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Divisional News

Elementary School News

Your library is in need of volunteers and you can be a huge talent and support to our needs of this year, which are listed below.

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Middle School News

Grades 6, 7, and 8 Parents, you are invited to a special Literacy Parent Afternoon Tea on Wednesday, November 29 from 2:15 – 3:15pm in Luther Hall. Heather Burns, our staff developer from Columbia University's Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, will be presenting on "Strategies to Engage Your Child in Critical Thinking". As our curriculum encourages students to interact with texts and think deeply about their reading and writing, this promises to be a great time for parents to understand Reading and Writing Workshop and to gain tips and strategies to support and deepen your child's thinking at home.

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8 students from Concordia, grades 7-9, went to Western International School of Shanghai this past weekend for the Live HighFour Math/Science competition to compete with 6 other schools from around China. In a day full of various team and individual competitions in Math and Science, our students had some great results! The team comprised of Darren Lou, Dylan Sun, Lan Hai, and Kevin Hopkins finished 2nd overall out of 13 teams! In addition, they placed 1st in the "Transporter Round", and Darren Lou placed 1st overall in the science competition! Please be sure to congratulate them when you see them!

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G8 science

Grade 8 students have begin building their rockets. First they are testing their payload capsules to collect data (time, position, mass, velocity, acceleration). They will use this data to calculate the amount of force (Newtons- N) in which the capsule will land on the ground. Then they will add their payload (egg/golf ball) to the capsule and record that data. Again, they will do the calculations to find the Force/impact (N) of the capsule and payload when it hits the ground. This is the first step of the building process.

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Dr. Tina's RSB class

Recently Dr. Tina's RSB class collected toiletries for Dr. Tina and her group to take to under privileged families in Nepal. After working with over 240 people (kids and families), the group realized there was a need for shoes. The students decided to do a barefoot Walk-A-Thon to raise funds to buy 16 pairs of shoes (approximately 1600 rmb). This means each student needed to get sponsorship (100 rmb each) for walking laps around the track for 30 minutes; barefoot. The students did all the planning, organizing, advertising and completing the proposal. All funds have been collected and we were able to raise close to 8000 rmb. This means we can provide about 80 pairs of shoes! AMAZING! Thanks to all who participated either by walking or sponsoring!

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On Tuesday, Mr. Muir's RSB class decided to do a service project around the word "Kindness". They washed over 50 bikes/scooters of Concordia students and teachers. Their hope is that this kindness would spread around Concordia and we could all be more kind in everything we do.

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Grade 6 LTB students were busy learning the vocab about vegetables & fruit. They designed their posters and gave speeches in mandarin to advertise their personal shops.

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Charity recital on Sunday, November 26th!

Road to Recovery is a charity organization that helps disabled kids recover. On Sunday, November 26th, we will be hosting a recital to fundraise for the treatments of the kids. It will be free admission, but there will be a donation box as well as charity sales at the recital. Please bring your family and friends, and come join us at the Rittmann Theatre at 7PM on Sunday, November 26th!

You can find more information about Road to Recovery and this event through the QR code attached and donate to support the cause.

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High School News

SEOMUN XX

Twenty adventurous and articulate students traveled to Seoul this past weekend for SEOMUN XX. Staying downtown, the students debated issues such as corruption within African nations, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, religious extremism, globalization, the migrant crisis, and much more. Our students enjoyed the debates as well as meeting other delegates from all over Asia. Of particular note, we had three students who were judges on the International Court of Justice ruling on cases in Kosovo and Ukraine, Security Council representatives debating the Gaza Strip and the situation in Mali, and Historical Security Council delegates who relived the crises in Hungary in 1956 and Palestine in 1948. Dr. J and Mr. Kennedy were impressed by the level of debate and the responsibility of our students. They did Concordia proud!

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Career Day 2017 a Success!

On November 1, 24 local professionals shared their career stories and advice with Concordia high school students. Our guests who presented on career fields from business management and entrepreneurship to hospitality and NGOs imparted valuable working-world knowledge to our students. Here's what some of our students took away from their career day experience:

"Listening to so many experts in different realms expands my outlook on careers. It makes me reconsider what profession I want to pursue."

"I learned that it is ok to mess up and it's encouraged because that's how you grow. Once you choose a college major you can still change."

"Networking is important, although switching companies for certain benefits is appealing, connections are worth more and require time to build."

Thank you to all our speakers for making this event a success!

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Physics Students Contribute to World Wide Data Day

Accelerated physics and AP physics C classes partook in the World Wide Data Day on November 14th. Concordia was one of only 30 schools world-wide to be able to do this activity given from the Large Hadron Collider. Students analyzed 1500 collisions from the CMS detector looking for dimuon events and presented their data via videoconference with students from other schools around the world and a Physicist from CERN. Well done Concordia!

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Student Media Services Livestream Group Captures Pride and Prejudice

In a Concordia first, the Livestream group from Student Media Services (SMS) planned and executed a live-capture recording of the highly successful High School drama production of Pride and Prejudice. About 7 days in advance of the main recording date, student leaders Jenny and Emilie contacted Mr. Doering to work out camera angles and a place in the control room for the substantial "Tricaster" switching mechanism. The Livestream group has been building their capacity under the direction of Mr. Lavender and Mr. Mendes. After a successful practice recording, the dedicated crew consisting of Emilie, Jenny, Nick, Alex, Alan and Rosie pulled out their best skills to capture all the action from 3 camera angles on the big day. The resulting video is an elegant and unique artifact which celebrates the high-calibre talent of our drama department and announces an exciting new direction for SMS.

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Congratulations to the following students from last year's independent research class whose scientific research was recently published in BioTreks.

Cadmium is Badmium http://biotreks.org/e201703/
By Katherine Hou, Hwiyeon Lim, and Manon Miller
Recognized in the areas of Scientific Rigor, Innovation and Visual Communication

The Effects of Milk Fat Globule Membrane Proteins on the Immune Response of Drosophila melanogaster
http://biotreks.org/e201714/
By Zemei Amanda Lee and Helen Zhang

BioTreks is a peer reviewed synthetic biology journal for high school students that is published once a year. The journal content is authored by high school students and reviewed by students, mentors and professional biologists from around the world.
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Thanks to everyone from the Concordia community who contributed to our Unite: Storm Relief campaign. The high school Global Development Studies class is pleased to announce that our final tally for the campaign is a whopping $6,691 USD!! That's amazing! Thanks so much to the Phoenix Shop for a generous donation of 15,000 RMB and to the PSO for donating 3,368 RMB from their bake sale proceeds. Thanks also to Pistolera for hosting a successful partnership/fundraising night, and to Dr. Scott for dollar-matching the fundraising from the HS Free Dress Day and contributing 7,801 RMB to the cause. Thanks to everyone else who contributed to the campaign and to the Global Development Studies students for organizing and running this successful effort. Our money will be donated right away to the LCMS Hurricane Relief Fund (https://www.lcms.org/givenow/hurricane). Thanks, everyone!

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November 23, 2017

Community Bulletin

School News


» Change of Bank Account Name

Per government request, the school has changed its Chinese name. Hence, please kindly note that Chinese bank information is updated as below:

  • Account Name(户名): 上海协和国际外籍人员子女学校
  • Account No. (帐号):310066111018170251820
  • Bank (银行): 交通银行上海新区支行

» School Uniforms

The Uniform shop is located in the High School basement off of the PE Commons and is opens from noon to 4:00 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


» Lunch Menu Access

Did you know that you can access our school lunch menus on our website? Click here to visit our School Services page and view the ES and MS/HS (PC Lunch Menu) lunch menus this week.

Athletics & Arts

This past weekend our APAC Choir, APAC Orchestra and APAC Dance groups all traveled to their respective APAC events. The performances were well received and each group reported they had a great time.

The MS soccer seasons finished up last weekend at the Cross River Event. Great season to all players and coaches. Thank you to the parents who helped coach this season and specifically on Saturday.

The swim group traveled to Bangkok to compete in the APAC vs. ISAS Swim meet. We had a number of kids swim personal best times. ISAS ended up winning the meet.

This weekend our Varsity Basketball teams are in Beijing at the Great Wall Basketball Tournament. Follow the action at http://www.isb.bj.edu.cn/page.cfm?p=1573

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving.


PSO

» Please join us at the PSO Holiday Party were we will "Eat, Drink and Be Merry"!

The party will be held on Monday, December 4 from 7 - 9 PM at the Marriott, Pudong.

Your ticket gets you a Cocktail Buffet and a Drink. There will be Raffle Prizes and plenty of Holiday Cheer.

To RSVP, please put 200 RMB/person in an envelope marked with the names of the people attending and drop it off in one of the collection boxes location in the ES, MS, or HS offices by November 30. We are looking forward to celebrating the season with all of you! Please see the party invitation here.


» 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

Each fall we begin to identify positions likely to be open the following year and generally complete recruiting by late January. However, we accept applications at any time and will keep them on file for future vacancies. Due to age restrictions in China, we are not able to consider applicants who will be older than 57 on August 1 of the year of their initial contract.

Faculty
  • Early Childhood (EC)- PS 3 Classroom
  • EC-Assistant Principal/Counselor-offer pending
  • ES Grade One Classroom
  • ES Grade Two Classroom
  • Potential-ES Classroom (grade level unspecified)
  • ES PE
  • ES ELL Coach
  • Potential-ES Counselor
  • MS Math/Science
  • MS Humanities
  • HS PE-offer pending
  • HS Humanities/History

Support

  • Athletic/PE Assistant
  • Athletic/PE Secretary
  • ES Teaching Assistant

To learn more go to: https://www.concordiashanghai.org/about/employment

or Directly to Job Postings


Opportunities

» Give the Gift of Education this Christmas!

For more than 10 years Concordia Shanghai has partnered with Concordia Welfare & Education Foundation

(CWEF) to provide YEP Scholarships for students in rural China. CWEF works with the high schools and education officials to provide high school scholarships to vulnerable (poor, female, handicapped, minority, etc.) and well-qualified students (good character and grades). The Chinese government provides free public education through grade 9, but tuition must be paid for high school. Many rural families have little access to affordable student loans or financing, consequently many high-achieving female students cannot pursue a high school education.


Your gift of 3500 RMB (US$520) provides a student with school tuition and fees, annual career workshops, and support for REACH student-development program for the current school year. Click here for more information and to make a direct online donation. http://cwef.org.hk/yep-scholarships

» Morning Fitness Classes are Open to Parents of Concordia!

Are you interested in spinning, boot camp, or yoga in the mornings? Certified staff are conducting classes every morning of the week. For a detailed schedule and pricing information, contact Tina Harbold. Classes have begun so don't wait... sign up now! If you are interested or have questions, please email Tina at tina.harbold@concordiashanghai.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
» 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


Worship

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


Classifieds


» Check back next time!


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.

» Check back next time!


Reminders


» 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.

» 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.