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Weekly Letter 12.14.15

Dear Families:


On Friday November 20th, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced changes to the admissions policies of seven schools, including ours.  As part of the new admissions pilot,  Brooklyn New School will give priority to children whose families qualify for free and reduced price lunch after prioritizing siblings and current pre-k children.  The change stems from a proposal that we submitted to the DOE  in the fall of 2014.  The new admission policy will be for both the  pre-K and kindergarten admissions cycles.  


Weekly Letter 12.7.15


Dear Families:


On Tuesday, December 1, children participated in another Garden to Café day.  Mesclun and arugula salad (from our very own garden) with olive oil & balsamic vinegar dressing  and made with the help of our 1st graders was served as well as roasted squash soup.  We heard the word ‘yum’ and saw many a request for seconds.  Thanks to the parents who helped to make this special day happen.     


Weekly Letter 11.30.15

Dear Families:


Two weeks ago on a beautiful fall day in November, the entire fourth grade gathered in Prospect Park for another annual tradition.  Fourth graders, their teachers and parents were there to celebrate the completion of the building of the wigwam, you know the one that is housed just to the side of the Lefferts Homestead.  Why build a model wigwam when you can build a life size replica?  Or better yet, why not do both?    


Weekly Letter 11.23.15

Dear Families:


It was an extravagant Extravaganza with an exuberant everlasting performance by all.  Wow!  Many thanks to José and Ed and all the paraprofessionals and parents who made this possible.  What makes the Extravaganza so special is that it is completely child centered.  The children create and make the acts.  In the weeks leading up to the big day, you can find them in the schoolyard and the cafeteria, figuring out their moves and lines, and working together to make their own magic happen.  José’s job is to support them in pulling this all together.  


Weekly Letter 11.16.15

Dear Families:


On Friday, November 6, our fifth graders came back from three days at Frost Valley and the week after, you could feel the camaraderie of the children and their teachers.  The three days in the woods had clearly been a bonding experience.  I am hopeful that fifth grade parents heard many a story about the overnight, but wanted to share one story that spoke to why we do what we do.  It was sent to me by Antoinette, one of the fifth grade teachers.


Weekly Letter 11.9.15


Dear Families:

On Friday, fifth graders returned from a three day overnight trip to Frost Valley, exhausted but happy.  For some of them, the day was not yet over, as they had plans to perform with BCS students at the Lynn Redgrave Theater as a part of the Passerine Project.  For the second year in a row, children from Laurie and Amanda’s class participated in songwriting with Emmy-nominated producer/composer Shevy Smith and recording artist Kendall Custer.  

Weekly Letter 11.4.15


Dear Families:


On Thursday, October 22, BNS teachers participated in the first of four sessions devoted to our work around performance based assessment.  For our first foray into this process, we went to the experts.  Many thanks to Scott Henstrand and Beth Mowry, long time high school teachers from Brooklyn Collaborative Studies (BCS), for sharing their practice.  Although many BNS teachers have had the opportunity to participate in the performance based assessment process at BCS, this was the first time that we got insight into the thinking that is necessary for the implementation of  PBAs.  


Weekly Letter 10.26.15

Dear Families:

 In a moment of pride,  I share with the BNS community an email that I received last week:

 Dear Principal Allanbrook,

I am an Education Volunteer and Tour Guide at the American Museum of Natural History. Last Thursday, Oct. 15th, I had the pleasure of encountering Mr. Steve Wilson and his 3rd Grade class in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals. The students were not just well prepared, they were totally involved in their work. Their enthusiasm, the answers they gave to Mr. Wilson’s questions, the questions they themselves asked, their intense curiosity about every aspect of the dioramas - all testified to Mr. Wilson’s skill and dedication as a teacher. In addition, the assistants and parents who were present worked with outstanding cooperation as a team under his leadership.

Weekly Letter 10.19.15


Dear Families:


On Friday afternoon I attended the Inauguration of Shael Polakow-Suransky as President of  Bank Street College of Education.  The event was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, a beautiful setting for such an august occasion.  In addition to inaugurating its new president, Bank Street College was celebrating its centennial.  It seemed fitting that a new president was being celebrated as Bank Street embarks on another century of being a leader in progressive education.  


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