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Community Bulletin January 12

School News

» A Safety Message from the Head of School's Office

It has been brought to our attention that there was an incident in Dong Jiao Guest Villas this week where four houses were broken into and money and valuables were taken. Please be aware that there is often an up-tick in burglaries over the holiday season (now through Chinese New Year) so we would encourage you to be extra vigilant, locking your bikes and scooters and securing your homes. If you should experience any sort of burglary, please call 110 immediately to report the incident.

» Save The Date for the 14th Annual Gala & Auction on March 11. Tickets on sale February 13 - March 3. Tickets cost 850 RMB each.

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» Phoenix Shop

Looking for a great Holiday Gift? Please swing by the Phoenix Shop! Holiday sale on our "Levi" inspired Denim Jacket. 2 washes and sizes run Small to XXLarge. It has the "Xie He" tag and Shanghai buttons. Regular price was 300 RMB and now it is reduced to 100 RMB! Also, our Men's and Women's Polar Fleece is on Sale. Regular price 200 RMB, now 100RMB. We also have some new items. "Ayi in Training" laundry bags, Shanghai Tai Tai aprons, Phoenix Strong t-shirts and long sleeve dry weave shirts. New charity items include Wooden Tree trivets, Wooden Christmas Trees and batik notebooks. Great small items to take home for the holidays. The Phoenix Shop is open Monday through Friday at the lunch hour, 11:30 AM-1 PM. 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

» Towel & Blanket Drive

Do you love animals? Want to help bring comfort and warmth to rescue animals during this cold winter?

The HS Environmental Committee is holding a Blanket & Towel Drive. Drop off your unwanted blankets and towels in the box by the HS office.

On Saturday, Jan. 14th, there will be a day trip to the Best Friends Animal Shelter in Songjiang to bring these towels and blankets to the rescue animals there to help keep them warm and cozy. For more information about the Best Friends China animal charity, visit http://www.bestfriendschina.org/en/.

Athletics & Arts

Welcome back. Hope everyone had a great break. This weekend our high school basketball teams will compete in the city SISAC basketball tournaments. The Varsity teams will be at SAS PD and the JV teams are in Suzhou. The high school swim team will be at SAS PX competing in the China Cup swim meet on Friday night and all day on Saturday. We are one short week away from our APAC teams traveling to their season ending tournaments. Good luck to all of our teams, athletes and coaches.


» 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

We are currently in the midst of hiring for next year. We have already talked with some outstanding educators. If you know of any exceptional candidates who are both outstanding teachers and models of Christian faith, please either encourage them to go to our website to learn more https://www.concordiashanghai.org/about/employment or contact Steven Nurre at recruitment@concordiashanghai.org

Faculty opening:
Support Staff openings:


» Charity Gym Day to Help One of Our Own

As we all know the gift of giving is the greatest gift of all. We recently found out that one of our Shanghai Gymnastics families has been going through tough times and we will be hosting a Charity Gym Day on January 22nd in the hopes that our amazing community can pull together and make a difference in the lives of these people.

Who are we helping?
Matt and Kari Alligier have been friends since 11 years old and eventually married in 2010. They have 2 beautiful children, MJ and Harlyn. MJ was born with profound hearing loss at birth and has had surgery to get 2 cochlear implants, which have changed his life. Recently, baby Harlyn has also been diagnosed with profound hearing loss. In order to give her the best chance of hearing, she will also need to undergo surgery for 3 cochlear implants. Unfortunately, the surgery is extremely expensive. It is going to cost the family close to 20K USD with further costs for follow up treatments. This has caused much hardship and financial stress to the family.

A message from Kari:
"Our lives have been blessed with two beautiful children, MJ and Harlyn. Though it has been quite a rough road, cochlear implants have completely changed our son's life. The fact that we can look at him and say "we love you" and for him to hear his favorite songs or read him a book, it's a miracle and the most indescribable feeling. We want our daughter to have this same advantage and be just as blessed as her brother. MJ is currently in pre-K and is reading and doing amazing in school! We know that with the help from these doctors, this will be Harlyn in 4 years too. It's a long road ahead, but nothing will stop us from getting there for our baby girl!"

The Charity Gym Day is for children of all ages and skill levels to come into the gym for a 1 hour session. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Alligier family to help pay for the medical bills for little Harlyn. We sincerely hope that we can all open up our hearts and give Harlyn a chance at a healthy life.

Date: Sunday, January 22nd
  • 1 - 2PM (First session)
  • 2:15 - 3:15PM (Second session)
  • 3:30 - 4:30PM (Third session)
Cost: Each session is 150 RMB
Location: Shanghai Gymnastics Jinqiao (2622 Jinqiao road, #59, building #1)
40 children per session maximum so please send RSVP to Shanghai.gymnastics@gmail.com

100% of proceeds will go to the Alligier family!

» 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:

  • Saturday January 14, 2017 2 PM until Sunday 10 AM 1 night
  • Thursday January 19th 3:20 (Friday NO SCHOOL) until Saturday morning 10 AM 2 nights
  • Chinese New Year – January 27 – February 4. You pick your dates and boys. Very flexible.
  • Saturday February 17, 2017 2 PM until Sunday 10 AM 1 night
  • Friday February 24, 2017 3:20 pm until Sunday 10 AM 2 nights
  • Friday March 10, 3:20 PM until Sunday 10 AM 2 nights
  • Saturday March 18, 2017 2 PM until Sunday 10AM 1 night
  • 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

» Community Center Events

Community Center is having a Shanghai 123 session on Friday the 20th of January and I would kindly like to ask your help to invite new parents/families to this orientation.

To all new families and newcomers in Shanghai, Community Center Shanghai is inviting you to Shanghai 123 on Friday January 20th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

It's an orientation that gives you the resources to navigate your first year in Shanghai. Click Here for Registration

It's free, including breakfast, lunch and childcare. It's also a great chance to meet others that arrived around the same time in Shanghai.

Location: Community Center Shanghai, 1146 Biyun Road, Pudong, Shanghai (http://www.smartshanghai.com/venue/12132)

Check more information at www.communitycenter.cn

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
» Shanghai Thunderbirds Ice Hockey
» Sport For Life
» Active Kidz Shanghai
» Shanghai Griffins Basketball
» 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)


» 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.


Please check next week!

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.

Please check next week!


» 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.