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New School Year 2019-2020

We would like to remind you that all this information will be available on the parent portal as well. It is important that you login to the parent portal to access all important information from the school.  

 

Talent Development Program Seminar on Wednesday September 4th at 9:00 am with Maryann Woods-Murphy. More information here

New Schedule
  • Please remember that the school schedule has been modified 
    • Early Childhood: Arrival time: 8:35 h/ Dismissal time: 16:00 (doors open at 15:45h) except Wednesdays when dismissal time is at 15:00 h (doors open at 14:45 h)
    • Elementary School: Arrival time: 8:35 h/ Dismissal time: 16:00h except Wednesdays when dismissal time is at 15:00 h 
    • Middle and High School: Arrival time: 8:35 h/ Dismissal time: 16:00h except Wednesdays when dismissal time is at 15:00 h 

The school is revamping a new schedule which will begin this month of September 2019. Teams of teachers and administrators from all divisions were in this planning process and subsequently, have been working on this schedule for months. Although built specifically for BFIS, the structure of the new schedule is consistent with international schools all over the world. There is no question we believe this schedule will serve our students much better. Please take a look at the New Schedule section on our website. 

After-School Activities

Please visit the After-School section of our website.  Registration for all 2019-2020 activities will open after the After-School Fair on September 3rd at 15:30 h. 

Bus and Lunch Services

Current Families
If you want to continue with the Lunch service for your child(ren) no further action is required. Only if you wish to cancel lunch as of September, and since this is a subcontracted service, we would ask you to sign your children out before August 15th  on this link:

Caroline Rockett (Bus Coordinator) will contact current families using the School Bus to re-enroll students for next year in this service. If you have not used this service before but  want to enroll your child(ren) for the next school year, please contact Caroline Rockett at caroliner@bfischool.org 

 

New Families:
During Orientation Day we will have some stands and BFIS personnel to offer you information about school bus and school lunch services. 
If you want some information about routes, menus and prices, please visit our Bus and Lunch sections on the website. 

Traffic Pattern

It is important that you follow the traffic pattern in order to keep traffic flow as smooth as possible. Thank you very much for your collaboration 

Access to the Parent Portal

We would like to remind parents that all important information is posted on the parent portal. Please read the instructions on how to access the portal and get all the information you need about the school.  

Tutoring

Many of our BFIS teachers are available to tutor students on campus after school in a variety of subjects.

BFIS Teachers that tutor

BFIS also partners with two external tutoring companies that are required to comply with all BFIS policies and procedures. AE Teaching and Bee Tutored International are available to tutor in many different subjects and at different times during the day, including your student’s free periods (depending on approval from the Principals and availability).  Please contact them directly through the information listed below with your particular requests.

 

AE Teaching

Ernie Solis

+34 637 035 159

info@aeteaching.com

http://www.aeteaching.com/

 

Bee Tutored International

Susana Soler

+34 609 541 171, +34 629 187 188

susana@beetutored.com

susana@gmail.com

http://beetutoredinternational.com/home/

 

Only external tutors from the approved contracted tutoring companies are allowed on campus. For security reasons, families are not allowed to bring their own tutors on campus. 

 

New Teachers 2019-2020

We are very pleased to welcome our new teachers 2019-2020. We hope they feel soon at BFIS like at home.

On the link below you will find their photos and a small bio

Remember that you can also this information through the Staff Directory, available on the parent portal 

 

Parent session about new schedule and construction update on Thursday, September 12 th at 5:00 pm 

Back to School Message from Lila Jorge

Welcome to BFIS!

Dear BFIS EC/ES Students and Families,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome our new and returning families. I hope that you had a wonderful summer with your loved ones.

All beginnings can be nerve-wracking, yet filled with so much promise and inspiration.  This year, our work as a parent, educator, student, and neighbor must be much more intentional and critical.  As we breathe life into our school’s mission, it has never been more important to be deliberate in teaching our children that strength lies in our inclusiveness and diversity.  At BFIS, we will instill in our children a sense of social responsibility and self-confidence so that they use their voice and hands to create and mold new possibilities to build bridges with others. The accomplishments of humankind are only possible because of our collaborative approach to problem-solving.  We look forward to our common and collective work with you in our community and thank you for being a part of something much greater than ourselves.

I would like to take a moment to highlight some new and positive changes for the start of the school year. We would also like to welcome our new Associate Principal, Heidi Hanssen who hails from the American School of Rome with strong expertise in teaching, learning and school administration. Additionally, this year, we will inaugurate a new schedule that will provide greater opportunities for student choice and targeted /individualized instruction.  

We understand that you may be more nervous than the children about the first day of school.  I would like to share an article from this weekend’s NY Times newspaper, "How To Tackle Tough Drop-Offs", which shares and provides tips for how to say goodbye in ways that honor and help with an easy transition.   This is the first of many first days of school and we want them to be heartwarming and successful.  

We would like to share some practical tips for the start of the year.  Please see the information below that you’ll need to get your child(ren) off to a great start.

The first official day of school is September 2nd. 

For students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, the start time is at 8:35 am and dismissal begins at 3:55 pm For students in Nursery and Pre-K, the start time is at 8:35 am and the release time is at 3:45 pm. 

We also provide early drop-off options where students can arrive at 7:45 am. For arrival and dismissal locations, please see our handbook.

There are important forms that are time-sensitive and help us keep your children safe (see below). Please make sure to submit and email the release form to Caroline, our Administrative Assistant, or to the classroom teachers by the end of September 2nd.

We look forward to a promising year and nurturing your child(ren) socially, emotionally and academically.

Warm regards,

Lila Jorge


 

Ms. Heidi Hanssen comes from the American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR) where she has been an Elementary School Principal for the last three years.  Prior to AOSR, Heidi was a middle school teacher for five years and elementary school principal for twelve, eleven of which were at a Dual Language (Spanish/English) School in Colorado. Heidi earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Adams State College in Colorado.

Heidi enjoys building relationships with students, colleagues and families.  Greeting students each morning as they arrive at school with their big smiles is one of the best parts of her day.  Developing systems for reading and math intervention and enrichment, that support all students’ academic growth, has been a great source of professional pride.

With a love for travel and adventure, Heidi will be joined in Barcelona with her husband Andy Dennis.  They enjoy spending their free time in the outdoors skiing and mountain biking. Heidi is looking forward to becoming a member of the Benjamin Franklin International School community and can´t wait to meet the students and families.

Student and Parent Handbooks

The ES Student/Parent Handbook has been revised for 2019 - 2020.  We ask all parents to sign the handbook agreement for 2018-2019.

Who to contact to at EC / ES

This information is also provided on the parent portal. Please login to the parent portal and go to RESOURCES. There you will find this information together with other important Middle and High School information.

  • Head of School: Colin Boudreau: colinb@bfischool.or  (Please contact for important school issues) 
     
  • EC and ES Principal: Lila Jorge: lilaj@bfischool.org (Please contact for important EC/ES school issues) 
     
  • ES and ES Associate Principal:  Heidi Hanssen: heidih@bfischool.org (Please contact for important EC/ES school issues) 
     
  • ES Principal PA and Administrative Assistant:  Caroline Rockett: caroliner@bfischool.org  (Please contact for absences, late arrivals, early departures, etc.) 
     
  • EC and ES Librarian: Emma Kerr: emmak@bfischool.org (Please contact for anything related to the EC/ES Library)
     
  • EC Coordinator: Teresa Valderas: teresav@bfischool.org (Please contact for any issues related to the Early Childhood division)

     
  • EC and ES Counselor: Kelli Sureck: kellis@bfischool.org  (Please contact for any issues regarding student wellfare, personal counseling concerns, academic counseling concerns, etc.)
     
  • Support  Services Coordinator: Jude McTaggart: judem@bfischool.org (Please contact for any concerns about learning differents, learning support, EAL need, etc.)
     

 

  • After-School Activities and Extracurricular Coordinator: Beatrice Zimmermann: beaz@bfischool.org
     

 

 

 

 

Arrival and Dimissal
  • Morning Drop Off for Early Childhood (N and Pre-K)

    BFIS provides an early morning drop off service in Early Childhood starting at 7:45am to 8:35 am. The students may enter campus through the gate located in Carrer Santíssima Trinitat de Mont and will be supervised by BFIS monitors. At 8:35 am, the students will be escorted by the teachers to their classrooms.

    The Main gate will open at 8:35 am to 8:45 am for all families to enter the EC campus. All parents may accompany their children to their classrooms.

     
  • NEW Morning Drop Off for K-5 Students   

    Elementary students are welcome to arrive on campus as early as 7:45 am.  For the 2019-20 School Year, ALL K-5 students who arrive between 7:45 and 8:20 may play on the blue patio (behind the Orwell /Admissions Building).  Students who arrive after 8:20 am will enter and remain in the cafeteria. Students will be supervised by monitors and members of the BFIS staff.  At 8:35 am, the first bell will ring and the students will be escorted to their classrooms by the second bell at 8:40 am. The students line up on the ground floor of the elementary building.  Students arriving after 8:40am will be escorted by a staff member to their class.  

    Due to space limitations this year, we ask parents to Kiss and Go once you have dropped them off at the patio or cafeteria. Thank you for helping us keep the children safe.

 

  • FIRST Week of School:

    Kinder - parents, and students will meet at the front entrance of the ES building and escort their children to the classrooms as directed by the teachers.

    1st- 5th Grade - students may play on the blue patio until 8:20. After 8:20 am, 1st and 2nd graders will go to the cafeteria and 3rd -5th Grade will remain on the blue patio.

    We ask parents not to stand or remain in the cafeteria or blue patio. We ask that parents Kiss and Go.  

 

  • Dismissal Procedures for Early Childhood Students (EC)   

    The Main gate will open from 3:45 pm - 4:00pm (Wednesdays at 2.45pm to 3:00 pm ).  Families with children in Early Childhood and Elementary should pick up their youngest child/s first at 3:45 pm and ES students at 3:55 pm.    Parents/Guardians picking students up after 4:00 pm, should go directly to the After School Care area at the Elementary building. Students picked up after 4:00 will be automatically placed in After School Care and after 4:10 pm parents will be charged a nominal fee of 7€. Students assisting after school activities will stay in the patio with their teachers until 4:00 pm. 

    In order to avoid congestion in the halls, and also due to safety reasons,  Nursery's dismissal will be from their classrooms and Pre-K's students will be dismissed from  the playground.

    Lastly, especially for Pre-k students since they will be leaving from the playground, we ask that parents wait until the teachers give your child a signal before taking him/her.  Please refrain from taking them off the line without the teacher documenting their dismissal. This is a process we have put in place to keep your child safe. 

    Teachers will only release the students to caregivers that have been listed on the student release form.  Please ensure that you have submitted this form prior to the start of the school year and that this form is kept up to date.  You may access the form through this link: ES Pick-up Authorization form 

     
  • Dismissal Procedures for Early Childhood Students (EC) on Wednesday

    Every Wednesday the students will be dismissed early at 3:00 pm for teacher professional development.  The Main gate will open from 2:45 pm - 3:00pm.  Families with children in Early Childhood and Elementary should pick up their youngest child/s first at 2:45 pm and ES students at 2:55 pm.    Parents/Guardians picking students up after 3:00 pm, should go directly to the After School Care area at the Elementary building. Students picked up after 3:00 will be automatically placed in After School Care and after 3:10 pm. Students assisting after school activities will stay in the patio with their teachers until 3.00 pm.
     
  • Dismissal Procedures for Elementary Students (K-5)   

    Parents/Guardians may enter and exit the campus only through the Main Entrance on Carrer Martorell i Peña near the security booth starting at 3:45 pm. In the interest of student safety and security, individuals who have not been listed by the parents as being authorized for pick up will not be allowed to leave campus with the child.  It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that the list of authorized individuals is up to date at all times.  Please ensure that you have submitted this form prior to the start of the school year.  You may access the form through this link: ES Pick-up Authorization form 

    4th and 5th grade students are allowed to be self-dismissed.  Parents must sign a permission slip for their child and it must be submitted to Caroline, our Administrative Assistant or to the classroom teacher. You may access the form through this link: ES Student Self Dismissal from Campus (4th and 5th Grade)

    Lastly, we ask that parents wait until your child gives the teacher a signal before taking them off the line.  Please refrain from taking them off the line without the teachers documenting their dismissal. This is a process we have put in place to keep your child safe.

 

  • Dismissal Locations for Kinder - 5th Grade
     
    • Kinder and 1st Grade students will be dismissed from their classroom
    • 2nd Grade will dismiss from the front entrance of the school
    • 3rd-5th Grade will dismiss from the blue patio (behind the Orwell /Admissions Building) 

We kindly ask that parents pick up the youngest students first ( EC-2nd Grade) and then proceed to the blue patio to pick up older students.  Parents and students on the blue patio should exit from the door by the blue patio. For Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade, we ask that parents use the stairs adjacent to the ES building.   

  • Dismissal Procedures for Elementary Students on Wednesday

    Every Wednesday the students will be dismissed early at 3:00 pm for teacher professional development.The Main gate will open from 2:45 pm - 3:00pm.  Families with children in Early Childhood and Elementary should pick up their youngest child/s first at 2:50 pm and ES students at 4:00 pm.    Parents/Guardians picking students up after 3:00 pm, should go directly to the After School Care area at the Elementary building. Students picked up after 3:00 will be automatically placed in After School Care and after 3:10 pm. Students assisting after school activities will stay in the patio with their teachers until 3.00 pm. 

 

 

Attendance Policy and Tardy Procedures


When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.  

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.  For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. 

As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority. Please see below our policy:

  • When a student will be absent from school for any reason, the student’s parent/guardian must provide an email to the ES Administrative Assistant stating the reason and the dates.  
  • An email should be sent to the ES Administrative Assistant explaining the student’s absence.  Medical or any other excuse documentation must be emailed or presented for it to count as an excused absence.  
  • A letter will be sent home notifying the parents/guardian after ten unexcused absences. 
  • If absences persist, there will be a meeting called between the ES administration and the parents/guardians when the student has reached fifteen absences to discuss how the school and family can work together to ensure the student attends school regularly. 

 

Being on time to school is important at BFIS as classroom instruction starts promptly at 8:35 am.  Punctual arrival at school is another important factor for a student’s academic success, and it also provides the student with a smooth transition to start the school day. 

  • The school day starts at 8:35 am and ends at 3:55 pm for all ES students. 
  • If a student arrives at school after 8:50 am, they must always report to the ES main office to sign in and collect a tardy slip before going to class.  
  • With the tenth tardy a letter will be sent home with the students and a copy will be emailed home to inform the parents. 
  • Every five subsequent tardies will result in another letter notifying the family about the recurrent tardiness to school. 
  •  If the tardiness persists there will be a meeting called between the ES administration and parents to further discuss how the school can support the student to be on time to school.
Class Rosters

On Tuesday, August 27th,we will email the class assignment to all the EC and ES parents.  The classroom teachers will email their welcome letter on Wednesday or Thursday with pertinent information to her specific classroom.   If you have not received your assignment by Friday, August 30th, please contact the main office or Caroline Rockett at caroliner@bfischool.org   ​
 

Use of Microwaves for Grades 4 and 5

4th and 5th graders are allowed to use the microwave.  4th and 5th grade students may use the microwaves under the following conditions:

  • Parents must commit to having the food placed in microwave-safe containers.
  • *Microwave approved plastic containers will be allowed and students should not put any metal items in the microwave.
  • Students can heat their food for up to 2 -3 minutes as we want to avoid students getting burned.
  • Students must remain at the microwave while using it (they should not walk away while his or her food cooks) and he or she can not remove someone else's food from the microwave.
  • We ask that you refrain from sending unhealthy items, such as Yatekomo noodles, because we are working hard with students to reinforce the idea of healthy eating.
  • If the student’s food explodes or spills in the microwave, students must clean up spills.

Students that do not follow the above expectations will have their privileges rescinded.

Please submit the signed permission slip and have your child sign as well: Microwave Permission Form 

Grades 4 and 5 Overnight Trips

We have already started the process of preparing for the overnight trips that will take place this year from October 2nd-4th. In the coming days, we will send further information about the experience along with permission slips for families who would like their child to participate.

In addition to the information being sent home, there will be a simple information session on September 9th at 9:00am (Location TBD). The purpose of the gathering will be to give an overview of the trip and also be present and available to answer questions face to face. If you are interested in attending the gathering, it will take place in the ES cafeteria.

We hope to have a high level of participation throughout the community as we have in previous years.  The overnight trips are a distinct highlight for children and faculty and we look forward to another amazing adventure this year

 

Message from the MSHS Principal

Dear MS/HS Parents,

I am very excited to finally be a member of the BFIS community! I am looking forward to meeting you and your family over the coming days. I will be sending regular communications and updates in the BFIS Weekly, however, I thought it would be helpful to give you a quick update and some reminders before the semester starts.

First Day of School

We are very excited about the new schedule this year. Monday, September 2nd will be Day #1 on your child’s schedule. When students arrive at school, no later than 8:35, they will find their name on a list posted near the front gate and will proceed to their first period class. 6th graders will go to the Auditorium for Period 1 for an orientation. Students will receive a hard copy of their schedule at the beginning of the day. For more information on the new schedule please review our website, please refer to the following link: BFIS New Schedule

Period Zero

IB Students should be aware that there will be no period zero classes during the first week of school.  Period Zero classes will begin on Monday, September 9. 

Wednesday - Early Release Days

In order for teachers to have a structured professional development embedded into the schedule, school will end at 3:00p on Wednesdays. 

Note: For those interested in signing up for after school activities, we will have our Activities Fair in the auditorium on Tuesday, September 3rd at 4:00pm. Please refer to the following link for information and registration:  BFIS After-School Activities Website .

Physical Education (PE)

If your child has PE on the 1st or 2nd day of school, they will NOT need to bring PE clothes or shoes. Students will receive specific information from their teacher about the program and specific requirements. 

Colonias 

During the first week of October, BFIS will run Colonias trips for grades 6-12.  The goal of these trips is to provide a meaningful and personal learning experience for our students beyond the normal classroom setting so that they foster and develop curiosity, responsibility and a sense of community.  Each trip will combine sports, team building and reflection activities as well as cultural learning from another region of Catalunya and Spain. Permission and Health forms needed for Colonias will be emailed to parents shortly. Forms will need to be returned no later than September 13th. 

If you have not already signed up in June for Colonias, please read the information below and register by clicking on the appropriate links:

Grades 6-7

Grade 8 

Grades 9-10

Grades 11-12 

Lockers

All students will receive a locker with a lock on the first day of school. They should use their lockers to keep books, lunches, valuables, etc. BFIS can not ensure the security of items left around campus.

Phones and Technology

Phones and technology are for educational use during class time. Additionally, as a middle school reminder, grade 6-8 students are not permitted to use phones during the school day. If you need to get in touch with your child please contact Ms. Martha in the MS/HS Office. 

Agendas 

Your child will receive an agenda during the first day of school to use and keep track of assignments. Please support your child in using this tool. 

Chromebooks and 1:1 

As a reminder, BFIS has adopted a policy regarding 1-to-1 Chromebooks for MS students and Bring Your Own Device for HS students.  The Tech Agreement letter sent early in June (linked below) describes our policy and the device specifications. 

Middle school parents, if you have not already signed this form it is important to do so and return it to Martha in the MS/HS Office by the first day of school so your child can receive their Chromebook. All students 6-8 will be bringing their Chromebook home every day to be charged and ready for the next day of learning.  

 

Middle School Tech agreement - Signature needed 

High School Tech agreement 

Schedules and PowerSchool

Final touches to individual student schedules are complete. Please access your child’s schedule through PowerSchool. Students will also receive a hard copy of their schedule in the first class on Day 1 of school. If you need help resetting your PowerSchool account please contact itsupport@bfischool.org

Please do not hesitate to drop in and introduce yourself. We look forward to greeting your child on September 2, and to working together with you in support of your child throughout the year. All the best.

 

Richard Nies

MS/HS Principal

Benjamin Franklin International School

Student and Parent Handbooks

Here below you will find the link for the MS/HS Student Handbook for 2019-2020. This document includes important information protocols, rules and resources.  There are also several school-wide policies in the Appendices for your convenience. 

Students will be reviewing key points from the Handbook with their advisors during the first two weeks of school.  All students and parents are required to read the Handbook and complete the signature forms. 

 

Who to contact to at MS/HS

This information is provided as well on the parent portal. Please login to the parent portal and go to RESOURCES. There you will find this information together with other important Middle and High School information

  • Head of School: Colin Boudreau: colinb@bfischool.or  (Please contact for important school issues) 
     
  • Middle and High School Principal:Richard Nies: richardn@bfischool.org (Please contact for important MS/HS school issues) 
     
  • Middle and High School Dean of Students: Richard Littlewood: richardl@bfischool.org (Please contact for student support, attendance issues, etc. More information about this position ) 
     
  • Middle and High School Principal PA and Administrative Assistant:  Martha Correa: marthac@bfischool.org  (Please contact for absences, late arrivals, early departures, etc.) 
     
  • Middle and High School Librarian: David Cevoli: davidc@bfischool.org (Please contact for anything related to the MS/HS Library)
     
  • IB Coordinator: Laura Blair: laurab@bfischool.org (Please contact for any issues related to the IB Program)
     
  • IB Administrative Assistant: Tadas Bitinas: tadasb@bfischool.org 
     
  • Spanish Technical Director: Eva Gausa: evag@bfischool.org (Please contact for any issues related to the Spanish Program: Lengua, Catalan, Geo/Historia. Selectividad exams and Spanish universities applications)
     
  • Middle School Counselor: Brooke Fezler: brookef@bfischool.org  (Please contact for any issues regarding student wellfare, personala counseling concerns, academic counseling concerns, etc.)
     
  • High School Counselor: Julie Rainer: julier@bfischool.org  (Please contact for any issues regarding student wellfare, personala counseling concerns, academic counseling concerns, etc.)
     
  • College Counselor: Rhonda Leshman: rhondal@bfischool.org (Please contact for college applications and career planning issues)
     
  • College Counselor Spanish Universities: Eva Gausa: evag@bfischool.org (Please contact for any issues related to Selectividad and Spanish universities applications)
     
  • Support  Services Coordinator: Dana Mewes: danam@bfischool.org (Please contact for any concerns about learning differents, learning support, EAL need, etc.)
     

 

  • After-School Activities and Extracurricular Coordinator: Beatrice Zimmermann: beaz@bfischool.org
     

 

 

 

 

PowerSchool for students and parents

Middle and High School parents and students will have access to PowerSchool (online grading portal). Since 2014, we are offering Middle School parents individual access to their child’s grades, schedules, attendance information, teachers’ comments, etc. through PowerSchool. Parents will receive more information on how to access this platform at the beginning of the school year. New students from Grade 7 to Grade 11 will login to PowerSchool during Orientation Day. Grade 6 students will have a PowerSchool Bootcamp during the first week of school. 

The PowerSchool App can also be downloaded on your mobile devices. 

Mobile Policy (reminder)

Mobile phones are no longer allowed in Middle School.  MS students must TURN OFF their phones at 8:35 am every day, store them in their locker or backpack (NOT in their pocket), and they may turn them on again at 4:00 pm.  If you need to contact your student due to an emergency, please contact Ms. Martha in MS/HS reception. Otherwise, you may send your student a message that they will be able to read at the end of the school day

Cultural Trips in October 2019

During the first week of October, BFIS will run Colonias trips for grades 6-12.  The goal of these trips is to provide a meaningful and personal learning experience for our students beyond the normal classroom setting so that they foster and develop curiosity, responsibility and a sense of community.  Each trip will combine sports, team building and reflection activities as well as cultural learning from another region of Catalunya and Spain. 

All this information and registration forms were sent out to parents on June 2019 and it is available on the parent portal.

The school will send this information again in the BFIS Weekly publication during the first weeks of the new school year in September 2019.

These are all the forms you need to sign and submit
 

Welcome letter by Laura Blair

There is excitement in the air as teachers prepare their classrooms and work spaces to welcome BFIS students and families back for the 2019 - 2020 school year.  The rhythm of change on our campus is apparent in many ways. I am very pleased to begin my appointment as IB Coordinator and am enthusiastic about working exclusively with the 11th and 12th graders in their journey through the IB program.  This is my 9th year at BFIS, where I have served as a classroom teacher. I am thrilled to continue teaching IB Spanish B classes this year in tandem with IB coordination. After intensive training programs last Spring and more on the horizon this Fall, I am ready to combine this new knowledge with my experience as an IB teacher to lead our robust IB program. 

I am committed to meaningful and open communication with parents and students as we implement a new schedule in the MS/HS and embrace course and curriculum changes throughout various IB subjects.  Although change can be daunting, I´d like to challenge us all to welcoming the growth opportunities it provides.

We have welcomed some wonderful new teachers to our already outstanding IB staff and we are ready to continue our commitment to the IB philosophy of “developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through international understanding and respect.”  This mission echos the core values BFIS holds dear, demonstrating that an IB education is the perfect fit for our community and the appropriate culminating educational experience for our young people before heading to university.   

I look forward to the relationship aspect this position will bring.  At the core of my responsibilities, lies the desire to connect with the BFIS community and make our program as strong as it can be through shared vision, honest communication, collaboration, and celebration of our students.  I am the mother of two elementary school children at BFIS and I believe deeply in this school and our community. I imagine the program I´d like them to have when they one day walk in the door as 11th grade students. Let's dream big together and stand side by side to watch those dreams come true. 

Here's to a wonderful new school year! 

Laura Blair

IBDP Coordinator 

CAS Letter from Karina Jackson

CAS letter to parents from Karina Jackson, IBDP CAS Coordinator

IBDP CAS Letter to parents (English) 

IBDP CAS - Carta a los padres (Español) 

Upcoming events
  • Grade 12 College Boot Camp for Seniors Thursday and Friday, August 29th and 30th - More information here
     
  • IB Cas Fair (only for students): Monday, Sept. 23rd at 9:00 h
     
  • Grade 12 IB and College Night: Monday, Sept. 23rd at 18:00 h 
     
  • Grade 11 IB and College Night: Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 18:00 h