School Photo Gallery
Here you'll find many photos from the 2017-2018 school year!
Be sure to take a look at the Archive photo galleries to see how ISI has celebrated learning in previous school years!
Family Fun Night 2018
The PTA sponsored a Family Fun, Food and Bingo night on May 8th for the ISI school community.
Families came together for a fun night of Bingo and had the chance to win some spectacular prizes including a Sony Bluetooth Headset, Bluetooth speakers, an Avengers: Infinity War Lego Set, Books and much more. There was Cotton Candy and a variety of baked goods for sale.
Everyone enjoyed dinner from the Italian Pasta Bar. It was fun evening for families while raising funds for the PTA.
2015 Solar Eclipse
On Friday, March 20, Iceland witnessed a solar eclipse so rare that there has not been another one like it for 60 years! School children thoughout the city were provided with special space-age viewing glasses to see this incredible phenomenon. Don´t they look cool?
Our Science teacher, Mirjam, was especially thrilled to be able to share this with our students. We were incredibly lucky to get good weather with very little cloud cover as well. What an experience!
Ski Trip 2018
ISI made its way to Bláfjöll Ski Resort, which is located approximately a half hour's drive from Reykjavik. Bláfjöll is very popular with tourists as well as Icelanders and is especially known for its spectacular views and varied landscapes.
Everyone who attended enjoyed the day mightily despite the extra ice on some of the slopes! It was even better to get back inside where it was warm when we finally packed it in for the afternoon.
Many thanks to Teacher Mirjam for these photos. She had a spill on the big hill and is now fully recovered and smiling at work again!
Easter Egg Hunt 2018
The Annual ISI Easter Egg hunt was a great success thanks to the help of the Middle School Students who helped hide the eggs for the Elementary School kids.
The PTA Board organized the event again this year, stuffing and providing the plastic treat and toy filled eggs at no cost to the ISI families. Children were excited to received toy filled eggs and treats. After the egg hunting, the students gathered together to have some Deviled Eggs and Spinach Dip prepared by our parent volunteer, Laurie Wilkins. Yuko Motoyanagi and Ann Thorsson helped organize the hunt with help from other parent volunteers.
The highlight of the event as usual, was a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Reykir School Camp
Our 7th grade went to Reykir school camp from February 26 to March 2. While there, they took part in various lessons connected to nature, history, and team building.
Reykir has been running for more than 30 years and the goals of the program match beautifully to ISI core values of creativity, self efficacy and respect. As you can see in the photos, we certainly had fun!
An Icelandic student who visited Reykir in 2014 made a documentary of his time there. Watch it to learn more about the activities offered here. (Icelandic language with English subtitles)
ISI celebrated Öskudagur (Ash Wednesday) on February 14 this year. Children and teachers alike put on their favorite costumes and sang for their treats.
In the 19th century, children would dress up in costumes to celebrate Bolludagur, a day when a traditional cream-filled bun is eaten, and have a parade. In 1917, the children-in-costumes aspect was moved to Öskudagur.
Learn more about the traditions of this holiday in this article from The Reykjavik Grapevine!
STEAM Fun at ISI
One of the newest parts of the ISI curriculum is STEAM, a special approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
Here we see our Middle School students working hard to design and build models of an inspiring building, such as Perlan, the Pearl, here in Reykjavik and the Opera House in Sydney, Austalia.
Our younger students made 3D glasses for their STEAM projects, part of the IPC unit All About the Brain!
A Vinaliðar Celebration!
This winter, ISI participated in “The Friendship Project” with Sjálandsskóli. The idea behind The Friendship Project encourages students to participate in group games during recess. By
was to offer a variety of activities during recess, so that students would find something to their
liking and everyone would feel encouraged to participate.
This project originates from Norway and is run in over 1000 schools in Norway. More than 30 schools around Iceland participated in the project. By encouraging students to more actively participate in games during recess, we can promote positive school spirit. The overall goal is that all students look forward to coming to school every day.
Students in grades 3-6 nominated individuals from their class, who took on the role of
friendship coordinator (Vinaliði). After a successful season, ISI and Sjálandsskóli took their Vinaliðar out to celebrate their hard work! Students went to Björk, the gymnasium hall, and then out for pizza and ice cream. Yum!
Holiday Family Fun Night 2017
On Thursday, December 7, students, parents and teachers from the ISI family gathered for an evening of cosy fun together. Our amazing Parent-Teacher Association organized their annual Holiday Family Fun Night, with crafting for everyone to enjoy and yummy food like cakes and decorate-your-own gingerbread men available for those who worked up an appetite playing games.
There was also fundraising for the Middle School students' class trip at the end of the year, and a raffle with prizes that everyone looks forward to each year. We were having so much fun that even Santa himself came by to say hello and sample a cookie, bringing one of the Icelandic Yule Lads along, too!
Congratulations to the PTA for another hugely successful event, and thank you to Sigrún Boatwright, PTA Chairperson, for her pictures.
Every year at the end of October, our school is suddenly filled with ghosts and goblins who come to play games during our annual Halloween Party!
A big thank you goes to our PTA for taking the time to organize food and refreshments, and for taking these lovely photos!
Drop Everything and Read
DEAR is one of our favorite times of day at ISI! DEAR is a great way to get both staff and students reading. A DEAR session consists of getting the whole school to stop, drop what they are doing and to read, for pleasure, for 20 minutes.
Silent reading helps brain function more effectively and has many benefits including improved vocabulary, communication skills, and better fluency in understanding material.
It also helps students become lifetime readers by showing them that everyone can enjoy a few minutes of relaxation with a good book. These students in the K-1 class show us how they like to read: some students share, others have a quiet moment and one a bit of a chuckle!