Campus Renovation Continues…and Completes!

Bit by bit the progress of the renovation of the K-8 campus is coming to a close. Shu Ren is proud to announce that construction for both the playground with modern play structures along with the natural play area has been completed. On Monday students were introduced to the new play areas available to them. Play area safety and expectations were discussed. What happened afterwards was pure joy!   Cramming in play time on the play structures before the rain comes! A little piece of zen… Students exploring all the different sensory experiences the natural play area has to offer. Transformation of the Jefferson campus as the new home for the K-8 students started taking place began in the beginning of August. Internal renovation took place as quickly as possible so as to be class room-ready by the start of school on September 1. Since then campus renovation work has since then continued. Tony Moore, Shu Ren’s CFO has created a blog – Aspire to Shu Ren – to share with you the renovation work as it happens. You are invited to drop in and see what has been and is being worked on and take a peek at the improvements being made to the new campus!  ...

Shu Ren students & families recognized for their support of the Alameda County Community Food Bank Drive

Led by our amazing Kindergarten teacher, Kai-Yao To, Shu Ren participated in Alameda County Community Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive 2015 by hosting a food drive during the first two weeks of December. The school committed to providing up to 4 barrels of non-perishable food to the ACCFB. Together, the students and families all generously donated many bags of much needed food to give to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The food drive officially started on December 3 and by December 7 the students and families had already filled 1 3/4 barrels. By December 10 that number increased to 3 barrels. With how much enthusiasm and support was being provided the school decided to see if may be possible to surpass 4 barrels and challenge themselves to provide 5. By December 14 it can be seen easily more than 5 barrels had been collected. The ACCFB informed the school that in fact that almost 600 pounds of food had been collected and donated!     On behalf of the ACCFB and the clients they serve THANK YOU, students and families, for your inspiring generosity!   For families interested in learning more about the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the support they provide and how they may help out, please visit their website: http://www.accfb.org/. The mission of the Alameda County Community Food Bank is to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public, and promoting public policies that address hunger and its root causes. For information or provide feedback, email...

Announcement – Available for all prospective students Grades 6-8: Second Education Track For Non-Mandarin Speaking Students

For the 2016-2017 school year Shu Ren International School has available as part of the middle school a second education track for non-Mandarin speaking students. Interested families should contact Admissions at 510-841-8899. Shu Ren International School, California’s first Mandarin immersion IB World School, is a co-educational day school serving students from Preprimary 2 through Grade 8.  Currently, the middle school offers grade 6 and will grow through grade 8 by the fall of 2017. The middle school is using the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) model* to implement an inquiry-based, constructivist pedagogy to engage middle school students. The IB framework is an internationally-recognized curriculum used by the top authorized independent schools in over 148 countries around the world. In addition to empowering our students to achieve their highest academic potential, conscious focus on character development along with attention to the whole child is integrated into our teaching methods by using the IB Learner Profile. In this the teaching staff guides students to not only become critical thinkers and lifelong learners but also caring, open-minded, principled, and balanced global citizens.   *Shu Ren International School is an authorized PYP school and is a candidate for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is designed to prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be...

Shu Ren will be participating in the Great Shake Out this Thursday!

  Shu Ren International School will be joining millions of people worldwide to practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15 a.m. on October 15 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Families and friends of Shu Ren students are also invited to join in on the Great ShakeOut. See following for some tips on how to prepare for earthquake. Consider what may happen when an earthquake shakes your area. Plan what you will do now to prepare, so that when it happens you will be able to protect yourself and then recover quickly. See this page for what to do if you have a disability or an activity limitation. Download Audio and Video “Drill Broadcast” recordings that have been created to provide instructions during your drill (Video versions have text captions). Do a “hazard hunt” for items that might fall in your home, school or working environment during earthquakes and secure them. Do an inspection for non-structural items (bookshelves, equipment, etc.) that might fall and cause possible injuries. Move or secure these items to provide a safer environment. Create a personal or family disaster-preparedness plan. Plan for your family’s specific needs (seniors, disabled, children, pets). Teach all household members how to use a fire extinguisher. If you are a business or organization, develop, review and/or exercise your continuity plan to identify and practice organizational responsibilities. Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits. Be prepared for the possibility that you, your family or those in your school or work place may need to remain in place for 2-3 days. Store at least 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per person, per day What...

Preparing Our New Campus!

Shu Ren is thrilled to announce that our Elementary and Middle Schools (Kindergarten-8th grade) are in the process of moving to a new campus at 2125 Jefferson Avenue in Berkeley. School staff are hard at work preparing the new campus for the first day of school on September 1. The new site is a spacious and welcoming campus in the heart of Berkeley, only a few blocks away from our Pre-K campus at 1333 University Avenue. This school site—formerly the home of Aspire California College Preparatory Academy, located on the St. Joseph the Worker Church’s property—has 9 classrooms, a gymnasium, a kitchen, offices and a conference room. It has parking spaces, a large outdoor play area and a garden area, and is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood close to downtown and the U.C. Berkeley campus. Photos of the new campus as it is being renovated and prepared for the new school year are below. The school has created a blog to provide updates about the renovations in process. We look forward to welcoming students to our new home in a couple of...

Scenes from Summer Camp

We are finishing up our final session of Mandarin immersion summer camp at Shu Ren, and we had a great summer full of learning and fun. Students improved their Mandarin skills while learning about our city, Berkeley; native plants of California; elephant seals of Point Reyes; and sharks of San Francisco Bay through a combination of classroom learning, hands-on activities, and fun-filled field trips. See some photos from the camp sessions...

Shu Ren International School Proudly Announces the Launch of a Second Education Track For Non-Mandarin Speaking Students

Shu Ren International School, California’s first Mandarin immersion IB World School, is pleased to announce the launch of our inaugural sixth grade class in September 2015. The Middle School will serve both non-Mandarin speakers and bilingual Mandarin/English speakers. Both non-Mandarin speakers and bilingual students are welcome to apply to the Middle School at Shu Ren. The Middle School will offer sixth grade in the fall of 2015 and will grow through eighth grade by the fall of 2017. For our Middle School we will use the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) model* to implement an inquiry-based, constructivist pedagogy to engage all of our learners. The IB framework is an internationally-recognized curriculum used by the top independent schools in over 148 countries around the world. In addition to empowering our students to achieve their highest academic potential, conscious focus on character development along with attention to the whole child is integrated into our teaching methods by using the IB Learner Profile. In this the teaching staff guides our students to not only become critical thinkers and lifelong learners but also caring, open-minded, principled, and balanced global citizens.   *Shu Ren International School is an authorized PYP school and is a candidate for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is designed to prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted....

Shu Ren Summer Camp now enrolling

Shu Ren is now accepting registrations for our Mandarin immersion summer camp, for both Pre-K and Elementary/Middle School students. Our camps will be held in four two-week sessions between June 22-August 14. Pre-K students will be able to register for a single week. We have an exciting curriculum planned for each of the sessions which will give students a chance to explore the local area and natural environment while improving their Mandarin skills. Please read more about the camps and register here. Contact the school if you have any...

Shu Ren Open Houses

Shu Ren is excited to announce our admissions events for those families interesting in applying for the 2015-16 school year. Parents are required to attend both an open house and a school tour before applying. Please see the schedule and RSVP at this link. We will be admitting Pre-K (ages 2-4) through 7th Grade for 2015-16. Feel free to contact our Admissions Office at any time with questions or to learn more about our unique inquiry-based Mandarin immersion curriculum. We look forward to welcoming you to our...

Barnes and Noble Shu Ren Book Fair

Please join us at Barnes and Noble at Emeryville Bay Street on November 29 for a Shu Ren Book Fair. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Shu Ren PTO and will go toward purchasing books for the school library and classrooms. Stop by our table and say hello, and if you are not able to attend in person, you may purchase books online that day to benefit Shu Ren, using Bookfair ID# 11509247. Please see attached vouchers for more information. Thank you for your...