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From the Secondary Principal’s Desk

Most international students know that something important happened on December 7 and that it is a key date in history. As a US citizen, I am annually and soberly reminded of the sacrifices that the soldiers in the Armed Forces make to preserve freedom and peace in the US and many places around the world. I am reminded also of the “it takes a village” global mindset that formed strategic alliances and partnerships to put an end to Nazi Germany’s rise to power and Japanese imperialism. After the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, the US partnered with the UK, Soviet Union, and China along with other allied combatants such as India, Canada, Australia, and South Africa, to name a few, and positively leveraged global cooperation to snuff out the rise of two key totalitarian regimes. “Yesterday ‐ December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy…” is how President FDR opened his speech to Congress following the attack. While I’m reminded of this infamous day in history, I’m grateful to refer to the first semester of 2018 as a semester renowned for tremendous accomplishments through the effort of our
united, BAIS community.

During every new student admissions interview I facilitate, the importance of the three‐pronged alliance necessary for student success is emphasized. The partnership is between the student, the parents, and the school. Through strong partnership this year, the secondary school has accomplished a great deal and we can celebrate together and give thanks to God for all He has done to bless our community. The following is a highlight reel of the outstanding accomplishments of first semester.

The list is long! During this season of busyness and as we prepare our hearts for Emmanuel, “God with us,” I praise Him that we, in unity, can grow together in partnership making BAIS a special place where God and our students are the center.

Merry Christmas!
Jeremy J. Thomas, MS. Ed.

Thank you so much!
on behalf of Permata Bali Children’s Home

This year the entire secondary student body participated in the Angel Tree program to give gifts for the children, youth, and workers of Permata Bali Children’s Home. The Chaplain Society was instrumental in facilitating this participation; we would like to say a big thank you to all the student leaders of ChapSo!

Many of you contributed personally as well‐‐ may God bless you for your kindness and generosity!
Thank you to all who donated, shopped, wrapped, and wrote notes of encouragement, and donated
money to help with shipping and further needs at the Home.

If you’ve promised to bring a gift and haven’t brought it yet to Ms D, or if you would still like to donate to Permata Bali Children’s Home, it is not too late! Gifts will be sent this coming week. Please see Ms. Dickman for more details.

Thank you for being a blessing!
Ms. Jana Dickman

Drama Announcement

No practice on Wed, Dec 12. The next practice is Wednesday, Jan 9.

Jan 9 Scenes 7, 9 Songs ‐ “Prince Ali” & “Prince Ali Reprise”
Performers: All
Crew: Josiah and Angel

Christmas Choral Festival

Call Time

Elementary Students: at 5:00, Elementary Classroom
Secondary Students: at 5:00, MPR

Face the Facts Finals

The Face the Facts Finals will be held in the MPR from 10:35‐11:25 on Thursday, Dec.13th to determine this semester’s math fact champion from Upper Elementary and Lower Elementary. Parents are invited to attend!

Athletics & Club News

IISSAC Basketball

BAIS basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 11 at CBCS.
Girls start at 4; boys follow.
Please come out and support your BAIS Eagles.

Last Week’s Stats:

No practice from Dec. 12‐14.

After School Clubs and Activities

No After School Activities TODAY because of the Christmas bazaar.
No After School Activities next Thursday or Friday, Dec. 13‐14.
‐ Bahasa Indonesia will meet Thursday, 11:35‐12:20
‐ Robotics will meet Thursday, Dec. 13 at 11:45

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

Click on the BAIS Athletic Department’s Facebook PepSquad page for pictures and announcements about IISSAC and after school clubs/activities.

Club Highlight of the Week: Karate

On Mondays at 2:45 there is an elementary Karate Club with Aliza Ernsburger, Azariah Ramappa, and Edward Khoe (in 2nd grade), Freyja Thomas (1), Lydia Ernsberger (K), Chrissy Kuiper (PK), Mishael Ramappa (PK), and Louis Khoe (PK). I am impressed by Senei Rachman’s patience and interaction with our BAIS elementary karate students. He has been teaching karate since 2014. He received an award from West Java Dispora as the youngest karate coach. He brought the West Java Karate team in PON XXIIV. When asked why he coaches karate he answered, “Karate is a martial art that teaches multiple aspects of life. Through karate a student can learn how to socialize, be polite, cooperate, and mutual tolerance. The discipline also trains us mentally so we ready to face everything.” His vision for the club is to perfect the character and good behavior of his students to be champions with a champion’s

Crissy in Pre‐K said, “I like karate a little bit.” When asked why, she said, “I only like screaming in my house but I have to scream in karate.” She also said she likes her sensei but that “he makes us reach down and touch our legs for like ten minute!” Mish, also in Pre‐K, says he likes karate “because we do fun stuff like CHOP! CHOP! KARATE CHOP!!!” –His response was accompanied with multiple visual aids.

First grader Edward said karate gets tiring because it takes a long time. He also said that Sensei Rachman is “a little bit nice and a little bit loud.” Edward’s little brother, Louis, is also in the karate club and Edward says, “I like doing it with him because he lives with me and we practice sometimes.”

Dear All,

I had a meeting with Ibu Retno last week and we discussed her future and her opportunity to work at another organization. Last week, she submitted her resignation and her last day will be on December 19th. Below is a letter  Ibu Retno has written to all of you:

Hello BAIS Community,
I am writing to tell you that I am leaving BAIS and this month will be my last after 11 years of dedication to this school. I appreciate God for all my days here, and appreciate every single thing that you have done for me, have given me, but mostly for your prayers for me and my family. You all have really blessed me and brighten my days.

I will pursue my dream at a local Company near Cimahi/ Lembang. Thanks so much for all your kindness and, as an Indonesian tradition before leaving a place for good, I humbly ask for your forgiveness for everything I have done.

May this following year be a good year for you all in your walk with God and to serve people.

In Christ,
Ibu Retno

We are all going to miss Ibu Retno and her welcoming and smiling face in the morning, as well as her contributions to our community ‐ most notably investing in our students through music. Please be sure to thank her for her time and ministry here before she leaves.

Thank you!
Karl Nielsen

National Honor Society

The BAIS chapter of the National Honor Society is now accepting applications for membership. NHS is a national organization based in America that recognizes high achieving students in grades 10‐12. Please see Mrs. Nielsen for more detailed information. The due date for completed applications is January 11, 2019.

Prompt #3: Choose a minor character whom you enjoyed from a book or movie. Tell a brief story
in which this character is the hero.

The Construction Company’s Special Project
By Emily Nielsen

What to do? What to do? The place is crawling with spies. I can’t have people stealing my secrets. It would undermine the whole business. Ask every single one “to leave, to go home, never to come back.”
… (3 Months Later)

What to do? What to do? How am I going to house the Oompa‐Loompas? I need to build more space. But I need the space before the Oompa‐Loompas can come. Can I trust people again?

Joe Bucket lived a simple life. At twenty‐six years, Joe was a recently married construction worker for the Adams Construction Company. One day as Joe was coming into work, there was a strange man standing at the entrance of the building where Joe clocked in. As Joe approached the entrance and the man, Joe started noticing very interesting details about him. This man was wearing a bright purple pant suit with a top hat and cane of the same peculiar purple color. He also seemed to be staring straight at every person who walked through the door, as if to discern everything about them in the second they passed him.

Later that day, Joe and several of his coworkers were called into the main office and told they were to be assigned to a special project. Their boss gestured to the door and in came the man in the purple suit.

“Hello, my name is Willy Wonka and I have decided you all are going to come work for me immediately to build oompa‐loompa quarters. I’ll wait for you all outside, ” the man in the purple proclaimed. Their boss explained that Mr. Wonka had come to him and asked to hand pick the workers he wanted for his project, although he would not disclose all the details of the project. Joe did not quite understand yet, but when he was given the details about the assignment, such as the pay and work hours, he and his fellow coworkers agreed to do the job. Although the exact details were still yet to be determined, it seemed like a good opportunity to make a little extra cash.

Joe and the other workers consigned to work on Willy Wonka’s special project made their way out to meet Mr. Wonka and start the project. As they drove, Mr. Wonka began explaining his “special project.”

“Now, I am not going to give you all the details because I have had much trouble with spies lately, but I chose all of you because of your trustworthiness and the fact that you have no reason to steal my secrets. Therefore, you will need to do what I say, no questions asked. I run a chocolate factory, and I need you all to help me expand it and build quarters for my new workers, since I had to do away with the human ones,” Mr. Wonka explained brightly. Joe still suffering from whiplash from how his day had turned around so completely was slightly miffed about the instructions as he worked better knowing all the details but held his tongue for the moment, although he didn’t know how long he could hold it.

When they got to the chocolate factory and Mr. Wonka showed them some of the blueprints for waterfalls and cacao bean plantations all to be built underneath the existing factory, Joe and his fellow coworkers didn’t know how this was going to work, and they all began peppering Mr. Wonka with questions about “How they were going to do this;” “Where are we going to get machinery for this;” and “Why in the world would you want a cacao bean plantation inside your factory?” Mr. Wonka simply waited until they finished, then continued explaining the plans.

Joe Bucket was at a loss. He had been working with Mr. Willy Wonka for three weeks now, and he still didn’t see how any of the work they were doing was going to be fruitful in the end. He hated working without a clear purpose in mind. But Mr. Wonka just kept saying “Trust me; it will all work out.”

One day when he came into work, Mr. Wonka told them that they were going to build four‐story long pipes today. This is where Joe couldn’t take it anymore and he gave Willy Wonka a piece of his mind. “Mr. Wonka, what in the world are you going to do with four‐story long pipes. For Pete’s sake, you are running a chocolate factory and I have never seen a chocolate factory use four‐story long pipes or three‐foot long beds or two feet high tables or waterfalls or cacao bean plantations!” Joe spouted, all red‐faced an angry. His fellow coworkers backed him up and added to the chaos. Mr. Wonka simply banged his cane twice and told Joe to meet him somewhere over there.

Joe went but reluctantly. The anger was still churning inside him, but he was also starting to feel a little guilty. When he got there, Mr. Wonka asked him why doesn’t he trust him, and Joe told him that this job has been particularly hard for him because he works better when he know what it looks like in the end, but so far all they have been working on is bits and pieces. Mr. Wonka nodded along, but when Joe had finished, he simply said, “Trust me it will all work out. If you do what I tell you now, you will see the end product is worth it.” Joe had expected him to tell him the rest of the plans, but he realized that Mr. Wonka simply was not going to tell and Joe went back to work. He knew quitting was irresponsible and childish, so he stuck with it and in a few months he began to see it all working together. All of his coworkers began feeling the same way and seeing the same things beginning to work together. As they finished out Mr. Wonka’s “special project,” Mr. Wonka said, “I told you so.” And as Joe Bucket left the Willy Wonka chocolate factory for the last time, Mr. Wonka patted him on the back, “I hope I see you again Joe, you were a good worker. Thank‐you for trusting me,” he smiled and turned around and went back inside.

70 years later ‐ “Then very slowly, with a slow and marvellous grin spreading all over his face, Grandpa Joe lifted his head and looked straight at Charlie. … It was a very beautiful thing, this Golden Ticket, …. printed by some clever method in jet‐blacked letters, was the invitation itself ‐ from Mr. Wonka.


Our parent organization is an avenue to encourage parents to be involved in the process, programs, and people who educate their children at BAIS. The purpose of PACE is to:

Through the communication and coordination of PACE, BAIS parents have clear and frequent communication from BAIS passed along and relayed to many groups of parents, staff classroom needs are met, and a very generous year-end staff celebration is appreciated by BAIS. PACE has given funds raised to enhance campus projects ‐ in the upcoming year the elementary playground will get an upgrade. Thanks to the leadership and efforts of Deborah Gunthorpe and Ibu Fifi, PACE has made a positive impact on the experience for parents at BAIS.

Please enjoy the Christmas Bazaar organized by PACE today at 2.45 pm, we are so thankful for this event and the festive and family‐like atmosphere!

Secondary Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bible Exams from 1:20PM to 2:50PM

Thursday, December 13, 2018

MS History 8:00AM to 9:30AM
HS Science 8:00AM to 9:30AM
MS Science 10:00AM to 11:30AM
HS History 10:00AM to 11:30AM

Friday, December 14, 2018

MS Language Arts 8:00AM to 9:30AM
HS Math 8:00AM to 9:30AM
MS Math 10:00AM to 11:30AM
HS Language Arts 10:00AM to 11:30AM

MS Order of Exams

HS Order of Exams

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