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Divisional News

Elementary School News

The final ES Parent Coffee of the school year will be held at 8:15 AM on Thursday, May 25th in the ES Library.

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Signing up for an overseas posting is an exciting adventure, and it also means frequent hellos and good-byes.

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Due to student led conferences and the May 1 holiday, we did not have CCA on some days. Please note these final CCA dates in May.

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Mr. Fraseur and Ms. Mueller will be holding year-end music assemblies for the following grade levels on these dates:

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Middle School News

Summer checkout begins June 1. Visit the Phoenix Library to pick a summer checkout form or download the form from the library website.

http://library.concordiashanghai.org/readingms

Reading is one of the best parts of summer. We have created two summer reading lists, one for students in grades 5 and 6 and one for students in grades 7 and 8. Come see us in the library and we can help you find just the right books for your summer reading fun.

http://library.concordiashanghai.org/readingms/5th6th

http://library.concordiashanghai.org/readingms/7th8th

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On Wednesday morning, May 24, students in grades 5, 6 and 7 had the chance to meet with the teachers that they'll be learning with in the 2017-18 school year. Teachers shared information about themselves, classes, trips, and special events and projects that the students have to look forward to in the coming year. The students left excited about the future. Be sure to ask your children what they are looking forward to in the next grade level.

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We are proud to announce the students as below were awarded in the 11th National Youth Bingxin Literature Contest. If you see the students you might congratulate them. Anything we can do to help create a positive buzz about the great work our Mandarin students (and their teachers) are doing will be appreciated! Angela, Ying, Grace, Yuan, and Lina were awarded Excellent Adviser Award.

This national literacy contest was named after Bingxin, a very famous author in China. This is the 11th year we participated this competition, about 300,000 students from around of the China summited their essays, majority of them are from local schools.

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High School News

Applied Design Showcase

The Applied Design class is having a show of their major projects from Semester 2. The course focuses on connecting art and design with real-world applications.

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Next year's volleyball clinic will be held at Concordia and SAS Pudong on August 9th, 10th, 12th and 13th. August 11th will be a rest day for everyone. The Gold Medal Squared website is ready for registration to begin. Please sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great opportunity.

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) group would like to invite all students who participated in a HS sport this year to their spring social held on Saturday, May 27th from 1:00-3:00pm at Concordia. They have booked the field for a fun game of ultimate and the Founder's Garden will be set up for outdoor volleyball and other lawn games. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Bishop or Mr. McNair.

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Sewing will be offered for Explorations again this year, and they could use your help. They are looking for the following items:
· Fabric that can be used to cut squares for patchwork quilts
· Rolls of fabric that can be used for the backing of quilts
· Rolls of batting that can be used for the filling of quilts
· Bags of loose batting that can be used to stuff pin cushions and pillows
· Thread for sewing machines
· Yarn or embroidery floss for tying the quilts

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Concordia MATE Underwater ROV Team Competes at SE Asia Regionals

On the weekend of May 21st and 22nd, Concordia's MATE Underwater ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Team traveled to Hong Kong for the SE Asia Regional Competition. The competition is extremely challenging with the team constructing their underwater robot from their own designs and technology. Concordia's robot this year had three onboard computers, six thrusters, four high-definition streaming cameras, and various manipulators and sensors. The team made engineering and marketing presentation to the judges as well as performing tasks underwater. The robot performed well and the team came in second place for China. Team members include Andrew Chen, Samuel Chen, Joshua Cheng, Danny Kong, Yiluo Li, and Ryuichi Yanagi.

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Catch up on the latest parent coffee. Please click on this link to hear updates from SMS and Global Development students, ways to evaluate college admissions reports from other schools, a spotlight on Vanderbilt University, and strategies for transitioning children to college.

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Congratulations to Alice Choi, Vivian Wong and Chloe Lim who have been selected for the Hong Kong University Academy for the Talented International Symposium on STEM education in July. The symposium will bring together 100 students from across the globe with the aim of enhancing students' interests in technology learning, creativity, innovation, and their ability to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge and apply their skills.

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May 25, 2017

Community Bulletin

School News


» MAP Testing Update

Beginning June 5, MAP test scores for Grades 3-8 and AAPPL test scores for Grades 5-8 will be available for pickup from the division secretary of the oldest child in Grades 3-8. Please note we do not send these test scores home with students; a parent or guardian must pick up the tests.

In July, MAP test scores for Grades 9-10 along with AAPPL test scores for Grades 9-12 will be sent to the parent's email address currently on file.

» Last day of school: Summer Send Off in the PC Commons

Everyone is welcome to visit and mingle in the PC Commons on the last day of school from 8 AM until the all-school closing chapel at 10 AM. Say goodbye to your friends as they leave for their next adventure or find out where others are headed for their summer break.

There will be coffee, tea, juice and light refreshments served from 8:15 AM.

» Changes Happening for the Fall

We are very excited to announce our outstanding hires to the teaching staff for the fall. We have 20 new staff arriving at Concordia on August 1. This includes 8 singles, 5 couples, and 6 families. There will also be 4 spouses who are certified teachers who will be available for substitute teaching. This group brings a wealth of knowledge from other international schools around the world—including China, Thailand, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Panama, Australia, Korea, Tanzania, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Dubai, South Africa, Japan, Mexico, India, Egypt, and Russia.The academic background and experience of this group continues to affirm Concordia's reputation as a destination school for teachers worldwide. Below are a few statistics on our new staff:
  • 15 hold a masters degree from outstanding universities (in addition, one has a MA in progress and one will complete an ED.M by the time of their arrival)
  • All have demonstrated success in the area in which they will teach
  • They have 202 years of cumulative teaching experience
  • The average number of years of experience is 10.1, with a range of 3 through 26 years
In addition to curricular expertise, this group brings experience with a variety of co-curricular areas—video broadcasting, dance, basketball cheerleading, soccer, track, robotics, art, volleyball, tennis, swimming, public speaking, drama, technology, singing, MUN, and baseball. To learn more about the new staff click on: INTRODUCING NEW STAFF

Additional information about hiring for the 17-18 school year:

  • Two of our current HS staff, Dagne Furth and Brad Beckman, who will be moving to full-time for the fall.
  • We have intentionally hired to support student learning by adding two additional ELL Coaches for the ES, an additional Learning Support Coach for the MS along with the Academic Counselor role
  • We have added support to our aquatics program with the hire of an Assistant Director of Athletics for Aquatics
  • Two additional teachers have been hired to support continued growth in our ES at Grade 1 and Grade 4
  • We have hired for two additional positions that will support experiential learning and counseling
While it is always difficult to say goodbye to staff who leave at the end each year, the school is committed to providing outstanding faculty to work in partnership with our parents to provide an exceptional experience for students at Concordia. This year we have screened 1000s of inquiries and over 650 applications to identify just over 100 candidates to interview for the 20 positions that were hired.

» Phoenix Shop

The long awaited Adult Medium Hoodie is back in stock!!!! Many people have been looking for those sweatshirts, as well all the other sizes. Our last new item for the year will arrive the end of this week, May 25. It is a pink and green 1/4 zip in the wicking material. We will have women's XS-XL and men's L-XXL. A lot of parents were looking for these last fall, as the athletic department was wearing them. Shop the first week in June for them.

Our Annual Repatriation Sale is going strong. With 34 items on sale, you can't afford to miss out on the deals! The Phoenix shop is open every lunch hour from 11:30 AM-1 PM and Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4PM.

» 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

» Final Clothing Swap of the Year! Clean out Your Closets Now Before Summer Holiday!

The HS Environmental Committee is hosting our last clothing swap of the school year. Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff from all divisions (ES, MS, HS) are all welcome!To participate, just follow these three easy steps:

Step 1- Drop off your SLIGHTLY WORN clothing outside Mrs. Molloy's room (H429) from now until Friday June 2nd. (Clothing drop offs will not be accepted outside those dates). All gently used clothes and accessories, excluding socks, undergarments and shoes will be accepted during the clothing swap.

Step 2- Come to H429 on Friday June 2nd between 3:20-5 PM and scour for wonderful new pieces to add to your wardrobe. If you just want to donate clothes, but cannot attend the Clothing Swap, no problem!

Step 3- Feel good about having participated in a green initiative, found a new home for that favorite top you could no longer wear and scored some awesome clothes for free! Any leftover garments will be donated to The Shanghai Community Center's River of Hearts charity. http://communitycenter.cn/about-roh

» Lost/Found ABC Union Pay Bankcard

An ABC Union Pay bankcard was found in the PC Gym over the weekend. If it is yours, please visit the Business Office on the third floor of the high school building to claim.

» Departing Shanghai or just cleaning house?

Not sure what to do with some items? Donate items that would be useful for new teachers as they arrive in August. Most helpful are kitchen items or small household items. If you would like to donate, please contact steven.nurre@concordiashanghai.org to make arrangements. Please ensure that everything is:
  • Working, clean, and in good repair
  • Boxed and delivered to school

Athletics & Arts

Seasons are over for the year.

PSO

» 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

  • ES Teaching Assistant or Grade Level Assistant (PRC only)
For details on how to apply go to https://www.concordiashanghai.org/about/employment
Introducing New Teachers. (pdf)


Opportunities

» 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 50 RMB 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 at tina.harbold@concordiashanghai.org so you can be added to the weekly email list. As always, TO YOUR HEALTH!

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

Worship

» 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.

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.»

» Ayi Available One Day a Week (05/11)

Are you looking for an ayi part-time? Katie is looking for an employer for one additional day a week next year, either Tuesday or Thursday. She currently works for Todd and Kathy Gordon three days a week, and she has found another family for one day a week next year, but she would like to work 5 days a week. She cleans, does laundry/ironing, pays bills, and cooks, is willing to learn new dishes, and is extremely trustworthy. If interested, please contact todd.gordon@concordiashanghai.org.

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.

» 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.