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Weekly Letter 2.5.16

Dear Families:

 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.“ Martin Luther King

 

And that, of course, is what the past two weeks have been about: intelligence and character.  And we might add, perseverance and stamina.  

 

From a day of intense grieving to a fourth grade Native American Museum, complete with real deer hide, scraped and tanned by our fourth graders…

Weekly Letter 1.25.16

Dear Families:

 

On Friday during recess, we had a competitive kickball game resulting in a win, upsetting for the defeated team.   But  that day, fourth grader, Ayden Mendoza, was feeling the glory of winning. After the emotion died down, the children and adults made their way from the ballfield, down Rapelye Street, and into school.  But not Ayden.  He stopped and called back to me as I gathered the remaining balls, “Anna, can I help you carry the balls?” he yelled.  I said, “Yes,” and in an instant, he was back, gathering the balls, and happily carrying the bag.  “It’s lighter than usual,” he said.  I agreed and as we walked back to school together, we chatted, something we both loved to do.  During these chats, we would talk about so many things.  Sometimes Ayden would talk about his many a weekend football game, sometimes he would share how his older brother, Andre, was doing at MS 88, and oh so often, he bragged about his big sister, Ashley, in her first year at SUNY Plattsburgh, where Ayden would tell me she is studying to be a teacher.   But on Friday, we discussed  the kickball game and the joy of winning and the difficulty of losing.  

 

Weekly Letter 1.19.16 complete

Dear Families:

 

With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday hallmarking the reason for school closure on Monday, January 18th, it is fitting to discuss the work on Race and Equity that BNS has undertaken.

 

Last year, we began thinking about  ways to support students and adults in addressing race within the school. A group of staff, faculty, and administrators worked together to discuss issues around equity and race happening in our communities and nation.  We also reflected on the lived experiences of our students and how to respond when situations arise within the classroom.

 

Weekly Letter 1.14.16

Dear Families:

 

It is busy here at 610 Henry Street.  In the last three days, there have been lots of parent workshops.  On Monday parents of children in kindergarten, first and second grade learned how our little ones develop understanding and strategies for subtraction while on Tuesday, parents of older children looked at how children grapple with multiplication problems.  Yesterday, parents were here for yet another workshop, this one entitled, “Giving Children What They Need.”  And that is just the beginning.

 

Weekly Letter 1.4.16

Dear Families:

 

As you may already have learned, the BNS community collected 888 items of food, which weighed a total of 674 pounds!  During the month of December, Amy and Penina’s second grade class sorted and counted the many items that were donated.  Originally they had hoped for 400 items, and were incredibly proud when they saw how many more items they would be able to donate to City Harvest.  As the class reminds us, “There are people who need food.  Now, because of our food drive, they will have food.  The food will give them energy and they won't be hungry anymore.”   Many thanks to everyone in the BNS community who remembered to contribute an item or two.  

 

Weekly Letter 12.21.15

Dear Families:

 

Recently, I heard from a teacher in a different public school who was sharing a story about a struggling student in her class.  Slowly but surely the school is working to support this young learner and the impact is profound.  A few weeks ago, the youngster pronounced, “In this class some of us got problems, but we’ve all got powers.”  This is the lesson of elementary school: that you can be powerful whether or not you have a problem or two or three or four.  

 

Weekly Letter 12.14.15

Dear Families:

 

On Friday November 20th, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced changes to the admissions policies of seven schools, including ours.  As part of the new admissions pilot,  Brooklyn New School will give priority to children whose families qualify for free and reduced price lunch after prioritizing siblings and current pre-k children.  The change stems from a proposal that we submitted to the DOE  in the fall of 2014.  The new admission policy will be for both the  pre-K and kindergarten admissions cycles.  

 

Weekly Letter 12.7.15

 

Dear Families:

 

On Tuesday, December 1, children participated in another Garden to Café day.  Mesclun and arugula salad (from our very own garden) with olive oil & balsamic vinegar dressing  and made with the help of our 1st graders was served as well as roasted squash soup.  We heard the word ‘yum’ and saw many a request for seconds.  Thanks to the parents who helped to make this special day happen.     

 

Weekly Letter 11.30.15

Dear Families:

 

Two weeks ago on a beautiful fall day in November, the entire fourth grade gathered in Prospect Park for another annual tradition.  Fourth graders, their teachers and parents were there to celebrate the completion of the building of the wigwam, you know the one that is housed just to the side of the Lefferts Homestead.  Why build a model wigwam when you can build a life size replica?  Or better yet, why not do both?    

 

Weekly Letter 11.23.15

Dear Families:

 

It was an extravagant Extravaganza with an exuberant everlasting performance by all.  Wow!  Many thanks to José and Ed and all the paraprofessionals and parents who made this possible.  What makes the Extravaganza so special is that it is completely child centered.  The children create and make the acts.  In the weeks leading up to the big day, you can find them in the schoolyard and the cafeteria, figuring out their moves and lines, and working together to make their own magic happen.  José’s job is to support them in pulling this all together.  

 

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