Lower School Principal’s Post #9

Dear Families,

Students in 1M were risk-takers this week as they courageously took the stage at the K-5 Assembly on Thursday to present on Positive Discipline strategies they have learned to solve small and big problems they encounter in their lives. Way to go 1M!

Another wonderful week of learning and fun at SCIS-Pudong that has included a creative and student-centered assembly, collaborative PYP unit kick-off meetings and as always fantastic learning experiences for students in Nursery through Grade 5.   A BIG thank you to all the parents that attended the Principal’s Coffee Morning focused on “Getting the Most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences.”   We look forward to welcoming all parents next week on Thursday for your child’s Parent-Teacher Conference.  

Mid-Semester Progress Reports:

Please take a moment to access your SCIS Parent email account to receive your child’s Mid-Semester Progress Report. The purpose of the Mid-Semester progress report is to provide parents and teachers with an opportunity to reflect on the student’s attitudes and actions that lead to academic success at mid-semester.  The report is meant to serve as a baseline for discussion during Parent-Teacher Conferences, during which time parents will receive additional information about their child’s areas of strength and areas for growth.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Over 20 Lower School parents attended the Principal’s Coffee Morning on Thursday focused on Getting the Most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences. During the session, parents discussed ways to effectively collaborate and communicate with teachers during next week’s PTC.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are almost here!  We are so excited to talk with you about your child’s learning journey and the progress they have made since the beginning of the school year. 

During your 20-minute conference with your child’s Homeroom Teacher, you will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s areas of strength, as well as areas for growth related to their social, emotional and academic development.  You will also be able to ask questions and collaborate with the teacher on setting both short and long-term goals for your child.  During your time at SCIS, you are also encouraged to visit your child’s specialist teachers, who will be able on a first come, first serve basis.  Specialists will be located in their classrooms.

To sign-up for Parent-Teacher Conferences (if you haven’t already done so), please click on the name of your child’s Homeroom Teacher.  The link will take you to a Sign-up Genius form where you will be able to select one 20-minute slot that suits your schedule on Thursday, October 25th.  Please note that conferences will take place throughout the day and therefore, there will not be school for children on this day.

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled conference times stated below, please contact your child’s teacher directly to arrange for an alternative conference.

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up Links

If you were unable to attend the Principal’s Coffee Morning please take a moment to read the information below surrounding how to get the most out of Parent Teacher Conferences. 

Halloween at SCIS

Halloween is right around the corner and PAFA (Parents and Friends Association) is busy preparing for the Halloween Carnival that will take place on Saturday October 27th from 12:00pm-3:00pm on campus.  All families are encouraged to attend as children will have an opportunity to participate wear their Halloween costumes while participating in fun games and other events. 

Halloween Busing Times & Locations

  • Bus#01, Shimao Riviera  Depart 11:20
  • 1 Weifang Road Gate 世茂滨江 潍坊西路1号大门
  • Bus#02, Green Court  Depart 11:20
  • 777 Biyun Road, Lan’an road gate  碧云花园(碧云路777号蓝桉路大门), 
  • Kerry Hotel     Depart 11:30
  • 嘉里城酒店花木路1388号
  • Bus#03, Emerald   Depart 11:30 and 12:00
  • Emerald Club House  绿宝园会所

On Friday, October 26th, Lower School students will be able to wear their Halloween costume to school or change into their costume at any point during the school day.  Please keep in mind that Halloween costume accessories such as guns, swords or other potentially dangerous objects will not be allowed.  Additionally, it should be noted that participating in the Halloween festivities is optional for students and families.  There will not be any Halloween parties or events happening at school, apart from students having the opportunity to wear their costume to school. 

Announcing the First Lego League Jr. at SCIS-Pudong

Click on the link below to learn more.

FLL Jr Announcement Flyer

Getting the Most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

There is a growing body of research that supports the fact that positive parent-teacher relationships contribute to school readiness, student achievement and well-rounded development of social and emotional skills.  According to Donna Henderson, Professor of Education at Wake Forest University, “Two people working together who have the best interest of the child in mind have a much greater impact than if they work alone. In today’s hurried world, it is so important for parents to take time to know the people who are educating our future generation.”

The following suggestions are ways that you can make the most out of parent-teacher conferences so that everyone wins, especially your child.

What should you expect?

  • A two-way conversation: Like all good conversations, parent–teacher conferences work best when both people talk and The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school and whether your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more.
  • Emphasis on learning: Good parent–teacher conferences focus on how well the child is doing in school. They also talk about how the child can do even better.
  • Opportunities and challenges: Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear
positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared, by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

What should you talk to the teacher about?

  • Progress: Your child’s teacher will undoubtedly have a range of information to share with you about your child’s academic, social and emotional development and progress.  Listen and ask for ways that you can help support learning at home.
  • Assignments and assessments: Seeing examples of your child’s work will help you form a greater understanding of their strengths and areas in need of improvement.
  • Your thoughts about your child: Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Explain what he or she needs more help with.
  • How should you follow up?
  • Make a plan: Write down the things that you and the teacher will each do to support your child. You can do this during the conference or after. Write down what you will do, when, and how often.
  • Schedule another time to talk: The conference will go by quickly, however, there are many ways to communicate with your child’s teacher(s)—in person, by phone, notes, email. Make a plan that works for both of you. If needed, feel free to schedule at least one more time to talk in the next few months.
  • Talk to your child: The parent–teacher conference is all about your child, so don’t forget to include him or her. Share with your child what you learned. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions.

Note:  The above information was gathered from the Harvard Family Research Project. For more resources on family involvement, visit www.hfrp.org.

More Photos from a fantastic week of fun!

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