PxES Weekly Update – April 11, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
April 11 – Sign Up for After School Activities via PowerSchool
April 11 – ES Student Information for 2016-17 Class Placement Forms Available
April 11 – 15 Grades 3-5 Spring MAP Testing
April 13 – ES Principal’s Coffee Talk @ 8:10AM, Grade 1/2 Project Area
April 18 – Season III of After School Activities Begin
April 18 – Return the Relay for Life Luminary Bags to ES Office
April 18 – EARTH WEEK
April 20 – PTSA General Meeting, Cafeteria
April 20 – PTSA Spring Bazar and Passion for Fashion
April 22 – Relay for Life
April 29 – Last Day to Submit ES Student Information for 2016-17 Class Placement Form to ES Office
May 5 – Mathematics at SAS Parent Sessions @ 10AM & 5:30PM, PAC

Thank you for Participating in Student Led Conferences!
CONGRATULATIONS! The great success your children experienced on Thursday and Friday at their Student Led Conferences were a result of your partnership and support. Students could be seen in all classrooms taking ownership of their learning while fostering their organizational, communication, and critical thinking skills; it’s amazing to see your children’s confidence and independence grow and change over the years via this Student Led Conference process! Please be sure to contact your teachers with any additional questions you may have regarding your child’s educational journey at SAS!

Sign Up Today! After School Activities Season III Begins April 18th
Sign up for Season III After School Activities via PowerSchool anytime before Sunday, April 24th. ASA Season III begins April 18th and continues 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.

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!

2016-17 CLASSROOM PLACEMENT UPDATE FOR PARENTS
During the upcoming weeks, teams of teachers and counselors will begin creating class lists for the 2015-16 school year. When planning classrooms for next year the homeroom teachers and counselors will divide the children into balanced groups. Class lists will then be posted the afternoon before the first day of school (August 10, 2016).
Creating well balanced, heterogeneous classroom groups is our comprehensive goal at SAS. Some, not all, of the more important factors in creating that balance include:
• balanced number of boys and girls
• strong English skills vs. less developed English skills
• a mix of students from varying academic levels
• a good social blend of students
• appropriate schedule accommodations for special services
• representation from various nationalities
• individual student issues
As all of our teachers are well-qualified and able to meet the needs of all students currently enrolled at SAS, we respectfully ask that parents do not make requests regarding a specific teacher. All SAS students should be able to be successful in any one of our classroom communities.
As we want your child to flourish while attending Shanghai American School, your input as our partner in education is important. If there is any important or relevant information that you think your classroom teacher or counselor may not have that you feel would be helpful to consider as we make placement decisions for next year, please pick up a ES Student Information for 2016-17 Classroom Placement Parent Form from the ES Office (or download it from here http://sites.saschina.org/espuxi/files/2016/04/Parent-Placement-Form-April-2016-PDF-1ehkemz.pdf) so it can be submitted to the ES Office prior to Friday, April 29, 2016. The information you provide will be shared with the Classroom Placement Team which includes the current and future grade level teams, counselors, and administration.
We have an excellent teaching team and we will ensure that your child is placed into a well-balanced classroom. We will take into account the information you provide when placing your child, however the information provided does not guarantee placement in a particular teacher’s classroom.

Relay for Life is on Friday, April 22
RELAY FOR LIFE is a yearly school-wide walk-a-thon event hosted by the Puxi High School National Honor Society to promote awareness of the impact of cancer and raise funds for cancer research. Our elementary students will be a part of TEAM ES and walk with their classes in support of this effort. Last year, as a school, TEAM ES dedicated over 600 luminary bags, walked over 1800 laps (450+ miles) and contributed over 60,000 RMB to the cause!

Please be involved in Relay for Life!
• Create a luminary bag that will be sent home with a message of support or a dedication to someone you know who has battled cancer. These bags will circle the track and illuminate the relay throughout the night of April 22. Return the luminary bag decorated with a message of support to the Eagle Leader table in the ES lobby beginning Monday, April 18.
• Make a donation of any amount for American Cancer Society research and return to the Eagle Leader table in the ES lobby beginning Monday, April 18.
• Support the fund-raising initiatives of Eagle Leaders, SAS Puxi Girl Scouts, and other ES groups raising funds for cancer research.

Earth Week – April 18-22, 2016c
This year the Roots & Shoots clubs in the ES, MS and HS are encouraging everyone to participate in EARTH WEEK 2016 in these optional activities:

  • MONDAY, APRIL 18th Water Conservation Day! -Use as little water as possible
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 20th Stash Your Trash! – Carry all the trash you generate for the day in a reusable container and see how much packaging, disposable cups, paper towels etc. that you use!
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20th Power Down Day! —Turn off lights and use as little power as possible during the school day and at home!
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 22nd Wear Green! BE GREEN! – Wear green clothes, hair and hats to raise environmental awareness! High School Roots & Shoots has Million Tree Project T-Shirts for Sale!
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd Green Market! – Come around the Eagle Shop and buy some plants for your home or classroom! Roots & Shoots Merchandise will also be on sale etc!

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! GET OUT OF WORK DAY (formally known as “Date with Dad”) IS COMING MAY 13
Please mark your calendar for the 4th annual GET OUT OF WORK DAY on Friday, May 13. This is an event designed especially for fathers/father-figures/single-moms 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 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:
http://www.saschina.org/uploaded/community/School_Calendar_2016-2017.pdf

Gr. 3-5 Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing is This Week
This week students in grades 3-5 will take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. SAS elementary and middle schools currently administer these tests twice a year in the fall and spring. These tests help SAS educational professionals determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading, mathematics and language usage. Your child’s MAP results will be reported as RIT scores. The RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, which is independent of grade level. As a result, we can use the MAP results with our own SAS achievement data to measure growth in learning over time. Please note that further information about the MAP assessment is available for parents on our parent portal site: http://iwebpx.saschina.org/sasmap/MAP/Home.html

Save the Dates – Parent Education Sessions: Mathematics at SAS
During the first semester we offered different sessions for ES parents to learn about the SAS approach to teaching and learning mathematics. Save the dates below and join us in May:
May 5 @ 10AM & 5:30PM – Mathematics @ SAS for ES, MS & HS Parents, PAC
May 17 @ 8:10AM – Mathematics Coffee Talk for PK-Grade 1 Parents, 1/2 Proj. Area
May 18 @ 8:10AM – Mathematics Coffee Talk for Grade 2-5 Parents, 1/2 Proj. Area

Did you Miss The Parent Math Talk with Math Specialist Erma Anderson??
Thanks go out to the 60+ ES parents who were able to join us for the November 4, 2015 session with Math Specialist Erma Anderson. If you were not able to attend but are eager to learn about the research and important topics discussed, I invite you to participate in the following short free online course from Stanford University about the teaching of mathematics as it is in direct alignment with what Erma Anderson shared in her presentation and is reflective of our approach at SAS.
LINK TO FREE STANFORD UNIVERSITY MATH COURSE FOR PARENTS:
https://lagunita.stanford.edu/courses/Education/EDUC115-S/Spring2014/about

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

Look forward to our upcoming PTSA events!
Spring Bazar and Passion for Fashion – Wed, 20th April 2016
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Fri, 6th May 2016
Viva Las Vegas Fundraiser – Sat, 14th May 2016
Garage Sale – Sat, 21st May 2016
Parent Volunteer Lunch – Wed, 25th May 2016

PTSA General Meetings in April and in May
PTSA GM – Wed, 20th April 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m @ Large Cafeteria
PTSA GM – Wed, 25th May 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m @ ES Grade 3/4 Project Area

Fri, 22nd April 2016 – Relay For Life
@ 8:15 a.m. – Come support the school by cheering on the opening lap!

Fri, 22nd April 2016 – PK and K Parent Coffee Social
@ 8:30 a.m. in the office kitchen

PTSA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Get out of Work Day ( a.k.a “Date with Dad”) on Fri,13th May 2016. Join the WeChat group or contact Monica at 18049924427 to volunteer.

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

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