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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

Applefest: Saturday, Oct. 22

You're invited to Applefest.

What to expect:

  • pony rides (2 to 3 ponies)
  • flea market (bikes, gear and costumes)
  • art making
  • apple pressing
  • lots of games (like mini-golf)
  • face painting
  • flat-fix workshop from Recycle-A-Bicycle
  • and more...

Volunteers needed

Get the AppleFest flyer here.

BNS Annual Appeal 2011 - 2012

BNS is asking every family to donate what you can -- 100% participation is needed.

Donate NOW:

Brooklyn New School - PTA
610 Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Get more information about giving to BNS here.

Allergy and Public School: a Principal's Story

Read Anna's article on managing allergy in school here.

Curriculum Night: Tuesday, September 27, for K - grade 4

Curriculum Night is the single most important event of the year for parents. If you only come to one event this year, it should be Curriculum Night. Parents will meet their teacher (or, in the upper grades, their grade level teams) to hear about expectations for this school year.

Pre-K will have Curriculum Night on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 pm in their classrooms.

Please make childcare arrangements for this evening. There is no childcare for these events.

First PTA Meeting, Sept. 14: Learn 3 healthy snacks LIVE DEMO from Chef Sung

Learn 3 healthy snacks the entire family will love from Chef Sung (Wed, Sept. 14 at 8:30am).

Join the PTA and our special guest, BNS parent Chef Sung, as she shares some quick, healthy and yummy family snack ideas during a LIVE FOOD DEMO!




Welcome and Welcome Back

School starts on Thursday, September 8, for all students. Our school day begins at 8:20 am every day. Our school day ends and buses will leave at 2:40 pm on Monday and Friday. Our school day ends and buses will leave at 3:20 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Pre-K and K have a we"ek of phase in before they start full day.

New families in grades K - 5 should join us for Orientation on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9 am or 11 am (to allow for K phase in).

All families should have received a September Conference schedule in their summer packets. These 10-minute meetings are designed to introduce parents and teachers in the first days of the school year. Teachers will guide the conversation with open-ended questions to get to know the important stories of each child's development and life experiences. To find out when your conference is, email Amy at

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