PxES Weekly Update – April 5, 2016

April 6 – Sign Ups Open for Season III After School Activities
April 7 – Student Led Conferences from 3pm-5:30pm
April 8 – Student Led Conferences from 8am-3pm (No Classes for Students)
April 13 – ES Principal’s Coffee Talk @ 8:10AM, Grade 1/2 Project Area
April 18 – Season III of After School Activities Begin

After School Activities Season III Sign Ups Open on April 6th – ASAs Begin April 18th
Sign up for Season III After School Activities via PowerSchool on Wednesday, April 6. ASA Season III will begin April 18th through to May 30th. Please visit the ASA blog at http://sites.saschina.org/pxesasa/ to learn more about the ASA program. Please contact us at Nathan.Heck@saschina.org or Ryan.Collier@saschina.org with any questions.


Sign Up for April 7 & 8 Student Led Conferences via PowerSchool
Student Led Conferences will be after school on Thursday, April 7 and all day on Friday, April 8. Sign up for the day and time that is best for you and your child via PowerSchool.


Student Led Conferences are on April 7th & 8th
Your elementary school child and his/her teachers are working together to prepare for their Student Led Conferences on April 7 and 8. Just like last year, your child will play an important role in the conferences and is required to attend.

If you have never participated in a Student Led Conference you might be asking, “What is this all about?” or “Why are children being included in conferences?” You might even be wondering when you are going to get a chance to “really talk” with the teacher about your child. We, too, have asked these questions and have spent a great deal of time researching and discussing the benefits to ensure that our teaching/learning/assessing/reporting process is at the forefront of current educational theory and practice. Conferences which include the child have been used for many decades and their efficacy for promoting optimal student outcomes has been well documented over time.

At Shanghai American School, we believe that children are in charge of their learning and we give them many opportunities to know that they are capable and that they can influence what happens to them. During the annual April Student Led Conferences your child will lead all aspects of the conference; together with your child you will discuss all areas of the child’s behavior and learning with openness and transparency so that children continue to feel empowered and responsible for their behavior and learning.
The Student Led Conference format has a different look and feel than the October student-parent-teacher conferences. During each 45-minute time slot there will be 3-4 families in the classroom, creating a more relaxed environment and giving parents more time to engage in the presentation of their child’s work.

On Thursday, April 7, teachers will be available for conferences between 3:00-5:30pm. On Friday, April 8, conferences will be scheduled between 8:00-3:00pm. School will be dismissed at the regular time (3:00pm) on Thursday, April 7, and there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 8.

Chinese & Specialist Teachers: Specialist teachers also follow a Student Led Conference model. PE teachers will be in the ES gym to supervise student-led activities. Chinese, Art and Music teachers will be in their rooms to welcome students who bring their parents to share what they have been learning in class. If you wish to arrange a conference with your child’s Learning Support (LS) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher, please contact the teacher directly.

Your child’s guidance counselor is also available to meet with you while you are on campus for your conference. Please stop by to see Amanda Fischer (PK-Grade 1), Joseph Hill (Grades 2/3), and Faith Ro (Grades 4/5).

Benefits of Student Led Conferences for Students
Some of the documented student benefits of Student Led Conferences that will be occurring in the Elementary School include the following:

  • Accountability for their learning
  • Ownership of the learning process
  • Increased commitment to school work
  • Increased interaction between child and parents
  • Increased independence
  • Ability to self-assess
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Fostering of organizational, communication and critical thinking skills

Benefits of Student Led Conferences for Parents
Some of the documented parental benefits of Student Led Conferences that will be occurring in the Elementary School include the following:

  • Active participation in your child’s learning
  • Better understanding of your child’s learning successes and challenges
  • Forum for parents to have a voice that is heard by teachers and children
  • Improved communication between home and school
  • The creation of a forum for you to talk with your children productively and positively


Principal’s Coffee Talk – April 13 @ 8:10AM
Join us for the April 13th Principal’s Coffee Talk for all PK-Grade 5 parents! These monthly gatherings hosted by the ES Principal and Vice Principal provide parents with an opportunity to meet other parents and learn about elementary school programs as well as provide opportunities for parents to establish a strong partnership with our elementary school principals, Mr. Michael Allen and Ms. Teri Lynn Ferentz. For a complete listing of Coffee Talk dates please go to: http://sites.saschina.org/espuxi/parent-coffee/
Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Weyburn who oversees SAS Educational Programs across our two campuses will join us on April 13th as we share detailed information about how SAS has a strong school culture of ongoing professional learning for teachers as well as explain how SAS develops our learning outcomes for students and selects our different resources/methodologies to ensure that every child is receiving the best education possible at SAS. Join us in the Grade 1/2 project area to learn more!


PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! Date with Dad is Coming May 13
Please mark your calendar for the 4th annual “Date With Dad” on Friday, May 13.  This is an event designed especially for fathers/father-figures and their elementary children to play together.  There will be many fun indoor and outdoor activities that you will get to explore.   Please keep a look out for the “Date with Dad” registration form that will contain all the important registration information.   If you have any questions, please speak to your counselor.


ES Aquatics Classes Continue Through to June
Elementary students are participating in swimming classes in the SAS Aquatics Center through to June. Your child’s physical education teacher will send home detailed information & dates about the aquatics unit. Please contact Mr. Jon Biros, SAS Aquatics Director, via email jon.biros@saschina.org or telephone 6221-1445 Ext. 2571 or Mobile: 1391-6620-241 with your questions.


Trimester II Report Cards Available Via PowerSchool
A digital copy of your child’s second trimester report card is available for you to access via PowerSchool. To access your child’s report card, please follow these steps:

  1. Log into PowerSchool via this link: http://powerschool.saschina.org/public/
  2. On the BLUE bar, click your child’s name.
  3. On the left navigation, click T2 Report Card.  This will automatically show the pdf report card of your child.  This pdf can then be easily saved, printed, or emailed.

Should you have any technical difficulties accessing your child’s report card, please contact the elementary office by calling 6221-1445 ext 2406 or by emailing jean.wang@saschina.org

As always, please contact your child’s teachers should have questions about your child’s educational program at SAS and/or report card.


2016 Summer Discovery Program Registration is Open
The 2016 Summer Discovery program is ready for registration. We offer  exciting courses for Pre-kindergarten up to grade 12 in Science, English and Chinese Literacy as well as Sports training. To see this summer’s programs go to:

www.saschina.org/Discovery Or contact Jeff.Thompson@saschina.org for any enquiries.


Next Year’s SAS Calendar Is Available Online
As you prepare for the summer break and next school year, please refer to the SAS 2016-17 Calendar via the following link:



PTSA Bloghttp://sites.saschina.org/puxiptsa/


Your Partners in Education,
Mr. Michael Allen, Principal & Ms. Teri Lynn Ferentz, Vice Principal
Puxi Elementary School
Shanghai American School

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