Children learn best when the adults in their lives -parents, teachers, and other community members- work together to encourage and support them. Effective parent and family engagement in education is more than just participation in school meetings and helping with fundraising, it is actively engaging with your child’s learning, both at home and at school. When schools and families work together, children improve both learning and behavior.
At BFIS we encourage all our families to make a difference in their children’s learning by getting actively involved in their education. This is a principle that guides how our school should be organized and how children should be taught. To do that BFIS has created different forms and tools of communication and partnership with parents.
Workshops and conferences of interesting topics regarding children's growth, education, social-emotional topics, wellbeing, etc.
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.
Meetings between parents and teachers to discuss student's progress. There are one PTS Conference per semester, but parents can schedule meetings with teachers any time during the school year.
Organized by the Parent and Teacher Association. In those sessions parents are given a chance to impact change, and give feedback about the school. Parents are usually given a brief update about the current events going on in the school and they are also given a chance to voice their thoughts or ask any questions.
Every Friday the Head of School is available from 8:45 to 10:00 am in the school cafeteria to meet with parents' and give some interesting updates or discuss parents concerns.
At the beginning of the school year. This is a valuable opportunity to learn important information about your child's classroom experience. On this night, teachers explain their goals for the class and for your child. They’ll share information about their teaching style and methodology, how they grade and the requirements for a good grade. You’ll find out what supplies your child will need for the year and what projects are coming up.
Twice a year the head of the school and the BFIS Foundation Board present the state of the school to the BFIS community. This is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to know more deeply about the status and new projects in different areas of the school such as facilities, finances, governance, admissions, etc.
Every month families can participate in their student's daily morning routines for 45 min.
Parents of Middle and High School students have access to PowerSchool Parent Portal. The parent portal is an online portal accessible anywhere on the web that parents can log in to and see all their children academic information in one place, their grades, assignments, scores, attendance, schedules, and school bulletins.
Parents have also access to Google Classroom, a Google platform where teachers share instructional content and distribute assignments. Within the Google Classroom students and teachers can have conversations related to the assignments or subject content.
Class Charts is a school management software system that we use in Middle School for teachers, students and parents.
It allows staff, students and parents to keep in touch and communicate better.
Seesaw is a platform for student engagement. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families.
Resources for parents
As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. The material below provides tips and information on a broad range of topics. Inside each article you may also find some more links and resources.
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