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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.  

 

Presenting: The EDDS 2016 Parent Video

 

SAT JUNE 4.

UNION TEMPLE 17 EASTERN PKWY.
7-11PM. 21 + OVER. ADULTS ONLY.
TICKETS $50/SINGLE. $80/COUPLES.

Event Highlights Include: DJ / Live Latin Jazz Band / Open Bar & Delicious Foods Silent Auction / Online Auction Hot Items Include: Vacation Houses, Sports Tickets, Kids Classes Tickets for Sale & Silent Auction: biddingforgood.com/bcsbns

Weekly Letter 5.9.16

Dear Families:

What a weekend!  Yesterday, I along with many of you, enjoyed Mother’s Day at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, a day and place that always makes me feel good all over.

Saturday, I was equally satisfied while spending the afternoon at 610 Henry Street and delighting in how special this place is.  I wasn’t the only one working on a Saturday.  There was Shelley, our community coordinator, helping to ensure that all was ready for the mosaic workshop, while next door we could hear the hum of a saw as our paraprofessional, Charles, cut wooden blocks in preparation for second grade bridge work.

Weekly Letter 5.4.16

Dear Families:

We present two stories from the week before vacation, which speak to the complexities of life and how that affects our carefully planned curriculum:

On Monday, April 18th, Sarah’s kindergarten class came to school to find that the catfish and one of their crabs were dead.  In a subsequent discussion the children hypothesized about the cause of death and about what to do with the deceased animals.  Kalliope Muerx said, "We could burn them in a small fire and then keep their ashes in a special place in the room, like I did when my dog died."  Leo Foley suggested, “We could draw a picture of them and take it home so we have a memory."  Hayden Letts said,  "We could dig a hole, put them in, then dig them up when we want them back." The clincher was Leon Saint’s comment, " Maybe we should take them to the garden, bury them in the ground, cover them up.  Then we could put toy people near the grave holding small umbrellas.”  When Sarah asked why, Leon explained,  "Just like when real people die and go to the cemetery. "

From early childhood to the upper grades:

Weekly Letter 5.4.16

Dear Families:

We present two stories from the week before vacation, which speak to the complexities of life and how that affects our carefully planned curriculum:

On Monday, April 18th, Sarah’s kindergarten class came to school to find that the catfish and one of their crabs were dead.  In a subsequent discussion the children hypothesized about the cause of death and about what to do with the deceased animals.  Kalliope Muerx said, "We could burn them in a small fire and then keep their ashes in a special place in the room, like I did when my dog died."  Leo Foley suggested, “We could draw a picture of them and take it home so we have a memory."  Hayden Letts said,  "We could dig a hole, put them in, then dig them up when we want them back." The clincher was Leon Saint’s comment, " Maybe we should take them to the garden, bury them in the ground, cover them up.  Then we could put toy people near the grave holding small umbrellas.”  When Sarah asked why, Leon explained, "Just like when real people die and go to the cemetery. "

 From early childhood to the upper grades:

Weekly Letter 4.18.16

Dear Families:

On April 7th, the last day of the state ELA test, our hearts were distracted.  It began with a visit from seven foot Dakari Johnson.  Dakari is a professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky.  But if you go back in time, you would have found him here at 610 Henry Street.  Dakari went to BNS from kindergarten to fifth grade and we remember him well.  For one thing, he was the tallest in his class so he stood out every time his group would go down the hall.  Dakari’s mom, Makini Campbell, was our guidance counselor so Dakari was a staff child.  

Weekly Letter 4.11.16

Dear Families:

The Pre-K  has been reading and having conversations about their teddy bears' emotions.  Most recently, they’ve been talking about feeling SCARED.  They have also been discussing what soothes their bears.  Two weeks ago, Amy Binin read Patricia Polacco's Thundercake to her class.

Weekly Letter 4.4.16

Dear Families:

At BNS, we have a goal of deepening staff understanding of racism in society and of its effect on education.

Last Monday, BAX teaching artist, José Joaquín García, shared with teachers and paraprofessionals, slavery's legacy in America. José spoke about his experience as an Afro-Puerto Rican male growing up in New York City. The presentation began with a short film by Equal Justice Initiative entitled, "Slavery to Mass Incarceration." After Jose’s presentation,the staff discussed ways in which we could codify curriculum around social and racial justice.  It was also pointed out that our school library has introduced our upper grade classes to this legacy with the sharing of stories of slavery in American history.  

Last Tuesday, our Race and Equity Committee, (which includes Malika, Jennifer and Bill as well as Anna, Diane and Amy Sumner) invited other staff members (Sarah, Doris, Tanya, Zahidur, Ita and Antoinette) to join us for a meeting with Dr. Raygine DiAquoi, Harvard PhD. Dr. DiAquoi is an educational equity consultant who, among other topics, has focused on racial socialization, looking at how parents speak with children about racism and how society and history inform these conversations. We set about planning our next two staff development sessions with Dr. DiAquoi, using exchanges currently happening in our classrooms as a jumping off point.

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