This year, Shu Ren celebrated Book Week from March 4 - March 8, culminating with World Book Day on Friday, March 8. During the week, students participated in a variety of activities that sparked their love of reading. There was DEAR, or Drop-Everything-And-Read, where K-G5 students, at their teachers’ signals, dropped whatever they were doing and dived into a book of their choosing. Mystery Guests Readers, made up of parents and Shu Ren administrators, visited Pre-K students and read “... Read More
Love Your World Week begin with Earth Day on Monday, April 22 and culminate with the Intercultural Festival on Saturday, April 27. Student council came up with the name "Love Your World" week to celebrate both love for Mother Earth as well as the peoples and cultures of the world. Special events will include a no-waste picnic on April 22, "clean-it-up and fix-it-up" classroom projects, and a special assembly on Thursday, April 25. All teachers will guide their classes through... Read More
The Shu Ren Student Council launched in January 2019 as a way to organize the students' voices. Student leaders from across grades K-5 are collaborating on three initiatives: publishing a monthly newsletter (Tree People Times), selecting and designing a school mascot, and organizing service-learning projects (Love Your World Week in April and Ally Week in September). To publish the newsletter, students work in teams to report on school life, create fun activities like "Spot the... Read More
Shu Ren welcomed author Lynn Fulton on World Book Day to talk to G1-G5 students about her book She Made a Monster - How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein. Lynn began her presentation with a slideshow showing Frankenstein had come to represent in popular culture, and explained that the original “monster’ in Shelley’s book was a very different creature. What are some differences and what are the similarities? she prompted the students. The San Francisco-based author then read aloud from the... Read More
The Shu Ren trans-disciplinary environment emphasizes the intersection between disciplines, engaging our students to see how content knowledge connects across subjects and can be applied with relevance and meaning.
For the first week of their Unit of Inquiry on the Human Body the subjects of Science, Math, Chinese, English naturally integrate into a memorable learning experience with significant real world applications.
Students were first introduced to the concept of anatomy in English,... Read More
We are extremely honored to have two of our teachers, Lam Tsoi (Chinese Curriculum Coordinator and Grade 2/3 Chinese teacher) and Jingyi Zhang (Grade K/1 Chinese teacher) presenting at this year's National Chinese Language Conference, the largest annual event bringing together leaders and practitioners in the field of Chinese language and culture education. They will join a select group of professionals to present their research and best practices that they have developed at Shu Ren. We are... Read More
Thank you for celebrating the Lunar New Year with Shu Ren International School! What a festive and fun-filled day of performances, activities and a tasty potluck lunch. Traditional to the start of the celebration was our Dragon and Lion Dance performed by our Grade 2/3 and Grade 4/5 students. Next, our Early Childhood students melted our hearts with their rendition of the pop song 学猫叫. We then moved into our annual Fashion Show inviting anyone to take the stage to show off... Read More
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival 春节 (Chūn Jié), or Lunar New Year. It is accompanied by a large array of customs and rituals. PK4 Dolphin class showed a great interest when they listened to Ancient Chinese legends about the origins of the Chinese New Year. They were curious about where the Chinese “年 (Nián )” comes from; why Chinese people like writing the LNY couplets and pasting them on their door; why they light firecrackers during the LNY; and what the New Year... Read More
Parent engagement at Shu Ren has organically become part of the fabric of our school. As the school has grown, the heart of how our parent's are involved has remained true to the partnership and the journey of educating children in a progressive and niche environment of Mandarin immersion and international education.
Our school was recently featured in this recent article, "How to engage parents in school life" on the International Baccalaureate blog.
Our current unit of inquiry is an exploration into productivity - how people collaborate to achieve goals. Kindergarten and Grade 1 students learned firsthand the importance of working together as they made dumpling dough from scratch, mixing the ingredients and creating a traditional filling of red bean paste. One student reflected, “When we work together, it means we can finish more quickly!”
Through other learning experiences, students played games that allowed them to learn about... Read More
Shu Ren International School is an IB World School in Berkeley, CA. 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).