Learning How to Work

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Dear Families:

On Friday, November 30th, we had the pleasure of having sixth grade students from MS 839 visiting.  They came to observe and learn about our sustainability program as a part of a unit they are investigating around food access.  

The children, none of them BNS graduates, were enthralled with the two spaces, which they observed: the Green Room on the ground floor and the Farm out in the schoolyard.   There were oohs and aahs as they noticed all of the exciting things: woodworking tools, lots of materials, plants, bugs, worms and other creatures. They also were intrigued by the sample paper that was drying, paper that had just been made by first grade children.

Then they went outside where Bill and Janet’s class were busily working in the garden.  What were they doing? Johanna explained that the students had determined what to do once they got outside.  

There were a few groups with one group sifting through the earth, another over by the hollow blocks, and a third group very determinedly hammering nails into a piece of plastic, which was being placed upon a wooden frame, which was on top of one of the planting beds.  A sixth grade observer remarked, “Isn’t that dangerous?” His teacher reminded him that the goal was to observe and not to judge. But first grader, Shaw Hirschmann-Bissonnette, explained that they knew what they were doing and not only that, they needed to do this, to prepare the planting bed for the winter and also, because if they didn’t do this now in grade one, how would they be ready to work when they were grown ups?  They were learning how to work!

And then Johanna came over and put those sixth graders to work.  It was another busy day here at BNS.

On December 20th, we will all learn more when our first grade classes present their farm study. Hope to see first grade parents there!

All for now,



Quote of the Week:

STEAM starts early at BNS with sailboat making in Kindergarten.  Before starting, we wanted to let students understand that engineering involves trial and error.  So we asked students: “What will you do if your sailboat flops over?” We were hoping for answers such as,   “Problem solve. Start over. Change the sail. Come up with a new idea.”  Instead, Elsa Davidson-Malamy in Doug’s class, responded,  “SWIM!”, leaving the teacher speechless for at least one minute.





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