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ISSUE 41, January 29, 2016

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This Coming Week at BIFS

1. Mon, Feb 1: ES Electives Registration Starts


2. Wed, Feb 3: MHS Parent Coffee

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The Wonderful World of Co-curricular Activities


BIFS New Articles of Association
PTA News
ISA ACER Testing
BIFS Head to Korea Robot Championship!
Re-Enrollment for the 2016-17 Academic Year
Changes to School Lunch System
PE Uniform Shop
BIFS PIPA Request
IT Services - Apple Computer Discounts
Female Hygiene Products Vending Machine
Cafeteria Menu: February 1-5

Elementary School
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Lunar New Year Gift Collection


Parent Coffee - PYP Exhibition
ELC Parent Coffee Feb 17
Three-Way Conferences
Networking with PYP Schools in Japan and Korea
Upcoming Elementary Events
The 2016 Schools International Peace Quilt

Middle School and High School


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MHS Homework Guidelines and Procedures


Athletic Update
CCA Transition Schedule
Middle School Ski Trip 2016 Feb 26-29

For Your Diary


BIFS Annual Calendar 2015-16 & 2016-17
School & Community Links

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The Wonderful World of Co-curricular Activities


What another great week of learning and activities at BIFS! This weekend, BIFS is taking a historic step in
expanding co-curricular activities by hosting a weekend math and student leadership workshop for students in
Korea and Japan with the Asia International Schools Association (AISA). Additionally, BIFS has two teams
competing in Korea Robot Championship in Seoul and we just enjoyed the elementary schools drama
production of Flakes! Students at BIFS have a rich array of wonderful activity opportunities as part of their
educational experience! Have you ever wondered why does BIFS put so much effort into providing such a
comprehensive program of activities for our students?
First and foremost, by examining our guiding statements we can see why activities are valued as an important
part of our mission. Our vision is for our students to develop and pursue their passions, be successful and
contribute to a positive global future. Students experiences through our co-curricular programs are a vital
strategy for each of them to develop and to pursue their passions.
Our commitment is also supported by research that points to the benefits students derive from participation in
co-curricular activities at school. For example, students who are involved in co-curricular pursuits tend to have
stronger levels of achievement and learning due to increased self-esteem, stronger sense of belonging,
increased motivation and a better organization and time management. Additionally, students learn new personal
and social skills such as critical thinking, teamwork and leadership. Co-curricular activities also foster a sense of
commitment to a cause or purpose and they help cultivate a focus on service to others. These are all outcomes
BIFS desires for each of our students!
Hopefully, our community can see the importance of co-curricular activities and assist us by supporting the
various activities and encouraging your students to diversify and deepen their experiences as they successfully
pursue their passions! Go BIFS! Go Bears!
Kevin Baker
Head of School

BIFS New Articles of Association


As a reminder, if you have not voted for or against the proposed new Articles of Association, please cast your
vote. https://goo.gl/OT1T9T The Articles of Association have been posted in the Parents Area on the
school website. We need to hear from all of our parents! Thank you.

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PTA News
Good luck to our high school basketball girls and boys teams in Seoul this weekend! Parents at
Seoul International School and Korea International School are hosting them. Also, good luck to
the choir students going to China. Look forward to hearing what you learned!
International Day is a few months away. We need Country
Team Leaders to organize their country. As a Country
Team Leader, you will organize other parents in creating
your countrys booth of an activity for the children, food
item to share and an opportunity to learn about your
country. Get involved with this wonderful event. To sign
up, click on the Sign-up Genius link.

https://goo.gl/06z33g

PTA is looking for a Chairperson to facilitate Teacher Appreciation Week. This week celebrates all our staff from
the 9th 13th May. We would require this person to create a volunteer roster for baking goods, decorating staff
rooms etc. Please email PTA officers on pta@bifskorea.org if this is something youd like to do.
Stacey Shields, our vice president is moving. We are so grateful for Staceys influence and work in regards to
PTA. Because of her departure, the vice president position is open. If you would like to get involved with BIFS
and PTA, please contact the PTA on pta@bifskorea.org if interested.
The job description is as follows:
The Vice President will:
Assist the President in the performance of his or her duties and assume responsibilities of the President in the
event that the President is absent or the office of the president is vacated.
Organize the Annual Meeting for Elections (AME) and ensure sufficient Officer Nominations. Lead a
Nominating Committee, if created.
Liaison with Room Moms (ELC and ES)
Thank you for all who helped at the Math Mania and Leadership Conference this weekend! Many of you hosted
visiting students; others lead classes or organized activities or gave a keynote address. It takes many willing
hands to do great things for our children! Well Done!
Joy Priedeman
PTA President
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ISA ACER Testing


One of the questions parents always ask is, How is my child doing?. A related question is Compared to
what?. This is a particularly critical question for families away from home, where it is hard to know how systems
and standards compare. At BIFS, one way we make such comparisons with other like schools is through the
International Schools Assessment (ISA).
What is ISA?
International Schools Assessment (ISA) is an annual assessment programme that has been developed to
measure skills in mathematical literacy, reading and writing of students in international schools. ISA is based on
the internationally endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks of the Programme for International
Student Assessment (PISA) developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. A
growing number of international schools now use ISA, here in the Asia Pacific and around the world.
Later in the year, you will receive ISA reports that provide descriptive information about what students know and
can do. The results are equated from year to year so they can be used to track changes over time at individual
and school level.
What is ISA NOT?
ISA is not a competitive test. It is not a test that students pass. It will not be used for purposes other than
providing data to us, you, and your child, about his/her learning. While we give opportunities for practice,
students do not prepare for the tests, since they are consistent with what students learn on a regular basis.
How do the assessments work?
Students complete a reading literacy test, a mathematical literacy test and two writing tests, each of which takes
between 45 minutes and one hour to administer. The tests include both multiple-choice and open-ended tasks.
When is the ISA testing at BIFS?
The tests will be taken by students in Grades 3-10 on February 17th and 18th. They will be taken in normal
school conditions e.g. in homeroom groups, in conditions that are familiar to our students.
If you have questions, please contact:
Jenny Montague, MYP Coordinator (jmontague@bifskorea.org)
Leda Cedo, PYP Coordinator (ledacedo@bifskorea.org)
To learn more about ISA, please go to https://www.acer.edu.au/isa.

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BIFS Head to Korea Robot Championship!

This weekend we will be sending two teams to the National Korea Robotics Championship at the KINTEX in
Seoul. Ms. Eksteen is coaching one team from the Elementary School, and they are called the Nuclear Extreme
Team. The second team is being formed from the Middle High School and is coached by Mr. Melville and Mr.
Furmston, and they have named themselves Bearbotics.
This will be the second time that BIFS will be competing in the National Robotics Championship, but this is the
first time that we are entering multiple teams.
After months of designing, building, and programming our Robots for the National Robotics Championships we
were finally ready to take on this monumental challenge. The teams will be judged in 3 areas which are:
1. Teamwork
2. The Robot Games
3. The Project
The first thing that they will look at when we come to the championship will be how well our teams have worked
and learnt together. They also look at how team members listen to each other and support each other. Most
importantly they want to see that our team has fun working together.
In terms of the Robot Games we have to design and program our robots to try and complete 12 separate
missions within 2 minutes and 30 seconds. These missions are all based around the environment and details of
the missions are shown on the First Lego League Website:
http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2015trashtrek
Finally our teams will have to complete the project which will culminate in our teams having to present an
original idea which could help our global environment to a panel of Judges.
Good Luck Teams!
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Re-Enrollment for the 2016-17 Academic Year


BIFS will conduct an annual re-enrolment process to obtain commitment from families regarding their plans for
the upcoming school year. The form will be sent out by email on Monday, February 1. Families who wish to reenroll or leave for the school year beginning August 2016 must complete the re-enrolment form via email by
Friday, February 12. To continue enrollment at BIFS for the 2016-17 academic year, a non-refundable reenrollment payment of 2,000,000 won must be made by Monday, February 29. The invoice will be sent to
parents via email by Wednesday, February 17. Further questions, please contact the admissions office.
(admissions@bifskorea.org | 051-742-3332, extension # 100 or 101)

Changes to School Lunch System


School lunch is provided either through Meal Pass (semester or annual payment plan) or the new daily pay
Meal Coupon system.
For the daily pay option, students can purchase coupons at the automated coupon vending machine located
in the cafeteria. Students then should turn in their coupon in the coupon box before meal.
Please email school.lunches@bifskorea.org for questions regarding school lunch.
Meal Pass
The school will provide a sticker to students who are on the Meal Pass--homeroom teacher will hand out the
stickers to students. Please place this sticker at the back, bottom section of the student ID card. Students with
Meal Pass can simply show the sticker to eat school lunch and no coupon is required.
The Meal Pass sticker is nontransferable. You may not use someone elses Meal Pass to eat lunch.
If the Meal Pass sticker is lost, it can be reissued upon verification.
There will be no refund for skipped or missed lunch due to students personal reasons (i.e. absence).
If a student transfers to a different school, the remaining lunch fee will be refunded. (Student must return the
Meal Pass back to school)
Meal Coupon
Customers can purchase Meal Coupon through the automated coupon machine located in the school
cafeteria. You can purchase the coupon with cash or Korean debit/credit card.
Those with daily pay program or school visitors can use this option.
If you want, you can purchase coupons in bulk (10 or 20) in advance through the coupon machine. This will
avoid lines at the machine during lunch time.
The school is not responsible for lost coupons and there will be no refund.
* Packed Lunch Request for Field Trips
If a student doesnt have a Meal Pass, and wishes to purchase packed lunch for field trip, student must submit
the Meal Coupon to homeroom teacher or the teacher in charge of the field trip.
Students from the ELC to Grade 2 can purchase and turn in the Grade 3 through 5 Meal Coupon for field
trips.
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PE Uniform Shop
LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT SCHOOL? We'd love to have volunteers cover 8:30-12 or 123:30 on two Thursdays each month (but we are flexible)!! We wont turn anyone away! For more information
about volunteering in the PE Uniform Shop, contact Dee Baker at dbaker@bifskorea.org.
THE PE UNIFORM SHOP is now open Monday thru Thursday! Please check the calendar on the BIFS website for
actual shop hours each week. Note: Shop hours are determined by the availability of our volunteers!
It is a great time to purchase your BIFS blanket!! A double
layer of polar fleece is guaranteed to keep you warm on
these cold days!! BIFS blankets are 40,000 KRW
NOW 35,000 KRW and can be purchased in the PE Uniform
Shop.

BIFS Beanies *10,000 KRW Colors: Black, Gray and Cobalt


Blue *BIFS Beanies can be purchased in the PE Uniform
Shop.

Gray and white Hoodies (no zip) *30,000 KRW *Hoodies


can be purchased in the PE Uniform Shop.

BIFS Beanies and BIFS Bears Hoodies are made available to you by the BIFS Bears Club.
All general information regarding PE Uniforms can be found under the life at BIFS tab on the BIFS website!

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BIFS PIPA Request


PIPA Reminder - Please submit your PIPA agreement to the school office
Thank you to the many parents who have completed and submitted their PIPA agreement to the school office.
However, we still need those who have not yet completed their form to do so as soon as possible. Thank you for
your cooperation.
DongYeong Bus Company Call Center
Our bus company operates a call center whereby we can notify all of our families about changes in or
cancellation of bus services due to bad weather or unsafe driving conditions. In order for this system to work
properly, BIFS needs to provide the company with parent contact numbers. While we are continuing to collect
PIPA forms, it is important that the bus company receive parent contact information at this time. Thank you for
your understanding.

IT Services - Apple Computer Discounts


IT Services has negotiated a range of discounted prices and trade-in deals on Apple
products for staff and students at BIFS, from our Apple equipment vendor, ComIT.
Savings are typically around 12% for MacBook laptops and iMacs, 11% on Mac Minis, 8% on iPad Airs, and 6%
on iPad Minis. For example:
a 13.3" MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Core i5 CPU, 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD is currently 1,205,4000 KRW
versus a 1,370,000 KRW retail price
a 13.3" MacBook Pro Retina with a 2.7GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD is currently 1,619,200 KRW
versus 1,840,000 KRW retail price
To view a list of available products and order, please visit the following web addresses:
http://bit.ly/itservices-apple-list
http://bit.ly/itservices-order-form
http://bit.ly/itservices-order-kr (Korean)
http://bit.ly/itservices-apple-tradein (Trade-in prices)
If you have any questions, please email mmoriarty@bifskorea.org.

Female Hygiene Products Vending Machine


A female hygiene products vending machine has been installed in the girls toilet (2nd fl) of the building C, near
cafeteria. Both sanitary pads and tampons are 500 won each.
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Cafeteria Menu: February 1-5

A special lunch menu will be provided on Thursday, February 4 to celebrate the Korean Lunar New Year. The
menu will include tteokguk (rice-cake soup), namul (sauted and seasoned vegetables), yakgwa (traditional
Korean cookies) and gangjeong (rice crackers).

Lunch Menu

Sandwich Bar

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Elementary School
Lunar New Year Gift Collection

The Lunar New Year is fast upon us! The elementary division would love your support in creating gift baskets for
our contracted staff (school bus, maintenance, cafeteria, and security teams) to say thank you and Happy New
Year!
We will be collecting donations to create gift baskets for the 50 employees in these areas. We will collect
traditional food and personal care items, such as:
Dried fruits (such as persimmon)
Spam
Coffee and tea

Nuts
Olive oil
Lotion

Kim (seaweed)
Sesame oil
Soaps and shampoos

Dried fish
Honey

Please send your donations in with your child and they will be collected in the ES office.

Donations can be brought to school any time between now and February 3. Feel free to send multiple
items since we have many gift sets to create.
Parent volunteers are welcome to come create the baskets on February 4 at 9:00 am. If you are
interested, please inform the ES office.

Parent Coffee - PYP Exhibition


Thank you to all parents who attended our information
session regarding the PYP Exhibition. We were also
pleased to have some students from Grades 6 and 7 to
share their experiences about their PYP Exhibition. Thank
you to Victoria Machac, Kyle Park, Yenna Choi, Maya
Moon, Zwa Inyoni and Yasar Ocakli.
To see the presentation slides, go to http://bit.ly/1KDPfIK

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Parent Coffee - PYP Exhibition


Here are important dates to remember:
MON 15 February: Start of the Exhibition unit
SAT 19 March - SUN 3 April: Spring Break
FRI 22 April: Student presentation
TUE 26 April: Parent presentation, 5pm - 7pm
FRI 29 April: Final reflection and assessment
For any question about the Exhibition, please contact any of the Gr 5 Homeroom teachers (Ms. Marie Eksteen,
Ms. Monique Donahue, Ms. Haley Melville) or the PYP Coordinator (Ms. Leda Cedo).

ELC Parent Coffee Reading Aloud to Your Child


Back by popular demand, we will host an ELC parent coffee on reading aloud to your child. Sure, we all read to
our kids and understand how important this is to developing pre-literacy skills. However, there are certain
questioning and reflection techniques you can use when reading with your child that will help to build a deeper
understanding of stories and language. You can also practice pre-literacy reading with your child by teaching
some critical reading skills, such as book orientation, finger pointing, and initial letter-sound recognition. These
skills and concepts can lead to stronger reading skills in your child as he/she becomes an independent reader.
Please join our ELC Parent Coffee at the ELC Hall on February 17th, Wednesday, from 2:15-3:15.

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Three-Way Conferences
Thank you very much for attending the conferences last week. Please make sure to fill out the feedback form
about the event. This information will be useful in improving our conferences as we review the feedback over
the course of the year.
http://goo.gl/forms/GmcyFkgaw7

Networking with PYP Schools in Japan and Korea


On January 25-26, BIFS hosted this years PYP East Asia annual network meeting. This group is composed of the
PYP leadership teams in PYP schools in Japan and Korea. We have eighteen participants in the meeting who
discussed about curriculum developments of the PYP schools in the region.
Earlier this month, Ms. Haley Melville and Ms. Marie Eksteen joined the PYP Exhibition job-alike at Taejeon
Christian International School. Later this year, we will be participating in a Math job-alike in Seoul.

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Upcoming Elementary Events


Date/Time

Event

Details

Feb 1

Term 3 Electives

Registration begins

Feb 3

Donations to Office

Please send your donations for the Lunar NY gifts by this


date. Thank you!

Feb 5

KG Field Trip

To Jangsan Station

Feb 5

Schoolwide Assembly Cancelled Lunar New Year Assembly has been cancelled

Feb 12, 2:35-3:15 pm Elementary Assembly

Grade 5 will share what they have learned in their unit


about media literacy and share some of the media
messages they have created.

Feb 12

Term 3 Electives

Electives registration closed

Feb 17 and 18

ISA ACER Testing

Grades 3-5 will take the external assessments provided by


ISA-ACER. More details in a separate article.

Feb 19, 2:35-3:15

Elementary Assembly

House assembly

Feb 26, 2:35-3:15

First Lego League

Students who took part in the First Lego League elective


and competition in Seoul will give feedback about their
experience and share what it was all about.

Anne Sweet
Elementary School Principal

Leda Cedo
PYP Coordinator

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The 2016 Schools International Peace Quilt


BIFS will once again represent South Korea in the 2016 Peace Quilt.
This year Grade 5 student in Art created artworks that showed peace and completed the statement,
We all wish for peace because.
Six finalists were chosen and was narrowed down to two.
Congratulations to Isabella of 5B and Fiona of 5G for being chosen!

Isabella 5B

Fiona 5G

Please visit https://peacequilt.wordpress.com/ and http://bifselementaryart.weebly.com/ for more information.


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Middle School and High School


MHS Homework Guidelines and Procedures

To assist teachers, students and parents a group of MHS teachers have collaboratively developed Homework
Guidelines and Procedures. The purpose of the guidelines and procedures are to ensure transparent
communication and clarity of expectations. Our goal is to develop structures and frameworks to help students to
become successful and independent learners.
MHS Homework Guidelines and Procedures
Busan International Foreign School (BIFS) is committed to providing students with a balanced education. We are
concerned with the academic growth of students as well as their social and physical development.
Homework:
Homework is typically defined as any tasks assigned to students by school teachers that are meant to be carried
out during non-school hours (Cooper, 1989a, p. 7).
The purpose of homework is to:
practice skills and reinforce content,
preview material for class discussion (in the flipped classroom), and
study for quizzes and formative and summative assessments.
Benefits of homework:
Purposeful homework can help students develop the ATL (Approaches to Learning) skills essential for a 21st
century learner.
Self Management skills: organization, planning, time management, prioritizing and persistence and
perseverance,
Thinking: independent problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking and retrieving, applying and
transferring knowledge, skills and understandings.
Missing or Incomplete Work:
Missing or incomplete homework is considered a behavior issue and not an academic issue and will be
addressed accordingly.
Students may be asked to complete missing work during breaks or after school under teacher supervision.
If a pattern of missing or incomplete work exists, teachers will send a Progress Report home and students will
work with the teacher, principal and/or counselor to resolve the issue.
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MHS Homework Guidelines and Procedures - Continued


Amount of time spent on homework:
The Middle/High School takes a scaffolded approach to the amount of homework which can be assigned, which
takes into consideration a childs age, language and learning levels and programme requirements.
Hallmarks of effective homework:
It has a clear academic purpose that both teachers and students understand and buy-into.
It is an efficient means of demonstrating understanding - in short, no busywork.
It provides students with some control over their own learning and a sense of ownership.
It gives students a sense of competence. Homework should be differentiated in both content and quantity so
that students can complete homework on their own in a reasonable length of time.
It is visually comprehensible. Looks matter. Students are more motivated to do homework that is visually
uncluttered
Teachers, Students and Parents responsibilities:
Teachers
o Record all homework and summative tasks on Managebac in a timely manner, preferably during
the day or immediately following the completion of the school day. Weekend assignments should
be entered on Friday.
o Ensure that no more than 2 assessments are assigned on a given day.
Students
o Check Managebac on a daily basis.
o Discuss any problems completing homework with the teacher as soon as possible.
Parents - As students move through the MYP to DP, students will become independent, but parent
monitoring is still essential.
o Assist student with checking Managebac.
o Monitor students work on Managebac.
o Communicate any concerns with a teacher in a timely manner.
Marzano, Robert J., and Debra Pickering. Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-based Strategies for Increasing Student
Achievement. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001. Print.
Vatterott, Cathy. "Five Hallmarks of Good Homework." ASCD. ASCD, 1 Sept. 2010. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

Nate Swenson
Middle School Principal

Jamie Robb
High School Principal

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Athletic Update
Upcoming Events:
HS Math Mania & School Leadership Conference @ BIFS

January 28-31

HS Basketball Boys AISA Tournament @ KIS Seoul

January 28-31

HS Basketball Girls AISA Tournament @ SIS Seoul

January 28-31

MS Volleyball Boys & Girls KISAC RED Tournament @ BIFS

February 19-20

MS Volleyball Boys & Girls SKAC Tournament @ BIFS

February 25

HS Basketball KISAC RED Tournament @ CCS

February 26-27

MS Volleyball Boys & Girls KISAC BLUE Tournament @ CI & BISC

March 5

HS Soccer begins

March 1

MS Basketball begins

March 7

Recent Activity:

Weekend of January 23 , 2015


High School Basketball (Girls and Boys)
KISAC BLUE Tournament at BISC
This past week the girls and the boys second teams made the big bus trip to Seoul to compete in the KISAC
Blue tournament hosted by BIS Canada. Competition was fierce as we faced off with many of the schools that
are in Seoul and Jeju. Congratulations to our BIFS girls team who won three games back to back in the double
elimination tournament to win the entire tournament and bring home the KISAC Plaque! They won games
against NLCS (North London Collegiate School and KIS Jeju).
On the boys side of the tournament, BIFS clawed their way to a 5th place finish and played some very strong
teams. We know that they will come back strong and practice hard for our next meeting on February 26-27
KISAC RED @ CCS Seoul!
Middle School Volleyball Excels in Geoje
This past Saturday the girls and boys volleyball teams boarded the bus for the International School of Geoje.
Each team faced off against 6 teams from the SKAC conference. BIFS fielded three teams of girls athletes and
two teams of boys athletes. For many of the Middle Schoolers this was their first taste of competition in the
tournament format. The tournament was set up as more of a friendly competition but the teams battled it out
with the most exciting game going to BIFS and DIS. Unfortunately, they edged us out in the end winning the last
set 15 - 13. We have set our sights to change the outcome for the KISAC Red Tournament hosted by BIFS on
February 19-20th.
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Athletic Update - Continued


On the boys side of the tournament we finished 1st and 7th Place with our teams. Congratulations to the boys
for taking care of Business. It was a great day of learning, competing and fun for both Teams! Both Bears teams
look forward to the remainder of the season and meeting the same teams in the KISAC RED tournament in Jeju!

Thank you again for being a booster of the BIFS Bears I look forward seeing you at the events!
Marty Wagner
Athletic Director

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CCA (After School Co-curricular Activities) Transition Schedule

Please note that Season 2 will end on the 5th of February. However, the HS basketball practices and Grease
rehearsals will continue during the two weeks between seasons. Season 3 will begin on Monday, 22 February.
Season 3 forms will be sent out shortly, so please check your inbox for an email from the MS and HS offices.
Forms need to be completed by the Wednesday, 10 February. If you do not receive a form by Tuesday, 02
February, please contact the MS or HS offices.

Middle School Ski Trip 2016

The 2016 Middle School Ski trip will take place from 26 to 29 of February. Skiers and snowboarders will be going
to Phoenox Park near Seoul, which offers some of the best slopes Korea can offer. Detailed information of the
trip can be found here. We can take a maximum of 38 students, so if you are interested please fill out the
Google Form as soon as you can. Participants will be accepted on a first come first ski basis.

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For Your Diary


February 2016

March 2016

1st-12th

ES Electives Registration

1st

Faculty PD No School

2nd

KIMEA Middle School Honor Band Festival

2nd-8th

G12 Mock Exams

3rd

MHS Parent Coffee

2nd

ES Parent Coffee

5th

End of S02 CCA/Elective

4th

ES Assembly

Registration deadline for ABRSM Music Theory


and Practical Exams

9th

BIFS Parent Workshop

Kindergarten Field Trip to Jangsan Station

PTA Meeting

8th-9th

Lunar New Year Holiday

HS Assembly

12th-13th

KIMEA High School Music Festival

March of the Bands

12th

HS Assembly

15th

KIMEA Middle School Honor Orchestra Festival

WoW Fashion Show

ES Assembly

17th

17th

ELC Parent Coffee - Reading Aloud

18th

Noon Dismissal

17th-18th

Spring Break Holiday

ACER - ISA Testing

21st-Apr 1st

19th-20th

KIMEA National Honors Festival

19th

ES Assembly

22nd

Start S03 CCA/Elective

24th

BIFS Parent Workshop

PTA Meeting

25th

Spring Open House

26th-29th

MS Ski Trip 2016

26th

ES Assembly

27th-28th

EARCOS Weekend Workshop

11th

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Please contact Miyoung Kim if you wish to inquire about


promoting your company in the BIFS Newsletter.
miyoungkim@bifskorea.org | 051-742-3332 (#114)

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