International School of Estonia

An IB World School, authorised in PYP, MYP, DP and accredited by NEASC (www.neasc.org) and Council of International Schools (www.cis.org) Welcome!

Choosing a new school is a huge task, filled with anticipation and anxiety. At ISE we are prepared to assist you in every way. The challenges and opportunities of a small, caring, exciting and rigorous International Baccalaureate Programme education await you. We are committed to providing every student with direction and inspiration as we guide them towards the highest possible achievement. We will work to give our very best in all our endeavors, and we invite you to become close partners in this important task. Kathleen Naglee, Director

Mission: The Mission of the International School of Estonia • provide a high quality, internationally recognized education • develop inquirers, communicators and risk-takers in a caring environment • foster compassion and reflection • encourage students to effect positive change in the face of 21st century challenges

Operating as usual

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Summertime ends on Sunday morning

A kind reminder:
https://news.err.ee/1150577/summertime-ends-on-sunday-morning

news.err.ee At 4 a.m. on Sunday (October 25), summertime will come to an end for another year and the clocks will go back one hour.

This page recently hit 2000 likes! Thank you for supporting our efforts to inform, educate, and engage our community. ❤️

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Dear ISE Reading Community,
I hope you are having a relaxing holiday. We are excited to continue the collaboration with Witra Publishing Group and Hachette Publishers, one of the largest children's and teen publishers in the UK, to bring the Online Book Fair to the ISE reading community. We are encouraging the readers across the whole school to take a chance of this opportunity for a different selection of books. The Online Book Fair will help you find some fantastic books and at the same time, you will support the school library – 10% of the total school order will be used to buy books for the library. Thank you for your support! Please read the Informational Letter sent by Ms. Kadri via ManageBac which includes a detailed explanation how the Book Fair works, as well as browse the Catalog for titles available.
Please note that the last day to place the order is Sunday November 1, 2020.
If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact:
Kadri Tomson [email protected] or
Laura Bakewell [email protected]

Happy readings!

[10/12/20]   Kind reminder: Virtual student parent-teacher conferences will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13th. There is no school for students, all staff report to school.

Dear ISE PTA and Parents,
A heartfelt thank you for treats, cards, flowers and kind words!

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08.10.2020 - Director's Address

https://youtu.be/JnSxUiz8bxk

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Health Board recommends travel only when unavoidable

Dear Parents,
As you may know, the official government position is that Estonian residents should not go abroad on holiday at the moment and we would ask you to consider seriously the potential risk to your family and our community, should you do so. The school asks respectfully that you refrain from holiday travel abroad at the moment. Should you travel, we will also need to be reassured that your family have followed closely the quarantine guidelines, before your children return to school.https://news.err.ee/1143549/health-board-recommends-travel-only-when-unavoidable

news.err.ee The Health Board (Terviseamet) recommends people stay in Estonia for the upcoming school break, and to only travel when absolutely unavoidable.

It may look like our PYP3 students are just relaxing on the floor but they are actually exploring the human body proportions and working on their full size self portraits.

[10/02/20]   Hello there,
I am pleased to report that we have made it through another full week of face to face learning and as far as we know, our community continues to be COVID free.
Thanks for your patience and cooperation this week as we work to imbed a higher level of protection for our community. I have been especially impressed by the way that our students have conducted themselves and cooperated with the new entry procedures. Thanks also to our staff for their extra work to make sure that students are reassured and aware of their new responsibilities.
Almost daily we are having to make adjustments and find creative solutions for new challenges that come along. It was great to see the ISE Board have their monthly meeting outside this week.
We are also planning for the Student, Parent, Teacher conferences scheduled for the 13th of October. These will be held virtually and more information will be sent out to families next week.
With only two weeks to go, it is possible that your thoughts are turning to travel opportunities for the holiday. Understandably there are some really great deals around. The official government position is that Estonian residents should not go abroad on holiday at the moment and we would ask you to consider seriously the potential risk to your family and our community, should you do so. The school asks respectfully that you refrain from holiday travel abroad at the moment. Should you travel, we will also need to be reassured that your family have followed closely the quarantine guidelines, before your children return to school.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend.
Stay safe, stay healthy.

Mr Don

ISE Board of Directors is holding its meeting today on the school deck to keep the risk of coronavirus spread as low as possible.

As part of the European Day of Languages activities some ISE students created their Language Portraits. 🤩

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Following consultation with Merike Jürilo on Tuesday and further information about the Coronavirus situation in Tallinn, I am writing to inform you that starting on Monday we will be moving to Risk level 3. This is an attempt to stay ahead of a number of increased risk factors that have the potential to bring COVID 19 into our community. What does this mean? Essentially it means that in addition to the many passive protections currently in place, we will be putting a more proactive layer of protection over our community. We are very aware that these actions will create inconvenience, but we are committed to face to face learning for as long as we can sustain it. It is our considered opinion that the current situation in Tallinn necessitates this increased level of vigilance. Please help us to integrate these measures smoothly into our systems by explaining to your child/ren about the changes and that they will increasingly encounter people wearing masks at school. Our homeroom and advisory teachers will make it a part of what they do as well. We don’t want this increased vigilance to be an anxious experience for your child/ren, so please help us by talking with them about what to expect. We would also request your strict adherence to our playground farewell and pick up policy. Parents and community members are still able to access our campus, but we ask that you self regulate your access to very essential times only. Please be aware that you will be asked to sign in, leave contact details and have your temperature checked.
Thank you to the many of you who are now saying goodbye in the playground and also those who are keeping us updated about the health status of your family. We very much appreciate anything that you as a family can do to reduce the overall risk to our community. Now is not the time for travelling overseas or meetings in large groups. With your cooperation, we hope to be able to continue to offer on campus, quality learning for your family.
Enjoy your weekend, stay safe.
Don Payne

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International School of Estonia

Today, the former Director- General of Estonian Health Board, Ms. Merike Jürilo met with ISE Senior Leadership Team. We thank Ms. Jürilo for her expert advice, guidance and support as we navigate these difficult times.

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From ISE ELL Teacher:

[09/18/20]   Hello there,

I am sure you are aware that the COVID 19 Virus is continuing to be active in Estonia. It is reassuring to see that while daily testing for the virus has almost tripled, the new cases remain relatively constant at around 20 to 30 per day in Estonia. At the moment Estonia doesn't seem to be experiencing the rapid, almost exponential, spread rates of other countries.
At ISE, we have since opening, put in place a number of passive and active practices designed to avoid the spread of COVID 19 and currently there are no cases in our community.
We are however, aware that other Tallinn Municipal and Private schools are experiencing their first cases and as an organisation we are continuing to prepare to meet the challenges that will most likely lie ahead.
We have recently reviewed our response criteria and response planning for infectious disease and next week the Leadership team will be meeting with an health expert to review our planning and assess the current situation. Following this, there may be some changes to our school processes as we look to keep ahead of this rapidly developing situation.
We very much appreciate the support of our community and the steps you are taking to reduce the risk of community spread. We would encourage you all to take steps as a family to reduce the risk of infection and to work to help your children understand the current situation.

Enjoy your weekend.
Stay safe.

Don Payne

By scheduling regular evacuation drills, we prepare the students and staff to exit the building quickly and safely in case of any emergency. Yesterday, we held our first evacuation drill for 2020-2021 school year. Thank you students and staff for a quick and orderly evacuation!💪💪💪

ISE support staff are an integral part of our community. The school nurse, Ms. Aino visited our Preschool class today.

“Little by little one walks far” – Peruvian Proverb

Clever Cat's Carpets made by ISE Reception class students👍

[09/09/20]   IMPORTANT!
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We are, like many of you, aware that the City of Tallinn has today declared a Yellow alert and is implementing a series of virus spread prevention measures in buildings and municipal schools across the city.
ISE has well established and recently updated criteria for operational changes in order to respond to rapidly spreading infectious diseases. The school will continue to ensure that its responses to Covid-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice.
Having read the recommendations from Tallinn City Council, the school finds that it has already adopted the majority of the recently recommended Yellow alert actions and that currently only small changes will be made to what it does.
The school is very aware of the significance of decisions concerning school closures, and the potential impact any such decisions would have on parents, families and the wider community.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are monitoring health advice and updating operational decisions on a daily basis. Students should, for the moment, continue to come to school and we would encourage families to take specific actions to support the health of our whole community.
• If your child is sick, even slightly sick, keep them at home and seek medical advice.
• Say goodbye to your children in the playground, not inside the building.
• Try not to enter the ISE buildings unless it is absolutely necessary
• Download and setup the Hoia phone app that assists with the tracking and tracing of possible disease spread. https://hoia.me/en/
• Continue to practice handwashing, social distancing and quality hygiene habits.

We thank you for your support as we continue to work diligently to provide a safe educational environment and high quality instruction.

Sincerely

Don Payne

[09/08/20]   Dear Parents,
Please be aware that there is babysitting available during Open House. See you tonight!

Dear Parents,
Please be sure to join us tomorrow!

Dear ISE Parents & Caregivers,
Welcome to the ISE Open House on Tuesday. We will be distributing our updated Student and Parent Handbook and also other important curriculum information. We hope to see you all there.

[09/04/20]   Welcome Back Barbeque Cancelled

It has been a difficult decision to make, but in the current environment we feel that we cannot go forward with organizing the Community Barbeque on Friday the 11th. We know it’s a long standing ISE tradition and a great opportunity to meet and welcome new families, but the risk concerns associated with it are considerable.

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Dear ISE Parents & Caregivers,
Welcome to the ISE Open House on Tuesday. We will be distributing our updated Student and Parent Handbook and also other important curriculum information. We hope to see you all there.

Please note that this event is for ISE Community only. It is a great opportunity for our parents and students to learn more about the IB programs, meet the teachers, and get answers to all the questions.

This Monday, we had a wonderful first day back! We warmly welcome back all those who are returning – and a special welcome to those who are joining us as new students, parents, and staff.

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First Day Back 2020

This Monday, we had a wonderful first day back! We warmly welcome back all those who are returning – and a special welcome to those who are joining us as new students, parents, and staff.

This Monday, we had a wonderful first day back! We warmly welcome back all those who are returning – and a special welcome to those who are joining us as new students, parents, and staff.

[08/28/20]   KIND REMINDER:
Extraordinary General Meeting of MTÜ IEAE on Monday, August 31 at 4 pm.

NATO Battlegroup Estonia

Congratulations to Veronica from ISE Class of 2020!

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The winner of SingNATO has been announced: The original Danish entry featuring Lasse & Veronica! 🇩🇰🎸🎶🎙 Congratulations!
The first phase of the SingNATO contest starred multi-talented soldiers from across the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroups.

🎙 #SingNATO – NELJAS LAUL!

Saage tuttavaks: LASSE ja VERONICA! 🇩🇰🎹🎸

Eheda näitena NATO liitlassuhetest on eFP Eesti lahingugruppi ja Taani saatkonda esindav taani duo loonud loo, millega meile kõigile imekena õhtut soovida.

Palun tervitage meie digitaalsel laval – VERONICA ja LASSE esitamas OMAENDA lugu ‘How Could It Be’ 🌅

Hääletamine algab reedel 24. juulil – võitja valid SINA!

JAGA, LAIGI, KOMMENTEERI! #SingNATO

Ühine meiega homme, kui ALGAB HÄÄLETAMINE.

#StrongerTogether #WeAreNATO
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🎙 #SingNATO - ЧЕТВЕРТЫЙ УЧАСТНИК!

Представляем ЛАССЕ и ВЕРОНИКУ! 🎹

Настоящая демонстрация нашего Альянса НАТО, наш датский дуэт (представляющий программу Расширенного передового присутствия НАТО в #Estonia и Посольство Дании) создал оригинальный авторский номер, чтобы пожелать вам прекрасного вечера.

Давайте поприветствуем на цифровой сцене ВЕРОНИКУ и ЛАССЕ, которые исполнят свою авторскую композицию - ‘How Could It Be’! («Как такое может быть»!) 🔥

Голосование начнется в пятницу 24 июля, ведь именно ВЫ выбираете победителя!

ДЕЛИТЕСЬ, СТАВЬТЕ ЛАЙКИ, КОММЕНТИРУЙТЕ! #SingNATO

Присоединяйтесь к нам завтра, потому что завтра НАЧИНАЕТСЯ ГОЛОСОВАНИЕ!

#StrongerTogether #WeAreNATO
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🎙 #SingNATO – ACT FOUR!

Introducing LASSE and VERONICA! 🇩🇰🎹🎸

A real demonstration of our Alliance across #NATO, our Danish Duo (representing eFP #Estonia and the Embassy of Denmark in Estonia) have created an original number to wish you all a beautiful evening.

Please welcome to the digital stage – VERONICA and LASSE performing their ALL-ORIGINAL song – ‘How Could It Be’ 🌅

Voting opens on Friday 24 July – YOU choose the winner!

SHARE, LIKE, COMMENT! #SingNATO

Join us tomorrow when VOTING BEGINS!

#StrongerTogether #WeAreNATO

We are busy getting ready for the new school year :)

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Director´s Welcome August 2020

Welcome back to school!

https://youtu.be/nxjhLTRkh_Q

We warmly welcome back our old and new students, families, and staff!

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COVID-19: Can you hack it? • theGIST

ISE GRADUATES GO PLACES! We proudly present 👏a recent publication by our graduate Eva Sorokolet, published in Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology (theGIST), a student science magazine and network based at the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde, and Glasgow Caledonian University.👍
https://the-gist.org/2020/06/covid-19-can-you-hack-it/

the-gist.org Thousands of online hackathons have been organised since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eva Sorokolet looks at some innovations from the pan-European ‘EUvsVirus’ hackathon and how they could help us return to normal life.

Choosing an International School

Making a decision what school to enroll your child in is one of the most important decisions you will make. At International School of Estonia we think it is important to make sure that you are clear about what schools offer before you make your decision.

So how do you know you are making the right choice for your children?

The starting place is to visit the school and meet the people who work there; talk to them about the expectations you have for your children; and ask lots of questions about the school's core values and pedagogy of learning.

Some questions you might like to ask.

Your Child

· Does the school have planned activities to assist new children in a positive start to school?

· How big are the classes?

· What services are available for individual student counselling and university placement?

· How does the school support the special learning needs of all its children?

· Are after school activities (arts, sports, clubs, community service) offered?

The Curriculum

· Is the curriculum rigorous and engaging?

· Is there curriculum continuity through the whole school?

· How does the school’s curriculum connect students to their next education location?- wherever that may be.

· Does the school have a success record for the quality achievement of its graduating students?

· Does the school have a child-centered focus and an approach that meets student’s individual needs?

· Does the school support students who need additional help to learn English?

The Teachers

· Are all the teachers certified and trained in the curriculum?

· Does the school support professional development for its teachers are up to date and using best practices'?

· Are classroom doors open to parents?

The School

· Is the school accredited internationally, nationally and well established?

· Is the school technologically state-of-the-art and well maintained?

Your Involvement

· Does the school have a strong sense of community in which you and your family can play an active and happy role?

· To what extent can you be a partner in your child's learning?

· Does the school offer opportunities for parent education?

The conversations that emerge from these questions will certainly get you started!

Schools in some ways are a bit like people, they have personalities, you sometimes feel comfortable straight away with some, while others take a little time. We hear from our families that for some it was easy, they could tell from the moment they walked in that ISE was the school for them. Others talk about the way that their trust in the school has grown over time.

Either way we are here to work with you and alongside you to make sure that your child gets the benefit of a world class education.

Sincerely,

Don Payne

Director

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General information

ISE is the only school in Estonia that is internationally inspected and accredited by the American New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the leading international agency, the Council of International Schools (CIS). ISE is the first authorized International Baccalaureate World School in Estonia. ISE is authorized for the IB PYP, MYP and Diploma program.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00
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