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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.


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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Weekly Letter 11.5.14


Dear Families:


For educators (and perhaps also for kids) the school year begins in September with a bang and then flies around the calendar as we flit from activity to activity, experience to experience, expectation to expectation, and growth to growth.  As November rolls into our conscience, we don our coats and shake our heads (and bodies) at the sudden change of the season.  And we marvel at all that is happening and all that our children are learning.  


Weekly Letter 10.30.14


Dear Families:


November is the month in which we begin the process of sharing what we know about your children with you.  Fall parent teacher conferences are an opportunity for teachers to convey information about your child and the first few months of school. As well, the conferences present an opportunity for teachers, students and parents to spend time setting academic and social goals for the months ahead.  It is extremely important that every family participate in this process and that there is this open communication.  We offer many dates and times for these meetings as we know how difficult it can be for many families to schedule these conferences.   


Weekly Letter 10.23.14

Dear Families:

After hosting Public Education Nation on Saturday October 11, we continued to open our doors, this time being visited by Karin Alnervik, a pedagogista from  Sweden.   Karin is an Associate Professor of Preschool Didactics at Jönköping University in Sweden who also works as a pedagogic instructor in the HallonEtt Preschools in Jönköping. Last Wednesday evening, Karin spoke about pedagogical documentation to an audience of over one hundred educators and parents from all over New York City. Pedagogical documentation is a process of reflection through the documentation (video, photographs, etc.) of school life.  Karin’s presentation was followed by a day in which our pre-k and kindergarten teachers had the opportunity to share ideas about kid watching in relation to what we see when we watch, what we are looking for, and how these observations affect our practice.  

Weekly Letter 10.15.14


Dear Families:


On Saturday, we hosted Public Education Nation, an event which was live streamed and viewed all around the country.  It was an exciting afternoon featuring five panels with each panel addressing major and current educational issues.   


Weekly Letter 10.6.14


Dear Families:


Brooklyn New School opened in 1987 because a few parents and educators had a good idea that was received well by the Community School Board.  About ten years later, after surviving the growing pains of its infancy, we talked about the need for creating a like-minded middle school.  But it wasn’t until 2001 that Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies opened its doors. (And that was not an easy year to start.)  Like BNS, BCS went through its infancy, and like BNS, BCS eventually made the decision to extend to high school after parents expressed the same need that BNS parents had expressed back in the nineties.  



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