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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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August 15, 2017

Community Bulletin

School News

» Welcome Message from Dr. Mary Scott, HOS

Dear Phoenix families,

Welcome to the 20th academic year of Concordia International School Shanghai. For our new school families, we are excited you are here. You are joining more than a school; you are joining a community–a community that has been preparing for your arrival. For those of you that are returning to the community, welcome back! I look forward to meeting all of you soon.

As we work to live out the mission of the school, we are mindful that each child at Concordia is a gift from God. Each one comes to us with their own individual story. Our faculty and staff look forward to hearing from them and learning more about that story. Whether this is your first year or your 15th year, we are thankful for the opportunity to partner with you in the educational experience of your child(ren).

What's new this year? We have expanded and refurbished the Elementary School nurses' office. We've upgraded the deck on the playground and added a golf simulator. We have a brand new air-conditioner for the Phoenix gymnasium which adds cooling and improved air quality in our largest meeting area!

In addition to the facility changes, we have also added some new members to our leadership team. Mrs. Brenda Petersen has been promoted to Assistant Head of School for Personnel and Activities. Brenda has been member of the Phoenix community for the past 5 years. Mrs. Jennifer Mendez replaces her as the High School - Assistant Principal. Jennifer has served in teaching and administrative positions in Dubai, Johannesburg and Moscow. Mrs. Dawn Dekoker has been promoted to Assistant Principal in the Elementary School. Dawn has been serving at Concordia for the past 3 years. Mr. Bo Hardegree is the new Director of Marketing. Bo previously held positions in marketing in the United States.

Unite. The Class of 2018 selected this word with the help from the faculty. Throughout the coming year we will explore the word Unite together as we put on love. This year, we will encourage our students to wear love, in academics, spiritual explorations, athletics, fine arts, co-curriculars and service. There is room for faculty and parents to focus on uniting in love too. As this year unfolds, we as a community will uncover what it means to wear love!

It is going to be another amazing year as we receive our students and families on Wednesday, August 16th for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. If you are available, please join me at 2:15 PM in Phoenix Center Ford gym for our opening assembly. I hope to see you there!


Mary K. Scott
Head of School

» Head of School Conversation: SWOT-lite Monday, Sep. 4, 6:30 PM (ADULTS ONLY)

Make plans to join us for a "State of the School" and a look ahead to the Concordia International School Shanghai 2017-2018 school year. In this casual adult evening, there will be opportunity to mingle with Dr. Scott and other administrators and hear about direction for Concordia. Guests will have an opportunity to submit questions to be answered by Dr. Scott. (SWOT - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)

Desserts, wine, coffee and tea will be served
Monday, September 4, 2017
Phoenix Center commons from 6:30 to 9 PM*

This is an ADULT only evening. Children should not be on campus during this event.

*Please note corrected time from printed calendar.

» 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

» Back-to-School Events Update

  • PS3: Monday, September 11, 3:30 to 4:30 PM; Parents and students are encouraged to come together
  • PS4: Thursday, September 14, 3:30 to 4:30 PM; Parents and students are encouraged to come together
  • ES (K-G4): Tuesday, September 12, 6PM start; Parents only
  • MS Back to School and Educational Trip Night: Thursday, August 31, 6:00 to 9:00 PM; Parents only
  • HS Back to School and TrIBES Parent Night: Thursday, September 7, 6:15 PM start; Parents only

Athletics & Arts

» Welcome back Students. HS first season Sports Start Tomorrow, August 16th. Practices will start at 3:30pm.

  • Girls Volleyball players meet in the HS GYM
  • Boys Volleyball players meet in the PC GYM
  • Tennis players meet on the Tennis Courts
  • Cross Country meet on the Track
  • Baseball players meet by the batting cage


» New PSO Board

Congratulations to the new members of the PSO Board for the 2017/18 school year:

  • President: Kelly Farber
  • 1st VP: Janell Kelly
  • Secretary: Paige Williams
  • Treasurer: Donelle Colville
  • Communications Officer: Regina Carrington
  • Chinese Ambassadors: Lily Liu and Linda Lee
  • Korean Ambassador: Michelle Sim and Susie Treme
  • Elementary School VPs: Allison Sapp and Dana Wu
  • Middle School VPs: Hongmei Wu and Ann Hornick
  • High School VPs: Mary Stoneley and Linda Feng

Thank you for your commitment to Concordia, our students, and the parent community. We look forward to another fabulous year full of exciting PSO events!

» 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

» All Positions filled.


» 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
» 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.


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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.

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» 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.