119 Performers + Donna and José = Joy

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Dear Families:

We want to congratulate our teaching artists from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Donna and José, on the most unique and powerful  Fourth Grade Musical, performed on the evening of March 3 on Zoom.  Entitled Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream, and viewed by many, the Zoom event wowed us.  Despite being limited by little boxes and the home environment, our fourth graders danced and sang and spoke with presence, enthusiasm, confidence and a strong sense of self.

As happens on stage and perhaps even more so because of those boxes, our fourth graders all participated.  There were no stars.  There were 119 performers with each child engaged in sharing a part of themselves.  Dressed in compelling t-shirts, each student was featured as a part of their crew.  We watched as Zack, Kaelyn, Carrie, Jess, Kristen, Josh and Candacy’s crews took the stage (the screen).  Each in their unique way, reminded us of why we do what we do.  Despite the zoomy presentation, this evening looked and felt like the fourth grade musical.  Our kids showed us who they are. 


Our musical took place a little over a year after our last fourth grade musical, held on a Thursday evening in February 2020 when we were hearing the rumblings of COVID 19, but still had little understanding of what was about to happen.  In the weeks to follow, the news was grim.  Something bad was happening in China and then Italy.  And not too long after that, it was here in the United States on the west coast.  Parents began to keep their kids out of school, field trips were cancelled and we were being called to many meetings as the DOE began to address the concerns.  But on Sunday March 8, 2020 we had no idea what would happen a week later.  

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year: a year of social distancing, a year of face masks, a year of isolation, a year of remote learning and simultaneously, a year of unrest and change.  It’s been a year.

360 days after our last typical day of school on March 13, 2020, we feel now just a little hope.  The news is more reassuring.  Many people are getting vaccinated and the message from the CDC is a little less frightening.  We are a people in transition.  

As we enter spring, a season of renewal and growth, we look towards the future.  We wonder whether or not our new administration will succeed in prioritizing public education so that we can do what we need to do in the upcoming academic year.  We look towards the future with excitement and trepidation and with the knowledge that our fourth graders with the strangest dreams are the ones who can and will change the world. 

All for now,

Anna, Diane, and Malika

Quote of the Week:

BAM has been doing remote workshops on Senegalese dance with the third grade.  When they visited  Katherine’s class, Siena Battistuzzi  wrote periodically in the chat.  These words appeared: West Africa is so amazing!!!!  I like these guests a lot!!!  This is the best school day ever!!!  I am so happy!!

Reminder:

Please come to the third session of the celebration of Anna’s career on March 10 at 7 pm.  The first session in January looked at our school’s history, focusing on how BNS was started and how it came to be.  The second session with the theme of social justice featured some powerful BNS graduates, young people out in the world in different professions, but always working with the understanding that their actions matter.  In fact one of them, Jelani Lowe, is an architect, who builds green sustainable buildings in Philadelphia.  Our session this week features just that: sustainability.  Come ready to hear from teachers and young people about science and sustainability, curriculum which is very much at the heart of the work that we do.  

We’ll start with the general PTA meeting at 6:30 pm.

The Celebration begins at 7 pm (same link for both):  

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83302325457?pwd=TGxOMXRodEZHc3p3YndsVXJLSDNuUT09

Meeting ID: 833 0232 5457 Passcode: 146146

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