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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  • Pass It On

    April 21, 2021

    Dear Families: In this year, Anna’s last as principal, we have had many moments of reflection and many an opportunity for pause.  More than one person has commented on how sad it is that...   Read More

  • Resiliency and Flexibility

    April 14, 2021

    Dear Families: We want to thank former parents, Takiema Bunche Smith and Amy Plattsmier for joining us yesterday at our third to fifth grade parent meeting on assessment and standardized testing.  Malika gave an...   Read More

  • Real Conversations

    April 7, 2021

    Dear Families: As we return to school and to our BNS community, we want to express our solidarity with our Asian staff and families, as instances of anti-Asian hate and violence cross our news...   Read More

  • Solidarity

    March 22, 2021
    Text reading 'STOP AAPI HATE', white background with black text in a paint brush font

    Dear Families,  In light of recent events, it is essential to center the messaging this week from a member of the Asian community at BNS. We are fortunate to have a guest writer share...   Read More

  • Zooming Into Math

    March 16, 2021
    Early Number and Counting, two circles with post-it notes in them

    Dear Families: Last Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we spent each morning watching a video of Graham Fletcher, an engaging educator who works with math teachers throughout the country.  At BNS, we are...   Read More

  • 119 Performers + Donna and José = Joy

    March 8, 2021
    Screenshot of screen showing video chat of 16 kids faces (4 x 4) all showing their two hands to the camera

    Dear Families: We want to congratulate our teaching artists from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Donna and José, on the most unique and powerful  Fourth Grade Musical, performed on the evening of March 3 on...   Read More

  • “The Key to Unlock Fun”

    February 22, 2021
    large field covered in snow, children playing in the snow

    Dear Families:  We enter the second half of the 2020- 2021 school year in a reflective mood, being struck by how much has changed in the past eleven months.  We look towards the anniversary...   Read More

  • “We Recognize Ourselves as Family”

    February 8, 2021
    Young Black girl with a yellow sweatshirt that says "My Vice President is a Black Woman

    Dear Families,  “Human beings are more alike than we are unalike. The minute we begin to understand just the slightest part of that, we recognize ourselves as family. The moment I see a fifteen...   Read More

  • Black Lives Matter at School

    February 1, 2021
    Black Lives Matter at School with image of a dark-skinned woman with braids

    Dear Families: BNS is committed to anti-oppressive, anti-racist, inclusive language and teaching that values all identities and supports student learning and understanding, both inside and outside of the classroom. This year, we are intentionally...   Read More

  • The Story of Our Democracy

    January 25, 2021
    children gathered outside on a playground watching a large screen of Joe Biden swearing in as president

    Dear Families: Wednesday was a special day, a day that brought back memories of January 20th 2008, a day that reminded us about the power of education and the importance of teaching the story...   Read More

  • We Look Towards the Future

    January 19, 2021
    photo of Martin Luther King, Jr face

    Dear Families: Yesterday we took the time to remember Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr., listening to his words and reflecting sadly on how little has changed since his passing in  1968.  Tomorrow we look...   Read More

  • Radical Beginnings

    January 11, 2021
    Anna Allanbrook smiling in an empty classroom

    Dear Families: We are grateful to Amy Tate, co-president of the PTA, for having the wonderful idea to use this semester as a grand moment of reflection – to take stock of the story...   Read More

  • Moments of Joy

    December 23, 2020
    Coffee cans upside down on top of the fence posts around the BNS garden

    Dear Families: We wanted to take a moment to wish you a happy, healthy, restful holiday break in the coming days.  We know that December is a month in which families traditionally get together....   Read More

  • It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

    December 21, 2020

    Dear Families: Recently, Catherine Kunicki, mother to Theodora Kunicki, reached out, sharing the featured photographs. Theodora is remembered fondly even though it appears that she graduated from BNS almost twenty years ago in June...   Read More

  • The heart, activity, outdoors and talk…

    December 15, 2020

    Dear Families: As our school building closes yet again, sending us back into full time remote education, let us take this moment to reflect and celebrate the positives of our current program. Third grade...   Read More

  • Ancestral Technology

    November 30, 2020
    fish-eye image effect of 4 students bending sticks and tying them together to form a structure

    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...   Read More

  • And now we are remote

    November 23, 2020

    Dear Families: We learned that New York City public schools would be going completely remote on Wednesday afternoon, November 18th.   We immediately sent an email to families and informed our staff.  Shelley graciously came to...   Read More

  • Giving Thanks

    November 16, 2020

    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....   Read More

  • Reflection and Processing

    November 9, 2020

    Dear Families: Pandemic school and remote learning has given us lots of opportunities for reflection and processing.  It has also opened up the world via the internet and Zoom. Last week, we wrote to...   Read More

  • “Elementary School Really Formed Me”

    November 2, 2020

    Dear Families: A few weeks ago, Kemala Karmen, parent of BNS graduates Asha and Talya, sent us an email.  She wrote, “I don’t see everything Talya writes, but we were talking about the “Food Pathway”...   Read More


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