Giving Thanks

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Dear Families:

We wanted to take a moment to give thanks, thanks for all of your children and thanks for your support as we work together to create a school year unlike no other.

As the calendar year draws to a close, please remember to note the “A” and “B” distinctions on the calendar for in-person learning.  There are a few weeks, starting with this week, that might not follow the rotation as assumed.  This Wednesday, 11/18, is an “A day,” because there was no school last Wednesday.  This is necessary to be sure that A and B cohort learners have a balanced number of in-person learning days between September and December.

With that in mind, we turn to Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  We know that November and December are the months in which families traditionally get together and we can only imagine that at least some of you may be planning to be with relatives and friends in indoor spaces.

We want to remind you that we are still in a pandemic and that the COVID case numbers are rising in New York.  Please keep this in mind as you plan your holiday time.  Remember that indoor or unmasked gatherings increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19.   We ask therefore that you remain cautious during this holiday season.

If you do travel out of state and spend time with others, please remember that a two week quarantine is needed afterwards.  As well, it would make sense for everyone in your household to get a COVID test.  See NY State Guidance for additional details.

Even if you stay home, but spend Thanksgiving Day with people outside of your immediate family, a two-week quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test is highly recommended.

If you do need to keep your children at home until mid December, they can still participate in school remotely.

We also wanted to let you know that we had our second day of random COVID tests at school last Thursday.  As of now, no student or staff member has had a positive response.  We remain cautious and appreciate that families are allowing their children to be tested.

If you have not signed the form for COVID testing, please do so.

You can now submit the consent form for random in-school testing through your New York City School Account (NYCSA). If you need your account creation code, reach out to Amy  with the subject “NYCSA” and please be patient, as she’s recently been flooded with requests.

  1. Login to your NYCSA at https://mystudent.nyc/.
  2. When you sign in, you will receive a pop-up message letting you know that you can now complete the consent form.
  3. Read more about Covid-19 testing on that page, then choose “consent” or “deny” for each of your students.
  4. Click “Update Now” at the bottom of the page.

We are, of course, following the news about the increase in the number of positive COVID tests in New York City.  As you probably know, Mayor De Blasio has said that he will close the school buildings if the city reaches a 7-day average of 3% positivity rate.   Our Crew and Cohort plan was developed with this in mind.  If the school buildings are closed, we are ready and students will work from home within their class crews.  We send positive wishes that this will not need to happen.

By following the guidelines, we as a community can work together to keep Brooklyn New School open and safe.

Don’t forget to join us for the family meetings scheduled throughout this week, and starting today with first grade at 10:30.  These meetings are scheduled for half an hour each.  Anna, Diane, and one representative from the grade level team will present.

  •  Pre-K: Friday, November 20 @ 9:00am with Jacqueline
  • Kindergarten: Friday, November 20 @ 9:30am with Jenn C.
  • 1st Grade: Monday, November 16 @ 10:30am with Tammy
  • 2nd Grade: Wednesday, November 18 @ 10:00am with Penina
  • 3rd Grade: Wednesday, November 18 @ 9:30am with Malika
  • 4th Grade: Tuesday, November 17 @ 10:00am with Kaelyn
  • 5th Grade: Wednesday, November 18 @ 10:30am with Rachel

All meetings will use the same Zoom room. The link will be in Konstella.

All for now,

Anna and Diane and Malika

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Please check the Konstella calendar and the website calendar for updates.

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