PaRENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION 

Connecting with the Community

SCIS is fortunate to have a parent organization called the Parents and Friends Association (PAFA). Founded in May of 1996, PAFA coordinates parent involvement with the school and is a source of strength and support, knowledge, experience and a place where many of our families find lifelong friends.

As their child’s first teacher, parents are encouraged to be involved in their school experience.

Throughout the school year, PAFA organizes events and activities that encourage parent and community involvement. It meets regularly to communicate ideas for the betterment of SCIS; working with the school administration to plan and implement a variety of events that support teaching and learning, and celebrate the diversity and unique culture of our school.

All SCIS parents are members of PAFA- everyone is highly welcome to participate!

If you would like to join the PAFA committee, help out with our many events or are simply curious to find out more information, please email:

SCIS Hongqiao: pafa-hq-pres@scis-china.org

SCIS Pudong: pdpafa.president@scis-china.org

Mission

Together as parents, students, staff, faculty and friends, we will build a solid foundation that unites our diversity and fosters a positive, cohesive community.

Vision

To provide support and resources to the school community through the coordination of activities and projects outside of the regular school provided curriculum.

Goals

  • Encourage parent and community involvement
  • Help coordinate programs outside of the provided curriculum
  • Encourage participation by all without discrimination
  • To work collaboratively with school leadership to foster a positive and productive school culture
  • To effectively communicate decisions and events with all PAFA members
  • To raise funds to support various efforts that build our community

MEET OUR PAFA Committee

– SCIS Hongqiao –

Hello everyone! This is my third year as Pafa President and my fifth on the Pafa Executive Committee. Our team is a perfect microcosm of the broader SCIS community, with members hailing from diverse backgrounds, having different skill-sets and talents so that we can complement each other as we serve the SCIS community together. I am originally from Taiwan; I grew up overseas and lived in South Korea, Southern Africa, the UK, and Hong Kong prior to Shanghai. I have two daughters: Annette (who graduated as a member of the Class of 2020 from SCIS) and Danielle (Grade 8). I worked previously as an international finance lawyer in private practice, then subsequently as an in-house corporate lawyer. In the past few years, I have been involved with different non-profits, in particular, a social enterprise that seeks to restore and empower exploited women and children in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lisa Chu

PAFA President | Hongqiao Campus

Dear all, my name is Carmen Bakas. I am pleased to join the PAFA as the Board secretary. Currently, we have twin boys in 11th grade. We moved to Shanghai in 2019 and we really enjoy living here. I am a corporate lawyer from the Netherlands, working at DaWo law firm Shanghai. I also teach once a week at the law faculty of Fudan University. Serving as a PAFA Board member will provide me the opportunity to contribute to the community while staying in touch with the school and other parents.

Carmen Bakas

PAFA Secretary | Hongqiao Campus

Our family arrived in Shanghai in August 2018. Until then, all four of us were born, raised & have lived every year of our lives in Melbourne, Australia. The ex-pat world is challenging and eye-opening, and we’ve had the most wonderful time living in, navigating & learning the language of our new city. Much of that happiness is due to SCIS and the new friendships & success of our children (Luke & Sienna) have experienced, so I look forward to contributing to the school as best I can. I’m a Chartered Accountant with over two decades of experience, having started in audit at PwC, and later in management accounting, tax & process improvement in the packaging and real estate construction industries. As Treasurer of PAFA, I am grateful to be surrounded by a fantastic team of parents with a wealth of experience in both Shanghai and all over the world. I also look forward to meeting many new people along the way.

Lisa Pipito

PAFA Treasurer | Hongqiao Campus

I am Candidé Trindade, a Singaporean married to an Australian diplomat. We have two girls in SCIS, Lower School (Grade 5), and Upper School (Grade 7). We have another older daughter studying in Australia. In addition to Australia and Singapore, our family has lived in Switzerland, Beijing, and Guangzhou. Although we arrived in Shanghai in Summer 2019, with all the COVID-19 pandemic disruption, our settling in has felt very delayed. I’m looking forward to getting to know other SCIS parents and the SCIS community, as well as learning more about this fascinating city that we are living in. I am pleased to be part of the team that serves as a bridge to help busy parents understand what is going on in our school and to assist the school in reaching out to our parents.

Candidé Trindade

PAFA Communications | Hongqiao Campus

I am excited to serve as the ECE representative to PAFA this year. My family moved to Shanghai in November 2019 as my husband is an officer at the US Consulate. My son began Pre-K at SCIS and is excited to return to Kindergarten this fall. We also have a very busy one-year-old girl at home. Previous to our move to Shanghai, I worked as a high school English teacher, teacher coach, and Media Specialist in the US. I love to support teachers and students and to work together to assist their education efforts. I enjoyed volunteering in my son’s Pre-K class and also am grateful for the role I could play in the distance learning we received. I look forward to serving as the ECE representative this year. I hope to continue the legacy of a strong bridge between ECE parents and staff.

Emma Ball

PAFA Early Childhood Representative | Hongqiao Campus

What an awesome opportunity to be able to serve as an ECE representative this year! I am originally from Taiwan but grew up in Singapore, then spent some time in Australia… now, Shanghai has been my home for almost 10 years! I am now a mother of two children, both studying in SCIS, this is our 4th year. Besides being a mother to my kids, I am also a teacher teaching in Music Together classes, at the same time coordinating our SCIS Girl Scout Troops! I am super excited to become even more involved in this great community by joining PAFA! GO~ DRAGONS!

Fiona Tsai

PAFA Early Childhood Representative | Hongqiao Campus

Greetings fellow Dragons! I am happy to join PAFA’s Board as the Lower School Representative.
Professionally, I worked in the IT industry with several Silicon Valley technology firms. I moved to Shanghai from San Francisco 15 years ago. My family and I called Shanghai as our home from home since. Having started several companies in different industries since moving here, now I am enjoying and settled on running my beauty spa business. Currently, my daughters are enrolled in 2nd and 6th grade at the Hongqiao Campus. My family and I have been part of the SCIS community for the past 3 years. Taking on this role to facilitate open communication between the school and parents is my contribution to the great school community. Eager and looking forward to working with everyone to have a wonderful 2020/2021 school year under this unprecedented global pandemic.

Michael Chan

PAFA Lower School Representative | Hongqiao Campus

Hello Dragons! I am excited to join the board as a Lower School PAFA Representative. As a long-time resident of Shanghai (1999), a long-time Shanghai-based F&B owner & executive (2003), and with a strong connection with the SCIS community since 2007, I believe I have a lot to add to the board. My daughter, now at university at UBC in Vancouver, Canada attended SCIS. My two sons are now enrolled in grades 1 and 2 at the Hong Qiao campus.

I am originally from Toronto, moved west to Whistler and Vancouver in my 20’s and had been splitting time between Shanghai, Niseko, Japan, and Vancouver pre-pandemic. Skier, snowboarder, mountain biker, hiker, water skier, swimmer, soccer player – trying to keep up with my kids is a ton of fun!

I am the Founder and CEO of True Legend Hospitality Group here in Shanghai that owns Big Bamboo, Pistolera, and Beast of the East craft brewery. I have sat on the CanCham Advisory board for many years and have deep connections with numerous activity groups around the city notably AKS and SCSC sports club in Waigaoqiao. I am now thrilled to take on a new role within our vibrant community where I can contribute to opening communications between parents and the school even further.

Bryce Jenner

PAFA Lower School Representative | Hongqiao Campus

I am excited to be serving as co- Upper School Rep Grade 6-8 together with Candice. We moved from Stockholm, Sweden, to Shanghai in July 2018. Amelie graduated from SCIS in 2020. She is off to The Netherlands for some new adventures. Eudoxie is in Grade 7.  Moving around made my professional life varied, exciting, and chaotic at the same time. I enjoy walking and biking around Shanghai, learning about local history and architecture, and practicing yoga. I am looking forward to contributing to the school community to make this year a great success!

Celine Chapeton

PAFA Upper school Representative (6-8)| Hongqiao Campus

I am so very pleased to be part of the SCIS community as the Upper School Representative at Hongqiao campus. I was a Lower School and Upper School Representative in previous years. I am so very proud to be a part of the PAFA team that successfully brought strong support and connection between parents and the school. I came from Taiwan and have one daughter in grade 10 and one son, who was graduated from SCIS. This year is our 13th year with SCIS. I love spending my free time being active, exploring, learning, and traveling. I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community and to be an integral member that contributes with a wholehearted, caring, and genuine approach and always proud to represent our SCIS Dragons and look forward to another great school year ahead!

Nina Han

PAFA Upper School Representative (9-10) | Hongqiao Campus

This is my 7th year with SCIS. My two daughters, Rachel (Grade 4) and Isabelle (Grade 1) really enjoy school every day. I’m so blessed to see them grow into caring, responsible little people with warm hearts. I am very proud to be part of the wonderful PAFA team this year and looking forward to meeting you at the upcoming events!

Cindy Huang

PAFA Events Representative | Hongqiao Campus

Hello, my name is Linda Tam. My family moved from Hong Kong to Shanghai since 2001. My younger kid is now in Grade 7, and the older one graduated in 2019. Shanghai is an international city full of explorations and rapid development in lifestyles, technologies, and cultures. Just like our community in SCIS, as a member of PAFA Events Team, I found sincerity, professionalism, unity between teachers, students, and school staff in every school event. I look forward to meeting everyone and continue to contribute my best to support our community.

Linda Tam

PAFA Events Representative | Hongqiao Campus

Hello everyone. This is my 3rd year within SCIS, I have one daughter Angel in grade six. I previously worked as a Finance Consultant, and now spend my free time doing marathon and trail running. I am excited to join the PAFA Events team, looking forward to meeting you at the upcoming events.

Tom Liang

PAFA Events Representative | Hongqiao Campus

Dear SCIS Community, I am excited to have the opportunity to help the PAFA Events Team this year. I have a son in grade 10 and a daughter in grade 6. We moved to Shanghai from Nanjing this summer. I am an American, but grew up in West Africa, and have lived in Israel and South Africa. Prior to moving to China, I worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have had the opportunity to volunteer at my children’s schools since they were in preschool in a variety of ways. I love the experiences I have gained by being involved and active. I look forward to getting to know more of you and exploring Shanghai.

Dylan Lotfi

PAFA Events Representative | Hongqiao Campus

MEET OUR PAFA Committee

– SCIS Pudong –

My name is Sammy, this is my third year in SCIS Pudong. My kids love this school, and we enjoy our time in SCIS. I joined the executive board last year. The PAFA group helped many new families get adopted into the SCIS family. My family is one of them, so I know how important and meaningful PAFA is for the community. This year is very special because the virus changed many things. Some things did not change however, SCIS is still here, and PAFA is still here. I am very honored and excited to be the president this year and to help our SCIS community accomplish fantastic things this year.

Sammy Yi

PAFA President| Pudong Campus

Hello SCIS! My name is Queenie Wong and I was born in Hong Kong. In 2018, I moved to live in Shanghai with my husband and my son, Rory, who is now in Pre-Kindergarten. My son enjoys school life and loves the school very much. I also deeply feel the warmth and welcoming community supported by teachers, staff, and families. This year, a very special year under the pandemic, I would love to contribute more to our community to create a connected, united, safe, and wonderful school year for our kids and families. It is my honor to be part of the PAFA executive team as Secretary and PS/PK grade representative. Looking forward to meeting and communicating with all of you in different activities this year.

Queenie Wong

PAFA Secretary | Pudong Campus

Hello everyone, my name is Loewe Lu. My job position in PAFA, SCIS Pudong is treasurer. It’s my honor to work for this team. This is my second year in PAFA. I’m Looking forward to seeing you all at the coming events and PAFA meeting.

BuTian (Loewe) Lu

PAFA Treasurer | Pudong Campus

I am an enthusiastic learner who always tries to get engaged in creativity by tapping new opportunities despite personal commitments at times, several changes in locations within and outside my home country, and challenges in different cultures and languages. I can win in an unknown world and have a “no negotiation with results” attitude throughout my professional and personal life. I have good work experience in technical and educational fields in 13 years in China. I volunteered as a Vice-President for PAFA for 2 years out of 5 years at SCIS, and as a Country Ambassador for about 3 years at the International School of Tianjin. I have also been supporting SCIS for the last 4 years as a substitute teacher. I am looking forward to bringing benefits to the community from my experiences.

Preeti Shah

PAFA Volunteer Coordinator/Country Ambassador | Pudong Campus

Ciao, I’m Silvia mother of 3 kids in Scis this is my second year and my 10th year in Shanghai. I have been very enthusiastic about joining PAFA last year and so grateful this year I m in a tag-teaming with FREDA as event coordinators. I am passionate about helping the school in any way possible. There is nothing more important than a strong and healthy community. So stay tuned and let’s party!

Silvia Gatti

PAFA Event Coordinator | Pudong Campus

My name is Freda Yiu, originally from Hong Kong. I can speak Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and some basic German. I graduated with a Bachelor of “Marketing and Advertising Management” and a Master of Arts in “Communication Management”. I joined SCIS in 2018. I have a daughter who is now studying in 5 Grade. I have more than 20 years of experience in Advertising and Event management. I was working for some world-wide known Advertising Agency companies and a global Newspaper group. I have been holding several hundreds of events and promotions throughout my career. Previously I also have been a volunteer for the Parents’ Event management of another international school in Shanghai Pudong (2015-2018) where I held a similar position. Many thanks for your consideration as I would be very proud to assist the Dragons.

Freda Yiu

PAFA Event Coordinator | Pudong Campus

Moi! This is our third year in SCIS Pudong and now we have two middle school students in the family! PAFA is working great and adapting its functions to this situation. Event Coordinators are arranging great brunches for parents to show all the great cultures in our school, Grade Reps are working in a superb way and we even managed to decorate our school in Christmas Spirit. In this special time, it is ever more important to keep Dragon Spirit high and work for our community. I am a proud PAFA member and thankful to be able to do this work in Communication. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Sanna Korsström

PAFA Volunteer/Country Coordinator | Pudong Campus

PAFA SPONSORED EVENTS

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Hongqiao ECE Campus

2212 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200336
Tel: 86-21-6295-1222
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Hongqiao Campus

1161 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200051
Tel: 86-21-6261-4338
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Pudong Campus

198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu,
Pudong, Shanghai, China 201315
Tel: 86-21-5812-9888
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639