It’s been a wonderful week of learning throughout the Lower School as students across grade levels are well into their first unit of inquiry for the school year. As you will see, based upon the chart below, many students are immersed in the transdisciplinary theme, Who We Are or How we Organize Ourselves. These two units are ideal for the beginning of the school year as the overarching focus is on the nature of the self, as well as the importance of building relationships with, and appreciation for, those within your community.
Similarly, students are formulating an understanding of how communities work together and structure themselves for success based upon societal decision-making processes. As parents, we ask that you continue to actively be involved in your child’s inquiry journey by regularly checking their seesaw journal, providing positive and growth mind-set-oriented feedback and continuing the “learning conversation” at home. The below image is an overview of the current unit of inquiry for all grade levels as well as the central ideas, lines of inquiry and questions that guide each of these units.
Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop in Mandarin
As a result of feedback received from Lower School parents, we will be altering the dates and times of the Positive Discipline Parent Workshops in Mandarin to accommodate additional interested parents. Our hope is to make these workshops very accessible to all parents to encourage and support maximum attendance. Therefore, the new dates and times for the Positive Discipline Parent Workshop are as follows:
- Session 1: Saturday, October 13th from 8:30am-11:30am
- Session 2: Saturday, October 20th from 8:30am-11:30am
- Session 3: Saturday, October 27th from 8:30am-11:30am
- Session 4: Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30am-11:30am
As you see, this series of 4 workshops will take place from 8:30-11:30 am on Saturdays. We hope that hosting the workshop on the weekend will result in significantly more parent participation. If you are interested in attending this workshop that will be delivered in Mandarin, please contact Ms. Gale at email@example.com no later than Friday, September 21st.
Lower School Assemblies
This past Thursday, students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 participated in the second Lower School Assembly of the school year. The purpose of a Lower School Assembly at SCIS-Pudong is to:
- provide a venue for students to practice their speaking and presentation skills, and share authentic aspects of their learning to a broader audience.
- communicate schoolwide information to students surrounding policies, procedures and special events.
- bring the LS community (students, teachers and parents) together in order to celebrate various aspects of student learning and growth.
- recognize specific students for continuously demonstrating one or more of the IB Learner Profile Attributes.
Additionally, throughout the course of the year, each homeroom class or grade level will be responsible for preparing and performing an assembly presentation based upon an aspect of their learning. Parents always have an open invitation to Lower School Assemblies which take place on select Thursdays starting at 8:15am in the Black Box. Below is a list of dates for the 2018-2019 Lower School Assemblies.
At SCIS-Pudong we are very fortunate to have plenty of indoor learning spaces for students to utilize during rainy days when the weather does not allow outdoor play or on days in which the AQI is over 200. As part of our facility enhancement improvements that occurred over the summer a lower school rock climbing wall and a large block building area were added to the basement floor near the ball room. Additionally, the lego creation space continues to evolve as more legos are added and students continue to explore, create and build in this fun and interactive learning space.
The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAPS
Starting next week, the NWEA MAPS (Measurement of Academic Progress) test will be administered to students in Grades 2-5. During this online assessment, students will be tested in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. The MAPs test is not a traditional test that students can or should study for. Rather it will provide a snapshot of the students’ abilities within these curricular areas at this point in time. The best thing you can do to support your child is make sure they are well rested, and eat a good breakfast, as we hope they do for every school day. Teachers receive immediate results with MAP that show what students know and what they are ready to learn. For more information on NWEA MAP visit www.nwea.org
After School Activities Session 1: Off to a Great Start!
It has been a successful first week of after school activities and students have enjoyed the range of ASAs that have been provided this session. At the beginning of each ASA, the teacher or provider responsible for the ASA reviews the expectations and agreements that students are required to adhere to, to ensure success and full participation within the ASA. Please note, that it is a privilege for students to have the opportunity to participate in the After School Activities program and in the event a child demonstrates their behavior is not in line with the expectations of the ASA provider, they will be dismissed from that ASA. If you have any questions surrounding your child’s ASAs please contact Coach Vic Caban (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Vicki Xu (email@example.com).
At SCIS-Pudong we want to help students celebrate their birthdays. However, please be mindful that class birthday celebrations are restricted to no more than 30 minutes and should be in conjunction with snack, lunch or the end of the school day. Additionally, the giving of gifts is prohibited including goodie-bags or party favors. Food options need to be considerate of allergies and preferably include healthy choices. Parents are asked to keep celebrations simple and clear all plans with the classroom teacher well in advance.
Here are a few more pictures from a wonderful week of learning and fun!