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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  • The Wind Instruments were Masked as Well

    October 26, 2020

    Dear Families: I wanted to take a moment to thank Sarah Ferholt, one of our music teachers, for her leadership.   Thanks also go to David Haiman and the other instrumental teachers.  Thanks too...   Read More

  • To Be Apart and Come Together

    October 19, 2020

    Dear Families: If we have learned nothing else from this fall, let’s recognize that life is not something that we can easily control and that sometimes, we just have to take it day by...   Read More

  • The Power of Zoom School

    October 16, 2020

    Dear Families: In our compartmentalized Covid world, it can be hard to keep track of all that is going on.  But every once in a while someone sends an image illustrating the surprising power...   Read More

  • Many Thanks

    October 9, 2020

    Dear Families:   We wanted to write about the many folks who are working to help us maintain small class size, social distancing, remote learning and more.  In addition to the flexibility of our...   Read More

  • “It felt really real.”

    October 3, 2020

    Dear Families: As we enter the second week of in-person learning for kindergarten to fifth grade, we marvel at how our lives have changed.  Each morning we gather on our red spots trying to...   Read More

  • Reflection and Dedication

    September 21, 2020

    Dear Families: And so we begin our second week of school in the most chaotic year in memory.  We welcome our in-person pre-K students who start with a phase in program this morning.  We...   Read More

  • Welcome to the Most Unusual School Year Ever

    September 4, 2020

    Dear Families: We welcome you to the most unusual school year ever. Rather than lamenting that which we have lost, let’s approach the fall with a focus on that which is possible.   We enter...   Read More

  • August 11, 2020 Summer Letter

    August 11, 2020

    Dear Families, We’ve made it to August, and while we still have many unanswered questions, we can feel the start of the school year moving closer and closer with each new sunrise.  Our summer...   Read More

  • July 20, 2020 Summer Letter

    July 20, 2020

    Dear Families, Indeed, this is a summer like no other.  Usually, in mid-July, we are finalizing packets to send to families, announcing classmates and teacher matches for the fall, while also working our way...   Read More

  • Celebrations

    June 24, 2020

    Dear Families:   Normally, this is the week in which we celebrate our accomplishments and look towards the following school year with a missive introducing new colleagues and plans.  Unfortunately, we are unable to...   Read More

  • How Much Everyone has Been Doing These Past Weeks and Months

    June 16, 2020

    Dear Families:   Spending yesterday perusing the Pre-K June Share Sites and today learning so much about science and sustainability at Ecorama and taking a moment to learn about bees and horseshoe crabs, trees,...   Read More

  • Some things we do know: June Share and Retirement

    June 8, 2020

    Dear Families: Be sure to participate in June Share, which will take place next week.  There will be an opportunity to join in your child’s class event as well as the chance to visit...   Read More

  • Honest Conversation

    June 1, 2020

    The New York Times photo illustration Dear Families: There are no words to adequately respond to the news of the past week.  What makes this even more difficult is that we are processing this...   Read More

  • A Preview of June Share

    May 26, 2020

    Dear Families: As we sit at home on Memorial Day, we grieve for the almost 100,000 Americans we have lost to COVID-19.  It is a Memorial Day like no other.  Our city beaches are...   Read More

  • Time Slows Down and Speeds Up

    May 18, 2020

    Dear Families:   As time slows down and speeds up during the spring of 2020, the year of the pandemic, we find ourselves in reflection mode.  This has allowed us to periodically step back...   Read More

  • Exhuberant (Virtual) Chaos

    May 11, 2020

    Dear Families: It’s May, the month in which 610 Henry Street is abuzz with energy and production.  Oh, how we miss the sound of children’s voices, talking, singing, yelling, and just plain being.  It’s...   Read More

  • Every Adult has an Impact on Our Children

    May 5, 2020

    Dear Families: In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, we wanted to feature some of the many ways in which our staff is going above and beyond during these COVID-19 days.  We begin with some...   Read More

  • A Range of Emotions

    April 28, 2020

    Dear Families: On Saturday morning, Diane began the process of gathering materials to distribute to families.  To start, we began with the teddy bears for our youngest children in Pre-K and Kindergarten.  For now,...   Read More

  • Celebrate the work our children and teachers continue to do

    April 22, 2020

    Dear Families: Before reading our weekly letter, take a moment to watch these two videos, from our homes to yours:  and Yesterday would have been our first day back from spring break. ...   Read More

  • Stay In Touch

    April 15, 2020

    Dear Families: By now you have received the email from the Chancellor letting you know that we are in this for the long haul and that we will not be able to gather as...   Read More


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