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Weekly Letter 2.27.17

Dear Families:


Years ago, our fourth grade study of Native Americans, was taught in third grade.  In 2002, Carmen Fariña, then superintendent of District 15, instituted a District-wide Social Studies curriculum and suggested some changes to our program here at BNS. The 4th grade would now study the Lenape, along with colonial New York. The 3rd grade curriculum would be "Communities Around the World." Carmen's vision was 3 units: China, because of the rising importance of China in our world, Africa, because of the number of students of African heritage, and a 3rd region of the school's choosing based on their population.


Weekly Letter 2.15.17

Dear Families:


It is progress report season.  Some of you have already received a report while others will get one in the next few days.  Make no mistake about it, these are precious documents.  Many an hour went into their production and they reflect the teachers’ knowledge of your children, their observations and their educational assessment of academic progress. The reports vary in length from a page to many pages.  In fact, some will need to be read in more than one sitting.  


Weekly Letter 2.6.17

Dear Families:


The other day I was making my way to the art room to ask Paola if I could borrow some colored pencils to use with some of my fourth grade buddies, a group of girls with whom I get to draw once a week.  (Right now we have been studying the chickens.)  


En route, I got distracted.  I could hear fourth grade singing emanating from the auditorium and then there was this:


Weekly Letter 1.30.17

Dear Families:


Last Monday Amy Binin asked her pre-k class what their teddy bears had done at school while the children were home during the weekend.  Bruce shared, "My bear got out and joined the chickens.  It went into the chicken house.  He went and closed the door for the chickens so they wouldn't get cold."


Here's what other bears were up to that weekend:


Some were sneaking into backpacks.  Another had hopped out of its shoe pocket, found its owner's drawing and scribbled all over it.   That teddy bear then had to go to time out.  

Weekly Letter 1.23.17

Dear Families:


For some it was a busy weekend indeed.  And certainly, here at school has also been hectic.  We went from a town hall meeting on Friday in which our fifth grade government club shared their thinking about the change in presidential leadership to another stint in the auditorium this afternoon.  The purpose of this gathering was to give our fifth graders the chance to remember and celebrate our beloved Ayden Mendoza.  


Weekly Letter 1.18.17

Dear Families:

Every Wednesday afternoon, our fifth grade children split up into groups and go off to participate in clubs.  For forty five minutes, they have the opportunity to do something they love with the range of activities being many.  

We have students in the art room with Paola, children doing crafting activities with Monique, while others are making origami with Rachael.  There is a group who play board games with Antoinette alongside those who build with Legos and K’nex with Nancy.  There’s a handful of kids cooking with Dalisa.  A few are learning sign language with Diane.  Brandon works on fitness with some, Rachel teaches yoga, while Kavan oversees the Mighty Milers Club.  Taura teaches jewelry making and Carrie teaches sewing.  And then there is the gang in the Makers Club, students who are learning how to do 3D printing with Ed.  Johanna’s green club works to help all of us take care of our school and dare I say, the planet, while my government club thinks together about ways to make change, both at the local level (BNS) and in the world beyond.  

Weekly letter 1.10.17

Dear Families:

When not working at BNS, I try to find the time to read. In addition to the New York Times and the New Yorker, I get great pleasure out of chapter books.  Recent reading includes The Sellout by Paul Beatty, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mubue, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Weekly Letter 1.4.17

Dear Families:


On December 17, 2016, there was a thought provoking opinion piece about school busses by Alina Simone in the New York Times Sunday Review, ‘I Wish I Had a Pair of Scissors, So I Could Cut Out Your Tongue’.


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