Parent Support Organization (PSO)
As the parent community of Concordia International School Shanghai, the Parent Support Organization (PSO) is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the holistic experience of its members and especially the students, as well as fostering community and helping each other manage the transitions of life in Shanghai.
In partnership with the school, the PSO works to:
- Enhance the Student Experience
- Build a Vibrant and Supportive Community at Concordia
- Connect Parent Talent with Classroom and Other School Needs
- Encourage School Spirit among Students and Parents
- Raise Funds to Support Yearly Activities and the PSO Program Grant.
We would love to hear from you. Please email us at PSO@concordiashanghai.org
Meet our PSO Members
- Vice President - Early Childhood
- Vice President - Elementary School
- Vice President - Middle School
- Vice President - High School
- New Parent Welcome Coffee by Parents for Parents
- Back-to-School Bash
- International Festival
- Christmas Bazaar
- Treat Sale
- Phoenix Boosters
Learn how to navigate your new environment from parents who've seen it all. You'll hear about food and clothing markets, online shopping and even get helpful information about the Chinese medical system. You'll also learn how to use Aspen to see your child's class schedule, grades and homework. This event is full of practical tips.
Mark your calendar for these events! August 21, 2019 and January 8, 2020
For more information, email our committee chairs Minah Choi and Lisa Weems at: psoNewParents@concordiashanghai.org
Let's celebrate the end of summer and the return of school with a back to school bash! Enjoy an afternoon of sporting and games provided by some of our local partners, and learn more about how families connect at Concordia.
Mark the date, Concordia’s Back To School Bash: August 31, 2019 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
For more information, email our committee chairs Carrie Hau and Michelle Wu at: email@example.com
PSO’s International Festival is an opportunity for the families of Concordia and the community to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our students. Mark your calendar for October 25, 2019 and join us for an event filled with food, music, and exciting performances which showcases different cultures from around the world. Volunteer parents are needed to make displays about their countries, provide food samples and an entertainment program.
To learn more about this event or find out how to get involved, email our committee chairs Felice Chen and Catherine Thai at: psoInternational@concordiashanghai.org
The annual PSO Christmas Bazaar is the “premier Christmas shopping experience in all of Shanghai” according to avid shoppers who come far and wide year after year for the experience. Concordia’s Phoenix Common area is transformed into a holiday shopping paradise. The selection is vast and unique, showcasing the high-quality talent of over 150 local and expat vendors. The only shortages on this day are cash in the ATM’s and arms to carry the purchases!
Mark your calendar for this year's Christmas Bazaar on November 23, 2019.
For more information, please email us at: psoChristmasBazaar@concordiashanghai.org
PSO Treat Sale proceeds supports school events and activities for our students including the PSO sponsored year-end parties for EC, ES, MS, school-wide activities, HS dances and grants, as well as International Festival & Back to School Bash.
We need your help to donate treats, cupcakes and cookies on these dates, so mark your calendar for these events! October 31, 2019 and March 13, 2020
For more information, email our committee chairs Donghee Ma and Del Paraguassu at: psoBakesale@concordiashanghai.org
The Phoenix Boosters make the evening come alive with a fully stocked concession stand at half-time games. We promote school spirit by supporting our high school athletic teams. During volleyball, basketball and soccer seasons, we run a concession stand on Phoenix Fridays. Hot dogs cooking, popcorn popping, and lots of candy. We also open the concession during hosted SISAC and APAC tournaments.
Concordia school spirit is a powerful thing to see, and Phoenix Fridays are the place to see it. The whole community comes out on Phoenix Fridays to cheer on the teams, and experience the pep band, cheerleaders, and a much anticipated visit from Blaze! Bring the whole family; you won't want to miss these events!
We would like to do more to show school spirit, but it takes a village! If you are interested in getting involved, please email our committee chair Judy Brantingham at psoBoosters@concordiashanghai.org
- Explorers Club
- Used Uniform Sales
- Used Book Sales
- Staff Appreciation
- Language Ambassadors
- Scholastic Book Orders
No matter what your interest, from cooking classes to trips to water towns, let's explore Shanghai together! Culture lovers can enjoy a guided walking tour through Yu Yuan Road to explore unique architecture, local shops, and hidden neighborhoods. History lovers can visit the Longhua Temple and Martyr Memorial Park to learn more about the Chinese Revolution. Tea lovers must join us for a morning of learning the essence of Chinese tea culture. Food lovers can enjoy a day of learning how to cook Chinese cuisine. Be sure to email our committee chairs Kara Loach and Jodi Monastra for more information and to stay updated on our next excursion! psoExplorers@concordiashanghai.org
If you have gently worn and clean uniforms to donate, please drop them off in the yellow bins around school. PSO holds used uniform sales at every PSO Community Meeting every month in the PC Lounge. All used uniform proceeds supports PSO events, school-wide activities and service grants.
For more information, email our committee chairs Amanda Leggett and Jenny Maisel at: psoUsedUniforms@concordiashanghai.org
We are collecting old, new, adult, kids and educational books. Clean off your bookshelves and donate your used books to support PSO work! Used Book Sales take place during ES and MS Conferences, in the ES Commons. So mark your calendar for these events! November 7 & 8, 2019 and April 9 & 10, 2020.
To donate your unwanted books, you can drop them off at any yellow and blue bins labeled USED BOOKS in the following locations: outside the ES Commons near the nurse, the MS gym, downstairs in the Phoenix Commons, and first floor of the HS building near marketing with a huge white container, a yellow and a blue bin.
If you are unable to find the locations of these bins, email our committee chairs Lucy Li, Arabelle Liu and Sylvia Salahutdin at: psoUsedBooks@concordiashanghai.org and we will be glad to assist you.
Thank you for donating your books to support PSO Used Book Sales. We are always looking for volunteer support to help with setup and sales during these events.
The PSO Concordia Staff Appreciation Lunch celebrates our wonderful staff with an end-of-year potluck luncheon. This event has been a great success thanks to parent donations and volunteering. Mark your calendar for this event! April 28, 2020
For more information, email our committee chairs Andrea Funk and Selina Yeh at: psoStaffAppreciation@concordiashanghai.org
Our Chinese and Korean Language Ambassadors are parents who volunteer their time to help translate, provide PSO support and celebrate the diversity within our school. They help build and bridge supportive networks amongst our families at Concordia.
Please email our Chinese Ambassadors Wendy Xu and Yolanda Yang at: psoChinaAmbassador@concordiashanghai.org
Please email our Korean Ambassador Junghea Kim at: psoKoreaAmbassador@concordiashanghai.org