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Issue 15: November 18, 2022

From the Director

“WHAT?” This was the response I was able to recently witness from a student who had just understood a particularly difficult concept in a math class. The teacher and the class had spent the period collaboratively exploring a new concept by looking at graphs and trying to discover the relationship between the behavior of the slope and the way it was represented. One of the perks of my job is that I get to observe and witness learning happening like this in all of our classrooms. For example, earlier this year I had the opportunity to see students in our junior kindergarten class extend their learning by taking a field trip to explore nature through their different senses. Another elementary class created presentations about their summers and then shared them with their parents in order to hone and practice their communication skills. Students in our high school Bible classes have been exploring different worldviews in order to understand better the different ways people view the world around them. This will allow them to more critically think about the different readings and concepts that they come into contact with in the future from these perspectives while also understanding how the Bible answers life’s big questions. Similarly, in our middle school geography classes, students are introduced to regions and then have the opportunity to explore and research countries in different parts of the world allowing them to become more familiar with the accomplishments and struggles facing different regions. And these are just some examples from our core classes – I have not even touched on the amazing things being created in our fine arts classes or the invaluable lessons being learned in our foregin language and technology classes.  

What do these all have in common? These are some of the many ways that BAIS teachers are committed to facilitating the transformation of hearts and minds needed to prepare our children for life in the 21st century. According to Staufer and Staufer (2022), education needs to be focusing on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. At BAIS, these learning skills are at the center of everything that we do as we work together with you to raise up a generation that can help lead our future communities into flourishing. 

Stauffer, B., & Stauffer, B. (2022, January 10). What Are 21st Century Skills? Aeseducation.com. https://www.aeseducation.com/blog/what-are-21st-century-skills

In this Issue

Important Dates



Basketball Game
Staff/Parent vs IISSAC Team


US Thanksgiving Holiday





Christmas Concert & Bazaar




Final Exams / Half Days – A

From the Guidance Counselor

Summer programs are an excellent way for students to experience or explore career options and or experience university campuses. After participating in a summer program, students have clearer pictures of what they want from their own university experience and are better prepared to pick a university and degree path.

Check out this Google doc with links to summer programs that offer a wide range of options, including:

  • Art 
  • Hospitality school in Switzerland
  • Ministry and service at a Christian university in the United States
  • STEM focus in London
  • Tour multiple university campuses in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Programs that earn college credit
  • And more….

Drama Rehearsal Announcement

Wednesday, November 23

Act 3 Scene 4 & 2

  • Marmee
  • Beth
  • Jo
  • Mr. March
  • Laurie

News from STEM Department

Pangea Math World Olympiad

Pangea Math World is organized by Pangea Wettbewerbe Association, a non-profit organization based in Germany. This olympiad is open to students in grades 3 to 12. All of the participants will get digital certificates of participation. Original medals and certificates for the top 3 students in all grades. Registration deadline is January 23, 2023.

For further information please contact priscillamaria@baisedu.org or visit pangea-math.world

Summer Math Camp at Harvard Faculty Club

Click this link to get more info and apply:  cybermath.org/summer-math-camp/

Made to Change - You Can Explore!

Made to Change is hosting another in-person event: You Can Explore! This event is for lower-elementary students in 1st to 2nd grade. Students will learn about the work of archaeologists and be able to engage in a fun excavation activity. 

It will take place on Wednesday, from 3:10-3:45 in the Pavillion. 

The price to join is 20,000 RP.
*All the money paid is used to purchase supplies for the event.

To sign up, fill out the physical permission slips provided by the elementary teachers.

Christmas Concert

Hi, BAIS parents! I want to send you a friendly reminder for the Christmas concert. Students are expected to come at 4.30PM to their classrooms and their teachers will bring them to the waiting rooms at 4.50PM. The concert will begin at 5.00PM.

Here is the dress code for the concert:

  1. Red/green/white button up shirt or dress (NO T-SHIRT).
  2. Dark pants or skirt (NO JEANS) *skirt or dress length needs to come to the top of the knee or below the knee.
  3. Dark shoes.
  4. Christmas accessories (reindeer hair band, elf hat, etc). *This is optional– Pre-K students do not have to wear any Christmas accessories, since I will provide them.
  5. Students are not required to wear masks during the performance, but if any of the parents want their kids to still wear masks, please let me know.

There will be a combined rehearsal for:

  • 2nd and 3rd grade: Thursday, 1 December 2022, at 3:00 – 3:30 PM
  • 4th and 5th grade: Monday, 21 November 2022, at 2:45 – 3:15 PM

The dress rehearsal will be hold on 9th December 2022 and here is the schedule:

  1. Lower Elementary: P2 (9:35 – 10:20 AM) 
  2. Upper Elementary: P3 (10:20 – 11:05 AM)
  3. Middle School and HS Ensemble: P4 (11:10 – 11:55 AM)


Poinsettia Fundraiser

The payment for poinsettias will be due on Friday, 18th November 2022. Only poinsettias that have been paid will be purchased, please make sure you have paid the finance office or paid using the QR code that will be part of the invoice email.

We really appreciate your support for the Christmas concert.

Thank you,