IST Newsletter – SPECIAL EDITION

Dear IST Families,

Our school grows every day and we are getting ready to expand. This special edition of our newsletter will give you an insight into the new building being designed for IST.

The new building is expected to be open in August/September 2022 and will accommodate up to 400 pupils. IST will have its own building, as will the two other primary schools of Ülemiste City (Emili kool and Kalli Kalli). The gym is shared between the three schools.

The main entrance on the first floor (ground floor) is guarded by an administrator from morning until early evening. To access the school area, visitors must go through the lobby, where the administrator can welcome and redirect them. There is a second door granting access from the lobby to the rest of the school. The doors are only accessible with a card or when the administrator buzzes a visitor in. This strict control measure ensures the comfort of visitors and safety for our school pupils and families.


Beyond the first-floor lobby are the rooms for preschool, primary grades and daycare services. Preschool and primary grades have direct access to the outdoor playground area on the ground floor. This area is for the exclusive use of IST and it is separated from the main entrance, providing privacy and protection to our young pupils. Next to the playground there is a sports field and green area.



The second floor is dedicated to the subject activities shared by all grades, such as music, arts and crafts, as well as the canteen, the assembly hall, staff rooms and the teachers’ room. The canteen and assembly hall form a large atrium combined with the third floor. Upper floor balconies provide additional space for watching school events.

The third floor is mainly dedicated to upper grades, with specialized classrooms and laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and cooking facilities – all fully equipped to ensure high quality education. The library is also located on this floor. The hallways are larger and designed to allocate studying and resting areas.

Adjacent to IST’s building is the gym. Besides a regular outside entrance, there is an access connecting the gym and IST from the inside. This allows students to go to P.E. without having to change shoes or get fully dressed in Winter. Access to the gym is controlled by a separate key card, restricting students’ access. On the roof above the gym, there is an outdoor playground area, fenced and partly covered to allow students to be outside regardless of weather conditions. The rooftop playground is accessible through the second floor, via the canteen/assembly hall area.


Architects have finalized the main layout of the building. The images shared here are preliminary works that allow us to have an idea of what is currently in development. The interior will be more elaborated (not just white walls as currently shown in the images); more glass walls will be added to the atrium, as seen on the facade. Updated drafts and detailed layouts will be sent soon.

IST is aiming for improvement and development on our way to becoming an outstanding and fully recognized international school. We are glad to have you with us on this journey!

IST Staff

IST Newsletter – March 2020

Dear IST Families,

The month of March is filled with cultural and educational activities and events we would like to share with you. Have a look at what’s to come.

UPCOMING EVENTS

On Monday, 16th March, grades 7 to 10 will attend a performance of Othello by the American Drama Group & TNT Britain. Students will leave school escorted by Mr. David, Mr. William and Ms. Tracy at 12:30 to go to the theatre at Mustamäe Kultuurikeskus Kaja. Students will be dismissed after the performance.

La Journée de la Francophonie is a series of events organized by Institut Français Estonie throughout the month of March to celebrate French language and culture. Mr. Remi and Mr. Nicolas would like to invite French class students in grades 3 and 4 (and their families) to attend one of these events. Our French teachers and pupils have prepared a song to take part in the “Concours de chants” (song contest). This is just one of the many activities arranged for that day. The event will take place on Saturday, March 21st, at Gustav Adolf (Vana-Kalamaja 9), Kotzebue building, from 11:00 until 16:30. Admission is free.

Ms. Merily, our music teacher, has arranged a performance with a renowned music group from Estonia: Trio Comodo. The three musicians play classical music and renditions of popular contemporary songs on classical instruments including the violin, cello, flute, among others. The trio has agreed to an exclusive performance for IST pupils in March – the date will be confirmed soon.

We would like to invite all pupils to attend. We’ve recently had many students enrolling in violin and piano lessons, and we want to encourage more students to take an interest in music (classical or contemporary). The concert will be in our assembly hall and the price of admission per student is €5. Information regarding payment will be sent in the email confirming the date of the performance.

OVERVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS

ESTONIAN INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION

Just before our February break, our students, teachers and staff got together to celebrate Estonian Independence Day. We sang the Estonian national anthem and our director spoke about the importance of this date. To celebrate Estonian culture and its connection with music, we sang two folk songs lead by Ms. Merily, who organized the celebration. Some students made their own instruments to play and sing along.

IST would like to thank Mr. David, and the following students for performing during the event: Eva, Stella, Aryan, Maraam, Naoshaba, Luisa, Charlotte and Michelle.

99 MATH TOURNAMENT

On February 20th, our school welcomed a team from 99 Math, one of Estonia’s most promising startups, to participate in a mathematics tournament through their online game. All grades got together in our assembly hall and played several rounds of the 99 Math game, from simple addition to complex division/multiplication. Some students made it to top 3 in their groups and all students received a certificate.

We are very proud of our students for their performance in the tournament and happy to hear some teachers have found the game useful to increase student engagement in math. IST would like to thank the 99 Math team and our teachers who helped organize this competition, as well as students Lia and Eva for additional help with the certificates, and all of grade 7/8 and 9/10 for helping our little ones set up for the game.

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

Kind regards

IST Staff

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

NEW EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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

 

VIOLIN LESSONS

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.

NEW ROBOTICS GROUP (GRADES 4 and 5/6)

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.

FILMMAKING LESSONS (GRADES 7/8 and 9/10)

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 larissa.curi@nullist.ee.

OVERVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS

BACK TO SCHOOL ICE SKATING

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:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3xlpoi2r3z369gt/AACDqSmvj1HHFUsvFTYkUKrIa?dl=0

LIBRARY OPENING

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

IST Newsletter – December 2019

Dear IST Families,

As we prepare to break for the holidays and approach the end of 2019, here is all the information you need to know regarding events and school break dates:

 

Last day at school – Wed, 18 December. Activities end at 12:00.

School break – 19 December to 7 January. IST office will be closed between those dates.

Welcome back day – Wed, 8 January. Special event at Skoda Ice Arena (information below).

First day at school – Thu, 9 January. Regular classes.

 

                                                              UPCOMING EVENTS

                                                                WINTER SPORTS DAY

On our “welcome back” day, we have something very special prepared. P.E. teacher, Ada Lestsenski, has scheduled a morning of activities at the Skoda Ice Arena. All IST students will meet there to learn about winter sports and try some ice skating. The price is set at €3 if you bring your own skates, and €4 if you rent skates from the arena. Please be sure to bring cash. Parents are welcome to join us for the day!

We ask parents to bring kids directly to the Skoda Ice Arena (Haabersti 3) in the morning – activities start at 10:00, but students should arrive from 9:30. We will wrap up at 12:00. All students will be dismissed for the day at that time. Regular classes at school will resume the next day: Thursday, 9 January.

Get your skates ready and let’s have some fun!

 

                                                   OVERVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS

                                                           CHRISTMAS CONCERT

On the way to becoming a school tradition, our annual Christmas concert was truly a magical event. It was great to see families enjoying the performances, sharing moments with teachers, and bonding with each other!

The production of the Christmas concert was in the capable hands of our music teacher, Merily Heinmaa, who created a musical journey reflecting the true spirit of the holidays. IST would like to thank all families for supporting this event and congratulate all students for working hard and stepping into the spotlight to deliver such a lovely performance! Special thanks to the following students for assisting in event organization and backstage preparations:

Aryan (grade 8) for stage technical management

Varvara (grade 9) and Elizabeth (grade 7), who helped write the scenario
Michael (grade 8) for decorations

Maraam (grade 6) and Michelle (grade 3), who were the main actors

Faseeh (grade 9), who made music phonograms and helped set up computer systems

Paro (grade 9), Evelina (grade 8) and all 9/10 grade students who helped throughout the day, both on the administrative and organizational side.

 

You can find the photos taken by our photographer, Tiit Mõtus, here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9xdm8rhgvlp5994/AAALrrlavFFYIXTugscC2t5Ua?dl=0

 

                                                        IWCT CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

The International Women’s Club of Tallinn organized a Christmas bazaar on 24 November and several IST parents, students and staff gathered to raise money for this charity organization. School families brought a variety of cookies and other baked goods as well as traditional handicraft items from their countries of origin. IST students also made Christmas cards that were sold at our station. We raised nearly €300 for charity that day at our station.

IST would like to thank those who were able to attend the event and contribute to this great cause. Special thanks to parents and staff members who donated the items that were sold at our table: Olha Vakhramova, Maria Scheperina, Taaja Martsuk, Adele Ryytel, Jana Tool, Thea Polendakova, Julia Popova, Camila Hallak, Hsuan-Hsiu Hung and Eve Oro.

You can check out photos of the IWCT Christmas bazaar here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lbtcuyt1bbl5sdx/AACOtYqfvNMUtH-Ssu2vMU4Ra?dl=0

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We hope that all IST families enjoy their holidays! We wish for a 2020 with renewed hopes and strengthened bonds of friendship. See you in January!

 

Kind regards

IST Staff

IST Newsletter – November 2019

Dear IST Families,  

October and November were exciting months for our school! We organized parties, competitions, and took part in one of the most important events connecting technology and education in Estonia. There is more to come! Here are the events we’ve planned before the end of 2019 and an overview of what has happened recently.

UPCOMING EVENTS

IWCT CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

The International Women’s Club of Tallinn Christmas Bazaar is happening this Sunday, 24th November, at Kultuurikatel (Põhja pst 27a) from 13h to 18h. For the second year, our school has a table reserved for selling foods and crafts that have been offered by IST families. We invite everyone to join us!

The IWCT is a non-profit organization that supports women and children. All proceeds from the bazaar go to charitable organizations aided by the IWCT.

Admission is free. There will be more than 20 embassies and local businesses selling food and beverages, plus a kids’ corner for the little ones. Find out more at: http://www.iwct.ee/christmas-bazaar/

Let’s get together to help a great cause!

IST CHRISTMAS CONCERT

This year’s IST Christmas Concert is scheduled for Thursday, 12th December, starting at 17h. We have yet to book the venue, which will be based on the total number of attendees. Parent representatives are collecting this information for each grade level. Please be sure to confirm with your Parent Class Representative(s) how many attendees your family will have. We will follow up with more information as soon as we have the numbers confirmed.

OVERVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS

HALLOWEEN PARTY

On 31st October, students, teachers, and parents gathered to celebrate Halloween at IST. The party started with a flash mob by our 9th and 10th grade students, followed by an afternoon of activities including pumpkin carving, wand painting, and other themed crafts. It was great to see everyone in costumes! After a two-week long Hogwarts house competition, we announced the winners: Congratulations Gryffindor!

We would like to acknowledge our student Michael (grade 8), who pitched the idea for a Harry Potter themed Halloween, the house competition, and provided much of our decorations!

You can find the Halloween party photos here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kcz2o0xqp8rv6vt/AAA_ZcrUxp97eg5gX_j90iB9a?dl=0

We would like to thank all staff and parents who came to participate. Special thanks to the following teachers and students for their role in organizing the event:

Ms. TracyAnne for arranging pumpkin carving and the flash mob

Ms. Iryna for offering many ideas on activities and crafts

Karl and Oliver (grade 10) for volunteering to do magic tricks

Varvara (grade 9) and Kaiyi (grade 10) for aiding in pumpkin carving

Sofja (grade 10) and Faseeh (grade 9) for face painting

Stella (grade 7) for aiding Michael in preparing the Hogwarts idea

Thanawat (grade 10), Kuzey, Anna and Adrian (grade 9) for doing set up and clean up

And all students in grades 9/10 for participating in the flash mob!

See you all for another spooky celebration next year!


PARENTS’ SOCIAL GATHERING 

IST parents had their first social gathering of the year at Decanter, last month. We chatted and got to know each other over great wine and cheese. As an IB candidate school, we believe parents’ engagement in both school life and with other parents is an essential part of building a strong community.

We would like to thank all parents who were able to attend and hope many more will join us next time! Special thanks to one of our school parents, Paul Senosi, for arranging the venue!

 

FATHER’S DAY COMPETITION

Our P.E. teacher, Ms. Ada, organized an afternoon of activities to celebrate Father’s Day. Ten challenges were given to teams composed of father and child(ren) to show their strength, speed, and teamwork. Congratulations to our top three teams:

1st place – HTM (Mitt family) 

2nd place – The Toucans (Casagrande family)

3rd place – Trend Setters (Oolo family)

All participants did a terrific job and we hope to see you all for another fun competition next year! You can check the photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mCFL2ph3SpQL4hEi8

Special thanks to the volunteers from grades 7-10 who helped organize the event!

 

HACKATHON

IST had the privilege of hosting one of the most relevant events connecting technology and education in Estonia: Garage 48’s EdTech Hackathon.

This is a 48-hour development marathon where participants (developers, designers, students, etc.) pitch ideas for apps, webpages, and technological solutions for problems in education. Participants gather in teams to create and present a prototype in a livre-stream pitch session. This year we had more than 150 participants across 20 teams. Ideas ranged from a platform helping students with speech impediments to the creation of a financial aid system to access higher education.

The projects we saw this year show great potential, and IST was privileged to be the venue where these ideas were first developed. Congratulations to all participants!

Here are some photos of the event (photos by Ramus Kooskora): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1pbi7b7z7kgi3qc/AADbFMPcdM1FUw9gf4F_9_fCa?dl=0

We are proud of all we have accomplished so far and are thankful that so many IST families have been present in these events. More on December activities and other information will be sent by email very soon. See you at the next event!

Kind regards

IST Staff