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ESB Chess Club Wins 2020 Bergen-wide Championship

ESB Chess Club Wins 2020 Bergen-wide Championship

Congratulations to the ESB Chess Players for A Successful Bergen-wide tournament!

ESB Team 1, Bergen tournament 2020 Champions (pictured below, left to right)
Igor Matviyets, Sergiy Matviyets, Charis Visser and Suban Ismailov

Chess players from ESB participated in a Bergen Schools Chess Tournament and competed with 6 other primary schools in Bergen. ESB entered 3 teams in the tournament and were placed 1st, 4th and 10th out of 14 teams. ESB also won 1st place in 2019 in the Bergen tournament, now making ESB the most successful school in Bergen in this tournament! ESB also captured all 4 of the top boy and top girl prizes. ESB’s Team 1 will now advance to the Noord-Hollands Kampioenschap in March 2020 along with the 2nd and 3rd place teams from the Van Reenan and Matthieu Wiegman Schools respectively.

Congratulations to all of the players and good luck in the upcoming championship. We would also like to thank the ESB ECA (after school activity) coach Jasper Dekker who works with all of the children weekly during chess classes on Fridays.

Top Scoring Boys (left to right): Igor Matviyets and Sergiy Matviyets

Top Scoring Girls (left to right): Zsófia Száraz and Charis Visser

ESB Team 1, 1st Place

ESB Team 2, 4th Place

ESB Team 3, 4th Place

Nicole GottholdESB Chess Club Wins 2020 Bergen-wide Championship
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Alkmaar Publishes its Proposed Future European School Location

Alkmaar Publishes its Proposed Future European School Location

ESB parents were invited by Gemeente Alkmaar to learn more about its proposed location for the future of our school. They launched a website with information on their proposal as well as invited parents to subscribe to receive future information from them.

They’ve also sent the school and the Parents’ Association a document outlining more information on their proposed location, it’s surroundings and their proposed “Junior Advisory Council” inviting members of the school community to help shape how the school will come to fruition. They also mention an upcoming meeting to which subscribers will be invited to attend in the near future. We will of course keep you updated as more details on this and additional proposals are brought to our attention.

So where are we now? What does this mean?
Firstly, it’s important to note that as of today, there have been no decisions made regarding the future location of the school. We are still waiting for the process to begin, and we understand that the Ministry of Education will contact the municipalities in March. From recent meetings it is clear that it will take some time for the process to come to a conclusion. Any wishes about the future location will be discussed at a local level in the autumn at the very earliest, and hopefully a decision will be made about the location before the end of 2020. Gemeente Alkmaar has simply published their proposal and invited all from the school community to join them in discussing it.

Have questions or comments? Contact us.

Nicole GottholdAlkmaar Publishes its Proposed Future European School Location
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Traffic, Transport & Safety Work Group Update

Traffic, Transport & Safety Work Group Update

Dear Parents,

The ESB Parents’ Association works in many areas on behalf of all parents. As part of our overall role and responsibilities, we work closely with the school and the gemeente on the school’s traffic and safety. This year we have worked on the following initiatives on your behalf.

  1. We work with the school and transport providers to improve safety and parking for all mini-buses and taxis.
  2. We work with the gemeente to add parking barriers, signage and increased monitoring during drop-off and pick-up.
  3. We requested a pedestrian (zebra) cross walk on Churchillian so that all can cross safely near the round about (installation to be completed in Jan 2020)
  4. We will again be arranging VVN cycling exams for Primary 5, and offering the literature in English, French, and Dutch to secondary students who have joined the school after Primary 5.
  5. We provided bike inspections to all primary students to ensure their bikes were winter ready.

We recognise that with increased traffic it is sometimes difficult to find a parking spot. We will continue to work with the school and the Bergen gemeente for solutions to the parking, Kiss N Ride, and overall drop-off and pick-up traffic. In fact, we aim to propose several improvements over the coming year.

However in the meantime, we ask all parents to follow all safety and traffic signage in the school surroundings. We understand that some parents may be unclear regarding the traffic and parking rules so we have summarised some helpful tips below. Please help us in keeping our community safe.

Pick-up and Drop-off Tips for Parents

When comes to getting your child for school, you probably plan for things like school supplies, clothes, and lunchboxes. Here are some tips to plan for an easy and safe pick-up and drop-off.

  1. Obey the speed limit.  Kerkedijk, Molenweidtje and Churchilllan are 30 km zones. Please adhere to this speed limit until you reach Landweg which is a 50 km zone.
  2. Park in designated areas. Parking is available on Molenweidjte in front of the primary school, in front of Oudtburgh, along Churchilllan, and across the street from the Afvalbrengstation Bergen (where DeBeek once stood).
  3. Come to a full stop. Always come to a complete stop at crossings and junctions, always check carefully for pedestrians and cyclists.
  4. Keep your cool. You might be running a few minutes late, but don’t let anger get the better of you.
  5. Be on the lookout for bikes. Many children cycle to school, allow at least 1 meter of passing distance between your vehicle and a cyclist. Do not pass bikes close to the areas where they need to turn into the school.
  6. Get up to speed on the rules. Familiarise yourself with the rules of the road. Don’t stop or park on the yellow lines.
  7. Utilise the Kiss N’ Ride properly.
      • The Kiss N’ Ride is intended for students who are able to disembark independently. Drivers should not get out of their vehicle.
      • Have your child ready to exit the car when you reach the pavement in the designated Kiss N’ Ride area. Students should only exit from the curb side of the vehicle.
      • Do not mount the pavement.
      • There is no parking and no waiting in the Kiss N’ Ride area.
      • Do not pull past the designated area, as it will block the cycle path.
Nicole GottholdTraffic, Transport & Safety Work Group Update
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Help the ESB Primary School Upcycle its Classroom Furniture

Help the ESB Primary School Upcycle its Classroom Furniture

The ESB Primary school has recently upgraded all of its classroom furniture.  In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, we are asking parents to consider helping the school find a new home and purpose for the furniture rather than it ending up in the dump! Do you have a use for a classroom desk and/or chairs?

Parents who are interested in desks, tables and/or chairs should email us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Child Name & Class
  • Email Address
  • Items Wanted and Quantity (if known)

We will contact all interested parties with more information regarding viewing and collecting the furniture. However the date will be before 20 February as items not claimed by 20 February will be disposed.

Do you know an organisation or group that could use the furniture? Let us know! Please help us reduce our waste!

Photos of Available Furniture

Nicole GottholdHelp the ESB Primary School Upcycle its Classroom Furniture
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Skip the Line with a Boxed Lunch- New Canteen Offer

Skip the Line with a Boxed Lunch- New Canteen Offer

Students can now skip the queue by pre ordering a lunch box from 8:00 – 11:00 daily. Students can then collect their boxed lunch during their lunch time at the back counter which opens in the hallway. Lunch boxes come with two offerings. A “small bite” and a full lunch called “BFG”. Students can also customize their box when ordering. This might be ideal for Secondary students who would like to order daily and skip the lunch queue.

New Offers

Small Bite

Regular sandwich and water.


Regular sandwich, mixed salad, apple and water.

Nicole GottholdSkip the Line with a Boxed Lunch- New Canteen Offer
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