Archive for October, 2014

Diving into Spanish

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, ES CSCS, SAL

We started the year learning the SER song and explaining all about the students: age, nationality, things that they like to do… Also, we have been talking about the members of our family. Now, through different games, we are working on animals: how they look like, where they live, what they like to eat.. We started to write simple sentences a few days ago and our 2nd and 3rd grade students are doing their best. They are very excited sharing their ideas about their favourite animal!

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Parent Community Service Opportunity!

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal

Recycling Means Value-Added!

Re-cycling and Re-using is a good solution to dealing with unwanted material, while creating something new that the community members may need.

Unfortunately, we are mostly unaware of the things we can do with simple material we usually find in our trash bins. After doing some research, I was amazed to see all the fantastic objets d’art made from recylced material.

I got to thinking, “Why buy a pencil holder at the store, when it takes only some used cardboard, glue, paint, and imagination?”  After some (quick) reflection, I had the answer: because we do not know HOW to do it!  On the other hand, among our community, we surely have skilled people who would be glad to share their expertise and skills with our students. That is why we decided to initiate a new community project where students will try to recycle what they usually put direct in the trash. The objects, could then be sold in auction to raise money for “Doctors without frontiers”.

We will call the project: BFIS RE-AUCTION. Now, we are looking for parents who would like to come at school during one (or more) community service class and show the students how to make some recycled objects.

If you are interested, please contact me: nadineg@bfischool.org

Recycle means value added

Written by Nadine Gervais. Posted in Community Service

REcycling and REusing is a good solution to dispose of unwanted material and create something new that the community members may need.

But needless to say that we are mostly unaware of all the things we can do with simple material we usually find in our trash bins. Researching on WebPages, I was amazed to see all the fantastic objects made from scratch. Why buy a pencil holder while it takes only some used cardboard, glue and painting?

After some (quick) reflection, I had the answer: because we do not know HOW to do it!

On the other hand, among our community we surely have skilled people who would be glad sharing their expertise and skills with our students. That is why we decided to initiate a new community project where students will try to recycle what they usually put direct in the trash.  The objects could well be sold in auction to raise money for “Doctors without frontiers”.  We called the project: BFIS RE-AUCTION.

Now, we are looking for parents who would like to come at school during one (or more) community service class and show the students how to make some recycled objects. I you have time, and are interested, please contact me: nadineg@bfischool.org

 

From the MS Counselor:

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal

 

Quick Tips for Success: Stay organized!

“I can’t find my homework!” “Where is my P.E. uniform?” “I lost my backpack…again!” Sound familiar? By now, your son or daughter should have an established morning routine for school preparation and an established after-school routine for homework completion. In order to avoid panic attacks in the car or late night meltdowns, here are a few things you can do to help your child stay organized.

 

  1. Check their backpacks: You may be amazed by what you find in your son/daughter’s backpack!  That missing English homework? A snack from last week? Their missing iPhone? Many students’ backpacks need to be cleared out. While cleaning out their backpacks, have them go through their binders, file any loose handouts, and make sure all the papers are in the correct places. 
  2. Check their agendas: All students have received a BFIS student agenda. Check to see that your son/daughter is using it to record homework, and that once it is completed and properly stored in their backpack, they cross off the item in their agenda. Nothing in their agendas? It is likely they may not be writing it down!
  3. Post a large calendar: In order to help your son/daughter stay organized with multiple deadlines, use a large calendar where he/she can write down major tests, projects, and other important dates.   
  4. Quiet work space:  Provide a quiet and neat space for your son/daughter to study and complete homework.  Try to reduce distractions and disruptions as much as possible while they are working.  

Links to additional resources:

“Keep Your Middle Schooler Organized” – Psychology Today

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thinking-about-kids/201201/keep-your-middle-schooler-organized

“Seven Steps to Succeeding in Middle School” – Great Schools

http://www.greatschools.org/students/academic-skills/661-succeeding-in-middle-school.gs?page=all

 

Exploring Catalan Traditions

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 2nd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, ES CSCS, Spanish-Catalan Studies

Our second graders took off exploring the different traditions and celebrations all around Spain. Our first stop was here in Catalonia. We were learning about La Diada, the national day of Catalonia. We read a legend about the origin of the flag and we watched some videos to have a glance at all the dances, traditions and activities that take place on that day.merce

Afterwards, we celebrated Barcelona’s festival: La Mercè. We were reading about all the activities we enjoyed during that week and we elaborated our own festival program. We also watched videos of people dancing Sardanas, the traditional Catalan dance; Correfocs, Cercaviles, the dancing giants and the fireworks of Piromusical. We then colored and designed our own giant and we made a craft to portrait the color Fountain in Plaza España, where the Piromusical takes place. Well done second grade!

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