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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  • Library Love

    November 4, 2019

    Dear Families, November is the month in which we begin the process of sharing what we know about your children with you.  Fall parent teacher conferences are an opportunity for teachers to convey information...   Read More

  • Small Acknowledgements

    October 28, 2019

    Dear Families: We have resumed our annual tradition of distributing awards for perfect attendance the previous month.  These small acknowledgements serve two purposes. We want to recognize and celebrate the importance of “showing up”...   Read More

  • A Good Time Was Had By All

    October 21, 2019

    Dear Families:   On Saturday, BNS and BCS families came together to celebrate for our annual fall AppleFest.  Whether it was the music or the food, the crafts or the games, the dancing or...   Read More

  • AppleFest This Saturday

    October 15, 2019

    Dear Families:   Many thanks to all of the second grade families who got together to prepare for AppleFest, our big celebration, which takes place on Saturday, October 19 from 11 AM to 4...   Read More

  • Quest for Meaning

    October 2, 2019

    Dear Families: As administrators, Diane and I have the pleasure of visiting throughout the school and observing teaching and learning in action.  In these early days of fall, we witness the coming together of...   Read More

  • “It’s CLIMATAL, Not Political”

    September 23, 2019

    Dear Families: Last week our school community (children, parents, teachers, and administration) had quite a lesson in civics.   Well before the first week of school, Brooklyn New School teachers had been planning for Friday,...   Read More

  • 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


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