Parent Teacher Association
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 available to them:
- Welcome Coffee-During the first week of the school year
- Making Barcelona and BFIS Home Seminar- During the month of September
- Country Representatives: BFIS families from different countries help new families from the same country of origin to set up in Barcelona and integrate in BFIS. Our Admissions Department will put you in contact with your country representative.
OTHER PTA INITIATIVES
The PTA coordinates the BFIS Room Parents. A room parent (also known as a class parent) facilitates communication between parents and the teacher, school administration and/or parent-teacher association (PTA) and supports the teacher in needs that may arise. Room Parents help coordinate class parties, special events, parent volunteers in the classroom, and maintain a positive attitude among the parents in the classroom. One of their main responsibilities is to communicate with the classroom parents and keep them informed.
Room Parents meet with Principals at least once a month to tackle those issues of main concern for the classroom
Whether their kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It's a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.
Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community. There are many ways to get involved. The PTA always need volunteer parents for their events throughout the year, to act as room parents, or to do some specific tasks such as help in the Library, mentor or tutor students, volunteer to speak in the classroom or at career day, sew costumes for theater and music productions, etc.
The PTA often sponsors different events to support the school. Their boundless energy and tireless dedication embodies the collaborative spirit and school-home partnership we so value as a school. Some of the events sponsored are:
-New Family Barbeque
-Jump Rope for Heart
-ES Field Sports Day
-Saint Jordi Festival
The PTA's role of building community is vital and they do it in a way that is both engaging and fun. PTA events are always highly anticipated by parents, students and staff and are attended by many from and outside the school. Some of the most recognized events organized by the PTA are:
-Barcelona Making Barcelona/BFIS Home: A seminar offered to families during the first week of school. The seminar is designed to help new families navigate their new city and will give information regarding transportation, activities for kids and adults, where to buy international products, finding household help and language schools. We’ll bring in experts to discuss topics such as cultural adjustments, the medical system and driving in Barcelona.
-Monthly Coffee with Head of School: A perfect chance to mingle with other parents while getting first-hand information from the Head of School about latest news and projects.
-Halloween Party: One of the most beloved family traditions of the school year, the Halloween Carnival is an opportunity to play some spooky games, visit a haunted house, enjoy a slice of pizza or glass of wine, and gorge on American candy
-Frosty Friday: On a cold grey winter’s day, students at BFIS are treated to a morning snack of hot chocolate and donuts—a perfect way to brighten everyone’s spirit!
-Pancake Day: Yum! Take a break from the traditional lunch as the PTA serves up fresh pancakes, complete with syrup, berries and whipped cream!
-Teachers Appreciation Day: The PTA provides each teacher with a gift on behalf of all the parents which they deliver personally to all the teachers and staff member. Parents are encouraged to bring in a food treat for the teachers to enjoy during the day. They also ask the children to express their appreciation for their teachers by writing a letter or drawing a picture to thank the teacher personally for some of their favorite moments during the school year. Handwritten thank you notes are treasured by teachers long after the students have grown up.
-International Food Fair: This event really takes advantage of the multinational community here at BFIS. A fantastic culinary trip through the world, as BFIS families serve up their favorite native dishes: glass noodles at the Thai table, sushi and makis at the Japanese, chili with the Americans, paella at the Spanish, churrasco with Argentinians, Tandoori and Tikka Masala from our Indian chefs, and top it off with berry tarts with the British table or cream crepes at the French corner. There are so many other dishes to choose from: Netherlands, Turkey, Greece, Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, China.... An unforgettable event not to be missed.