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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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PA News Easter Update

PA News Easter Update

Dear Parents,

Well done for making it through this “little term”, here’s hoping that the epic summer term will use its lengthy duration to bring us some reasons to be positive. Until then, here is our update:

  •  At the start of the summer term the two location bids for the school’s future location, together with the assessment criteria, will be published.
    •  Once these three documents are public, we plan to host a Questions and Answers section on the PA’s website to allow parents a chance to request further clarification
      or information about the two bids. You’ll email to us your questions, we’ll post them on our site and add the answers once we receive them.
    • We plan to run a survey about the two bids and their impact on your children. It’s a short survey which should make for a straight forward interpretation of the results.

 

  • While trucks continue to drive the wrong way past the school gates at peak times, the 4 online meetings that Bergen Gemeente held about the school’s area have now finished.
      • Almost no information was forthcoming about the Gemeente’s plan for the remainder of our tenure in Bergen.
      • Bergen Gemeente have invited to a physical meeting the school’s Deputy Director of Finance and Administration, together with one representative of the Parents’
        Association. We hope that this meeting will bring clarification on what the Gemeente plan to do in the immediate future to boost the safety of the area around
        the school for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and their passengers.
      • In the mean time we would like to bring to your attention a very useful app called “Fixi” (Android Link here, Apple Link here). Fixi allows you to report issues to your
        local Gemeente. It could be unlawful rubbish disposal, it could be social nuisance or it could be lorries driving the wrong way past your school during drop-off/collection
        hours. We would urge parents to consider making use of this app, not just to raise the number of reported safety concerns around the school but also to allow you to
        report things in your local area too – the reports go to the Gemeente of the area that you report so you don’t need to find their contact details to raise a complaint.

 

  • On the subject of traffic around the school, we the parents need to get our own house in order too. We make no apology for the patronising tone of this section:
      •  Please stop using the edge of the Churchillaan roundabout as a car park.
      •  Please stop the “Cagney and Lacey-style” diagonal parking when using the spaces opposite the school on Molenweidtje – it is a seriously dangerous thing to do with
        so many small, distracted pedestrians, so many cyclists caught up in the ambience of Molenweidtje and so many rushed drivers using this road. There are spaces on Churchilllaan: please use them,
      • Please use only one space per car and please park only one car in each space – if you have a larger vehicle and are parking across the road from the school, please make sure that your car’s backside is in the same space as it’s front bumper. If you can’t fit in the space, please leave it for a smaller car to enjoy.

 

We hope that you will enjoy the Easter change of routine, no matter how marginal a change it may feel. So pack away those ice skates and ski suits and prepare to start paying for public parking again now that the winter season is (hopefully) behind us!

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 Easter Update
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PA News March 2021

PA News March 2021

Dear Parents,

We hereby forward to you a letter about the future relocation of the school. It was sent by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) Project Leader to the School Advisory Council (SAC) and lays out the timeline for this stage of the decision-making process. As you can see, today was the deadline for the Ministry to confirm whether or not both location propositions are complete, correct, and meet the requirements to be further assessed: both location bids have successfully moved into the next stage of assessment.

What will the PA do?

As one of the school stakeholders, the PA represents all parents in the SAC. As you can see in the updated timeline, we will receive the two proposals from Alkmaar and Zaandam after the Easter holidays. We will of course share them with you. We then have 6 weeks to collect your input and questions and to communicate this to the Dutch Ministry (OCW). We are now trying to find the best way to gather your input and questions. We will get back to you very soon with our plans.

The ministry will then have about a month’s time to get back to us. The decision of the future location of ESB will be made by the Dutch Ministry and presented to the Board of Governors by December 2021 the latest, for their approval.

Kind regards,
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 March 2021
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PA News February II – The Sequel!

PA News February II – The Sequel!

Dear Parents,

Two updates in one month?  Well, since the last update we have attended twelve meetings with a lot of different stakeholders!

  • There will be no Extra-Curricular Activities for the remainder of this school year.  With the amount of restrictions in place covering schools at the moment we can’t make it work.  We will keep you updated about the 2021-22 school year.

 

  • This week we attended an extra-ordinary meeting of the School Advisory Council (SAC) which was chaired by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science’s (OCW) new project leader who is keen to keep parents as informed as possible.
    • There will be a period of time during which the SAC members may submit “considerations” (about the two sites) to the OCW, prior to the OCW deciding upon which location they will submit to the European School’s Board of Governors by December 2021 at the latest.  During that “consideration period” we plan to offer to all school families the chance to take part in an online survey which should give a more clear indication of how parents feel about the two different locations: this will likely take place in mid April, in line with the OCW’s current time frame for this project.

 

  • While trucks continue to roll past the school gates at peak times, members of the PA are half way through the 4 online meetings that Bergen Gemeente is holding about the future of the area around the school. They assure us that safety is a top concern.
    • Bergen Gemeente had previously confirmed that a pedestrian crossing has been approved and would be installed on Churchilllaan: last week they stated that the police had advised them against it (“De politie heeft negatief geadviseerd over de aanleg van het zebrapad”) and so, therefore, there will be no crossing.
    • The PA would like to speak with the police team that made this decision to clarify the reality of Churchilllaan during peak times and, further, to find out what additional safety measures may be applicable

 

  • We will continue to shout loudly that, for us, the three main topics for consideration are safety, safety and safety.

 

That’s the most crucial stuff covered for now, the rest can wait until the March update.  Oh and to the Secondary school families: we hope the next few weeks of being partly back in school will go well for you.

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 February II – The Sequel!
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