Lower School Principal’s Post #38

Dear Families,

We made it!  The 2018-2019 school year has officially concluded, and summer holiday has begun! 

As the Lower School Principal, one of my goals each day is to ensure that students are safe, happy and learning.  With our group of passionate and dedicated teachers, assistant teachers and support staff, I feel we have been able to achieve this goal and have enjoyed another extremely successful year.  As I reflect upon my third year at SCIS-Pudong, I find myself feeling extremely proud and honoured to be part of this school and community.  A place where teachers, parents, and the administration work together to provide students with meaningful, real-world opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge, accept responsibilities, work with others, and most importantly laugh and enjoy their learning journey each and every day.  

Before we embark on the summer holiday, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful parents and extremely talented students for your ongoing enthusiasm and support surrounding our Lower School Program.  Also, a huge thank you to our incredible Lower School faculty who have an unwavering commitment to ensuring each and every student experiences success and develops a life-long passion for learning.  Undoubtedly, we should all be very proud of our accomplishments this year!

As the school year comes to an end I would like to take this opportunity to say good-bye to all departing families.  Whether you have been at SCIS for one year or many, you will always be part of the SCIS Dragon community.  I wish all students and their families the best of luck as you embark on exciting learning adventures in new schools, cities and countries.  

For all returning families, I hope you have a fantastic summer and I look forward to seeing you in August.   The first day of the 2019-2020 school year will be on Tuesday, August 13th.  Returning students have the option of coming to school on Monday, August 12th in the afternoon to find out their class and meet their new teacher.

Summer Learning

There is a great deal of research that confirms the benefits of having children set aside time each day during the summer to engage in academic-based learning experiences, so they maintain the growth and progress they have made throughout the course of the school year.  Often children that do not participate in daily reading or other academic based activities regress or simply maintain their current level of performance.  As such, it is highly recommended that you set aside time each day throughout the summer to ensure your child engages with reading, writing and/or mathematics-based learning experiences.  Below are several useful online resources and articles to help children stay committed to their learning throughout the summer. 

Mathematics:

Brain Pop:

o   Brain Pop Jr (K-3) – https://jr.brainpop.com/

o   BrainPop (4- ) – https://www.brainpop.com/

o   BrainPop ESL – https://esl.brainpop.com/

o   BrainPop ESP – https://esp.brainpop.com/

  • Log in using the username pudong and password shanghai

Semester 2 Reports

Please note that access to Semester 2 Reports will be sent home via parent email accounts today, Friday, June 14th.  Additionally, the NWEA MAPs test results for students in Grades 2-5 can be accessed as well via Managebac or visiting the link:  https://scis-pd.managebac.cn/parent/academics/reports.  Parents will need to log-in using their scis-parent email and password.

Lower School Field Day

On Wednesday students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 participated in Lower School Field Day which was a tremendous success thanks to the planning and organization of Ms. Tarsi and the PE Department.  Also, a GREAT BIG thank you to all parents who volunteered to run the field day activity stations.  Students enjoyed participating in 12 different events that allowed them to utilize their physical skills and abilities.  Of course, the primary goal of the day was to HAVE FUN and based upon comments from students, teachers and parents, fun was certainly had by all!

Parent Appreciation BBQ

The Parent Appreciation BBQ was also a success due to the large parent turn-out.  We were so happy that over 60 Lower School parents, grandparents and other friends were able to enjoy a special lunch with their child(ren).  Thank you to all parents for your continued support throughout the year.  We appreciate that you “stick with us,” each and every day!

Grade 5 Moving On to the Middle School and MYP

On Tuesday, all grade 5 students participated in the Moving On Ceremony which honored the completion of Lower School and the Primary Years Programme and marked the transition to Upper School and the Middle Years Programme.  During the ceremony, students performed a musical piece titled, “We are the Children of Rock and Roll,” received certificates of completion from Ms. Gale and Mr. Luebbe, listened to two fantastic speeches by elected classmates, and thanked teachers and parents for their support.  During the ceremony, it was shared that on the whole, the grade 5 class considers themselves to be knowledgeable and caring learners – two wonderful attributes that will certainly serve them well in Middle School and beyond.  Congratulations to all the Grade 5 students on their tremendous accomplishment!

 Photos from a Wonderful Final Week!  Have a GREAT SUMMER!

Lower School Principal’s Post #37

Dear Families,

The Lower School has been abuzz this week with excitement surrounding the end-of-the-year events.  The Lower School Variety Show was a resounding success as students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 took risks and performed everything from dancing and singing to telling jokes, playing the piano, whistling, performing skits, and displaying gymnastic talents.  The Variety Show was a true showcase of the diversity of amazing talents our students have at SCIS-Pudong.  A HUGE THANK YOU to Variety Show committee members Mrs. Luebbe, Ms. Putnam, and Ms. Molly Yang for the work and preparation they put into organizing this terrific event!

Lower School Field Day

The next upcoming fun and family-friendly Lower School event is Field Day which will take place next Wednesday, June 12th.  We continue to seek parent volunteers to assist with running the field day stations.  If you would be willing to help us ensure field day is a success by volunteering to run a field day station either during the morning or afternoon session (or both) please contact Ms. Tarsi immediately at tbali@scis-china.org.  Ms. Tarsi will be connecting with all parent volunteers prior to the event.  On field day students should wear their SCIS PE uniform, along with athletic shoes.  Students should also bring a change of clothes in the event their clothes become wet due to participation in the activities that involve water.  A big thank you to all parents who have already signed up to help lead an activity station. 

Field Day Overview:

  • 9:30-11:30am:  Kindergarten – Grade 2 Field Day.
  • 11:30-12:30:  Parent Appreciation BBQ
  • 12:30-2:30:  Grade 3-5 Field Day

Parent Appreciation BBQ

Also, on June 12th, the Lower School will host a Parent Appreciation BBQ from 11:30am-12:30pm in the school cafeteria.  Please come and enjoy a BBQ style lunch with your child either before or after they participate in field day.  Kindergarten – Grade 2 students will have lunch from 11:30am-12:00pm, while students in Grades 3-5 will have lunch from 12:00-12:30pm.

Swedish Dance Troupe

Next Monday PS-Grade 5 Students will enjoy working with a Swedish Dance Troupe throughout the day.  Feel free to join for any of these performances.

  • 8:15-8:35am:  TARZAN (PS, PK and K)- audience sits on the stage
  • 1:30-2:15:  Beauty and the Beast (grades 1-5) audience in theater chair
  • 2:15-2:50:  Grade 5 Workshop (on stage)

Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony

Next Tuesday, our Grade 5 students will be celebrating their completion of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and movement into the Middle Years Programme (MYP) during the Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony which will take place from 10:30am-11:30am in the Black Box Theater.  All community members are invited to attend this celebratory event.   Following the ceremony, all Grade 5 students, parents and teachers will be invited to a pot-luck brunch also located in the Black Box.

SCIS-Pudong Year Book

The SCIS Pudong Yearbook is now on sale. Orders are due by Monday June 10th. Don’t miss out!  Use the QR code in the poster below to order your child’s yearbook.

End-of-the-Year Transitions:

Just a reminder to please let your child’s teacher know if they are experiencing difficulty surrounding end of the year transitions or good-byes, as we want to ensure that all students feel positive and supported during their remaining weeks of school.   Next Thursday at the Lower School Farewell Assembly we will be recognizing all students who are leaving SCIS and wishing them all the best as they move on to new schools and adventures.

Lower School Enrollment:

Lower School seats are filling up fast for the 2019-2020 school year.  There are several grade levels that are close to being full or are already full, which means that incoming students will need to be waitlisted.  Therefore, if you plan on staying for the 2019-2020 school year and haven’t re-enrolled your child(ren) please do so as soon as possible by contacting our admissions office at admission@scis-china.org

Please Label Your Child’s Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to attend school in various layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label 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. 

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

Summer Camp 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!

Lower School Principal’s Post #36

Dear Families,

Another wonderful week at SCIS-Pudong filled with fantastic field trips, fun learning experiences and of course an unforgettable Grade 12 Graduation ceremony in which all SCIS-Pudong faculty were in attendance cheering on the graduates as they embark on the next chapter in their journeys.

As a Nursery through Grade 12 campus, students at SCIS-Pudong have a unique opportunity to interact with one another on a variety of levels.  Frequently during learning celebrations that occur, students across grade levels and divisions provide support to one another and learn about the incredible thinking and work that is happening throughout the school.  For example, this past week, students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 had a wonderful opportunity to observe the Grade 6 and 7 drama students as they presented an entertaining performance of the Greedy Crows.   Additionally, this past Thursday, Lower School students showed their support to Grade 7 students as they showcased the Grade 7 Sustainable Development Project Exhibition.  This was a wonderful opportunity for lower school students to formulate an understanding of what a student-centered inquiry project looks like in the Middle School.

In addition to the wonderful learning experiences that are happening across the school, please take note of the fantastic events that are happening over the course of the final two weeks of the school year.  We hope you can join us and participate in these fun end-of-the-year celebrations!

Lower School Variety Show

Please note that the Lower School Variety Show will take place next Thursday, June 6th from 1:30-2:45pm in the Theater.  All lower school students will attend the variety show and support their peers as they showcase an array of talents on the Theater stage. If you have any questions regarding the variety show, please contact Mrs. Laurie Luebbe at lluebbe@scis-china.org.  We hope to see you at this fantastic event!

Swedish Theater Group Visit

On Monday, June 10th a Swedish Theater Troupe will be working with Lower School students throughout the day. Feel free to join students for this fun event.

Lower School Field Day

Field Day for the Lower School will take place on Wednesday, June 12th.  We hope you will consider joining us for this fun event as all students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will participate in a variety of outdoor games and 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.  A big thank you to all parents who have already signed up to help lead an activity station.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tarsi Bali at tbali@scis-china.org

Field Day Overview:

  • 9:30-11:30am:  Kindergarten – Grade 2 Field Day.
  • 11:30-12:30:  Parent Appreciation BBQ
  • 12:30-2:30:  Grade 3-5 Field Day
  • All students should wear their PE uniform on this day and bring a complete change of clothes to change into at the conclusion of field day

Parent Appreciation BBQ

As a way for us to express our gratitude for all that you do, we would like to invite all parents to attend a Parent Appreciation BBQ on Wednesday, June 12th between 11:30am-12:30pm in the SCIS Cafeteria.  Please come and enjoy a BBQ style lunch with your child(ren) either before or after they participate in Field Day! 

SCIS-Pudong Year Book

The SCIS Pudong Yearbook is now on sale. Orders are due by Monday June 10th. Don’t miss out!  Use the QR code in the poster below to order your child’s yearbook.

Class Placements for 2019-2020

Just a reminder that an important letter was sent to all SCIS-Pudong Lower School parents at the beginning of May surrounding class placements for returning students.   Please take a moment to read through the letter in order to gain a deeper understanding of the tremendous amount of thought that is put into establishing balanced classes.  As mentioned in the letter, “In order 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 egale@scis-china.org before June 14th.

Lower School Enrollment:

Lower School seats are filling up fast for the 2019-2020 school year.  There are several grade levels that are close to being full or are already full, which means that incoming students will need to be waitlisted.  Therefore, if you plan on staying for the 2019-2020 school year and haven’t re-enrolled your child(ren) please do so as soon as possible by contacting our admissions office at admission@scis-china.org

Please Label Your Child’s Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to attend school in various layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label 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. 

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

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!

Lower School Principal’s Post #35

Dear Families,

Congratulations to Grade 3 students for hosting a fantastic Learning Celebration focused on sharing their knowledge of structures and the fact that the strength and stability of structures is dependent on the design and materials available.

The end-of-the-year countdown has begun, and all grade levels have a variety of fun events planned over the next 3 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. 

The last Lower School Leadership meeting of the year focused on brainstorming effective professional development structures for 2019-2020.

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 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.

As we prepare to wrap up the 2018-2019 school year and begin planning and preparations for the 2019-2020 school year, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the new and returning Lower School Teachers and their respective teaching positions.

SCIS-Pudong Lower School Faculty
2019-2020
Nursery / ECE Coordinator Ms. Stacey Poncia
Nursery Ms. Virginia Hunt
Preschool / Prekindergarten Ms. Tami Litzelman
Preschool / Prekindergarten Ms. Aleksa Moss
Preschool / Prekindergarten Ms. Adika Kay Cremet
Preschool / Prekindergarten Ms. Amy Jauch
Kindergarten Miss Malika Meidinger
Kindergarten Ms. Larisa Mount
Grade 1 Ms. Leanne Kridl
Grade 1 Ms. Arielle Gutierrez
Grade 2 Ms. Marlene Muy
Grade 2 Mr. Ethan Schultz
Grade 3 Mrs. Tiffany Johnson
Grade 3 Ms. Emilee Van De Laarschot
Grade 4 Mr. Matthew Ruf
Grade 4 Mr. Ryan Brown
Grade 5 Mr. Bart Kelly
Grade 5 / Literacy Coach Mrs. Whitney Ruf
Lower School Counselor Mrs. Laurie Luebbe
EAL Ms. Melissa Lawrence
Leaning Support Coordinator Mr. Zachary Berezowski
Learning Support / Student Support Ms. Lana Revutsky
Learning Support / Student Support Dr. Molly Myers
Music Ms. DeVeor Rainey
PE Dr. Tarsi Bali
Visual Arts Ms. Briton Coombs
Library Ms. Emily Williams
Technology Coordinator Mr. Barry Johnson
Mandarin Ms. Yang Liu
Mandarin Ms. Olive Sun
Mandarin Mrs. Gina Zhang
Mandarin Ms. Linda Zhang
PYP Curriculum Coordinator Mr. Ian Sylvester
LS Principal Ms. Liz Gale

Lower School Field Day

Please consider volunteering to support the Lower School Field Day!

Field Day for the Lower School will take place on Wednesday, June 12th.  On this day, all students in Kindergarten 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.   To ensure the activity stations run smoothly and successfully we are looking for parent volunteers to assist in leading a station.   Students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 will participate in Field Day from 9:30am until 11:30am, while students in Grades 3-5 will partake in the fun from 12:30 until 2:30pm.  If you would be interested in helping run a station for 45 minutes during the K-2 Field Day and/or the 3-5 Field Day please contact Ms. Tarsi Bali at tbali@scis-china.org

Parent Appreciation BBQ

Grade 3 parents attend a Learning Celebration!

As a way for us to express our gratitude for all that you do, we would like to invite all parents to attend a Parent Appreciation BBQ on Wednesday, June 12th between 11:30am-12:30pm in the SCIS Cafeteria.  Please come and enjoy a BBQ style lunch with your child(ren) either before or after they participate in Field Day! 

Lower School Variety Show

Please note that the Lower School Variety Show will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 1:30-2:45pm in the Theater.  All lower school students will attend the variety show and support their peers as they showcase an array of talents on the Theater stage. If you have any questions regarding the variety show, please contact Mrs. Laurie Luebbe at lluebbe@scis-china.org  We hope to see you at this fantastic event!

Class Placements for 2019-2020

Students in PS/PK exploring colors and textures!

Just a reminder that an important letter was sent to all SCIS-Pudong Lower School parents 2 weeks ago surrounding class placements for returning students.   Please take a moment to read through the letter in order to gain a deeper understanding of the tremendous amount of thought that is put into establishing balanced classes.  As mentioned in the letter, “In order 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 egale@scis-china.org before June 14th.

Lower School Enrollment:

IS learns coding!

Lower School seats are filling up fast for the 2019-2020 school year.  There are several grade levels that are close to being full or are already full, which means that incoming students will need to be waitlisted.  Therefore, if you plan on staying for the 2019-2020 school year and haven’t re-enrolled your child(ren) please do so as soon as possible by contacting our admissions office at admission@scis-china.org

Please Label Your Child’s Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to attend school in various layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label 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. 

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

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 Great Week!

Lower School Principal’s Post #34

With only 19 days left of the 2018-2019 school year, the next few weeks are going to be filled with a variety of fun, engaging and collaborative learning experiences that we hope you will have an opportunity to participate in.

Grade 11 Biology students concluding a lesson with first grade students focused on the water cycle as part of the first grade unit of inquiry into water.

As you know, the next four weeks are also going to becoming increasingly warmer as temperatures rise.  To prepare for these weather changes please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for school each day.  Navy blue shorts or skirts along with the SCIS light blue polo shirt would suitable for the weather, while adhering to the SCIS dress code.  Additionally, please ensure that your child water bottle is carefully labelled with their name.  We continue to encourage all children to regularly drink water throughout the day to ensure they stay healthy and hydrated.

Teacher Appreciation

Thank you to PAFA for providing a fantastic teacher appreciation breakfast on Friday morning as a way to thank teachers for the tremendous amount of time, energy and passion that put into each and every day. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive parent community that take the time to recognize the exceptional SCIS-Pudong faculty!

Lower School Field Day

We are seeking parent volunteers for Field Day! Please contact Tarsi Bali if you are interested in helping with this fun event! We hope you will consider joining us!

Field Day for the Lower School will take place on Wednesday, June 12th.  On this day, all students in Kindergarten 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.   To ensure the activity stations run smoothly and successfully we are looking for parent volunteers to assist in leading a station.   Students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 will participate in Field Day from 9:30am until 11:30am, while students in Grades 3-5 will partake in the fun from 12:30 until 2:30pm.  If you would be interested in helping run a station for 45 minutes during the K-2 Field Day and/or the 3-5 Field Day please contact Ms. Tarsi Bali at tbali@scis-china.org

Parent Appreciation BBQ

As a way for us to express our gratitude for all that you do, we would like to invite all parents to attend a Parent Appreciation BBQ on Wednesday, June 12th between 11:30am-12:30pm in the SCIS Cafeteria.  Please come and enjoy a BBQ style lunch with your child(ren) either before or after they participate in Field Day! 

Lower School Variety Show

A group of Grade 3 and 4 students practicing for the variety show at recess.

Please note that the Lower School Variety Show will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 1:30-2:45pm in the Theater.  All lower school students will attend the variety show and support their peers as they showcase an array of talents on the Theater stage. If you have any questions regarding the variety show, please contact Mrs. Laurie Luebbe at lluebbe@scis-china.org  We hope to see you at this fantastic event!

Congratulations Grade 4:

4C leads the Lower School in the singing of the school song!

Congratulations to Ms. Briton and all students in 4C for their awesome assembly performance at Thursday’s Lower School Assembly!  Students used their current unit of inquiry focused on Sharing the Planet to explore how the common spaces in the school are used and shared.  Students created and presented informative videos on the ways to inappropriately and appropriately use and share the spaces to ensure that all students are safe, respectful and responsible at school.  The final Lower School Assembly will be the farewell assembly on June 13th at 8:15am in the Black Box.

Class Placements for 2019-2020

This afternoon an important letter was sent to all SCIS-Pudong Lower School parents surrounding class placements for returning students.   Please take a moment to read through the letter in order to gain a deeper understanding of the tremendous amount of thought that is put into establishing balanced classes.  As mentioned in the letter, “In order 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 egale@scis-china.org before June 14th.

Please Label Your Child’s Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to attend school in various layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label 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. 

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

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 Photographs from a Great Week of Learning!

Lower School Principal’s Post #33

Dear Families,

Next week, students across grade levels (K-5) will begin the process of moving into their sixth and final unit of inquiry for the school year.   At this point in the year, it is so wonderful to observe students as they conduct independent inquiries and ask thoughtful questions on topics that are meaningful to them.  It has been an incredible year of learning for SCIS students and teachers as they have inquired into a variety of real world topics that are relevant, meaningful, significant and engaging.  This final unit will allow students an opportunity to utilize all of the thinking, research, communication, self-management and social skills they have developed over the course of the year to engage in authentic learning experiences that are inquiry based and driven by students’ interests and questions.   The below table provides specific details on the units of inquiry for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 from now until the end of the year.  Please continue to take time to talk with your child about the types of inquiries and big ideas they are learning about during the remaining five weeks of the school year.

Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon!

As we near the end of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and farewell to our departing Lower School teachers:  Ms. Emily Putnam, Ms. Cleo Peterson and Ms. Aloura Pearson who will be moving on to new educational adventures both within and outside of Shanghai.  We appreciate your commitment to the SCIS community and wish you the best of luck in your next chapter.  Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon! 

Lower School Assembly:

Grade 4 students preparing a video that will be debuted at next Thursday’s Assembly.

The next Lower School Assembly featuring Grade 4 will take place next Thursday, May 16st in the Black Box.  This will be the last Lower School Assembly before the Farewell Assembly on June 13th.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Lower School Variety Show

Please note that the Lower School Variety Show will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 1:30-2:45pm in the Theater.  All lower school students will attend the variety show and support their peers as they showcase an array of talents on the Theater stage. If you have any questions regarding the variety show, please contact Mrs. Laurie Luebbe at lluebbe@scis-china.org  We hope to see you at this fantastic event!

Lower School Field Day

Lower School Field Day will take place on Wednesday, June 12th.  In order for this event to run successfully, we will need many parent volunteers to assist with running the field-day stations.  For more information please read the announcement below or contact Ms. Tarsi at tbali@scis-china.org

Parent Appreciation BBQ

As a way for us to express our gratitude for all that you do, we would like to invite all parents to attend a Parent Appreciation BBQ on Wednesday, June 12th between 11:30am-12:30pm in the SCIS Cafeteria.  Please come and enjoy a BBQ style lunch with your child(ren) either before or after they participate in Field Day! 

Class Placements for 2019-2020

This afternoon an important letter was sent to all SCIS-Pudong Lower School parents surrounding class placements for returning students.   Please take a moment to read through the letter in order to gain a deeper understanding of the tremendous amount of thought that is put into establishing balanced classes.  As mentioned in the letter, “In order 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 egale@scis-china.org before June 14th.

Please Label Your Child’s Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to attend school in various layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label 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. 

SCIS Uniforms

Please note, that all students are required to wear their SCIS uniform to school each day, unless an exception has been made and communicated such as the upcoming Spirit Week.  As a reminder, students should wear navy blue trousers, shorts or skirts and the light blue, long or short-sleeved SCIS polo shirt.   On days the students have PE class, they should wear their PE uniform including appropriate footwear such as sneakers or sturdy laced shoes.  Accessories such as hats, jewelry, watches, and costume related items should be kept to a minimum as they often impact student’s ability to completely focus on their learning. 

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

Reenrollment has begun 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 admissions@scis-china.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!

Lower School Principal’s Post #32

Dear Families,

Ms. Emily works with her students to explore the contents of a pumpkin as part of the PS/PK unit of inquiry focused on living things.

It has been an incredible week of learning and celebration at SCIS-Pudong!  Most grade levels are in the process of concluding their 5th Unit of Inquiry and beginning their 6th and final unit prior to the end of the school year.  Students in Nursery, Preschool and Prekindergarten are learning about how we can take care of each other, as well as the environment and how our actions can help or hurt living things.  In Kindergarten, students have been working on using knowledge gained during their current unit of inquiry on Sharing the Planet to write an informational book on an animal of interest.  Grade 3 students are currently using knowledge acquired during their unit on How we Organize Ourselves to work in groups to design and build a stable, weight-bearing bridge structure.  Grade 4 students are exploring the various spaces in the school and the ways in which the spaces are organized and governed by various expectations and behaviors. Grade 2 students have learned how communities organize themselves around the environment and the ways in which communities are interdependent.  Grade 1 students are completing their current unit on Life Cycles and will soon begin a new unit focused on exploring the distribution of water and how it creates challenges for life on Earth. There are so many incredible learning experiences taking place each day and I encourage you to ask your child(ren) to share with you some of the great work they are doing.   Also, please be sure to add your comments to work posted on Seesaw.

As you may notice, all events until the end of the school year have been listed on the left side of the blog.  More information will be provided on certain events as the dates draw near.   However, if you have any immediate questions please contact your child’s teacher.

The PYP Exhibition

Thank you to all SCIS-Pudong Community members who came to the PYP Exhibition support the Grade 5 students as they proudly and enthusiastically shared knowledge surrounding a variety of topics.

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.  A BIG THANK YOU to Ms. Peterson and Ms. Clodfelter, as well as all community members who came out to support students and take part in this fantastic learning celebration!  During the Exhibition Grade 5 students proudly shared their research surrounding real world problems and issues. They also shared ideas surrounding they types of actions people can take to eliminate these issues.  Super Work Grade 5!

Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop

Congratulations to all SCIS-Pudong certified Positive Discipline Parents!

Congratulations to Dr. Myers and all the SCIS Lower School parents who participated in the most recent series of Positive Discipline Parenting Workshops!  Once again, the feedback was extremely positive as parent participants were able to acquire new knowledge surrounding the research behind the positive discipline approach, as well as practical strategies for implementing positive discipline techniques at home.   Throughout the course of the next school year (2019-2020) we will continue to offer parenting workshops and would appreciate your feedback surrounding convenient dates and times. 

Lower School Assembly

The next Lower School Assembly featuring Grade 4 will take place on Thursday, May 16st in the Black Box.  This will be the last Lower School Assembly before the Farewell Assembly on June 13th.  

Lower School Variety Show

Please note that the Lower School Variety Show will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 1:30-2:45pm in the Theater.  Please contact Mrs. Luebbe regarding any questions you have.

Please Label Your Child’s Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to attend school in various layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label 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. 

SCIS Uniforms

Please note, that all students are required to wear their SCIS uniform to school each day, unless an exception has been made and communicated. As a reminder, students should wear navy blue trousers, shorts or skirts and the light blue, long or short-sleeved SCIS polo shirt.   On days the students have PE class, they should wear their PE uniform including appropriate footwear such as sneakers or sturdy laced shoes.  Accessories such as hats, jewelry, watches, and costume related items should be kept to a minimum as they often impact student’s ability to completely focus on their learning. 

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

Reenrollment has begun 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 admissions@scis-china.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 Great Week!

Lower School Principal’s Post #31

Dear Families,

Mr. Kelly leads a tour through Yu (Yuyuan) Garden for Grade 3 students on Wednesday. This field trip was directly connected to the current Grade 3 Unit of Inquiry on structures.

Another great week of learning at SCIS-Pudong that has been filled with student field-trips, hands-on learning experiences, and as always, lots of fun!  At this point in the year, students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 are well into their fifth unit of inquiry, while students within the ECE have begun their fourth and final unit for the year.   Below is an overview of each grade’s current unit.  As a parent or caregiver, please continue to make time each day to talk with your child about their learning at school.  Asking them questions or reviewing Seesaw posts are a fantastic way to show that you value their learning and want to be a part of it! 

Just a reminder there will be no school next Wednesday, May 1st.  Enjoy this mid-week holiday!

The SCIS-Pudong International Festival is TOMORROW!

We look forward to seeing you there!

The PYP Exhibition:

Grade 5 student are busy preparing, planning and reflecting upon their exhibits for the PYP Exhibition.

Students in Grade 5 have been working tirelessly this week as they prepare for the upcoming PYP Exhibition which will take place next Friday, May 3rd in the Black Box from 1:00pm-2:30pm.  This whole school community event represents a significant milestone in the life of a PYP school and student.  During this year’s exhibition, four student groups will be sharing information related to an in-depth inquiry they have undertaken over the course of the past 8 weeks that is related to a personal interest and extends into a real-world issue.  Please consider joining the SCIS community as we show our support for the Grade 5 students and this tremendous accomplishment next Friday.

Attention Grade 5 Parents:

The Upper School Administration would like to invite you to an information session on the transition into Upper School on Friday, May 3rd from 12:00-12:45pm in the Library Conference Room.  This meeting is scheduled in conjunction with the PYP Exhibition, which will immediately follow.

The session is designed to provide parents 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.  We hope to see you all on May 3rd!

Session #3 After School Activities

During K-2 Recess this week, students created a sand restaurant, complete with signs, menus and customer reviews! Look-out Illy Café it – there appears to be some new competition on campus!

This past Monday marked the beginning of the last session of After School Activities (ASAs). 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 attend all sessions of that ASA, unless the school has been notified otherwise by a parent.  Students who fail to follow the instructions of the ASA leaders or do not adhere to the SCIS behavior expectations may be removed from their ASA at any time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Coach Vic Caban at vcaban@scis-china.org.

Spirit Week is Next Week!

Please support your child as they participate in a schoolwide Spirit Week starting with Pajama Day on Monday, April 29th!  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.

Physical Education Swim Unit for Grades 1-5:

All parents of children in Grades 1-5 please note that the second swimming unit in PE class will begin next Monday, April 29th and end on Friday, May 31st

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 29th through May 31st, he/she brings the following items to school.  Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Tarsi at tbali@scis-china.org with any questions or concerns you may have surrounding this unit.

  1. A comfortable swimsuit 
  2. A towel with their name written clearly on the tag in permanent marker
  3. A pair of goggles
  4. A swim cap
  5. Underwear (if your child wears his/her swimsuit to school under his/her uniform)

Please Label Your Child’s Belongings

With the recent change in weather and the need for students to attend school in various layers of clothing, we ask that parents take extra care to label 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. 

SCIS Uniforms

Please note, that all students are required to wear their SCIS uniform to school each day, unless an exception has been made and communicated such as the upcoming Spirit Week.  As a reminder, students should wear navy blue trousers, shorts or skirts and the light blue, long or short-sleeved SCIS polo shirt.   On days the students have PE class, they should wear their PE uniform including appropriate footwear such as sneakers or sturdy laced shoes.  Accessories such as hats, jewelry, watches, and costume related items should be kept to a minimum as they often impact student’s ability to completely focus on their learning. 

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

Reenrollment has begun 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 admissions@scis-china.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 GREAT WEEK!

Lower School Principal’s Post #30

Dear Families,

What a fantastic week of learning and celebration at SCIS-Pudong!  Hat’s off to Ms. DeVeor and all Kindergarten through Grade 5 students for their enthusiastic participation in the very successful and entertaining Lower School Spring Concert.  Students across grade levels sang and danced to original compositions showcasing their amazing musical talent, as well as the progress they have made this year as composers, singers, and performers.  A HUGE thank you to Ms. DeVeor for the time, planning and organization that went into the concert preparations.  Additional thanks to Ms. Tarsi, Ms. Vicki and all Lower School teachers for their support in making this concert a success.  Lastly, thank you to all parents that attended the performance or watched the performance via live-stream to support and celebrate students’ musical growth this year.

Session #3 After School Activities

Next Monday begins our last session of After School Activities (ASAs). 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 attend 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 ASA(s) they sign up for.  Please take note of the important information surrounding Session 3 ASAs:

  • All LS activities finish at 4pm and buses will depart promptly at 4:10pm. Bus schedules will be sent out by our transportation coordinator, Stu Ren, as soon as they are finalized.
  • Any payments to any outside providers should be made through WeChat or Alipay so that our students or teachers are not responsible for any sums of cash. •
  • Once ASAs have begun, please be aware that any changes must be requested during the 1st week and are subject to approval. In order to apply for a change please notify Vicki Xu (vxu@scis-china.org) as well as me. We want to encourage all of our students and families to commit to the ASAs they have registered for during this quarter. Commitment and perseverance are two traits that we value in all of our learners and are greatly appreciated by our ASA leaders.
  • Students who fail to follow the instructions of the ASA leaders or do not adhere to the SCIS behavior expectations may be removed from their ASA at any time. Refunds will not be issued.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Coach Vic Caban at vcaban@scis-china.org.

Spirit Week

During the week of April 29th through May 3rd all students will have the option of participating in a whole school spirit week!  Below are the themes for each day:

  • Monday, April 29th:  PJ day, come in your comfiest clothes.  
  • Tuesday April 30th: come in your grade assigned color: 
  • Nursery – Red
  • PS/PK – Purple
  • Kindergarten – White
  • Grade 1 – Blue
  • Grade 2 – Green
  • Grade 3 – Orange
  • Grade 4 – Yellow
  • Grade 5 – Black
  • Wednesday, May 1st:  No School! 
  • Thursday May 2nd: Mismatch Day – dress in a crazy combination of clothes that don’t match
  • Friday May 3rd: come and show your school spirit in Greens and Jeans!

Lower School Assemblies:  Congratulations Grade 5

A big shout-out to all Grade 5 students for their informative and thought provoking assembly presentations this past Thursday.  Grade 5 students worked together in their exhibition groups to teach the audience about topics that are significant and meaningful to them.  Additionally, students presented the types of action will continue take to combat some of the issues and concerns they are researching for the PYP Exhibition.   Lastly, Grade 5 ended the assembly by inviting all SCIS community members to the PYP Exhibition on May 3rd starting at 1:00pm in the Black Box.  Please note that our next Lower School Assembly will take place on Thursday, May 16th featuring 4C.

Kindergarten through Grade 5 students settling in to the Black Box prior to the Grade 5 Assembly performance on Thursday. Lower School assemblies are a wonderful way to build community and provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills as presenters.

Attention Grade 5 Parents:

The Upper School Administration would like to invite you to an information session on the transition into Upper School on Friday, May 3rd from 12:00-12:45pm in the Library Conference Room.  This meeting is scheduled in conjunction with the PYP Exhibition, which will immediately follow.

Thank you to all Grade 5 parents that attended the coffee morning this past Thursday focused on the PYP Exhibition!

The session is designed to provide parents 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.  We hope to see you all on May 3rd!

Physical Education Swim Unit for Grades 1-5:

All parents of children in Grades 1-5 should have received an email via their SCIS-parent email account from Ms. Tarsi regarding the upcoming swim unit that will begin on Monday, April 29th and end on Friday, May 31st

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 29th through May 31st, he/she brings the following items to school.  Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Tarsi at tbali@scis-china.org with any questions or concerns you may have surrounding this unit.

  1. A comfortable swimsuit
  2. A towel with their name written clearly on the tag in permanent marker
  3. A pair of goggles
  4. A swim cap
  5. Underwear (if your child wears his/her swimsuit to school under his/her uniform)

International Festival:  Saturday, April 27th

SCIS Uniforms

Please note, that all students are required to wear their SCIS uniform to school each day, unless an exception has been made and communicated such as the upcoming Spirit Week.  As a reminder, students should wear navy blue trousers, shorts or skirts and the light blue, long or short-sleeved SCIS polo shirt.   On days the students have PE class, they should wear their PE uniform including appropriate footwear such as sneakers or sturdy laced shoes.  Accessories such as hats, jewelry, watches, and costume related items should be kept to a minimum as they often impact student’s ability to completely focus on their learning. 

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

Reenrollment has begun 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 admissions@scis-china.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 FANTASTIC Week!

Lower School Principal’s Post #29

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe we have only 9 weeks left in the 2018-2019 school year.   There are several exciting and upcoming events this month and we would love to see many SCIS families participate in what will certainly be a variety of fun experiences. 

Lower School Spring Concert

Grade 4 and 5 students practicing for the Spring Concert performance!

Next Friday, April 19th will be the K-5 Lower School Spring Concert.  Since January, students across grade levels have been learning how to compose music and create dance movements which will be showcased at the Spring Concert starting at 1:30pm in the Theater.  Each grade level will be performing separately, with the exception of Grades 4 and 5 who have a combined performance.  Additionally, please support your child in putting together the following clothes or color combinations for the show.  We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Kindergarten Performance Attire: White t-shirt with black bottoms (pants or skirts)
  • Grade 1 Performance Attire: Traditional Chinese clothes or red shirts and dark bottoms (pants or skirts)
  • Grade 2 Performance Attire: Hip Hop inspired clothes – bright colored t-shirts (any color) and jeans
  • Grade 3 Performance Attire:
  • Students will be assigned different outfits to wear depending upon their part:
  1. Intro Melody Performers: Jazzy dresses or outfits
  2. Rappers: White T-shirt, black bottoms
  3. Cane Dancer: White dress shirt and black bottom
  • Grade 4 and 5 Performance Attire: Super Hero costumes created by the students

 

Grade 5 students work together in their exhibition group to conduct research and determine their action.

Lower School Assembly featuring Grade 5.

The next Lower School assembly will take place on Thursday, April 18th featuring Grade 5.  During this assembly Grade 5 students will be sharing information related to the upcoming PYP Exhibition which students are busily preparing for.  Additionally, visiting author Andy Craven-Grifiths will be our guest dragon spotlight performer.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Principal’s Coffee Morning Focused on the PYP Exhibition

This year’s PYP Exhibition will take place on Friday, May 3rdAn informative coffee morning for parents interested in learning more about exhibition and ways to help support our Grade Five students will take place on Thursday, April 18th following the Lower School Assembly.  The coffee morning will begin at 9:15am in Ms. Ruf’s classroom (Room 222).  We hope to see you there!

 

Positive Discipline Parenting Workshops Kicks-off!

Dr. Myers welcoming positive discipline parent participants and leading an introductory activity.

On Thursday, our 3rd Positive Discipline Parenting Course led by Dr. Myers kicked-off in room 208 from 8:30am-11:30am.  A HUGE thank you to Dr. Myers for leading this series of workshops and to all parents who signed up.  These sessions provide a fantastic opportunity for parents to learn strategies and techniques to encourage positive discipline in the home environment.

Lower School After School Activity Session #3

The third and final session of ASAs will begin on Monday, April 22nd and end on Friday, May 31st.  Please take note of the important information surrounding Session 3 ASAs:

  • All LS activities finish at 4pm and buses will depart promptly at 4:10pm. Bus schedules will be sent out by our transportation coordinator, Stu Ren, as soon as they are finalized.
  • Any payments to any outside providers should be made through WeChat or Alipay so that our students or teachers are not responsible for any sums of cash. •
  • Once ASAs have begun, please be aware that any changes must be requested during the 1st week and are subject to approval. In order to apply for a change please notify Vicki Xu (vxu@scis-china.org) as well as me. We want to encourage all of our students and families to commit to the ASAs they have registered for during this quarter. Commitment and perseverance are two traits that we value in all of our learners and are greatly appreciated by our ASA leaders.
  • Students who fail to follow the instructions of the ASA leaders or do not adhere to the SCIS behavior expectations may be removed from their ASA at any time. Refunds will not be issued.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Coach Vic Caban at vcaban@scis-china.org.

Student-Led Conferences

Once again, a BIG thank you to all parents that attend their child’s student led conference.  It was truly a magical day and many of the children are still talking about the fact that their SLC was a major highlight for the month of March.   There was overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents regarding their SLC experience with their child.  This was evidenced through the compilation of the responses from the Parent Feedback Form that was completed by110 parent responses.  We greatly appreciate the time parents took to complete the form.  Survey results can be accessed here.

Book Fair

Next week there will be a book fair on campus hosted by Blue Fountain.  For every purchase made SCIS-Pudong receives points to purchasing additional books for the library.  

SCIS Uniforms

Please note, that all students are required to wear their SCIS uniform to school each day, unless an exception has been made and communicated such as the upcoming Spring Concert.  As a reminder, students should wear navy blue trousers, shorts or skirts and the light blue, long or short-sleeved SCIS polo shirt.   On days the students have PE class, they should wear their PE uniform including appropriate footwear such as sneakers or sturdy laced shoes.  Accessories such as hats, jewelry, watches, and costume related items should be kept to a minimum as they often impact student’s ability to completely focus on their learning.  

Student Safety

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 vxu@scis-china.org 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 admissions@scis-china.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!

Photos from a Great Week!