From the Secondary Principal
At the midpoint of every year it is beneficial to look back at the first semester and look forward to the second. It was not long ago in August we welcomed new teachers and staff to campus. Soon after, Mr. Nielsen welcomed our school bird, “Blue,” into “Blue-ville – his new home. We successfully navigated ordering AP exams and the new deadlines handed down by AP CollegeBoard. Mr. Powers, Ibu Dias, and their team successfully hosted IISSAC soccer with our boys winning the championship and our girls having proven very competitive with the five other IISSAC teams. Through the strong and wise leadership of Pak Hendri and Ibu Gledya, the school successfully navigated the new SPK accreditation process in Indonesia. Now, all our programs, TK, SD, SMP, and SMA are nationally accredited in addition to the international accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
As we look forward into second semester, Battle of the Books will go to Salatiga with the goal of defending our title and bringing back home the trophy! February will bring IISSAC basketball in Surabaya and in March Ms. LaMertha’s drama team will perform Cinderella. The following week will be Week Without Walls where we take time outside the four walls of the classroom to put our learning and habits of service into action by helping those locally, nationally, and maybe even globally in areas of need. May will bring with in the “merriment” of AP exams, senior exit interviews, the senior trip, and GRADUATION! Pre-K3-11th grade will finish up in June with various end-of-year events including parties, celebrations, awards, and final exams.
We have a lot to be thankful for from first semester and we have a lot to look forward to second semester! Let us all be in prayer for our students, school, and community – that our efforts may glorify Him and that we will be blessed with a great “second half!”
Mr. Thomas, MS. Ed.
Bandung Philharmonic Foundation
BAIS will host Bandung Philharmonic guest musicians from France, Le Concert Impromptu. They will give a mini concert at our school to promote their upcoming children’s musical, Musiques de Papier. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the wind quintet perform some classical music. Please join us in welcoming our guests on Thursday, January 30th. 9:30-10:30 AM in the MPR.
During the first semester BAIS students gave 10,150,000 rp to Free and Safe Ministry that shares the love of Jesus through the avenue of sports inside local juvenile prisons. This is an amazing ministry that is giving hope to people who feel like their life has no hope because of the poor decisions they have made. We want to continue to pray for Jorge Marquez and his ministry team as they continue this important work. This semester we are partnering with Clean Water International to provide water filtration systems to families in the Philippines. Clean water is something that we can take for granted but over 400 children a week worldwide die and 440 million hours of school are missed every year by students who are sick from water born diseases. Darrell and Shannon Nelson are missionaries who founded Clean Water International as away to meet the basic human need of clean water and share the Water of Life, who is Jesus Christ, with people in the Philippines. With many recent natural disasters in the Philippines, this is an amazing opportunity for BAIS students to make a real difference in the world. Thank you for your prayers and generosity in helping us to meet our 5 juta goal this semester.
BAIS International Day
January 31, 2020
2:45 – 3:30PM – Visit the country displays in the lobby and get your “passport” stamped.
3:30 – 5:00PM – Enjoy a variety of cultural performances including Barongsai (Lion Dance), Sundanese artists, Bollywood dancing, and more!
Let’s celebrate together all the unique and diverse cultures our community represents.
Indonesia Class Event for International Day
On the 31st of January our school is holding an International Day event, sponsored by PACE. I am very happy our school is holding this activity, because through it we can get to know more about cultures in different countries and have fun together.
We have invited all Indonesian language students to be involved in this event. They will be singing the Indonesian National Anthem together, which they have been practicing in class. We would like the students to wear either a red shirt, a white shirt, a batik shirt, or a shirt from an ethnic group in Indonesia. Parents and BAIS staff are also invited to join in singing with the children. We will also provide Indonesian flags for the children to hold while they are singing.
Please come and join the event or else be prepared to pick-up your students after the performance.
Where/When: students meet with their Indonesian teacher in the MPR at 3.20pm, Friday 31st January
What: singing the Indonesian National Anthem together.
Clothes: please bring a red or white or batik or local traditional shirt to wear.
Thanks in advance for your participation!
Lower Elementary 100th Day
It is almost the 100th day of school! Lower Elementary (PK3- 2nd grade) will be celebrating 100 days of learning on Friday, January 31, 2020 for the first 2 periods of the school day.
This year our theme is Celebrating 100! We have a lot of fun activities planned to work around the theme and of course, it’s all about the number 100!
Every 100-year-old needs good hair and great clothes. Please have your child dress as their future self at the age of 100. If you have PE, please bring your PE clothes to change into.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We are excited to celebrate the 100th day of school!
-Mrs. Squiers, Ms. Hays, Ms. Lane, Mrs.N and Ms. Harvey
Summer Programs for High School Students
When talking with 2018 BAIS graduate, Tivara Tanudjaja after her first semester of university, one thing she said that was helpful in deciding where to apply for school was the summer programs she did before her senior year. It helped her know which schools she wanted to apply to and even helped her eliminate schools from her list.
Throughout the school year, we receive information about summer programs at universities around the world. We have combined it 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.
Drama Practice Schedule
Wednesday, Jan 22nd in the MPR from 4:15 to 6:15 pm
Acts 2 Scenes: 2-3 Songs: “He Was Tall,” “When You’re Driving Through the Moonlight”, “A Lovely Night”, “A Lovely Night Reprise”
Why We Do What We Do – International Day
International schools are blessed with students, teachers, and community members from around the world. Every international school is different in the amount and flavor of its diversity. At BAIS we are grateful for those differences! International Day will be hosted by PACE on January 31. This will allow our community to fellowship together through opportunities to learn about other cultures and traditions in a fun-filled, family-friendly atmosphere. Through special songs, skits, and presentations, we all get to learn about the tapestry God has ushered here on earth and we are all granted the opportunity to become more appreciative of our backgrounds and differences.