Lower School Principal’s Post #22

Dear Families,

As we conclude the second week of virtual learning, I’d once again like to express my sincere thanks to all members of our Lower School learning community for another fantastic week filled with risk-taking, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaborating.  I continue to be amazed by the tremendous creativity demonstrated by both teachers and students surrounding the creation and completion of learning assignments.  As I scroll through the Virtual Class Blogs each day, I can’t help but be inspired and motivated by the extraordinary learning that is taking place across grade levels and subject areas.

I’m also beyond grateful to the Lower School parents and caregivers that have unfailingly dedicated time, resources, and space to ensure your child(ren) are able to continue their learning despite the inevitable challenges we have faced in the move to an online learning platform.   Your support, patience, and understanding over the course of the past two weeks is truly appreciated.

Week #2 Virtual Learning Parent Feedback:

As mentioned above, 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 seek your continued 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 SCIS-Pudong Lower School Week #2 Virtual Learning Parent Feedback SurveyPlease note the survey will close on Monday, February 17th at 3:00pm.

Resources for Academic and Emotional Well-being

During times of uncertainty, such as that which we are currently experiencing, it is very common to experience a range of strong emotions including feelings of ambiguity, fear, frustration, and anxiety.  As a way to support students and parents the SCIS Counseling Department has put together a Virtual Learning Survival Guide in effort to provide connection, communication, and resources that will support you and your child(ren) during this time.

This extremely useful guide provides resources on the following for parents and students:

  • Anxiety and Fear
  • Organization, Time Management, and Self-Regulation
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivation
  • Transitions and Changes
  • Resilience

In addition to the above, there are also IT Virtual Learning Resources for Parents that include information on:

  • Seesaw
  • Reading Resources
  • Login information to sites such as:  Brainpop and Flipgrid

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.

IT Support with Virtual Learning  

Given various challenges related to technology access and internet reliability please feel free to reach out to our SCIS-Pudong IT Department at pd-technology@scis-china.org if you experience any issues or complications with Seesaw and/or other technology platforms being used.  We appreciate your support and want you to know we are here to help you make virtual learning a success in any way we can.

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

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.

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