Primary School Welcome
The excitement of the new school year is upon us! A very warm welcome back to all returning families and special welcome to the 105 new students and their families joining our ISZL community.
I am sure your homes are filled with positive anticipation of beginning school, along with this comes some nervous energy related to arriving on the first day, meeting the teachers and reconnecting with old friends and making new friends.
Our passionate and dedicated teachers and assistant teachers, who have been actively preparing at school this week, understand the needs of children who come from globally mobile families. They will be focused in the first weeks of school, on personalizing each child’s school experience, developing a sense of belonging in their new class group, forming friendships and ensuring children feel happy at school. Human connectivity is the single most important factor in ensuring happiness. When children feel connected and supported they have the optimal conditions for engaged learning.
It is our strong desire as a school to work in partnership with you as parents to ensure every child has this experience at ISZL. Your class teacher is there to support your child and family. Please connect with your teacher personally to establish a positive foundation for this partnership that will grow throughout the year. Your child’s learning and achievement are important to us, so please feel confident in approaching the school with any concerns.
The complete school calendar can be accessed on ISZL’s Parent Portal. This should be your primary reference point regarding school events.
New Family Orientation for the Zug Campus
Date: Monday 19 August
Location: Baarburg Theatre and Building
We are looking forward to continuing your transition to ISZL. New parents and students are expected to arrive between 8.30 - 9.00am and will be greeted by ISZL staff and student ambassadors as you make your way up the Zug Campus driveway. Students will spend the morning meeting the student ambassadors and teachers and engaging in activities designed to acquaint them with Primary School life. Parents will spend time in the theatre making connections with other new families, members of our school leadership team as well as being offered an opportunity to learn about the pertinent information you need to help you transition smoothly into ISZL.
Back to School Night for Early Years 1, Early Years 2 and Grade 5
Date: Thursday 22 August
Location: Primary School Classrooms
Primary and Middle School “Sausage Sizzle”
Date: Friday 23 August
Location: Zug Campus
A relaxed and enjoyable community event for families and staff on Zug Campus, welcoming everyone into the new academic year. Please join us for sausages and light refreshments at the end of the first week of school.
Schoology/Parent Portal Workshops
- Friday 23 August, 9:00-11:00: Cafeteria, High School Campus
- Monday 26 August, 9:00-11:00 and 13:15-15:15: Stuebli (across from Reception), Zug Campus
A series of workshops intended primarily for new parents will be offered during the first weeks of the new academic year. The workshops will provide parents with an opportunity to learn more about the ISZL Schoology environment and the ISZL Parent Portal. Parents are welcome to attend a workshop at either campus. If you are interested in attending, please register here. For questions, contact Chris Vincent, Director of Technology: email@example.com
Back to School Night for Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2
Date: Monday 26 August
Location: Primary School Classrooms
Back to School Night for Grades 3 and 4
Date: Thursday 29 August
Location: Primary School Classrooms
Parents’ Association Welcome Fair
Date: Wednesday 11 September
Location: Zug Campus Baarburg Theatre
This event is a great way to get in touch with new and old friends, find out about clubs and get informed about local life over a coffee. All parents new and 'old' are welcome.
News and Notes
You will note at the bottom of this bulletin that I have a name change. In the summer, I got married here in Switzerland to Balz Zuerrer. It was a wonderful celebration overlooking Lake Zurich with family and friends from around the world. Please note my name change to Meryl Zuerrer (pronounced like Zuerich) and my new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Secomb takes on the role of Assistant Principal in the Primary School with the responsibility for Grades 2 – Grade 5. Dave who has served the past two years as the PYP Coordinator (curriculum oversight) at ISZL has had previous international school experience as an Assistant Principal. Dave will bring his exceptional calm demeanour, thoughtfulness and good humour to this role as a curriculum and pastoral leader. Please make yourself known to him: email@example.com
Sarah Osborne will now be our PYP Coordinator. Sarah is known to many of you as an outstanding Early Years teacher and in her many years of service at ISZL she has taught across the Primary School. Sarah has recently completed extensive leadership and curriculum studies to support her in this new role. She is an exceptional role model, learning coach and knowledgeable curriculum resource to students, parents and teachers, alike. Please connect with Sarah, as required: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full overview of staffing in the Primary School, please refer to the Primary School Staffing Overview 2019-20.
Looking After Personal Property
Please ensure that all personal belongings are clearly marked with the student’s name. We encourage students to be responsible for their own property. Despite the measures that we have put in place, the amount of lost property that remains at school is a concern. Please assist your child to look for lost items in the lost property room on the top floor of the Rigi Building. It is open every Monday and Wednesday from 8:30-9:00.
Short-Term Student Absence from School
The school kindly requests that parents inform the class/homeroom teacher and the school office of absences before 8:50. A single email copied to both works best. Contacting the school if your child is sick or late will assist us to complete the attendance efficiently. The office can be contacted at email@example.com or by telephone on 041 768 29 00.
As student safety is of the highest priority, staff must account for every child at the beginning of the school day. For requests for an extended absence from school, please refer to Student Attendance, Conduct and Behaviour section of the Zug Campus Handbook on ISZL’s Parent Portal.
Parking – Drop Off and Pick Up
The school car parks are always extremely busy during drop-off and pick-up times. This will be exacerbated during the first weeks of school. The safety of our students and all car park users is our priority. Patience and courtesy on the part of all drivers will greatly assist in providing a calm and happy start and end to the school day for everyone. We ask that you follow the directions of the Site Manager and his team, who aim to ensure a smooth process.
Please note: the one-way traffic flow system will operate in the morning for the first two weeks of school from 8:15 - 9:15 and in the afternoon from 15:00 - 16:00 all year. Please read the Traffic Flow / Parking Updates which gives precise details of timings and the one-way system for the first two weeks of school only.
Physical Education (PE)
Students will require a PE kit, which consists of the school team t-shirt, a pair of comfortable shorts and gymnastic slippers for Early Years 2 to Grade 1 and running shoes/trainers for Grades 2 – 5. Only light-coloured soles are acceptable.
The swimming programme is for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 and will begin from Wednesday 21 August, aside from Kindergarten. They will start their swimming programme on 29 October 2019. Kindergarten classes will be on a weekly rotation with longer sessions. All students require a swimming costume, towel and a bathing cap if your child has long hair. These should be kept in a small bag for easy care. Students are taken by school bus to the Lättich pool in Baar. Please look out for further communication from the PE teachers.
First Day of School – What to bring
Please refer to the Zug Campus Handbook which can be accessed on the ISZL website.
Standing Links - Useful Documents
Zug Campus Handbook
ISZL Code of Conduct
ISZL Student Support Services Handbook
Primary School Staffing Overview 2019-20
I wish each student a smooth start to the school year and a happy year of learning. I look forward to personally greeting you in the coming weeks and in sharing the journey of daily school life throughout the year.
Head of Zug Campus