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QBGS, 13.5.2022

 
Dear Parents,

my message will deal only briefly with today, Friday.

It was a very nice day for the children of the school. The weather remained stable and we were able to realize all the plans.

The morning was characterized by a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere. The individual game stands were well attended. The music of Mr. Thompson accompanied us already in the morning and was also an important support during the Fun Run.

The big thirty for the 30th anniversary of the State European School Berlin could be formed without major problems and accidents on the sports field.

 
Many photos were taken, which we cannot publish yet for privacy reasons. We will soon be able to show some pictures at our homepage.



 

The FUN RUN was the long awaited party. To be able to celebrate together again after three years was a pleasure for all of us.

 

The day could only succeed because so many people worked on it. The game stands in the morning, the organization and cooperation during the Fun Run, the supervision of the children during the whole day, the food stands of the parents, ...

All this contributed to a really nice day. Thank you to all who participated in it.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 

 


 

 

 

QBGS, 6.5.2022

 

Dear parents,

There has been a lot of planning going on lately for next Friday. Bookweek is also coming up at the end of the month.

Here you can reach more information about these two events.

 
1.   FUN RUN and school anniversary on Friday, 13.5.2022:

 
Offers of stalls organized by parents:

1st and 3rd classes

sweet things (muffins, cakes, cookies, sweet international specialties, etc.)

2nd and 4th classes

savory food (pizza, salad, sandwiches, meatballs, savory international specialties, etc.)

5th and 6th grades

drinks (hot and cold).

 

Supervision:

We expect many guests on campus. It is the responsibility of the class team to supervise your child. Class teams will provide supervision for your children until 4:00 pm. Your child may be supervised after that time only if he/she has contracted for a late-night after-school module.

When you arrive on the premises and are able to take over your child, please be sure to report to the class team (no later than 4:00 pm). Your child will then be noted as "picked up" there. You will make the class teams' job easier if you sign your child out earlier.

 
Helpers wanted:

We need lots of parents to help us run the festival on Friday until about 6:00 pm.

To let us know that you would like to help, please sign up on the list at the following link: https://lukify.app/lcmlxq.

Helpers* are needed for:

- writing certificates (for one hour at a time),

- drawing lines on arms (for one hour at a time),

- filling up water (for one hour at a time),

- helping with the clean-up (start around 18.00).

We also need three strong people to help set up the stage on Thursday, 5/12 (3:00 to 4:00 pm). You can also sign up for this with the link.

 
Reminder:

Parents can set up class stalls between 12:00 and 13:30 and at the latest at 18:00 the removal should take place. At 2.00 p.m. children will create a joint picture on the sports field in a school-wide activity that will be photographed from the roof of the sports hall. After that, there will be a brief tribute to the thirtieth anniversary of the Staatliche Europaschule Berlin. Shortly after, the FunRun will begin.

 All further information can be found in the 41st School-Info from last weekend

 
FUNRUN donation receipt:

You donate funds with the Fun Run, which are then invested by the school for your children. The last major project from Fun Run funds was the new large swing set in the school yard. The Förderverein club can give you a donation receipt for this. This is attached to this mail. Important: It must be filled out by you and placed in an envelope with the money donated and then turned in by your child to the class teacher.

 

2.   Bookweek (5/30 - 6/3):

As you have already been notified, a book exchange is being planned. It will be held on Tuesday, 5/31. Books can be donated until Tuesday 5/24/2022. Books should be in decent condition and appropriate for children in 1st through 6th grade. Please check your shelves at home to see if you can/want to contribute. The books will be collected in the classes and then sold on the day of the exchange for 50 ct to a maximum of 2,00 €. The class that collects the most books will receive a small prize. The proceeds will be donated to charity. We are sure that the children will be very interested in such an offer and will be happy to browse through the books on offer.

 

3.   Fundraising of class 5.2 for Word Food Program:

 
Class 5.2 is currently raising money for the World Food Programme. Cakes and cookies and small toys were sold in the school yard last Tuesday and on Thursday during recess. The class had a desire to help those in need during this particularly crisis-ridden time. The World Food Program, as an institution of the United Nations, supports various countries in the fight against hunger. The class had numerous customers during the breaks, who could sweeten their break for a small price. The activity was well received by the students. The class managed to collect 500 Euros. Possibly the class will organize further activities to collect more donations.

 
Have a nice weekend.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 

PDF Download – Request donation receipt


 

 

QBGS, 30.4.2022

 
Dear parents,

here is some information at the weekend.

 
Corona - Tests - etc.:

The number of children tested positive at school is decreasing. This week there were only two students.

One request: We still think it is a good idea to keep your children at home if a household member has been tested positive. Experience over the past weeks and months shows that children often become infected when parents or siblings are infected.

 
Fun Run and School Anniversary on 5/13/2022:

Attached is the parent information for this year's Fun Run ("Fun Run Info Deutsch" or "Fun Run Info English").

More information will be coming in the course of the next days until May 13th.

 

As the preparations for the Fun Run are starting now, here comes a message from the GEV board:

Dear parents,

As with each Fun Run, each class prepares a stall to sell food and the monies raised from the sales go to the class kitty. As agreed at the last GEV meeting, we would ask each grade to bring food or drink items according to the following list:


1st and 3rd classes are on charge of sweet items (muffins, cakes, biscuits, sweet international specialities etc)

2nd and 4th classes are in charge of savoury items (pizza, salad, sandwiches,meatball, savoury international specialities etc)

5th and 6th classes are in charge of the drinks buffet

GEV Board

 

 
Mrs. Aras from the Förderverein would also like to point something out to you:

Dear parents,

to coincide with the anniversary celebrations of our school, we would like to appeal to you once again to buy school clothing for your children and to strengthen the school spirit in this way. T-shirts, hoodies or caps can be ordered in all sizes in the online store at the following link:

https://quentin-blake-europe-school.dress-for-school.de

 
Sincerely yours,

Anna-Lena Aras

Friends of the Quentin Blake Primary School

 

Have a nice weekend.

With kind regards

Ralf Müller

 

PDF Download – Fun Run Info

PDF Download – Sponsor card

 


 

 

QBGS,23.4.2022

 
Dear Parents,

School starts again on Monday as scheduled,

 
There are no new hygiene measures or I have not been informed about them yet.

The children will therefore be testing themselves every day for the next week. The obligation to wear a mask is still suspended. However, the health departments and the senate administration point out that the use of masks is still useful and welcome.

Next week, the parents' representatives will meet on Tuesday for the GEV (Gesamt Elternversammlung). Current topics will be discussed there. Your parent representatives will inform you about this at the next parents' evening.

On Wednesday, the school staff will meet for the general conference.

 
We hope that you had a quiet and relaxing time during the Easter holidays and look forward to seeing your children next Monday.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 9.4.2022

 
Dear Parents,

This weekend I would like to send you some more information before the start of the holidays.

 
Spring Ball Tournament:

Last week the spring tournament took place on Thursday. It could finally take place again after a break of two years. The 4th to 6th classes play a dodgeball version. A team from the Biesalski School also took part. Some younger grades were cheering. The long break from such events was noticeable. The teams played - unlike in previous tournaments - with great fairness and accepted referee decisions without major discussions. The medals were highly demanded. A shower of sweets fell on all participants after the award ceremony.



 
OUR FUN RUN 2022 on 13.5.2022:

According to the current possibilities, the Fun Run may be held again this year in its old traditional form. The fundraising run will now be held at the school for the 24th time. In the case of bad weather, all planned activities for that day will be postponed to 20.5. In the past, the money donated at the Fun Run has been managed through the Förderverein and reinvested for the children. The large six-person swing was the last major expense that was funded through this. We are also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the State European Schools this year. To mark this occasion, we are organising a bright day with your children. In the morning, the classes will organise a party in the schoolyard on their own initiative. Each class will organise a play activity. The official ceremony will begin at around 2 pm. The children will perform a joint activity on the sports field. This will be followed by a short birthday speech, which will end with the start of the Fun Run.

Detailed information for the families will be available after the holidays.

Parents of the classes are needed to help run the Fun Run. After the holidays there will be lists to sign up if you would like to offer your help. Traditionally, a large food market is created for the Fun Run, with each class offering drinks and/or tasty snacks at a stand. The market stands are organised and supervised by the parents. The profits remain in the class treasury. I suggest that you organise yourself through the parent representatives.

Important:

- Tables for the stalls must be brought by the parents.

- Unfortunately, electricity cannot be provided by the school. The building's electricity network cannot cope with this.

- Please expect that the stalls can be set up from around 1.00 pm.

A detailed schedule of the day will also be published after the holidays. Your parent representatives will contact you.

 
Corona - Hygiene - Testing at the school:

We continue to have a small number of children tested positive at school. The 2 - 4 positively tested children per week are usually picked up by the parents without much waiting time. Many thanks for this.

After the Easter holidays, the children will again be tested daily in the first week.

 

I wish you a wonderful Easter period. School will start again on 25.4.2022.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 3.4.2021

Dear parents,

this weekend only one message from me:

 
Corona - Hygiene - Test Results:

My last message on Thursday left some parents questioning which infection control measures we are maintaining and which we are no longer implementing.

Officially, there is no longer a standard hygiene plan to follow. Therefore, for example, there is no longer a requirement to wear a mask, and the separation of children into class cohorts, which was  to organize as extensive as possible, will also no longer be necessary.

However, there were also plenty of minor restrictions in recent years: e.g. regular hand washing, eating breakfast together in the playground, mandatory ventilation intervals, etc., which are now officially eliminated. However, some of the individual measures were not only restrictive and exhausting. For example, holding the snack break outside was not necessarily seen as an extreme restriction by some colleagues and classes. The retention of some measures that are easy to implement can therefore be retained by the colleagues individually. There is therefore no school-wide decision to retain individual measures and to no longer consider others. Everyone is looking forward to a school day that is as "normal" as possible.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 

 
News of the TJFBG:

 
Dear parents, dear guardians,

Please find attached an agreement if and when your child is picked up or goes home alone. Please fill out the form in your preferred language and send it to l.klemme@tjfbg.de. When you pick up your child, please report briefly to the information desk (school children's entrance) so that we can sign your child out. We ask you to leave the school grounds as soon as possible so that we can keep track of which child has already been picked up. If your child does not participate in an AG on Wednesday, it is important that he/she is picked up punctually at 14:30.

Starting next week, the children of thegerman Regelzweig can participate again in the 8th lesson (2:25 p.m.) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the learning time or homework supervision. The learning time will take place in the casino or in the cafeteria.

Yours sincerely

Your TJFBG Team

 


 

 

QBGS, 31.3.2021

Dear Parents,

Today you will receive a message dealing with the changes in the area of hygiene measures. We learned about the changes the day before yesterday, discussed them yesterday and are passing them on to you today.

As of Friday, 4/1/2022, the following changes will go into effect:

 
Mandatory masks:

The mandatory wearing of masks is suspended. No one may be forced to wear a mask anymore. This applies to children and school staff.

However, I would also like to pass along a note from the enate administration, the health department and the school supervisory: Wearing a mask is very much allowed and still encouraged. So if you feel that your child should continue to wear the mask, please discuss this with your child.

At the moment, many school administrators are pointing out that the vacations begin the week after next and there may be trips planned and the mask may help to ensure an infection-free start to the vacations.

Please remember if your child is traveling to school by bus or train that an FFP2 mask must still be worn there.

 
Other Hygiene Measures:

Corona conditional hygiene measures and plans are no longer in effect. Schools will be allowed to return to normal operations. However, since school life has been characterized by various restrictions over the past two and a half school years, the school's educational staff will gradually roll back the restrictions. Keeping some rules would also have advantages. Washing hands together before eating, for example, is certainly still appropriate.

 
Mandatory testing:

Children and school staff must continue to test themselves three times a week.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

26.3.2022

Dear Parents,

I hope you can enjoy your weekend. Today I am reporting only in short form.

 
Corona, hygiene, positive tests:

There are no changes from last weeks in this matter. Unlike other schools in the district, we have comparatively low numbers of positive tests. Three children were tested positive at school last week and one staff member is in home isolation.

 
Important for all children who are enrolled in an AG on Wednesday or Friday:

In order for us to fulfill our supervisory responsibilities, please take note of the following.

On AG days, children who are not registered to participate in an AG will go home after the 7th lesson.

The other children are sent to the individual AGs. This has caused some difficulties in the past AG days. Some children did not arrive at the AG they were registered for. Sometimes they went to other AGs, sometimes they went home without telling us. These children were searched for in the school building.

We assume that you have registered your child for an AG bindingly.  We need to know about it if your child goes home and does not show up for the AG offer.

If you have other afternoon plans on an AG-Day, please give your child a note for the AG leader. Before leaving the building, your child will then go to the AG leader and hand in the note. Only after this will your child be able to go home.

 
TJFBG will contact you with the same request below. Because this item is very important to us, it appears twice in this School Info.

 

Yours sincerely

R. Mueller

 

News from TJFBG:

 
Dear Parents,

Easter is just around the corner and this year we are once again offering the children of our school a great variety of activities during the holidays. Please use the attached application form to register and send it to us by 6 April. As always during the holidays, the lists to register for the different activities will be placed in the entrance hall at the beginning of each week.

 
I would like to remind you once again that if your child has chosen a Wednesday or Friday AG, the AG attendance is compulsory. In the case that your child is not able to participate and wants to leave on his or her own, please hand in a written permission note to the leader of the AG and to the head of the after-school care.

We wish all children and parents a sunny and relaxed weekend!

Your Tjfbg Team

 

 


 

 

20.3.2022

 

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

 
Corona - Hygiene - etc.:

There will be no changes in our school hygiene rules on 20.3. Therefore, Freedom Day (20.3.2022), which has been repeatedly mentioned in the media in the last few weeks, is of no significance for the school. Testing frequency (3 x per week or 5 x per week if there is a positive case in the class) and the obligation to wear a mask will not change for the time being.

The infection rates are in the range of the last few weeks. We had to report the infection of 4 children to the health department last week.

 
Construction site on campus:

It has been reported several times that there is a construction site on the campus at Hüttenweg/Taylorstraße. Over the past few weeks, unfortunately, there have been repeated mornings of construction vehicles driving onto the grounds at the start of school, blocking the footpaths and Hüttenweg. We are in contact with the construction management and the responsible authorities in the district office to ensure that this does not lead to any hazards. We have now been assured that incoming vehicles will only drive onto the site with the utmost caution. There are to be staff to give instructions when driving onto the site via public footpaths.

Deliveries will increase over the next week. First a crane will be set up and then larger elements will be delivered. Most of the large elements are expected to have been delivered by the Easter holidays.

 

Bookweek:

The organising group has postponed the date of the Bookweek. It will take place from 30.5. to 3.6. The late date would have made it difficult for longer-term projects that are started during Bookweek and need to be completed afterwards.

Among other things, a book bazaar will be planned. Books that our pupils no longer read at home will be collected and sold in the classes.  On one day, the children can look at the books brought by the others and buy them. Low prices will be kept in mind. The profits will be donated to a charitable project. The class that collects the most books will receive a small prize. More information will follow. Planning is currently underway.

 

QBU-AG - Coffee hour/Tea time/Parents' Café

A meeting place for exchange is planned, first meeting probably on Thursday, 28.04.2022 at 15:30. Meeting point in front of the school entrance. Coffee, tea and mugs will be provided, as well as biscuits. All teachers and parents are warmly invited to an informal exchange. This is to avoid conflicts, rumours and other similar things. More detailed information will follow. Ms Grant, Ms Schulz, Ms Sharpe and Ms Fiehler will be present at the first meeting.

At a regular meeting, reusable cups are to be used, which each person will bring him/herself.

 
Holiday school during the Easter holidays:

I have received 10 registrations.

The course provider is now organising the course and will let me know this week whether the course can finally take place.

 
Intensive swimming course during the Easter holidays:

Several Berlin swimming clubs are again offering intensive swimming courses for children during the Easter holidays in cooperation with the Sportjugend Berlin and the Senate Administration.

The intensive courses are aimed at pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th grade who do not yet have a youth swimming badge in bronze. In small groups, the pupils can learn to swim better and catch up on their swimming badge.

The intensive courses take place during the Easter holidays for eight days from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) for 45 minutes a day in ten indoor swimming pools in Berlin.

Registration is possible on the website www.schwimmkurse-sportjugend.de. Registration is only possible via this website.

Further information in the attachment (Elterninfo an Schulen …).

 
War in Ukraine:

We are receiving initial enquiries from refugee families at the school. Some of the children speak English. We then check whether we can take them in.

The SIBUZ (School Information and Counselling Centre) is once again providing parents with an information letter (Attached: 2022-03-SSonderbrief) to better deal with any fears that may arise in connection with the events in Ukraine.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

13.3.2022
 
 
Dear parents,
here is the usual weekend information.
 
Corona, hygiene and positive tests:
There are no significant changes in the infection pattern at the school. There were three children who were tested positive in school-based tests last week.
As a reminder, here is the procedure again according to the Berlin Test-To-Stay strategy:
Positive test at school or at home:
- The child in question stays home for at least 7 days. Siblings are also asked to be picked up or kept at home.
- To be sure that the rapid test showed a correct result, parents have a PCR test performed on their child.
- The school reports the positive test to the health department.
- The child's class tests each day for the next 5 school days.
- If the child is no longer symptomatic, he or she may "free test" after 7 days with a rapid test at a certified testing site or at school.
 
Illness situation:
The school continues to be heavily burdened by the absence of parts of the administrative staff and numerous teachers due to illness. In some cases, an emergency program had to be run and peripheral lessons were cancelled. The possibility of new hires is not (yet) given at the moment. Not only the classes in which colleagues are ill are affected, but also all other classes, because teachers there have to be withdrawn for substitutions.
The teaching staff is currently under a lot of pressure and is working extraordinarily hard. As in the last School-Info, I would like to thank them for their willingness to work extra hours.
 
Dates - Events that have taken place at the school for many years:
 
Kangaroo Competition; Math
The math competition, which has a large number of children in grades 3-6, will be held on 3/17.
 
Penalty Bench Dodgeball Tournament (Spring Tournament).
Planning has begun for this as well. The tournament will be held on Thursday, April 7. The 4th-6th grades will play a dodgeball game practiced in gym class. The 1st through 3rd grades are invited to be the audience.
 
Bookweek
Bookweek is a long-standing tradition at Quentin Blake Elementary School. It's a week of multi-faceted activities centered around reading.Due to Corona, the last Bookweek could be held in the 18-19 school year.  After a decision of the steering group, this week will now be placed in the period from 27.6. to 1.7. It was originally scheduled earlier but has now had to be postponed.
 
Fun Run and 30th anniversary of the school
The Fun Run will take place on 13.5. (in case of bad weather on 20.5.).
At the same time the 30th anniversary of the school will be celebrated. First ideas were collected in the sports conference.
Planning has now begun. The classes will be informed promptly, as we assume that the individual classes will again organize a "Food-Marked", among other things.
 
 
With kind regards
 
R. Müller
 
 
News from TJFBG:
 
Dear Parents,
We are happy to inform you that we could win Mrs. Mahns-Mardy as a new colleague in our educator team for class 1.1 as a native English speaker. We hope that class 1.1 and the team will have a good start and find their way together.
We are also happy about the new start of the AGs and the new offers and collaborations.
We wish you and your families a sunny weekend!
 
Your TJFBG-Team

 


 

 

 QBGS, 4.3.2022

 
Dear Parents,

Here is the information for the weekend.

 
War in Ukraine:

The topic is on adults' and children's minds. I have received the first questions from concerned parents.

We have noticed an increased need for discussion among the pupils. Worries and fears need space, also in our school.

The teachers at the school try to talk to the classes about the complex issues. In doing so, they are bound, as always with political issues, to put their own opinion in the background and, if they express it, to clearly state it as their opinion.

The class teams will agree on their approach over the next few days.

We know that children need these opportunities to talk and process what is going on and their concerns.

It is important for us that all adults in the school community agree on this: The children are not leading this war! They will not have to take responsibility for it. They will not have to blame anyone at school for it. No one here is responsible for it. No one here with us is to blame for this tragedy: Neither parents or children who have Russian roots, nor children or parents who have Ukrainian roots, nor anyone else.

Please help us to support your children in this regard: Have conversations with your children about what is happening in Ukraine, try to explain the context as best you can. Watch the reports on television together with your children: Do not leave them alone with it. Try to watch child-friendly news with your children (e.g.: logo! - KiKA).

Only if adults take responsibility in this situation will our children get through this terrible time in the best possible way.

I would like to pass on to you the newsletter just published by the Senate Administration, which deals with the childish fears that can arise from the war in Ukraine. Unfortunately, it is published only in German:

https://newsletter.berlin.de/w/ORHcDCbxPXEfh8927VRefLvQ/brOofTnFhbda5n1Ap6892dXw/H9EU763NCOx8lTUVBaBLlM4Q

 

Spring School:

A holiday school will again be offered during the Easter holidays (Mon, 11.4. - Sat, 23.4.). It is organised for children in grades 2 to 6 with learning deficits.

Tutoring in German, English and Mathematics is offered daily. There will be 15 hours per week.

The distribution of the hours will probably be planned as follows. Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are free of lessons:

 

Mo, 11.4.

Di, 12.4.

Mi, 13.4.

Do, 14.4.

Di, 19.4.

Mi, 20.4.

Do, 21.4.

Fr. 22.4.

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Classes start at 9.00 a.m. and end at 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. respectively.

We need to know how many children will be attending by March 10. Unfortunately, the organisation has to be done at very short notice. Therefore, I will not ask the teachers for possible participants in this round, but will ask the parents directly.

If you are of the opinion that your child should reduce learning deficits during the two weeks of the Easter holidays, you must take the following two steps:

 
1.    Please register your child with me (schulleitung@quentin-blake.schule.berlin.de) by Tue, 8 March, 12.00 noon.

I need the following information:

First Name:

Last Name:

Class:

2.    Fill in the attached registration form and hand it in to the office by Thursday, 10.3.

 
We assume binding registrations for both weeks.

Only when we have received the registrations we will know whether the spring school can really be offered and organised with us.

 
Corona - Hygiene - positive tests:

The positive tests are roughly in the same range as last week. The school remains on the green level of the Berlin Schools' grading plan.

 
I wish you a healthy and peaceful weekend. There is no school next Monday and next Tuesday.

 
With kind regards

Ralf Müller

 
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News from TJFBG:

 
Dear parents and guardians

We are happy about the successful start of all the AGs. The children were able to gather their first impressions and get to know the respective children from the AG. At the same time, the training of our Konfliktlotsen is coming to an end, so that we will soon be able to welcome our Konfliktlotsen back to the schoolyard.

Please remember to register your child for the Easter holidays if necessary, a corresponding form will be emailed to you as usual two weeks before the start.

We wish you and your family a healthy and relaxing weekend.

Best wishes

Your TJFBG Team

 


 

 

QBGS, 27.02.2021

 
Dear Parents,

Unfortunately, it is at this late point that I am able to address you.

 
Compulsory attendance:

Starting the first of March, children must return to school. Only if the children or household members are at high risk patients , students are allowed to continue learning from home. The required certificates must be submitted to the school administration. Up to now, these children were known to the class teachers and the school management from the last few months. Should new families now express the need for their children to remain at home, they must submit a medical certificate to the school administration. In this case, please contact me beforehand. The certificate must have certain contents.

 
Positive Tests:

The numbers of positive tests among the children are about the same as the previous week. There was a cluster in one class that appears to be due to a private meeting last weekend.

If your child tests positive at home, please continue to notify the school as soon as possible. Since the office will still not be staffed continuously, please notify the classroom teacher(s). They will then forward the notification.

In the near future, children will continue to be tested three times a week at school. If there is a positive test in the classes, testing will be done daily for the next 5 school days.

Important: In recent weeks, we have noticed at our school that children and staff have shown symptoms but have not had positive test results. Only a few days later a positive test was found. This shows that it is important to please not send your child to school if your child is already showing symptoms at home.

 
School Illness Challenge:

In addition to the numerous sick calls that are normal at this time of year, the entire administrative level (school administration and secretarial staff) is currently affected. The secretary's office has been closed for three weeks due to illness. We have tried to process the most important cases. Unfortunately, the processing of some requests had to be postponed.

Three times thank you!!!

I noticed that there were much less mails sent to the secretariat in the last week. Thank you for that, the mail from the GEV board has worked.

It is still unclear when the school management will be able to be back again and if the secretariat will be back on duty next week. Thank you for your understanding that this emergency situation is now causing disadvantages. We will make every effort to continue to deal quickly with matters that cannot be postponed.

The colleagues who are currently at the school have taken over many of the tasks of the school management and the secretariat so that the school can remain open and able to work. I am very happy about that. I am also very thankful for this extra effort. This has allowed your children to continue to come to school and participate in the presence classes.

 
I wish you a nice Sunday and hope that we will be able to work again in the next days in a little better conditions.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 18.2.2021

Dear parents,

this weekend we only have a few news.

We had 3 positive tests in school this week. The school is still classified on the green level. The new large 14 air filters have now arrived in the classrooms and childcare rooms, so there is now a unit in every room in the school that is regularly used by multiple children.

 
Thank you for your quick reaction yesterday. Picking up the children in the left courtyard worked well. The problematic tree at the entrance to the right courtyard was inspected by the Garden and Parks Department yesterday. As a result, the barrier could be removed.

As there is construction on campus I would like to point out again that please use the sidewalk on the opposite side of the school. We are in contact with the relevant authorities, the police and the construction management to regulate the delivery traffic of the construction vehicles (not between 7:30 and 8:15). Unfortunately, this is sometimes very difficult. But also the reckless behavior of some parents driving their children to school, which has increased recently, is very noticeable.

Unfortunately, the office is still closed for the next week due to illness. We are trying to work through the incoming mails. When the secretariat is back in operation, we will inform you.

With kind regards

R. Müller

17.2.2022  11:45

Dear Parents!

A large pine tree has just fallen in our schoolyard. The storm seems to be increasing. Another large tree in front of the right tunnel entrance on Hüttenweg is causing us great concern. (Marked with a red cross!)

We therefore have to dismiss the children today at the end of school on a different path than usual.

The children will therefore be dismissed via the left inner courtyard at the end of the school day or you will pick them up there. Please do not enter the right courtyard!

Please leave the grounds with your children as indicated in the picture below (white arrow).



Thank you very much for your support!

With kind regards

R. Müller


 

16.2.2022

Dear parents, dear colleagues,

 

It has been reported in the media and by the Senate Administration that, due to extreme weather, parents and guardians may keep their children at home tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022). (https://www.rbb24.de/panorama/beitrag/2022/02/sturm-warnung-orkan-wetter-unwetter-wind.html) An informal written notification to the class teachers is sufficient for this. Although at the moment there is no obligation to be present in principle anyway, the school staff needs your cancellation.

Classes and supervision at the schools will take place in full.

This procedure is common in Berlin during severe weather warnings issued by the German Weather Service.

Breaks in the schoolyard will not be held. Outside activities will be canceled.

Yours sincerely

 

Ralf Müller

School Management

 


 

PDF Download – test-to-stay-strategie

 

Quentin Blake GS 11.2.2022

Dear parents,

the first week after the vacations is over. You will receive the latest information of the week.

 
Test-to-stay strategy:

We are now proceeding again with a new testing procedure. Attached you will find the summary of the test-to-stay strategy of the Senate Administration. You will find a summary in German and in English in the attachment to this mail (Attachment: Test - To - Stay - Strategy). The new strategy is much simpler than the previous procedures. Time-consuming searches for contact persons are no longer necessary. It is believed that frequent self-testing in schools is the best protection against infection.

The school's "Steuergruppe" has decided to again give children a test this Friday to take with them over the weekend. Please have your child take the test on Sunday evening or Monday morning. Last weekend we were able to prevent infected children from showing up at school by using this procedure.

Only one child was tested positive at school this week and was picked up. Twenty children are in home isolation or quarantine. These children were tested positive during the vacations.

The sickness situation among the staff is very tense at the moment, some "normal" infections, sick children to be cared for at home and also two staff members who were tested positive during the vacations are not easy to cover right now). We try to organize the substitution as best as possible. Many colleagues are therefore working significantly more hours at the moment. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them.

 
Abolition of compulsory attendance:

Please continue to inform the class teacher at the beginning of each week whether your child will stay at home and work on school assignments from there. Currently, there are 36 children who voluntarily stay home.

If you would like to take your child out of school for an exceptional date, please continue to use the leave of absence form that you can download from the homepage. (http://www.quentin-blake-europe-school.de/index.php?article_id=202&clang=0)

 
Safe Walk to School:

Construction is taking place on school property in the Taylorstraße/Hüttenweg area. Although construction vehicles are not supposed to come in the morning, we cannot completely rule this out. Please tell your children not to walk along the side of the street marked below and to use the crosswalk.



 
Fun Run Funds:

A box of small toys and sports equipment was purchased for each class. Mrs. Fiehler and Mr. Vandrey have been busy shopping and packing and there are now 18 rather large boxes ready. The class teachers will bring them to the classes in the next few days and set up a borrowing procedure with the children. At the end of the school year, the class with the most toys left will receive a small prize. The boxes will greatly enrich the breaks and especially the Rain Breaks.

 

News from

 

Dear School Community,

we are very happy to announce that we have received the accreditation within the Erasmus+ program until 2027 in cooperation with Dreilinden-Gymnasium. We are thus once again part of a super exciting and financially interesting project.

Goals of Erasmus+:

Erasmus+ promotes lifelong learning, enables sustainable growth, strengthens social cohesion and European identity, and drives innovation. The program focuses on inclusion and diversity, digitalization, civic education and sustainability, which are closely connected.

 
The QBS is once again opening wide doors in the field of European education and internationalization. We have now begun the detailed planning of the request for funds for the next 15 months. We will keep the QBU up to date.

The Erasmus+ -AG is working continuously. Some of our Erasmus Ambassador students* have already given a very wonderful welcome and tour through the school to our Danish visitor this week.

we are very happy to announce that we have received the accreditation within the Erasmus+ program until 2027 in cooperation with Dreilinden-Gymnasium. We are thus once again part of a super exciting and financially interesting project.

Goals of Erasmus+:

Erasmus+ promotes lifelong learning, enables sustainable growth, strengthens social cohesion and European identity, and drives innovation. The program focuses on inclusion and diversity, digitalization, civic education and sustainability, which are closely linked.

 

The QBS is once again opening wide doors in the field of European education and internationalization. We have now begun the detailed planning of the request for funds for the next 15 months. We will keep the QBU up to date.

The Erasmus+ working group is working continuously. Some of our Erasmus Ambassador students* have already given a very wonderful welcome and tour of the school to our Danish visitor this week.

A new and exciting path lies ahead of us!

The principals of both schools with the Erasmus+ coordinators Susanne Matthes (Dreilinden-Gymnasium) and Nadja Fiehler (QBS).

 
Conflict Pilot training:

In the middle of next week, the joint training as a conflict Pilot of the Biesalski and Quentin-Blake School will start.

A total of 16 students will participate.

After the training, they will also perform services in the schoolyard to be able to mediate in case of disputes. Our school social pedagogue Ms. Amakali will conduct the training with the social worker of the Biesalski School.

 

With kind regards

R. Müller

 

Tjfbg-News:

Dear Parents,

We are happy to inform you that the new AG elections are in progress and we have been able to add some new AGs for March. Both Tech4Girl and Japanese will now be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays. Additionally, we were able to add the AG Generation Pound and Mountain Biking.

 
We also welcome two new members to our team of educators.
Mrs. Ziemer as a trainee in class 1.3 and Mr. Ghadjar as an educator in class 2.3.
A warm welcome!

Also we had a great time during the vacations with all the kids and we could finish the gallery in the hallway. Here you can find some impressions of the pictures.



 
We wish all parents and children a wonderful weekend.

Your TJFBG- Team

 

 


 

 

 

Secretary's office not occupied:

Due to illness, the secretary's office will not be open up to and including 11.2.2022. We will try to set up an emergency service in the morning hours.

 

 


 

 

 

4.2.2022
Dear colleagues, dear parents,

I hope everyone had a few quiet days before school starts again on Monday.

The Senate Administration sent a little more specific information about the suspension of attendance classes on Feb. 1. I will briefly summarize the letter from the Senate Administration here. The entire letter can be found attached to this email.

 
1. about the procedure of suspension of mandatory attendance:

The suspension of mandatory attendance is temporary until 28.2.2022 (inclusive).

The action is understood as one element that makes it possible to keep the school open for the children as long as possible. In particular, the Senate Administration considers it very important that younger children are able to participate in attendance classes.

Parents should inform the school of their child's absence in an informal letter at the latest at the beginning of the first school day on which their child is to stay at home (mail to class teacher and/or to info@quentin-blake.schule.berlin.de).

A day-by-day or even hour-by-hour use of the new regulation does not correspond to the intention of this infection control measure and presents the schools with unreasonable organizational problems. Therefore, the period that a child does not appear at school must be at least one week. Exceptions to this minimum must be requested from the school management.

 

2. Home assignments:

Suspending the attendance requirement has nothing to do with taking a leave of absence or extending the winter break. The assignments provided by the school must be completed.

The amount of home assignments will be determined by the school.

Students are to be proactive about what instructional content was taught during their absence and could be topics in assignments, tests, and other reviews.

There is no entitlement to such extensive guided learning from home as was offered in the last lockdown.

Performance reviews that could not be attended must be rewritten.

You can learn more about the information regarding the lockdown of compulsory attendance in summary form starting Monday at:

https://www.berlin.de/sen/bjf/corona/schule/#praesenz

 
Self-tests/quick tests - infection situation

Your child was given a test to take home on the last day of school. Please have your child take the test in the evening on Sunday or Monday morning before school. Even though we will be testing at school every day for the next two weeks, testing at home may prevent infected children from coming to school in the first place.

Please notify the school as soon as possible if your child was tested positive.

Please do not send your child to school with (cold) symptoms.

 
Have a nice weekend

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 28.1.2022

 

Dear Parents,

We are about to take a short break, which we have all really deserved.

The suspension of compulsory attendance, rising number of Infektions, positive tests etc. have taken a heavy strain on us over the last few months.

I wish all members of the school community a short rest. Please understand if colleagues do not respond to emails until the end of the holidays.

The colleagues of the TJFBG will not have any time off, because they will be available for your children in the holiday care, for which many children have registered.

We have also been able to bring two courses to the school for the winter school, to which participants have now been invited.

 

Further information:

 
Compulsory Attendance:

If you do not send your child to school, please inform the class teacher and the secretary's office (info@quentin-blake.schule.berlin.de) in advance.

It is not possible for the school to organise it if you only send your child for single lessons. Please keep your child at home for full days.

We will probably receive more information about the organisation of home schooling after the holidays. In any case, this has been announced to us by the Senate Administration.

For the children in the 5th grades, the recommendation period for the secondary school now begins. The removal of compulsory attendance seems to make sense for epidemiological reasons. The ideal monitoring by school staff now seems to be made more difficult by the removal of compulsory attendance.

 
Rapid tests/self-tests:

Your child should have brought home a rapid test today. Please have your child take this test on the last day of the holiday. This will reduce the chance of infected children coming to school on the first day.

We have been getting more emails lately complaining that a positive test done at school was refuted by a negative PCR test. The children perform the tests as prescribed. Unfortunately, the self-tests are not one hundred percent reliable. We still have to insist, in case of a positive test at school, that the child in concern is picked up and submitted to a PCR test. We know that this involves stress in your daily life.

 
QBU Project:

In the weeks after the holidays, a long-term project against violence and exclusion will start in the 3rd to 6th classes.

Mrs Grant, Mrs Schulz and Mrs Sharpe will go through the classes and present it. The class councils will then work on a question about a specific social problem (e.g. a bullying scene, an incident of violence, etc.) every month. The solutions will be presented to all pupils in classes 3 to 6 and awarded to them.

The QBU-AG is a group of teachers and parents who discuss current events at the school, develop solutions and plan projects.

Stay healthy.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

QBGS, 25.1.2022

 
Dear Parents,

Two important mid-week announcements:

 
Suspension of compulsory attendance:

Yesterday in the evening hours we received a letter from the Senate Administration which, as always, forces us to implement new measures without notice.

I would like to summarize the letter here briefly:

- As of Jan. 25th, compulsory attendance is suspended until Feb. 28th, 2022.

- Schools will determine the extent of learning that can be provided to students at home.

- There is no requirement for distance learning/online instruction. The Senate Administration considers face-to-face instruction to be the normal case.

- Parents whose child does not participate in face-to-face instruction must inform the school in advance in a short letter. (Email to class teacher or to info@quentin-blake.schule.berlin.de).

- Parents whose child does not attend face-to-face classes must ensure that their children complete their assignments at home.

- Vacation care is offered during the winter break. (For children of the European School and children of the regular branch with after-school care contract).

- On 1.2. there will be more detailed information for the time after the vacations.

So if you do not want to send your child to school, you must inform the school.

If your child is sick and is supposed to be attending attendance classes, please excuse your child as usual on the first day and write another note on the third day of absence.

Teachers will post assignments on the padlet.

If it has not already been done, the class teachers will invite the families concerned to the class padlet and will also arrange with you, if necessary, the collection and or submission of assignments.

 
Report Card Day on Friday, Jan. 28, 2021:

As with every report card day, there will only be three lessons on Friday. Report cards will be handed out during 3rd period.

Afterwards, your child can be picked up or go home (at 10:40 a.m.). Children who do not go home after the third hour will be supervised at school.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 22.1.2022

 
Dear Parents, Here is the latest information for the weekend.

 
Corona - Hygiene - Positive Tests:

Most important things first:

Yesterday we received an email from the Senate Office that completely changes the contact tracing and quarantine strategy! (See attachment 22012 Anschreiben ....)

 

What is new now is the following:

 
Positive self-test/quick test in class?
    

Positive child will be isolated and required to take a PCR test.

Close contacts will be identified at school and tested daily for the next 5 days.
    

We assume that because of these rules, a daily test must be done in every class anyway. When in doubt and will be tested daily anyway.

Two positive self-tests/rapid tests in one day in class?
    
The entire class will be tested daily for the next 5 days.

             
So children with a positive PCR test will be treated as they always have. Close contacts will now be tested daily.

This means that we will no longer need to send lists of close contacts to health departments immediately.

Children who are identified as close contacts will now no longer be sent to quarantine as soon as possible, they will now be tested more.

The changes described here apply to all new detected cases as of Jan. 21, and quarantine orders issued previously remain in effect.

 
There is still mandatory attendance at schools. However, I have already pointed out several times in recent days that children with cold symptoms should not be sent to school. Even if you are unsure if your child may be sick or showing symptoms, we recommend that you keep your child with you. Padlets for classes should all be open by now.  

If you do not send your child to school, please let the class teachers and/or the office know.

 
Many families are afraid of infection. This is understandable. I continue to receive more or less " energetically " written demands from parents that I close the school. I will repeat here again: Whether a school goes into lockdown or Wechselunterricht is determined only by the school supervisor in communication with the health department.

 
I just mentioned here " energetically" written demands from parents. At this point, I would once again like to politely encourage you to trust the measures we have organized. As an example in this context, I would like to mention the massive criticism that numerous parents send to us because breakfast breaks are now held outdoors. In this context, it is sometimes clear how little we are trusted. Of course, the children are wearing their jackets when they are outside. And of course they are told not to sit on the cold ground. The (literally) demanded comfortable enjoyment of breakfast in the classroom without a mask is unfortunately not at all understandable for the health department at the moment.

If you do not understand school measures, you should of course ask. Criticism is also welcome. However, please make sure that it is in an appropriate form.

The school's steering group has discussed this problem and decided to talk about such demands with the GEV board in the future. They simply bundle up too much time and attention during this time when we are trying to keep the school open.

 
Air Purification Units:

The school is getting another 13 air purification units. This means that we can now equip all classrooms (including partition rooms) and the library with one unit. Unfortunately, the exact delivery date is not yet known.

 
Corona level plan of the Berlin schools:

Despite currently having 16 children in home isolation (positive PCR test) and 34 children identified as close contacts who had to go into quarantine, our school (as well as all other schools in the district) is on the green level.

 
Restrictions due to the high number of cases:

The AGs on Wednesday and Friday will not be feasible in this form in the near future due to the high number of cases, because we mix the individual grades and classes in the AGs. However, your children will be cared for on these days.

 
French Language Diploma:

On Saturday morning, some children of the 5th and 6th grade European classes will take the Delf Prim language diploma exam. Mme Bertrand and Mrs. Stellbaum assist the students. If the exam is successful, the children will receive the A1 or A 1.1 language level. Good luck!

 
I wish you a nice and healthy weekend.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

PDF Download – school's response procedure

 

QBGS, 15.1.2022

 
Dear Parents, Today's info-mail unfortunately deals almost exclusively with the pandemic.

 
Corona - Hygiene - positive tests:

In the last week we had positive tests in various classes.

Not affected were the following classes1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.3, 6.1 and 6.2. In all other classes there were positive self-tests.

In some cases, we have already had positive PCR results reported back and contacts sent to the health department.

In the meantime, the health department only considers children who had contact with a positively tested child without a mouth guard as close contacts. Families are responsible for identifying and reporting private contacts.

 
We are in constant contact with the health department. We need all information about the positive tested children (PCR test), quarantine times etc. as soon as possible. In the future, please send the school all such information and proof of positive or negative tests to the class teachers* and to the following address:

corona@quentin-blake-europe-school.de

 
New regulations on the length of a possible quarantine have been published today.



Therefore, it is now important for health departments to know if your child has already been immunized or has ever recovered from a Covid infection.

Schools need to ask families about this now.

If your child has already been immunized or recovered:

Complete the attached sheet (it is there in German and in English) and give it to your child to bring to school in an envelope with the immunization card (Impfpass) beginning Tuesday, 11/18. You may also bring other proofs. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to accept copies. Also, please provide information if your child has already been through an infection and when your child recovered from that infection. Class teams will collect the dates of immunizations or verified recoveries and return the immunization card in the same envelope on the same day. Unfortunately, this is the way it has to be done in most schools right now. This effort may prevent the health department from quarantining your child if they have had close contact with an infected person.

 
An urgent reminder from the school administration:

- Many of the children who were tested positive at school came to school with covid symptoms, and in some cases we have been told of sore throats lasting several days. I must urge you not to send your children to school if they are showing cold symptoms. We will be stricter again in this regard over the next few weeks and will unfortunately have to have children with symptoms picked up.

We know that the stresses on daily family life are increasing again, but we must act in this way to protect the children and staff at the school.

- If you have more than one child at the school and one child has had a positive test at the school or at a testing center, please keep all children at home. By doing so, you will help us limit infections at the school. We have now had several families at the school where siblings have been  tested positive in quick succession.

- The situation at the schools is slowly coming to a climax again. Some of the parents, children and staff are very nervous. Many are afraid and very stressed. The school community must now once again prove its strength. We must all try - despite the health threat - to be friendly to each other and observe the hygiene rules. I am convinced that all parents and staff will understand this and behave accordingly. We are the role model for the children. We give them security. We have managed the pandemic in a pretty good way so far. We will continue to do so. I feel that the atmosphere at our school is much better than at many other schools. On behalf of all the staff at the school, I would like to express my gratitude for this.

 

Survey in classes 1.2, 2.1 and 3.1:

As part of his teacher training, Mr. von Eitzen is doing an internship at our school for several months. He is assigned to the above-mentioned classes and would like to address the parents of these classes in a survey next week on a topic he will be working on. I would like to ask you to participate and support Mr. von Eitzen in this.

Yours sincerely

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 8.1.2022

 

Dear Parents,

The first week after the holidays is over and I have very little current information.

 
Corona situation, infections etc.:

With a total of 8 positive self-tests last week, two children relevant to the infection situation at the school were detected (positive PCR test with close contacts to other children in the class). This concerns classes 5.1 and 6.1.

As usual, we have reported the close contacts to the health department. We are waiting for a reply and instructions from there.

It happened again this week that a child's self-test at school showed a positive result and a following PCR test at a test centre showed a negative outcome.

Next week, the tests will again only take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The school has not yet received any news about new or shortened quarantine arrangements.

Reminder:

The expected increase in the number of infections over the next few weeks requires that parents are only in the building in exceptional circumstances.  Please only enter the building if you have an appointment and report to the secretary's office if you need to enter the building unannounced. Last week we unfortunately noticed again that some parents do not follow these rules. We do not consider a forgotten lunch box or sports kit left in the car as an important reason to come into the building.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 

Information from the TJFBG:

 
Dear parents, dear guardians,

We wish you and your children a happy and healthy new year. We are happy to welcome Mr. Konrad at our school. Mr. Konrad will accompany class 3.2 as a reference educator.

The planning for our AGs is already in full swing and we are happy that the children have the opportunity to try out a new offer in the 2nd school year.

Best wishes

Your TJFBG Team

 


 

 

QBGS, 3.1.2022

 
Dear Parents,

We wish you a healthy and wonderful 2022 and hope that you had a quiet and restful time.

 
School starts in full operation after the Christmas holidays. The children test themselves daily in the first week, then only 3 times a week in the following weeks.

 
Today we had five positive self-tests in individual classes. Classes 4.1, 4.3, 6.1 and 6.3 are affected. Among these five children are two pairs of siblings.

We wish the affected children and their families to get through the next few days without any major problems.

 
Supplies of medical masks for the children are very limited at the moment. We are waiting for new supplies, but urge each child to bring a mask from home. Please make sure your child is supplied with a medical mask and also has a spare mask in their bag. Donations will be gladly accepted in the classes or in the secretary's office.

 
In the next few weeks we will see to what extent the new virus variant will again restrict our lives. Please help the school to stay in normal school operation as long as possible. If we stick to the hygiene rules at school and if families stick to contact restrictions and are careful after school, we will certainly succeed.

As a reminder, please do not send your child to school with cold symptoms or other signs of illness. We do test frequently. Unfortunately, we cannot assume that the self-tests are 100% reliable.

 
Due to the recurring questions, I have attached to this email the school's response procedure when a child has a positive self-test result at school.

 
Yours sincerely

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 22.12.2021

 
Dear Parents!

 
Corona - Hygiene - positive tests:

Today there was a positive test in class 3.2:

As always, we have to wait for the positive PCR result to contact the health department.

 
After the vacations all children should be tested daily. In the

2nd week after the vacations, testing will then resume 3 times per week.

 
Please keep in mind that during the vacations, your child's student ID (Schülerausweis) does not automatically count as proof of testing. Since children do not test regularly during the vacations, proof of testing from official testing agencies is now often requested .

 
We keep hearing in the media that there will be a massive increase in infection cases over the next few weeks. We will do as much as possible at school to ensure that children will rarely become infected. Please try to do this in your daily family life as well. Our common goal must be to keep school open as long as possible. Please keep the current hygiene rules and avoid contacts. It is clear to everyone that the Christmas season is not the best time to do so.

 
I wish you a nice and quiet Christmas time and a happy new year. Stay healthy!

 
With kind regards

R. Müller


 

 

 

QBGS, 17.12.2021

Dear Parents,

The following information reaches you on the last weekend of Advent:

 
Child vaccinations at schools:

We have learned in the media that an offer of vaccinations for elementary school children is being made at individual schools. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please check out https://www.berlin.de/sen/gpg/service/presse/2021/pressemitteilung.1156414.php for more information on childhood immunization offerings. This link mentions a separate letter to the Berlin school, but I have not yet received it.

 
Immunization appointment at Quentin Blake Elementary School for adults and for children/teens older than 12 years old:

On Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, from 10 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m., an authorized team of physicians will visit us to vaccinate the staffs of Quentin Blake Elementary School as well as the Biesalski Förderzentrum. However, since many of our teachers and educators have already been vaccinated, we still have vaccination appointments available. We offer first, second and booster vaccinations for people 12 years and older. Persons aged 12 to 30 will be vaccinated with Biontech's mRNA vaccine, and people aged 30 and older will be vaccinated with Moderna's vaccine. We have a total of 60 Moderna and 12 Biontech vaccine doses available.

If you are interested in being vaccinated, please join the Doodle list. Follow this link to access the Doodle appointment request: https://doodle.com/poll/5k3a34hubfm8sie8?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

If you do not get an appointment, please email us at info@quentin-blake.schule.berlin.de We would then contact you if we have any available appointments.

Please sign up for an appointment with your first and last name, as well as your date of birth and type of vaccination (first, second or booster). Please note: Your information will only be accessible to the secretary's office.

The limited vaccinations will take place exclusively for persons 12 years of age and older. Vaccinations will be held in the Music Room (S01 next to the English Library).

If you have successfully registered via Doodle, please come to the indicated room on Tuesday about 5 min before the vaccination date and wait there in the hallway until you are called. Please understand if there may be a waiting time.

IMPORTANT: Please bring the completed medical history and consent form for vaccination (Both forms can be found at this link: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Impfen/Materialien/Downloads-COVID-19/Einwilligung-de.pdf?__blob=publicationFile). Also, you will need your immunization record (if available) and your health insurance card.  Also, remember to wear vaccine-appropriate clothing (no top shirts or lots of tops, etc.).

Please also read the Immunization Awareness Sheet: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Impfen/Materialien/Downloads-COVID-19/Aufklaerungsbogen-de.pdf?__blob=publicationFile.

 
Communication at Quentin Blake Elementary School:

In the past week, all parent representatives came together for the GEV and the school conference also met. Among other things, I informed them about the school's actions that take place when a child massively violates the rules at school. In this context, I would like to point out three potential problems that staff often face when dealing with misbehavior (e.g., incidents of violence).

1. children of primary school age partly form their own reality or perceive things in their own way. Thus, the versions of offenders, victims and witnesses often do not correspond at all. In some cases, the descriptions of the experience at school are different from those at home. A clarification of the incident is thus sometimes not possible.

2) When we contact parents whose children have been noticed for misbehavior, we are sometimes met with immediate rejection and counter-assertions: "My child doesn't do such things!, "I don`t believe this!"

This makes further processing and calming of the situation difficult.

3. incidents, worries and fears are discussed among the parents and the class teams are consulted too late or not at all. As a result, rumors and speculations are quickly generated.

Therefore, I would like to urge the parents of the school to contact the class teams with their worries and fears and also with their anger at an early stage. This is the only way we can work well together. If you do not want to take this step immediately, please contact the parent representatives. They can then contact the class team. In this context, I would like to draw your attention to the school's complaints management system. Please inform yourself at: http://www.quentin-blake-europe-school.de/index.php?article_id=203&clang=1

 
Pick-up situation in front of the student entrance:

You know the situation in front of the student entrance at the end of the day. Parents are waiting for their children, children are running around and still playing, teachers hand over the children to the parents. Sometimes children are waiting for their parents. It is sometimes very difficult for the staff to keep track of everything. It also happens that children have to wait a long time outside for their parents. Delays can occur.

From now on, we will regularly bring children back into the childcare rooms who are still waiting outside the school entrance without their parents after 4:15 pm. At 4:30 p.m., a final check will be made to ensure that no child is waiting unattended in front of the school. If you are late, please pick up your child from the afternoon care rooms.

 
Have a wonderful 4th Advent.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 

 Tjfbg Informs

Dear parents and guardians

if you need emergency care for your child on 23.12.21, we ask you to notify us by Monday 20.12.21, so that we can calculate both our colleagues and the portions for lunch.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the mandatory wearing of masks at school. Please discuss with your children that it is important to wear a mask in order to experience the holidays as healthy as possible and to protect themselves or others.  
We wish you and your children a wonderful and reflective holiday season and a happy new year.


Your TJFBG Team


 

 

 

QBGS, 11.12.2021

Dear Parents,

today's weekend info is as follows:

 
Corona - Hygiene - Positive Tests:

·         The situation in schools has generally eased since the reintroduction of mandatory masks. We are still on the green level of the hygiene plan of the Berlin schools. There were no positive test results on the last test days at school. At the beginning of the week, we still had to send individual children to home isolation who had contact with a child who was tested positive (PCR). Many thanks to the parents who were able to pick up their children from school so quickly and reliably.

·         In the meantime, the health department actually only issues quarantine orders for pupils who have had contact without a mouth guard. At school, this is only the case during meal times or in physical education classes. If children are sitting close to each other in the regularly ventilated classroom with mouth guards, this is not a reason for the health department to issue a quarantine order. In the case of a positive test result, we are also regularly asked about close contacts of our pupils in their free time where no mouth protection was worn: Children's birthday parties, overnight meetings, ...

·         The school management receives emails from concerned parents several times a week. The contents reflect the different needs of the families:

o   Close school immediately because of the infection numbers.

o   Keep school open in full attendance mode as long as possible.

o   Introduce alternate teaching (Wechselunterrich) as soon as possible.

o   Do not introduce alternate teaching under any circumstances.

o   Suspend the mask requirement. Discontinue self-testing.

o   Pay more attention to the masking requirement. Introduce daily self-testing.

o   Allow children to stay at home due to infection rates.

o   ...

We are aware that the needs and wishes of families are very diverse. Therefore the following explanations:

1.    the school management cannot decide on lockdown measures. This is the exclusive responsibility of the senate administration in communication with the school supervisory board.

2.    the obligation to wear a mask applies to all persons present in the school. It is only suspended outdoors, at meals and during sports lessons. This order also comes from the Senate Administration.

3.    attendance is compulsory at the moment. This is also not decided by the school management. This is an order from the Senate Administration. Only in very justified individual cases related to the health risk of household members with pre-existing conditions where immunisation is not possible, may the school management decide that children do not have to attend classes. This currently affects only one family at the school.

4.    If the number of infections at a school increases, the school supervisor, in cooperation with the public health department, decides whether a school must further reduce contacts. This is then called alternate teaching (Wechselunterrich). Classes are divided and the subgroups then come to school at different times. At home, work is continued under the guidance of the school. The decision on the type of alternating lessons is made by the school management in cooperation with the school's pedagogical staff, taking into account the best interests of the children.

5.    The self-tests are carried out three times a week at school. In case of increased positive cases, testing is done daily.

·         Unexpectedly and completely surprisingly, we have received another seven air purification devices. These are now also placed in the classes that are actually well ventilated. Classes with comparatively large numbers of pupils will be given priority.

·         Christmas holidays and travel to high-risk areas: If you are taking a trip abroad during the upcoming holidays, please be aware of the legal requirements for re-entry from high-risk areas:

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronaeinreisev.html

Have you been to a high-risk area?

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

 

Christmas Caroling in the Schoolyard:

After the 1st and 4th classes sang Christmas and winter songs in the schoolyard last Monday, next Monday the 2nd and 5th classes will come together after the first break and sing some carols. Last week most of the children had a lot of fun doing this.

 
I wish you a wonderful 2nd Advent.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 

 

QBGS, 3.12.2021

Dear parents,

here is the information for the weekend.

 
Corona - Hygiene - positive cases:

Also this week there were positive results when conducting the self-tests. Today in class 1.2 one child tested positive, two other children did a self-test at home with a positive test result. We also received notification today that another child in the class had a positive PCR test.

We proceed in this case as with any other positive test result:

The children who had a positive self-test are sent to a testing centre where a PCR test is carried out.

If these tests are positive, the health department is notified and, in cooperation with the health department, the school management then identifies close contacts (e.g. seat neighbours in the classroom or in the cafeteria). If the PCR tests are positive, the health department immediately declares a quarantine for the affected children. The close contacts are then also sent into home isolation by the health department and can "clear" themselves after the 5th day with a PCR test or on the 7th day with a rapid test at a certified testing centre.

In the case of class 1.2, we are still waiting to hear whether the now positive self-tests have also been confirmed by a PCR test. The parents of the affected children will inform the school management this weekend when the information about the results of the PCR tests is available.

 
All schools in the district are currently on "green" status. This means that school operations can continue unhindered.

At a meeting of school headmasters this week, it was again confirmed that there are no plans to close the schools at the moment. We will see if they will stick to this goal in the near future.  At the moment, the general opinion is that the children are safe at school because of all the tests they have taken. Since no other age group is tested as much as in schools, positive cases naturally come to light more often. It is assumed that the number of unreported cases in other population groups is high.

 

Toilets and sanitation in the school:

After several complaints from the headmasters of the two schools on Hüttenweg, it was finally possible to have the broken sinks and toilets in the school building repaired. We are happy that at the moment everything is working again and is usable.

 

School representatives:

The elections for the school reps (Schulsprecher) have been completed. Both are from 6.1: Charles and Amelia. Congratulations on their election! They will be invited to the school conferences in the near future and will often discuss the work of the student council with Mrs Klemme and Mrs Amakali.

 
I wish you a wonderful 2nd Advent weekend.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 26.11.2021
 
 
Dear Parents,
 
since I have had to address you several times this week, I have just a little something today.
 
We felt that the info night on the transition to high school went well. We had 55 families attend from home attendance at some times. There were 25 parents in the gym.
I have had little feedback on the quality of the pictures and audio from the families participating online. I would appreciate a brief feedback.
I do not have any more information today.
I wish you a nice weekend
 
 
With kind regards
R. Müller
 
 
Information from TJFBG:
 
 
Dear Parents, Dear Guardians,
- today is the last day of voting for the student representative election and the ballots are already being counted, on Monday the results will be announced to the children. Everyone is already very excited to see the results.
 
- Please note that due to the current hygiene regulations, the school building can only be entered with an appointment. In this case, please register at the secretary's office or from 13:40 at the information desk in the student entrance.
 
Kind regards and a nice weekend
Your TJFBG Team

 


 

 

QBES, 23.11.2021

 
Dear parents,

The GEW union has called another strike for tomorrow.

After initial other news, the list of strike participants has now filled up after all.

Therefore, I would like to ask you again not to send your children to school tomorrow if you can.

As with the other two days of the strike, care for your children will be provided.

 
Planned activities (field trips, etc.) that the teachers have already communicated to you will take place.

 
The information evening for the transition to secondary schools will take place.

With kind regards

Ralf Müller
Principal
Schulleitung

 


 

 

QBGS, 22.11.2021

 
Dear parents,

a lot is happening at the moment, which is why I have to address you today as well.

 
Two important topics:

- Incident of violence at the Oscar-Helene-Heim subway station.

- Information evening on the transition to high school - Three schools introduce themselves

 
Violent incident at Oscar-Helene-Heim subway station

As you may have heard from the media, a child was attacked and injured by an adult at the Oscar-Helene-Heim subway station on Friday morning. Over the weekend it turned out that this was a child of our school from class 4.1.

Fortunately, the child is doing well and was at school today.

I would just like to inform you here that today, Monday, the incident was discussed with the class and the children had the opportunity to talk about their thoughts and concerns.  We will continue to follow up with the child involved in an appropriate manner. Although the child who was assaulted had not made a mistake on Friday morning, behavioral options were discussed with the class today about what to do on the subway if you feel you are being harassed by others.

 

Information evening for parents of 6th graders on the transition to high school - Three schools introduce themselves (also for parents of 5th graders, but also for parents of 4th graders who would like to send their child to an elementary high school after 4th grade and are still unsure)

 
Schiller-Gymnasium (SESB and Regelzweig)

Peter-Ustinov-Oberschule (integrierte Sekundarschule)

Dreilinden-Gymnasium (SESB and Regelzweig)

 
Date: 11/24/2021

Time: Start 18.30

Place: Sports hall of the school or online

 

If you wish to attend in person, the 3-G rule applies. Please bring appropriate proof of attendance.  Please come to the main entrance of the school starting at 6:15pm.

 
If they wish to attend online, click into the following online conference (green box below) beginning at 6:25pm. Make sure you can join a WebEx conference with your computer beforehand.

The link is the following:

Mittwoch, 24. November 2021
 

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 19.11.2021

Dear parents,

the following information reaches you today:

 
Corona - pos. tested children - hygiene:

At this time, class 5.2 is still in quarantine. We hope that the uninfected children will take advantage of the free testing offer and return to school on Monday with proof of a negative test.

One other child tested positive in each of grades 3.2, 6.3 and 5.1.

I am in contact with the health department in all cases and have no further information yet in the case of grade 6.3 and 5.1.

Some request:

Even though in our class 5.2 the children probably also infected each other, it is still generally the fact that in almost all cases the children are infected precisely not in the schools, but in the home environment or during free time activities. Since the number of infections is increasing at a rate that has never been seen before, I would like to urge you to be careful when your children come into contact with other people. By doing so, you will support your children's ability to attend school normally without hindrance. All schools in the district are still at the green level. The statements of the Senate Administration are relatively clear that school closings should be avoided as much as possible. We can all support that by taking precautionary and hygienic measures. The last few months have repeatedly shown that plans and announcements could not be kept after all and massively restrictive measures were decided. So please continue to act according to the requirements of the pandemic situation. Unfortunately, this is now acutely necessary again.

Nevertheless: In the next week the school management and the Steuergruppe will continue to work on the planning for possible Wechselunterricht or lockdown situations. The goal will be to ensure that every child has a reliable supply of contact with teachers and educators.

 
New swing set in the schoolyard:

In a relatively loud, animated and celebratory ceremony, the new 6-person swing was officially opened today. We are happy that the new equipment can finally be used. Over the next few days, the 6th graders will be helping to manage some of the crowds on the new playground equipment.

 

Info evening for the transition to high school:

As written in the last school info, there will be an info night with the following high schools on 11/24 at 6:30pm. Representatives of the Peter-Ustinov-Oberschule (secondary school), the Schiller-Gymnasium and the Dreilinden-Gymnasium will be present. Each school will briefly introduce itself. Afterwards, parents will have the opportunity to ask specific questions.

Due to the current pandemic situation, we want to make a double offer:

You have the possibility to be present on site in the sports hall or to be there online from home. We hope that technically everything will work out.

If you want to come to us there is the 3 G rule. We will check the appropriate proofs.

For interested parents of 4th graders: We are very concerned that your child does not leave Quentin Blake Elementary School after 4th grade to go to an elementary high school. Therefore, both Gymnasiums offer a good post-6th grade option for our SESB students.  The Dreilinden-Gymnasium also has interesting offers for our children of the Regelzweig after the 6th grade.

 
I wish you a nice weekend

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 

 
News from the Förderverein

 

The Förderverein will have its annual membership meeting on 23.11.21 from 19h30 - 21h00 via WebEx. If you have not received an invitation but would like to participate, then please email vorstand@qbes-friends.de and admin@qbes-friends.de

 

 
News from TJFBG

 
Dear Parents,

we are happy to inform you that next week a student representative will be voted by all students of the school. The results will be announced on 29.11th. We are looking forward to a great voting week!

Your TJFBG Team!


 

 

QBGS, 16.11.2021
 
Dear Parents,
The GEW has again called for a strike for teachers.
The strike will be carried out tomorrow, Wednesday, 17.11.2021 all day.
You have certainly already learned this through the media. Attached you will find the parent information of the GEW.
We now have the complete reports of the colleagues who are participating in the strike and are unfortunately once again dependent on your help. So if it is possible for you to keep your child at home again, you would greatly help the teachers staying in school. However, the school administration's guarantee that we will be able to care for your child in any case applies to this strike day as well.
 
Also:
On Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m., there will be an information evening about the transition to high school. Representatives of the two European schools, which have been accepting SESB students for many years, are invited: Schiller Gymnasium and Peter Ustinov Secondary School. The Dreilinden-Gymnasium as a new provider of the SESB education and with a good bilingual offer for our german Regelzweig children will also introduce itself. It has not yet been decided whether the day will be held in person or digitally.
Important!
If your child attends the 4th grade and you are considering whether your child should transfer to an elementary high school for the 5th grade:
This evening can also be informative for you, because the children of the Europeschool receive a unique educational program  of the state-run Europaschule Berlin, which can be continued in the three schools from grade 6. For our children of the regular branch, the Dreilinden-Gymnasium also has offers that make it reasonable to wait for the transition after grade 6. 
 
 
With kind regards
 
Ralf Müller
Principal


 

 

QBGS, 12.11.2021

Dear parents,

here is the weekly information:

 
Corona - Hygiene - etc.:

Positive tested children

In class 5.2 we have had several positive tests this week. Today, in communication with the health department, I had the children in the class picked up because there were three positive results after the self-test conducted in the first lesson. These children are having a PCR test this weekend. If this is also positive, we will decide on further measures with the health department. Since the health departments are very overloaded due to the massive increase in the number of infections, I am sure that we will not have a decision on Monday whether more children from the class will have to go into quarantine. I have therefore asked parents to keep their children at home on Monday as well.

 
Rising infection figures

Access to the building

We would like to ask all parents to only enter the building at an appointed meeting time. If you do not have an appointment, please only enter the building in important exceptional situations and report directly to the office.

 
Mandatory masking

The mask requirement that was reinstated this week happened without any major problems. Thank you for supporting us in this matter.

 

Strike last Thursday:

I would also like to thank you for your willingness to support the staff who remained in the school. You made it possible for us to organize a trouble-free day for the children who showed up at school.

I do not know yet if and how the strike will continue. We will inform you quickly about new findings.

 

New swing in the school yard

The new 6-person swing, which was purchased through parent donations to the FunRun, is now up and ready for use.

Next week it will be inaugurated during a break with all the children. Unfortunately, it cannot be used until then, because some rules still have to be explained. Therefore the swings are still tied up.

We are happy that the swing is finally up. It was a long way, because several offices and the TÜV had to approve the new equipment before the construction work could start.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller


 

 

QBGS, 9.11.2021

 
Dear Parents,

I am exceptionally addressing you today outside of the weekend:

 
The Senate Administration has instructed the schools to reintroduce compulsory masks for children.

Accordingly, from Wednesday, 10.11.2021, masks will once again be compulsory for everyone in the building. It may only be removed in the building in meal situations.

Please provide your child with a medical mask (OP or FFP 2) from Wednesday onwards. Attached is the corresponding press release from the Senate Administration.

Also: The Senate Administration has also decided to return to three tests per week in the next few weeks. So from next week we will test again on Mon, Wed and Fri.

I would have liked to have sent you this message earlier in the day. Unfortunately, our entire IT system has had another breakdown today.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

QBGS, 6.11.2021

Dear Parents,

The following information will be sent to you over the weekend:

 
Transition to high school (to 5th grade at an undergraduate high school or after 6th grade).

Dates for open houses are now appearing on the high schools' homepages. Please inform yourself about them now.

Basically you can find all information on the following page: https://www.berlin.de/sen/bildung/schule/bildungswege/uebergang-weiterfuehrende-schule/.

Unfortunately, you will only find information in German.

For an info evening, where the Dreilindengymnasium (now with SESB class and very interesting for the children of the german Regelzweig) will introduce itself to us, please keep the 24.11. from 18.00 hrs free. We hope that the infection situation will make this evening possible. We are also planning to invite Schiller-Gymnasium and Peter-Ustinov- Oberschule to this evening. Both schools have been accepting our SESB children for years. We will inform you about the more detailed organization of the evening.

 
The Gesamtkonferenz of the staff addresses parents with the following message:

Message from the Gesamtkonferenz to the school community on the impact of the Netflix series "Squid Game"

The members of the QBGS Gesamtkonferenz are addressing this message to all parents in the school community:

We the educators and teachers at Quentin Blake Elementary School are appalled by the impact of the Netflix series "Squid Game" on some students of our school. It is absolutely incomprehensible to us how children of elementary school age are allowed to watch such brutal depictions of violence on television or have access to individual scenes of violence from the series on YouTube, resulting in scenes from the series beeing integrated into games in the schoolyard.

The school staff urges parents not to allow their children to watch the series and to ensure that children are prevented from accessing inappropriate content on their smartphones and home computers.

It is the responsibility of parents as well as school staff to protect children from viewing such depictions of violence.

At school, we aim to prevent the reenactment of scenes from the series, and we intend to talk to the children about the issues raised by this situation. We depend on the cooperation of the parents in this matter.

We ask you to generally minitor and supervise your child in the selection of films/games from the Internet and on TV. By doing so, you will protect your child from content that is too demanding or even downright frightening.

 

QBU-AG:

The Quentin Blake United group formed a few years ago to organize new things with everyone in the school community to improve togetherness on campus. To this end, meetings are held regularly, to which everyone is welcome. The first major activity , an anti-bullying project, was not made possible due to the pandemic.

Since the big assemblies are no longer possible and the pandemic limits shared enjoyable experiences, QBU is now planning two actions:

1. every Friday from now on will be School Color Day. The school colors (school clothes and on the school logo) are blue and yellow. All staff members and all children are encouraged to wear a yellow or a blue piece of clothing on this day. Some classes also made fun hats for last Friday.

2.Starting next week, a "Speakers Corner" will be set up in the courtyard on Thursdays at 4:00 pm pick-up time in the future. This will give some children the opportunity to present something. This possibility was otherwise only given at the assemblies. However, due to the pandemic, these will no longer be possible.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 

News from TJFBG:

 
Dear parents, dear guardians,

Helmets are compulsory:

Our students really enjoy riding scooters and skating in the schoolyard during breaks and free time. In order to prevent head injuries in particular, it is mandatory to wear a helmet when using a scooter. Please provide your child with an appropriate bicycle helmet. This not only contributes to physical integrity, but also has the educational effect of getting your child used to wearing a bicycle helmet when using appropriate vehicles outside of school.

 
Lost & found:

On 19.11.21 there will be a market place with the unclaimed clothes from the lost and found between 14:00 and 16:00. All clothes that have not been collected by then will be donated to a charity. If any of you from the parent body can attend this marketplace or support us in doing so, we would be very happy.

 
Holiday Care 23.12.2021

Please use the attached form to register for holiday care on 23.12.21.

 
Your TJFBG Team

 

PDF Download – Registration TJFBG Holiday Care

 


QBGS, 30.10.2021

Dear Parents,

Most families have probably already read about the first information in today's newsletter in the media.

 
Day off from school on 23.12.:

With the Christmas holidays being particularly short this year, the extra day is intended to take the pressure off families when short trips are planned or out-of-town guests are expected. The last day of school will therefore be Wednesday, December 22, 2021. As no report cards will be issued on this day, the children will not be dismissed after the third lesson. Lessons and supervision will be given according to the schedule. The children must return to school on Mon, 3.1.2021.

 
New social pedagogue at the school:

Quentin Blake Primary School also now has a school social worker. Ms Amakali will start at our school on next Monday. She is an experienced professional who is available to the children, the staff and the parents as a counsellor. Among other tasks, she will accompany social projects in the classes and take care of the revival of our conflict pilot programme. In the next few weeks, she will accompany some classes to get to know the school and the school community. We will provide her with a room where she can work and also meet parents and children. She will introduce herself to the parents of the school in an appropriate way after a settling in period.

 
Problematic media behaviour:

"Mr. Müller, do you also watch Squid Game on Netflix?" I was asked this question yesterday by a third grade child.

The series is a big topic in some classes at the moment. Some children are allowed to watch the series at home. Others are interested in it because it is talked about in classes. Without wanting to get very deep into a school-wide discussion about the impact of games and films that glorify violence and possibly create more interest in this series, I would like to tell you the following: The staff members confronted with it are shocked at how many children are allowed to watch the series and how many children repeatedly watch the particularly brutal scenes on YouTube. I would like to ask you to monitor your children's media consumption, because I cannot imagine that parents of primary school children allow their children to watch such violent films.

We will closely monitor the impact of the series at school and address it with the children. Please help us in this and do not encourage interest in media that trivialises violence. Control your children's media consumption and talk to your children about it.

You want to inform yourself further? There is lively discussion on the Internet. A first impression of the concerns in schools is given by a post on the page of a Bavarian primary school. (https://www.gs-ergoldsbach.de/elternbrief-schuljahresanfangsbrief-2021-22/)

 

The series and its consequences will be a topic at the next meeting of the steering group and at the weekly meeting of the school management with the chairpersons of the parents' representatives.

 
Have a nice weekend

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

PDF Download – Open House Presentation


 



Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 09.10.2021

Dear Parents

Before the holidays start on Monday, I would like to briefly send you some information.

 
Obligatory wearing of masks:

The exemption from the mask requirement for the children was uncomplicated to fit into the school day. About 1/3 of the children wear the mask voluntarily at the moment. The school staff are also allowed to take off the mask when they have "pedagogical contact" with the children, but they have to wear it when they meet each other or move around the building. The exemption from the mask requirement is a great relief in our daily work.

 
English lessons, German mainstream, 1st and 2nd grade:

The English teacher paid by the Förderverein for the early English lessons of the 1st and 2nd class of the regular branch has unexpectedly resigned. However, I have just heard that there may be a chance to start again quite soon with a new teacher who has just been found.

 
Cabuwazi Circus Project:

In previous years, the well-known week-long circus project has taken the following form:

The 4th classes organise the big Halloween party and raise the money needed for the circus project, which is not really cheap. During the project week, the classes then travel to the Cabuwazi site in Treptow and create a show with several trainers and artists, which is then performed at the end of the week. Going through the project provides numerous learning opportunities in the social area and is always good for the classes. As a result, the learning atmosphere is usually better and more effective. For this reason, the teaching staff has worked with Cabuwazi for about 20 years and has also made this a part of the school programme for the classes.  

Due to the pandemic, the current 4th and 5th classes did not have the opportunity to collect the money for the project by organising the Halloween party. Therefore, the school supports the attendance of the project from its budget.

 
Learning level diagnoses in German, English and Mathematics - support options:

In the last few weeks, various forms of learning level diagnoses were carried out with the children of all grades. Before and shortly after the autumn holidays, feedback meetings were/are held with families whose children have achieved results that were below average. Possibilities for support were discussed.

During the last summer holidays we were able to offer two courses in the "summer school".    I have now been informed by the teachers of comparatively few possible participants who should take part in the autumn school. Therefore, no autumn school can be offered during this autumn break. We would not have been able to fill any courses. Unfortunately, experience from the last holiday schools showed that not all children whose participation had been confirmed by their parents took part in the end.

In the future, the school will apply for additional remedial opportunities under the "Catching Up after Corona" programme, which can be integrated into the normal school day. We are already in contact with a provider of support courses.

 
I wish you a peaceful holiday time. Stay healthy.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 

News from TJFBG:

Dear Parents,

The autumn holidays are just around the corner and we are looking forward to experiencing many great activities with your children over the next two weeks. For the children and families who will not be joining us for the holidays, we wish you a relaxing and exciting time.

Sunny greetings

Your TJFBG Team

 

 


Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 1.10.2021

Dear Parents,

Friday! Time for the info-mail, this time quite short:

Smartwatches:

Kids have been wearing more watches lately that can make phone calls and take photos and record audios. Unfortunately, the same applies to these watches at school as it does to cell phones. They are to be turned off in the school bag when present at school. It is best not to bring these expensive watches to school in general.

 

Corona, Hygiene, etc.:

As of next Monday, children and staff are no longer required to wear a mask at school. However, it is very much permitted to continue wearing a mask. Please discuss with your children that there will likely be children and adults who will continue to use their mask. We anticipate a transition period where many children and staff will still continue to use this infection protection.

Parents who are in school will continue to please wear a mask.

 
Cabuwazi - Circus Project; 4th through 6th grades this year:

If it has not already been done, the 4th-6th grade teachers will be contacting parents in the next few days to let them know how much each child's own contribution will be.

In 2019, the current 6th graders still had the chance to earn some good support for Cabuwazi costs at the last organized Halloween party. Since then, unfortunately, we have not been able to organize a large party where funds could also be raised for the circus project.However, as every grade from grade 4 onwards should get the chance to participate once, the school has signed two contracts through the disposition fund, which also provides support for grades 4 and 5.  The different amounts now being collected are related to this, among other things.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 25.9.2021

Dear Parents,

Last week, the first meeting of the Parents' Committee (GEV) took place. In addition to the elections for positions that must be fulfilled by the parents of the school, numerous points were discussed. Your parent representatives will report on these at the next parents' evening. However, I would like to talk about one point here: The school's Förderverein, which organises so many meaningful and valuable things for your children, urgently needs support. Help is urgently needed in the position of cashier/treasurer. If this position cannot be satisfactorily filled or supported soon, the work of the entire parent's association will be in serious danger. The current active members of the board urgently need your help.

The knowledge of a parent in the field of accounting and finance is therefore needed. As reported in the GEV, it is not necessary to organise the entire financial system of the Association, but rather to control the work in the financial area and to support important areas (e.g. contacts with the tax office). This is not a daily job, but a few hours a month. For more information, please contact the board of the Förderverein (vorstand@qbes-friends.de).

 
Corona Hygiene Infection Situation:

Next week the last children from quarantine will finally return to school.Most families had taken advantage of the opportunity to have their children tested earlier and were already back in school last week.

Mask requirement: If your child has been issued a medical exemption from the mask requirement by a doctor, please do not only submit it to the class teacher, but also send it to the school administration. There are formal requirements for this document and I must check that they are adhered to.

 
Student Behaviour:

As already communicated on several occasions, the school staff has been working more intensively with the classes in recent weeks on complying with forgotten school rules. The children's behaviour has improved noticeably. In some cases, class conferences have taken place in the last few days in order to impose disciplinary measures according to the school law and to discuss further educational and support measures in a "large group".

However, the experiences of the last few weeks have also resulted in the following request to all parents of the school community: If you learn of a child's problematic behaviour, please inform your child's class team. Please do not approach the children under any circumstances!!! This is the work of the educators and teachers working at the school! We see such a "parent initiative" as very problematic.

 
Have a good weekend.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 

 
News from TJFBG:

Dear parents,

only 2 weeks left until fall vacation!
In the attachment you will find the registration form for the Hort care for the two weeks in the holidays.
Please fill out the form and send it back to s.klatt@tjfbg.de or l.klemme@tjfbg.de by October 6.
Also attached is an overview of the current responsibilities of the educators for each class.


As you know, our school has a range of sports/play equipment for the use of the children during recreational time. This includes many scooters, skateboards and waveboards, which are much loved, but unfortunately require regular maintenance. We are lucky to have one volunteer to help us with this task, but we really need more! If you could spare a few hours on a weekly/monthly basis, we would be hugely grateful! All the necessary tools are available at the school. Please let Miss White - l.white@tjfbg.de - know if you could help us!

Have a great weekend!

TJFBG Team

 

 


 

 

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Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 17.9.2021

Dear parents,

As every Friday, today you will get some information.

 
Corona/Hygiene/Positive Testing:

It is hitting the school more intensely than other schools right now. 13 children at the school have recently been tested positive and are in home isolation. Since other children have had contact with these students, they have also been quarantined by the health department.

In addition, one teacher who taught classes 1.3, 3.3 and 6.1 was tested positive. After the health department investigated this case, they responded by quarantining all three classes.

School officials are currently investigating whether any teacher misconduct occurred. If this should be the case, the school may also take disciplinary action.

We hope that this phase, which is currently quite intense, will soon be over.

 
Learning level diagnoses:

In the last few days, we have started to carry out learning level diagnoses in the subjects German, English and mathematics.

In cases where children are found to be lagging behind, parents will be invited to a feedback meeting before the fall vacations. Feedback on the results for those children who were not found to be behind will be given after the vacations. The teachers will contact you for this purpose.

 
Intensive swimming courses during the fall vacations:

Several Berlin swimming clubs, in cooperation with the Sportjugend Berlin and the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family, are again offering intensive swimming courses for children during the fall vacations.

The intensive courses are aimed at 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who do not yet have a youth swimming badge in bronze.

Participation in the courses is free of charge.

For more information, please see the attachment.

 
Photographer:

Classes 1.3, 3.3 and 6.1 will be visited by the school photographer on 9/29.

 
We wish you a nice weekend

With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 10.9.2021

Dear parents,

 
today I have only a little information.

 
Corona situation at the school:

This week, class 6.3 had to stay home for two days. 3 children were tested positive. The health authorities issued a quarantine order for these three children. Two children from the class have to be tested again. All other children may return to school on Monday.

Important: Siblings (or others living in the same household) of students who have tested positive and have been placed in isolation must also remain at home (i.e., quarantined) at all times.The health department usually informs the families and us how long this quarantine will last and when the siblings may come back to us after a PCR test.

 
Transfer to a Gymnasium after the 4th grade:

Very high-achieving students in Berlin are allowed to transfer to an undergraduate Gymnasium after the 4th grade. Please refer to the attachment for more information.

 
Yours sincerely

R. Müller

 


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Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 3.9.2021

Dear Parents,

 
Before the weekend, some information:

 
Recruitment of new teachers:

Interviews will be held next week. The employee representatives have been informed.

We were able to find some applicants with teaching experience and appropriate qualifications.

We will probably be able to hire them fairly quickly.

The substitution situation in the classes concerned will then calm down.

 
Hygiene:

The Senate administration has extended the mask requirement in schools until October 3. There are plans to discuss this issue again on September 20 in the Senate Administration's Hygiene Advisory Council. Pediatricians and psychologists will also be heard.

Starting this week, children will perform only two self-tests per week. Testing days will be Monday and Thursday.

 
FunRun:

The FunRun is scheduled on the school calendar on 9/17. In the past - before Corona - this has always been a big school festival with a lot of people in the school yard. At the moment we doubt whether such an event is practical with all the hygiene regulations and control of vaccination and test certificates of the guests. Therefore, the organizing team has decided to move the FunRun to next spring. We assume that it will be easier for us to meet the requirements for events of this size.

 
Walk to School Action Week:

Ms McFarlane and Mr Jess are again planning our school's participation Please see the attachment to this email for more details. We need the support of parents in this!!! The information in the attachment is written in both English and German.

 
Children's Behavior:

In the weeks after the vacations, there were an unusually high number of rule violations in the schoolyard and also in class. The school administration is regularly in the schoolyard during the breaks. After the supervision on the playground was increased and in some class teams the procedure for repeated rule violations was discussed in more detail, there are already fewer incidents on the playground. The school administration has spoken with several classes. A number of children had to report to the school principal. In some cases, the misbehavior had to be described in a letter to the parents. The parents then addressed this with their children at home.

We are very quick to contact parents about serious rule violations. Efforts in the area of educational measures but also in the area of disciplinary measures (e.g. written reference for the student's file) have been intensified. A number of class conferences will be held next week to decide on further measures. In most cases, parents cooperate very well with the school's measures. We would like to express our gratitude for this. Only if the school's educators can work together with the families in a trusting manner will we be able to make further improvements in this area. We are confident that we will soon have minimized the "initial difficulties" in this school year.

 
Open House:

We will not be able to host an open house for next year's new families again this year due to the pandemic. There will only be three presentations in the gymnasium on 9/8. Unfortunately, a tour of the school cannot be offered. More information can be found on the school's website.

 
And:

- Class 6.1 is back from the class trip from Boitzenburg. It's good to have you back with us.

- Cabuwazi: Classes 5.2 and 5.3 finished their circus project today with the final show. Five days of training and preparation are over. A beautiful but also exhausting time is over.

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

R. Müller

 

 
News from TJFBG:

 
Dear parents and guardians

The AGs have now been running for two weeks and we are delighted that they have got off to such a good start. The children reported enthusiastically not only about spectacular graffiti art in the courtyard, first progress in Japanese and exciting chess duels, but also about sports activities such as tennis, soccer and hip hop dance. In addition, there will be a Forest AG in the next few weeks and the AG "Needle & Thread will start on October 1.

Since there was confusion about the email addresses of the external AG-providers, here are the contacts again:

Tennis AG:

Henry Gralow

hgral200@yahoo.de

Karate AG:

André Roland

andre.rohland@ki-dojo.de

Cabuwazi:

Norbert Petrack

franorcas@yahoo.de

 
We wish you and your children a sunny and relaxing weekend.

Your TJFBG Team

 


 

Substitute teacher urgently needed

The Quentin Blake Elementary School is urgently looking for substitute teachers for the following subjects: German, Mathematics, and Sachunterricht. All subjects are to be taught in German. The substitution is needed until the end of the school year.

If you are a student teacher or have teaching experience, please contact us at schulleitung@quentin-blake.schule.berlin.de .

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 

 


 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 27.8.2021

 
 Dear Parents,
the third week of school is over, before the weekend some more information:
 
It is obvious that we have to organize a high number of substitutes at the moment.
At the moment we are trying to replace absent colleagues as good as possible. Without new teachers, however, this is impossible. At the moment we are looking for substitute teachers for the subjects German, Mathematics, Sachunterricht and English. Since it is currently hardly possible to acquire good substitute teachers through the normal channels of the Senate Administration, I am currently launching an appeal through all channels available to me. On the homepage, through the lists of the Senate Administration, through the acquaintances of the staff and now also through the families of the school.  I am urgently looking for new teachers. Please contact the school if you have the qualifications (university degree or teaching degree) and the time resources. In the past we have been able to find very good colleagues this way.
 
Since there have been some misunderstandings in the last weeks, I would like to inform you about the currently vacant position of the Konrektorin. After Ms. Kub left the school, some colleagues have tried to take over the numerous tasks of the Konrektorin. At the moment, Ms. Jilbert is performing the duties of the vice principal on an interim basis.  She will continue to do so until the position is officially filled.
 
You will receive word from TJFGB this weekend regarding the start of the AGs.
 
With kind regards
R. Müller
 
 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
 
Ralf Müller
Schulleitung

 

 


 

 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 21.8.2021
 
 
Dear Parents,
 
last week did not bring very much that I can tell you in the weekly mail.
 
1. the senate administration has extended the mask requirement at school until Sept. 5, 2021. So we will have to continue to wear masks.


2.The children are now coming back to school for "normal" after summer vacation and after the "Wechselunterricht". Sometimes they are not reliable enough to remember some of the rules in class and in the playground.
The school staff works with the children to ensure that the rules of the school are better followed again. To do this, they also rely on feedback from the families. Please inform the class team if your child repeatedly tells of rule violations and finds this very unpleasant. (e.g., aggressive behavior, exclusions, repeated classroom disruptions, etc.).
Supervisions at recess have been increased again. The chairpersons of the general parents' committee are in contact with the school management in this regard.
I have asked the staff at this stage to report gross misconduct to me so that I can talk to the children about it. In addition, parents should be informed as soon as possible. The staff continues to work consistently on this educational task.


3. the AGs for the 2nd to 6th grades for Wednesday and Friday afternoons were chosen this week. You have already received information about this from TJFBG.


4. as it was the case after the first lockdown, classes are now beginning initial learning diagnostics in languages and math. These diagnostics are mostly done in the computer lab. The results are used to customize learning opportunities for each class and student. They are also the first requirement to participate in the "Catching Up to Corona" program, which is being launched nationwide. You will be hearing about this program in the near future. We do not yet know enough about the exact organization and implementation of support measures at our school. 
 
With best regards
R. Müller

 


 

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Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 13.8.2021

 
Dear Parents,

 
the first week is over, the timetable has passed its first stress test and has been/will be changed in some cases. Thank you for your understanding for these partly spontaneous changes.

 
In addition, I would of course like to share some news with you again:

 
School Calendar:

Attached to this mail you will find the calendar for the new school year. Some dates are still unclear due to the pandemic. You will see in the calendar, among other things, that the photographer is coming in September. The class teachers will let you know the exact day.

 
Parent evenings and other meetings at school:

For parent evenings, please have only one parent show up at a time. Please remember that attendees must be fully vaccinated, recovered or tested.

Vaccinated and recovered persons must be able to provide proof of this. Tested parents please bring current proof of testing (no older than 24 hrs) from an official testing site.

Included in these requirements (tested, vaccinated or recovered) is the Saturday enrollment!!!! Visitors over the age of 12 must fulfill one of these three requirements.

 
To the parents of the new 1st graders:

I would like to repeat my request here and make you aware that it would greatly help the school staff if your child has had some experience in taking a self-test. Please practice this with your child during the remaining days. You will also make it easier for your child to take the test if he or she has already learned how to do it in a familiar environment. At school, we only perform tests that require children to insert a cotton swab into the front of their nose (ca. 2 cm). This often causes difficulties for the children the first time.

 
List of test sites after positive rapid or self-test:

Attached to this message is a list of testing sites to go to if your child had a positive result on the self-test at school.

 
Air Filtration Devices:

You may have heard in the media that Berlin has ordered more air filters. We were asked a few weeks ago to report our need for such devices. Like many other schools, we ordered one unit for each classroom. We have now learned that the schools in Steglitz Zehlendorf have reported a demand five times higher than the number of devices available.

So there will not be a sufficient amount of air filtration devices in each school.

The Senate Administration for Education and the Senate Administration for Health see regular ventilation as a much more effective way to clean the air anyway. We will see how many devices will actually arrive at our school then.

 
I wish you a nice weekend

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 

News from TJFGB:

Dear parents and guardians,

I hope your children and you had a great start to school. As of next Wednesday, the children in years 2-6 will choose one or two study groups (AG). As already known, the workshops will always take place on Wednesday and Friday between 14:30 and 16:00. The selection takes place in the form of a marketplace where all the workshops present themselves.  There are many interesting activities to choose from, including street art, baking and cooking, Japanese etc.. You will receive more detailed information about the AGs on Tuesday 17.08.21.

We look forward to seeing your children and wish you all a relaxing weekend.

Your TJFBG Team

 

 


 

 

 

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Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 6.8.2021
 
Dear parents,
The three days of staff presence at the school are now over. The last preparations for the new school year have been made. In order to start the first week well informed, some information reaches you now.
 
Corona - Hygiene - etc.
Attached to this mail you will find the Corona Level Plan of the Berlin schools. In a short summary you can inform yourself there about the individual levels and conditions. Unfortunately the plan is only available in German.  However, you will be informed about changes as soon as possible in case of current changes to a new level.
 
We start the first three weeks of school with 3 weekly and obligatory self-tests for the children. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday the tests will be administered. If a children are absent on a test day, they will then take the test on the first attendance day after the absence.
 
To the families of the new 1st graders:
I would like to ask you to get some quick tests before your child's first day of school and practice taking the test with your child. It is important that your child is able to complete the test on his/her own. The teachers and educators are only allowed to guide your child.
It would be nice if your children already have experiences with self-tests by the first day of school. This will be of great help to the school staff.
 
The children and all other persons must wear a medical mask in the building from Monday. (OP- under FFP2 mask) This order of the Senate Administration is initially valid for the next two weeks.
 
If you have recently entered the country from abroad or are still planning to enter over the weekend, please check the following link for the latest regulations.
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html
The necessary information can also be found there in English.
 
 
In some cases, individual classes found out about the new teachers in their children's class only very late. Until the last Tuesday we were still working on the assignment of teachers to the individual classes. Unfortunately, this year we did not have the complete list of our teachers early enough to inform you in time. Therefore, we could inform you only very late.
 
We hope to be quite well prepared for the new school year and look forward to starting on Monday under relatively "normal" conditions.
 
With kind regards
R. Müller

 

 


 

 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 11.6.2021

Dear parents,

 

It's done!!

This has been a special school year. Everyone - children, parents and staff - has done an extraordinary job. This is the only reason why we have come through the pandemic quite well. My thanks go to the entire school community. It was exhausting but also quite successful. By focusing on the needs of the children, I believe we have achieved what was possible.

Our hope is that we will be able to start " reasonably" as normal after the vacations.

All we know so far is that the mask requirement will be maintained in the first weeks after the start of school and that the mandatory self-tests will also continue (3x in the first week, then only 2x).

All other requirements will be based on the prevailing infection situation at that time.

 

Report cards:

On many report cards there are different shortcuts:

n. v. oder n. e.:

not taught, not given: The content/subjects could not be taught this school year, either because they are on the schedule for the next school year or because the pandemic conditions in the wechselodel did not allow it.

o. B.:

without grading: many children were not in face-to-face classes for an extended period of time. They were unable to provide written tests. The pandemic conditions did not allow a clear understanding of the child's performance. Therefore, one content/subject could not be assessed.  

There are also some children who do not receive a grading in individual sections of a grade due to diagnosed performance weaknesses (spelling, reading, arithmetic). Even then, an "o. B." is written on the report card.

Planning for the new school year continues. There will be partial changes.

The school administration will still be in the building next week and during the last week of vacation. The following table gives an overview of the preliminary planning. The table is not a final plan. We are still busy with new hires. Some of the figures in the table are therefore still preliminary.

After this year, everyone deserves a break. Enjoy the quieter time and get some proper rest (if you have the opportunity for vacation).

We look forward to having your children back at school on August 9.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 18.6.2021

 
Dear parents,

a last message before the awaited and hopefully cooler weekend.

 
Mask requirement

During the vacation care, the mask requirement will be lifted. If you have registered your child for the vacations with TJFBG, he/she will no longer need to bring a mask.  After the vacations, I am currently still assuming that the mask requirement will be reintroduced. However, there will be no clear news about this until shortly before the end of the vacations.

 

Hitzefrei

There is no Hitzefrei at our school. However, the colleagues should arrange the day according to the temperature. In the last days most of the classes have been on field trips again and again. I think a good way was found to get through the hot days. Important: mandatory attendance is still suspended. So if your child is suffering too much from the heat, you can of course pick him/her up earlier. However, we think we have offered the children quite a nice time here.

 

There will be some changes next school year.

Because some teachers would like to tell their classes themselves that they are leaving and who will be teaching the class next year, we will inform you on Wednesday about all planned changes.

 

AG offerings next school year:

TJFBG is already planning AG offerings for the afternoons at Wednesdays and on Fridays. The choice of offerings will be organized for the first week of school. The new first grades will not be able to join an AG until the 2nd school semester. For the first semester they will remain in the afternoon care in their class or year group.

The children of the Regelzweig may participate in the AG program if they have an after-school care contract.

 
Sincerely yours

 
R. Müller

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 11.6.2021

 
Dear parents,

The children have been back at school for three days. The start went pretty well so far. We are not noticing any fundamental changes in the children's behavior. Since they have not come back from a total lockdown, this was perhaps not to be expected. Maybe it is also the special program that is organized in many classes that makes the restart easier. Many classes go on field trips, lessons are taught in the playground, and more social learning topics are offered.

Please do not forget to bring your child's textbooks back to school. They will be collected over the next week and prepared for the next grades.

The Sportjugend Berlin offers swimming courses during the summer vacations. Please see the attachment "Parent Information - Vacation Intensive Courses" for more information.

Sincerely yours

R. Müller

 

News from TJFBG:

Dear parents,

Summer is back. Therefore, it is important that you give your child suncream and a head covering.

Digital group book: In the next few weeks, the TJFBG team will be introducing a digital group book, which means that a colleague will digitally record the children when they arrive or leave the school. Information about the collection of personal data can be found in the attachment („HortPRO - …“).

If you would like to see our school team without masks, please take a look at our newly created photo wall in the hallway of the student entrance.

Sunny greetings

Your TJFBG Team

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 4.6.2021

 
Dear Parents,

 
Next Wednesday, school will resume as usual.

The "new start" is seen by the senate administration as an opportunity to bring the children back into their old community, to train social behaviour, to have nice experiences together. The children have also worked their way through the Wechselmodell and have earned a nice end to the school year. Therefore, many classes do not necessarily have a strict learning programme every day.

However, we do have some restrictions to remember.

 
There is still a requirement to wear masks in the building. These still have to be medical masks (OP or FFP2 mask). The masks can be taken off in the school yard.

 
The necessary distances should be observed as often as possible. However, this will not be possible during lessons.

 
The obligation to be present remains suspended. More children are slowly coming back to school who stayed at home during the last weeks.

 
The caterer may not yet be able to provide enough meals for all students. We have been told that the caterers of Berlin schools are having problems getting their operations up and running again so quickly. Please pack more in your child's lunchbox accordingly and, as always, make sure to provide healthy food. We will see how quickly the caterer can deliver 100% again.

 
We have decided to continue to give priority to the non-swimmers in Year 3. We want them to continue to progress and become more confident. We know that swimming is a highlight for the 3rd graders. However, the aim here is to save as many children as possible from the danger of drowning. The other children will be supervised during swimming time on Monday.

 
The days of the self-tests will remain the same. Your children will test themselves on Mondays and Thursdays in the first lesson at school.

 
The timetables we used before Christmas last year will be in place again from next Wednesday. However, we have had to make some changes. I have asked the class teachers to send you the updated timetables.

On Wednesday and Friday afternoons your children will be cared for until 16:00. There will be short-term organised offers from individual Erzieher. A fixed AG offer will be organised for the time after the holidays.

 
Summer School:

Some families have received an invitation to the summer school by e-mail. The participants were suggested by the teachers. I would like to ask these families to give the registration forms to their children at school on Monday. Unfortunately, the registration process has to be done at very short notice.

 
The relaxation of hygiene regulations over the last few days and weeks will continue to increase. Let us enjoy the time but continue to follow the regulations. In this way, we will ensure that we can end the last days of the exhausting school year without quarantine measures and infections if possible, and that many children and families can start the holidays in good health.

 
Have a wonderful weekend.

With kind regards

R. Müller

 

 

TJFBG News

Dear parents and guardians,

From 9 June 2021 until the summer holidays, the schools will reopen in full class sizes in regular operation due to the pandemic. The extra-curricular and supplementary support and care will therefore also be offered again. This means that you can send your child back to school according to your after-school care contract.

We are looking forward to the summer holidays. In order for us to be able to calculate the holiday offers and the portions for lunch, I would ask you to carefully read and complete the registration forms attached.

We look forward to spending time with your children.

Kind regards

Sebastian Klatt

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 28.05.2021

Dear parents

 
Here is the usual information on Friday.

 
Two different offers for extra support:

 
1.    Extra Help courses until the summer vacations:

Before the weekend is over, some families will be offered extra help courses for their children. They are intended for children who have fallen very far behind in the last few months and are offered in German and English. The class teachers have notified me of the children in question. The parents of these children will be notified over the weekend. The courses start next Tuesday.

 
2.    Summer School:

Summer school will again be offered for 1st through 3rd graders this summer break. Again, these classes are offered for children who have had major learning difficulties and fallen behind during Corona. Support is provided in the subjects of German, Math and English. The courses will take place during the last two vacation weeks (26.7. to 6.8.2021) daily at school between 9.00 and 12.00 o'clock.

The class teachers of the 1st to 3rd grades will ask the parents of the children concerned in the next few days whether they would like to send their children to the summer school.

If you are contacted by the class teachers about this matter, please respond quickly. We need to report the names of the children attending very soon.

 
Extension of emergency care:

See below „TJFBG news“.

 
Yours sincerely

R. Müller

 

 

TJFBG news

 
Dear Parents,

 
Yesterday we learned from the senate that the emergency care will be extended already from Monday. This means an immense planning effort for us in a very short time.

Should you need to make use of the emergency care now, it is to be made credible that your professional activity requires care. We therefore require confirmation from your employer that you are unable to work from your home office or home.

Please limit your child's attendance to only those times that are absolutely necessary.

In order for us to order food for the children in a timely manner, please let us know by 1:00 p.m. the day before that your child will be attending emergency care. (s.klatt@tjfbg.de or l.klemme@tjfbg.de )

 
Kind regards

S. Klatt

TJFBG

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 21.05.2021

Dear Parents,

for the again prolonged weekend I wish you a nice time.

However, I would like to give you some brief info beforehand:

 
If you want to start your vacation earlier before the vacations and take your child with you due to the non-existing obligation of attendance, please keep in mind that

- your child is still required to attend school and must then complete school assignments while on vacation, and

- that you be sure to submit a leave of absence request (http://www.quentin-blake-europe-school.de/index.php?article_id=202&clang=1) to the classroom teacher a few days before the trip. Often families will be approached by police or customs at airports and train stations for this document if you plan to leave before the vacation begins.

 
Message from the Förderverein:

The library has already received some new books for the German part. However, further donations of children's books in good condition will be gladly accepted. Please drop off the donations directly at the library or at the secretary's office.

Sincerely yours

R. Müller

 

 

News from TJFBG:

Dear Parents,

According to the current status, there will be no emergency care during the summer holidays, but normal holiday care. This means that all parents who have concluded an after-school care contract with the corresponding holiday module can make use of the holiday care.

With kind regards

Your TJFBG Team

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 12.5.2021

Dear Parents,

Two important conferences took place this week. In the GEV (GesamtElternVertretung) all parent representatives of the individual classes met. A central topic was the discussion about the Wechselmodel (3 hours of instruction per day) that has been going on for the last few weeks. Recently, the staff and the school management have been increasingly approached with the wish to install a different model. The reason given for this request was that many parents had difficulty reconciling the Wechselmodel and the work of the parents. The staff took the concerns of the families seriously and met last Thursday for a site meeting to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of our offer and also compared it with the offer of other schools. After all the information was gathered and shared, a vote was organized.

The viewpoints, some of which were difficult to reconcile, can be seen in the following model of the discussion:

 

To reproduce the entire discussion here would increase the volume of this e-mail too much.

The college sees the current offer as reasonable, especially under consideration of the children's needs, the school's educational mission and the protection against infections. This was also the result of a clear vote. Therefore, the pedagogical staff does not consider a change of the current alternating model in the current situation. With the repeated discussion of the topic in the extended school management and with the GEV board, with the site meeting described above and the vote conducted in the staff, the staff have taken the concerns and needs of some families very seriously. The school management is in constant exchange with the GEV board in the discussion about our alternating model.

A second main topic was a new building on campus. At the moment there are plans to build a new three-story building on the edge of the first courtyard at the corner of Taylorstraße and Hüttenweg. It is to be a new home for the Biesalski School. In it, 50 to 80 new students with the support status "mental development" are to be educated. At the moment, no start of construction is known.

The principals of the Biesalski School and the Quentin Blake Primary School are already in close contact. Not much can be said about the current planning status at this time. We are in contact with the school supervisory board and the building authority in order to influence the planning and minimize any negative consequences. We are receiving good support, especially from the school supervisory board.  However, we also see an opportunity in the new building. For example, the higher number of children on the campus may lead to an improvement in the very unfavorable conditions in the gymnasium. The school management will regularly inform the staff and the GEV about news on this topic.

Please check with your parent representatives for more details.

Another topic at the GEV meeting was advanced work on the yearbook. I think we can look forward to a very comprehensive and beautiful edition of the yearbook.

In the school conference we also talked mainly about the Wechselmodel and the new building.

 
I wish you some nice days off ..... Attention!!! There is no school on Friday. Only emergency care will take place.

 
With kind regards

R. Müller



 

News from the TJFBG:

 
Dear Parents!

 
In the emergency care very many children bring very unhealthy food in their lunch boxes. Please do not give your children sweets and especially not instant soups. The children eat the content of theses soup packages uncooked. There is definitely no talk of a healthy lunch snack in this case.

Next Friday, only emergency care will be held at the school. If you are allowed to send your children to emergency care and you have not yet registered your child for Friday, please do so as soon as possible. Please email  s.klatt@tjfbg.de or l.klemme@tjfbg.de .  

 
With kind regards

Your TJ FBG Team

 


 

 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 7.5.2021

Dear parents,

 
here are the news of the last days before going into a hopefully nice weekend.

 
Self-tests:

This week, almost all children took a test for the first time at school. The tests were done without any problems. Please take note of the following procedure.

The Health Department gives us the way to go when a child is tested positive on a self-test. The child should be picked up by the parents as soon as possible and has a PCR test performed. If this test is also positive, we are notified by the Health Department and must also notify the families of the appropriate classes. We have had 4 self-tests in the last few weeks that were positive. All following PCR tests have been negative.

 
Starting next week, two tests a week will be mandatory for all school staff (including interns, cafeteria staff, librarians, etc.) who have contact with children. Colleagues, like children, will also test on Mondays and Thursdays. Schools are now very well supplied with the necessary self-tests.

 
In a meeting with 35 colleagues yesterday, the general situation and the school offer in the last months were discussed. We tried to compare the alternating models currently being implemented in Berlin with ours. Over the weekend, a vote will be held by the staff to determine whether changes in our offer are necessary. We think that with several meetings of the extended school management, with a focus in a Dienstbesprechung and with yesterday's meeting we have taken the concerns, needs and complaints of many families very seriously and will continue to take them seriously. A summary of this issue and the then clearer opinion of the staff will be given next Monday at the meeting of the parent representatives (GEV). The Parent Representatives will then inform you accordingly.

 

Swimming Lessons:

We now have the opportunity to visit the swimming hall again with some children. Since the risk of infection in the swimming hall is comparatively high, not all children in 3rd grade will go back to swimming instructions. We will only be able to continue the program with the beginner swimmers. They have the greatest need and may still be able to gain some safety. The appropriate families will be/were notified of the start of the course.

 

With kind regards

R. Müller

 

 

News from TJFBG:

 
Dear parents,

 
as some of you may have noticed, the QBES has installed a large glass case in the student entrance. This box will hold the pictures of the educational staff as well as the other employees of the school.

 
I have taken on the project and now hope for Your help. For those of You who don‘t know me yet: my name is Eva Pfannschmidt and I am the educator of class 3.3.

One goal of the project is to enable the children to participate in the design. For this I have created various frames that the children can design according to their own ideas. There are no specifications here, I just ask the children to colour the frames with coloured pencils in order to achieve a overall uniform look. I would also like to ask you NOT to cut out the frames at home. I‘ll do that afterwards.

 
The children in emergency care were already able to design a few frames. But now You come into play: I would also like to give the other children who are not in emergency care the opportunity to participate. Attached to this email You will find the PDF files for printing. When Your children have finished their frames they can bring their coloured sheets to the TJFBG office to Ms. Klemme and Mr. Klatt. If there is nobody there at the moment, the kids can also throw the frames into the letterbox directly next to the office.

 
In order to finish the design of the new photo box quickly, I would like to ask you to hand in the coloured frames by Friday, May 14th, 2021 in the TJFBG office or the TJFBG letterbox.

 
Your children don‘t have to participate in this project! It is fully volunatry.

 
Thank you very much for Your cooperation and remain with best regards,

 
Eva Pfannschmidt

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 30.4.2021

 
Dear parents,

 

Here is the weekly information - today on a slightly smaller scale:

 

Self-tests:

Following the severe restrictions on home testing that were communicated to you, very few requests have been received by class teachers. So, starting next week, almost all students will have a test at school. Please refer back to the school info dated 4/28/2021 if you have any further questions about the testing process. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer families to do the self-testing at home to the same extent as in the last two weeks. Also, we cannot yet provide any information on how many children will now be kept at home due to these changes. In the meantime, it is already possible to organize the tests in the classes without wasting much time. The students are behaving in a very concentrated and routine manner.

The children of the 4th to 6th grades will test themselves with the test of the company Siemens (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr6PFWSlxzg). The younger classes use the tests of the company Nal Von Minden (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71_zgWc5w8A). Again, I can assure you that we have not had a single case of a child getting hurt. In addition, doing the self-test together has probably also made some previously fearful children more courageous.

 

Water dispenser:

There is now a water dispenser from the Wasserwerke in the cafeteria. The children can fill up their water bottles there during the day. A very popular choice is sparkling water. If your child prefers sparkling water, please make sure they bring a bottle that can withstand the gas pressure.

 

Air Purifiers:

The school now has 4 air purification units. One is located in each of the dining halls. The masks are not worn there at meal times. We hope this will provide a little better protection against infection. Two other devices will be installed in the gymnasium. All other rooms in the school can be well ventilated through the windows.

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 
Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 28.4.2021

Dear parents,

 
An email from me in the middle of the week means I have to inform you about something that cannot wait until Friday. Due to the announced changes in self-test participation, this has become necessary. In the latest communications from the Senate Administration, they have provided more specific instructions and information about which students will be considered for exemption for at home self-testing. Therefore, we need to reorganize how and where testing is done by next Friday. You may need to make a new decision.

There are still 4 options for your child's participation or non-participation in the school's testing strategy:

Option 1

Conducting the test at school

You do not need to do anything. All children who do not tell us otherwise on the testing days will do the test at school.

 

Option 2

Exception

Attention! This option is now only possible to a limited extent!

See below

 

Option 3

Alternative negative test result from a doctor, pharmacy, test center or other official test site

Your child will bring a negative test result (must be valid for 24 hours) to school on Monday and/or Thursday.

 

Option 4

Homeschooling

You do not want your child to do the tests and keep him/her at home. Again, please notify the class teacher by email.

Until now, we have been able to apply the exception (option 2) "generously".

According to the new instructions, the exception is now only possible in the following cases:

·         there is a disability,

·         there is an impairment comparable to a disability,

·         the child has been granted a special educational status. (This status is known to those families who are eligible. If you do not know if your child has this status, it is not given).

All other children are supposedly expected to complete a self-test under the guidance of school staff, according the Senate Administration.

If your child meets any of these 3 conditions and you do not want your child to do the test at school, you must let us know before Friday, 30 April at 8:00 am. Please email the class teacher.  Please excuse the short notice. The teacher will then discuss the message with the school principal and give your child two tests to take home for the next week. The message to the class teacher must include the following items:

1. Your child's name

2. Class

3. “We hereby request that our child take the mandatory self-tests at home.”

4. reason: ...

5. Please attach appropriate evidence if the class teacher is not aware of the reason given under 4.

 

Unfortunately, these changes are required by the Senate Administration.

We would like to express our gratitude for your cooperation during the last two weeks of testing. The impact on the lessons could thus be minimized.

 
We have had good experiences with the self-tests at school. The children perform them with concentration, routine, and speed. Therefore, we expect that next week many more children will test themselves at the school with the same quality and without any problems. It is also good that all the children who participate in face-to-face classes have now tested themselves several times. In a way, they have now already practiced for two weeks.

 
We therefore think that your children will cope well with these changes.

 
As always, there will be more news in the email on Friday.



With kind regards

R. Müller

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 23.4.2021

 
Dear Parents,

the implementation of the self-tests has kept us very busy this week. Many families have chosen to participate in the exception (2nd option) and test their child at home. This has allowed for faster and easier self-testing, especially in the younger grades in many classes.

As always in recent times, a last minute change is coming our way.

We now have the new School Hygiene Covid 19 regulation. Likewise, there was a new directive from the Senate Administration yesterday. Unfortunately, both of these documents severely restrict participation in home self-testing.

Since we have now organized the testing for next week, we will proceed as we did this week for the  next week (4/26 to 4/30). If you are going to do the testing at home next week, please remember to have your child practice taking the test on their own. We want to take advantage of this practice situation. This is because we will likely need to test many more children at school the week after next. We will keep you updated in a timely manner.

 
When we conducted the self-tests this week, we had a positive test result for one child in class 5.3. After a positive self-test at school, the child will be picked up by the parents as soon as possible. Since the self-tests often give false positives, the child must take a PCR test at a testing center. If this test is also positive, the health department informs the school how to proceed.

We have just learned that the PCR test of the child from 5.3 was negative.  Therefore, the children in the class are not subject to any restrictive quarantine measures and will continue to come to school.

Yours sincerely

R. Müller

 

News from TJFBG:

 
Dear Parents,

 
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that emergency care is offered between 07:30 and 16:00. Should it not be possible for you to pick up your child on time at 4pm, please inform us in advance via the after-school mobile phone (0171 3342765).

"Lockdown City"

Some children from QBES,

built a city out of milk cartons, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls and lots of packing materials. It is now set up in the "Schülereingang" and is allowed to grow.

Would you like to fill it with life? "Lockdown City" needs people, animals, trees, flowers .... .

If you want to help Lockdown City grow, you can give free rein to your creativity and make something for it. Then just put your work in the box that is on the ground in front of the city. I will then build it into the city.

It will be wonderful!

Kind regards

Mrs. Marx

Teacher in training

We wish you and your children a wonderful weekend

Your TJFBG Team

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 20.4.2021

 Dear parents,

 
Today you are exceptionally getting a message in the middle of the week.

 
We will be packaging the tests again this week for those families who have filled in a declaration on exemption (A). This declaration only needs to be filled out once.

The children of the families from whom we have already received a Statement on Exception (A) last Sunday will again automatically receive two tests for home testing. During the school day on Friday, your child will be given the tests. Please check your child's school bags after school.

 

We would like to give more families the opportunity to participate in the exemption programme. For explanation, please read the 2nd option of the attachment "4 Options" again.  So if you would prefer your child to test at home before school on test day (Mon + Thurs), please let us know in the following way:

1. print out the attached declaration in the appendix: "Erklärung auf Ausnahmeeregelung (A)/Declaration on exception (A)".

2. give the completed declaration your child to bring back to school. Your child should hand in the declaration at the school office. The declaration must be received in the secretary's office by 12.00 noon on Thursday, 22.4.2021. Only then can we give your child two tests on time on Friday, 23.4.

 
On the test days in the following week, you will then do the tests with your child at home and inform us of the result on the printed form "Self-declaration B". Give this self-declaration and the test cassette used at home to your child to take to school on the test day (as described in option 2).

 
We will then proceed the next week with the other self-test options in the same way as this week. So if you want your child to do the tests again as in the current week, you do not have to change anything.

 
The familiar "4 options" will be with us for the next few weeks - unless the Senate changes its testing strategy . If you want your child to take the test differently in the future, please let us know in time.

 

With kind regards

Ralf Müller

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 16.4.2021

 
Dear Parents,

this school-info is again very extensive - the last-minute changes at the schools unfortunately make this necessary.

 
Schedules:

Before I explain in detail how we will handle Covid 19 self-testing starting next week, I will give you some important information about schedules. New schedules will be in effect in most classes starting next week. Schedules will be sent to you by your classroom teachers. There will now be music, Sports(outdoor and gym only exceptions), and art.

 
Self-tests

Included in this mail is an attachment containing a PDF file ("4 Options") with information on how to handle student self-testing.  Please read this PDF carefully. It shows you the four ways (4 options) we will handle student self-testing at school. The 4 options are simply numbered and not prioritized.

 
For all four options, we absolutely depend on your cooperation! So it is up to you to decide on one of these four options. If you have not made a decision, thus sending your child to emergency care or to class on Monday and do not bring an explanation of the exception (2nd option) or they cannot provide proof of a test taken elsewhere (3rd option), your child will doself-test at school on Monday in order to attend class.

We will be required to have you pick up your child or send him/her home beginning Tuesday if you do not want your child to self-test at school and do not follow the options described.

 
If your child goes to emergency care first on the testing days, he/she can go through the testing process there.

If your child does not attend on the testing days, they will self-test on the next attendance day.

 
I hope that these 4 options provide a good way to find a way of dealing with the new circumstances that suits everyone. I repeat myself at this point: we are absolutely dependent on your cooperation!

 
Furthermore, I and the school staff hope that your children will continue to feel comfortable at our school despite all the pandemic-related circumstances and that we will find the best possible way to ensure the safety and health of your children.

 
Yours sincerely

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 10.4.2021

Dear parents,

I hope you had a little more free time for yourself and your family during the Easter break.

School starts on Monday with a B-week. This is important for the classes that have been cut in half.

We continue to offer three daily lessons and organize emergency care.

Wearing medical masks is mandatory for everyone at school. This can be an FFP2 mask or a surgical mask.

 

From the media you have noticed that Berlin will offer self-tests for students* after the Easter vacations. We can provide more detailed information on this today.

 

Self-tests for the students:

We received information from the Senate Administration the day before yesterday (!) that we should start with the already announced tests next week.

At that time, it was not clear to us at the school how to hand out the tests to the families, because the tests delivered to us were not suitable for that.

However, late yesterday afternoon, a delivery with other tests unexpectedly arrived at the school.

We can now proceed in the first week after the Easter break as planned by the Senate, although we have to pack 400 test bags for the students for the first week of school within a very short time. The delivered tests have to be packed individually so that they can be given to the children to take home on Monday. Therefore, unfortunately, we are not yet able to start the self-tests on Monday.

Please note that the self-tests will only be given out for the children of Quentin Blake Elementary School. Participation in the tests is still voluntary during the first week of school.

 

Our procedure in the first week after the Easter vacations (12.4. to 16.4.):

 
Please read this information very carefully!

 
1.    Your child will get a bag with two self-tests from the Roche company to take home on Monday.

 
2.    Please take this bag out of the school bag as soon as possible. Please tell your child already now that he/she should not open the bag on his/her own.

 
3.    You can inform yourself about the test of the company Roche already now:

-       In the attachment of this e-mail an information sheet is copied. (Attachment: "Self-test company Roche").

-       Under the following link you can watch a Tutorial and get more information about the application. Important: please scroll down to the test of the Roche company!! https://www.berlin.de/sen/bjf/corona/tests/#selbsttest

The tutorial-videos for the self-test are available there in several languages.

 
4.    You print out the attachment "Self-declaration self-test Deutsch" or self-declaration self-test English. You need 2 printouts (two test days).

 
5.    Please support your child in taking the test. Please take the test with your child on Tuesday, 4/13 and Thursday, 4/15 just before school. Please plan to spend approximately 25 minutes on the test.

 
6.    Fill out the printed self-declaration and give it to your child on the day of the test. It will be collected by the teachers.

 

7.    If the test is positive, please do not send your child to school. Please take your child to a PCR testing center as soon as possible. Please bring the negative PCR test results back to school with your child when he/she is allowed to return to school.

 

If your child cannot be at school on Monday, but is supposed to come to school on the following days, you can pick up the tests at the student entrance between 12:00 and 12:30 on Monday. Please do not come into the building to pick up tests at any other time. We are to continue to make sure that there are as few people in the building as possible.

 

Our procedure in the second week after the Easter vacations (19.4. to 23.4.):

 
During the second week, school attendance will include mandatory participation in the self-tests.  The tests are then to be administered twice a week at school.

We do not have exact instructions on this procedure yet. We also do not yet know how to react if students or their families refuse to participate in the tests. We are waiting for further instructions for the second week of school. You will be informed as soon as possible.

 

You were out of town during the Easter vacations?

Please check https://www.berlin.de/corona/massnahmen/einreisen/#headline_1_1 ,

if you were in a risk area.

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 
Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 9.4.2021

Dear parents,

 
I hope everyone has been able to find some peace and quiet.

Yesterday's announcement of compulsory rapid tests at schools lead to general confusion, because in the weeks before the holidays there was always talk of voluntary tests in the family area.

I am expecting more information from Mrs Waldschütz, our chief school councillor, later today. She is sitting right now (9:30 a.m.) at a meeting with all the other chief school councillors. When I have this new information, I will inform the staff and the parents. This may be on Saturday or Sunday.

 
So far is clear:

- We have to give out self-tests to the children for the first week after the holidays, which they do at home with the help of their parents. So far we have not received enough self-tests for all the children.

 
- We have to make self-testing obligatory in schools from the second week.

 
I do not have any further information so far. For example, it is not clear what we do if parents do not want their children to be tested in schools? How do we accompany the pupils during the self-tests at school? There are more questions.

But it is clear that we will also deal with this news. Nobody is excited about it.

We will do what we can - as we did all last year. The necessary information will always be given transparently as soon as possible.

 
Please wait for further information, which I will share with you this weekend.

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 
Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 12.3.2021

 
Dear parents,

Some news follow today.

 
Masks

Instruction from the Senate: as of Monday, March 15, 2021, it is mandatory for all persons at schools to wear medical masks. This means surgical masks or FFP2 masks. Please make sure your children only wear these types of masks, that they are clean, and that they fit snugly starting next week.

 
Covid-19 Self-tests for children

Covid-19 self-tests for pupils will be delivered to schools soon. It is also possible that the adult rapid tests we already have will be released for the children. We do not yet know when we will be allowed to give tests to families to take home. The tests for the children will be voluntary. We don't have specific instructions yet. But we want to be well prepared, because we know that many families and colleagues attach great importance to the children being tested. Therefore, we would like to ask you to send an email to your child's class teacher if you would like to do self-testing with your child at home. We will then know who to give tests to at home. The Senate Office is preparing comprehensive explanations on how to do the tests (www.einfach-testen.berlin).

We will give out the tests as well as the Senate Administration gives the go signal.

 
Staff Vaccinations

We have now been able to submit a list of vaccine-eligible employees. We expect to receive the vaccination invitations in the next week or two.

 
Child pick-up/drop-off

Please pick up your children from class on time and do not stop/park in the school driveways when doing so! This is for the safety of the children. Again, I would like to ask all members of the school community to kindly point out the misbehavior to parents who are parking incorrectly. We will probably have to call the police for assistance soon if the behavior of a few parents does not improve!

 
New 1st Graders (Learn beginners 2021/22)

SESB: Acceptances or cancellations should have been received by applicants by now.

German Regelzweig: Acceptances will be sent out next week. They will reach the families at the end of next week or at the beginning of the week after next.

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 5.3.2021

Dear Parents,

 
Entry level:

Next Tuesday the 4th to 6th classes will also come back to school for presence classes. You will find all the necessary information in the attachment "Entry and Red Level English Parents Grade 4 to 6.pdf".

Some more information about the attendance classes:

 
Next Monday is a public holiday. This means no school!

When dropping off and picking up your children at school, please make sure that you do not park in the school driveway or stop in other no-parking zones in front of the school.

 Please note that masks are compulsory for all persons on school grounds.

 
Classes will now be taught in alternating periods each day. Between the two teaching periods of a divided class, the children and the teachers have 20 minutes to change groups. Therefore, please make sure that you bring your children to school on time and pick them up on time. The three lessons per day follow a tight schedule. It brings unrest to the lessons if children are late.

 
We start the next week with an A-week. This means that in the halved European classes, the native English speakers are in the first group. To help you keep track of the next few weeks, a calendar for the rest of the school year is attached to this message. The A and B weeks are colour-coded on it.

 
Please let the teachers or educators know if your child has recently started going home alone. We need this information to guarantee the children's safe school day.

 
Occasionally, siblings in their classes have been asked to go to school at different times. If these children cannot make the journey to school on their own, this can lead to an overload of the family "transport system". In this case, please contact your children's class teachers. We will try to find a solution.

 
I wish you a peaceful weekend and a happy International Women's Day.

 
With kind regards
 
Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 2.3.2021

Dear colleagues and parents,

 
We have just learned that the 4th to 6th grades will be allowed to return to school next Tuesday (March, 9th). I am sending you the press release from the Senate attached.

We planned  that the 4th to 6th classes will get the same offer as the 1st to 3rd classes. We will inform the parents of the 4th to 6th classes in the next days in the same way as we have done for the classes already at school.

The school management will meet with the GEV board tomorrow and with erweiterte Schulleitung the day after tomorrow to discuss final details.

You will be informed about everything else afterwards.

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 26.2.2021

Dear Parents,

 
the first week of the entry level has passed for the 1st to 3rd class and there is some information and new impressions that I would like to share with you.

 
We have been taking daily attendance surveys in the classes, as we assumed that many parents would keep their children at home because the Senate had suspended the attendance requirement. Of the children in 1st to 3rd classes, pretty much 85% of the children were always present each day. The experiences and impressions of the teachers in these classes are now being surveyed in more detail. The results will be discussed next week in the Gesamtkonferenz of all pedagogical staff, with the erweiterte Schulleitung and the board of the GEV.

 
Most of the children were very happy to be back at school. The mood in the classrooms was cheerful throughout.

After the first two days, most of the children had remembered the old classroom and behavioral routines. This was especially true for the younger children.

There were also children who seemed calmer and more reserved than before the lockdown. We will see if the apparent change in these children is due to the new and exciting situation at school or to a problematic situation in the lockdown.

 
I cannot yet say anything about the rapid tests that will eventually be offered to the children. I do not know in what form, nor when the testing will be offered. Also, it is not yet known to the school when the 4th through 6th graders will come to the school.

 
Pick-up situation:

TjfbG has no further news today. I have only been asked to relay the following: If your child is attending emergency care or you are picking up your child from class, please try to be on time. We have some children waiting longer in the courtyard  or waiting in the emergency care for their parents.

 
The Förderverein asks me to inform you of the following:

Assuming that school will be open every day for (at least) the next two weeks, library hours will be extended to allow families more flexibility in checking out books

    Mondays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Tuesdays, 12 - 4:30 p.m.

    Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Fridays, 14:30 - 16:30

 

Have a nice weekend

 
With kind regards

R. Müller


Schulleitung

 


 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 19.2.2021

Dear parents,

we will start classes at the school again next Monday.

Parents of 1st to 3rd grades can learn more about the process and organization of this entry level in the two documents attached to this mail.

 
An online meeting was held today by the school administration with the parent representatives of the 1st through 3rd grades.

Parents had the opportunity to ask questions about the entry level and were able to offer critiques.It became obvious that for many parents it is very difficult to bring their child to school for only 3 hours.  An alternating model with 2.5 days of instruction followed by 2.5 days of care at home seems easier to support for many parents. The school management presented the arguments why at Quentin Blake Primary School the instruction is offered in daily 3 hours for every child:

1. the organization of the entry level is similar to the school's approach to the red level. We anticipate that the red step will follow next week's scenario at some point. A date for this is not yet known. When the step to the red level occurs, the school procedures are not affected by a big change. The children will be familiar with the 3-lesson-rhythm and daily homework.

2. Every additional week of lockdown is not goodfor more and more children. We observe children who appear calmer and more reserved when invited to school. The children who do not turn in completed assignments to us are increasing. We also have little or no contact to a growing number of children. In some cases we cooperate with the Jugendamt, because the school duty of these children is not fulfilled. In some cases, parents report that it is becoming more difficult to maintain daily routines and to supervise the children's learning at home. It is important for us to let the children participate in "normal" daily routines again. This includes getting up early, going to school every day and especially other social contacts.

We will monitor the practicability of our entry level model very closely. In doing so, we are in close contact with the Board of GEV.

The school supervisor advised schools this week that the classroom instruction will be considered a priority starting Monday. Children will get 3 hours of instruction and homework for the afternoon. Since the teachers prepare and follow up the lessons, they cannot now accompany the families in their learning at home with the same high intensity as in the past weeks.  The schools do not have the time or personnel resources to do this. We hope that we can nevertheless provide sufficient support for the children in grades 1 to 3 who stay at home.

 

Parents of 1st through 3rd graders, please remember starting Monday that there will be no lunch service at school. Only children attending emergency care will be able to attend lunch at school.

Masks are mandatory for everyone in the school building. Please make sure your child's mouth guard is clean, fits well and is of the highest quality possible. In this regard, the Senate informed us that an everyday mask is sufficient, but medical masks are much more appropriate.

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 
Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 14.2.2021

Dear Parents,

We have now received official instructions.

 
From Monday, 22 February, the children in classes 1 to 3 will have 3 lessons at school. Grades 4 to 6 will have to continue staying at home and will only be asked to come to school in exceptional circumstances. The Padlet will continue to be the medium used by the school to send the homework to the children. However, the children in grades 1 to 3 will now also receive materials directly at school.

 
No further care may be offered. Only emergency care will continue to be provided. So the children will only come for 3 lessons if they do not take part in the emergency care. As the number of lessons is very small, homework will continue to be given.

The class teachers will send you the necessary timetables on Wednesday afternoon. At the moment, the timetables are in a final check.

 
Classes with 20 or more children will be divided in half. The two halfs will then come to school one after the other.

The lessons are taught by class teams, each consisting of two teachers. They teach all subjects and are in close communication with the actual subject teachers of your children. This form of teaching also reduces contact. The division of the teaching staff into fixed class teams is being introduced at many schools for the next period of face-to-face teaching. It is now only in exceptional cases that one teacher teaches in several classes.

 
There is no obligation to be present. Therefore, if you feel it is too unsafe to send your child back to school now, you may keep your child at home. In this case, please write an e-mail to the class teacher. The school guided learning from home will then continue for your child. Homework will continue to be offered via the Padlet.

 
Masks are obligatory for all persons on the entire school premises. They can only be removed from the playground if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres is maintained. Please provide your child with masks. A reserve mask in the school bag is often needed. Please also ensure that the mask fits your child well and is replaced or washed regularly.

 
You will receive further information from the school management next Friday. This will be especially about further details (e.g. use of the different entrances, etc.).

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 12.2.2021

Dear parents,

it was said that this morning we should receive an official message from the Senate Administration informing us in what form and from when the first attendance days of your children should be organized.   I have not received this message until now. Facebook, Twitter and Tagesspiegel Online are faster!!!

As you have already learned from the media, it should probably start again on 22.2. with the 1st to 3rd classes. There are no further announcements at the moment. I will inform the parents as soon as I have official news from the senate administration. You will also be informed in the next week at what time your child is scheduled to come to school during the first phase of face-to-face instruction.

 
So next week the usual lockdown program will take place.

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

R. Müller

 

News from  TJFBG:

 
Dear parents,

Especially during these difficult days, the relationship with you and your children is important to us. Our team has therefore continued to make it their task to stay in contact with your child on a weekly basis either via an online meeting, by telephone or similar. Individual arrangements between you and the respective reference educators are of course possible.

We wish you much strength, let us stay in touch.

Your TJFBG team

--
Sebastian Klatt

Koordination SPB

 

 


 

 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 29.1.2021

 
Dear Parents,

 
January and learning from home have been very exhausting. The challenges of this special time are demanding on all of us. Everyone is tired and exhausted and deserves a week off.

The number of children attending emergency care is slowly increasing. In addition, there are the students who are specially invited by us when learning at home is difficult to organize. Also, at times, individual children are asked to come to the school to better monitor the progress of their learning.

I would like to express my special thanks for the trust of the families who contact us and ask for help when things are just getting too difficult at home. So far, we have been able to provide relief in most cases.

 
GEV sent out a survey about the quality of the school's services during the lockdown. The participation was extraordinary. Thank you very much for that. We will analyze the results during the first week of school and see where we need to and can adjust our offerings. The extended school board will be looking at this. The school management is in close contact with the GEV board on the matter.

 
The schedules for the phase of beginning face-to-face instruction (3 hours of instruction, classes cut in half for group sizes of 20 children or more), have now been made and will be sent to you when we hear from the school senator when face-to-face instruction will start again.

 

Library:

As long as the lockdown continues, the following hours will apply in the library:

Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hygiene Rules:

- Only one patron may enter the library at a time.

- Mask obligation

- You must sign in.

 

Have a great weekend and a quiet next week. I hope you can relax a little, even though you may not have a vacation.

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 22.1.2021

Dear Parents,

Yesterday we received the official information from the Senate School Administration:

 
- Face-to-face instruction for all students will not take place until 12.2.2021.

- Emergency care will continue to be offered, even during the winter holidays.

- Children who need extra support will be offered additional support at school by invitation.

- Berlin students do not necessarily have to be in Berlin in order to participate in at-home learning. However, parents and guardians must be aware of the following:

Before leaving the city, the school administration and the class team must be informed.

The family' s availability must be ensured.

Parents must be able to support their child(ren) to participate in at-home learning.

When the face-to-face instruction starts again, the children must attend school starting the first day.

The parents are responsible for any quarantine measures due to the stay in a high risk area and arrival and departure difficulties. In this case, if it is not possible to attend the attendance classes, the days of absence will be counted as unexcused.

 

Report cards:

The instructions of the Senate Administration for handing out the half-year report cards for grades 4 to 6 are as follows:

- Report cards will be officially handed out after the holidays.

- The mailing of original report cards is prohibited. However, we will work with the school district and send you a copy.

The Senate recommends asking parents and sending secure, encrypted e-mails (scanning the documents, asking parents and informing them about data protection, etc.) .... or sending copies of report cards via normal post.

We think that scanning several hundred documents is not possible at the moment due to time constraints. It would also require a great deal of effort to send data protection notices and coordinate who wants a copy of their report card and who doesn’t mind waiting.

 

We have therefore decided on a pragmatic procedure: Students who are leaving the school after this school year to attend a secondary school (all 6th graders and some 4th graders) will receive their original report card and the registration documents for the new school on 29 January. This will allow them to prepare their registration materials in time. All other children in grades 4 and 5 will receive a copy by post.

 
Students transferring to a secondary school:

Since originals may not be mailed, the 6th graders and some children in the 4th grade will receive the original report card and documents for registration for the secondary schools on 29 Jan. The class teachers will hand it over in the courtyard. We will set up time slots where the report cards can be picked up. Please send only one person to collect them. Your stay in the courtyard is planned to be as short as possible. Please do not stand together and be sure to maintain social distancing. We will schedule the time periods at the beginning of next week. If you are unable to come at this time, you may give written permission to another person to pick up your child's report card.

 
Children who are not transferring to a secondary school (all 5th graders and most children in the 4th grades):

These families will receive their report card copies in the mail. The post office for the school district has assured us that the letters might arrive as early as Saturday, but no later than the beginning of the holiday week. The original certificates will then be handed out on the first day of face-to-face instruction.

 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 

 

News from TJFBG:

 

Dear Parents,

 

If you feel that you are not coping with the situation at home, or if your child is having great difficulty in completing tasks at home, he/she can be invited to school at regular intervals to arrange, discuss and also work on homework with us. In this case, please contact us in advance (s.Klatt@tjfbg.de or l.klemme@tjfbg.de) so that we can discuss and organise everything calmly.

 
We wish you and your child all the best, good health and lots of strength.

 
Kind regards

Your TJFBG - Team

 

 


 

 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 15.1.2021

Current situation

We expect to know a little better by Jan. 19th when the school will resume offering presence classes and in which form. The idea is that the Senate will decide on that day how to proceed.

If there is no face-to-face instruction until the vacations, there are instructions to give report cards on the first day of school after the vacations.  For families who want to prepare for high school enrollment, we will find ways to hand out report cards on the last day of school as well.

 

Influencing Grades through Corona Measures

As in the last period, report card grades should not be worsened by the lockdown period. Should children, however, have proven to have failed to cooperate through the child's own fault, a negative influence on the report card grade is very much possible (e.g. repeated disruption of online conferences, refusal to hand in homework, etc.).

The College is careful in this regard and tries well to distinguish between the lack of parental support, which of course should not affect report card grades, and the children's poor work.

However, the impact of the current lockdown on grades is not very significant this semester either.  The periods of presence teaching has been enough so far this school year to gather enough information and find "normal" grades.

 

Children in school - in the last two weeks?

Emergency care has been running since the first day of the lockdown before Christmas. The Tjfbg is taking care of the registered children.

In addition, individual children are asked to come to school to work with teachers or educators on assignments sent by the school. These children have been specially invited by the teachers because difficulties in completing the assignments were suspected.

In addition, we receive requests from parents who are overwhelmed with the situation at home. If you feel that you are not coping with the situation, please contact Tjfbg ( s.Klatt@tjfbg.de or l.klemme@tjfbg.de ). It is still possible to invite some children who have big problems at home in completing the tasks to the school at regular intervals and organize, discuss and also work on the homework with them.

 

Unsatisfied with school-guided learning from home?

Teachers get a lot of feedback on the tasks children have to do at home. Many parents are content with school-led learning, of course there is critical feedback. I repeat myself when I explain that we need this feedback. We need to know if we send too many or too difficult tasks, if you want more contact, if your child does not like to talk to the teacher, if your child needs other explanations, if ...

Please contact the class team quickly if such problems arise. We are open to fairly given criticism. However, it is important to me that you also give us an opportunity to respond to negative  feedback. I think that the hot discussion within the parent community is of no use if colleagues are informed too late or not at all. Until now, as far as I know, there has always been a response to problems in learning from home. Therefore, I would like to ask you to report difficulties to colleagues as soon as possible. Please do not wait for a long list to develop.

One more repeat: The best recipe for all the problems listed above is communication. We have been trying to do this since the beginning of the pandemic and so have the vast majority of families.

We get occasional criticism that we feel is unfair and not accurate. We also respond to these criticisms. Please note that the staff is also under great strain. Many are working much more than in normal times at the moment. Like all adult members of the school community, many colleagues have children to care for at home and, just like you, are trying to do their jobs as best they can. We have always found a solution so far. We will continue to do so.

 

We will come through this pandemic well and catch up on any gaps in learning that may have occurred. Based on our learning diagnostics after the first lockdown, I am very confident in this regard.

 
Please stay healthy and have a great weekend. We all deserve it.

With best regards

R. Müller

 
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News from Tjfbg:

Dear Parents,


We are pleased to inform you that Mrs von Wedel will be joining our team with immediate effect. Mrs. von Wedel will be working mainly as an educator in class 4.3.

We wish you and your children good health and lots of strength in these times.

Your TJFBG Team

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Libraries are OPEN! Parents' hour: Fridays 14:30 – 16.00

We are so happy to be able to make our libraries available to our school community during this lockdown. Visitors must comply with the library Corona rules, updated to reflect the current situation:

    ONLY 1 parent may visit the library at a time.
    All visitors are required to wear masks at all times in the library and in the hallways.
    All visitors are required to sign-in when they visit the library (list is kept by the librarian).


You may borrow books from both libraries; ask the English librarian to open and check out books from the German library.  We know that many families depend on the libraries for reading material for their children, and we hope this provides some relief for children and parents alike.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss.

All the best, your Förderverein   

https://www.qbes-friends.de/heim.html

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 10.1.2021

Dear Parents,

today a short mail on Sunday as a follow-up to the chaos on Friday early evening.

I followed the press reports until 14.30 last Friday. It was reported again and again that the school senator Scheeres will not agree to the changes demanded by many parents, teachers, students and school managements. I then started to work and wrote the mail with which you are familiar. Shortly after the mail was sent, I heard about the news from the Tagesspiegel, which said that Ms. Scheeres is now giving in to the pressure after all and will bring the children back to the schools a few weeks later. I am sorry to have involved the parents of the school in this mess. But I still don't see a solution to the problem, because the schools are usually the last to know about changes that have been decided. Unfortunately, this was not the first time that we had to change our plans spontaneously.

I have attached the press release of the senate administration fromlast Friday to this mail.

 

So the dates in the last mail from Friday are all no longer valid. We will now prepare for a school start (with whatever grades) on Jan. 25th. However, the way the classes will be organized then will not differ much from what you were told in the last mail.

With kind regards

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

8th January 2021

Dear Parents,

The first week of learning at home has passed. I hope that you have been able to find a rhythm.

The last two days were marked by the organization of the new instructions of the Senate Administration. In this context, we would like to point out once again that it is not the management of the Quentin Blake Primary School that is responsible for the measures of the school lockdown, but the School Senator Ms. Scheeres and the Senate of Berlin. We get e-mails from parents who assume that we decide on this here at school.

Therefore, it is not yet one hundred percent certain that the publications made in the last few days will actually occur. Resistance to the latest instructions is emerging in many schools and districts. We will see if and how the politicians react to it.

So far, we assume that the following changes will occur in the next few weeks.

 
Changes from Jan. 18th:

- Grades 1 to 3 will be taught at half class size with distance and hygiene rules maintained. Classroom attendance of three lessons per day is to be ensured. No additional care will be provided. Only emergency care will continue to be provided. Lunch will be offered only to those children in emergency care who are here all day.

- We will be teaching classes beginning Jan. 18th in the class teams that have already been announced. The class teams will send you a schedule for your child by Friday of next week.

 
Jan. 25th:

- Grades 4 to 6 will join the school in addition to the 1st to 3rd grades. Classes that have more than 19 students will be cut in half.  Attendance of three lessons a day is to be ensured. Also, no additional care or lunch will be provided for children in these grades.

- Masks are compulsory from grade 5 onwards.

- These grades will also receive a schedule from the already announced class teams soon.

 

Daily structure in the two weeks after Jan. 18:

 

Gruppe 1 Klasse 1.4

Montag

8:00-8:50              D

8:50-9:40              Ma

9:40-10:30            E

Gruppe 2 Klasse 1.4

Montag

10:50 -11:40          D

11:40-12:30           Ma

12:30-13:20           E

 
Report card day is 29.1.

 

From 8.2:

- Classes in alternative scenario: Halved classes, 3 lessons, 2.5 hours of additionally care.

- It is not yet clear whether emergency care can/must be set up.

 

From 15.2:

- Classes according to the Corona level plan for Berlin schools.

 

Please note:

If you have an appointment at school in the next few weeks, please come to school only alone. This also applies to the half-year meetings for 1st through 3rd graders in the next few weeks.

Please note that the school will not be accessible at the end of emergency care at 4:00 p.m. to place or pick up your children's work materials in the boxes.

Yours sincerely

R. Müller

School Management

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 4.1.2021

Dear parents,

 
We hope you have been able to find some rest and relaxation in the past few days and that you and your family have remained healthy.

 
A new year is ahead of us. A lot of hope is associated with it, because it is expected that conditions will return to normal in a few months.

 
Colleagues should have filled padlets by now. So you can plan for the week. We hope you are able to get back into the homeschooling period in a good way. Be sure to feedback to the teachers in question if there are any problems.

 
There is talk in the press that the lockdown will likely be extended through the first week after the vacations. Officially, we do not know yet and we will let you know as soon as possible when we learn of the extension from the school senator.

 
Originally, the school closure was planned until 8.1. in order to get an overview of the infection situation at the schools or in the families of the students. Therefore, we would like to ask you to send an e-mail to the secretary's office by Tuesday, 3 p.m. in case your child is currently affected by quarantine measures. (info@quentin-blake.schule.berlin.de)

In the e-mail please state:

·         the name and class of the child and

·         the reason for the quarantine measure for your child (for example, a positive test for the child, contact with a person in or outside the household who was tested positive) and

·         the end of the quarantine for your child.

You may also call the office to notify us (90299 8031).

 

The information is requested only for quantitative recording of the occurrence of infections. This is important information for the school authorities to classify the occurrence of infections at the school.

Please continue to inform us about quarantine measures for your children.

 
Not many families will have been away on vacation. If you have been to a country classified as a risk area, please be sure to follow the associated quarantine times. In this case, please also notify the school.

 

Emergency care will continue to be provided at the school. Information about emergency care can be obtained from Mr. Klatt (s.klatt@tjfbg.de) or Mrs. Klemme (l.klemme@tjfbg.de) or from the school secretary's office (info@quentin-blake.schule.berlin.de).

 
We all hope that the time of school closure will not be prolonged too long. We will continue to try to support the school community in this extreme situation through intensive communication and sharing of information. If you have any difficulties, please contact the relevant class teachers or subject teachers.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

 

Oh dear, what a year!

It’s been a rough one - Merry Christmas anyway!

Wishing you healthy holidays and a better 2021!

 

 


 

 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 15.12.2020

Dear parents,

 
now is the time and the school close for the 2nd time outside the vacations.

In the first phase, this is just three days before the vacations. After the vacations, we will begin a week of homeschooling on Jan. 4th. We all hope that the Lockdown will not continue after this week.

Colleagues will put materials on the padlet for this or have already given everything to your children.

 

If it was not possible for your child to bring all the work materials from school, please contact the class teacher.  A pick-up date can then be arranged.

The work to be done should have been loaded onto the padlet in time for your child to continue working right away on Wednesday.

 
The secretary's office will always be available from 8:00 to 12:00 during the next three days.

 

In a working group with teachers and parents we sat together  and wrote a guide for parents and children. On it is written what to think about when the red level of the step plan is called out. Pretty good and important advice emerged.

But now the politicians have gone ahead and decided to shut down the school. We've taken out a few points from the guide that are also important in the total lockdown.

Perhaps the two guides at the end of this email will help you to organize the school work at home a little better.

 

We wish all families that they get through the lockdown period well and stay healthy.

 

 

Guide for students

 - I know my day, I have discussed it with my parents. I know when I have to work for school and when I have free time.

- I always do my tasks in the same place, if possible. Have I set up a workstation for myself?

- I use my working time and do my work. Only then I make progress.

- I know my weekly schedule, I find it on the padlet. I know what I have to work on.

- If I don't understand something, I read the task again and try to figure out what I need to do.

I can

- look for similar tasks in my materials,

- call someone from my class,

- ask my parents first if I really can't figure out what to do.

- I know when to call my teacher, the phone number is on the weekly schedule. I can also also write an e-mail. The email address is also on the weekly schedule.

 

Guide for parents

 
- I discuss with my child what tasks he/she has to do today.

- I provide a fixed daily structure (homework times, free time times, meal times).

- I set up a fixed workstation for my child.

- I let my child show me the tasks and correct them if I can.

- Contact: I use the phone office hours when I need to contact the teacher or I email.

- I know which families to ask for help with homework when we get stuck.

- I network my child with other children in the class, facilitate phone calls, video phone calls, or even online meetings with friends when I can.

- I know where and when my child's Homework can be turned in to the school.

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 
Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 12.12.2020

Dear colleagues, dear Parents,
 
We have now received some notifications from the Senate School Administration.
Information for the time before the Christmas holidays (16.12. to 18.12.):
 
- On Tuesday 15.12. it will be decided whether the schools will close already on Wednesday 16.12.. The Senate meets on Tuesday and decides on this. The schools have to prepare for this without knowing whether the decision will really be made. If schools close on Wednesday, it will not be taken as an earlier start to the holidays. As in the last lockdown, students will be provided with work to do until the regular last day of school on Friday, Dec. 18. Teachers and Erzieher will be working (communicating with students and parents, correcting work received, caring for children attending emergency care, ensuring that children with special needs or problematic learning opportunities at home, preparing for the first week of school after the holidays).
 
- If the Senate decides to end face-to-face teaching at the schools from next Wednesday, emergency care will again be offered on these three days and probably also during the holidays. Only those children whose parents work in system-relevant professions will then be eligible to attend. System-relevant professions are those listed in the attachment to this mail (attachment: "Eigenerklärung20201208"). Other children - including those who are normally cared for by the TJFBG after the last lesson or in the holidays - are not supervised and are not allowed to come to school. If you work in a system-relevant profession and your child is to attend emergency care, please read very carefully the item EMERGENCY CARE below.
 
- If the Senate does not decide to close the schools from next Wednesday, we will continue to offer lessons and care at the usual level. Holiday care will also be provided in the same way as before the Corona restrictions. The TJFBG has already asked for the children, that will take part.
 
While the instructions for the time before the holidays have not yet been clearly decided, the plans for the first school week after the holidays were sent out to all schools by the Senate Administration last night.
 
Information for the period after the Christmas holidays - first school week after the holidays (4.1.2021 to 8.1.2021):
The holidays will not be extended. School-led learning from home will take place. There will be no face-to-face teaching at school. The children receive their materials and assignments via the Padlet. They will receive more detailed information about this from the class teams.
Emergency care is offered for children whose parents work in system-relevant professions. Also in the emergency care, the children will work on the tasks that have been put on the Padlet by the teachers.
 
As with the first lockdown, we will be offering sporadic care in school during the week of 4 Jan to 8 Jan to individual children whose parents do not work in system-relevant professions. These are children with urgent special educational needs and children who have problematic learning situations at home.
 
 
EMERGENCY CARE:
 
Attention:
Only children whose parents both work in system-relevant professions may participate in the future emergency care.
If you are a single parent and work in a system-relevant occupation, your child is also eligible to participate in emergency care.
System-relevant professions are those listed in the attachment to this mail (attachment: "Eigenerklärung 20201208").
 
The emergency care is expected to be set up at the following times:
Children from first to third grade     Time: 7.30 bis 16.00 Uhr

Exceptional cases for the time from 6.00 to 7.30 Uhr and 16.00 to 18.00 Uhr

In exceptional cases, extended emergency care can be arranged. For this, you need proof of working hours from your employer. This must state that you work before 7.30 a.m. and after 4.30 p.m.

 
Children from 4th to 6th grade         Time: 8.30 bis 15.00 Uhr
 
Days with emergency care: Mi, 16.12. / Do, 17.12.  / Fr, 18.12.  /  Mo, 21.12.   /      Di, 22.12.  /  Fr, 23.12.  /  Mo, 4.1.  /  Di, 5.1.  / Mi, 6.1.  / Do, 7.1. /  Fr, 8.1. 
 
We have been instructed to start immediately with a check of who will participate in the emergency care.
 
Please download the attachment for this (Attachment: "Notbetreuung"), fill it out and send it to s.klatt@tjfbg.de  by Tuesday 2 p.m.
This is the only way we can prepare the emergency care from 16/12.
 
On the day your child comes to emergency care for the first time, he/she must bring the self-declaration form that you have filled out (attachment: "Eigenerklärung20201208").
 
 
 
Information for the period after the first week of school (11.1. to 15.1.):
Classes will again be held under the conditions of the step plan for Berlin schools. At the moment we are still assigned to the orange level.
 
Important:
We will start giving the children all of their school supplies to take home on Monday, 14/12. Please give your child an extra bag.
 
The staff will get further information on Monday.
 
 
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
 
Ralf Müller
Schulleitung
  


 

 

Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 10.12.2020
 
 
Dear parents, dear colleagues,
 
although the incidence of infections at the school has decreased, the school supervisor informed us today that from tomorrow onwards the 5th and 6th classes will have to wear the face masks all the time, even during lessons.


The incidence is currently in Steglitz-Zehlendorf over 200/100 000 and also the value for Berlin is shortly below with the tendency "rather increasing". Therefore, it is obligatory to wear the face mask in grades 5 and 6 at the elementary schools in class and in the supplementary support and care (offers of the TJFBG). If your child is in 5th or 6th grade, please explain to them that they must wear the mouth guard all day. 
We have not yet learned if there will be any other changes in school operations before and after the X-Mas break. Perhaps there will be more information in tomorrow's Friday info mail.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

4.12.2020

 

Dear parents,

 
A lot has happened this week as well, and I would like to tell you about it now:

 

·         Two resolutions of the Gesamtkonferenz and the School Conference

o   Resolution on the concept of teaching and supervision at the red level of the Corona Step Plan for Berlin schools.

o   Resolution on the facilitated exemption from the obligation to participate in supplementary instruction (UeAs)

·         Infection incidence at Quentin Blake Elementary School

·         Library closed for parents

·         A request to the parenthood

 

Two resolutions of the Gesamtkonferenz and the School Conference

o   Resolution on the concept of teaching and supervision at the red level of the Corona Step Plan for Berlin schools.

In the last few weeks a concept has been developed that describes exactly how the school will work when the assignment to the red level is done. In this case the school will have to work completely different and be organized differently.  The entire school program then aims to reduce contacts and maintain distances. For example, all classes with more than 20 children are divided in half and taught or supervised at different times. For each child there will then only be three hours of lessons per day and 2.5 hours of supervision by the TJFBG. The school work is therefore to be completely reorganized. We have discussed and developed the concept again and again with the teaching staff, the extended school management and the board of the Parents' Association (GEV).

The Gesamtkonferenz of the school's staff voted in an online procedure for the acceptance of the concept. The school conference also unanimously accepted the concept.

A summary of the concept is currently being prepared to explain the planned procedure to parents. A guideline for parents and students on what needs to be considered on the red level will be attached to this statement. As soon as this summary is completed, it will be sent to you.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and the parents who have contributed to the development of the concept. It was a lot of work for a situation that might not happen at all or only for a few weeks. We hope that the school can remain open as long as possible for the usual attendance lessons.

 

o   Resolution on the facilitated exemption from the obligation to participate in supplementary instruction (UeAs)

In many info mails before I pointed out the extremely tense personnel situation. At some days 17(!) employees were missing due to corona. In this difficult situation we were exceptionally and only for a few days allowed by the school authorities to allow the parents of the SESB to take their children home after the last lesson.

Actually, the Gesamtkonferenz and the School Conference had to allow this only in exceptional cases (e.g. very talented athletes who have to go to training).

The offer to temporarily pick up your child after the last lesson was accepted by many families for various reasons. Other families left their child at the school to join the UeAs because the work of the parents did not allow them to pick up the child earlier. We always made sure that it is always garanteed that all children are taken care of at school.

In recent weeks, the pandemic effects have increased the number of sickness notifications or the number of colleagues in quarantine. One of the consequences of this was that there was often not enough staff available, especially in the afternoon. It was then often necessary to switch to the schoolyard. However, this becomes more and more difficult with increasing cold.

The morning program is also limited by the increased number of sick staff members. Also in the mornings, the staff of the TJFBG often supports the lessons. However, if the number of educators, which has been decimated by illness, is needed in the afternoon, we do not have as many employees available in the morning. So when families take their children home after the last hour of school, we can also provide a better service in the morning because we can shift working hours into the morning.

For this reason, the Gesamtkonferenz and also the School Conference now decided that in the future it should be easier to grant permission if a child is not to attend the UeAs. However, this offer is only valid for times when school organizational conditions are so restricted by the pandemic.

The school conference will decide on the extension of the date (18.12.) already announced to you.

If the infection situation will allow, the school conference will again restrict the temporary possibility of earlier pick-up after the last school hour for the families of the SESB branch.

So if you would like to pick up your child after the last lesson, please inform the class teacher of the days concerned. If you do not want to take your child home earlier, care and services will be provided. I would like to point this out explicitly. Please decide how it is best for your everyday family life.

 

Infection incidence in some classes

Class 5.2 came back from quarantine today: Welcome back, 5.2!

Class 4.1 is still at home until Monday. Also some teachers and educators.

Due to the fact that a colleague had a positive test, some classes (3.3, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3) were still in the focus of the health department's investigations at the beginning of the week. In the end, none of the affected 4 classes were sent to quarantine. Only the children who had been sitting very close to the colleague in the classroom for a long time had to stay at home until the end of the week. This affects a total of 6 children.

Yesterday we learned about a child in class 4.3 who was tested positive. As in previous cases, we isolated the class, contacted the health department and organized that the students could go home. However, the Health Department called us quite quickly and informed us that after analyzing the available information about contact times and the infection situation in the family in question, no one at the school could have been infected by this child. We are happy that class 4.3 was back in class today.

 

Library closed for families

The library will be closed for families this Friday. The offer must be limited due to corona conditions. On 11.12. the library can be used again to the usual extent.

 

Request to the parents

We learn from many children that they meet very often with their friends or other families in their free time. This is completely understandable.

According to information from the public health department, the infections with the Crona virus that have become known at school are in almost all cases caused by contacts in the out-of-school environment. However, it has also happened at school that a staff member became infected by a child who tested positive.

Even though these free-time meetings are within the legal regulations to contain the Corona pandemic, we would like to ask all members of the school community to limit frequent free-time contacts with changing persons. Every day we try hard to organize the school so that the children can come here. We also try to ensure that the children have as little contact with each other as possible. Please support us in this if it is possible for you. Please let your child rather always play with the same children. In this way you will also minimize contacts.

 
After reading this very long mail you really deserve your weekend. Enjoy the pre-Christmas period and stay healthy.

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 

 

 


 

 

 

6.11.2020

Dear parents,

we were again classified yesterday by the public health department in the yellow level of the Step plan for Berlin schools. That is why we are do not have to plan any organizational changes at the moment.

As we announced yesterday, we currently have one child in class 4.2 who was tested positive. The class not in school yesterday and today.

If a positive child was at school, the school management has the following instructions:

1. contact the health department and the school supervisor. This is quite difficult, because the health authorities are very overworked. If the waiting time for the contact with the health department is too long or the case is discovered at the weekend, the school management decides preventively that the class stays at home .

2. if the school has been assigned to a member of the health department, the contact is established. Then all contact persons of the child are reported. Who had closer contact for at least 15 minutes, who had more distant contact. This applies to the days on which the child was most likely infectious.

There are contact persons of the 1st level:

This refers to persons who had face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes (close contact, within the 1.5 meters)

There are 2nd level contact persons:

Persons who had longer contact with the child but did not sit very close to an infected person for more than 15 minutes.

In the current case at our school, we have identified these groups of people and compiled lists. These are reported to the public health department.

3. the health department decides on all further measures and informs the families. Since the health authorities are overburdened, the school management has recently been taking over more and more of these communications. It is important that all decisions are still made by the health authorities.

 
Attention: The children of 4.2 are now at home as a precautionary measure until the Health Department declares a quarantine or makes other decisions. The children of 4.2 have of course also siblings at the school. Our instructions from the health department do not say that they have to stay at home. The school community needs to know this, because at the moment there are unpleasant scenes between the children, but also between the parents.

I would like to remind you that no child can be blamed if they have a brother or sister who has a child in the class who was tested positive. Please explain this to your children. Sometimes the siblings are not treated nicely. The siblings of the students in class 4.2 are allowed to come to school. Only if a sibling is tested positive, brothers or sisters are obliged to stay at home.

 
We are now in a situation at the school where many schools in Berlin were already a few weeks ago. Until last Wednesday we were one of the few schools in the district that did not have children who were tested positive. I don't think that this was just luck. Maybe we also did the right thing to a large extent. Let us continue to survive the pandemic so well and treat each other with respect and empathy.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller

Schulleitung

 


 

 

 

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