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Weekly Letter 5.11.17

Dear Families:


On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 8:14 AM, I became the proud grandmother of Diego Allanbrook Ramirez, born at Mount Sinai West.  Meanwhile,  downtown at NYU at 5:16 PM,  fourth grade teacher Nneka gave birth to Aaron Jacob Kurlandski.  (Both boys arrived a little earlier than expected.)   


These two boys are one of many in our BNS family.  


Weekly Letter 5.3.17

Dear Families:


Spring is in the air.  You can feel it on Rapelye Street as the warm wind blows.  You can feel it in the schoolyard as children play in the mud during green recess.  You can feel it at lunch time as hundreds of children complete their mighty milers trek around the school perimeter.  And you can feel it in the classroom where students and teachers are immersed in work.  Their investigations are rich, their trips are frequent, each of them in their own way (children and adults) is becoming an expert in their field of study.  

Weekly Letter 4.24.17

Dear Families:


Today our third graders got to school nice and early in order to embark on the annual third grade trek to Camp Speers Eljabar,  a YMCA camp in the Poconos.  There is something incredibly exciting about this: Eight year olds going away from home, ready to be independent and a part of a community other than family.  In the next three days, these young people will learn that they can  separate from their parents, take care of themselves and become experts on bogs, waterfalls, canoeing and building shelters.  


Weekly Letter 4.19.17

Dear Families:


Just before vacation, Jennifer Donlin, our early childhood art teacher covered for Paola in the art room.  She introduced some third and fourth grade classes to the Japanese concept of Kintsugi, a method for repairing broken ceramics with a lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum.  The idea is simple: Damage does not end an object’s life.  Repairs are celebrated as being part of the object’s history and symbolize healing and growth.  The end result is stronger, more beautiful and valuable than the original unbroken object.  


Weekly Letter 4.3.17

Dear Families:


Tomorrow on April 4, 2017, fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, at Riverside Church and forty nine years after he was shot and killed, we will join with communities across the country, by reciting a few excerpts from those  words.  This reading is an initiative organized by the The National Council of Elders.  Just as Martin Luther King saw a need to condemn silence in 1967, so too does the National Council of Elders see that need today. They have asked schools, churches, civil rights groups, labor organizations, museums, community organizations, and others to join in the building of a movement to break silence, promote dialogue and engage in nonviolent direct action.


Weekly Letter 3.27.17

Dear Families:

It isn’t every day that a school gets a lengthy article featuring its work in a national magazine.  For this reason, we wanted to bring your attention to a piece in the spring issue of American Educator, A Quarterly Journal of Educational Research and Ideas, published by the AFT and distributed to teachers across the country.  The article by Jennifer Dubin is entitled “Spread the Word: In New York City, Encouraging Successful Schools to Share and Grow.”  


Vote March 25-April 2 for BNS/BCS Participatory Budgeting Proposal

Please vote for our project on Councilmember Brad Lander’s Participatory Budgeting Ballot if you live in the 39th City Council District!

Project: We would like to host a professional development series related to Race and Equity issues, open to all staff and families from District 15 schools.  We will organize four workshops led by Border Crosses to train educators and parents in strategies for addressing race and promoting equity.

Weekly Letter 3.20.17

Dear Families:


The New York State ELA test is scheduled for March 28, 29 and 30 while the Math test is scheduled for May 2,3, and 4. These three day exams have been the source of much discussion and debate since the spring of 2012 when a standardized test went from being something schools, kids and parents put up with to something that some perceived to be a destructive force with many questioning its purpose and rationale.


On Thursday, March 23 at 5:00, Diane, Malika and I will be at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange for the final BNS presentation on standardized tests. If you feel that you do not yet understand what all the fuss about the state exams is, I strongly encourage you to come. The presentation is complete with sample test questions and a thorough review of standardized testing.  

Weekly Letter 3.13.17

Dear Families:


It is Monday, March 13th and so begins another week of performance based assessments, this time for our third grade children.  


On Friday I happened to go into Doug and Malika’s third grade classroom where I found everyone immersed in practicing the PBA process with small groups of children talking to teachers, paras, and a few volunteer parents.  Based on the hum of voices, it looked like these third grade children are ready to talk about what they learned about West Africa as well as their projects.  


Weekly Letter 3.6.17

Dear Families:


In Steve and Katherine's class, students learn every year about "the domino rule" in stories - something happens, and that makes something else happen. After a while, kids start noticing how this happens in real life too, and comment, "It's the domino rule!" We are thrilled to report to you the following story that follows the domino rule.


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