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Welcome to Primary School and to our community

Please scroll to the bottom to read your 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 hope 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 Primary School 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 primary school 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. 

Sincerely,

Sabrina Manhart, Primary School Principal 

Moira Christensen, Primary School Deputy Principal

What does my 2nd Grade child need to buy/bring school?

Equipment List for Grade 2

Most of the school supplies your child will need will be provided by the school. However, below is a list of equipment you will need to bring with you. These items will be kept permanently at school. Please send each item to school clearly labeled with your child’s name.

 

    • CIS blue bag – If your child doesn’t have one, you can get one at the PYP office. Cubby/locker space is limited so please avoid using large backpacks. Most students can fit everything they need in the blue bag.
    • Indoor shoes for indoors which stay on children’s feet with non-slip soles (with a back, no bedroom slippers please). 
    • A full set of rain clothes: waterproof jacket with hood, trousers and rain boots. We go outside in almost all weather. 
    • A reusable water bottle -labeled – to be brought home every day for washing.
    • A pair of headphones that can be plugged into a laptop computer. 
    • Two boxes of tissues.

 

  • In Grades 2 students need a PE kit – it is a change of clothes students bring to school in their PE bag. It is important for them to have it and change clothes before and after PE class. 

 

          PE kit should include:

  • PE shoes (basketball, indoor football, running shoes, etc).
  • T-shirt (it can be a T-shirt, jumper, long sleeves T-shirt, sweatshirt, etc)
  • PE pants (shorts, leggings, sweatpants, etc). 

Clothes should be comfortable and packed in a PE bag. 

  •  A recorder 

Most recommended:

https://www.normans.co.uk/product/aulos-303n-descant-recorder-brown – has thumb rest.

Also acceptable:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B2NU6LM?ref_=ams_ad_dp_asin_2

https://www.normans.co.uk/product/yamaha-yrs24buk-brown-descant-recorder

Order locally here:

http://gottfried.dk/en/soprano-341/soprano-aulos-303a-p3851

We love books! Feel free to send in any kind of books that you do not want or use anymore- Thank You!Many thanks, The Grade 2 Team

What does my 3rd Grade child need to buy/bring school?

Equipment List for Grade 3  

What should the students bring to school?   Below is a list of equipment that your child will need for the school year. Please send each item to school as soon as possible clearly labelled with your child’s name.  

Grade 3 Equipment Checklist 

  • Water bottle to travel to and from school each day 
  • Healthy snack like fresh fruits and vegetables 

                        (If a lunch box is brought in, please have snack in a separate container)

  • Clean, non-marking PE shoes (never to be worn outside) and sport top and bottom sports clothes kept in a cloth bag with string
  • Rain gear (waterproof jacket, trousers/pants, boots) during warm months
  • Snowsuit or winter jacket/trousers, always at school during winter
  • Warm winter boots and hat – it is windy at our campus
  • Indoor SOFT slippers (crocs or similar) safe for walking on stairs
  • One full spare set of clothes in a bag  (pants, shirt and a few pair of socks) 
  • Playdoh
  • A pair of headphones to be kept in classroom
  • One box of tissues for sharing throughout the year
  • Music recorder  – please see links below

                   Most recommended recorder:

https://www.normans.co.uk/product/aulos-303n-descant-recorder-brown – has thumb rest.

                   Also acceptable recorder:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B2NU6LM?ref_=ams_ad_dp_asin_2

https://www.normans.co.uk/product/yamaha-yrs24buk-brown-descant-recorder

                  Order locally here:

http://gottfried.dk/en/soprano-341/soprano-aulos-303a-p3851

Please note:

  • No pencil cases are necessary in the classroom. The school will provide the necessary 

             stationery. 

  • The square cubbies for the students on the G3 floor cannot accommodate large 

              or rolling-type school bags. As the year progresses and the weather changes, we will 

              recommend suitable clothing.

THANK YOU!

Grade 3 Team

What does my 4th Grade child need to buy/bring school?

Equipment List for Grade 4

Grade 4 students are asked to have these items with them within the first week of school. Please send each item to school clearly labelled with your child’s name.

    • Suitable school bag/backpack
    • Pencil case containing pencils, pens, erasers and a small pencil sharpener
    • A pair of indoor shoes 
    • Wet weather clothes 
    • A Recorder (See links below)
    • A water bottle 
    • 3 boxes of tissues

 

  • A computer mouse and earphones (optional)

 

PE kit should include:

  • PE shoes (basketball, indoor football, running shoes etc).
  • T-shirt (it can be T-shirt, jumper, long sleeves T-shirt, sweatshirt etc)
  • PE pants (shorts, leggins, sweatpants etc). 

Most recommended:

https://www.normans.co.uk/product/aulos-303n-descant-recorder-brown – has thumb rest.

Also acceptable:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B2NU6LM?ref_=ams_ad_dp_asin_2

https://www.normans.co.uk/product/yamaha-yrs24buk-brown-descant-recorder

Order locally here:

http://gottfried.dk/en/soprano-341/soprano-aulos-303a-p3851

Thank you, 

Grade 4 Team

What does my 5th Grade child need to buy/bring school?

Equipment List for Grade 5

Below is a list of equipment that your child will need for the school year. Please send each item to school clearly labelled with your child’s name.

    • Pencil case containing coloured pencils, erasers, small scissors, highlighter, glue stick for Danish
    • One pair of indoor shoes clearly labelled with your child’s name

 

  • Headphones clearly labelled with your child’s name
  • Reusable water bottle clearly labelled with your child’s name
  • PE In Grade 5 students need a PE kit, consisting of a change of clothes which students will bring to school in their PE bag. It is important for them to have it and change their clothes before and after PE class. 

The PE kit should include:

  • PE shoes (basketball, indoor football, running shoes etc).
  • T-shirt (it can be T-shirt, jumper, long sleeves T-shirt, sweatshirt etc)
  • PE pants (shorts, leggins, sweatpants etc). 
  • Rain clothes and shoes to be kept at school clearly labelled with your child’s name’
  • Two large boxes of tissues for the classroom

 

  • Recorder for Music

 

Most recommended:

https://www.normans.co.uk/product/aulos-303n-descant-recorder-brown – has thumb rest.

Also acceptable:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B2NU6LM?ref_=ams_ad_dp_asin_2

https://www.normans.co.uk/product/yamaha-yrs24buk-brown-descant-recorder

Order locally here:

http://gottfried.dk/en/soprano-341/soprano-aulos-303a-p3851

Additionally, students are invited (but not required) to bring a laptop to be used within our Grade 5 educational programme especially during particular times in the year such as Exhibition. We have Chromebooks at school which any student is welcome to use.

Thank you, 

Grade 5 Team

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