Parent-Teacher Conference

Join us on Wednesday, 25th January 2017
Time: 14:30-18:00
Location: TES
Registration: 
Registration is open until the 24th January 2017.

Please follow this link https://innovesa.sharepoint.com/TES/TC/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?docid=1657e70fd28dd4c97979d69caa06139ae&authkey=ARcTQqwOZGyCN0YdOzxNKaw&expiration=2017-01-27T06:38:37.000Z to sign up for an appointment with the teachers.

  • NB! Please select up to three teachers per pupil.
  • Kindly note that the timeslot allocated for each pupil is 15 minutes. We encourage you to book the earliest time possible.
  • After-care and extra-curricular activities are provided following the regular schedule.

The aim of the Parent-Teacher Conference is to enhance communication between the parents and subject teachers regarding the academic progression of a pupil in a particular subject. After having received the School Report of the first semester parents might have concerns regarding their child’s academic progress in a specific subject that they wish to discuss with the subject teacher.

Please note that during the conference you can only meet with the subject teachers. The class teachers will meet the parents of all of their pupils for progress review discussions starting from late-January. These invitations will be sent individually through e-Kool by the class teacher. The aim of the progress review with class teacher is to discuss all the aspects of the performance of a pupil, including studies, behaviour, interests and overall attitude. The meeting will be an hour long and participation of the parents, pupil and class teacher is required.

Please note that P1 and P2 class teachers (Tristan Kliffen, Christos Patsias, Oliver Golding and Rachel Heath) are not included in the Parent-Teacher Conference as they are teaching most of the subjects and will soon have progress review meetings with all the parents in their class. However, we encourage the parents of P1 and P2 pupils to meet the teachers of Music, Art, PE and L2.

The meetings with Nursery teachers and parents will take place in a separate time.

Our teachers are looking forward to sharing your children’s progress with you.

TES Art Calendar 2017

Dear TES Families,

We have captured the artwork of our pupils in a beautiful Tallinn European School Art Calendar 2017. It is available at the front desk for a small donation ranging from 5 euro to infinity…

All proceeds from the sale of the calendars will go towards the organisation of school events for our pupils.
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Christmas Charity

Dear families,

It is the wonderful time of the year, a time for giving, for sharing, for showing that we care. TES Student Council invites all the families to donate items for Family for Each Child NGO (MTÜ Igale Lapsele Pere) and help make Christmas memorable to those who are less fortunate.

  • What to donate: clothes for children up to 18y, toys and sports equipment
  • When: 12-16 December
  • Where: School lobby, 1st floor

PS! Please check the lost and found boxes before next Friday, December 16th. All items left in lost and found boxes are donated to charity.

Counting on your support!

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Keevise street will be closed starting from 09.12.2016

Due to tram line construction works Keevise street will be closed starting from 09.12.2016.

You can access school only via Suur-Sõjamäe street and the drop-off zone on Keevise street cannot be used. In addition to TES car park, we advise parents to park the car in front of the school gym (Suur-Sõjamäe 8a). Free parking is limited to 1 hour, therefore please remember to use the parking clock to indicate your time of arrival.

See detailed traffic plan here: Traffic_plan

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we kindly ask you to reserve more commuting time if possible.

Informational meeting for parents

Dear Parents,

TES team is delighted to invite you to the informational meeting for parents on Tuesday, the 13th of December 2016 at 17:30-18:30. In the meeting we will give you an overview of the rough plan of the new school building in Tehnika 18.

Although December is a busy month we are hoping to see you in the meeting. Pupils of Student Council are welcome to participate as well. We kindly ask you to inform us about your participation.
Please note that Aftercare will end at 18.00 as usual.

Christmas Concert Celebration

Dear families,

The greatest gift of all is family. Add to that, the wonder of good friends, and the magic of Christmas never ends!  To celebrate the spirit of Christmas and the fuzzy goodness that this season brings, we invite you to our annual Christmas Concert Celebration!

Please note that we will hold two separate events for our pupils and families:

  • Christmas Concert for Nursery – Primary 2

    Date & time: Monday, December 12th at 3 pm
    Place: Mainor Hall (Suur-Sõjamäe 10a)

  • Christmas play “Christmas Journey Through Europe” presented by Primary 3 – Secondary 6 pupils

    Date & time: Tuesday, December 20th at 5 pm, gathering at 4h45 pm in the lobby. Please be on time!
    Place: TES school building

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Overview of European Baccalaureate for S4 & S5 parents

Dear parents of S4 and S5,

The S5 students shortly need to make choices regarding their subjects for next year. Owing to the multilingual and broad-based nature of the European Baccalaureate, it can take a little bit to get one’s head around it. To this end, we would like to invite all S5 parents to a short meeting to explain the Bacc and answer any questions you might have.

There are also some subject choices that are new for next year, so these shall need to be discussed as well.

The meeting will take place on Monday, 28 November 2016 at 8:15 in room 315.

The S4 parents are also welcome to join in order to get an overview of European Baccalaureate.

Please let your child’s class teacher know whether you can attend the meeting as soon as possible. The timeline for choosing subjects will also be set out at this meeting.

Class teacher of S5: Derek.Saunders@est.edu.ee

Class teacher of S4: Kadri.Kakkum@est.edu.ee

 

Prevention of bullying and antisocial behaviour in TES

On the initiative of the Parent Teacher Association this term, two lectures were held for parents on the topic of bullying. Our school psychologist Triin Kahre spoke about what bullying is and what it is not, as very often the concept is misunderstood by pupils as well as by parents. She also gave an overview of the school’s possibilities when dealing with bullying and preventing it, as well as what Tallinn European School is currently doing. Last but not least, parents were given recommendations about what to do when their child is being bullied or they find out their child is a bully. A short overview of the most important points is given here as well.

Bullying is a systematic aggressive behaviour against a person who finds it difficult to defend him/herself. It is often a repeated and intentional act, with the purpose of hurting someone.

When you notice signs that would indicate to bullying:

  1. Stay calm. Think how you will address the topic. Overreacting and underreacting are both dangerous.
  2. Talk to your child. Reflect on what you have noticed. Tell the child that you are worried and you want to help and support them.
  3. Listen to your child. Do not minimise your child’s worry or offer random solutions.
  4. Understand his/her fear. Only the child can assess how safe school is for him/her.
  5. Keep in mind that school cannot be responsible for everything and teachers might not notice or know everything.
  6. Discuss different ways of how to stop bullying.
  7. As a parent you cannot insist your child be popular in class but you can expect him/her to be treated with respect.
  8. You have a right, or even a duty, to inform the school so that you can find the solution all together.
  9. Bullying is not a normal part of a child’s development and should not be tolerated at all.

What can I do if my child is a bully:

  1. Stay calm. Think how you will address the topic. Overreacting and underreacting are both dangerous.
  2. Talk to your child and listen to him/her. Try to understand how he/she feels and understands the situation.
  3. Give the child a clear message – bullying needs to stop. Limits can be delivered in the form of criticism and shaming, or they can be communicated in a firm but respectful way. You disapprove of the action, but not your child.
  4. Discuss the ways of how to stop bullying and solve the situation. Let the child offer his/her own solutions.
  5. Contact the school and talk about your observations. Ask for their recommendations.
  6. Take time to think:
    • does your child have enough possibilities to satisfy his/her need for achievement and recognition?
    • does he/she have enough attention?
    • how is his/her self-esteem? Help him/her find his/her strengths. Notice when doing something positive.
  7. Think about you as a role model – how you communicate and solve problems. Understand that actions speak louder than words.

Remember that a bullying child is not a bad child and you are not a bad parent. A bully needs help in order to understand the influence of his/her behaviour.

Parents are reminded not to deal directly with bullying issues at school, but contact the class teacher or school psychologist should they have a concern. Tallinn European School is doing everything it can to solve these cases professionally and delicately.

As both of the lectures recieved a very warm welcome from the parents, the proposal was made to repeat these kind of events more regularly.

News from the Canteen and canteen committee

marina
10 October was busier than usual in the canteen. Our school chef Marina and her team were in the spotlight from 7am to 5pm for the ‘Estonia’s best school chef’ reality show. Marina managed to prepare tasty dishes for our students that also met the expectations of the judges of the show. Marina admitted that this was the most stressful, yet interesting day in the TES canteen that she’s ever had.
The show will be on air on 4 November at 20:00 on ETV (Estonian Public Broadcasting channel).

The school wishes Marina the best of luck!

 


canteenBesides preparing for the show, the canteen has also been busy improving the snack menu. The selection currently includes fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps, natural juices and also fresh fruit. The students are welcome to come and buy snacks during their longer breaks. The canteen also offers warm porridge, pancakes and cornflakes for breakfast during the first longer break and an afternoon snack towards the end of the school day. For more information about ordering the afternoon snack, please contact the canteen.

The canteen welcomes parents to come and taste the school food. The best time for visiting the canteen is right after the busiest time of the lunchbreak at about 12.45. The lunch costs €2.70. If you have any praise, suggestions or concerns about the canteen please forward them to your representatives. The canteen committee currently consists of the TES administrative representative Sven Laats, Canteen representatives Anton Karavajev and Marina Kuusemets, teachers’ representatives Vanessa Bauke and Triinu Tõrv, parents’ representatives Ethel Tohver and Noora Olsson and students’ representatives Marco Zampaglione and Roman Roberts.

New Teachers

triin-tTriin Toomessaar – Estonian L1 teacher in Primary 3

By education I’m a political scientist. I follow the news and happenings regularly and of course I have my own opinion in most of the topics discussed. In 2012 I was recruited by the local Teach For All network ‘Noored Kooli’ and I started working as an Estonian and literature teacher. I’m a big fan of languages and local dialects, literature and theatre, so while teaching children, I’m actually learning and developing myself.

Since 2015, my main job has been to lead and manage the anti-bullying foundation Kiusamisvaba Kool, which offers a science- and proof-based KiVa program to schools for preventing bullying and solving cases, if there are any. I train teachers and parents and I’m often asked to speak about our foundations development to foreign politicians and third sector activists.

I like to ride my bicycle and I also walk a lot every day. I love fantasy and science fiction. I listen to history podcasts almost daily. I sing and I write. And I’m very politely proud of my heritage, i.e. being from the very special South-Eastern part of Estonia – Setomaa.

 


 

hannaHanna Geara – L2 French teacher P1 and P4; Art teacher in P1; afterschool multimedia club teacher
I am a visual artist and novelist, from Lebanon, holder of a Master’s degree in Social communication and art. For seven years I was a teacher in history of art and cinema at Tallinn University. I am also a novelist, my first novel “Il Collasso” was recently published in Italy. I speak and write fluent Arabic, English, French, Italian and Estonian (medium level). I like photography and hiking.

 


maarja-kMaarja Kütt – substitute teacher in Primary

I’m an Estonian who loves travelling, learning about countries, cultures and religions. I love to learn languages too. If you can teach me Arabic, then please contact me.

I’ve a Bachelor’s degree in law. I’ve graduated from the Noored Kooli program (part of Teach for All) and I was an English teacher in Loo Secondary school during the two-year program. I taught the last school year in Palestine.

Before I have worked in sales in the US, I have worked in restaurants and I’m also a tour guide. In the long run I see myself working as a teacher. I’m glad to be part of the TES family now.