1 Mission Statement
The main purpose of the curriculum is to teach the students to speak, listen, understand, read and write in Swedish. All classroom activities are held in Swedish, except for in our beginner classes where English may be spoken occasionally. In addition to language instruction, the school introduces Swedish traditions, holidays, cultural events, history, and the Swedish way of life. Students and their families are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the school, generate new ideas to improve its effectiveness, and share their own Swedish heritage for the common good of the school.
School location address Calvary Baptist Church
School mailing address P.O. Box 6304, Denver CO 80206 E-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
School days Every other Sunday wisome exceptions
School hours 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Smultron)
School hours (Smultron only) 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fall 2020 Semester September 11, 2020 – December 13, 2020
Spring 2021 Semester January 10, 2021 –May 16, 2021
Registration Deadline August 6, 2020
Magnus Svard President / Co-Principal/Assistant Coordinator
Open Vice President
Alison Matthews Treasurer
Iren Nelsen Secretary
Katarina Van Veen Communications Coordinator
Open Volunteer Coordinator
Carolina Hensley Building Coordinator
Frederic Audibert Registration Coordinator/IT
Camilla Nickerson Webmaster/Facebook
Rebeccaa Near Board Member
No refunds will be allowed except for extraordinary circumstances. Such requests must be presented to the board. It is at the board’s discretion to allow or deny the request. The board’s decision will be final. According to Swedish School of Colorado’s By-Laws, there are no refunds after two classes have been completed.
While SSC welcomes anyone who is interested in learning Swedish, we strongly emphasize t
he importance of our students having at least one Swedish-speaking family member. This will greatly improve the student’s opportunities to solidify their language skills in between class sessions. According to Swedish School of Colorado’s By-Laws, for any child between the ages of 6-20 registered to attend the school, one family member/parent must be a Swedish citizen.
A mandatory Parent Meeting will be held at the beginning of the school year to review this document and answer any questions. This will be held during the first or second class of the fall semester. Other mandatory meetings may be scheduled at the discretion of the board.
For students five and under, a caregiver must be present at the school during each session. Failure to stay at the school will result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from SSC.
The board has the authority to cancel and/or substitute available classes as necessary depending on the number of students signed up, teacher availability, and facility availability.
The board has the authority to move a student to a different class than the class he or she is signed up for. This will be based on teacher and head teacher recommendations and observations. Please, refer to the schools’ website, svenskaskolancolorado.org, for a list of classes currently available.
Age group and/or school grade based on the U.S. school year
Smultron 18 months – 3 years/Pre-K
Körsbär 3 – 5 years/Pre-K
Lingon, Rönnbär, Hallon, and Hjortron are our mixed-age, proficiency-based, school-age classes
Björnbär I High school to adults
Björnbär II High school to adults
Gymnasieklass High School (must be fluent in Swedish)
Smultron: This group consists of our youngest students, ranging from 18 months to 3 years old. In this class we will focus on singing, storytelling, reading and organized playing with old, as well as new favorites. Teachers will place an emphasis on expanding Swedish vocabulary by actively speaking Swedish. Students will be taught and; therefore expected to respond in Swedish to the best of their ability to promote overall use of the target language. One Swedish-speaking parent/caregiver must accompany the child in class.
Körsbär: The goal in this group is to practice and encourage the spoken Swedish language by surrounding the students with spoken as well as written Swedish. Storytelling, songs, organized play and games, texts and workbooks are included as teaching methods. Students will be taught and therefore, expected to respond in Swedish to the best of their abilities to promote the overall use of the target language.
Lingon, Rönnbär, Hallon and Hjortron: These school-age youth classes will be mixed-age, proficiency-based classes. Each student will get tested at the beginning at the school year and then receive an individualized curriculum. The first part of the lesson will be group time led by the teacher, after which each student will work on the individualized assignments. iPads, computers or other individual electronic devices will be used by all students. Part of the lesson time will also be spent on Swedish culture and traditions.
Gymnasieklass: This class is for high school students who are fluent in Swedish. These students are working toward getting a Seal of Biliteracy for High School, which can be issued their high school after a test.
Björnbär I: This class will prepare students in the areas of Swedish language, culture, and traditions. We will place our emphasis in speech and writing at a beginner level. Reading activities, spelling, grammar and writing activities are included in the program. Storytelling, songs, teacher examples, texts, and workbooks will be used to reinforce learning of both the target language as well as the culture. This group is unique in that it provides a beginner Swedish education to American parents of Swedish speaking children and other interested participants.
Björnbär II: Is geared to our more proficient adult students. Each student will be tested at the beginning of the year and then be given an individualized study plan. All students need to bring an iPad, computer or other similar device to class each lesson. Part of the lesson time will be spent on group activities and Swedish culture and traditions.
Please make sure that your child respects the following rules in the classroom:
Homework may be given as appropriate to the grade level of the student. The purpose of homework is to reinforce skills taught in school, to develop independent work habits, and to engage in long-term research or creative projects. All students will be expected to spend some time reading and/or doing homework. It is important that students feel responsible for the homework, and parents support their child/children. Parents can contact their child’s teacher if issues or concerns about homework arise. Homework assignments are presented in the classroom and will also be available on the school’s website: svenskaskolancolorado.org.
The purpose of this discipline policy is to establish procedures for dealing with student’s misbehavior. When misbehavior among children occurs in the classroom, the teacher will have a private talk with the student. The teacher is responsible for making sure the student understands what is expected of him or her, and teaches new behaviors or generates alternative ways to handle the situation to redirect behavior. If there is an ongoing pattern of misbehavior, leaders of the school will be contacting the parents for a conference to discuss ways of helping their child be more successful in the school environment.
It is the parents’ responsibility to read these guidelines to their children:
In case disciplinary actions are needed, the following will occur:
There is a playground available for our use during class.
If a student’s behavior requires disciplinary action SSC will follow the procedures outlined in “Disciplinary Actions” in section 11 of this document.
Our school environment and educational programs are greatly enhanced by the efforts of our volunteers. We have a wide range of available volunteer positions such as; for our Christmas and Graduation parties, assisting with serving “fika” in the kitchen, helping with recess supervision, etc. Each family with students enrolled in any of our youth classes, except Smultron, are expected to volunteer at least once each semester. Available volunteer opportunities are presented and communicated during the mandatory Parent Meeting, as well as via e-mail. For additional information or questions in regards to volunteering, please send an e-mail to email@example.com, or talk to one of the board members.
The SSC believes in the importance of family activities and vacations. If you and your family have planned a vacation or absence when school is in session, please notify the classroom teacher at least one week in advance. The teacher will then provide the student with information and materials of what is to be covered in the missed session. All missed work assignments can be turned in to the teacher who will review and provide feedback by Wednesday before the next class.
It might be necessary to close the school due to weather or other extraordinary circumstances. School closings due to weather will be posted on our website.
An e-mail notification for all closures will also be sent to all students or parents
on our e-mail contact list
18. Illness Policy
To ensure the health of our community, it is a policy for the Swedish School of Colorado that children must stay home if they exhibit the following symptomor conditions (this list
covers some common illnesses, but is not inclusive of all reasons for exclusion):
When the possibility of illness occurs, it is sometimes difficult to decide whether your child should come to school. You can bring your child to school if:
If a student has a severe medical condition, you must notify the teacher and the teacher representative in writing.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. The underlying belief of this policy is that all individuals have the right to be educated in a safe and nurturing environment. Therefore, violations of these rights
and violations of the atmosphere which supports sound education will not be tolerated.
The Swedish School of Colorado hereby adopts this policy of zero tolerance for weapons. The policy provides the power for board members and teachers to address potentially dangerous situations. It sets the tone for all to understand that weapons are not tolerated and will not be allowed during any of our scheduled classes, board meetings, or activities. On the other hand, when board members and teachers are implementing the policy they are allowed some flexibility given the age of the violator and the circumstances. In order to ensure that this occurs, the following has been established:
The term “weapons” shall include, by the way of illustration, the following enumerated items: any loaded or unloaded firearm (including but not limited to pistol, blank pistol, signal pistol, starter pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, cross-bow); any knife (including but not limited to Bowie, Dirk, lock-blade, hunting pen, pocket, switchblade, utility); any defensive weapon (including but not limited to gas repellent, pepper gas, mace, stun gun); any martial arts device (including but not limited to Chinese stars, nunchaku) or any tool or instrument which school administrative staff could reasonably conclude as being capable of inflicting bodily harm (including but not limited to blackjack, chain, club, knuckles, night stick, pipe, studded bracelet); or which by virtue of its shape or design gives the appearance of any of the aforementioned (including but not limited to air pistol, air rifle, BB gun).
Students are allowed in the hallways or bathrooms independently. Please, help keep those places clean and safe for everyone to use. Report any problems you see im-
mediately. Whenever you are away from your class, your teacher is expecting you to represent the class and yourself in a responsible way. Do your errand quickly and well and return to your class as soon as possible. Do not run in the hallways at any time.
All SSC teachers and board members use e-mail to communicate with our students,
their parents and other interested parties. Students and parents can contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any non-urgent issues.If you have
an emergency or need to speak to the co-principals, feel free to contact
Magnus Svard at 720-688-7989.
The school’s website, svenskaskolancolorado.org, is also updated regularly with new information.
We look forward to a nice year together!