Lower School Principal’s Post #17

Dear Families,

SCIS faculty gather together on the field to say farewell to students on the last day of the semester!

What a wonderful semester this has been!  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all Lower School faculty for their ongoing commitment to providing meaningful, engaging and fun learning experiences for students each and every day.   The continued development and refinement of the Primary Years Program (PYP) units of inquiry has allowed students to formulate in depth understandings surrounding unit content and take action with their learning in new and exciting ways.  Additionally, the ongoing implementation of the Reading and Writing Workshop approach, as well as the accompanying units of study has resulted in consistency in teaching practices across grade levels (K-5) and students are eager and excited to share the work they have produced as readers and writers.  The work teachers have done to develop a strong conceptually-based mathematics program has allowed us to implement consistent practices that focus on developing fluency, as well as students critical thinking and problem-solving skills as mathematicians.  Lastly, the implementation of Positive Discipline and the Second Step program has had a profound effect on the way in which we are teaching students how to handle strong emotions and resolve conflict in appropriate ways across the Lower School. 

Lower School students enjoy listening to the Upper School musicians play holiday music on Thursday during dismissal.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all SCIS parents for your support, interest and encouragement as we continue to enhance our curricular program by ensuring we are dedicated to implementing best teaching and learning practices across all grade levels and subject areas.  I look forward to seeing many parents at upcoming Coffee Mornings, student Learning Celebrations and school events throughout Semester Two.   Please see below for more information on Parent Coffee Morning topics and dates.

I’d like to wish all SCIS families a wonderful, relaxing and well-deserved Winter Break.  School will resume on Monday, January 6th

All departing Lower School students received an SCIS Blue Dragon, as well as a Learner Profile Recognition for being a risk-taker.

Saying Good-Bye:

There comes a time at the end of each semester when we need to say good-bye to some of our SCIS friends and families as they embark on new adventures in their home country or elsewhere.  We wish all departing families the best of luck and we want you to know that you will always be welcome back to SCIS! Once a dragon, always a dragon!

Semester 1 Student Reports

Semester 1 student reports will be distributed via a link sent to parents’ SCIS parent email account on today.  If you have any questions, concerns or wonderings surrounding the comments or achievement indicators your child received for the first semester please feel free to contact your child’s Homeroom Teacher after the Winter Break.  

All Lower School faculty got together on Monday after school to celebrate the end of the semester and review Semester 1 reports.

Semester 2 Parent Coffee Morning Topics:  COME AND LEARN WITH US!

Please mark your calendar for the following Parent Coffee Mornings where members of our Lower School Pedagogical Leadership Team will provide insight into various aspects of the curriculum including how and why of teaching and learning at SCIS-Pudong!

SCIS Lower School Mathematics Dragon Tales

Thank you to Mr. Kelly for putting together the new Dragon Tales newsletter that is focused on capturing mathematics teaching and learning throughout the Lower School.  Within this newsletter parents will develop a deeper understanding of how students are learning mathematical practices and concepts through hands-on real-world experiences.  You will find a link to the newsletter on the right side of this blog under the tab focused on Teaching and Learning Mathematics at home.

Seeking Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop Input

We are seeking Lower School Parent input surrounding ideal days / times to host our next series of Positive Discipline parenting workshops.  Positive Discipline parenting workshops usually consist of four 3-hour sessions for a total of 12-hours. There is a possibility we will be able to provide bilingual translation, so the workshop could be in English and Chinese if there is enough parent interest.  Please help us determine the ideal days and times by completing this short Positive Discipline Parent interest survey.  Your input is greatly appreciated.


我们正在为下一期的正面管教课程做准备的同征求一些意见或建议。通常正面管教课程是4节课每节课3小时总课时为12小时。如果有更多的家长参与进来的话我们将提供双语课程即中英文课程。请完成这个简单的正面管教调查表(short Positive Discipline Parent interest survey. )来帮助我们规划课程的日期及时间。非常感谢您的支持。

Scholastic Book Orders

Please note that the November 2019 Scholastic Book orders will be delivered after the Winter Holiday.  The previous closing date was November 26th and it typically takes 4-6 weeks for the orders to be delivered.  If you participated in the previous round of scholastic book orders, please note that books will likely arrive between January 6th and the Chinese New Year Holiday.  Thank you for your patience.

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