PxES Weekly Update – May 23, 2016

May 24 – Grades 3-5 MAP Assessment Parent Session @ 8:10AM
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 1/2 Project Area

We Want Your Feedback!
Thanks to the MANY parents who have provided 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. If you haven’t yet completed the survey for your child’s teachers, log 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.

Grades 3-5 Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Parent Session on Tuesday, May 24 @ 8:10AM
MAP test results from the testing that occurred during the week of April 11-15 went home last week. SAS elementary and middle school students take these tests twice a year, in the fall and spring. These tests help SAS educational professionals determine each 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. MAP results are 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
Join us for a MAP Assessment Parent Session on Tuesday, May 24 @ 8:10am in the ES Teaching Kitchen.

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 Area on May 27 @ 8:10AM to learn more!

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.

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:

PTSA Blog – http://sites.saschina.org/puxiptsa/
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.

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

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