Opening Ceremony

Dear families of the International School of Tallinn,

We take this opportunity to welcome you once more and keep you updated about the latest developments after our previous newsletter.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on 3rd of September starting at 09:00 in the Assembly Hall on the 4th floor. Families are kindly asked to arrive at the school between 08:45-08:50 and pick up the school access card. The access boom for parking will be open, and you are welcome to park your car in our parking lot. The assembly hall will be opened after 08:50 when rehearsals are done.

The Ceremony will not last longer than one lesson (45 minutes).

After the Opening Ceremony, we invite all parents to join us in the school canteen for light refreshments where families may address any questions to the school management.

Students will continue with the school day with their respective homeroom teachers, and after the lunch hour, they continue with subject teachers. Students are requested to bring their school bags with school supplies with them on the first day. We do not have lockers, but there is a place in the classroom for pupils to keep their belongings. Parents are expected to pick up their kids after their lessons end.

The school has no uniform. Please dress your children festive for the occasion.

School documentation. We have drafted some new policies including School Rules, Assessment Policy and Language Policy. School Rules are obligatory to all members of the school community including pupils, teachers and parents. You can access the documents on our website.

The cloakroom is located on the 3rd floor on the right hand immediately after entering the third floor. All pupils are also expected to bring with and use indoor shoes from the first school day.

eKool. All parents need to join the eKool system to consistently monitor the progress and study results of their child on a daily basis.

Please read the guidelines at the eKool portal for access rights to join eKool and for advice on how to use the portal. Should you have any questions, please contact our eKool coordinator Eve Oro: eve.oro@nullist.ee

Lunch. Our canteen will provide lunch as a buffet with several options. This enables every child to collect an appropriate amount of food with preferred ingredients. The meal is already included in the tuition fee. No hassle to parents for additional payments.

Grade 1-2 split. As we have been receiving more applications for Grade 1-2, we have decided to split Grade 1 and 2. As soon as we complete negotiations with potential teacher candidates, Grade 1 will have its own primary homeroom teacher. Ms Lisa Parker will be responsible for Grade 1-2 until the arrival of a new teacher; thereafter she will continue with Grade 2 alone.

Aftercare. We are waiting for responses from Grade 1 and 2 parents to make sure that there is a sufficient need for aftercare. We are expecting some critical demand in order to open the aftercare.

Extra-curricular activities. The school will conduct a survey to identify the preferences of families for afterschool activities. An Estonian private school Emili located in the same premises will also open the access to their extra-curricular activities in order to broaden potential options. We will inform families soonest.

Student Cards. All students may apply for the International Scholar Identity Card (ISIC). The ISIC card is the only internationally recognized student ID, and ISIC cardholders are members of a truly global club. There are more than 125,000 student discounts on offer, including 1,000 in Estonia. Please read more about ISIC cards and find the application form on their web page www.minukool.ee

Allowances. In some cases, families may be eligible for allowances like Grade 1 support or childcare compensation in the kindergarten (also provided by most of the municipalities around Tallinn).

School diaries. We are not using diaries in the school at this moment. Should our homeroom teachers want, our pupils to use diaries we will inform on time.