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BAIS Buzz, February 24th, 2023

From the Director - How many days of school should we have?

BAIS is a school that embraces diversity, which means that we have students from different backgrounds and experiences, and with that comes different expectations of what education should look like. As an American school, we use the recommended hours recognized by the Carnegie Foundation to determine the number of credits a class is worth, which is 120 hours per year. A recent report from the Stanford, Calif.-based Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching found that using this measurement for credit hours is still valuable and useful.

At BAIS, our classes in Grades 6-12 are 45 minutes long, and we aim to have 180 school days per year. This would mean that BAIS students would have 135 hours of class time, which is well above the recommended amount of hours needed to gain 1 Carnegie unit or credit. However, living in an intercultural school in a country with a lot of diversity can present some challenges in achieving 180 school days per year. 

For instance, public holidays such as the Idul Fitri holiday can affect our school calendar. Therefore, while we aim for 180 school days, our primary goal is to ensure that we are well above the 120 hours mark every year. For the upcoming school year, we currently have 178 school days scheduled.

To be completely transparent, it’s important to note that students may miss approximately 15 days of class each year due to non-classroom activities such as chapel, Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW), Week Without Walls (WWW), and other events such as the Indonesian Independence Day celebration. While these may not be traditional classroom activities, they are essential parts of our approach to providing a well-rounded education, as they provide students with authentic opportunities to apply what they have learned and to develop broader perspectives and understandings of the world around them.

Despite these non-classroom activities, our students would still experience 125 hours of class time next year, which is well above the recommended 120 hours for a Carnegie unit or credit. At BAIS, we firmly believe that a quality education encompasses more than just the number of hours spent studying a subject. Numerous studies have consistently shown that the most significant factors impacting student learning are the quality of instruction provided by teachers, student engagement, a strong foundation of prior knowledge and skills, student motivation, the learning environment, and parental involvement. To provide a truly transformative educational experience that equips our students for success in the world, we concentrate our efforts in these areas.

Mr. Travis Julian

Important Dates

March 2

Battle of the Books


Spelling Bee




Week Without Walls


Half Day


Seclusion National Holiday

BAIS Spelling Bee

Volunteers Needed! 

Hi Parents,

The Spelling Bee is coming up soon in March!  We need a few people to help with the event.      

Lower Elementary  (7:30 – 8:30) – Time keeper, Recorder (Native English Speaker), 2-3 Judges (Native English Speaker), Pronouncer (Native English Speaker)

Upper Elementary (8:15 – 9:45) – Time keeper, Recorder (Native English Speaker), 2-3 Judges (Native English Speaker), Pronouncer (Native English Speaker)

If you are interested in helping please contact Hani Ramappa. Email at hani@baisedu.org or WA +62 812 1448 1338

PICF Youth Group Retreat

Any and all secondary students are invited to join the youth group retreat put on by the PICF church on March 17-18! It’s going to be a lot of fun! You can get a permission slip at school from Ms. Ribbens or Mrs. Welsh, or print out your own via this link. Forms are due March 3rd. Please contact Ms. Ribbens with questions! We hope you come! clarissaribbens@baisedu.org

From the Guidance Counselor

Congratulations to Fallon (Mengzhen) Lo!

Fallon has been accepted to and committed to University of British Columbia, in Vancouver Canada!

Be sure to congratulate Fallon when you see her around campus.

Also, please be praying for the other students in the senior class as they are in the process of applying or are waiting for the decisions to be announced.

*Please note that I will be only posting student congratulations for university acceptance once a student has committed to the school. There have been lots of acceptances so far this year.

From the Finance Dept.

Hello Parents, 

This week we will be sending the 2023 – 2024 tuition invoices. Please check your BAIS family email and let us know if you didn’t receive it. We would like to inform you that the due date for the early bird discount is March 24, 2023.

Please send us proof of payment if you are making a transfer through your bank. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at finance@baisedu.org 

ACSI Day of Prayer at BAIS

BAIS will be participating in the ACSI Day of Prayer on Tuesday, February 28.  As a school we know so much of the work we accomplish everyday with our students is fueled by prayer and we are grateful to take this day and direct ourselves toward God in prayer along with other ASCI schools around the world. Here is how we will celebrate this Day of Prayer at BAIS:


  • Day of Prayer Kick-off: We would like to invite all students and parents to join us for a time of corporate prayer before school starts at 7:10 AM in our outdoor pavilion.
  • Prayer Prompts: Throughout the day both elementary and secondary classes will pause  and respond to “prayer prompts”.


The BAIS Prayer Corner: On February 28th we will also be opening the BAIS Prayer Corner, a designated place for staff, parents and students to pray. The Prayer Corner will not be limited to the Day of Prayer, it will be open and accessible after February 28th anytime the BAIS campus is open.  The BAIS prayer corner will be located inside the pool building to the left of the entrance. We plan to transform this area on our campus into an inviting place to pray.

The Clinic Info

Dear All, 

As a reminder, in the BAIS parent student handbook on pages 12 and 13 (contagious diseases and determining Illness), students will be required to be absent and sent home if any of the symptoms/diseases listed are present.

The following diseases are contagious, and students (and families) will be required to be absent:

  • Covid-19 (Required test)
  • Chicken Pox
  • Head Lice
  • Viral Hepatitis A
  • Impetigo
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella-German Measles
  • Ringworm
  • Scabies
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Whooping Cough
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

Students are required to be sent home immediately if they have these symptoms and symptoms must be absent from the child for at least 24 hours before returning to school:

  • just vomited
  • fever over 38 degrees C
  • moderate to severe diarrhea
  • draining skin rash or lesion
  • head lice
  • pink eye
  • grossly productive cough
  • Covid-19 symptoms (similar to many of the above)  

For students who experience seasonal allergies, they may continue to attend classes, but if they experience any changes in symptoms, they must seek an assessment by a healthcare provider. As we are living in times of much medical alarm and uncertainty, BAIS asks that students with seasonal allergies provide a doctor’s note indicating these symptoms are non-communicable.

The purpose of this policy is to prevent the spread of illnesses to the other students. Please help us by reminding your students to:

  • Cover their mouth (with their arm) when they cough and sneeze
  • Wash hands or use antiseptic gel frequently
  • Practice physical distancing from others
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly
  • Eat well-balanced meals with fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Take a multivitamin daily

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Dr. Mayke Rosalina Rompas

School Doctor

Marketing Dept.

Dear Community,

Last year The Marketing team did a campaign to raise our Social Media followers from 900 followers to 1000 followers. Because of your support, we were able to accomplish it in a week! Our followers are increasing daily, and now we have more than 1.6K followers. Let’s raise it up to 2K followers this year. Please share @baisedu social media posts with your friends and family all over the world and ask them to follow us!

Donation Needed!!!

Dear Community,

Our Week Without Walls (WWW) group leaders are looking for various items to take/used to during their service project. Here are the list of needs: 

 Rumah Ruth

* Any baby items; new or in good condition (i.e. clothing, blankets, diapers, shampoo, baby wipes)

Go Green

* Large reusable cloth bags (like the McDonald’s bags)

* Reusable gloves (could be gardening gloves or thick rubber gloves)

Play, Learn, and Grow Together

* Bags of individually wrapped candy

* School supplies – new or gently used

* School bags – new or gently used

* Pencil cases – new or gently used

* Sports equipment – balls (soccer, volleyball, basketballs, badminton rackets, birdies)

From the Government Liaison Dept.

Dear BAIS Parent,

For those who are KITAS holders, I would like to encourage and remind you to do a quick check on your documents for the following information:

  • Passport Validity – Make sure your passport validity has more than 20 months before it expires. If less than this, you need to make an appointment with your embassy for passport renewal.
  • Passport Visa Blank Pages – Make sure you have enough pages for any trips you may have planned outside of Indonesia before your passport needs renewal.
  • Registry of the new passport at the local immigration office – If you have recently received a new passport for yourself or your family, don’t forget to register it with the local immigration office so that you can leave and return to the country without congestion.
  • KITAS Renewal – It is wise to always coordinate with your company, staff, sponsor, or visa agents regularly when you want to renew your KITAS (limited stay visa) three months before it expires.
  • Student Visa – Once your child is over 17 years old, their visa sponsorship will be switched from a family joint visa to a BAIS sponsorship. You will need to let us know your timeline plan, and your visa agent contacts so that we can provide the necessary letters in applying for the student visa. 
  • KITAS Digital copy – If you have not turned in your updated KITAS digital copies to BAIS, please do so immediately. You can email them to leony@baisedu.org. Your cooperation will allow us to make the required report to the government on time.


Thank you for your attention. I hope this information helps you plan accordingly. 

Hendri Simanjuntak

Government Liaison

Cheer on the Battle of Books teams!

BAIS is battling Mt. View Christian School and Wesley School on Thursday, March 2nd at 3:45pm to 5:45pm.

This will be a digital battle that we would love to have you watch to quietly support the BAIS teams. Here is the link that you can join – please change your name to include “BAIS fans”.

Athletic Dept. Info