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First floor under way!

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in Administration, Campus Improvements, ES Building Progress, ES Principal

FullSizeRenderAs 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!

 

 

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!

 

 

Follow Up on Math Sessions for Parents

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


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A couple weeks ago we hosted three parent sessions related to mathematics instruction and our program at BFIS. The aim of our sessions was to share information with families about the ongoing research in the field related to what is considered as best practice for mathematic instruction.  Additionally, we wanted to communicate with families about the specific resources that we are using and how they align with our learning standards and the mathematical practices we want in our classrooms.  Finally, we ended by sharing resources for parents to help support your child on his/her math journey.  

As promised, below are links to the presentation slides that were used during the parent sessions.  I have also added a couple of other articles of interest related to the topic of math instruction in schools that may be of interest.

Thank you to all of the parents who took time to attend these sessions. We very much appreciated the high turnout and all the feedback that we received.  As a learning community, we are continually reflecting on our efforts and will consider how we can build upon this initial effort moving forward.

Presentation for K/1st Parents

Presentation for 2nd/3rd Parents

Presentation for 4th/5th Parents

“Is it true that some people just can’t do math?”

“Why do American stink at math?”

Are you ready for a new staircase?

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in Campus Improvements, Elementary School, ES Building Progress, ES Principal

At BFIS, we do our best to remain true to the core elements that make our school special.  But, what exactly does this have to do with staircases?  Everything.

Each year we hear from past, current, and prospective families that what separates us from other schools is the close connection among students, parents, and faculty.  Moreover, countless community members have shared how much they appreciate being welcomed into our learning space as opposed to being “blocked at the gate,” which often happens at other schools.  We know this extra touch of opening our doors sends a strong message, especially to the students who see parents and teachers communicating and exchanging friendly greetings each day.

As a result, one of the great design elements of the new ES building is a wide staircase built to accommodate the foot traffic we witness on a daily basis.  With over 200 students and caregivers in transition during drop-off and pick-up, our challenge was to protect the “open-door” feel for families and create an infrastructure to elevate the day-to-day experience for the community.

Here is a video from today as the construction team begins to tackle the main staircase.  Though it’s difficult to grasp the full dimension, our staircase will be three meters wide with a rail in the middle to divide the flow between those heading upstairs versus those moving downstairs.  Needless to say, it will be a major upgrade from the current experience on campus!

Math Information Sessions for K-5th Parents

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

InfoSessionIconNext week we will be hosting informational sessions for parents about mathematics instruction in the elementary school.  These sessions will be led by Meritxell Lucini and Sarah Boltz, the Elementary Math Program Leaders, and James Duval, the Elementary School Principal.

In order to provide a combination of information about field research and practical tips for parents, we have created a format with three distinct parts.  Part one will be focus upon explaining research in the field that has led to a relatively recent shift in instructional practices related to math. Part two will be centered around essential mathematic concepts for specific grade levels, the visual models we use to help students understand those concepts, and what is expected in terms of critical thinking, problem solving, and numeric fluency.  Finally, part three will include practical tips for parents to support their child’s mathematic development.
To make sure that parents the most from each session, we have decided to differentiate gatherings based on different grade levels.  We will have a session for parents in the Kindergarten and 1st Grad, a session for parents in 2nd and 3rd Grade, and a session for parents in 4th and 5th Grade. If you plan to attend any of the sessions, please complete the RSVP forms below in order to help us know how many parents to expect.

Wednesday, October 7th in the MS/HS Library
What Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents should know about mathematic learning – RSVP for K/1st Session
8:45 – Part 1:  Field research and the subsequent shift in math pedagogy
9:00 – Part 2:  Key math concepts and understandings in Kindergarten and 1st Grade
10:00 – Part 3:  Practical tips for parents to support their children
Thursday, October 8th in the MS/HS Library
What 2nd and 3rd Grade Parents should know about mathematic learning – RSVP for 2nd/3rd Session
8:45 – Part 1:  Field research and the subsequent shift in math pedagogy
9:00 – Part 2:  Key math concepts and understandings in 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade
10:00 – Part 3:  Practical tips for parents to support their children
Friday, October 9th in the MS/HS Library
What 4th and 5th Grade Parents should know about mathematic learning – RSVP for 4th/5th Session
8:45 – Part 1:  Field research and the subsequent shift in math pedagogy
9:00 – Part 2:  Key math concepts and understandings in 4th Grade and 5th Grade
10:00 – Part 3:  Practical tips for parents to support their children

If you have children across various grades in the ES and are considering attending more than one session, please keep in mind that Part 1 and Part 3 will be nearly identical on each day.  Therefore, we would encourage you to attend all three parts on one day and then simply join us for Part 2 on other days to learn additional grade level specific information.

Time Lapse Video from the Past Week

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in Administration, Campus Improvements, Elementary School, ES Building Progress, ES Principal

Even though we have been taking tons of snapshots and short video clips of the construction project, it is always difficult to capture the full scope of progress.  For that reason, I decided to attach an outdoor camera to the roof of the “main” building (which I have started to refer to as the Orwell building with faculty members) to create a time lapse video.  The end result is a compilation of photos taken every ten minutes and subsequently displayed in a video format of 30 individual frames per second.

Upon watching the video for the first time, I felt another surge of excitement knowing that we are less than a year away from welcoming our K-5th students into this brand new space.  This project is such a huge leap forward for us as a community and our facilities will provide an incredible setting for the classroom environments we strive to create.

I hope that all of you are enjoying La Mercè!