August 1, 2018

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome from Busan International Foreign School!

(soon to return to ‘International School of Busan’)

 You have chosen the premier school in Busan with a distinguished tradition of providing educational excellence.  We are celebrating our 35thyear of providing educational excellence to the international families of Busan! It is going to be an exciting year of celebration!  Please know we are keen to embrace your family as active participants in the next chapter of our dynamic history!  Whether you are a new family or a returning family, it is our joy to welcome you to what promises to be a great year!

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary this year, we are also taking this opportunity to return to our roots as we rebrand the English name of our school back to the “International School of Busan” (ISB). Throughout this year, we will be rolling out our new logo design, colors, merchandise and much more. Please note only the English name of our school is changing to help distinguish us more clearly in our market. One change you will see on the first day is our new child safety buses that are painted yellow and will carry our new ISB logo (versus our old BIFS red, white and blue designed buses). We will send out pictures of the new buses before the first day. It is important to highlight that many things are NOT changing as we become ISB, like our: school reputation, relationships with universities, registration with the Korean ministry of education, location, classrooms, and the same GREAT teachers – just to name a few!

Each new school year is full of great expectations and fervent hope. We are eager to partner with you as we provide an education that will challenge and inspire! Our talented, dedicated and caring faculty and staff have been hard at work getting things ready for you.

Here are some important dates for next week:

Friday, August 10th from 10 am to 12 noon – New student and family Orientation at BIFS.  This is a special time for new students and their families to come to campus, meet the administration and your teacher, find your classroom, stop by the PE uniform shop, touch base with transportation, check in with our nurse and get ready of the opening day of school the next day. We strongly encourage ALL of our new students and parents to attend. Orientation will begin in the Gym at 10 am. School Bussing is available. If you wish to ride the BIFS school bus to this event, please contact our Bus Coordinator, Ms. Becky Noh at 051-742-3332 ext. 134, or 010-9967-2542 or schoolbuses@bifskorea.org to make a booking. The deadline for booking a seat on the bus is the end of the day on Wednesday, August 8th.  We look forward to welcoming you to the BIFS family and assisting you with your transition.

Monday, August 13th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm – Opening Day of School. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the 2018-19 school year! Our schedule for the first day of school will be as follows;

  • All classes will begin at 8:30 am.
  • Parents are invited to a “Welcome Coffee” at 8:45 am in the ELC Assembly Hall to meet the PTA and the Head of School to learn more about BIFS and the many ways parents at BIFS can be involved.
  • At 2:00 pm, we will have a whole school Opening Assembly in the Gym. Parents are welcome to attend this event as well.
  • The PTA will then host an “Ice Cream Social” after the opening assembly from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm so we can begin to build community and celebrate the opening day of school.
  • At 3:15 pm, students will return to their classrooms to pick up their school bags and wrap up the first day.
  • At 3:30 pm, school will be dismissed. School buses will depart at 3:40 pm. There will be no late bus.
  • Please note,

o   The first day for the bus routes is on the first day of school, Monday, August 13.

o   The bus loading area afterschool will in the new bus loading area behind the ES playground on the school road. This will result in the secondary school parking lot being closed during loading time from 3:25 to 3:40 pm. Parents are welcome to park in the elementary school parking lot under building A.

o   There will be no afterschool activities during the first week of school. More information about the start of activities will be coming soon after school begins

o   On Wednesday, August 15th (National Liberation Day), BIFS will be in session. We will have a full day of school on this day.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

– John Dewey

 Education is our vocation and we are passionate about what we do. We believe in providing all students with a quality and caring international learning experience that will serve them well in their future academic endeavors and in life. Our goal is for each of our students to explore, discover and thrive at BIFS!

Together we are going to have an incredible year!

Warmest Regards,

Kevin Baker