Issue 08: September 28, 2018

From the Chaplain’s Desk

This year our theme at BAIS is Fully Devoted. We are challenging our students with the importance of being Fully Devoted to God and to one another. Being Fully Devoted to God isn’t always easy but being devoted to one another can also be very challenging.

Being open and real in my devotion to others is not easy for me. When asked how I’m doing, it’s more natural for me to respond with, “I’m great, blessed, and wonderful!” rather than the truth, even if I’m having a rough time. I think most people would say this is true for them as well. We would rather do anything else than be honest and say we don’t have everything under control.

Culture glorifies independence, but God created us to be dependent on Him and others, too. In Ecclesiastes 4, Solomon tells the story of a man who toiled under the sun and was depressed because all his work was meaningless. He goes on to explain that when you have a friend by your side, everything changes: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9–10). God’s Word makes it clear that finding friends and being Fully Devoted to one another sets us up for greater success than we would have alone.

I saw this play out in my own life when I trained for my second marathon. I trained alone for my first one, and it took me over five grueling, horrible hours to finish. For my second marathon, I trained with a group of friends and finished nearly an hour faster! In our group, we encouraged each other to do things we couldn’t do alone, and all of us achieved greater things because we worked together.

We can all make it through this year alone, but I know we can find greater success and fulfillment when we are devoted fully to God and each other.

Fully Devoted,
Jason Whitehurst
BAIS Chaplain

Battle of the Books

For Sale: Dried Mangoes and Pineapple starting next week!

The Battle of the Books team is selling dried fruit again this year! They are a great snack for yourself or as a gift for friends/family.As an added bonus, buying this fruit also supports the SunRei outreach in Malang!

Check out these delicious options!

  • 50gr bags of dried Sunburst mangoes (sweet/sour) for Rp. 20.000 per bag
  • 50gr bags of dried Tropical Paradise mangoes (honey mango) for Rp. 20.000 per bag
  • 100gr bags of dried pineapples for Rp. 25.000 per bag

Dried fruit will be sold next to Ibu Retno’s desk at break time by the BOB team. Want a LOT of fruit!? Of course you do, it’s delicious!

If you would like to make a bulk order, please email with the list of what you want and it will be prepared for you.

~ Ms. Ribbens & Mrs. Wongkar

Guidance Counselor News

On Monday, October 1 during 6th period, (12:21-12:57), a representative from NYU Abu Dhabi, which some of our BAIS alumni have attended, will give a presentation in the second floor computer lab (211).

Students may bring their lunch, and parents are also welcome to join. NYU Abu Dhabi is the first highly selective liberal arts and science college, with an engineering program, in the Middle East that is integrated into a major American research university.

Music Department

Christmas Rehearsal

Monday, December 3, 2018

  • Elementary Students: 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
  • Secondary Students: 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

BAIS Christmas Choral Festival

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:30 PM

SEW T-Shirt Order

Order online here:

Each shirt costs only Rp 80,000.

Please fill this form once for every student/child in your family. Once we receive the order form, a member of the SEW Committee will email you an invoice for the total amount due and to who you would need to pay the amount to as well. If ordering for the same household, then please use the same email address for multiple orders. Orders will be taken until Monday, October 8, 2018. All payment is due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Participation is optional.

Dialogue with the Director

October 4, 2018 at 8am

Location: BAIS MPR

Dental Screening Program for Elementary students

Dear Parents,

A dental screening program and a dental health presentation will be available at BAIS, October 12, 2018. The screenings will be performed by registered dentists from Gracia Dental Care Kota Baru Parahyangan, using a disposable mouth mirror and disposable gloves. After the screening, a letter will be sent home with your child stating the results of the dental screening. The goals of the dental screening program are to identify children who have visually obvious dental problems and to guide parents who do not have a dental care provider for dental treatment. The dental health presentation will include ways to keep a mouth healthy, brushing instructions, and a toothbrush for your child.

The dental screening program is voluntary and the examination fee is Rp. 20.000 per student. More information will be sent next week in your child’s Friday folder.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Dr. Mayke Rosalina Rompas
School Doctor


Attention Juniors!

PSAT/NMSQT will be Wednesday, October 10th. Testing is required for all BAIS Juniors and begins promptly at 7:45AM.

Please be:

  • Well rested and have a healthy breakfast before you come to school.
  • On time to school.

I Love to Read Changing from Fall to the Spring

Dear Elementary Parents,

The I Love to Read Committee has been busy planning the theme for I Love to Read this Year. There are many great ideas and events planned. During the committee meetings, the idea came up to move I Love to Read to the spring when some of the younger students have a better grasp of reading and when routines are a little more established for the year. As a result, we are going to move I Love to Read from the 2nd quarter to the 3rd quarter. Please stay tuned for more details on the new I Love to Read date.

Charity (LaMertha) Sianturi, Ed.S

Athletics & Club News


  • Boys Record: 4-2 BAIS lost to Football Plus 3-2 (Sept. 21); Reno and Ollie scored 1 goal each; Paul and Sandor earned an assist each. Ezra had 16 saves. BAIS fell to Young Tigers 3-1 (Sept. 27); Ollie scored 1 and Reno provided the assist. Ezra had 2 saves.
  • Girls Record: 1-1
  • Games against Santa Maria are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2 and against BIS on Friday, Oct. 5.
  • All soccer uniform and IISSAC payments are due to Mr. Powers by Oct. 11.

After School Clubs & Activities

  • Upcoming Swim Meet Opportunities:
  • Sea Tribes will have a “Fun Run” fundraiser November 24 here in Kota Baru. There will be a 10K, 5K, and 1,500m sprint competition.
    All proceeds go to raise money for the Sea Tribes trip in March.

Club Highlight of the Week: Badminton Club

  • This season Badminton Club meets two days each week. Wednesday the secondary students meet while the elementary students meet on Fridays after school.
  • 8th graders Clarine Tantowi, Fallon Lo, SeongHwa Park, and ChanYoung Kim used adjectives like “good – amazing – fun – awesome – energetic” when asked to describe their feelings about Badminton Club. Fallon Lo added that she “wanted to join to improve on [her] badminton skills so that maybe [she] will join the IISSAC Badminton team.”
  • Freshman JunHa Kang said that he “was inspired by my mother to join Badminton Club.” He added that “it’s not bad.” And that he “enjoys it sometimes… when I’m not being lazy –like towards the end of practice.”
  • Jane Ji in the 4th grade says she likes badminton because she used to practice when she was eight and seven. When asked why she likes the Badminton Club she said, “I like sports. I like Badminton Club because I like to take challenges and I like it when my dad teaches me how to play.”
  • Thanks to Pak Yonny Tanjones for his commitment and willingness to coach BAIS’ Badminton Club. And thanks to Ibu Fifi in helping connect the Athletic Department with such an amazing coach.

Keep your eyes on the BAIS Buzz for updates, changes, and more information!

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