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From the Director’s Desk

Dear BAIS Community,

Welcome to the end of the first week of our 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to welcome our 45 new students this year and for all of us together to celebrate our theme of Awaken the Wonder!

For those parents returning to BAIS, thank you so much for continuing to partner with BAIS to educate your children. For this school year, there have been some changes to our personnel, and I would love to take this opportunity to introduce some of the new people you will be seeing around campus!

Mrs. Rachael Stanford – Mrs. Stanford is the 5th grade homeroom teacher and responsible for teaching math, science, and social studies to the 4th and 5th grade.

Miss Grace – Miss Grace is an elementary teacher’s assistant and will be working in Grade 1.

Patricia Haris – Ibu Patty is moving from her position as accountant and has taken the position of Business Manager. She is now located in the administrator’s office area.

Ivana – is replacing Patty as the new accountant. She is newly graduated from Maranatha Christian University in Bandung.

I will be serving as the interim Elementary Principal during our search for the new principal over the course of this year.

On the next page there some more people to introduce! When you see them, please welcome all our new staff to BAIS! We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Karl Nielsen

Technology Acceptable Use Policy

Parents of students in Grade 3 and up,

Thank you for those of you who went over the BAIS Technology Acceptable Use Policy with your child(ren). For those of you who haven’t had the chance to go over the AUP with your child, please do so before August 26, 2019 and fill out the following Google Form: forms.gle/RQVacNGP6TCeXCaW9

We will disable the student account (both Google and Computer login) for those students parents haven’t given the consent by August 26, 2019.

Thank you for helping our students be good digital citizens.

Amudhan W Ramappa

Drama Department

Rehearsal Schedule

8/21 – All Cast and Crew: Read Through

Drama practice schedule

8/28 – Scenes Prologue — 2
Performers: Everyone

Please bring your participation form and fee. If you are in 6-12th grades and you are interested in being in this year’s production but did not sign-up last year or did not receive a role confirmation letter and permission form, please email Ms. LaMertha at elizabethlamertha@baisedu.org and come to Wednesday’s rehearsal. We still need a few more people for our backstage and lighting crews, so even if you do not want to act, there is a spot for you in the BAIS theater program.

Piano Accompanists for Drama
The BAIS Drama is looking for piano accompanists. If you would be willing to come to drama rehearsals on Wednesdays from 4:15-6:15 and play piano for us, please contact either Ms. LaMertha at elizabethlamertha@baisedu.org or Mrs. Loewen at melanieloewen@baisedu.org. This is open to parents or students. If we get more than one person willing to help us, we can make a rotation schedule.

Sea Tribe

Sea Tribe is a ten day trip in which BAIS students participate in ethno-tourism on the Riau Islands. Students typically visit two islands over the course of the trip, living with host families on each island for four days. During their stay on the islands, students serve the community in a variety of tangible ways: they teach English in local schools, work with locals on community development projects, and organize games and skits for the children. They also learn about the island culture through eating and cooking with host families, participating in community ceremonies, and playing sports with locals. Through these activities, BAIS students build relationships with their host families and other community members through conversation and shared experience. The Sea Tribe trip is open for students in 9th – 12th grade and applications are now available. If you or your student have any questions you can contact Ms. Hays at amyhays@baisedu.org

Math Department News

Thailand International Math Olympiad

Challenge yourself in this upcoming math contest.
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Place: Al-Irsyad Satya Islamic School
Participant: Grade 1-12 students
Last registration date: September 18, 2019
Registration fee: Rp. 220,000.-
For more information, please contact Ms. Harsono at ritaharsono@baisedu.org

Secondary Update

Teaching your students brings us all great joy and satisfaction. We love what we do and do what we love! However, there is also great responsibility in the privilege of teaching students. After all, scripture tells us that those who teach are held to a higher standard. Some translations call this “stricter judgement” (James 3:1). On the good days and on the tough days, we are thankful and take in all seriousness this warning.

God has provided mightily to meet out staffing needs this year! I am excited to introduce Mrs. Kate Gasson, formerly a BAIS art teacher and now leading the English Language Development (ELD) program. Ms. Alithia Davis is joining ELD, currently in elementary, and she is also assisting us with her expertise in special educational needs and the implementation of the Response to Intervention (RTI) process with Ms. Kelly Wongkar. Ms. Felisitas Sunardi is teaching Pre-K3 – 12th grade music and she brings energy, joy, and a broad range of musical expertise including a love of percussion, angklung, and piano. Joining our excellent Indonesian Education Program (IEP) is Ms. Dose Simamora. Please welcome these new experts into our community!

From last year, please remember that parents can check their student’s progress, grades, and missing work in PowerSchool. You can also ask your students to show you their passport/discipline card to monitor tardies, homework, non-compliance, and the English Only Policy.

It is a blessing, privilege, and awesome responsibility to serve you this year. Please let me know if you have suggestions or concerns. We are always exploring ways to continually improve and grow. In fact, one of our three secondary teachers’ core values is “growing together.” Let’s partner together for the excellence of BAIS and the benefit of the students!

Mr. Thomas
Secondary Principal

Come get to know our new BAIS families at our Welcome Back Potluck!

Athletics & Club News


All BAIS parents and community members are invited to play in the opening soccer game of the 2019 season on August 30! The ladies’ game will begin at 3:50 and the guys will follow around 4:45.

After School/ Elementary Clubs/Activities

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

Battle of the Books 2019-2020

  1. A Single Shard by Park
  2. Leepike Ridge by Wilson
  3. Boy by Dahl (all grades)
  4. Bruchko by Olson (G8+)
  5. Anne of Green Gables by Montgomery (G7+)
  6. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by Grisham (G7+)
  7. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Yolen
  8. Island of the Blue Dolphins by O’Dell
  9. City of Ember by DuPrau

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