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March 10, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 10 – Exploring Shanghai

Students spent their first full day in Shanghai exploring the city and working on their Exhibition projects. They interviewed local people along the Bund – recognized as Shanghai’s former Wall Street and home to an impressive collection of buildings from the early trade houses of the 1850s to the glamorous Art Deco modernism of the… View Article

March 7, 2017

Capstone 2017: Send-off assembly!

We had a wonderful send-off assembly today, during which we came together as a school and celebrated this special moment with our 5th graders.*  Each 1st through 5th grader got a flag to carry – one color per grade to symbolize our multiculturalism – that counts down how many years they have until their Capstone…. View Article

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