study Process it will be essential to ensure that all members of our community are provided with opportunities to have a voice as we continue our quest for continuous improvement and educational excellence.  

Parent Coffee Morning on the new SCIS Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

Fantastic ideas were generated and discussed surrounding the school’s strengths and areas for growth related to each of the new Schoolwide Learner Outcomes.

Tuesday morning’s parent coffee morning focused on the new SCIS Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs) was a tremendous success with over 30 parents in attendance representing ECE, Lower School, and Upper School.  During the meeting, parents were provided with an opportunity to learn more about the IB and WASC self-study process and the importance of developing a communal understanding of our Schoolwide Learner Outcomes and the role they play in students daily lives.   Parents worked in groups to unpack the SLOs by discussing what each SLO looks like, sounds like, and feels like in a school setting.  Afterwards, parents had an opportunity to provide feedback on the ways in which the school is currently development students who demonstrate the SLOs, as well as the ways in which we could improve.  It was a collaborative and inspiring meeting and we look forward to ongoing opportunities to involve parents both in the self-study process and the development of our Schoolwide Learner Outcomes.

Congratulations to 4R

4R introduces their assembly focused on Facing Challenges Together.

A BIG SHOUT OUT to all students in 4R for their informative and entertaining assembly performance focused on the importance of teamwork and the skills needed to work effectively as a collaborative group.  During the assembly students participated in a variety of group challenges and then sought feedback from the audience on what went well and the ways in which they could have improved.  Great Job 4R!

Semester 2 Parent Coffee Morning Topics:  COME AND LEARN WITH US!

Please mark your calendar for the following Parent Coffee Mornings where members of our Lower School Pedagogical Leadership Team will provide insight into various aspects of the curriculum including how and why of teaching and learning at SCIS-Pudong!

Lower School Principal’s Post #18

Dear Families,

Henry and Sofia in 2M work together to solve a math problem.

Happy New Year and welcome to second half of the 2019-2020 school year!  This semester we are welcoming 14 new students and their families to the Lower School.   These new families, representing eight different nationalities are joining SCIS-Pudong from other schools in Shanghai, as well as from various locations around the world.  Having a truly diverse and multi-cultural learning environment is something we highly value at SCIS, as students are provided with daily opportunities to learn from the backgrounds and experiences of their peers.  Developing a strong cultural intelligenceor the ability to relate and work effectively across cultures is essential as we prepare children to be successful in the 21st century.

Students in KM participate in a class meeting to start their day.

I’d like to thank all SCIS families that have recommended SCIS-Pudong to friends, acquaintances and colleagues.  Your assistance in helping us continue our quest to build an exceptional program focused on implementing current research-based best practices, including valuing and appreciating all cultures and capabilities is at the core of what makes SCIS a great school.  

With that said, re-enrollment for the 2020 – 2021 school year is right around the corner and seats are likely to fill up quickly.  We have multiple grade levels that are currently at capacity.  As such, please be on the lookout for an email from the SCIS-Admissions Department in the upcoming days regarding steps to re-enroll your child(ren) for the 2020-2021 school year.

School Uniform Reminder

As the weather becomes colder and students come to school dressed in layers, please remember that it is still important that your child wears their school uniform. As a reminder Nursery through Grade 5 students may wear navy blue trousers, shorts, or skirts and the SCIS light blue polo shirts (short or long sleeved). During cooler weather students may wear sweaters, jackets or hoodies of school colors and winter coats. Thank you for your attention to this.

Seeking Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop Input

We continue to seek Lower School Parent input surrounding ideal days / times to host our next series of Positive Discipline parenting workshops.  Positive Discipline parenting workshops usually consist of four 3-hour sessions for a total of 12-hours. There is a possibility we will be able to provide bilingual translation, so the workshop could be in English and Chinese if there is enough parent interest.  Please help us determine the ideal days and times by completing this short Positive Discipline Parent interest survey.  Your input is greatly appreciated.

正面管教课程征询

我们正在为下一期的正面管教课程做准备的同征求一些意见或建议。通常正面管教课程是4节课每节课3小时总课时为12小时。如果有更多的家长参与进来的话我们将提供双语课程即中英文课程。请完成这个简单的正面管教调查表(short Positive Discipline Parent interest survey. )来帮助我们规划课程的日期及时间。非常感谢您的支持。

Lower School Assembly

The next Lower School Assembly featuring 4R will be on Thursday, January16th starting at 8:15am in the Theater.  All parents are welcome to attend Lower School assemblies.  We will also be welcoming the new K-5 students and recognizing them for being risk-takers as they have courageously made the transition to a new school and community.

Chinese New Year Assembly and Temple Fair

Nursery students work together to decorate the hallway doors for Chinese New Year

Over the course of the next few weeks Mandarin Department will be very busy preparing for this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.   Similar to past years, there will be a Chinese New Year Assembly for the whole school that will begin at 1:00pm in the Theater.   Additionally, similar to last year, the assembly will be followed by a Chinese Temple Fair for Lower School students.  The Temple fair will provide students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of fun Chinese cultural activities.  The temple fair, which will be located in and around the Black Box will take place from 1:40-2:40pm.  At 2:40pm students will return to their classrooms to prepare for dismissal.  In order for the Temple Fair to be a success we need parent volunteers to help assist running the sessions.  If you are interested in helping run a station for 30 or 60 minutes, please contact Ms. Yang Liu at yliu@scis-china.org or scan the below QR code to join the volunteer WeChat Group.

Semester 2 Parent Coffee Morning Topics:  COME AND LEARN WITH US!

Please mark your calendar for the following Parent Coffee Mornings where members of our Lower School Pedagogical Leadership Team will provide insight into various aspects of the curriculum including how and why of teaching and learning at SCIS-Pudong!

Substitute Teachers Needed

If you or someone you know has experience as a teacher or would be interested in gaining experience through being a substitute teacher, please connect with Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org.  While teaching experience or certification is not necessary, a passion for working and learning with children is essential.   

School Class Photos:

Please note that Class Photos, individual student re-takes, and new student photos will take place on Tuesday, March 3rd.  Students will need to wear their SCIS blue collared shirt for their class photo.   PE uniforms can be brought to school that day. 

Lower School Principal’s Post #17

Dear Families,

SCIS faculty gather together on the field to say farewell to students on the last day of the semester!

What a wonderful semester this has been!  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all Lower School faculty for their ongoing commitment to providing meaningful, engaging and fun learning experiences for students each and every day.   The continued development and refinement of the Primary Years Program (PYP) units of inquiry has allowed students to formulate in depth understandings surrounding unit content and take action with their learning in new and exciting ways.  Additionally, the ongoing implementation of the Reading and Writing Workshop approach, as well as the accompanying units of study has resulted in consistency in teaching practices across grade levels (K-5) and students are eager and excited to share the work they have produced as readers and writers.  The work teachers have done to develop a strong conceptually-based mathematics program has allowed us to implement consistent practices that focus on developing fluency, as well as students critical thinking and problem-solving skills as mathematicians.  Lastly, the implementation of Positive Discipline and the Second Step program has had a profound effect on the way in which we are teaching students how to handle strong emotions and resolve conflict in appropriate ways across the Lower School. 

Lower School students enjoy listening to the Upper School musicians play holiday music on Thursday during dismissal.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all SCIS parents for your support, interest and encouragement as we continue to enhance our curricular program by ensuring we are dedicated to implementing best teaching and learning practices across all grade levels and subject areas.  I look forward to seeing many parents at upcoming Coffee Mornings, student Learning Celebrations and school events throughout Semester Two.   Please see below for more information on Parent Coffee Morning topics and dates.

I’d like to wish all SCIS families a wonderful, relaxing and well-deserved Winter Break.  School will resume on Monday, January 6th

All departing Lower School students received an SCIS Blue Dragon, as well as a Learner Profile Recognition for being a risk-taker.

Saying Good-Bye:

There comes a time at the end of each semester when we need to say good-bye to some of our SCIS friends and families as they embark on new adventures in their home country or elsewhere.  We wish all departing families the best of luck and we want you to know that you will always be welcome back to SCIS! Once a dragon, always a dragon!

Semester 1 Student Reports

Semester 1 student reports will be distributed via a link sent to parents’ SCIS parent email account on today.  If you have any questions, concerns or wonderings surrounding the comments or achievement indicators your child received for the first semester please feel free to contact your child’s Homeroom Teacher after the Winter Break.  

All Lower School faculty got together on Monday after school to celebrate the end of the semester and review Semester 1 reports.

Semester 2 Parent Coffee Morning Topics:  COME AND LEARN WITH US!

Please mark your calendar for the following Parent Coffee Mornings where members of our Lower School Pedagogical Leadership Team will provide insight into various aspects of the curriculum including how and why of teaching and learning at SCIS-Pudong!

SCIS Lower School Mathematics Dragon Tales

Thank you to Mr. Kelly for putting together the new Dragon Tales newsletter that is focused on capturing mathematics teaching and learning throughout the Lower School.  Within this newsletter parents will develop a deeper understanding of how students are learning mathematical practices and concepts through hands-on real-world experiences.  You will find a link to the newsletter on the right side of this blog under the tab focused on Teaching and Learning Mathematics at home.

Seeking Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop Input

We are seeking Lower School Parent input surrounding ideal days / times to host our next series of Positive Discipline parenting workshops.  Positive Discipline parenting workshops usually consist of four 3-hour sessions for a total of 12-hours. There is a possibility we will be able to provide bilingual translation, so the workshop could be in English and Chinese if there is enough parent interest.  Please help us determine the ideal days and times by completing this short Positive Discipline Parent interest survey.  Your input is greatly appreciated.

正面管教课程征询

我们正在为下一期的正面管教课程做准备的同征求一些意见或建议。通常正面管教课程是4节课每节课3小时总课时为12小时。如果有更多的家长参与进来的话我们将提供双语课程即中英文课程。请完成这个简单的正面管教调查表(short Positive Discipline Parent interest survey. )来帮助我们规划课程的日期及时间。非常感谢您的支持。

Scholastic Book Orders

Please note that the November 2019 Scholastic Book orders will be delivered after the Winter Holiday.  The previous closing date was November 26th and it typically takes 4-6 weeks for the orders to be delivered.  If you participated in the previous round of scholastic book orders, please note that books will likely arrive between January 6th and the Chinese New Year Holiday.  Thank you for your patience.

Lower School Principal’s Post #16

Dear Families,

What a busy, fun and festive week we have had in the Lower School as students and teachers wrap up or begin new units of inquiry, engage in new learning experiences and count down the days until the upcoming Winter Holiday. 

The Kindergarten through Grade 5 Winter Concert titled, “In Our Happy Place,” was certainly a major highlight this week for our Lower School Community. During this event students proudly and confidently took the stage and performed original compositions that were developed collaboratively within each grade level.  I’m very proud of all students for their hard work, creativity and commitment leading up to, and during the Winter Concert.  Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. DeVeor Rainey for the endless hours of work and preparation she put into guiding students on this musical journey and inspiring them to create, compose and perform.  I would also like to thank all Lower School teachers for their support during rehearsals, as well as for ensuring students transitioned successfully on and off the stage.  It was truly a magical and original event that showcased both the process of musical creation, as well as the culmination of a fantastic performance.

PS/PK Artists Display their Creativity

Ms. DeVeor helped students kick off the opening of the art gallery with a song students have been practicing during Music class. Several courageous students volunteered to showcase the dance movements.

Another great highlight of the week took place on Thursday morning when students in our multi-age Preschool / Prekindergarten classes had their first big learning celebration of the semester, during which parents, teachers, students, and special friends were invited to an Art Gallery Exhibition featuring some of the beautiful and creative pieces students crafted throughout their current unit of inquiry “How we Express Ourselves:  Art and Artists.”  During this unit, students formulated an understanding that artists express themselves in different ways.  Throughout their inquiry, they learned about the different forms of art, what people can learn by creating art, and how artists use tools and different materials to construct art.  During the Art Gallery, children reflected on their own artwork and shared information surrounding the process they went through to create such imaginative pieces.   A great big shout-out to Ms. Aleksa, Ms. Adika, Ms. Amy, Ms. Tami, and all Mandarin Assistants and Assistant Teachers for guiding students during the past 8 weeks and providing opportunities for them to be creative risk-takers and express themselves through various forms of art! 

Winter Break

The last day of Semester 1 is next Friday, December 13th.  If your family intends on leaving early or if you plan on picking your child up from school, please let the front office know as soon as possible. 

Congratulations to 3J Authors

Congratulations to all student authors in 3J who enthusiastically shared their “All About” books with parents and other community members on Friday, prior to the Winter Concert. The informational books were filled with fantastic descriptions, diagrams, pictures, and glossaries on a range of topics students were passionate and interested to write about. Keep up the great writing 3J!

Semester 1 Student Reports

Mr. Ian and Mr. Kelly team up during a Math Team meeting on Thursday.

Semester 1 student reports will be distributed via a link sent to parents’ SCIS parent email account on the afternoon of December 13th.  Reports are meant to provide parents with an opportunity to understand their child’s progress against the grade level standards and expectations at this point in the school year.  If you have any questions surrounding your child’s report, please connect with your child’s classroom or specialist teacher in January.

Seeking Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop Input

We are seeking Lower School Parent input surrounding ideal days / times to host our next series of Positive Discipline parenting workshops.  Positive Discipline parenting workshops usually consist of four 3-hour sessions for a total of 12-hours. There is a possibility we will be able to provide bilingual translation, so the workshop could be in English and Chinese if there is enough parent interest.  Please help us determine the ideal days and times by completing this short Positive Discipline Parent interest survey.  Your input is greatly appreciated.

正面管教课程征询

我们正在为下一期的正面管教课程做准备的同征求一些意见或建议。通常正面管教课程是4节课每节课3小时总课时为12小时。如果有更多的家长参与进来的话我们将提供双语课程即中英文课程。请完成这个简单的正面管教调查表(short Positive Discipline Parent interest survey. )来帮助我们规划课程的日期及时间。非常感谢您的支持。

Lower School Principal’s Post #15

Dear Families,

Grade 2 students showing off their crazy hair styles for Crazy Hair Day on Tuesday during Spirit Week!

It’s hard to believe there are only 10 more days until the SCIS community departs for the Winter Holiday.  It has been an incredible semester thus far, filled with rich learning experiences and memorable community events.  Please note that the last day of Semester One is on Friday, December 13th.  Semester reports will be sent home on this day via a link sent to SCIS parent-email accounts.  Semester Two will begin on Monday, January 6th

We look forward to seeing many parents attend the Kindergarten through Grade 5 Winter Concert titled, “In Our Happy Place,” next Friday at 1:30pm in the Theater.  Students across grade levels have been working extremely hard to compose original music, practice as an ensemble and prepare for this performance.  We look forward to seeing all parents at what is certain to be a fantastic event!   Below is information on the concert attire required for each grade level:

  • KINDERGARTEN students are asked to wear their PE uniform as their concert attire
  • GRADE 1 students are asked to wear blue jeans and a white t-shirt
  • GRADE 2 students are asked to wear their favorite pajamas
  • GRADE 3 students are asked to wear all black clothing
  • GRADES 4 & 5 students are asked to wear 1970’s Disco-inspired fashion

If you intend on taking your child(ren) home after the concert, please be sure to inform Mr. Stuart Ren either via email (sren@scis-china.org) or in person while you are on campus.  The earlier the school is informed of student departure plans the easier it is for us to ensure the whereabouts and safety of students at all times.

SCIS-Pudong Winter Festival

We hope to see many SCIS families and friends on campus tomorrow for the PAFA sponsored Winter Festival from 11:30am-3:00pm.  The school is bursting with holiday spirit and PAFA has been busy decorating and organizing fun activities for the whole family to enjoy on this day!

In addition to the Winter Festival there are several other events happening tomorrow including an Early Childhood parent education workshop focused on The Power of Play-Based Learning from 9:30am-10:30am in room 102.  There will also be an Open House for potential new families taking place from 10:30-12:00pm.  Lastly, at 3:00pm many Upper School students will take the Theater stage to perform the Addams Family musical. 

Shout-out to KLM!

It was a full house at the KLM Bookstore on Wednesday where students sold self-published books to various members of the SCIS Community!

On Thursday, students in Ms. Mount’s Kindergarten class opened the KLM Bookstore where they sold a variety of self-published books covering a range of topics.  During the bookstore opening, KLM authors took great pride in reading their texts to parents, students, and teachers.  Although there were several copies available of the books, many were completely sold out by the end of the event.  Way to go, KLM authors!

Seesaw Success Statistics!

We continue to experience great success with Seesaw, our digital communication platform as evidenced by an incredible increase in parent usage this semester.   Since our initial roll-out of Seesaw (August 2017) we have had 79,503 total parent visits to class and student journals, 46,895 total likes and 9,827 total comments on student work.  By comparison, last year at this time we had a total of 39,145 parent visits to class and student journals, 26,184 total likes, and 5241 total comments on student work. 

We are so grateful to students, teacher and parents for the success of this fantastic platform and the strong connections it has created between the home-school environment.  As parents, we ask that you please continue to engage with your child on Seesaw by providing positive feedback and encouragement.  Additionally, creating opportunities to talk with your child about their work on Seesaw will help you gain a better understanding of what (and how) children are learning at school.  It will also provide children with an opportunity to share their thinking and understanding with an authentic and very important audience.

Grade 2 Engineers Unveil their Simple Machine Creations

Last Friday morning, Grade 2 students gathered in the Black Box to present their creative and innovative ideas, designs, and machine prototypes that evolved as a result of their most recent unit of inquiry, Where we are in Place and Time focused on Simple Machines.  During this unit students explored the function of simple machines (how they work) and the impact of simple machines on our lives over time.  During the learning celebration, students shared the journey of their inquiry into simple machines that included documentation of the learning process through the use of the book creator app.  If you’re interested in seeing some of the students’ fantastic work please click on this link: https://teachersh.scis-his.net/pudonglowerschool/simple-machines-by-grade-2/

Limiting the Loss of Personal Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to come to school in multiple layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label all of your child’s personal belongings.  In the event, that an item is misplaced, the item can easily be returned to its owner if it is properly labeled with the child’s name and grade. 

How Do We Know Students Have Learned?

The Assessed Curriculum at SCIS

With semester reports right around the corner (distributed via a link sent to each parent’s scis-email account) it is important for parents to understand how students are assessed not only at the end of the semester, but more importantly throughout the process of learning each and every day.  Please take a moment to read the following information surrounding the “assessed curriculum” at SCIS-Pudong.

Assessment is an essential part to all teaching and learning that takes place within the Lower School at SCIS-Pudong.  Within the Primary Years Programme the fundamental purpose of assessment is to provide feedback on the learning process and ultimately inform instruction.  Throughout the learning process teachers gather and analyze assessment data in a variety of ways in order to determine what students know, understand, can do, as well as how they feel at different stages of their learning.   

Although, most people are familiar with formal assessments, such as standardized tests (i.e the NWEA MAPs test), there are several other assessment options available for teachers that are more informal and focus on student work, motivation and progress instead of the end of the unit test score.  Teachers at SCIS use a range of assessment tools in effort to track student learning in a variety of ways.  The chart below provides a few types of assessment tools used by teachers on a daily basis.

Assessments are conducted constantly throughout the school year in order to help teachers monitor their students’ progress and to modify instruction accordingly.  They are used to detect whether or not effective teaching and an appropriate level of learning is taking place in the classroom. Assessments are also used to help students monitor their own progress.

With Semester Reports being distributed in less than two weeks, it is important to keep in mind that teachers use many assessments to determine the needs and abilities of students.  The achievement indicator(s) a child receives on the report is based upon multiple pieces of assessment data that have been collected over the course of the semester as opposed to only one test or project.  Additionally, often the most valuable assessments are observations or daily conversations that are not recorded in a formal way.   If you would like more information on assessment, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Ian Sylvester at isylvester@scis-china.org at any point in the school year.

Lower School Principal’s Post #14

Dear Families,

Ms. Briton guides Grade 5 students as they design and create monochromatic landscapes in connection with their current unit of inquiry focused on migration.

It has been a busy week within the SCIS-Pudong Lower School as grade levels wrap up their second unit of inquiry and begin their third and final unit for the semester.  With only 3 weeks left of Semester One students are completely immersed in a wide variety of fantastic learning experiences across the curriculum that are student-centered, inquiry-based, and provide students with opportunities to explore their interests and develop the skills needed to be independent, self-directed learners.  

Lower School faculty working collaboratively in their PYP Self-Study Groups to reflect upon all aspects of the lower school curriculum.

As educators, we are constantly reflecting upon the ways in which we can improve the learning experience and ensure that students are making progress towards achieving the schoolwide learner outcomes, as well as the standards for each subject area across the curriculum.  This past Monday, Lower School Teachers, in collaboration with Mandarin Assistants and Assistant Teachers delved into various aspects of the written, taught, and assessed components of the curriculum, as well as the opportunities available for collaborative planning in order to evaluate how we can further improve our practices in order to have the optimal impact on learning.   As we explore evidence related to student achievement data and engagement in learning, we continue to be extremely proud of the programs we have in place and the progress students are making related to all aspects of teaching and learning within the Lower School. 

Dr. Sheila from New York Dental visits Grade 1 to discuss healthy habits related to dental hygiene. Thank you Dr. Sheila for making the time to share your expertise with our Grade 1 Learners as they inquire into the many ways they can live healthy and balanced lives.

As parents, we continue to appreciate your support and encourage you to also take the time to reflect with your child(ren) on their progress and celebrate the incredible work that they do each and every day.

Spirit Week is Next Week!

Please support your child as they participate in a schoolwide Spirit Week starting with Pajama Day on Monday, November 25th!  Students have the option throughout the week to come to school in their uniform or participate in Spirit Week!  We hope they choose the latter.  Below is an overview of the different themes for each day of Spirit Week.

  • Monday, November 25th: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, November 26th: Crazy Hair Day 
  • Wednesday, November 27th: Mis-Match Day (wear clothes that do not match such as stripes and polka-dots or different colored shoes/socks)
  • Thursday, November 28th: Backwards Day (wear your clothes backwards)
  • Friday, November 29th: Greens and Jeans

Congratulations 3J

On Thursday, students in 3J took the Theater stage and presented a fantastic rendition of the story, The Great Kapok Tree:  A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry.  Adorned with beautiful costumes depicting the various creatures of the rainforest, students in 3J spoke loudly, clearly, and enthusiastically as they shared the beautiful tale of the Great Kapok Tree.  Wonderful Job 3J – Way to be risk-takers!

Grade 2 Engineers Unveil their Simple Machine Creations

On Friday morning, Grade 2 students gathered in the Black Box to present their creative and innovative ideas, designs, and machine prototypes that evolved as a result of their most recent unit of inquiry, Where we are in Place and Time focused on Simple Machines.  During this unit students explored the function of simple machines (how they work) and the impact of simple machines on our lives over time.  During the learning celebration, students shared the journey of their inquiry into simple machines that included documentation of the learning process through the use of the book creator app.  Parents, teachers, and younger and older students alike were amazed by the knowledge and creativity that was present from all Grade 2 students as they proudly showcased their learning journey and innovative designs.  

Shout-out to KM!

On Thursday, students in Miss Meidinger’s Kindergarten class opened the KM Bookstore where they sold a variety of self-published books covering a range of topics.  During the bookstore opening, KM authors took great pride in reading their texts to parents, students, and teachers.  Although there were several copies available of the books, many were completely sold out by the end of the event.  Way to go, KM authors!

Lower School Winter Concerts

Please mark your calendars for the Lower School Winter Concert Performance which will take place on Friday, December 6th at 1:30pm for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  The concert titled, “In Our Happy Place,” will showcase student music videos, original music compositions and lots of singing and dancing. We look forward to seeing all parents at what is certain to be a fantastic event!   Below is information on the concert attire required for each grade level:

  • KINDERGARTEN students are asked to wear their PE uniform as their concert attire
  • GRADE 1students are asked to wear blue jeans and a white t-shirt
  • GRADE 2 students are asked to wear their favorite pajamas
  • GRADE 3 students are asked to wear all black clothing
  • GRADES 4 & 5 students are asked to wear 1970’s Disco-inspired fashion

Scholastic Books

All Lower School students should have received a Scholastic Book Catalogue last week.  Information on how to order scholastic books can be found on the back of the catalogue.  Please ensure that all book orders are completed by November 26th.  Please note, that for every purchase the SCIS community makes towards a book order, the school receives points that can be used for additional book purchases for classroom libraries.

Limiting the Loss of Personal Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to come to school in multiple layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label all of your child’s personal belongings.  In the event, that an item is misplaced, the item can easily be returned to its owner if it is properly labeled with the child’s name and grade.