Urgently needed: volunteers to help us selling and wrapping the WINTER BAZAAR gifts the students buy this Tuesday/Wednesday (Nov 28/29).
Please consider signing up here http://signup.com/go/YcYbbCh for a couple of hours to help our PTA. We urgently need volunteers. The profits will go directly to our PTA Grant scheme (applications have been handed in and the presentations were done last Friday).
The grant awards for the 2017-2018 school year was a success! In total, 18 applications were received, of which 12 met the grant criteria and were approved. The application topics were varied in their requests. Here is a list of the wonderful grants that were awarded this year:
Wow! The PTA received 19 grant applications!
On Friday, the PTA Executive Committee listened to presentations on the grant applications. Eager applicants presented their ideas on various topics and causes. Students and staff members are energetic to create, support and further develop things at BBIS. The mood is downright inspiring. Stay tuned for final approvals!
November 22nd - wow, what another fantastic day full of excitement and experiences!
18 national rooms, beautifully set up by parents. There was UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Poland, Kuwait, India, Saudia Arabia, Switzerland, Mexico, the Netherlands, China, Korea, France, Israel, Russia and World Music.
A HUGE Thank You to you parents for offering your time and knowledge to our students, to Lisa Roy, Angela Hollington, all teachers and staff involved for organising this event, to all of the 6th grade helpers and those 5th grade students, who prepared and served the lunch for all the AMAZING parents, who made this day to something very special!!!
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The PTA Grant deadline has come and gone and grants applications are being reviewed. If you have submitted an application, don’t forget to mark Friday, November 24th from 8 am to 1 pm on your calendar. You will be notified of your specific time slot and you will have the chance to trade slots to accommodate your schedule. Grant application presentations will take place in a conference room in building 3. Presentation need not be elaborate – just come prepared to walk the PTA board through your application and excite us about your grant!
Dine Around The World last Saturday with lots of familiar and new faces!
What a great opportunity to get to know each other a little and to taste so many delicious dishes.
A huge Thank You to Mona, our host this time and to Anja Köhler for your organizing this brilliant party! We look very much forward to our next Dine Around on Feb 3rd 2018.
Dr. Karin Schnoor, IBDP Coordinator, Ms. Julia Peters, IBCP Coordinator, our new Positive Education Consultant, Dr. Elke Paul and Steve Gregory, Head of School Counseling, invite all IBDP/CP parents to join them on Thursday, 23rd November at 8:15 - 10:00 am in the House 2 Cafeteria, Red Room, for a coffee morning workshop session. Discussed will be the challenges of being a IB parent with the titled presentation "Staying Safe and Sane in the Era of Distraction".
If you would like to join the coffee morning, please reserve your seat via Mr. Hand's assistant, Vivian Lorenz email firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, 21st November with your child's name and your first and last name. For those of you unable to attend the coffee morning, workshop slides and resources will be placed on ManageBac after the event.
If you want to support BBIS financially, please use Amazon Smile or Schulengel when shopping online.
Recently I'm looking for a few more volunteers for the concession stand this Monday and Tuesday (during school hours) for the GISST Varsity Football Tournament. I realize it's the same week as the culture rooms, so if you're already too busy, I understand. But, if you have some spare time, I'd be very thankful for the help!! It's a big tournament, and I expect lots of BBIS students since school will be going on. You can access the link below to the sign up sheet, or just let me know.
Thanks so much for considering, and go Panthers!!
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This week we met for a PTA Executive Meeting and a Bridging Meeting with the school's academic leadership. We talked about topics like coordination of the variours charity events, academic topics, the planned Winter Bazaar, the Culture Room Day, how to connect more people to our sports events, Financials, the Grant Program and much more
On November 10th, we offered a St. Martin's package (a yummy goose (dough!), the story of St. Martin and songs) and lantern sticks at the St. Martin's celebration, which was planned in cooperation with the German Department. Despite the weather we had a nice St- Martin's parade with quite a lot of partizipants.
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The Primary School holds their yearly "Culture Rooms Day" on November 22nd, which definitely is a highlight for the students. Here the parents present different cultures to the children, each country/culture has its own classroom.
Even if this is a school event, coordinated by Lisa Roy, it is strongly supported by the PTA as it is the parents who set up the rooms, organize the activities and make sure the students learn about the different cultures.
This year the theme is "Culture through the Arts", the students will look at the arts - visual art, dance, music, drama and more - and how the arts can express beliefs, stories, culture, history and the concept of beauty.
So far there are planned rooms for Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Great Britain and France but at least EIGHT MORE ROOMS and additional helpers for some of the existing rooms are needed.
The next help and info session is planned for Wednesday, November 8, 1.45 pm. If you want to help in an existing room or have any ideas for a culture room please contact Lisa Roy (Lisa.Roy@bbis.de) - she will help you plan and find resources. You can also use the sign up link.
On October 24th the PTA had their first Bake Sale of 2017/18. It was Halloween themed and the response from the parents was - enormous! A huge Thank You for so many spooc-tacular donations, to all our fantastic helpers and to all of our customers.
We made a total of around unbelievable 1900 Euros - this is a record sum and allows us to support the school community even more.
The next Bake Sale is planned for March 14th and will have the theme "Spring".
But please don't put away your baking tools - be prepared to donate some delicious cookies at the PS Winter Concert on December 7th for our Cookie Sale! Thank you in advance.
Here are some impressions from the Bake Sale:
So many BBIS mothers have found their way to Sizy's Coffee Morning on October 18th and enjoyed a yummy Bulgarian, Belgian, German... breakfast. It was great fun and we hope to see a lot of you and some new faces next time, too!
Thank you, Sizy and your mom in law :-)
Enjoy some pictures:
On October 17th, Dr. Frances Durocher and our treasurer Ira Philip offered a grant writing workshop during lunch recess (11-12 am) to 23 (!!!) students from Grade 5 to Grade 12 and teachers who wanted to learn how and why to apply for a grant.
The workshop covered topics like examples of real life applications of grant writing, explanations of the grant writing application process at BBIS or steps in writing an application. Ongoing support until the grant application deadline is given, too.
A Big Thank you to Dr. Frances Durocher for such a great overview, to our PTA treasurer Ira Philip to make it visible and to all who helped organizing this event, participated and supported us in our work!
On Friday, October 13th (yes!) we celebrated Julia's Birthday. Katharina had prepared a generous breakfast and Julia received a PTA present (no, not PTA flyers :-). Happy birthday, dear Julia!
PS: Next is Katharina :-)
Each year some parents take over the position as Room Parents (Primary School) or Grade Parents (Secondary School). Room/Grade parents are the liaison between the class/the grade, the parents and the PTA. They help organize classroom parties and other events, take care for presents etc. Those can be shared jobs or individual.
On October 10th, we had our Room/Grade parent meeting which was well attended. We found for all grades, EE - 10th, at least one parent. Some of the parents have years of experiences ;), some are new to the job. A very heartfelt Thank you to all of you for taking on this position. Your commitment and support is much appreciated. Mrs. Angela Hollington also came and gave us her ideas and understanding of a Room parent. We had time to discuss any open questions or share ideas of how best to do the job.
If you are a Room/Grade parent and could not make it to the meeting and have some questions/ideas, please do not hesitate to contact our PTA Volunteer-Coordinators Katharina and Julia (email@example.com).
On October 18th, Sizy, a Bulgarian BBIS mom, invites the community for a Coffee Morning in her home. Bring some breakfast items, meet old and new friends and enjoy a come together. Register with the PTA to find out more.
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On Friday, October 6th, we had our monthly "Bridging Meeting" with the academic leaders of BBIS. This time only Mr. Kotry was available as Mrs. Hollington and Mr. Hand were absent and Mrs. Jung had to care of the impacts of the storm (many teachers weren't able to be in school in time because the trains didn't go regularly) until almost the end of our meeting. Together with Mr. Kotrc we discussed the availability of the Blue Box in the afternoon, the question how we can build a better community, how we can avoid overlapping fundraising activities like too many bake sales and much more.
Our big event during the last weeks was - of course - the Octoberfest last Friday. More than 50 BBIS parents, teachers and staff members came and had fun with drinks (beer...), food (Weisswürste und Schweinsbraten), games (Fingerhakeln) and with interesting and funny talks.
Here are some pictures:
Today our new flyers were delivered: IBDP/CP Parent Group and the Booster Club can be promoted with flyers from now on and we also have ordered flyers to inform everyone about our grant program.
On September 28th, the first Coffee Morning of the IBDP/CP Parent Group was held in the BBIS Cafeteria. About 20 parents came to get informed about University and College application processes in the US and the UK by Leslie Kamphausen, the school's College Counsellor. The PTA brought some coffee and cookies and added two interested parents :-)