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Weekly Letter 11.14.16

Dear Families:


When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me that all people were inherently good.  She explained that sometimes people made poor choices, but that each person had the potential to be good.  This, mind you, was the sentiment of someone married to my father, who in 1938 was separated from his parents when they sent their two oldest children to London to escape the turmoil in Vienna.  


Our families, teachers and children have been reacting to Wednesday morning’s news in many ways with classes discussing the results, children writing letters to President Elect Trump and to Hillary Clinton, and with lots of talk on the schoolyard and in the playground.  

Weekly Letter 11.7.16

Dear Families:


On any given Monday or Thursday around 11:30 AM, you can find a lot of fifth graders running around the ballfield.  If you stop to watch, you will be in awe of their form, grace and stride.  These are students who know how to run and who run with competence and ease as well as the ability to keep going.  They are not future athletes, but are already athletes in their own right.  When they finish their run, they may choose to play soccer, football or kickball.  Whatever the activity, they move with skill and the joy of a competitive sport.  For now, their actions are self-monitored and they are free to engage in the effort for as long or as short a time as they choose, but already it is evident that they will become leaders in their high school sports program.  Their skill has been developed over their years here at BNS.  They have grown up with the Mighty Miler program and have learned that practice pays off, and that which feels hard at first, gets easier.

Weekly Letter 10.31.16

Dear Families:


After almost two months of school, it is time for each of you to meet with the teachers.  At these meetings, you will have the opportunity to listen, look at your child’s work, learn what has been hard and what has been easy and of course, ask questions.  After two months, you, presumably, have your own impressions of how the school year has been going.  Come to the parent teacher conference ready to share your thoughts and to discuss your child’s academic and social progress in school.  During the conference, the teachers and you will set goals, goals, which your child will be working on for the rest of the school year.  

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.  


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