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AppleFest Postponed till Sunday Oct 23

Hello BNS & BCS Families, Staff, Friends and all,

Applefest  is moving to Sunday, October 23rd!
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Weekly Letter 10.17.16

Dear Families:


For all 29 of our years, Brooklyn New School teachers have shared feedback with parents in a number of ways, always including conferences, conversations, and written progress reports.  At BNS, teachers spend time getting to know students before writing thorough narrative reports, with the intent of capturing and reflecting the child in the classroom from the perspective of the teacher or teachers.  


Over the years, each grade level has tried out different ways of reporting as a way of best meeting the developmental stages of the students they teach. And, over the years, grade levels began presenting this information at different times: sometimes following the Department of Education’s calendar and giving out reports in November and March, while at other times following their own instincts and writing in January and June, or indeed even at other times.


Weekly Letter 10.11.16

Dear Families:


Every year on the last day of school, we have had a tradition of giving out perfect attendance awards. Last year fifty-six children received this honor.  Remarkably, there are many children who are very motivated by this piece of paper and they manage to get themselves to school every day in anticipation of this annual celebration.  In fact, more than one child has received this piece of paper June after June after June.


This year, we are using this certificate system to motivate others and we are focusing not just on attendance, but also on arriving to school on time.  Today, we gave out 358 pieces of paper to all of the students who were here on time every day in September. Our goal is to do this once a month.  Perhaps your child may not receive a certificate for September or October, but never fear, they can still receive one in November or December or 2017.

Weekly Letter 10.7.16

Dear Families:


As we begin the month of October and feel our school days entering a rhythm, albeit one periodically disrupted by religious and national holidays, we begin to look at the pattern of our weeks and the way in which learning happens, here at BNS.


At the heart of every classroom, whether it be pre-k or grade five, is inquiry.  In September, the child’s question is, ‘What is school?’ ‘Where am I?’  and ‘How do I belong in this community in which I find myself?’  Now in October, we can begin to look beyond our place in the world and wonder about other things.  


Weekly Letter 9.29.16

Dear Families:


BNS along with the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Blue School, Maple Street School and the Co-op School is excited to come together to host Chris Crass tonight at 6:30 here in the school auditorium.  I, myself, had not heard of Chris Crass earlier, but ever since his talk has been announced, many people have told me what a powerful speaker he is.  In fact, we recently learned that Chris Crass is an old friend of one of our parents who, “spent some time in a jail cell with him after a protest in San Francisco 20 years ago.”  


Weekly Letter 9.21.16

Dear Families:

 On Monday evening, kindergarten to fifth grade teachers open their door for Curriculum Night.  The pre-K teachers will do the same on the morning of September 29th. Teachers will present specific information on reading, writing, math, social studies and science.  They will discuss concrete topics such as homework and trips, while also offering their insights on how children learn and the importance of inquiry in elementary school.  We strongly encourage you to attend as parent involvement is  key to a child’s success in school.  


Weekly Letter 6.13.16

Dear Families:


Today we finish up the performance based assessment work with our fourth graders.  Thanks to the many parents who joined us and to the staff and children for their hard work.  


We move on to Field Day on the 15th with the hope that you will join us in the park.  Many thanks to our amazing physical education duo, Tanya and Brandon, for their coordination and inspiration.  


We end the week on the 17th with the Annual June Share.  Come and see your child’s work and don’t hesitate to walk around the school to capture the spirit that is BNS!

Weekly Letter 6.6.16

Dear Families:


As we enter the month of June, ready for a whirlwind of culminating activities, we take a moment to thank the many parents who made Saturday night’s Eat Drink Dance Shop, a rousing success.  Special kudos to AnnMarie Matava, our PTA president.  


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