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Elementary School Handbook


At Concordia, we view every student as a gift from God, entrusted to us by parents, and are committed in stewardship to educate students holistically in a nurturing environment that includes comprehensive and challenging opportunities in academics, creative arts, spirituality, athletics, co-curricular activities, and service.


Failure to read this handbook does not excuse students from the rules, expectations and procedures contained in it. Personal factors, illness or contradictory advice from any source is not an acceptable reason for seeking exemption from the contents of this handbook.


Welcome to Concordia’s Elementary School!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Elementary School! The 2019-2020 school year theme is “Envision.” This theme word is a great message for us as we come together as members of the Concordia family to imagine the future!

The world-renowned business consultant Peter Drucker shared this visionary truth, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” It is my hope that, together as partners, we can create a safe and enriching learning environment for our children’s bright tomorrow!

I believe that your child and this community can make a positive difference in Shanghai, in China and across the world. During this school year, there may be an opportunity for your family to help others. You might be able to help a new family, a young child, or a charity that is making a difference in China. Let’s envision us working together to make a positive difference. I agree with Mahatma Ghandi’s famous quote, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

Concordia faculty and staff provide students age-appropriate opportunities for holistic learning in a nurturing environment. Active participation in the learning process is facilitated as students learn new content and further develop their skills. Our commitment to holistic education means children enjoy challenging opportunities in academics, creative arts, spirituality, athletics, co-curricular activities, and service. We view your child as a gift from God.

Finally, Concordia’s Elementary School faculty and staff place a high value on partnering with parents.  This handbook has been designed to provide you with essential information and guidelines, ensuring that your child thrives in a safe and nurturing environment.  I look forward to working with you during the year as your child grows, learns, and develops at Concordia!

Just imagine what blessings and amazing opportunities each week will hold. I look forward to envisioning a wonderful year of growth and learning with you!

Eric Semler
Elementary School Principal