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Weekly Letter 1.28.15

 

Dear  Families:

 

I hope you were able to enjoy the snow day and to appreciate the quiet and calm that descended on the city.  Perhaps you got some exercise out there with the shovel or sledding in the park.  

 

I wanted to also commend all of you for knowing that the AfterSchool was closed on Monday and for arriving so promptly to pick up your children.  With only one late bus, the building emptied out by 3:30, allowing everybody to get home safely.  Despite the blizzardlessness of the next day, the staff here at 610 Henry Street was much appreciative of the way in which the city kept us informed as it prepared its citizens.  

Weekly Letter 1.20.15

Dear  Families:

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the opening reception for the The Wonder of Learning exhibition at the Williamsburg Northside School, located @ 299 North 7th Street in Brooklyn.  The exhibit will be open Wednesdays to Sundays from 12:00 to 6:00 until May 15, 2015.  I encourage you to visit so you can see the kind of work the one, two, three, four and five years olds of Reggio Emilia, Italy, are engaged in.  There are also two interactive ateliers, which can be explored by young children.  

 

Weekly Letter 1.14.15

 

Dear Families:

 

The annual state standardized testing season is now just a few months away.  Last night, the BNS School Leadership Team discussed the upcoming Q & A with Anna on Testing (Jan 21) and issued this statement:

 

We, the Brooklyn New School Leadership Team (BNS SLT), call for a moratorium on high-stakes testing in New York State.  We invite families and School Leadership Teams within our district, city and state to stand with us in this call.  

 

Weekly Letter 1.5.15

 

Dear  Families:

 

Happy New Year!  We hope that the past two weeks were full of joy and family and a little rest.  For all of us here at BNS, the end of December is a chance to pause, to take a deep breath, and to reflect for a moment on what we have accomplished.  As we begin to see the fruits of our dream of making the school yard an even more powerful place for children, we take a moment to remember and to celebrate how far we have come.  

 

Weekly Letter 12.22.14

Dear  Families:

 

We wind down the year with celebrations and gatherings.  Many thanks to the Jazz Dads, Jay Rodriguez, Nile's dad, Sean Moran, Ezra's dad, Alexis Cuadrado, Guillem & Biel's dad, and Vinnie Sperrazza, a guest artist, who performed their wonderful music for our younger classes today.  And thanks to all the parents who joined us for the many publishing parties and curriculum shares.  

 

Weekly Letter 12.15.14

 

Dear  Families:

 

Third to fifth grade students who opted to take recess in the ballfield or the playground had a special treat on Friday.  Half way through the period, they left the play space to gather on Rapelye Street where they joined many others to shout and scream, “BCS!”.  They were doing this in honor of the eighty-five seniors who were marching down the block.  Seniors were celebrating their applications to college.  There was even a postal worker there to receive the students’ sealed envelopes.

 

Weekly Letter 12.10.14

 

Dear  Families:

 

Yesterday, our staff had the pleasure of working together with Alan Shapiro,  the grandfather of Ben (Stefania’s second grade) and Amina (Amy Binin’s pre-k) .  Alan is the program director of the The Community Therapeutic Day School, a school in Lexington, Massachusetts, which provides an educational and therapeutic environment for children with neurologic and emotional disabilities.  Last year, two of our kindergarten teachers, Marisol and Mary Ann, visited his school so that they could learn how the school helps children reach their potential.  

 

Weekly Letter 12.1.14

On Saturday, November 22, I found myself in Richmond, Virginia having the pleasure of viewing a new musical called Remnants.  Remnants, written (along with others) by our own José Joaquín Garcia, was being performed by students at the University of Virginia.

Weekly Letter 11.26.14

Dear  Families:

 

While at BNS, Zach Braziller spent every writing period writing ‘shaggy dog’ tales about various sports.  He loved to write up a baseball game, complete with an imaginary  description of each inning.  His parents worried.  “All he writes about is sports,” they said.  Today Zach Braziller is a sports writer for the New York Post.  Need we say more.

 

http://nypost.com/2014/11/26/st-louis-returns-to-tampa-bay-and-is-expecting-the-worst/

 

Weekly Letter 11.19.14

Dear  Families: 

As I was biking to work the other day, making my way up the hill in Prospect Park, I overheard two runners.  One said to the other, “Ten years ago there was one good school and then there were two good schools and now there are three.”  I listened further, only to find out that he was talking about the middle schools in District 15.  And the three schools were indeed the same three schools that many parents talk about when they apply to middle school.  I found myself wondering what this runner thought a good school was.  Perhaps, he meant that the school had good test scores, perhaps he meant that the students in the school looked and felt like his child, perhaps it was something else.  It is hard to know, but considering that the three schools have very different programs, it is unlikely that he was focusing on the approach to teaching and learning in each of these institutions.  

 

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