Steps to Respect

Written by Makiko M. Posted in 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES Counselor


For the next few weeks, all third, fourth, and fifth graders will be digging into the Steps to Respect curriculum. They will be learning and practicing bullying prevention skills. Classroom teachers will guide the students through lessons and skills, while also providing time to practice.  The Steps to Respect program is designed to teach our students:

  • Friendship skills that reduce the risk of being bullied, including how to make friends, join group activities, and manage conflicts.
  • How to recognize, refuse, and report bullying when it happens to them or someone else
  • Emotional skills, such as understanding the feelings of others and managing emotions.
  • How to use positive values (responsibility, respect, caring for others) as a guide for behavior.
We are adapting the program by separating the lessons into two groups. Lessons 1-6 will be addressed this fall while lessons 7-11 will be addressed in the spring semester.  You may take a look at the scope and sequence by clicking on the following link:

Families play a crucial role in the success of the Steps to Respect program. Below are letters about what your child is learning at school and what you can do at home to help your child understand and practice the new skills.  These are information and materials to help you reinforce lessons at home.

Grade 3:
Grade 4:
Grade 5:

Elementary School Parent Teacher Conferences!!

Written by Makiko M. Posted in ES Counselor

Elementary School

Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 14th & Monday, November 17th
Parent-Teacher conferences for parents of Elementary students from Nursery to 5th grade will take place on Friday, November 14th and Monday, November 17th.  Please use the electronic self-appointment system to sign up for a conference with your  child(ren)’s teacher(s) by clicking the following link:

Due to these conferences, there will be no school for all Nursery to 5th grade students on Friday, November 14th and Monday, November 17th.

If you have any questions about the sign up process, please feel free to contact Caroline Rockett (


Written by Makiko M. Posted in ES Counselor

The Elementary School will be celebrating SPIRIT WEEK from October 27th to October 31st.

Monday, October 27
BFIS school color T-shirt Day
*ES Spirit t-shirts will be on sale in the ES patio starting Monday, October 2oth, 2014
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Tuesday, October 28:
Crazy Socks Day

Wednesday, October 29
 Crazy Hair Day


Thursday, October 30
Rainbow Day
Color assignments for each grade:
Nursery: PINK
Kindergarten: WHITE
First grade: GREEN
Second grade: ORANGE
Third grade: BLUE
Fourth grade: RED
Fifth grade: YELLOW

Friday, October 31
Black/Orange Day
Come wearing black and/or orange and in the afternoon change into Halloween costumes for the ES Halloween Parade at 3:00pm on the New ES Court.

ES New Student Lunch

Written by Makiko M. Posted in Elementary School, ES Counselor

We are excited to see so many new faces at BFIS this year and we would like to welcome each and every one of them to a great and diverse learning community! We hope to make the transition to BFIS as smooth as possible for all of our new students. 

All new students in K-5th grade are invited to have lunch with the ES principal and ES counselor during the second and third week of September. The new student lunches will take place during regular lunchtime. This will be a great opportunity for new students to get to know other new students, share about their move to Barcelona, and ask any questions about BFIS!




Wednesday, September 10th

Fifth grade

Monday, September 15th

Kindergarten and Fourth grade

Tuesday, September 16th

First grade and Second grade

Wednesday, September 17th

Third grade


Please feel free to contact Ms. Maeyama, ES Counselor,  if you have any questions or concerns.


Helpful Tips for Testing!

Written by Rachel Lefton. Posted in ES Counselor

girl test takerWhile the International Schools Assessment (or ISA for short) is right around the corner (February 4th and 5th) for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, we wanted to provide a few helpful tips for our students to feel calm, well rested, and as prepared as possible! Feel free to discuss these tips with your student before Tuesday.  All of our students are going to do a wonderful job showing us everything they know!



1.     Sleep

  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test.
  • Make sure you sleep at least 8-10 hours!
  • Big tests require a lot of energy.

2.     Eat

  • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Your brain needs a lot of energy to be able to focus on a test.
  • Foods like eggs, cereal, toast, & fresh fruits help energize your brain to think more clearly.

3.     Be Prepared

  • Be prepared on the day of the test!
  • Wake up early enough to have a healthy breakfast.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Arrive to school on time.



 1.     Relax! 

  • Take deep breaths

2.     Give yourself positive messages:

  • I will do the best I can.
  • I can do it.
  • I am prepared.

3.     Read or listen to the directions carefully:

  • Block out other thoughts.
  • Concentrate on voice or words.

4.     If you get stuck—-don’t panic!

  • Go back to your relaxation exercises.
  • Give yourself positive messages.
  • Change positions to help you relax.
  • Reword the question to help you understand.
  • Don’t panic if others finish before you, it’s not a race!

5.     Budget your time:

  • If you’re stuck on a question, move on.
  • Pay attention to the 5 minute warnings.