Issue 18: December 08, 2017

From the BAIS Director’s Desk

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, God with us. – Matthew 1:23

It is a joy to walk the halls of BAIS during the month of December and see the many ways that our teachers and staff are communicating this precious truth to our students. We are grateful to be able to celebrate the birth of our Savior at our school and to enjoy special activities and times of fellowship with one another.

I hope you are able to join us for the Christmas concert and bazaar this afternoon and evening. It will be a great time of enjoying the talents of our students under the direction of our teachers and of fellowshiping with our BAIS community. Next week secondary students will demonstrate what they have learned so far this year by taking their end of semester exams. I know this is can be viewed as a time of stress, but since learning is our main purpose, we rejoice in seeing the fruit of the students’ hard labor. Of course after those exams, we look forward to a time of rest during the holiday season and the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during Christmas.

December is also the month at BAIS that we learn which of our teachers will be moving on from our community. As a staff, we always have mixed emotions about this as it is hard to see friends and colleagues go. However, we rejoice with them as we know they have prayerfully considered their next steps and are confident in moving towards what God has called them to. Likewise, we rejoice in the fact that we can trust God to provide new teachers to meet the needs of our students.

Next year, Miss Hermione Zhang, Mr. Chad Willson and family, Miss Sara Dwight, Miss Rachel Carpenter, Miss Alynthia Penn, Miss Kimberly Suenkel, and Mrs. Annie Chun will not be returning to BAIS. We are grateful for the time they have been with us and for the myriad of ways they have poured into the lives of our students.

Would you join us in praying for those moving on and for our administrative team as we begin the recruitment process? Additionally, please pray for a strong finish to the semester for our students.
Blessings to you as you celebrate the birth of our Savior this month. May you know this season that He is with you.

In Christ,
Karl Nielsen
BAIS Director

Finance News

We want to take this opportunity to remind you that the second semester payment is due on or before Monday, January 8, 2018. Additionally, the payment options that BAIS allows here in Indonesia are as follows:

For Indonesian Rupiah cash payments, please pay directly to the BAIS Finance Office during office hours. BAIS accepts cash payments between 7:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For bank transfers, please pay directly to the BAIS bank account with full detailed information regarding the student’s name and grade in the information section of the bank form. The bank account information is the following:

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

Please note that BAIS does not accept Giros, Checks, or ATM transfers as a payment method. If you have any questions, please contact the Finance team at We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Mr. Mark Boccaccio
Chief Financial Officer

Christmas Concert: December 8, 2017. Doors open at: 5pm

Christmas Bazaar: December 8, 2017 from 2:45pm to 5:00pm

The concert would be streamed live on YouTube as well.

Angel Tree Gifts

Thank you to everyone who is contributing Angel Tree gifts for Permata Bali Children’s We really appreciate the generosity of the BAIS community. The deadline was extended, so please bring your gift to room 201 or give to Ms D. by no later than Wednesday the 13th.

The gifts will be sent to Bali that day, to arrive in time for Christmas. James 1:27 in the Living Bible says: The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father’s point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord—not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world. (emphasis added)

Bless you for being a blessing!

Ms. Jana Dickman

Drama Practice

January 10: 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Scene 7: The Stolen Tarts
  • Scene 8: Painting the Roses Red

Everyone in these two scenes must come to practice.

Season’s Greetings,

Celebrate the holiday season with us at Elementary and middle school scholars prepared a collection of fun games, delicious recipes, and excellent projects to share with you.

Merry Christmas!

Alynthia Penn
Computer Teacher


Kevin Ko has been accepted to National Taiwan University’s Computer Science & Information Engineering program.

Tivara Tanudjaja has been accepted to The King’s College and Azusa Pacific Univerisity’s Honor College.

If you see either of these students around campus, congratulate them or give them a high-five.

Congratulations to Guinevere Helga Winesa for winning 3rd place in the United Nations ESCAP Photography Contest!

Athletics & Club News


  • No basketball games next week.
  • Our BAIS Eagles are undefeated. Boys: 2-0 Girls: 1-0

After School Activities

  • No After School Activities Wednesday or Thursday, Dec. 13-14!

Secondary School-Wide Competition

  • BAIS Athletic Department needs an official logo for the 2018 IISSAC Swim Competition.
  • We want you to create a logo to represent our school and the IISSAC Swim Tournament this coming April. *Similar to the 2017 IISSAC Soccer logo.
  • The logo will be used in advertising, shirts, marketing, awards, etc.


  • These words must be incorporated in the logo: “2018” and “IISSAC” (optional: “Swim”-or a variation of the word)
  • Simple, Sleek, and easily transferable (meaning the image should be easily transferred from a t-shirt to a banner, to a letterhead, etc).
  • All images must be copyright free or the rights must be purchased.
    • All entries should be submitted to the Athletic Department (at before December 8th. All entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
    • A committee will judge each entry and choose a winner.

Club Highlight of the Week: BAIS Math Team

  • The purpose of the Math Team is to involve students in the field of mathematics as they gain hands-on experience through competing with peers. The club’s members are David Park, Melissa Budijono, Angel Gunaman, Deo Sinaga, Chloe Tantowi, Angel Tanu, Kyla Lee, Ruizhi Lin, Josephine Tanu, and Josiah Kim.
  • Junior, Josiah Kim, started the club this year because he wanted “to encourage the students to strive for excellence in math and to love math through competing in world-wide competitions.”
  • Middle schooler, Angel Gunaman says, “I joined because I like learning about math and it helps us to comprehend stuff faster in our math class. The club gives us experience to prepare for competitions.”
  • The staff sponsor is Ibu Rita. She says that the Math Team is fun
    and that she likes that the club “provides the opportunity for the students to learn something they do not learn in their classes.”
  • The club meets every Tuesday and Friday at lunch depending on grade level. This Saturday the team will compete at a Al Irsyad, starting at 8am. Keep your eyes on the BAIS Buzz for updates, changes, and more information!

Personnel Update

Dear Parents,

Due to some unforeseen events, Mrs. Chun will become a part-time teacher at BAIS next semester. Please read the details from her letter to you below. With this transition, she will no longer be teaching 8th grade Physical Science second semester. She will continue to teach the 7th grade Bible course and the 6th and 7th grade science courses. I am pleased to announce that Ms. Rita Harsono will take over the 8th grade class beginning on January 9, 2018. Mrs. Chun and Ms. Harsono have already been meeting together to discuss the curriculum, course progress, student needs, and the pacing plan for second semester. Given her certification in science and math and the month she will have to prepare for the course, Ms. Harsono is excited to take over. I am confident she will do a great job maintaining student engagement in the course and effectively teaching the content and skills the students need to learn. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call, email, or set up a meeting with me.

Mr. Thomas

Download the PDF Version of this Buzz: Issue 18: 8 December, 2017 – English

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