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:


                                                        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:


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