Call for Volunteers
“I just wish people would realise that anything is possible if they try, dreams are made if people try” - Terry Fox
The PAC is in desperate need of volunteers to help in the following areas, can you can help us for as little as 2hrs a week!
The success of the PAC depends on the support and help received from parent/guardian volunteers.
Host family co-ordinator
Extra curricular activities
If you can help in any of these areas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us in the PA room 039 of Secondary every Wed from 9:00 – 10:00hrs.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dutch Host Families needed urgently
Membership contribution reminder
Dear Parents/ Guardians, We send this message to you to highlight the importance of your Parents Association Committee (PAC) and how your PA Membership contribution directly benefits our children at school. How much is the PA Membership contribution: The cost to each family is €25 per year Why is your contribution so vital: Your €25 family contribution enables the Parents Association Committee to subsidize and organize various school activities for the benefit of our children in the Nursery, Primary and Secondary sections. Examples of such activities include;
- School trips
- Contribute to Parties
- Extra curriculum activities & other events within the school
- Library supplies
- Through a PA membership, you can support the work of the parents’ association. Membership fees enable the PA to voice the parent’s needs inside the school on school boards and education committees.
- We present ESB at Interparents, the umbrella of all PA’s, allowing to have input to the Board of Governors, the governing body of theEuropeand Schools”.
So the Parents Association Committee would like you to continue to support all these memorable and important activities. How can you support your PAC: If new to ESB, or have previously never joined, we invite you to please register and join your Parents Association Committee and learn about all work the PAC is doing via the PA website at: http://europeanschool-parents.nl/membership/ Additionally, for parents who are already members, we thank you for your continued support and request you to continue promptly making your €25 contributions at the beginning of each school year. This will ensure we can continue to support our children’s activities as mentioned above. How else can you pay your PAC Contribution: You can make a transfer to; Account number 46 88 24 057 (ABN Amro bank) t.n.o ‘ de Oudervereniging Europese School Bergen’ . Do not forget to mention your child (rens) name and class when making the payment. As always, we appreciate your support and thank you. Sincerely The Parents’ Association Committee
Order hot meals now for the Autumn term.
Menus vary frequently with many children’s favourites: pasta and pizza, as well as fish, meat, vegetables, fruit and desserts.
Secondary school students:
Secondary school students are encouraged to go directly to the kitchen and purchase their lunch. To make the canteen work better and faster we are offering two kinds of pre-paid ticket.
10 tickets for the menu (1 hot meal, 1 salad, 1 mixed fruit, 1 drink) = € 54,00 (1 menu = € 6,00 each so they get 1 free meal).
10 tickets for the single hot meal = € 31,50 (one hot meal = € 3,50 so they get 1 free meal).
Nursery and Primary school students:
Nursery and Primary school students can have hot lunches. Please note that the hot lunches are on a pre-paid basis. The payment is accepted by bank transfers only. Payment has to be made before the first day of term.
Small portion = €3.50
Large portion = €4.50
How to calculate your payment:
Choose either a small portion (€3.50) or a large portion (€4.50) and the day(s) for the hot lunch.
Calculate your amount: 10 Mondays * small OR big = AMOUNT and/or 12 Tuesdays * small OR big = AMOUNT and/or 12 Thursdays * small OR big = AMOUNT
Calendar of hot lunches for 2013 – 2014:
First term (from Tuesday 03/09/2013 to Thursday 19/12/2013):
Second term (from Monday 06/01/2014 to Thursday 10/04/2014):
Third term (from Monday 28/04/2014 to Thursday 03/07/2014).
Payment details are as follows:
Account Number: Rabo 1564 42 620
Account Name: Luna Rossa
Please specify your child’s name, class, days when eating and portion size.
if your child is absent from school, meal will not be refunded, unless one week’s notice has been given.
When your child goes on a school trip, we can provide a picnic lunch (panini, water, fruit) which the children will receive before their departure. However, we need one week’s notice.
Parent Helpers are always needed. The Parent Helpers try to encourage every child to finish his/her plate. They are only required to help for approximately 1 hour once a fortnight and they benefit from a 30% discount! If you can help, please email us or call Caroline!
Parents’ Association and Luna Rossa
Helpers coordination: Caroline Mattingley 06 45 11 71 27, email@example.com
Luna Rossa: Barbara Bucci 06 34 41 89 71, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Association Committee (PAC) Update June 2013
Dear Parents, As we are coming to the end of the school academic year next month, we felt this was a good time to update you on what the PAC have been working on since our last update. ESB Euromarkt It is important to highlight this event as it is the key fund-raising event for the PAC, The donations from parents for this event are critical to ensuring we can support the various activities we are involved in. We are grateful for the continued support from the parents, staff and students volunteering on the day with the exciting food and activities, to ensure this continues to be the success you have made it to be. Nursery and Primary play areas We noted in our last update that there was a plan in place to replace playing equipment both in the nursery and primary play areas. For the primary play area, this is planned for the next academic year with the primary play area scheduled to be done over this summer. Transportation This is an area the PAC is actively involved managing. The aim of this engagement is to continue to improve bus and taxi transportation from Alkmaar and Amsterdam. It has been requested by the Alkmaar taxi company to inform them if you are interested in their service by August 15th, so that they can prepare their planning. Connexxion needs information about students who hold a current OV card for the bus line #606. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to renew it for the new year. The contact person within the PAC is Alex Bistacchi at email@example.com for any questions. We will continue to update you with information, as we receive it for the new school year, on the PA website. Child protection This is an on-going focus area for the PAC. As per the last update, key areas include;
- · Bullying – The school management have completed a risk assessment across the school, which will aid child protection policies and other areas. School management is also working closely with the PAC to implement a comprehensive anti-bullying program called KiVa.
- · Safety procedures – Procedures have been documented for when children get injured.
Additionally there are on-going discussions with management on adequate coverage for first aiders and the duty nurse. Bike examinations As per the last update, this is an initiative that started last year and has continued this year. The PAC has been working together with management and the Gemeente Bergen on ensuring that the children have the option to take the riding/bike examinations at ESB. This has been on-going and we shall continue to drive this effort. The date for next year’s cycling exam is planned for the 9th of April ((day before the VVN written examination test). We will inform parents about important other dates in the new school year. Interparents Currently members of Interparents are represented in several working groups considering proposals concerning curriculum reform, educational needs and career guidance. Traffic situation Additionally, we are closely monitoring traffic around the school to ensure safety of the children. We have been approached by parents who are interested in helping us find ways to improve this area. Extra Curricular Activities Activities will resume in 1st week of October. The sign-up day for new activities will be on Friday, September 20th from 13:10 in the DC. The PAC has documented clarification what the school’s insurance covers and what it doesn’t. The aim was to ensure that course teachers and children are adequately covered when participating in activities. We are looking for new activities for the new year, so if you are interested in offering a new activity, please contact Caroline Mattingley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Smoking outside the front gate We have received some observations from various parents commenting that the area by the front gate used by the older children smoking, can be moved. One of the key reasons for this is that it is very visible to the younger children during drop off. The PAC is working closely with school management on this, who has advised they have found another location will now encourage smokers to move away from the current smoking area, and will be implemented in the new school year. Host Families The PAC is currently working with school management and the Welcome Committee to finalize a procedure for hosting families by parents at ESB. This will ensure better clarity for both the requesting and host families. As we have been informed that some students will visit our school in September, we will begin contacting parents to find families as soon as possible. A letter will be sent explaining the procedure. Parents Rep Meetings The PAC has meetings with parent’s reps as a way to respond to any concerns raised and also to share information for onward communication to parents. The next meeting is scheduled for the 24 June from 9.15 – 10.15am in the DC. If you are interested in being a parent rep, please contact Ann Leter-Lake, at email@example.com. Lost & Found The cabinet with the lost and found items has been cleared out, but there are some things still there. Please be sure to check if your child(ren) has left anything before the the last day of school. We will resume checking this on a regular basis from September. International Schools Sports Day S6 students from ESB have been invited to participate in an international schools sports day in March of 2014, in connection with the IPSSG association. More details will follow in the new school year. ESB 50th Anniversary Celebration & PAC Party We hope you all had a chance to participate in the weeks events that celebrated the ESB 50th anniversary. The highlight was a visit by the Queen, which was made even more important as this was one of her last few events before abdicating the throne. We also want to thank all parents who joined us for the PAC party in April. As usual, it was a great occasion for us all to get together over a glass of wine and great music. Upcoming meetings and information for your agenda: Parent representative meeting – Monday, June 24th from 9:15-10:15 in the DC PAC room (#39) will be closed on Wednesday, July 3rd from 9:00-10:00 AGM – TBA at 19:30 in the Aula Above are some highlights of key activities the PAC members are engaged in. Your contributions and membership to the Parents’ Association enables us to continue these and other activities. If you are not as yet a member, please become one! Information is available via the PAC website. If you have any questions or want to raise any issues, please do not hesitate to send these via the PAC website. You can additionally approach any of the PAC members and speak to us individually. Attached on the link with the pictures of the current PAC members, who no doubt you will notice some within the school http://europeanschool-parents.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PA-Commitee1.jpg Finally, we would like to thank everyone for all their continuous support throughout the year. We wish you all safe and enjoyable summer holidays! Regards, The PAC
Minibus Service between Amsterdam area and the European School Bergen
The European School Student Bus Association is the main coordinator of this service, which is fully outsourced to Amsterdam Vogel, a transport company. Our association keeps the School and the Parents Association informed about our services and conditions. Here is a description of the sort of ‘door-to-door’ service Amsterdam Vogel offers, using 8 seater cars: Each car picks up children living in the same area, either directly from home or at a nearby central pick-up point (depending on how far each family lives from each other). Children are brought back home or at this central point in your neighborhood. For more information visit Transportation section.