Chinese New Year
As we prepare for Lunar New Year, we thought it would be fun to share some of our families favorite traditions!
Getting ready for Chinese New Year
To get ready to welcome in the new year and bring luck, we like to:
Get a haircut (even a little trim counts!)
Get new clothes and shoes (wear your new Red Qipao 旗袍 or Changsan 长衫 to LNY festival! )
Clean up and clean out your house - sweep away any bad luck along with that dust.
Chasing away the new year demon!
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Action is one of the five essential elements of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) along with the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, and demonstration of positive attitudes. Students engaged in successful inquiry, learn about themselves and the world, leading to greater empowerment and connectedness. Student initiated action may be observed as implementation of learning in a student’s own life or it may have a wider social impact.
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Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and our Pre-K children have been exploring this traditional Chinese celebration through a variety of learning activities! All Pre-K classrooms began inquiring into the Chinese New Year by listening to traditional Chinese New Year story books《斗年兽》,《过年啦》,《团圆. By exploring these stories, they learned how people celebrate Chinese New Year, what kind of traditional food people eat, how people celebrate Chinese New Year, and what kind of lucky... Read More
On November 9, two students from Shu Ren International School led by Ms. Jie Moore and Mr. Renjie Yan competed in the semi-annual Noetic Learning Math Contest.
Noetic Learning Math Contest is a national mathematics contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math.
More than 23,000 students representing 526 schools across the country took... Read More
As always, Shu Ren is committed to providing a high quality Chinese curriculum. With that in mind, we are very excited to share the online program, Level Chinese which is designed to help Chinese learners become proficient readers. The program offers twenty leveled books with equivalent objectives and mastery-based assessment with detailed analytics. With the help of this program, teachers can identify student’s reading level, assign appropriate reading material, and thus provide effective... Read More
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Welcome to Your New Communications Portal!
As we continue to grow as a school and improve our services, we are pleased to announce the official launch of our completed database system! Last year, we began working with inRESONANCE, a leading provider of independent school portals. Together, we have created a comprehensive platform, wrapped by our beautiful new website, that integrates data for admissions, communications, and enrollment/re-enrollment. We have made great strides in our goal to... Read More
Imagine that you have been asked to make a list of goals for the president. What would those goals be?
That is the prompt that our primary school students received just yesterday! Students dug deep and wrote some moving messages to the President that truly reflected their hopes, fears, and engagement with the world around them!
Students focused on a number of issues such as immigration, healthcare, housing, and animal rights:
"Currently there are approximately one million immigrants... Read More
A growth mindset is a phrase that was coined by Dr Carol Dweck and her research colleagues at Stanford University. Put simply, a growth mindset is the understanding that abilities and intelligence can be developed. Dweck and her team of researchers observed how thousands of children responding to failure, noticing that some students rebounded while others seemed devastated by the simplest setback giving rise to the terms growth and fixed mindset. Research has shown that students with a growth... Read More
Faculty and staff at Shu Ren International School have personally experienced and witnessed the benefits of a bilingual international education. Sometimes, we are so passionate about what we do, that it can be hard to put into words for others! However, many others are able to clearly outline some of the most important benefits of what we provide at Shu Ren. On November 29th, 2016, Anya Kamanetz, lead education blogger for National Public Radio (NPR) wrote an article outlining the current... Read More
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).