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Message 5th October 2022

As already announced by the School in the Director’s weekly newsletter, Eurêka Secondary is to move into the Nursery / Primary building and, as of the month of November, it will share the room with Eureka Primary, near the Primary library.

Hereinafter, a couple of information on Eureka Secondary for October:

  • Week from 10/10 to 14/10
    • Extraordinary opening on 10/10, 11/10 & 13/10 from 12h to 13h40.
    • Friday 14/10, business as usual, from 11h30 to 13h45.
  • Weeks from 17/10 to 28/10
    • No service to students, the team will sort out remaining items, clear the room, and move to the Primary building.

Please convey this information to your children, the more items we are able to return within October 14th the better!  

We would like our moving to the new premises to be as smooth as possible ; the space available to us in the new location is much more limited, so we won’t be able to transfer all the items that we are currently storing, nor keep the found items for as long as we were keeping them in the past, i.e. 3 months.

Eurêka Secondary shall resume its activities after the Toussaint break, in the Primary building, with the following opening hours:

  • Every Friday from 11h45 to 13h45

Details of new rules and service modalities after this big change will be shared with you in due time.

Please always make sure that your kid’s items bear the family name (clearly readable, no initials), this makes it easier for us to return them to you.


EURÊKA: What, where, when?

“Eurêka” is a lost and found service at European school Woluwe run by parent-volunteers who collect, sort and record lost items.

Parent-volunteers open the Eurêka service to pupils and parents every Friday to allow for collection

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What does one find at Eurêka?

All types of clothes including sports outfits lost by pupils on school premises and educational materials (books, notebooks).

For the valuables (watches, cellphones, glasses, keys, wallet or calculators…) please contact:

– Primary students: Primary Secretariat

– Secondary students: Secretariat of APEEE (Monsieur Ferhan PELISTER)

* Gym outfits (branded school T-shirts and shorts) as well as lab coats without a clearly readable name, found on their own (not inside a bag), are washed by parent-volunteers and sold second hand at the price of 5€ per T-shirt or shorts and 6€ per coat. Of course, Eurêka can’t guarantee a stock.

Money raised (less the limited expenses for running the service) are donated to charities (for ex. an orphanage in Lithuania, the Red Cross etc.).

Location

Eurêka  Primary is located near the library  on level 0.

Eurêka Secondary is located in the S1 and S2 preau

Opening hours

During the academic year, from September till the end of June, Eurêka Primary is open every Friday from 09:30 till 13:30 and Eureka Secondary is open every Friday from 12:00 till 13:30.

Due sanitary measures, The parents are not allowed to access the school premises.
For further information, please contact the secretary of primary school.

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Functioning of Eurêka

Sorting

Any items with a clearly readable name are listed and marked with a tag according to the month of arrival at Eurêka.

The items without a nametag are arranged according to the month of arrival separately on clothes racks at Eurêka.

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Service –  search help

The parent-volunteers are happy to help pupils find their lost property during the Eurêka opening hours.

As to the at Eurêka Primary youngest children, who are still learning to express themselves, parents are encouraged to send a note with their child to Eurêka volunteers stating family name and first name of the child, with a description of the lost item(s).

Emailing parents

If a lost item has a nametag (notably a last name), parent-volunteers will email to parents that an item belonging to their child could be picked up at Eurêka.

Storage: how long?

The lost items are stored for 3 months counting from their arrival at Eurêka *.

Due to a limited storage space, all items not claimed within this period will be donated to charity organizations.

  • Please note that It is common for clothing items to arrive at Eurêka long after having been lost. Encourage your child to revisit Eurêka if they are unable to find their lost property during their first visit.

Donations

To diversify Eurêka donations, anyone is welcome to submit a suggestion of a charity which could benefit from children’s clothes.

Eurêka volunteers

This service is only possible because of the selfless dedication of parents-volunteers.

The volunteers do their best to ensure the functioning of the service with very limited resources. They cannot be held responsible for the lost items.

There has been a recurrent demand for extending Eureka opening hours on Friday or opening Eureka on other days. However, this is not presently possible given the limited availability of parent-volunteers.

Call for volunteers!

Should you be willing to give a helping hand please email the APEEE secretariat.

Some tips

Please put nametags on all sports outfits, bags, backpacks, jackets, hats, scarfs, sweatshirts, gloves, gym shoes and any clothes that might be removed in the courtyard during a break. Eurêka can only send emails to parents when the family name is clearly readable. Pace nametags on the neck, waist or inside pocket.

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THE APEEE declines all responsibility for the information contained in this message. Also, no responsibility will be assumed by the APEEE for any direct or indirect damages resulting from the use made of information contained in this message.