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.
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.
- Three ways to Prevent the Summer Reading Slide
- 8 Resources for Parents to Promote Summer Learning
- 7 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss
- A compiled list of Mathematics Resources: https://padlet.com/caty_romero/o281lgfyj2dx
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!