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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  • “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

  • 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


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