In the coming days, Barcelona will be the host city for one of the premier regional conferences for international educators. The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is holding its annual conference beginning on Thursday and extending through the weekend.
At BFIS, our ongoing commitment to professional growth will once again come to the forefront as we will be hosting two of the conference workshops. It will be an incredible opportunity for us to extend open arms to international school peers and showcase the outstanding practices taking place in our school.
In particular, this Thursday will be a very exciting day for our Kindergarteners. One of the workshops at BFIS will be conducted by a renowned educator by the name of Stuart Stotts and part of his sessions will included working with Kindergarten classes. Here is a quote from his website:
“Stuart Stotts is an author, storyteller, educator, and songwriter. He’s sung with and performed for kids and families in schools, libraries, and community settings around the world since 1984. Stuart is a Kennedy Center teaching artist and a frequent presenter at educational events, keynoting conferences and leading workshops for early childhood and elementary school teachers, librarians, and social service professionals around the country.
His keynote presentations are funny, practical, engaging, and based in everyday practice and experience. Although the topics may vary, Stuart always emphasizes the importance of story, relationship, brain-based research, and on-going learning in striving for improvement and success.
Stuart offers school assemblies, family concerts and student writing workshops. Stuart gives over 200 concerts every year and has released several recordings. He’s also the author of six books for children.”
We are very much looking forward to this amazing learning experience for the kids and our faculty!
This morning we had the opportunity present our latest parent info session on the topic of language acquisition. It was excited to see a strong turnout of families representing many different grades and nationalities. We want say an extra special thank you to everyone who set aside the time to be with us this morning.
For individuals who were unable to attend, we have included a link to the presentation slides. Additionally, we have also embedded a video in this post that was created by a fellow international school. The video highlights the importance of supporting the continued development of the “mother tongue” for students who attend international schools where the primary language of instruction is not their first language.
As always, our goal at BFIS is to honor the unique qualities of every child and implement research-based instructional strategies to maximize every student’s potential. We hope you will find this information helpful and we look forward to continuing to support your children in their language journey!
As noted in the November 9th BFIS Weekly, we are thrilled that our full construction license has been granted and that work on the project has resumed. We have been astounded by the speed of progress from the construction team as within days there were beginning to work on construction of the first floor.
Each passing day gets us one step closer to realizing our goal and we are excited to see the building begin to take shape!
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!