IST Newsletter – February 2020

Dear IST Families,

The month of January was a calm, readapting to school routine time. Now it is February and we are at full speed! There are many exciting events coming up. Have a look at the schedule and event descriptions below.

Feb 14th – Friend’s Day (aka Valentine’s Day)

Feb 20th99 Math competition

Feb 21st – Estonian Independence Day celebration

Feb 24th to 28th – School Break


We will celebrate Friend’s Day on Thursday, 14th February. This date (also celebrated as Valentine’s Day) is a great opportunity to remind all students of the importance of making new friends and cultivating existing friendships. On this day, we invite students and staff to wear red or pink.

On Thursday, 20 February, our school will organize a math competition in partnership with 99 Math, an Estonian startup and app developed to get students excited about math! During school hours, all grades will compete to see who can solve more math problems. We have awards in store for the students and all participants will receive a certificate.

Estonian Independence Day will happen during our school break, so we decided to have our celebration on Friday, 21st February. During school hours, all students will gather to learn about the Estonian independence and sing an Estonian song taught by Ms. Merily.


We are excited to have added new extracurricular activities to our list in 2020. Have a look at the most recent additions below.



This week, IST students had their first violin lesson. Instructor Mari-Liis Uibo is a concert violinist with more than 12 years of experience and degrees from Austria and the USA.

All students aged 6 – 16 are welcome. Schedules are determined according to the group’s availability. Lessons take place once a week at IST and the monthly price is €40.


We have opened registration for a new robotics class for grades 4-6. Mr. Vahur Orrin has been planning lessons for this group and will offer them on Mondays, from 15h to 15h45. The monthly price for robotics is €30.


Registration is open for Filmmaking lessons. Students from grades 7-10 are welcome to join. Filmmaker Ana Falcon is the teacher and she will invite different guest lecturers every month to help students understand the basics of filmmaking: script writing, composition, cinematography, editing and filming with a phone. Classes are on Thursdays, from 16h to 17h. The monthly price is €30.

To register for any extracurricular activity, please send an email to



On 8th January, we welcomed students back from the Christmas break with a morning of Ice Skating. P.E. teacher, Ada Lestsenski, organized the event. Whether they were experienced skaters or trying it for the first time, we were happy to see so many students, teachers and parents having a good time. You can find the photos and a video compilation of the event here:


On 29th January, we officially opened our school library with the director’s speech, and some lovely singing prepared by music teacher, Ms. Merily. IST would like to thank librarians Heddy and Tracy for their hard work. Special thanks also to staff members Enely and Taaja for starting our book collection, and Anastassia for helping catalogue the books in Russian.

Remember to always check our newsletters, Facebook publications and email communication for information about upcoming activities. See you in the next event!

Kind regards

IST Staff