in the last couple of days we had the opportunity to meet already some of our students. It turns out that the majority seems to look forward to be back at Schmidt`s after the summer leave. I suppose if we think back of our times at school it`s the same after such a long break. In this letter we`d like to share some general information with you.
First School Day / First Week
School starts tomorrow at 7.30 (line up). The first three lessons will be with the classteacher. Starting from the 4th lesson until 2 pm lessons according to the schedule. NO 8th and 9th period on Saturday.
Next week: Lessons according to the schedule (also 8th/9th period) but NO After School Activities (see below).
We are all celebrating the end of the war in Gaza. We all hope that it will last. Nevertheless we take the security issue at Schmidt`s very serious. During the first school week all classteachers will guide the classes one by one to the designated shelter rooms. We won`t undertake a security drill for the entire school at the same time. This might be too scary wise especially for the little ones. The class teacher will make the classes familiar with the shelter places in order to let them feel safe at Schmidt`s. We can assure you: Schmidt`s is a safe place for all students. There are enough shelter rooms for all students at school and in the Paulushaus. Later in the school year we will execute also security drills for fire and earthquakes.
We expect the students coming to school full of emotions. All classteachers will deal with it in certain ways that depends on the age of the students.
In order to limit and secure access to school we will open only the upper door on Nablusroad. Still the road is not finished yet totally. However there is no heavy truck movement any more, the sidewalks are already finished and much broader than before and Nablusroad opposite Schmidt`s is already a pedestrian zone.
Still if there is a need we will adjust any time our securty measures.
After School Activity
We`d like to thank all parents who participated in the evaluation of ASA-program.Please find the summary of the evaluation:
In general it seems that we are on the right track. Some things still need to be improved. We are working on this. We will offer you in the coming school year another booklet full of After School Activities (ASA). ASA will start mid of September. You will get all the details in the booklet that we will publish soon.
New Labs/Elementary School Library
We are happy to announce that during the summer break all containers for the labs have been delivered. Still it needs some more time to get all the labs ready for use. Nevertheless the colleagues teaching natural sciences are eager to work with the students in the new labs.
We also renewed our Elementary School Library. Still the collegues are furnishing the brand new library. It will be ready mid of October for the students. From grade 2 to 6 each Arabic, English and German teacher will enter the library with her class for at least one lesson per week. In order not to lose too many lesson for each subject the teacher will rotate each week. Hence it`s guaranteed that each student will spend at least one lesson per week in the library in order to get more familiar with books, reading and so on. In addition the students will be able to enter the library also after the lessons.
The yearbook for the school year 2013/14 is now ready for being published now. You will get an additional newsletter regarding this issue in the coming week. We will provide the yearbook as as *.pdf-File. You will get a link to download the document on your devices. We believe that nowadays it`s more suitable, less costly and more environmental friendly to provide such a document as an "i-yearbook" instead of a hardcopy. Nevertheless we will inform you about the prices for the hardcopy and we will be looking for your orders if you are interested in.
It was a strong demand from parents side to get more information on procedures, rules and regulation, duties... at Schmidt`s. We gathered them now all in one "handbook" in order to accomplish more transperancy for all. Right now the whole document is being translated into Arabic. You will all receive it as a *.pdf file, too. We will give you more details about it soon.
First of all we`d like to thank all parents for their cooperation during the past weeks. It turned out that the new system is much more convenient for the parents and for administration. We really appreciated your support!
Those (few) parents who haven´t paid yet please notice that on coming Saturday payments should not be done before 8.30 am due to the heavy workload on the first school day. Thanks for your understanding.
Due to our holistic approach at Schmidt`s and our vision not only to excel in natural sciences but also in languages, arts, music, religion, sports and humanities we decided to offer "music" now in the Tawjihi-Stream from 7th to 10th grade and also "Critical Thinking" for Tawjihi-Stream (7 to 11).
We are sure that both subjects fit into our vision that Schmidt`s girls do not only achieve excellent academic skills. They also evolve at Schmidt`s into unique personalities and chararacters.
We wish all our students a successfull academic school year and we are looking forward for your cooperation and support. Thanks a lot in advance!
With best regards
Dear parents and students,
1) Donations for Gaza
Schmidt-Schule also likes to support the people in Gaza in this disastrous situation. We were informed that mainly financial aid is needed in order to support the emergency relief.
We know that the majority of you is already supporting the people in Gaza in many different ways. Hence I know that the Schmidt-Schule community is a very strong community and I know that we can share our contribution!
Donations can be made from 20th of August until 30th of August at the admin office. Every donation is most welcome and we will keep you updated.
2) Book List 2014/15
We have already informed you that we have reorganized the procedure of school fee payments and bookselling in order to more convenient for you.
Your payments can be done from 20th of August until 25th of August.
If it`s more convenient for you to come even before that date you are most welcome! Before you do your first payment for the coming school year please make sure that you have done already your final payments for the previous school year(s). On this occasion we`d like to thank all of you for your friedly cooperation regarding this issue.
Gentle Reminder: on the 27th of August will be the book providing (no selling). To pick up the books you (or your daughter) only need the receipt that you have received from administration after doing your payments. So no money is needed on the book providing day.
Please follow the link for the booklist for the coming school year (2014/15):
3) School fees 2014/15
please follow the link for the school fees for the coming school year (2014/15):
We had to increase the school fees insignificantly due to the average increase of living costs. We kindly ask for your understanding.
With best regards,
القدس في 19/6/2014
حضرة اولياء امور الطالبات الكرام،
نشكركم في نهاية العام الدراسي 2013/2014، ونثمن تعاونكم ونرجو أن يستمر هذا التواصل والتعاون في السنوات الدراسية القادمة انشاءلله ونتمنى لطالباتنا العزيزات قضاء إجازة سعيدة في كنفكم.
ونحن من جهتنا نسعى دوما ونعمل جاهدين من أجل توفير الراحة لكم ولطالباتنا العزيزات لذلك نود أن نحيطكم علما بأننا أجرينا بعض التعديلات الخاصة ببيع الكتب لجميع المراحل الدراسية للعام القادم 2014/2015 حيث ستجري عملية بيع الكتب وفقا للترتيبات التالية:
1- سوف يتم وضع لائحة خاصة بأسماء الكتب الدراسية للعام الدراسي القادم وأسعارها لكل صف وذلك على الموقع الخاص بالمدرسة أو سيتم إرسالها للأهالي الكرام عبر البريد الالكتروني.
2- نرجو من حضرتكم دفع القسط الأول وثمن الكتب المطلوبة واستلام الوصل الخاص بالدفع في الفترة الواقعة بين 20 و25/8/2014 في مكتب المحاسبة في الإدارة من الساعة التاسعة صباحا ختى الساعة الثالثة بعد الظهر.
3- يتم تسليم الكتب المطلوبة للطالبات بعد إبراز الوصل الخاص بالدفع يوم الاربعاء الموافق 27/8/2014 ونلفت نظركم بأنه لا يوجد إمكانية للدفع في هذا اليوم لذلك نرجو من حضرتكم التعاون وعدم الإحراج مع الشكر الجزيل.
يبدأ الدوام الرسمي للعام الدراسي القادم يوم السبت الموافق 30/8/2014 ، أما فلذات أكبادكم طالبات الصف الأول الأساسي فسوف نستقبلهم يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 2 /9/2014.
أما بالنسبة لامتحانات الإكمال لهذا العام فسوف تعقد يوم الخميس الموافق 26/6/2014.
وفيما يتعلق بالزي المدرسي والالتزام بالنظام للعام الدراسي القادم فيرجى التاكد من التخلص من صباغة الشعر قبل بداية العام الدراسي، كما نرجو الانتباه الى عدم استخدام أكثر من حلق واستخدام حلق مناسب للمدرسة. أما فيما يتعلق بالحذاء الخاص بالمدرسة فيجب أن يكون أسود اللون ولائقا طبيا، لذلك يجب عدم استخدام الاحذية الخفيفة (بالرينا) الغير صحية. وبالنسبة للحذاء الخاص بحصة الرياضة فيجب ان يكونأبيض اللون فقط ومناسب للممارسة التمارين الرياضية وليس من باب الاهتمام بالمظهر الخارجي لذلك يمنع ان يكون من ماركة (All Star)
ولكم منا فائق التقدير والاحترام