Archive for February, 2017

¡Conocemos Barcelona!

Written by Maria Angeles Salvat. Posted in 1st Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies

In 1st grade Spanish and Catalan Studies class we are going to discover Barcelona!

We are all excited because we are going to make a guide of the city.

We are going to learn the neighborhoods, the significant monuments and typical things we can do in Barcelona!

Here are some examples:





For the moment, we did El Barrio Gótico and from there we learn where Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas are. But, we are going to learn more things and we are going to share it with you during these days!

Celebrating Diversity in the Elementary School Library

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

Image result for George by Alex Gino   George by Alex Gino

This month we are celebrating diversity and acceptance.  This will be the theme of our upcoming assembly in March.

How can we best prepare children to meet the challenges and reap the benefits of the increasingly diverse world they will inherit? Our goal at BFIS is to celebrate and value diversity and to help all our students be proud of themselves and their family traditions. We can help children to respect and value people regardless of the color of their skin, their physical abilities, or the language they speak.

The selections on this list feature a diverse group of boys and girls living in different parts of the world. Exposing students to books that reflect the diverse world around them teaches empathy and helps children become global citizens. 

George by Alex Gino  is a sensitive, insightful portrayal of a transgender child coming to terms with gender identity.  Please let me know if you would prefer not to have this book available to your child or would prefer to read it first before your child checks it out.


Older Readers

Calvin Coconut By Graham Salisbury

Alvin Ho By Lenore Look

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes By Eleanor Coerr

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream By Jenny Han

Eggs By Jerry Spinelli

The Tree In the Courtyard: Looking through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld

Salt to the Sea By Ruta Sepetys

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

George by Alex Gino

Stella By Starlight By Sharon M. Draper

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

El Deafo by Cece Bell

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & her family’s fight for desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Wonder by P.J. Palacio


Younger Readers

Freedom In Congo Square By Carole Boston

Red By Jan De Kinder

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music  By Margarita Engle;

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey To Alvin Ailey By Lesa Cline-Ransome

Last Stop On Market Street By Matt De La Peña

My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald

Little Melba And Her Big Trombone by Russell-Brown, Katheryn

Ready, Steady, Mo! By Kes Gray


Happy reading!

Miss Emma

4th Grade Woven Tapestries

Written by Tiffany Emerick. Posted in ES Art

Ms. Meritxell’s 4th grade class has recently finished their weavings.  We only have enough looms for one class to weave at a time, so now Ms. Natasha’s class can begin theirs when we return from the break.  This project takes a lot of patience and perseverance as it can be slow going at the start, but everyone did great with powering through each class until the end.  We gained some perspective at the Miro museum where we saw a giant woven tapestry that was two stories tall.  The kids were in awe of how long it must have taken now that they’ve made their own.  Well done, 4th grade!

Interactive Museum: Our Heroes

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 4th-5th Grade Advanced SAL, 4th-5th Grade Beginner SAL, 4th-5th Grade Intermediate SAL, SAL

Last Friday was a really special day for our 4th and 5th grade SAL students: their interactive museum about personal super heroes was inaugurated! After all the hard work they have put into this project, they were really happy to present it to their classroom peers and families. They have completed a long process before this special opening. First, they have chosen someone, who they admired  or was meaningful in their lives. Then they have started writing about these characters explaining about their physical appearance, their lives, their personalities … After having written this text, they have practiced their oral skills in front of the class. Since the final objective of the project was to create an interactive museum, we have recorded their presentations and have designed a portrait about their heroes. Once that has been done, they have created a logo that, with the aid of an app called ” Aurasma “, would trigger the video they have linked to the portrait.

They were really excited to present their museum to our visitors, thank you so much for coming!