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From the Principal

Principal's Letter - August 2021

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians, 

 

Welcome back to the 2021/22 school year at IES Årsta. 

 

Respect, challenge and engagement. 

As always, as a school we reflect and identify areas to improve for our students. 

This year at IES Årsta we are focussing on the actions all of us in our school community need to take to ensure we maintain a positive and calm school environment. 

Be respectful, be challenged and be engaged are our school goals for this school year. As a proudly diverse school community respect is at the heart of everything we do and we need to build more respect within our school community through positive relationships and working together. Together we can succeed. 

 

Anti Bullying

This year, an important goal is also to involve our students and you, our parents and guardians in the process and actions of maintaining a respectful and safe school by working with our ‘plan mot kränkande behandling’. We have identified this as an area we can improve on, so expect to hear more from myself and our team here at IES Årsta throughout the year on how you can get more involved and support our school community. As all of us need to take a strong stance against bullying to build a respectful school community. 

 

New Team

I welcome our long term Assistant Principal Sofie Legersjö into a new role this year as our Assistant Principal for Student Care. Ms Legersjö will lead our student care team as well as our work on anti bullying throughout our school to ensure we build respect within our school community and have zero tolerance for bullying. Alongside Ms Legersjö, Michael Foster will continue as our Student Care Coordinator. 

On the Academic side, our new Assistant Principal Academics - Edina Kadric will lead our academic team alongside our new Academic Coordinator Elodie Lacasta. 

For Junior school students, we welcome our new Head of Junior School Linnea Masson. We look forward to Ryan Coulter continuing as our Head of Middle School. While Stefanie Streck will be our new Head of Senior School. 

 

Class Mixing

Just a reminder that we are mixing the classes and we do not take preferences from the students or parents. It is decided by the student care team. We ask that you respect this process. We also ask that you along with us support them through this process of change. Change is something that we all have to encounter in our lives and we strongly believe that this class mixing policy develops resilience in the students themselves and also bonds the entire year group together for the betterment of our school community. 

 

Covid-19

Given the recommendations from the Swedish public health agency, we continue to be cautious with school start. This means we will have virtual parent meetings instead of physical parent meetings at school next week. We hope to be able to welcome you all into school again for the first set of development talks on Wednesday 15 September. However, this will be confirmed in early September. 

 

Virtual Open House & Mentor Meeting

Please reserve the date of Wednesday 25 August from 15.40-18.30 to ensure you can join the Digital Meetings together with your child. The expectation is you sit down with your child and join the meetings. This is an opportunity to discuss our school with your child and meet your child’s teachers, mentors and the school leadership.  Attendance is compulsory. Further detailed instructions will be posted on Schoolsoft. 

 

Important Upcoming Events

First Day of Autumn Term - Mentor Day

When: Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Where: IES Årsta

Who: All Grades

Time: See Schoolsoft

 

Parent Schoolsoft and Gleerups Training

When: Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Where: Online - link on schoolsoft. 

Who: All new parents

 

Second Day of Autumn Term - House Day

When: Thursday, 19 August 2021

Where: IES Årsta

Who: All Grades

Time: See Schoolsoft

 

Normal Student Schedule Starts

When: Friday, 20 August 2021

 

IES Årsta Digital Open House/Mentor Meetings 

When: Wednesday, 25 August, 2021

Where: Online - Links available on Schoolsoft. 

Time: 15.40-18.30

15.40-17.00 - Meet the teachers and departments

17.00-17.30 - Meet the school leadership

17.30 - 18.30 - Meet the mentors

 

Student Development Talks/Study Day (No Junior Club)

When: Wednesday, 15 September, 2021

 

Study Day (No Junior Club)

When: Friday, 15 October, 2021

 

Autumn Break

When: Week 44

 

Subject Teacher Evening

When: Wednesday, 10 November, 2021

 

End of Autumn Term

When: Tuesday 21 December, 2021

 

First Day of Spring Term

When: Tuesday 11 January, 2022

 

 

The full School calendar for 2021/22 can be found on Schoolsoft under files and links. 

 

Welcome back! 

 

Julian Dent

 

Principal 

 

From the Principal

Principal's Letter - April 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Thank you for your participation in the Subject Teacher Evening recently and I hope you also made some time to sit down with your children and discuss their mid term reports which were published on Schoolsoft before the Easter break. Our team of teachers work hard to provide this formal academic feedback. This academic feedback is critical for our students' learning process. By taking the time to discuss and reflect on it at home, you support the process so that our students can improve in all their subjects and reach the goals they have set during their development talks earlier this term. 


 

Students Being Heard

In my September 2020 Principals letters I outlined one of our main school goals for this school year was to ensure our students were heard more. This goal was formulated based on the feedback from the students last school year. We have worked throughout the year to improve the student voice and influence in all areas of our school and so far have made some positive changes for them. We now have our four elected student leaders in each class from each house who carry out various tasks on behalf of their class. This includes regular klassråd to bring ideas forward from our students, monthly food council with our chef focussed on food quality and safety committee meetings with our student care team focussed on school safety and anti-bullying. Our student leaders also participate as break monitors to increase the presence of student leaders during break times. Each week we have also given the students the opportunity to vote for a lunch of their choice every Thursday, which has been appreciated by our students. While for the Grade 9 students we have also implemented breaks off site which have been appreciated.  As we move onto next school year we have already heard from our students through their student leaders and they have themselves chosen new play equipment to install in our schoolyard over summer break to improve the outdoor environment for our students. I encourage you to discuss the ‘be heard’ goal with your children, to hear their feedback and if they have appreciated the changes so far and if they have any other suggestions to improve our school. 

 

 

TikTok Challenges

The social media app TikTok which is widely used by our students has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Frequently on this app certain ‘challenges’ become popular and widespread among users and promote destructive and illegal behaviours. A few months ago it was setting fires in toilets, filming it and sharing it. This week a new challenge is being promoted where boys are challenged to physically touch girls and film it. There are several dates going around when this should happen and 15th of April is one of them. Please speak to your children about the appropriate use of social media and in particular how the behaviour in challenges such as these is illegal and they will be reported to the police if they participate. Thank you for your support with this to ensure we keep our school safe for our students. 

 

IES Quality Survey

As the students reflect on their progress with their learning, it is also important for us as a school to reflect on how we have performed and how we can improve the education of your children. A critical part of that process is getting your feedback on what is working well and what can be improved. This is formally called our systematic quality work. To support us with this we ask you to please complete the IES Survey on Schoolsoft by May 9, 2021 to ensure we get your honest feedback to improve our school for your children. 

 

Covid-19 Actions

Again, 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.

 

School Calendar 2021/2022

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


 

Holiday

When: 13 & 14 May, 2021

 

Study Day

When: Monday, 17 May 2021

 

Mentor Phone Call Week

When: Week 21

 

Last Day of Spring Term

When: Friday, 11 June 2021


 

Kind Regards

 

Julian Dent

Principal 

 

From the Principal

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

 

From the Principal

Principal's Letter September 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

 

The positive energy is high at school as we have started the new year with our 760 students. Students are settling into their new classes and as a team here at school we are working to ensure all students feel safe in their new surroundings so they can challenge themselves in all their subjects. 

Our new student school leaders, of which there are 4 in every class, have now been selected. These school leaders will hold regular ‘klassråd’ with their classes and bring their ideas for school development to the student council meeting with our school leadership team. They will also lead during our house competitions throughout the year to ensure we continue to build a positive community for our students. We also now have food choice Thursdays, where our students get to vote every Monday for the dish of the week. Please encourage your children to participate through the form on Schoolsoft or voting during mentor class so they are heard! 

Our teachers are working hard to ensure our students are challenged in class and it is also our students responsibility to seek challenges by attending tutorials and speaking to their teachers to seek more feedback if needed. We also want to encourage the students to speak to their teacher respectfully about how they can improve their lessons as well. This open dialogue can ensure all our students embrace challenges and continuously develop. 

 

Development Talks and Monthly Phone Calls

Thank you for your participation during the development talks last week. I understand that sometimes the technology can be challenging but the discussion with you, your children and their mentors really sets up important goals for the year and supports the students with their learning. Mentors contact you during the monthly phone calls home in weeks 41 and 49 this term to follow up on these discussions. 

 

Mental Health

During October our student care team will be having a focus month on mental health. During Mentor time students will be discussing this theme and in particular discussing the safe use of social media. Social Media is a significant part of teenagers lives and I strongly encourage you to speak with your children on their use of social media. Support them with strategies about how to use social media in a respectful manner to ensure it improves their lives and is not detrimental to their mental health. 

 

School Transport

For those travelling to school by car, our drop off zone is still safely done on Vättersvägen, then students walk along the footpath to school. Do not park or stop on Sköntorpsvägen for the safety of all our students. There is a map on schoolsoft for more information. Thank you for your cooperation with this. 

 

Staff Changes

Mr Mullins will be leaving us during Autumn Break to take on a new challenge. In his place as student support we welcome Ms Gustafsson who has now started with us. We will announce the new Head of School for grade 6 & 7 when they are appointed shortly. 

 

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

Study Day (No Junior Club)

When: Thursday, 22 October, 2020

 

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. 

 

Kind Regards

 

Julian Dent

 

Principal

 

From the Principal

Principal's Letter August 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

 

It is with great excitement that I find myself ready to start another school year at IES Årsta with you and our students. After a year with my young family I have a newfound appreciation of being a parent that I bring back to the role of Principal at IES Årsta. Firstly, I’d like to thank Ms Gavin for a job well done and for her excellent leadership of IES Årsta through what has been a turbulent 2020. As we stand at the start of our 2020/21 school year we continue to live in different circumstances and uncertain times. Our role as a school and what Ms Gavin and our team was able to provide last term remains the same - the stability of a calm environment and a place of learning with high expectations. That will continue to be our mission for our students despite what happens around us.


 

School Goals 2020/21

Now in our fourth year as a fully grown IES school we are now 768 students and 75 members of staff.  We continue to strive to be better and focus on the feedback from you as parents and in particular the students to identify areas of improvement. We will always continue to focus on delivering the IES ethos which we promised to you when you chose us; a calm and safe learning environment, bilingualism and high expectations. However, beyond that, from the feedback you and the students provided on our annual surveys there are three areas we identified to focus on this year. We want 100% of our students to feel safe at our school and our student care team and mentors will continue to work hard to ensure this happens. We want all students to be challenged in class by quality teaching and to work to improve themselves in all their subjects. And we also want our students to be heard. Which means our existing house system will be implementing a new student leadership structure and giving our students more opportunities to work with us to develop our school. For 2020/21 we want our students to feel safe, be challenged and be heard at IES Årsta. We look forward to working with you towards these goals throughout the year. 

 

New Staff 

As we grow so does our team. We have now appointed two new staff members to our school leadership team. First, our current Head of SO Ms Kadric is now our new Academic Coordinator who will work with Ms Legersjö to develop the quality of our teaching and ensure high expectations for students. Secondly, I am pleased to report Mr Foster will stay with us as Student Care Coordinator, working with Ms Gavin to strengthen our student care team. We welcome Ms Mack from IES Jönköping as our new Head of Science as well as Ms Giordano and Mr Toma to our Science team. Ms Brady will be our new HoD Aesthetics while Ms Hancock is on parental leave, and we also welcome Ms Hansen to our Aesthetics team. We welcome Ms Rook, Ms Crum and Ms Anderson to strengthen our Math team as well as Ms Ward and Mr Ospino to our English/MFL team. Ms Lamke will be our new SYV,  Ms Sutton will be joining Junior Club, and Mr Bond and Mr Mouchtaris will be new additions to the student care team. 

 

Class Mixing

Just a reminder that we are mixing the classes and we do not take preferences from the students or parents. It is decided by the student care team. We ask that you respect this process. We also ask that you along with us support them through this process of change. Change is something that we all have to encounter in our lives and we strongly believe that this class mixing policy develops resilience in the students themselves and also bonds the entire year group together for the betterment of our school community. 

 

Covid-19

Given the recommendations from the Swedish public health agency, we continue with the adjustments we implemented during the spring term for Covid-19. This includes, virtual parent meetings instead of physical parent meetings at school, students staying home when sick, regular washing of hands for students throughout the school day and before lunch, increased distancing and hand sanitiser in the lunchroom as well as reduced large gatherings of students inside. We ask that we work together to ensure we follow these measures as a school community for the greater good. 

 

Virtual Open House & Mentor Meeting

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we will be holding a virtual open house and mentor meeting this August. Please reserve the date of Wednesday 19 August from 15.40-18.30 to ensure you can join the live stream together with your child. The expectation is you sit down with your child and watch the live stream while logged in to your child’s school google account. This is an opportunity to discuss our school with your child and meet your child’s teachers, mentors and the school leadership.  Attendance is compulsory. Further detailed instructions will be posted on Schoolsoft. 

 

Important Upcoming Events

Grade 4 Induction

When: Friday, 14 August, 2020

Where: IES Årsta

Who: Grade 4 Students

Time: See information via email. 

No Junior Club


 

First Day of Autumn Term - Mentor Day

When: Monday, 17 August 2020

Where: IES Årsta

Who: All Grades

Time: 

Grade 4: 8.00-13.00                

Grade 5: 8.15-13.15               

Grade 6: 8.30-13.30                

Grade 7: 9:00-14.00   

Grade 8: 9.15-14.15   

Grade 9: 9.30-14.30

Junior Club: 13.00 - 17.00

 

Parent Schoolsoft and Gleerups Training

When: Monday, 17 August 2020

Where: Online - link on schoolsoft. 

Who: All new parents

Time: 16.00-17.30

 

Second Day of Autumn Term - House Day

When: Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Where: IES Årsta

Who: All Grades

Time: 

Grade 4: 8.00 - 13.00                   

Grade 5: 8.00 - 13.00                    

Grade 6: 8.30 - 13.30                     

Grade 7: 8.30 - 13.30          

Grade 8: 9.00 - 14.00        

Grade 9: 9.00 - 14.00    

Junior Club: 13.00 - 17.00

 

Normal Student Schedule Starts

When: Wednesday, 19 August 2020

 

IES Årsta Virtual Open House/Mentor Meetings via livestream

When: Wednesday, 19 August, 2020

Where: Online

Time: 15.40-18.30

15.40-17.00 - Meet the teachers and departments

17.00-17.30 - Meet the school leadership

17.30 - 18.30 - Meet the mentors

 

Student Development Talks/Study Day (No Junior Club)

When: Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

 

Study Day (No Junior Club)

When: Thursday, 22 October, 2020


 

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. 

 

Great to be back with you! 

 

Julian Dent

 

Principal

 

From the Principal

Principal's Update May

 

 

Dear Parents / Guardians.

 

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding of how we are working with the ongoing situation in schools, and in particular, implementing safety measures into our regular school day and programs during the remainder of the term.  The past few weeks have been considerably more settled and this has given us an opportunity to really focus on teaching and learning in the classroom. We have continued to maintain high levels of hygiene and cleanliness around school and have been working to reinforce the importance of following the routines we have put in place. 

 

As we approach the final few weeks of the school year, we have had to review how we organise the closure of this complex period of time.  I am confident that  you understand, and will support us, in the measures that we will need to take as we adjust our activities to limit any excess risk and avoid the mass gatherings of students that we would normally have at this time of the year.  Part of this process means some changes to some key dates, and these are outlined below.

 

Week 21:

Monday 18 May: Grade 5 Careers Day. Students either join their parents for “work” OR attend school for a careers based curriculum day. 

Monday / Tuesday 18/19 May: Grade 6 - 9 Catch up sessions from 12.30. Ages 4-5 follow their  schedule throughout the day.

 

Wednesday 20 May: Study day at home for all students 

 

Week 22: Mentor calls to parents & guardians. 

 

Week 24: All avslutning / graduation activities to be held at IES Årsta

Monday 8 June: Avslutning Grade 4 & 6 (Study day: grades 5,7,8,9) Junior Club Grade 4

Tuesday 9 June: Avslutning Grade 5,7 & 8 (Study day : grades 4,6,9) Junior Club Grade 5

Wednesday 10 June: Graduation Grade 9 (Study day : grades 4,5,6,7,&8)

 

Times will be confirmed by heads of school and posted on schoolsoft in due course. 

 

Primarily, the reason for many of these changes are to provide as many additional teaching and learning opportunities for students, and enable teachers and other support staff to focus on this very demanding task.  However, by cancelling trips, mentor days and house days we also comply with the regulations that require us to avoid large gatherings.  

 

Secondly, we have decided to spread out the final week of end of term ceremonies to limit mass gatherings.  These smaller ceremonies will be held in regular classrooms and will be undertaken by individual classes. Unfortunately, we will not be able to invite parents and guardians this year.  I know this is a disappointment, but I trust you understand why the decision has been made.  More specific details about these ceremonies will be shared nearer the time on Schoolsoft and through Heads of school.

 

Despite the changes, we are doing all we can to have a happy and enjoyable time together to celebrate a memorable year. We have all learned the importance of connections with each other at a distance and I also believe as a school this term has provided an opportunity for us to reflect our values and build together through challenge and adversity. We have also learned that we can succeed and make it to our goals, even if the final destination looks a little different than we imagined. Indeed our first grade 9 graduation will be memorable and unique, not the large event we had planned, but instead a more discrete and personal celebration. 

 

I am sure you will join me in continuing to show thanks and gratitude for the work of the staff at IES Årsta. AS their leader this year, I am both grateful and humbled by their work ethic, commitment and desire to do their best for our children. 

 

Quality Survey  - Deadline extended to 18 May

As a reminder please could you take a few moments to provide us with feedback as it  helps us to improve and develop our way of working. The link to our quality survey is available on schoolsoft. If you require translated instruction in the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi  -   please send email request to - info.arsta@engelska.se

 

As I have mentioned in previous updates, further changes may happen and I will continue to keep you updated as frequently as possible. As a kind reminder, please continue to check schoolsoft frequently. 

 

Important Dates

 

Wednesday May 20: Study Day ( no junior club)

Wednesday, June 10: Final day of term (no junior club)

 

Start of the new academic year: 

Grade 4 : Friday, August 14

Grade 5 - 9 : Monday, August 17


 

Kära föräldrar/vårdnadshavare,

 

För det första vill jag tacka er för ert fortsatta stöd och förståelse för hur vi arbetar med den pågående situationen i skolorna, och i synnerhet för att genomföra säkerhetsåtgärder som påverkar vår vanliga skoldag och planerade aktiviteter under återstoden av terminen. De senaste veckorna har varit betydligt mer lugna och det har gett oss en möjlighet att verkligen fokusera på undervisning och lärande i klassrummet. Vi har fortsatt att upprätthålla höga hygiennivåer runt skolan och har arbetat för att understryka vikten av att följa de rutiner vi har infört.

 

Nu att vi närmar oss de sista veckorna av skolåret har vi varit tvungna att se över hur vi avslutar läsåret på bästa sätt. Jag är övertygad om att du förstår och kommer att stödja oss i de åtgärder som vi kommer att behöva vidta för att förhindra onödiga risker och undvika storsamlingar av studenter som vi normalt skulle ha vid denna period. En del av den här processen innebär några ändringar av vissa viktiga datum. Detta beskrivs nedan.

 

Vecka 21:

Måndag 18 maj: Årskurs 5 - karriärdag . Eleverna går antingen med sina föräldrar för ”arbete” ELLER går på skolan för en karriärfokuserad läroplansdag.

 

Måndag / tisdag 18/19 maj: Årskurs 6 - 9 - ‘Catch up’ sessioner från 12.30. 

Årskurs 4-5 följer sitt vanliga schema under dagen.

 

Onsdag 20 maj: Studiedag hemma för alla elever

 

Vecka 22: Mentorssamtal till föräldrar och vårdnadshavare.

 

Vecka 24: All avslutningsaktiviteter hålls på plats på IES Årsta

Måndag 8 juni: Avslutning årskurs 4 & 6 (Studiedag: årskurs 5,7,8,9) Juniorklubb årskurs 4

Tisdag 9 juni: Avslutning årskurs 5,7 & 8 (Studiedag: årskurs 4,6,9) Juniorklubb årskurs 5

Onsdagen 10 juni: Graduation årskurs 9 (Studiedag: årskurs 4,5,6,7 & 8)

 

Tiderna kommer att bekräftas av Heads of School och läggas ut på schoolsoft i tid.

 

Anledningen till många av dessa förändringar är främst att ge lika många extra undervisnings- och lärandemöjligheter för elever och för att göra det möjligt för lärare och annan supportpersonal att fokusera på denna mycket krävande uppgift. Men genom att avbryta utflykter, mentorsdagar och ‘house’ dagar följer vi också reglerna som kräver att vi undviker stora samlingar.

 

För det andra har vi beslutat att sprida den sista veckan av avslutningsceremonierna för att begränsa storsamlingar. Dessa mindre ceremonier hålls i vanliga klassrum och genomförs i de  enskilda klasserna. Tyvärr kommer vi inte att kunna bjuda in föräldrar och vårdnadshavare i år. Jag vet att det är en besvikelse, men jag litar på att du förstår varför beslutet har fattats. Mer specifika detaljer om dessa ceremonier kommer att delas närmare tiden på Schoolsoft och genom Heads of School.

 

Trots förändringarna gör vi allt vi kan för att ha en glad och trevlig tid tillsammans för att fira ett minnesvärt år. Vi har alla lärt oss vikten av kontakter med varandra på avstånd och jag tror också att som en skola har denna termin skapat en möjlighet för oss att reflektera över våra värderingar och skapa tillsammans genom utmaningar och motgångar. Vi har också lärt oss att vi kan lyckas och nå våra mål, även om slutdestinationen ser lite annorlunda ut än vi trodde. Faktum är att vår ‘graduation’ för vår första klass 9 kommer att bli minnesvärd och unik, inte det stora evenemanget vi hade planerat, utan istället en mer diskret och personlig fest.

 

Jag är säker på att du kommer enas med mig i ett fortsatt varmt tack till personalen för deras arbete på IES Årsta. Som deras ledare i år är jag både tacksam och ödmjuk över deras arbetsetik, engagemang och önskan att göra sitt bästa för våra barn.

 

Kvalitetsundersökning - senarelagd deadline till 18 maj

En påminnelse: kan du ta några minuter i akt för att ge oss feedback? Det hjälper oss att förbättra och utveckla vårt sätt att arbeta. Länken till vår kvalitetsundersökning finns tillgänglig på schoolsoft. Om du behöver översatt instruktion på följande språk: spanska, hindi, ryska, turkiska, arabiska, farsi - skicka e-postförfrågan till - info.arsta@engelska.se

 

Som jag nämnde i tidigare uppdateringar kan ytterligare förändringar hända och jag kommer att fortsätta att hålla dig uppdaterad så ofta som möjligt. Vänligen fortsätt att kolla Schoolsoft ofta.

 

Viktiga datum

 

Onsdag  20 maj : Studiedag (Junior Club stängd)

Onsdag 10 june : sista skoldagen (Junior Club stängd)

 

Nya läsåret börjar: 

Årskurs 4 : Fredag, 14 agusti 

Årskurs 5 - 9 : Måndag, 17 August

 

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