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WELCOME TO BFIS!

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.

This program is designed to help you and your family as you transition to the school community. This page is fluid and will continue to be updated through the summer. All new families should review this page and use the various sections below as a check list to complete all requirements prior to the start of 2021-2022 school year

"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)
School Year 2021-2022

We still don't know what the next school year will look like. The school is planning different scenarios. Most probably, teaching and learning at BFIS will be very similar to the school year 2020-2021 with students on our campus all year long. Probably, Covid restrictions and protocols will loosen a bit but some of them will still be in place. Please, take a look at our current Covid protocols.

 

Welcome Letter from BFIS Head of School and Associate Head of School

Versión en español

Coming soon in May 2021


Disponible en mayo 2021

Mission and Values

Our purpose is to engage our diverse school community in the pursuit of educational excellence and success for all students.

 

 

 

  • Maximize Individual Student Potential
    All students should have the opportunity, instruction, guidance and support necessary to succeed in school and maximize their individual academic, social and emotional potential. Students must be active participants, at the center of the learning process, in an environment that encourages them to pursue their dreams.
     
  • Joy
    Joy and wonder are essential elements in the learning process which breed passion and creativity.
     
  • Hard Work and Perseverance
    Effort is more important than talent and should be cultivated in all aspects of school life. Success is earned through hard work and commitment.
     
  • Shared Responsibility
    Responsibility for excellence in education is shared by all members of the school community.  Success is achieved through teamwork and collaboration.
     
  • Lifelong Learning
    Students should cultivate the habits of mind to be curious, independent learners who pursue their passions and understand the beauty and power of knowledge.
     
  • Culturally Diverse Community
    Students develop compassion, empathy, and insight in an inclusive, culturally diverse community that requires them to consider various perspectives and adapt to different ways of being.
     
  • Character Development
    All of our actions and decisions should be guided by clear ethical principles. Doing what is right requires honesty, integrity and courage, and it is the school’s responsibility to support students in developing these essential traits.
Orientation Program 2021-2022

Our Orientation Program will take place from August 27th to the 31st, 2021.

Our aim is to organize a series of face-to-face events, but we still do not know if the will be allowed to carry them out in our campus. It will depend on the Covid situation and government restrictions at that time. If we are not able to organize this event on our campus, we will organize Virtual Orientation Meetings to introduce you to important members of the BFIS Administration and Academic team, the BFIS Board and members of the BFIS Operations team.

Tentative Program

Friday, August 27th 
Buddy Trips (Grades 6-12)

Monday, August 30th 
9.00- 10:00 h 
Middle School Orientation

Monday, August 30th 
10:30 - 11:30 h
High School Orientation (Including IB)

Tuesday, August 31st
9:00 - 10:00 h
Early Childhood and Elementary School Orientation


If you have any questions please contact Serena Washburn at serenaw@bfischool.org.

School Daily Schedules

Early Childhood and Elementary

On Monday, August 30th or Tuesday, August 31st, we will email the class assignment to all the EC and ES parents.  The classroom teachers will email their welcome letter with pertinent information to her specific classroom.   If you have not received your assignment by Tuesday, August 31st, please contact the main office or Caroline Rockett at caroliner@bfischool.org 

Middle and High School

We  will inform new MS/HS families when to come to the MS/HS campus to pick up their Orientation Folder, which includes information about setting students' PowerSchool accounts and their printed schedules. 

Message from the PTA and brochure

Dear New BFIS Families, 

The BFIS PTA is thrilled to welcome you to our Community, wishing you and your children all the success in this new adventure. To get you off to a great start in Barcelona and in our school, we will organized few events.  Almost every parent who attended them in the past reported that they received lot of valuable information in a short time, made new friends and felt better oriented going forward.

 

1) PTA’s Making BFIS Home Workshop
WhenTBC during the month of September there will be 2 sessions

Our first big activity will be the PTA’s Making BFIS & BCN Home Workshop. What do you need to know about making BFIS & Barcelona home? You’ll hear different speakers talk about: transportation, shopping, activities for kids and adults, finding household help, taking care of pets, language schools - even hairdressers. You’ll also hear about cultural adjustment and the medical system. You will have a chance to ask questions and meet other new families who are going through the same process of acclimating to a new culture and community.  You will also meet some returning parents, who are happy to share their experiences from their first year!

2) PTA Coffee - Meet Head of School
When: First or second week of September                                                         

The next exciting event will be our PTA Coffee - Meet Head of School. Have breakfast at home while listening for live updates from our Head of School.  We will share important information about the PTA Board and the school.  You’ll meet our Head of School and the Principals for Elementary and Middle and High School. This is also a great opportunity to meet families that have already spent time at BFIS and are very excited about sharing their experiences with you.

3) Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The BFIS Parent and Teacher Association, PTA is an organization run mostly by parents, with generous input and assistance from the administration, faculty and students. The PTA´s vision is to create an interconnected community that fosters joy, excellence, life-long learning and service. 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. The PTA supports new students and families and helping them integrate into the school community by organizing different events and programs.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming involved in the PTA, please complete the PTA Interest form (this is just a inquiry, not a sign-up form): 

Interest In Learning More about the PTA

4) Room Parent Network
The Room Parent network is a link between the classrooms and the entire parent community. As a room parent, you do not need to do it all, you delegate and organize the parents in the grade to help support the teachers and make our community better. You are an essential part of our parent-school communication.  

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Room Parent, please complete the PTA form (this is just a inquiry, not a sign-up form): 

Interest In Becoming a Room Parent

5) Other PTA events
Throughout the school year, you will be hearing a lot about PTA activities, and you’ll have many opportunities to engage in, support and volunteer at the following events.

  • Monthly PTA Coffee with Head of School (HoS)
  • Donut Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Personal and Professional Workshops
  • Cultural and Social Activities
  • Language Exchange Program
  • International Food Fair

If you would like to reach out to the PTA by email, please do so through the pta@bfischool.org email or you can contact Laura de la Garza, who is copied on this message at ledelagarza@live.com.mx

Welcome to Barcelona and again to our wonderful community!!!

BFIS PTA BROCHURE

Summer Reading Recommended Books

The BFIS Libraries are delighted to share this year's recommended summer readings lists. 

  • Summer Reading in the Elementary School (Available in May 2021)
     
  • Summer Reading in the Middle and High School (Available in May 2021)
Summer Reading Assignments for Middle and High School

Dear BFIS Parents and Caregivers,

Summer provides a wonderful opportunity and the time for students to enjoy reading great books! The goal of the middle school/high school summer reading program is to foster a love of reading over the summer holiday period and ensure they continue healthy reading routines.

In order to meet the needs of each students’ reading skills and interests, we have compiled grade level summer reading lists containing a variety of genres and topics.  While we are asking students to read over summer, we also want to honor student choice.  

This week teachers will be sharing summer reading expectations with their students.  

 

Middle and High School Electives Courses 2021-2022

Please, read the attached descriptions of the various elective choices by grade level and determine with your child what elective they would like to take next year. 

 

School Supplies

School Supplies Early Childhood (available in June 2021)

School Supplies Elementary (available in June 2021)

School Supplies Middle School (available in June 2021)

School Supplies High School (available in June 2021)

School Services (Transportation, Bus )

During Orientation Morning, our personnel will inform you about the BFIS lunch services and transportation (bus routes and stops). You will be able to sign up your child(ren) to those services during that morning. 

If you want to read a little bit more about our services, please visit our website

After-School Activities

Our After-School Activities Program and our Sport Teams Program will be shared with our community in July 2021. Please, re-visit this page during the summer or access the Extrac-curricular section of the BFIS website

BFIS Extra-curricular Activities

1:1 Technology Program for Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Grades 6 - 8

BFIS transitioned to 1:1 devices to enhance the learning experience for students in the 2018-2019 school year. Chromebooks were provided by the school, which worked with the technology BFIS had at that time. With the transition to the new middle school building, we have made major improvements with our technologies, especially in the MS classrooms and beyond. In order to take advantage of these improvements as well as the evolving curriculum that teachers are providing, BFIS has made the decision to shift to Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D.) for all middle school students as soon as possible while honoring our commitment to you.

So, what does that mean for Middle School students in the 2021-2022 school year? We will continue to meet our commitment to students and families to provide Chromebooks for the entirety of their middle school years.  However, with the decision to expand our Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D) program to Grades 6-12, BFIS is recommending that families, who are able, provide their own device for students to use in school. Your children will have a much smoother experience regarding technology with a laptop that can more easily keep up with the technologies in the school already.  Students can opt out of the Chromebook at any time if they decide to switch to B.Y.O.D.  Families are responsible for the maintenance and management of this device.

The requirements for Bring Your Own Device:

  • Windows, macOS (preferred), iPadPro
  • USB-C Type Charger
  • Memory: 8Gb
  • Storage Capacity: 256Gb SSD. (512Gb recommended)
  • Minimum processor: Intel Core i5
  • Wi-Fi AC Integrated
  • Bluetooth
  • Keyboard (or bluetooth keyboard for iPadPro)
  • 720p front camera

 

1:1 Technology Program for High School (Grades 9-12)

BFIS has a bring your own device (BYOD) approach for grades 9 - 12 to enhance and extend learning. This document below outlines the basis and expectations for these programs. In preparation for next fall, please:

  • Read this letter thoroughly with your child and let us know about any questions you have.
  • Discuss the educational purpose and behavioral expectations of the devices with your child (explained below; BFIS will continue to work on this through class dialogue, Advisory and Wellness).
  • Please review the recommendations for a suitable device and let us know if you have any questions.

 

Communications

In an effort to enhance communication and make planning easier for our families, BFIS has established a weekly email schedule. Here is what to expect once the school year begins:

On Tuesday: The Weekly with information from all divisions about what is going at school, events calendar, announcements, messages from the Head of School, Counselors, Principals, university visits and tours, parent workshops, etc. 

On Friday: Next Week Events with information about all the school events taking place the following week. 

How to access the Parent Portal

Instructions to access the parent portal will be published here the last week of August. Please, revisit this section. 

Vaccinations Requirements 2021-2022 and Heath Form

As per the regulations from the Generalitat, we will be asking all parents to ensure that your vaccinations are up to date for the start of the school year in September 2020.  At present, this is the form  COVID /Health Form  that we will ask parents to fill out for the return to school.  Please make arrangements with your pediatricians to ensure that your child’s vaccinations records are up to date. 

 

There is always so much work and the PTA (Parent and Teacher Association) is always in need of volunteers. Please consider collaborating with the school by sharing your time and/or your expertise/passions. On the PTA website you will find volunteering forms to submit if you are interesting in collaborating with the school.