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New Families


It is important to us that new families feel a part of our community as soon as possible, providing a quick and easy transition for students and parents. To meet this goal, BFIS provides a Welcome Program designed to help new students and their families make early connections within our friendly and inclusive community. Once you arrive, you’ll become part of it.

"Excellent welcome program, we especially liked the pre school, during holiday buddy introduction. It provided all three kids the chance to get to know someone before the first days of school, plus explore the city and their surrounds. Again the best orientation/buddy program we have been involved with." (Ford Family)
"Definitely a highlight for our 2 girls! It made them feel very welcome and reduced much anxiety!"(Forer Family)


Buddy Trips / Buddy Activities - August 29th, 2018

Wednesday, August 29th

Kindergarten to Grade 5 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (BFIS Campus)

Grades 6 to Grade 10 - 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Grade 11 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

(More information available soon)


PTA Informal Reception RSVP

The PTA will offer a small reception for new families during the buddy trips/activities. This reception will take place in the BFIS Parent Lounge from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Please RSVP

PTA Informal Reception

New Family BBQ - August 29th, 2018

Wednesday, August 29th  - 6:00 pm

Location: Elementary School Campus

All new families are invited to enjoy this fun and relaxing event. It is a great opportunity to get to know some of the BFIS staff and faculty, as well as to connect with other parents and students in your child’s grade.

New Family Orientation Morning - August 30th / August 31st

Thursday, August 30th 2018
Elementary School (K-Grade 5) Orientation: 9:00 am – 10:30 am Location: ES Campus 


Thursday, August 30th 2018
Middle and High School  Orientation (Grade 6 - Grade 10): 11:00 am-12:30 am  Location: MS/HS Campus


Friday, August 31st 2018
Early Childhood Orientation (Nursery and Pre-K): 9:00-10:30 am  Location: Early Childhood Campus 


New Family Orientation is highly recommended to all new families at BFIS. Some current BFIS parents will be around to welcome and help you and your children discover what the year ahead  at BFIS holds. After receiving your Welcome Packages you will have the opportunity to see the campus more fully and meet the teachers. This is an exciting moment for the students and gives them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their peers and new surrounding. This morning is also a very good opportunity to learn more about BFIS’ culture and services and find out how to get involved.

PTA Welcome Coffee

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018.

8:30 am Location: Cafeteria

All new and returning families are invited to join us for coffee and treats. This is a great time to meet your PTA Officers, hear more about what the PTA accomplishes during the year, and meet some returning families.

PTA Making Barcelona Home / Guided Tour Barcelona

September 6th and 7th, 2018.

PTA Making Barcelona Home - Sept. 6th, 2018 - 9:00 to 1:30 - Location: ES Cafeteria 
Guided Tour Barcelona - Sept. 7th, 2018 - 10:00 - Meeting point: Plaça Catalunya

PTA Barcelona Tour Registration

A PTA-sponsored event for new families. What do you need to know about making Barcelona home? We’ll share the information you need to know regarding transportation, shopping, activities for kids and adults, buying ham, finding household help, taking care of pets, language schools, hair dressers, etc... We’ll bring in speakers to discuss topics such as cultural adjustment and the medical system. You´ll have a chance to meet other new families who are going through the same process of acclimating to a new culture and community. Finally, you´ll be able to meet some returning parents, who will be happy to share their experiences from their first year! And of course, there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions. Trust us… we´ve all been there!

New School Year 2018-2019
Daily Schedule
School Supplies
Calendar Year at a glance 
After-School Activities Program

The new ASA Program 2018-2019 is already available. Please visit the After-School section of our website. Registration will be open on September 6th at 6:00 pm 

The BFIS After-School Program Fair will be held on September 6th at 4:00 pm in the BFIS auditorium.You will have the opportunity to meet many of our after-school activities teachers, learn more about any particular activity of interest, sign up your child(ren), and much more.

Summer Reading Elementary

Children should be reading every day, whether they are reading by themselves or you are reading to them. The language of the book does not matter. The most important thing is that they continue to be exposed to quality literature and that they continue to increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills.  As an incentive, children who read between 5-15 books for Kinder and 1st grade and 7-10 (chapter books) books for grades 2-5 will be invited to an ice cream party.  We want to celebrate and acknowledge their commitment to reading and effort. 

Don’t forget to have your children keep track of their summer reading with the book log and have them submit it in September.

Summer Reading Middle and High School 

The MS/HS Library's 2017 Recommended Summer Reading Lists have been published and are available for viewing, downloading and printing at the MSHS Library website.

These curated, internationally-representative lists provide a varied selection of high quality literature for young adults. BFIS English teachers recommend that students use them to select their summer reading books! 

Bus and Lunch Services

During Orientation Day we will have some stands and BFIS personnel to offer you information about school bus and school lunch services. 
If you want some information about routes, menus and prices, please visit our Bus and Lunch sections on the website. 

Traffic Pattern

It is important that you follow the traffic pattern in order to keep traffic flow as smooth as possible. Thank you very much for your collaboration 

Tuition Insurance Program 

This is an optional insurance program that can ensure that your child(ren) would continue their BFIS education through to graduation in the event of death or permanent disability of either parent or guardian.

The Weekly Newsletter

Each Tuesday BFIS will send to all families an online newsletter informing about upcoming events, field trips, student activities, academic highlights of the week, and other practical information.
The Weekly Newsletter is an integral piece of the school-to-home communications plan and the primary source for timely and important information. Don’t forget to read it every week . If you don’t receive this publication at the beginning of the school year, please contact Charo Rodriguez at or Caroline Rockett at

Access to the Parent Portal 

As a new family you will have access to the BFIS parent portal in September 2018. You will be given instructions on how to access the portal. 

Social Media 
Power School for students and parents

Middle and High School parents and students will have access to PowerSchool (online grading portal). Since 2014, we are offering Middle School parents individual access to their child’s grades, schedules, attendance information, teachers’ comments, etc. through PowerSchool. Parents will receive more information on how to access this platform at the beginning of the school year. Students will login to PowerSchool during Orientation Day.