PxES Weekly Update – May 3, 2016

May 3-6 – PTSA Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3-6 – PxES China Alive Week
May 5 – Mathematics at SAS Parent Sessions @ 10AM & 5:30PM, PAC
May 6 – PTSA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
May 6 – DEADLINE EXTENDED – Last Day to Submit ES Student Information for 2016-17 Class Placement Form to ES Office
May 7 – SAS Annual Golf Classic
May 9 – Grade 5 Parent Night in the Middle School
May 13 – Date with Dad/Get out of Work Day
May 14 – PTSA Viva Las Vegas Fundraiser
May 17 – Mathematics Coffee Talk for PK-Grade 1 Parents @ 8:10AM
May 18 – Mathematics Coffee Talk for Grade 2-5 Parents @ 8:10AM
May 19 – PTSA Grade 2 Parent Social
May 21 – PTSA Saturday Garage Sale
May 25 – PTSA General Meeting & Parent Volunteer Lunch
May 27 – PK-Grade 5 Parents: Myths & Realities of Mother Tongue Maintenance & How It Supports Students Academic Performance, Grade ½ Project Area

May 3-6 is PxES China Alive Week!
This week the entire Elementary School will be participating in our seventh China Alive experience! The purpose of China Alive is to integrate the rich, diverse Chinese culture with SAS student learning.
Here is the schedule for the week:
Tuesday, May 3 – Chinese Fan Painting
Wednesday, May 4 – Sugar Painting
Thursday, May 5 – Dough Modeling
Friday, May 6 – Chinese Fun Game Day (Chopstick fun, brush writing, Tangrams, etc.)
We are very excited about offering this new experience to our students. If, as a parent, you are interested in helping with our China Alive experience, please let your child’s Chinese teacher know. Thanks in advance for your help!
ES Chinese Department

Mathematics at SAS Parent Sessions @ 10AM & 5:30PM, PAC
As you may be aware, Shanghai American School adopted the Common Core Math Standards three years ago, and we have been using them as the foundation for student learning in math through grade 8.  Elementary school parents, for example, have seen that this year we are using new resources that are aligned to these math standards where we emphasize a balance of procedural and conceptual understanding, problem solving, explaining their reasoning, and using models to represent mathematical concepts. Next school year, will be the first year of Common Core Math implementation in the SAS high schools, which will impact the way in which we engage students in math learning starting in grade 8.  To ensure that you are fully informed about the structure of our math program, we will conduct the first in a series of Math Parent Education sessions on Thursday, May 5th in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).  To accommodate parents, we will offer the session twice on that date: 10:00 am and 5:30 pm.  We encourage you to attend one of these important sessions so that you will be better able to support your child as we engage in this transition.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, May 27 PK-Grade 5 Parents: Myths and Realities of Mother Tongue Maintenance & How It Supports Students Academic Performance, Grade 1/2 Project Area
Caroline Fogiel, our new PK-Grade 12 Mother Tongue Language Coordinator, invites all parents of children who are of non-Chinese speaking background to join her for an informative discussion about the Myths and Realities of Mother Tongue Maintenance & How It Supports Students’ Academic Performance. This is a new initiative that will officially kick off in August 2016 however to best serve our students needs, we are eager to start these conversations now! Join us in the Grade 1/2 Project Are on May 27 @ 8:10AM to learn more!

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
May 17 @ 8:10AM – Mathematics Coffee Talk for PK-Grade 1 Parents
May 18 @ 8:10AM – Mathematics Coffee Talk for Grade 2-5 Parents

Parent Teacher Feedback Surveys Available Via PowerSchool
We are encouraging all parents to provide constructive, professional feedback to SAS teachers via the annual parent teacher feedback surveys.  This is an integral part of SAS’s vision to engage and support faculty in a unique professional learning community that provides opportunities to grow, develop and learn together. These surveys have been specifically designed to elicit information based on your first-hand experience with the teacher, and are connected to SAS’s Standards of Professional Practice. Click here to begin the survey process logging into PowerSchool at http://powerschool.saschina.org/
When you log-in you will find a Performance Evaluation Survey icon on the left to begin the process.

After School Activities Season III Continues
ASA Season III 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.

The deadline for parents to share their feedback regarding next year’s placement has been extended to FRIDAY, MAY 6. 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, May 6, 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.

Please mark your calendar on May 13th to come celebrate your child’s love for playing and spending time with you!!  This parent-child event is designed especially for fathers/father-figures/single-mothers 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.

Grade 5 Parent Night in the Middle School – May 9 @ 5:30pm in PAC
Grade 5 parents are invited to join the Middle School Principals in the PAC at 5:30pm on Monday, May 9.  At that time we will share more with you about the middle school program including how we support a wide variety of learning opportunities for your child in order to ensure they leave the middle school with a well-rounded skill set. If you have any questions about course offerings, please contact MS Vice Principal, Glen Karlsson (Glen.Karlsson@saschina.org).

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.

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:

SAS Annual Golf Classic
Calling all Puxi & Pudong SAS Golfers! Form a team and join the May 7th SAS Annual Golf Classic. More details available here: http://sites.saschina.org/espudong/files/2016/04/2016-SAS-Golf-Classic-Information1-17ym9dq.pdf

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

PTSA Teacher Appreciation Week – May 3rd-6th
Students are encouraged to be creative in thanking their teachers: Write poems, make cards, bring flowers or other treats – let our teachers know how much we value them.
Tuesday, 3rd May: Treats and Thanks for your Classroom Teacher
Wednesday, 4th May: Treats and Thanks for your Specials Teachers
Thursday, 5th May: Treats and Thanks for your Chinese & EAS Teachers
Friday, 6th May: Teacher Appreciation Lunch

PTSA Grade 2 Parent/Teacher Social on Thursday, May 19th
All grade 2 parents are invited to participate in the PTSA Grade 2 Parent Social on Thursday, May 19 at 3:00pm in the Grade 1/2 project area.

PTSA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Get Out of Work Day on Friday, May 13th. Join the WeChat group or contact Monica at 18049924427 to volunteer.

PTSA Garage Sale – Sat, May 21 10am – 3pm @ MS Lawn
This year the proceeds will directly benefit the community of Quezon province in the Philippines where “Typhoon Ruby” left a scene of devastations. Donation boxes for clothes, stationery and toys among other things can be found our the ES. MS, and HS offices.  Table rental is 100RMB. Contact Stacey at sold@lofranorealty.com for more information.

PTSA General Meeting & Volunteer Luncheon on May 25
PTSA GM – Wed, 25th May 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ ES Grade 3/4 Project Area. Followed by Parent Volunteer lunch.

PTSA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Fri, 6th May 2016
Let’s thank our teachers, administrators and staff with a celebratory lunch. We request parents to provide food and or volunteer for this luncheon.


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

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