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Weekly Letter 9.29.17

Dear Families:


We wanted to remind everyone that as of this year breakfast and lunch are now completely free for all students in every New York City public school. School food menus can be found at If preparing breakfast and lunch is difficult, you can rest assured that your child will be fed.  But do remember that breakfast closes at 8:10, so if your child is going to get breakfast, he or she needs to be in the cafeteria before then.  


Weekly Letter 9.18.17

Dear Families:


At the beginning of every school year, we take the time to review routines and expectations for members of our school community.  We do this through community building activities and town meetings.  These take place while the teachers are conferring with you.  On Friday we met with our fourth graders, asking them what they thought were the values of Brooklyn New School.  The children responded with ideas, which included friendship, kindness, teamwork, respect, community, taking care of nature and the environment, support, and taking care of the self.  At the end of the meeting, a child ran up to me and whispered in my ear, “We forgot to say peace.”  


Weekly Letter 9.13.17

Dear Families:


It’s the fifth day of school and already the building hums with the voices and energy of students, teachers and parents.  As we get to know each other, we work carefully to reiterate our core values: empathy and collaboration, respect for the self and others, not to mention curiosity and the desire to engage with the world.  

The school year begins with teachers setting the tone in each of their classrooms while the staff on our School Wellness Council build community with first to fifth graders during the time that you, the parents, meet with the teachers.  

BNS Is Growing Oysters!!!

Summer Packets Have Been Emailed to All Families

The Summer Packets have been emailed.  If your child is registered to attend BNS and you did not receive a summer packet, email  Let us know your name and your child's name.


Farewell Jenny and Jonathan!!

Weekly Letter 6.19.17

Dear Families:


It’s 1999.  Our school is moving.  We will no longer live on 18th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, but will move to the fifth floor of this huge building at 610 Henry Street.  We are a school in transition and we need a first grade teacher.  


That year, we conduct the interviews in my house, sitting around the dining room table.  And one day, a woman arrives.   Her name is Jennifer Hardy.  


Weekly Letter 6.12.2017

Dear Families:


Until twelve  years ago, BNS held its Earth Day Celebration on Saturdays. Back then, a teacher, Beth Vertucci pointed out that the event should be open to all students.  Thus the idea for our Earth Day Celebration was born.   The BNS Earth Day was renamed  Ecorama, a word coined by one of our kids.  Many thanks to Barbara and Johanna for inspiring all of us last Friday during the annual event.    Seeing how much our students know about caring for each other and planet earth gives hope for the future.  


Weekly Letter 6.5.17


 Dear Families:


Starting in Kindergarten, all students visit our BNS/BCS Library on a weekly basis.  In addition to browsing and borrowing books, each grade is engaged in curriculum involving developmentally appropriate Social Emotional and/or Social Justice based themes.  


This year, Grade 4 has been reading about Social Activists, past and current, from all over our world.  A question they frequently revisit is, "How are you making our world a better place?"  To spark our fourth graders' activism, three BNS alumni were invited to be on our Youth Activist Panel.

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