Lower School Principal’s Post #14

Dear Families,

It’s been a fun and engaging week of learning for students, teachers and parents at SCIS-Pudong.  A huge thank you to PAFA for all of the work that went into the planning and execution of Bingo Night last Saturday.  The Black Box was absolutely packed with students, teachers and parents and a great deal of fun was had by all!   

Students in 2R proudly shared their writing with their parents surrounding a variety of topics they are “experts” on.

On Monday, Grade 2 students proudly shared their learning from their current reading and writing units focused on becoming nonfiction reading experts and writing “How-to” books.   During this wonderful learning celebration in 2V and 2R students shared reading, writing and purposefully created displays with parents, teachers and other students.  Great job Grade 2!


Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop in English in January!

As a result of the positive feedback received from the previous series of Positive Discipline Parent workshops in Mandarin, we will be offering English speaking parents an opportunity to participate in the same series of workshops during the following dates / times.  As you can imagine, our hope is to make these workshops very accessible to all parents to encourage and support maximum attendance.   Please contact Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org if you are interested in attending these fantastic workshops!

Session 1:  Thursday, January 10th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 2:  Thursday, January 17th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 3:  Thursday, January 24th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 4:  Thursday, January 31st from 8:30am-11:30am


Grade 2 students working on the construction of a complex machine as the summative assessment for their current unit on simple machines.

Lower School Assembly featuring 2R

The final Lower School Assembly for the semester is next Thursday, November 29th.  2R will be presenting at this assembly which will begin promptly at 8:15am in the Black Box.   We hope to see you there.



Lower School Winter Concerts                                                                             

This year there will only be one Winter Concert for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  This will take place on Friday, December 7th at 1:30pm in the Theater.  The theme of the concert is “A Musical Winter.”  Ms. DeVeor will be sending out more information in the upcoming days/ weeks surrounding student costumes.  We look forward to seeing all parents at what is certain to be a fantastic event!

Nursery-Grade 12 Teachers working with Consultant, Tania Lattanzio in the Black Box.

We are Lifelong Learners!

Lower School Teachers had an opportunity to work with Tania in small groups throughout the day on Thursday.

At SCIS-Pudong we believe that professional development and collaboration is essential to building a strong curricular program focused on implementing research-based best practices across all subject areas and disciplines throughout the school.  On Thursday and Friday, November 22nd– 23rd while students had a relaxing day off from school, teachers from Nursery through Grade 12 delved into developing a deeper understanding of conceptual based learning with the help of International Educational Consultant, Tania Lattanzio.   Teachers delved into improving current units and also spent time writing new units.  Teachers participated in fantastic professional discussions surrounding how the unit and learning experiences are meaningful, significant, relevant and engaging.


Giving Thanks

Kindergarten students had wonderful and well thought out Thanksgiving feast in the cafeteria on Thursday.

While Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally celebrated in the United States on the 4th Thursday in November, giving thanks, being reflective and showing gratitude is something that we teach and encourage students to do daily.  This is because research shows that grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships.  A state of gratitude has also been proven to improve the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically.  It is physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time because when you are grateful your body and brain are flooded with positive emotions and endorphins that uplift and energize you rather than stress hormones that drain you.  As parents, building gratitude reflections into your child’s nightly routine will help them reflect on their day in a positive way and help train their brain and develop a growth mindset surrounding what they enjoy about life and learning!

More Photos from a Great Week!

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