Lower School Principal’s Post #21

Dear Families,

As our first week of virtual learning comes to an end, I’d like to begin this post by saying thank you to all members of our learning community. 

Thank you to all students for demonstrating your ability to be risk-takers, problem-solvers and virtual communicators.  I have truly been amazed by the ways in which you have engaged with online learning.  I am so proud of each and every one of you for showing your independence, enthusiasm, and imagination as you work hard to complete your learning assignments each day.  Keep up the great work!

Thank you to all parents for your tremendous support as we navigate the complexities of our Virtual Learning program.  Your willingness to embrace this new educational medium, provide ongoing support to your child(ren), and collaborate with teachers is sincerely appreciated and vital to the ongoing success of virtual learning within the Lower School.  Additionally, we recognize that implementing a consistent daily routine and providing an environment that meets the needs of your child(ren) and allows them to fully participate in the virtual learning program is not easy.  Please know we are here and eager to support you however we can.   Thank you for your open-mindedness and patience.  You are appreciated!

Thank you to all teachers for your incredible dedication to ensuring the success of the virtual learning program.  I am humbled and honored to be working with such a phenomenal group of educators whose creativity, commitment, collaborative approach to online teaching and learning, and willingness to wholeheartedly embrace change has been exceptional.  I am in awe of the variety of ways in which Lower School teachers have engaged students virtually through the design of interactive and meaningful learning experiences.  In addition, it has been remarkable to see how teachers have maintained personal connections and continued to develop a virtual classroom community.  It is an absolute privilege working with and learning from a truly extraordinary Lower School Faculty.  You are amazing!

Seeking Parent Feedback:

We greatly appreciate the support of families during this virtual learning period.   Please know that our goal for your child(ren) moving forward is to not only to provide a continuity of rigorous and engaging learning, but more importantly, we aim to create a safe and collaborative virtual learning space where students can maintain ongoing and positive daily interactions with their teachers and peers while being inspired and motivated to continue their learning journey over the course of upcoming weeks.

As such, we would appreciate your feedback on what you believe is going well, and the ways in which we can improve our effort to optimize virtual learning for all students.  Please take a few minutes to provide your valuable feedback by completing the Lower School Virtual Learning Parent Feedback Survey Thank you for your time.

Coronavirus:  Community Updates and FAQs Page:

Please take time to regularly visit the SCIS Coronavirus: Community Updates and FAQs page on the SCIS school website which provides detailed information on the school closure in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Virtual Learning with Seesaw

At this point, all students / families should be connected to the Seesaw Class App.   If you haven’t had an opportunity to download the class app please go directly to the Seesaw site or use the web-based version:

Once you download the Class App, you will then be able to scan the QR code for your child’s Homeroom Class in order to ensure they have access to and are participating in the Virtual Learning program.  If you experience any issues or complications with Seesaw and/or other technology platforms students / families are beings asked to use, please immediately reach out to your child’s Homeroom Teacher or our SCIS-Pudong IT Department at pd-technology@scis-china.org

Seesaw Video Images:

While we understand that the vast majority of our students are either in the comfort of their own home or in an environment that allows them an opportunity to be dressed very casually, please remember that when children post a video to Seesaw as a response to an assignment they should be appropriately clothed. This includes the covering of shoulders, midriffs (stomachs), and the wearing of shorts or skirts that are a suitable length.  Additionally, students and parents should be mindful of the environment in which they are posting to ensure that other individuals who may be unaware that a video is being recorded are not mistakenly seen or heard in the background.

School Attendance and Student Participation:

During the Virtual Learning period student attendance will not be taken; however, assignment completion will be used to validate student participation and progress in virtual learning.  Students will be afforded a flexible 48-hour window in order to participate in a way that allows them to complete assignments.  Students / parents should communicate with their teacher(s) if more time is needed surrounding specific assignments. 

Additionally, we recognize that students may not be able to complete all assignments due to families varying circumstances including access to appropriate technology and internet reliability.  Please know that while students will not be penalized academically, lack of participation in the online learning platform may hinder progress against the grade level core or subject area standards.   As such, if students do not partake in the learning experiences it will be difficult for teachers to assess and report on student progress which may potentially result in students receiving the achievement indicator IE (insufficient evidence), AE (approaching grade level expectation), or NME (not meeting grade level expectation) on the student’s semester report.

Re-enrollment has begun for the 2020 – 2021 School Year

In January, 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.

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