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Coffee Morning for parents!

Coffee Morning for parents!

We would like to start the new school year by inviting you to our Welcome and Info Coffee Wednesday the 29th of September at 09:00h in the school aula

See you shortly!
The Parents’ Association Committee

Nicole GottholdCoffee Morning for parents!
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The PA Needs Your Help

The PA Needs Your Help

Do you want to be an active part of the parent activities in school?

We need active parents to help with different activities.

Be a Class rep
Represent your class – meet with PA 4 times per year

Volunteer to join the Parents’ EventsTeam
Join the team and get our school events started again

Volunteer to cutting Free Fruit in school
Begins after the Autumn holidays and runs until the Easter holidays

Join us in the PA Committee as Treasurer
Our current treasurer will help you getting started. She is a professional
and everything is digital and can be organised from home

Join us in the PA Committee as Secretary
Help us by writing minutes and sending out emails

Extra-curricular activities
We will try to organise the after-school activities programme again this year, but this is only possible if enough parents volunteer to help us

School sustainability
Are you eager to bring more sustainability
into our school, to discuss the ideas – working together with the other European Schools?
Let us know!

Coffee Morning for all parents!
29th September at 09:00h in the school aula

If you are interested in hearing more, please get in touch! We would be very happy to answer your questions – and to discuss how you can support us in supporting our children and the school!

Nicole GottholdThe PA Needs Your Help
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PA News June Update

PA News June Update

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the last month of this school year. Without further dilly-dallying, here is our update:

    • ESB Future Location
      • The School Advisory Council (SAC) members have now submitted their considerations to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). Thank you once more for taking part in our survey and the Q&A rounds. Once we have further news about the OCW’s own assessment of the different options for our school’s future we will let you know.
    • ESB Current Location
      • With almost all of the parking having been exterminated on Molenweidtje and with the return of our beloved secondary students on a full time basis, the parking places on Churchilllaan are possibly now the most valuable real estate in Bergen. If there is any way to reduce the number of vehicles that need to park by school each day, every reduction helps.
      • The current phase of roadworks on our doorstep should be finished before the start of the new school year: until then please avoid parking in the minibus bays and try to be patient and understanding with each other. As Gemeente Bergen just told me in response to my 14th consecutive complaint about the dangerous misuse of the roads encircling our school during drop-off and collection times, “soms zijn er situaties waar begrijp voor moet zijn”…!
    • ANWB Traffic Plaza
      • Hopefully you saw an email this week asking for your vote to support the school’s bid for an ANWB Traffic Plaza on our playground. PLEASE VOTE! The competition is open until 10th June:
      • https://static.flowapp.nl/anwb/fonds/?show=0&initiative=europese+school&location= Press STEM (VOTE) Fill in your email address when prompted and agree to terms/conditions Click the top option ”Via de genomineerde school”

That’s all for now so please take care of yourselves: we’ll be in touch soon!.

Yours faithfully,

ESB Parents’ Association

If you have any questions that you would like for PA to communicate on your behalf, please send them to us. 

Nicole GottholdPA News June Update
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PA News May Update

PA News May Update

Dear Parents,

We have gathered for you on our website all of the current information regarding the Future ESB location bids:

    • Q&A You can find the questions from ESB parents – along with answers from the Ministry, Alkmaar and Zaanstad – right here: ESB-school-future There you will also find the two bids from Alkmaar and Zaanstad, the two “criteria” lists (Requirements and Wishes) and the letter from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) to the School Advisory Council (SAC), asking the key stakeholders (which includes the PA) to prepare our feedback, viewpoints and concerns.
    • Results of PA Survey – Future Location! Thank you for answering the questions in our survey which were based on the well-being of our children, the current and future environmental impact of our journeys to and from school and which of the two locations were preferable. You can find the results of our PA Survey here: PA-survey-ESB-future. Once again, thank you so much for taking part in this and for helping us to best represent and present the overall feeling of all of the school’s current parents, regardless of “category” or remaining length of time with the school.
    • We need to give the opinion of the ESB Parents to the Ministry before 26th of May. Please let us know your suggestions for what feedback, viewpoints and concerns we should send to the Ministry by sending us an email at esbpafuturelocation@gmail.com.

Thanks as always, we’ll be back in touch with another update soon.

Take care,

ESB Parents’ Association

If you have any questions that you would like for PA to communicate on your behalf, please send them to us. 

Nicole GottholdPA News May Update
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PA News Koningsdag Update

PA News Koningsdag Update

Dear Parents,

Koningsdag is upon us so we will keep this update as short as possible!

Future School Location Bids

    • We in the PA have had help from the school’s very supportive IT-team, so we were able to ask all the parents, registered with the school, to take part in our short Future Location survey. This week we’ve sent out a reminder: both the original email and the reminder should show “pa_survey@esbergen.eu” as the email’s sender. If you did not receive the email with the personal link to our survey, and if you’ve double-checked your junk/spam/deleted/school emails folders, please send us an email at esbpacontact@gmail.com
    • We’ve submitted parents’ first round of questions to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), Alkmaar Gemeente and Zaanstad Gemeente. We hope to receive the answers today (26th April). Once we have them, we will add them to the Q&A section of our website: https://europeanschool-parents.nl/esb_school_futureQA
    • Please do check out our Q&A page and, if you have a question about the two location bids, that we haven’t asked yet, please send us an email at esbpafuturelocation@gmail.com before Sunday 2nd May. That’s the deadline for this second and final round of questions, so please don’t miss it!

Traffic around the school

While construction vehicles continue to pull up bushes and plough the grass verges at the school gates, we would like to repeat Jeroen Groot’s message of 22/Apr in which he explained that “staff and pupils are (now) allowed to cycle or walk through the cemetery. At the junction of the Molenweidtje / Kerkedijk you have to follow the Kerkedijk. Take the second left to enter the cemetery. The gate between the cemetery and the Molenweidtje will be opened daily between 08.00 – 09.00 and 16.15 – 17.00. If you choose this route, please treat the area with great respect, and also note that as it is private property, you use this route at your own risk.”

    • As this term progresses, Molenweidtje will become increasingly difficult for drivers to navigate. It may be prudent to make the switch to using Churchilllaan now to avoid the inevitable delays that are increasing on Kerkedijk and Molenweidtje.

Fijne Koningsdag!

ESB Parents’ Association

If you have any questions that you would like for PA to communicate on your behalf, please send them to us. 

Nicole GottholdPA News Koningsdag Update
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