April 22, 2021
Dear SAIS Parents and Guardians,
Our first week back from break was busy and rich with celebrations and presentations of learning, and more learning! Thank you for attending your child’s Student-Led Conference and/or Passage Defense, our English Learner Ceremony, and supporting your children’s literacy through participating in the Book Fair, reading to your child, and more. We have one more major literacy related parent event this month for Literacy Month on this Friday, April 23rd, which is also World Book Day. We hope that you can join us for Books and Breakfast from 8-9 in the auditorium. Bring a book and partake in snacks provided by the bakery of one of our awesome room parents. Please scan the QR code sent out on ClassDojo and WeChat to let us know if you’re coming.
Presentations of Learning
We do many different forms of “Presentations of Learning” (POLs) at SAIS. As an integral component of any PBL and/or Deeper Learning school, Presentations of Learning serve multiple purposes. They are a way of sharing work and learning with others, and they are also a way of building literacy, speaking, presentation skills, and confidence. Presentations of Learning are also about continuing the learning process through presenting while also simultaneously demonstrating learning. Having to reflect on learning is a strategy that increases the depth and impact of the learning.
There are also different types of POLs including Exhibitions of Learning (EOL), which is coming up on June 3rd; Student-Led Conferences which occurred last week; and Portfolio and/or Passage Defenses, which almost all of our 8th and 9th graders did last week for the first time. Classroom presentations and performances are also versions of Presentations of Learning that students have participated in at SAIS. Because POLs are such powerful learning tools, the more opportunity students have to present their work and learning, the more they will learn.
Taking the time to celebrate student learning and achievement is also critical to fostering continued success and growth. This is why we held SAIS’s first ever English Language Learning Ceremony last week to recognize the truly tremendous achievement that learning a second language represents. This year, we celebrated second language learners of English in grades 3 and above because these are the students our ESL team works with; next year we plan to celebrate students in grades 1 and up.
The end of the semester and school year can be extra intense for students with preparing for the EOL and often other presentations, and the full calendar we have for the remaining weeks of the school year prove this. We hope you can join us for the various POLs and celebrations that will be happening!
Our teachers and our students have made tremendous gains this year in teaching and learning. I am super proud of what we have accomplished together this year at SAIS, especially after our rocky start; of the high level of teaching and learning happening across the school, and of our students’ growth and progress.
Dr. Laura Flaxman
- World Book Day and Reading Breakfast for Parents and Students: April 23nd 8-9 am
- Parent/Child Math Games Night: April 29th
- Grade 4-5 Trip to Xichong: May 5-7th
- Grade 6-9 Trip to Xi’an: May 7-14th
- DEAR: Thursday, May 6th
- Room Parent Meeting: May 11th 2-3:30
- House Field Day (tentative date): Friday, May 21st
- Maker Pop-Up Morning for Middle and High School Students: Saturday, May 22nd 9:30-12:30
- Music Concert: Friday, May 28th 2:30-3:30 pm
- Exhibition of Learning (EOL): Thursday, June 3rd 5:00 pm
- Into the Woods Drama Production: Tuesday, June 8th 5:30 pm
- Award and Promotion Ceremonies for Kindergarten, 5th, and 8th Graders: Thursday, June 10th
- Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 10th
- Summer Program Begins: June 28th