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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.

Possible School Bus Strike, Monday, November 21

The Dept. of Education has informed us that there is the possibility of a strike by bus drivers on Monday, Nov. 21. Please read this letter from Chancellor Walcott for more information.

BNS Thanksgiving Pie & Cake Sale

Order a whole homemade pie or cake for Thanksgiving!

Email orders to by Wed, November 16th. Specify name, cell phone # and pie flavor(s). Pick up pies in cafeteria on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd at 3:30pm.

Parent / Teacher Conferences, starting November 14

The most important meeting of the fall is about to happen. Please make sure you respond to your child's teacher and schedule a parent / teacher conference.  Teachers are preparing for these meetings by collecting and organizing student work. Parents can prepare for these meetings by marking their calendars and collecting wonderings from interactions with their children. We look forward to seeing all of you.

Garden to Cafe Day, Thursday, Nov. 3

Join us for our annual celebration of the harvest. We will be preparing locally raised veggies to sample in the cafeteria. We need help doing food prep in the Kids Kitchen this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, and serving in the cafeteria on Thursday from 11:30 - 12:20. Don't forget cleanup after 12:20. To volunteer, email Shelley at or click on the volunteer button to your right.

Picture Day, Thursday, October 27

Thursday is traditional Picture Day, time for individual and class portraits to benefit BNS. Picture Day goes all day, with each class having an assigned time slot. We start first thing at 8:20 am, so please be on time. If your child is absent or you need to retake your portrait, make up day is December 14. Order forms went home last week. If you need another form, click here to download.  Late orders can be mailed to:

Irvin Simon Photographers
146 Meacham Avenue
Elmont, NY 11003
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