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International Children's Book Week

Here at IES Umeå we know how important reading is, and the lust for reading, to have a successful time in school. Therefore we put a lot effort into making our students fluent readers that enjoy reading great books in their spare time. Reading comprehension is the key to future success!

This past week, our year 3 and 4 students have acknowledged the International Children's Book Week through some different activities. We have read classic children's tales of H.C Andersen, Grimm brothers, and we have also talked about new books. We finished the week with a cosy reading time in pairs with both the year 3 and 4.

A christmas gift tip for your child: A great book you two can read together!


From the Principal

Welcome back

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn Term. I hope that you all had time during the Autumn Break to recharge your batteries, and enjoy the snow at the start of the week, too. 

The first part of the Autumn Term is always the hardest (and longest) and I think that it is by far our best ever term we've had as a school. The new teachers, many of whom are international staff this year, settled in really well, and the new students in Years 3, 4 and 5 have also had an excellent start. A big congratulations to everyone! 

I am waiting to see Ms Sundberg, to find out the results of my annual reading competition with Year 3. I read a lot during the break, and am confident that I stand a good chance to win this year! 

There are many exciting things happening between now and the next holiday. Years 8 and 9 will have PRAO, there are National Test Oral exams, Lucia, End of Term Graduations, and our first ever Subject SPTs which will take place in Week 47 for Years 6-9. I look forward to seeing as many parents and students as possible at this event.

We will also celebrate the first term on Tuesday 18th December in the afternoon, this year at school, by having the avslutning, which parents will of course be invited to. Finally, as we await the snow to come and stay around this year, we have 3 new additions to our school playground, 2 GaGa ball arenas, and 1 football wall. Already after 1 day, these have been a huge success. 

From the Principal

Autumn is Here

Dear Students and Guardians,

Yet another month has gone by, and we have officially entered the Autumn season. I hope that you are enjoying the changing colours which nature is providing us with! It’s so nice for Mr Drage and myself to be outside each morning between 07:45 and 08:20, welcoming the students and staff to school, but with the changing of seasons, a reminder to wear the correct warm & rain-protective clothes when needed.

We have had a great start to the school year here at IESUm and students have settled in so well after the beautiful summer break which we have had, I am so proud to see the students interacting and learning in class when I have been observing lessons these past few weeks. Well done!

On the 28th of September IESUm Staff will visit and get inspired by IES Sundsvall.

It is hard to believe that there are now well over thirty IES schools all over Sweden. All slightly different but then again all following the IES ethos: A safe, calm environment where teachers teach and students learn, where we have bilingualism and where we put a great emphasis on Academic achievement. A reminder that school will close on September 27th at 12:00 and be closed on the 28th .

Also, I was extremely impressed when speaking to students this week about the days that they spent on work experience (PRAO) last Friday. It seems that the students got so much out of the day, and this is something we are very proud of here at IESUm, preparing the students for their working lives in the future.

You can find out more about upcoming events and what we have been up to in our newsletters which are now updated weekly on our webpage by our fabulous Heads of Year.

I’d also like to introduce you to a new idea this year, “Coffee with the Principal”

From October, each month we will have the possibility to come and have coffee with me, to discuss the school, and have a chat in a relaxed forum. These will usually take place the first Friday of each month, on the following dates between 09:45 and 10:45:

Friday 5th October

Friday 9th November*

Friday 7th December

Friday 11th January*

Friday 1st February

Friday 1st March

Friday 5th April

Friday 3rd May

Friday 7th June

*= 2nd Monday of the month

IES Umeå's weekly newsletter from Fritids and Grade 4 - 9 week 48

From the Principal

Welcome back!

Dear Students and Guardians,

Having spoken to many of you at the Parents meeting, and the Autumn party I know you have had a great summer and that you are looking forward to a new academic year at IES Umeå. The seasons come and go rather quickly up here in the North, and even this morning, during the daily meet and greet, Mr Drage and myself were outside wearing our winter jackets, still in August! It’s nice to see so many new faces dropping the students off in the morning, and it is the best part of our day welcoming the students to school, and saying hello to the parents too. Another quick reminder that school starts everyday this year at 08:20 this year.

Last Friday we have had a fantastic start off with our annual Autumn Party here at our school and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved, especially the PTA who, as usual, did an outstanding job to make such an event. I know that members of the PTA visited the classes during the Parent Meetings, and we really want to encourage more parents to be involved in helping create a larger and stronger PTA. What a success this event was and how nice it was to mingle with parents, students and visitors.