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Principal's Letter - February 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Thank you for your participation in the Spring term development talks recently. Although it is always sad not to be able to welcome you onsite, it is nonetheless a very important discussion between your child's mentor, you and your child, working together for their future. We appreciate your continued support with this and thank you for your open feedback which you passed on so we can continually improve our school. 

 

Covid-19 Actions

I would like to remind all in our school community that it is critical that we all follow the Covid-19 guidelines in place in society and at IES Årsta. If students have any symptoms at all they should stay home until symptom free for two full days. If students take a COVID-19 test, students should stay home until they receive the result of that test. Even if they are symptom free. If your child does test positive, as part of the contact tracing procedure you should contact us to inform us of the positive test so we can complete the contact tracing here at school. Thank you for your support and cooperation on this very important matter. If we stick together and follow these guidelines we can ensure a stable educational environment for all our students. 


 

Traffic Safety Information 

I understand during these times many more of you are dropping off your children by car. However, the traffic situation out the front of school has been quite dangerous recently due to parents dropping off students in the wrong location. For safety reasons please only drop off your children on Vättersvägen, then students walk along the footpath to school. Do not park or stop on Sköntorpsvägen out the front of school as it creates a dangerous traffic situation for your children. It is also forbidden to drop off your children in the school’s ‘vändingsplan’ as this is only reserved for Samtrans vehicles or emergency services. Thank you for contributing to the safety of our students.

 

Skolinspektionen Survey

Right now, schools around Sweden are asking for feedback from all stakeholders for the annual skolinspektionen skolenkät. We need your feedback as well as parents at IES Årsta, so please complete the survey by 1 March through the link on schoolsoft or the following address: https://svara.origogroup.com/skolinspektionen/vh/Q7eQzs 



 

School Calendar 2021/2022

This can now be found on Schoolsoft for your planning purposes under files and links.


 

Mentor Phone Call Week

When: Week 8, 2021

 

Sportlov

When: Week 9, 2021

 

Mid Term Reports Published

When: Friday 26 March, 2021

 

Subject Teacher Evening

When: Wednesday 31 March, 2021

 

Holiday

When: Friday 2 April, 2021

 

Påsklov

When: Week 14, 2021

 

Holiday

When: 13 & 14 May, 2021

 

Study Day

When: Monday, 17 May 2021

 

Last Day of Spring Term

When: Friday, 11 June 2021


 

Kind Regards

 

Julian Dent

Principal 

 

From the Principal

Principal’s Letter - January 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Welcome back to the new year and I hope you had a relaxing New Year break. We get to start off the school year with the students development talks coming up next week. On Wednesday 27 January you will digitally meet with your child's mentor and reflect on the progress from Autumn term and set the goals for the Spring term ahead. We thank you for your engagement in this important process to work together for our students. Please confirm your time on Schoolsoft and we look forward to collaborating with you next week. 


 

Covid-19 Actions

We start the year with continued uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and its progression. I want to reassure you that we are in regular contact with Smittskydd Stockholm to ensure we are following the latest guidelines from the government authorities. In line with the new government decision, we have taken many actions on site to reduce congestion for students. For example, we have changed our schedule for students to spread out during lunch times, break times, the start of the day and the end of the day with the aim to reduce congestion at school and on public transport. We have increased the cleaning on site and have 3 full time cleaners constantly cleaning the common areas throughout the school day. We have implemented a campaign to ensure improved hand hygiene throughout the school day with students. We have now cancelled all events where students mix across classes and quality assured the ventilation in all our rooms throughout the school. We will continue to take further actions on site in consultation with Smittskydd Stockholm and our local student skyddsombud and staff skyddsombud to follow Folkhälsomyndighetens guidelines. But if needed we also stand ready to implement distance education for Grades 7-9 if recommended by Smittskydd Stockholm. 

Right now we believe the best for our students is to be at school learning in a stable environment with all our adaptations and actions in place. Although that is not an easy decision to make it is what we believe is in the best interests of our students. 


 

New Assistant Principal

As announced last term, our distinguished Assistant Principal - Student Care, Ms Suzanne Gavin has been appointed to lead our new IES school in Solna, opening in August 2021. We congratulate Ms Gavin on this appointment and are very sad to see her leave after three and a half years here at IES Årsta. However, now I am very happy to announce that our new Assistant Principal - Student Care, will be Meredith Lissegårdh (née Kimmel) who many of you have gotten to know as our Head of Junior School. Ms Lissegårdh has been with us from the beginning of IES Årsta leading our Junior School team and supporting the establishment of our calm and safe learning environment. I am very confident that Ms Lissegårdh can continue to develop our school along with Ms Legersjö our Assistant Principal - Academics and myself for our students going forward. You can find a short introduction video with Ms Lissegårdh on Schoolsoft. 


 

New Team Members

In the new year we also welcome a new full time studie-och-yrkesvägledare, Ms Franzen. Our new senior school counsellor Ms Egerlid. Our new Math teacher taking over from Ms Lissegårdh, Mr Strömberg. A new English teacher temporarily taking over from Mr Bergen, will be Ms Harris. While we welcome two new student support educators, Mr Yvorra and Ms Melki. You can find video introductions from our new team members on Schoolsoft so you can get to know them.  


 

School Calendar 2021/2022

This can now be found on Schoolsoft for your planning purposes under files and links.


 

Digital Development Talks

When: Wednesday 27 January, 2021

 

Sportlov

When: Week 9, 2021



 

Kind Regards,
Julian Dent
Principal

From the Principal

Principal's Letter- December 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

As we come to the end of 2020 it has certainly been a challenging year. Our goal throughout this year has always been to keep the focus on our students, your children, to ensure they have a consistent quality education in line with our values. This week for Grades 7-9, that involves a new challenge of distance learning. This shows that it is even more important for us to continue to work together to ensure your children keep up with their classes online but also ensure we look after their mental health as well. We appreciate your feedback on how this is working for your children so we can ensure it delivers for your children. 

 

Please use the resources posted on schoolsoft, the parent support information for distance learning as well as the Jullov Activity pack put together by our Student Care Team. The aim of this is to ensure students are engaged in a positive manner over the break and promote positive activities to support the mental health of our students. 

 

In times like this when the school is eerily quiet with only Grade 4-6 on site it reminds us that for many of our students their meeting place is IES Årsta. It is their community and ours. We hope we can all return to this community on January 12, 2021 as planned. We will update you as needed throughout Jullov when the guidelines are clear. 


 

Assistant Principal

As some of you may already be aware if you follow IES news. Our distinguished Assistant Principal - Student Care Ms Suzanne Gavin has been appointed to lead our new IES school in Solna, opening in August 2021. We congratulate Ms Gavin on this appointment and will be very sad to see her leave after three and a half years here at IES Årsta. We wish Ms Gavin all the best establishing another IES school in Stockholm and thank her for her significant contribution to our school community! 

We are currently going through the recruitment process for Ms Gavin’s replacement and plan to make an announcement in January when Ms Gavin leaves us on January 18 2021. 


 

I hope you are all able to have a positive holiday break with your families and we look forward to a different 2021 and eventually welcoming you back into the school at some stage! 



 

Important Upcoming Events

Choice Day 1

When: Wednesday 16 December 2020

Grade 4,5,6: Choice at school

Grade 7,8,9: Choice at home 

 

Choice Day 2

When: Thursday 17 December 2020

Grade 4,5,6: Choice at home 

Grade 7,8,9: Choice at home 

 

End of Autumn Term

When: Friday 18 December, 2020

 

First Day of Spring Term

When: Tuesday 12 January, 2021

 

Development Talks

When: Wednesday 27 January, 2021

 

Sportlov

When: Week 9, 2021

 

 

The full School calendar for 2020/21 can be found on Schoolsoft under files and links. 

 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! 


 

Julian Dent

 

Principal 

 

From the Principal

Principal Letter - November 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

 

Thank you for your continued engagement with your child’s learning. The subject teacher evening earlier in November was another great opportunity for valuable feedback to continue to develop our students. Our next opportunity will be the mentor phone calls during week 49 and we look forward to that. 

As you may know, as a school this year ‘creating challenge’, is one of our schools goals. This is something we also encourage you to speak to your children about. Do they feel challenged in class? What challenges did they face today? How did they overcome them? This is an important way to ensure each individual is working to their potential and by talking about it explicitly we encourage them to reflect on their own learning. It increases their awareness of how they can challenge themselves and the fulfillment can gain from it. 


 

Covid-19 Update

Due to the new Covid-19 restrictions we are making some changes to adapt to this new situation. 

 

Choice Days

Choice days which are held on Wednesday and Thursday 16 & 17 December will now be divided into two days for different grade levels. One at school and one at home.  As we are no longer able to do external trips which we often do for choice we are instead planning engaging choice activities for the students to complete at home for one day, then more hands on choice activities for students at school for one day. We hope that this will provide a better experience for all students who are able to fully engage in their choice activities.  

 

Choice days will follow this schedule:

 

Choice Day 1

When: Wednesday 16 December 2020

Grade 4,5,6: Choice at school

Grade 7,8,9: Choice at home (study day)

 

Choice Day 2

When: Thursday 17 December 2020

Grade 4,5,6: Choice at home (study day)

Grade 7,8,9: Choice at school



 

Schedule Improvements

From Monday week 48 we are also making small improvements to students schedules. The aim of this change is to reduce congestion throughout the school. This results in minor changes to students' days. The new schedules will be handed to students on Monday week 48 and published on Schoolsoft as normal. 

 

Stay home with symptoms

We want to remind all that during these times it is important that we all continue to follow the guidelines and keep students home when sick or with symptoms. We also want to remind students to login to schoolsoft and follow along with the lessons when at home to ensure they do not fall behind with their learning. 

 

We thank you for your support with these changes and if we each fulfill our responsibility we can reduce the risk for all and keep the education of our students as our focus. Thank you for your support. 


 

Important Upcoming Events

Choice Day 1

When: Wednesday 16 December 2020

Grade 4,5,6: Choice at school

Grade 7,8,9: Choice at home (study day)

 

Choice Day 2

When: Thursday 17 December 2020

Grade 4,5,6: Choice at home (study day)

Grade 7,8,9: Choice at school

 

End of Autumn Term

When: Friday 18 December, 2020

 

First Day of Spring Term

When: Tuesday 12 January, 2020

 

 

The full School calendar for 2020/21 can be found on Schoolsoft under files and links. 

 

Kind Regards

Julian Dent

Principal

 

From the Principal

Principal's Letter - October 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

 

As I write this our students and educators here at IES Årsta are celebrating our spirit week to end the half term. This week really shows who we are as a school community, positive, collaborative and here together for each other's future. Coming together has been a focus for this term. As the students have been focused on building new relationships within their new classes this half term. With resilience and grit they come through this experience stronger and it brings our year groups together for the long run. Mentors work hard to support in building new relationships and ensure we have a calm and safe learning environment for our students. This is work that never stops and we have to continue to work together. The mentor phone calls are an important part of this to receive your feedback and ensure we work together for the students. Thank you for being available for these and continuing to support the mentors and your children. 

 

Mid Term Reports

This week our educators have been working incredibly hard to ensure that students receive formal feedback on the knowledge requirements on Schoolsoft for their mid-term reports. Please take the time to sit down with your children and reflect on their goals from the development talks earlier in the term. Are they progressing towards them, what needs to be the challenge up until the end of the Autumn term? We set high expectations for our students and want to challenge them to achieve their potential. To reach their potential we need to support them here at school and from you at home. 

 

Assistant Principal

I am happy to announce that our long term Academic Manager Ms Legersjö is now officially our second Assistant Principal - Academics. She joins Ms Gavin, our existing Assistant Principal - Student Care, to strengthen our school leadership team and our school. 

 

Subject Teacher Evening

On Wednesday 4 November we will be holding our virtual subject teacher evening for Autumn Term. This gives you an opportunity to meet the subject teacher and discuss the academic progress of your child. Bookings are done on a first-come basis and will be available on Schoolsoft from Thursday 22 October. 


 

Covid-19

We thank you for your support by following the guidelines and keeping students home when sick or with symptoms. We also want to remind students to login to Schoolsoft and follow along with the lessons when at home to ensure they do not fall behind with their learning. 


 

Important Upcoming Events

Autumn Break

When: Week 44

 

Subject Teacher Evening

When: Wednesday, 4 November, 2020

Where: Online

 

End of Autumn Term

When: Friday 18 December, 2020

 

First Day of Spring Term

When: Tuesday 12 January, 2020

The full School calendar for 2020/21 can be found on Schoolsoft under files and links.

Happy Höstlov! 

 

Julian Dent,
Principal

 

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