Invitation to the APEEE General Assembly (24/11/2020)

Dear EEB1 Parents,

we are pleased to invite you to the General Assembly of the Parents' Association which will take place online on Tuesday, 8 December at 19:30.
To allow us to estimate the number of parents who wish to attend the General Assembly and choose the appropriate video-conferencing software, please fill in this pre-registration form by Monday 30 November 17:00:
Thank you!

News from the APEEE Services (11/11/2020)

Dear parents,

We are pleased to present you this Newsletter of the Services. It outlines the first months of operation since the start of the school year. A complicated rentrée in a continuously-evolving sanitary context.

Please be ensured that we are doing our utmost to guarantee the health of all (students and staff of our services).

With this Newsletter we wish to inform you of what will happen from 16 November, the reopening of the school, until the Christmas holidays.

Following the transition to Red Code in schools, in accordance with Belgian ministerial directives and in collaboration with the School, we have have to temporarily suspend some of our services until the Christmas holidays:

  • For the canteen and the cafeteria in Uccle: neither of these two services will operate for the Secondary and Primary But the canteen will be available for the students to eat their own meals, under the supervision of the school.  Only for the Kindergarten students the meals will be served as usual in their canteen in class-groups.
  • For extracurricular activities in Uccle: all activities are suspended.
  • For the Césame daycare centre on Friday afternoons in Uccle: normal operation.
  • For extra-curricular activities in Berkendael: all activities are suspended.
  • For the After School day care centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15:00 to 17:00 in Berkendael: normal operation.
  • For the Friday after school care centre "ACTIVE" from 12:30 to 15:00 in Berkendael: normal operation.
  • For individual lessons in Berkendael the teachers will contact the parents in question, according to their availability.
  • For Transport: everything functions normally, according to the protocols explained below.

Concerning possible refunds of services, we will get back to you

Thank you for your understanding and trust.

Stay safe!

CANTEEN

As every year, the Canteen Committee started the school year 2020-2021 with lots of ideas and projects to continue improving the offer and quality of the dishes offered to pupils, but as you know, obstacles got in our way.

Indeed, the Yellow Code of the pandemic forced all the staff to put in place emergency measures to ensure the provision of hot meals to all pupils from the first day of the new school year. This was not the case in the other European Schools, where the canteens did not open until mid-September.

The growing success of the canteen (2,800 enrolled pupils, including 190 in Nursery, 1,020 in Primary and 1,590 in Secondary) and the new hygiene measures put in place have required a massive investment in human and financial resources.

  • Installation of hydroalcoholic gel dispensers.
  • Adaptation of the entrance gates to the room.
  • Installation of plexiglass between the tables and reduction of seats per table to a maximum of 12 students instead of 24.
  • Installation of an efficient tracing system.
  • Hiring of additional supervisors to ensure compliance with the rules on distance, cleaning of the hands of the pupils in the queue and the wearing of masks when moving around the canteen premises.

We also had to remove the salad bars in order to further reduce contact between students in the canteen, but many of these products are now offered in a richer assortment of starters.

Since then, the situation has further evolved following the transition to Red Code and the new provisions of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. As a result, as of 16/11/2020 the canteen will unfortunately not be able to reopen its doors for Primary and Secondary. According to the new rules for the canteen, only Maternelle pupils will be able to receive a meal prepared by us. A large part of our staff will have to be placed under technical unemployment.

In view of the uncertain and constantly changing situation, and to ensure sound budgetary management, we have asked parents to pay the full enrolment fee for the first half of the year (September 2020 - January 2021). But refunds will be calculated, as last year, once we have a global overview of the financial situation.

Concerning our cafeterias, we are pleased to note that the electronic payment system for Secondary School students, introduced in February 2020, is now fully operational and appreciated. This has reduced the waiting time at the cash desks and improved hygiene (no more handling of cash).

We remind you that cafeterias are subject to the same restrictions as school canteens and therefore will not be able to reopen on 16/11/2020. We are still waiting for the bimonthly re-evaluations of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

To end on a positive note, here is a summary of the projects already in place before the closure.

Since last year we have gradually eliminated all plastic objects from our cafeterias and canteen by replacing them with eco-responsible and recyclable material.

Since January 2020, the menus of our younger children (Maternelle and P1) have been completely revised. They are now tailor-made and adapted to their age. Here are the major changes: an increased quantity of hot vegetables among those they like, but also raw vegetables and fresh fruit prepared like fruit salad, and more fish.

We have also removed all fried foods, pizzas, wraps, mayonnaise sauce and ketchup.

We hope that this information will reassure parents of our service's commitment to the quality of the meals and the organisation, as well as to the strict measures we put in place during the pandemic

We remind you that we are always open to discussion and appreciate comments from pupils and parents. Please do not hesitate to contact us by email to M. Tony Dillen, Canteen Manager.

 

CÉSAME – EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES UCCLE/GARDERIE/CASIERS

Our extra-curricular activities had resumed despite the exceptional health context and you have been numerous at the opening of registrations for our various services. We thank you for this.

In compliance with the health protocol of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, we have provided our extracurricular and daycare workers with bottles of disinfectant, hydroalcoholic gel and masks.

In order to respect the rules of social distancing as much as possible, we have also reduced the number of places in certain groups, such as sports activities and more particularly contact sports (Judo, Self defence and Aikido).

These measures have had a significant financial impact on our budget. Since the fees for our services are calculated as fairly as possible and no profit is made at the end of the year, an increase in fees is to be expected for the next school year in order to guarantee the survival of our activities.

Césame Extracurricular Activities

We received 837 registrations (about 150 less than last year) with a strong trend for sports activities.

New activities for this new school year 2020
Steam4kids, Travel through China, Art Attack and Bricol'art

Wednesday afternoon activities
Circus (P1 and P2), Musical Comedy (from 9 years old) and Fencing activities are offered and our groups are full, except for Fencing where there are still a few places to be filled in the event of a resumption of activities.

Friday afternoon activities for P1 and P2
3 new activities from 13:00 to 14:30 (also on hold): the Little Theatre, les Petits Boudd’artistes and Psychomotricity-Judo.

Find all the descriptions of these activities on our website!

Swimming

In spite of the sanitary conditions, last June we decided to open registration for the 2020-2021 swimming courses, in the hope that courses in September could take place normally.

Unfortunately, this was not the case and some pools (such as Longchamp and Poseidon) did not allow us to resume our courses. Only the Royal Military School and the VUB swimming pools opened their doors to us on condition that the number of swimmers per lane be halved.

We were therefore obliged to reserve these slots only for the competitive swimmers of the ESB Octopus team, and consequently to cancel almost all the other courses (only a few courses for beginners in the small pool at the VUB were confirmed).

Recently, the decision to close the pools has unfortunately put a stop to these courses. We hope that the sanitary situation will improve and allow us to resume our activities at the beginning of next year.

Césame Friday afternoon daycare

Our daycare opened on 4 September. We have 164 children enrolled in the daycare (56 in kindergarten, 108 in P1 and P2), 33 less than in 2019-2020.

Although the number of registered children has decreased significantly, we have maintained the team of 13 animators in order to reduce the number of children per group. This decision was necessary in order to ensure social distancing, but had a strong impact on the profitability of the service.

Lockers

In order to be able to fit out new spaces (study and infirmary - COVID section) in the Breughel building, a few days before the start of the September school year, the School decided to move all the lockers in the Breughel building under the Platon glass roof.

This change allowed us to install new lockers to cope with the growing demand. The purchase of these new cupboards (awaiting delivery, which has been delayed due to COVID) and the regular replacement of older and damaged lockers will enable us to offer a total of 1,925 lockers to Secondary students.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that we have recorded a very sharp increase in vandalism since the beginning of the year (especially in the new Platon space, which will soon be placed under video surveillance).

While we aim to offer all students the best possible service, we ask them to respect the lockers provided.

We would like to remind you that damage to the lockers is not without consequences: we will have to face the costs of repairs, refurbishment and maintenance, so we will have to plan an increase in the locker rental rate as from the beginning of the next school year.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR BERKENDAEL

It is in an exceptional health context that our extra-curricular activities have resumed, and you have, despite everything, been numerous at the opening of registrations for our various services. We thank you for this.

As you can imagine, it is not easy to organise a new school year in such a context, and apart from certain events beyond our control, everything went very well. All this was also possible thanks to the precious collaboration of the new management of the Berkendael site, the teachers and the management of the OIB after-school care centre and its educators.

The after-school care

This year, new activities have been added to the programme: theatre, Yoga, and an English course for Primary school children. On the recruitment side, 4 new teachers have joined our team for German, Hindi, Portuguese and English classes.

Due to the success of these activities, we have had to split the Italian and chess courses by offering one group for children under 8 years old and another for children over 8 years old.

On the sports side, we have also added a second group of Ball Games and Athletics to the programme.

Almost all of our activities are held in classrooms in the main building (known as Building A), a building we share with the OIB after-school care centre. This new distribution of premises greatly facilitates the organisation of the transit of students from the activities to the daycare centres (OIB and After school of the extracurricular activities).

After School: the after-school day care centre

Every day, we have about 40 children enrolled in our daycare centre and 4 animators.

This year we have invested in new small equipment (felt-tip pens, crayons, colouring pencils, etc...) as well as outdoor games: tennis rackets and balls, diabolo, skipping ropes, footballs, etc...for the children's enjoyment!

ACTIVE (Friday nursery - only for Kindergarten children)

As mentioned above, we share premises with the OIB after-school care centre. As we only have the psychomotricity room our small daycare centre can only accommodate 30 pupils from 12:30 to 15:00.

We would like to remind you that it is possible to combine the ACTIVE daycare centre with an activity at 14:00. We take care of taking the children there and dropping them off at the buses at 15:00.

Extra-curricular bus (Tuesdays at 16:00 to the European quarter)

At the request of many parents we have modified the bus tour and added an extra stop at the COLE nursery.

We take advantage of this Newsletter to inform you that there is still room on this bus. You can contact us by e-mail if you are interested and find out about our different stops (European district only).

Individual music lessons

Individual piano lessons given by Bernard KOSTMAN and Natasha VANEERDEWEGH were a great success. However, there are still two 30-minute slots free with Bernard KOSTMAN on Fridays from 12:30 to 13.00 or from 14:00 to 14:30 (only for Kindergarten pupils).

There is still room for our guitar lessons given by Samuel VOLAN. Don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail if you are interested!

 

TRANSPORT UCCLE & BERKENDAEL

Rentrée 2020/2021

The number of bus users increased again this year, mainly in Berkendael.

Below you will find an overview of the number of buses and pupils per site for this school year 2020/2021 compared to 2019/2020.

UCCLE BERKENDAEL
BUS
2019/20 2020/21
60 60
2019/20 2020/21
18 20
PUPILS
2019/20 2020/21
2626 2671
2019/20 2020/21
344 423

The Transport team has been working with reduced manpower since August. Indeed, Ms. Montier left the team for another personal challenge. The Transport Department has therefore published a job offer to complete its team.

At the beginning of the year, as if COVID was not enough, we had to manage the closure of the Bois de la Cambre (decision of the City of Brussels) which greatly slowed down the bus trip to the Uccle site and caused a big delay for the return of the children.

But the good news is that recently we have been helped in the afternoon by the Uccle Police to get the 60 buses out of the Uccle site very quickly. Many thanks to them!  We hope that the Bois will reopen soon.

Special COVID measures

In order to best protect all those involved in transport – pupils, drivers and supervisors – the transport department has taken various measures which are still in place today:

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory for all drivers and supervisors.  This measure was then extended, in accordance with the health rules issued by the Belgian State, to Secondary school pupils and then in October, in view of the increasing number of infections, to all Primary school pupils. It is highly recommended for the Maternelles.
  • Hand disinfection with hydroalcoholic gel when getting on the bus.
  • Getting on and off the bus exclusively through the back door (for large buses). This measure had to be modified at stops with a lot of pupils and in the morning when the buses arrive at School in order to speed up the descent of the pupils.
  • Systematic refusal of bus changes, except for the day care centres and for activities.
  • Tracking of pupils in all buses: this implies that pupils must occupy the same seat in the morning and in the evening. This is done on the basis of the bus map given daily (morning and evening) by each supervisor. As a reminder, the Secondary students must occupy the seats at the back of the bus, the Primary and Nursery students must take the seats at the front of the bus.

Le Transport would like to thank all the parents for their precious collaboration in following these rules in order to allow a smooth transport service in this very particular context.

Security project

For two years now, under the impetus of Mr Zoltán Krasznai and Mrs Valentina Corsetti, the Transport Department has been developing a project to make the transport of pupils even safer.

This project consists of an application allowing real-time monitoring of children in the bus, both for getting on/off the bus and for the geolocation of the buses.

This project, which has reached the full-scale test phase since the end of last school year, has however been continuously postponed due to health regulations.

We are nevertheless continuing our efforts and hope to be able to start despite COVID as soon as possible.

Electric buses

Being conscious of the impact of thermally powered school buses on our children's health, the environment and the climate, the Transport Department has been working for several years to modernise its bus fleet in order to comply with the pollution standards of the Brussels Region.

With the help of Mr. Ivo Schmidt, the new President of the Transport Committee since September, and the great support of parents, we have decided to go further and faster. The motivation comes from the negative impact that air pollution from diesel buses has on children and the whole school community, as well as the city. The large concentration of buses on school sites amplifies this effect. The ambition is to gradually move to 100% zero-emission buses by 2025.

We can therefore announce that the first two electric buses will be inaugurated on the school site on 16 November.

Line 17 for Uccle and 97 for Berkendael will be served by electric buses.

We hope that this experience with these two buses will the start of a big ecological transition but this requires a lot of time, effort and above all investment on the part of our companies.

We are also aware that this will require a financial effort on the part of the parents who pay for the bus service themselves and we count on their support for the well-being of our children and the whole school community.

Election of Class Representatives 2020-2021

Dear EEB1 Parents,

in the coming days and weeks you will have the opportunity to elect your parent Class Representatives as part of the meeting scheduled by your class teacher.

What is the role of the Parents’ Association (APEEE)?

The APEEE (Association des Parents d’Élèves de l’École Européenne) acts as an intermediary between parents and the school at the level of the class, linguistic section, whole school and system.

The APEEE works on issues related to pedagogy, school community and students’ health, safety and wellbeing.

The APEEE is also closely affiliated with the APEEE Services, a parent-run association which organises the daily services for pupils, including the canteen (in Uccle), transport, extracurricular activities, etc.

Your active engagement within the Association is a positive contribution to your child’s overall school experience.

Would you like to find out more about the APEEE?

Who are we? What do we offer? Why should you get involved? How can you participate? Please have a look at our introductory pack

Want more information on Class Elections or on becoming a Class Representative?

The time is right! Consult our “elections Vademecum” to help guide your upcoming Class Elections process and to find out more about becoming a Class Representative:

Welcome message from the APEEE to all EEBI Families (11/09/2020)

Dear EEBI Parents, Dear EEBI Families,

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to school onsite, after what has been a quite long hiatus for some of our pupils! We also extend a particular welcome to the new families starting at EEB1 this year — see separate box below. As every year, we have approached the rentrée with hope and expectation, but this Autumn these feelings may have been coupled with anxiety for families who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak — whether returning from (or to) a red zone; concerned about a vulnerable family member; or simply unsure about how the education, school and work life will proceed under this new reality.

Since the return from break, we have received messages from some of you on the measures taken by the school in response to COVID-19. Whenever possible, we have relayed your advice and concerns directly to the school, and we were happy to receive a series of communications to all parents between 28 August and 7 September, which have allayed our deepest worries. Please note, communications from the school are stored in your SMS accounts for easy viewing. The APEEE has also made available a collection of COVID communications from the school and APEEE Services as well as recent COVID-19 regulations from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

As we move forward, we will keep passing your questions, ideas and concerns to the school management and safety officer, and in particular will continue to seek:

  • assurances that the administration is implementing the latest Belgian safety regulations, and to push for additional precautions when we feel these are appropriate to our system.
  • a Digital Learning Strategy with a clear programme for each level in line with recommendations from the Central Office. This will be needed in advance of any change in the alert level and has been awaited since May.
  • a commitment to offer at least some live teaching to vulnerable students who cannot attend classes for long periods.

If you have any concerns about measures put in place in response to COVID-19, do not hesitate to contact your Class or Section Representatives and/or the APEEE Secretariat directly: info@uccleparents.org.

That being said, we should not forget developments outside of COVID.  Firstly, there have been big changes in the management team. This summer we said goodbye to Gianluca Longo and Lars Roesen and welcomed:

  • New Deputy Director Berkendael, Mr Tom Claes — fresh from the Flemish system and ES Mol.
  • Acting Deputy Director secondary, Ms Susanne Künster — previously our beloved head secondary advisor, who will serve in this position while a formal search is run.

The post of Assistant Deputy Director has also been newly created, and we warmly greet: Assistant DD Berkendael – Tim Scholliers; Assistant DD Uccle Primary – Marla Candon; Assistant DD Uccle Secondary – Susanne Künster, currently replaced in this role by Olivier Hazan.

Our numbers have also reached new highs, with approximately 3400 pupils enrolled at Uccle and 900 at Berkendael.  As Berkendael approaches its full capacity of 1000 pupils and Uccle remains well above its official capacity of 3100, the school community is closely following developments on the fifth school and proposed temporary primary site at Evere. The Evere site is scheduled to open with space for 1500 pupils in September 2021, but the plans for populating the site are in flux, with potential repercussions for Berkendael families and for all of EEBI. Stay tuned...

Also worth noting, the new competence-based secondary marking system (NMS) will be used for the first time on the Baccalaureate exam this year.  There are still worries that many member states have not yet updated the so-called equivalence tables/formulas (used to translate BAC marks to their local scales) to reflect the new system – or they have updated them in a way that disadvantages our students. With Brexit measures also planned for introduction in UK higher education and COVID-19 completely altering the learning landscape, our BAC 2021 graduating class will have a lot to contend with. They deserve our support. (Our BAC 2020 class made it through the year and are presumably off to university, but a late-in-the-day downward moderation of pupils’ final marks left a sting for many.)

Note: one way that you can support our students right now is to purchase their super-chic CdE (student committee) hoodies for older students and adults. These can be purchased at the students’ online webshop.

Other transitions you may notice, the pilot L2 enrichment programme will now be implemented in all three languages and replaces our previous bilingual programme in P3-S5 (with the exception of S3). At the same time, the APEEE continues to push for a comprehensive Child Protection Policy to be put in place at the school; this would eventually cover emerging concerns like cyber-bullying and mobile phone use as well as the development of a new approach to drug prevention. Finally, the European Schools are being encouraged to introduce BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policies, and in anticipation of a formal policy at our school, our APEEE has approached a supplier of different model laptops for eLearning supporting the solutions used by the European Schools.

Remember! Parent Class Representatives are due to be elected at the September/October class meetings, which will be held virtually this year. The schedule of these meetings has not yet been finalised. While we work with the school management to clarify the situation, our current class representatives will remain in place. For general information, please find an information pack under About Us  as well as a brief description of the role of class reps. We will contact you in advance of the meetings with the 2020-2021 election material.

Also note that the EURÊKA lost-and-found service at Uccle has for the time being suspended its work until the volunteer parents can again have access to the site.

Otherwise, if you continue to have any practical concerns in the transition to the new school year, you can contact:

APEEE Services (our sister organisation): with questions about lockers, canteen and Friday garderie at Uccle, as well as those about transport and extracurricular activities at both Uccle and Berkendael.

School Administration: with questions about canteen at Berkendael, sports uniforms (Primary and Secondary), the weekly timetable (Nursery/Primary at Uccle and Berkendael and Secondary) and annual calendar, or access to campus for both campuses.

As far as the APEEE is concerned, we will continue to keep you informed about important developments; to work with our class/section representatives and other members of the school community to effect needed change; and to support all families in need. Our final aim is to enrich your and your children’s experience at the school.

Needless to say, we encourage you to get involved! It is a chance to meet lovely people, to involve yourself in your child’s education and to learn more about this very European organisation.

As always, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at: info@uccleparents.org.

Warm regards,

Kathryn Máthé, APEEE President, and the APEEE Team

 Dear New Families,

We were happy to meet many of you at last week’s live Welcome Events at Berkendael and Uccle.  We hope that you had a chance to stop by the APEEE table and chat and if you were at Uccle maybe to pick up a Student Committee hoody or two for your family…

We wanted to write a special message out to you as we know that the European School system can be daunting at first. Please know that we, your fellow parents, stand ready to help you navigate your way around the school and to introduce you to the school community. If you have a question that is practical or pedagogical, a concern that is particular to your own child or of a more generic nature, or whether you are just curious to know more...do not hesitate to reach out to us at: info@uccleparent.org.

This year is off to a particularly strange start as the school has been unable to host the regular class (parents and teacher) meetings that should have taken place on 2 September.  In most years, the school holds physical meetings in:

  • early September - for ALL Berkendael classes and Uccle MAT-P1 classes;
  • late September - for Uccle P2-P5 classes;
  • early October - for Uccle secondary (S1-S7) classes.

However, due to COVID-19, these meetings will be online and a new schedule is currently being worked out.

These meetings are the natural place for new families not only to meet your teachers but also to meet and make contact with other parents in the class.  And importantly, these meetings are the forum where parents formally elect representatives for each class and form the class contact list which is the basis of communication between parents.

While we work with the school to clarify the situation, our current class representatives will remain in place as possible in the updated 2020-2021 class configuration.  We are writing to them directly to ask that they reach out to new families in their classes, so we hope that many of you will be hearing from them directly. Still, as the APEEE does not have a contact list for new parents, it often takes some work for us and our class representatives to identify and locate you.  To help speed up this process, we strongly encourage new families to contact the APEEE (info@uccleparents.org)  so that we can put you directly in contact with the parent class representatives from your class. 

In case you still face any logistical obstacles in your child(ren)’s daily schedule or education, we include contacts below:

APEEE Services (our sister organisation): with questions about lockers, canteen and Friday garderie at Uccle, as well as those about transport and extracurricular activities at both Uccle and Berkendael.

School Administration: with questions about canteen at Berkendael, sports uniforms (Primary and Secondary), the weekly timetable (Nursery/Primary at Uccle and Berkendael and Secondary) and annual calendar, or access to campus for both campuses.

APEEE: with questions about contacting parents in your class, laptops/calculators, Secondary student exchanges.

In closing, we hope you and your children have had an exciting first week...and that your time at EEBI will be as rewarding as ours has been!

Kind regards,

Kathryn Máthé, APEEE President, and the APEEE Team

COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES IN THE SERVICES (02/09/2020)

Dear parents,

First of all, we are very happy to welcome you to our Services for this very special start to the school year.

This email explains the different COVID-19 prevention measures that the Services will put in place for this year 2020-2021.

Each measure follows and is in conformity with the obligations dictated and validated by the Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels and the directives of the EEB1.

These measures may be revised according to the evolution of the health situation in Belgium.

We are constantly in contact with the school and follow the evolution as presented by the Ministry and the competent authorities.

ATTENTION: Thursday 3 September, SCHOOL ENDS at 12:30 so the Services will run as on Wednesdays (no canteen and bus departure as on Wednesdays).

TRANSPORT

Wearing a mask will be mandatory for all students from 1st Secondary onwards. For the other students, from Kindergarten and Primary, it remains at the discretion of the parents.

Students will be required to keep the same seat on the bus (morning and evening).

The entrance to the bus will be through the back door, just as for the descent. A disinfecting gel will be in place at the back door.

Drivers and supervisors will all be equipped with masks.

The air conditioning will be switched off.

For Thursday, 3 September, when school ends at 12:30 pm, the buses will make return trips based on the Wednesday schedule.

No bus changes will be accepted during the first weeks of September..

 

CANTEEN (ONLY IN UCCLE)

Canteen Fabiola

Kindergarten

Students eat in class groups accompanied by their teacher.

All adults circulating in the canteen wear a mask except the teacher who will be seated to eat with his class.

P1

Students eat with their class and their teacher.

Every adult (service staff and teachers) circulating in the canteen wears a mask.

Canteen Van Houtte

Primary (P2/P5)

Students eat with their class and are supervised by their teacher.

Each adult (teacher and service staff) in the canteen wears a mask.

In order to limit movement, there will be no salad bar or milk distribution.

Secondary

Each student wears a mask and must wash their hands with disinfectant gel which will be made available at the entrance of the canteen.

In the line, they will have to wear a mask. Once they have their tray, they go sit to their place, eat (without mask!) and leave as soon as they are finished eating and places the tray on the clearing mat.

Each student has the possibility to refill his or her drink, but the mask is obligatory during the movement.

In order to limit the movements, there will be no more salad bar, nor milk distribution.

At the exit of the canteen, there will also be disinfectant gel available.

A tracing of the students will be implemented.

Cafeteria Platon and Van Houtte

The cafeteria can only be used to buy and/or consume on site, seated at a table.

Each student wears a mask and must wash their hands with disinfectant gel that will be made available at the entrance of the cafeteria.

Once seated the student can remove the mask for eating and drinking.

A student tracing is also put in place.

 

CÉSAME DAYCARE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON (UCCLE)

The daycare is open from Friday 04/09/2020.

“Normal" set up for students (no masks for Kindergarten and Primary), all adult supervisors wear masks.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES UCCLE

The current health situation does not allow for the launch of extracurricular activities according to the initially planned schedule, except for Wednesday afternoon activities (circus and musical).  We are therefore postponing the registration and the launch of the activities by one week. Please consult the schedules on our website http://www.uccleparents.org/apeee-services/cesame-home/les-activites-periscolaires/?lang=en according to your child's level of schooling to find out the opening dates for registration.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES BERKENDAEL

ACTIVE, the Friday daycare will be open from Friday 4 September 2020. ACTIVE takes place from 12:30 to 15:00, only for children from Kindergarten and for children not eligible for OIB (link for registration: https://services.uccleparents.org).

For ACTIVE, the set up for students will be "normal" (no masks for Kindergarten and Primary pupils), all adult supervisors will wear a mask.

Registration for after school care and other activities is blocked and will be open from 14 to 21 September. An e-mail will be sent soon for the registration modalities. Yet, you can already consult our programme on our website: http://www.uccleparents.org/berkendael/notre-ecole/?lang=en.

If you have any questions regarding any of the services or if you wish to modify your orders, please contact the relevant office.

We wish you an excellent start into the school year and thank you for your trust.

Kind regards,

The APEEE Services Team

APEEE Services:
General coordination - coordination@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Extracurricular activities in Uccle (Césame) - cesame@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Extracurricular activities in Berkendael – periscolaire.berkendael@uccleparents.org
Garderie - garderie@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Lockers - casiers@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Swimming - natation@uccleparents.org
Canteen - cantine@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Transport - transport@apeee-bxl-services.be

03/06/2020: ENROLMENTS OPEN FOR 2020-2021
APEEE membership + APEEE Services registration (Canteen – Transport – Lockers – Friday Daycare)

Dear parents,

As of 3 June 2020 you will be able to register with the Parents' Association (annual APEEE membership) and the APEEE Services (Canteen - Transport - Lockers - Friday Childcare) for the school year 2020-2021.

In spite of the current situation and the uncertainties for the future, we have decided to launch the enrolment for the next school year on the assumption that the School will reopen normally in September.

Of course we will take into account the evolution of the situation and we will adapt to the directives of the competent authorities in due time.

We would like to remind you that refunds of subscriptions/payments for the current school year for the Canteen, Transport and Extracurricular services will be made as soon as possible.

Please follow the instructions below to enrol to the APEEE and Services 2020-2021.

IMPORTANT: please do not make any payment for the services until you have received a payment request by e-mail with the bank details specific to each service. These requests will not be made before the start of the school year for the Canteen and Transport services, but your place is well guaranteed.

Kind regards,

The APEEE and the APEEE Services

APEEE Membership

Only parents who are members of the APEEE can register for the APEEE Services (Transport, Canteen, Césame, Lockers, Berkendael Extracurricular Activities).  The contribution for one school year is 50 EUR per family.  As your APEEE membership will be automatically renewed, a request for payment of 50 EUR will be issued directly.  Please proceed with the payment using the bank account and the structured communication indicated therein.

Registration for Services

As of Wednesday 3 June your subscriptions and orders below will be automatically renewed for the year 2020-2021:

  •  Canteen
  • Transport
  • Lockers (only for students from S1 to S6)

You will also be able to register for Garderie Césame as of 3 June.

For the extracurricular activities in Uccle and Berkendael, registration will only take place in September; you will receive an e-mail later on.

Therefore, you do not need to re-register your child if you already have an ongoing order for these services.

However, for the proper functioning of the services, it is crucial that you check/modify and then validate your orders by 27 June, according to the procedure explained below.

If you no longer need one of the services, please cancel the order for that service.

STEP 1

Connect to the APEEE/APEEE Services Registration website via this link: https://services.uccleparents.org
You can also access it via the website www.uccleparents.org by clicking on the large orange button "Registration".
Use your usual login/password.
If you have forgotten your password, click on "Reset your password".

STEP 2

Check your Children's data and add new Children if necessary.

ATTENTION: fill in all fields except those related to the Section, Class and Level.  These fields will be automatically filled in by the system when the school provides them to us.

STEP 3

Check the data about the Adults.
(your e-mail address, your phone number, bank account number...)

STEP 4

Check the orders of Services for your child(ren) and add/remove them if necessary.
This applies to Canteen – Transport – Lockers.

The Services displayed in your "Dashboard" are those you ordered for 2019-2020 and have been automatically renewed.  You can confirm/modify/delete/add Services for each of your children until 27 June included.  After this date, no further changes will be possible and the Services displayed on your "Dashboard" will automatically be considered as activated and ready to be invoiced.

STEP 5

Register your child(ren) for the Daycare on Friday afternoon if you wish.
This service is not automatically renewed from year to year.  If you wish to benefit from it, you must make a new registration.

STEP 6

Validate each confirmation/modification/deletion of Service.
Orders not validated by you by 27 June will automatically be considered as activated and invoiced.

STEP 7 – LAST ONE

Do not pay anything until you receive a payment request.

Requested Services will be marked as "en traitement". This allows you to modify them if necessary until 27JuneDo not pay anything during this period!  Wait for the payment request from each Service (each service has its own bank account); it will be sent to you in September.

IMPORTANT: You can start using the Service(s) as of the first day of school (3 September 2020), even if no payment has been made yet.

FREQUENT QUESTIONS

 

•      Is your account blocked?
Maybe you are not in order of payment with the Parents’ Association or one of the Services.  Contact coordination@apeee-bxl1-services.be to check the situation.

•      How do I register for the Extracurricular Activities in Uccle (Césame) or Berkendael?
Registration for the extra-curricular activities will open in September.  You will receive further communication on this subject, thank you for your patience.

•      Has your child left school?
Please inform the APEEE Services (coordination@apeee-bxl1-services.be) or the APEEE (info@uccleparents.org) as well as the Service(s) concerned.  List of contacts on www.uccleparents.org

 

 

NEWS AND UPDATES FROM THE APEEE (18/05/2020)

Dear EEBI Parents,

We write this APEEE update at the close of our tenth week of social distancing with heavy hearts due to the untimely death of our beloved EN nursery teacher, Rachel Napthine. Rachel was an institution unto herself - the first teacher to an entire generation of EN children. The APEEE had the good fortune to work with Rachel over the past two years on the Francis Pirotta Art Competition. For this project, she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to keeping alive the memory of her former pupil and in so doing gave solace to the whole of the primary community - her devotion to her pupils and to our school knew no bounds. Rachel will be sorely, sorely missed...and our hearts go out to her family and loved ones in this unimaginably difficult time.

 REOPENING OF EEBI SITES

The APEEE would like to thank parents for their feedback into the reflections over the last few weeks on the re-opening of our school. This proved invaluable input into the final decision of the four Brussels school directors, communicated on 14 May. The position of our parents is very much split between sending their students back to school before the summer or keeping them at home, as discussions within APEEE and also the short survey by the school demonstrated. But we all agree that safety comes first and that the quality of teaching for all students, including those with specific needs, is essential.

The Director, Mr Goggins, organised three reflection meetings to listen to the views of students, parents and teachers, and we were able to present the nuanced positions of our parents - including the specific situations of our sites in Uccle and Berkendael - and to help influence the final decision on the re-opening. The option chosen by the school direction allows parents to send their children back to the school sites for a few days and some activities before summer, on a voluntary basis. Distance schooling will remain the norm for most, if not all pedagogical content. Now we are concentrating on assisting the school management to detail their programme for June and perhaps more importantly to prepare for the return to school after summer.

(See Quality of Remote Learning below. See other COVID related communications further below.)

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CYBERBULLYING - TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN!

As rightly recalled by the school management a few days ago, the increase in internet use due to the COVID-19 outbreak has also brought an increased danger from cyberbullying. Unfortunately, a recent very vile incident in our school community has again reminded us all of the need to stay vigilant.

In this context, it is crucial that we all speak to our children and make them aware of what is and is not acceptable behaviour online. Bullying can take many different forms, and cyberbullying is a particularly pernicious form. And bullying can happen anywhere, including at school or even at home. Bullying has devastating effects on victims and can lead to depression, self-harm, and even suicide. We, the APEEE, consider that there can be no excuse for bullying at our school.

We therefore support the school’s policy of no tolerance for bullying, and this includes bullying online. Particularly in the case of cyberbullying, the lines between school and private behaviour blur due to the nature of the internet: for instance a post on a class chat - or to a group to which most members of a class are party - cannot be seen (only) as an outside-of-school event just because it took place out of school hours/premises. It is worth bearing in mind that bullying of all types is a criminal offence in Belgium, as well as an additional infringement of a number of other laws, depending on the circumstances. If done online it can be a breach of the 2005 Belgian telecom legislation which condemns any use - even unique - of electronic communications to annoy or cause harm to someone. In other words, even a text message or (single) Instagram post can come back to haunt its author. It may also be a breach of the anti-discrimination law of 2007. Needless to say, even the internet is not fully anonymous, and bullies can be identified. And the internet does not easily forget, making it all the more important to be mindful of what one posts.

We underscore that children need to be made aware of the issues, including the need to think twice before posting comments or replying to or passing on messages, pictures, etc. In the case of bullying we strongly encourage all to speak out: report it to the relevant educational advisor in first instance and also to the school’s authorities.

QUALITY OF REMOTE LEARNING - SUPPORT FROM APEEE

As we finish our eighth week of remote learning, it is a moment to take stock. Despite the absence of a formal remote learning programme, most families have felt a steady increase in the level of teaching as the weeks have passed. Nevertheless, a few problems persist, and as it seems that we may be in-and-out of this situation for a while to come, it is worth investing the effort to make remote learning work for our children…

Parents who still have quality concerns about one or more online class(es) are reminded to follow the school’s complaints procedure: address concerns first to the teacher and if needed escalate these concerns to the advisor and/or deputy director.

In the meantime, at our 28 April Board meeting, the APEEE committed to providing greater support to parents experiencing quality issues with distance learning in individual courses. Families with quality concerns that for whatever reason cannot be addressed through the school’s complaints procedure, are encouraged to contact their class and section reps as well as the members of APEEE’s Remote Learning Feedback Group.

APEEE’s Remote Learning Feedback Group:

The RL Feedback Group will work with your representatives to address your concerns at the appropriate level. At the same time, the APEEE will continue to ask the school management to ensure that minimum standards are met across all classes, sections, cycles and sites.

FUTURE OF THE BRUSSELS SCHOOLS - EVERE TEMPORARY SITE

The Central Office held three meetings of the Brussels Groupe de Suivi in March and April 2020 to develop a proposal for populating the temporary primary school site due to be opened on the former NATO campus in Evere in September 2021. The site will be a quick-built modular structure intended to hold up to 1500 students. It therefore promises to reduce the overcrowding in the existing four sites, while at the same time exacerbating the shortage of places for secondary students. The proposal to populate the site must be delivered by early Autumn 2020 in time for the drafting of the 2021-2022 Brussels Enrolment Policy.

In the meantime, the permanent fifth school foreseen as a full primary and secondary campus for 2500 students is currently scheduled to open in September 2026—and even this date, a decade later than expected, may be optimistic by most estimates. Moreover, the permanent “gift” of the Berkendael site to the European Schools has been unexpectedly shelved in the wait for the Evere temporary site. The Berkendael campus, like proposed Evere campus, is at the moment only available until the fifth school opens its doors.

At the Groupe de Suivi meetings, parents were presented with the following proposal to integrate the Evere temporary site and alter the current structure of the Brussels schools:

  • Evere temporary site to be attached to EEBII-Woluwe; main Woluwe site will focus on secondary classes with fewer primary classes; temporary site will host only primary classes.
  • Berkendael temporary site to be more closely attached to EEBI-Uccle; main Uccle site will focus on secondary classes with fewer primary classes; temporary site will host only primary classes.
  • Berkendael to be rationalised to fit with Uccle population, suggesting the possible transfer of EL satellite classes and SK and LV sections to schools with these sections or SWALS groups; otherwise, Uccle will be the secondary site for Berkendael pupils.
  • EEBIII-Ixelles and EEBIV-Laeken will benefit from this only in the sense that enrolments into “multi-sections” (DE, EN, NL, IT, ES—with the exception of FR) at these schools can be decreased.

In sum, EEBI and EEBII would become “super schools” (total theoretical capacity 4100 and 4350 respectively) but potentially benefit from a wider range and larger size of sections, while EEBIII and EEBIV would become smaller schools (total theoretical capacity of 2650 and 2850 respectively) with a potentially smaller range and smaller size of sections. Nevertheless, it is still unclear how the current structure and population, particularly of EEBI and EEBII, will be impacted.

In discussion parents raised several points:

  • EEBI-Berkendael: can only support the attachment of Berkendael to Uccle under the condition that families of pupils already enrolled at Berkendael can retain the right to request S1 enrolment with priority status at a site different from Uccle; this would honour the promise made when families enrolled.
  • Berkendael parents also support a one-move principle, meaning that while SK and EL parents would agree to a single move back to the Ixelles site, LV families ask to remain at EEBI rather than being placed at Evere. Asking families to move twice in their careers, while others stay put, is not fair.
  • EEBI-Uccle Parents: ask that the distribution of FR section classes across the four schools be addressed and worry about the possible repercussions for the Uccle secondary of up to 7-8 FR classes per level.
  • EEBI and EEBII Parents: noted the urgent need if this proposal is accepted for additional secondary capacity at Uccle and Woluwe—and the frightening dependence on the RdB to undertake this.
  • All Four School Parents: remarked the lack of detailed analysis thus far on how this movement of pupils into the Evere site and between the Berkendael, Uccle and other sites will be affected.

Parents asked for clarity on the foreseen impact on Ixelles and Laeken as well as on the DE, EN, IT, NL and ES sections, which are present at multiple schools and may be fragmented and weakened under the new proposal.

An early draft proposal was presented at the Board of Governors’ April 2020 meeting, but work will continue over the next months.

At its 28 April Board meeting, the APEEE set up an Evere Task Force to establish an EEBI whole-school APEEE position. The intention is to focus on basic principles and methodologies that should be followed in developing the final proposal. Our delegates will likewise continue to provide oversight and raise concerns. At the same time, it may be difficult for the APEEE to take a position on any detailed plan presented as there will inevitably be winners and losers even within a single school.

CdE 2020 HOODIES – ORDER/PICK-UP NOW!

Our Student Committee (CdE) funds its activities and programmes through the hosting of events, like discos and cake sales, and through its annual sale of sweatshirts. This year, due to the unfortunate turn of events, our CdE has had to change its business model for distributing the hoodies.

Pick Up: Students and families who have already ordered hoodies can book an appointment to pick them up at the distribution point from 15.00 to 20.00, Monday to Friday through Monday, 1 June 2020. To avoid crowds, you will need to book a five-minute time-slot on the following website:

Schedule now at: https://calendly.com/molnarla/hoodie-pick-up-location

For further information see: https://13stars.eu/hoodie-pick-up-instructions/

Order: Still haven’t ordered a sweatshirt?!? We encourage you to take a look at this year’s CdE hoodie design available in 7 colours and to consider buying a hoodie or two...for your kids or for yourselves (sizing for P4 and up—XSS to XL).

Shop and order now at: https://13stars.eu/eeb1-shop-gdrp/

If you have any further questions regarding the hoodies, please do not hesitate to the CdE: EINSTOIL@student.eursc.eu

APEEE FUNDING FOR PROJECTS – APPLY NOW!

The deadline for the APEEE’s Spring 2020 Call for Projects is Friday, 22 May 2020. We encourage all those interested in receiving funding for a school-related project in line with the APEEE’s objectives, to apply now!

(See more at: http://www.uccleparents.org/apeee/subventions-de-projets/)

COVID-19: THE APEEE SERVICES SUSPENDS ITS ACTIVITIES FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF THE SCHOOL (12/03/2020-29/05/2020)

[See other COVID-related communication in the section below.]

Dear EEBI Parents,

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good health. Due to the closure of the School, the Services are currently not in operation. As further information on the APEEE Services provision for this particular end of the school year, please note that the extracurricular classes (including swimming) and the Friday afternoon daycare are cancelled until the end of the school year, regardless of when EEB1 reopens.

It goes without saying that a refund will be granted to parents who have paid their subscriptions, for all services. However, at this stage, we are not yet able to confirm the amount that will be refunded for any of our services (including canteen and transport where applicable) until we receive:

  1. a definitive confirmation as to the number of days of closure (which will of course impact the number of days not served to be taken into account)
  2. the final calculation of the contributions granted by the Belgian state during the unemployment period COVID-19 for companies and self-employed persons.

Once we have these data, it will be possible to make a correct calculation of the amounts to be reimbursed, also taking into account the fixed costs, the solidarity contributions towards our employees and contractors in temporary unemployment and any losses that remain to be covered, so as to not endanger the survival of APEEE Services (the non-profit association for the children and parents of Uccle and Berkendael) and its employees.

In parallel, we are also making every effort to organise the start of the next school year and you will soon receive information and instructions for the re-inscriptions for the academic year 2020/2021. In case of particular requests to the Services’ Staff, for the time being you can contact them ONLY by e-mail. Please find the contact information for the different services listed in the box below.

Thank you for your continued collaboration, understanding and support. Take care of yourselves and stay healthy.

Zoltán Krasznai
President of the APEEE Services

APEEE Secretariat Info:

The APEEE Secretariat will continue to conduct daily business, albeit in a limited capacity, and the APEEE Board will continue to hold essential meetings, as is possible within the given the constraints.

In case of need, the Secretariat will be available during normal office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8.30 – 12.30. Due to remote work, we advise you to contact us by email, using the address below. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

For additional information and the latest updates, see Communication on COVID below.

Kathryn Máthé
President of the APEEE

E-mail addresses of the various APEEE Services:

General Coordination - coordination@apeee-bxl1-services.be

Extracurricular Activities Uccle (Césame) - cesame@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Extracurricular Activities Berkendael – periscolaire.berkendael@uccleparents.org
Garderie - garderie@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Lockers - casiers@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Swimming - natation@uccleparents.org
Canteen - cantine@apeee-bxl1-services.be
Transport - transport@apeee-bxl-services.be

E-mail address of the APEEE Secretariat: info@uccleparents.org

COMMUNICATION FROM THE APEEE AND APEEE SERVICES ON THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK (18/05/2020)

Dear EEBI Parents,As we know, the school will undertake a partial reopening in June. More specifically,

The European Schools in Brussels will continue with the distance learning programme up to the 3rd of July, 2020. However, as from the 2nd of June, 2020 each of the four schools will organise a programme of educational activities to target certain year groups with specific aims and objectives. Each school knows its own priorities and will organise the programmes in accordance with their needs.

(Note: you can find the full letter from the Direction as well as all official communications from the School and Central Office stored in your SMS/myschoolmanagement account for reference.) The option chosen by the school direction will allow parents to send their children back to the school sites on a voluntary basis for a few days and some activities before summer. Distance schooling will remain the norm for most, if not all pedagogical content. In the coming weeks, the APEEE will concentrate on assisting the school management in detailing their programme for June and perhaps more importantly in preparing for the return to school after summer.

In the meantime, many parents still have pending concerns regarding measures taken (or not yet taken) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the disruption in the school programme. Here below, see the status of issues of common concern to EEBI parents:

Cancelled S7 Programme and Trips:

  • The direction has informed us that the school is in negotiations with travel providers. They have asked for patience from families as they would like to sort out all trips with providers before dispersing reimbursement payments.
  • The plans for the S7 end-of-school programmes and Bacc ceremony are still pending, but there are ongoing discussions between the direction and S7 students to see how such programmes can be rescheduled in light of the current circumstances.

Prospects for Student Mobility, Work Experience and Trips:

  • The status of the Autumn 2020 Mobility Programme for S5 students is unclear. Recently, several key schools, e.g. Alicante, Varese, Bergen, Munich, Karlsruhe and LuxII, have cancelled their participation, which suggests that families planning to take part should remain cautious. We have asked the Direction to confirm.
  • The APEEE has raised the question of postponement of S5 and S6 Work Experience placements originally scheduled for the April Project Week. It may be possible to amend current contracts to allow placements to take place at a later date, but we can only see how this might work in practice after school reopens.
  • The APEEE has requested that the school allow S4 students who missed travel programmes in the 2020 April Project Week the opportunity to take part in 2021 Project Week programmes. There is some possibility that other special programmes might be rescheduled as well, but future plans are currently pending.

S4-S6 B Marks: After the publication of the Board of Governors’ decision on 2020 end-of-year evaluation of European School students, S4-S6 families raised concerns about the duplication of first semester B marks in the second semester reports and the potential impact on student motivation and university admissions.

  • Families have been assured that the section of article 59.5 of the General Rules that has not been derogated will allow teachers to take the full account of each student’s performance throughout the year. The school has committed to officially reminding teachers that they should use their full discretion in determining how much weight to assign A and B marks in the final mark. Teachers' marks are also reviewed by the class councils.
  • There was additional concern that the presence of the duplicated B marks on S6 transcripts could potentially disadvantage European School students in the university admission process—independently of the final marks assigned. In response, INTERPARENTS, the APEEE and section representatives have asked either that transcripts not include A/B marks or that the source of these marks be explained in an annotation. The direction has agreed to address the issue of the transcripts.

2020 Baccalaureate: The final formula for the Baccalaureate was not determined by the Board of Governors (BoG) during their 15-17 April meeting but is currently the subject of a written procedure to that body. The key issues at stake are the ponderance of A and B semester marks in the final mark for each course and the relative weighting of courses in the final mark. The APEEE will inform you of the results when these are known, sometime after 24 May.
For students who are not happy with the marks obtained using the formula above, two options remain:
(1) They can request to sit an extraordinary session of the Baccalaureate Examination--both written and oral parts--in Autumn; the extraordinary Baccalaureate must be taken in full and marks will automatically replace those received from the formula above.
(2) Alternatively, they can request to repeat the S7 year.
Requests for either of these measures must be emailed to the director of the school by the candidate (or a legal guardian) within 10 calendar days of receiving the results.

Remote Learning Quality: In closing, given that the status quo will continue at least through June, the APEEE has committed to supporting families that still have concerns about the quality of the EEBI distance education regime.

If you have concerns, and for whatever reason the school's complaints procedure (see 18 March message below) does not meet your needs, we urge you to be in touch with your class and section representatives--or, for Berkendael families, with the Berkendael Working Group--as well as with APEEE's Remote Learning Feedback Group.

Remote Learning Feedback Group:

We will also continue to urge the school to ensure that distance teaching meets a minimum standard for all courses.

As always please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions:

APEEE - info@uccleparents.org
APEEE Services - coordination@apeee-bxl1-services.be

We wish you and your family healthy and peaceful end of year.

Kathryn Máthé
President of the APEEE

We attach:

(18/03/2020)

Dear EEBI Parents,

As noted in the message above, the APEEE Services will be closed without children in the school to care for, but they will be available by email through the contact address of each Service. They will treat all problems related to the unforeseen disruption after the return to school.

The APEEE will try to carry on as we can in a reduced capacity, carrying out much of our work via email or phone and holding mandatory meetings remotely if needed. Like the School, the APEEE has been quite overwhelmed by the deluge of communication over the last weeks. We have tried to respond as best we could to all concerns and to direct people to the right place. We have also greatly appreciated the School Management’s continuous communication and assurances given to families over this difficult period as well as a willingness to take parent feedback into account in their evolving response.

Over the recent period, concerns have related primarily to:

  • The cancellation of trips: as far as we know this has not yet caused any financial repercussions for parents at our school—please let us know if problems occur.
  • The impact of quarantine and school closure on the S7 students and the Bac: a conversation on this has been initiated with the Central Office through INTERPARENTS.
  • The introduction of remote learning in the primary and secondary cycles:
    • We are monitoring the programme put in place at our school and also tracking developments and best practices throughout the system to the best of our ability.
    • We are also working with INTERPARENTS to raise questions about remote learning with the Central Office.
  • PLEASE NOTE: if parents have any concerns—either technical or pedagogical—about the remote learning being implemented in their classes, we ask them to turn to the school first. We are hoping that the school is providing any needed technical support for teachers, parents and students. If there are pedagogical problems or concerns about the programme of a particular teacher, the school suggests that parents should go through the regular reporting structure—raise problems with teacher, escalate to advisor/deputy director…and so on. If parents cannot find answers to their problem using the normal channels, then the APEEE is of course happy to step in and support.
  • Related to this, the APEEE will be collecting feedback, both positive and negative, from parents of primary and secondary on their experiences with remote learning. We will share and analyse this feedback with the other three Brussels APEEEs and INTERPARENTS as part of a larger effort to learn and improve as we go. We ask parents to provide feedback through their class and section representatives (or, for Berkendael families, via the Berkendael Working Group), who can collate this and forward to the APEEE’s four-members Remote Learning Feedback Group.
  • As always please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions:
  • APEEE- info@uccleparents.org
    APEEE Services - coordination@apeee-bxl1-services.be
  • Kathryn Máthé
    President of the APEEE
  • We attach:
  • a list of pedagogical continuity and remote learning measures sent by the APEEE on 6 March to the School
  • a letter on Baccalaureate contingency measures sent by S7EN on 8 March to the School; later supported by other S7 classes

(09/03/2020)

Dear EEBI Parents,

We hereby wish to inform you about what the APEEE and APEEE Services have done and plan to do in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

First and foremost, we hope that you have all read by now the several communications sent by the School and Central Office of the European Schools.  You can find these at: https://www.eursc.eu/en/Office/news or http://www.eeb1.com/en/communication-from-the-office-of-the-secretary-general-regarding-the-outbreak-of-covid-19-disease/ (and in your SMS accounts).  It is important that parents keep apprised of the latest warnings given by the school and Central Office and particularly any changes in the red zones as they might affect their families. 

The APEEE and APEEE Services have been working from our side, each in our own capacity, to address the situation.

APEEE Services' managers have made sure to vet their staff and suppliers/contractors according to the latest recommendations of the Central Office. They will continue to monitor the situation and keep close communication with suppliers/contractors and staff in the canteen, transport, extracurricular activities and back office to make sure they remain in full compliance with recommendations as these evolve.

For our part, the APEEE is also monitoring our team, but perhaps more importantly, we have done our best to compile and collate parent concerns as they are sent to us and to forward these to the school, Central Office and INTERPARENTS. We also continue to work closely with the school management, INTERPARENTS and the other Brussels schools to make sure that we are kept apprised of all the latest developments. Finally, we will work to make sure that parents’ concerns continue to be raised and addressed as the situation evolves.

From your side, we ask that parents remain patient with school management. As they remain focused on day-to-day developments and circulation of the latest information to the school community at large, individual letters and requests may not be answered immediately.

The APEEE will refrain from sending communications on COVID-19 directly to all parents as we feel that this might create confusion.   But please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions:

APEEE: info@uccleparents.org
APEEE Services: coordination@apeee-bxl1-services.be

Kathryn Máthé
President of the APEEE

We attach:

RENTRÉE 2019-2020: WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE APEEE (06/09/2019)

Dear EEBI Parents,

the Parents’ Association (APEEE) welcomes all families — new and returning — for the 2019-2020 school year.

This year we can expect a new approach to French and English second language teaching for many students within the framework of the newly-released European Schools Language Policy as well as changes to the Friday routine on the Uccle campus for both our early Primary and early Secondary students. The new competence-based secondary marking system will be rolled out for the first time in the upper cycle with plans to introduce it at the 2021 Baccalaureate.

For the first time in a long while we look forward to continuity in our top pedagogical team. Mr Brian Goggins returns for his second year as the school’s Director, and he will continue to work closely with Ms Simona Cajhen and Mr Gianluca Longo, Deputy Directors of Primary (in Uccle and Berkendael respectively), and Mr Lars Roesen, Deputy Director of Secondary, to ensure that our students have the best possible education.

The Berkendael population continues to grow—jumping from 562 pupils last year to approximately 750 as of end of August 2019. The site is filling up fast! Including its so-called “satellite” classes, Berkendael currently hosts eight language groups (German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Latvian and Slovak); Greek, English and Italian have opened up P1 groups for the first time this year. The population at Uccle seems to have stabilised at just under 3400.  This year we will see an increase in our secondary population offset by a decrease in the primary.  The site still remains almost 10% over its capacity (of 3100), a real concern for students in both cycles.

Students returning to the Uccle site will also be pleased to find a newly resurfaced football court (see also here). The project was undertaken by the school direction at the behest of students.  The APEEE was glad to contribute 15,000 EUR to this project from the proceeds of our umbrella sales, sweatshirts and Fête funds which were complemented by contributions from the Student Committee (CdE) and the school.

The APEEE itself will be working under new Statutes which seek to formally introduce Berkendael and SWALS parents into our representation structure. Though we suffered setbacks due to unplanned absence in our staff last year, we hope that this year we can carry on with our plan to increase our visibility, responsiveness and accountability.

As parents ourselves, the APEEE knows that the European School system can be difficult to make sense of, even for those of us with long experience. As we start the year, we wanted to remind you that you should not hesitate to contact:

APEEE Services (our sister organisation): with questions about lockers, canteen and Friday garderie at Uccle, as well as those about transport and extracurricular activities at both Uccle and Berkendael.

APEEE: with questions about secondary calculators, student exchanges or EURÊKA (at Uccle) or to raise academic issues or questions about the general experience of your children at the school.

School Administration: with questions about canteen at Berkendael sports uniforms (Primary and Secondary), the weekly timetable (Nursery/Primary at Uccle and Berkendael and Secondary) and annual calendar, or access to campus for both campuses.

We also wanted to remind you that over the longer term we — your elected class and section Representatives, your APEEE Board, and your APEEE Secretariat — are here to ensure that your questions are answered, your concerns are addressed and that your voice is heard at all levels in the school’s structure. In a broader sense, we endeavour: to keep you informed about important developments; to celebrate our community’s successes and confront our challenges; to work with other members of the community to effect needed change; and to support all families in need— all in order to enrich your and your children’s experience at the school.

Parent class Representatives are elected at the September/October class meetings:

Berkendael

Tuesday, 3 September: MAT, P1, P2
Wednesday, 4 September: P3, P4, P5

Uccle

Tuesday, 3 September: MAT, P1
Tuesday, 24 September: P2, P3
Thursday, 26 September: P4, P5
Monday, 23 September: S1, S2, S3
Tuesday, 8 October: S4, S5, S6, S7

Your parent class Reps make up the building blocks of the APEEE Board and parent representation within the school, as well as the backbone of intra-class relations. An information packet on the APEEE as well as a brief description of the role of class reps are also available. We encourage you to get involved!

Please visit our webpage at www.uccleparents.org to find out more about the APEEE and the APEEE Services. You can also visit us at one of our APEEE Information Tables during September parent events.  To keep abreast of developments throughout the year, read our APEEE NewsFlash and meeting reports drafted by your section and class reps.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at: info@uccleparents.org.

Warm regards,

Kathryn Máthé
President of the APEEE of the European School of Brussels 1

APEEE AND APEEE SERVICES: WHO ARE WE? (29/08/2019)

What is the Parents' Association?  What is its role?

Parent representatives act as intermediaries between parents and the school. They also participate in the organisation of some very important services such as the canteen, school transport, extracurricular activities etc. Your active engagement within the Association will make a positive contribution towards your child's overall school experience.

Would you like to find out more about the APEEE?

Who are we? What do we offer? Why should you get involved? How can you participate?

Please have a look at our introductory pack:

 Plaquette rentrée 2019 Uccle_EN
 Plaquette rentrée 2019 Berkendael_EN

ELECTION OF CLASS REPRESENTATIVES (29/08/2019)

Would you like to take an active role in the APEEE? The time is right!

Consult our "elections" manual:

 Vademecum Elections APEEE Uccle EN 2019-2020
 Vademecum Elections APEEE Berkendael EN 2019-2020