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Weekly Letter 3.5.15

 

Dear  Families:

 

Last night I had the honor of being on a panel with Carol Burris, 2013 New York State Principal of the Year, Sam Coleman, a dual language teacher at PS 24 in Sunset Park, Rosa Perez-Rivera, a public school parent from the Bronx, and Jeanette Deutermann, the Director of Long Island Opt Out.  The panel was moderated by Brian Jones, a former teacher and candidate for Lieutenant Governor.  The event took place at PS 261 and was attended by many parents, teachers and administrators.  Each presenter had ten minutes to talk, and then there was a chance for questions.  

 

Weekly Letter 2.23.15

 

Dear  Families:

 

As we return to school after a week’s pause, we look towards the spring, which brings with it warmer weather and children expressing and exhibiting personal competence and confidence as they immerse themselves in the work of school.

 

As you know, a theme this year has been diversity with a particular focus on race.  To this end, the staff is participating in study groups, wherein they are reading a variety of books related to this topic.  

 

Letter From BNS Teachers to Families 2.11.15

Dear Families,

We, the teachers at BNS, need your help!

 “Governor Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in his State of the State address. If Cuomo has his way, 50% of teacher evaluation will be based on how their students do on state tests.”

The PAC committee at BNS has sent you emails about this but we want to let you know, from a teacher’s perspective, the changes this law could bring to BNS if it passes.

Weekly Letter 2.6.15

 

Dear  Families:

 

It was Tuesday evening, February 3.  Third grade teacher, Diane, took some time away from the set up for the China Museum to talk about high stakes testing with parents.  She began by reviewing some basic facts about standardized tests and sharing some actual ELA and math test questions. She talked about the outrage expressed by educators throughout New York after the administration of last year’s tests. And she reviewed the reasons that many BNS families chose to opt out of last year’s tests.  These included parents thinking that the test was not appropriate for their child, parents not wanting their child’s teacher’s evaluation to be based on test scores, and parents disagreeing with high-stakes standardized testing being used to evaluate children, teachers, and schools, in essence, parents believing that it was their moral obligation to take a stand.  The conversation was animated and lively and there is no doubt that seeing some actual test items was eye opening for families.

 

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.

 

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