|Parent School Partnership (PSP) News|
As summer gently rolls into fall and our students settle into a new school year, I think back to three years ago when my family arrived in Dalian to start a new school year. Leaving family and friends behind in America was hard. Learning our way in a new culture and language was challenging. What made it easier was the instant connection we felt with teachers, students and other families at DAIS. We knew this school was special. It felt like home and we quickly grew to appreciate the friendships and partnerships we began to forge here.
DAIS and Huamei is a place where people come together to share their time and talents in support of one another. In doing so, we grow together in partnership, much like a family does. We learn from one another. We rely on one another. We are better off because we have one another.
One of the ways I’ve decided to give back to our school is through volunteering as a member of the PSP Board. This is a diverse group of DAIS and Huamei parents who carry out several vital functions at the school.
PSP facilitates communication between the school and parents. We host a monthly “Coffee Talk” so parents can meet with School Director Terry Wolfson to learn about important educational issues affecting their children.
PSP also organizes several school events build community. Family Fun Night was our first event. We hope you were able to come and enjoy with your family. Our biggest event of the year is International Day, scheduled for April 23rd, 2016. This event is the highlight of the school year and it’s a fun way to experience the tastes and sights of all the different cultures that make up our community. Mark your calendars; you won’t want to miss it.
This year there are many new members on PSP; representing different countries and cultures. Our children range from Montessori to high school age. We speak Mandarin, English, German and several other languages.
The best thing about PSP is you are already a member. You are welcome to attend events, volunteer in your child’s classroom, and help plan and grow our community. So please always feel welcome and don’t be shy. We want to hear from you. Everyone brings a rich and diverse background to our school community which makes us special. Like a family, we grow together.
2015-16 Parent School Partnership (PSP) Board Members: