Issue 22: February 07, 2020


From the School Counselor

“Confidence comes from being prepared.”

John Wooden

How true is that statement?! When we travel to a new country, we don’t show up at the airport and hope that it all works out. Beforehand we purchase a ticket, apply for a visitor’s visa, book a place to stay, pack a suitcase, and hopefully learn a little bit about the culture of the destination. Everything we do has some form of preparation involved. Our basketball teams are great examples of this, as they prepare for the IISSAC competition coming up in just a few weeks. They are running skills, improving their endurance, and working on their ability to sink a basket and play as a team.

The same can be said for students taking the SAT or the ACT, two very popular standardized tests that are part of many global universities’ application process. Going into the test room, students can feel overwhelmed when they start thinking about how this one test can affect so much of their future. I asked a few seniors who took the PSAT in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade what they thought about it. Kyla Victoria said that she “was less nervous” going into the actual SAT test. While Gyeong Min Kwon said, “You get a general feel of what to expect during the actual SAT and a better idea of the structure of the test.” So, let’s help students feel prepared.

Beginning in 8th grade and continuing through 10th grade, we offer the PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT 10 as an optional test for students. Taking the PSAT, the practice SAT which is graded like the SAT and at grade level for the students, helps students become comfortable with standardized testing procedures that many universities require for admissions. The PSAT gives students an opportunity to make mistakes and learn the expectations of the SAT inexpensively – the PSAT is 250,000 IDR while the actual SAT costs about 1,500,000 IDR.

During 11th grade, BAIS provides the PSAT/NMSQT and students can choose to have their results reported to schools leading to scholarship opportunities. This test is scheduled in the early part of October so they can register to take the actual SAT later in the school year. We recommend that students take either the ACT or SAT before the end of their 11th-grade year. This timing ensures students’ scores will be ready to send to universities before application deadlines during their 12th-grade year. It will also allow enough time for students to retake the ACT or SAT to improve their overall score.

Upcoming dates: PSAT for 10th grade is Thursday, February 27th while the 8th and 9th grade is Friday, February 28th. This week the students in 8th- 10th grade brought home a letter about how to sign up for the test.

If your student is taking the PSAT, they must use their official name (the same name on their passport). Students’ official names 1)appear on their BAIS diploma, 2)are connected to their collegeboard.com account (AP Exam and SAT scores), and 3) are used in college applications. The names in all areas must match. If you have more questions about this, please feel free to email, call, or set up an appointment for more clarification.

I would ask that you, as the parent, encourage your student to do their best. Sit with your student and set a realistic goal/score for them in the Math or Reading section. Create a plan on how they can improve their score with a daily 15 minute study time on Khan Academy. And just like the basketball team would never learn to dribble the ball while at the airport on their way to IISSAC, your student should not be cramming information the night before the exam.

Ms. Melissa Hall
School Counselor


College Acceptance

Congratulations to Beltra Chong, Simoné Liebich, & Emily Nielsen!

Beltra has been accepted to Birmingham University, in the United Kingdom. Simoné has been accepted to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in the United States. Emily N. has been accepted to Grove City College, in the United States.

Make sure to congratulate these ladies when you see them 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.


Summer Program for High School Students

No matter what part of the world you are in this summer, there is a summer program close by and a new one from Japan was just added this week. Throughout the school year, we receive information about summer programs at universities around the world. We have combined this information into one document for quick access and would like to pass that information along for you and your student to look into. Please be aware that some due dates are coming up quickly.

Check out this link for a list of summer programs.


Drama Department

Practice Schedule

Wednesday, Feb 12th in the MPR from 4:15 to 6:15 pm
Acts 2 Scenes: 6 – 7
Songs: “Now Is The Time Reprise,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?,” “The Proposal,” and “The Wedding” and “Bows”
Crew: All. No Saturday practice this week because of the BAC Tournament

Coming Soon: Monday, February 17
Ticket Sales for BAIS’s production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Ticket prices are Rp 120.000 each or Rp 500.000 for a group discount of 5 people. We only have 114 seats available for each performance, so please buy your tickets early.

Performance Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, March 12 @ 6 PM in the MPR
  • Friday, March 13 @ 3 PM in the MPR
  • Saturday, March 14 @ 6 PM in the MPR

BAIS Performing Arts would like to invite the members of the BAIS community to partner with us for our upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella! BAIS performers greatly appreciate all the support we have had from our fans over the past five years. Each year we aim to grow and develop as performers and to improve audience enjoyment and viewing experience. This year’s production will be our first full-length Broadway musical (rather than Broadway Jr. version), and the production team, cast, and crew have been working diligently to prepare for another amazing performance. The BAIS Performers are seeking patronage from the BAIS community and businesses to help defer production costs and to build portable platforms that will allow us to have stadium-type seating in the Multi-Purpose Room in order to enhance the audience’s viewing experience.

The following patronage options are available to businesses and individuals to support the BAIS theatre arts program:

House Circle – Rp 5 juta

  • One full-page A5 business advertisement or dedication in the playbill;
  • May open booth/product give away for 3 days of the production (as requested)
  • Your business logo printed on all advertisements
  • Your name (business logo/personal name) listed on the patronage page and recognition each night during the opening curtain speech
  • Receive 4 free VIP tickets to the play

Director’s Circle – Rp 2.5 juta

  • A half-page A7 business advertisement or dedication in the playbill
  • Your business logo printed on all advertisements
  • Your name (business logo/personal name) listed on the patronage page and recognition each night during the opening curtain speech
  • Receive 2 free VIP tickets to the play

Lead Actor – Rp 1 juta

  • A quarter-page A9 business advertisement or dedication in the playbill
  • Your name (business logo/personal name) listed on the patronage page
  • Receive 1 free VIP ticket to the play

Supporting Actor – Rp 500,000

  • Your name (business logo/personal name) listed on the patronage page

If you have further questions please email me at elizabethlamertha@baisedu.org or Hani Ramappa at hani@baisedu.org or WA +62 812 1448 1338


Music Department News

We would like to welcome you to our High School Ensemble mini-concert
“The Broadway Musical Concert.” Friday, Feb 14 at 3:45 in the music room.

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Tuesday, February 11th is the last day to order!

Send a Valentine’s Day treat to a friend and let them know how thankful you are for them. Pick out a cute Valentine’s Day card at the school store, complete the order form on the back of the card and write a note to your friend.

Turn in the order form with payment to a senior on or before Tuesday, February 11th. Valentine’s will be handed out during 4th period on Friday, February 14th.


Finance Department Info

Dear Parents,

Last week invoices have been distributed to the youngest child in each family. If for some reason the invoice does not make it home to you, please contact the finance office for a replacement.

REMINDER: In order to qualify for the Early Bird 5% discount, payment must be received by Feb 28, 2020. In order to qualify for the 3% discount, payment must be received by May 1, 2020 .

Thank you!

BAIS Finance Department


Athletics & Club News

IISSAC Basketball

  • The IISSAC 2019-2020 Record
    Boys: 5-6
    Girls: 2-8
  • Boys will practice from 3:45-5:15; Girls will practice from 4:00-6:00.
  • Upcoming Games:
    The BAC Tournament is Feb. 8 at CBCS. Girls start at 10am; Boys start at 11am!
    The BAC All-Star Game is Monday, Feb. 10 at BIS (4:30 tip off).
    The IISSAC tournament will be Feb. 21-23 at Surabaya.

After School Clubs and Activities

  • IISSAC Cross Country will begin Monday, Feb. 10.
    All are welcome and encouraged to come out and join Ibu Hani, Mr. Whitehurst, and last year’s IISSAC champions for the 2020 season!
  • IISSAC Badminton is set to have tryouts Monday, Feb. 24. Be ready to come out and join the BAIS Badminton team and represent the school at Salatiga in April.
  • Season Two of After School Clubs/Activities will end February 21. Season Three starts March 2 and lasts until May 22. Last call for Season Three’s club list. If you are interested in leading a club or have any suggestions or contacts for potential clubs, please contact the athletic department as soon as possible (athletics@baisedu.org).
  • The next BAIS Swim Invitation will be on March 7. Keep checking the BAIS Buzz for more information.

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


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