Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)



Our Mission Statement

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee will support the needs of students, parents, teachers and administrators to foster a school community where every intersection of diversity is uniquely acknowledged and celebrated each and every day — in what our students learn and how they interact with one another; and how our teachers and parents engage with black, brown and other minority teachers. We strive to create an inclusive culture where listening and acceptance creates the truest sense of belonging; where we always challenge the paradigms and perceived notions of equality and equity; where we speak up for and against any forms and acts of racism; where we manifest the deepest and most profound new reality that all of our differences, whether ethnicity, race, gender preference, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, religious beliefs, language preference or socio-economic status are a reflection of the beautiful tapestry of the BNS community. As a connected community nurturing our future curious, lifelong learners, we never tire of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Our Values

We believe in creating a school culture of belonging
We believe in building collaboration skills that build emotional intelligence
We believe in creating lifelong learners
We believe in cultivating curious minds
We believe in freedom of expression
We believe in healing and bringing cultures closer together
We believe in listening with pure intent 
We believe in equity and equality for all 
We believe that diversity is how we heal the world


Our Actions

Student wearing overalls with a heart on the front

LISTEN to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) and marginalized communities so that we have a true understanding of the varying needs 

Children standing in the play yard holding their arms out in welcome

SUPPORT ideas that are different and feel unconventional

Three students with their backs to the camera, with heads turned to face the camera

TRAIN our educators and parent community on anti-racist behaviors and language 

Two students building a fire starter with sticks

CREATE curricula, cohorts and student activities that expand minds and introduce our students to diversity 

2 students with "Last Night I had the Strangest Dream" t-shirts

Respect for all


Fundraising

The DEI Committee has developed a set of guiding principles & questions to help the PTA and BNS community engage in fundraising in a way that aligns with our values of social and economic justice.   Please click here to read and learn more.


Respect For All

Our Respect for All Liaison Is Joseph Klein (this link will open up your email server).  If you or your child has questions or concerns, you can speak with Joseph.

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