Our BIA Annual Book Fair beigns May 21st. This year Scholastic offers an new payment option called "ewallet." It's a cash-free way for children to make purchases at the Book Fair. For more information, and to set up an account, click on the link below to BIA's Scholastic Homepage.
On-site Book Fair Dates: May 21st - May 25th
On-Line Book Fair Dates: May 16th - May 29th
BIA's 2017-18 Yearbook is Ready for On-line Orders
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of BIA
We are excited to announce that our yearbook for the 2017-2018 school year is ready...you may order the book on-line using the link below. You also have the option of purchasing an E-yearbook instead of a hard copy. Please click on the the link below to order either version of the Yearbook; your Yearbook will be shipped to the school (to avoid shipping fees) and we will contact you so you can pick it up. We ordered a bulk shipment and will have copies available for purchase at the school in early June.
It's Time to Register for BIA Summer Camp
BIA's LanguageImmersion Summer Camp is open for enrollment. The camp is a wonderful experience for children. They will participate in fun and engaging activities such as music, art, drama, sports, while being fully immersed in a foreign language. The camp is a great success every year. Please click on the document link below to see the Camp Brochure and registration form.
Enrollment for 2018-2019
Our applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available as a Word document online, or as a paper copy from the Main Office. As a full language immersion program, our entry points for new students are Kindergarten and First Grade only. Students are admitted through a lottery.
The application deadline to be considered for the lottery is 3pm on Friday, February 2, 2018. The lottery will be held at 4pm on Friday, February 9, 2018. All age-eligible city residents who apply by the application deadline will be entered in the lottery.
All applicants who are Baltimore City residents must be placed before non-city residents may be considered. If placed, non-city residents must pay tuition fees of approximately $6,000 per year to Baltimore City schools.
Students entering Kindergarten in 2018-2019 must turn 5 by September 1, 2018. Students who turn 5 between September 2 and October 15 may be eligible to apply for early admission to Kindergarten through Baltimore City Public Schools. Here is a link to more information about the early admission process: http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/Page/24367
Please find a link to the 2018-2019 application form here:
BIA 2018-2019 Application Form
If you have any questions about enrollment, please call our Business/Operator's Office at 443-278-9417.
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Introducing our 2017-2018 Exchange Teachers & Interns
We would like to introduce this year’s guest teachers and interns to our school community. We are very happy to be able to host a total of five exchange teachers and interns this school year. They provide invaluable cultural and linguistic support to our immersion programs at all grade levels. You can learn a little bit more about them below. Please be sure to say hello when you see them at school!
From Barcelona, Spain we have our intern Julen Alvarez Juan, who just earned his Primary Education Teacher Degree in June 2017. Julen has experience with students ages 6-12 and has a strong background in science, math and music. Here are a few words from Julen:
“Hello everyone! I’m Julen and I come from Barcelona, Spain. I finished my studies and I am a Primary Education Teacher after 4 years at the University Ramon Llull in Barcelona. I will be working in the Spanish Immersion Program with all different classes this upcoming school year. I will try to show the students the Spanish language and culture as best I can. I’m very glad to be a part of this team and a part of this exciting Immersion Program. I hope I can help the students to make progress in Spanish!”
From China, we have two volunteer teachers through the Hanban/Confucius Institute, Jingmei (“Jenny”) Yang, and Wenting Zhu.
Jenny is returning to us for a second year and comes from Guangxi Province. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and is certified to teach Chinese by the government of China. Previously, she worked as a Volunteer Chinese Teacher in Thailand for three years.
From Jenny: “I am so glad to work at BIA. It is my pleasure to be here. BIA is a big family, my colleagues are very enthusiastic and helpful, and the students are very lovely. I enjoy teaching Chinese language and culture to students. I hope I can help my students to make progress in Chinese. My wish for the school year is to have a great time working, studying and sharing our cultures.”
Wenting Zhu comes from Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of China. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education. She has worked as an English teacher in the primary school associated with Southwest Jiaotong University for twenty years. She is also certified to teach Chinese by the government of China.
From Wenting: “I’m very happy to be here as a volunteer Chinese teacher in the BIA family. I think Chinese is different for most American students, but in a good way. In order to make learning fun, I will give students a lot of speaking practice using a variety of communicative activities. I hope my students will like me and feel comfortable around me. I’m sure it’s going to be a fun and enriching year, both for myself and the students!”
We are very excited to introduce Howida Hassan, our first ever exchange teacher for Arabic Immersion and also our first staff member from Egypt! Howida comes to us through a grant from the Teachers for Critical Languages Program (TCLP). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and has been teaching in Egypt for 20 years. She is a Senior Teacher at the El-Kafrawy Official Language School in New Damietta. At BIA, Howida will be working with all levels of Arabic Immersion and also building partnerships in the community.
From Howida: “Hi Everyone, I'm Howida Hassan. I'm a TCLP teacher from Egypt and I'm going to teach Arabic Language Arts. I'm going also to do some outreach activities to teach people in the community about Egypt and the Arabic culture. I'm very excited to work at BIA and I'm looking forward to meeting you all!”
Our intern for French Immersion is Tony Briget. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and American Literature & Civilization and is currently working on his Master’s Degree. Tony plans to become an English teacher in France. Below is an introduction from Tony himself:
"Hi! My name is Tony and I was born and raised near Paris. I just completed my first year of Master in Education and Teaching, and have passed an exam to become an English teacher for the French National Education system.
I love playing the guitar and singing, and it will be my pleasure to share my knowledge of French pop music with the students. I will also encourage them to remain as open-minded and curious as possible throughout the year.
I am sure it is going to be a wonderful experience!"