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					The English School

       Classes 1-9
  Parent-Pupil Handbook
       2011 – 2012




           The English School

             M‰ntytie 14

             00270 Helsinki

         www.eschool.edu.hel.fi
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Table	
  of	
  Contents	
  

CALENDAR Classes 1 – 9..................................................................................................................5
HANDBOOK 2011-2012 ....................................................................................................................8
  Board of Trustees .............................................................................................................................8
  Board of Directors............................................................................................................................9
FACULTY 2011-2012.......................................................................................................................10
OFFICE AND SERVICES ................................................................................................................11
PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION AT THE ENGLISH SCHOOL ....................................................12
PARENTS (and Pupils) .....................................................................................................................13
  Communication..............................................................................................................................13
  Elementary School and Middle School..........................................................................................13
  The Friends of The English School ...............................................................................................14
  Dental Care ....................................................................................................................................14
  Health Care ....................................................................................................................................14
  Lost and Found Articles.................................................................................................................15
  Office Hours...................................................................................................................................15
  School Fees ....................................................................................................................................15
  School Lunch .................................................................................................................................15
  Student Welfare Group ..................................................................................................................16
  School Social Worker ....................................................................................................................16
  Vacation Policy ..............................................................................................................................16
  APPLICATION FOR ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL ....................................................................18
PUPILS (and Parents): .......................................................................................................................20
A. Studies ...........................................................................................................................................20
  Class Schedule ...............................................................................................................................20
  DAILY SCHEDULES ...................................................................................................................21
  Homeroom .....................................................................................................................................22
  Personal Space ...............................................................................................................................22
  Personal Possessions ......................................................................................................................22
  Homework......................................................................................................................................22
  Library............................................................................................................................................23
  Report Cards and Promotion..........................................................................................................23
  Make-up Test Day —Ehdot ...........................................................................................................24
  Scholarships and Awards ...............................................................................................................24
  The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Award.............................................................................24
  Smiling Boy and Smiling Girl, Student of the Year ......................................................................24
  School Supplies and Books............................................................................................................24
B. School Rules..................................................................................................................................25
  Attendance and Absence................................................................................................................25
  Work Missed ..................................................................................................................................25
  Recesses .........................................................................................................................................25
  Leaving School Grounds................................................................................................................25
  School Attire ..................................................................................................................................26
  Dress-up Days ................................................................................................................................26
  Strategy for Handling Bullying......................................................................................................26
  The Criteria for Bullying ...............................................................................................................26
  School Rules / Behavior.................................................................................................................27

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  Use of the Computers.....................................................................................................................28
  Tardiness ........................................................................................................................................28
  Visitors ...........................................................................................................................................28
C. Activities .......................................................................................................................................28
  Afternoon Care...............................................................................................................................28
  Clubs ..............................................................................................................................................28
  Field Trips ......................................................................................................................................29
  Camp Schools ................................................................................................................................29
  Special Events ................................................................................................................................29
  Student Council, Middle School ....................................................................................................30
  Support Students ............................................................................................................................30
Announcement to the Parents of Classes 7 – 9 about hazardous work..............................................31




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CALENDAR Classes 1 – 9

    For calendar updates, please refer to our webpage www.eschool.edu.hel.fi

Academic Year    August 9th, 2011 – December 21st, 2011         Fall Term
                 January 9th, 2012 – June 2nd , 2012            Spring Term

                 August 9th, 2011 – September 27th, 2011        Term I
                 September 28th, 2011 – November 23rd, 2011     Term II
                 November 24th, 2011 – February 3rd, 2012       Term III
                 February 6th, 2011 – April 3rd , 2011          Term IV
                 April 4th, 2011 – June 2nd, 2011               Term V

Holidays         October 10th – 14th, 2011                      Fall Holiday
                 December 22nd, 2011 – January 6th, 2012        Christmas Holiday
                 February 20th – 24th , 2012                    Ski Holiday
                 April 6th – 9th, 2012                          Easter Holiday
                 May 17th, 2012                                 Ascension Thursday

Compulsory       September 10th, 2011                           Sports Day
Make-up Day

                                         *Dress up occasions!

August 2011      Friday 19th            9.30                    Divine Service *

                 Tuesday 23rd           8.15 onwards            Class Photo
                                                                Classes 1–6

                 Wednesday 24th         8.00 onwards            Class Photo
                                                                Classes 7–9
                                                                High School

                 Thursday 25th          18.00                   Parents’ Evening
                                        (Coffee at 17.30)       Classes 1–3

                 Wednesday 31st         18.00                   Parents’ Evening
                                        (Coffee at 17.30)       Classes 7–9

September 2011   Saturday 10th                                  Sports Day
                 (Compulsory)                                   Classes 1–9

                 Tuesday 13th           18.00                   Parents’ Evening
                                        (Coffee at 17.30)       Classes 4–6

                 Monday 19th –                                  Work Practice (TET)
                 Friday 23rd                                    Class 9 (two weeks)
                 Monday 26th –
                 Friday 30th



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October 2011    Sunday 23rd                          Fall Bazaar
                                                     (Camp School 6)

November 2011   Friday 4th                           Halloween Parties
                                                     Classes 1–6, arranged by
                                                     Class 7

                TBA                                  Kauniala War Invalid
                                                     Party Class 9 *

                Monday 21st –                        Work Practise (TET)
                Friday 25th                          Class 8 (one week)

                Sunday 27th                          Christmas Bazaar

December 2011   TBA                                  Independence Day Dance
                                                     Class 4

                Monday 5th       9.30                Independence Day
                                                     Classes 1–6 *
                                 12.30               Independence Day
                                                     Classes 7–9+ HS *

                Tuesday 20th     9.30                Christmas Celebrations
                                                     Classes 1–6 *
                                 12.30               Christmas Celebrations
                                                     Classes 7–9+ HS *

                Wednesday 21st   10.00               Divine Service *

January 2012    TBA                                  Ring Day Class 9,
                                                     arranged by Class 8

                Monday 16th-                         Evaluation Discussions
                Friday 20th                          Classes 1–6

                Wednesday 18th   16.00–18.00         High School Info
                                                     Open doors for Class 9
                                                     Students and Parents

                Monday 23rd      18.00               Parents’ Evening
                                 (Coffee at 17.30)   Class 9




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February 2012   Tuesday 2nd      16.00–18.00         High School Info
                                                     Open doors for Class 9

                Thursday 16th                        Penkkarit & Olds’ Dance

                Friday 17th                          Olds’ Dance for pupils

                Monday 27th                          Joint Application for
                                                     Class 9 starts

March 2012      Thursday 1st     18.00               Parents’ Evening,
                                 (Coffee at 17.30)   Classes 4–8
                                                     Optional Subjects

                TBA                                  Sports Day
                                                     Classes 1–9

                Friday 16th                          Last day for Joint
                                                     Application
                                                     Class 9

April 2012      Sunday 1st                           Easter Bazaar

                TBA                                  Iltamat, Class 4

                Thursday 5th     TBA                 Easter Divine Service *

                Monday 30th                          Extra Holiday

May 2012        Saturday 5th-                        Camp School in England
                Saturday 12th                        Class 6

                TBA                                  Camp School,
                                                     Stella Maris, Class 4

                Tuesday 1st                          May Day

                Thursday 17th                        Ascension Thursday

                Friday 18th                          Extra Holiday

                Monday 28th                          Field Trips
                                                     Classes 1–3, 5, 7–9

                Wednesday 30th                       Cleaning and Rehearsals
                                                     Classes 1–9

                Thursday 31st    9.30                Divine Service *

June 2012       Friday 1st                           Field Day
                                                     Classes 7–9


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                                         8.30                   Spring Celebrations
                                                                Classes 1–3, 4–6 *

                    Saturday 2nd         8.30                   Report cards
                                                                Classes 1–6 *
                                         8.30                   Spring Celebrations
                                                                Classes 7–9 *




HANDBOOK 2011-2012
Address               The English School                  Telephone         (09) 477 1123
                      Mäntytie 14                         Fax               (09) 477 1980
                      00270 Helsinki

Preschool 1           Kallioportaankatu 1                 Telephone         045 8916316

Preschool 2           Kallioportaankatu 7                 Telephone         050 3211420

High School           Paciuksenkatu 21                    Telephone         094 289 0975
                      00270 Helsinki

e-mail                english.school@edu.hel.fi
webpage               www.eschool.edu.hel.fi
Teachers’ email       firstname.surname@edu.hel.fi
                      Note: sanna.m.laitinen,
                      timo.j.holmstrom




Board of Trustees
                                                     Lauri Gorski, Chairman
                                                     Terhi Kiiskinen
                                                     Pekka Lindholm
                                                     Hanna-Mari Manninen
                                                     Eeva Penttilä
                                                     Mervi Sarimo
                                                     Father Wieslaw Swiech
                                                     Max Arhippainen, Representative of the
                                                     board of trustees




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Board of Directors
                         Kari Tamminen, Chairman
                         Joanna Bergman, Parents’ representative
                         Elisabeth Clement, Teachers’
                         representative
                         Tiina Kivisaari, Parents’ representative
                         Kenny Hytönen
                         Inari Rauhalahti, Teachers’
                         representative




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FACULTY 2011-2012
           Erkki Lehto, Principal
           Päivi Lucander, Vice Principal, Preschool, Classes 1 – 6 & Afternoon Care
           Seija Nyholm, Assistant Principal, Classes 7 – 9 & High School

           Clamp Rebecca                    English
           Fosse Sven                       School Assistant 3-6, Afternoon Care
           Hagelstam Fredrik                Math, Physics
           Halmekoski Anna                  Math
           Huhtinen Päivi                   Art and Design
           Holmström Timo                   History, Social Studies, Homeroom 9b
           Hämäläinen Leija                 Homeroom 2b, Lower School Student
                                            Council
           Jacob Stephen                    Homeroom 3a
           Jokela Piia                      Crafts, Handwork
           Kiiskinen, Seija                 Guidance Counselor
           Kokko Marja                      Homeroom 1b, Phys. Ed. Girls
           Kontto Mikko                     Homeroom 6a and 6b
           Kurki Katriina                   French, Homeroom 7b
           Laitinen Sanna                   Homeroom 4b
           Laine Hanna                      Homeroom 3b
           Laukama Riitta                   Catholic Religion
           Liimatainen Leena                French
           Majlander Marja                  English
           Mikkilä-Huttunen Leena           Orthodox Religion
           Moilanen Juho                    Biology, Geography
           Mäkelä Eva                       Chemistry, Math
           Naakka Heikki                    Computer Coordinator
           Nyholm Seija                     English
           Okkonen Noora                    Finnish for Foreigners
           Parta Esa                        Technical Work, Building Coordinator
           Puusniekka Hanna                 Swedish, German, Homeroom 8a, IGCSE,
                                            Middle School Student Council
           Rauhalahti Inari                 Homeroom 5a and 5b
           Robinson Laura                   English, Drama
           Saletta Steven                   History, Geography, Homeroom 8b
           Simola Merituuli                 Music, Band, Choir
           Stahl Sophie                     Homeroom 1a
           Sundell Petra                    Homeroom 9a, Phys. Ed., Health Girls
           Söderqvist Esa                   Physical Education, Health Boys
           Takalo Anne                      Finnish
           Telanto Talvikki                 Ev. Luth. & Islamic Religion, Ethics,
                                            Homeroom 7a
           Tudor Alan                       Homeroom 4a, Those Were The Days
           Tunturi-Anttila Susanna          Afternoon Care, School Assistant
           Winter Kaarina                   Homeroom 2a




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 OFFICE AND SERVICES
Administrative      Minna Akkanen                     minna.akkanen@edu.hel.fi
director                                              (09) 477 1123

Secretaries         Ira Furneaux                      english.school@edu.hel.fi
                    Anna Hämäläinen                   (09) 477 1123

Librarian           Anna Tuuliainen                   anna.tuuliainen@edu.hel.fi

School Social       Tina Wigg                         tina.wigg@edu.hel.fi
Worker                                                (09) 477 1123
                                                      050 4646040

Guidance            Seija Kiiskinen                   seija.kiiskinen@edu.hel.fi
Counselor                                             050 3001177

Special Education   TBA


School Nurse        Raija Ellonen                     (09) 477 2824
                                                      050 310 5562

Food Service        Fazer-Amica                       englantilainenkoulu@amica.fi

Friends of the      Arja Koivistoinen                 arja.koivistoinen@welho.com
English School

Students’ Welfare   Erkki Lehto, Seija Kiiskinen,
Group               Tina Wigg, Raija Ellonen,
                    Päivi Lucander, Seija Nyholm
                    and teachers as needed

Crisis Group        Erkki Lehto, Fredrik Hagelstam,
                    Raija Ellonen, Tina Wigg,
                    David Jenkins

Fire and Emergency Fredrik Hagelstam, Esa Parta

Safety at Work      Esa Parta, Fredrik Hagelstam

Work Safety         Lotta Leppikangas, Alan Tudor,
Representatives     Leija Hämäläinen

International       Laura Robinson
Affairs
Coordinator




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PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION AT THE ENGLISH SCHOOL
The School is founded on Christian principles. Underlying all its educational and formational tasks
is the basic concept of human dignity. This concept is based on people being created by God in His
own image and endowed with intellect and free will. Because we recognize that human dignity
comes from the spiritual realm, we respect others’ dignity in order to be treated with dignity
ourselves and to fulfill our obligations. Mutual respect, which means true appreciation of others,
together with trust and confidence in the sense of responsibility and good will of the others are
considered indispensable elements of an environment for true human development. Values such as
joy of learning, a high work ethic honesty, loyalty, forgiveness and spirit of service are all
inseparable from the above principles. They are harmoniously integrated into the development of
the spiritual, moral, intellectual, aesthetic, social and physical powers of the students.

Parents are regarded as the primary educators. They play an essential role in the overall educative
process and without their collaboration the aims of the school cannot be fully accomplished. In
choosing to send their children to TES, the parents delegate, in part, their role as educators to TES
with the confidence that its faculty and staff are committed to upholding the above principles and
values in their personal lives and, in collaboration with the parents, seek to transmit them to the
pupils.

Teachers take a personal interest in each pupil; consequently, they employ the necessary time and
effort to help each student learn. They should discover the true meaning of freedom and personal


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responsibility, develop self-confidence and a sense of working together. This process fosters the
maturity of each individual, which is marked by the commitment to high ideals and an
understanding of the need for continued self-improvement in order to realize those ideals.




PARENTS (and Pupils)
Communication

              Communication is vital for the good of the pupils and the smooth functioning of the
              school. The School fosters close communication between parents and teachers. A
              teacher may contact parents whenever he/she believes it will help a student. Parents
              are also encouraged to contact teachers when they feel the need to do so. The
              teachers are happy to return telephone requests left to the school office, and e-mail
              addresses are also available. If you wish to speak with a teacher during school time,
              please make an appointment in advance.

              In addition, parents can send messages through Wilma at https://wilma.edu.hel.fi .
              The school provides parents with a user name and password to sign into Wilma. The
              password may be changed once signed in. In addition to communicating with the
              school, Wilma allows parents to keep track of their child’s schedule and absences. It
              is the duty of parents to explain possible absences. For more detailed instructions on
              how to use Wilma, go to www.starsoft.fi.

              You are welcome to contact the Principal regarding any matter of concern, preferably
              by making an appointment in advance or by e-mail.

              In addition to this Handbook, there are periodic letters from the Principal or teachers
              related to all pupils or those of a particular class or classes.


Elementary School and Middle School

              One of the most important tasks of The English School is to keep the parents well
              informed about what happens in school and how their child is making progress both
              with their studies and socially.

              There will be parent-teacher evenings arranged at the school. The parents are offered
              the possibility of meeting their child’s homeroom teacher and other teachers and to
              discuss the progress of their child in different subjects. Parents are also welcome to
              participate in our Sports’ Days and Divine Services.

              The teachers would also like to simplify and facilitate communication with parents
              by using e-mail, Wilma, phone or letter, or by meeting in person.

              Both teachers and parents are encouraged to contact one another whenever the need
              arises!




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The Friends of The English School

              The Friends of The English School, or just the Friends, is the parents’ association for
              The English School families. Activities include traditional bazaars at Christmas and
              Easter as well as other happenings. The funds collected by the Friends are directed
              entirely back to the school to benefit the students in various ways. All parents are
              welcome to join the association.


Dental Care

              Those pupils who are residents of Helsinki have a dentist’s appointment at the age of
              7, 10, and 15 years. Between these times the pupils will be called for dental check-
              ups with a dental hygienist according to their individually estimated programs.
              Dentist’s appointments will be made according to need.

              The dental care of non-Helsinki pupils is with their own municipal health centers or,
              by option, they can also have dental care through City of Helsinki Health Centre.

              Enquiries, bookings and cancellations of appointments can be made at by calling
              (09) 310 51 400 (hammashuollon keskitetty ajanvaraus).

Health Care

              The school has a continuous health program staffed by a nurse and a doctor from the
              City of Helsinki Health Centre for pupils of Classes 1 – 9. Preschool pupils’ health
              care is with the child’s own child welfare clinic (neuvola).

              School health care promotes health through health counseling, identifies and
              supports factors that promote health, and aims at early intervention if problems
              develop. Pupils of Classes 1, 5 and 8 will have an appointment with the school
              doctor, and the goal is that the school nurse meets every pupil once during every
              school year. Pupils are referred for further examinations and treatment by the school
              health care staff when necessary. School health care collaborates closely with parents
              and families.

              Should your child need medical care, he/she may visit the nurse as needed. You will
              be informed on which days the nurse is available.

              If your child becomes sick, the nurse or the secretary will contact you before the
              child is sent home.

              In case of a serious accident, your child will be taken immediately to the
              Lastenklinikka Hospital and you will be informed.

              If your child has medications to be taken during school time, kindly notify your
              child’s homeroom teacher.

              All pupils (also foreign pupils) at The English School have accident insurance. This
              insurance covers accidents that may occur in school and on the way to or from



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               school. However, this insurance does not cover the treatment of an accident by
               private doctors, only by health care centers (terveyskeskus).

               Moreover, this insurance does not cover illness—whether at school or on a trip; nor
               does it cover traveling expenses if the pupil, due to illness, may need to return home
               from a trip earlier than planned. For the latter, travel insurance is needed.

Lost and Found Articles

               The school can take no responsibility for articles lost, either in the cloakroom, the
               corridors or in the classrooms, or anywhere else in the building, or in school events
               outside the school building. We ask you to mark your child’s clothing with his/her
               name for easy identification.

               Items left behind are placed in a container in the cloakroom by the gym where the
               child may easily find the lost article of clothing.

               If it is money or other valuables that are lost, please contact the Office.

Office Hours

               The School Office is open from 8.00 – 15.30.
               Messages are delivered only during breaks in order to avoid interrupting classes.

School Fees

               From Autumn 2011, the School fee is 673 € per academic year for students resident
               in Finland. The fee can be paid in four parts (August, November, January and April),
               each 168,25 €.

School Lunch

               The school’s food service has changed and is now provided by Fazer-Amica. A
               healthy and balanced school lunch is served every day.

               If your child has dietary restrictions, please submit to the homeroom teacher at the
               beginning of each school year a doctor’s certificate stating these. The lunch program
               has substitute foods for pupils with dietary restrictions so that they will always be
               served food they can eat. No special lunch program is provided for reasons other
               than medical. The alternative vegetarian menu is only for those pupils who have
               notified their homeroom teacher in advance.

               It is appreciated if students with special diets inform the kitchen at least two weeks
               before of absences they know in advance so that food is not wasted.

               Good manners and the instructions of the supervising teacher are to be followed in
               the cafeteria.

               Lunch menus in English and Finnish can be seen on the classroom’s bulletin board
               and on the school’s website. An asterisk on the menu indicates that the meat served
               is pork.


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             The afternoon recess after 5th or 6th period is longer so that pupils have time for a
             snack. They can bring their own snack, or buy one from the cafeteria. Please note
             that pupils are not allowed to bring candy or soft drinks or energy drinks to school.

Student Welfare Group

            The Student Welfare Group includes the principal, assistant principals, guidance
            counselor, school nurse, special education teacher and social worker. The group meets
            weekly, and works in close cooperation with the homeroom teachers. The objective
            of the student welfare group is the prevention, early recognition, amelioration and
            elimination of obstacles to learning, learning difficulties and other problems
            connected with schoolwork.

School Social Worker

             The school social worker is at the school every day during the mornings. The social
             worker’s goal is to promote the wellbeing of the student. Students can turn to the
             social worker in matters relating to schoolwork, relationships and any other problems
             that crop up in daily life. When appropriate, the school social worker works with
             parents, other members of the school staff and with organizations outside the school
             to help students feel better.

Vacation Policy

             In general, our vacation time is similar to that of Finnish schools.

             School attendance and full participation are the pupil’s work. From the beginning
             we wish to educate our pupils in the attitude of a responsible citizen toward his/her
             work. Such an education cannot begin too early. A preschool child can already be
             expected to assume responsibility toward his/her work. Therefore, we kindly
             ask you also to respect the school calendar given here in the
             Handbook and plan your activities in a way that does not affect
             school attendance.

             On rare occasions, there may be serious reasons that warrant a pupil’s absence from
             school: special family events; a competition/performance in a serious hobby which
             the pupil is able to carry out without its interfering with his/her work.

             In such cases (always an EXCEPTION), please do the following:

             1)        Use the form provided to ask for permission to be absent. This should be
                       done as soon as it becomes clear that absence from school will be necessary.
                       (The homeroom teacher has these forms available.)
             2)        In case of a competition/performance, this is to be accompanied by the
                       hobby director’s statement
             3)        The form and the hobby director’s statement should be submitted to the
                       homeroom teacher, who decides for absences of 1–3 days. The Principal
                       decides for absences of 4 days or more.



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The school will follow the amount of extra vacation time granted to a student. It is
the student’s responsibility to find out and take care of the schoolwork he/she has
missed because of the extra vacation. The teacher is under no obligation to provide
the student with extra instruction or study material, or to arrange extra tests for the
student. Please understand that missed class participation and schoolwork can affect
the grade.




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APPLICATION	
  FOR	
  ABSENCE	
  FROM	
  SCHOOL	
  

Parents should fill this application and return it to the homeroom teacher at least 2 weeks before
the intended days off. The original application will be filed in the office and the pupil will receive a
copy.

               Name of Pupil: _________________________________________ Class:_________

               Date(s) of intended absence: _______________to_______________

               Given reason for this absence with an explanation.
               ____________________________________________________________________

               ____________________________________________________________________

               ____________________________________________________________________


                           Lessons to be missed
          Date               1     2     3    4        5    6     7     8
       Monday
       Tuesday
      Wednesday
       Thursday
        Friday
       Monday
       Tuesday
      Wednesday
       Thursday
        Friday
Total no. of hours to be
        absent

Name the lessons from which your child will be absent e.g. English, Mathematics, etc.
N.B. The lessons are listed horizontally, not vertically.

               Please mark relevant box:
                       No test
                     Test to be missed. Name teacher(s) and subjects.
               ____________________________________________________________________
               ____________________________________________________________________

I confirm that my child will take full responsibility for finding out all work to be made up.

               Date
                        ____________________________________________________
               Parent´s signature
                        ____________________________________________________



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Homeroom Teacher’s Decision (1–3 days)

                                    Granted
                                    I favor the absence
                                    In my opinion the absence should not be granted.
                                     Reason
                                     ____________________________________________________

                                     ____________________________________________________

                                     ____________________________________________________

                                     Signature of Homeroom Teacher

                                     _________________________________________


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                       Principal’s Decision (4 days or more)

                                    Absence granted
                             Absence not granted
                              Reason
                       ____________________________________________________

                       ____________________________________________________

                       ____________________________________________________

                                     Principal’s Signature

                       __________________________________________________



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        My child has a special diet.



IMPORTANT
If your child has a special diet, please contact the school’s cafeteria staff: Fazer-Amica
englantilainenkoulu@amica.fi at least 2 weeks before the granted absence.




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PUPILS (and Parents):

A. Studies

Class Schedule

             School doors open at 7.50 for Classes 1–3 and 8.05 for Classes 4–9. The main door
             should only be used when the other doors are locked.

             Attendance is taken each period. Tardiness and absences are recorded at that time.

             The school day begins according to each pupil’s schedule. Only those children who
             have asked for permission to come earlier—in writing—are allowed to enter the
             school building before that. Pupils are not allowed to spend time inside the school
             building before or after their scheduled school day.

             Because classes are staggered, please enter and leave the classroom and the building
             QUIETLY so as not to disturb classes in session.

             Clubs are scheduled before or after regular class hours. If you have a skip hour in
             between, please check with your homeroom teacher where you may wait for the club
             to begin. (Remember that other classes may still be in session and it is important not
             to disturb them.)

             Please note the changes to the daily schedule this year, implemented to alleviate
             overcrowding in the playgrounds.




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                                    DAILY SCHEDULES

       CLASS 1      CLASSES 2 - 3              CLASSES 4 - 6           CLASSES 7 - 9
                                                                          & HS
8.00              8.00

       LESSON 1          LESSON 1          8.15                8.15

8.45              8.45
                                                   LESSON 1              LESSON 1
OUTSIDE RECESS
    15 min.       8.50

9.00                     LESSON 2          9.00                9.00

       LESSON 2                            9.05                9.05
                  9.35

9.45              OUTSIDE RECESS                   LESSON 2              LESSON 2
                      15 min.
                                           9.50                9.50
9.55              9.55                                           MORNING OPENING
                                             OUTSIDE RECESS
       LESSON 3          LESSON 3                              10.05
                                           10.10
                                                                         LESSON 3
10.40             10.40                            LESSON 3
    MORNING           MORNING
     OPENING          OPENING                                  10.50
                                           10.55
        LUNCH             LUNCH             MORNING OPENING     CLASSES 7-9 OUTSIDE
        30 min.           30 min.
                                                   LUNCH       11.05
                                                   30 min.
11.15             11.15                                                  LESSON 4
                                           11.30
       LESSON 4          LESSON 4                              11.50
                                                   LESSON 4
12.00             12.00                                                   LUNCH
                                           12.15                          30 min.
12.05             12.05
                                           12.20               12.20
       LESSON 5          LESSON 5
                                                   LESSON 5              LESSON 5
12.50             12.50
                                           13.05               13.05
                  OUTSIDE RECESS
                      15 min.                       SNACK
                                                    15 min.    13.10
                  13.05
                       LESSON 6            13.20                         LESSON 6

                  13.50                            LESSON 6    13.55

                                           14.05                       SNACK 15 min.

                                           14.10               14.10

                                                   LESSON 7              LESSON 7

                                           14.55               14.55

                                                               15.00
                                                                         LESSON 8

                                                               15.45


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Homeroom

             Each pupil has his/her own homeroom and a homeroom teacher. The homeroom
             teacher distributes and collects information, records lateness, provides the necessary
             forms, etc. Homeroom teachers are also there to guide the pupils in their growth and
             development and supervise class activities. Parents and pupils should feel free to
             contact him/her if they have any concerns related to homeroom matters. There will
             be a 15–minute group meeting each week with the homeroom teacher in Classes 7–9.

Personal Space

             Each pupil in Classes 1–6 has a designated desk in the homeroom where he/she can
             keep the material needed for classes. Bookshelves or cabinets are also available for
             storing textbooks. Notebooks, papers and other loose items are better stored in the
             desks. At the end of each school day, all books should be back in the cabinets/shelves
             or taken home.

             Each pupil in Classes 7, 8 and 9 has an individual locker. The Class 9 lockers are
             located in the lower lobby, next to the door to Paciuksenkatu, others on the Fourth
             Floor.

             A key deposit of 15€ is charged. Keys will be available during the first school week.
             The lockers are school property; if any damage is done to them, students have to
             cover the costs. As the lockers are school property, school staff can inspect the
             content of the lockers. Keys must be returned to the Office after every academic year
             and the locker cleaned.

             Cabinet space is available for special projects—whether completed or still in
             progress. It is the pupils’ responsibility to see that work is safely stored before
             leaving the classroom.

Personal Possessions

             The school can provide individual lockers only for Middle School and High School
             students. Therefore, please do not bring valuables or large amounts of money to
             school. Should you be in an exceptional situation where it is necessary to bring to
             school something of value or a large amount of money, please leave it at the Office.
             Mobile phones must be out of sight and silent during lessons!

Homework

             Pupils ordinarily have homework. The purpose of homework may be to reinforce the
             material covered during class time, to study for a quiz or a test, to do outside reading,
             etc. The time devoted to homework will vary according to the nature of the
             assignment and the ability of each pupil to concentrate on his/her work. Pupils are
             expected to learn how to manage their study time in order to meet the requirements
             of their daily schedule. They are not exempt from other homework while studying
             for a test. Tests are usually scheduled in advance thus giving time to study before the
             eve of the test. Longer research papers and reports are also assigned several weeks
             before they are due. Pupils are expected to arrange their time in such a way as not to


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            have to crowd the assignment into the last couple of days before the report is due. A
            general test/project calendar is posted in the classrooms (Classes 1–6) or on the
            Fourth Floor landing (Classes 7–9) for pupil reference.

            NOTE TO PARENTS: There are many kinds of assignments given by teachers.
            Usually there is homework every day. If your son/daughter repeatedly answers
            he/she has no homework, it would be good to verify what he/she understands by
            homework. Sometimes it may be thinking, studying from notes taken in class,
            reading, etc. It is not always a written, workbook type of assignment.
Library
            You are welcome to the library to borrow, to sojourn, to study, to use appliances, to
            read magazines and books during the opening hours. The library offers you free of
            charge versatile collections, modern equipment and information retrieval methods,
            library facilities and the expertise of the staff members.

            It is important to learn how to use the library. When you start from scratch and visit
            the library for the very first time you should be accompanied by somebody who is
            experienced at using libraries. The library staff will help you as well.

            The English School Library is open daily. It is located at Mäntytie 14, on the
            basement floor.

            It is important to behave yourself at the library. Why is that? Because when you take
            into consideration other people, everyone will enjoy themselves.

            Despite the many regulations, the librarian is there to help you. Just ask!

Report Cards and Promotion

            Classes 1–9

            Report cards are given at the end of each semester, fall and spring. Classes 1–4
            receive written evaluations. Classes 1–2 receive a school-year report in the spring.
            Evaluation discussions between the class teacher and parents take place in January to
            evaluate the pupil’s progress during the fall semester. Report cards are given to
            Classes 3–9 at the end of each semester, an intermediate report at the end of the fall
            semester and a school-year report at the end of the spring semester. For Classes 5–9
            the standard Finnish grading system is used: numbers 4–10; 10 – excellent, 9 – very
            good, 8 – good, 7 – satisfactory, 6 – moderate, 5 – adequate, 4 – failing.

            The pupil is promoted to the next grade if he/she has acceptably completed all
            studies in the subjects included in the syllabus for the grade in question. However, it
            is possible to retain a pupil in a grade even without failing performances if this is
            considered necessary for the pupil’s general success in school. In this case the pupil’s
            parent/guardian will be heard before the decision is made.

            When giving grades, test and quiz scores are combined with the subject teacher’s
            evaluation of pupil’s work in class as well as homework assignments.

            A behavior grade is also given. A grade of 6 or below indicates that serious
            misconduct has occurred.


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             Participation in the Student Council, clubs and other activities is noted on the report
             card in the space provided for comments or on the appendix to the basic education
             certificate.

             At the end of Class 9, a basic education certificate is issued with only one number
             grade for each subject studied during the Lower and Middle School years. The final
             grade is formed by assessing the pupil’s performance according to the national
             criteria for the final assessment. The pupil’s performance is assessed on the basis of
             diverse evidence and the assessment of work skills is incorporated into the grade for
             the subject.

Make-up Test Day —Ehdot

             Make-up Examinations for pupils Classes 5–9 will be given on Friday, June 8th ,
             2012.

Scholarships and Awards

             The Friends of The English School provide money for scholarships to be given out to
             the pupils of the school in the Spring Closing Ceremonies. The teachers together
             select the pupils who receive the scholarships. Talents and special skills in academic
             and non-academic subjects as well as in social areas are taken into consideration.

The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Award

             The Friends of TES honors those Class 9 students, a boy and a girl, who throughout
             their years at TES have exemplified in an outstanding way a spirit of joy, a sense of
             gratitude and a concern for and cooperation with students, staff and others.

Smiling Boy and Smiling Girl, Student of the Year

             The Smiling Boy and Smiling Girl awards are given to pupils from Classes 1–4 and
             the Student of the Year Award to pupils from Classes 5 and 6 who have shown
             friendship, cheerfulness and politeness throughout the year. Each class selects the
             students to be awarded. A pupil can receive this award only once.

School Supplies and Books

             Pupils receive textbooks, workbooks and other materials from the school for their
             use. Each pupil is personally responsible for the material he/she receives. Books
             used for more than one year are to be covered and pupils are expected to take special
             care of them. These books are handed in to the teacher at the end of the year.

             Should a pupil damage or lose a book, school equipment or other school property,
             he/she will be required to pay a fine or the replacement cost of the damaged or lost
             item. The school also includes desks, chairs, windows, walls, etc. A bill for the
             appropriate amount will be sent to the parents.

             Pupils are expected to have paper, pencils, gym clothes, textbooks and other supplies
             needed for each class.


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B. School Rules
Attendance and Absence

              Each pupil is expected to attend school regularly. Attendance on scheduled school
              days, as well as sports days, field trips, and other special days is compulsory.

              All absences must be cleared through Wilma https://wilma.edu.hel.fi

              If a student is absent (due to illness) from school for a longer period, parents should
              inform the Office or the homeroom teacher about the reason for the absence within
              three days after the start of the absence.

              If a student becomes sick during school hours, he/she must notify the homeroom
              teacher, the subject teacher or the Office before leaving school.

              Teachers mark all absences in Wilma and absences should be cleared by the parent
              as soon as possible. Parents are asked to regularly check the status of their child’s
              attendance at school by checking Wilma. New parents will be given user names and
              passwords for Wilma during August.

Work Missed

              After each absence it is the responsibility of the pupil to contact each teacher to find
              out what work/tests have been missed and to make arrangements for catching up.

              Unauthorized absences—whether from class or school—is considered unacceptable
              behavior and results in losing the privilege of making up the work or test missed.

Recesses

              Classes 1–9 go out to the yard under a teacher’s supervision for the outside recesses.
              Shorter recesses are for changing classrooms and getting fresh air into the
              classrooms.

              Pupils are not allowed to stay in the classrooms without a teacher present.

              During the lunch breaks, the pupils of Classes 7–9 may work inside only with
              written permission from a teacher. Classrooms are locked during recesses.

Leaving School Grounds

              Pupils may not leave the school grounds (school yard, rocks and area immediately
              surrounding the school) without the explicit permission of the homeroom teacher or
              another faculty member or the Principal. Occasions when such permission can be
              granted are, for example, dental or doctor appointments that cannot be scheduled
              after school hours. In such cases, parents are to request this permission by written
              note to be handed to the homeroom teacher early in the morning.

              When gym classes are held outside school or pupils go on field trips or other school
              activities away from the school grounds, pupils are expected to stay with their group.

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                The school is not responsible for pupils who leave the grounds or their groups
                without permission.

                Trespassing the surrounding properties is strictly forbidden.

School Attire

                Since the school is the pupil’s work place, we request that the pupils be
                appropriately dressed for school. Shoes worn outside are removed when
                entering the building. Every pupil should have a pair of indoor shoes, which he/she
                can wear instead of outdoor shoes or boots. This applies to all pupils/students
                (including the High School) as well as to the staff. Special clothing is needed for
                Physical Education classes and the gym teachers will indicate the clothing proper for
                each activity.

Dress-up Days

                On special occasions, when there are presentations, such as on Independence Day, or
                when there are celebrations, parties, Divine Services or the like, pupils should dress
                appropriately. Blue jeans, shorts, T-shirts, ripped clothing or sweatshirts are not
                appropriate attire on those days.

Strategy for Handling Bullying

                In line with our values, The English School does not accept bullying in any form
                Prevention includes the development of communication skills, training of empathy,
                group dynamics, each homeroom class developing rules to which its members are
                committed, and creating an open environment.

                All school staff takes part in preventive work. A central role is played by the teachers
                (especially homeroom teachers), the Special Education Teacher, the School Nurse,
                the School Psychologist, the Guidance Counselor, the KiVa-school program and the
                Support Students.
	
  

The Criteria for Bullying

                Duration and frequency, intentionality, subjective experience, the position or
                helplessness of the victim, awareness, and the desire to hurt, threaten or scare.

             The Early Action Stages
            - Perception
            - Careful assessment and documentation of the case
            - Contact and cooperation with the homes
            - Discussing the problem in the Student Welfare Group
                          • What to do, how to help children involved
                          • Who is in charge, work division
                          • Agree on follow-up and evaluation

                Disciplinary measures according to the Basic Education Act.


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School Rules / Behavior

             Pupils are expected to live up to the behavior code of the school, to carry the
             responsibility for their own actions and assume all the consequences. Please read the
             first section of the handbook, “Principles of Education at The English School” in
             order to understand what the school expects of you. If you do not live up to these
             expectations you will need to bear the consequences. These will vary depending on
             the seriousness of the infraction.

             Each teacher will deal with minor infractions at his/her discretion. Usually a
             detention is issued if the infraction is repeated.

             Throwing snowballs or stones is not allowed because of accidents that can and have
             occurred, seriously harming other pupils. A detention is issued in each instance.

             For Classes 1–4, when misbehavior demands a time of detention, the sitting will be
             done immediately on the same day.

             For Classes 5–9, detention sittings (max. two hours) are arranged every second
             Thursday at 15.45. If misbehavior demands a detention, the pupil and the parents will
             be informed in writing about the reason for and the time of the detention.

             Examples of more serious infractions:
             - harassing other pupils
             - disrespect
             - disregarding the indications of a teacher
             - use of improper language
             - cutting class of school
             - defacing or otherwise damaging school or other property

             In case of cheating on tests, the grade on the test in question will be a 4 and the
             behavior grade for that term will be no higher than 6. Needless to say, the Principal
             and parents will be informed.

             In cases of forging a parent’s signature, smoking, theft or other unlawful acts (such
             as possession or use of dangerous or unlawful objects) the following measures will
             be taken: the Principal and parents informed; the behavior grade lowered to 6 or less;
             and the pupil is also subject to the legal penalties attached to such actions.

             By law, smoking is not allowed in the school, in the yard or in the immediate vicinity
             of the school (Tupakkalaki). The new law came into effect October 1st, 2010 and
             forbids the possession and use of tobacco products under the age of 18. If a student is
             discovered smoking or in possession of tobacco products, the school will inform the
             parents and a detention will be issued.

             For the same infraction, the pupil will receive the same punishment only once. If the
             infraction is repeated, the more drastic measures in accordance with the Basic
             Education Act will be taken.




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Use of the Computers

            The purpose of the computer room is to give pupils the possibility to conduct research
            and create projects for various courses. It is not a place for personal entertainment.
            Because computers are in constant use, access is limited to meaningful work. Trying
            out downloaded programs from the Internet, playing of video files and playing of
            games is absolutely prohibited. Such actions increase the risk of viruses and the
            corruption of the operation systems. No eating or drinking is allowed in the computer
            room. Misuse of the computer facilities will mean the indefinite loss of computer
            privileges.

Tardiness

             Pupils must be in time for each class. Repeated tardiness without a reasonable
             excuse will result in detention and the homeroom teacher will contact the parents.
             Tardiness of fifteen (15) minutes or more is considered an absence from that lesson.

             If the teacher has not arrived within 10 minutes after class should begin, two pupils
             report this to the Principal, or the Office, or to any teacher available. The rest of the
             class waits for further instructions without disturbing other classes.

Visitors

             Pupils may not ask their friends to visit the school or the classes without previous
             permission from the Principal. All visitors are asked to wear a “VISITOR” badge,
             which can be obtained from the Office.

C. Activities

Afternoon Care

             The afternoon care program in English is available for those 1st and 2nd graders
             who have applied for and have been given the place the previous spring.

             Afternoon activities will be provided from August 9, 2011 to June 1, 2012,
             excluding the school holidays and Saturday school days. The afternoon
             activities begin after the pupil’s school day and care is available until 5 p.m.

             In the afternoons the children are given an opportunity to do their homework,
             play together, do arts and crafts, play games, play sports and also play outdoors.

Clubs

             Pupils have the opportunity to participate in various clubs. The clubs meet before or
             after regular school hours.




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              Specific information about clubs will be given early in September. The clubs may
              vary and may not necessarily extend throughout the entire year.


Field Trips

              Field trips such as a visit to a museum, theater, newspaper, special exhibits and so on
              may be planned in order to enrich the pupils’ learning experience. Each pupil pays
              the cost of these trips (transportation and entrance fee). These trips usually take one
              or two hours.

              In addition to such field trips, once during a year an all-day trip may be organized for
              each class. These are day trips only. The teachers, parents and pupils will select the
              destination together. The cost of these trips will be paid by the students themselves
              and/or through fundraising.

              A field-trip permission form completed and signed by the parents is required of
              everyone participating in an all-day trip.

              Final approval of all trips rests with the Principal.


Camp Schools

              Finland

              Traditionally, Class 4 has a 3-day camp school held at Stella Maris. Money for the
              trip is raised by the fourth-class parents and pupils through various fundraising
              projects. The Class 4 homeroom teacher is in charge of organizing the trip.

              England

              The planning and organizing is by the parents, one teacher named for the project and
              the Principal.

              Class 6 spends a week in England. The pupils begin preparing for the trip early in
              the year through research projects of the historic places, personalities and events they
              will be experiencing while in England.

              Class 6 parents and pupils raise funds for the trip.

Special Events

              In addition to clubs, annual events such as the Fall and Winter Sports Days, the Field
              Day, Ring Ceremony, the Kauniala War Invalids Party, UN Day, European Day etc.
              are held. There are also special programs for Finnish Independence Day, Advents
              and Christmas as well as End-of-Year Celebrations and Ceremonies. Please refer to
              the School Calendar for further information.




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Student Council, Middle School

             The Council consists of the President, the Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and
             the Sergeant-at-Arms. The President and the Vice-President are elected from Class
             9. The Secretary, Treasurer and the Sergeant-at-Arms may be from either Class 7, 8
             or 9. From each of Classes 3–9 two representatives are elected. These representatives
             attend all meetings and are responsible for informing their homeroom class about the
             business of the Council. They also provide feedback from the class to the Council.
             The representatives and the Council carry out activities planned by the Council.

             After approval by the Head of the Student Council, all final decisions and
             arrangements must be cleared with the Principal. A copy of the minutes of Student
             Council meetings is also given to the Principal.

Support Students

             There are voluntary support students from Class 9. The support students can listen to
             the worries of younger pupils and help to solve problems.

             Visits and other activities between classes are possible.




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Announcement to the Parents of Classes 7 – 9 about hazardous work
         Following the national core curriculum for basic education as approved by the
         National Board of Education, in Classes 7 – 9 the syllabi of Technical Work, Physics
         and Chemistry, possibly also of Biology, Art and Home Economics include work
         where pupils use tools and substances listed in the Government Decree 475/2006 on
         hazardous work for young workers.

         According to the Government Decree the pupils in basic education from Class 7
         onward can, regardless of their age, carry out hazardous work meant in the decree
         under teacher’s instructions and immediate supervision, if this is considered necessary
         in order to meet the requirements of the syllabus and if this can be done safely.
         Special attention must be paid on the safe use of the tools and safety equipment and
         their suitability to pupils. Examples listed in the decree are categorized under
         mechanical, chemical, physical, electric, and biological hazards, as well as excessive
         physical stress.

         The decree requires that the guardians of pupils in Classes 7 – 9 are informed
         beforehand about hazardous work and the reasons for this. In the above-mentioned
         subjects pupils will use e.g. band saw, table saw, surface planer and gas welding
         equipment as well as chemicals like mild acids, and electric tools. In Classes 1 – 6 the
         use of substances, machines, and tools mentioned in the decree is not allowed.

         For further information, please contact the Principal or the teachers of the above
         mentioned subjects.




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