Archive for October, 2015

Room on the Broom

Written by AlexW. Posted in PreK


In Pre-K we have been learning how to listen out for rhymes in words. We talked about how a rhyme is when two words sound the same at the end of the word, such as cat and sat, or room and broom. To introduce this concept we tied in a little halloween inspiration and dug out one of our favorite books; Room on the Broom.

Room on the Broom was written by a British author, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Sheffler, who you may know from the amazing Gruffalo. It tells the story of a kind witch and her cat who invite a number of other animals to join them whilst travelling on her broomstick. Room on the Broom has been translated into 21 languages and has won 6 book awards!

In Room on the Broom, there are rhymes all the way through, and as we are reading we leave pauses and gaps for the children to try and fill with the rhyming words. We also ask the children to do a special signal to show that they have heard the same sound twice. When you read any poems/rhymes at home, get your child to show you how we show it’s a rhyme!

We have added a link to a video of the story, and also to the website for the book which has lots of lovely games and ideas.

Happy reading!


ES Parent Teacher Conferences

Written by Caroline Rockett. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Kindergarten, Nursery, PreK

 PTCParent-Teacher conferences for parents of Elementary students from Nursery to 5th grade will take place on

Friday, November 6th and Monday, November 9th.  We will be using the same electronic self-appointment system that we have in previous years to facilitate the  scheduling process.

Please click the following link to sign up for a conference with your child(ren)’s teacher(s):

ES Conference Sign Up  – NOT OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 30TH

We will not be able to offer alternative programs or all-day childcare during the conference days.  We will, however, have limited childcare available for parents who need to bring their child/children to campus for the duration of their conferences.
If you have any questions about the sign up process, please feel free to contact Caroline Rockett ( the administrative assistant of ES.

Language Acquisition Info Session for Elementary Parents

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Administration, Elementary School, ES Principal, Kindergarten, Nursery, PreK

BFIS Parent Info Session

We are excited to announce the third topic for our series of parent info sessions for elementary families:  Language Acquisition!

One of the many unique qualities of our community is its multicultural and multilingual composition.  It is clear that providing opportunities for children to develop language proficiency beyond their native tongue is a common aim for all families.  Naturally, our goal is to aid students developing proficiency in more than one language as part of their journey as global citizens.

Our presentation will touch upon the following:

  • Information and field research about how language acquisition takes place
  • How we support language acquisition at BFIS through English as an Additional Language (EAL) support and our Spanish as an Additional Language (SAL) program
  • General recommendations for parents about how to best support language acquisition
  • Specific resources for parents to support language acquisition

The info session will be held on Friday, November 13th at 9:00 am.  Originally, we had tentatively planned for Friday, October 30th but many families expressed that it would be difficult to attend because of commitments related to our Halloween celebration.  Therefore, we have decided to push the event back by two weeks.

Parents who are interested in attending this information session are asked to RSVP using this link.  Based on the number of responses, we will select an optimal location for the presentation and follow up with everyone who RSVP’d.

We look forward to seeing you at the session!



Grade 10 IB Information Night

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal

IB Information Session-The IB Evening for Parents of Students in Grade 10 will be held this Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:00PM in the MS/HS library.  The evening is very important for parents and students to learn about:


  • The process of IB subject choices and associated deadlines
  • The important triangle of school-parent-student involvement
  • Student eligibility for courses and the difference between Standard and Higher Level
  • University Entrance requirements and the IB
  • Spanish student options for Selectividad

Join Mr. Fulce, Ms. Makey, Ms. Gausa, and Ms. Chabrow for this informative evening lasting about 1.5 hours.

You can view the information from the Grade 9 IB Information Night in English here or in Spanish here.

We will be discussing the subject choices process for the students graduating in May 2018, together with university information.

The current available subject choices are here. For more information on subjects and levels, you can visit the IB website.

 IB readiness comments will be available in PowerSchool on October 30th.Parents are encouraged to make appointments with subject teachers during the PTC on November 6th to discuss subject choices.

One Act Plays are Coming!

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal

Benjamin Franklin International School Theatre Program presents Nothing As It Seems: One-Act Play Festival 2015. In the BFIS Auditorium 13 and 14 November at 18:00. €3

A not-quite-beautiful princess has a not-quite-understandable curse on her. A young couple takes a once in a lifetime vacation, but their ultimate destination isn’t what they expected when they boarded the plane. A family move into a eerie old house: is it haunted or is that just gas? A group of students break into their school after hours only to discover that the previous occupants of the building may have left more behind than empty classrooms. A young man needs help to get up the courage to break up with his girlfriend, but will she let him?

Parent Book Group-Spots Still Available!

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal

Are you into reading? Would you like to participate in some literary conversation with other members of the BFIS community? 

We had our first meeting this week, but we still have space for a few more members.

Who? It’s open to all adult community members (parents and staff). 

When and where? It takes place monthly on Tuesdays from 4:20 to 5:20 in the MS/HS Library Glass Class. 

Which books? We’ve already finished our selection process. Here are the remaining titles (and dates):


November 17: The Judgement of Paris by Ross King

December 15: The Secret History by Donna Tartt  

January 12: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

February 9: Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña

March 8: Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

April 5: The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

May 3: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

May 31: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


How do I join? Send an email to

We only have space for two or three more people, so it will be first come, first serve.