SLLIS Makes National List of 65 Top Elementary Schools to Visit

The Getting Smart Blog compiled a list of 65 Elementary schools worth visiting, based on a couple thousand school visits and help from colleagues and readers.

SLLIS made the list at #16.

The biggest reason? Every student should be globally competent, world language fluent.

The list includes schools that achieve extraordinary results for underserved communities, create powerful learning experiences, and/or are innovative blended and competency-based models.

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SLLIS Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Saint Louis Language Immersion School will be on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6 p.m. at 4011 Papin St.,  St. Louis 63110.

Read the agenda.

SLLIS Interim President Begins November 2

Dear SLLIS Parents and Staff,

On behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to announce the hiring of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools’ new interim president, Dr. Jack Williams.

Dr. Williams most recently served as interim director at Preclarus Mastery Academy, a fifth through eighth grade independent charter school in St. Louis City.  His experience also includes 13 years as teacher and administrator with the St. Louis Public Schools, three years as assistant principal in the Kirkwood School District and 26 years as a principal and assistant superintendent with Ritenour School District. He has also provided education consulting to the Normandy School District and the Special School District.

Dr. Williams will begin his term as interim president on Monday, November 2 and will guide our organization through the 2015 – 2016 school year.

We are confident that his leadership in both charter and public schools and his commitment to excellence will guide SLLIS through this important transition year.

The Board is committed to finding a visionary leader for the long-term future of the institution. We are in the process of identifying a firm to conduct a national search for our next permanent president. This search will include opportunities for parents to share what qualities they are believe are most important in a leader.

We want to thank everyone who was involved in this process, especially those parents and staff who took time out to be part of the interview panels. Your feedback and inputs have been invaluable.

We are proud of the work of the SLLIS community to date and know that our students and staff will continue to achieve and excel in this innovative educational model school.


Aliah Holman, Chair
SLLIS Board of Directors

TCS to Participate in Read, Right & Run Marathon

The Chinese School will be once again be participating in the GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon.  This great program encourages children to spend the next five months reading, doing good deeds in their community, and, of course, exercising.  Last year, we had about 30 TCS students participate in the event and their response was overwhelmingly positive.

The program tasks children with reading 26 books, doing 26 good deeds, and running 26 miles on their own, from now until April.  The reading requirement is based on the reading level the individual child is at. For our younger students, that could mean practicing sight words or having a Dr. Seuss book read to them, while more advanced readers might be tackling chapter books.  Doing the right thing can be as simple as picking up litter or donating an old toy to charity or anything else that benefits our neighborhoods. And the running requirement is all about getting the body moving. Forty minutes of active play is worth a mile of running.  So playing basketball, riding a bike, or just running around at recess can all count towards their goal of 26 miles.

After “running” 25 miles on their own, the kids will finish their marathon at a special kids-only race held in Forest Park on Saturday, April 9. The one mile run is on a closed course with other students from all across the St. Louis region. Kids will get a tshirt and race number, and as they cross the finish line they’ll receive their own marathon medal.  If you’re concerned that your child cannot run a mile race, they can.  All of our students last year finished the race in less than 15 minutes, which is pretty impressive.

There is a fee to sign your child up. The full rate price is $20, and children who are eligible for reduced or free school lunches can pay a discounted price of $8. Instructions for how to register your child online, as well as a registration form that can be printed up and returned to your child’s teacher, are attached to this email. The children will also be bringing these forms home in their backpacks.

TCS Team Information (PDF) | 2016 Application (PDF)

TCS parent Kevin Trapp can be reached for questions at all about the program or the registration process at

Spooktacular Kindergarten Fair at Tower Grove Park on Saturday


Oct 31 Kinderfair-page-001Bring your littlest ghosts, ghouls and goblins out to Tower Grove Park, 1618 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis 63110, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday for a Spooktacular Kindergarten Fair.

Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about SLLIS and several other area charter schools.

For more information, contact Pat Garrett at 314.664.7646.

SLLIS Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Saint Louis Language Immersion School will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6 p.m. at 4011 Papin St.,  St. Louis 63110.

Read the agenda.







Now Accepting Enrollment Applications for 2016-2017

If you are a prospective parent, we encourage you to begin the enrollment process for new students.

You can now apply to enroll your child for the 2016-2017 school year in kindergarten, first grade and sixth grade. For priority enrollment, all student applications must be received on or before the deadline of Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Download it here: 2016 – 2017 Application

To apply, submit the completed application and requested documentation to:

Whitney Sewell/Enrollment
4011 Papin St.
St Louis, MO 63110

If you have any enrollment questions, please contact Whitney Sewell. She can be reached via or by phone:(314) 533-0975, ext. 2903.

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