Ancestral Technology

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Dear Families:

We wanted to celebrate the work our fourth grade teachers are doing.  Every year, fourth grade studies about Native Americans, zeroing in on the Lenni Lenape.  This is a curriculum that is rich in hands-on experiences for our students.  With the help of Nancye Good, a specialist in ancestral technology,  fourth grade teaches the students about how Native Americans made things a long time ago.  Children learn flint knapping, drilling, tracking, mat making, wigwam building and more.  This powerful engagement in doing is an essential part of our learning experience.

Fourth grade teachers asked themselves, ‘How can we retain this approach during a pandemic?’  Of course, this has not been easy, but with the flexibility of Nancye and her team, the fourth grade was able to bring these authentic experiences to their students.  Over the course of four days, they and their crews engaged in this exciting work.  


It began on a rainy Friday, November 13th, and concluded on the 16th.  B group learners were the first to explore these ancient materials.  Then, on both Saturday and Sunday,  our students who are one hundred percent remote came to school to make a wigwam,  learn about tracking, knap some flint, and make a stone pendant.  Finally, on Monday, our A group learners had the opportunity to participate in these stations.  

We thank Nancye, her colleagues and the entire fourth grade team for going above and beyond.

All for now,

Anna and Diane and Malika

All photos by Justin Weiner


Please note:  We will welcome in-person A and C students back to BNS on Monday, Dec. 7.  Two important reminders:

  • All in-person students must have COVID test consent forms on file.  You can fill it out on paper and give it to your child when they come back for their first in-person day OR you can fill it out in your child’s NYC Schools Account, NYCSA.  Here is a video explaining the COVID test procedure.
  • Students will be required to submit a health screening form every day they are in person at school. You can print it out at home and give it to your child if they take the bus. You can bring it with you if you drop your child at school. Or you can pull up this Health Screening link on your phone to show it to the nurses / screeners at entry.  

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support as we maintain the health and safety of our community.

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