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Weekly Letter 10.5.15


Dear Families:


In case you didn’t see the email last week, I wanted to take a moment to share some good news.  Brooklyn New School  was chosen by the National Wildlife Federation to be one of America’s top 10 Eco-Schools. That’s quite something.  We are on a list of the top ten in the entire country!  

So you might be wondering, what we have done to receive such a honor.  Clearly, our commitment to sustainability and environmental education is being recognized.  

Weekly Letter 10.1.15

Dear Families:


The other day after school, I wandered into Henry’s Cafe to get myself an afternoon coffee when I ran into the Chernick family.  I chatted with Walsh (a pre-k student in Amy’s class) and Harry (a first grader in Jenny’s class.)  Somehow we got to talking about reading and Harry said, “I am reading the pictures, not the words.”  Harry has just started grade one and like many a first grade child, he is on the fringe of learning how to decode print.  Right now, he is decoding the pictures, an important part of reading development.  Soon he will see that the letters make up sounds and words and he will begin to make sense of the verbal patterns.  He will read the words.  


Weekly Letter 9.25.15


Dear Families:


Next week, teachers will meet with families to share big ideas about the curriculum.   You will learn about literacy, math, social studies, science, homework and more.   


Every year grade level teams meet for two days in June to review the year and to develop plans for the following year.  In this way teachers benefit from their colleagues’ insights and ideas.  In addition, they meet with Shirley, our math coordinator, Barbara, our science coordinator, Susan, the librarian, and many others.  This is the reason for the consistency in material from class to class.  


Weekly Letter 9.16.15

Dear Families:


It is a choppy start to the school year what with the first three weeks of school having only three days each.  Nevertheless, the children and staff will gradually adjust to the fall routine, settling into life at BNS.  Despite the drop-in start to the year, we have gotten quickly to work with pre-k children discovering school, kindergarten students   exploring water, first graders busy in the garden, second graders off to swim, third graders studying community in their classrooms, fourth graders ready to harvest the three sisters, and fifth graders commencing with Maya Labs.  


Anna's Summer Letter


Dear Families:


Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 school year!  As Amy, Shelley, Johanna, the custodians and I work our way through the quiet days of summer, we find ourselves looking forward to the chorus of young voices that will permeate these halls, come September.


Weekly Letter 6.22.15

Dear  Families:

As is the way with schools, June is a complicated month.  It is both a time of celebration where tears of joy and fifth grade pride is visible, but it is also a time of angst as we realize that the school year is almost over.  

In addition to allowing ourselves to let our fifth grade children move on, we must also say good bye to some of our staff.  One of our speech therapists, Marissa, leaves us to work in a new elementary school closer to her home.  Marissa came to us four years ago right from graduate school.  She brought her intelligence and dedication to our children and became an essential part of our staff.  Also leaving is Laura, a special education teacher who co-taught with Greta this year.  Laura was quick to share her expertise with all of us and we were quick to take advantage of this knowledge.  But Laura missed the autistic students with whom she had previously worked and for this reason, Laura will return to her old school.  Fourth grade ICT teacher, Chris, who works with Elissa is also leaving as he moves with his family to Boston.  Too bad he can’t commute from there!

Weekly Letter 6.16.15

Dear  Families:

Teddy bears happily in their beds, a clay station out in the kindergarten hall, hanging sea creatures, protest signs, sink and float, The Peking Ship surrounded by the Manhattan Bridge and the Twin Towers, pinwheels, acetate images projected onto walls, Smartboards telling us what happened in these classrooms when we were not there, a fish market, What I Like to Do books, shore poems, project notebooks, a mural of Prospect Park, insect books and dioramas, insect murals, stop motion movies, K’Nex bridges, wooden bridges, bridges everywhere with pulleys galore, suspension and more..., fantasy bridges, and images of children as bridges, all about African animals, with pop up books, water color, and more...,  fifth grader Rakesh teaching about his trip to Tanzania, memories from camp, biographies, playing the recorder in Central Park, and right here in room 307, singing as well, designing adinkra symbols, delft tiles, a map of New Amsterdam, pillows, and never ending journals in the voice of those who came before back when New York was New Amsterdam, fifth grade finding an efficient way to get water, words of hope upon Ann Frank’s diary, a “Do Something” film, memorials remembering times of sadness, times of pain, but always giving us hope, is it a spider web? is it cage?, memorials provoking tears as we look back and look forward.


Weekly Letter 6.1.15

Dear  Families:


I was on my way out of school on Friday evening when the sound of excitement in the auditorium beckoned.  I stopped by and found myself watching the BCS 2015 Spring Arts Showcase.  I was pulled in by the performances, which included dance, poetry, rap, hip hop, step-dancing, and music.  I found myself watching sixth graders rapping and eleventh graders performing their own music.  I couldn’t leave.  The show was too good.  It included stepping that  middle school students had learned in the BCS After School Program partnership with the YWCA, and high school  dance  from a partnership with Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), as well as sixth graders and some of our fourth and fifth graders singing  Musical Theater from Godspell, all of which had been learned in an After School Program collaboration with Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), with funding provided through our Arts Continuum grant.


Weekly Letter 5.26.15

Dear  Families:


This week fourth graders are taking 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 1, 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 5.18.15


Dear  Families:

Calling all kindergarten to fourth grade parents:

Please join us for Parents As Learning Partners on Wednesday morning to participate in a Make and Take Math workshop. Parents will make math tools and learn how to use these tools to support their child as a mathematician.   

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