Research demonstrates that parent involvement is essential for student success. Although you may not become involved in all committees and support organizations in the school, we encourage the following activities for your parental support:
Parents and other responsible adults are always welcome at school. If you know in advance that you will be visiting your child's classroom, we encourage you to notify your child's teacher ahead of time so they are prepared for your visit. We do not allow students to bring friends or other non-registered students to school due to liability and space restrictions. In addition, parents may not bring younger siblings, other children, or babies with them when they visit or volunteer in a classroom. This can be a serious distraction from the learning environment for all students.
DoDEA policy mandates use of visitor badges and positive identification of all visitors and contractors. In compliance with this policy, upon arrival, ALL visitors are required to come to the school office, sign in, show identification, and receive a visitor's badge. All visitors MUST sign out and return the visitor's badge upon leaving the building.
Volunteers are always needed and are a part of the total school program. They assist in the classrooms, office, special subject and resource rooms, and educational support areas. If a parent is volunteering in a classroom, we ask that you please make alternative arrangements for siblings. They are not allowed in the room during the instructional day. We encourage active participation by parents in their child's education and while, younger children are precious, they may be distracting to students in the classroom. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support. Check with you child's teacher for specific opportunities and to complete any necessary forms in addition to the ones below.
DoDEA Policy requires that prospective and current school volunteers shall be subject to a standardized application process that includes completion of an application form and standardized background checks. Volunteer applications are available in the school office or linked below. Please allow 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms. Once a background check is completed, a volunteer approval is valid for 3 years. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents eager to get involved with their students education or for other interested community members.
Before you do, please fill out these forms and turn them in to your local volunteer office.
Parents, teachers, students, administrators, and military commanders share the responsibility to support the schools through advisory councils and boards. Participation in advisory councils and boards enhances and improves educational programs and services, as well as the overall quality of life shared by all Department of Defense (DoD) American overseas communities.
The DEC reports to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy. Members include general or flag officers representing the commanders of unified combatant commands, major service commands, and the military services. Council members make recommendations on policy matters relating to facilities, logistics, and administrative support provided to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) by the military services.
The ESC is composed of European Command (EUCOM) Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy representatives. ESC work with subordinate command representatives to develop programs for improving dependents' education and recommend helpful initiatives to the DoDEA Director. The ESC chairperson also represents the European Command on the ACDE.
The DAC advises the district superintendent on matters of interest to the district.
The Brussels American School Advisory Committee (BASAC) and Installation Advisory Committee (IAC) are combined to function as a school and installation advisory committee. As such, the BASAC (which also includes the IAC) acts as a liaison between the school administration, the community and the USAG commander to assure a positive school environment for the children of the Brussels American School. The BASAC has two main jobs; 1) to foster participation in school affairs by members of the school and military communities and; 2) to provide a coordinated process to address and resolve issues at the lowest practical level. We do this by advising the BAS Principal and the USAG Brussels Commander on issues within their jurisdiction as it pertains to the school.
Because every parent, teacher, student and military commander shares in the responsibility to work collectively to support BAS in its delivery of educational programs to our students, the BASAC is comprised of three parent representatives, three faculty representatives and one student representative. The committee also has the following liaison members who are invited to attend all meetings: the school principal and/or assistant principal, the USAG Commander, and the exclusive bargaining representative of the school employees. The Presidents of the PTSA and Booster Club are also encouraged to attend these meetings.
Community members are highly encouraged to communicate issues with a BASAC member, to submit a BASAC issues form (which can be found on the BAS website), and to come to the meetings to follow up on submitted issues or to simply listen and be part of the solution discussions. BASAC meetings are generally held bi-monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month starting in September at 1730 at the school. BASAC points of contact are listed in the PTSO Student Directory or can be reached by contacting the front office at the BAS.
We look forward to working with you during the 2011/12 school year and thank you in advance for your support.
Sincerely from your BASAC members,
Join the Brussels American School Parent Teacher Student Organization and become a vital part of the BAS support team. All parents of BAS students, BAS students and BAS faculty may join the PTSO. Members receive a PTSO roster annually and provide the framework for academic volunteers and fund-raising at the school. By being a PTSO member you can make a difference at the school; make new friends; sharpen your communication and organizational skills; and discover talents you may not have realized you had.
In addition to being "on call" to assist when needed at the school, through its fund-raising efforts, the BAS PTSO provides scholarships to seniors; covers costs of interpreters when classes go on field trips; covers costs for reading promotion days such as the Reading Counts Kick-off in the fall, Dr. Seuss day held in the Spring, and Passport Day, a half-day reading activity held every May. The organization also funds requests from teachers for assistance with class plays and the annual school talent show.
PTSO board meetings are held every month. General membership meetings will be announced at the beginning of the school year. In addition to these meetings, the PTSO sponsors several events throughout the year including the Welcome Back to School Barbeque, Fall Festival, Winter Fest and the International Dinner.
Booster Club is a non-profit organization which is the primary supporter of Brigand sports. Its primary mission is to support ALL students participating in the Brigand sports program through fundraising, Brigand Wear sales, concessions and manpower. This organization welcomes all parents to be a part of the Brigand family.
Booster Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the PTSO room next to the MPR at 11:50.