Weekly Memory
Posted on September 13, 2019

I played with sand. [Latfiyah]

I liked outside because we played tag and it was fun to me and I liked it. [Jacob]

I did a Beanie Bool puzzle. [Eloise]

Math. I am doing math. I love math. [Levi F]

There was something in the auditorium. It was to help you choose your band instrument. You didn't have to be in the band. I want to be in the band, though. [MD]

We did a puzzle. I loved it. It was fun. [Nola]

I did kicking a ball by myself. [Jeremy]

I played Survival with my friends and I was the one to be kidnapped and I missed all the adventure but then I started to get bored and I am talking about Minecraft. [Ameer]


Our Schedule
Posted on September 6, 2019

Here is our schedule of specials for the first half of the school year. This schedule might be handy for making sure kids are wearing the right kind of sneakers on PE days, for example.

Monday PE - 10:25
Tuesday PE - 12:50
Wednesday Spanish - 9:40
Library - 10:30
Thursday Dance - 9:40 (start date to be determined)
Computers - 10:25
Friday Art - 9:40
Music - 10:25

Beginning of the Year Letter
Posted on September 5, 2019

Dear Families,

Our year has begun! We are already having a great time learning about each other and making ourselves into a new community!

Below, we have addressed a few important items. If you have other questions, please let us know. Keep this letter handy, as you may want to refer to it later. This letter is also on our class website and you can find it there all year long.

Class Website

Check it out often! Maybe even every day. There will be new images from the classroom updated regularly, a calendar of events, and descriptions of what we are working on (written, as much as possible, by your children). The address is http://bnsweb.org/greta.andrew/

The All-Important Blue Home Folder

Please look for notices and your child’s homework assignment every day.  We will start assigning homework on Monday, September 9.  Usually, your child’s homework assignment will be in the home folder, Monday through Thursday. Checking the folder every day keeps you up-to-date with what is happening in class and keeps you informed about school issues.


We start the year by reading at home for at least twenty minutes.  Children can be read to or do the reading themselves (out loud or not - as long as they are comfortable).  Sometimes, families share the reading - taking turns reading out loud. The important thing is that children are absorbed in books every day for a sustained period of time.

Soon we will add about 10 minutes of writing, math or other work to the daily reading. All of this work will be directly related to the work that was done in class that day; as such, if your child has missed school, it is often difficult to make up the homework. However, you can always do 20 minutes of reading together.

School Supplies

As we mentioned in our summer letter, we have gotten everything your child will need for the classroom.  We ask that each family reimburse us for these costs. We ask that you chip in $75 for your child’s share.  If this amount is burdensome, please pay what makes sense for your family. If you can contribute more, it is always welcome.  You can make checks out to Greta Schwerner or pay by Venmo to Andrew’s account: zvichi@gmail.com.


We will need snack for next week.  If you are able to do that, please let us know.  After that, we will have a sign-up sheet for snacks out next week during our 10-minute meetings.  Thank you so much for providing healthy snacks for our class. We eat snack every day at about 9:45 a.m.  You may bring in the weeks’ snacks all at once or daily – whichever is easier for you. This year, because of a very serious allergy, we are requesting only gluten-free snacks. Good choices are rice crackers, GF chips, popcorn, fruit, cheese, GF dry cereal, carrots and other easy to eat veggies.  


Please know that you are in no way obligated to celebrate birthdays; it is up to your family to decide what is best. If your child is excited to celebrate with her/his classmates, feel free to bring in a treat. Please remember that our classroom must stay gluten-free. Also please do not bring in candy, party favors, candles or balloons.  We tend to gather in a circle first and then we share a snack while listening to a read aloud. Usually, we will celebrate birthdays at 1:40 but please confirm a time with us in advance. You are welcome to join us or simply send in something for the class to share.

Water Bottles

As we do not have a sink or drinking fountain in the classroom and would like children to drink water as often as they’d like without lots of excursions to the hallway drinking fountain, we ask that you send in a water bottle for your child to keep at school and to bring on class trips.


Summer Letter 2019
Posted on August 15, 2019

Dear Second Graders and Families,

Welcome to a new year at Brooklyn New School! Our names are Greta Schwerner and Andrew Chiappetta. We will be your Second Grade teachers this year. 

We hope you are having a fun summer vacation.  Greta is spending the summer camping and canoeing and traveling to Tennessee with her husband and two daughters.  There will be much tromping around the woods, swimming in rivers, and trying to catch blue-tailed lizards. (Really!  There are blue-tailed lizards here in Tennessee!) When Greta and her family get back to Brooklyn, she’ll be reading books, hanging out at the Red Hook pool, and getting ready for school in September.

Andrew is spending his summer exploring - places halfway around the world and places right out the back door. He will be hiking and camping and gardening and drawing and painting and studying trees. If you want to find Andrew over the summer, the best place to look is in a forest next to a tree. He will probably be there with a pencil and a sketchbook and a tree guide.

We cannot wait to meet you and hear about how you spent your summer vacation!

Now here are your first two assignments to get you ready for 2nd grade!


This summer, as you go walking outside - along the sidewalk, in a park, on a hike, in a backyard, wherever you go - look for trees. Then, look on the ground around the trees. Find a leaf that has fallen from a tree. Choose a leaf that you think is particularly beautiful or interesting. Make sure the leaf is from a tree and not from a nearby bush or other plant. Also make sure the leaf is not broken. You should be able to see the full shape of the leaf. Next, use the kit (which we will send to you in the mail) to press the leaf. That way your leaf will not dry up and crumble. Finally, get ready to share your leaf and tell the story of finding it. Where did you find the leaf? What made you stop to pick it up? Bring the leaf, with the press, into school on the first day. Everyone will have the chance to tell a leaf story. Then we will put them all together to start a class leaf collection.


Keep your eyes open for bridges this summer, too. Once you start looking for them, you will see them all over the place! Some bridges will be huge and some bridges will be tiny. Bring in a picture of a bridge. Any bridge. You can take a picture with a camera and print it out. You can find a picture in a magazine. You can draw a picture (be careful and use lots of detail, so we can see how the bridge really looks). Pick a bridge that you think is interesting and beautiful.

The first day of school is Thursday, September 5th.  School starts at 8:10. We will meet you in the Big Yard and we will all walk together to our classroom, 309.  We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Greta and Andrew


Important Information For Families

Please send us an email to andrew.greta@bns146.org with your name and your child’s name, confirming that you got this letter. We will send the leaf press kit to the address we have on file. If you would like us to send it to a different address please let us know.

The beginning-of-year forms will be sent home during the first week of school.  As always, it is important to get these back to us as soon as you can.

Allergies/Health Issues

If your child has serious allergies which may require emergency treatment, asthma, or any other health issue that we need to know about before the first day of school, please send us an email so that we can be prepared.  


We have chosen to buy all our classroom supplies in bulk. This should save us all quite a bit of bother and money while providing uniform materials for all of our students.  We will spend $75 per child. So, instead of buying specific supplies, we ask that you reimburse us. Please feel free to pay the $75 all at once or in smaller installments. As always, if this amount is a burden, please pay what makes sense for your family.  If this amount is not a burden and you could contribute more, that would be very welcome, too. This will cover the cost of the following materials: notebooks, copy paper, yellow drafting paper, tape, glue, pencils, colored pencils, oil pastels, permanent markers, post-it notes, dry erase markers, watercolor paper and paints, tissues, wipes, paper towels, scissors, labels, laminating materials, construction paper, manila drawing paper, sheet protectors, fasteners, band aids, and ziploc bags.