WELCOME TO BFIS!
It is important to us that new families feel a part of our international 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 page is fluid and will continue to be updated throughout 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.
Available July 2021
Disponible en julio 2021
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 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.
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.
Friday, August 27th
Buddy Trips (Grades 6-12)
High School Buddy Trip Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Middle and High School
Students will receive their class schedules, PowerSchool accounts and login information during Orientation on Monday, August, 30th.
The BFIS PTA will be reaching out to all new families in the end of June.
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.
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
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 Extra-curricular section of the BFIS website
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
- Keyboard (or bluetooth keyboard for iPadPro)
- 720p front camera
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.
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.
We are building a new parent portal. Instructions to access the new parent portal will be published here the last week of August. Please, revisit this section.
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 2021.
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.