Lower School Principal’s Post #20

Dear Families,

It’s been a wonderful week of celebration and learning at SCIS-Pudong! 

Ms. Sun led a session on Positive Discipline during Monday’s TTT for Mandarin speakers.

On Monday afternoon all Lower School Teachers participated in two TTT (Teaching Teachers Teaching) sessions on various topics led by Ms. Adika, Ms. Hunt, Ms. Mount, Mrs. Ruf, Dr. Myers, Mr. Sylvester and Ms. Gale.  Teachers were able to learn from colleagues surrounding topics such as inclusion, citizen science and the (new) scientific method, positive discipline, consequences, interactive read-alouds, effective meeting structures, and the SCARF model.  Through TTTs teachers are able to share expertise and facilitate discussions on important topics related to their professional work. In addition, research shows that providing structures for ongoing collaboration and professional dialogue is directly correlated to enhancing and increasing student learning and achievement.  

Grade 4 students worked in groups to create light exhibits through which they explored and explained the different properties of light.

On Thursday afternoon students in Grade 4R revealed a fabulous Light Sound exhibit that showcased student learning as a result of their current unit of inquiry on Light and Sound.  During this unit students explored the properties of light and sound and how these properties can be used and manipulated to create different effects.  During the exhibit, students share the properties of light they used to create their display and discussed the ways that light can be used for dramatic effect.

Several Mandarin Assistant Teachers performed at the CNY Assembly.

The final celebration of the week was the Chinese New Year Assembly and Lower School Chinese Temple Fair that took place on Thursday afternoon from 1:00-3:00pm.  Both events were a huge success as students participated in a variety of traditional Chinese cultural activities.  I would like to take this opportunity to say, congratulations and thank you to our Mandarin Department and specifically to Ms. Olive Sun, Ms. Yang Liu and Ms. Gina Zhang for their excellent work surrounding the planning, preparation and organization of the Temple Fair and Chinese New Year Assembly.  An incredible amount of effort went into making this event a success and it certainly served as a marvelous tribute to our host country, China.  Also, a huge thank-you to all parent volunteers and teachers who assisted with running the Temple Fair stations.  What a memorable and fun event for the entire SCIS community!

Students of all ages enjoying the Lower School Temple Fair activities with family members and friends.

Please note the Chinese New Year holiday will begin on January 24th and end on February 2nd.   School will resume on February 3rd.

I wish all families a fantastic Chinese New Year Holiday and happiness and success in the Year of the Rat!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

Xīnnián kuàilè!

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Last week, all SCIS families should have received an email via your scis-parent email account providing instructions regarding re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please note that seats are likely to fill up quickly and we have multiple grade levels in the Lower School that are currently at capacity.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Flu Season

4B enjoying snack and sharing stories after recess.

With the ongoing cold weather, also comes the potential of student illness.  To help stop the spread and lessen the duration of student illnesses at school please be sure your child receives plenty of rest, is eating a balanced diet, and drinking plenty of water.  Sending your child to school if they are ill can be very frustrating to families, as well as teachers as we do our best to keep children, parents and teachers healthy.  Please remember one of the BEST ways to prevent the spread of illness is to wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap.  Please review our parent handbook, page 17, for more information on Student Illness Policies.

As a reminder, children should not attend school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (over 100F/37.2c)
  • Diarrhea or more than 2 loose bowel movements within 12 hours
  • Vomiting
  • Discharge from eyes or ears
  • Heavy nasal discharge
  • Persistent cough
  • Unidentified rash
Valentina in 2S enjoying reading.

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!


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