Lower School Principal’s Post #18

Dear Families,

New family Orientation took place on Monday, January 7th with all new families gathering in the Black Box to meet the administration and learn about what it means to be part of the SCIS community.

Happy New Year and welcome to second half of the 2018-2019 school year!  This semester we are welcoming 31 new students and their families to the Lower School.  These new families, representing fourteen different nationalities are joining SCIS-Pudong from other schools in Shanghai, as well as from various locations around the world.  Having a truly diverse and multi-cultural learning environment is something we highly value at SCIS, as students are provided with daily opportunities to learn from the backgrounds and experiences of their peers.  Developing a strong cultural intelligence or the ability to relate and work effectively across cultures is essential as we prepare children to be successful in the 21st century.

I’d like to thank all SCIS families that have recommended SCIS-Pudong to friends, acquaintances and colleagues.  Your assistance in helping us continue our quest to build an exceptional program focused on implementing current research-based best practices, that include, valuing and appreciating all cultures and capabilities is at the core of what makes SCIS a great school.   

With that said, re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner and seats are likely to fill up quickly.  We have multiple grade levels that are currently at capacity.  As such, please be on the lookout for an email from the SCIS-Admissions Department in the upcoming days regarding steps to re-enroll your child(ren) for the 2019-2020 school year.

Positive Discipline Parenting Course

Session #1 of the Positive Discipline Parenting Course was a great success with 17 participants in total whose children represent Nursery through Grade 12 at SCIS-Pudong.  During the 3-hour interactive session that took place on Thursday, parents participated in wonderful conversations and reflective exercises that allowed for a deeper understanding of the methodology and theory behind the positive discipline approach.  Session #2 will take place on Thursday, January 17th from 8:30am-11:30am in room 208.

ASA Session #2

This week all parents should have received an email with the Session #2 ASA Guide.   ASA registration for Session #2 is now open and will remain open until Monday, January 14th at 11:00am.   Within the ASA Guide there are directions detailing how to register your child(ren) for ASAs.  Please note, ASA Session #2 begins on Monday, January 21st and ends on Friday, March 15th.  Below are a few important reminders regarding ASA sign-ups:

  • During the first 24-hours you can only register your child for one ASA run by an SCIS teacher. After the first 24-hours the “one ASA restriction” will be removed. 
  • All ASAs offered by outside providers do not have any signup restrictions. (This means that, during the first 24 hours, you can sign your child up for ONE SCIS teacher ASA plus any ASAs offered by outside providers.)
  • Registration will close on Monday January 14th at 11:00am. Late registrations will not be accepted. ASAs that become full will close prior to January 14th, but will keep a waitlist.
  • Many activities have a limited number of spots available. Priority will be given in the order the system receives the registration.

If you have any questions regarding ASAs please contact Coach Vic Caban at vcaban@scis-china.org

Substitute Teachers Needed

If you or someone you know has experience as a teacher or would be interested in gaining experience through being a substitute teacher, please connect with Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org.  While teaching experience or certification is not necessary, a passion for working and learning with children is essential.    

School Class Photos:

Please note that class photos, individual student re-takes, and new student photos will take place on Friday, January 25th.  Students will need to wear their SCIS blue collared shirt for their class photo.   PE uniforms can be brought to school that day. 

Lower School Assembly

The next Lower School Assembly featuring Kindergarten will be on Thursday, January 24th starting at 8:15am in the Black Box.  All parents are welcome to attend Lower School assemblies.  We will also be welcoming the new K-5 students and recognizing them for being risk-takers as they have courageously made the transition to a new school and community.

Chinese New Year Assembly and Temple Fair

Over the course of the next few weeks the Mandarin Department will be very busy preparing for this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.   Similar to past years, there will be a Chinese New Year Assembly for the whole school that will begin at 1:00pm in the Theater.   Additionally, like last year, the assembly will be followed by a Chinese Temple Fair for Lower School students.  The Temple Fair will provide students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of fun Chinese cultural activities.  The Temple Fair, which will be located in and around the Black Box will take place from 1:40pm-2:40pm.  At 2:40pm students will return to their classrooms to prepare for dismissal.  In order for the Temple Fair to be a success we need parent volunteers to help assist running the sessions.  If you are interested in helping run a station for 30 or 60 minutes, please contact Ms. Linda Zhang at lzhang@scis-china.org. 

Multi-Sport Swimming to be offered on Saturday at SCIS-Pudong

This semester Multi-Sport will continue offering swimming lessons at SCIS-Pudong on Saturday mornings.  Please see the schedule below for more information.  This is a great opportunity to improve your child’s swimming and water safety skills.  Register at http://www.multisport.com.cn/.

Summer Camp 2019

Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campus’ from June 17 – July 12, 2019.

Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) is excited to offer specialized summer camp designed with the whole child in mind. Our summer camp programs are non-academic, thematic programs filled with action-packed fun for children in the ECE through grade 5. Your child’s summer will be filled with fun days of games, sports, outdoor exploration, water activities, field trips, art, music, drama, Mandarin language/culture fun, and more! All students from the Shanghai community are welcome to enroll. Summer camp offers flexible weekly enrollment options for families with limited availability or travel plans. More information to come in the new year!


Helping Your Child Set SMART Goals in the New Year

With the start of a New Year often comes the formation of new goals or what many commonly refer to as New Year’s resolutions.  However, unless a plan exists detailing how the goal will be achieved, more often than not, it’s likely that these resolutions will eventually dissipate as the months pass by. 

Providing students with opportunities to reflect on their learning and select goals based upon their areas of strength, as well as their areas for growth is one of the cornerstones of PYP philosophy surrounding assessment.  Students learning in a PYP environment are consistently taught that having a well-thought-out plan is the key to achieving goals, whether they are academic, physical or social.  To do this, it is common for teachers to introduce the concept of S.M.A.R.T goal setting.   The S.M.A.R.T letters generally coincide with the words Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound/ Timely.  When setting a goal, students are often taken through a step-by-step process, guided by the defining criteria of each word.  The below templates can help you guide your child in setting a smart goal.


One fact we like to communicate with students as they revisit and reshape their learning goals is that there isn’t one right way to achieve success or a goal.   The road to success is always under construction and to accomplish a goal you must be willing to try new things.   But, having a detailed and thoughtful plan will certainly help guide students as they work towards achieving their goal.   For more information on how to help your child set S.M.A.R.T goals please visit the following links:

More Photos from the First Week of the New Year!

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