It has been such a joy coming back to campus this week, after being away due to a family emergency, and seeing students in nursery through grade 5 comfortably and confidently engaging in nurturing new friendships and immersing themselves in exceptional learning environments and experiences designed to meet their needs as individuals and learners.
Having been unable to kick-off the school year with students and teachers, I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to all members of the lower school faculty for their unwavering commitment to ensuring the 2019-2020 school year has undoubtedly gotten off to an outstanding start. In particular, I’d like to thank Mr. Ian Sylvester, Mrs. Laurie Luebbe, Mr. Zachary Berezowski, and Ms. Stacey Poncia for taking on additional responsibilities in my absence. Similarly, a big thanks to Ms. Emilee Van de Laarschot, Dr. Molly Myers, Miss Malika Meidinger, and Mr. Bart Kelly for leading various teams and providing meaningful and effective professional development for lower school teachers during the past four weeks.
While my absence was due to unfortunate circumstances, my return to school has been nothing but heartwarming. I continue to be grateful to be part of such a phenomenal community and am sincerely looking forward to an extraordinary year ahead. I look forward to seeing all returning families and getting to know all new families in the coming days.
SCIS Launches the Official Start of the WASC and IB Self-Studies
On Thursday, September 12th faculty across the system gathered at Hongqiao Main Campus for an inspiring day of professional development where Teachers, Mandarin Assistant Teachers, Assistant Teachers, and System Administration came together during a four hour morning session to participate in purposeful conversation surrounding our Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs) and the ways in which we are providing opportunities for students to develop the skills, character attributes, and competencies essential for success in the 21st century.
The afternoon session led by Mr. Ian Sylvester was focused on providing Lower School Faculty with an opportunity to delve more deeply into the processes and protocols related to the IB PYP self-study process. Teachers participated in collective conversations surrounding various IB standards and practices and brainstormed potential evidence that could be gathered to ensure effective implementation of each practice.
United Nations International Day of Peace
Next Friday, September 20th is the United Nations International Day of Peace Assembly starting at 1:30pm in the Theater. On this day, students are encouraged to wear clothes representative of their home country. Students have the option of wearing these clothes to school or changing into their “outfit” prior to the assembly.
Due to the timing of the assembly, the students in ECE Program (Nursery, Preschool and Prekindergarten) will not be participating unless they are accompanied by a parent.
We hope to see many SCIS parents on campus throughout the day and encourage parents to also come dressed in clothes representative of their home country. If you plan to attend the afternoon assembly and will be taking your child(ren) home with you afterwards, please make sure to let the front office know that your child(ren) will not be riding their regular school bus home. The assembly is scheduled to end at 2:30pm prior to 3:00 dismissal. This is a very special event and certainly one that you will not want to miss.
SCIS Policy Surrounding the Acknowledgement of Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong:
“SCIS is licensed and authorized to enroll students holding “foreign passports,” who are not citizens of China. Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong are considered part of China by the Chinese government and the United Nations. For mutually advantageous reasons, China tacitly allows the enrollment at international schools of students holding Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong residence documents.
It is the policy of SCIS, therefore, not to risk any confrontation with Chinese authorities over the display of flags in ceremonies or more permanent displays on school campuses. No flags of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan should be displayed on campus or during events, nor should they appear in any official SCIS publications.”
However, the PRC (CHINA) flag for all Chinese and Taiwanese students, the Hong Kong SAR (red flag white flower) and the Macau SAR (green flag with white flower) are allowed to be displayed as they are PRC derived flags. All Taiwanese families must either use the China flag to represent their nationality on UNIDOP and in the yearbook or they may also choose to not represent themselves with a flag. We cannot allow the ROC flag to be on display, worn by a child, published, in any way.”
Positive Discipline Parent Event
There are still spots available for Parents to attend the Positive Discipline parenting workshops scheduled for October 12th, 19th, 26th and November 2nd from 9:00am-12:00pm in room 208. Even if you have already taken the Positive Discipline Parenting course please keep in mind that as your children grow and develop their needs and behaviors will likely change. As such, your responses to their needs and behaviors may need to be adjusted. As a parent, this course is one that can be taken as many times as you’d like. Learning from other parents, while reconsidering your child’s social-emotional needs is something that will undoubtedly have wonderful long-term benefits for both you and your child(ren).
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Dr. Molly Myers no later than Friday, September 27th.