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Anna's summer letter


Dear Families:


Welcome to the 2014 - 2015 school year!  I write this letter as I sit in a building that is much too quiet with the small voices of young children sadly absent.  But not for long.  We look forward to seeing all of you on the morning of September 4, if not before.  


Weekly Letter 6.25.14

Dear Families:

Last Friday evening was a busy one. It began with the fifth grade graduation and ended with a party, celebrating Alyce Barr, the departing principal of Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies.  I share with you my words about Alyce:

I first met Alyce in 1988 when each of us started working at BNS: Alyce was the reading teacher while I was teaching third and fourth graders.   Back then we worked in the building that now houses the Red Hook Neighborhood School.  As I recall, Alyce’s room was a garret, reached after climbing some winding stairs.  She managed to make this secluded space cozy, a safe haven for our non-readers.  

We started talking and  I realized that I was in the presence of a great mind.  Alyce in essence became my teacher.  It wasn’t long before we were co-teaching on the same grade level.  We found ourselves collaborating on everything so instead of each of us having to invent and create unique ideas yearly, we shared our thoughts and devised incredible curriculum.

weekly letter 6.17.14

Dear Families:

We say goodbye to two more colleagues.

Eight years ago, Nancy Mariano emigrated to the United States from Colombia. She started working at BNS in September 2011. Since then, Nancy has worked with Kori in Kindergarten, Sarah in Grades 1 and 2, Stefania in Grade 2 and most recently, with Steve and Katherine in Grade 3.

While working as a paraprofessional, Nancy also went to City College to get a Masters

in Spanish. She is leaving BNS because she was accepted to the Ph.D. program of

weekly letter 6.11.14


Dear Families:

We celebrate two teachers.  

Fourth grade teacher, Dolores Montero, started working at BNS back in 1998.  Before then she was a student teacher in Antoinette’s class.  For Dolores, teaching was a second career.  Her prior job as a secretary at the Packer Collegiate School inspired Dolores to go into teaching.  Dolores began working at BNS as the Spanish teacher.  She was highly qualified for this position, given the fact that as a young woman, she had immigrated to the United States from Spain.  For most of her years at BNS, Dolores has been a fourth grade teacher.  She is now the senior teacher on this grade level, always leading the team with grace and intelligence.  Dolores has been instrumental in the curriculum planning of grade four and has helped to develop a rich and exciting study of Native Americans and New Amsterdam .  We are sorry to see her go, but Dolores is not really leaving.  After all, as Thomas’ grandmother, (Thomas is in Helen’s first grade class), she will be at BNS a lot.

weekly letter 6/4/14


Dear Families:


We are calling it the Buzz!  Why?  Because we want you to get all excited and we hope that you will join us for our Annual June Share. Every year in June we celebrate student work.  Last year different grades invited families to school on different days, but this year, (with the exception of Pre-k)  we will all be at BNS on the same evening: June 12.  


Weekly Letter 5/29/14

Dear Families:


This week fourth graders have been immersed in the hands-on portion of the New York State Science Test. What does this mean?  It means that when taking the test, they work on various science investigations, using what they know and have learned, to solve questions around a range of science concepts.  On Monday, June 2, they will take the written science test, which is a multiple choice exam that determines how much students know about basic science concepts.  


Weekly Letter 5/22/14

Dear Families:


Yesterday, Brooklyn New School hosted the EcoSchools Sustainability Gathering. Many thanks to Johanna and Barbara for showing our visitors our work around sustainability.  Our guests included teachers, administrators, parents, and community based organizations, all of whom were interested in rethinking curriculum in light of a changing world in relation to the environment and climate.  


Weekly Letter 5/14/14


Dear Families:


Eat Drink Dance Shop!  It’s a fun evening with consequential results: the sustaining of our school. This was the year that started with a budget that could barely pay the teachers, a year when class size went up in order to ensure adequate funding.  


Weekly Letter: May 7, 2014


Dear Families:


On Monday evening I had the honor of introducing visiting Swedish educators to 300 early childhood educators.  The audience was made up of professors and teachers from all over New York City, and the Swedish work that was featured was inspiring.  Many thanks to BNS parent and Brooklyn College professor, Beth Ferholt, for organizing the connection between Brooklyn College and Jönköping University.  I wanted to share my words:


Weekly letter: April 29, 2014

Dear Families:

Many thanks to Su Patel, Key Kidder and Kirsten Marino for organizing a rain free day of bicycling on Saturday.  Thanks also to Learn to Bike for getting many four to ten year olds onto wheels.  And thanks to Tanya, our PE teacher, and her sorority sisters from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for helping all of the children and for entertaining us with some fun Stepping.  We saw on Saturday what a couple of hours of persistent practice together can do and we felt the thrill of seeing lots of kids become comfortable on two wheels.  

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