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From the Director’s Desk

One of the hallmarks of any institution is the built-in desire to continuously improve. The past month of activity involving the gifted and loving members of our NICS home office staff has certainly helped our school. In addition to the campus visitors, Mr. Thomas and I had the opportunity to attend the Fall Directors Conference in Singapore at our sister school, ICS – Singapore. A few of the sessions we were able to participate in were lively discussions on defining Academic Excellence, improving the use of the data obtained from MAP testing, and an introduction to some changes in the ACSI Accreditation standards.

Over the next 18 months, BAIS will be working on the examination and reporting stage of our Accreditation Renewal Process, generally called the Self-Study report. Following the submission of the report, we will be visited by a team of educational experts who will be verifying the statements in our document and offering areas of improvement. It is our desire to see BAIS remain the premiere school in Bandung and these are steps necessary to ensure that is the case.

Introducing Ms. Harsono!

Because of our sudden math teacher need right before the start of school, we have been looking for the right candidate for these past 5 weeks. We have found a wonderful teacher in Ms. Rita Harsono. Ms. Harsono is joining us from Sampoerna Academy where she has been teaching since June of 2015. While studying in Jakarta she earned a dual degree in 2011 from Universitas Pelita Harapan and Corban University in Salem, Oregon in Secondary Mathematics. More importantly, she has a vibrant personality, a passion for teaching, and a wonderful Christian testimony.

Ms. Harsono will be joining the BAIS staff on October 10th, beginning to teach on October 17th. The course load Ms. Harsono will pick up for this year is, 8th Grade Algebra 1, Algebra 2 Honors, PreCalculus, and the supervision of NSA AP Calculus. If you see Ms. Harsono on campus, please greet her warmly and welcome her to the BAIS family!

In Him
Mr. Karl Nielsen
BAIS Director

Sound of Music Rehearsal

October 12, 2016 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Scene 1 & 2: “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”

The Nuns, Maria, Rolf and Lisel

Battle of the Books

Attention Staff and Students!

Battle of the Books will be hosting a t-shirt drawing competition this year! Please submit your t-shirt designs digitally or on paper to Ms. Ripley by Tuesday, October 11th. Be sure to include the words “Battle of the Books” somewhere in the design. If you have any questions or would like to email your design, email Ms. Ripley at krystleripley@basiedu.org.

BOB Fundraiser: Mangoes! Pineapple!

The Battle of the Books team is selling dried fruit as a fundraiser. These make for a great snack for yourself or a gift for friends/family. Check out these delicious options!

150gr bags of dried mangoes for Rp. 28.000 per bag

100gr bags of dried pineapple for Rp. 15.000 per bag

Mangoes are sold next to Ibu Retno’s desk sold by the BOB team during breaktime.

If you would like to make a bulk order, please email me at hermionezhang@baisedu.org with the list of what you want. I will deliver your order to your student. As an added bonus, buying the fruit also supports the SunRei outreach in Malang!

Thanks for your support. Happy eating!

Krystle Ripley
krystleripley [at] basiedu.org



The meeting point for schools is in the front carpark of Kartika Sari, Jl. Ir. Haji Djuanda No.85 (Jalan Dago). As Jalan Dago will be closed to traffic, you will need to park on side streets and walk to the meeting point.

Rundown, Sunday October 16th 2016

Don’t forget to bring the trash to the nominated storage points and take some pictures.

Clean Up Bandung Day– Sign Up Now! Sunday, October 16th, 2016 The greater BAIS community (students, families, staff/faculty and friends) may sign up to volunteer for Clean Up Bandung Day using this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/VPJ5eGtDG6MGz1vE2

For more information about the event, see the posters located around school or talk with Andy McCullough or Jana Dickman. Register now and receive a free volunteer kit on the day, including a hat, a pair of gloves, souvenir bag, snack, drink and other gifts/vouchers from our sponsors!

Swimming Lessons


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
4:00 – 6:00 4:00 – 6:00 Tentative 4:00 – 6:00 4:00 – 6:00
Intermediate / Advance Beginner Replace Lesson Day Intermediate / Advance Beginner

SAT Prep Courses at BAIS!

Course 1: Reading & Writing for the New SAT
Course 2: Mathematics for the New SAT

Mr. Travis Julian, certified in Secondary History, will be leading the Reading & Writing for the New SAT course and Mr. Chad Willson, certified in Secondary Mathematics, will be leading the Mathematics for the New SAT course. In order for each course to be feasible, a minimum of five students must register.

Course dates are:

The target test date is Saturday, December 3. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 12.

Cost for one course is 6,000,000 IDR which includes all course materials. In order to register for the course, please transfer the funds to the account below and email finance@baisedu.org to confirm.

Bank Name: PT Bank Permata
Bank Address: Jalan Merdeka No. 66, Bandung
Account Name: Yayasan Bandung Alliance Intercultural S
Account #IDR: 809-01-8415

Please provide the following information on the bank form:

SAT ReadingStudent’s First and Last Name


SAT MathStudent’s First and Last Name

Secondary Update

The secondary team worked hard Tuesday afternoon to collaboratively score the 6-12 writing assessments! Every essay has been scored by three different assessors in order to pinpoint each student’s achievement against the BAIS Six Traits Writing Rubric. We all look forward to see how the students improve this school year in their writing ability!

The following are some important highlights for the week:

If you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations, please email Mr. Thomas at jeremythomas@baisedu.org

Download: Issue 08: October 7, 2016

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