Back to the classroom, make-up sessions & summer camp

Letter to the parents

May 28, 2020

Dear Ahead With English Parents in Therwil and Riehen,

 

We are very pleased that teaching pre-school and some of our smaller classes in the classroom again has gone very smoothly.  It is lovely to teach the children in person again and we're looking forward to teaching all of our classes in our classrooms again.

Please note that on June 8th

  • All classes and Speech Therapy sessions will be taught in our classrooms again.

Teachers will be happy to send lesson packets and missed work to children who are unable to come to class.   

Please read our Hygiene and Social Distancing Guidelines below.  Our classes will continue to be as educational and fun as they always have been while we observe the guidelines to the best of our ability.

At the beginning of the crisis, we promised goodwill catch-up sessions. Given the guidelines, we can only allow children to attend if you have let us know in advance.  These sessions are or children in our afternoon classes. 

Please let us know  with an email which sessions you would like your children to attend so we can plan age and level appropriate activities. 

Goodwill Catch-up Sessions

Saturday, June 6: 10:00 - 12:00 in Therwil

Saturday ,June 6: 14:00 - 16:00 in Therwil

Saturday, June 13: 10:00 - 12:00 in Riehen

Saturday ,June 13: 14:00 - 16:00 in Therwil

Saturday, June 20: 10:00 - 12:00 in Therwil

Saturday ,June 20: 14:00 - 16:00 in Riehen

Planning for next year

We are planning our classes for next year.  Please let us know if your child will no longer be able to attend class at the same time or on the same day and when would you like them to come next term.

Summer Camp

We will be running a summer camp for children aged 2.5 - 6 in Riehen during the first week of the holiday. If your vacation plans have been cancelled or postponed, we would love to have you join us.

We hope all of you are enjoying the sunshine and we very much look forward to seeing your children in our classrooms again in June.

With kind regards,

The Ahead With English Team

Pre-school Hygiene and Social Distancing Guidelines

Pre-school will start in our classrooms in Therwil and Riehen 

the week of May 18, 2020

Ahead With English Hygiene and Social Distancing Guidelines – For Pre-school

In accordance with Swiss Federal Guidelines                                                                      

Effective May 11, 2020

 

Pre-school Supplement to Ahead With English Hygiene and Social Distancing Guidelines – For All Classes to be observed to the best of our ability while maintaining a safe and happy pre-school environment. 

 

  • Teachers are the only adults allowed into the entrance and pre-school room whilst pre-school is in progress.  Exception: Pre-school parents bringing their child at the start of Pre-school (see below).

 

  • All adults must maintain a 2m distance between each other; families must keep a 2m distance from other families.

 

  • Teachers will try to maintain social distance from children where possible but with young children it is understood that this is not always possible. Masks will be available for teachers to wear but are not compulsory. Please prepare your child that teachers may wear masks.

 

  • ARRIVAL. On arrival, one parent at a time can bring the child into school hallway. They will be met by the teacher, maintaining social distance, and child can enter the classroom. Please wait outside if there is another parent/child already in the hallway. Please keep a 2m distance from other families. Do not block the entrance.

 

  • When in the building, please encourage your child to enter quickly, especially if other families are waiting to come in. If your child is distressed or reluctant to enter the classroom, please step out and try again when it is safe to do so. If your child will not settle, please to try another day. Parents cannot stay with their child in the school.

 

  • When entering the building all persons must use hand sanitizer or wash their hands. Paper towels will be used and disposed of.

 

  • LEAVING. At the end of pre-school, please wait outside the school 2m apart, and teachers will bring the children out to you. 

 

  • If you need to pick up your child early, or are running late, please contact the teacher directly. See teacher contact details on page 2.

 

  • Do not bring slippers. There will be no changing of shoes. Jackets and bags will be kept on a chair or peg in the classroom to minimize use of the hallway. Keep spare clothing in the child’s rucksack.

 

  • Do not bring toys from home.

 

  • Please give a small snack and drink as before. Tables and hands will be washed before and after eating. There will be no sharing of snacks. We will not hand out cups/plates/utensils. If these are needed, we will use disposable items.

 

  • Teachers will bring their own cups/mugs for tea & coffee and take them home after class.

 

  • THERE MUST BE NO DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP OF CHILDREN IN A CAR OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL ENTRANCE.

 

 

  • Pre-school Daily Routine

 

  • We will try to keep the daily routine as normal and fun as before.

  • Toys will be separated for each session. Any toys and materials used will be cleaned after use.

  • Hands will be washed regularly as before.

  • We will go out for short walks. In accordance with guidelines, we will use caution when at the playground if it is busy. 

 

At the end of every pre-school session, surfaces will be cleaned including tables, chairs, door handles and window handles. At the end of every morning the classroom windows will be opened for at least 10 minutes and when possible kept open during the morning.

 

There will be regular cleaning of the school toilets, washing areas and any machines used such as photocopiers.  Bins will be emptied at the end of every school day.

 

Hand sanitisers and masks will be available at the school. The use of masks is not compulsory. 

Whole School guidelines will be posted soon. 

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

May 4, 2020

Dear Ahead With English Parents in Therwil and Riehen,

We are so pleased that the restrictions are gradually being lifted in Switzerland  and look forward to resuming the rhythm of pre-pandemic life slowly but surely.

We will resume teaching classes in our classrooms in stages to give us all a chance to adjust to the new health and safety guidelines.

During the week starting:

May 11th  

  • no classes will be taught on-site in Riehen or Therwil.  Your children's teachers will continue sending lesson packets and scheduling Zoom lessons.

May 18th

  • Pre-school will resume in both Therwil in Riehen.

  • Private lessons for adults, and children can resume in our classrooms as agreed with the teacher.

  • Tuesday afternoon classes, 16:30 - 17:30 will resume in Therwil in our classrooms (all of these classes are small and have 4 or fewer students).

June 8th

  • All classes and Speech Therapy sessions will be taught in our classrooms again.

Once a class resumes in the classroom,  teachers will no longer teach lessons on Zoom.   Teachers will be happy to send lesson packets and missed work to children who are unable to come to class.   

We are planning health and safety guidelines for our teachers, students and parents that are in accordance with Swiss national guidelines and will be in touch with you again soon to let you know what they are.

We hope all of you are well and we very much look forward to seeing your children in our classrooms again soon.

With kind regards,

The Ahead With English Team

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

April 18, 2020

Dear Ahead With English Parents in Therwil and Riehen,

We hope you had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed the beautiful spring weather.

School starts again on April 20 but unfortunately we will not be able to return to teaching in our classrooms yet.  We hope to return to the classroom the week of May 11th and should know on April 29th whether that will be possible.  We will keep you informed.

We will resume sending you our thoughtfully prepared lesson packets this week and supplementing these with online Zoom classes.  Your children's teachers will be in touch with you to organize the Zoom classes.

Playgroups

We are very pleased to let you know that we started running our Playgroups in collaboration with the BCT on Zoom and they have been a great success.  Please send us an email if you would like more information about how to join us, info@aheadwithenglish.com.

Pre-school

Our pre-school team is working to organize online Zoom pre-school sessions and will be in touch with you to give you the details.  If you have any questions, please do get in touch with us, info@aheadwithenglish.com.

Storytime Online for all AWE pupils

We are pleased that so many of you signed your children up for our new Storytime Online program.  Our Reading Specialists  are really enjoying reading with your children and are looking forward to continuing to read with them online until the end of May.  

Storytime Online is available to all pupils registered for a class at Ahead With English.  Each child can register for one 15 minute reading session each week  using our online registration platform: https://www.aheadwithenglish.ch/story-reading.

Make up classes in June

Once we can resume teaching at our premises, we are still planning to make options available for all of our students to make up missed classes in the month of June. We will let you know more details in due course.

Don't forget to consult our website for regular updates: www.aheadwithenglish.com.  And, if you are on Facebook, please check our page from time to time for helpful websites and creative ideas.

Wishing you a good return to school and thanking you very much again for your continued support and understanding during this unusual and demanding time.  

 

With kind regards,

The Ahead With English Team

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

April 2, 2020

14:00

Dear Ahead With English Parents in Therwil and Riehen,

Thank you very much for your support since the start of the crisis! 

 

It has been absolutely lovely to receive so many notes of encouragement and thanks from you along with pictures of your children at work and pictures of the work the children are completing at home.  It makes us feel very good to know that we are still able to do our job even under these unusual circumstances.  And it make us smile!!

Easter Break

Our school will be closed for the Easter Break from April 6 - April 17.  Classes will begin again the week of April 20.  We will let you know as soon as we know if we will be able to start teaching in our classrooms again.

Storytime Online for all AWE pupils

We would like to offer all the children currently enrolled in a class at Ahead With English the opportunity to read one-on-one with a Reading Specialist using the Zoom platform during the two weeks of the Easter Break and until the end of May. 

Please register for one 15 minute reading session each week  using our online registration platform: https://www.aheadwithenglish.ch/story-reading.

If you have any trouble using the platform or if you have any questions, please write to us at: awestoryreading@gmail.com.

Make up classes in June

Once we can resume teaching at our premises, we will make options available for all of our students to make up missed classes in the month of June. We will let you know more details in due course.

Don't forget to consult our website for regular updates: www.aheadwithenglish.com.  And, if you are on Facebook, please check our page from time to time for helpful websites and creative ideas.

And please have a look below at some of the lovely notes we have received.

Thank you very much again for your continued support and understanding during this challenging and ever-changing time.  It will enable our school to continue in the future. 

 

With kind regards,

The Ahead With English Team

We are so grateful for these words of praise!!

Thank you so much for the “Zoom lesson”, Our son really enjoyed it and he was happy to see you.  In this time everybody made “the best”!  You are Rock Team AWE!

I would like to say a huge thank you for all your hard work putting the learning packs together and making sure the kids keep on top of their studies. We really do appreciate all your dedication and know how much of your time it takes to think up a study plan and find all the appropriate materials catered to each child. You’re so thoughtful and conscientious.  Our son was eager to see all the things you had in there for him.

 

We are excited to try out the education.com link that you sent... we will hopefully get to that today... our computer recently died so I am hoping I can get this going on my phone 

 

When I suggested that he could call you... he screamed “YAY!”

 

Have a lovely day! 

And many, many thanks again!

 

Many thanks for the material. Our son was very happy to receive his letter and has already started to colour the sheets and do some activities.

Thank you to you and your colleagues for sending out learning material so promptly - it helps with the sanity!

Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for the Zoom class yesterday. I really appreciate this sort of initiative and felt it went pretty well. Our daughter seemed able to focus most of the time, which is quite an achievement currently.  Thanks

I hope you are doing fine.  I’m working hard reading books and doing my homework.  Stay safe and see you soon, 

Dear AWE team, Today we received the package with materials. Thank you so much.  

We hope you are doing well.

Thanks for organising the zoom call the other day - our son thoroughly enjoyed it!  Can you recommend an English Children’s dictionary? It would help him work more independently on his English homework.  Hope you and your family are in good health - stay safe!
 

Our son will take part to the Zoom lesson today. We think it's a great solution to have video lessons by zoom because the language spoken by the teacher is the best.

Because I'm in quarantine for two weeks, he couldn't really learn for English. My husband has focused for the daily school lessons and has planned that I will do the English tasks during the Easter holidays.

 

Thanks for all your hard work during this tough time.

Our daughter will do her homework!  Today we cannot connect because we have problems with access! we will be there next week.

Our daughter has been enjoying her hangman and is looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.  Thanks!

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

March 25, 2020

18:00

Dear Ahead With English Parents in Therwil and Riehen,

We are halfway through week two of teaching  your children from afar.  All  of the teachers at Ahead With English are  on a steep learning curve  (and we are sure you are too) adapting our lessons to be taught through the mail, through email and most recently, online using Zoom.  We are enjoying the challenge but please bear in mind that this is new to us and we also have children and spouses at home, patchy internet sometimes, and the challenge of sharing computers and quiet office space.

Zoom online lessons

We are designing our online classes to supplement the lesson packs your children have received and will continue to receive. We can assure you that all of your children will receive their English lessons and more and more supplemental classes will become available online for the classes where it is appropriate.

If you have not received work for your child, please let us know at this address: awehomeschool@gmail.com and we will make sure you receive it.

We would like to ask that your children store all the work we send neatly in their English folders.

Make up classes in June

Once we can resume teaching at our premises, we will make options available for all of our students to make up missed classes in the month of June. We will let you know more details in due course.

Outstanding Invoices

We are grateful to those of you who are paying your outstanding invoices. Thank you!

And would like to request once again that all outstanding invoices be paid by the due date so that teachers can continue to be paid, so that school materials and supplies can continue to be purchased and so that rent, utilities and all other fixed costs can continue to be paid. We cannot give refunds. 

We can be flexible in accepting payment in installments as long as you let us know and we receive the full amount due by June 30, 2020.

Please consult our website for regular updates: www.aheadwithenglish.com.  And, if you are on Facebook, please check our page from time to time for helpful websites and creative ideas.

Thank you very much again for your continued support and understanding during this challenging and ever-changing time.  It will enable our school to continue in the future. 

 

Although we are beginning to discover some of the benefits of teaching from afar, we all miss seeing the smiling faces of your children in our classes.

 

With kind regards,

The Ahead With English Team

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

March 19, 2020

11:00

Dear Ahead With English Parents in Therwil and Riehen,

As you know, given the most recent Swiss federal guidelines regarding coronavirus safety measures, our group classes will not be taught at our premises in Riehen or Therwil. 

We hope to resume teaching all of our classes on-site on April 20th but will follow government guidelines and keep you informed. 

We do hope that you are settling into a new routine managing your work obligations with your children at home, your children's school obligations and all the new demands this situation is creating.

awehomeschool@gmail.com

Our teachers are very busy creatively adapting their lessons to distance learning.  We are putting together packs of materials that we will send home to you each week for you to do with your children so they continue learning and developing new skills.  The packs will include full instructions for how the work should be completed. 

 

We will have sent out work for all of our classes, including pre-school, by Friday.  Some work is being sent by post and some by email. If you have not received work for your child, please let us know at this address: awehomeschool@gmail.com and we will make sure you receive it.

We would like to ask that your children store all the work we send neatly in their English folders so that we can review it with them when we all return to the classroom.

Once we can resume teaching on our premises, we will make options available for our pre-school children to make up missed pre-school sessions, which may include pre-school opening on extra mornings, afternoons and weekends.  We will let you know more details in due course.

Cambridge Young Learner Exams (YLEs)

Unfortunately, we are unable to teach the Cambridge compulsory preparation class that was planned for Saturday 21st March at 2:00.

We have also decided to postpone the  YLE s that were to be held on Saturday 16th May 2020 and are currently in discussions with Cambridge Examinations Basel to schedule an alternative date. We will let you know as soon as possible. 

There is no need for you to take any action. We will keep your registration details and update you throughout the coming months regarding alternative dates for the compulsory preparation classes, exam dates and other necessary information.

Outstanding Invoices

Please pay outstanding invoices by the due date so that teachers can continue to be paid, so that school materials and supplies can continue to be purchased and so that rent, utilities and all other fixed costs can continue to be paid. We cannot give refunds. 

If you encounter financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus safety measures that the Swiss government implements, please let the school know so we can discuss a payment plan.  Also, please consult directly with The Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG) Kommunication: media@bag.admin.ch or call their hotline, 0041 58 463 0000 for guidance on how to receive assistance. 

 

We can be flexible in accepting payment in installments as long as you let us know and we receive the full amount due by June 30, 2020.

Please consult our website for regular updates: www.aheadwithenglish.com.  And, if you are on Facebook, please check our page from time to time for helpful websites and creative ideas.

Thank you very much for your continued support and understanding during this unpredictable and challenging time.  It will enable our school to continue in the future. 

 

We love working with your children and are missing all of you!

With kind regards,

The Ahead With English Team

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

March 16, 2020

19:00

Dear Pre-school Parents,

Given the most recent Swiss federal and kantonal guidelines regarding coronavirus safety measures, our pre-school classes will not be taught at our premises in Riehen or Therwil.  Our afternoon classes will not be taught on our premises either.  We hope to resume teaching all of our classes on-site on April 20th but will follow government guidelines and keep you informed. 

We are putting together packs of materials that we will send home to you each week for you to do with your children so they continue learning and developing new skills.  If you are on Facebook, please check our page from time to time for helpful websites and creative ideas.

Once we can resume teaching on our premises, we will make options available for children to make up missed pre-school sessions which may include pre-school opening on extra mornings, afternoons and weekends.  We will let you know more details in due course.

Please pay outstanding invoices by the due date so that teachers can continue to be paid, so that school materials and supplies can continue to be purchased and so that the rent and utilities can continue to be paid. We cannot give refunds. 

If you encounter financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus safety measures that the Swiss government implements, please consult directly with The Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG) Kommunication: media@bag.admin.ch or call their hotline, 0041 58 463 0000 for guidance on how to receive assistance.  We can be flexible in accepting payment in installments as long as you let us know and we receive the full amount due by June 30, 2020.

Please look out for our activity packs that we will be sending out in installments and do contact us if you have any questions - we always appreciate your feedback.

Thank you very much for your support and understanding during this unpredictable and challenging time.  It will enable our school to continue in the future.

With kind regards,

The AWE Pre-school Team

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

March 16, 2020

10:15

Dear Parents,

 

A state of emergency was declared in Baselland this morning and further measures were taken to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  We are carefully monitoring the situation.

We would like to reassure you that Ahead With English classes will continue to be taught,  but creatively from afar since we cannot teach your children in our classrooms.   Since this is new to all of us, we are in the process of determining the best ways to teach our classes effectively.  We will provide you with details within a few days.  We assure you that your children will continue to progress in their English studies.

We would like to request that you pay outstanding invoices by the due date so that teachers can continue to be paid, school supplies and materials can continue to be purchased and rent can continued to be paid.  

Thank you very much for  your support and solidarity during this unpredictable and challenging time.

Wishing you all the best,

The Ahead With English Team

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

At 3:30 this afternoon, the Swiss Bundesrat announced that no classes can be taught in schools until April 4th.  Classes at our premises in Riehen and Therwil will not take place until then.  Classes at our premises will begin again the week of April 20th, after the Easter Break.

In the meantime, our teachers will continue to prepare lessons and will send work home for the children to complete to keep their English going.  We will be in touch with you again to provide more details next week. 

 

We will contact our students of private classes separately to decide how to organize the next three weeks. 

 

We will also contact students registered for the Cambridge Exam preparatory class with a new date.

The Kids Hack - Coding Workshop for Kids is postponed.  We will send you the new dates by early next week.

Speech Therapy sessions will be organized separately. 

 

BCT Playgroups are also cancelled until the week of April 20th.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aheadwithenglish.com with any questions and check the website for updates.

 

We wish you all the best,

Simone and the Ahead With English Team

 

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Information for our parents

March 12, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

We are continuing to follow the Basel-Stadt Erziehungsdepartement guidlelines regarding coronavirus safety and continuing to teach our classes.   Should you choose to keep your child at home or have to because of the guidelines, we respect your decision and will be happy to send you the work your child has missed but please let us know via email: info@aheadwithenglish.com.

We will let you know if the situation changes.

With best regards,

Simone and the Ahead WIth English Team

 

Ahead With English and Coronavirus Safety

Letter to our parents

March 7, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

We hope you and your families had restful holidays.  Welcome back.

 

We are writing to let you know that Ahead With English will follow the health and safety guidelines with respect to the coronavirus that are recommended by the Erziehungsdepartement of the Kanton of Basel-Stadt.

 

Ahead With English classes will start again on Monday March 9th as scheduled, as will all school classes in the Kanton of Basel-Stadt.

 

We attach two letters from the Erziehungsdepartement for your reference.  As stated in the letter, we would like to ask you to:

 

1. talk to your children about proper hand-washing and hygiene to help prevent spreading the virus,

 

2. keep your children at home if they show signs of illness or fever; they should be fever-free for a full 24 hours before returning to school, and 

 

3. keep your children at home for a minimum of 14 days if they have spent one night or more in any one the highly affected areas of the world.

 

We are also attaching posters that demonstrate proper hand-washing that were sent to us by the Erziehungsdepartement of the Kanton of Basel-Stadt.  We will hang these up at both school locations and talk to the children about them as well.

 

We will keep you updated as we receive more information from the Kanton.  Please refer to the following websites for more information:

www.ed.bs.chwww.jfs.bs.chwww.coronavirus.bs.ch.  Telephone numbers are also provided should you have specific questions.

 

Wishing you all the best,

 

Simone and the Ahead With English Team

Ahead With English

info@aheadwithenglish.com

www.aheadwithenglish.com

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