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

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American photographer Barry Rosenthal takes pictures of common subjects. He creates internal compositions of things around him. Our MYP 1, 2 and 5 students followed his steps and created artworks based on their findings.

American photographer Barry Rosenthal takes pictures of common subjects. He creates internal compositions of things around him. Our MYP 1, 2 and 5 students followed his steps and created artworks based on their findings.

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Clocks go forward in Estonia on Sunday

A kind reminder: https://news.err.ee/1069788/clocks-go-forward-in-estonia-on-sunday

news.err.ee The clocks are due to go forward in Estonia in the small hours of Sunday, March 29, in line with most European nations, as they move into daylight saving time.

Happy 60th birthday to our very own Mr. Guido! 🎉That is quite a milestone. It is definitely something that one should be proud of! Mr. Guido has been with ISE for a very long time, he has truly become the backbone of the school. Every day he walks into the school with a big smile on his face and a great can-do attitude! If Mr. Guido can´t fix something, it truly is beyond repair. He is also very skillful in making things – our students often seek him out asking him to help with their projects.
Mr. Guido is husband to Maie (40th anniversary coming up!), father of two and proud grandfather of 5 kids.
We are so lucky to have him as part of our community! Congratulations!!!!💐

[03/25/20]   Dear Parents and Caregivers,

📌With the announcement of increased containment measures and an extension of campus closure measures by the government, it would seem that we are in for a much longer period of Distance Learning than originally anticipated.
📌As a school we are preparing to deliver distance learning for a much longer period of time. In order to sustain digital learning long term, it is important that we hear from you about how the programme we are operating is working for you and your children. With this in mind, we have sent via Managebac a survey that will provide us with your initial thoughts about how the programme is going.
📌Looking long term we are also making decisions about the school activities, functions and reporting that are on the horizon. We have sent home via Managebac a table with upcoming important events. Please read this table carefully. There are a significant number of date and format changes.
📌The Spring Break has not been rescheduled and will take place from April 10 to April 17.
📌If for some reason you have not received communication via Managebac today, then please contact Ms. Reelika at [email protected]

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📌The official Distance Learning Program (DLP) for Physical and Health Education at ISE is running via SeeSaw for PYP and Google Meets + ManageBac for MYP.
In addition to that, Ms. Triin has created a special website for an easy access to to PHE resources. 👍👍
The information is organized by age groups for students, and there is also a tab with a list of resources for EVERYONE else. The families are most welcome to work out together - just choose a video (yoga section is the same for all, as is most of dance) and have some silly fun with each other!
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sites.google.com Distance Learning Program (DLP) for Physical and Health Education (PHE) at International School of Estonia (ISE) will be running via SeeSaw for PYP and Google Meets + ManageBac for MYP, but this site here will serve as an additional space for and easy access to PHE resources. The information is orga...

[03/23/20]   Conversation between one of our parents and their early childhood student.
Student: "But Mum, I don't want to do my Maths. Can't I have a long break to watch TV?"
Mum: "No, you can have a short break and then do your Maths"
Student: "Yeah, but you're not in charge of the school, the security guard is!"

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We are so proud of our talented student. Thank you for sharing this beautiful song, Veronica!👏👏👏

‘Oh that Corona’.... 🎶🦠🎸 What do you do when you’re in quarantine, in your house or maybe in another country, maybe stranded - and you’re worried about your school, your work and about family and friends all over the world? Veronica Beckvard decided to compose a new song and study languages in a different way. 😊 You’re welcome to share, sing along and add your own verse! Stay safe!
/Kristina Miskowiak Beckvard & Henrik Paludan Beckvard
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[03/20/20]   Let´s keep our educational family 💙together and help each other out -

Help one another💙
We know that there are businesses in the ISE community that are finding these times challenging. Why not support local and ISE community businesses? Why not make a point of putting business their way?
Try ordering directly from Asian Aroma instead of Wolt or Bolt. They deliver too.
ISE is happy to recognize ISE School Community Businesses. Just let Katre ([email protected]) know who you are and what you do and we will put you on our page.👍👍

Help ISE💙
Today our professionally dedicated staff held virtual meetings and collaboratively reflected on the first couple of days delivering our Distance Learning Programme.
Next week we will be asking parents and students for your feedback. When that invitation to contribute comes, please take a moment to give us positive feedback about what it’s been like for you. This will help us to develop even further what we are doing.👍👍👍

MYP Personal Project showcase

On March 13 MYP 5 students presented their personal project learning journeys in a format of a Human Library. MYP 5 students became Books on their project topics and guests became Readers who borrowed a "Book" for a limited period of time to learn and converse on the mutual topic of interest. Please take a look at the stories told.

On March 13 MYP 5 students presented their personal project learning journeys in a format of a Human Library. MYP 5 students became Books on their project topics and guests became Readers who borrowed a "Book" for a limited period of time to learn and converse on the mutual topic of interest. Please take a look at the stories told.

International School of Estonia Students´ workspaces

Attendance excusals looking a little different these days....
#distantlearning #digitallearning

Last week our students enthusiastically shared their work with the community at the annual science exhibition. 
The MYP science individual investigation is a long-term project that allows students to explore their personal interests using the scientific method.

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MYP Science Fair

Last week our students enthusiastically shared their work with the community at the annual science exhibition.
The MYP science individual investigation is a long-term project that allows students to explore their personal interests using the scientific method.

Last week our students enthusiastically shared their work with the community at the annual science exhibition.
The MYP science individual investigation is a long-term project that allows students to explore their personal interests using the scientific method.

We will update as we receive more photos :) 
Please email them to katrep@ise.edu.ee
Thank you and let´s keep in touch!

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International School of Estonia Students´ workspaces

We will update as we receive more photos :)
Please email them to [email protected]
Thank you and let´s keep in touch!

We will update as we receive more photos :)
Please email them to [email protected]
Thank you and let´s keep in touch!

[03/17/20]   Good afternoon,

this is just a quick note to advise the ISE community that we appear to be ready to commence our Distance Learning Programme tomorrow morning. All classes, except some lower primary classes, will start with a digital homeroom at 08:45. We thank you for your ongoing patience, as we launch something completely new to our organisation.

Don Payne
Director

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Teachers´ workspaces as they get ready for DLP today.

International School of Estonia Students´ workspaces

We will update as we receive more photos :)
Please email them to [email protected]
Thank you and let´s keep in touch!

We will update as we receive more photos :)
Please email them to [email protected]
Thank you and let´s keep in touch!

Some of our teachers took photos of their workspaces as they got ready for DLP today. Can you guess who they are?
Students-why don't you take a photo of your workspace and email it to Ms Katre at [email protected] and she will put some of the photos up.

We could not be more proud of ISE Alumnus Ashwath V., a HERO💙💙💙💙💙 according to his current employer, the Kuressaare hospital. Ashwath has voluntarily gone to help treat patients in Kuressaare, currently known as a hotspot of coronavirus in Estonia. Ashwath, or Dr. Ash, as he is called now, graduated from ISE to continue his studies at the University of Tartu department of medicine which he recently graduated from. Way to go, Dr. Ash!👍👍👍

Üks vapper kangelane, kes meile mandrilt appi tuli - Dr. Ash, kes oli meil praktikal juulist 2018!

Meie lõputu tänu. Kõigile, kes praegusel ajal toeks ja abiks on!🙂

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates

ibo.org As we continue to monitor the situation for members of the IB community who are impacted by Covid-19, the Novel Coronavirus, we will update this page with developing news and actions that are being taken to support and protect our community.

[03/13/20]   13.03.20
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I am writing to confirm that the ISE campus will be closed from Monday the 16th of March for at least 2 weeks and until further notice. This campus closure measure has been taken as the result of a directive from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, in response to the COVID 19 virus. Please be assured, currently there are no members of our community diagnosed with COVID 19.
As a professional team, we have been planning in advance for this day and we will make every effort to ensure that meaningful learning continues throughout this period of closure. As a result, during this time, the school will move to a Distance Learning Programme (DLP). Accompanying this notification is a copy of our Distance Learning Student and Parent Handbook. This document includes important guidance about the programme, so please take the time to go through this carefully. In addition, students have been updated about the process and the use of the digital platforms involved today.
The ISE faculty and staff will be working for two days to prepare the transition to distance learning. Our Principal/Coordinators will soon share detailed documents with information about how the DLP will work for each age group. I will communicate directly with you again when we are ready to deliver our distance learning schedule. All being well, Distance Learning should start at 8:45am on Wednesday the 18th of March. Please check your emails and our school page for updates.
We are mindful of supporting our IB Diploma students, in particular, through this campus closure. We are in communication with the IB and we are assured that allowances will be made for all students who have had their learning affected by school closures around the world. As we know more about the potential impact on examinations and assessment procedures, we will pass this onto you.
Given how quickly events have moved in Estonia, please give yourselves time as families to adjust to these new circumstances. We know how disruptive this announcement will be to you in your home and working lives. Do reassure your child(ren) that these measures are precautionary and only to prevent the spread of this virus.
Please also be patient as we work to embed Distance Learning. Like many, this situation is completely new to us and despite being well prepared, there will be things happen that we haven’t anticipated.
Please be aware that the Teacher Only Day scheduled for the 20th of March (next Friday) will continue. There will be no DLP on that day. We will use the day to review the programme performance so far, to future plan and correct anything we need to.
My best wishes to our entire community. Stay safe, stay healthy.
Don Payne

[03/13/20]   Good morning Parents and Caregivers, by instruction from the Estonian Minister of Education and Research, today will be the last day that ISE's campus is open. Monday and Tuesday of next week will be spent switching to our Distance Learning Programme and classroom instruction on our digital platform will begin on Wednesday the 18th.
Formal notice of this will be sent to parents later today as well as our Parent/Student Distance Learning Handbook. PLEASE make sure that you have your email addresses and phone numbers up to date on Managebac, check your messages more regularly and keep an eye on this page for updates. Stay Safe, Stay Well.

[03/12/20]   Dear Parents of PYP 4, PYP 5, MYP 3 and MYP 4 students, This is to inform you that today´s field trip to the Opera House is cancelled. The students will remain in school and will attend regular classes.

Since September MYP 5 (grade 10) students have been engaged in self-led, in-depth study on a topic of interest - a Personal project. They have researched and created wonderful products in response to their project goal, and are currently compiling a report to reflect on the project process. The showcase celebrates MYP 5 students' learning journeys over the past 6 months; their efforts, new understandings and growth as independent learners.

The showcase will follow the traditional format of a Human Library. Books in this library are human beings and the Books and Readers enter into a personal dialogue. MYP 5 students become Books on their project topics and guests become Readers who borrow a "Book" for a limited period of time to learn and converse on the mutual topic of interest.

MYP Personal Project Showcase featuring the Human Library is open on Friday, March 13 14:00-15:30 for the learning community and Tuesday, March 17th 18:00-19:30 for families, friends and guests. You are warmly welcome!

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Family Technology Survey

ISE Community Update #2
Current Status: Level 2-Low Risk
Hello there,
it has been especially helpful in the last week to receive supportive comments from within our community. As an organization, we are working extremely hard to make sure that quality student learning continues during these very difficult times. Each one of our teachers and staff are concerned for their own children, as well as yours, so it’s great to get positive feedback about all the extra things we are doing and the steps we are taking to protect our community. Thank you for that.

Field Trips, After School Activities and Events
Our field trips, activities and school events will, for the moment, continue. As is our practice, for each field trip we conduct an assessment for a variety of possible risks and we have recently added COVID 19 to that assessment. With such a small number of “imported” cases and no evidence of local transmission within Estonia, we will continue to support student learning out in our community.

Distance Learning Programme
An extra layer of complexity that the current situation has placed on us is the need to plan and document a Distance Learning Programme (DLP). This will allow learning to continue, should we need to, or be required to, close our campus. Thanks to the efforts of our staff, this work is mostly complete and it is likely we will be doing in-school trials of Distance Learning in some classes next week. This will allow us to refine the processes and platforms, and be ready to go.

Professional Development
One the reasons why ISE has so much expertise amongst its staff, has been due to the ongoing way that the school has provided professional development for its faculty. This month was going to be especially busy, with up to 10 staff travelling throughout Europe to attend training and development. After careful consideration, the Senior Leadership decided to not send staff to these training opportunities. In the end many of them have been cancelled, but we thank our staff for their understanding in this situation.

Have you Completed the Survey?
Last week we sent out a parent request to complete a technology survey. This is so we could get an idea about the kinds of technology our students would have access at home, should the school need to move to Distance Learning. If you haven’t, please take a moment to go here: https://forms.gle/TBNMSGj6CJ7fT27FA so that we get the information we need.

What Happened to the Hand Sanitizing Stations?
Despite ordering them two weeks ago and numerous promises from the provider, we haven’t yet taken possession of the 3 touchless sanitizing stations that we contracted to. We continue to make hand sanitizing liquid available throughout our facility and Ms. Katre is tirelessly pursuing the company to get them provided.

Stay safe, stay well.
Don Payne
Director

docs.google.com Dear Parents & Caregivers, as we prepare for the possibility that we may need to take student learning online, it would be helpful for us to get an idea about what technology your child may be able to use at home.

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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Juhkentali 18
Tallinn
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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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