Lower School Principal’s Post #28

Dear Families,

One of the fun literacy events that took place this week was “Reading in the Dark.” In this picture, students in 1S are enjoying listening to Mr. Schultz read a story in the dark Dance Studio.

We had another fantastic week at SCIS-Pudong filled with excellent and informative learning experiences for students, teachers and parents.  A huge THANK YOU to the Lower School Literacy Team (Mrs. Ruf, Ms. Van De Laarschot, Dr. Myers and Ms. Williams) for planning a fun Literacy Week where students had an opportunity to participate in various events that fostered a passion and enthusiasm for literacy.  Additionally, HATS OFF to all SCIS-Pudong parents and friends who volunteered to be a guest reader during Friday’s Read Around the World Day! 

11 Lower School parents volunteered to read stories in different languages to K-5 students on Friday afternoon. This was a fantastic end to a great week!

Please take note of all the upcoming and exciting events that will take place in April.  It is hard to believe that following the April Break there will be only 10 weeks left until the end of the school year!  I hope all families have a wonderful and relaxing holiday!

 

 

 

Lower School Assemblies:  Congratulations 2V!      

Students in 2V celebrating after their assembly performance on Thursday.

Congratulations to students in 2V for their entertaining and interactive assembly performance that truly showcased the different ways literacy can be made fun and engaging.  During the assembly, students confidently and courageously shared information surrounding favorite books and had the opportunity to reveal the top two most popular books within the lower school as voted on by all students.  Great job 2V!

The next Lower School assembly will take place on Thursday, April 18th featuring Grade 5.  During this assembly Grade 5 students will be sharing information related to the upcoming PYP Exhibition which students are busily preparing for.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 Principal’s Coffee Morning Focused on the PYP Exhibition

This year’s PYP Exhibition will take place on Friday, May 3rdAn informative coffee morning for parents interested in learning more about exhibition and ways to help support our Grade Five students will take place on Thursday, April 18th following the Lower School Assembly.  The coffee morning will begin at 9:15am in Ms. Ruf’s classroom (Room 222).  We hope to see you there!

Positive Discipline Parent Education Opportunity

There is still an opportunity for parents to sign up for the Positive Discipline Parent workshops that will take place from 8:30am until 11:30am on the following days:  April 11th, April 18th, April 25th, and May 3rd.  The workshops will be led by First Grade Teacher and Certified Positive Discipline Educator and Trainer, Dr. Molly Myers. 

Parents are highly encouraged to attend all four sessions.  We hope you are able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn about strategies and techniques to encourage positive discipline in the home environment.  Please contact Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org if you are interested in attending this valuable parent education course that will be offered at the discounted price of 500RMB.  Parents who have attended previous courses are also encouraged to attend.

Mark the Date for our Lower School Spring Concert

The Lower School Spring Concert for Kindergarten through Grade 5 will take place on Friday, April 19th from 1:30pm-2:30pm in the Theater.   The concert titled, “A Spring Affair:  A Celebration of American Music from an International Perspective,” will showcase original student compositions and various music and movement creations.  Please be sure to mark your calendar for this great event!  Additionally, please support your child in putting together the following clothes or color combinations for the show:

  • Kindergarten Performance Attire: White t-shirt with black bottoms (pants or skirts)
  • Grade 1 Performance Attire: Traditional Chinese clothes or red shirts and dark bottoms (pants or skirts)
  • Grade 2 Performance Attire: Hip Hop inspired clothes – bright colored t-shirts (any color) and jeans
  • Grade 3 Performance Attire:
  • Students will be assigned different outfits to wear depending upon their part:
  1. Intro Melody Performers: Jazzy dresses or outfits
  2. Rappers: White T-shirt, black bottoms
  3. Cane Dancer: White dress shirt and black bottom
  • Grade 4 and 5 Performance Attire: Super Hero costumes created by the students 

Student Safety

We would appreciate your support with helping us tighten up our safety protocols by letting the school know, no later than 2:00pm each day if there are changes to your child’s departure plan.  Last minute requests have the potential to result in safety concerns surrounding miscommunication.  If there are changes to your child’s departure plan please contact the Lower School Secretary, Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

International Festival:  Saturday, April 27th

 

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that seats are filling 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 2019-2020 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. 

Summer Camp 2019

Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campuses 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!

Lower School Principal’s Post #27

Dear Families,

What a wonderful week of learning and fun for students, parents, and teachers.  The highlight this week was of course, Student-Led Conferences and we’d like to extend a big thank you to all parents, family members and friends that set aside time to engage with and support their child during their Student-Led Conference (SLCs) this past Thursday.  There was overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents regarding their SLC experience with their child.  This was evidenced through the compilation of the responses from the Parent Feedback Form which will be shared in next week’s principal’s post.

During conferences, it was wonderful to see students from Nursery through Grade 5 take responsibility for their learning and share the learning process, as well as the progress they have made over the course of the school year across subject areas and disciplines.  We hope that through your participation in your child’s student-led conference that you have gained a deeper understanding of the benefits of this event including the fact that it is an opportunity for you to understand your child’s strengths and the ways in which you can further support their growth as a learner.  Therefore, please continue to talk with your child about their learning at school and provide them plenty of positive encouragement and constructive feedback through Seesaw, as well as in daily conversation.  Once again, thank you for taking part in this incredible celebration of learning. 

Mid-Semester Reports

This afternoon, all parents should receive a link via your scis-parent email account that will take you to your child’s Mid Semester Progress Report on Managebac.  Please note, the purpose of the Mid-Semester progress report is to provide students, parents and teachers with an opportunity to reflect on students’ attitudes and actions that lead to academic success at mid-semester.   If you have any questions surrounding your child’s mid-semester report, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

 Literacy Week:  March 25th-29th

Over the course of the past several months, the Lower School Literacy Team has been working hard to plan a Lower School Literacy Week that will take place from Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th.   Throughout the week, students will participate in a variety of fun activities and learning experiences focused on various aspects of literacy.   Friday, March 29th will be Read Around the World Day and we are seeking parent volunteers to come to school between 2:20-3:00pm to read a story in your home language.  During this time students will have the option to move between classes listening to stories read in different languages.  If you would be interested in volunteering to share a 10-15 minute story in your Mother Tongue please contact Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org as soon as possible.  We greatly appreciate your support with this wonderful event.

Also, please note that Tuesday, March 26th is Character Dress Up Day.  Please work with your child to help them come up with a simple outfit to wear for that day.  Students can come dressed to school in their Character Costume!

Additionally, next week there will be a book swap in the library where children can bring in “old” books and swap them out for “new” ones. 

 

Positive Discipline Parent Education Opportunity

Due to the tremendous success of our positive discipline parenting workshops, we have decided to provide all SCIS parents and friends with an additional opportunity to participate in this valuable course prior to the end of the school year.  Below are the dates and times of the workshops that will be offered in April and May.  The workshops will be led by First Grade Teacher and Certified Positive Discipline Educator and Trainer, Dr. Molly Myers. 

Parents are highly encouraged to attend all four sessions.  We hope you are able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn about strategies and techniques to encourage positive discipline in the home environment.  Please contact Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org if you are interested in attending this valuable parent education course that will be offered at the discounted price of 500RMB.  Parents who have attended previous courses are also encouraged to attend.

Session 1:  Thursday, April 11th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 2:  Thursday, April 18th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 3:  Thursday, April 25th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 4:  Thursday, May 2nd from 8:30am-11:30am

Lower School Assembly

The next Lower School Assembly will take place next Thursday, March 28th starting at 8:15am in the Black Box.  2V will be presenting!  We look forward to seeing many parents at this fun community event!

 

Mark the Date for our Lower School Spring Concert

The Lower School Spring Concert for Kindergarten through Grade 5 will take place on Friday, April 19th from 1:30pm-2:30pm in the Theater.   The concert titled, “A Spring Affair:  A Celebration of American Music from an International Perspective,” will showcase original student compositions and various music and movement creations.  Please be sure to mark your calendar for this great event!

Student Safety

We would appreciate your support with helping us tighten up our safety protocols by letting the school know, no later than 2:00pm each day if there are changes to your child’s departure plan.  Last minute requests have the potential to result in safety concerns surrounding miscommunication.  If there are changes to your child’s departure plan please contact the Lower School Secretary, Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

International Festival:  Saturday, April 27th

 

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Over the past few weeks, all SCIS families should have received several emails from the SCIS Admissions Department regarding re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please note that seats are filling 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 2019-2020 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. 

Summer Camp 2019

Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campuses 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!

Lower School Principal’s Post #26

Dear Families,

During student-led conferences your child will likely ask you to participate in a fun activity or game with them in the classroom.

We are so excited to welcome you to Student-Led Conferences next Thursday, March 21st.   Students across grade levels and subject areas have been enthusiastically preparing to share their learning journey with you next week.  It is important to remember that Student-led Conferences are a celebration of learning and this is truly your child’s opportunity to shine!  During the conference, please provide your child with positive feedback surrounding their progress and encourage them to share with you the ways in which they feel you can support them with achieving their learning goals. 

Siblings and other family members are welcome to participate in student-led conferences as long as the focus positively remains on the child who is presenting his/her work.

If you have not yet signed up for a Student-Led Conference time slot, please do so immediately by accessing the sign-up genius link sent by your child’s teacher through Seesaw or scroll down to last week’s Principal’s Post where you will find the links to the sign-up pages for all Homeroom Teachers.  As a reminder, students should be brought to school for their student-led conference during their scheduled conference time and return home with their parent(s) at the conclusion of their conference.   Families who have more than one child participating in a student-led conference are welcome to have their child(ren) who are not participating in the conference wait patiently in the library until their sibling concludes his or her conference.  

Additionally, please be on the look-out for the SCIS-Pudong Student-Led Conference Handbook which will be sent home with the youngest child in each family next Monday.  This valuable resource will provide insight into the student-led conference process at SCIS-Pudong, as well as the ways in which you can support your child before, during, and after the conference.  Thank you for your support in helping make Student-led Conferences a very special event for your child.  

 

Mathematical Learning with Erma Anderson

Erma Anderson observes students in 3K as they share their thinking surrounding a number challenge.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Lower School Nursery through Grade 5 Homeroom Teachers had the opportunity to meet with international mathematics consultant and guru Erma Anderson to formulate a deeper understanding of how to develop students’ conceptual understanding in mathematics through an inquiry-based workshop approach. During her work with teachers, Ms. Anderson stressed the importance of providing engaging and meaningful opportunities for students to develop number sense, as it is the foundation for all higher-level mathematics (Feikes & Schwingendorf, 2008).   Past and current research has shown children’s initial understanding of mathematical concepts and their ability to conceptualize and explain their mathematical reasoning at an early age has long-term implications for their success in school and in life (Clements & Sarama, 2011).

Ms. Anderson’s parent event was well attended as parents developed a deeper understanding of the differences between procedural and conceptual mathematics.

Thank you to all parents who attended Wednesday afternoon’s Parent Education Event where Ms. Anderson discussed the instructional shifts in mathematical teaching that are occurring within schools around the world. During her talk, she emphasized that it is no longer acceptable for children to only be taught mathematical procedures. Instead, they need to understand why the procedures work and communicate their reasoning by constructing a viable argument. Ms. Anderson referenced the work of Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University who has written an excellent article titled, “Fluency without Fear” that provides information on how children develop number sense and ways parents and teachers can support mathematical understanding.  Additionally, Jo Boaler’s books, Mathematical Mindsets and What’s Math Got to Do With It? offer ideas on how to help children develop a growth mindset and appreciate the ways in which mathematics helps us understand the world around us.  You can also access other useful mathematics resources on the right side of this blog page under the section “Mathematics Learning at Home.”

The lesson debriefs with Ms. Anderson proved to be a wonderful opportunity for teachers to discuss effective instructional practices and student understanding of the learning goals.

Over the course of the two days Ms. Anderson had the opportunity to participate in cross-grade level lab-site visits and debriefs where teachers collaborated surrounding the planning of a lesson and then gathered together at the conclusion of the lesson to reflect upon students’ ability to meet the intended learning outcomes.  A HUGE thank you to Lower School Teachers, Malika Meidinger and Bart Kelly for facilitating this process.

 

Positive Discipline Parent Education Opportunity

Due to the tremendous success of our positive discipline parenting workshops, we have decided to provide all SCIS parents and friends with an additional opportunity to participate in this valuable course prior to the end of the school year.  Below are the dates and times of the workshops that will be offered in April and May.  The workshops will be led by First Grade Teacher and Certified Positive Discipline Educator and Trainer, Dr. Molly Myers. 

Parents are highly encouraged to attend all four sessions.  We hope you are able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn about strategies and techniques to encourage positive discipline in the home environment.  Please contact Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org if you are interested in attending this valuable parent education course that will be offered at the discounted price of 500RMB.  Parents who have attended previous courses are also encouraged to attend.

Session 1:  Thursday, April 11th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 2:  Thursday, April 18th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 3:  Thursday, April 25th from 8:30am-11:30am

Session 4:  Thursday, May 2nd from 8:30am-11:30am

Counselor Connection

Be sure to check-out Mrs. Luebbe’s new article on the right side of this blog post titled, “Solution Focused Problem Solving and Your Child.”  The article references the work of Jane Nielson, founder of the Positive Discipline approach and provides parents with a variety of strategies that can be used to help children solve daily problems that occur in their lives.

 After School Activities

Ms. Emily’s Monkey Madness ASA turned out to be a great success and every student walked away with a beautiful hand-crafted sock monkey!

Please note that this is the final week of Session #2 After School Activities for the Lower School.  A BIG THANK YOU to all teachers for providing such wonderful, fun and engaging sessions for students.  Session #3 will begin on Monday, April 15th and conclude on Friday, May 31st.  Please be on the look-out for the Session 3 ASA Guide in the coming weeks.  If you have any questions surrounding ASAs at SCIS-Pudong please contact Coach Vic Caban at vcaban@scis-china.org

Mid-Semester Reports

Mid-Semester Progress Reports will be distributed through a link received in your SCIS-Parent email account on Friday, March 22nd.  The purpose of the Mid-Semester progress report is to provide students, parents and teachers with an opportunity to reflect on students’ attitudes and actions that lead to academic success at mid-semester.  At this point in the school year, the formal assessment and reporting focus will be on the Student-Led Conference and the growth that children have made over the course of the school year.

Literacy Week:  March 25th-29th

Over the course of the past several months, the Lower School Literacy Team has been working hard to plan a Lower School Literacy Week that will take place from Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th.   Throughout the week, students will participate in a variety of fun activities and learning experiences focused on various aspects of literacy.   Friday, March 29th will be Read Around the World Day and we are seeking parent volunteers to come to school between 2:20-3:00pm to read a story in your home language.  During this time students will have the option to move between classes listening to stories read in different languages.  If you would be interested in volunteering to share a 10-15 minute story in your Mother Tongue please contact Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org as soon as possible.  We greatly appreciate your support with this wonderful event.

Student Safety

We would appreciate your support with helping us tighten up our safety protocols by letting the school know, no later than 2:00pm each day if there are changes to your child’s departure plan.  Last minute requests have the potential to result in safety concerns surrounding miscommunication.  If there are changes to your child’s departure plan please contact the Lower School Secretary, Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

International Festival:  Saturday, April 27th

 

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Over the past few weeks, all SCIS families should have received several emails from the SCIS Admissions Department regarding re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please note that seats are filling 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 2019-2020 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.

 

Summer Camp 2019

Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campuses 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!

More Photos from a Wonderful Week!

Lower School Principal’s Post #25

Dear Families,

It’s been a week of reflection within the Lower School as students and teachers begin to prepare for the upcoming Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) on March 21st.  Students across grade levels have spent time discussing and reflecting upon all the growth and progress that has been made since the beginning of the school year.  It is truly amazing to see what the students have accomplished thus far and how they have grown as individuals and learners.  I hope you are as excited as I am to see the children showcase their learning journey during their Student-Led Conference! 

If you haven’t had an opportunity to sign-up for a student-led conference time slot you can do so below by clicking on the name of your child’s teacher.  Please note that students will not have school on this day except for the time spent during their Student-Led Conference.  Students must be come to school and leave school with their parent(s). 

Calling ALL SCIS Little Dragons and Friends

Starting on Friday, March 15th SCIS-Pudong will be offering 1 hour classes for 12-30 month old toddlers and a parent.  This is an interactive parent-child class and we invite SCIS families and friends to attend.  Interested parents should contact Kathy Lagarto at klagarto@scis-china.org to register. 

Student Safety

We would appreciate your support with helping us tighten up our safety protocols by letting the school know, no later than 2:00pm each day if there are changes to your child’s departure plan.  Last minute requests have the potential to result in safety concerns surrounding miscommunication.  If there are changes to your child’s departure plan please contact the Lower School Secretary, Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

Hat’s Off to the ECE

Ms. Aleksa sharing a few tips with ECE parents on how to create fun and healthy snacks that kids will love!

Congratulations to our ECE Team – Ms. Stacey, Ms. Hunt, Ms. Aleksa, Ms. Emily and Ms. Tami for hosting a wonderful parent education event focused on “Promoting Lifelong Healthy Habits for your Child.”  During this workshop parents learned practical and fun ways to encourage their child to develop healthy food and lifestyle habits.  Thank you to all of the ECE parents who attended this informative event and shared successful tips, as well as challenges faced in the home environment.

Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences are an integral part of the teaching and learning process at SCIS-Pudong.  This year Student-Led Conferences will take place throughout the day on March 21st from 8:00am until 4:00pm.  Unlike the Parent-Teacher Conference that took place in October, Student-Led Conferences typically involve only the student and the parent(s). 

While a new round of conferences are scheduled every 60 minutes, please note that some children will take longer than the 60 minute time slot, while others may not need as much time.   This is dependent upon the child and the learning they have selected to share.  Regardless, we ask that as parents, you honor this process and provide your child with your undivided attention as they share and celebrate their learning with you.   A student-led conference handbook will be distributed to all families the week of Student-Led Conferences.  Please take time to review it before your child’s SLC.  

Mid-Semester Reports

Mid-Semester Progress Reports will be distributed through a link received in your SCIS-Parent email account on Friday, March 22nd.  The purpose of the Mid-Semester progress report is to provide students, parents and teachers with an opportunity to reflect on students’ attitudes and actions that lead to academic success at mid-semester.  At this point in the school year, the formal assessment and reporting focus will be on the Student-Led Conference and the growth that children have made over the course of the school year.

Literacy Week:  March 25th-29th

Over the course of the past several months, the Lower School Literacy Team has been diligently working hard to plan a Lower School Literacy Week that will take place from Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th.   Throughout the week, students will participate in a variety of fun activities and learning experiences focused on various aspects of literacy.   Friday, March 29th will be Read Around the World Day and we are seeking parent volunteers to come to school between 2:20-3:00pm to read a story in your home language.  During this time students will have the option to move between classes listening to stories read in different languages.  If you would be interested in volunteering to share a 10-15 minute story in your native language please contact Ms. Gale at egale@scis-china.org as soon as possible.  We greatly appreciate your support with this wonderful event.

Well Done 3K!

3K celebrates by taking a group photo after their assembly on Thursday!

Congratulations to students in 3K for their informative and interesting assembly performance focused on persuasive techniques.  During the assembly, students confidently and courageously communicated information surrounding the persuasive techniques that advertisers use in order to encourage consumers to buy certain products.  The content from 3K’s assembly was based upon their current unit of inquiry focused on persuasion.  Well done 3K!

The next Lower School assembly will take place on Thursday, March 28th featuring 2V.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Parent Education Event focused on MATHEMATICS with Erma Anderson

We are fortunate to be welcoming back Erma Anderson, a well-known international guru in conceptually based mathematics to SCIS-Pudong next week.  During her time on campus Erma will be working with Lower School teachers to delve deeper into understanding conceptually-based mathematics practices.   Additionally, Erma will be providing a unique opportunity for SCIS parents to formulate a deeper understanding of the benefits of conceptually based mathematics programs.  This event will take place next Wednesday, March 13th from 3:00-4:00pm in room 208.  We hope to see you there!

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Over the past few weeks, all SCIS families should have received several emails from the SCIS Admissions Department regarding re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please note that seats are filling 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 2019-2020 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.

Summer Camp 2019

Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campuses 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!

Photos from a GREAT week!

 

 

Additional Information on Student-Led Conferences

Student-led conferences are an essential part of the assessment and reporting process at a PYP school.  They provide students with a valuable opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and share the learning process, as well as the progress they have made over the course of the school year with their parents.  There are several reasons schools implement student-led conferences including the fact that the spotlight is on the most important person in the process (the student).  Student-led conferences put the students in charge, holding them responsible and accountable as they present their work to their parents.   Research has proven there are multiple benefits that emerge as a result of preparing for and carrying out a student-led conference.  These include:

  • Increased student accountability on their learning
  • Enhancement of students’ communication skills
  • Strengthening the collaborative relationship between parents, teachers and students
  • Development of thinking, self-management, communication, social and leadership skills
  • Increased student motivation towards learning
  • Acquiring further understanding of how students learn including areas of strength and areas for growth

One of our main goals as a PYP school is to further the development of students in becoming independent learners and competent communicators who are eager to participate in society and make the world a better place. Such students and future citizens need to be aware of their own strengths and needs. They need to be self-motivated problem solvers and action-oriented, creative thinkers. Preparing for and participating in student-led conferences teaches students to be reflective, to self-assess, to set goals and to communicate effectively.  As students prepare for the conference, they learn to monitor their own progress and refer to the task-related learning intentions and success criteria to guide them. They collect artifacts that demonstrate their learning and set goals to move their learning forward. The work samples take many forms, including photographs, recordings, video clips and print, and may be assembled for sharing in a variety of ways, including a portfolio binder, Seesaw folder or other formats. 

Prior to the conference, students choose what work to share and how to share it with their parents. Because they are sharing with a real audience, students are motivated to do their best.  All the learning in preparation for the conference is relevant and authentic. Plenty of time for talk and interaction helps students become comfortable taking the lead and talking about their learning.

During the conference, parents/caregivers are empowered as partners in the education of their children. Student-led conferences strengthen the relationship between home and school, as parents discover what their child is learning and how he/she is learning. They also discover their child’s perception of him/herself as a learner and how they might help their child at home.

The collaboration among faculty, students and parents leading up to the conference builds a common understanding and common language relating to assessment and learning and results in a deeper understanding of the teaching-learning process. Parents and students develop a common vocabulary to discuss the learning. Students learn how to set goals and use success criteria to monitor their progress. They also learn how to communicate their ideas effectively. The assessment becomes the learning, and the feedback that occurs throughout the process and during the conference itself becomes an important component that drives the learning forward.

Student-led conferences within the Lower School at SCIS-Pudong are scheduled into 60-minute blocks of time.  At the end of the conference, parents will be asked to complete a reflection form. This form will help us assess the effectiveness of the conference. Based on the reflections, issues and concerns will be discussed in relation to improving next year’s conference experience.

Lower School Principal’s Post #24

Dear Families,

Students in 3K participate in a class meeting where they discuss problems or issues that have arisen and collaborate on finding a common solution.

Welcome to March!  It’s going to be a very busy month at SCIS for teachers, students, and parents and without a doubt, Spring Break will be here before we know it.   As such, I’d like to draw your attention to several upcoming events that will take place during the month of March.  As you read through the information provided in this week’s Principal’s Post please take a moment to jot down the relevant dates and events in your calendar.

On a different note, we would appreciate your support with helping us tighten up our safety protocols by letting the school know, no later than 2:00pm each day if there are changes to your child’s departure plan.  Last minute requests have the potential to result in safety concerns surrounding miscommunication.  If there are changes to your child’s departure plan please contact the Lower School Secretary, Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org or by calling the school directly at 5812-9888.

Student-Led Conferences

Students across grade levels took advantage of the beautiful weather earlier this week and enjoyed playing with friends during outdoor recess!

Student-Led Conferences are an integral part of the teaching and learning process at SCIS-Pudong.  This year Student-Led Conferences will take place throughout the day on March 21st from 8:00am until 4:00pm.  Unlike the Parent-Teacher Conference that took place in October, Student-Led Conferences typically involve only the student and the parent(s). 

To sign up for a conference time, click on the name of your child’s teacher below.  The link will take you to a Sign-Up Genius page where you will be directed to select a time slot that suits your schedule during the day on March 21st..  Conferences will begin in the child’s homeroom class before students will proceed to sharing aspects of their learning from their specialist classes. 

While a new round of conferences are scheduled every 60 minutes, please note that some children will take longer than the 60 minute time slot, while others may not need as much time.   This is dependent upon the child and the learning they have selected to share.  Regardless, we ask that as parents, you honor this process and provide your child with your undivided attention as they share and celebrate their learning with you.

Principal’s Coffee Morning on Student-Led Conferences

More information on Student-Led Conferences can be found in the final section of the bulletin.  In addition, parents are also encouraged to attend the Principal’s Coffee Morning next Thursday on March 7th at 9:15am in room 208 following the Lower School Assembly to learn more about Student-Led Conferences and the ways in which children can be supported during this process.   In addition, parents will also receive a Student-Led Conference Handbook that will be distributed during the week of conferences and provide detailed information on the Student-Led Conference format and why this is such a valuable learning experience for students, teachers and parents. 

Mid-Semester Reports

Mid-Semester Progress Reports will be distributed through a link received in your SCIS-Parent email account on Friday, March 22nd.  The purpose of the Mid-Semester progress report is to provide students, parents and teachers with an opportunity to reflect on students’ attitudes and actions that lead to academic success at mid-semester.  At this point in the school year, the formal assessment and reporting focus will be on the Student-Led Conference and the growth that children have made over the course of the school year.

Parent Education Opportunity

This weekend, SCIS will host the largest ACAMIS Conference to date at the Hongqiao Campus.  ACAMIS stands for the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools and currently has a membership of 76 international schools located in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan representing more than 64,000 students.  Will Richardson, best-selling author and educational thought-leader will be delivering the Keynote address at the conference.  All SCIS parents are provided with an opportunity to hear Mr. Richardson speak on Monday, March 4th at 6:00pm at the SCIS-Hongqiao Campus Theater.  Please see the flier below for more details.

 

Attention:  All ECE Families

Next Tuesday, March 5 the ECE Team will host a parent education event titled “Promoting Lifelong Healthy Habits for your Child.”  The event will take place from 1:30-2:30pm in the Black Box.  During this presentation, ECE teachers will share a variety of ideas and strategies for the ways in which healthy lifestyle habits can be implemented and enforced in the home environment.  If you are a parent of an ECE student, please let your child’s teacher know if you plan on attending.  We look forward to seeing many parents at this fantastic parent education event. 

Calling all SCIS Little Dragons!

Interested in Learning more about Math at SCIS-Pudong?

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Over the past few weeks, all SCIS families should have received several emails from the SCIS Admissions Department regarding re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please note that seats are filling 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 2019-2020 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.

Summer Camp 2019

Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campuses 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!

 

Additional Information on Student-Led Conferences

Student-led conferences are an essential part of the assessment and reporting process at a PYP school.  They provide students with a valuable opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and share the learning process, as well as the progress they have made over the course of the school year with their parents.  There are several reasons schools implement student-led conferences including the fact that the spotlight is on the most important person in the process (the student).  Student-led conferences put the students in charge, holding them responsible and accountable as they present their work to their parents.   Research has proven there are multiple benefits that emerge as a result of preparing for and carrying out a student-led conference.  These include:

  • Increased student accountability on their learning
  • Enhancement of students’ communication skills
  • Strengthening the collaborative relationship between parents, teachers and students
  • Development of thinking, self-management, communication, social and leadership skills
  • Increased student motivation towards learning
  • Acquiring further understanding of how students learn including areas of strength and areas for growth

One of our main goals as a PYP school is to further the development of students in becoming independent learners and competent communicators who are eager to participate in society and make the world a better place. Such students and future citizens need to be aware of their own strengths and needs. They need to be self-motivated problem solvers and action-oriented, creative thinkers. Preparing for and participating in student-led conferences teaches students to be reflective, to self-assess, to set goals and to communicate effectively.  As students prepare for the conference, they learn to monitor their own progress and refer to the task-related learning intentions and success criteria to guide them. They collect artifacts that demonstrate their learning and set goals to move their learning forward. The work samples take many forms, including photographs, recordings, video clips and print, and may be assembled for sharing in a variety of ways, including a portfolio binder, Seesaw folder or other formats. 

Prior to the conference, students choose what work to share and how to share it with their parents. Because they are sharing with a real audience, students are motivated to do their best.  All the learning in preparation for the conference is relevant and authentic. Plenty of time for talk and interaction helps students become comfortable taking the lead and talking about their learning.

During the conference, parents/caregivers are empowered as partners in the education of their children. Student-led conferences strengthen the relationship between home and school, as parents discover what their child is learning and how he/she is learning. They also discover their child’s perception of him/herself as a learner and how they might help their child at home.

The collaboration among faculty, students and parents leading up to the conference builds a common understanding and common language relating to assessment and learning and results in a deeper understanding of the teaching-learning process. Parents and students develop a common vocabulary to discuss the learning. Students learn how to set goals and use success criteria to monitor their progress. They also learn how to communicate their ideas effectively. The assessment becomes the learning, and the feedback that occurs throughout the process and during the conference itself becomes an important component that drives the learning forward.

Student-led conferences within the Lower School at SCIS-Pudong are scheduled into 60-minute blocks of time.  At the end of the conference, parents will be asked to complete a reflection form. This form will help us assess the effectiveness of the conference. Based on the reflections, issues and concerns will be discussed in relation to improving next year’s conference experience.

Lower School Principal’s Post #23

Dear Families,

The Kindergarten and Grade 1 lab-site took place in 1S where students were learning about different strategies they could use to figure out tricky words in texts.

WOW! It’s been a fun and engaging week of learning for students, teachers and admin at SCIS-Pudong. On Monday, Lower School K-5 Homeroom Teachers, Specialists and Mandarin Teachers spent time collaborating surrounding the development of literacy-focused lessons that were delivered in Grades 1, 2 and 3 on Wednesday and Friday of this week.  This experience which we commonly refer to as a “lab-site” provided teachers with an opportunity to plan, teach and reflect with their colleagues on the effectiveness of the collaboratively planned lesson based upon evidence of student understanding and engagement.  A big thank you to Mrs. Whitney Ruf, for the work she put into planning, coordinating and supporting teachers with the implementation of the lab-site.  Regularly collaborating with colleagues on planning, teaching, and assessing students is a wonderful way for teachers to discuss and reflect upon effective instructional practices.

In addition to lab-site planning, Ms. Mount and Mrs. Ruf also led Teachers-Teaching-Teachers sessions on Monday after school based on learnings acquired during their attendance at the HKIS Literacy Institute in Hong Kong.

Positive Discipline in the Classroom Mentor Group Meeting

Mr. Luebbe welcomes teachers to SCIS-Pudong for the Positive Discipline Mentor Group Meeting.

On Tuesday, SCIS-Pudong hosted the 2nd Positive Discipline in the Classroom Mentor Group Meeting after school in room 208.  The meeting was a huge success with 30 educators from six different international schools in Shanghai coming together to discuss how Positive Discipline strategies and techniques have impacted classroom practices.  Thank you to all SCIS-Pudong Teachers, Mandarin Assistants and Assistant Teachers who participated in this fantastic event.  Additionally, thank you to Dr. Molly Myers for facilitating the teachers-helping-teachers portion of the session and to Ms. Stacey Poncia, Miss Malika Meidinger and Ms. Aleksa Moss for volunteering to support this part of the meeting as well.  

Dr. Molly Myers works with Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Meidinger and ECE Teacher Ms. Moss to role-play a student challenge using positive discipline strategies.

Well Done 1S!

Congratulations to students in 1S for their excellent assembly performance where they confidently and courageously communicated their opinions surrounding different topics to a large audience of students, teachers and parents.  All students spoke clearly into the microphone and knew exactly what their role in the assembly presentation was.  During the assembly students in 1S worked together to teach the audience how to share an opinion.  The next Lower School assembly will take place on Thursday, March 7th featuring 3K.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Student-Led Conferences

This year Student-Led Conferences will take place throughout the school day on Thursday March 21st.  Unlike the Parent-Teacher Conference that took place in October, Student-Led Conferences typically involve only the student and the parent(s).  Additional information on Student-Led Conferences will be found in next week’s Principal’s Post.  However, parents are encouraged to attend the Principal’s Coffee Morning on March 7th following the Lower School Assembly to learn more about Student-Led Conferences at SCIS-Pudong and the ways in which children can be supported during this process.  The Principal’s Coffee Morning will begin at 9:15am in room 208.  We look forward to seeing many parents attend.

Attention:  All ECE Families

On Tuesday, March 5 the ECE Team will host a parent education event titled “Promoting Lifelong Healthy Habits for your Child.”  The event will take place from 1:30-2:30pm in the Black Box.  During this presentation, ECE teachers will share a variety of ideas and strategies for the ways in which healthy lifestyle habits can be implemented and enforced in the home environment.  If you are a parent of an ECE student, please let your child’s teacher know if you plan on attending.  We look forward to seeing many parents at this fantastic parent education event. 

Parent Education Opportunity

Next Friday, March 1st through Saturday, March 2nd, SCIS will host the largest ACAMIS Conference to date at the Hongqiao Campus.  ACAMIS stands for the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools and currently has a membership of 76 international schools located in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan representing more than 64,000 students.  Will Richardson, best-selling author and educational thought-leader will be delivering the Keynote address at the conference.  All SCIS parents are provided with an opportunity to hear Mr. Richardson speak on Monday, March 4th at 6:00pm at the SCIS-Hongqiao Campus Theater.  Please see the flier below for more details.

Calling All Little Dragons!

PD Little Dragons Overview flier

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Over the past few weeks, all SCIS families should have received several emails from the SCIS Admissions Department regarding re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please note that seats are filling 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 2019-2020 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.

Dressing for Cold Weather

Due to the fact that we continue to experience low (and cold) temperatures in Shanghai, please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for school and outdoor recess each day.  The only reason students would not be taken outdoors is if it is heavily raining or when the AQI reaches 200 or above.  Otherwise, the students will spend time enjoying the outdoor learning environment even in the event of cold weather.  In order to help your child (and the school) keep track of children’s clothing, please label your child’s shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats and gloves with their name so these items may be returned to them in the event they become lost or misplaced.  Thank you for your understanding and support surrounding this matter.

Summer Camp 2019

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

Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) is excited to offer specialized summer camp programs consisting of developmentally appropriate activities, designed with the whole child in mind. Our summer camp programs are non-academic, thematic programs filled with action-packed fun for all ages. Our programs include games, sports, outdoor exploration, water activities, field trips, art, music & movement, drama, Mandarin language and culture experiences, and free play. Children will be provided with various opportunities to work together, play, and have fun with their friends!

Students from the Shanghai community, who will have completed Preschool* through Grade 5 during the 2018-2019 school year, are welcome to enroll. The programs will run from June 17 – July 12, with flexible weekly enrollment options for families with limited availability or travel plans. Both full-day and half-day** enrollment options include lunch service and all summer camp activity costs.

More Photos from a Wonderful Week!

 

 

Lower School Principal’s Post #22

Dear Families,

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Chinese New Year Holiday.  There are six school weeks until the April break and many wonderful events and learning celebrations happening between now and then.  Please continue to read the weekly Principal’s Posts and check your child’s Seesaw journal for important information on upcoming events and school happenings.  

100th Day of School

Kindergarten students sorting 100 objects into groups of 100 to celebrate the 100th day of school.

This past Tuesday, several grade levels celebrated the 100th Day of School.  On this day, students participated in a range of fun math-focused activities where they worked to solve problems using numbers between 0-100.  It’s hard to believe how quickly the year is going by and that there are less then 80 school days left until the end of the school year.

Lower School Assembly

The next Lower School Assembly will take place next Thursday, February 21st.  Students in 1S will be performing at the assembly which will begin at 8:15am in the Black Box.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Attention:  All ECE Families

On Tuesday, March 5 the ECE Team will host a parent education event titled “Promoting Lifelong Healthy Habits for your Child.”  The event will take place from 1:30-2:30pm in the Black Box.  During this presentation, ECE teachers will share a variety of ideas and strategies for the ways in which healthy lifestyle habits can be implemented and enforced in the home environment.  If you are a parent of an ECE student, please let your child’s teacher know if you plan on attending.  We look forward to seeing many parents at this fantastic parent education event.  

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Over the past few weeks, all SCIS families should have received several emails from the SCIS Admissions Department regarding re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please note that seats are filling 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 2019-2020 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.

Dressing for Cold Weather

Due to the fact that we continue to experience low (and cold) temperatures in Shanghai, please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for school and outdoor recess each day.  The only reason students would not be taken outdoors is if it is heavily raining or when the AQI reaches 200 or above.  Otherwise, the students will spend time enjoying the outdoor learning environment even in the event of cold weather.  In order to help your child (and the school) keep track of children’s clothing, please label your child’s shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats and gloves with their name so these items may be returned to them in the event they become lost or misplaced.  Thank you for your understanding and support surrounding this matter.

Summer Camp 2019

Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campuses 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!

More Photos from a Great Week!

Lower School Principal’s Post #21

Dear Families,

It’s been a wonderful week of celebration at SCIS-Pudong!  On Thursday, students in Grade 4 revealed a fabulous Light and 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 and sound they used to create their display and discussed the ways that light and sound can be used for dramatic effect.

Also, on Thursday, Grade 2 students participated in an afternoon of folklore fun with their parents and other special guests as a culmination to their current unit of inquiry focused on storytelling.  Throughout this unit, students explored how stories are influenced by culture.  Students also inquired into the similarities between folktales (fables and fairytales) across cultures and how stories are used as a means to express beliefs and values.

The final celebration of the week was the Chinese New Year Assembly and Lower School Chinese Temple Fair that took place on Friday 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. Linda Zhang, 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!

Please note the Chinese New Year holiday will begin on February 2nd and end on February 10th.  School will resume on February 11th.

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

Gōngxǐ fācái!  Xīnnián kuàilè!

Positive Discipline Parenting Class 

The final session of the Positive Discipline Parenting class for English-speaking parents took place this past Thursday, January 31st.  Over the course of four 3-hour sessions 19 parents of children in nursery through grade 12  learned strategies and techniques to help their child(ren) develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation, and problem-solving skills.  Thank you to all parents who attended this fantastic series.  We look forward to hosting the next round of Positive Discipline Parenting workshops starting in April.  More information will be forthcoming on the exact dates for the upcoming sessions.

 

School Photographs

Please note that School Photos are available for purchase online.

 

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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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

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

Summer Camp 2019

Save the dates! Summer camp is coming to both Puxi and Pudong campuses 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!

The Importance of Reading Aloud:  Part 11

By:  Heather Knight, SCIS ECE Vice-Principal and System Literacy Coach

Reading aloud to your child is the most important thing you can do as a parent to promote language and literacy development. A loved quote by children’s author, Mem Fox, “When I say to a parent, “read to a child”, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.” But how do we ensure that a read aloud between a parent and child is more like enjoying a piece of chocolate rather than forcing down medicine?  Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook, offers a few suggestions to make the most of reading aloud with your child.

Do:

  • Begin reading to children as soon as possible. The younger you start them, the easier it is.
  • Choose books for infants and toddlers that include rhymes, songs, and repetition to stimulate language and listening.
  • Read as often as you and the child have time for.
  • Start with pictures books with only a few words on the page then gradually move on to books with more and more text and fewer pictures.
  • Mood is an important factor in listening. The authoritative, “Now stop that and settle down! Sit up straight! Pay attention!” doesn’t create a receptive atmosphere.
  • When reading a picture book, make sure the children can easily see the pictures.
  • Preview the book before reading it aloud to your children. This will allow you to know ahead of time if there is any part of the book you want to shorten, eliminate, or elaborate on.

Don’t:

  • Don’t read books you don’t enjoy yourself. Your dislike will show up in your reading and that defeats the purpose.
  • Don’t keep reading a book once it is obvious it was a poor choice. Admit the mistake and choose another.
  • Don’t overwhelm the listener. Make sure the book you read is appropriate for the intellectual, social, and emotional level of the child you are reading to.
  • Don’t get too comfortable while reading. A slouching or reclining position is likely to make you drowsy.
  • Don’t use the book as a threat to get your child to do or not to do something. As soon as your child or class see that you have turned the book into a weapon, they will change their attitudes about books from positive to negative.

More Photos from and AMAZING week!

Lower School Principal’s Post #20

Dear Families,

The Mandarin Department has been very busy during the past several weeks preparing for next week’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.   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, located in and around the Black Box will take place from 1:40/45-2:45pm.  At 2:45pm students will return to their classrooms to prepare for dismissal. All families are invited to attend this fun cultural event.  

Students in Nursery have spent time this week creating Chinese New Year decorations.

Students and parents are encouraged to wear red or traditional Chinese dress on this day.  As a reminder, if you plan on attending the Temple Fair and decide to take your child home with you afterwards, please complete and return the departure form that was sent home with all K-5 students on Friday or inform Mr. Stu Ren (sren@scis-china.org) as soon as possible

Please note that the Chinese New Year Holiday will take place from Saturday, February 2nd until Sunday, February 10th.

Congratulations to Kindergarten!

A BIG congratulations to all Kindergarten students and teachers for their fantastic assembly performance that took place on Thursday, January 24th.  During the assembly students shared learnings from their current unit of inquiry focused on cultural celebrations and more specifically, New Years celebrations.  Thank you Kindergarten for teaching the audience about cultural traditions, decorations and food related to New Year’s celebrations around the world!

Reenrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

This week, all SCIS families should have received an email via your scis-parent email account providing instructions regarding re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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.

Professional Development with Kath Murdoch

Last weekend’s professional development workshop with international inquiry expert Kath Murdoch was a tremendous success, as150 educators from around China and South East Asia gathered together in the Black Box for a weekend of professional development focused on teaching and learning through inquiry.  During Ms. Murdoch’s interactive 2-day session, teachers engaged in professional discussion surrounding the ways in which curiosity, exploration and inquiry can be cultivated in the classroom.  

After the workshop, Ms. Murdoch spent some time in Dr. Myers Grade 1 Classroom inquiring into 1M’s class pet, a giant African land snail named Victoria Speed.

After School Activity Session #2

Ms. Emily works with students in her ASA to make sock puppets.

This week Session #2 of our SCIS After School Activities program began.  There is a tremendous range of excellent after school activity options for students this session and we have had a record-breaking number of students participating in one or several ASAs this session.  As parents, please continue to let your child know the days they will have an ASA and please ensure they come to school prepared accordingly.   At school, teachers will also remind students of their ASA commitments each day. 

Please note, that students will not be allowed to “skip” or miss their ASA, unless the school has received a direct email or phone call from a parent.   Once a student has signed up for an ASA they are making a commitment to attending all sessions of that ASA, unless the school has been notified otherwise by a parent.   While we want to encourage students to take risks and try a variety of After School Activities, we also want to help them understand the importance of following through with their commitment as a member of the ASAs they sign up for.  

Flu Season

With the ongoing cold weather, also comes the potential of student illness.  To help stop the spread and lesson 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

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!

The Importance of Reading Aloud

By:  Heather Knight, SCIS ECE Vice-Principal and System Literacy Coach

Why is the world taking time out to Read Aloud?

Reading aloud to your child is the most important thing you can do to support your child’s language and literacy development. There are many foundational skills that are established through read alouds.

Positive Experience

Reading aloud to your child strengthens the relationship between the two of you. This special time together supports children in seeing reading as a positive, pleasurable experience.

Vocabulary Development

When reading aloud, caregivers are reading books that are generally above what the child can read for themselves. So your child hears new words used in the context of the book. Oftentimes, these new words are points of discussion between the reader and the child building the child’s listening vocabulary.

Fluency

When you read aloud to your child, you are modeling what a fluent reader sounds like. You are demonstrating how readers use pausing, intonation and phrasing to make meaning from the text and to make the book more interesting to the reader. 

Builds Comprehension and Understanding

When reading with a child, take the time to stop and talk about the book. When reading a fiction book, talking about the characters, setting or problem in the story helps children understand that stories have a predictable structure. When reading a nonfiction text, talking about all the information that is being learned from the words and the pictures benefits in understanding that some books help us learn about our world.

Develops Attention Span

Reading a book aloud captures the attention of the child. Younger children can sit for a few minutes to listen to a short book. Keeping with the routine of daily reading aloud, the length of the books that are being read increases, thus allowing the child to develop a greater attention span.

Opportunity to Explore Strong Emotions

Reading books with characters that experience strong emotions or that touch on societal issues opens the door for conversations between the parent and child in a safe environment.

Children benefit from hearing fluent reading that inspires conversation between the reader and the listener in your mother tongue. You are strongly encouraged to read aloud to your child in your home language. Language and literacy concepts easily transfer more easily to English if your child has a strong foundation on which to build.

Read alouds are not only for young children. It is just as important to read aloud to a fourth grader as it is a four year old.  Children might be able to read for themselves at a certain level of proficiency however they continue to develop vocabulary and comprehension skills all the way through upper school. Keep reading to your child!

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Lower School Principal’s Post #19

Dear Families,

It’s been another fun week of learning at SCIS-Pudong. 

This week during our Lower School professional development meeting, teachers spent time reflecting on challenges and learnings from 2018, while participating in a goal-setting exercise where they selected “one word” they will focus on as a means to inspire and transform their life and/or work in 2019.  As educational philosopher John Dewey states, “we do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.”  As educators, it is important that we take the time to share our challenges, work together to brainstorm solutions, and provide support to one another to ensure we continue to foster a nurturing and collaborative environment for teachers and students.  

At this point in the school year, many grade levels are well on their way to finishing up their 3rd unit of inquiry and are getting ready to delve into their fourth unit.  Prior to the beginning of each unit, teachers and specialists participate in a PYP Kick-off meeting where they reflect on the overarching goals of the unit and determine the best learning path forward that will spark curiosity and enthusiasm with their current students.

Students in Ms. Tami’s class inquire into the ingredients that are needed to make banana bread. They take turns mixing the ingredients and sharing their wonderings about what is happening as the ingredients are combined together.

As parents, we continue to encourage you to travel alongside your child in their learning journey by frequently visiting the class Seesaw journal and asking your child questions related to the pictures and postings you see.  Additionally, please take some time to provide a positive comment or feedback to your child related to their learning experiences.  Research shows that feedback is one of the most powerful influences on student learning and achievement.

Likewise, positive feedback that promotes a growth mindset has the power to motivate children to ensure they remain persistent, resilient and focused on the process of learning.  Below are some examples of feedback that promote the development of a growth mindset:

  • I’m so proud of the effort you put forth with _________.
  • I’m very proud of you for not giving up, and look what you have to show for it!
  • All that hard work and effort paid off!
  • What choices did you make that you think contributed to your success?
  • I can see you really enjoyed learning _________.

Professional Development with Kath Murdoch

This weekend over 150 educators from around the world will be attending a workshop at SCIS-Pudong with international inquiry expert Kath Murdoch.  Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, America and Europe. She is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry based learning and integrative curriculum in which she has taught, researched and published for well over 25 years. 

On Friday, six SCIS-Pudong teachers had an opportunity to work directly with Kath Murdoch and collaborate with teachers from the HQ Main and ECE campus on developing an understanding of how to cultivate curiosity in the classroom.   According to Kath “curiosity is the heart of inquiry,” and as educators we have an obligation to constantly provide children with daily opportunities to ask questions, wonder and delve into topics that peak curiosity.   In addition to cultivating inner motivation to learn, and a passion for learning, current research links curiosity to higher levels of student achievement.   As a parent, you can also cultivate curiosity in the home environment by providing your child(ren) with opportunities to continuously explore and experiment with materials, participate in active discussions surrounding your child’s learning and always taking the time to answer their questions– even if their question is simply “why?”

After School Activity Session #2

Students in 4C work with Mr. Johnson to explore how to make sound visible using the iPad.

Please note, that next Monday, January 21st Session #2 of our SCIS After School Activities program will begin.  Throughout this session, please remember that children will not be allowed to “skip” or miss their ASA, unless the school has received a direct email or phone call from a parent.   Once a student has signed up for an ASA they are making a commitment to attending all sessions of that ASA, unless the school has been notified otherwise by a parent.   While we want to encourage students to take risks and try a variety of After School Activities, we also want to help them understand the importance of following through with their commitment as a member of the ASAs they sign up for. 

Change of Date for School Class Photos:

Please note that the date for class photos, individual student re-takes, and new student photos has changed and will now take place next Wednesday, January 23rd.  Students will need to wear their SCIS light blue polo shirt for their class photo.   PE uniforms can be brought to school that day.  If you would like your child to have a school photo re-take, please inform your child’s Homeroom Teacher.

It’s COLD Outside

While students across grade levels continue to enjoy outdoor recess and exploration, please remind your child(ren) to dress appropriately for the cold weather by sending them to school with warm coats, hats, mittens or gloves.  Also, please remember to label all your child’s personal belongings with their name to ensure their items can be returned in the event they are misplaced.   

 

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.

Kindergarten students are busy preparing for their assembly this upcoming Thursday where they will teach the audience about a special cultural celebration.

Flu Season

With the ongoing cold weather, also comes the potential of student illness.  To help stop the spread and lesson 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

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.   

Chinese New Year Assembly and Temple Fair

Over the course of the next few weeks 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, similar to 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 1:40-2:40pm.  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

Multi-Sport is now offering swimming lessons at SCIS 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!

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