Lower School Principal’s Post #16

Dear Families,

What a busy, fun and festive week we have had in the Lower School as students and teachers wrap up or begin new units of inquiry, engage in new learning experiences and count down the days until the upcoming Winter Holiday.  

The biggest highlight of the week was certainly the Kindergarten through Grade 5 Winter Concert titled, “A Musical Winter.” During this event students proudly and confidently took the stage and performed original compositions that were developed collaboratively within each grade level.  I’m very proud of all students for their hard work, creativity and commitment leading up to, and during the Winter Concert.  Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. DeVeor Rainey for the endless hours of work and preparation she put into guiding students on this musical journey and inspiring them to create, compose and perform.  I would also like to thank all Lower School teachers for their support during rehearsals, as well as for ensuring students transitioned successfully on and off the stage.  It was truly a magical and original event that showcased both the process of musical creation, as well as the culmination of a fantastic performance.

Winter Break

The last day of Semester 1 is next Friday, December 14th.  This will be a half day as students will be dismissed at 11:30am.  Lunch will not be provided.  If your family intends on leaving early or if you plan on picking your child up from school, please let the front office know as soon as possible. 

Semester 1 Student Reports

Semester 1 student reports will be distributed via a link sent to parents’ SCIS parent email account on the afternoon of December 14th.  Reports are meant to provide parents with an opportunity to understand their child’s progress against the grade level standards and expectations at this point in the school year.  If you have any questions surrounding your child’s report, please connect with your child’s classroom or specialist teacher in January.

Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop Seats are Filling up Fast!

This will be the FINAL OPPORTUNITY for parents to sign up for the Positive Discipline parenting event.  If you are interested in attending this series of workshops in English, please let Ms. Gale know as soon as possible by sending an email to egale@scis-china.org.  Below are the dates and times of the workshops that will be offered in January.  Parents are highly encouraged to attend all four sessions.  We hope you are able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn about strategies and techniques to encourage positive discipline in the home environment.  Again, please contact Ms. Gale if you are interested in attending these great 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


Come One, Come All . .  to the 5th Grade Film Screening next Tuesday, December 11th from 1:35-2:15pm in the Theater.

Join Grade 5 students and teachers as they celebrate the debut of their movie reenactments in Mandarin.  Over the course of their current unit of inquiry on Migration, grade 5 students have deepened their understanding of how culture migrates through cinema, art and film.  Students were asked to choose a famous movie that has “migrated” around the world, translate it, and act it out in Mandarin.   Please consider joining Grade 5 as they debut their films and celebrate their learning!

More Photos from a Wonderful Week!

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