PxES Weekly Update – March 21, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
March 21-25 – Visiting Authors: Kwame Alexander and Todd Parr
March 21 – Parents of 3+ Kids Sign Up for Student Led Conferences
March 22 – All Parents Sign Up for Student Led Conferences
March 24 – PTSA Passport Recheck
March 24/25 – Grade 3 Musical – An Aesop Adventure, PAC
March 25 – Report Cards Available on PowerSchool @ 3:00 p.m.
March 28-April 4 – Spring Break
April 6 – Sign Ups 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 18 – Season III of After School Activities Begin

Sign Up for April 7 & 8 Student Led Conferences via PowerSchool
Student Led Conferences will soon be upon us after school on Thursday, April 7 and all day on Friday, April 8. 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 multiple school divisions to sign up first. On Monday, March 21, if you are a parent of three or more children who attend SAS you will be able to schedule times for your children’s conferences via PowerSchool. We will open conference scheduling for all remaining families on Tuesday, March 22. As you sign up for your sessions, please keep in mind that your children’s attendance (PK-Grade 5) is required.

An Aesop Adventure – 9AM Friday, March 25th – Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Simple fables that use animals as to present powerful and memorable lessons about life! Some of the stories presented include The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. We hope you can join us! We will reserve the center section of the auditorium for our VIP Guests: Third Grade Parents!

If you are unable to attend, the final rehearsal will be Thursday March 24th about 1:45PM in the PAC. This rehearsal will not include reserved seats for parents, as the SAS early childhood students (PK-1) have been invited to attend.

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.

After School Activities Season III Sign Ups Start 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.

Trimester II Report Cards Available Via PowerSchool on Friday, March 25
A digital copy of your child’s second trimester report card will be available for you to access via PowerSchool on Friday, March 25. 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.

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

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

PTSA Blog – http://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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PxES Weekly Update – March 14, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
March 16 – PK-Grade 5 Principal’s Coffee Talk for Parents
March 16 – ES Swimming Units Begin
March 18 – Booster Club Nachos & Noise Makers @ China Cup Soccer
March 21 – Parents Sign Up for Student Led Conferences
March 29-April 4 – Spring Break
April 6 – Student Led Conferences from 3pm-5:30pm
April 7 – Student Led Conferences from 8am-3pm (No Classes for Students)

Volunteer Parents Wanted for After School Activities Season III
Season III of our After School Activities begins April 18th and concludes on May 28th.   If you are able to help lead an activity for six one-hour sessions over the six weeks from 3pm-4pm on a weekday of your choice, please contact ASA Program Coordinators Nathan Heck Nathan.Heck@saschina.org and Ryan Collier Ryan.Collier@saschina.org. They can tell you about our students’ interests and together you can decide on the activity you can support. For example, we are looking for a parent who speaks English and Chinese to support Mrs. Nazli Ighani (Grade 4 teacher) with our Monday ASA involving the Star Castle Senior Living Home!

BOOSTER CLUB – March 18 – China Cup Soccer Spirit Event @ 3:30 p.m.
Come out to Cheer our SAS High School Eagle Soccer Teams during China Cup this Friday!  Stay to Cheer and get your FREE Nachos and Noise Maker!  See you at the Soccer Fields Friday after school at 3:30 p.m   GO EAGLES!

Principal’s Coffee Talk – March 16 @ 8:10AM
Join us for the March 16th 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/
The March 16th Coffee Talk will explore the Project Based Learning (PBL) approach we use at Shanghai American School. The PBL framework we use at SAS is rooted in the work of the Buck Institute for Education (www.bie.og). Join us in the Grade 1/2 project area to learn more!

ES Aquatics Classes Begin on March 16
Elementary students will begin participating in swimming classes in the SAS Aquatics Center beginning March 16. Students will experience swimming as a form of physical fitness, play, movement exploration, social interaction and personal achievement. Your child’s physical education teacher will send home detailed information about the aquatics unit including the dates your child will be in the pool. 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.

After School Activities Season III Begins April 18th
Watch for more details coming soon about our ASA Season III which 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.

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

 

PTSA Bloghttp://sites.saschina.org/puxiptsa/
PTSA GM on Wednesday, March 16th.
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ Grade 1/2 Project Area.
Agenda items include 2016 – 2017 Budget Presentation by Jorgen Hoeven, CFO/CBO and the PTSA Board 2016 – 2017 call for nominations.

Grade 5 Parent Networking Coffee
Join us on Wednesday, March 16th for the grade 5 parent networking coffee in ES Kitchen from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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

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PxES Weekly Update – March 7, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
March 11 – Downtown Parent Lunch
March 12 – PxES Saturday Library Day
March 16 – PK-Grade 5 Principal’s Coffee Talk for Parents
March 18 – ES Swimming Units Begin

Volunteer Parents Wanted for After School Activities Season III
Season II of our After School Activities begins April 18th and concludes on May 28th.   If you are able to help lead an activity for six one-hour sessions over the six weeks from 3pm-4pm on a weekday of your choice, please contact ASA Program Coordinators Nathan Heck Nathan.Heck@saschina.org and Ryan Collier Ryan.Collier@saschina.org. They can tell you about our students’ interests and together you can decide on the activity you can support. For example, we are looking for a parent who speaks English and Chinese to support Mrs. Nazli Ighani (Grade 4 teacher) with our Monday ASA involving the Star Castle Senior Living Home! 

Are You Returning to SAS Next Year?
Thank you to the 50% of families who have completed the enrollment confirmation for next year! If you have not yet completed this process via PowerSchool, please do this by logging in to PowerSchool and select Enrollment Confirmation SEM 1 2016-2017 (red icon) from the left side menu. If you have any questions about the enrollment confirmation process, please contact Nicki Rampton at Nicki.Rampton@saschina.org or at 6221-1445 ext. 2523, or Daniel Dong, Registrar Assistant, at Daniel.Dong@saschina.org ext. 2525.

March 11th SAS Downtown Parents Lunch 
Do you live in Xuhui, Jingan, Huangpu, or Luwan Districts?? If so, please join an SAS Downtown Parents lunch this Friday, March 11th, 12pm-2pm at Pizza Delfina on 775 Huaihai Middle Road (corner Ruijin Lu).  A casual lunch to connect with other parents who live downtown.    Please send an email to lucy.young98@gmail.com to RSVP.

PxES Saturday Family Library – March 12, 2016
The PxES Library is open on Saturday morning each month for our families to check out books together!  Join us this Saturday from 9AM-12PM!

Save the Date: Principal’s Coffee Talk on March 16 @ 8:10AM
Join us for the March 16th 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/
The March 16th Coffee Talk will explore the Project Based Learning (PBL) approach we use at Shanghai American School. The PBL framework we use at SAS is rooted in the work of the Buck Institute for Education (www.bie.og). Join us in the Grade 1/2 project area to learn more!

ES Aquatics Classes Begin Monday, March 18
Students in grades PK4 through to grade 5 will participate in swimming classes in the SAS Aquatics Center beginning March 18. Students will experience swimming as a form of physical fitness, play, movement exploration, social interaction and personal achievement. Your child’s physical education teacher will send home detailed information about the aquatics unit including the dates your child will be in the pool. 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.

After School Activities Season III Begins April 18th
Watch for more details coming soon about our ASA Season III which 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.

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

PTSA Blog – http://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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PxES Weekly Update – February 29, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
March 4 – PxES Presents Disney’s Aladdin @ 3:30PM
March 4 – After School Activities Season II Ends
March 5 – Shanghai Typhoon Youth Baseball Registration
March 12 – PxES Saturday Library Day
March 16 – PK-Grade 5 Principal’s Coffee Talk for Parents

PxES Presents “Disney’s Aladdin” – Friday, March 4 @ 3:30pm
Everyone in the SAS community is invited to the PxES production of Disney’s Aladdin in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 3:30pm on Friday, March 4th. Tickets are available in the Eagle Shop. Suggested donations are 20RMB per ticket. Donations to the SAS TAKE YOUR SEAT Campaign are also a wonderful way to show your support for the arts at SAS: http://www.saschina.org/en/giving/take-your-seat

Typhoon Youth Baseball – Registration this Saturday!
The Shanghai Typhoon youth baseball team kicks off the Spring season with registration on Saturday March 5, 10:30-12:30 under the covered area by the Eagle Shop. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 5-17. For more information visit www.ShanghaiTyphoon.org.

PxES Saturday Family Library – March 12, 2016
The PxES Library is open on Saturday morning each month for our families to check out books together! Join us this Saturday from 9AM-12PM!

Save the Date: Principal’s Coffee Talk on March 16 @ 8:10AM
Join us for the March 16th 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/

The March 16th Coffee Talk will explore the Project Based Learning (PBL) approach we use at Shanghai American School. The PBL framework we use at SAS is rooted in the work of the Buck Institute for Education (www.bie.org). Join us in the Grade 1/2 project area to learn more!

After School Activities Season II Ends this Week.
Our second season of After School Activities will end this week. Watch for more details coming soon about Season III which 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.

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

Elementary School Cafeteria Update
In November 2015, ES PTSA representatives, elementary principals and Sodexo food service management team developed and administered a Grade 5 Student Survey to gather student input and help us improve the food service in the ES cafeteria.

We had 81 students complete the survey. Chris Levesque, our Director of Facilities who oversees Sodexo, reviewed the survey results with elementary principals and Sodexo representatives. The results of the survey showed that our students like many aspects of the school lunch program and also indicated five areas that they would like to be improved. The areas of improvement include: the cleanliness of trays and tableware, cleanliness of cafeteria, taste of food, food temperature and the visually appetizing appearance of food. Our goal is to continue to offer a quality school lunch program while addressing the areas for improvement identified in the survey.

Sodexo immediately took action with staff training, improved cleaning service and close monitoring of the cleaning equipment. Sodexo is also working on menu development that will be specific for elementary students. Although the survey reflected a contradiction between the students’ expectations and the SAS nutritional goals for school lunches, some changes have been made to refresh the “visual” appearance of the food as well as increasing the frequency of serving the foods students indicated as favorites such as lasagna, pasta and chicken.

Mr. Michael Allen, Ms. Teri Lynn Ferentz, Mr. Christopher Levesque, ES PTSA representatives, and SAS Sodexo food service manager, Ms. Iven Shi met on February 17, 2016 to review the actions. Improvement plans were shared and discussed. It was agreed that all ES parents are asked to share their questions and concerns directly with Ms. Iven Shi. Ms. Shi is always open to hear the feedback from individual customers and can be reached via email at food.px@sodexo.com.

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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PxES Weekly Update – February 22, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
February 25 – Grade 5/6 Puberty Coffee Talk, HS LMC
March 4 – PxES Presents Disney’s Aladdin @ 3:30PM
March 5 – Shanghai Typhoon Youth Baseball Registration

PARENTS WANTED: Chinese Speaking Substitute Teacher Assistants
If you are a fluent Chinese speaker interested in supporting the students in our Chinese program when the Chinese Teacher Assistant is absent from school, please contact Jean Wang at Jean.Wang@saschina.org to learn more! Your support will be very valuable for our students’ learning.

February 25th Grade 5/6 Puberty Coffee Talk, HS LMC
All grade 5 and 6 parents are invited to attend the Grade 5/6 Puberty Coffee Talk being hosted by our Grade 5 Counselor Faith Ro in partnership with the Middle School counselors. Parents will learn about the upcoming puberty units being taught in our grade 5 and 6 classrooms. Join us at 10AM on Thursday, February 25 in the High School Library Media Center (LMC).

PxES Presents “Disney’s Aladdin” – Friday, March 4 @ 3:30pm
Everyone on the SAS community is invited to the PxES production of Disney’s Aladdin in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 3:30pm on Friday, March 4th. Tickets are available in the Eagle Shop. Suggested donations are 20RMB per ticket. Donations to the SAS TAKE YOUR SEAT Campaign are also a wonderful way to show your support for the arts at SAS: http://www.saschina.org/en/giving/take-your-seat

Check Out this Short Video! “The Progression of Multiplication”
This short video illustrates the conceptual progression of multiplication from Grade 2 through Grade 5. Its an excellent reminder of why it is essential to build our students’ conceptual understanding rather than only focusing on “math tricks” or the algorithm. Take a peek: https://vimeo.com/149428217

Stanford University Online Course For Parents!
As we look for effective ways to inform you about your child’s education at SAS, I invite ALL parents to participate in this very short free online course from Stanford University about the teaching of mathematics as it is in direct alignment with our approach at SAS. Dr. Joy Boaler is a leading expert in the field of math learning. LINK TO STANFORD UNIVERSITY COURSE:
https://lagunita.stanford.edu/courses/Education/EDUC115-S/Spring2014/about

After School Activities Continue
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.

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

Typhoon Youth Baseball
The Shanghai Typhoon youth baseball team kicks off the Spring season with registration on Saturday March 5, 10:30-12:30 under the covered area by the Eagle Shop. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 5-17. For more information visit www.ShanghaiTyphoon.org.

Elementary School Cafeteria Update
In November 2015, ES PTSA representatives, elementary principals and Sodexo food service management team developed and administered a Grade 5 Student Survey to gather student input and help us improve the food service in the ES cafeteria.

We had 81 students complete the survey. Chris Levesque, our Director of Facilities who oversees Sodexo, reviewed the survey results with elementary principals and Sodexo representatives. The results of the survey showed that our students like many aspects of the school lunch program and also indicated five areas that they would like to be improved. The areas of improvement include: the cleanliness of trays and tableware, cleanliness of cafeteria, taste of food, food temperature and the visually appetizing appearance of food. Our goal is to continue to offer a quality school lunch program while addressing the areas for improvement identified in the survey.

Sodexo immediately took action with staff training, improved cleaning service and close monitoring of the cleaning equipment. Sodexo is also working on menu development that will be specific for elementary students. Although the survey reflected a contradiction between the students’ expectations and the SAS nutritional goals for school lunches, some changes have been made to refresh the “visual” appearance of the food as well as increasing the frequency of serving the foods students indicated as favorites such as lasagna, pasta and chicken.

Mr. Michael Allen, Ms. Teri Lynn Ferentz, Mr. Christopher Levesque, ES PTSA representatives, and SAS Sodexo food service manager, Ms. Iven Shi met on February 17, 2016 to review the actions. Improvement plans were shared and discussed. It was agreed that all ES parents are asked to share their questions and concerns directly with Ms. Iven Shi. Ms. Shi is always open to hear the feedback from individual customers and can be reached via email at food.px@sodexo.com.

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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PxES Weekly Update – February 15, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
February 17 – PTSA Advisory Meeting
February 18 – PTSA Passport Check
February 20 – Saturday Family Library
February 25 – Grade 5/6 Puberty Coffee Talk, HS LMC

PxES Saturday Family Library – February 20th
The PxES Library is open on Saturday morning each month for our families to check out books together! Join us this Saturday from 9AM-12PM!

After School Activities Continue
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.

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

February 25th Grade 5/6 Puberty Coffee Talk, HS LMC
All grade 5 and 6 parents are invited to attend the Grade 5/6 Puberty Coffee Talk being hosted by our Grade 5 Counselor Faith Ro in partnership with the Middle School counselors. Parents will learn about the upcoming puberty units being taught in our grade 5 and 6 classrooms. Join us at 10AM on Thursday, February 25 in the High School Library Media Center (LMC).

Elementary School Cafeteria Update
Healthy, well-balanced lunches are available for purchase in the cafeteria using the SAS provided student lunch card. The ES Cafeteria Menu is available for viewing via PowerSchool. Add money to your child’s lunch card in the elementary school office lobby each morning or in the middle/high school cafeteria at anytime. Money will be stored on the card and withdrawn each day. If you choose to use cafeteria services, you will be notified when money needs to be added to your child’s balance. You are also welcome to send lunch to school with your child that the child will eat with their peers in the cafeteria daily. Please contact the SAS cafeteria with any questions including checking your child’s lunch card balance by calling at 6221-1445×2561 or emailing .

ES Library News
Please refer to the library blog for all communications regarding the elementary school library. Every week the blog is updated with information about new arrivals, events, author of the month information, visiting author information, and more. The blog address is http://sites.saschina.org/eslibrarypx/

PTSA Blog – http://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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PxES Weekly Update – February 1, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
February 2 – PK4-Grade 2 & Grade 4 Class Photo Day
February 3 – PK3, Grades 3 & 5 Class Photo Day
February 3 — Chinese New Year Performances for Parents, PAC
February 4 — Clarification: Classes for Students as Usual
February 5 — No Classes for Students
February 8-12 Chinese New Year Holidays
February 15 — Classes Resume

 

Please Join Us: Chinese New Year Performances for Parents
Parents are invited to enjoy our Chinese New Year performances on Wednesday, February 3rd in the Performing Arts Center at the following times:

9:00AM – 5th Grade Advanced High/Intermediate High Dragon Dance
9:40am – 3rd Grade Intermediate Chinese Drumming
10:40am – 4th Grade Intermediate Lion Dance
12:00pm – 2nd Grade Foundation & Foundation High Dancing
12:35pm – 1st Grade (all levels) Chinese Poems
1:15pm – Kindergarten (all levels) Chinese Kung Fu & Song
1:50pm – PK3/4 (all levels) Chinese Songs & Poems

 

No Classes for Students Friday, February 5 to February 12
Please keep in mind that there will be no classes for students on Friday, February 5th as well as the following week (February 8 -12). For other important dates please refer to this year’s school calendar via the following link:
http://www.saschina.org/uploaded/employment/School_Calendar_20152016_Final1.pdf

 

After School Activities Continue
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.

 

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

 

 

Elementary School Cafeteria Update
Healthy, well-balanced lunches are available for purchase in the cafeteria using the SAS provided student lunch card. The ES Cafeteria Menu is available for viewing via PowerSchool. Add money to your child’s lunch card in the elementary school office lobby each morning or in the middle/high school cafeteria at anytime. Money will be stored on the card and withdrawn each day. If you choose to use cafeteria services, you will be notified when money needs to be added to your child’s balance. You are also welcome to send lunch to school with your child that the child will eat with their peers in the cafeteria daily. Please contact the SAS cafeteria with any questions including checking your child’s lunch card balance by calling at 6221-1445×2561 or emailing <Food.PX@saschina.org>.

 

ES Library News
Please refer to the library blog for all communications regarding the elementary school library. Every week the blog is updated with information about new arrivals, events, author of the month information, visiting author information, and more. The blog address is http://sites.saschina.org/eslibrarypx/

 

 

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

 

PTSA Downtown Parents WeChat Group
There’s a PTSA WeChat group for you—across all divisions. Jump on the bandwagon and connect with us. We ware planning a gathering of our group after the CNY holiday and want to make sure you’re not left out. Message Lucy at 13817817514 to get connected.

 

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

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PxES Weekly Update – January 25, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
January 28 — PTSA Passport Re-Check
January 28/29 — HS APAC Basketball @ SAS
February 3 — Chinese New Year Performances for Parents, PAC
February 4 — Clarification: Classes for Students as Usual
February 5 — No Classes for Students
February 8-12 Chinese New Year Holidays
February 15 — Classes Resume

 

Winter Weather is Here!
The cold winter weather has arrived! Please remind your child to come with warm clothing for their recess breaks.

 

Please Join Us: Chinese New Year Performances for Parents
Parents are invited to enjoy our Chinese New Year performances on Wednesday, February 3rd in the Performing Arts Center at the following times:
9:00am – 5th Grade Advanced High/Intermediate High Dragon Dance
9:40am – 3rd Grade Intermediate Chinese Drumming
10:40am – 4th Grade Intermediate Lion Dance
12:00pm – 2nd Grade Foundation & Foundation High Dancing
12:35pm – 1st Grade (all levels) Chinese Poems
1:15pm – Kindergarten (all levels) Chinese Kung Fu & Song
1:50pm – PK3/4 (all levels) Chinese Songs & Poems

 

Plan Ahead – February Break
Please keep in mind that there will be no classes for students on Friday, February 5th as well as the following week (February 8 -12). For other important dates please refer to this year’s school calendar via the following link:
http://www.saschina.org/uploaded/employment/School_Calendar_20152016_Final1.pdf

 

After School Activities Continue
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.

 

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

 

 

Elementary School Cafeteria Update
Healthy, well-balanced lunches are available for purchase in the cafeteria using the SAS provided student lunch card. The ES Cafeteria Menu is available for viewing via PowerSchool. Add money to your child’s lunch card in the elementary school office lobby each morning or in the middle/high school cafeteria at anytime. Money will be stored on the card and withdrawn each day. If you choose to use cafeteria services, you will be notified when money needs to be added to your child’s balance. You are also welcome to send lunch to school with your child that the child will eat with their peers in the cafeteria daily. Please contact the SAS cafeteria with any questions including checking your child’s lunch card balance by calling at 6221-1445×2561 or emailing <Food.PX@saschina.org>.

 

ES Library News
Please refer to the library blog for all communications regarding the elementary school library. Every week the blog is updated with information about new arrivals, events, author of the month information, visiting author information, and more. The blog address is http://sites.saschina.org/eslibrarypx/

 

PTSA Blog http://sites.saschina.org/puxiptsa/
CANCELLED: PTSA General Meeting for January 27th Has Been Cancelled.

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

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PxES Weekly Update – January 18, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
January 18 — Season 2 After School Activities Begin
January 19 — Principal’s Coffee Talk – PK-Grade 1 @ 8:10AM
January 20 — Principal’s Coffee Talk – Grade 2-5 @ 8:10AM
January 20 — Chinese Community Luncheon
January 23 — PxES Family Saturday in the Library
January 27 — PTSA General Meeting @ 10:30AM
February 3 — Chinese New Year Performances for Parents, PAC
February 4 — Clarification: Classes for Students as Usual
February 5 — No Classes for Students
February 8-12 Chinese New Year Holidays
February 15 — Classes Resume

January Principal’s Coffee Talks Are This Week!
All parents are invited to join us for our January Coffee Talk and Workshop titled “Coaching your Child Through Peer Conflict @ School and Home”! Our principals and counselors will address important issues around “bullying” and “peer conflict” including how SAS proactively addresses student behavior and community building as well as share strategies for supporting and coaching kids through conflict. Save the date and join us in January for the Principal’s Coffee Talks on the following dates in the Grade 1/2 Project Area:

  • January 19th – PK-Grade 1 – 8:15-9:30AM
  • January 20th – Grades 2-5 – 8:15-9:30AM

Please visit http://sites.saschina.org/espuxi/parent-coffee/ for other Coffee Talk details.

  

Plan Ahead – February Break
Please keep in mind that there will be no classes for students on Friday, February 5th as well as the following week (February 8 -12). For other important dates please refer to this year’s school calendar via the following link:
http://www.saschina.org/uploaded/employment/School_Calendar_20152016_Final1.pdf

 

After School Activities Begin Today!
Please visit the ASA blog at http://sites.saschina.org/pxesasa/ to learn more about the ASA program and see what activities are being offered this season. Season 2 of After School Activities begin on January 18; students are welciome to sign up for activities anytime before January 22. Please contact us at Nathan.Heck@saschina.org or Ryan.Collier@saschina.org with any questions.

 

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

 

Elementary School Cafeteria Update
Healthy, well-balanced lunches are available for purchase in the cafeteria using the SAS provided student lunch card. The ES Cafeteria Menu is available for viewing via PowerSchool. Add money to your child’s lunch card in the elementary school office lobby each morning or in the middle/high school cafeteria at anytime. Money will be stored on the card and withdrawn each day. If you choose to use cafeteria services, you will be notified when money needs to be added to your child’s balance. You are also welcome to send lunch to school with your child that the child will eat with their peers in the cafeteria daily. Please contact the SAS cafeteria with any questions including checking your child’s lunch card balance by calling at 6221-1445×2561 or emailing <Food.PX@saschina.org>.

 

PTSA Chinese Community Luncheon on January 20
The Chinese Community Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, January 20 @ 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Shanghai Racquet Club House, #555 Jinfeng Road. All families that enjoy Chinese culture and food are welcome to celebrate the New Year together. 120 RMB per person for buffet lunch. For more information please contact letian_xu@hotmail.com

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

PTSA General Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 27th 2016. 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the LMC.

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

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PxES Weekly Update – January 11, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES AT A GLANCE
January 13 — Admissions Coffee and Tour
January 15 — PTSA Booster Club PomPoms & Popcorn
January 18 — Season 2 After School Activities Begin
January 19 — Principal’s Coffee Talk – PK-Grade 1 @ 8:10AM
January 20 — Principal’s Coffee Talk – Grade 2-5 @ 8:10AM
January 20 — Chinese Community Luncheon

 

After School Activities Sign Ups are Open
Grades 1-5 After School Activities Sign Ups began on Tuesday, January 5th and are open through to January 22nd. Please visit the ASA blog at http://sites.saschina.org/pxesasa/ to learn more about the ASA program and see what activities are being offered this season. Season 2 of After School Activities begin on January 18. Please contact us at Nathan.Heck@saschina.org or Ryan.Collier@saschina.org with any questions.

 

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

 

HS Student Performance this Friday
Next week, members of the internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly are coming to SAS! They will be working with twenty of our finest grade 9-12 performers on the Puxi campus. Our students will present two showings of the piece “P&S$WORD PROT3CT3D” on Friday, January 15 @ 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Stop by the high school Black Box Theater, high school office, or the Eagle Shop to pick up your tickets today! Ticket proceeds will go to support former Jacaranda School student Frank Banda with the fees for his final college exams. See you at the show!

 

January 13th Admission Coffee and Tour
Prospective families interested in Shanghai American School are cordially invited to attend our upcoming Coffee and Tour event. Parents will learn about SAS and our programs as well as get an overview of the admission process. For general questions, they can contact Admission at admission@saschina.org or call +86 (21) 6221-1445, ext. 2152.

 

Elementary School Cafeteria Update
Healthy, well-balanced lunches are available for purchase in the cafeteria using the SAS provided student lunch card. The ES Cafeteria Menu is available for viewing via PowerSchool. Add money to your child’s lunch card in the elementary school office lobby each morning or in the middle/high school cafeteria at anytime. Money will be stored on the card and withdrawn each day. If you choose to use cafeteria services, you will be notified when money needs to be added to your child’s balance. You are also welcome to send lunch to school with your child that the child will eat with their peers in the cafeteria daily. Please contact the SAS cafeteria with any questions including checking your child’s lunch card balance by calling at 6221-1445×2561 or emailing <Food.PX@saschina.org>.

 

ES Library News
Please refer to the library blog for all communications regarding the elementary school library. Every week the blog is updated with information about new arrivals, events, author of the month information, visiting author information, and more. The blog address is http://sites.saschina.org/eslibrarypx/

 

Save the Date: January Principal’s Coffee Talks
All parents are invited to join us for our January Coffee Talk and Workshop titled “Coaching your Child Through Peer Conflict @ School and Home”! Our principals and counselors will address important issues around “bullying” and “peer conflict” including how SAS proactively addresses student behavior and community building as well as share strategies for supporting and coaching kids through conflict. Save the date and join us in January for the Principal’s Coffee Talks on the following dates in the Grade 1/2 Project Area:

  • January 19th – PK-Grade 1 – 8:15-9:30AM
  • January 20th – Grades 2-5 – 8:15-9:30AM

Please visit http://sites.saschina.org/espuxi/parent-coffee/ for other Coffee Talk details.

 

PTSA Chinese Community Luncheon on January 20
The Chinese Community Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, January 20 @ 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Shanghai Racquet Club House, #555 Jinfeng Road. All families that enjoy Chinese culture and food are welcome to celebrate the New Year together. 120 RMB per person for buffet lunch. For more information please contact letian_xu@hotmail.com

 

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

From SAS Booster Club
It’s a Popcorn & PomPoms Giveaway for Boys & Girls China Cup Basketball!  Come cheer & get your FREE Popcorn & PomPoms FRIDAY, January 15th starting at 3:15 pm at both ES & HS Gyms! GO EAGLES!  Brought to you by SAS Booster Club & PTSA!  See you Friday!

HS GYM:  Friday 3:30 pm Varsity Boys vs. HKIS; 5:00 pm Varsity Girls vs. HKIS
ES GYM:  Friday 3:30 pm JV1 Girls vs. HKIS; 5:00 pm JV1 Boys vs. HKIS

 

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

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