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Parent Teacher Association

 

To achieve these goals the PTA is very active throughout the school year. They host PTA events, both large and small, to bring our community together. They work with staff on school events, and support student-led initiatives as they arise during the year. The PTA also creates opportunities for BFIS to giveback to the larger Barcelona community by supporting charitable efforts. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN THE PTA? 

Connecting with the PTA is a rewarding way to enhance your student's experience at BFIS, get to know the teachers and staff, and most importantly to have fun! 

There are many ways to get involved with varying levels of commitment - there is something for everyone and all are welcome! If you are interested in being part of the PTA, please send us an email to pta@bfischool.org

PTA Initiatives

Room Parents

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. 

Please contact the PTA at pta@bfischool.org

Parents Getting Involved

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 different ways to get involved. 

PTA Event volunteer

Setting up, working during an event or helping us clean up afterwards - Event Volunteers are the ones that make it all happen! This is the easiest way to get involved as there is no ongoing  commitment - just let us know you are interested, and before our events we will contact you to find a role that suits your availability.

Grade Representative

This role allows a parent to be involved without a huge time commitment. Grade Reps play a vital role as a link between parents and the school. They facilitate communications, arrange grade-level get together and for Early Childhood and Elementary grades they may help organize a class gift for holidays and end of the year.

PTA Committee Member

If you’re looking to really have an impact within the school, get to know teachers and staff and meet other like-minded parents, this is the role for you! You can get involved with organizing Events, support charitable works with the Impact Committee, or support parents and staff through the Communications Committee.

PTA Board Member

While the main positions within the PTA Board for the 2022-23 school year are already in place, we invite anyone interested in taking on a leadership position to talk to us about becoming part of our team! Fresh faces and new ideas are always welcome!

Please contact the PTA at  pta@bfischool.org

Sponsored Events

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: 

-Orientation Day

-ES Field Sports Day 

-MS/HS Field Sports Day

-Kindness Week 

-Art Exhibitions

-Saint Jordi Festival

-Theater productions

-Thanksgiving lunch

 

Yearly PTA Events

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.

-Tours in Barcelona: There is no better way to discover Barcelona and some of its most beautiful hidden places than joining a PTA Tour. Once a month the PTA organizes a guided tour to discover different areas and neighborhoods of the city, followed by a lunch where you can try delicious food of traditional Catalan and Spanish cuisine. 

-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 Festival: 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. 

-School Decor: Thanksgiving, winter holidays, Kindness Week, Sant Jordi, etc. are the perfect occasions to transform the school and turn it into a special place to celebrate our most beloved traditions! 

-Community Service Activities: The PTA creates opportunities throughour the year to giveback to the larger community by supporting charitable efforts. 

Cultural Events and Speaker Series

The PTA organizes many different cultural events throughout the year for parents: guided city tours, museum visits, cooking workshops, gastronomy tours, etc. 
All cultural events organized by the PTA are published in our Weekly and Next Week Events newsletters. 

The PTA also organizes numerous workshops and seminars throughout the year about education, parenting, health and children's safety among other topics. All these workshops are also published in the BFIS Weekly and Next Week Events newsletters.