SWEDISH SOCIAL! (previously pubnight)

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The Swedish School of Vancouver is having our largest annual fundraiser on Friday January 24th at the Scandinavian Centre. This is a fun event with people from all different Swedish organizations in town, and a great opportunity to introduce your Canadian friends to our Swedish party tricks!

Pubquiz • Toonie Toss • 50:50 Draw • Silent Auction • Swedish Pop & Rock Music • Dancing !!!

Menu: Pulled Pork, Baked Potatoes, Salad, Bread. Coffee, Candy Cane Brownies & Whipped Cream.

Bar open for purchasing of beer, wine and drinks.

FOLLOW THE BUZZ ON FACEBOOK, and participate in our Swedish song competition! Post as many songs as you wish. The person who posted the song with the most likes by Sunday January 12th *at midnight* will get a $20 Urban Fare gift card in the mail (I will PM for the address). GOOD LUCK!!!  https://www.facebook.com/events/224861147696225/

1. Pick your favourite song with an obvious Swedish connection (eg. in Swedish or produced by a Swede)

2. Find your song on the web (eg. youtube)

3. Paste the youtube link into a new post below

4. Encourage your friends to like the page…

Advance tickets $20 until January 21st so we can plan. Buy them at the Centre (bring exact change), or by sending your payment by cheque issued to The Swedish School #17-222 East 5th Street, North Vancovuer, BC V7L1L7 Canada, or email to mia.logie at gmail.com. Please include your address so we can send your tickets by mail.

Tickets will be available at the door, but if you want to be assured there is food for you, please buy a ticket in advance.

CHILDMINDING is available BY REQUEST. PLease let us know by January 21st to be guaranteed a spot. The kids will have Fredagsmys! upstairs with an adult supervisor, a movie and goodies.

If you have any items to donate for the fundraising events, please contact Lena Normen-Younger at 604-838-5362 eller lnormen at me.com. You can bring the items with you directly to the evening, but we need to be aware of your donation ahead of time to apply for lottery licenses and print silent auction sheets.

Please don’t drink and drive! Designate a driver, get a cab or use a service like A Safe Alternative Ride, that will drive you, your guests and vehicle home for just a little bit more than a one-way cab ride http://www.asaride.com/about.html (book ahead!).

The doors open at 6:30 pm, hope to see you then!

Svenska Kulturella Skolan — Swedish Cultural School

Svenska Skolan i Vancouver planerar att lägga till en ny serie med lektioner till sitt ordinarie utbud. Inför varje terminsstart får vi samtal från föräldrar som inte har möjlighet att lära sina barn svenska, som ber oss att erbjuda deras barn någon form av tillgång till svenskt språk och svensk kultur. Det finns alltså en stor efterfrågan på detta. Nedan följer lite information om hur dessa nya klasser kommer att se ut, för dig vars barn eller barnbarn kanske kan vara intresserade! Vi beskriver också kort skolans ordinarie verksamhet för att ge en bättre bild av hur dessa klasserna skiljer sig.

Ordinarie undervisning i Kompletterande Svenska

Svenska Skolan undervisar svenska för barn i åldrarna 3-15 år, med fokus på att utveckla ett redan befintligt språk. Svenska Skolverket finansierar cirka en tredjedel av våra omkostnader; resten kommer från termins- och lägeravgifter samt ca $4,000 per år via fundraising. Skolverkets krav för att stödja vår verksamhet är att svenska ska vara ett levande språk i barnens hem innan de kommer till skolan (s.k. ”kompletterande svenska”). Våra lärare använder bara svenska i undervisningen, och klasserna erbjuder på så vis ett s.k. svenskt språkbad (Swedish immersion). Från 6 års ålder följer undervisningen den svenska kursplanen för kompletterande svenska, inklusive läs- och skrivträning, medans förskolan är ett lekbaserat språkbad som förbereder för grundskoleklasserna. Vår rekommendation till föräldrar är att barnen bör förstå men inte nödvändigtvis kunna prata svenska för att hänga med på lektionerna. På vår hemsida finns mer information om hur man kan stimulera och uppmuntra barn till flerspråkighet (mejla oss om du vill att vi skickar en PDF).

Svenska Kulturella Skolan

Den nya Kulturella Skolan som vi nu introducerar erbjuder ett bättre alternativ för de barn som inte känner sig bekväma i den ordinarie undervisningen. Barn som inte får tillräckligt med svenska i hemmet kan påverkas negativt av språkbadsklasser, om de tolkar deras bristande svenska som ett misslyckande. Detta kan leda till ett försämrat självförtroende eller en negativ syn på Sverige och svensk kultur. Vi är övertygade att det är väldigt viktigt för barn med en svensk bakgrund att ha en möljlighet att få inblick i svensk kultur och utveckla sin kulturella identitet, oavsett om de har möjlighet att lära sig det svenska språket. Alla barn som är nyfikna på svensk kultur är välkomna, även de utan direkt svensk anknytning.

Undervisningen kommer att ske på engelska, med inslag av svensk kultur, litteratur och språk. Den språkliga delen är lättsam, med mycket upprepning av enkla ord och fraser. Barnen får således en chans att bekanta sig med  svenska ord såväl som t.ex. Pippi Långstrump och fastlagsbullar. Lärare under våren kommer att vara Mona Neufeld, utbildad ESL lärare.

Lektionerna kommer att hållas i Svenska Rummet på SCC varannan söndag kl 15-17, under februari och mars 2014. Programmets kostnad kommer att bli ca $80 per barn, eller mindre om vi får många barn som deltar. Än så länge har vi inte satt någon begränsning på ålder, utan skulle gärna vilja se vilka åldrar som är intresserade innan vi avgör vilka klasser som behövs. Detta format kommer att provas under våren 2014, och fortsätta under kommande år om det får ett positivt genomslag och går runt rent ekonomiskt. Vissa volontärinsatser av föräldrarna kommer att behövas, såsom t.ex. att baka någon gång eller sopa undan.

Vänligen mejla svenskaskolanvancouver at gmail.com för att anmäla ert intresse. Anmälan är i nuläget inte bindande, men vi kan heller inte garantera plats. Om du har frågor ring Mia Logie på tel 604-725-8431. Under januari månad 2014 kommer vi att ta upp bindande anmälan. Mejla oss nu om du vill få kommande information direkt i brevlådan!

Classes may be over but 2013 is not over yet!

It was a busy fall! In many ways I cannot even fathom why it turned out so busy, beyond having a family member starting kindergarten and another off to preschool. You would think that would free up some time, but it is also a major adjustment for the family. As a result we have not seen so many updates on the Swedish School blog. Do not fret: There have been a lot of things happening!

Apart from running our regular week-to-week activities we are planning a few other things. Following will be a series of postings that will address some of these things.

  • We attended the Nätverkskonferens in Washington this past October, and learned a lot about how other North American Swedish Schools run their activities. We met a bunch of new people who are just as excited and committed as us about raising bilingual kids. Much new energy and ideas that will grow into our activities in the year(s) to come.
  •  We got 14 tickets some of our children to attend a Canucks game, Thank You Sedin Corner! An excited account on how the evening went will follow 2014. This creates a platform on which to bring some added excitement into our classrooms, by reading and writing about hockey this winter.
  • This spring we will be introducing a new set of classes called the cultural school, for children with little or no prior exposure to the Swedish language.
  • On January 24th we will be hosting one of our major fundraisers, the Pubnight.
  • We had a successful fundraiser at the Swedish Julmarknad, as well as the currently ongoing hockey pool.
  • We received a $1K grant from the Riksföreningen Sverigekontakt, in support of our annual weekend camp coming up at the end of May 2014. Sverigekontakt also sent us a bag with children’s books, which is a very welcome refreshment of our library.
  • We are also looking into other grants and funding that we can apply for.

 

 

Sedin Corner Game Night Application submitted!

Hockey is a strong part of the Swedish cultural fabric. Many kids there grow up playing street hockey, and watch the major national and international championships. Sweden raises some great hockey talent, as we are well aware of here in Vancouver! Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Marcus Näslund, Mattias Öhlund, and  Mats Sundin are some of the famous Swedes that have played for the Canucks at some point. Not to mention the players that have played for some of the other amazing NHL teams.

The Swedish School of Vancouver just submitted an application to the Sedin Corner for an opportunity to attend a game night with 14 seats and some luxury treatment for hockey fans. If we are awarded this opportunity we will have to ask our amazing teachers to quickly design an internal challenge for our kids to win the seats! It will likely be for our older kids, so that 12 kids can attend with the supervision of two parents or teachers.

Hockey is something that Canada and Sweden have in common, and something that both countries identify strongly with. Attending a game night together as a school event would be such a great opportunity to strengthen our students’ appreciation of their Swedish-Canadian identities, and an amazing bonding experience! This could inspire our students for years to come, and I can see us bragging extensively about it on our blog and in the communities of ex-pat Swedish Schools and parents teaching their kids Swedish abroad.

Some kids find it difficult to learn by sitting in school benches, and tend to pay much more attention when the learning can be achieved through an active- or sporting-related situation. In particular boys tend to drop out of our curriculum at a higher rate, possibly to a great extent for this reason. If our application is granted, we could target hockey and sports as a theme for part of the school year to further enhance the benefit of this opportunity.

This certainly is something we could not afford unless we were to win one of the game nights so generously offered by the Sedin twins!

Cross your fingers everyone, and stay tuned!!

Presentation av våra lärare: Först ut är Ida

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Vad heter du? Tilltalsnamn Ida. Mellannamn Birgitta (efter min mamma). Undervisar förskoleklass till årskurs 2 (K-2). På bilden kramar jag min brorsdotter Hanna.

Vilken är din hemstad i Sverige? Född och uppvuxen i militärstaden Boden, långt upp i norr.

Hur länge har du bott i Vancouver och varför flyttade du hit? Jag flyttade till Vancouver 1:a september 2009. Året innan träffade jag en fantastisk kille som även han besökte Istanbul, och han är anledningen till att jag flyttade hit! Föll ”head over heels in love” :).

Vilket är ditt egentlige yrke? Jag är utbildad fotograf och jobbade som nyhetsfotograf i Sverige men här i Vancouver jobbar jag som dekoratör/Visual merchandiser åt ett klädesföretag, vilket jag tycker är oerhört inspirerande, kreativt och roligt!

Hur länge har du undervisat på skolan? På svenska skolan började jag just efter jul 2013 och undervisade lekskolan under förra vårterminen.

Vad tycker du är det bästa med vår skola? Det jag gillar med skolan, förutom det uppenbara (gemenskapen) så tycker jag att det är häftigt att så många är så stolta över att vara svenskar och vill förmedla språket till sina barn. Tror det är viktigt för barn att känna gemenskap med andra barn, då det är lätt att tycka att man är annorlunda om man kan/lär sig ett annat språk. Gillar framförallt engagemanget från lärare, föräldrar och såklart barnen!

Vad är svårast med att undervisa flerspråkiga barn? Den stora utmaningen är ju, som en ovan lärare, att hitta på intressanta lektionsupplägg som passar åldersgruppen. Men det är ju en ständig process så jag hoppas jag har möjlighet att bli duktigare på det här!

Vilket är ditt favoritord på svenska och varför? Mamma är kanske mitt favoritord, och favoritperson. Annars tycker jag moln ligger rätt i munnen.

Vilken svensk högtid gillar du mest? Jag gillar nog julafton allra mest, det finns så många fina barndomsminnen som gör sig påminda och traditioner jag tagit med mig hit, för att åtminstone ha något som känns likadant som det gjorde då jag firade med min familj i Sverige. Jag bakar lussekatter, vaniljkola, risgrynsgröt och köttbullar efter min mammas recept.

Midsommar är härlig den med, och den gillar jag att fira uppe i norr, tillsammans med midnattssolen som aldrig går ner.

Vad tror du att dina elever kommer att minnas utav skolan efter det här läsåret? Jag vill att mina elever ska komma ihåg att vi haft roligt med svenska språket!

Vad har du för hobbies? På fritiden tycker jag om att fotofrafera, träna, vara i naturen, träffa vänner, göra något kreativt, shoppa och inreda mitt och Seans hem. Tycker om att gå ut och äta, hänga på stranden och bara mysa hemma också.

Kan du några fler språk än svenska och engelska? Jag kan prata ytterst lite franska, men annars bara svenska och engelska.

Vad tycker du är bäst med att kunna flera språk? För det första anses det ju som något beundransvärt och häftigt att kunna prata fler än ett språk, i alla fall här i Kanada, så det är ju positivt.  Älskar även grammatik och tycker det är oerhört kul att jämföra ord/uttryck språken emellan.

Berätta något som du inte tror att någon på skolan vet. Jag gråter oerhört lätt, gillar hip hop-musik och tycker att klyschiga romantiska filmer (som Pretty Woman) är de bästa!

Welcome back to a new school year!

Hopefully your family had a fantastic summer! Fall is here and as much as I agonize over it in August, it is inevitable. It is a relief that Swedish School starts a week after regular school, just to allow us a gradual entry back to new routines. They say savouring the small victories makes you a happier person.  

In addition to welcoming our ”old” people back, I also want to welcome new students, new families and new teachers! Someone said our school has grown by 70% in the past two years, wow! We will make a short presentation of some of our newcomers in our upcoming newsletters.

Last year we managed to end our year on a financial surplus! Well done everyone!! The great news is that we now can invest this money to make a better school. Primarily we are planning to renew our school library, and create a program for educational development and professional development for our teachers.  

This Monday September 9 we have our AGM at 7pm (Scandinavian Centre). If you are interested in our school please feel free to attend! It is a great opportunity to contribute and empower our community.

THE SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013 IS COMING TO AN END!

The school year is coming to an end. During the year we have all seen our children grow and develop as little human beings. We ask a lot of them. Not only to go to regular school but also to devote their free time to learn what we want them to learn, our beloved Swedish. Please show your kids how proud you are of them! And please also thank yourselves for finding the joy in sharing your culture and language with your kids!

Our teachers are an invaluable part of our school. From the board, our kids and all the parents: A heartfelt Thank You to Monica, Monica, Annie, Åsa, Inkeri, Jeanette, Silva and Ida for educating and caring about our children. You do an amazing job! Special thank yous to:

Monica Olofsson, who is retiring from her role as Swedish School teacher after trying to leave for a few years now. Her enthusiasm and energy has been a central part of our school and our Swedish community, and I am sure the other teachers and her kids will miss her dearly!

Inkeri Meharg, who has been an important contribution to our preschool classes for a couple of years. We and the kids appreciate the creativity and down-to-earth attitude that she beings with her!  

Our school keeps changing and developing. We maybe did not get everything right this year, but most of it. A lot of that success is contributed to the devoted volunteers that make everything happen. Many helping hands make light work – thank you for contributing! Special thank yous to:

Lena Normen-Younger, who has been sharing her burning passion for the Swedish School educational curriculum and the Swedish community. She has put a lot of energy and soul into our school this year. We rest assured that she will keep up the energy in her role as a teacher, and perhaps rejoin the board again later.

Annie Kvick, who has served in various role as both teacher and board member through the years, even before she had kids of her own. It takes a special effort to be involved in the school in so many ways and for so long, please know that we do appreciate it and hope you will stay involved!

Sandra Benholm-Cheung, who with a one-year old, a school boy and entrepreneurial aspirations has been fighting hard to fit in board meetings between bedtimes and everything else.

We would also like to welcome:

Linda Stenström, who is moving to Vancouver in the fall with her family of husband and three girls. Linda will join us as a teacher and board member.

Åsa Svedberg, who in spite of a baby girl and toddler boy will join us on the board.

Jannicke Kitchen, who will the teachers and run the preschool class in Squamish.

We look forward to having you and working with you!

                                                                                                                                                                       The Board

More Playfulness and Less Judging

Judging ourselves and each other for our kids’ perceived progress is contra productive. A lot of the time we walk around with a measuring stick and compare how well our children speak or understand the language. All this judging and evaluating drains energy and spirit, and we end up feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. And in spite of our well-intended ambition the kids are no better off either, as they end up feeling pressured. The playful, happy atmosphere quickly dissipates. It is easy to understand if you imagine someone suddenly peeking up over your shoulder when you quietly try to say ‘ap-el-sin’ [orange] to yourself back in that Swedish grocery store again.

The kids need to feel that it is safe to make mistakes. Any risk of embarrassment, shame, guilt, etc will push them away. Try to notice when they do something right, and when they dare to try even though it isn’t always right. Put yourself in their shoes and be the teacher you wold like to have.

To apply your ambition playfully you need to set your standards higher for yourself than you do for your kids so they can participate without pressure. If your kids do not speak or understand Swedish as well as you would like them to, then ask yourself what can YOU do about it, not how can you demand more from THEM. Can you speak more Swedish with and around them? Can you watch more Swedish TV and less English, at least when they are present? Can you read more Swedish books, for them and yourself, so that you can also improve your Swedish? Can you integrate them more with other adults or friends their own age that can inspire them? Can you skype with or visit your relatives in Sweden?

The Importance of Culture and Community

Access to a Swedish community is very important for language transfer. The ability to speak a language is driven by a desire to communicate. To hear someone you need to want to listen.

Learning a language is much easier when you are connected with the cultural context of that language. For most of us, this means being present in the country where it is spoken. How different isn’t it to go down to a grocery store and learn how to buy some oranges in a local language, compared to looking at oranges in a textbook? The desire to communicate arises more naturally in a ‘live’ situation. You can feel the smooth dimpled surface of the orange, smell its citrusy scent. You may even try to figure out what people are saying around you. You look at the facial expressions that accompany their words. You feel a jolt of happiness when you make yourself understood.

It is the same for our kids. Having friends and adult role models that they want to communicate in Swedish with is imperative. Our Swedish community is a natural place where we can create these connections. It is one of the best places to start building relationships that will strengthen their Swedish.
Italian, Greek, Persian and East-Indian societies are great examples of strong-knit communities that transfer their languages well to their children while living away from their home-countries. A small effort to strengthen our community can make a big difference on how interested our children are in learning to become proficient in the Swedish language.

öppet hus / open house

Svenska Skolan i vancouver håller öppet hus torsdagen den 18e april kl 4.15 samt lördagen den 20e april kl 9.30. Vänligen hör av dig om du planerar att komma så att vi kan förbereda!

svenskaskolanvancouver(at) gmail.com or (604) 725-8431

The Swedish School of Vancouver is having an OPEN HOUSE Thursday April 18th 16:15pm and Saturday April 20th 9:30am. Please RSVP if you will be coming so we can prepare appropriately!

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