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Welcome to Early Years and to our community

Please scroll to the bottom to read our Early Years Principals' welcome letter, find out what your child will need to bring to school, and much more

We filmed our most recent welcome evening

We apologize for the quality of the videos, but think you will find the information useful.

Director Sandy Mackenzie gives an 11-minute introduction to our community, the building, and other general issues.

Principal Sabrina Manhart and Deputy Principal Moira Christensen give you an overview of Early Years and Primary School in only 7 minutes.

Director of Student Support Services Jan Bakken only needs 2 swift minutes to give you the information you need.

Interested in sports and after-school activities? Watch our team’s 4-minute video below

Our Parent Teacher Association does so much for our community. Please give them your undivided attention for 2 minutes.

Please read this

Principal's welcome letter: New families orientation on August 7th and much more

Dear new Early Years families,

Welcome to Copenhagen International School and the 2020/21 school year. We are excited to have you join us and look forward to getting to know all of you.

We would like to invite you to join us for the new student and parent orientation which will be held on Friday, August 7th from 8:20-9:45 a.m. Please plan on registering for orientation in the main entryway on Floor 1. Teachers will be available to escort students to classrooms and parents to the theater where each group will receive a brief orientation to our school.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 12th.  The classroom doors in Primary School open at 8:10am. On the first day of school, all Primary School students should go directly to their homeroom class. Staff will be available from 8:00 am to help direct students and families to the classroom. Staff will be available to help direct you to the classrooms from 8:00.

School begins promptly at 8:15 every day and ends at 3:00 for primary school. Classes begin every morning with a morning meeting where children are greeted and welcomed to the day. This is a vital part of the day, therefore it is important that children are present and on time. Pre-kindergarten has a flexible drop off from 8:15-8:30 with morning meetings happening as part of the morning routine. Kindergarten will begin the school year in classrooms and then move to outside drop off Wednesday, August 19.

Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1 begin the year with half days. Students begin the day at 8:15 with everyone else and end the day at 12:00 noon. Grade 1 has two half days and begins full days on Friday, August 16 while Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten have three half days and begin full days on Monday, August 19. Parents are encouraged to sign up for a listening conference when they drop their child off on the first day of school. These conferences are an opportunity for parents to share their hopes and dreams with the class teacher(s) and are held Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, August 12 and 13.

Please feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions. Sabrina is responsible for Pre-kindergarten through Grade 1 while Moira works with children and families in grades 2-5. Closer to the end of this school year, we will send another letter with more details about the coming school year. Also additional details of our program can be found in the Family Handbook linked below. This is going to be yet another successful school year in the primary school. We can not wait to meet you and to get started.


Sabrina Manhart, Primary School Principal

Moira Christensen, Primary School Deputy Principal

What should my Pre-Kindergarten child buy/bring to school?

Equipment List for Pre-kindergarten 1&2

Please ensure your child has the following items. Please send each item to school clearly labelled with your child’s name.

2 complete changes of clothes
Please include underclothes, shirt, trousers and socks.

Rain gear (rain pants, rain jacket and rain boots). We go outside daily as part of our program in all weather, for a minimum of one hour.

20 kr.
Please give to classroom teachers for a mindful ‘Quiet Time’ pillow.

Water bottle with child’s name
Please send a water bottle your child can open independently. The water bottle needs to be taken home each day to be cleaned and refilled.

Slippers with rubber soles and back
These slippers should be easy for your child to take on and off. They will be used for indoor wear and need to be able to stay on their feet.

2 boxes of tissues for use throughout the year

Physical education shoes
Please purchase “børne gymnastic/balance sko” shoes for your child from a sports shop (eg. Sportsmaster, Sportigan, Intersport). In P.E. the children typically wear them without socks.

Snack box and lunch box
Please provide one snack box with a healthy snack (i.e. fruit and/or vegetable) and another separate lunch box with a healthy lunch.



What should my Kindergarten child buy/bring to school?

Equipment List for Kindergarten

Please ensure your child has the following items. Please send each item to school clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Indoor sports shoes: None marking shoes.

Rain clothes: We go out in all weather. Jacket, trousers and rain boots labelled with your child’s name. No umbrellas.

Spare set of clothing appropriate for the season: Underclothes, shirt, trousers, and socks labelled with your child’s name.

Snack box and lunch box: Please provide one snack box with a healthy snack, and another separate lunch box with a healthy lunch.

Labelled, reusable water bottle.

Copenhagen International School blue bag: Provided at the start of school for new students, returning students should bring their previous year’s bag with them to school.

Box of tissues

*Cubby space is limited, so do not bring big school bags or backpacks with wheels to school.


What should my 1st Grade child buy/bring to school?

Equipment List for Grade 1

Please ensure your child has the following items. Please send each item to school clearly labelled with your child’s name.

A small water bottle
A labelled lunch box
A box/container for your child’s daily snack
Indoor shoes (no laces, non-fabric soles)
Indoor athletic shoes (must not have a black sole)
A box of tissues/Kleenex
Rain gear (waterproof jacket, pants/trousers and boots.) We go out in all weather!
An extra set of clothes (underwear, socks, pants, shirt)
1 package of playdough
A recorder for music

Most recommended:
Also acceptable:

Order locally here:

Cubby space is limited, so please do not bring big school bags or backpacks with wheels to school.


My child is in BRIDGES. What should we buy/bring to school?

CIS ‘BRIDGES’ Supply List 

Below is a list of items your child will need from the first day of school to bring and to keep at school. Please write your child’s name on everything. It helps us to help them find and keep their things organised.

  1. Two (2) full sets of extra clothing (include underclothes, shirts, pants and socks) to be kept at school. Please check and update your child’s spare clothes regularly and according to the season.
  2. A full set of rain gear (rain pants, rain jacket and rain boots). We go outside in all weather​; snowsuits, hats and gloves will be required in colder months.
  3. Comfortable slippers for indoors that stay on children’s feet (indoor shoes). Children should be able to independently put these on easily.
  4. Two boxes of wet/ baby wipes​.
  5. A reusable bottle of water (to be brought home everyday for washing), that your child can open independently.
  6. A pair of headphones​ that is comfortable for your child to use with computers.
  7. A package of play dough​.
  8. PE shoes ​to be kept at school in a cloth back that your child will carry to the gym.
  9. A set of family pictures to share with the team, as this will help us to establish conversations with your child about your family.
  10. Every school day: a healthy snack ​in a separate container, and a lunch box​, ​that your child can open independently.


Parent-to-parent: The Buddy Programme and the parent communication platform

Dear new family,

On behalf of the Parent Teacher Association Committee, welcome to Copenhagen International School and Copenhagen. Our role is to welcome new families and help them to settle into life here. We know that moving to a new community can be daunting and we aim to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Before you start school there are some ways in which we can help.

We offer a Buddy Programme, where we link incoming families with an existing Copenhagen International School family who can answer any queries you may have about the school and life in Copenhagen in general.

If you are interested in having a buddy family please fill out this form.

Newcomers Guide 

We use a GDPR compliant communication tool called Classlist. You can request to join using this link

We also organise various events throughout the year such as the Parent and Staff Social, Ladies’ Night and Dads’ Club and details of these will be posted on Classlist.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at any time using this link. We will be happy to help you and your family settle into your new community

We look forward to meeting you and your family. 

Kind regards,

Copenhagen International School Parent Teacher Association 

The Parent Teacher Association uses Classlist to communicate with our families. Click here to sign up to Classlist.

Our Family Handbook

Everything you need to know can be found in our extensive Family Handbook