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Divisional News

Elementary School News

We are excited to announce a special ES Parent Coffee with our math consultant, Dr. Sherry Parrish. The parent coffee will be held Tuesday, March 21, at 8:15 AM in Luther.

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Middle School News

The students in 6th grade have been experiencing a different kind of March Madness this month. They started with a bracket of 64 books, and they've been voting on which are the best reads. The tournament is currently on the third round, the Sweet Sixteen.

So far, number one seeds Harry Potter, The Lightning Thief, and Wonder have been dominating their regions. In an upset, The Lost Hero was beaten by Hatchet in the final region. "I've been surprised and pleased that the classics have been holding their own against some newer, shinier stories," said Humanities teacher Tony Tovar.

You can check out the bracket in the first floor hallway by the 6th grade classrooms. How is your child's favorite book doing in the tournament?

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With our recent documentaries created by students that reflected events and repercussions of World War II, students created a list of things they 'hated'. After sharing these lists, students composed actions that can lead to love. See examples above.

Following discussions in small groups, students wrote a paragraph on each: love and hate. Their writing showed empathy, compassion and the complexity we live in between love and hate.

In times of hate, love can be our refuge. 'How can we sustain love and evaporate hate' remains a theme for our unit this month. Students stated the following words shared in this brief video that perhaps, may cause us to think deeply.

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Please note that G8 students and G8 core teachers will be away for an overnight learning trip to Nanjing from Thursday, March 30th through Friday, March 31st. Thus, students will be missing two full days of classes.

Students have been advised to ask for any make-up work ahead of time.

Thank you for your flexibility and support!

Yours in learning,

Grade 8 Team

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Recently in Grade 7 Science students tested how much CO2 they are releasing when they breathe out. Students blew up a balloon and inserted a straw. They "emptied" their air into a blue colored BTB solution contained in a test tube. The students watched as the solution changed colors based on the amount of CO2 released. Then they added drops of ammonia to try to neutralize it back to the BTB color. The more drops it took, the more CO2 you are releasing. Can you guess which Grade 7 student has the most "hot air"? It was interesting to see if it was people who were more athletic or the "gamers". As we found out, those who do more stagnant type activities release more CO2.

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Parent Coffee Invitation - Focus on Science Education

Concordia is pleased to welcome education consultant and YouTube EDU Guru Paul Andersen to campus to work with K-12 students and teachers October 10-14. Parents are invited to attend a special Parent Coffee where they can meet Paul and hear his thoughts on current teaching trends and challenges and find out what's next in science education.

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High School News

7th Annual Concordia World University Fair

On March 13th Concordia hosted the 7th annual World University Fair. This year around 206 universities from around the world participated along with various summer programs. School counselors and students from about 20 area international and local schools were invited to join us in learning about the many universities and programs they offer.

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In the next two days students will be receiving the 2017 TrIBES Selection Guide, allowing them to see the detailed information for the 19 course selections for next year's travel season from September 22-28th. Students will need to return the selection form to Evelyn in the HS Office before April 11th. Placement will take place in the following weeks and students will have the opportunity to meet their new tribe leaders and the students who will be their tribe for the 2017-18 school year. Please take a look at the guide with your students and encourage them to make the choices that best suite their academic interests, service values, and physical activity level. Also keep in mind that some courses have supplemental fees in addition to the base price. If you have questions about the TrIBES program, please contact our Off-Campus Education Coordinator, rebekah.house@concordiashanghai.org.

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Concordia hosted the 9th Annual China History Day on March 4th. More than 300 students from 20 different schools from across China presented their historical research projects on this year's theme: Taking a Stand in History. George Wang and Betty Barr were our guest speakers and were interviewed about their many years witnessing historical changes in Shanghai by Julian Chow and Angela Qian. All participants went away better equipped to analyze and engage with the past to better understand and shape the present and future.

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Congratulations to High School Counselor Patrick Love who recently presented at the International School Counselor Association's annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic. His presentation on Happiness Engineering: a data-driven model for supporting student wellness and academic growth, generated a lot of excitement at the conference.

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Congratulations to the following students for receiving recognition in this program!

For Artwork:
Pearl Au-Yeung - one Gold Key, one Silver Key and two Honorable Mentions
Luke Miller-Silver Key
Jonathan Tsai - Honorable Mention
Isabella Luo - Honorable Mention

For Writing:
Samantha Lee - Honorable Mention
Isabella Luo - Honorable Mention
Elijah Tai - Honorable Mention

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Congratulations to APAC Theatre participants Sophie Ideker, Harper Lagares, Marley Lagares, Jennifer Liu, Carson Morgan, Conner Morgan, Katrina Stellick, Emma Whittenburg, Shelby Wilson, and Jacquelyn Wu. They will be presenting their APAC theatre piece to the student body on April 26th.

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in the February Caribou Math Competition. Joshua Shou and Bob Zhang placed in the top 10 worldwide for the 9th/10th grade level test and Garrett Lee finished 7th worldwide in the 11th/12th grade test. Concordia is the only school with two top-10 finishers out of more than 500 participants. Well done Concordia!

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Catch up on the latest parent coffee! The February coffee featured Kathy Gordon overviewing the math placement process, counselors sharing about happiness engineering meetings for 9th and 10th graders, new faculty and courses for 2017-2018, student Alan Su discussing lessons learned from Independent Research, and tips for managing technology with teens. Please click the link below to learn more about programs and ideas to support you and your students. Click here for February's parent coffee.

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March 23, 2017

Community Bulletin

School News

» Auction Update

Thank you to everyone who attended the evening. It was a great night! Thank you for supporting the GROW Project along with Athletics and Activities.

The photos from the night are in the editing process now. An email will be sent out next week with the link to view the photos from the night.

Auction Committee

» MAP, AAPPL, and AP testing will soon begin in Grades 3-12.

You will receive more information about these tests soon. For your reference, below are the dates for the tests by division:

Elementary School

  • MAP (Grades 3/4): May 22-26

Middle School

  • AAPPL (Mandarin/Spanish): April 11-May 5
  • MAP (Grades 7/8): May 8-12
  • MAP (Grades 5/6): May 15-19

High School

  • AAPPL (Mandarin/Spanish): April 17-21
  • AP (Grades 9-12): May 1-19
  • MAP (Grades 9/10): May 22-23

» Redirection for Safety

Dear Concordia Community,

We are committed to the safety and security of our students. Due to a heightened awareness of safety and security we are redirecting parents and visitors to pass by the Mingyue guardhouse instead of the wooden gate that has direct access to the street. Thank you for your understanding.

Director of Operations

» Phoenix Shop

Phoenix Shop-Welcome the Year of the Rooster with our new coffee mugs. The mug looks fantastic and can be customized with your name. We also have a beautiful collection of hand made Ceramics, by our own Concordia parent, Helene Miller. The ceramics are wonderful great keepsake, with an Asian theme. They also would be great for our children's future home stays, like APAC.

New gift item in stock-"Ayi in Training" laundry bag. This has been resigned and quite big for children heading off to University.

Currently working on a newly designed, sling backpack, that will be available with in the coming weeks. We are also working on getting in-stock some of our missing hoodies and crew sweatshirts.

The Phoenix shop is open every lunchtime from 11:30 AM-1 PM, and Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4 PM.

» School Uniforms

The Uniform shop is located in the High School basement off of the PE Commons and is opens from noon to 4 PM, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday For your reference, the uniform policy appears on the Uniforms website. Questions regarding uniforms should be directed to: uniforms@concordiashanghai.org.

Our Community

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Athletics & Arts

This past weekend our middle school volleyball players competed in the annual Cross River Event. Players had a great day of playing against other schools in town.

This Friday our Girls Soccer team has a home game against BISS PX, start time is 5pm. The boys will be traveling to BISS PX to play at 5pm as well.

Today our Track and Field team will be competing in the last practice meet of the year. Events start at 3:45.

Our Badminton team hosted SAS PX on Tuesday. The team did well, wining a majority of the matches.

Thanks for the support at the auction. We are looking forward to adding some fun athletic things around campus.


» PSO Community Meeting

Save the date! The next PSO Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 29th, from 10;00 to 11:30 AM at the PC Lounge (outside the Concordia High School Library). Join us this week to celebrate the Korean culture and food .

Come, join us, meet the PSO board, and find out how to get involved. Coffee, treats will be served. See you there!

» PSO Spring Used Book Sale

Our PSO Used book sale is around the corner. Here is how you can donate your used books and magazines: Drop them in the yellow and blue bins located in ES, MS and HS building. We accept books for all ages: kids, teens, adults. We thank you for your donation.

» PSO Used Uniform Sales

Gently used Concordia uniform pieces are also for sale at all monthly PSO meetings. The uniform pieces cost 20 RMB each. If you have gently used uniforms you no longer need, please consider donating them to the PSO.

Visit PSO website for more information on our upcoming events, and learn how you can get involved.

Job Openings

» Open positions for the 2017-18 School Year

Internal Transfers: We are happy to announce the following internal moves.

  • Kristin Barber-ES ELL
  • Brian Lavender-HS Social Studies
  • Ryan Maney-ES STEM Coach
  • Dagne Furth-HS Full-time
  • Brad Beckman-HS Full-time
  • Brenda Petersen-AHOS-P
  • Deb Lancashire-MS Humanities
  • Kristy Godbout-ES Gr 4
  • Tony Tovar--Assistant Director of Activities
  • Gaylon Alfano-Enrollment Management Specialist
  • Monica Ghicu-Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator

Hiring Status

  • ES PE-final interviews scheduled
  • English Language Learner (ELL) Coach-contract offered
  • Family Life Counselor-- filled, waiting on call process

Support Staff openings:

ES Teaching Assistant or Grade Level Assistant (PRC only)

Cashier (PRC only)

Transportation Coordinator (PRC only)


» Morning Spinning Class

Are you looking to workout in the morning? Here at Concordia we would like to start offering to our families a 5:30 AM spinning class on Mondays and Wednesdays. The donation is 50rmb per class to benefit our wellness program. You don't have to commit to every session as you will pay as you go. If you are interested, please email Tina attina.harbold@concordiashanghai.org so you can be added to the weekly email list. As always, TO YOUR HEATLH!

» YEP Charity Dinner at the Truck Stop Grill!

On April 21 from 5 -10 PM, Concordia's YEP program is partnering with the Truck Stop Grill to offer an opportunity to try this great new American Diner food restaurant and support our high school students who will travel to Yunnan in the fall to construct a clean water system for a rural village.

The Truck Stop Grill is located in the Hall of the Moon Mall at 188 Ruihong Lu, near Tianhong Lu in the Hongkou district of Puxi.


  • 280RMB Dinner with Free Flow Alcohol
  • 180RMB Dinner with Free Flow Soft Drinks

12% of revenue will be donated to the YEP Water project being completed by Concordia HS students in September.

Please contact Rebekah House (Rebekah.house@concordiashanghai.org) for more information or visit

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B45ACAB29A13-charity to RSVP.

» Service Opportunity Hosting families "Service Through Friendship"

This program offers the opportunity to be a "Big Brother" to two of WILL Foundation boys for one or two nights. The boys will be paired. They're between the ages five and twelve. They could share a bed or enjoy camping-out on a rug. (Sleeping bags available.) But, be warned, they eat like bears Contact david.chaveriat@concordiashanghai.org Click here for more information. Thank you.

Looking for host families for the following dates:

  • Friday April 28, 2017 3:20 PM until Sunday 10 AM 2 nights
  • Saturday May 6, 2017 2 PM until Sunday 10 AM 1 night
  • Saturday May 20, 2017 2 PM until Sunday 10 AM 1 night

» Share a meal for baby Nathan! Baobei Spring Luncheon at Mr Willis Restaurant

  • Wednesday April 12th, 2017 @ 12 Noon. 400rmb per person.
  • Mr Willis Restaurant, 3F 195 Anfu Lu (near Wulumuqi Lu)

Join old & new Baobei supporters for a meal to share and hear the latest news about Baobei's work with orphans in China.

This year's Spring Luncheon will be a great get together to support baby Nathan, who was born with anal atresia.

A yearly tradition, Mr Willis's spring luncheon has also supported Jill, Brian, Ting Ting and Titus. Come to the luncheon to hear updates on these and more Baobei children!

Pre-paid Reservations essential – limited seating

WeChat Jessica @ 13912775861

WeChat ID: kimfam or email invite@baobeifoundation.org

Club Sports and Community Sports Organizations

Below you'll find a list of clubs and organizations that offer a variety of sports activities to the community. If you would like for Concordia to consider adding a listing, please email the Marketing Department.

» Phoenix Swim Club
» Shanghai American Football League
» Shanghai Sluggers Youth Baseball-registration has started!
» Shanghai Thunderbirds Ice Hockey
» Sport For Life
» Active Kidz Shanghai
» Shanghai Griffins Basketball Training Camp
» Century Park Football Club - Soccer Training
» Tuesday Night Co-ed Volleyball (starts after Chinese New Year)
» Shanghai Gymnastics
» Shanghai Chess Club Offers Classes at CCS
» Multisport
» Dulwich Earthquakes (Excellent Soccer Source)
» Danceworks Shanghai


» Please click here for information about Worship Services in Shanghai.

» Moms In Prayer International

Experience the joy of replacing anxiety with peace and hope by lifting up our children, teachers, staff and community with thanksgiving. Join other moms who meet twice a month on campus to seek guidance and wisdom for our children, our school and the Concordia community. Friendly to women of all languages. Please contact Michelle Wu if you have any question.


» House Available (03/23)

There is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths apartment. 150 sqm, available in heart of Jin Qiao with floor heating. Available in march. Please call 13818146723.

» Grand Piano for Sale (03/23)

Contact Steven Nurre steven.nurre@concordiashanghai.org or 1582 158 4157

Drivers & Ayis

When hiring ayis or drivers, please remember to check references and ask around the community for first-hand recommendations. Even in situations where ads are posted by Concordia families, please recognize that these ads are not vetted in any way by the school before posting. Although names and contact information of ayis and drivers are posted in the Community Bulletin, we do not affirm and/or affiliate ourselves with them.

» Ayi Available in Jinqiao (03/23)

Our Ayi is now available in Jinqiao for part- or full-time work. Ayi Jin is hard working, industrious and cheerful. She is great with kids of all ages and is willing to tailor her style to your needs. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our experience with Ayi in our home (kellyjo.larson@concordiashanghai.org). Please contact Ayi Jin directly regarding work. Phone number 135-8574-9402.

» Ayi Available (03/23)

Ayi available, please see here for here reference and contact.


» Carrying Copies of Passport and Visa

We have been informed by Public Security Bureau that policemen are being sent to different locations like supermarkets or streets to check people's passport and visa. We would like to remind our community that carrying a copy of your passport and visa in your wallet is recommended so you are fine if you are checked. Please note that the policemen will show you their working ID when they stop you. If they don't, please ask. If you forget to carry the two copies, they could take you back to their office. In this case, we suggest you contact your employer who can confirm your passport and visa information. They may also stop unaccompanied students so I would recommend that you review this procedure with them as well.

» New Residence Permits, Work Permits or Passports?

Whenever you or your family members receive new residence permits, work permits and/or passports, please be sure to send copies of your new documents to the Admissions office, in the Welcome Center (1st floor High School). Or, email soft copies to Admissions. Keeping your children's files up to date helps us keep in compliance with Chinese governmental regulations.

» Health Office Information

Concordia's Health Office has put together this useful list of emergency telephone numbers and addresses in both Chinese and English. Click here for the list or contact the Health Office for more information.
Flu Shots For information on Flu shots, contact the Health Office. Contact Jenny or Yukki directly.

» No Bicycles for Children Under Age 12 on Public Streets - Shanghai International Schools Association (SISA)

The following information regarding bicycle riding in Shanghai is shared in an attempt to be helpful to all its member schools. For safety purposes, the regulations in Shanghai allow for bicycles to be ridden on public streets only by children age 12 and above. This regulation is strictly enforced in Puxi, but is unevenly applied in Pudong. The immediate danger is that families may assume that local protections for bicycle riders may be the same as in their own country, but they are not. It is important to be aware that if a child under 12 is involved in any kind of accident on a public street or crossing, the parent may be held responsible. Sidewalks and bicycle paths along public roads are considered part of the public roads. In addition, as accident insurance is relatively new to China and there are not many precedents with these situations, your own accident or medical insurance company has the right to refuse cover in the event of violation of the local law. We hope that better understanding will result in better safety for younger children.

» Community Bulletin Objectives

The Community Bulletin conveys school and student-related information and supports community, volunteer and charitable organizations. The classified section and driver/ayi notices are meant as a service to parents. With the exception of sharing information and offers from Concordia's official corporate partners, we do not support commercial ventures or for-profit organizations. The Community Bulletin editors reserve the right to omit submitted content deemed to fall outside the scope of the Community Bulletin.

» Parent Directory Privacy Policy

At Concordia, we are very protective of family information and data. The school emails only information that is important and directly related to the school and student issues. Internally, we carefully monitor what is emailed to parents and ensure it is appropriate. The use of email addresses from the parent directory for non-school related or commercial reasons is a severe misuse of the directory.

» Submitting Community Bulletin Items

The Community Bulletin is a bi-weekly newsletter. Please submit text in final format by Wednesday at noon in Arial font (maximum 100 words or 5 sentences in paragraph form with a headline) to marketing@concordiashanghai.org. Based on the schedule of the next bulletin, submissions may be included the week they are received or the following week. Any submission received after this time on the week scheduled for publication will be included in the next bulletin in two weeks. Submitted items may run for a maximum of two consecutive publications.