Principals’ Post #10


Dear SCIS Families,

It was great to see so many of you on campus this week for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences.  Research continuously demonstrates that a strong partnership between school and home is vital for student success.  These conferences provided a unique opportunity for students to sit with both their teachers and parents to discuss their learning.  We know that one of the most important ingredients in helping students meet their potential is putting them at the center of the learning process.  These conferences are one important way we promote this student agency.  Conferences also provide a great opportunity for teachers to hear directly from parents regarding their students.  We would like to thank you for your participation in these conferences and most importantly for helping us get to know your child better.


Apart from Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, our annual Halloween celebration was another highlight this week.  Many staff and students came dressed up for the day.  Student Council sponsored candy grams and ran a costume contest during lunch which gave everyone a chance to show off their costumes and creativity.  The Middle School students capped off the day’s celebration with their annual Halloween Dance.  A big thank you to Ms. Roberts, our MS StuCo advisor, and to all of the chaperones who attended.

Thanks to PAFA, the Halloween fun does not stop with today’s events.  PAFA will be hosting a Halloween Party on campus tomorrow (Saturday October 26th).  There will be food, drinks, activities, and the always popular Haunted House.  This a great chance for families to provide a fun activity for the kids and have the time to connect with other parents in the community.  We would like to thank PAFA for all of the time and energy that has gone into planning this event.  These events are a great example of the shared experiences that help to build and maintain our community ties.  Thank you PAFA!

Saturday Halloween Party Busing Times & Locations
Bus#01, Shimao Riviera Depart 11:20
1 Weifang Road Gate 世茂滨江 潍坊西路1号大门

Bus#02, Green Court  Depart 11:20
777 Biyun Road, Lan’an road gate  碧云花园(碧云路777号蓝桉路大门), 

Kerry Hotel     Depart 11:30

Bus#03, Emerald   Depart 11:30 and 12:00
Emerald Club House  绿宝园会所



Looking forward, there are a few items we want to make sure are on your radar.  First, we want to ensure parents that SCIS is doing everything possible to make sure that our cafeteria provides the highest quality food possible.  Given the recent events of other international schools and the concern with 3rd party vendors, know that SCIS is committed to transparency in our efforts to ensure that food quality meets our high standards.  Head of School, Derek Luebbe, and Director of Schools, Daniel Eschtruth, will continue to keep parents informed of our efforts, so please be sure to review their communications for further information. 

We also want to remind parents that there will be no school for students on November 5th and 6th.  School has been canceled by local government officials due to the upcoming China International Import Expo.

Finally, we’d like to remind students and families that next week is Spirit Week.  StuCo has organized the days according to the following themes.  Please encourage your child to come to school next week dressed to show their school spirit. 

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal          Upper School Vice Principal

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