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 Story of Our Democracy

    January 25, 2021

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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


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