2015-2016 school year

August 19th, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to welcome your child and you to a new school year at Shanghai American School, Pudong campus.
It is a great honor for me to work with all of you in the coming new school year. I am Ellen Xu, your child’s Chinese teacher.
This is the twelfth year for me to work at SAS.

Welcome to my class and I’m looking forward to working closely with your child and you as well. I will apply my
experience and make my Chinese classes enjoyable and productive. At the same time, all of the students are expected to
participate actively in all learning activities in order to reinforce the skills they learned in the classroom. I strongly believe
that cultural activities and experience will help your child to embrace the learning of the language. I will introduce a wide range of
Chinese culture. Through hands-on cultural activities, your child will be motivated with unique learning experience throughout the
year. Your support and assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Learning takes roots when parents and teachers work together to educate child. I ask that you enquire often about what your
child is learning in Chinese class and ask about homework assignment. You can expect you child to have Chinese homework most
of days when he/she has Chinese class expect Pre-K, K, G1(G1 has twice written homework during six-day rotation), and
completion of these assignments will be essential to your child’s progress. You will see a ‘homework reminder book’ coming
home soon, which will keep the teacher and parents well informed of students’ learning in daily Chinese class.

It is recommended to have a Chinese-English & English-Chinese dictionary at home to assist your child to do his/ her
homework. A Chinese type program on computer will be a plus.

Please contact me at your convenience if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s Chinese learning.

Here is the contact information:

Classroom: 217B (Elementary School Building)
E-mail: ellen.xu@saschina.org
Classroom telephone: 62211445-5546

Thank you in advance for your support and effort.
I’m looking forward to working with your child.


Ellen. Xu
ES Chinese Language Teacher
ES Chinese Language Department

_____________2015-2016 School Year

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2013-2014 Chinese Program & Course Outline

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2012 China Alive Week


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The year of Dragon is Coming……

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as “Spring Festival,” the literal translation of the Chinese name 春節 (Pinyin: Chūn Jié), owing to the difference between Western and traditional Chinese methods for computing the seasons. It marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western carnival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: Zhēng Yuè) in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year’s Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as Chú Xī (除夕) or “Eve of the Passing Year.” Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year“.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. People will pour out their money to buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

Chinese New Year 2012 Welcomes the Year of the Dragon


Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.

While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast!


Considering their hard-working nature, Dragons are healthy overall. They do get stressed and suffer from periodic tension/headaches, likely because they take so many risks. Dragons could benefit from incorporating mild activity into their lives. Yoga or walking would be good as these activities can work both their minds and their bodies.


Dragons prefer leading to being led. Jobs that allow them to express their creativity are good choices. Some good careers include: inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.


Dragons will give into love, but won’t give up their independence. Because they have quick, sometimes vengeful tempers, their partners need to be tough-skinned. Dragons enjoy others who are intriguing, and when they find the right partners, they’ll usually commit to that person for life.

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G4 Chinese Literacy class visited the Yu Garden

The 4th Grade Chinese Literacy Classes had a great time on their field trip to Yu Garden on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 2011.

Yu Garden, a classical garden in downtown Shanghai, boasts a history over 400 years. Each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden is expressing the quintessence of South China landscape design from Ming and Qing Dynasty. Over 40 spots, divided by dragon walls wound corridors and beautiful flowers, form a unique picture featuring ‘one step, one beauty; every step, every beauty.’

Divided into groups, students explored the beauty of the garden. They found scenic spots and took lots of photos. They saw giant Ginkgo bilboa, which is aged 400 years old. They walked through zigzagged corridors, and fed the golden fishes in the pond. A large rockery that keeps several ‘secret path’ inside attracted the students to ‘take a risk’ and explore their ‘new land’. They were excited to find the stone boat on top of the rockery.

Students also enjoyed some traditional Shanghai snacks at lunch. There are some comments from out students after their lunch at the famous restaurant ‘Ding Tai Feng’.

‘It’s yummy’, said one student.

‘I like xiao long bao the best. It tastes so good!’

Our students are now able to name a lot of Shanghai snacks, such as ‘xiao long bao’, ‘dou sha bao’, ‘jiao zi’ , ‘mian tiao’, ‘shao mai’, and explain briefly how they are cooked. It was truly a vivid culture class apart from the textbooks.

In the afternoon, students did some shopping the bazaar surrounding the Yu Garden. They were surprised to see so many booths of traditional Chinese art crafts altogether in one place, such as Jin Shan peasant paintings, Paper cutting, Name paintings, Inner bottle paintings, Fan paintings, Kites-making, Wire name makings, etc. They also saw some special shops selling various brushes, purses, porcelain, teapots, Qipao, a traditional Chinese dress in Qing dynasty, and stone stamps.

Students said that one day was definitely not enough to explore more in the Yu Garden and they would love to pay another visit there with their family or friends.

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2011 Moon Festival Celebration by Grade 5

The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It’s also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.


On the Moon Festival, people eat moon cakes, a kind of cookie with fillings of sugar, fat, sesame, walnut, the yoke of eggs, ham or other material. Unlike the American Thanksgiving dinner, the Chinese have moon cakes instead of grandma’ apple pie. Friends and relatives also send moon cakes to each other as a way of giving thanks.


To celebrate the Chinese traditional Moon Festival, the fifth grade did their own moon cakes!


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Moon Festival poems




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