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Summer is a Great Time to Read.  Our Library suggests clicking here for some suggestions.  If you children are going into 6th-12th grade at BCS or another school, check out the BCS summer reading guide:

BNS Is Growing Oysters!!!

Summer Packets Have Been Emailed to All Families

The Summer Packets have been emailed.  If your child is registered to attend BNS and you did not receive a summer packet, email  Let us know your name and your child's name.


Farewell Jenny and Jonathan!!

Weekly Letter 6.19.17

Dear Families:


It’s 1999.  Our school is moving.  We will no longer live on 18th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, but will move to the fifth floor of this huge building at 610 Henry Street.  We are a school in transition and we need a first grade teacher.  


That year, we conduct the interviews in my house, sitting around the dining room table.  And one day, a woman arrives.   Her name is Jennifer Hardy.  


Weekly Letter 6.12.2017

Dear Families:


Until twelve  years ago, BNS held its Earth Day Celebration on Saturdays. Back then, a teacher, Beth Vertucci pointed out that the event should be open to all students.  Thus the idea for our Earth Day Celebration was born.   The BNS Earth Day was renamed  Ecorama, a word coined by one of our kids.  Many thanks to Barbara and Johanna for inspiring all of us last Friday during the annual event.    Seeing how much our students know about caring for each other and planet earth gives hope for the future.  


Weekly Letter 6.5.17


 Dear Families:


Starting in Kindergarten, all students visit our BNS/BCS Library on a weekly basis.  In addition to browsing and borrowing books, each grade is engaged in curriculum involving developmentally appropriate Social Emotional and/or Social Justice based themes.  


This year, Grade 4 has been reading about Social Activists, past and current, from all over our world.  A question they frequently revisit is, "How are you making our world a better place?"  To spark our fourth graders' activism, three BNS alumni were invited to be on our Youth Activist Panel.

Weekly Letter 5.22.17

Dear Families:


It was over a month ago when we started our day with some fifth graders reading excerpts from Martin Luther King’s famous speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, delivered at Riverside Church fifty years ago.   It was just a few minutes in another busy day, but its impact was felt.  As the children read these famous lines, their younger peers listened.  


Weekly Letter 5.18.17

Dear Families:


If your child doesn’t know how to ride a bike, I highly recommend participating in Learn To Bike Day, which will be taking place this  Saturday from 2-4 pm in the small yard (Coles Street) at BNS.  This is a free workshop run by BikeNYC.  Children ages five to thirteen are welcome.  Register here   See poster below.

Learn to Ride!

Learn to Ride

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