At ESH we consider parents our partners in education. We need your positive support as the school grows and adapts to the changing environment.
We ask parents for your support in a number of ways, here are a few:
- Keep connected to us: read the newsflash and school announcements via your personal Social Schools account.
- Become a Class Representative or support your Class Rep.
- Volunteer to accompany children on excursions.
- Help organize events (eg: European coffee Mornings / Cake Sales). Give helpful feedback to staff.
- Assist with class or school celebrations and parties.
- Keep talking to your children about school.
- Attend the monthly parent education presentations in the "Treffit" Parent Cafe.
- Participate in formal consultative bodies, such as the Participation Council (PC).
- Parents are also invited to join other committees, including the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), focus-groups, a canteen committee, soon a playground committee, and just to get involved in other school activities when invited. Please read the Newsflash ESHsentials when it appears in your email.
SOCIAL SCHOOLS - new communication App
Effective communication between a school and home is essential. At ESH, we believe connecting with parents on a frequent basis helps build relationships which benefit the child's education in various ways.
Therefore, ESH is committed to improving communications with parents. As such, we have invested in a school wide communications app called Social Schools. Every parent in the school will have an account that will connect them to their child(ren)'s unique learning environment, in a closed, secure, GDPR compliant platform.
To learn more about the future functionality and wonderful benefits of Social Schools can offer ESH, please look at this presentation. We have not made use of all the functions intentionally. We are rolling them out, in a step-wise manner. Please continue to report absences the usual way, via email@example.com.
Parent Education Presentations - 2019-2020
We work together on developing children’s cognitive skills - but also affective skills (the manner in which we deal with things emotionally, such as feelings, values, appreciation, enthusiasms, motivations, and attitudes).
It is well known that we, the parents, are a major influence in developing happy, healthy and well behaved children. Parent education is key to building strong families and communities
Join us this year for one hour parent education presentations delivered by our in-house School Psychologist, Stephanie Kustner or other experts. Coffee and Tea will be served.
Where: TREFFIT Parent Café - ground floor
Time: 8:40 Welcome for 8:45am Start (presentations last an hour, Q&A afterwards, you may leave at any time).
Babies / younger siblings: Are welcome! But please leave the room if they are fussing and distracting others.
Register with: firstname.lastname@example.org - Soul Robertson
Technology and children - October 2
Love it or hate it, technology – SMART devices – are here to stay. While smart devices offering many great opportunities for more engaged learning, they also have a number of negative aspects. Although we hate to admit it, smart devices often act as a digital babysitter, keeping our children temporarily occupied and quiet. Parenting is tough and the lure of just popping a tablet in your child’s hands is understandably tempting. But is something that so easily pacifies a child too good to be true? With 5-16-year-olds now spending an average of over 6 hours a day looking at a mobile phone or screen, worrying patterns are starting to emerge between children and technology. If you missed this, here's a presentation.
Pro-social behavior - Nov 6th
Prosocial behaviors are those intended to help other people. Prosocial behavior is characterized by a concern for the rights, feelings, and welfare of other people. Prosocial behaviors have been correlated with positive social interaction skills, positive self-concept, positive peer relationships, peer acceptance, as well as a lower risk of externalizing behaviors and lower levels of problem behaviors at school. These habits of the interpersonal are a keystone of development and predict academic and social success. How can parents and school encourage the development and use of prosocial behaviors? And what do we (parents and school) do when things go wrong?
Autonomy and independence: realistic, age appropriate expectations - January 8th
How can we help children become independent adults? An essential step toward accomplishing this goal is allowing children to make their own choices and accept the consequences of these choices. When children are autonomous, they are more likely to feel capable of making their own healthy choices. By supporting children in the development of autonomy and agency, parents also help children learn about family values, social norms, and essential rules. What is too much/too little autonomy?
3rd culture kids and multilingualism - February 4
Being a third-culture kid is not always easy; in fact many hardships may arise from this culture-hopping phenomenon. Of course there are many perks, but some of the basic things all children need: belonging, recognition and connection are taken away from TCK with each move. We will explore some of the things parents and school can do to help support TCK.
The importance of play - March 4th
Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. Busy lifestyles, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities have eaten away of recess or free child-centered play. This talk explores the importance of play and how to bring it back into a busy expat lifestyle.
Parenting and divorce - April 8th
If you are divorced or getting a divorce you're probably worried about your child or children. So you'll be heartened to know that the research shows that kids can cope with a divorce and come out ok. Unfortunately sometimes children do not come out ok. In fact, many children whose parents make the decision to divorce are emotionally wounded in a way that lingers throughout their lives. How can you best protect your children? How can you learn to communicate / co-parent with your ex? We may not answer all of these questions but we will certainly brainstorm on what’s has been proven to be best for children.
The birds and the bees: Talking to your children about sex - May 13th (date to be confirmed)
Last year the lecture on the birds and the bees was successful as our guest speakers (from The Hague's CJG) reviewed normal sexual development with parents. This year we would like to focus on talking to your children about their development and sexuality.
Healthy food and activities for children - June 3rd
In a sea of conflicting and confusing health information, parents have always turned to their family pediatrician as a trusted source of advice. But what happens when you move to a new country with different views on what’s healthy and normal? Is it healthy to play outside in the rain when it’s 5 degrees? Is it healthy to eat dinner at 18.00, 19.00, 20.00?
We will advertise these parent presentations through Social Schools.