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From the Principal

Principal's September Newsletter

Dear readers,

A little over a month has passed since the start of the academic year. What a great time we have had. The students are settling into their new classes well. It is really impressive to see how quickly students make new friends. Mixing classes every year help build social skills and a strong sense of community.

A few weeks ago, parents and students were invited by the mentors to school for the PTS Conference/development talks for Autumn term. In these meetings, the students set academic and social targets for themselves for this academic year. I would like to remind everyone to keep working hard towards these targets, step by step. Teachers continue to work tremendously hard to support the students with their academic and social goals. SchoolSoft planning is up and of great quality, assessments and checkpoints have started to happen. Please check SchoolSoft regularly and do communicate with the mentor to ensure that your child, our student is progressing towards the targets set, and according to plan. If there are any issues, please communicate with the mentor first.

The school’s targets / Our quality work

The team of teachers and other staff together with the students will work as a team towards the following All School Targets this year:

Improve the learning environment by focusing on the aspect of calm and quiet in every lesson and every activity.  

Maintain high academic results, and integrity in grading. 

Each Year Team and Department is also in the process of setting their specific targets for the year.  

Working towards a goal or a set of goals make our environment structured and reliable. It ensures we can continue to improve an already successful school.  We are all committed to delivering on our promise to students, parents and colleagues every day.

PTA (Parent Teacher Association) 

The PTA has already had several meetings this year so far. They also organized a fantastic lecture with the adventurer Aron Anderson at Vällingby theatre earlier this week. We have a strong PTA whose main job is to support the students and the school. There is a need for more parents to join the PTA. Please contact them directly if you are interested. Their contact information can be found on SchooLSoft.

Student Council

Earlier this week all students voted in the Student Council Presidential election. The results of the election will be shared with everyone soon. I look forward to continuing working closely with the student representatives this year. We have also had our first Food Council meeting with the catering company.

School Election

Our SO department organized the school election for all students. The results of the vote can be found here https://www.stockholmdirekt.se/nyheter/hasselbyeleverna-fler-i-var-gener...

European Day of Languages

Our Modern Foreign Language Department organized the annual European Day of Languages with different activities for students earlier this week.

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There are many, many more things happening at the school every week: Open House Days, Crazy Hair Day, essay competitions and much more. Please login into SchoolSoft, check our Instagram and Facebook for more.

Best regards,

Mr. Granström

From the Principal

First Day of School 2018/2019

Greetings readers, 

The sun was shining and staff and students were happy and smiling as we officially started the academic year of 2018/2019 today. Welcome back to your school all students in grade 5-9. The school has been so empty wihtout you. We are all very happy that you are back and ready for yet another year at IES Hässelby Strand. 

To our new students in grade 4, and their parents - It was so nice to meet you all in the assembly in the Gym this morning, and around the school throughout the day. We are all excited to welcome you to this wonderful, bilingual school here in Hässelby, and we look forward to be a part of the students' progress, both academically and socially for the next six years.

Here are some photos (of low quality) I took today:

Mr Riley and Mr Tilden were greeting students by the main entrance this morning. 

The students were enjoying their new playground that we built over summer. 

 

 

Thank you to everyone for a great start of the year! 

Best regards, 

Mr Granström, your principal 

From the Principal

School Start Information

Greetings students and guardians/parents,


I hope you have had a fantastic summer and that you are looking forward to a new year at Internationella Engelska Skolan. We are very excited to welcome all students, new and old on the 16th of August.

The first two days will have the following times.

First 2 days of school

The first two days of school are, as previously communicated, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th of August.

August 16th   MENTOR DAY

Grade 4:                                         08.30-13.00      Meet in the gym

Grade 5 & 6:                                 09.00-14.00      Meet outside A building

Grade 7 & 8:                                 09.20-13.30      Meet outside A building

Grade 9:                                         09.40-13.30      Meet outside A building

Grade 4: Mr Granström will welcome the students to school. Teachers will be introduced, class lists will be read, and students will go with their mentors to their classroom.

Grade 5-9: Assistant Principal, SCT and Mentors meet students outside A building with class signs.

All students must bring a lock and spare key to their locker on the first day of school. Combination locks are no longer allowed.

August 17th   MENTOR DAY

Grade 4:                                         08.30-13.00      Meet in home classroom

Grade 5 & 6:                                 09.00-14.00      Meet in home classroom

Grade 7 & 8:                                 09.20-13.30      Meet in home classroom

Grade 9:                                         09.40-13.30      Meet in home classroom

 

Parent Information Evenings
Our annual parent evenings will be held August 22 for grade 4-6 and August 23 for grades 7-9. More information will be shared in mentor phone calls soon.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!

 

Morning drop off/Afternoon pick up areas
Here is a reminder that the pick-up and drop-off point is on Kirkongränd behind the school. Another alternative is on the main street, Aprikosgatan, outside the school. Only staff and people that live in the apartment buildings surrounding the school are allowed to drive into the parking lot. 

School Calendar:
The school calendar for students can be found here and in the Files and Links section on SchoolSoft and by clicking HERE. The calendar is a living document and I do not recommend that you print it off as there is still more information to be put in the calendar.

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Welcome to the academic year of 2018/2019 at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Hässelby Strand!

Kind regards, 
Mr Granström and the staff at IES Hässelby Strand

From the Principal

Spring is here!

Dear readers, 

Spring is finally here as we are quickly moving towards end of term. Soon enough we are in June and we will have our annual Grade 9 Graduation ceremony at Vällingby Theatre, Grade 9 Prom, and Grade 4-8 will have their End of term Ceremonies here at the school in Hässelby Strand. Information about these events is soon posted on SchoolSoft for parents and students to see. Before then we have several weeks of school to look forward to. During these hectic weeks of learning and fun at IES Hässelby, students and staff are enjoying many different acitivites around the school. Here are a couple of things to look forward to:

- Cambridge exams for Grade 9

- Field trips

- Choice Day and Mentor Choice Day

- Spring Fair, organised by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) on Saturday May 26th. 

And, of course, many engaging and interesting opportunities to learn during lessons. 

Please feel free to contact me via email should you any questions. 

Best regards, 

Mr Granström, your Principal 

 

 

From the Principal

Start of Spring Term 2018

Dear reader, 

January has been a very exciting and fun month for both staff and students at IES Hässelby Strand. We started the term with our 3rd day of Student Choice. Students danced, baked cupcakes, swam, built robots, created videos, went on field trips and much more. The school was filled with a hustle and bustle of activity.  I look forward to seeing what each Choice activity will produce as their final project for Spring Choice Showcase.

Our grade 9 students have started writing the National Exams for Spring term. The first round of tests was in Modern Foreign Languages that took place during week 5. I spoke to some grade 9 students after the test and they told me how well prepared and comfortable they felt. The results from these exams will help the Modern Foreign Language teachers prepare our grade 9 students for secondary education. The results will be closely monitored by our Academic Manager and the MFL teachers to ensure that our school continues to maintain high academic standards in the foreign languages.  I would like to thank the teachers for organising the MFL national test for the very first time. Great job! 

Last week was Staff Look-Alike Day in grades 4-6. Students were encouraged to dress-up like their favourite IES Hässelby staff member. Students and teachers rose to the challenge and really got into the school spirit. Just take a look at these three Mr. Sundelines!

 
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There have been many more activities going on at our school that are worthy of mention. I recommend that students and parents view the News section on SchoolSoft to find out more about what's going on at our school each month. 
 
Looking to the future, there is much to look forward to at IES Hässelby - Winter Sports Day, Prao, National Tests, Choice, Graduation and the School Play, to name a few.
 
Warmest Regards, 
 
Mr Granström
 
 
From the Principal

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Greetings,

I would like to wish all in the IES Hässelby Strand community, families, and friends a safe and happy Christmas.

I am privileged to be a part of a school that puts emphasis on a calm learning and working environment where students academic and social development is at the heart of everything we do.

I want to thank all the wonderful students at IES Hässelby Strand for this term. Our students show us each day that they take care of and enjoy their school community and that hard work pays off.

I would like to thank the dedicated teachers and other staff at the school. They are to be celebrated for the way they have worked this term, through success and through challenges. The staff recognize and celebrate the students every single day. Thank you! Without the amazing effort from the support staff the teachers would not be able to teach, and students would not be able to learn. Thank you to everyone in the Student Care Team and Spec Ed Team, Behaviour team, Junior Club and Administration Team.

Parents and guardians are not to be forgotten. Thank you for your ongoing support. I look forward to working with you and your students next term and for many terms to come. You are important to the success of our school. 

The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) also deserve a huge thank you for playing such an important role in our school community. I am very happy with the cooperation we have had this term.

I am sure that all of you have a good feeling about your school looking back at this term.

The first day of Spring Term is Wednesday 10th January 2018. It will be a regular school day. Please see SchoolSoft or Novaschem for your schedule. 

Thank you again so much for this term, and let me wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Kind Regards, 

Mr Granström

 

From the Principal

Autumn is Here

Dear readers,

Many fantastic things are happening at IES Hässelby as we are fast approaching Autumn break. We are all very busy this time of the year, and I thought I would share some examples of activities, besides classroom lessons, happening at the school this far:

- Grade 9 students and teachers have been to a field trip to Fotografiska Museet, and are going to Armémuseet on Friday this week.

- Grade 7 students are going on a Ghost Walk in Gamla Stan for Halloween.

- Grade 4 students have had circus lessons with staff from the organisation Cirkus Cirkör.

- The MFL department teachers planned for and celebrated The European Day of Languages.

- We have had a Sports Day organised by the P.E. department.

- The Student Council has had their first formal meeting (Matråd) with the new catering company.

- We had a day of 'Taste of Choice’ . Instead of doing a different choice activity each choice day, this year students will do one Choice project throughout the 6 days of Choice. The outcomes of the Choice project will be exhibited during Spring term. Before the students made their choice of project they had mini-lessons of all available Choice activities.  

- Students in Grade 6 and 9 are getting ready for oral National Tests in English, Swedish, and Maths.

- Students competed against their teachers in a Students vs. Staff Dodgeball Tournament.

- The first rehearsals for the school musical has happened.

- IGCSE (Cambridge Exams) prep for Grade 9 English went really well with more than 50 students signing up. 

- Open House for all grade levels  

- Teachers are right now busy updating students' subject rubrics and writing comments in SchoolSoft. The mid-term reports are available on Wednesday October 18th.  

As mentioned, we have had Open House for all grades. These are days when we invite parents to join their child at school for a day. In the Grade 4 Open House we had some 50 parents joining! I really enjoy the Open House days as it gives me a chance to speak to new and old IESH parents. It is also fantastic to see how proud students are of their school and that they want their parents to meet the teachers. One parent tweeted about her experiences at the grade 6 Open House. 

Monday 23rd October, PTS (Parent Teacher Student) Conferences are held at the school. We look forwarding to seeing all parents then. 

Thank you for reading!

Kind regards,

Mr Granström, your Principal

From the Principal

School Start Information

Dear students and guardians/parents,
I hope you have had a fantastic summer and that you are looking forward to a new year at Internationella Engelska Skolan. We are very excited to welcome all students, new and old on the 16th of August.

The first two days will have the following times.

Wednesday 16 August, 2017
Grade 4: 8.30-12 - meet in the gym
Grade 5-6: 9-12.30 - meet in mentor room
Grade 7-9: 9.30-13.00 – meet in mentor room
Junior Club: 12.30-17.00
Lunch will be served

Thursday 17 August, 2017
Grade 4: 8.30-13.30
Grade 5: 9.00-14.00
Grade 6: 9.15-14.15
Grade 7: 9.15-14.15
Junior Club: 13.30-17.00
Lunch will be served

Friday 18 August, 2017 and onwards
Classes as per timetable
Breakfast and lunch will be served

Morning drop off/Afternoon pick up areas
The pick-up and drop-off point is on Kirkongränd behind the school. Another alternative is on the main street, Aprikosgatan, outside the school. Only staff and people that live in the apartment buildings surrounding the school are allowed to drive into the parking lot. 

Parent Evenings
Our annual parent evenings will be held August 22 for grade 4-6 and August 23 for grades 7-9. More information and times will be shared with you via SchoolSoft and mentor phone calls soon.

The build
As existing students and parents know we are doing a build of the school over summer that will extend into Autumn term. The first stage of the build is scheduled to be done by August 11. During stage 1 we are moving some walls, doors, building a second student room and a new reception desk. The build has however been slightly delayed which means that some doors and new glass walls are only being delivered in week 33-34 which means that we have put up temporary doors and walls where the new doors and glass walls are going to go. We will be able to fully use all classrooms and other spaces in the A building while we wait for the new doors and walls to be delivered and installed. 
The second stage of the build are the two new floors that are being built.

By November 1st we will have a brand-new grade 5 classroom and a Music room / assembly room. During this time, there will be construction happening at the two wings of the school. Regarding safety: the construction site has been closed off for students and staff and we have staff on duty to ensure that students are not playing in areas that are closed off. I am looking forward to show the ‘new’ school to everyone in November. And perhaps, most importantly, the P building will go away giving us more outdoor space.

School Food 
After careful consideration, I have decided to change catering company. I have always been extremely happy with the kitchen staff that we have and therefore they will stay with us, but the food supplier has changed. Chartwells is the name of the new company and they are serving food at a number of IES schools in Stockholm and around the country today. You can read more about them here: http://www.compass-group.se/Varum...

We will be serving breakfast and lunch (free of charge of course) to all students. Staff enjoy free pedagogical lunch and breakfast.

We will start serving breakfast on Friday August 18 from 7.30 every day.

School Calendar:
The school calendar for students can be found here and in the Files and Links section on SchoolSoft. The calendar is a living document and I do not recommend that you print it off as there is still more information to be put in the calendar.

I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Welcome to the academic year of 2017/2018 at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Hässelby Strand

Kind regards, 
Mr Granström, your Principal

From the Principal

School Inspection visit

I am happy to give you some good news from our latest inspection by Skolinspektionen (The Swedish School Inspectorate). In March IES Hässelby had our scheduled inspection – the inspectorate visits all schools in Sweden on a regular basis.


The decision is now available. The decision reads that there were no faults or areas that need development in your school.

 

We know that IES Hässelby Strand is an outstanding school with fantastic results year after year, a school where students come to learn and teachers come to teach in a calm and supportive learning environment.

 

A big thank you to all our staff, students, parents and guardians who make our school great.

You can read the report here: https://www.skolinspektionen.se/sv/Beslut-och-rapporter/ 

Best regards, 

Mr Granström

From the Principal

Workshop Day for Students Joining August 2017

Greetings, 

Yesterday, I had the privilige to welcome to school some of our new students that will join IES Hässelby Strand in August 2017. The Workshop Day is an opportunity for students to experience a day as a student in our school. It is also an important day for new IESH parents where they get to meet teachers, the management team and the Principal. 

The students had three lessons, in Maths, Swedish and English. During these lessons, parents listened to me speak about IES Hässelby Strand, and what we believe in as a school organisation. The school's Academic Manager, Mr Patterson spoke about the academics at the school, how we work to ensure that all students fulfill their potential. Ms Naurin, the Junior School Coordinator, spoke about pastoral care, our expectations on students and how we make sure students develop socially and feel safe in our school. She also spoke about how we support students with English in grade 4. 

Thank you so much to everyone who came!

We ask guardians of students who could not attend the Workshop Day yesterday to contact Ms Vani Handa as soon as possible to secure placement for your child in August. Her email address is vani.handa.hasselby@engelska.se.

Best Regards, 

Mr Granström

 

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