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

 

  • It feels like an eternity

    April 1, 2020

    Dear Families:   Has it only been a little over two weeks since we last greeted your children’s happy faces in the big yard?  It feels like an eternity and as we look around...   Read More

  • No Words of Consolation, No Idea How to Process

    March 17, 2020

    Dear Families:  I have no words of consolation, no idea how to process where we are in the midst of this social isolation.  And my heart is broken at the thought of not seeing...   Read More

  • From Reggio Emilia to Brooklyn

    March 9, 2020

    Dear Families:   It seems like every day the news about the Coronavirus is changing with Governor Cuomo’s declaration of a state of emergency on Saturday only furthering our sense of uncertainty.  Despite this,...   Read More

  • Listen to your children. They will make you wiser.

    March 2, 2020

    Dear Families:   Your children are the ones who inform us, teaching teachers  and all of you what is important. Two stories from last week illustrate this idea.     AvaRue Tang, a child in...   Read More

  • Chock Full of Business

    February 10, 2020

    Dear Families: The past few weeks at BNS have been chock full of business.   Walking around the building, you are struck by the activity. The third floor hallways are full of children and...   Read More

  • “How are we going to get it across next time?!”

    February 3, 2020

    Dear Families:   On Mondays and Thursdays, third graders spend their recess time in the Big Yard.  Some play on the climbers up top, some play tag throughout the yard, and some focus in...   Read More

  • Talking About Race and Identity

    January 28, 2020

    Dear Families:   A day at Brooklyn New School is a busy one.  A week, even more frenetic, and in a month and a year, a lot happens.  Through it all, teachers work together...   Read More

  • The Village Comes Together (again)

    January 21, 2020

    Dear Families:   On Tuesday, January 14, Claudia and Malika’s third grade classroom was filled with many big feelings.  The class had experienced a loss: one of their guinea pigs, Milky Way, had passed...   Read More

  • We Will Miss You, Pauline

    January 14, 2020

    Dear Families:   Last Monday, we began our day with great sadness, as we’d just learned that beloved BNS Pre-K  educational assistant Pauline Headlam passed away over the weekend. As the news made its...   Read More

  • Big Ideas about our Little Devices

    January 7, 2020

    Dear Families: Welcome to 2020.  As we enter into a new decade, we start the year with the monthly PTA meeting, scheduled for this Thursday after drop off.  This is a reminder that Thursday...   Read More

  • Traveling to Asanteland

    December 16, 2019

    Dear Families: During the summers of 2017 and 2018, several 3rd and 4th grade teachers participated in a weeklong workshop on “Imaginative Inquiry” (which was generously paid for by the PTA). “Imaginative Inquiry” is...   Read More

  • A Skill that Every Human Should Have

    December 9, 2019

    Dear Families:   We were struck by the power of this article in The 74  in which a Bard High School Early College student, Sylvie Goldner, is giving free lessons to teach her classmates...   Read More

  • Positivity

    December 2, 2019

    Dear Families:   On Wednesday, November 27th, we had our annual parent safety meeting.  Every two weeks, the administration from BNS and BCS meets to talk about building wide issues.  Once a year, we...   Read More

  • Interrupting Bigotry

    November 25, 2019

    Dear Families,   On Thursday November 14th, while many families and teachers were meeting to discuss children’s progress and set goals at parent teacher conferences, a group of fifth grade students made their way...   Read More

  • The Library: “a staggeringly special place”

    November 18, 2019

    Dear Families, Thursday mornings are “Parent Mornings” at BNS, and this past Thursday, our Parents as Learning Partners topic was a special one: Library Love.  Usually, we meet in the Art Room for our...   Read More

  • 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

 

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