Newsletter

Dear IST Families

Albert Camus once wrote: “Autumn is a second Spring when every leave is a flower.” The landscape around us is turning into magical hues of burnt orange, pumpkin, flaming reds, mellow yellows and various shades of brown, while winter apples are blessing us in their splendour. Cherish these times with your loved one and contemplate the summer past while preparing for a snow-white winter season.

We take this opportunity to thank those parents who attended the first Parent Meeting of IST for the new school year. It was heart-warming to see you all on this bitterly cold day. Some of you could not make it, and we believe that you would if you could. We shared important information with parents, and in return, we created ample opportunities to ask questions directly to teachers and management.

We express the hope that the attendance will grow and that you will all help in growing the IST Community, Our Community. Your contributions are what help shape the culture of IST, and it helps to give your children, our students, a sense of belonging.

Minutes from our Parent Meeting

The minutes of the meeting can be found here: IST Parent Meeting.docx and the presentation on IB schooling by teachers Lisa and Devyn here: https://prezi.com/view/1Zhmh5w9CgMOL1eiTEns/. Annual Plan: IST Annual Plan 2018-2019 School Year (003) and Communication Tools: IST COMMUNICATION TOOLS (003).IST

Aftercare

We are happy to announce the appointment of our Aftercare teacher. Her name is Golikova Evgeniia, and she started on Monday, 1 October. Her abridged CV is attached. The daily schedule starts at 14h00 and ends at 17h00. The price is 60 Euro per month. A snack is available from the canteen at 0.65 cents per day. You can read more about her and the programme here: https://ist.ee/new-aftercare-teacher/

Monday:

Visual arts class. (Art styles and techniques, craft projects, sculpture, collage, bookmaking and illustrations, recycling design)

Tuesday:

Fun science experiments and “Around the world “- countries for kids (geography, traditions, food, clothes, learn 2-3 words)

Wednesday:  

Animation class. (We will learn all stages of cartoons production: idea, story developing-script, characters design, animating, sound, editing)

Thursday:

“Kids favourite topic” and “Book club”-reading short stories together and analyse them (tricky words, characters, main idea, problem solution, draw illustration)

Friday: 

Animation class.

Different animation techniques, pixilation, stop motion, drawing and experimental animation)

All classes will include different games – an icebreaker, team building, energetic and relaxing. We will also walk in the park when the weather permits and visit museums.

 

5-6 –Year-Old PYP Class (Preschool)

We had a request from parents about the availability of preschool, and after some consideration, we realised that there is indeed a need for a preschool class. It will go a long way in alleviating the stress of the lack of availability of places for 5-6-year-old children whose parents are left in no man’s land due to the high demand for places in English Nurseries. Classes will take place every day from 09h00 till 14h00. The cost is 530 Euro per month (an additional 70 Euro per month for daily lunch)

We have completed our curriculum which is based on an integration of the Estonian National Curriculum for Pre-school Child Care and the Early Years Foundation Phase Statutory Framework for the UK as well as input from the Finnish Early Childhood Curriculum.

The goal of our pre-school programme is to support the children’s individuality, creativity and learning through play through combining different child-centred active learning methods such as Montessori, the Waldorf method of teaching, Reggio Emilia, language immersion as well as research, entrepreneurship and outdoor learning.

We are busy preparing our room, and we are hopeful that we will start with the class latest at the end of October. We have found a wonderful teacher for the position in the person of  Natallya Svuetsouva who joins us with a wealth of experience as a qualified art teacher as well as a fully qualified and experienced Early Childhood Educator. More information will follow very soon.

 

 

 Extracurricular

The extra-curricular programme has been finalised with Emily school. The following codes still have slots available:

We have the following activities:

Robotics for advanced is not opened yet, because Emily School had only four students interested. If we get more students, we can open the group. Nutigeen provides classes at 40 Euro per month, and they can provide us with an English teacher. http://nutigeen.ee/

Children yoga has four places for age group 7-10 on Tuesdays from 14h55 till 15h40. Price – 25 Euro per month.

Art class (age 7-9) can take five students and takes place every Wednesday from 14h45 till 15h45. Price – 35 Euro per month.

Sports class is full, but we think about opening a second class depending on demand. It includes volleyball and a variety of other indoor sporting codes.

Capoeira (age 7-10) can take three more kids. It starts at 15h00 till 16h00 every Thursday and the price – 40 Euro per month.

Ceramics is full, but we had a word with the ceramics teacher, and she is ready to open a second group in English if we wish to have a group. Her price is 30 Euro per month.

Our music teacher has offered to teach one-on-one piano lessons as part of extra-curricular. If you wish for your child to learn the piano, then let us know, and we will make the necessary arrangements. More details will follow as soon as we have the number of students who are interested.

Most of our activities are in Estonian – so it is good for your kids to learn some Estonian.

Please write to paul.senosi@nullist.ee to confirm the participation of your child in any of the activities above by latest Monday afternoon.

New developments at IST:

Due to the growth in numbers at Gr1 and Gr 2 levels, we decided to split the two classes.

The IST Family is growing, and it is vital that we maintain healthy relationships in our day-to-day school life and build a great community. We regard our parents as an important part of making IST a great school. We understand that many of you are professionals in your fields and would like to contribute to building up our young school. We kindly ask you to fill in the following questionnaire and send it back (by Tuesday, 16 Oct): https://surveer.com/s/MGRYHM9B