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

 

  • Mix It Up Days

    September 13, 2019

    Dear Families:   This week and next Monday while parents meet with teachers to share their stories of their children, we meet with your children.  We spend the morning going over the basics of...   Read More

  • “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.” – John Dewey

    August 30, 2019

    Dear Families: Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year! In this packet, you will be inundated with lots of information.  You will hear from your child’s teacher(s), the AfterSchool program, the PTA and...   Read More

  • Powerful Work is Contagious

    June 17, 2019

    Dear Families: On Friday, we celebrated with many of you visiting lots of rooms and learning that powerful work at BNS is contagious.  Witness just a few examples below: And here are some links provided...   Read More

  • Questions are More Important than Answers

    June 10, 2019

    Dear Families: In the last few weeks, we have been demonstrating the impact of media.  You saw how BNS participated in a social action project, working to gather shoes for Syrian refugees.  Then we...   Read More

  • Estoy Buscando un Árbol

    June 3, 2019

    Dear Families: Second graders at Brooklyn New School participate in Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers program, getting to know six musicians who each represent a different musical genre from around the world.  These musicians are...   Read More

  • BNS Library Sponsors Social Action Project all the way to Lincoln Center

    May 28, 2019

    Dear Families: As part of the 4th grade Library curriculum, students study the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child and follow up with a social action project to raise awareness of children...   Read More

  • On a Campus in Cambridge…

    May 21, 2019

    Dear Families: A while back, some of our graduates ran into each other on a campus in Cambridge. Miari Stephens (BNS ’05) is a third year PhD candidate in African and African American Studies...   Read More

  • Extinction Rebellion

    May 16, 2019

    Dear Families: On Thursday, May 2, the entire school participated in No Trash Day.  We turned the classroom trash cans upside down and only used the bins in the hall.  The goal was to...   Read More

  • “More than a Score” in England and America

    May 6, 2019

    Dear Families:   Spring sent fourth grade teacher, Cora, and me to the Netherlands, where we heard many an educator worry about the impact of national testing on primary school curriculum.  We parted ways...   Read More

  • Big Ideas Near and Far

    April 29, 2019

    Dear Families: Fourth grade teacher, Cora, and I return from a week long trip to the Netherlands where we shared ideas with Dutch educators.  In addition to experiencing three different schools in different parts...   Read More

  • “Will it come back to life if we add water?”

    April 29, 2019

    Posted two weeks late – sorry!   Dear Families:   Anna is in the Netherlands with fourth grade teacher Cora, sharing about Brooklyn New School at a conference, so this week’s letter has a...   Read More

  • The Big Idea of Being the Same or Being Different

    April 8, 2019

    Dear Families: It wasn’t on the traditional Wednesday due to the ELA test, but our last Parents As Learning Partners was kind of special as it featured something relatively new to BNS: Affinity Groups....   Read More

  • Exploration of Passionate Ideas

    April 1, 2019

    Dear Families:   And so it begins.  Testing season is upon us with the ELA being administered on Tuesday and Wednesday and the math exam coming in May.  We do ask that everyone be...   Read More

  • Studying in the Woods

    March 25, 2019

    Dear Families: Back in November, our fifth graders went to Frost Valley, a YMCA camp in the Catskills for three days of studying in the woods.    On Wednesday, it’s fourth grade’s turn.  Our...   Read More

  • Parents as Learning Partners: Affinity Groups at BNS

    March 18, 2019

    Dear Families: In two weeks our Parents As Learning Partners session will be on a Monday.  This will be one we have never done before. We want to talk about the various Affinity Groups...   Read More

  • “Jennifer, Is That the Girl in the Book?”

    March 11, 2019

    Dear Families: What a busy and exciting weekend. It began on Friday with author, Jacqueline Woodson’s visit to 610 Henry Street.  Jacqueline talked with our students and read ‘This is the Rope’. This was...   Read More

  • Essential Meetings

    March 5, 2019
    Botanic Gardens

    Dear Families: We hope that the written progress reports were informative and helpful, giving you a clear picture of your child’s progress in school.  Please read and reread them as they are chock full...   Read More

  • Every Museum Should Do That!

    February 25, 2019

    Dear Families:   There was so much to observe and enjoy at the annual BNS museums.   We learned about West Africa, the Eastern Woodlands Native Americans and the Maya. Many a child was available...   Read More

  • Let the Children Play

    February 11, 2019

    Dear Families: Many thanks to David Haiman, José Garcia, Donna Costello, Ed Kelly and others for once again presenting us with a musical to enjoy in the middle of winter.  Thanks to the Brooklyn...   Read More

  • Museum Week

    February 4, 2019

    Dear Families:   We embark on one of our favorite weeks here at the Brooklyn New School: Museum Week.  Make a point of getting to the museum this week. You need not go to...   Read More

 

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