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.

Not getting Anna’s letters? Please contact amy.sumner@bns146.org

 

  • Worm Midwives in the Mud Kitchen

    October 15, 2018

    Dear Families:   In the big yard, there are long narrow planters that make up an area lovingly called the mud kitchen by some, and the digging boxes by others. Filled with rich soil...   Read More

  • Many Reasons to Visit the BNS/BCS Library

    October 12, 2018

    Dear Families: It was a busy week in the library when the space was converted into the Annual Book Fair.  At the close of the week, we added nearly $3500 worth of books to...   Read More

  • We Begin to Hum

    October 1, 2018

    Dear Families:   In October, we begin to hum.  We have gotten to know our new class and / or school and we are beginning to feel comfortable.  With that comfort comes the ability...   Read More

  • “Love this night”

    September 25, 2018

    Dear Families:   Yesterday evening, many fourth grade parents came to BNS to learn what the new year will bring.  Teachers shared lots of information covering a wide range of topics such as reading,...   Read More

  • We Take a Moment to Celebrate Beginnings

    September 20, 2018

    Dear Families:   As we enter day nine of the 2018 to 2019 academic year, we take a moment to celebrate beginnings.  These beginnings have been very special with old friends reconnecting and new...   Read More

  • Coming Together to Learn and Be One

    September 12, 2018

    Dear Families:   It has only been three days, but already we feel ourselves coming together to learn and to be one in that learning process.     Our kids are getting to know...   Read More

  • A Few Stories to Start off the Year

    September 5, 2018

    Dear Families: We begin with a few stories to start off the year: The first was told to us by Christine Piccirillo, the music teacher at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies.  Christine was...   Read More

  • “There is no exit door to our hearts”

    June 26, 2018

    Dear Families:   In a week full of curriculum and celebration from Viva Espanol to Ecorama to a GSA Town Meeting to a fifth grade dance presentation to Field Day, a final swim,  Coffey...   Read More

  • And so it goes

    June 18, 2018

    Dear Families:   Forest School, teddy bears, Shore School, our school, the garden, Island stories, bridges, zoos, African dance, African music, African animals in their habitats, historical fiction with characters from New Amsterdam, the...   Read More

  • Who We Are and Where We Are From

    June 13, 2018

    Dear Families:   Amy and Penina’s second grade class went to the David Hockney exhibit at the MET.  As they studied the exhibit, the students were drawing. Several people approached the teachers to compliment...   Read More

  • “When the rain comes, does it fall down?”

    June 4, 2018

    Dear Families: Nora Painten, a teacher from a local preschool, the Red Hook Playgroup,  sent us an email, the contents of which we wanted to share with you. One Wednesday in November, Red Hook...   Read More

  • Transition, Anticipation, Culmination and Closure

    May 30, 2018

    Dear Families:   With June around the corner, we feel that energy related to transition and anticipation.  As we gear up for the summer, please be aware of the work that is continuing here...   Read More

  • A Day in the Life

    May 21, 2018

    Dear Families:   In the spring of any given school year, it feels like we are racing around as everybody is immersed in curriculum and activities.  It is in fact hard to keep up...   Read More

  • Third Grade Partners with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

    May 14, 2018

    Dear Families:   Our third grade partnered  with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum as a part of their West Africa curriculum. Over the fall, they sent us five kits of artifacts for our in depth...   Read More

  • A Theoretical Discussion

    May 9, 2018

    Dear Families:   Every morning at 8:09, I open up the doors of the  school to let the children come upstairs. This allows for moments in which I can chat with a few kids...   Read More

  • Igniting The Development of Children’s Deep Learning

    May 1, 2018

    Dear Families: Yesterday,  Barbara, Johanna, Jennifer G and I were at a conference in Albany.  Organized by the Capital Area School Development Association, the conference was entitled Igniting The Development of Children’s Deep Learning:...   Read More

  • All in a Week at BNS

    April 27, 2018

    Dear Families: It’s been another busy week here at BNS.  As spring has finally sprung, our third graders are at Camp Speers Eljabar and we look forward to their return later this afternoon.  ...   Read More

  • 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

 

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