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Kindergarten Parent Handbook


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A Message from the Head of ISB

About ISB

Mission Statement

The 3 Core Values of ISB

Respect

Hard Work

Fun

What We Believe:

Memberships in International Organisations

Legal Status

Organisational Structure

Board of Directors

Supervisory Board

Parent Council

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

Staff

School Leadership Team

Full-time and Part-time Teaching Staff

ISB Premises

Building Access

Privacy

Registering New Students

Contact Visit

Registration Process

Acceptance

Default Admission Age

Registering Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Invoicing

Tuition and Registration Fees

Late Payments

Class Sizes and Groups

Hours of Operation

Daily Routine

Arrival

Departure

Summer Day Care

Attendance

Excusing Absences

Illness

Accidents / Emergency Medical Treatment

Incident Reporting

Accidents

Medication

Communicable Diseases

Language Policy

English as an Additional Language Support

Communication

Emails

Newsletters

Kindergarten newsletters

School newsletters

School website

Facebook

Kindergarten website

Calendar

Educational program

Thematic plans

Homework

Portfolios

Student Led Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

End of Year Reports

Standards of Behaviour

Freedom from Bullying

Reporting Procedures

Lunch Services

No Nuts Policy

No Candy Policy

Dress Code

School Supplies

Taking Work Home

Toys in the Kindergarten

Animals in the Building

Birthday Celebrations

Lost and Found

Tobacco-Free School Notice

IT at ISB

A note on mobile phone use and electronic devices:

Parent/Legal Guardian Feedback

Complaints Procedure

A Message from the Head of ISB

Welcome to the International School of Brno!

Whether you are new to ISB or a returning family, I sincerely hope that this will be the best educational experience for you yet.  You'll quickly find that ISB is a safe, family-oriented school that gives priority to the value of each individual and to working hard so that all students will be successful in their academic, professional and personal lives. 

The ISB staff is committed to providing our students with the highest possible learning experience.  I am very sure that very soon, all ISB students will be excited to come to school each day and will be coming home with wonderful stories about what they have learned and how much fun they had.

My hope is that this handbook will help families become oriented quickly.  It is a tool with which all community members need to be familiar so that we are all aware of what is expected of us.  If you have any questions that are not addressed in this handbook or you have a question or an idea you would like to discuss, please remember that my door is always open.  I am also always available by phone and e-mail. 

To all ISB students, I have no doubt that your hard work will allow you to continue to grow and get you closer to achieving your dreams.  Never give up on them.

I wish you a terrific time at ISB.

Mgr. Jan Švihálek

Head of ISB 

About ISB

Mission Statement

The International School of Brno provides students from all over the world with the necessary tools to become committed, lifelong learners and responsible, engaged citizens of the world.

The ISB team works together with families to ensure that students are able to learn and grow in their own unique way.  

The 3 Core Values of ISB

The three core values of ISB must be present in every aspect of the school's operation.  

Respect

Every interaction between ISB community members should be conducted in a caring and sensitive manner.  We all must help make sure that ISB is a safe and nurturing environment for children.

Hard Work

Every member of the community is expected to work towards achieving their personal best each and every day.  We are here to help students make decisions about how they learn best and take risks so that they are always willing to try to succeed in new ways.  To try and fail is always ok.  To fail to try is not. 

Fun

Teaching and learning are most effective when students are having fun.  If it is not fun, it is not memorable.

What We Believe:

Memberships in International Organisations

Cambridge International Education - www.cie.org.uk

We are a member of Cambridge International and use the resources this membership provides us to enhance our students' learning from the early years to high school. These programmes are used in conjunction with the PYP framework to create a curriculum with sufficient breadth and depth to engage inquiring minds.

Council of British International Schools - www.cobis.org.uk

ISB is a member of the Council of British International School (COBIS).  

“Schools awarded ‘COBIS Member’ status have successfully demonstrated and have been judged to have met specific criteria which includes; a high level of school development planning, the provision of a balanced and challenging curriculum based on the rigour and content of the British Curriculum, the recruitment and professional development training of qualified teachers and school leaders and a range of policies which will provide a safe and secure environment for children and adults to work within.”         

Council of International Schools - www.cois.org

ISB is also a member of the Council of International Schools:

The Council of International Schools is a not-for-profit membership association of schools and post-secondary institutions. CIS defines standards and provides services that support the continuous improvement of international education.

CIS will support member institutions with an integrated portfolio of services that are world-class, professional and competitive.

IB World School - International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Since April 2017, ISB is an IB world school. International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. This unique and innovative approach to learning means both ISB students and teachers are genuinely engaged with the programs and benefit from being a part of an unparalleled global network. For more information please go to http://www.ibo.org/.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme - www.ibo.org

As of September 2018, ISB is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. For more information about the PYP, visit www.ibo.org.

Timeline for PYP authorization

September 2018 - August 2019: Candidacy, trial implementation of the PYP and consultancy

September 2019: Apply for authorization

Spring 2020: Verification visit

September 2020: IB awards authorization

Legal Status

The International School of Brno is a registered organization in the Czech Republic. It is also recognized by the Czech Ministry of Education as an international elementary school.

Organisational Structure

ISB has a 3-member Board of Directors and a 3-member Supervisory Board.  Positions on both Boards are unpaid positions.  In addition to these two bodies, ISB also establishes a Parent Council which is consulted and provided with information on an annual basis.  

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors ensures that ISB is operated in accordance with Czech Law.  While not part of the day-to-day operation of the school, the BoD has the following obligations to the school:

The Board of Directors can be contacted by writing to board@isob.cz

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board ensures that the school's financial affairs are managed appropriately and that the school is operating according to budget.  The SB has access to all ISB accounting data, policy manuals and student data.  The SB meets 1x per year to review:

Parent Council

The purpose of the Parent Council is to be consulted and informed of the school’s current legal, financial and strategic situation and plans.  The PC is provided with in-depth information concerning these matters on at least an annual basis.  If more meetings are necessary within a single school year, they are arranged.

The Parent Council also ensures that there is a process by which the requests, suggestions and concerns of all ISB families can be brought to the Head and/or the Board of Directors.  Any member of the ISB community who wishes for an issue (specifically those relating to teaching and learning) to be brought to the Head's attention can contact a member of the Parent Council.  The members of the PC for the year are announced at the beginning of the year and their contacts are available at the reception office. 

The PC does not have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the school.  While all issues brought to the Head/Board by the PC are addressed in due course, the final decision always lies with the Head and/or the Board. 

Ideally, representatives from all divisions of the school (Early Years, Primary, Secondary 1, Secondary 2) make up the membership of the PC.  Parents/Legal Guardians can volunteer to serve a one-year term on the Council and in the event that more than one parent/guardian volunteers for a position, the rest of the parents are asked to vote.  There are usually 3 or 4 members of the PC.

The Members of the Board of Directors are also invited to attend these meetings.  

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

The ISB PTA aims to “provide an appropriate forum for all parents of ISB students to share, contribute to and support the ISB mission.”  By default, all parents of ISB students are automatically members of the PTA.  The extent of the role each parent plays is a matter of personal choice.

There are three executive positions on the PTA: the Chair, the Secretary and the Treasurer.  Parents can volunteer to serve in one of these positions for a period of one year.  More information about the ISB PTA is available on the school's website.

The PTA meets every week and make announcements at school, via the PTA facebook page and via e-mail.   For an invite or to get in touch with the PTA for any reason, please send an e-mail to pta@isob.cz

Staff

All ISB staff members can be identified by the staff badges worn throughout the day.  Wearing this badge is a requirement.

School Senior Leadership Team

The administration team at ISB currently consists of 5 individuals: the Head, the Secondary & High School Principal, the Early and Primary Years Principal, the Secretary and the HR Secretary.

Full-time and Part-time Teaching Staff

All full-time teachers have teaching qualifications and must be fluent English speakers.  They are committed to providing ISB students with a safe, rewarding and challenging education each and every day.

ISB Premises

The school operates in a spacious modern school building, 15 minutes from the city center.  Children enjoy large, brightly lit classrooms, a culinary arts room, a library, a gym, an outdoor pitch and a playground. The premises are shared with a local Czech public school.

Building Access

The kindergarten is open between 7:30am and 5:00pm. ISB premises are closed to the public during the day. All parents have a chip that allows them to get into the building. The chips are available to purchase at the reception.

There are two different ways to enter the kindergarten - through the main entrance (reception) or directly through the kindergarten entrance. Visitors who do not have a chip need to be let in by either the receptionist or the kindergarten teachers. Simply ring the bell next to either of the entrance doors. The kindergarten teachers will see you on the camera and buzz the door to let you in. The receptionist is at school between 7:20am and 4:00pm. After 4:00pm, parents and guests can be admitted to the school using the button panel outside the main entrance which rings the Coordinator's office.

While the school is open to parents throughout the day, it is important to remember that entering classrooms during class time is only possible upon being invited by ISB staff.  This helps ensure that teachers are able to create and maintain the intended atmosphere for the children.  

Privacy

All information submitted to ISB by legal guardians of prospective and registered children is kept strictly confidential.  Contact information, health insurance, passports, progress reports, etc. are only shared with organizations that are legally entitled to request and receive this information.  

On occasion, photos or videos are taken of the children. These are typically displayed around the building, on the school's website, informational materials or other school publications. All parents will have the opportunity to grant or refuse ISB permission to feature photos of their children in all or some of the aforementioned documents/locations when they sign the Education Contract.  (For example, some parents/legal guardians allow for photos of their children to appear in the ISB student magazine but not on the ISB website.)

Registering New Students

In order to be maximally accommodating, registration at ISB is possible throughout the entire school year (assuming there are free places in the classes). While we understand that every family's situation is unique and therefore might require an individualized registration process, the following is the preferred registration procedure at ISB.

Contact Visit

Prior to formally applying to the Kindergarten, families are welcome to visit ISB anytime. ISB staff members will be happy to provide a tour of the facilities, to introduce families to teachers and students and to answer any questions they might have about the KG and the registration process. These visits are best timed during the school day in order for visiting families to observe our KG routine in action. We understand that sometimes, more than one visit is necessary as sometimes the whole family is not in Brno for the initial visit. It is not a problem to arrange multiple visits. It is very important that children get a chance to see and meet their classmates before they start a new school as moving cities and schools is a very big change for a family.

Registration Process

Once the decision to register at ISB has been made, families should provide the school with the following documents:

The registration process can be done remotely or at ISB, by appointment. To register children from abroad, all documentation can be sent via e-mail.  Once the contract documents are signed by both parties, invoices and payment schedules are sent via e-mail.  The non-refundable registration fee is due within two weeks of the signing of the ISB contract documents.  For more information on fees, please see the document entitled ISB Tuition Structure.

For students registering by appointment, parents are asked to bring all required documentation with them.  This will make it possible to draft and sign the contract documents on the same day.  An invoice will be sent via e-mail and the registration fee is due within two weeks of the signing date.

Acceptance

Once the registration has been processed, the registration fee needs to be paid. Afterwards the Education Contract and Payment Agreement can be signed. The Education Contract is always signed between the Legal Guardian and ISB; the Payment Agreement can be signed between ISB and the remitter. In cases where the Payment Agreement will be signed with a third party, the Legal Guardian is asked to ensure that contact is established. These documents are best signed as soon as possible in order to guarantee placement.  Please note that places are reserved until the registration fee is received – See ISB Tuition Structure.

If your family's situation is such that this process is not feasible, please communicate your needs and schedule to the school and we are more than happy to make adjustments to the process. Again, we understand that a move abroad is a considerable endeavour and our aim is to not make it any more complicated than is necessary.

Default Admission Age

The ISB Kindergarten program is a 2 year program during which Early Years skills are developed predominantly through play.  When students are 5 years of age, they become a part of the primary division (year 1).

Children may start in the ISB Kindergarten when they are 3 years old or, if certain conditions are met, in the term in which they turn 3 years of age.  The conditions for starting before the child is 3 include:

For some children between 2.5 and 3 years of age, it might be in their best interest to begin to attend school to some extent.  If there is sufficient space and the child is ready, a child between 2.5 and 3 years of age can attend on a part time basis (just until they are three years of age).  In such cases, a proportional percentage of full-time fees will be applicable.  Once the child is three years of age, full-time fees are applicable. The final decision as to the student’s attendance lies with the school.

Registering Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

ISB is able to register students with some special education needs provided the relevant documentation explaining the precise details of the conditions and the specific learning needs of the student are submitted with the registration form.  In these situations, students with special needs can be placed on an Individual Education Plan and receive extra support from the SEN Assistant.  There is an extra fee for this service.  

Invoicing

Tuition and Registration Fees

Invoices are issued after the signing of the ISB Education Contract and Payment Agreement.  An invoice is issued for every registered student at the International School of Brno; attached to every invoice is a payment schedule displaying when payments are expected to be received by ISB.  Please note that the payment period for the year is always 10 months.    

Tuition fees are paid in advance. That means that regardless of the payment schedule and unless alternative arrangements are made, the school must receive the first payment before the beginning of each period (month, quarter, etc.).  Parents/Legal Guardians are asked to contact the school immediately should there be any issue remitting payments to the school.  

Late Payments

If the school does not receive payment on the date stated on the payment schedule, a late fee of 1% of the amount due is accrued for each 24-hour period during which the fees are not received.  If tuition fees are not received within 10 days of a payment date, the school has the right to terminate registration.

Class Sizes and Groups - see below

The maximum number of students that can be registered in the kindergarten at any one time is 30. In some special circumstances, this number can be increased to 31.

Children are split into groups which are generally based on their age or if applicable on specific needs. Every group learns in their own room, in an environment that is most suitable for their play and learning. The groups are led by one teacher since we believe that small children need to build close relationships with their teacher, and we strive to provide children with ample of opportunities to develop them. Children work at a pace that is suitable to their age, abilities and interests. Each group follows their own thematic plan that is based on the expectations set in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the Cambridge Primary Programme. Fore more information about the programme please visit the kindergarten internal website.  

Throughout the day children also spend time with children outside of their age group to play, and have fun together. An example of such times are snack, lunch, outdoor playtime or the afternoon programme. During these activities children are encouraged to help and share with all students, at times helping younger or older children.

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Class Sizes, Groups and the Learning Spaces

The maximum number of students that can be registered in the kindergarten at any one time is 30. In some special circumstances, this number can be increased to 31.

Children are split into groups which are generally based on their age or, if applicable, on specific needs.  Our learning environment covers two large, open plan rooms, with specific areas designated, but not limited to, certain activities and subject-based inquiries.  While play is incorporated into all learning activities, we have a whole a classroom space that is a designated free-play zone where the children can get creative with art supplies, dress up, play any version of ‘house’ they conjure up or build their wonderful designs to their heart’s delight.  The children also enjoy an outside playground and we are in the process of developing a hands-on outdoor learning space with water play, a sensory path and children-friendly garden beds.  Each group is led by one main ‘homeroom’ teacher since we believe that small children need to build a close relationship with their teacher based on mutual trust and understanding.  Children work at a pace that is suitable to their age, abilities and interests.  Each group follows their own set of four thematic units that are based on the expectations set in the PYP Early Years programme.  For more information about the programme please visit the kindergarten internal website. 

Throughout the day children also spend time with children outside of their age group to play and have fun together.  Examples of such times are community meetings, snack, lunch, outdoor playtimes or the afternoon programme.  During these activities children are encouraged to help and share with all students and at times are paired up with younger or older children.

Hours of Operation

The kindergarten operates from September to June and follows the regime of Czech national and school holidays.  The holiday calendar is available through the website.

Daily Routine

The school is open between 7:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.  Daily routines are available via the school website.

Arrival

Children can arrive to school as early as 7:30am and go directly to the main classroom.  Children of all ages stay in this room supervised by the teacher on morning duty.  Parents are welcome to accompany their children to the classroom and stay to play or speak with the teacher between 7:30 and 8:25.  We kindly ask you to stay in the cloakroom after 8:25 since the children need to transition into their classroom independently.  This is especially important during the first weeks of school.  Later on during the year, you can arrange a time with the class teacher and stay in the classroom to see your child engaged in the learning activities.

We kindly ask that all parents ensure that their children are at school on time every day.  This means that they should be in the cloakroom no later than 8:25am and in the classroom at 8:30 at the latest.  It is vital for their learning that they operate according to this routine.  It is also important to remember that it can cause undue stress on children to be late, especially on a regular basis.  

Departure

When parents/legal guardians come to school and collect their children, they are then responsible for supervising their children and ensuring that they continue to conduct themselves appropriately.  When parents have collected their children, they are responsible for them and must accompany them at all times. 

Children must be picked up by 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, (unless there is a special event).  The school must receive written instructions as to who may pick their children up from school in case a child will be collected by a person different from the legal guardians.  Please note that an older sibling cannot collect a child from the kindergarten.

ISB's normal hours of operation are 7:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.  Families are asked to respect these times on regular school days; students should be picked by 5:00pm.  Staff members who stay late with student must be paid.  Therefore, any parent or legal guardian who picks up their child(ren) after 5:00pm will incur a fee of 100 CZK at the beginning of every 15-minute interval.  (For example: if a student is picked up at 5:20, a late fee of 200 CZK is applicable.)  ISB reserves the right to waive the late fee in the event of a genuine emergency provided the school is informed as to the nature of the emergency.  Families are asked to call the Early Years and Primary Coordinator as soon as possible when they will be late picking up their children.   

If a student is not picked up by 6:00pm AND ISB has not been contacted by the parents/legal guardians, the school will attempt to reach all contacts (emergency included) provided.  If the school is not able to reach anyone, it is possible we will contact the Children's Help Center in Brno.

Summer Day Care

It is possible that ISB will offer some summer services.  Provided there is sufficient interest, Day Care services for Kindergarten and Lower Primary can be available between the middle of July and the middle of August.  If you are interested in this service, please inform the Primary and Early Years Principal by the end of term 1.

Attendance

Regular, punctual attendance allows children to get the most out of their education.

We kindly ask that all parents ensure that their children are at school on time every day and that they only miss school days when it is absolutely necessary.

Excusing Absences

Kindergarten teachers are responsible for recording absences every day by 8:40.  Absences are excused via e-mail.  All e-mails should be sent to the class teacher AND the secretary and should include the date and time of the absence.

Absences should be excused in advance.  If this is not possible, absences should be announced to the teacher and the school secretary before 8:30am the morning of the absence.  If a student is not at school and no email has been received, the secretary will phone the family.  After the phone call, if the parent or legal guardian wishes to excuse the absence, they must write an e-mail.

Illness

We take every attempt to make our school building and environment a safe and healthy place for your child by encouraging healthy habits and safe behaviour.  This extends to a child sometimes being asked to stay home when ill.  Please support us in our efforts and do not send your child to school if they are sick.

Children who are running a fever, have a severe cold or otherwise appear to be too sick to be in school must be kept home. Your child must be fever-free for at least a day before being sent to school without the use of antipyretics, (Tylenol, Panadol, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, etc.).  Students recovering from severe colds must no longer be sneezing, coughing or otherwise spreading bacteria.  

Contagious diseases such as pink eye or strep-throat must be under control before your child is admitted back to school.

Should the child start to show the onset of symptoms while at school, parents or the emergency contact listed in your child's records will be notified and arrangements will be made for the child to be picked up at school.  Until the parents come to school, the child will be supervised by the school nurse in the primary teacher’s lounge, (beside the secretary’s office).

Accidents / Emergency Medical Treatment

All staff members receive first-aid training and classrooms are equipped with first aid kits.

Health insurance information is kept on file for each student.  Families must ensure that the school’s records are kept up to date; any time a new health insurance card, policy or other document is issued, the school must receive a copy.

The office staff will call parents in cases of injury and illness as a matter of routine. When in doubt, the school will call and ask the parent to make a decision as to whether a child should remain in school, go home and/or receive medical attention.  If we are unable to contact anyone concerning a sick or injured child, we will call an ambulance.  Minor injuries including minor cuts, bruises and grazes, will be treated by the school nurse who is regularly trained in first aid.  Incident reports are sent via an email.

Incident Reporting

All serious incidents involving students are documented at ISB and the relevant parties are provided with a copy of the incident report.  Serious incidents fall into two categories: accidents resulting in injuries and behavioural.

Accidents

In the event that a child is seriously injured or if the extent of the injury is uncertain, the supervising teacher will complete an incident report with school administration.  The report will contain a description of the events leading up to the injury as well as what action was taken after the fact.  All this information will be sent to parents via e-mail.  For minor incidents, class teachers will briefly communicate to parents what happened.

Please note that while ISB children are always supervised, it is possible that an accident/injury can occur without the supervising teacher actually witnessing the event.  In such cases, this will be documented and a summary of the event will be included in the accident report.

In severe or life-threatening situations or if there is any doubt as to whether a child is in a life-threatening situation, simultaneous calls will be made to the emergency services and the parents.

Medication

No medication brought from home, whether prescription or over-the-counter, will be given to any student without written instructions from the child's physician and/or parent.  This includes commonly used medications such as Aspirin, cough syrup, and cough drops.  Should it become necessary for a child to take medication at school, please leave written instructions along with your signature with the teacher.  Please specify dosage, time of day, and length of treatment.

No medication may be kept in the classroom by the student.  All medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled and kept by the teacher.  

Communicable Diseases

To protect other children from contagious illnesses, children infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while contagious.  Parents of a child with a communicable or contagious disease should contact the early years coordinator so that other students who might have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. Among the more common of these diseases are the following:

Any student excluded from school attendance for reason of communicable disease may be readmitted by presenting the school with a certificate from a certified physician.

In case of an outbreak, the school immediately contacts the local hygiene station to consult necessary safety and preventive measures that are applied immediately. Families are informed about potential health risks via emails.

Language Policy

Children do not need to speak any English prior to their registration at ISB.  Our school is extremely fortunate to have over 20 nationalities represented amongst the staff and student body.  In order to ensure that everyone feels welcome, engaged and is a fully respected member of the school community, it is essential that we all use English as much as we can; it is the language in which all teaching and learning is done.  This helps ensure that we are all able to learn about and from one another.  

At the same time, our mother tongues are vital to our learning and to our understanding of the world.  ISB welcomes and encourages students for whom English is not their first language to use their mother tongues to help them learn to succeed in an English learning environment.

It is also important to note that ISB does not promote one English dialect over another.  The aim is to be an international school where the conventions of all dialects are given equal recognition and status.  For example, “mom” and “mum” are both correct spellings at ISB.  We are all here to learn about the world in the broadest sense and so there are always going to be instances where we discover that a certain word, expression, gesture, etc, can have vastly different meanings or cultural significance in different English-speaking countries.  In such cases, it is important that these differences be highlighted for our students to broaden their perspective.  

English as an Additional Language Support

Children are helped by teachers and peers to build language skills and develop their confidence in English.  In the classroom, we apply various strategies such as:

Communication

Our teachers try their best to briefly talk to each family every day to reflect on what kind of day their child experienced.  Longer impromptu discussions may be possible but are not guaranteed. Parents/guardians who wish to have an extended discussion with a staff member must contact them to arrange an appointment.  Parents and legal guardians are always able to communicate with their child's teacher via e-mail.  All teacher e-mails are available via the class websites.  

Emails

We inform our families about learning and events via emails.  These are sent by teachers and the administration team.  E-mails are sent in English and translated in Czech.

Newsletters

Kindergarten Unit Overviews

At the end and beginning of each unit, we share a unit overview with our families.  The overview is e-mailed out and also available on our online portfolio platform, Seesaw, (see below).  This document presents the learning and events that will happen during the upcoming 10 weeks in all kindergarten classes.  

School newsletters

The school sends out a by-monthly newsletter as well as annual newsletter where you can find information covering school-wide events, including those in the kindergarten.

School website

The school website serves as an informative tool for prospective families  It holds important information about the kindergarten, the educational programme, as well as documents such as the tuition fee structure for individual years.  From the school website you can also access our Facebook page.

Facebook

The social life of the school and the kindergarten are shown via our Facebook page.

Seesaw - Online Portfolio

Seesaw is a safe online platform that the kindergarten team uses to share information about your child's learning.  You receive an invitation to use Seesaw at the beginning of the school year and can install a simple app to your phone or access Seesaw online on your device.  This allows you access to a wonderful personalized collection of kindergarten memories.  With the help of our teachers, children choose which photos or videos to upload and share with you.  Teachers can also share assessments of your child´s progress in each area of development.   You get Seesaw messages weekly from all kindergarten teachers, sometimes as often as each day.

Calendar

All kindergarten events such as swimming, parties, trips, specific projects (eg. surprise readers) are carefully scheduled for and shared with families via the google calendar.  This calendar is available on the website, and can be downloaded to your mobile and other devices.  All parents are asked to subscribe to the ISB calendar via their google account, mobile phone, tablet computer, etc. and to check the calendar proactively.  Our staff will be happy to help set you up with this application.

Educational program

Unit Overviews - Thematic plans

We organise our teaching into learning units.  Each unit is based on topics and ideas familiar to the children and encourages them to build upon their previous experience with the subject at the same time as developing their skills related to language, problem solving, social/emotional/creative/physical development and ways to expand their understanding of the world around us.  For example, in the Who We Are unit that kicks off the year for KG1, the children share their own family backgrounds and talk about their new abilities, their likes and dislikes while learning about each others’/  In KG2’s Who We Are unit, they extend on these concepts and start to identify the ways they are similar or different from those around them.  They then use these discussions to think about the various ways they can connect with others, even if they are different.  Key concepts, vocabulary and details about learning activities that parents can join in are displayed on each group’s designated display board in the kindergarten hallway.  Parents also have access to this information through Seesaw and the unit overview.

How can you support your child at home?

We encourage you to talk to your child about his or her school day and what they have been learning and doing.  On occasion, your child's teacher may ask you to work together on a particular project or assignment.  Once your child starts to bring home reading books, we encourage you to practice reading at home with them as much as possible.  Specific ideas about how to make this an enjoyable part of your family’s routine will be displayed along the kindergarten corridor and can be explored further at parent information evenings.

Student Led Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

At ISB, parent-student-teacher conferences are led by children.  We invite kindergarten families for an official meeting 3 times a year in November, February, and May.  Each family will get to enjoy a 20-minute afternoon session during which children present their learning and their learning environment.  At the end of the meeting, families have a chance to ask the teacher any questions regarding progress and development.

End of Year Reports

End of year reports are compiled and sent home twice a year, in February and June. We use written reports to:

Levels of proficiency

A descriptor of proficiency is given for each subject focus (see the pictogram below).  These descriptors provide a proficiency summary of the learning outcomes studied during each reporting period.  Teachers evaluate evidence collected from observations, conferences and student work to assess knowledge, skills and understanding and use this proficiency scale to communicate where students are in the process of application.  For more information about assessment, please see the assessment policy.

Standards of Behaviour

At ISB we aim to achieve a positive atmosphere in which we maximize time spent on teaching and learning.  We recognise that the school has a critical role to play in actively promoting and encouraging a sense of civic awareness in all students.  We aim to establish acceptable patterns of behavior and to encourage children to develop a sense of responsibility, self-respect and a respect for other people, property and the environment.

It is essential for parents and the school to work in partnership so that the values encouraged at home and at school are compatible and mutually reinforced.  It is required that all family members conduct themselves in an appropriate and respectful manner while at school or participating in school activities.  Children are given many opportunities to reflect on and discuss their behaviour.  Moreover, there are many ways in which students can distinguish themselves and receive recognition for being excellent role models for the rest of the community.  

To All Students:

YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO BEHAVE AT ALL TIMES IN WAYS WHICH DEMONSTRATE SELF-DISCIPLINE, SELF RESPECT AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND THEIR PROPERTY.

All ISB students should make decisions with regard to their learning and behaviour with the following statements in mind:

  1. We are safe
  2. We are respectful
  3. We do our best
  4. We have fun
  5. We are proud
  6. We are ISB

  1. Our students’ safety is our primary and fundamental concern.  Safety must be consistently promoted as a necessary community value and unsafe behaviour on the part of the students must be addressed swiftly, consistently and in a manner that guarantees that safety is restored right away.

The rules: Walk when indoors; always avoid damaging the school or the school’s property; act in a way that keeps others safe.

  1. Respect: the first core value of ISB.  Every student has the right to being treated with respect just as they are obligated to treat others with respect.  The failure of a student to respect others does not at all eliminate their right to be respected.  It does mean that they need the support and understanding of the staff.

The rules: Treat everyone with respect and courtesy; use proper greetings; hold the door for others; use an indoor voice.

  1. Hard Work is the second core value of the school.  All students must be motivated to achieve their personal best in all academic and social areas.  This means that each teacher’s planning and classroom behaviour management strategies must be designed to engage all students on a personal level.  Engaged students are well-behaved students.

The rule: Behave in a way that promotes teaching and learning in class; always do your best; listen to instructions.

  1. Learning something new is fun, the third core value of ISB.  It is vital that the school’s expectations for student learning and conduct be designed around their desire to learn about, explore and act in their world.  Each student must be personally engaged in the activities of the moment; if they are, then their behaviour will reflect their desire to learn.  

        The rule: Make sure that you behave so that learning is fun for everyone.

  1. Clear expectations. It is important that students are aware of what proper behaviour and academic performance looks like so that they have something to strive for and so that they have the information necessary to assess their own performance.  Students who are able to independently determine whether they meet the expectations of the school will be able to take pride in knowing and delivering what is expected of them.

The rule: Make decisions you can be proud of; make sure that ISB is a place to be proud of: keep the school clean and be appropriately dressed.

  1. We are ISB.  As an international community, it is important that our language, values and customs be consciously defined and cultivated in order to be able to clearly and appropriately communicate them.  We should all know the kind of school we want to be and we should celebrate when we are successful in achieving those targets.

        The rule: Be welcoming; invite others to learn and play; help when/how you can.

All students are required to observe the following:

Freedom from Bullying

All ISB students have the right to enjoy freedom from bullying in all its forms at school, in public, in the home and on-line.  Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression or physical conduct that:

Reporting Procedures

Any student who believes that he or she has experienced bullying or believes that another student

has experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to the Principal, a teacher, or other school employee.  A report may be made orally or in writing.  Any school employee who receives such a report must notify a member of the SLT immediately.

Playground rules

The kindergarten children are allowed to play anywhere on the kindergarten playground including the patio, as long as they are following the safety expectations.  The children are asked not to play on the fire escape stairs or enter the primary/secondary playground without permission from a staff member.  The kindergarten children must be supervised by an ISB member of staff at all times.  If a child needs to go inside to use the toilet they must ask a member of staff who will open the door for them.

Lunch Services

At ISB Kindergarten, we understand that good nutrition is essential to a child's well-being and development. All of our lunches as well as morning and afternoon snacks are prepared by a lunch provider, Lakšmanna catering, ensuring that our children enjoy a variety of tasty and nutritious food. If required, Lakšmanna catering offers a variety of diet options, (gluten free, diabetes).

Parents are responsible for choosing, ordering and cancelling meals for their child directly through Lakšmanna’s website.  Upon registration the Lakšmanna system orders ‘menu A’ automatically for the whole school year.  You can register and cancel your registration by sending an email to the school secretary.  There are two lunches to choose from, and you can change the meal choice by following the rules below.

Please note that lunches must be cancelled no later than 8am the previous working day.  Lunches must be ordered/chosen two working days ahead and no later than 8am, e.g. Wednesday lunches can be cancelled by 8am on Tuesdays and Wednesday lunch has to be ordered by 8am on Mondays.  The Monday lunch order needs to be cancelled by Friday 8am and ordered by Thursday 8am.

Meals need to be paid in advance on a semi-annual basis.  The first installment is due the 31st of August 2018 and the second installment is due the 25th of January 2019.  The required fee for one term of school is 10000,- CZK which is to be deposited to the ISB bank account (#​1002715522 / 2700) using your child’s birthday as a variable number (symbol) in the form DD/MM/YYYY format​.  Please note this payment as "L​unch KG".

Please understand that without your payment, meals can not be provided for your child. 

You will receive an overview of your payments at the end of each school term.

Upon your request, Lakšmanna is able to provide a special type of diet (gluten free, dairy free, etc.).

No Candy Policy

With the exception of birthdays, we would be grateful if you would please not bring candy, sweets, or chocolates to our kindergarten.

Dress Code

ISB does not require students to wear school uniforms.  All students must wear indoor shoes (open-toe shoes are best) and are expected to come to school wearing clean, comfortable and appropriate attire.  

Appropriate attire does not include:

Children in our kindergarten learn through exploration and hands-on experience, using materials such as paint, glue, water, sand, and modeling clay.  Please be prepared for days when your child will appear slightly less clean than when he or she arrived.  A messy day means a lot of learning occurred!  Please see the list of supplies below.

Parents and Legal Guardians are asked to bear in mind that students will go out for recess twice a day and so it is important that students are dressed appropriately.

While in the school gym, all children must wear suitable shoes with non-marking soles.

School Supplies

The list of items needed for the school year can be found here. 

Taking Work Home

We produce a lot of artwork and take pride in it.  Finished work is stored in your child's cubby in the cloakroom or in their classroom.  Please go through the content of the cubby regularly, talk to your child about it, and do not forget to take it home at the end of each week.

Toys in the Kindergarten

Our kindergarten is beautifully equipped with age-appropriate toys.  Unless specifically asked, please do not send toys to school with your child as they may become damaged or lost.  If any toys are brought to school, they are not the responsibility of our kindergarten.  For very young children who are new to our environment, we can make an exception to this rule and the teacher will slowly encourage the child to put their toy back into their cubby over time.  

Animals in the Building

Due to local hygiene by-laws concerning the presence of animals in public buildings, no pets can be brought into the building.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays are a very exciting event for children.  If you choose to celebrate a child's birthday in school, please consult with your child’s teacher to decide upon an appropriate arrangement that will not disrupt the class routine.  Please also consult with the class teacher the food/drinks that you intend to provide during the celebration.  Please be sure to avoid providing excess sweets, (drinks included), to ask about food allergies in the classroom and to abide ISB’s strict no nuts policy.

Lost and Found

Personal property such as clothing, toys and school materials are the responsibility of the child and their family.  The lost and found box in the kindergarten cloakroom contains all unclaimed, unlabeled items.  In order to ensure that items are easily reunited with their owners, please put your child's name on all personal belongings, if possible.  Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the school year.

The school accepts no responsibility for money or valuables brought to school by a child. 

Tobacco-Free School Notice

Smoking and using smokeless tobacco are not permitted in school buildings, on school property or at school-related or school-sanctioned events off school property.  All adults visiting the school are asked not to smell of tobacco or alcohol while they are around the children.

IT at ISB

All kindergarten classrooms are equipped with desktop computers and all equipment necessary for teaching and learning to be a multimedia experience.  There is also a smartboard in both of the rooms.  The entire school is covered by a wireless network.

A note on mobile phone use and electronic devices:

Kindergarten children are not allowed to bring any other electronic devices such as ipods, tablets, laptops, portable video game consoles to school.  The school accepts no responsibility for valuables brought to school but which remain in the students’ possession.

Parent/Legal Guardian Feedback

ISB welcomes any and all feedback from families.  It is very important to us that all ISB community members feel respected, valued, welcome and engaged.  Parents/legal guardians are asked to provide the school with general feedback on a regular basis but it is important for all community members to realize that any time is a good time for feedback.  

Parents and Legal Guardians also have the special opportunity to contribute comments on their child(ren)'s end of term Progress Report.  This feedback is intended to be a direct comment on their child's progress.

Finally, it is very important that ISB be informed as soon as possible as to whether or not students will continue the following year.  Parents and legal guardians will be asked at the end of April to update the school on their plans for the subsequent year.  Any family with set plans who intend to stay at ISB will be asked to sign new contracts before the end of the year.  If the contracts are not signed by the end of June, families will be required to pay the registration fee for each child upon signing.

Complaints Procedure

We sincerely hope that all students, teachers, parents and visitors find ISB to be a safe, pleasant and nurturing educational environment.  If families or students have an issue, concern or complaint, we strongly recommend that, if appropriate, they arrange a time to discuss the matter with the member of staff concerned.  ISB teachers are qualified professionals who value the input of their students and their families.  This is the fastest and most efficient way to clarify and resolve issues.  In such an event, staff members must provide a written summary of the discussion via e-mail to the parents and the appropriate member(s) of the School Leadership Team (SLT) within 3 days.

In the unlikely event that an issue is not resolved via discussion with the teacher, the issue can be brought to a member of the SLT.  If an issue is brought to the SLT team prior to the teacher being informed of the issue, then in almost all cases, the SLT is likely to invite the teacher to the discussion at the nearest appropriate time.  These issues must be addressed in an e-mail to all appropriate parties within 24 hours which must include an action plan/schedule.  

If the parent/legal guardian does not wish to involve the relevant staff member(s) in discussing a concern or complaint OR they were unsuccessful in addressing the issue with the relevant staff member, the SLT member will need extra time to investigate and discuss the matter with the rest of the SLT and staff.  A response to these complaints must be be issued within 4 days of the complaint being received; the mail must include an action plan.  The head of school must always be informed of these issues.

If a family is unsatisfied with the manner in which their issue has been dealt by the SLT, they may register a formal complaint with the Board of Directors.

If there is a complaint regarding student learning or counseling, application of corrective measures, student assessment, school organisation or abuse of authority (sexual harassment, discrimination, aggression, violence and bullying, etc.), it should be submitted to the ISB Board of Directors in writing to board@isob.cz. The complaint will be answered in writing within 15 days with copies sent to Supervisory Board members and the Head of School.

If, after being attended to by the Board, a family who feels that their complaint has not been addressed in an appropriate manner and they have exhausted all internal ISB procedures may contact local authorities, (police, Brno City Hall, etc.).  ISB is not able to offer guarantees as to when grievances will be addressed.