The Brooklyn New School is committed to academic and personal success for all students. We believe that children are creators of meaning. They are naturally thoughtful and curious, and they work to gain understanding of the world they inhabit. When the adults who care for children foster this effort, children become life-long learners.
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Summer Camp Auction

Bid here!

Kindergarten Arts Exploration Day, Thursday, March 8

BNS parents will take over Kindergarten this morning for an arts explosion on a grand scale. Students will be watching and participating with adult art professionals on stage, in the Art room and all the K rooms. Dress for mess on March 8!

BNS/BCS Science Sustainability Night, March 1, 6 pm

Join us in the cafeteria for Gadgets, Gizmos and Contraptions! Make things, take things apart, create a musical instrument, invent a new salad dressing and more.

Wake Up Everybody! Fourth Grade Musical, Thursday, February 16, 6 pm

A Production of the Brooklyn New School and Brooklyn Arts Exchange, starring our entire 4th grade, directed by Jose Joaquin Garcia, with musical direction by Jonathan Hardy, choreography by Donna Costello, technical direction by Ed Kelly, parent love by Laura Mascuch and Christine Siracusa (and many more), and set design by Lisa Dove.

Third Grade Museum of China, Feb. 7 and 8

Are you ready for a trip to China with 3rd graders as your tour guides? We leave Tuesday, February 7 after lunch and continue Wednesday morning, February 8. Entertainment, crafts, arts, tools, tombs and much much more, based on our study of Ancient China.

Fourth Grade Lenape Museum, Tues. Jan. 31 and Wed. Feb. 1

Join the fourth grade community of students, teachers and parents for the Lenape Museum! Visit the fourth grade classrooms and hallway as they are transformed into the Hall of the Lenape. The museum is open for visitors Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning till 11 am.

PTA Meeting, Wednesday, January 11, featuring special guest, Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters

Special Guest: Leonie Haimson, founder and executive director of Class Size Matters, an organization that advocates for small class sizes in NYC and nationwide. She's also the editor of the NYC Public School Parent blog and a founding member of Parents Across America.

Please come to an important PTA meeting to discuss a pressing problem:

Almost five years ago, New York State passed a law requiring the NYC Department of Education to reduce class sizes for all children. Yet today, class sizes for young children are larger than ever.

Here at BNS, we have 26 kids in most kindergarten and first grade classes and 30 in most of the upper grades. Too many.

Progressive, child-centered education requires close, individual attention to kids. Our teachers are wonderful, but how can they continue to provide the BNS education we know and love, with class sizes increasing every year?

What can we do to ensure great education for kids here at BNS, and across the city?

Come find out more!

Holiday Cookie Sale

Order your box of 24 assorted cookies. Only $24 (Packaged in an attractive gift box).

All orders are due by Monday, December 19.

Contact Kirsten Marino at

Note: Pay and pick up following the BNS Holiday Sing Thursday, December 22 from 3-5 PM in the cafeteria

BNS Photo Calendars Available

  • Top quality 2012 Calendars
  • Heavy stock paper
  • Photos of BNS children by grade
  • 20" x 13" (open)
  • Cost: $22/$20 additional orders
  • Available week of December 5

See the year in photos. Supplies are limited, so pre-order your memento today.

Download the order form here.

December Community Events


Join us for fun and yummy activities during December:

  • The Holiday Tree Sale will donate 20% to the BNS PTA. Trees are available 24 hours a day from Patti Romp in front of Key Food at 102 Montague Street between Henry & Hicks. When you buy your tree, let Patti know you are a 'BNS Parent' and we will receive a portion of the sale. Patti shared her ponies with us for Apple Fest.
  • Friday, 12/09: Winter Solstice event featuring a bake sale sponsored by Pre-K, a wreath decorating table & sale, BNS merchandise, bulbs, books, Fair Trade orders & bake sale @ 2:40 pm
  • Wednesday, 12/14: PTA meeting @ 8:30 am
  • Thursday, 12/22: Holiday Sing @ 2 pm
  • Thursday, 12/22: BNS Holiday Cookie sale @ 2:40 pm
  • reminder: Fair Trade orders are due December 9.


Annual Appeal

Our Annual Appeal is underway. The Annual Appeal has raised approximately $22,000, but BNS has received two rounds of budget cuts from the DOE totaling $300,000 to date. We need 100% participation. Don't put off your donation to the PTA. This year, it's crucial that we raise the needed funds to keep our programs intact.

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