Anna’s Weekly Letters

Anna Allanbrook, BNS principal, writes a weekly letter that typically comes out on Monday or Tuesday of each week and is sent out via email to all families.

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  • Bridges: Hand in Hand in Friendship and in Love

    April 16, 2018

    Dear Families:   Saying goodbye is never easy, but on Sunday when the staff gathered at Green-Wood Cemetery to join former second grade teacher, Stefania Di Stefano’s family, it felt particularly hard. We were...   Read More

  • BNS mourns our beloved Stefania

    April 11, 2018

    We need to share sad news with you.  Our beloved teacher, Stefania Di Stefano, passed away on Monday April 9 from cancer.  Many of your children knew Stefania during her years here, first as a student teacher, then...   Read More

  • Our Busy Season

    April 9, 2018

    Dear Families:   Welcome back from a chilly spring break.  We look forward to a productive few months full of inquiry and joy and learning.  Please stay connected with BNS and make a point...   Read More

  • The Democratic Process of Learning

    March 26, 2018

    Dear Families:   During March, third and fifth grade students participated in the Performance Based Assessment process.  Each child sat in front of a panel of adults. These adults included their teacher, another teacher,...   Read More

  • Children Making Sense of the World

    March 19, 2018

    Dear Families:   It was not a long amount of time, but on the morning of the 14th, our students had a powerful lesson in democracy.   Discussions before and after spoke of the need...   Read More

  • We’ll See You at Parent / Teacher Conferences

    March 13, 2018

    Dear Families:   By now you should have received and read your child’s progress report. If you didn’t, please let us know so we can resend it.  As you can see from the report’s...   Read More

  • What does it mean to be safe?

    March 7, 2018

    What does it mean to be safe? Some of our staff met after school on Tuesday February 27.  We had scheduled the meeting to discuss the possibility of our participation in the national walk...   Read More

  • Parents as Learning Partners: Math for Grades K-1, Tues March 3, 8:20am

    March 3, 2018

    Dear Families:   It happens once a month: Parents As Learning Partners.  And it’s an opportunity not to be missed.  Each month we take a little time to talk with you about the learning...   Read More

  • Performance Based Assessment Season Begins This Week

    February 26, 2018

    Dear Families:   The grade level museums are closed with teachers, children, and parents holding lingering memories of the energy and knowledge of those powerful days.                ...   Read More

  • Be like Mr B

    February 12, 2018

    Dear Families: From September until now, the fourth grade has been meeting three times a week with David, our music teacher.  José, our creative dramatics theatre teaching artist from Brooklyn Arts Exchange has been...   Read More

  • “It Takes a Village.”

    February 5, 2018

    Dear Families: Last Thursday and Friday, our fourth grade students wowed us with their knowledge of Native Americans.  In addition to making model wigwams, lacrosse sticks, cradle boards, drums and more, they amazed us...   Read More

  • Museum Season Opens at BNS

    January 29, 2018

    Dear Families:   As we enter the last few days of January, we become aware of how much our students have learned.   And in the month of February you will have the chance to...   Read More

  • Doing What’s Right for Each Child

    January 22, 2018

    Dear Families: It’s January, the month in which we take a moment to step back and determine how each of our students are doing this school year.  To this end, some of you will...   Read More

  • Welcome to the New Dance Fitness Studio at 610 Henry

    January 16, 2018

    Dear Families: What a special moment it was!  On January 10th at 10:25 AM students, parents, community members, and staff from Brooklyn New School and Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies gathered together in the...   Read More

  • Building Wigwams at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

    January 9, 2018

    Dear Families: Whatever urban setting we live in, we know that our homes are quite different from the two abodes recently constructed by our fourth and fifth graders.   Fourth grade children built a...   Read More


    January 2, 2018

    Dear Families: As we brace ourselves for another week of cold, may we remind you that BNS likes to get outside in the winter months.  Please remember to dress your child appropriately for this...   Read More

  • 1st grade farm share and science night

    December 18, 2017

    Dear Families: On Thursday morning, the first grade hallway was transformed into a living, growing, tasting, singing farm.  Each classroom had its own individual flavor, representing the interests of that group of children. Stepping...   Read More

  • Math at BNS or What is “base spoon”?

    December 11, 2017

    Dear Families: At BNS, it seems as if we are often swimming in a topic. We study places and people, nearby and far away; current news and things that happened thousands of years ago....   Read More


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