Announcing the 2015 Better World Awardees

During its annual State of SLLIS address, Founder & President Rhonda Broussard announced our 2015 Better World Awardees! The Better World Awards celebrate those staff members who exemplify the mission and vision of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. Three of five possible awards are being given this year:

MRM_IMG_7514_processedTeacher of the Year
Zona Ho, The International School

The Teacher of the Year creates a transformative educational experience for their students. They live the mission, vision and core values of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. The honoree is an active contributor to various instructional teams and inspires peers towards deeper instructional engagement.

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Support Staff Member of the Year
Kim Hinton, School Registrar

The Support Staff Member of the Year enables all success to occur seamlessly. They anticipate the needs of instructional staff and actively seek ways to serve the school community.

PicsArt_1411751112912 (1)Nathan Shea Award for Serving All Children
Katie Uldall-Welch, Special Education Compliance Manager

“Mr.Nathan” Shea joined our team in The French School in the spring of 2014 as a Special Education teacher.  He was adamant that he did not only serve Special Education students, but that he served all students.  He could be found consulting with teachers and parents daily in support of students who were and were not on his instructional caseload. Mr. Nathan impacted the lives of many students before his unexpected passing earlier this school year.

2015 State of SLLIS Recap

2015 State of SLLIS Presentation

A Message from Founder & President Rhonda Broussard:

Thank you to all of the students, families, staff, and Board members who joined us for the State of SLLIS this evening.  I’d like to give a special recognition to TSS leadership (Arlene, Jessica Menzies-Yip, Ana Lopez, and Chip Meyer) and Lydia (TCS/TIS) for supporting all three presentations of this year’s State of SLLIS.  I really appreciate all of your feedback and suggestions. Attached please find the Powerpoint presentation for this year with key headlines about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed.

We are thankful for all of the real listening and partnership of our SLLIS community this school year.  We’ve had a series of difficult conversations about our stability and sustainability needs and are encouraged by the heavy-lifting that our Board, staff, and parents are doing this year to keep us moving forward for our students.  Our talk this year included some key reminders, clarifications, and explorations:
  • Our original intent for summer session is a built-in extended year for all students and that’s what we’re planning for this school year as well.  We are looking forward to working with all of our students through June 12th and introducing the Financial Literacy curriculum with them.
  • Schools have not received this year’s MAP scores yet and will share them as soon as they are available.  As states transition to Common Core aligned assessments, like Missouri did this year, they typically experience a 30-60% drop in student performance.  We are anticipating that outcome (we could go from 50% to 0% students proficient/advanced) and are anxious to see where we are and re-establish our performance targets.
  • We are starting to explore partnership options with St. Louis Public Schools, particularly around operations needs.  As we review data and get clearer about mutually beneficial options, we’ll bring those options to our full community for consideration and comment.
 We founded SLLIS on a premise of audacious goals for our children and the type of education that they deserve.  We have accomplished these critical founding goals (IB authorized, total immersion, intentionally-diverse, tuition free eduction) and now we’ve set the next set of audacious goals for our performance.  Our investments this year in literacy, special education, and operations team rebuilds have been phenomenal and shifting our adult culture.  We’re looking forward to next year and getting one step closer to realizing significant outcomes for all of our community.

Weekly Update: 5/18 – 5/24

Happy Monday! Thanks to those who spent time with SLLIS this past weekend – at the Soiree, the 6th grade dance, the STL Swap Meet or at various enrollment events around town. We hope you had a great time!

soiree collage

 

TIS dance

 

Housekeeping & Announcements:

  • Summer Session Update Letter  – The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently notified all schools in Missouri that MAP test results will be delayed until the summer.  DESE had hoped that schools would be able to access student results within two weeks of test administration, but this year, that has not been possible.  As soon as we have access to student performance results, we will send those to families of our rising 4th-7th grade students.   As you may recall, earlier this semester, we were informed of a requirement to use MAP results to assign students to mandatory summer session.  In light of this recent announcement, we verified with DESE that we will not be expected to rely on that data for summer session participation.  WE INVITE ALL SLLIS STUDENTS TO ATTEND OUR FINANCIAL LITERACY SUMMER SESSION FROM JUNE 1ST-12TH. School hours, student transportation, food services, and Mosaic will operate as normally unless otherwise noted.

Week At a Glance: 

Monday, May 18:

  • Big Smiles Dental Program at Marine

Tuesday, May 19: 

  • Big Smiles Dental Program at Papin
  • State of SLLIS Presentation – All Welcome; 6pm, Papin Multi-Purpose Room

Wednesday, May 20:

  • Big Smiles Dental Program at Pine

Looking Ahead:

  • Monday, May 25: No School – Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 27: Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm at Papin
  • Thursday, May 28: Last Day of Regular School Year
  • Friday, May 29: No School- Session Break
  • Saturday, May 30: Market Days at The French School, 3p-7p
  • Saturday, May 30: SLLIS table at IndieHop Festival – Volunteers over 21 needed. Contact Whitney.Sewell@sllis.org for more info
  • Sunday, May 31st: Join SLLIS at the NCCJ’s Walk as One in Forest Park, a FREE event for all – http://www.nccjstl.org/walk-as-one
  • Sunday, May 31st: The Chinese School Party in the Park – Details Forthcoming

 

SLLIS Around Town this Weekend

Friday, May 15: 

  • SLLIS Soiree – 6pm The Caramel Room (Tickets are available for purchase at the door)
  • Visit with SLLIS at the Magic House’s Family Night – 5pm, The Magic House

Saturday, May 16:

Roll out the red carpet! The International School welcomes 5th and 6th graders to its first Spring Dance.  The Christy Banquet Center will open its doors at 6:30pm and that guests can pay at the door (the check or money order made out to St Louis language immersion schools)

Sunday, May 17:

  • The Chinese School sets up a Rummage Sale at the STL Swap Meet – make sure to stop by and check out this new, weekly event at the Lemp Brewery. Visit http://stlswapmeet.com/ for details!

Support The Chinese School at the STL Swap Meet

Join The Chinese School for their year-end fundraiser at the Opening Day of the STL Swap Meet!

What:  Check out the STL Swap Meet – A Sunday only market. Buy cool stuff. Sell the things you make. Build a community.

Who: http://stlswapmeet.com/whos-at-the-market/

Where: Lemp Brewery

When: Sunday, May 17 from 10am – 3pm

 

 

Register for 5/29 Club SLLIS

All SLLIS schools will be closed for Session Break on May 29. The last Club SLLIS of the year will be offered on that day . Our theme will be Summer Fun. The World Aquarium is bringing its Wonders of Water program giving students a chance to examine sea creatures up close!
Registration forms are available here and in each building’s lobby.
Please hand in forms by Friday, May 15 to guarantee a spot for your child or children.
Please contact Club SLLIS Coordinator, Lisa Berman, with any questions at lisa.berman@sllis.org or 314-398-6839.

Weekly Overview: 5/11 – 5/17

Housekeeping Items:

June MOSAIC Registration Form – if you plan to use MOSAIC during our Summer School Session in June, please fill out and submit this form by May 26th.

Thanks to all who participated in Marine Open House, Learn Chinese in a Day & The New Family Bowling Party this past week! If you took any pictures, please send to Sarah@sllis.org

Week-at-a-Glance

Tuesday, May 12:

  • Enrollment Tour of The Spanish School, 8:30am at 4011 Papin Street

Wednesday, May 13:

  • Quarterly Super-SAC Meeting (for SAC Representatives & School Staff only) at Marine

Thursday, May 14:

  • Enrollment Tour of The International School, 6pm at 3740 Marine
  • All Staff Meeting for State of SLLIS Preview – Papin
  • Who’s Who Diversity in Color Honoring SLLIS Founder & President Rhonda Broussard
  • 2015 SAVE the DATE WWDIC

Friday, May 15:

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Saturday, May 16:

  • TIS 6th grade class cordially invites the 5th grade classes of TSS & TFS to their spring Hollywood themed dance which will be held on May 16th at 6:30 p.m.  at The Christy Banquet Center. There will be a professional DJ, professional photographer, unlimited soda bar as well as unlimited hot hors d’oeuvres! 5th graders please join the TIS 6th graders on the red carpet (and yes there will be a real red carpet)!
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Looking Ahead:
  • Sunday, May 17: The Chinese School Rummage Sale at the STL Swap Meet
  • Tuesday, May 19: Annual State of SLLIS Presentation, 6pm at Papin
  • Monday, May 25: No School – Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 27: Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm at Papin
  • Thursday, May 28: Last Day of Regular School Year
  • Friday, May 29: No School- Session Break
  • Saturday, May 30: Market Days at The French School, 3p-7p
  • Saturday, May 30: SLLIS table at IndieHop Festival – Volunteers over 21 needed. Contact Whitney.Sewell@sllis.org for more info
  • Sunday, May 31st: Join SLLIS at the NCCJ’s Walk as One in Forest Park, a FREE event for all – http://www.nccjstl.org/walk-as-one
  • Sunday, May 31st: The Chinese School Party in the Park – Details Forthcoming