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March 1, 2017

Capstone China 2017: Gift to SEES

Hello Everyone, Christy and Angela helped us to select a Chinese poem that would be appropriate for our gift to SEES.  They chose the poem, “Farewell to Friends” by the well known poet Li Bai.  Li Bai (701–762) is a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present. He is one of the most prominent… View Article

March 15, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 10: Parent Update

On Friday afternoon we picked up our children from the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School, an impressive campus with about 3,000 students in grades K – 6. The kids clearly had a wonderful week and were treated as very special guests by both the school community and their host families. There were even a few tears shed… View Article

March 15, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 8: Visit to the Pearl School

On Thursday the students visited the Pearl School, the sister school to SEES. The were welcomed by many new friends and had a great time during the visit. The Pearl School students even prepared many small gifts for the TIS 5th graders. They were overwhelmed by the generosity and friendliness of the students. Back at… View Article

March 11, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 7: Student Perspectives on Capstone

“I think going to their school is a great opportunity to be able to learn a different culture, how their school is different than ours and to feel their way of learning. I’ve had a great time staying with my host family, I have had lots of fun and learned many things, but the most… View Article

March 11, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 6:

On Tuesdays, SEES students have “social clubs” in the afternoon. What we would consider electives. Our students attended classes on calligraphy and traditional painting. They also had the opportunity to visit some of the various social clubs the school offers, including dance, TV broadcasting, Pipa (traditional instrument), traditional percussion instruments, baking, badminton, tai chi, and… View Article

March 10, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 6: A Parent’s Perspective on Food in China

Not Lost in Translation No supper. That was my vow last night. Like so many parents, I had gorged on much more food than normal since arriving in China. But who besides our doctors could blame us?  This isn’t the bland fare of 82nd Street back home. One simply can’t say no to the nonstop… View Article

March 8, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 5: First day of school at SEES photos

The TIS 5th graders started the school week with “Sheng Qi Yi Shi”  – the traditional Monday morning routine with the national anthem, school anthem, flag raising, and morning exercises. Our students were honored by standing next to the flag pole and facing the student body during the ceremony.   Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (SEES) has 3,000 students in K-6th… View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 5: Parent Update

A big NI HAO from China! After a few days of sightseeing (and getting over jet lag), the TIS fifth grade Chinese track’s homestay week is officially underway! The weather couldn’t be any better, the food couldn’t be any tastier, and our handoff to the host families couldn’t have been any smoother. It was smiles… View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 4: Sunday in the park

On Sunday, the students and families went to a local park to exercise and engage with the local people of Suzhou. Some joined in a dance exercise, some played badminton, others learned a new toy, and all had a great time.  At the work-out area, the kids (and a few parents) went back and forth… View Article