Welcome to the Brooklyn New School

Our community thrives because of our commitment to community, progressive education practices and you! We hope you’ll find lots of reasons to get involved including having fun and meeting some great new people, not to mention to strengthen the school- parent- teacher- student relationships that are so vital to our school. Simply volunteer your time or donate money (for those who can).

Join the PTA

Did you know that every parent/guardian of a child who attends BNS is a member of the BNS PTA? You don’t have to join because you’re already an essential part of it. Learn more about how to get involved in the PTA.


Here are the ways you can stay informed about what’s going on at BNS!


PTA Newsletter. This comes out once per week on Sunday night and is chock full of important events, reminders and ways you can get involved in fundraising and community events. Make sure to check your promotions folder if you use gmail. You can see an archive of all PTA newsletters here.  To join, simply click Subscribe and fill out form.

BNS Families email group The school newsgroup is one of the best ways to get up to date emails about all school related matters. To join, send an email to

Backpack Mail. This is an important method of communication between you and your child’s teacher. Please make a habit of reading everything that comes home in your child’s folder on the same day it comes home. Fill out forms as soon as possible and send them back in right away. You can also send notes to your teacher via Backpack mail.

BNS Facebook page. This parent run FB page is a fun place to post events, comments and photos. Click here to join.


BNS Website. Our website is a great source of information. PTA newsletters and Anna's weekly letters are posted on our BNS website. Check back frequently to see the latest happenings at our school. If you have suggestions for the website please contact


Other things to know

Label Everything. It’s pretty remarkable how quickly the school’s Lost & Found fills up every month and how much of that stuff goes unclaimed and off to charity.  The school’s Lost & Found is in the Cafeteria.

Volunteering. If your schedule allows it, WONDERFUL. One of the Brooklyn New School’s huge strengths is parent involvement. Without it, our school suffers, especially in the face of recent budget cuts. There are many different ways to help, and there are quite a few things that don’t need to be accomplished during the school day. Read more about how you can get involved on the Volunteer page (and of course, keep reading the communications that come out on a regular basis for opportunities to get involved.)

BNS Curriculum Night. This is an important event that will take place around the second or third week into the school year. You don’t want to miss it.  Your teacher will be sharing with you what the school year will have in store for your little ones.  Curriculum Night is also when parents volunteer to be Class Parents (more here). Please book a babysitter – there will not be any childcare.

Emergency contact cards.  Fill out the blue cards you get asap. The cards will come from your teachers.  Keep these cards updated if your contact information changes during the year.  Blue cards are kept in the Main Office and the nurse’s office, room 105.

Annual income verification form (replaces school lunch form). Even though lunch is now free for all, one form must be filled out for every child every year whether or not the child will be eating school lunch, and whether or not your family is low income. This is mandated by the federal government, and the forms must be completed immediately.

Bus information packet.  Please read this information packet and download and return the bus registration form and behavior contract to your teacher if you need to register.  Busing starts on the first day of school for returning families only.  New families or families that have moved must fill out the bus registration form. Each child must review and sign a behavior contract so that we can ensure the safety of your children.

Note: We strongly suggest that kindergarten families do not use the bus the first two weeks of school. It is better to introduce the youngest members of our community after the drivers and older children have settled in. Pre-K students may not use the yellow bus – a parent or caregiver must drop pre-K students off and pick them up from the classroom.

AfterSchool Program. Please click here to read more about the BNS AfterSchool program.

Contacting Teachers. All of our teachers have a school email account. You can contact them by emailing them  For most staff you just need to use the first name though some common names require first and last name. Amy Sumner’s email address is That’s because there’s more than one Amy here at the Brooklyn New School!

Other guidelines

Click here to read about BNS guidelines on cell phone usage, progress reporting, bus information,

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