Archive for November, 2015


Written by KyleS. Posted in 4th Grade

We are learning: length, mass and capacity in the metric system to convert between units using place value knowledge.  Students recognize patterns of converting units on the place value chart, just as 1000 grams is equal 1 kilogram, 1000 ones is equal to 1 thousand.  Conversions are recorded in two-column tables and number lines, and are applied in single- and multi-step word problems solved by the addition and subtraction algorithm or a special strategy.  Mixed unit practice prepares students for multi-digit operations and manipulating fractional units in future modules.

Great Parent Resources

Written by Jessica Buescher. Posted in PreK

We thoroughly enjoyed our ECIS Professional Development and had a few great take aways that we thought we could share with you!
We got the pleasure of going to workshops talking about mindfulness and Positive Discipline. This workshop discussed how we can look beyond the behavior of a child to what the deeper meaning or message really is. Here is the link to the website which has a lot of great info for parents and educators:
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Another great workshop was with a man named Stuart Stotts. He works with teachers and students around the world sharing his love for storytelling, singing and the arts as well as teaching the importance of connecting with children and nurturing kindness. He has a wonderful book called, Beyond Nice :149 ideas to Nurture Kindness in Young Children. Some chapters include teaching empathy and compassion, mindfulness, generosity and gratitude as well as giving research as to why these things are so important. Here is a link to his website:
Please let us know if you would like any more information or have any questions! Looking forward to another great week ahead and Happy Thanksgiving!

Writing Workshop – Writing for Readers

Written by KarinaC. Posted in Kindergarten

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We are now working on our third unit, and this one is especially challenging for children.  The unit is called Writing for Readers, and the goal of the unit is to inspire children to believe that with a little extra work, they can write in such a way that others can read their writing. Of course, the goal is also to give children the skills they need to create readable writing.

Please notice that the goal is not for children to spell perfectly.  If you and I were to set out today to learn anything—say, to play the violin or to program the computer—there is no way that we could suddenly and magically be perfect at doing it.  Learners must go through stages of approximating, of doing the best they can and learners make the fastest progress if they actually throw themselves into doing something, knowing their first efforts will be less than perfect, but that they will get feedback and improve.

In this unit, we are working hard to teach children to stretch words out, saying them slowly and recording whatever sounds they hear.  We are encouraging children who are novice spellers to reread their own work often and to do so with a finger under the word, making small changes so their print matches what they say.

If your child is a proficient writer, you will see more subtle changes during this unit.  Perhaps the child will begin to write more consistently in lowercase letters, or to use punctuation more appropriately, or to rely more on the high-frequency words (tricky words) he or she knows even when tackling unknown words.

In school, we will put quite a spotlight on the importance of conventions. The most important thing you can do right now is to balance that by devoting extra time to storytelling.  Encourage your child to tell you the stories of his or her day, help your child tell those stories in a blow-by-blow fashion and tell him or her often, “You should write about that!”

Our author celebration for this unit will be an in-house event, but the celebration at the end of our upcoming unit will definitely be one you’ll want to attend. I will send you more information as the time draws near.


The Kindergarten Team

Nos divertimos y aprendemos

Written by marionall. Posted in 2nd Grade Castellano

Estamos muy contentos porque  hemos terminado el libro del primer trimestre. Estos meses hemos aprendido muchas cosa como por ejemplo las palabras polisémicas, sinónimos y antónimos, concordancia de  género y número, separación de sílabas. También hemos tenido tiempo para los ” trabajos manuales” como por ejemplo la castañera.

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La próxima semana vamos a iniciar la unidad 5. A través de los juegos de mesa tradicionales como la Oca, el parchís, el ajedrez, las canicas o el tres en raya, vamos a trabajar algunos aspectos gramaticales y ortográficos, como las palabras compuestas, los determinantes artículos o las grafías “r ” y “rr”. Leeremos las instrucciones de diferentes juegos para después redactar un texto instructivo.


Junior Achievement is back for its 2nd year!

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal


Starting November 30th

Junior Achievement (JA), an internationally recognized student leadership organization, is back at BFIS for its second year to bring the Mini-Empresas Program and competition to our students. The program will be facilitated by an amazing team of three parent volunteers with extensive experience in the world of business. It will run for 15 weeks starting November 30th and will meet twice a week after-school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 PM. Students must be at least 15 years old to participate.
The program offers a unique entrepreneurial experience. Each team manages its own ¨mini-company¨  to create and develop a product or service and plan a marketing strategy to sell it. They gain useful skills for their academic life and for entering the labor market. JA is recognized internationally and participation looks great on any college application or CV. They can also get CAS experience for it. Parents, please encourage your child to join! Registration closes on Thursday, November 19th. Email Bea Zimmermann at for more information.