The Brooklyn New School is committed to academic and personal success for all students. We believe that children are creators of meaning. They are naturally thoughtful and curious, and they work to gain understanding of the world they inhabit. When the adults who care for children foster this effort, children become life-long learners.
 
 
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Weekly Letter 6.1.15

Dear  Families:

 

I was on my way out of school on Friday evening when the sound of excitement in the auditorium beckoned.  I stopped by and found myself watching the BCS 2015 Spring Arts Showcase.  I was pulled in by the performances, which included dance, poetry, rap, hip hop, step-dancing, and music.  I found myself watching sixth graders rapping and eleventh graders performing their own music.  I couldn’t leave.  The show was too good.  It included stepping that  middle school students had learned in the BCS After School Program partnership with the YWCA, and high school  dance  from a partnership with Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), as well as sixth graders and some of our fourth and fifth graders singing  Musical Theater from Godspell, all of which had been learned in an After School Program collaboration with Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), with funding provided through our Arts Continuum grant.

 

Weekly Letter 5.26.15

Dear  Families:

 

This week fourth graders are taking the hands-on portion of the New York State Science Test.  What does this mean?  It means that when taking the test, they work on various science investigations, using what they know and have learned to solve questions around a range of science concepts.  On Monday, June 1, they will take the written science test, which is a multiple choice exam that determines how much students know about basic science concepts.  

 

Weekly Letter 5.18.15

 

Dear  Families:

Calling all kindergarten to fourth grade parents:

Please join us for Parents As Learning Partners on Wednesday morning to participate in a Make and Take Math workshop. Parents will make math tools and learn how to use these tools to support their child as a mathematician.   

Weekly Letter 5.13.15

 

Dear  Families:

I spent last Saturday at Barnard College meeting with a diverse group of folks who are involved in education.  Participants included teachers, professors, parents, and principals, and all were members of the education community who are concerned about the impact that the accountability initiatives have had on public education.  One of the participants, Jamaal Bowman, was the founding principal of the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School in the Bronx. Jamaal and Jia Lee, a teacher from the Earth School, excitedly  took on the leadership role in the planning of a BlackLivesMatter education conference for October of this year!  The idea is to build connections between grassroots groups that have common issues around social justice.  

weekly letter 5.4.15

Dear  Families:

In the past couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure of visiting other schools.  Three weeks ago, some of us spent the morning at the Blue School where we had the opportunity to see a vision enacted.  Last Wednesday, I went to Boston, along with a few teachers, and spent a day at a school called Mission Hill. It is always exciting to see other folks engaged in similar questions about how best to support student learning.  

weekly letter 4.20.15

Dear  Families:

weekly letter 4.13.15 corrected

 Dear  Families:

 On April 1, the day before the last day of school before spring break,  BNS participated in its School Quality Review.  Our reviewer, Maribel Hulla, met with administrators, teachers and parents, while also observing many classes.  The day was intensive and extensive.  After school, Maribel shared her preliminary findings.  She found the work of our children and staff to be ‘well developed’ and she commended us on a number of areas.  We were applauded for the rigorous and coherent curriculum, which was aligned to the Common Core Learning standards.  As well it was observed that teacher pedagogy is developed from a coherent set of beliefs about how students learn best.  Understood too was how assessment is embedded in the curriculum and how our teachers’ decisions about what to teach is based on their analysis of what students have learned.   Our school culture, which communicates high expectations to all, was visible.  And there was recognition of the ways in which teacher teams collaborate and share leadership.  It was a rewarding day and a chance for us to share our work and learn from an outside perspective.

weekly letter 4.2.15

 

 

Dear  Families:

 

As spring vacation rolls around, we find ourselves already thinking about the end of the year and knowing that with any school year, change will come.  Fifth graders will graduate while their younger school mates will grow a year older.  And teachers will leave and come.  That is the cool thing about schools.  Things happen annually.  

 

Weekly Letter 3.25.15

 

Dear  Families:

 

We have exciting news.   The participatory budgeting vote is only a few weeks away, and our project is one of the choices.  We hope you will vote.  We have asked for funding to upgrade the lower gym, which is a space located underneath the gymnasium.  Just think of that: more space for movement and dance and theatre and action and all we need is for you to get out the vote!

 

weekly letter 3.20.15

Dear  Families:

 

On Monday and Tuesday, our fifth graders and the children in Andrew’s class wowed us with their knowledge of the Maya.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the Maya Museum, let me paint a picture by quoting fifth grade parent, Kemala Karmen’s email, which relates to some photos of the event.

 

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