Posted Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 1:15:00 PM
Welcome back to a new year
Welcome back! I hope you all have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family. Kindergarten and Primary School begins Monday, 19th of August, at kl 08:45. Students and parents are welcome to arrive from kl 08:15 and meet the Skagerak staff. The first day of school is a full day and students will be dismissed at kl.15:00. There is afternoon SFO until 4:30 on Monday with Ms. Carol for those who need it. Please notify your child's homeroom teacher if they are attending SFO on the first day. Morning SFO for Kindergarten and Primary will begin on Tuesday morning at 7:30.
Homeroom contact teachers
- KG Ms Daniela Allen
- KG Ms Monica Herrebrøden
- PY1 Ms Tracey Leys
- PY2 Tru Andersen
- PY3 Ms Cortina Nystad
- PY4 Ms Leslie Taschner
- PY5 Ms Margaret Goodnow, Ms Emma O'Bryan
- PY6 Ms Blythe Siddal
For the first day, your child should bring a snack, lunch, a water bottle, pencils, erasers, indoor shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. If your child is attending afternoon SFO, they will need an additional snack for the late afternoon. Homeroom teachers will be sending additional information home, as well as the link to school start-up forms, including medical information and permission forms.
Once again, this year much of the school information will be digital and the Seesaw programme will be added to regularly. New parents and those unfamiliar with Seesaw will have more information and training coming up!
Important PYP dates
- Thursday, 15 August: New Parent Information Meeting kl 16:30
- Thursday, 15 August: Contact Teacher Meetings kl 17:30
Who's who in the PYP:
- Primary school Vice Principal – Margaret Goodnow
- Primary school Vice Principal – Lesley Schäfer
- PYP Coordinator – Andrea Helgesen
Stay Connected at Skagerak International School
The PYP section of Skagerak is largely digital, both in communications and curriculum. We do have a number of ways to keep in touch about school. Be sure to read, subscribe to, and join these resources to get all the latest news.
- The school's website has the latest news, blogs, calendars as well as general information about the school. The school calendar has all the important dates for the 2019/2020 school year for all three school programmes.
- Click here to follow the school calendar!
- -f you're a Facebook member, the Skagerak Community Page is a place to get school community updates, via parents in your feed.
- The Primary and Middle school twitter account is the place to find live assembly videos and picture updates of student learning. Please follow for daily highlights and pictures if on twitter.
Enjoy the last two weeks of the summer holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone's smiling faces soon!
Posted Friday, Jun 21, 2019 2:00:00 PM
Posted Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 11:46:00 AM
Future Problem Solvers in USA
Skagerak always travels well, but the Future Problem Solvers really impressed the plane passengers and the crew en route to Boston! More fans are now following their quest in the USA! We wish them the best of luck!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 10:53:15 AM
Skagerak Primary School Activity Day - 12 JunePlease prepare your child with:
A healthy snack, lunch, water bottle, hat, active clothing, running shoes, sunscreen and rain gear if needed. Please make sure the name of your child is visible on their belongings to prevent articles being lost or misplaced.
This is an all day, outdoor event at Knattholmen Leirsted. Students will be transported by bus to/from the Primary School location. Everyone should come prepared to be outside and active for the duration of the day.
** Students are asked to wear their team colors for the day of the event **
Posted Monday, Jun 3, 2019 4:33:00 PM
Cultural Diversity Day, 18 June 2019
Follow the Cultural Diversity Day Celebrations link for all details.
Parents and members of the community are most welcome to attend, assist and/or volunteer at the event alongside their children. If you wish to contribute in any way, please fill in the Cultural Diversity Day – Volunteer and donation form. We will confirm your donation by Friday 14 June.
Here is the preliminary timeline for the day:
Kl.0830 on wards
Food drop offs to the high school cafeteria
PS students – inquiry into "developing identity through cultural commonalities" theme using their scavenger hunt items
MS students – individual inquiry into "developing identity through cultural commonalities" theme using their scavenger hunt items
Regular classes in session
Lunch in classrooms
students bring their own lunches. Cafeteria closed
Opening Ceremony, Parade
Celebration of culture (food stands, dance presentations etc)
Event Clean up
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:27:14 PM
Skagerak Summer Camp
This summer, for the very first time we are excited to offer our Skagerak Summer Camp. We know there is a need for quality child care during the summer vacation so we are really keen to provide this much needed service to the community. The focus will be on fun and learning and the program will be delivered in English. For ages 5 to 12, during weeks 26, 27, 32 and 33.
See our information flyer for more details and our sign up link below.
Sign up due date 7 June.
Skagerak Summer Camp registration
Posted Friday, May 24, 2019 2:45:00 PM
Connections - Yearbook for 19/20 - order deadline 5 June
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:05:36 PM
Skagerak community is invited to join the dedication of The Elisabeth Norr Library
Skagerak International School is pleased to announce the dedication of its Senior School Library in honour of the school's founder, Elisabeth Norr. The Skagerak community is invited to join the dedication celebration during the its 17th of May breakfast celebration at 8:30.
Ms. Norr has been called Skagerak's "first lady," recognised for opening the school nearly 30 years ago. She subsequently guided Skagerak to the flagship reputation it enjoys today, both here in Norway and internationally. Ms Norr's passion for high quality teaching, combined with her desire to offer students only the best, led her to share her teaching experience from around the world; returning eventually to Sandefjord and establishing Skagerak International School in 1990. Ms. Norr has provided an opportunity for many thousands of students to attend an international school and experience the International Baccalaureate Programme.
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:36:00 PM
17th May celebrations
Once again the Skagerak Parent Council invites all students, families and friends of Skagerak to start Norway's national day with breakfast and student speeches.
This year, we will have an extra special 17 of May morning where we will also be formally recognizing the founder of our school- Ms Elisabeth Norr
|07:45 ||Breakfast - Rolls, waffles, coffee, tea and juice may be purchased |
|08:00 ||Flag ceremony with speeches and the national anthem |
|08:30 ||Dedication of the Elisabeth Norr library |
|Skagerak students leave to join with Framnes skole to walk to town |
|Location||Skagerak International School, high school cafeteria|
Join us and celebrate 17th May!
Skagerak school 17th May programme
Sandefjord kommune 17th May programme
Where to meet up in Badeparken
Posted Friday, Apr 26, 2019 5:15:01 PM
PYP 2019 Exhibition - Tuesday 30 April 6 pm
Posted Friday, Apr 12, 2019 10:09:00 AM
Lost and Found items should be collected today
Some of these lost and found belongings might come in handy during the spring break, so please come and have a look. Uncollected items will be donated after the holiday.
Posted Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019 1:16:02 PM
FPS fundraiser - join us for fun at the students vs staff hockey game
Posted Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 5:10:00 PM
Posted Monday, Feb 18, 2019 2:51:17 PM
Barnevakten will be at Skagerak on 28 February 28
Knut Rinden from Barnevakten will be speaking to all levels at Skagerak on Thursday 28 February: PY3-PY6 students from 12-13:15, MY1-4 students 13:30-15:00 and all parents are invited for an evening session for parents only, 17:00-18:30. His talks will address some very current issues of our time:
- Personal well-being / life-skills
- Social media / Cyber-bullying
- Gaming addiction
We are hoping as many as possible can join us to learn about the latest development of digital information for parents.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 12:33:34 PM
Are you interested in joining the school's Board of Trustees?
Posted Monday, Feb 4, 2019 9:55:05 PM
Chess Tournament starting Feb. 7th
MY3 student and leader of the after-school chess club, Murad Valiev, is hosting a fun 5-week-long chess tournament for all Primary School students who are interested in playing chess.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 4:38:42 PM
Support our bottle drive!
Save your extra bottles from the holidays to support Doctors Without Borders. This organization brings medical humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict, natural disasters, epidemics or healthcare exclusion. Collections can be dropped off inside the red building until January 18th, 2019 and middle school students will be returning the bottles for pant to support this NGO. Thank you for your support!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 1:23:28 PM
Winter Performance Bake Sale
Primary students are holding a bake sale outside the Lars Ask auditorium 13 December at 6 pm. Please support us raising money to help pay for mailing our kits for kids in Cambodia.
You can pay by cash or VIPPS - thank you!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:56:00 AM
Last day of school notices
Wednesday 19 December is a half school day and all students will be dismissed at 12 noon. There will be no SFO in the afternoon that day. Parents and students should collect all cloakroom items (boots, hats, coats etc.) so that that the school can be cleaned. All items in Lost and Found will be donated to charity on 20 December if not claimed.
Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you on 7 January!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 2:28:57 PM
MY2 students collecting supplies for school in Zambia
MY2 students and sisters, Charlotte and Madeleine Andersen, have started a service initiative for helping a school in Zambia. They are collecting school supplies to bring with them when they visit the school during the December holiday. For more information about their project and suggestions for donations, please click on the link below.
Posted Friday, Nov 30, 2018 4:37:00 PM
Seesaw Information Meeting
On Wednesday, December 5th, the Primary School will host an information session for Seesaw. The meeting will start at 18:00 in the Lars Ask auditorium. Come to find out what Seesaw is, how it works, and how to get connected to your child's class via the Seesaw Family app. Bring your phone or other devices that you may use, and any questions you have. Click on the link below for a Power Point preview of the app.
Posted Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 11:00:00 AM
Rainbow Winter Performance
We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY6 will be representing the colour violet. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any violet clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).
Students have been, or will be, allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed.
We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.
Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 10:26:55 AM
A friendly reminder that the Skagerak Primary School has a policy with student mobile phones:
If a student is bringing a mobile phone to school in grades PY1-6, it is for emergency or after school communication purposes, and it is to be kept in the students school bag for the duration of the day.
Mobile phones should not be used or heard during school time without teacher approval during approved times.
Inappropriate student use of phones, including cameras on the phones, will result in short-term confiscation until the end of the day.
Unfortunately, we have had some recent incidents with misuse of mobile phones during the school day and would appreciate parental support with this. As always, please contact the school at any time should you have any questions or concerns.
Posted Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 10:29:00 AM
Posted Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 12:31:56 PM
PY3 fundraiser for UNICEF, Friday 19 October
Popcorn for kr 10 a cup!
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 5:25:00 PM
Primary School Assembly
We will be having assembly this Friday, October 12th at 2pm in Lars Ask auditorium in the High School Building. All parents are welcome to attend. PY5 is the featured class presenting songs and work from their first unit of inquiry. Kindergarten K5 students will share a song. PY3 and PY5 also have songs to share. A few ELA students may also present poems they have written. We would love to see you there!
Posted Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 5:03:00 PM
Skagerak's Sustainability Initiative is partnering with the Humble Brush Company to bring sustainable goods to our community. These toothbrushes are designed in Sweden and developed by dentists. They are made out of bamboo, are biodegradable, vegan friendly and animal cruelty free.
In the order form, please inidicate the type and quantity of brushes you would like. Delivery is estimated to be the end of November 2018. After your order has been placed, please be sure to VIPPS the total amount owing to Skagerak VIPPS #500583 and add the message 'BAMBOO_YOUR NAME'
Any proceeds gained will be donated to ABCs and Rice, a Cambodian NGO who uses donated dental care products to support local families in need.
For more information, please contact Katheryn Tester or visit Humble's website: https://thehumble.co/
Join us in our initiative to reduce our consumption of plastic goods and make the world a better place to be!
Posted Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 4:05:00 PM
MY4 work experience days, 26 & 27 November
On Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 November, MY4 students will spend two days shadowing a job that they feel would be of interest to them. Job shadowing is intended to give students a realistic picture to the relevant tasks and responsibilities for a job where appropriate. Hosts are encouraged to give tasks that are meaningful and engage students which can help them develop key employ-ability skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, communication and time management. A survey will be distributed at the end of the second day so that hosts can give feedback on the student and their experience.
Here is the link to the form for those who are willing to host students. This form will remain open until Friday 26 October. Ms Sarah Sommerschield or Ms Fredriksen will contact you by 01 November to confirm student placement and make any further arrangements as necessary.
Thank you for investing your time and expertise in the Skagerak community.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 11:41:30 AM
Skagerak International School hosts not only Forskerfabrikkens summer course but also courses held druing the evening throughout the school year.
Sign up for the latest course
starting in November. Students in PY4-6 and MY1 will be introduced to the fascinating world of science. Through their own research and experiments they will learn about nature through biology, physics and chemistry. Sign up through Forskerfabrikkens
Posted Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 4:08:00 PM
After school clubs 2018-19
School clubs start from Monday 10 September.
Homework Club for our PY2 to MY4 students meets on Mondays 3:15-4:00 pm, Tuesdays 2:45-4:00 pm in the PY3 classroom. Kristina Unhjem, email@example.com, is responsible for the homework club this year.
The Math Club, lead by our principal Mr Tester, firstname.lastname@example.org, will be held in the PC Lab on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:00 pm - for all grade levels.
Our popular Chess Club is continuing and will be run by principal James Tester, in the PY4-5-6 hallway after school on Thursdays, 3:15-4:00 pm - for all grade levels.
The French Language Club for proficient speakers is meeting on Tuesdays at 2:45-3:45 pm in the PY4 classroom and is led by Emilie D F Bevand, email@example.com.
The Polish Language Club for proficient speakers will meet in the PY3 classroom on Tuesdays 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm. Justina Sliwinska can be contacted for details, firstname.lastname@example.org. Start up depends on the number of students.
This year we are starting up with a German Language Club for proficient speakers. It will be held on Tuesdays from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in PY6. Contact persons are Pia and Lutz Lundberg, email@example.com.
New this year is Brainobrain, a programme emphasizing concentration and mathematics skills. Please contact Brainobrain directly for more information and signing up: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is held in the PY5 classroom on Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm. There is a fee for this service.
Our Robotics Club is expanding and we will have Robotics on Wednesdays 3:15-4:00 pm for all students and for PY3 on Tuesdays at Primary lunchtime, 12:45-1:00 pm. Both classes are held in room 401. Mr Baragwanath, email@example.com, is still responsible for the club.
New this year is our Sewing Club - an exciting handicraft club, initiated by our Middle school students. It is held in the library on Mondays, 3:15-4:30. Please contact Lea Mathilde in MY2 for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have any extra small jobs around the home or perhaps you need a babysitter? Our SFO supervisor Ms Carol King, has compiled a list of Middle and High school students interested in offering their services for a fee - please contact her at email@example.com.
Future Problem Solvers is back, run by Ms Schäfer. It is held in room 401 on Fridays from 8:00 to 8:45 am. Please contact Ms Schäfer for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in the theatre? Either back stage or acting - do not forget Skagerak's very own Skagerak Playmakers. This year's production is Alice in Wonderland - see more details on their very own site webpage here.