Message from Ms. Kissel

Hi everyone!

It looks like the three weeks I had planned to spend with you in June has turned into four weeks. I hope you’re all enjoying the snow. I’ve seen many pictures of Boston, and it looks crazy.

So far I’ve visited one school here in Finland. If you’re interested in seeing what school is like, you can check out my blog at One thing that’s very different is that students don’t wear shoes in elementary school (which goes up to age 12). Most kids run around in their socks, while some wear slippers or Crocs. This keeps the school so clean.

In case you don’t know exactly where Finland is, here’s a map:


We do have a little bit of snow on the ground, but the roads are clear, and the sidewalks don’t have giant snow piles. I just took the photo below from my living room window. I have a nice view of the sea. Yesterday I went running and saw two people ice skating on the frozen sea, but I’d be too afraid that the ice would break and I’d fall in! It’s been above freezing most days, but it gets a bit colder at night. FullSizeRender-9

If I do want to go ice skating, I go to the rink that I can walk to in only 5 minutes. It’s a field that they freeze in the winter, and it’s just open and free for anyone to use. You just have to bring your own skates.


Email me if you have any questions about Finland that you’d like me to answer. And please work hard for Ms. Kumpf!

-Ms. Kissel