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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.   

Weekly Letter 5.13.15

 

Dear  Families:

I spent last Saturday at Barnard College meeting with a diverse group of folks who are involved in education.  Participants included teachers, professors, parents, and principals, and all were members of the education community who are concerned about the impact that the accountability initiatives have had on public education.  One of the participants, Jamaal Bowman, was the founding principal of the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School in the Bronx. Jamaal and Jia Lee, a teacher from the Earth School, excitedly  took on the leadership role in the planning of a BlackLivesMatter education conference for October of this year!  The idea is to build connections between grassroots groups that have common issues around social justice.  

weekly letter 5.4.15

Dear  Families:

In the past couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure of visiting other schools.  Three weeks ago, some of us spent the morning at the Blue School where we had the opportunity to see a vision enacted.  Last Wednesday, I went to Boston, along with a few teachers, and spent a day at a school called Mission Hill. It is always exciting to see other folks engaged in similar questions about how best to support student learning.  

weekly letter 4.20.15

Dear  Families:

weekly letter 4.13.15 corrected

 Dear  Families:

 On April 1, the day before the last day of school before spring break,  BNS participated in its School Quality Review.  Our reviewer, Maribel Hulla, met with administrators, teachers and parents, while also observing many classes.  The day was intensive and extensive.  After school, Maribel shared her preliminary findings.  She found the work of our children and staff to be ‘well developed’ and she commended us on a number of areas.  We were applauded for the rigorous and coherent curriculum, which was aligned to the Common Core Learning standards.  As well it was observed that teacher pedagogy is developed from a coherent set of beliefs about how students learn best.  Understood too was how assessment is embedded in the curriculum and how our teachers’ decisions about what to teach is based on their analysis of what students have learned.   Our school culture, which communicates high expectations to all, was visible.  And there was recognition of the ways in which teacher teams collaborate and share leadership.  It was a rewarding day and a chance for us to share our work and learn from an outside perspective.

weekly letter 4.2.15

 

 

Dear  Families:

 

As spring vacation rolls around, we find ourselves already thinking about the end of the year and knowing that with any school year, change will come.  Fifth graders will graduate while their younger school mates will grow a year older.  And teachers will leave and come.  That is the cool thing about schools.  Things happen annually.  

 

Weekly Letter 3.25.15

 

Dear  Families:

 

We have exciting news.   The participatory budgeting vote is only a few weeks away, and our project is one of the choices.  We hope you will vote.  We have asked for funding to upgrade the lower gym, which is a space located underneath the gymnasium.  Just think of that: more space for movement and dance and theatre and action and all we need is for you to get out the vote!

 

weekly letter 3.20.15

Dear  Families:

 

On Monday and Tuesday, our fifth graders and the children in Andrew’s class wowed us with their knowledge of the Maya.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the Maya Museum, let me paint a picture by quoting fifth grade parent, Kemala Karmen’s email, which relates to some photos of the event.

 

Weekly Letter 3.13.15

 

Dear  Families:

 

If your children came home yesterday talking about the governor, it may be because they witnessed parents, teachers and children in front of the school holding up signs and chanting, “Whose schools?  Our Schools.”  The scene outside of our building was an organized response to Governor Cuomo’s education proposal, a proposal that increases the amount that test scores affect teacher evaluation and takes the evaluating of the staff out of the principal’s hands and into the hands of a visiting observer.

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.  

 

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