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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’.


Weekly Letter 12.22.16

Dear Families:


We begin with thank yous.  Thank you to our phenomenal Jazz Dads,* who performed for us on Monday morning.  Thanks too to Jonathan and José for once again leading us in song this afternoon. When we come together to sing and listen to music, we all feel good!  Many thanks as well to Shalisha Jackson, our AfterSchool Director, for organizing the Missing Pages Musical Theater Program.  


Weekly Letter 12.12.16

Dear Families:


Last Wednesday evening,  parents of students in Laurie and Rachel’s fifth grade class as well as many BCS families had the joy of seeing their children on stage, singing their hearts out.  

Weekly Letter 12.6.16

Dear Families:

Weekly Letter 11.14.16

Dear Families:


When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me that all people were inherently good.  She explained that sometimes people made poor choices, but that each person had the potential to be good.  This, mind you, was the sentiment of someone married to my father, who in 1938 was separated from his parents when they sent their two oldest children to London to escape the turmoil in Vienna.  


Our families, teachers and children have been reacting to Wednesday morning’s news in many ways with classes discussing the results, children writing letters to President Elect Trump and to Hillary Clinton, and with lots of talk on the schoolyard and in the playground.  

Weekly Letter 11.7.16

Dear Families:


On any given Monday or Thursday around 11:30 AM, you can find a lot of fifth graders running around the ballfield.  If you stop to watch, you will be in awe of their form, grace and stride.  These are students who know how to run and who run with competence and ease as well as the ability to keep going.  They are not future athletes, but are already athletes in their own right.  When they finish their run, they may choose to play soccer, football or kickball.  Whatever the activity, they move with skill and the joy of a competitive sport.  For now, their actions are self-monitored and they are free to engage in the effort for as long or as short a time as they choose, but already it is evident that they will become leaders in their high school sports program.  Their skill has been developed over their years here at BNS.  They have grown up with the Mighty Miler program and have learned that practice pays off, and that which feels hard at first, gets easier.

Weekly Letter 10.31.16

Dear Families:


After almost two months of school, it is time for each of you to meet with the teachers.  At these meetings, you will have the opportunity to listen, look at your child’s work, learn what has been hard and what has been easy and of course, ask questions.  After two months, you, presumably, have your own impressions of how the school year has been going.  Come to the parent teacher conference ready to share your thoughts and to discuss your child’s academic and social progress in school.  During the conference, the teachers and you will set goals, goals, which your child will be working on for the rest of the school year.  

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