Archive for September, 2013

For Parents of MS Students NOT attending the Trip

Written by Nick Preston. Posted in Administration, MS Coordinator

Hello Parents,

Students that are unable to attend the field trip on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are required to attend school.  Start and Finish times are as usual.  On Wednesday, 6-8 grade students will meet in the glass class.

They will participate in a three-day project, researching the Alt Emporda region of Catalunya.  The project will include presentations and activities led by various teacher “experts” on different areas of the region, independent research by the students, a presentation assembly where each student will present some of his/her findings, and various team-building activities.

Normal lunch arrangements will apply.  For further information, please contact

Not Going on the Cultural Trips?

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal

I wanted to take a moment to let you know how sorry we are that your student is missing the Junior/Senior cultural trip this week.  We understand that these trips are sometimes not possible because of other commitments, but it will not be the same without them.

Please note that, as your students is not attending the trip, they are required to attend school as usual.  We will be working on Extended Essay and IBDP requirements during that time and presence will not be optional.  Additionally, as we will be on a modified schedule, students will not be allowed to leave campus during the school day(senior privilege).  Any absence without supporting medical documentation will considered an unexcused.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Thanks very much.

Getting to know the new students!

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in Administration, Elementary School, ES Counselor, ES Principal

imgres-2For the past four years September has been punctuated by one of my favorite events – lunch gatherings with new students!

Each year the Elementary School Counselor and I set up special lunch dates with all of the new students in the grade. This year, Ms. Rachel decided to spice things up a bit by playing some really fun games of Hot Potato (complete with a talking and musically inclined potato prop) and a unique version of Jenga designed to help the students get to know each other. By the end of each lunch session the kids were all at ease and chatted as if they had known each other for months.

One of the best parts of these lunch meetings is hearing the students talk about what they like most at BFIS. Typically, a few kids will say recess or name a specific subject. Yet, the vast majority will either mention how nice their classmates or how much they like their teachers. Given the importance that we place on building a strong sense of community, there is nothing quite like getting such positive feedback directly from the students. After all, it is their thoughts, feelings and perspectives on the matter that are ultimately most important.