Elementary News

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We’ve had a wet but exciting week of celebrations and active learning. Have a great weekend!
ISB/BIFS 35th Birthday Ceremony
On Wednesday, we started our 35th Anniversary celebrations with a Birthday Ceremony. 35 years ago, the International School of Pusan was started on a small site in Banyeo-dong with a handful of expatriate students who needed an international education while their parents were working in Korea. ISP (later ISB) was born! Thank you for helping us celebrate this important milestone in the history of our school.
Assembly this week
This week our assembly was presented by Grade 5 students on the theme of Conflict Resolution. This was also the theme of their recent camp, visiting the POW Camp in Geoje and the UN Cemetery.
International Dot Day

Our Dot Day celebration was a great success! Thanks for helping your child(ren) with their dotty outfits. We hope the message of The Dot continues to inspire creativity all year long. If you aren’t familiar with the story, your child should be able to show you how to watch it on TumbleBooks* and you can also practice singing The Dot Song.

Thank you to the PTA volunteers who set up a “Dot Creation Station” at some break times this week and for displaying the wonderful creations on the windows in the walkway leading to the cafeteria.
*If you need help accessing TumbleBooks, please contact Megan mgraff@bifskorea.org
Recycle Materials Wanted
Grade 2 are undertaking an inquiry in to building and structures and we hope to use many recycle materials for building.
If you have any of the following could you please send them to school for Grade 2:
* newspapers – we need lots!
* cardboard tubes
* cardboard boxes – variety of sizes
* wire ties, wool, string – any thing that helps join things
* wooden sticks, unused chopsticks
* tins with lids
* foam
* sheets of polystyrene
* bubble wrap
* egg cartons
* clean small glass jars with lids
With many thanks
Lindy and Grade 2
Eco-Club Field Trip to the Local River Environment
On Tuesday, the Eco-Club walked to the river next to the school to use their senses to explore the environment.
The importance of Play
Play-time is an important element of ELC and Elementary school learning. Here are some of the activities that I observed during a single play-time session: Climbing on the spider climbing frame, role-play games on the castle play facility, four-square ball games, table-tennis, pebble-pit sorting and stacking, chestnut collecting, sorting, counting and planting, sand-pit structure play, group hoops play, basketball, soccer, exploration of the wild areas, butterfly observations and book reading. Here’s an interesting article discussing this issue.

Elementary Update 31/08/2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,
It has been a busy week with our electives programme starting, Back to School afternoon and the re-scheduled initial conferences with parents. Lots of learning happening as we start our inquiries. Have a great weekend!
Back to School Afternoon
It was great to see so many parents at the Back to school afternoon on Tuesday. I hope the Special and support services presentations were informative and you enjoyed the opportunity to learn about your child’s class routines and curriculum programme for this year. Thanks for attending.
Parent-Teacher initial Conferences

The typhoon last week forced us to reschedule the conferences originally planned for Friday. However, everything went smoothly and the Homeroom teachers really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about your children and your hopes and dreams for the year. Thank you for coming.

Message from the PTA:
We would like to invite all parents to join us for our first PTA meeting at 10am on Wednesday, September 5th in the BIFS Elementary Assembly Hall.
BIFS needs parent volunteers! Can you help?
Several teachers have reached out and asked if any parents are willing to help out with upcoming projects and events. These are great ways to enrich your child’s education and support our teachers and school.
Please use the link below to see volunteer opportunities and to let us know how you would like to help:
We will be sending out more opportunities as the year progresses. Feel free to email pta@bifskorea.org if you have any questions or if you have difficulty filling out the form.
The Bears Athletic Program-Homestay
On October 11th to 14th, 2018, BIFS will be hosting the Varsity Boys Volleyball Tournament in our international athletic league, the Association of International Schools Asia (AISA). As always, in order to run a successful tournament, we need your support in either opening up your home to host students, or in helping us find a home for the traveling teams. More information can be found The Bears Athletic Program -Homestay .

Assembly this week
In our assembly this week, Ms Graff, our teacher-librarian, introduced the picture books and chapter books nominated for the ” Morning Calm Medal”. These books have been proposed by librarians in Korea. Students are encouraged to read the books over the next few months and vote for their favourite.
New Outdoor Table Tennis table
Students were able to use the new table tennis facility this week. It has proved to be a popular break-time activity.

Elementary Update 17.08.2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,
It has been wonderful to welcome back our new and returning students this week. The classes have been busy learning classroom routines and settling with their new teachers. It has been lovely to see returning parents and new parents supporting their child’s transition. A great start to the new school year!
Welcoming new students and teachers in Elementary
After introducing our new Elementary teachers and assistants, Ms Deanna distributed Anchored 4 Life welcome packs to the new students as we wish them a smooth transition to Busan and BIFS.
Whole School Welcome assembly and PTA Ice-Cream Social
Mr Baker, Mr Roland and Mr Smith introduced the new teachers to the whole school and Mr Baker officially opened the 2018-19 school year. The day finished with a refreshing ice-cream social, kindly organised by the PTA. Thank you!

Playground Developments
Over the summer holidays, we have upgraded our playground facilities with a new, huge sand-pit, a new pebble-pit, resurfaced climbing area and refurbished climbing frame. In the ELC playground, the surface has been replaced and the sandpit refreshed. We hope the students enjoy these new facilities. Coming soon….an outdoor table-tennis table!
PTA Welcome Picnic
The PTA is hosting a Welcome Picnic on Saturday, 25 August 2018, from 11 am to 2 pm. We hope to provide a comfortable and casual setting for families from both our students and staff to get to know each other better as we embark on a new school year together.
Canopies will be set up at the school field, and desserts will be provided. We invite all families to bring their own lunches and picnic mats.
Children will be able to participate in various activities including mini soccer, basketball, kickball and some water games. If you have a water gun at home, you are welcome to bring it for our water gun fight. Please pack a change of clothes, if you plan on getting wet!
Please RSVP by clicking on the link below. (It will only take 2 seconds to complete.)
Let us know if you have any questions. Please contact at ptapresident@bifskorea.org. We are here for you and look forward to seeing you there!
Behaviour on the bus
As we start the new year, please take some time to review the bus rules. These are designed to keep everyone on the bus safe as they travel to and from school. Thank you for your cooperation.
After-school Supervision
It is lovely to see families enjoy the playground facilities after school. Please be reminded that Elementary students must be supervised after school to ensure safe and respectful behaviour at all times. Please note that the Pebble Pit will not be available after school and students may not add water to the sand pit. Thank you for your support.
Back to School Afternoon
This will take place on Tuesday 28th August at 1.30pm. It is a chance to learn about the programmes at school, including specialist classes and support services. More information will be sent home soon.
Parent-Teacher initial Conferences
Homeroom teachers would like to meet with parents to learn more about each student in their class. We aim for teachers and parents to work together in educating the students at BIFS. At these conferences, held on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th August between 1pm to 5pm, you will speak with your child’s homeroom teacher about your child’s strengths, areas of interest, concerns and any hopes you have for this year. Details and sign up will be sent home today.

Social Emotional Counselor

Introduction of Services

Busan International Foreign School is committed to providing quality education to its students. In an effort to achieve this goal, school staff or parents/guardians may refer students for counseling, or students may request counseling. The aim of the school counseling services is to help students have more effective education and socialization within the school community. Possible counseling topics are coping with changes, transition, self-esteem, friendship and relationship issues, study skills, stress management, fears or worries, academic progress, conflict resolution, social skills, adjustment to school or culture, etc. These services are available at no cost. However, these services are not intended as a substitute for medication, or psychological diagnosis, which are not the responsibility of the school.

Mr. Joey Dekens, the Whole School Social Emotional Counselor, may see students for one-time visits or for a longer term of sessions (usually up to 10) according to a student’s need. He will be in contact with a student’s  parent(s) if he feels the student may benefit from further sessions after initial drop-in visit, to discuss the student’s needs and to gain signed informed consent (form attached) to counseling . The school counselor may also see students in groups for various issues. Further, he is always available to speak to parents regarding any concern that they may have regarding their children. The school counselor will be available for secondary secondary students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while his availability for elementary students will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please do not hesitate to contact him at jdekens@bifskorea.org or by phone at (0)51-720-1151 (Elementary) and (0)51-720-1139 (Secondary). Please see the attached private referral form to refer your child and please sign and return the consent form to school should your child need to see the counselor.

Referral Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6SfePx0GMDN1rQS_7UafamORwsGjAGEfPYmEtDAnbqRFlhQ/viewform


Roots & Shoots Book Sale – Wednesday 20 September 09:45-10:30

Roots & Shoots Book Sale – Wednesday 20 September 09:45-10:30

The Elementary School Roots&Shoots Club is holding a book sale to raise funds to support Animals Asia with their Moon Bear rescue efforts. The event will be held on Wednesday the 20th of September from 09:45-10:30 under the bridge on the BIFS campus. There are all kinds of books, ranging from children’s picture books to young adult and adult books. Each book will be sold for 1000 KRW only. Please join us for this fun event!