iDream of Music & Date with Date!

Date with Dad

 

DATE WITH DAD: Date with Dad is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd with all “Dads” checking in around 2:15, meeting up with their child and activities going from 3:00-5:00 pm. Some students invite uncles, grandfathers, older siblings, or family friends as their guest for this event. Registration with more specific information will be provided the week we return from Spring Break. Transportation will be provided for participants at the end of the event back to Jinqiao and Gubei. This event is one that many of our students really look forward to and we hope to see as many “Dads” participate as possible. For the perfect date stay for the musical performance Hairspray after Date with Dad!

REPORT CARDS: On March 21st your child received their second trimester report card. As we embrace the 21st century, and in an effort to be more global minded, Pudong Elementary report cards will be available online in PowerSchool.

We hope that being able to access your child’s report cards through PowerSchool will be convenient and more efficient.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you should have questions about your child’s report card.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES (SLCs): Student Led Conferences will soon be upon us after school on April 7th and all day on April 8th.  Conferencing is one of the methods that SAS and our teachers use to communicate with parents. This conferencing process is an important part of our educational program, providing an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to work together. We greatly appreciate your participation in this important aspect of our school.

ES Pudong’s approach to SLCs is intended to support our schools’ vision and mission by empowering our students to be active participants in their education.

This semester, for the convenience of our community, we are again offering online scheduling through PowerSchool for your conference appointments. We will begin the process by allowing families whose children span the multiple school divisions to sign up first. By doing this, it will allow families who cross the different divisions to schedule their children’s conferences closer together, reducing wait time or the need to come to the school on multiple days. It is our hope that this process will reduce traffic on the system and be a benefit it all our families.

On Monday, March 21st, if you have more than three children who attend SAS you will schedule times for your children’s conferences via PowerSchool. Once the process is completed for families with three or more children we will open conference scheduling for all remaining families on Wednesday, March 23rd continuing through until Monday, April 4th.

The scheduling of Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences will be staggered by families during the following days:

  • Families with Three or More Children – March 21st to April 4th
  • Remaining Families – March 23rd to April 4th 

Thank you for your consideration and understanding. We look forward to celebrating your child’s learning with you.

Sincerely,

Shawn Colleary, Elementary Principal

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Important Dates to Remember

  • Conference Signup open on PowerSchool for families with 3+ children – March 21st @ 8:00 am
  • Conference Signup open on PowerSchool for all families  – March 23rd @ 8:00
  • Report Cards go live on PowerSchool on March 21st @ 3:00 pm
  • PK to 4th Grade Concert – March 23rd @ 10:00 am in the Auditorium
  • 5th Grade China Alive forms due to Homeroom Teachers – March 23rd
  • T1 Swimathon Registration closes March 25th – CLICK HERE
  • 5th Grade MS Transition Meetings – March 25th
    • Parent Meeting @ 11:30 am in the LLH
    • Presentation for Students @ 2:00 pm in the HS Library
  • 5th Grade Migration Museum – March 24th ad 25th
    • Parents are invited to visit from 9:00 to 10:00 am and 10:30 to 11:30 am on either day
  • Student Led Conferences – April 7th and 8th
  • Save the Date: Date with Dad on Friday, April 22nd
    • Registration Opens on April 3rd

Visiting Authors

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Parents are welcome to come in and hear Newbury Award Winning Author Kwame Alexander speak to students from grade 4-8 on Monday morning in the PAC. There will be plenty of room for you to enjoy his presentation, then afterwards we invite you to join us in the Middle School Library to have a coffee and share some conversation with both Kwame and our wonderful Elementary School Author, Todd Parr. Todd is visiting our Elementary all week and you are welcome to come along to any of his sessions. See the attached schedule (Todd Parr and Kwame Schedule for ES) or contact kimbra.power@saschina.org for questions. 

Students are encouraged to wear bright colorful, primary colored, bold clothes next Monday to welcome Todd to our school.  Books are still on sale till Friday the 18th but we have already sold out of four titles, the I Love You book, the Peace book, the Earth Book and the Goodbye Book.  Get in fast if you would like to buy a book by Todd Parr, or one of Kwame Alexander’s books such as The Crossover; on sale in our libraries (Click Here for the Todd Parr order form).

Fifth Grade China Alive

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 7.05.26 PMWe are excited to share with you a new opportunity for our fifth graders during our weeklong celebration of China Alive. We are working on a change to our program and this year are planning a three-day/two night excursion to Suzhou. This will be the first time we have offered our fifth graders an over night trip and feel this excursion will be a nice transition to the middle school program where the China Alive trips are a week long. This fifth grade trip is scheduled for May 4-6.  There will be an additional cost for this trip.

Meeting #1 – Monday, March 14th  at 6:00 PM at the Ambassy Club in JinQiao

Meeting #2 – Wednesday, March 16th at 8:15 AM at SAS in the LLH

The two meetings will be for parents only, due to space limitations, the students will be provided details about the trip during the school day. At these meetings we will discuss and share information concerning:

  • Safety
  • Transportation
  • Chaperones
  • Purpose
  • Trip agenda
  • Activities
  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Cost
  • Paperwork
  • and much more…

Sincerely,

Mr. Shawn Colleary & the Fifth Grade Team

EAGLES5th Grade Transition to Middle School

The Middle School Leadership team will host separate meetings for Grade 5 parents and students during the week of March 21st to the March 25th. This will be an opportunity to learn more about our middle school program, young adolescent development, and what you can expect for your child’s transition. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have about selecting courses for next year. The exact date will be posted on the Middle School blog site once it is coordinated – sites.saschina.org/mspudong  

Important Dates to Remember

  • Korean Treat Day – March 17th
  • Report Cards go live on PowerSchool on March 21st @ 3:00 pm
  • PK to 4th Grade Concert – March 23rd @ 10:00 am in the Auditorium
  • T1 Swimathon Registration closes March 25th – CLICK HERE
  • Student Led Conferences – April 7th and 8th
  • Save the Date: Date with Dad on Friday, April 22nd

 

Swimathon

T1 Connection

It’s that time of the year again! T1 Connection will be hosting the T1 Swimathon on Thursday, April 14th. There will be great prizes for students who raise the most money and a potluck feast afterward. Only 32 spaces are available so make sure you sign up by March 25th!

If you are interested in participating, please sign up by CLICKING HERE.
Please contact maggielawl@ymail.com or yelim01pd2016@sasstudent.org if you have any questions.

Fifth Grade China Alive

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 7.05.26 PMWe are excited to share with you a new opportunity for our fifth graders during our weeklong celebration of China Alive. We are working on a change to our program and this year are planning a three-day/two night excursion to Suzhou. This will be the first time we have offered our fifth graders an over night trip and feel this excursion will be a nice transition to the middle school program where the China Alive trips are a week long. This fifth grade trip is scheduled for May 4-6.  There will be an additional cost for this trip.

Meeting #1 – Monday, March 14th  at 6:00 PM at the Ambassy Club in JinQiao

Meeting #2 – Wednesday, March 16th at 8:15 AM at SAS in the LLH

The two meetings will be for parents only, due to space limitations, the students will be provided details about the trip during the school day. At these meetings we will discuss and share information concerning:

  • Safety
  • Transportation
  • Chaperones
  • Purpose
  • Trip agenda
  • Activities
  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Cost
  • Paperwork
  • and much more…

Sincerely,

Mr. Shawn Colleary & the Fifth Grade Team

Important Dates to Remember

  • Visiting Authors – March 14th to 18th (Click Here for the Todd Parr order form)
  • Yard Sale Donations – From now to March 11th
  • Dance Exchange – Saturday, March 12th
  • Report Cards go live on PowerSchool on March 21st @ 3:00 pm
  • PK to 4th Grade Concert – March 23rd @ 10:00 am in the Auditorium
  • Student Led Conferences – April 7th and 8th
  • Save the Date: Date with Dad on Friday, April 22nd

Dance, Donations & Todd Parr!

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Dear ES Parents,

Shanghai American School Pudong Campus is pleased to host the fourth SAS Dance Exchange. This event will be held at Shanghai American School Pudong Campus on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

We have five fantastic dance instructors who will lead workshops in a variety of different styles.

We are excited to invite back Elisa Montalvo from the USA, who taught at our first ever dance exchange. We also welcome Carla Cervantes and Sandra Egido from Spain, Jahmilah Amlazam from the USA and Lynette Liu from Shanghai to the SAS community. Our instructors are all distinguished performers and amazing choreographers, so our students are sure to be inspired!

The event will begin with introductions and a warm-up in the auditorium, followed by workshops around the campus. To conclude the event, students will all participate in an informal performance, showcasing to each other the pieces they have learned from their sessions throughout the day. A closing celebration dinner will follow afterward.

CLICK HERE FOR more information about the event. Alexis Frayco, 3rd and 5th Grade Dance Coach, and Myra Labrador, 4th Grade Dance Coach, are in charge of their ES classes’ registration to this event. Please complete the permission form and submit the 100RMB registration fee by Friday March 4th directly to coaches or ES office. Please contact the coaches directly (alexis.frayco@saschina.org, myra.labrador@saschina.org) about any questions or concerns related to your child’s participation in this event.

We look forward to having your child join us.

Sincerely,

Alicia Fisher, Dance Director


Yard Sale Donations

Some of you may have seen from the flyers around the building the HS Children’s Service Club (formerly the Orphanage Club) will be holding their annual “Yard Sale” from March 16-18 for our school’s  guards, Eurest Staff, cleaning staff, etc.  We are looking for gently used items of any sort—toys, books, games, clothing, household items, etc. (No socks, swimsuits or other assorted underclothing items please.)

The Yard Sale will be twofold—the guards and ayis get a chance to purchase items at a low price and the money raised will be used to purchase items for two orphanages.  Previously the club bought specialized chairs with backboards for the Cere Care Orphanage, who serves mentally and physically challenged orphans, as well as help sponsor a visit to an orphanage during a China Alive trip.

We will be accepting donations until March 11th.  The donations can be placed in front of the high school office or the elementary school library.

Thank you,

Children’s Service Club (sponsored by HS Counselor Michelle Barini)

Visiting Author Todd Parr

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toddparr2Important Dates to Remember

  • Dance Exchange Registration Due – Friday, March 4th
  • Dance Exchange – Saturday, March 12th
  • Visiting Authors – March 14th to 18th
  • Yard Sale Donations – From now to March 11th
  • Report Cards go live on PowerSchool on March 21st @ 3:00 pm
  • PK to 4th Grade Concert – March 23rd @ 10:00 am in the Auditorium
  • Student Led Conferences – April 7th and 8th
  • Save the Date: Date with Dad on Friday, April 22nd

 

Office Updates & Happy CNY!

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 8.09.49 AMThank you & Happy Chinese New Year!

Thank you to all of parents who joined us for our Chinese New Year celebrations on Tuesday, February 2nd. A big thank you to our PTSA for assisting in the coordination of our Cultural Fair. What a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about different cultures! We are lucky to be part of such a wonderful parent community who is so dedicated to our students. Thank you again to everyone involved. We hope that all of our students and their families had a wonderful holiday!

Office Happenings

We want to update you to some personnel changes in the Elementary Office so that you will know the appropriate names of the people to contact. Mandy Yang, who has been our office clerk since 2010, will be returning from her maternity leave after the CNY break. Zoe Zhao, who has been substituting in the office for Mandy since the beginning of this school year will officially become our Elementary School Secretary. Rebecca Shieh, who has served our community for the past four years with style and grace, will be joining SAS’s Human Resources Department and will be the HR liaison for the Pudong campus. Congratulations to all on their return or new positions. We are very excited and blessed to have these great employees continue to serve the SAS Pudong Campus.

Zoe Zhao

Zoe Zhao our Elementary Secretary

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Mandy Yang our Office Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminder of ASA Date Changes

Please note the changes to the ASA schedule. Please see the revised schedule below.

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Important Dates to Remember

  • School Resumes TOMORROW – Monday, February 15th
  • Quiz Night – Saturday, February 20th – See you at the Kerry Center!
  • Report Cards go live on PowerSchool on March 21st @ 3:00 pm
  • PK to 4th Grade Concert – March 23rd @ 10:00 am in the Auditorium
  • Student Led Conferences – April 7th and 8th 
  • Save the Date: Date with Dad on Friday, April 22nd

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Changes to ASA Schedule

Photo Days

Pudong Elementary will have class photos taken on Wednesday, January 27th and Thursday, January 28th. During these two days new students will have an opportunity to take individual photos and returning students may have their individual photo retaken if necessary.  Say “Qiezi!” Did you know that in Chinese that people say “Eggplant!” when they pose for pictures?

 

ASA Change 

The ASA notification letter that was sent stated that there are “NO ASAs” on Thursday Feb. 4th.  This is incorrect. Please see the revised schedule below.

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Happy Chinese New Year

Parents please join us at your Chinese New Year Assembly on February 2nd, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Performance Art Center. Please have your children wear traditional Chinese clothing or something red for our Chinese New Year celebration

Learn About Chinese New Year (Information taken from Fact Monster)

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4714 begins on Feb. 8, 2016.

Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

Fireworks and Family Feasts

At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.

The Lantern Festival

In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve.

The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.

In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon—which might stretch a hundred feet long—is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets.

Your Child’s Personal Saftey

Personal Safety Lessons During Guidance Classes

Dear Parents,

For the next several weeks until Chinese New Year break, the ES Counselors will be talking about “Personal Safety” with our students at each grade level, in our regular in-class guidance lessons. This is a standard part of our Counseling Curriculum that is covered each year, which teaches students to trust their feelings, stand up for and protect themselves, and get help from trusted adults they know, if they find themselves in uncomfortable or unsafe situations with others.

We deal in these lessons with the possibility of physical and sexual abuse, as well as neglect – all of which are part of SAS’s Child Protection Policy – so we wanted to let you know these topics will be covered with your children, in case they come home with related comments or questions for you.

Any parent wanting to know more about these lessons can go to our ES Counseling blog where we have posted the book we will be reading and discussing with the children, entitled “Trust Your Feelings”, as well as information about the school’s Child Protection Policy.  In the red bar at the top of our blog, is the title “Child Protection”, with drop-downs to click on for Child Protection Policy information and for Child Protection Resources.  After reading this material, if you have further questions, please contact your child’s counselor: Julie Wild for PreKindergarten to 1st Grade, Allen Wolf for 2nd to 4th Grade, or Brittney Young for 5th Grade.

We all feel it’s important for your children to know how to keep themselves safe!

Sincerely,

Julie Wild, Allen Wolf, and Brittney Young

 

Counselors Cafe

CC_logo-01Our next ES Counselor-Parent Coffee will be on TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, from 8:30-10:00 am in the ES Faculty Lounge.  The topic of discussion with be Transitions: Moving In, Moving Out, and Adjusting to New Surroundings”.

If your family is now in transition in or out of SAS, or are still adjusting to your new home here, please come join us at the ES Counselor-Parent Coffee on Tuesday January 26 — to share what your family is going through and learning, to get suggestions and ideas from others, and to make some new connections with other Elementary School parents!

We’ll hope to see you there!

Important Dates to Remember

  • ES PTSA Meeting – Thursday, January 21st @ 9:00 am
  • Counselors Coffee – Tuesday, January 26th
  • Class Photo Days – January 27th and 28th (Stay tuned for order forms & dates)
  • Clarification: There is School on February 4th
  • Chinese New Year – February 5th to 14th
  • School Resumes – Monday, February 15th

Our Elementary Eagles Are…

Global Minded: Used Electronics Drive

The 4th and 5th grade Girl Scouts, in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce will be organizing a used electronics drive on the SAS campus. Donation boxes will be placed throughout the campus from Tuesday, January 12 – Friday, January 15

Items for donation include:

• Computers, laptops, and hard drives
• Monitors, keyboards, and mice
• Printers, scanners, and fax machines
• Cables, extension cords, adapters, USBs, plugs and wires
• Cameras
• Other related parts and accessories

All electronic items collected will be donated to the Netspring Green IT Classrooms program. Netspring will transport all donated items to their site for refurbishment and distribute usable electronics to elementary classrooms throughout rural villages in China. Any unusable items will be disposed of properly.

Please support the Girls Scouts and help students living in rural villages by donating your used electronics.  If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Lyon at maureen.a.lyon@gmail.com.

EAGLESEmpowered: Congratulations to Our 5th Grade Eagle Leaders

Congratulations to the twenty 5th graders who stepped forward and applied for our Eagle Leaders program. This program student driven, where students develop collaborative projects to help make Pudong Elementary the best school in can be. Our ES teachers help to facilitate these groups and their role is to provide guidance and support for students ideas, provide a space for students to meet, foster leadership, and to encourage students to live the mission can core values. We are proud of our students’ dedication and willingness to lead.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Elementary Admission’s Coffee & Tour – Tuesday January 12th
  • Treat Day – Wednesday, January 14th
  • ES PTSA Meeting – Thursday, January 21st @ 9:00 am
  • Counselors Coffee – Tuesday, January 26th
  • Class Photo Days – January 27th and 28th (Stay tuned for order forms & dates)
  • Chinese New Year – February 5th to 14th
  • School Resumes – Monday, February 15th

Happy New Year & Welcome to ES Pudong

Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a wonderful winter holiday with your families and loved ones. We’re excited to be back at school!  It’s hard to believe that almost half the year has gone by already.

We would like to welcome all of our new students to Pudong Elementary! We look forward to meeting our new students and their families at Orientation on Monday. Our new students officially join us at school on Tuesday! To our new students, we know that the teachers and students are excited to meet you and to learn all about you!

After School Activities – After School Activities (ASAs) begin next week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. This ASA session has an intermission due to Chinese New Year. Please refer to the ASA schedule below for the dates:

  • Week One – January 11th, 12th and 14th
  • Week Two – January 18th, 19th and 21st
  • Week Three – January 25th, 26th and 28th
  • Week Four – February  1st and 2nd
  • Week Five – February 15th, 16th and 18th
  • Week Six – February 22nd, 23rd, 25th
  • Week Seven – March 3rd

Important Dates to Remember

  • Elementary Admission’s Coffee & Tour – Tuesday January 12th
  • Treat Day – Wednesday, January 14th
  • ES PTSA Meeting – Thursday, January 21st @ 9:00 am
  • Counselors Coffee – Tuesday, January 26th
  • Class Photo Days – January 27th and 28th (Stay tuned for order forms & dates)
  • Chinese New Year – February 5th to 14th
  • School Resumes – Monday, February 15th
Sincerely,
Shawn Colleary, Elementary Principal & Sanna Robinson, Elementary Vice Principal

Fevers and Lost & Found

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A Message From Our School Nurse

Dear Parents,

Over the last week I have noticed an increase in the amount of illness in the Elementary School, particularly fevers and respiratory illnesses. To help keep your family healthy and to minimize the spread of illness please ensure that you practice simple hygiene etiquette such as good hand washing and coughing into your elbow. Getting plenty of fluids and adequate rest is also important to staying healthy.

If your child is sick please do not send them to school. Illness is an excused absence from school and your child will not be penalized for missing classes. If your child has a temperature of 37.8C (100F) or above please keep them home. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before they are able to come back to school. If your child has a mild cold or sore throat but doesn’t have any other symptoms and is feeling well they may attend school. However, if your child has a bad cold or a hacking or productive cough, please keep them at home even if they do not have a fever. Thank you so much for your co-operation. We want to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for your children. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

All the best for a safe and healthy holiday season.

Kind Regards,

Marlene Graveson, Elementary School Nurse

Marlene.graveson@saschina.org

A Message from our Counselors

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With so much going on in this last week before vacation, the ES Counselors will NOT hold our previously scheduled monthly Counselor-Parent Coffee next Tuesday, December 15.  We will meet agin in the new year on Tuesday, January 26, from 8:30-10:30 am in the ES Faculty Lounge. Our topic of focus will be “Transitions” but we are also open to topics of interest.  Hope to see you on the 26th, and have a wonderful holiday with your family!

-Allen Wolf, Julie Wild & Brittney Young 

Important Dates to Remember

  • Turkey Trot – Monday, December 14th
  • Second Grade Field Trip to Puxi – Tuesday, December 15th
  • Winter Holiday – December 17th to January 3rd
  • School Resumes – January 4th

Lost and Found

There are a number of items in our Elementary Lost and Found. Please check the slideshow for any of your child’s items. Our Elementary Lost and Found is located on the first floor next across from the Early Childhood Courtyard. Items not claimed before January 4th will be given to charity.