Archive for April, 2015

BFIS supports initiatives to help children from Nepal

Written by Nadine Gervais. Posted in Community Service

During the World religion Fair this Thursday, grade 7 students and their advisors, Ms Conner, Ms Spaho and Ms Arjonilla, will sell home baked cakes and drinks in the auditorium from 15:oo to 16:00. They wish to raise as much money possible and send it to UNICEF.

KATHMANDU, Nepal, 29 April 2015 – Around 1.7 million children are now in urgent need of aid in the areas worst-hit by the earthquake in Nepal, according to UNICEF.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake has killed almost 5000 people and injured more than 9700. It has also driven tens of thousands of people into open spaces and temporary camps in the Kathmandu valley and the rest of the worst-affected districts.

“The lives of so many children have been torn apart and they are in desperate need of life-saving support, including clean water, shelter and sanitation,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Nepal Representative.


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Successful lockout night for grade 8 students

Written by Nadine Gervais. Posted in Community Service

Friday April 24th- 18:00- BFIS students in Sarria- they are looking for cardboard-opening trash containers- meeting people -real people who are also looking for cardboard- Students are surprised- coming back to school- building shelters for their night in BFIS garden- they do not think they will need it- a grade 12 student prepares dinner: soup, rice and fruits-grade 8 like it- some games- some laughs- all teeth brushed- pajamas on- ready for the night- Difficult to sleep: too many noises from the street, too many lights from the football match right there 200 meters away- No, sorry, we cannot ask them to put them off- 2 O’clock, it’s raining- students without shelters suddenly understand the interest of it- 7:30, WAKE UP!!!!! It was cold- it was harder than they thought but they are ALL smiling- no grumpy face this morning- ready for the marvelous breakfast prepared and brought by Mr Preston- Oups! students looks famished- 8:30, we destroy the shelters and dream about doing it again next year!

It was a great experience for the 10 grade 8 students: Pablo, Clara, Belen,  Cezanne, Maura, Julia, Claudia, Manuela, Disha, and Laura.  This has been a true community project that could not have been done without the PTA, Mr and Mrs Preston, Mrs Karina Jackson, Ms Dana Mewes, and all the BFIS staff who spontaneously helped with material and smiles.

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Written by Judith McTaggart. Posted in ES Learning Support

Tips for reading with your child at home: Kindergarten and 1st Grade



Talk to your child: Ask your child to talk about his day at school. Encourage him/her to explain something they did, or a game he played during patio time.

Be silly!:  Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters. These help kids become sensitive to the sounds in words.

Use your child’s name:. Point out the link between letters and sounds. Say, “John, the word jump begins with the same sound as your name. John, jump. They both begin with the same letter, J.”

Trace and say letters: Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter’s sound. Do this on paper, in sand, or on a plate of sugar.

Play sound games: Practice blending sounds into words. Ask “Can you guess what this word is? m – o – p.” Hold each sound longer than normal.

Read it again and again: Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for the 100th time! As you read, pause and ask your child about what is going on in the book.

 Talk about letters and sounds: Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make. Turn it into a game! “I’m thinking of a letter and it makes the sound mmmmmm.”


Dig deeper into the story:  Ask your child questions about the story you’ve just read. Say something like, “Why do you think Clifford did that?”

I read to you, you read to me:  Take turns reading aloud at bedtime. Kids enjoy this special time with their parents.

Play word games: Have your child sound out the word as you change it from mat to fat to sat; from sat to sag to sap; and from sap to sip.

Gently correct your young reader:  When your child makes a mistake, gently point out the letters he or she overlooked or read incorrectly. Many beginning readers will guess wildly at a word based on its first letter.


Letter S

Written by AngieB. Posted in Nursery

On Monday we started the Jolly Phonics literacy program in the Nursery classrooms. Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centered approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children.

In Nursery we will be learning a different letter every week for 6 weeks: S – A – T – I – P – N. As you can see, the letters are not introduced in alphabetical order. This first group of letters has been chosen because they make more simple three-letter words than any other six letters.

The first letter we are working on is letter S. In class we have been singing the letter S song every day (below is the link to the song) and we have been writing the letter S on sand and shaving foam. During Circle Time we have come up with words that start with the letter S and we wrote them down on chart paper. We have also put up on the classroom wall the Jolly Phonics poster alphabet letter S.

It is a lot of fun to learn letters and to start reading and writing them!

Sant Jordi

Written by AngieB. Posted in Nursery

Tomorrow Thursday April 23th, we will be celebrating a very special holiday: Sant Jordi!
The children should come to school dressed up as knights, princesses or dragons. There will be a show at 2:00 in the afternoon. All parents are invited to come! Just like previous celebrations, it will take place in the Elementary court, over on the other building across the street. We look forward to seeing all of you there!


IB Diploma Information

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal





Request for Results Service-Students wishing to have their results sent directly to universities should have already completed a request.  Any additional requests can be emailed to Mrs Makey until April 30.


Legalised Diplomas- For students attending university in Spain or who may require professional recognition here in the future, it is mandated that their IB Diploma Results Certificate be legalized (apostilled) in Geneva.  This may apply to other countries, as listed by the IB each year, and students will be notified of this.  Students will be sent a form to complete a request for legalization after Semana Santa.   The IB charges a fee for this service of €107, to be paid to Imma Sanchez in the Business Office by June 1. The documents will be received in August or September, after the issue of the IB results in July, and students will be notified when they are ready for collection.


IB Results- Information on the timeline and process in July can be found here.

Conditions for the Award of the Diploma can be read here.

Additional information for Spanish students is available here.


Students already have their IB Candidate PIN and the information required to get their IB results on Monday July 6.  If there are any problems, I can be contacted that day and for two weeks following.  Mr Fulce and Ms Chabrow will also be available, along with Ms Gausa, who will help students with the documentation required for Spanish universities.


Please note the following instructions from the IB:

Coordinators must inform candidates that the IB will not issue results to or discuss results with candidates, their legal guardian(s) or representative(s). The Diploma Programme coordinator is the intermediary for any communication with the IB.  Results are not issued to coordinators or any other person by telephone.