April is School Library Month! At Shu Ren, we want to celebrate and highlight the connection between the school library and students, teachers, our community, and the world at large. We are planning a few activities throughout the month, including a family reading hour, book “tasting” for teachers, poetry readings (because it’s also National Poetry Month!), Little Free Library unveiling and design contest, and a Scholastic Book Fair. To connect our preschool campus to the school library, we... Read More
As part of our commitment to action, we have partnered with CAWS (California Association of IB World Schools) and We Help Two to assist communities still suffering from the devastating effects of the wildfires and mudslides. Through this program not only will we raise funds by selling socks but also impact our local community through the "warm sock" donation program by sharing sock donations with shelters in our community. Funds raised from this campaign will go to either:
Sonoma County... Read More
As a school, providing high quality education that addresses the need of the future world is always the first priority of Shu Ren. Nowadays, electronic devices are the main media of communication in our daily life. We “type” more than we “write”. As a result, the proficiency of pinyin is becoming more and more critical to Chinese learners, as it no longer just helps with learning new vocabulary, but also is a means of writing. In response to this trend, we have made some changes to our... Read More
Mandarin Learning is a Must
“America’s Economic growth is inextricably tied to the strength of its bilateral trade and investment relationships around the world, but we will fall short of achieving our full economic potential if we fail to prepare the next generation to manage those relationships.” Communication is the key to success and as China has known for quite a while “soft power” diplomacy is a key indicator of successful relations. A great place to start in preparing future... Read More
Our Grade 1 students are fully immersed in an inquiry into why The properties of materials influence how they are used. Throughout this unit of inquiry students explored how materials are used, how materials connect to different uses, and the types of materials and their properties. The students’ discoveries will lead them to a deeper understanding of the interactions between the natural world and human societies.
Before the holiday we caught the students exploring how different materials... Read More
Students in grades 5, 6, and MYP embarked on a trip to China last week. During this two-week field trip, students will practice Chinese speaking skills; observe and recognize regional differences among areas in China; explore opportunities for services in local schools and communities; and to learn traveling skills. Through visits to historical site, students will have the opportunity to make real-life to classroom connections: Ancient Civilizations (Where we are in place and time) for Grade... Read More
Students participated in a ceremony with local kindergartners.
A visit to the Old City Fortress first built in the Song Dynasty.
Sightseeing in the Crouching Dragon Village (卧龙农庄), which is up in the mountains for summer retreat.
BBQ with buddy students - last activity of the trip!
If you are new to student-led conferences, you might be thinking, “Is it possible for my child to inform me of their learning?” The answer is yes! Student-led conferences challenge the notion that children need adults to communicate who they are as learners. Although, teachers play a critical role in preparing students for conferences, the aim of this powerful reporting practice is to have children take ownership for communicating and/or demonstrating their learning journey.
So, what are... Read More
World Book Day is an international holiday that celebrates books and reading. Our goal is to excite and engage student interests in English and Mandarin literacy. This year, we celebrated World Book Day on March 2nd with contests and activities throughout the day. Students and teachers decorated classroom doors based on their favorite books, brought in home-made food for a Read-It-To-Eat-It contest, and dressed up as their favorite book characters for a costume show and parade.
At the K-8... Read More
In celebration of World Book Day, this year students engaged in the Read It To Eat It Contest. Students used their imagination to create something edible based on a book. The submissions were really impressive!
Students at Jefferson Campus voted on their favorite creation, which was a scene from Calvin and Hobbs. Congratulations to Yiling (K) and Hailin (G2)!
Shu Ren International School is a progressive, independent school in Berkeley, CA with two campuses for students in Pre-K through 5th grade. We offer an immersion education in Mandarin and English. We are an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).