Issue 07: September 21, 2018

From the Director’s Desk

This past week we had the privilege of hosting nine directors, five spouses, three principals, and four members of the NICS Home Office personnel team. Thank you to all who donated snacks for the meetings; they were greatly appreciated! The time we spent this week was focused on school improvement in all of the areas that the BAIS community values and is striving to continuously develop.

First, we participated in a partial book study on FIT, by Dr. Jay Desko and David Marks which deals with ways to improve leadership health. We had several productive group discussions and learned about the importance of maintaining a high Emotional Quotient (EQ) in all personal and professional interactions.

Secondly, we discussed the NICS Standards of Best Practices with the goal of continuing to grow in our ability to provide quality, data driven, excellent education.

Thirdly, we reviewed and discussed some organizational changes at the NICS home office. We specifically discussed changes in the area of recruiting and mobilizing teachers to come serve at our schools. This topic was particularly of interest to BAIS as the NICS recruiting office is now acutely aware of the unique needs and special requirements our school faces due to Indonesian regulations. The NICS recruiting team is continuously strategizing about how to identify teachers who already have the five years of experience necessary to serve at BAIS.

In addition to the many business tasks that were accomplished, the directors enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship with one another. Our BAIS staff was able to share meals and fellowship with them, and we had the pleasure of introducing them to some of the unique parts of life and culture in Indonesia. I am personally thankful to be part of a group of people committed to providing quality Christ-centered education and appreciate the professional development that NICS offers.

Fully Devoted,
Karl Nielsen

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.

Thanks for supporting BOB and SunRei!

~ 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

*Join the BAIS Parents Choir
Rehearsal: Every Wednesday at 1:30, MPR

*2018 Christmas Performance

Dress Code Color: White
Boys: a white top and white knee-length shorts or pants
Girls: a white dress or white top & bottom (white skirt / long pants or knee-length shorts)
If you are unable to find white pants for Boys in Indonesia, please prepare black pants for boys. Please follow the white dress code for girls

Drama Department

Wednesday Sept 26, 4:15 to 6:15 pm in the MPR

Scene 1 Songs – Overture/ “Arabian Nights” and “One Jump Ahead” and “One Jump Ahead/Proud of Your Boy”

All Secondary Performers
Crew: Josiah Kim, Angel Gunaman and Beltra Chandean

We have a created few walk-through videos on PowerSchool. Please go to the following YouTube playlist in our BAIS YouTube channel page:

Athletic & Club News


  • IISSAC soccer uniform payments are due to Mr. Powers.
  • Boys Record: 3-0
    BAIS beat SMAN2 5-4 (Sept. 14); Rio scored 2; Ollie scored 2 and assisted 1; Paul scored 1 and assisted 1; and Reno assisted 1. Ezra had 15 saves.
    BAIS boys beat SMAN3 3-1 (Sept. 18); Ollie scored 2 and assisted 1; Paul scored 1 and assisted 2. Ezra had 8 saves.
  • Girls Record: 1-1
    BAIS girls fell to SMAN 2; Angel scored 1; Sherine assisted 1.
    We are proud of you girls!

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.
  • Correction from last week’s BAIS Buzz: At the Math Warriors Competition, Jason and Josiah were in teams of 3 who won gold medals. There was no placement. In the Individual Event, Josiah was 10th place internationally and 3rd in Indonesia.

Club Highlight of the Week: Young Tigers

  • Young Tigers will host a soccer invitational this Saturday at 8am. All students from Kindergarten to 6th grade are invited to join. Participation is free for members of Young Tigers but there is a 50.000Rp charge for non-members.
  • 160 soccer players from the Bandung area will be at BAIS! Thanks Pak Hendri and Pak Nugi for coordinating and organizing the tournament.
  • Second grader Aliza Ernsberger says she is excited about this Saturday “because it’s my first time in a tournament.” When asked what she likes about Young Tigers she said, “I like Young Tigers because it’s all people I know and I’m nervous about new people.”
  • SeongHwan Ji in the first grade says that he is “scared about Saturday because I don’t know how to do soccer a lot.”
  • Good luck to all the Young Tigers!

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

Download this issue as PDF: Issue 07: 21 September, 2018

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